Another open-minded lesson ~ that comes with an amusing story…
Story of SARAHA – Wisdom of a Dakini
“One day, Saraha asked his wife for some radish curry.
She prepared the dish, but in the meantime Saraha entered a deep meditation from which he did not emerge for twelve years.
He then immediately asked for his radish curry.
His wife was astonished,
“You have been in meditation for twelve years;
now it is summer and there are no radishes.”
Saraha then decided to go to the mountains for more meditation.
“Physical isolation is not a real solitude,” replied his wife.
“The best kind of solitude is complete escape from the preconceptions and prejudices of an inflexible and narrow mind, and, moreover, from all labels and concepts.
If you awaken from a twelve year samadhi and are still clinging to your twelve year old curry, what is the point of going to the mountains?”
Saraha listened to his wife and after some time attained the supreme realization of the Mahamudra.”
In the Sigāla Sutta (SN 17.8) ~ “That jackal is suffering from mange. He finds no pleasure whether he goes to a bluff, to the foot of a tree, or to the open air. Wherever he goes, wherever he stands, wherever he sits, wherever he lies down, he is sunk in misery….”
Hence, to me, it is not escaping from a place that would make our miseries go away. It is how we face them where we are that they would eventually go away coz miseries are miseries when we accept and allow them to be miseries to us…. and the source of the state of misery is our mind.
In the Sallatha Sutta (SN 36.6) ~ we were reminded that whenever we are pierced with the arrows of physical and mental pain, if we are well trained, we only need to suffer the physical pain.
The discerning person, learned, doesn’t sense a (mental) feeling of pleasure or pain:
This is the difference in skillfulness between the sage & the person run-of-the-mill.
For a learned person who has fathomed the Dhamma,
clearly seeing this world & the next,
desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.
His acceptance & rejection are scattered, gone to their end, do not exist.
Knowing the dustless, sorrowless state, he discerns rightly,
has gone, beyond becoming, to the Further Shore.
Further, as guided in the Girimānanda Sutta (AN 10.60), when we learn how to let them all go, we will no longer suffer… at all…
Sādhu, Sādhu, Sādhu…