Hmmm… am feeling a little nostalgic this morning… not understanding why.
Just yesterday evening I was so happy to receive the email from Ajahn G saying that my research synopsis is fine ~ meaning that I would be accepted for their PhD programme! Joy to the world! 🙌
Buddha says nothing is permanent; whether feelings of joy or sadness…. how true indeed. And everyday we are just repeating the ups and downs and turnarounds! However, after learning the Dhamma, it is so much easier to deal with them. 🙏
Coming back to the morning… I was recalling my younger days ~ the people, the events, the actions, the decisions… all that had happened, done and made then were due to my ignorance. Lots to do with the ego and delusions. No, not that I am regretting them coz they seemed so right at the time though some were pretty stupid and silly! LOL! 😂
It is indeed amazing how a more peaceful and calm mind can really change a person. Yes, I was all excited last evening about the email but it was short-lived coz I was composed within minutes. That is the reason why I will continue striving on this path. 😍
In the Devadaha Sutta (SN22.2), Venerable Sariputta has said thus ….
“…. ‘When one is not free from passion, desire, love, thirst, fever, & craving for form, then from any change & alteration in that form, there arises sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & despair. When one is not free from passion… for feeling… for perception… for fabrications… When one is not free from passion, desire, love, thirst, fever, & craving for consciousness, then from any change & alteration in that consciousness, there arise sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & despair.
Seeing this danger, our teacher teaches the subduing of passion & desire for form… for feeling… for perception… for fabrications. Seeing this danger our teacher teaches the subduing of passion & desire for consciousness…..‘
Only when one understands and practises what are taught by our teacher, the Buddha, will we free ourselves from further sufferings. That, to me, is one way of protecting ourselves and also the way to continue walking the right noble path towards liberation… Gambate, Linda! Gambate, fellow friends who are striving the same! 😇