Ajahn Chah, Great awakening to the nature of perceptions and Dhammapada with comments by Ajahn Munindo

Another chapter in the life of Ajahn Chah in this chapter he awakens to the nature of perceptions

As water slides from a lotus leaf,
so sensual pleasures
do not cling
to a great being.
v. 401

A great being is great because he or she is free from obstructions in their relationship with life.
We are not so great because we get caught infeelings and make a problem out of life. We create obstructions by the way that we deal with the eight worldly dhammas: praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and suffering, popularity and insignificance. Out of delusion we relate to these worldly winds heedlessly – indulging in what we like and resisting what we don’t. Wisdom on the other hand simply sees the reality of the sensory world. It knows the space within which all
experiences arise and cease. Such knowing means a great being doesn’t even have to try to let go; all inclination to cling automatically falls away. He or she experiences sensual pleasure but adds nothing to it and takes nothing away.

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