Mistaken Refence ... !!!
The Sense Sources are a 'Representation...' & not a 'Reality...'!
The need to control & master the senses is obvious, since it is the very ability
to sense that enables both all the pleasant & painful experiences of this world.
However, paradoxically, it is exactly this spontaneous and quite impulsive rush
after the immediate, but only short-lived satisfaction of pleasant sense reaction,
that is both the seed & root of much suffering, created by delayed side-effects.
Thus do the urge after momentary pleasant feeling, create only lust and greed.
Thus do the urge away from brief painful feeling, create only hate and aversion.
Thus do the urge after absence of neutral feeling, create neglect and ignorance.
These three roots of Suffering & Evil, are always lying hidden and latent within
the untrained mind: Ignorance is obscuring the true nature of things making them
only appear as lasting, agreeable and ownable. Hate induces bad aversion towards
very advantageous phenomena such as learning, morality, meditation, & friendship
just because these may once have been associated with a brief unlikable feeling!
These instantaneous reactions overwhelm the untrained mind & make it act contrary
to it's own & other's interest: It rush ahead in the hunt for immediate gratification,
oblivious to the fact, that the paradoxical fruit of sense delight is much delayed,
yet inevitable misery, namely, infinitely repeated rebirth, ageing, sickness & death!
On a much deeper & more subtle level do the sense sources create a misapprehended
pointing, by mistaking a mere sensation for a true reference to a world really existing
"out there": 'I see the world therefore do it exist!', which is as absurd as postulating:
'I saw the phenomena on a film therefore is this phenomena real' insofar as all & any
sensation only is a 'inner' mentally created 'film' or 'representation' of some form of
contact between a 'sensor' and it's sensitivity for a given object as e.g. an 'idea'...
In much the same way do the 5 clusters of clinging induce a misapprehended pointing,
by mistaken reference to an assumed & constructed entity 'Ego', 'I' or 'me' "In here",
while all there really is, is a five-fold flux of changing qualities, relentlessly arising &
ceasing right there, where they momentarily arised! Right there do the untrained mind
also create & reinforce the basic root of this abysmal conceit: "I Am" or "I exists" !!!
Only the Buddha's explain:
Sabbe Sankhara Anicca!
All constructions vanish!
Sabbe Sankhara Dukkha!
All construction is miserable!
Sabbe Dhamma Anatta!
All states are self-less!
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Bhikkhu Samahita, Sri Lanka.