"Just Seeing" dispels dark clouds! (please see description) by Kanages Ramesh

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The teaching

“’When you see,just see. When you hear just hear.When you think, just think; and when you know, just know’ – Buddha

Stripped of its conventional meaning a blip of colour is not an abstraction. On the contrary, the concepts we impose after seeing it are the abstractions, having no reality in the absolute sense. Erase the descriptions and you are left with ultimate truth: a momentary, impersonal image (rupa) that doesn’t pertain to any named thing beyond itself; and the mind (nama), which is there to know the sensation…

Just Seeing means to catch the instant when color contacts the retina, before memory tags it as white or green, or a sail or a leaf. The mind leaves the experience as is without identifying, interpreting or imposing any bias. This accords with the Buddha’s words, “On seeing, let seeing be”.

When you let things be, craving can’t pull you about. The mind, ceasing to get emotionally involved in the forms seen and heard, remains at ease. No agitation arises from the contact of eye and image, or ear and sound. That doesn’t mean suppressing sensation through deep concentration (jhana). You are still aware of sense impressions, but the mind stops short before liking and disliking can stir up suffering.”

- “Just Seeing- insight meditation and sense-perception” by Cynthia Thatcher, Published by Buddhist Publications Society (BPS), Kandy, Sri Lanka (2008)

The Lesson

Our senses are portals into ‘seeing’ this reality. On seeing “Just See”, without clouding what is seen or heard with thoughts born of conditionings since birth, to ‘see’ this reality. On “Just Seeing” you also begin to see the arising of a self, I or ego, along with these sense impressions, as the mind begins to form attachments to them; in the interpretation of the ‘raw sense data’ of it. Empty of thoughts – conditionings, concepts or an ‘I’ – there is neither good nor bad, just pure experience. It is the mind that clouds it. We create either a darkness born of ignorance, or a light born of wisdom, dependent on our ‘seeing’. Be ‘mindful’ of your thoughts and interpretations, ‘see’ wisely, see concepts and conditionings for what they are – a patterning since birth; dispel those dark clouds that obstruct ‘pure’ seeing – and begin to “Just See”. The peace you seek is nearer in abundance, than you could ‘see’, when the mind quietens to “Just See”!

Kanages Ramesh (Monsoonfrog)

What inspires me is the feeling or emotion we are able to capture and convey either through words, an image, or both.The ‘pictures’ we evoke more than the seen. They would better communicate who, what, or where I am now. It is through them that we are ultimately going to “see’ each other. It is through them that we may connect. I look forward to the connection.

Some of my ‘music’ can be heard at www.myspace.com/kanagesramesh

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  • dabadac
    dabadacabout 3 years ago

    perfect words and image and perfect heart.. i♥it….

  • Such kind comments come from a perfect heart! :) Ramesh

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Shehan Fernando
    Shehan Fernandoabout 3 years ago

    wonderful :)

  • GREAT! :) Ramesh

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...about 3 years ago

    Brilliant work!

  • Thank you so much! Ramesh:)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations! Your awesome work is Featured at Cutting Edge!

    (Theme: State of Mind. Please make a visit to our Showcase to see your brilliant artwork in the spotlight and congratulate your fellow featured artists for the week!)

  • Thank you so much Nadya for this recognition, honor, and inspiration! Much appreciate them! Ramesh:)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Susan Blevins
    Susan Blevinsabout 3 years ago

    Love the image from the back which fits the title well…awesome writing Ramesh…..Susan

  • Hi Susan! Deeply apologize for this delay. Thank you so much for “seeing” the concept and the inspiring words on the writing. Hope you are well! Ramesh:)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Guendalyn! Ramesh :)

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandover 2 years ago

    With great respect, excellent work and especially your pov.

  • Thank you so much Michael for the humbling comment, and the liberal and inspiring words! Appreciate them very much!!! Ramesh

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank you Judy! Appreciate the comment very much!! Ramesh

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • karina5
    karina5over 2 years ago

    That’s a wonderful capture! i like the colors and the composition a lot.

  • Thank you Karina! Appreciate the comment very much!! Ramesh

    – Kanages Ramesh

  • linaji
    linajiover 2 years ago

    Wow so well done Kanages!! I can feel the Buddha spirit runs deep.

  • Since the Buddha means “The Awakened One”, a mind free of bias, is naturally filled with this spirit. Thank you so much linaji!! Appreciate the warm gesture very much!! So Inspired you felt the spirit within it. Ramesh

    – Kanages Ramesh

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