posted on Dec, 4 2012 @ 10:47 AM
This thread is meant to be very experiential as opposed to intellectual.
When I study the ego, I go far beyond what Buddhism termed "The Three Poisons" but for this topic they will serve as a fantastic introduction.
Truth isn't fact. Truth is experience. I can read a thousand books, watch many videos of survival techniques, and have some idea of what to do if I
am ever lost in the wilderness. A gentleman could simply practice building shelters, starting fires, making traps and tools, tracking, thousands of
times, in different climates and weather conditions. Which one of us do you want to be with you when you are lost? The guy who "knows" or the guy
who has "experience?"
This example isn't so clear.
When someone asks "What is the Truth?" I give them an explanation, that will simply fall on top of another explanation they have heard or otherwise
came to. An explanation, or a definition is not the Truth. I can describe to you what a view looked like from atop a large tree in the amazon. Yet,
not matter how great a poet I may be, I'll never be able to transport you to the level of Truth. You'll just get an idea of what it might have been
like, but that thought will never do justice to the experience.
Still, this is not so clear.
If you went to a desert tribe, and tried to describe snow to them, it would not be clear. Even if you showed them a video, it wouldn't fully get them
to understand what snow is. Only the experience of it can convey that Truth.
That one is better, but it's still not obvious.
Ok, let's try an experiment. I encourage you to actually try this rather than skip through and read.
What is "Hatred" if there is no particular experience to hate? Sit, and just feel a bit. If you're not projecting hatred on yourself or anything
else, what does Hatred feel like? Sit and feel it. Give it a moment or two to unfold.
What did it feel like? Did you feel something like an aggressive "pushing?" There would be destructiveness if there was something to destroy. But
there is a real feeling that you don't want to just let things be.
If you did the exercise, that was Truth. What I said about hatred makes a bit more sense now. But before you experienced it in this way, it wasn't so
clear. The feeling was always obscured by the circumstances that made you aware of it. The explanation wasn't the Truth, but what you experienced
was. Everything I say may be a lie, but what you just lived was real. The reality of my words to not invalidate or validate your experience.
Ok, let's do this experiment with "Greed." What is greed before there was money, before there was a person to be greedy, or some product or service
to want more of? Feel "What is greed?" without any sense of what you may want more of.
Did you do it? Did you notice the feeling that something is missing, you're unsatisfied, regardless of what you do?
One more time. Let's consider "Ignorance." I mean Ignorance not in the sense of something you don't know yet, but in the sense of not wanting to
know, not wanting to experience. Ignorance in the sense you want to ignore something, if there were something to ignore. What is ignorance, with no
specific experience to be ignorant of?
Do you fee it? The wish not to "see?" The sense that you know already? The wanting to move on?
These three states are the Three Poisons, spoken of by the Buddha, these are the Three Poisons consumed by the blue-throated Shiva. You could say they
are building blocks for the egoic experience. You've experienced them. You don't know all there is to know about them, but your experience revealed
some kind of Truth. However these states are expressed in the world, that's not as important.
So what is the solution to the three poisons?
Hatred, Compassion. Not the new-buddhist loving-kindness, but the genuine, wanting to discover, wanting to understand the experience. Instead of the
pushing away, there is move of a wanting to feel.
Greed, Gratitude. Not gratitude for something. But simply gratitude, a state of being satisfied with existence. A state of appreciation of being
Ignorance, Humility. Humble enough to not knowing, yet still wanting to discover. This one is a bit more abstract.
To really understand, you must take the time and feel it.
To really begin to dissolve the Three Poisons, yo need to be aware of them. Pick one, and sit, and observe, and feel that state of being. Be conscious
of it, you want to push away? Stay there. You want to take more? Just feel the power that drives you mad, that you want something, someone. What keeps
you from being simply happy, while sitting there, starting at a dot on the floor, without thinking? Observe everything that tries to shake you.
Observe that there are in fact things you want to ignore, don't think you should discover more of, think you know better anyway, are so sure of who
and what you are. Observe this.
Take the time to observe these poisons, and their solutions. At one point, you will dissolve one to a greater or lesser degree. This isn't an easy
process, but it's so simple.
If there is an experience of pain in your life just pay attention to it. See how you "naturally" want to get away from it, how you
automatically want to do something else, and be distant from it. See how much you don't want to observe it as pure information, and gain insight from
the experience. Just sit, and if you feel sadness in your guts, feel the pain in your body, and sit, observing the pain, rather than complaining about
the situation. Breathe, for as long as it takes to dissolve the emotion. It could take many sessions, depending on quality of focus and density of
After each session take the time to be happy for a minute or two, force a state of happiness. Especially if you don't wnat to. (If you want to
The more you dissolve the poisons, and contemplate their opposite virtues, the more profound will your experience of Truth become.