The 'self' created darkness (please read description)

Kanages Ramesh

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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"" Anatta : (‘not-self’, ‘non-ego’, ‘egolessness. ’impersonality’’) is the central doctrine of Buddhsm, without understanding which a real knowledge of Buddhism is altogether impossible. It is the only really specific Buddhist doctrine with which the entire structure of the Buddhist teaching stands or falls….Whosoever has not penetrated this impersonality of all existence, and does not comprehend, that in reality, there exists only this continually self-consuming process of of arising and passing bodily and mental phenomena , and that there is no separate ego-entity, within or without this process, he will not be able to understand Buddhism, i.e. the 4 Noble Truths , in the right light." – (Buddhist Dictionary by Nyantiloka Thera)

Now think quite honestly, whether or not this ‘notion of self’ is actually contributing to man’s happiness or suffering. The moment you establish the concept of self, ego or personality, and apply it to your own ‘conscious state of being , what happens? All other people are categorized under “others”; they may be my rivals, my opponents, my enemies. I will be interested in others only in so far as they contribute to my comfort, my pleasure, my happiness; if they can be considered in some way or other as my people, or if they are for me and not against me. Consequently this notion of one’s self reacts to others in terms of liking, disliking, desire, lust, greed, hatred, aversion, revenge, contempt, pride, conceit etc. depending on whether they are a means of support for my pleasurable state of being or a hindrance. Thus the notion of self becomes the manifestation in brief of all sorts of defilements , biases and cankers that the human heart can accommodate.

Take a look at the long range of human history; you can see the extent of man’s inhumanity to man caused by man’s craving to annihilate whole nations that appeared to go against the cravings of one’s own self.

It is this personality view that is responsible for all the ills, all the suffering within oneself and in the whole world at large. It is that disinclination [ to uproot the notion of “I, Mine” and “my Self”] that the Buddha attributes to man’s ignorance and delusion."

- from “Dialogues On Dhamma” – Dhamma That Reveals The Deception Behind Our Living Experience by Bogoda Premaratne
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