|What is it “to live” by the Dhamma & “be protected” by the Dhamma|
|Written by Ven. Londonaye Dammagawesi Thero|
|Wednesday, 31 March 2010 22:17|
The Dhamma is what this ‘existence’ of all life is about. The processes, the procedures, the physicality, the mind and mentality, the nature, the birth, the existence, the ageing process, the death, the cessation, things that are wholesome, unwholesome, cause and effect, etc., are all the Dhamma. We, who have been born to this Human realm, are caught between the choice of living the conventional life or the spiritual existence. So, each one of us, is guided and conditioned, to being, whoever we have been groomed to be. The knowledge gained, & what we have absorbed, as ‘obedience’ from our guardians, and whatever we have adopted to justify the longing-ness to belong, etc ... makes what we are. So, we have this existence, in this body, with the memory of the past, & the ability to comprehend what we make contact with.
Our existence in this world, thus, splits in to two parts: the likes and the dislikes or the kusala and the akusala, the “vedana,” or the opposites in feelings. So, as long as, we live the likes, the needs, and the wants, and the expectations are fulfilled, our existence is happy and we feel protected. If our dislikes are lived, the needs & wants are not fulfilled, with our expectations constantly disappointed, then, we are saddened and feel unprotected.