Tuesday, October 25, 2016


There is a women living in my home. I call her mother, but my father calls her wife. According to my grandfather she is his daughter.
As medical terms she is a human being. It is composed of many different types of cells that together create tissues and subsequently organ systems. They ensure homeostasis and viability of human body.
I am confused. How it will be? If there is a one human being how can we see her in different way?




What is seen by the eye is described in the script as ‘Upadaya Rupa’ meaning, a shape formed by the Four Great elements (solidity, cohesion, heat, air or motion) when conditions are present. 

The dilemma is that we tend to tie such a visual experience to an experience from another sense door, such as smell, taste, touch etc., which in reality occur in isolation of each other. By tying one experience to the others we compose a person or a thing in our mind as one that exist permanently out there and hence we come back in search of her/him/it to experience or recognize.

That is why we call her my mother, my wife or my daughter according to our past experience.

The Buddha identified this error and preached to refrain from tying experience from one sense door to another. In his response to a request from a ascetic named "Bahiya" to teach dhamma, the enlightened one simply advised,

Bāhiya, you should train yourself thus: 
  • ·        in the seen will be merely what is seen;
  • ·         in the heard will be merely what is heard;
  • ·        in the sensed will be merely what is sensed;
  • ·        in the cognised will be merely what is cognised. “

 The meaning of this profound statement in simple terms is, do not combine an experience from the eye, for instance, to another as they arise within each sense base and cease from within without any interconnection.

by Melanie Samaradiwakara


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