Inquire towards boundaries, nationalities, authorization, documentation, qualification and certification

Most of the people in the world are friendly and welcoming towards people from other countries and different cultures, especially in terms of promoting the tourism industry where foreign tourists come into their country only to spend money as well as promoting their country ‘positively’.  

Though unfriendliness and non-welcoming attitude also exist in many countries coming from certain close-minded people towards foreigners of certain nationalities and financial status out of the sense of superiority/inferiority, discrimination and intimidation, while at the same time, they would be friendly and welcoming towards some other foreigners of certain nationalities and financial status that they think are more superior than the others, especially those who are not trying to work in their country for making a living, but are bringing in foreign currency into their country, spending lots of money in their country as tourists or retirees. 

Many people also would feel being intimidated by other people especially foreigners who are more intelligent, more skillful and more hardworking than them. Anyway, different kinds of discrimination exist in everywhere in this world of ignorance and egoism. 

In another term, if foreigners are coming into their country to make bigger cake or more cakes for the locals, but without sharing the cake(s), they are most welcome by the locals. If foreigners are coming into their country to share the cake(s), even though they are there to help make bigger cake or more cakes for everyone, they are not welcome. This is the ignorant mentality of most human beings out of survival instinct and selfishness. They don’t have the wisdom to understand that foreigners are there to help make bigger cake or more cakes for everyone, and they should be sharing the cake(s) with everyone else. But they think, “This is our cake. You are here to share (steal) our cake(s), and we would have smaller cake or less cakes for ourselves,” while at the same time, ironically they also want to think and believe that they are generous people who like to share with others. 

There’s another group of foreigners involving in social media are most welcome in any country, provided if they can ‘keep one eye opens, one eye closed’, where they ignore anything or don’t criticize any subject that is being perceived as ‘offensiveness and hostility towards certain people/organization, especially of a particular race/culture/religion/social class/authorization, even if it’s something true, but only to do and say things that would glorify and promote the country in the way that would please those of a particular race/culture/religion/social class/authorization.

These people on social media would think and believe that they are doing something ‘positive’ or ‘great’ to promote only the ‘positive’ things of certain countries while ignoring/burying the ‘negative’ things, but they are actually glorifying and empowering ‘discrimination’ and ‘corruption’ in the world, either wittingly or unwittingly, by misleading people’s understanding about what is actually happening in any country that is openly restricting freedom of expression/action/speech. 

Can’t blame these people who make a living on social media as they need to ‘protect’ themselves and their livelihood by creating contents via social media to make a living. Even the locals are being brought up in the way to ‘keep one eye opens, one eye closed’ in order to ‘not getting into troubles’ and to make a living in ‘peace’ under oppression and discrimination. People rather give in to oppression and discrimination than to regain their stolen freedom of existence, freedom of expression/thinking/action/speech and freedom of living, being manipulated to think and behave in certain way.  

The one great advice from the past Gurus for the truth seekers, is that in order to counter all these ignorance, is through the practice of dispassion and renunciation from worldly affair.

Despite the imperfection of some political conflicts/corruptions, petite crimes, prejudice, intimidation and discrimination deriving from certain amount of close-minded prideful people, which is very common in everywhere in the world, many people would like to live in peace and harmony with all the different races/cultures/beliefs, and to respect each other’s different ethnicity, culture and belief. Most people are wishing for positive over-all improvement and prosperity for their country to become an environmentally and humanely beautiful and peaceful place for everyone (citizen or non-citizen) to live in and visit. Unfortunately, all these are just some hopeful imaginations and almost impossible to be materialized, if the country doesn’t have a non-discriminative and non-oppressive good government run by wise and compassionate open-minded human beings to lead and facilitate everything wisely and compassionately. 

Those who are wise and compassionate are not interested in ‘controlling’ and ‘regulating’ all and everyone to be or not to be in certain way, but would facilitate all kinds of necessary support and convenience that allow all and everyone to learn how to be independent financially, physically, mentally and emotionally, and become self-initiative and responsible peaceful human beings to be looking after themselves and others in the surrounding environment, as well as to be looking after the over-all well-being of the environment and the world, or not. Allowing all and everyone being what they are, as they are, governed by the law of nature, or the law of cause and effect. There’s no need an authorization/authority to be there to ‘control’, ‘restrict’, ‘regulate’, ‘oppress’, ‘prosecute’, ‘judge’, ‘criminalize’, ‘penalize’ and ‘punish’ anyone for anything. 

Mentally healthy human beings wouldn’t behave in the way that hurt themselves, or others, or the environment deliberately, even if there’s no authority being there to ‘control’ or ‘regulate’ anyone and anything. Those who would behave in the way that hurt themselves, or others, or the environment, either intentionally or unintentionally, are due to ignorance and mental illness. Having an authoritarian authority to ‘control’ and ‘regulate’ the world doesn’t stop those who are ignorant and mentally ill for being what they are and behave as they are. Under the ‘control’ and ‘oppression’ of an authority that is run by human beings that are not wise and not compassionate would only generate and empower deeper ignorance and more mental illness sufferers in the world.

The separateness and discrimination of ‘foreigners’ and ‘non-foreigners’ or ‘citizens’ and ‘non-citizens’ shouldn’t be existing in this world at all, where all beings (human or non-human beings) are equally same momentarily existing and occupying this world and all are subject to the law of impermanence and selflessness. But survival instinct and possessiveness/protectiveness/control born out of ignorance and egoism in human beings created all the different boundaries separating and discriminating, controlling and restricting, legalizing and criminalizing all and everyone under certain law and order created by ‘the authority’ of human beings. There’s no real freedom or peace to be found in this world run by human beings under the influence of ignorance and egoism.

Real independence of a country is not just about free from being governed by the foreign power of another country and having their own democratic elected government, but it’s about the people, especially those who run the government, or the leaders/facilitators/law makers, are free from the influence of ignorance and egoism, where the country is free from being governed by a ‘corrupted’ government that is run by a group of corrupted human beings under the influence of ignorance, egoism, greed, pride and selfishness.

The political history in the world particularly during a pandemic outbreak, reveals all kinds of ignorance and selfishness in many ways.

It’s the same as in the world of Yoga and Buddhism. Those who appoint and identify themselves or some others as the authority/authorization of Yoga or Buddhism to be claiming ‘ownership’ or ‘authorization’ over Yoga or Buddhism, to be ‘controlling’ and ‘regulating’ the activities of Yoga and Buddhism in the world, to authorize or sanction this and that, under the name of ‘protecting the purity or authenticity of Yoga or Buddhism’, or ‘maintaining a higher quality in Yoga or Buddhism practice or dissemination’, then obviously they have no idea what is Yoga or Buddhism. Even an enlightened being wouldn’t appoint and identify oneself or anyone as “The authority of Yoga or Buddhism.”

Authority of any kind doesn’t exist in the truth of the universe governed by the law of nature, of cause and effect, where all and everything are subject to the truth of Impermanence and Selflessness. Not even the selfless almighty ‘God existence’ that many human beings believe in, is self-appointed or self-authorized as the highest authority of the universe to be busy authorizing or non-authorizing this or that, to be governing, discriminating, monitoring, regulating or controlling this or that for being existing, changing, decaying and ceased existing under the law of nature.

Unfortunately, many human beings are being brought up in the way to live a life that is based on the sense of belonging and pride towards a national identity, personal identity, gender identity, sexual orientation identity, ethnical identity, cultural identity, educational identity, religious identity, spiritual identity, social class identity, body image identity, financial identity, community identity, political identity, ‘authorized/approved/recognized’ identity, ‘respect deserving’ identity, and so on, that doesn’t eliminate but empowers ignorance and egoism.

Those who want to think positive and be optimistic towards developing and hoping for a ‘better’ world, will only end up in great disappointment. Free from positive or negative, optimism or pessimism, one can do one’s best for what one thinks and believes as beneficial for oneself while living in this world and/or for the over-all welfare of the world, but without attachment or expectation towards the actions and the fruit of actions, and allowing the world being what it is, full of ignorance and egoism and the consequences of that.

Performing beneficial actions for oneself and/or the world, but without any intention of controlling, changing or expecting anything and anyone to be or not to be in certain way, is the essence of Yoga or Buddhism.

There are some human beings are truly selfless and compassionate serving the community of diversity and helping the less fortunate human beings or non-human beings, non-discriminatively. They might not be involving in any form of yoga practice, but they are the ‘yogis’, who perform selfless service to benefit the world without being determined or disturbed by the ignorance and selfishness in the world. There are people who are also doing something to help others, but with particular intention to convert others to take up or believe in their particular religious belief and practice, or to be getting other people’s support towards a particular political party or social group, that is nothing to do with ‘selfless service’.

Inquire towards the truth of everything.

Transcending difficulties by understanding, non-attachment and desirelessness

Transcending existing difficulties won’t change the difficulties into something else, and won’t make the difficulties become less or disappear. But through understanding and non-attachment, one is not being determined by the difficulties. The difficulties are just being what they are. They arise, change and pass away as they are, at their own cause.

Just as knowing the truth of things won’t change the things being what they are.

The direct experience of different types of difficulties allows the mind to understand towards the many types of suffering that different minds might go through.

Many people believe in and propagate ‘the law of attraction or desire’, “Don’t think of negative things and there will be no negative things come into your life, or, only thinking about positive things and there will be only positive things come into your life.”

That’s their freedom of thinking and desire. It’s not the practice of Yoga or Buddhism.

The teachings of Yoga and Buddhism teach about the law of nature, the law of cause and effect, the truth of selflessness and impermanence, the relationship between ignorance and suffering, and the practice of non-attachment and desirelessness of non-craving and non-aversion as the path of liberation.

Transcend the thinking mind. Transcend all the names and forms. Transcend the world of ignorance and egoism. Transcend birth and death. Transcend all kinds of dualities. Everything is just what they are. They are neither positive nor negative. Need not pushing away or craving for this or that. Allowing everything being what they are, as they are, and all are selfless and impermanent.

Suffering arise upon the presence of attachment and desire. Free from attachment and desire, there’s no suffering.

All kinds of fear exist following attachment and desire. Free from attachment and desire, fear doesn’t exist.

Freedom from fear is liberation, is freedom, is peace.

Be free.

Understanding hurtful behavior is part of mental illness

This teaching is for those who would like to help some others or themselves, who felt hurt and angry by some past hurtful experiences, and continuing to feel hurt and angry by those past hurtful experiences, and for many years onward, they would behave in the way that hurt themselves and others out of those hurts and anger either wittingly or unwittingly, while blaming the past hurtful experiences and those who inflicted hurtful behavior onto them for all their failure and unhappiness in life, and for their own reaction of hurtful behavior onto themselves and others, to have clearer understanding towards hurts and hurtful behavior, and be free from such ignorance and suffering.

People would want to think and believe that forgiveness is the key to be free from hurts and be free from anger due to those hurts. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, the thinking and belief about “I want to forgive and I have forgiven those who had hurt me” without thorough understanding towards hurts and hurtful behavior won’t free the minds from continuing be disturbed by the past hurtful experiences and feel hurt and angry in the present and for the rest of one’s life, and would hurt oneself and others out of those hurt and anger, even after many years.

There are some people who refuse to forgive or let go, and continuing to feel hurt and angry, and blaming those past hurtful experiences as the cause of their own hurtful behavior and unhappiness in life. There’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s their freedom to think, feel, act, react and behave as they are.

Meanwhile, there are many people who would want to be free from hurts and anger, who would want to be able to forgive and let go, or who think and believe that they have had forgiven those who had inflicted some hurtful experiences onto them in the past, but somehow, they would still be disturbed very much by the remembrance towards those hurtful experiences and continuing to feel hurt and angry, and would behave in the way that hurt themselves and others out of those reactions of hurt and anger deriving from remembering the past hurtful experiences in the present moment, while thinking and believing that it’s the responsibility of those who had inflicted hurtful experiences onto them in the past for ruining their life for behaving in the way that hurt themselves and others, for all their failure and unhappiness in the present moment and the rest of their life.

There is the thought/belief of “I was being hurt by some others who had done something bad, wrong and hurtful to me, and I deserved to feel hurt and angry, and I deserve to continue to feel hurt and angry, and it’s their responsibility for all my unhappiness and my hurtful behavior now.” This is because the mind didn’t or doesn’t understand about hurts and hurtful behavior.

Some would even blame themselves for other people’s hurtful behavior. “I was bad and I am not good. That’s why I deserved all those hurtful behavior from others.”

Regardless of whether intentionally or unintentionally, wittingly or unwittingly, randomly or deliberately, people who inflict hurtful behavior onto themselves or others, is all out of ignorance.

Out of ignorance, some minds are intentionally and wittingly inflicting hurtful behavior onto others to hurt others randomly or deliberately, while some are unintentionally and unwittingly inflicting hurtful behavior onto others that hurt others, randomly. Both conditions are a form of mental illness. Those who are not mentally ill, they will have sufficient understanding, awareness and self-control towards their own behavior, action and reaction.

None can reason with those who are ignorant, who are mentally ill, who would behave in the way that hurt themselves and others, wittingly or unwittingly.

It’s not something bad or wrong, if the minds are under the influence of ignorance and are mentally ill, where they don’t have understanding, awareness and self-control over their own behavior, action and reaction. Just that those behaviors are hurting themselves, their lives and some others.

We can say that it’s unfortunate if we reluctantly come/came in contact with a mentally ill unknown person who inflicts/inflicted hurtful behavior onto us randomly, even if it’s someone that we know within the family or friend circle. We acknowledge the consequences of other people’s ignorant destructive behavior and clean up whatever mess that is necessary, and move on our life without being determined by the destructive behavior of those who are ignorant and mentally ill. We don’t and shouldn’t blame ourselves. We don’t and couldn’t blame those who are ignorant and mentally ill, who have no awareness and self-control over their behavior. There is no need forgiveness either. Neither do we need to let go anything. There is no hurt, or anger, or hatred towards the destructive behavior inflicted by those who are ignorant and mentally ill.

We can choose to move away from those who are under the influence of ignorance or mental illness, if we don’t want to continuously dealing with the ignorance or mental illness of others, or we can choose to be there to look after them even though we have to deal with their ignorance or mental illness. There’s neither right nor wrong either way.

If out of our own ignorance, we have expectation towards all or most of the human beings in the society, especially those whom we know, who are our family members or friends, may it be our parents and siblings, or partners/lovers/children/teachers/leaders, that they should behave and treat us in certain way and shouldn’t behave or treat us in certain way, and we feel hurt and angry by their ignorant hurtful behavior inflicted onto us, either intentionally or unintentionally, and continuously to feel hurt and angry for many years onward, and out of those continuous hurt and anger, we ourselves would constantly behave in the way that hurt ourselves and others, while justifying that our suffering, unhappiness and hurtful behavior is all because of those undeserving past hurtful experiences inflicted by bad and wrongful people, then know that, it’s our own responsibility for not having the correct understanding towards the modification of the mind, the mind perception of names and forms, actions and reactions, attachment and expectation, and more importantly, the cause of all kinds of hurtful behavior deriving from human beings that hurt oneself and others, either randomly or deliberately.

At the moment when we are experiencing some hurtful experiences, it’s normal that we feel pain physically if there’s some physical injury, and feel hurt and angry mentally or emotionally. But, after that moment, if we continuing to feel hurt and angry mentally and emotionally, it’s due to our own ignorance of grasping or attachment. Even if there is some physical damages that cannot be undone, but what’s the point of hurting ourselves further with mental and emotional pain that doesn’t need to be there, but we keep feeding them out of ignorance and attachment?

The hurtful experiences might have caused some permanent or momentary physical damages, and might cause momentary mental and emotional disturbance for some time, but it doesn’t and couldn’t cause prolonged mental and emotional pain unless we ourselves ‘grasp onto’ and ‘allow’ those hurtful experiences to determine our life onward and affecting our physical, mental and emotional well being. It’s the responsibility of those who inflicted hurtful experiences onto others for inflicting some physical injury or some mental/emotional disturbance in others as it happens, but afterwards, it’s our own responsibility if we don’t understand that all kinds of intentional or unintentional hurtful behavior are deriving from ignorance and mental illness, just like any destructive natural disaster deriving from the selfless nature that causes random damages to lives and properties and the surrounding environment itself, and we don’t want to let go, or don’t know how to let go, and continuing to feel hurt and angry for the damages that cannot be undone, and out of those continuous self-empowered reaction of hurt and anger towards the past hurtful experiences, we behave in the way that hurt ourselves and others, either randomly or deliberately, while blaming those ignorant mentally ill people who had inflicted hurtful experiences onto others, or blaming the natural disasters that generated random damages, for ‘making’ us to behave in the way that hurt ourselves and others for our entire life.

Dealing with undesirable hurtful experiences as it happens, is already energy exhausting. Out of grasping or attachment deriving from our own ignorance, we continue to be dealing with our own self-responsible and self-empowered reactions of continuous hurt and anger towards the past hurtful experiences, is even more energy exhausting. It’s unnecessary.

The minds that have correct understanding about the modification of the mind, they don’t and won’t argue with or save hatred towards anyone, not to say, to argue and be angry with and save hatred towards those who are under the influence of ignorance and mental illness, who can’t reason, who have no awareness and no self-control, who behave ignorantly and hurtfully, or blaming them for ‘causing’ all our failure and unhappiness in life, or blaming them for our own hurtful behavior inflicting onto ourselves and others out of our disappointment, hurt, anger and hatred towards who/what hurt us.

Those who are free from ignorance, who are free from hurts and anger, who understand the mind and who have truly forgiven or let go all kinds of past and present hurtful experiences, they have no aversion or problem towards remembering or talking about all the past hurtful experiences, and being undetermined or undisturbed by remembering and talking about any past unpleasant hurtful experiences, without self-blaming or blaming others for all kinds of hurtful experiences deriving from the ignorance and mental illness of others.

Those who think and believe that they have forgiven those who had hurt them in the past, but they still feel hurt and angry by remembering or talking about the past hurtful experiences even after many years, and they have aversion towards talking about it, as they continue to feel hurt and angry upon talking about it, it means that they haven’t understand towards hurts and hurtful behavior, and they haven’t really forgiven and let go.

It’s everyone’s freedom if they want to continue feeling hurt and angry, and ‘allowing’ past undesirable hurtful experiences to determine and affect their life in the present and for the rest of their life, and out of those reactions of ‘hurt’ and ‘anger’ towards remembering the past hurtful experiences, they are behaving in the way that hurt themselves and others, thinking and believing that “It’s because of you, I am behaving like this. My life is ruined by you and your hurtful behavior. I am hurting myself and everyone else now because of your hurtful behavior and what you did to me in the past. It’s all your fault.” Or, they can choose to understand, and stop hating or blaming all those who are ignorant and mentally ill, who behave/behaved hurtfully due to ignorance and mental illness, either randomly or deliberately, not allowing the past hurtful experiences deriving from the ignorance and mental illness of some others to determine or affect their life in the present moment and the rest of their life, and be free.

Out of ignorance, many minds are not aware of themselves are under the influence of ignorance, where one has no correct understanding, awareness and self-control, and hence, one constantly feels hurt and angered by the ignorant hurtful behavior of some others, as well as constantly acting and reacting in the way that hurt oneself and others, out of disappointment, hurt, anger and hatred towards what they perceived as ‘hurtful’, ‘undeserving’, ‘wrongful’ and ‘disappointing’, either randomly or deliberately. Oneself is also suffering from ignorance and mental illness.

Mental illness is something very common that present in many human minds functioning under the influence of ignorance, including highly educated and knowledgeable people who have a ‘normal’ family, work and social life, but many people would see ‘mental illness’ as something ‘bad’ or a ‘taboo’ and would be offended to be referred as mentally ill. Only those who are aware of the presence of ignorance or mental illness in one’s mind could help themselves to be free from ignorance or mental illness, to stop hurting themselves and others, before it’s becoming uncontrollable.

Mental illness doesn’t only limited to those who have lost the ability to look after themselves mentally and couldn’t have a ‘normal’ family, work and social life, or need to depend on medications everyday. But anyone who can still live a ‘normal’ life, but are highly sensitive, attention seeking, defensive and offensive, who are being over-powered by the desire of craving and aversion, who would behave in the way that hurt themselves or others in different ways, out of ignorance, out of disappointment, hurt, anger and hatred, either wittingly or unwittingly, randomly or deliberately, being determined by other people’s judgment, expectation, praise and criticism, action and reaction, to evaluate and determine themselves and their life, while blaming others’ bad and wrongful behavior for causing them to have hurtful behavior, failure, disappointment, anger, regret and unhappiness in life, they are indeed suffering from certain degrees of mental illness. It’s not a criticism. It’s not a shaming. It’s not an attack. It’s to be aware of what is going on in our own minds, to do something about it before it’s too late.

If we have truly understood, forgiven and let go, there’s no continuous hurt or anger towards anyone or anything from the past or in the present moment. It’s our own responsibility for our own action and reaction towards other people’s action and reaction. No one can ruin our lives or take away our happiness, unless we allow it to ruin our lives and take away our happiness, even if there are some damages that cannot be undone. When we come to the end of our lives, we will realize that it really doesn’t matter. But why suffering so much until the end of life to realize “It really doesn’t matter”? Why not now while we are still living? My mother, my father and my brother had all passed away. Life was greatly difficult for them. When they passed away, it really didn’t matter about who suffer less or who suffer more. I’m glad that my mother, my father and my brother smiled through the hardships and laughed after crying when life was too hard.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Surrendering to the law of nature

When there are many difficulties or obstacles arise in life that seem to be unsolvable in the present moment, we can choose to surrender to the law of nature, allowing the law of nature to lead us to wherever we are and whatever we will be, rather than being frustrated and injured by fighting against the difficulties that won’t make all the difficulties disappear from life.

Surrendering the desire to fight is not the same as giving up the will to move on.

Surrendering the ego by letting go egoistic desire, attachment and expectation.

Surrendering is respecting the law of nature after doing one’s best to live a life that one would like it to be, allowing the fruit of actions being what it is.

Surrendering the desire to fight against difficulties (deriving from ignorance in the world), but without giving up the will to move on, while manoeuvring around the difficulties.

It’s like a leaf floating on the river, and allowing the current to manoeuvre the leaf around all kinds of obstacles, and heads towards any branches of the river led by the current, without breaking apart while trying to fight against the current insisting on heading towards one particular branch of the river.

There’s nothing wrong with giving up, losing the will or ability to move on. It’s like the leaf reluctantly got stuck with one of the obstacles and stop flowing.

Either the leaf keeps flowing or stops flowing, it’s all impermanent.

Inquire towards the relationship between respect and discrimination

In the worldly egoistic human’s cultural and social belief, values and practice under the influence of ignorance, respect is a form of discrimination towards who deserve or don’t deserve respect and who deserve more or less respect from some others, based on the inheritance, lineage, family background, age, gender, sexual orientation, colour, shape, appearance, title, ranking, social status, financial status, position, level of education and certification/qualification, type of work, religion, ethnicity, nationality, behavior, achievement, contribution, and so on.

In nature, all and everyone exist as they are, without superiority or inferiority, without respect deserving or non-respect deserving.

All are existing and governing by the law of nature, of cause and effect.

All are selfless and impermanent.

All are subject to decay and the fundamental suffering of restless hunger and thirst, and selfless impermanent changes.

Regardless of educated or non-educated, majority of the human beings are being conditioned by the worldly cultural and social belief, values and practice influenced by ignorance that emphasized on giving and receiving discriminative respect towards all and everyone based on the different qualities of names and forms to judge all and everything as (more or less) respect deserving, or not, where there is discrimination of superiority and inferiority, and most people are looking forward to somehow be eligible to fit into the category of superiority, either being motivated by themselves, or their parents, or their friends, or their community, or their teachers, or their leaders, or their government body/authority.

Some countries even put it into their law of constitution where people would be prosecuted by law for ‘disrespecting’ something or someone that the people think and believe as ‘higher or highest’ respect deserving. People are living under fear towards ‘the superiority’, or ‘the authority’, or ‘the leader’, or ‘someone on the top’ that is being ‘acknowledged’ with the ‘status of superiority’ or ‘status of power’ by themselves and/or the people, where in certain countries, people who are ‘involving’ in running the government body, who hold certain ‘position’ or ‘title’, would think and believe that they somehow deserve higher respect than anyone else by social cultural belief and practice, and ‘by law’.

While within the community, people would think and believe that those who are higher educated deserve higher respect than anyone else, and people who have higher title/class/social status/financial status deserve higher respect than anyone else. Most parents would teach and motivate their children to do their very best to attain the eligibility to fit into the superior status, to gain respect or higher respect from some others who are inferior or less superior than them.

Those who want to practice and realize yoga, must free their minds from such thinking, belief, values and practice. Under the influence of ignorance, quite many yoga practitioners or enthusiasts are still very much being conditioned by such worldly egoistic thinking, belief, values and practice, even if they have been doing some kind of yoga practice regularly for many years, where they still think and believe that ‘someone’ or ‘something’ deserves upmost respect or higher respect than the others, and would be disturbed, offended or insulted if someone ‘failed’ to show ‘deserving (higher or upmost) respect’ towards that ‘someone’ or ‘something’.

Under the law of nature, there’s neither ‘respect’ nor ‘non-respect’, there’s neither ‘respect deserving’ nor ‘non-respect deserving’. If we want to show respect, we respect all and everyone the same regardless of the different qualities of names and forms, free from being conditioned by the worldly thinking and belief towards what is ‘good or bad’, ‘right or wrong’, ‘deserving or don’t deserving’, respecting all and everyone possessing different qualities of names and forms as they are, and all are impermanent.

The thinking and belief of ‘who and what’ deserve or don’t deserve respect and ‘who and what’ deserve more or less respect from some others, is like the invalid non-existing judgment of ‘who and what’ deserve or don’t deserve to be subject to selfless impermanent changes, decay and disintegration under the law of nature.

The ignorance in the world would eventually leading the world of civilization towards the ridiculousness of “Who is allowed or disallowed to breathe, to think, to believe, to feel, to laugh, to cry, to speak, to see, to sneeze, to fart, to shit, to love, to be kind, and so on, under the law of constitutions of certain countries” run by human beings under the influence of ignorance and egoism.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Life can be less complicated, but it isn’t so in the world of civilization

For those who are wealthy enough, there’s no problem for them to live or migrate to anywhere on earth, as they are most welcomed by the authority of most countries in the world. Unfortunately for the majority of the human beings who are not that wealthy, who have no choice but need to be making a living (working) to survive in life, would be discriminated and non-welcomed by the authority of many countries in the world.

Many honest, talented, skillful and hardworking people in the world might not be highly educated or certified, due to poverty or some other unfortunate circumstances, where they are facing difficulty of making a living in their own birth country, not to say, to be ‘eligible’ or ‘qualified’ to migrate somewhere else, but that doesn’t mean that they are less good human beings, or should be disqualified to be residing and making a living on earth. Unfortunately, they are the ones who are being discriminated ‘lawfully’ due to their ‘low financial status’ and ‘non-certification’ or ‘low educational level’ due to life condition is already being difficult for them.

In the modern world of civilization, if the government policy of a country run by wise and kind people that is trying to help all human beings to have an easier and better quality of life, that’s great. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in some countries, where the government policy of the country run by not so wise and not so kind people that is actually trying their best to make human beings’ life as complicated as possible.

Government body is supposed to be an organization that serves the community by facilitating everything to make life easier for everyone, however, discriminative government policy in certain countries are deliberately generating lots of complication to make people’s life more difficult, where many law obeying people who have no intention to do anything that go against the law, and only want to live and making a living ‘legally’ in a particular country, have to go through many unnecessary difficulties deriving from the complicated documentation procedures of a government policy that legally discriminating and tormenting human beings by their ‘nationality’, ‘financial status’, ‘social status’, ‘health status’, ‘title’, ‘educational level’, ‘certification’, ‘qualification’, and etc, or even by ‘ethnicity’ and ‘religion’ in certain countries.

The pandemic is affecting many people’s life and livelihood, but life has to go on for everyone, where people still need to go through complicated legal documentation procedure to live somewhere and making a living legally in a modern world of civilization.

For some people who have no choice but have to deal with renewing legal documentation every year for residing and making a living in a particular country, especially in a country running by a government that doesn’t really intend to help making people’s life easier, but deliberately creating lots of complicated procedures with many difficult rules and regulations to make people’s life as difficult as possible, the circumstances deriving from the current pandemic situation is making everything even harder for them.

Those who don’t need to deal with yearly renewal of legal documentation to be residing and making a living in a particular place on earth, they might not be able to understand the difficulty that some other people have to deal with for just trying to survive and live a life on earth, who are reluctantly don’t want to be ‘criminalized/penalized/imprisoned’ just by existing in a space in the universe that doesn’t really belong to anyone, but was being claimed ownership and authorization by some human beings to lawfully ‘allow’ and ‘disallow’ human beings for being existing, residing and making a living somewhere on earth.

People might think that being a citizen of one’s birth country wouldn’t need to go through all those hassles of complicated legal documentation procedures, but in some countries, being married to someone who is a citizen of another country, one will have to go through a painful process every year due to the government policy that doesn’t welcome or support ‘International mixed marriage’ and deliberately making people’s life extremely difficult, especially when the government policy is generating ‘discrimination’ towards many different things in order to determine who is ‘eligible’ or ‘qualified’ enough, and who is ‘non-eligible’ and ‘unqualified’ for being existing, residing and making a living in that country.

In order to apply for a ‘permission to reside in this country’ for the non-citizen spouse of the citizen of this country that only valid for one year, the citizen of this country needs to have proof of sufficient income to ‘sponsor’ the spouse, as the spouse is not allowed to work at all in this country (even if it’s not something illegal or wrongful,) even though the spouse is being given the ‘permission to reside in this country’ that need to be re-applying from scratch every year with all kinds of supportive documentations. And if for any reasons, one didn’t get to re-apply for the ‘permission to reside in this country’ on time before the due date, one will be penalized for over stay without permission, as well as facing the risk of ‘imprisonment’ or ‘deportation’.

In order to apply for an additional ‘permission to work’ under the ‘permission to reside in this country’, there are even more supportive documents that are compulsory for the application procedure. And even if the ‘permission to work’ is being granted by the authority after submitting all kinds of compulsory supportive documents, the spouse is limited only to do that specific work with specific details of the work, at the specific space of a specific address of a specific company, or else, it’s violating the law and will be criminalized and penalized under the law.

Free-lancing and self-employment that getting works from different companies/people, are invalid to be eligible for applying the ‘permission to work’, where it has to be one specific kind of work under employment with a contract under one specific registered company of a specific address with commercial title, where registered company under a home address with residential title for those who only need to be working from home or anywhere while travelling, who don’t need to be working at a specific address/building/office, such as a digital nomad, is not possible for getting the ‘permission to work’, as the authority won’t even process the application for ‘permission to work’.

This is because the application procedure requires either a ‘business license’ or a letter of ‘needless of a business license for the type of work’ from another government department, and ‘business license’ or the letter of ‘needless of a business license for the type of work’ will not be issued to a residential address, even if the type of work doesn’t require a ‘business license’ to be operating. Those who have an office space within a building under commercial title can attain the letter of ‘needless of a business license for the type of work’, but it cannot be issued for an address under residential title for those who don’t need a commercial office. It means, one has to spend unnecessary expenses on renting an office space that one doesn’t use in order to attain the letter of ‘needless of a business license for the type of work’, in order to apply for the ‘permission to work’, just because the authority of the country is run by a group of close-minded human beings. When someone wants to apply for the ‘permission to work’ under the ‘yearly permission to reside in this country that doesn’t allow to work’ as a non-citizen spouse of the citizen of this country, the officer asks, “Why? You want to work ah?” and then, “We know your work doesn’t need a business license, but we won’t process your application because we need either a ‘business license’ or the letter of ‘needless of a business license for the type of work’, and we know you can’t and won’t get the letter of ‘needless of a business license for the type of work’ because your address is not under commercial title.”

The more ridiculous thing is that even though they know from the very beginning that it’s not possible for anyone to attain a letter of ‘needless of business license for the type of work’ under a residential address, they didn’t inform the people but deliberately telling the people to go to that particular licensing department to request for that letter, wasting the people’s time, energy, effort and money. It’s also wasting unnecessary time and effort of those involved in the respective department. “We know you are working from home right? We know your work also doesn’t require a business license. You need to go to the licensing department and ask for a letter of needless of a business license for the type of work.” And when the people came back to this department telling them that they couldn’t attain that letter because it’s not possible for a residential address, they said to the people, “We know.” Why? Do they feel good for creating difficulty to the people? Government is supposed to be an organization that looks after the welfare of the people and facilitates convenient and efficient services and supports to the people to help to improve the quality of life of the people, but a government run by corrupted human beings is tormenting people by deliberately creating inconvenient complications to the people.

It’s like, “We don’t care about you. The government doesn’t welcome you. But we, the government don’t want to say that, directly. We just need to create lots of difficulties to you, and it’s up to you whether you want to stay because you love this country so much, and pay us the fees for all kinds of documentation procedure, or go somewhere else if you think this is too difficult for you.”

Regardless of whether one is reluctantly and autonomously being illegal for trying to earn some income for living without any ‘permission to work’, and one is being vulnerable towards facing prosecution and being exploited/bullied by unkind human beings, or one is being legalized with the ‘permission to work’ but then one is being restricted to one particular type of work under a specific company at that specific address, where engaging in other types of (lawful) work other than the one being applied for the ‘permission to work’ or any other form of lawful part-time income/paid-work activity beyond the one being stated in the ‘permission to work’ is considered ‘illegal’ and subject to ‘prosecution’, one is still living under the legal threat of being prosecuted, criminalized and penalized or be imprisoned/expelled at any time.

For some people, one type of work might not generate enough income for living and have no choice but need to be engaging in several types of work to be making enough livelihood. Or, there are people with multi talents and enthusiasm who can do so many different things in life, but would only be legalized and allowed to do ‘one specific work under a specific company’ to make a living in this country. Many financial problems, relationship problems, family problems, and mental health problems are building up unwittingly due to such government policy of deliberately restricting, oppressing, threatening and tormenting people under the name of ‘facilitating the law and order of the country’.

The citizen of this country couldn’t make sufficient or any income due to the pandemic and lockdown, but the non-citizen spouse can bring in some income by doing some works to be supporting their living, which also can provide ‘the eligible financial status of sponsorship’ as part of the ‘compulsory supportive documentation’ for applying the ‘permission to reside in this country’, but then the non-citizen spouse is not allowed to work under that ridiculous rules and regulations of ‘non-permission to work’ that comes under the ‘permission to reside in this country’ being the spouse to the citizen of this country.

The citizen of this country would have ‘sufficient income status’ to ‘sponsor’ the spouse to get the ‘permission to reside in this country’, if the spouse is allowed to work legally in this country, but the spouse wouldn’t even be eligible to apply for the ‘permission to reside in this country’ because the citizen of this country couldn’t provide ‘the eligible financial status’ that is required to be ‘qualified’ for ‘sponsoring’ the spouse due to the pandemic and lockdown, or due to some other reasons (illness, injury, or old age), and the spouse is not allowed to work or generate income.

Even after the spouse successfully getting the ‘permission to reside in this country’ that only valid for one year, but in order to apply for the ‘permission to work’, the spouse must be eligible/qualified by possessing a minimum level of educational certification and some other supportive work qualifications, which creates great difficulty for those who are not highly educated or certified, even if the spouse is a law abiding, honest, kind and hardworking person with many years of experience in doing something or many things.

Discriminative government policy are forcing people who don’t want to do anything bad and wrong or illegal to reluctantly become ‘illegal/criminalized’ due to ‘non-approval status’ from the authority and have no choice but being ‘committed’ in ‘illegal activity’ (working hard trying to earn some honest money for living but without authorized legal documentation), for just trying to survive, to be making a living, to be existing and living in this space.

How ridiculous is that, even when the ‘rightful’ citizen of the country has successfully obtained legal licensing to be doing a small business in the country, is being threatened legally to bear all cost to demolish the rented building for doing the business under the authorized licensing, and to pay whatever compensation to the landlord for demolishing the rented building as ordered by the authority according to the rules and regulations, upon the termination of the business (or cancellation of the building permit for the business license) regardless of whether the business is being terminated by the business owner who wants to stop doing business, or it’s terminated by the authority that wants to stop renewing the building permit for the business license for any reasons.

Rightful citizen of a country, or not, it’s so complicated to live a life under the name of civilization. Those who are wealthy and are enjoying the privilege of being wealthy, might not agree with this. That’s their freedom.

Everyone have no choice but need to be legalized to live a life and do things legally in a so called civilized country, however, it can be so complicated and troublesome, and people have to be living under ‘threat’ legally even after being legalized.

It’s not a crime for being simple and want to live a simple honest life.

It’s not a crime for being poor under difficult condition.

It’s not a crime for not being highly educated.

It’s not a crime for being married to and sharing life with someone of other nationality.

But why punishing and tormenting the simple minded people who want to live a simple honest life, the poor people who are in difficult condition, the non educated or low educated people, and the international loving couples under the name of civilization? Is it because they are less or non contributing to the economy of the country (paying less tax than the others)? Or, is it because the authority reluctant to ‘look after’ those who need certain assistance from the authority?

If that’s the reason, and if the ‘money minded’ authority really want more people to become eligible for contributing more to the economy, and less depending on getting any form of assistance from the authority, then the authority should make everything easier for these low income or low educated people to be able to ‘work’ or ‘do business’ to have higher income, to facilitate more convenience for everyone to have the opportunity to become independent in all aspects, and it’s not by discriminating and punishing these simple minded, low income or low educated people who try to live a simple life and make enough honest income for living, legally.

If their reason for making international mixed marriage difficult is due to there are some cases of fake marriage for getting legalized documentation, and they want to punish those fake marriage couples, but why are they punishing everyone else who are not faking marriage?

If their reason for making international mixed marriage so difficult is due to they want to stop internal corruption activity coming from their respective department that deals with facilitating legal documentation for international mixed marriage, but then why are they tormenting everyone else who are merely loving couple that want to share life together, who are not and don’t want to get involved with any corruption or illegal activity?

These are the unnecessary difficulties and tormentation created by human beings under the name of civilization deriving from ignorance that all humans who need to survive by making a living ‘legally’ need to deal with for just being existing in a space in the universe, especially in certain countries with an authority run by a group of close-minded human beings. It’s even more difficult under the pandemic that would go on for years. Those who don’t need to go through all kinds of ‘complicated legal documentation procedure’ under an authority run by close-minded human beings, or their authority is run by a group of open-minded human beings, they won’t need to deal with such difficulty.

Ignorance in the world is like a selfless natural disaster

Dealing with the ignorance in the world, it’s like dealing with natural disaster.

Natural disaster is part of the selfless manifestation or natural phenomena of the nature.

The natural disaster itself is selfless and intentionless. It has no intention to ravage anything, but, it’s part of its selfless intentionless power of nature that would cause random damages onto many things and lives under its presence.

We can mourn or be angry for the destruction of things and lives, and try to clean up the mess of the aftermath deriving from natural disaster as much as possible, and move on in life, but we can’t really ‘blame’ or ‘hinder’ the natural phenomena of the nature being what it is.

Ignorance in the world is just like the selfless intentionless power of destruction deriving from natural disaster being part of the selfless manifestation or natural phenomena of the impure perceptive/cognitive/assertive modification of the mind.

Ignorance and the consequences of ignorance would ravage anything and anyone (oneself and others) either randomly or deliberately, inflicting all kinds of destruction, difficulty, pain, injury and misery onto objects and beings selflessly and intentionlessly under its presence.

We can mourn and be angry for the destruction of things and lives, and try to clean up the mess of the aftermath (the consequences of ignorance) due to ignorant actions deriving from ignorance either in oneself or in others, and move on in life, but we can’t really ‘blame’ or ‘hinder’ ignorance for being what it is, where its nature of ravaging anything under its presence randomly or deliberately, as even ignorant actions deriving from intentional motive to destroy, damage and hurt something or someone, to cause destruction, difficulty, pain, injury and misery deliberately, that is also part of the nature of ignorance for being ignorant towards ignorance.

One can feel hurt by other people’s ignorance and be angry with the consequences of ignorance of other people in the world, in the present moment, where one’s life is reluctantly being affected or damaged by the ignorance in the world, but one doesn’t need to be determined or continuously be hurt by the ignorance and the consequences of ignorance in the world, by understanding that the nature of ignorance is just like any kinds of natural disaster that would ravage anything under its presence, randomly.

Ignorance in the world is like a solid wall. One feels hurt or might be injured when one accidentally ran into the wall.

One can either move on and let it go even though damages cannot be undone, or one can stand in front of the wall and shouting at the wall, and continuously hurting and injuring oneself by kicking the wall as hard as possible out of anger towards the wall.

Inquire towards the truth of everything.

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha and non-interference towards the law of nature

While Siddhartha Gautama Buddha was still a prince who had never come in contact with any suffering before, he went outside the palace one day and had the great opportunity to witness the law of nature, of selfless impermanent changes of illness, old age and death, as well as the suffering of hunger and thirst, or survival instinct in all beings, and this experience had ignited the intense yearning for knowing the truth of existence or the yearning for liberation in him, which led to his renunciation from worldly life, learning from different teachers experiencing different paths, and found the middle path and attained enlightenment.

Knowing and respecting the law of nature, he never interfered with the law of nature, even though one of his teachings is about loving kindness, or non-violence, or non-killing. The non-interference towards the law of nature, observing all and everything arising, changing and passing away at their own cause, is indeed non-violence/loving kindness/compassion, which it’s not easy for many sympathetic/empathetic minds to grasp.

Upon seeing the suffering of hunger and thirst, of the survival instinct in all beings, where the insect was being hunt and ate by a lizard, and then the lizard was being hunt and ate by a snake, and then the snake was being hunt and ate by a bird, and then the bird was being hunt and ate by a hunter, and then the hunter will eventually meet his own death and be eaten by worms and insects and animals, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha couldn’t and didn’t interfere with the law of nature.

Although he was deeply disturbed and grieving out of his nature of non-violence and loving kindness, he couldn’t and didn’t interfere towards nature. He didn’t aspire to stop the hunter from hunting the bird, or stop the bird from hunting the snake, or stop the snake from hunting the lizard, or stop the lizard from hunting the insect, and so on.

When people who were in painful suffering came to him asking to be freed from sickness, to escape old age, and to bring back the dead, he didn’t perform ‘miracles’ to remove all kinds of sickness, old age and death from anyone, for anyone. One can do one’s best to stay away from sickness, to be cured from sickness, to stay young as much as possible, to save lives if possible, and to live as long as possible, but without attachment towards the fruit of action being what it is according to the law of nature, after doing one’s best.

He let everyone to purify and discipline their own mind to see the truth of the existence of a selfless impermanent body and a selfless perceptive/cognitive mind governed by the law of nature, of cause and effect, of actions and the consequences of actions, or the restlessness of selfless impermanent changes of decaying, of selfless transitions of birth, old age, illness and death/disintegration, and be desireless and unattached towards the mind perception of a selfless impermanent life existence.

Decay/death/disintegration is not something terrible or negative.

It is the inevitable truth of everything – of living and non-living objects.

Regardless of being wise or unwise, kind or unkind, pleasant or unpleasant, selfish or unselfish, healthy or unhealthy, rich or poor, knowledgeable or non-knowledgeable, vegetarian or non-vegetarian, good or bad, right or wrong, agreeable or disagreeable, short lived or long lived, easy condition or difficult condition, all are subject to selfless impermanent changes of decaying, old age, illness and death.

He never mentioned or commenting about ‘God existence’, ‘Soul or Spirit’, ‘Heaven and Hell’. He let everyone to purify and discipline their own minds, to quiet the modification of the mind, to inquire towards the truth of everything and attain self-realization towards the truth by oneself.

He didn’t tell anyone what/how to think, what to believe and how to behave, or not. He let everyone to practice, or not, about the Noble Eightfold Path in order to purify, discipline and quiet the modification of the mind, to free the mind from ignorance, to know Thyself – the truth of Selflessness and Impermanence.

He didn’t aspire to change the world to be something else that it is not.

He didn’t aspire to stop the world from selfless impermanent changes governed by the law of nature, of cause and effect.

He didn’t aspire to save the world from ‘destruction’ or ‘extinction’, or to free the world from ‘painful suffering’, ‘evilness’, ‘wrongfulness’.

He didn’t aspire to stop the teachings from changing into something else and disappearing from the world.

He didn’t fight against anyone who act and react under the influence of ignorance or anything born out of ignorance.

He didn’t desire or expect anyone or anything to change to be something different from what they are and are not. Everyone and everything will be changing as they are, governed by the law of nature, cause and effect.

He didn’t judge or punish anyone or anything.

He wasn’t a leader leading a group of followers. He wasn’t a belief creator hoarding a group of believers. He was merely disseminating the Dhamma as it is, and let everyone whether to practice and liberate themselves from ignorance, or not.

His teachings and practice emphasize on – The Middle Path of respecting the nature of everything, or the truth of Impermanence and Selflessness, through Non-interference/Non-attachment/Desirelessness/Non-craving/Non-aversion towards the mind perception of names and forms (pleasurable enjoyment and painful suffering), and attaining Silence/Nibbana/Nirvana, or Annihilation of the modification of the mind.

He realized suffering isn’t caused by the perceived names and forms being what they are, impermanently and selflessly changing. Suffering arise is due to ungratified desire deriving from attachment and desire of craving and aversion being generated towards the perceived names and forms, while attachment and desire of craving and aversion are the by-products of ignorance, being ignorant towards the truth of names and forms, of both the perceiver and the perceived.

Some people might mistaken Nibbana (in Pali) or Nirvana (in Sanskrit) – Void of the modification of the mind, as ‘Heaven’, one of the realms or states of mind that is still within the restless wheel of births and deaths governed by the law of cause and effect. The realm of ‘Heaven’ or ‘State of supreme pleasurable enjoyment’ is not ultimate liberation from the suffering of restless transition of realms, of the selfless cognitive mind perception of ceaseless impermanent changes of births and deaths (restless modification of the mind).

Inquire towards the truth of everything.

All these is suffering

‘All these is suffering’ is the truth of the selfless impermanent existence of the body and perceptive thinking mind governed by the law of nature, of cause and effect/actions and the consequences of actions, especially in a world occupied and operated by human beings under the influence of ignorance and egoism.

Minds that are enjoying many good things in life, would disagree with the truth of ‘All these is suffering’, and these minds want to believe that life in the world of human beings is wonderful and meaningful by focusing on the good things. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just that even the good things are impermanent. There’s no suffering if the minds know and respect the truth of impermanence, being free from attachment towards the good things and without aversion towards the not so good things.

Even when the mind is free from suffering by knowing and respecting the truth of impermanence, being free from attachment, identification or expectation, but the existence of the selfless physical body couldn’t escape the inevitable suffering of restless maintenance for survival, hunger and thirst, and all kinds of discomfort, pain, illness, decaying, aging, weakening and limitation.

There is no real freedom or satisfaction that can be found in this world of human beings that is not just being governed by the law of impermanence and selflessness, but it’s also being governed by ‘laws’ created by human beings out of ignorance and egoism with all kinds of rules and regulations trying to ‘control’ everything to be in certain way, or ‘keeping things in certain order’, or even under the name of ‘civilization’ and ‘development’ for improving the over-all welfare of human beings, the existence of human beings need to be ‘documented’, ‘legalized’, ‘decriminalized’, ‘authorized’, ‘recognized’, ‘certified’, ‘qualified’, ‘approved’, ‘allowed’, ‘granted with such and such rights’, and etc, which inevitably generating all kinds of ‘illegality’, ‘criminalization’, ‘unauthorized’, ‘undocumented’, ‘non-recognition’, ‘non-certified’, ‘unqualified’, ‘disqualified’, ‘disapproval’, ‘disallowance’, ‘non-gratification of such and such rights’ and etc, that empower all kinds of unnecessary corruption, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, violence and ‘tormentation’.

The ‘authority’ isn’t just generating ‘profit’ from receiving fees by issuing all kinds of ‘legally approved documentation’ to the people who ‘need’ to be ‘legally documented to be residing and making a living in a particular area on earth that doesn’t belong to anyone’ as well as from penalizing those who didn’t or couldn’t attain ‘legally approved documentation’ for some reasons, or those who were being issued with ‘legally approved documentation’ but there is penalty being issued due to the many different kinds of ridiculous rules and regulations.

From the moment of birth, all human beings are ‘not free’. In fact many wild lives in nature are more free than human beings, just being governed by the law of nature.

All human beings are being ‘regulated’, ‘restricted’ and ‘controlled’ by ‘the authority’ that claimed ‘authorization’ over the many different areas on earth. ‘The basic freedom of existence’ doesn’t exist for being existing on earth, not to say, ‘trying to live a life of a selfless impermanent body and perceptive thinking mind’ to be ‘living’, ‘moving around’, ‘acting’, ‘expressing’, ‘making a living or trying to survive to maintain life’ on this space of the universe that doesn’t belong to anyone or any so called ‘authorization and authority’ that exists under the name of ‘an organization to carry out duty and responsibility for serving the community and maintaining welfare development and keeping order in the world’. Even in one’s birth country, everyone also needs to attain legal ‘documentation’, ‘permission’ or ‘approval’ for everything by appealing to ‘the authority’ and paying some monthly or yearly renewable fees/taxes until one dies.

Human beings think and believe that at least they are free in their own birth country as a rightful citizen of that country, where they can live and do anything freely, but it’s not. Whether residing and doing something in one’s own country, or in some other countries, everyone must ‘possess’ or ‘obtain’ legal documentation/permission/approval from the authority by paying some sorts of charges, just by being where one is. Or else, naturally one is being illegal and will be criminalized/penalized and facing the risk of losing ‘the rights/permission of being at a place on earth’ that was being ‘granted by the authority’ before.

“As a citizen of this country, you can live and do anything here as long as it’s legally permitted and approved under the law of this country created and authorized by ‘the authority’. And of course you need to pay some fees in order to obtain the permission and approval from ‘the authority’ for legalizing anything you want to do. But, be very careful. Your citizenship could be revoked and stripped-off from you, at any time, if you offend the authority.”

Upon seeing the truth of impermanence and selflessness, minds attain liberation from suffering through non-attachment/non-association/renunciation towards ‘all these’ (the mind stuff, or the modification of the mind, or the mind perception of a worldly life existence) upon the realization of ‘All these is suffering’ and being unattached towards the inevitable suffering of the selfless existence and function of the decaying physical body.

The past enlightened Buddhas and yogis didn’t claim that “Oh! Life existence in the world of human beings is wonderful and meaningful” upon enlightenment. This realization of ‘All these is suffering’ is not negative at all, but it appears to be something negative for the minds that want to believe that they have the power to create ‘the desired reality that they preferred’ even if it’s just temporary and needed to be maintained restlessly, by ceaselessly keep creating what they think is wonderful and meaningful in life.

Whether with or without a government body to be ‘the authority’ that was being given the so called ‘lawful’ power to run any country, there will always be some human created/related problems deriving from ignorance and egoism. By having or not having ‘the authority’ of a government body to run a country, couldn’t guarantee that there will be less or no problems. The existence of human created/related ‘problems’ is due to the human beings’ perceptive/cognitive/assertive intellectual egoistic thinking minds are functioning under the influence of ignorance and egoism, as well as due to the basic survival instinct that exists in all living objects.

Whether human minds are free or not free from the influence of ignorance and egoism, is nothing to do with the presence and absence of education, accumulated knowledge, intelligence, talent, skill, belief, values, status, title, documentation, legalization, authorization, recognition, certification, qualification, approval, possession of such and such rights, accomplishment, privilege, and etc.

Whether the minds are being kind and compassionate, or not, and being peaceful or in painful suffering, is nothing to do with the presence and absence of ‘courses and certifications of kindness and compassion’ or ‘courses and certifications of peace or suffering’, that allowed or disallowed the mind to be kind and compassionate, being peaceful or in painful suffering, or not.

Buddha didn’t attend a ‘legally authorized enlightenment course’ and didn’t carry a ‘certification of enlightenment’, or obtained ‘permission from the authority to be legalized/authorized to practice and teach Dhamma’, or issued different types of ‘certifications/qualifications of enlightenment’ to respective practitioners that had gone through self-discipline and self-inquiry towards the truth and attained different levels of realization.

Practicing yoga, realizing yoga and teaching yoga, or being dispassionate, unattached, fearless, peaceful and silent, or being patient, accommodating, forgiving, kind and compassionate, are nothing to do with all kinds of worldly authorization and legalization of ‘One must gone through certain type and amount of learning and training via authorized/approved courses and obtained such and such recognized certification/qualification in order to be legalized/recognized/approved/allowed for existing, living, moving around, and making a living to survive or doing something in this world’.

A talented artist might or might not become better and better in its creativity through certain type and amount of training, but it’s nothing to do with ‘certification of creative arts’.

A writer who loves to write, a dancer who loves to dance, a singer who loves to sing, might or might not becoming a better writer, dancer, or singer through certain type and amount of training, but it’s nothing to with ‘qualification and certification of writing, dancing and singing’.

“Without training and certification of writing, or dancing, or singing issued/sanctioned by recognized/authorized organization, one wouldn’t be eligible to obtain ‘permission’/’approval’ from ‘the authority’ or cannot be legalized/approved/allowed and will be criminalized/penalized/imprisoned for getting involve in activity of writing, dancing, or singing,” and “Without training and certification of authorized yoga courses, one wouldn’t be eligible to obtain ‘permission’/’approval’ from ‘the authority’ or cannot be legalized/approved/allowed and will be criminalized/penalized/imprisoned for practicing, realizing and teaching yoga,” is like “Without training and certification of friendship or loving kindness, one cannot be legalized/approved/allowed and will be criminalized/penalized/imprisoned for being a friend or to love and be kind to oneself and others.” Such is the world being occupied and operated by human beings under the influence of ignorance and egoism.

There are minds that think and believe that they can ‘buy’ all the freedom of existing, being, living, making a living, moving around/travelling/migrating and doing anything that they like in anywhere of the world, for as long as they have the money to keep paying ‘the authority’ for getting all the required legal documentation/permission/approval done and without any intentional/unintentional offense towards the respective ‘authority’ in different places, would disagree with ‘All these is suffering’ while they are enjoying ‘the privilege’ that they still have and even until the end of their life existence. And that’s their freedom.

Human beings would want to think and believe that ‘laws’ and ‘authorities’ are made to protect human beings and the world from ‘bad’ and ‘wrongful’ things, to make the world a better place for everyone, but unfortunately in some countries, ‘laws’ and ‘authorities’ are made to profit and protect the authority and give rise to many unnecessary difficulties to the people for just trying to live a life on earth that doesn’t belong to anyone. There’s no freedom of existence or living, not to say, freedom of expression, action and speech. Or, one can express, do and say anything, as long as it’s agreeable and complimentary to ‘the authority’.

‘Laws’ and ‘authorities’ in most countries legally discriminate all human beings by scanning/analyzing ‘the eligibility’ of the people for accepting/processing/approving/granting certain ‘authorized documentation’, which mainly is about ‘nationality’, ‘financial status’, ‘social status’, ‘title’, ‘educational level’, ‘certification and qualification’, ‘talent and skill’, ‘achievement’, ‘health condition’, ‘submissive mentality towards the authority’, and etc, where all these have nothing to do with whether someone is free from ignorance and suffering, or not, and being kind and compassionate, or not. Even highly educated knowledgeable intelligent people who want to protest against certain kinds of ‘discrimination’ and ‘prejudice’ might not be free from ignorance and egoism, where they don’t see ‘many of the discrimination’ that were being generated by ‘laws’ and ‘authorities’ that they support very much, where these ‘documentation qualified’ people think and believe that the world or a country needs to be governed by ‘an authority’ to keep things in order by ‘legalizing and criminalizing’ everything, to keep those ‘documentation unqualified’ people away from the world or their country.

In most countries, wisdom and compassion deriving from inquiring into the truth of everything that bring peace and harmony into the society is not important and could be seen as a potential risk of jeopardizing the ‘profit’ and ‘power’ of the authority, but, how much ‘profit’ and ‘power’ the authority can get from the people’s financial contribution, as well as maintaining certain degrees of separateness, unrest and disharmony among the society that can keep the authority in power, is the upmost priority.

In Dhamma, all are one same nature of selflessness and impermanence. There’s no discrimination towards those who are and are not free from ignorance and egoism, or who are and are not kind and compassionate, not to say, all kinds of different names and forms, of ‘nationality’, ‘financial status’, ‘social status’, ‘title’, ‘educational level’, ‘certification and qualification’, ‘talent and skill’, ‘achievement’, ‘health condition’, ‘submissive mentality towards the authority’ and etc, to determined or judged anyone is deserving or non-deserving the teaching and practice of Dhamma, and be eligible or non-eligible for attaining liberation from ignorance and suffering.

Many human beings are being conditioned to put upmost importance onto ‘the eligibility’ of ‘nationality’, ‘financial status’, ‘social status’, ‘title’, ‘educational level’, ‘certification and qualification’, ‘talent and skill’, ‘achievement’, ‘health condition’, ‘submissive mentality towards the authority’, or even ‘religion’, ‘ethnicity’ and ‘body and facial appearance’ to determine or judge themselves and others as deserving or non-deserving to be existing and living on earth, might not agree with this. That’s their freedom.

The worldly minded people put upmost importance onto “Are you qualified (enough)?” while in truth, there’s a certain ‘qualification’ existing in all and everyone regardless of whether one is qualified (enough) for anything in this world of ignorance and egoism, which is, “All are qualified for the suffering of restlessness, of the selfless impermanent changes of decaying, weakening, aging, sickness and death. All are born to be qualified to die, regardless of who you think you are and whether you are highly qualified for something in this world, or not.”

Inquire towards the truth of everything.

“Just do our best” in the teachings of yoga

Just like everything else, “Just do our best” can be interpreted differently by different people with different understanding. Positive minds interpret it positively and negative minds interpret it negatively, while minds that have transcended positive and negative interpret it as it is, neither positive nor negative. “Do our best” under a competitive background might mean differently from the teachings of yoga.

In the competitive world, some people propagate “Don’t just do your best, but go beyond what you think is your best.” While some people propagate “Don’t just go beyond your best, but go beyond other people’s best.”What is best or what is the limitation in everyone is very different from one another. In the teachings of yoga, one can never compare with one another, but just do one’s best at one’s own pace.

“Just do our best” in the teachings of yoga means – Whatever we do, we do our best without forcing the body and mind beyond its limitation in the present moment now, and without attachment or identification towards our actions and the fruit of actions, without expectation towards the fruit of actions has to be or not to be in certain way, allowing the fruit of actions to be what it is, as it is, without being determined or affected by the actions or the fruit of actions, and more importantly, all are impermanent. The fruit of actions might not be the way that we think how it should be, even after we did our best, and it’s okay.

It’s about performing all actions without attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, and just do what is possible while letting go what is impossible in the present moment now, and what is possible and impossible in the present moment now is impermanent. There are different elements determining whether something is possible or not possible in the present moment now. It’s not about achieving certain result under certain aspiration or intention and ‘I’ want to achieve it now, and it’s definitely not about pushing the body and mind to the point of breaking down in order to gratify our desire of achieving something.

Maybe the body is ready, but the mind is not ready. Maybe the mind is ready, but the body is not ready. Maybe the body and the mind are both ready, but the condition of the space for something to happen is not ready. Maybe the body and the mind and the condition of the space are all ready, but it’s not the right timing yet. Other than the ability of non-attachment, non-identification and non-expectation, the elements of patience, determination, perseverance, tolerance, acceptance, adjustment, adaptation and accommodation, play an important role in “Just do our best”.

Some people become more relaxed while be able to work efficiently and achieving more by implementing “Just do our best” in everything that they do, as they are aware of and understand what is the limitation of their body and mind as well as knowing what is possible and impossible according to the current condition and situation in the present moment.

While some people become more tensed and unable to work efficiently under the term of “Just do our best” as either they have no awareness or understanding towards what is the limitation of their body and mind and don’t know what is possible or impossible in the current condition and situation in the present moment, or, for some people coming from different background, “Do our best” means pushing the body and mind beyond their current limitation until they break down (the do or die mentality of keep fighting until you drop,) or else, they are not doing their best.

Some people feel that they were being judged by other people’s encouragement to them by telling them to “Just do your best, without pushing the body and mind beyond its limitation”, as they feel that they were being criticized for trying too hard. While some people feel that they were being judged by other people’s encouragement to them by telling them to “Do your best”, as they feel that they are being criticized for being not good enough, for haven’t done their best yet or not trying hard enough, that they need to try harder than what they can do now. But these encouragements containing the term of “Do your best” have no intention to judge anyone as trying too hard, or not trying hard enough.

All these reactions of “I am being judged” or “I am under attack” when hearing other people saying to them about “Do your best” are merely coming from the highly defensive egoistic mind itself, being sensitive and offensive due to the mind reacts according to how the mind perceives and interprets everything under the influence of defensiveness.

There are quite many minds experienced certain undesirable experiences in the past where they felt hurt, and continuing to feel hurt by some unpleasant ‘hurtful’ experiences, because they don’t know how to free themselves from being determined by the past undesirable experiences, that make them become highly defensive and sensitive towards everything that they experience in the present moment now.

The minds that have correct understanding towards what is going on in the mind, they won’t perceive or interpret those terms or any terms as a form of judgment or attack. And even if there’s intentional judgment or attack coming from some others towards them, they won’t feel offended, as they are not being determined or disturbed by the mind perception of names and forms, because they know what is non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-judgment, non-comparison and non-expectation, while allowing everyone to think and judge or express and behave as they are, allowing all kinds of names and forms to be there as they are.

And hence, to truly help the minds that felt hurt and continuously feeling hurt by something ‘hurtful’ in the past, it’s not about offering to heal what they think is a painful mental/emotional wound existing in their minds and comforting these minds with the things that they like to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, feel and think, to make them feel good momentarily, but it’s guiding them in the way that allows them to look into their own minds, to see the truth of those hurtful feelings and what is going on in their minds, that will allow them to be free from being determined by the past experiences upon knowing the truth of what is going on in their minds, where there is no mental/emotional wound existing in their minds that needs to be healed, but merely a continuous stream of impermanent thought activities arising and passing away selflessly deriving from ignorance and egoism of attachment, identification, and ungratified desires and expectations. Neither do they need any comforting treatment of sympathetic/empathetic actions and words from anyone to feel better, as they won’t feel hurt anymore once they realized the truth of what is going on in their minds, regardless of something that they experienced in the past or something that they are experiencing now.

Those who understand this, there’s no need to be strong, no need to be positive, no need to forgive and let go anything, and no need to be healed, as the selfless mind cannot be hurt upon knowing Thyself.

The minds that don’t know Thyself, that are under the influence of ignorance and egoism, where there’s an idea of ‘I’, generates attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation, they would perceive hurt, and hence, they think and believe that they need to be strong, need to be positive, need to forgive and let go something that they perceived and judged as something ‘hurtful’, and there’s existing painful mental/emotional wounds that need to be healed.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Correct understanding towards the challenging mind purification process

The challenging mind purification process deriving from intense serious yoga and meditation practice is neither good nor bad.

If the truth of something is ‘good’, then everyone who experience that something will all have the same ‘good’ reaction towards that something ‘good’.

If the truth of something is ‘bad’, then everyone who experience that something will all have the same ‘bad’ reaction towards that something ‘bad’.

If the truth of something is just what it is, where it’s neither good nor bad, but based on different people have different understanding and limitation, everyone who experience that something will have their own subjective personal reaction towards that something. For the same thing, some will react in a good way, where they think, feel and judge that it’s something good. While some will react in a bad way, where they think, feel and judge that it’s something bad.

For example, the existence of medicine. Medicine is neither useful nor useless, neither good nor bad. It serves a particular purpose to counter certain illness in certain way. Some people react in a good way towards taking a particular medicine and are getting better from taking that medicine, while some other people react in a bad way towards taking the same medicine and are not getting any better but might be getting worst from taking that medicine. The truth of that medicine is that it’s neither good nor bad. If it’s really something good, then everyone who take that same medicine will react in a good way without any bad reaction. If it’s really something bad, then everyone who take that same medicine will react in a bad way without any good reaction at all.

It’s the same as any kinds of names and forms, of different objects and activities that all and everyone might come in contact with and experience.

The co-existence of certain venomous insects or animals in our surrounding living environment, are neither something good nor bad. It’s about whether people can find their own way to either live in a space free from any venomous insects or animals, or they can learn how to make some adaptation and adjustment to be able to live in an environment sharing the living space with some venomous insects or animals.

The intense prolonged silent meditation practice and the mind purification process is just what it is. It’s neither something good nor bad, even when one of the common effect of the prolonged silent meditation practice where the mind is being restrained from its usual behavior habit would ignite intense mind purification process that might appear to be ‘painful’ and ‘confusing’ for many passionate egoistic minds.

Some people who have developed certain degrees of dispassion and non-attachment will know how to confront with any challenging names and forms, and go beyond all those challenging purification process, being undetermined or unaffected by the purification process, and attaining greater ‘understanding’ beyond the limited understanding or egoistic reaction of the conditional thinking mind. While some people don’t have the basic foundation of dispassion and non-attachment, where they don’t know how to go beyond those challenging purification process, and are being determined, affected and over-whelmed by the challenging ‘painful’ and ‘confusing’ purification process, as these minds are still being conditioned very much by the limited understanding and egoistic reaction of the conditional thinking mind functioning under the influence of certain worldly egoistic thinking and belief.

It’s not the responsibility of the meditation practice for how people react differently towards the effect of the practice, where some people have good reaction while some people have bad reaction upon going through the similar degrees of purification process. It’s how different minds with different state of mind that come with different understanding and reaction or behavior pattern react differently towards the effect of the intense silent meditation practice.

Those who are suffering from depression, or clinical mental illness, or hallucination, or intoxication addiction, are not allowed to attend intense silent meditation retreat. While there might be many people are not aware of themselves are suffering from certain degrees of mental illness, as they can still live everyday life having a ‘normal’ social life of family and friends.

While going through intense mind purification process can either free the mind from ignorance and suffering deriving from ignorance, not to say, all kinds of mental blockage practically under the correct understanding with the practice of dispassion, non-attachment, non-identification and non-association, or it would trigger unexpected mental/emotional breakdown, which is common and healthy on the path of yoga and meditation, but for the worldly passionate minds, it can be over-whelming and disturbing, and hence, it’s being seen as something bad, wrong, unhealthy and mad. These minds would put the blame onto the practice of silent meditation practice as the cause of their physical/mental/emotional discomfort and pain due to the mind purification process. The minds that have correct understanding will understand that all discomfort and pain during the purification process is just an inevitable process that everyone has to go through by oneself on the path of yoga and meditation.

It’s like to eradicate ‘cancer growth’ from the physical body, the operation procedure of removing the cancer growth is inevitable, but the process of the operation where the body is being cut open exposing flesh and blood, and the look of the cancer growth might appear to be disgusting and painful for many people.

Intense serious silent yoga and meditation practice is sort of like performing layer and layer of operation onto the mind by none others but oneself. There are lots of disgusting and painful stuffs need to be exposed/released and be removed. It’s like a deep cleaning process for a rubbish bin that has been accumulating layer and layer of stubborn smelly disgusting stains. It’s an inevitable process. Most people don’t like to go near a smelly disgusting rubbish bin, not to say, to be cleaning the bin thoroughly by themselves.

Most minds might prefer not to go near, not to say, to expose or remove any disgusting and painful stuffs that they don’t want to confront with, by themselves, and want to believe that they are perfectly fine as they are, especially those who believe in a ‘God existence’ that is responsible for everything, and will bless them with everything good and take away anything bad, if they pray hard enough, that there’s nothing that need to be removed/purified from their minds urgently by themselves, where they either think and believe that they are free from ignorance and impurities, or they are okay with the presence of ignorance and impurities, that they are not interested to be free from ignorance and impurities. And that’s their freedom.

Even Siddhartha Gautama Buddha was not being exempted from had to go through great challenging purification process prior to his enlightenment.

Of course, none need to compare oneself with any others on the path of self-inquiry and self-realization. But then, once the mind has the correct understanding, it won’t put the blame onto the practice and judge the effect of the practice as something ‘bad’, but instead, the mind will appreciate all those deep buried disgusting and painful stuffs being exposed and released to the surface of the mind, to let them go.

It’s just that the path of yoga and meditation for self-inquiry and self-realization might not be suitable for the minds that have not yet developed certain degrees of dispassion and non-attachment.

Those who are strongly attaching towards the mind perception of a worldly life existence, and have strong identification towards the physical body and the thinking mind under the influence of certain passionate egoistic thinking and belief as who they are, where they think and believe that the terms such as ‘the death of oneself or the death of loved ones’, ‘illness’, ‘pain’, ‘injury’, ‘old age’, ‘aloneness’ and ‘separation from the loved ones’ are something bad, negative and terrible, where they expect only momentary desirable and enjoyable pleasant effects deriving from performing some leisure yoga and meditation practice, who are not mentally and emotionally stable and independent, who expect receiving miracle healing from somebody to remove all their painful suffering, who expect all their desires will come true under the blessing of somebody, who have aspiration for acquiring miracle power that can make the impossible to become possible or to change the world according to their desire, who have lots of passionate worldly/spiritual desire waiting to be fulfilled, they might not be suitable for serious yoga and meditation practice where going through stages of challenging unpleasant mind purification process (to confront with ‘things’ that the mind fears most) is inevitable for anyone on the path, unless they are ready to admit the ignorance and impurities in the mind and to confront with ‘what they have been rejecting most’.

And hence, the importance of looking after one’s mind before the mind loses the basic stability and clarity to have the essential reasoning and understanding that allows the mind to know and transcend itself.

During the purification process, not just that there are unpleasant names and forms arising and passing away, but there are also some pleasant names and forms arising and passing away, where the observer of all these names and forms observing all these pleasant and unpleasant names and forms coming and going equanimously, without attachment, without craving or aversion.

It’s everyone’s freedom for what they want and don’t want to do with their life existence of the body and the perceptive/cognitive/assertive/subjective intellectual egoistic thinking mind.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Ignorance, the mind, and the purification process

The perception of the suffering from inevitable restlessness of selfless impermanent changes gives rise to the desire to know the cause of suffering.

Knowing ignorance is the root cause of suffering and being aware of ignorance in this mind initiates the yearning of seeking liberation from ignorance.

Seek not for enlightenment from other than within.

Look within, and this mind will see how the veil of ignorance is deceiving this perceptive cognitive intellectual egoistic thinking faculty all the time.

To seek the truth from within, this mind must first be able to be unattached towards the modification of the mind, or what it thinks and identifies as “I and the world of everything that I perceive in my life existence”, then, it needs to engage in certain training or practice that help to calm down or restrain the ever restless modification of the mind, where it’s a prolonged and intense purification process.

The restless modification of the mind is nothing but gross and subtle attachment and desire. Upon the complete annihilation of gross and subtle attachment and desire, there is no mind activity, but only pure consciousness.

Without dispassion and renunciation from the worldly affair, relationship, connection, interaction and activity that is being empowered by and empowering ignorance and egoism at the same time, it’s extremely difficult for the mind to be non-attaching, non-identifying and non-associating with the modification of the mind or the perception of life existence, and couldn’t detach from the thought process that gives rise to the delusive but concrete idea of ‘I’ existing as an individual being and everything that ‘I’ perceive, experience, interact and connect with, where ‘I’ am of and belonging to certain qualities of names and forms, where ‘I’ possess and continuously accumulating and possessing certain qualities of names and forms, where all these names and forms are determining ‘I’ for being what and who ‘I’ am.

Out of survival instinct, there’s root desire for safeguarding and procreation, where animals or human beings gather in a community and create a territory of their own. Renunciation from the worldly community and connection of family, relatives and friends, of observing silence in seclusion and solitude and self-reliance is extremely ‘insane’, ‘bad’ and ‘wrong’ for the minds that are being conditioned deeply by the egoistic behavior pattern and way of living under the influence of survival instinct.

All kinds of worldly connection and relationship of ancestry, tribe, race, community, family, relatives and friends determining “what and who ‘I’ am” for the mind under the veil of ignorance. It’s unthinkable or wrong for the mind towards the truth of Selflessness, where there’s no permanent individual being existence of ‘I’, not to say, all kinds of momentary connection and relationship are not what or who ‘I’ am.

The selfless impermanent modifications of the mind, where there’s a continuous stream of thinking thinks it exists as an individual being, where there’s a perceiver perceiving the perceived, where selfless impermanent thoughts, cognition, memories, imaginations, actions, reactions, feelings and emotions arising and passing away ceaselessly, where the perceptive intellectual assertive thinking faculty perceives names and forms through the senses of the selfless impermanent physical body, all are not what or who ‘I’ am.

Out of ignorance, there’s intense attachment. From attachment, there are different identifications with certain selfless impermanent names and forms, there’s boundless desire of craving and aversion, there’s subjective judgment and comparison, there’s intention and expectation, there’s inspiration and aspiration, there’s ceaseless action and reaction and the consequences of action and reaction, there’s longing and clinging, there’s anger, hurt, disappointment, fear and worry due to ungratified desires, and there’s inevitable suffering deriving from endless dissatisfaction and restlessness due to the nature of all the names and forms is impermanence and selflessness.

All THESE are nothing but selfless impermanent manifestation within the modification of the mind.

Mind purification to eradicate all THESE is essential for Self-realization, to be free from ignorance and suffering deriving from ignorance.

Except for those minds that already be equipped with dispassion and non-attachment, it’s greatly difficult for the passionate sympathetic/empathetic minds that never get a chance to move away from the worldly affair, connection, relationship, interaction and activity, to be unattached towards all kinds of mind perception of names and forms, especially all kinds of connection and relationship, to be free from identifications and desires, to allow the mind to have the chance to be quiet.

The passionate sympathetic/empathetic minds are being conditioned to be disturbed by the sense of guilt, wrongfulness, loneliness, weakness and meaninglessness towards renouncing worldly affair, connection, relationship, interaction and activity, to observe silence in seclusion and solitude for a prolonged period of time.

The passionate minds that have intense attachment of craving and clinging towards the presence of connection, relationship, interaction and activity with ‘some other beings’ that give rise to the sense of love, joy, acknowledgement, appreciation and meaningfulness, will experience great physical/mental/emotional pain and suffering from mental/emotional breakdown if they are being cut off from such connection, relationship, interaction and activity for a prolonged period of time.

Though many people would see mental/emotional breakdown and physical discomfort and pain or illness as something bad, negative and unhealthy, but for the Yoga and Buddhism practitioners, it’s something very common and it is not something bad or unhealthy at all, especially during the mind purification process on the path of Yoga and Buddhism. There are many emotions and mental/physical discomfort and pain arising and passing away during the purification process. Layers and layers of mental/emotional blockage are being released when the modification of the mind is being restrained. It’s an indication of how the mind function, act and react under the influence of ignorance and egoism.

During the prolonged mind purification process, there might be not just once, but many different times and degrees of mental/emotional breakdown on different stages. While intense physical discomfort and pain or illness, are the common manifestation of the purification process. It can be scary for many minds.

It requires great determination, perseverance and boldness, and certain degrees of non-attachment and non-identification for the mind to go through the entire mind purification process, to eliminate the veil of ignorance from the root.

If these minds can go beyond all those mental/emotional breakdown(s) and physical discomfort and pain or illness, and proceed with the deeper mind purification process, they would advance further on the path towards Self-realization.

While many minds couldn’t go beyond that mental/emotional breakdown, or mental/emotional/physical discomfort and pain, and would rather stop and give up. As these minds are being conditioned to think and believe that mental/emotional breakdown or physical pain and illness is something bad and unhealthy, while the ego has strong aversion towards being ‘weak and powerless’. And that’s their freedom of thinking, action and inaction.

The ego only wants to be acknowledged and identified by itself and others as “I am strong. I am not weak,” and “I am in control.”

The mental/emotional breakdown makes the ego feels weak and powerless or out of control. “I am weak. I am not strong,” and “I am not in control,” which is something unpleasant that it doesn’t like or want at all.

Due to deep rooted ignorance, those who can’t or reluctant to face challenges/difficulties alone by oneself, or the minds that always seek comfort, love, joy, understanding, acknowledgement, meanings of life, sympathy and empathy from some others in this impermanent selfless life existence, or the minds that are being deeply conditioned to believe in certain superstitious/mystical phenomena and have intense attachment towards certain cultural or spiritual belief, ritual and practice, it would be extremely challenging for them to go through or survive intense mind purification process.

And hence, not everyone are suitable for such intense mind purification process. That’s their freedom.

Inquire towards the truth of everything.

Mind purification in Yoga and Buddhism

The teachings and practice of Yoga and Buddhism is about liberation from the inevitable suffering of an impermanent and selfless worldly life existence deriving from the conditional and limited existence and function of a selfless impermanent physical body along with the ignorant egoistic impure restless modification of the perceptive and cognitive intellectual egoistic thinking mind, where the vanish of the idea of ‘I’, or the ego, or the delusive existence of an individual being, upon the absence of attachment and desire, or the annihilation of the restless modification of the selfless mind, where the realization of selflessness/’I’lessness/egolessness/birthlessness/deathlessness/oneness/attributelessness/namelessness/formlessness takes place, is the aim of the Yoga and Buddhism practice.

All forms of practice in Yoga and Buddhism is nothing but mind purification, or silencing the selfless and restless modification of the mind. It’s not about the mind having only pure, good and positive thoughts or thinking, or void of impure, bad and negative thoughts or thinking. It’s not about changing the perceived world to be all pure, good and positive, and nothing impure, bad and negative. It’s definitely not about performing rituals and sacrifices to be accumulating merits and virtues to receive ‘blessing’ and be qualified to ‘migrate’ to a place called ‘heaven’.

All the perceived names and forms, or the thinking, or the thought activities, or the perceived world of enjoyment and suffering, are just what they are, neither pure nor impure, neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative. And both the perceiver and the perceived are impermanent and selfless.

Mind purification is indeed the entire process of the practice and it comes to an end upon the complete annihilation of the mind.

It’s about freeing the mind from ignorance and egoism that give rise to restless modification of the mind, which hinders the cognitive mind from knowing Thyself, where the modification of the perceptive mind give rise to a selfless impermanent worldly life existence consisting of the idea of ‘I’ and everything that ‘I’ perceive, think and know, which generates duality and separateness that gives rise to all sorts of suffering, where all THESE are nothing but selfless impermanent changes of names and forms ceaselessly arising and passing away within the modification of the mind, in NOW.

There’s no ‘I’, or the existence of an individual being. There is neither a past nor a future. It’s merely impermanent selfless changes powered by the law of nature, cause and effect. Past and future only exists within the modification of the mind as memories and imaginations in the form of thinking or thought activities.

Countless thoughts/sensations/feelings are arising and passing away, or ceaseless ‘births’ and ‘deaths’ are happening selflessly, within the modification of the mind, in NOW. The perception of ‘enjoyment’ and ‘suffering’ is within the modification of the mind, in NOW. The selfless modification of the mind gives rise to countless worlds of pleasant enjoyment and painful suffering. There’s no world upon the annihilation of the mind.

All forms of longing, clinging, disappointment, dissatisfaction, anger, hatred, greed, hurt, guilt, regret, grief, painful sorrow, fear and worry vanished upon the direct realization of THIS.

Craving and clinging towards enjoyment, and desiring to create permanent enjoyment in this life existence, is not freedom. Aversion and rejecting towards suffering, and desiring to escape inevitable suffering within this conditional and limited impermanent and selfless life existence, is not freedom.

Free from attachment and desire of craving and aversion, going beyond the mind perception of enjoyment and suffering in this fleeting worldly life existence of an impermanent and selfless body and mind that needs constant restless maintenance, that is limited and conditioned by the law of nature, that is inevitably bound by the physical and mental suffering of restlessness of impermanent selfless changes, that is subject to decay, old age, illness and disintegration even after all the restless maintenance to be surviving, and eventually annihilating the mind, is freedom, in NOW.

Freeing the mind from egoistic attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, which leads to removing the veil of ignorance and thinning out the modification of the mind, allowing the mind seeing the truth of itself, or knowing Thyself, as it is, which is Impermanent and Selfless.

“Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form. Form is not different from emptiness. Emptiness is not different from form.” – The teachings of Buddhism

“On the whole, life is a sorrow.” – Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

“There’s only one book to read – This heart.” – Ajahn Chah

“Brahman is real. The world is unreal.” – The teachings of Yoga Vedanta

“Sarvam Duhkham Vivekinah – All indeed is pain to a person of discrimination.” – Patanjali Maharshi

“Kill the mind.” – Swami Sivananda

Contemplate on the teachings.

Inquire towards mental blockage and the practice of renunciation and dispassion

Mental blockage in the teachings of Yoga and Buddhism, is about when the mind is unwittingly being conditioned to think in certain way, to believe in certain belief, to analyze and judge everything under the influence of that particular way of thinking and belief, which influencing the mind to behave/act/react in certain way under the influence of ignorance, limited understanding/incorrect understanding, survival instinct, egoism and impurities.

And hence, the importance of mind purification process to free the mind from mental blockage even before being initiated into the different types of yoga practice for the thinking mind to silent itself, or to transcend its selfless function of the mind perception of a worldly life existence of names and forms, where both the perceiver and the perceived are subject to impermanence and selflessness.

Many yoga enthusiasts would think that the practice of renunciation and dispassion is the advance yoga practice that comes much later on the path of yoga, where it’s only applicable to those who have been practicing yoga for a long time and who have already been through intense mind purification process.

Actually, renunciation and dispassion is indeed the basic practice that allows the mind purification process to be happening efficiently, by retreating and moving the mind away from such conditional worldly egoistic thinking and belief, to allow the mind to see the truth of things as it is, to free the mind from the habitual behavior pattern of egoistic thinking/judging/acting/reacting in certain way under the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities.

The minds that are already free from ignorance, egoism and impurities don’t even need to practice renunciation or dispassion, or any form of yoga practice.

It is because out of ignorance, egoism and impurities, most minds encounter great difficulty to free themselves from ignorance, egoism and impurities, as the mind only knows what it knows and what it knows are not necessarily the truth of what things are, and it’s being conditioned by that limited impure and partial knowledge to be functioning and analyzing everything, and so, the important practice of renunciation and dispassion exists for helping the mind to be free from ignorance, egoism and impurities, practically and efficiently.

The minds are being told by this and that about what is good and bad, what is right and wrong, what is positive and negative, what is appropriate and inappropriate, what is happiness and unhappiness, what is deserving and non-deserving, what is meaningful and meaningless, what is joyful and painful sorrow, and so on. As long as the mind doesn’t know how to be free from being conditioned by all those information/knowledge to analyze and judge everything, the mind will never be free even after spending the entire life span trying to practice yoga and meditation regularly looking forward to attain Samadhi, or to transcend suffering, as the modification of the mind is forever restless under the influence of ignorance, limited understanding/incorrect understanding, survival instinct, egoism and impurities.

In this present moment, the mind is free when the mind is free from being conditioned by any particular worldly egoistic impure thinking and belief, to think, analyze, judge and expect in certain way. The mind is not free it’s because the presence of ignorance, egoism and impurities influencing the intellect of the mind to analyze and judge everything. Sincere renunciation and dispassion towards worldly affair, identity, connection, interaction and activity can practically help the mind to realize that freedom, that can purify the intellect efficiently and effortlessly, and not struggling by trying to analyze and reason everything under impure intellect influenced by ignorance, egoism and impurities.

Without renunciation and dispassion, the mind that wants to be free from suffering is like swimming in the ocean of sticky oil, while struggling to be free from sticky oil. The mind that is always swimming in the ocean of sticky oil is most probably got use to the presence of sticky oil, and it would be like fish out of water, if it comes out of the ocean of sticky oil.

After a prolonged period of time being dispassionate towards worldly object and engagement by retreating the mind from worldly egoistic affair, identity, connection, interaction and activity, then naturally, standing as a third party, the mind will start to be able to see the ignorance, selfishness, possessiveness and hilariousness in all kinds of worldly affair, identity, connection, interaction and activity under the influence of worldly egoistic thinking, belief, values and practice, influenced by ignorance, survival instinct, egoism and impurities. It’s like those who are not swimming in the ocean of sticky oil, who can clean themselves efficiently from sticky oil by getting out of the ocean of sticky oil, who are free from the inconvenience of sticky oil, and looking at those who are enjoying yet struggling swimming in the ocean of sticky oil.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Inquire towards egoistic reactions

The ego is pleased upon coming in contact with names and forms that it likes and agrees with.

It is displeased upon coming in contact with names and forms that it doesn’t like and disagrees with.

It is happy and satisfied when it gets and experiences what it desires, and when it doesn’t get or experience what it doesn’t desire.

It is unhappy and dissatisfied when it gets and experiences what it doesn’t desire, and when it doesn’t get or experience what it desires.

It wants unrestricted freedom of expression and opinion for itself, to agree and disagree with something.

It allows limited freedom of expression and opinion for other people, to be restricted to express certain expression and opinion that it likes, desires and agrees with, that doesn’t contradict its thinking and belief, but not allowing any kinds of expression or opinion that it doesn’t like, doesn’t desire and doesn’t agree with, that contradicts its thinking and belief, especially if it’s about other people’s expression and opinion towards itself and everything that relates to itself.

It only welcomes agreement towards itself, while rejects and disallows any form of disagreements towards itself.

It feels offended, insulted, belittled, disrespected and hurt by other people’s expression and opinion towards itself and anything that relates to itself, if those expressions and opinions are something that it doesn’t like and disagrees with, even if those expressions and opinions are the truth, but it’s inconvenient truth for the ego where it thinks it’s going against itself, that is threatening something about itself, particularly when it’s related to power and fame.

It feels satisfied, happy, pleased, respected and flattered by other people’s expression and opinion towards itself and anything that relates to itself, if those expressions are what it likes and agrees with, even if those expressions are not really the truth, but it’s convenient untruthfulness for the ego where it thinks it’s favourable to itself, that is empowering something about itself, particularly when it’s related to power and fame.

If the minds are not aware of this defilement in themselves when it is not too serious, when the minds still have certain awareness and self-control over the egoistic reactions, it would turn into a form of mental illness, where the minds are unable to reason or inquire the truth of anything, but living in a self-imagined ‘perfect desirable reality’ that is built according to what it likes and desires, and would be highly defensive and offensive towards the presence of any names and forms that it thinks and believes has the potential of contaminating, intimidating, threatening and damaging the ‘perfect desirable reality’ that it built for itself.

Yoga and Buddhism’s essential practice is about mind purification of removing the defilement in the mind, to free the mind from ignorance and impurities. No doctor, or surgeon, or medicine, or Guru, or ‘God’, can remove the defilement in the mind but the mind itself. All minds are under the influence of certain degrees of defilement. Those who are fortunate to have awareness towards the defilement in the mind, and have self-control without being over-powered by the defilement, while be initiative to do something to eliminate defilement from the mind, is considered mentally healthy and matured. If the mind doesn’t have awareness, and doesn’t do anything about it, the defilement could expand to a greater degrees where the mind would be over-powered by the defilement, then it becomes a form of mental illness.

Those who are unfortunately suffering from mental illness, are losing the basic ability to process the thought activities, to reason and understand, where they cannot and don’t know how to deal with certain or all the mind perception of names and forms, being confused and have no self-control over certain or all kinds of action and reaction. Those who are overly sensitive and easily being offended by this and that, who can’t deal with and don’t allow the presence of certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with, where they think and believe that the presence of certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with is the cause of all the disturbance in their minds, are indeed suffering from certain degrees of mental illness. Healthy minds have the basic ability to reason and understand, have self-control over actions and reactions, while allowing all kinds of likable and dislikable, agreeable and disagreeable names and forms being there as they are, without being determined or over-whelmed by all the names and forms being what they are.

The mind that is being determined by other people’s perception or opinion towards itself, where it attaches onto and identifies with a personal and public self-identity and self-image that gives certain power and fame to itself that is being supported by some other people, will reject and disallow any forms of personal and public expression or opinion that appear to be disagreeable towards itself, or going against itself, as this mind doesn’t want other people to come in contact with any personal and public expressions and opinions about itself that it thinks and believes will be threatening its power and fame relates to its particular public identity and image, and it wants to ‘determine’ how other people think and judge about itself, by ‘controlling’ and ‘restricting’ what type of personal and public expression and opinion to be exposed to other people, where it doesn’t allow other people to be given the opportunity of coming in contact with all kinds of expressions and opinions as they are, to have the freedom to reason the truth of those expressions and opinions, and to make their own judgment towards any expressions and opinions, but this mind wants to control what people come in contact with, to ‘make sure’ that people only be exposed to expressions or opinions that will be in favour of its public identity and image, to secure its power and fame to be the way that it likes and desires. This mind is suffering from fear of losing the power and fame that it likes and desires.

A society that doesn’t have the freedom of expression and opinion, that doesn’t allow freedom of reasoning, that is being exposed to certain ‘limited’ and ‘filtered’ information, expression and opinion, with the intention to ‘determine’ and ‘control’ what people should and shouldn’t be exposed to, in order to ‘control’ what people know and shouldn’t know, that ‘influencing’ how people think, judge and believe, is unhealthy and detrimental to the long term over-all well-being of that society.

A healthy society that will make a country or the world strong and prosper, is when people are ‘mentally matured’, where people are being educated to develop the power of reasoning, to be exposed to all kinds of expression and opinion, and to have the freedom or opportunity to reason and make their own judgment towards what they want to agree and disagree with towards all kinds of information, expression and opinion. And that is the basic freedom or basic human rights, where people are free to reason and make their own judgment, regardless of whether people are agreeable or disagreeable towards certain information, expression and opinion based on their particular interest, thinking and belief.

A democratic country can be run by any leadership that is agreeable by the majority of the people, not by ‘determining’ or ‘controlling’ people’s knowledge and judgment to be in favour of oneself to be in power, but by allowing the people to have the freedom to be exposed to all kinds of information as they are, to have the freedom to reason and make their own judgment, to agree and disagree, and to choose the leadership that serves the people unselfishly and non-discriminatively. It’s not democracy, if the authority of a democratic country is afraid of losing power, that wants to keep in power, and will do whatever it can with the power that it has, to ‘control’ and ‘determine’ what the people know and shouldn’t know, and what they agree and disagree with, in order to attain the support from the majority to keep in power.

A healthy society is made of mentally matured people who are free to agree and disagree with anything, who are free to reason everything, and free to express their thinking and opinion, while respecting everyone’s freedom to have their own different opinions of agreement and disagreement towards everything based on their particular thinking and belief, without interference towards other people’s different opinions, especially towards certain opinions that oneself disagrees with.

Everyone doesn’t need to be determined by other people’s freedom of expression and opinion, likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements towards oneself and/or everything.

Everyone doesn’t need to agree with everything, while doesn’t need to feel offended by something that oneself disagreeing with, and doesn’t need to be offended by other people’s freedom of expression and opinion of dislike and disagreement towards oneself, or towards one’s particular thinking and belief.

There will be less anger, hatred and violence, but more peace and harmony in the world of diversity, if the world is occupying by human beings that are mentally matured and open-minded, even though there will always be many disagreements among human beings about many things due to the different thinking and belief and desire.

In another term, it’s called ‘sportsmanship’. All the people who involve in leadership in the world should first be endowed with the quality of ‘sportsmanship’ before being given the power to lead a government that is supposed to be serving the people, and not about ‘controlling’, ‘oppressing’, ‘punishing’ and ‘prosecuting’ the people who express their opinion of disagreement towards certain things, while doesn’t allow freedom of knowledge and reasoning by ‘controlling’ and ‘restricting’ all kinds of expression and opinion, in order to control what people know and don’t know, and what people should and shouldn’t think and believe, in order to get enough support to keep in power.

Peace and harmony in the world or within a country, is not achieved by ‘controlling’ and ‘unifying’ what people should and shouldn’t know, and ‘determining’ what people should and shouldn’t think and believe, under the intention of promoting peace and harmony by having less disagreements in the world, but it’s by allowing all kinds of agreements and disagreements to be existing in the world as they are, while respecting everyone’s freedom of expression and opinion based on everyone’s different knowledge, thinking and belief, without interference or oppression towards all kinds of disagreeable expressions and opinions deriving from different thinking and beliefs, that contradict one another.

When people are living under an oppressed society, where many people are suffering from certain degrees of mental illness, and are not mentally matured or open-minded, as people are being brought up in the way of being highly defensive towards their own particular identity, and being highly sensitive and offensive towards other people’s freedom of expression and opinion, where people have no freedom of expression and opinion about anything, because people would be prosecuted under specific law and orders for their freedom of expression and opinion of agreement and disagreement, where people are being forced to have certain degrees of fear and tension most of the time dealing with many highly sensitive, defensive and offensive mentally-ill people around them, then how can that society be healthy and prosper?

When people are not living under an oppressed society, where most people are free from mental illness and are mentally matured and open-minded, where people have the freedom of expression and opinion about anything, where people won’t be prosecuted under the law and orders for their freedom of expression and opinion of agreement and disagreement, then people can develop the power of reasoning and can learn from each other’s different knowledge and opinion about everything, and the society can grow healthily and prosper.

Even so, it’s everyone’s freedom if someone wants to filter it’s own expression and opinion, if one thinks that is necessary, for some reasons, out of one’s free-will, and not out of legal restriction under an oppressed society. Such like, people can choose not to have any intentional violence or hypocrisy in their expression of thought, action and speech. It’s part of the yoga practice for having self-control and self-restraint over one’s thoughts, actions and speech, to restrain the outgoing tendency of the mind, turning the mind inward for self-introspection and contemplation, to not interfering with all the names and forms being there as they are, to allow the perceived reality to be what it is, not necessarily the way that the mind would like it to be.

Everyone has the freedom to restrict and filter their own expression and opinion, or not. Everyone has the freedom of how to react towards other people’s expression and opinion, but none can interfere with other people’s freedom of how they want to react towards all kinds of expression and opinion. People can be highly sensitive, defensive and offensive, if that’s what they want to be. It’s everyone’s own responsibility towards one’s own action and reaction.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Inquire towards the ego

The ego, is the ignorant idea of the delusive existence of a non-existing individual being identifying as ‘I’ in the thinking mind.

The ego is the ‘I’ that the mind thinks and believes that it exists as an individual being.

The ego doesn’t exist, it’s merely an idea of ‘I’ born out of ignorance.

The realization of selflessness, or egolessness, or ‘I’lessness, takes place upon the mind realizes the truth of there’s no ‘I’, or ego, or an individual being, existing.

If the ego doesn’t exist, then why are the teachings of Yoga and Buddhism still teach and emphasize about eradicating the ego? There’s no existence of an ego that needs to be eradicated, since it doesn’t exist.

That is because out of ignorance, there’s a delusive individual being existence deriving from the ignorant idea of ‘I’, or the ego, existing in the thinking mind in the form of a continuous flow of thought process, attaching onto and identifying with certain qualities of names and forms to be ‘I’, where this delusive ‘I’ or ego generates lots of unnecessary restlessness and suffering out of egoism and ignorance, that further gives rise to countless egoistic actions and reactions, and the consequences of actions and reactions, that generates ceaseless restlessness and suffering within the modification of the function of a perceptive thinking mind. And hence, the importance of eradicating the idea of ‘I’, or the non-existing ego, from the thinking mind, to free the mind from such restlessness and suffering.

Some practitioners got stuck in the practice of Yoga and Buddhism about the annihilation of the ego, because out of ignorance, they misunderstand that the ego is something separated and distinct from ‘I’, who they think is who they are, who exists as an individual being, where there’s attachment and identification in the thinking mind generated towards the modification of the mind as ‘This is I’. And they think that the true identity of who they really are, or who ‘I’ truly am, as an existing individual spiritual being, is currently experiencing restlessness of enjoyment and suffering due to the existence of the ego in ‘I’. Out of ignorance, the mind thinks and believes that “As an individual being existing in this physical body, I am performing the practice to eradicate ‘the ego’ from I, or myself.”

There’s a false self-identity existing in the thinking mind identifying as “I am experiencing restlessness of enjoyment and suffering due to the ego.” Meanwhile, it’s merely some selfless impermanent names and forms arising and passing away within the selfless modification of the mind.

That self-identity of ‘I’ is indeed the ego. It’s not about “I have an ego and I need to eradicate this ego from myself.” But, it’s merely the mind freeing the modification of the mind from the delusive idea of ‘I’, or the ego. It’s not “I am eradicating the ego from what I think is who I am.”

There’s no ‘I’, or ego, or an individual being, being there to experience restlessness of enjoyment and suffering.

The state of selflessness is not about ‘I’ realized “I am an existing individual being that doesn’t have an ego and I am free from the ego.”

There’s no “I am aware of my ego,” or “I am observing my ego reacting.” It’s merely the mind is being aware of the influence of an ego and the egoistic reactions.

There’s no existence of an individual being of ‘I’ existing to be identifying as “I don’t have an ego and I am free from the ego,” or “I am selfless,” or “I realized selflessness.”

It’s just the truth of the modification of the mind (Thyself) as it is.

It’s the thinking mind that has a yearning to be free from suffering, that performs practice to eradicate egoism from the modification of the mind, and realizes the truth of itself, or the function of the thinking faculty of the physical body that is subject to impermanence and selflessness, where upon the annihilation of egoism, there’s is no ego, or ‘I’, or an individual being existing. The ego is merely a delusive self-identity in the form of thinking, born out of ignorance and egoism. There’s no “I have an ego,” or “I have no ego,” or “I am eradicating the ego,” or “The ego is being eradicated from I.”

It’s merely the selfless impermanent modification of the perceptive thinking mind acting as part of the function of the selfless impermanent physical body, and restlessly perceiving, acting either selflessly or out of the idea of ‘I’ (selfless action or egoistic action), and reacting (egoistic reaction out of the idea of ‘I’) towards all the perceived names and forms through the function of the senses via the sense organs.

Just like all the different egoless organs and bodily systems in the egoless physical body constantly performing selfless intentionless actions being supported by energy or selfless elements from the nature that allows the physical body to be existing and functioning, and eventually ceased functioning and existing (decomposing). There’s no existence of an individual being to under go ‘birth’ or ‘death’, to enjoy or suffer between the birth and death of the selfless physical body with the perceptive thinking faculty.

Out of ignorance, the mind encounters great difficulty to go beyond the delusive existence of a false self-identity of a non-existing individual being, and couldn’t transcend the perception of restlessness of enjoyment and suffering (duality) within the modification of the mind, even though the mind might get to experience the state of ‘I’lessness in deep silent meditation. There’s still the delusive identification of “I am experiencing enjoyment and suffering,” or “I am good. I am bad. I enjoy. I suffer. I aspire. I inspire. I gain. I lost. I am pleased. I am hurt.”

And hence, the mind still needs to work diligently on annihilating the egoism of both gross and subtle attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, until the ignorant idea of ‘I’ is completely vanished from the modification of the mind.

Upon the annihilation of egoism and the idea of ‘I’ from the modification of the mind, all kinds of perceived names and forms are just what they are, neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, neither meaningful nor meaningless, neither enjoyment nor suffering, and all are impermanent and selfless.

Upon the annihilation of (the modification of) the mind, the world of impermanent names and forms doesn’t exist. There’s only nameless, formless, attributeless, beginningless, endless, changeless, infinite, identical, non-separate ATMAN / BRAHMAN – Brahma Satyam, Jagat Mithya, Jivo Bramaiva Naparah

The mind that truly realizes this, is fearless, even when the mortal impermanent physical body is under going impermanent changes, of decaying, aging, pain, old age and disintegration, inevitably.

Or else, as long as there are traces of ignorance and egoism, where there’s still a delusive existence of an individual being, existing in the thinking mind, identifying as the one who is the doer of actions, the enjoyer of the fruit of actions, and who is the one experiencing restlessness of enjoyment and suffering, due to the gratification and non-gratification of the passionate egoistic desire of craving and aversion, the mind is not free, even though it has the opportunity of getting a glance of the state of selflessness in deep meditation.

Suffering doesn’t exist for the selfless minds that know Thyself.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Inquire towards culture

Culture is a name and form represents human beings particular way of thinking, conduct and living under a particular belief, values and practice. Everyone has their own particular personal culture along with a family or community culture that one attaching onto and identifying with. Even if someone intentionally not following or practicing any particular family or community culture in the world, one is still thinking, behaving, doing things and living life in one’s own way of one’s particular personal culture.

Just like all kinds of impermanent names and forms, culture is just what it is. It serves a purpose for most people in this world of impermanence to live life and do things in certain way, dealing with desirable and undesirable events and experiences. It’s neither good nor bad, neither right nor wrong. Although some people might be disturbed or offended by some other people’s particular culture, or be offended by how other people perceive and react towards one’s particular culture that is not perceiving and reacting in the way that one would like it to be.

For many people, life appears to be more meaningful and less depressing if they live life according to their specific culture.

Most cultures involve certain celebrations/ceremonies and have certain ritual practices. There is particular type of food consumption for everyday life and particularly in certain ceremonies, following a particular way of gathering, storing, preparing, cooking, serving and eating food. It can turn into a form of OCD if people overly attached onto a particular way of doing things and living (a form of ritual relates to appropriateness/disappropriateness and auspiciousness/inauspiciousness), where people would feel disturbed or unrest if for some reasons they are unable to follow or accomplish every details of their particular cultural practice. There are many do(s) and don’t(s) in everyday life, particularly during particular celebration, ceremony, or funeral.

Some people don’t need to celebrate any kinds of celebrations and don’t need to have any ritual practice, or don’t need to have specific type of funeral arrangement after death. That itself is a form of culture of their own.

Intentional simplicity or minimalism, is also a form of culture. Spontaneously allowing everything to be what they are, without intention to be simple or not simple, without any superstitious belief and ritual practice is also a form of culture of its own.

Some cultures might create more inconvenience and restriction in life for oneself and/or others, while some cultures provide more easiness and freedom in life for everyone.

Some people are proud of their inherited culture, while some people want to runaway from their inherited culture. Some cultures advocate discrimination and violent abusive treatment towards certain gender, sexual orientation, skin tone, body shape, facial features, behavior, way of life, way of doing things, body or mental limitation/disability, or even bodily functions such as women’s menstruation, and etc.

The many different types of culture in the world were being gradually developed under the influence of certain areas, climates, ethnicities, beliefs, values and practices, that influence people’s way of thinking, conduct and living, is something common and a necessity for the majority of the worldly society. While some people live life as it is, do what is possible and let go what is impossible in the present moment that is subject to impermanent changes of the condition and situation in life, without has to be following any particular culture/ritual of particular thinking, belief, values and practice.

For many people, their particular family and community culture that set as a guideline for them and their future generations to think, do things, behave and live life in certain way is something very important for them, where they want to maintain and strengthen the connection and support among one another within the family or community via empowering their particular culture. Keeping their specific culture alive and strong for as long as possible, is part of the human’s nature of survival instinct, as well as ‘the urge to control everything to be in certain way according to my desire’.

Cultures are subject to impermanent changes and extinction, and are constantly evolving influenced by the present changes in the world, particularly due to the exposure of education and science that debunks many types of superstitious beliefs and practices, but also due to the existence of political authoritarianism in certain countries that advocates protection towards self-interest and control via discrimination, interference and oppression.

While certain cultures would still retain certain values and practices from the very beginning of its forming, even though certain values and practices might be irrelevant or ridiculous under the knowledge of science, but somehow, the minds might find certain comfort in those values and practices.

The survival of any existing culture needs the support and engagement of a group of people as many as possible. Without people supporting, practicing or propagating a particular belief, values and practice, that particular culture will disappear or doesn’t exist.

Someone might live life in one’s own way that might be distinctive from all the others, then that specific way of living will be gone upon the end of this person’s life. Or, maybe some others who happen to know this person’s specific way of living, and they would like to learn and adopt this person’s specific way of living, then this particular culture of a specific way of living might go on, or even expanding, and could be evolving into some other forms of culture.

Certain cultures are eventually disappearing from the world when less and less people following, practicing and propagating a particular culture. Certain cultures are being manipulated into something different from its origin. Meanwhile, mix cultures or new cultures will constantly cropping up in the world. Some last longer, while some last for a short while. Some cultures were gone for some time, but are being revived by certain people.

Certain people welcoming certain new cultures or mix cultures, while certain people don’t like the idea of mix cultures or new cultures that they think is a form of threat or contamination towards their particular culture, where they have fear towards the extinction of their own particular culture as well as fear towards the threat or contamination from other existing cultures or any new cultures that they feel are intimidating the existence and authenticity of their particular cultural belief, values and practice.

Something that needs to be maintained, that is impermanent, that will change, is considered ‘unreal’ under the teachings of Yoga and Buddhism.

In certain society, without following any particular cultural belief, values and practice that they know, is unthinkable or unlivable for them.

Most people want their own particular culture to be preserved and be respected by all the others. People would feel very disturbed or offended if their culture is under what they think is a threat, or what they think is being disrespected or insulted by some others, either intentionally or unintentionally.

As yoga practitioners, we respect everyone’s different cultures without interference. Understanding that everyone has their own freedom to follow or adopt any kinds of culture that they want to follow and practice, that guides them to live life or do things in a particular way that make them feel most comfortable.

Yoga practitioners also can follow and practice a particular culture that they inherited, or adopted, or invented, but without attachment and identification with that particular culture.

Any forms of culture is just a way of living and doing things in life, it’s not who or what ‘I’ am.

Only through non-attachment and non-identification towards any particular culture, belief, values and practice, the mind can be open to inquire the truth of everything, including one’s particular culture. Being free from egoistic pride and protectiveness, the mind is undisturbed by all the impermanent changes in the world, as well as how others perceive or react towards one’s particular culture of particular way of living and doing things.

Just like having its influence in everything else in this world, commercialism has its strong influence in all kinds of different cultures, promoting or even inventing all kinds of cultural celebrations, festivals and ceremonies that highly supporting the world of commercialism, creating ‘jobs’ and ‘business’ for different people, or under the name of supporting and empowering ‘The Economy’.

Living under certain cultures and in certain countries can be so stressful. It’s like someone needs to be skillfully walking on eggs all the time, where one has to be very careful not to do or say many things that are being perceived as offensive towards certain culture, or it’s an offense towards the law and orders of the country.

Inquire towards the truth of everything.

Implementing the teachings of yoga into the yoga practice and daily life

Not everyone, but most people who had participated in our yoga classes and yoga retreats within the last eleven years before the pandemic started, told us that they appreciate our yoga classes that emphasize on implementing the teachings of yoga into the yoga practice and in daily life. They said that in the yoga classes that they usually went to in their countries, the yoga teachers didn’t teach or talk very little about the yoga philosophy. While some of them completely haven’t heard about any yoga philosophy in the yoga classes that they have been going for some years.

I wasn’t surprised when I heard about this.

Some yoga teachers are afraid to teach or talk about the philosophy, because they are afraid that the students will have strong reaction of aversion (resistance). And so, they just want to teach some yoga exercises for attaining physical fitness, physical health, good feelings and pleasant sensations that come from the yoga exercises. There is nothing wrong with this. Yoga is versatile and can suit everybody with different temperaments.

While some yoga teachers are lack of faith and confidence in the traditional teachings of yoga and its practice in daily life. I met some “yoga” teachers who are against the traditional teachings from the ancient Gurus, where they criticize the Guru’s personal life and way of teaching, and are criticizing about the teachings of traditional yoga philosophy and its practice in life are not up to date and are not suitable for the modern people in the modern world to practice in daily life. Well, if the teacher themselves have no faith and confidence in the teachings, or they don’t like and disagree with the teachings, then how can they expound the yoga teachings to anybody? There is nothing wrong with this as well, because just by teaching the yoga exercise without the philosophy is still something great and good for everybody. 

When some people, or even most minds dislike and disagree with the teachings of yoga, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with the teachings. It’s just that the teachings are contradicting with their existing worldly passionate egoistic social/cultural/religious/spiritual/educational thinking, belief, values and practice. Just as many people misunderstand what is selflessness and compassion, and people would get very disappointed and irritated with those who are selfless and compassionate, as they don’t behave in the way that worldly passionate egoistic minds expect them to behave according to what they think and believe is selflessness and compassion. Everyone has the freedom for how they think and what they understand and believe, and disagree with some or many of the teachings of yoga.

Some yoga teachers have strong attachment and identification towards their particular religious belief and practice, and they only want to practice and teach the yoga asana, pranayama, concentration and relaxation practice, as a form of healthy exercise to enhance physical and mental health condition, fitness level, immunity, ability, skill, memory, injury rehabilitation, focus, de-stress, sleep quality, and so on, that don’t contradict with their religious belief and practice. While they think it’s inappropriate for them to practice or teach the other practices, especially the teachings of yoga, the chanting and prayers, the self-inquiry, or even the meditation practice, as it might be contradicting with or disrespecting towards their existing religious belief and practice. That’s their freedom.

While some yoga teachers are still very unsure about the yoga philosophy. They haven’t realize the truth of the teachings through self-realization. If so, how can they share the essence of the yoga teachings with others? There is nothing wrong with this also, because we all have to start somewhere and we all are not perfect (if we are perfect, we wouldn’t be here in this existence). As yoga teachers, we all learn together with the students and evolve together. There is no superiority or inferiority. We share what we know/realized and what we had experienced through our own practice on the path of yoga. We all grow and move towards the realization of selflessness and compassion even though we all evolve at each different pace. 

Some yoga teachers know very well about the yoga philosophy and they are practicing the yoga philosophy sincerely as well. But they also think that there are many people out there who come for the everyday yoga classes are not yet ready to know about the philosophy, or to be practicing the yoga philosophy, and that these people should be kept away from hearing about yoga philosophy and just give them some yoga exercises for the body until they are ready to receive the great knowledge of the yoga philosophy about the Self and the path of Self-realization. This is nothing wrong at all. These yoga teachers are being cautious. It is indeed very wise. This is to avoid those who are not ready for grasping the deep knowledge of the yoga philosophy to engage in criticizing and condemning the teachings of yoga, as well as condemning the yoga teachers who actually practice and teach the yoga philosophy to the yoga students.

But, take a look at all the books about yoga philosophy in the market that is written by famous yogis, saints and sages. The knowledge is out there for anybody to pick up, to read, to reflect and to know about the deep yoga philosophy, these books never have statement that says, “Please be cautious! If you are not ready yet, please don’t read this book. This book is only for those who are ready to receive the great knowledge of yoga.” 

However, even if people have been reading a lot of books about yoga and hearing a lot of teachings from somebody, accumulating lots of information or knowledge about yoga, it doesn’t guarantee that the mind is free from ignorance and suffering, as all these accumulated information and knowledge doesn’t remove the ignorance in the mind, but only serve the purpose for the mind to reflect upon, to inquire towards the truth of everything under a purified intellect and calmed mind, to implement the teachings into the physical yoga practice and daily life, and attaining self-realization through direct experience, which will free the mind from ignorance.

Getting all kinds of physical and mental health and fitness benefits from performing the physical yoga practice without implementing the teachings of eliminating the ego and egoism, it doesn’t lead the mind towards liberation from ignorance and suffering. It’s like owning and sitting in a very good looking expensive car that oneself feels proud of and attracting other people’s attention and admiration, but the car has no functional engine and steering wheel as well as the fuel that allow oneself to drive the car to reach any destination.

And hence, the teachings and the practice cannot be separated. It’s like the handle and the blade of a knife. Both are equally important for the knife to be functioning. The person who uses the knife also needs to be equipped with the basic common sense of how to use the knife efficiently and safely. The knife itself has no intention to be good or bad. It’s not the responsibility of the knife whether people use it wisely or ignorantly.

More importantly, one doesn’t need to practice any teachings or practice that the mind dislike and disagree with, but one shouldn’t be disturbed by the teachings or practice of yoga that one doesn’t like or disagree with. Regardless of agreement or disagreement towards the teachings of yoga, the students of yoga shouldn’t blind-believing, blind-following, blind-practicing or blind-propagating, but to inquire towards the truth of everything, including all the teachings of yoga, to attain direct experience and realization.

This is indeed practical in life, as we all will come in contact with something that our minds don’t like and don’t agree with, from time to time. The yoga practice is about non-attachment, non-craving and non-aversion in daily life that allows all the names and forms that our minds like and dislike, agree and disagree with, to be what they are, to be there as they are, without being determined or disturbed by names and forms that our minds don’t like and don’t agree with under the influence of our particular worldly social/cultural/religious/spiritual/educational thinking, belief, values and practice.

Anyway, if it’s really the truth, or the teachings that lead towards the liberation from ignorance and suffering, or the yogis that really practice yoga of selflessness and compassion, all these names and forms won’t be determined or affected by any amount of disagreement, criticism and condemn coming from worldly egoistic impure minds.

When we have the opportunity to come across with the yoga philosophy, it is the right time, even if we are still under the influence of ignorance, and can’t really grasp the essence of the teachings yet, as well as we might have lots of disagreement towards many of the teachings that seemingly contradicting with our worldly passionate thinking, belief, values and practice. If we are not ready yet, then no matter how much we want and need to know about the yoga philosophy for guiding us to transcend ignorance and suffering, we won’t be able to see it, hear it, or read it. (This actually happened to me. The Bhagavad Gita in Chinese version (a gift from a friend) was on my bookshelf for 15 years, but I didn’t realize that it was there with me all the time, until after I came back from India in 2005. When it was not the right time yet for me to read the Bhagavad Gita, I wouldn’t be reading it even though it was with me all the time.)

And also, who is qualified enough to say or judge who is ready and who is not? If the person himself thinks that he is not ready yet, then he can just take up some yoga classes that only do some physical exercises. There are many of these yoga classes out there. And these are very good fitness exercise classes just like some other forms of physical exercise classes. Even if we don’t mention about yoga philosophy, but the poses, the movements and the breathing exercises are there naturally influencing and balancing the energy field in the body, and unblocking any energy blockage in the system. And hence, this will influence and balance the state of the mind, and strengthening the entire systems and functions in the body.

It definitely needs direct experience, direct realization, truthfulness, compassion, fearlessness and non-attachment for anybody to be able to expound the teachings of yoga, the path of Self-realization, or the annihilation of the ego and the mind, to “all beings” without any discrimination (whether they are “ready”, or not), without hesitation, fear and worry. Meanwhile allowing everyone to welcome or reject the gift of Dharma.

What is so fearful and worried about disseminating the teachings about the path of realizing selflessness and compassion to transcend ignorance and suffering with all these people who come for the yoga class? Being afraid of offending somebody’s ego and they won’t come back for the yoga classes anymore?

Yoga is indeed about the realization of selflessness and compassion that leads to unconditional peace, and about how to realize selflessness and compassion through implementing the teachings in daily life and into the physical and mental yoga practice.

It is about the annihilation of the selfish prideful arrogant ego, or the lower self.

It is about mind purification removing all the impurities, restlessness and ignorance.

It is about letting go of the desire of craving and aversion.

It is about non-identification with the body and the mind, and any qualities of names and forms.

It is about being in the present moment now, being free from the past pleasant and unpleasant experiences as well as future wishful and unwishful imagination.

It is about knowing who we really are, or what is the mind, through self-inquiry and self-realization.

It is about non-dualism, non-separateness and attributelessness.

It is about renunciation and non-attachment.

It is about inquiring towards the truth of everything.

It is about dispassion and discrimination towards what is real and unreal.

It is about the intense yearning for liberation.

It is about seclusion and solitude.

It is about discipline and self-control.

It is about developing the basic elements of patience, determination, perseverance, tolerance, forbearance, acceptance, adjustment, adaptation, accommodation, humility, openness, letting go, self-reliance, mental and emotional independence, and so on, that enable all the other practices to be happening.

What is there to be taught to the students if not all these yoga teachings? 

It really doesn’t matter if some people are not “ready” yet, or will get very irritated by the philosophical part of yoga. They can continue to practice the yoga exercises without applying any philosophy onto it, even if the mind is not free from ignorance and suffering because they are not interested and never try to eliminate the ego and egoism. Be happy, and enjoy the exercise. The exercise itself is a very good and beneficial activity for anyone to do in life. It is the beginning stage of purification even though no body is mentioning or discussing anything about the philosophy. But, just by performing physical purification without mental purification of eliminating the ego and egoism doesn’t lead the mind to transcend ignorance and suffering. It’s like washing the car everyday, but didn’t look after the internal parts of the car, will give us a pleasant clean looking car, but the car might not be functioning well.

Some people are appreciative and grateful for the opportunity to be learning about the teachings of yoga in the yoga class, where they can implement the yoga teachings that they learned into their physical yoga practice and daily life, to free the mind from ignorance, egoism and impurities – the root cause of restlessness and suffering.

While some people get very irritated and disturbed upon coming in contact with the teachings of yoga in the yoga class, where they only want to do some physical yoga practice that give them some momentary calmness, good feelings and pleasant sensations, as well as some momentary relief from certain physical/mental/emotional tension. Out of their own particular reasons, they are not interested to be learning any teachings or practice about eradicating ignorance, egoism, and impurities – The root cause of tension, unhappiness, hurts, disturbs, restlessness and suffering. That’s their freedom.

In the same yoga class, some will feel calmed and relaxed as they let go of attachment, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, while some are generating more tension as they are over-powered by strong attachment, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation. It’s nothing to do with the yoga class being in certain way, or how the teacher conducts the class. It’s the same in daily life.

There’s nothing wrong with people don’t like yoga classes that teach about the teachings of yoga. It’s everyone’s freedom for what they want and don’t want to learn and practice, as well as agreeing or disagreeing with anything.

There’s nothing wrong also with yoga teachers who teach about the teachings of yoga in yoga class that is about yoga.

It’s like people want to eat Nasi Lemak, and they come to a Nasi Lemak restaurant ordered and paid for a plate of Nasi Lemak, but then they are disappointed and angry when the Nasi Lemak is not what they expect it to be. They didn’t like coconut milk, or pandanus, or chillies, or cucumbers, or peanuts, or onions, or anchovies, or egg, or rice, or Nasi Lemak as it is. May it be due to allergic reason, or taste-wise, or the type of ‘Nasi Lemak’ that they had eaten before is nothing to do with Nasi lemak as it is. Out of ignorance, some even demand a refund, and then give ‘bad review’ to this restaurant for serving and selling Nasi Lemak that is not what they expect it to be. Some even want to stop the restaurant from serving or selling Nasi Lemak as it is to other people who want to eat Nasi Lemak as it is. It’s okay if one day nobody wants to eat Nasi Lemak as it is, and nobody wants to prepare, cook or serve Nasi Lemak as it is.

Teaching the yoga students about yoga or performing some yoga practice without the teachings of yoga, is like giving a cup of ‘bitter-gourd water’ to the yoga students without the bitter-gourd juice, and tell them, “I am giving you bitter-gourd water to taste. This is bitter-gourd water, even though I deliberately omit the bitter-gourd juice as I’m afraid you might not like the taste of bitter-gourd juice.” There are quite some people don’t like the taste of bitter-gourd, and that’s their freedom. Just by drinking the water without the bitter-gourd juice is good also. Although the bitter-gourd juice provides certain elements that the water doesn’t have. But when people come to us and are asking for bitter-gourd water because they know they can get bitter-gourd water from us, we give them bitter-gourd water with the bitter-gourd juice, and not giving them ‘bitter-gourd water’ without the bitter-gourd juice, or replacing the bitter-gourd juice with sweet lime juice or orange juice pretending to be ‘bitter-gourd water made with bitter-gourd juice’, and let them decide whether they want to drink the bitter-gourd water, or not, even if they might not like the taste of bitter-gourd in the beginning, but they might get use to it after some time and see the goodness of it, or maybe not. Some even have strong averse reaction towards it, and never want to try it again. That’s their freedom.

If people only want water, they are not interested in bitter-gourd juice, they can get water easily in many other places. As this place is particularly about supplying bitter-gourd water.

Some suggest that adding some sugar or other sweet juice in it, so that it’s more acceptable to most people’s taste, but, it won’t be the same as pure bitter-gourd juice. It’s because the people only like the additional sweetness from the sugar and not liking the bitter-gourd taste itself, and no matter how long they have been liking to drink bitter-gourd water with added sugar, but once we stop adding sugar, they wouldn’t want to drink it anymore. 

Just like many yoga teachers modify the yoga class and/or the yoga practice to gratify people’s desire of craving and aversion to attract people’s interest in doing some form of the yoga practice, as well as emphasizing on the usage of ‘non-offensive suggestive words’ that are more pleasing to the ego, that doesn’t irritate the ego so much, it doesn’t really help them to be free from ignorance and egoism, but it empowers ignorance and egoism of the people. And that’s their freedom as well.

The ‘words’, or the ‘tones’, or the ‘volumes’ have no quality of ‘offensive’ or ‘non-offensive’. It’s the degree of sensitivity coming from the minds that project ‘offensive’ or ‘non-offensive’ onto the different words, tones and volumes. Without teaching the minds how to be free from the ego, egoism and duality, but instead, trying to please, protect and pamper the ego of the minds, to avoid anything that might appear to be ‘offensive’ to the ego, it doesn’t help to eradicate the ego, but empower it.

The adjustment, adaptation and accommodation in the teachings of yoga, is not about to make adjustment in the names and forms to adapt and accommodate the prideful egoistic mind, but it’s the egoistic mind needs to make the adjustment to adapt and accommodate all the mind perception of names and forms being what they are, as they are.

If the prideful egoistic minds refuse to let go of the ego even before learning the physical yoga practice, and have strong aversion towards the teachings of yoga, and only want to do the physical yoga practice, it’s their freedom, even if they are not really practicing yoga. Only the minds that are willing to let go of the ego, the practice of yoga begins as it is, even without any intention or expectation.

When we modify the yoga practice or the yoga class to accommodate the desire of craving and aversion of the egoistic minds, people only like yoga being the way that they desire, they don’t really like yoga as it is. No matter how long people have been enjoying doing yoga that is being modified to the way that they desire, but then once they are being asked to practice yoga as it is, they wouldn’t want to practice yoga anymore. Some people have been practicing yoga for many years and even possessed many yoga teachers certifications, but they complaint about many things that they think it’s the cause of their unhappiness, disturbs, hurts, disappointment and suffering.

In the end, yoga is about Silence. Many minds want to be in silence, but most minds are too restless to be in silence. Many people complaint that their minds can’t concentrate or be quiet, which they believe is due to external ‘disturbance’ and ‘distraction’. 

What hinders the mind to be silent, is restlessness, or violent thought currents, or ‘disturbance’ and ‘distraction’ arising from within the mind due to ignorance and egoism. The mind couldn’t be quiet, even if the surrounding environment is completely quiet. And hence, all the teachings are there to help the minds to be free from restlessness, to quiet the ever-restless thought currents, or to annihilate ‘disturbance’ or ‘distraction’ from within the mind.

Out of ignorance, many people misunderstand about annihilating ‘disturbance’ or ‘distraction’ means avoiding names and forms that they think is ‘disturbing’ or ‘distracting’ the mind. The ‘disturbance’ and ‘distraction’ in the mind is deriving from the mind itself, constantly and autonomously reacting towards the mind perception of names and forms through the senses, due to egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation. It’s not because of the names and forms, or the experiences, or the surrounding environment that the mind perceives through the senses being ‘disturbing’ or ‘distracting’. 

By avoiding coming in contact with certain names and forms or environment that the mind thinks is being ‘disturbing’ or ‘distracting’ might induce momentary conditional calmness/quietness or ‘silence’ to the mind, but, that is conditional and impermanent. It’s not the unconditional silence that is always there being undetermined by all the impermanent names and forms arising and passing away, which is there as it is, upon the mind is free from restlessness deriving from ignorance and egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation. 

And hence, out of compassion, the teacher guides the students in the way that allows them to develop the correct understanding and be equipped with the essential practice that can help to free their minds from ignorance and egoism through their own will, effort, discipline, inquiry, direct experience and realization. Whether the students will be successfully developing the correct understanding, or make use of the essential practice, or be free from ignorance and egoism, or not, it’s not the teacher’s responsibility. 

If the students are never being given the opportunity to come in contact with the teachings, to reflect upon the teachings, to try to practice the teachings, regardless of whether they will be successful, or not, as the teachers decided that they don’t want to teach about the teachings of yoga to all or some of the students selectively, expecting that all the students will eventually be free from ignorance, egoism, restlessness and suffering at their own cause just by participating in ‘silent yoga practice’ in the yoga class without the need of expounding any teachings for them to reflect upon, to implement into their yoga practice and daily life, then it’s the responsibility of the teachers for not teaching yoga with the teachings to the students that allow them to at least have the opportunity to decide whether they want to practice the teachings of yoga as it is, or not.

After the teachers have done their best to deliver the teachings and practice to the students, then it’s the responsibility of the students themselves whether to practice the teachings and practice, or not, and whether they will be free from ignorance and suffering, or not. Some yoga enthusiasts have been ‘loving’ yoga and ‘practicing’ yoga for many years, but they are still under the influence of ignorance and egoism very much, and that’s their own responsibility. Everyone takes their own pace to evolve. It’s neither good nor bad, neither right nor wrong. As people can be ‘practicing’ and ‘teaching’ yoga for their entire life under certain ‘Guru’ or ‘lineage’ with the intense yearning to be free from ignorance and suffering, but not everyone attains ‘the highest goal’, but it’s okay. More importantly, it’s the non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-judgment, non-comparison and non-expectation towards the effort and the fruit of the effort that allows the mind to have peace, regardless of how much challenges, obstacles, difficulties or limitations arise on the path, while being aware of the presence of ignorance and suffering in itself, or in the world. That is already a ‘success’ in the yoga practice.

While some people never practice yoga might be free from ignorance and suffering, as they know what is non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-judgment, non-comparison and non-expectation.

There are very few minds are at higher level of consciousness where they don’t need to practice anything or let go anything, as they are already free from ignorance and egoism, restlessness and suffering. They don’t need to attend yoga classes to learn or practice anything. These people don’t need to practice yoga or meditation, at all, and they are wise, compassionate and peaceful unconditionally. But, most minds are under the influence of ignorance and egoism, and they are in need of the help of the teachings to be reflecting upon, to implement into the yoga practice and daily life, to find out what is going on in their minds, to eradicate egoism and impurities, which will free the mind from restlessness, that allows the mind to know Thyself, to see the truth of names and forms as it is.

Those who are free from restlessness and suffering, they don’t need to learn, understand or practice the teachings of yoga. Those who are not free from restlessness and suffering, but they are not interested to be free from restlessness and suffering, that’s their freedom. While those who want to be free from restlessness and suffering, who are interested to learn and practice yoga to transcend restlessness and suffering, they need to be able to surrender the ego, pride and arrogance, to be humble, patient and determine to learn, study, inquire and practice the teachings of yoga by implementing into the yoga practice and daily life.

After attended classes humbly receiving or learning the teachings of yoga to be reflecting upon, even repeatedly hearing the same teachings over and over again, until the basic foundation is firmly built, to be implementing into the yoga practice and daily life, one retreats into seclusion or solitude, without the need of supervision, or instruction, or help, or encouragement from a teacher, to perform self-practice independently in silence, without attachment, identification, craving, aversion, judgment, comparison, or expectation, without being determined by the surrounding environment, or the mind perception of names and forms, or the fruit of the yoga practice.

Those who said they want to learn and practice yoga, as they want to be free from restlessness and suffering, but they are too proud and impatient to learn, study, inquire and practice the teachings of yoga, but just interested in getting the momentary relief, calmness and good feelings deriving from performing some physical yoga practice in silence, or getting the momentary satisfaction from gratifying their desire of craving and aversion, and are not interested to free the mind from the root cause of restlessness and suffering, that’s their freedom.

Many yoga practitioners or teachers are still not free from ignorance, egoism, restlessness and suffering even after many years of attending ‘silent mindfulness yoga classes’ that deliberately doesn’t deliver any forms of teachings about freeing the mind from the ego and egoism, with the intention to minimize ‘distraction’ or ‘disturbance’ as much as possible, to allow the students to pay full attention of ‘mindfulness’ to look into their own minds and they will know Thyself. After many years of performing yoga practice in silent yoga class that doesn’t talk about the essential teachings and practice of letting go the ego and egoism, the minds are still being determined and disturbed by all the mind perception of names and forms, being disturbed by ungratified desires, because they never practice how to free the mind from ignorance and egoism.

Those who want or need to attend classes, as they can’t or don’t want to perform self-practice in seclusion and solitude, as they want to be accompanied by and interacting with some other people, and they need some guidance or instruction from someone to be performing the yoga practice, or they have the desire to be getting or learning something (that they want) from the teacher, while expecting the teacher to teach or not teaching the class in certain way, and they cannot allow the teacher to teach what they teach and how they teach, where they only want to do some physical yoga practice the way that they like, but at the same time, they get very agitated, disappointed, dissatisfied and disturbed when the yoga class is not being the way that they expect it to be, where they would get very irritated by the yoga teacher disseminating the teachings of yoga in the yoga class, or they have strong aversion towards hearing about the same teachings repeatedly, or performing the same practice repeatedly that they think they already know very well, and they think it’s the fault of the yoga teacher or the yoga class being bad and wrong for the presence of agitation, disappointment, dissatisfaction and disturbance in their minds, it indicates that they still have a lot to learn.

While some people get frustrated and irritated is because they only want to do some physical yoga practice in silence throughout the entire yoga class, but the teacher is disseminating some yoga teachings in the yoga class for the students who want to learn about the teachings of yoga, which irritates them very much. The irritation arise in their minds is due to their desire is not being gratified, where the yoga class is not being the way that they want it to be. It’s not the fault of the yoga teacher or the yoga class being what it is, if someone doesn’t like how the teacher teaches the class, or doesn’t like the yoga class that is about disseminating and practicing the teachings of yoga about eradicating the ego and egoism while performing the yoga practice and in daily life.

A yoga class is for people to come to learn about yoga and practice yoga under the guidance of a teacher. If people don’t need to learn any teachings or don’t need any guidance from a teacher, as they think they already know enough about the teachings and practice, and they want a mindful silent yoga practice without any guidance, they should be performing self-practice in seclusion and solitude. Why are they attending the yoga class that is supposed to be a teacher giving some teachings and guidance, but then they get irritated with the yoga class for being what it is? Unless it is a specific silent yoga class where all and everyone already know how to perform the yoga practice without the need of any teachings or guidance.

This is what happens when people are being taught to perform yoga practice in silence without being taught about the essential teachings and implementing the teachings into the physical yoga practice. Those who truly understand about yoga and the yoga practice, they won’t be disturbed, frustrated, disappointed or angry when things are not being the way that they would like it to be.

Even if the mind is being disturbed by something, the well-trained mind understands what is going on, and knows how to just observe the disturbance, without attachment or identification, without judgment or expectation, knowing that it’s impermanent, and will pass away.

Those who truly understand what is mindfulness, they are being mindful under any conditions and situations, regardless of all the names and forms arising and passing away, without attachment, identification, craving, aversion, judgment, or expectation, without being determined or disturbed by the presence or absence of certain desirable or undesirable names and forms in the present moment, without trying to ‘control’ anything to be in certain way, allowing everything to be there as they are, which then allows them to be mindful unconditionally and effortlessly, while performing or not performing certain action. It’s not about selectively choosing a particular subject or object that they want to be mindful about, and get very frustrated when they feel they are being disturbed or distracted by the presence of any other names and forms that they don’t want to be mindful about. Such as, they think they cannot practice mindfulness when the teacher is disseminating the teachings of yoga while they want to be mindful towards the physical yoga practice in silence, that irritates them very much.

Hearing and reflecting upon the teachings of yoga, and implementing the teachings into the physical yoga practice doesn’t make the minds agitated or restless. It’s the reaction of aversion and disagreement coming from the mind towards the teachings being disseminated that give rise to the disturb/irritation/restlessness in the mind, from the mind itself. 

It’s the craving and expectation towards “Yoga is about mindfulness in silence. I need to be mindful towards the physical yoga practice in silence without any external disturbance or distraction,” and the aversion towards the presence of undesirable/disagreeable sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, feelings and thoughts are not being gratified, that gives rise to the disturb/irritation/restlessness in the mind, from the mind itself. Because these minds have not come in contact with any teachings about going beyond the modification of the mind and how to free the mind from egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment, comparison and expectation, that allows all the other practices to be happening simultaneously and effortlessly.

Meanwhile, out of worldly passionate egoistic sympathy or empathy, there are many ‘yoga teachers’ are either wittingly or unwittingly empowering the ignorance and egoism in the students by carefully handling their easily be hurt and offended ego by not doing, or saying, or teaching anything that they don’t like and don’t agree with, and empowering the prideful ego with praise and compliment and things that they like and agree with, while gratifying their desire of craving and aversion, to please, comfort and satisfy their minds by giving them what they desire, and avoid giving them what they don’t desire, as well as encouraging mental and emotional dependence among one another, comforting and supporting one another, so that both the teachers and the students will feel love, good, joyful and meaningful through such bonding or connection, that is also conditional and impermanent.

Compassion, that allows the minds to be free from ignorance and suffering, is being seen as ‘coldness’ and ‘harshness’ by the worldly passionate egoistic sympathetic and empathetic minds, not knowing that the act of ‘sympathy and empathy’ void of wisdom and compassion is actually empowering ignorance and egoism, which hinders the minds to be free from suffering from the root. The same yoga teacher who gives the same teachings in the same class is being perceived as ‘compassionate’ by some students and ‘mean’ by some other students under the different states of mind. Meanwhile, the yoga teacher is just what it is, neither compassionate nor mean.

The teachings of yoga and the practice doesn’t discriminate anyone, regardless of whether people only want to practice some of the practices, or disagree with some of the teachings and practices, or misinterpreting the teachings, or modifying the practices, or only want to do the physical practice without any teachings, or adding in one’s worldly ideas, belief and practice, or commercialized it, or claimed authorization over it, or trademarking certain names and forms, or using it to gain selfish desire, or whatever human minds can do with it. And whatever human minds do with it, agree or disagree with it, take it or leave it, practicing or stop practicing, realizing something or haven’t realize anything, being peaceful or disturbed, being liberated from suffering or not, it doesn’t determine or affect the teachings and its practice being what it is.

The truth won’t be contaminated or changed by anything. All is impermanent and selfless.

It’s up to oneself.

Some yogis might have already transcended ignorance, who are selfless and compassionate, but they are not interested at all to teach yoga to anyone, as the ignorance in the minds of the world are too deep even for igniting the initial process of purification. They renounce worldly actions and are resting in Silence. There’s nothing selfish or wrong with that.

Minds that are smart, intelligent and knowledgeable, might not have the interest, humility or patience to learn, study, inquire and practice the teachings of yoga.

Many intellectual people might have come across with the term of “the practice of dispassion and non-attachment” for many times, but they don’t know what is dispassion and non-attachment, and still have strong passion and attachment towards all the selfless impermanent names and forms, and are not free from disturbs, hurts, offensiveness, frustration, anger, disappointment, fear, worry, guilt, regret, painful sorrow and suffering even after many years of practicing some physical yoga practice in silence because they never inquire towards what is dispassion and non-attachment, never practice dispassion and non-attachment, and not knowing how to free the mind from passion and attachment.

Such as the basic teaching and practice of “letting go” – “If it’s too painful to hold a burning hot object, just put it down and let it go,” and “If one doesn’t want to let go and continues to feel hurt by something that is hurtful, it’s one’s own responsibility.” Most people understand what these sentences mean literally, but still, many people struggle very hard with “letting go”, or couldn’t let go something that they think is “disturbing” or “hurtful”, even after many years of trying to let go, because they have no interest and patience to get to know and practice the teachings that guide them on how to inquire towards the truth of what they think is “disturbing” or “hurtful”, even if they are smart, intelligent and knowledgeable. And that’s their freedom.

Even the teachers who repeatedly mention the term of “letting go” for many times to their students in their yoga class, if without knowing how to inquire towards the truth of “letting go” and “the object of letting go”, they themselves also couldn’t let go of something that they think is disturbing or hurtful. They might be learning how to let go certain physical tension during the physical yoga practice session, and physical, mental and emotional tension are inter-related to one another, where mental and emotional tension will also be released when the physical tension is released, but they couldn’t let go mental and emotional tension from the root as well as they are continuing accumulating tension in daily life, as they didn’t inquire towards the truth of all those tension.

Those who realized selflessness and compassion, there is nothing to let go, there’s no need to let go of anything, as there is nothing being accumulated that need to be letting go, and there’s no one there that needs to let go anything. But in the process of attaining that realization, the ignorant egoistic passionate mind needs to let go many things.

Inquire the truth of everything.

The world doesn’t belong to anyone

Everyone think and say that they love the world.

People love the world so much that everyone want to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ the world to be in certain way that they think it’s the best way, according to their particular likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, based on their particular social/cultural/religious/spiritual/political/commercial thinking, belief, values and practice.

Different groups of people representing different types of nationality/ethnicity/culture/religion/spirituality/politic/commercial are fighting and hurting one another to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ the world to be the way that each group wants it to be.

People think they love the world so much, and hence, they need to protect the world, but it’s not.

People just want to possess and control the world to be theirs, to be the way that they desire it to be.

The world doesn’t belong to anyone.

The world is selfless, impermanent and non-discriminative.

Nature will provide sufficient needs for all and everything existing in the world, even if it’s just ceaseless momentary existence coming and going.

Unfortunately, the world is occupied by such human beings that are under the influence of ignorance and egoism, who think they love the world very much and they need to be doing something to ‘protect’ the world, but they are hurting the world, out of selfish desire, boundless greed and survival instinct, but they claim it’s love and protection towards the world.

It’s the same in the body and the mind.

The body and the mind doesn’t belong to anyone, but there’s an idea of ‘I’ claims ownership over the body and mind, and thinks that ‘I’ love my body and my mind, and ‘I’ need to do something to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ my body and my mind to be in certain way, that ‘I’ think and desire how it should be.

It’s the same in human relationships with each other.

People think and say that they love some others and their relationships with some others, and they need to do something to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ those whom they love and their relationships, so that everyone and everything will be good the way that they think how it should be.

It’s the same in a country.

The government and the politicians say that they love the citizen and their country, and they need to do something to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ the citizen and the country.

It’s the same in religion and spirituality.

The religion and spirituality people say that they love their religion and spirituality, and their believers and followers, and they need to do something to ‘control’ and ‘protect’ their religion and spirituality, and their believers and followers.

It’s the same in any ethnicity and culture.

It’s the same in any family, group, society and community.

Human beings just keep hurting all and everything in the world, out of what they think is ‘love’.

This ‘love’ is not about loving the object of love unconditionally and non-discriminatively as it is, but it’s loving one’s desire towards all and everything should be in certain way that one likes, wants and agrees with.

Don’t love the world.

The world doesn’t need to be loved.

Don’t love anyone and anything, if we would hurt everyone and everything that we think we love very much.

Inquire towards the truth of everything, and be free.

Inquire towards the truth of racism and discrimination

Most people would want to fight for freedom of expression, action and speech.

Many people also want to fight against racism and discrimination, may it be coming from within the society of diversity, or coming from unjust bias government policy.

Many people have no idea/notion/intention of citing racism and discrimination when they want to express, do or say something.

Unfortunately, out of ignorance, anti-racism and anti-discrimination generated lots of unnecessary sensitivity surrounding racism and discrimination that heavily restricting and going against freedom of expression, action and speech, where many people are easily being ‘offended’ by certain ‘expression’, ‘action’ and ‘speech’, or even the usage of certain scenes, colours, shapes, forms, sounds and words, that they perceive/judge/label/believe/identify/refer/relate as a form of citing ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’, or ‘offensiveness’.

May it be those who think and feel themselves are being ‘discriminated’, or ‘racist against’, or ‘insulted’, or ‘offended’ by what they perceive as ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’, and they identifying themselves as the victims of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’, or some other people who want to support those whom they think and believe as the victims of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’, where many people are developing excessive/exaggerate unnecessary high-sensitivity towards certain (and will be increasing) scenes, colours, shapes, forms, sounds, words and maybe some other names and forms, in certain point of view, discussion, expression, speech, writing, artwork, dance choreography, music, song, painting, drawing, sculpture and any other forms of expression/idea/creativity, which ignorant egoistic human minds project the quality of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ onto almost everything that they perceive, where almost all and everything would also being perceived by these ignorant egoistic minds as something containing the elements of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’, and they don’t allow anything that they perceive as containing the element of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ to be existing in the world, where people are not allowed, or be condemned, or even be criminalized for the usage of certain scenes, colours, shapes, forms, sounds and words containing what these ignorant egoistic minds perceived as ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’.

People want freedom of expression, action and speech, BUT, only limited to within our own acceptance and agreement based on our petite mindedness of how we perceive and judge everything based on our particular thinking, belief, understanding, judgment, values and practice, where minds are easily being disturbed, offended, hurt, insulted by anything that the minds perceive/think/believe/judge/label as a form of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ towards the identity of certain names and forms that different people identifying as who ‘I’ am.

For example, about colour. The usage of colours or words of ‘white’ and ‘black’ is being ‘perceived’, ‘projected’, ‘identified’, ‘labelled’ and ‘referred’ as containing the element of ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination’ by those who are anti-racist and anti-discrimination.

The colour of white and black, or the word of ‘white’ and ‘black’, have no quality, or meaning, or power, or intention to be ‘racist’ or ‘discriminative’. But they are being ‘perceived’ and ‘projected’ by certain people who are anti-racist and anti-discrimination with the quality/meaning/power/intention that contain the element of racism and discrimination.

People who are anti-racism and anti-discrimination are highly sensitive towards the usage of the colour and word of ‘white’ or ‘black’ in any kinds of expression, action and speech. And they protest against the use of certain words and colours that reflect ‘white’ or ‘black’.

If the word ‘Whitening’ is being labelled as a form of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’ towards dark skin tone people, then any colour related to many human beings different types of skin tone will also be ‘racist’, ‘discriminative’, ‘insult’ and ‘offensive’ towards the different people who come with different types of skin tone. The word ‘Darkening’ will be labelled as ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’ towards fairer skin tone people. Any expression towards any particular colour that certain people like or don’t like, prefer or don’t prefer, will be labelled as a form of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’ towards the many different skin tone people, may it be ‘yellow’, ‘orange’, ‘brown’, ‘pink’, ‘green’, ‘blue’ and so on, not just ‘white’ or ‘black’. But if this ridiculous sensitivity over the usage of the different colours and words in all kinds of expression, action and speech continuing to be amplified, over-rated and supported by many people who want to go against ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination’, then all kinds of colours can also become a thing that contain the element of racism, discrimination, insult and offensiveness in everyday life. Then no one is going to be allowed to have or mention any colours that they prefer or don’t prefer, like or dislike, in everything in life anymore. The world becomes a colourless world won’t stop those who are ignorant to continue being ignorant, and won’t stop those who intentionally want to be racist, sexist and discriminative against anyone and anything that they dislike and disagree with, continuing to be racist, sexist and discriminative.

Life can be so simple and free, but it’s becoming so complicated and not free due to many people are being highly sensitive towards all kinds of names and forms that are being projected with the quality of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ by the highly sensitive minds.

To free the world from any kinds of racism and discrimination, definitely is not achievable by ‘protecting’ the highly sensitive minds through restricting, disallowing and criminalizing people on “Do not express, do, or say anything that anyone would feel being offended, insulted, discriminated or racist against,” which doesn’t really eliminate all kinds of racism and discrimination, but instead, it would be empowering the existence of racism and discrimination in the world, that directly and indirectly hinders the freedom of expression, action and speech that most people are fighting for, which is much needed to develop a ‘healthy’ society, than having a ‘sick’ society that live under ‘oppression’, ‘control’, ‘criminalization’ and ‘prosecution’ that are being widely abused in the world.

It’s about teaching and training all and everyone regardless of the different diversity of different appearance/colour/shape/ethnicity/nationality/gender/sexual orientation/culture/religion/spirituality/belief/educational background/health and fitness condition/ability and disability, of young and old, to ‘respect’ and ‘allow’ all kinds of names and forms being existing in the world as they are, without projecting the quality of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ onto any kinds of names and forms that they perceived through the senses of what they see, hear, smell, taste, sense/feel and think, and they wouldn’t be disturbed, offended, hurt, or insulted by all kinds of names and forms, even if there are certain people who deliberately want to be citing ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ or ‘offensiveness’ against certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with, out of ignorance and egoism, self-righteousness, pride and arrogance.

It has to come from people’s own conscience/understanding towards “Respecting and allowing all kinds of different names and forms being existing in the world, as they are,” and “All kinds of names and forms have no intention or power to ‘disturb’, ‘offend’, ‘hurt’ or ‘insult’ anyone or anything, even if it’s coming from certain minds with such intention, unless the minds have ignorant egoistic attachment and identification, craving and aversion towards certain qualities of names and forms, and the minds ‘perceive’ and ‘project’ certain quality onto certain names and forms, identifying/labeling/referring them as ‘disturbing’, ‘offending’, ‘hurting’ and ‘insulting’, and ‘allowing’ themselves to be disturbed, offended, hurt, or insulted by those names and forms that they themselves ‘perceived’, ‘projected’, ‘identifying’, ‘labeling’ and ‘referring’ as ‘disturbing’, ‘offending’, ‘hurting’ and ‘insulting’, whether it’s intentional or unintentional from anyone, (where mostly are non-intentional from anyone,) but it’s coming from one’s mind being overly sensitive, deriving from one’s own attachment and identification towards certain qualities of names and forms that oneself identifying with as ‘I’.”

Those who are intentionally being racist and discriminative against certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with, would be expressing, doing and saying certain things under certain names and forms that they want other people whom they want to be racist and discriminative against to ‘understand’ their intention/aspiration/expression of “I don’t like you and I don’t agree with you. I am being racist and discriminative against you. I am intentionally expressing, doing and saying things that I think would hurt and insult you. And I feel good about that and I am being very proud of that.” They don’t respect and can’t allow those whom they dislike and disagree with, whom they want to be racist and discriminative against, whom they intentionally want to hurt and insult, for being existing in their surrounding environment, for being who they are, and for expressing, doing and saying what they want to express, do and say. While they themselves don’t like to be ‘disrespected’ and ‘disallowed’ for being existing, for being who they are, and what they want to express, do and say.

Aren’t everyone who are anti-racism and anti-discrimination also behave, act and react similarly as those who intentionally want to be racist and discriminative?

If people truly want to support freedom of expression, action and speech, is not by ‘disallowing’, ‘controlling’, ‘condemning’, ‘criminalizing’, and ‘prosecuting’ those who intentionally want to be racist and discriminative, or more even so, most of those who don’t have any intention/idea to be racist, discriminative, insulting or offending towards anyone or anything while expressing, doing and saying something, but their expression, action and speech are being perceived and judged as containing the elements of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’ by the majority of the human beings who are under the influence of ignorance and egoism, who are highly sensitive and who are easily be disturbed, offended, hurt, or insulted by any names and forms that they perceive and judge as disturbing, offending, hurtful and insulting.

People should be allowed being what they are, as they are, even though we might not like or agree with certain behavior or way of thinking, may it be we ourselves don’t like and don’t agree with other people, or other people don’t like and don’t agree with ourselves.

It’s about how all and everyone react towards everything that they perceived, and know what is non-attachment, non-identification, non-craving, non-aversion, non-judgment and non-expectation, or not, that enable or prevent the minds to be free from perceiving, judging or reacting towards all kinds of disturbing, offensive, hurtful or insulting behavior deriving from some ignorant, egoistic, prideful and arrogant people regardless of intentional or unintentional, which then allowing all and everyone to be who they are, as they are, being ignorant and behaving ignorantly, or not, that allowing freedom of expression, action and speech to be happening as it is, even though most people might still be disliking and disagreeing with one another due to ignorance and egoism, self-righteousness, pride and arrogance.

This doesn’t mean that we are promoting and supporting all kinds of violent damaging behavior in the world, as what most ‘good’ people are concerning about.

All those intentional racist and discriminative expression, action and speech in the world will loose their meanings and potential to disturb and hurt anyone, not because they don’t or can’t exist anymore due to restriction and criminalization towards certain expression, action and speech, but it’s because those who are free from ignorance and egoism stop reacting in the way that give meaning and power to these names and forms to be something that the ignorant egoistic prideful arrogant racist discriminative minds want them to be, which is racist, discriminative, hurtful, insulting and offensive, where they expect people whom they dislike and disagree with to react and feel disturbed, hurt, insulted and offended, and they would feel good about themselves for being successfully ‘hurting’ those whom they are being racist and discriminative with.

It’s about understanding that all kinds of behavior are under the influence of the state of the mind. One won’t be intentionally be discriminative towards anyone for anything if the state of the mind is free from the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities. All kinds of intentional and unintentional ignorant violent damaging behavior, action and reaction are deriving from the mind that is functioning under the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities.

More importantly, it has to come from self-awareness and self-control towards the state of the mind that influence one’s behavior.

No matter how much ‘oppression’, ‘control’, ‘condemn’, ‘criticism’, ‘criminalization’, ‘prosecution’ and ‘punishment’ that human beings introduced to curb ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination’, especially by restricting freedom of expression, action and speech further and further, until one day, no one is allowed to express, do, or say anything, as anything also can turn into a form of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘hurts’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’ being perceived and projected by the ‘pampered’ ignorant egoistic highly sensitive minds, it doesn’t eliminate ignorance, egoism and impurities in human minds in the world, and definitely it won’t stop ignorant egoistic human beings from behaving in the way that is under the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities.

It’s about all and everyone work on freeing one’s mind from ignorance, egoism and impurities. The issue surrounding racism and discrimination will disappear from one’s mind upon the annihilation of ignorance, egoism and impurities. There will be less beings in the world would behave, act and react ignorantly upon the annihilation of ignorance, egoism and impurities in human minds. It’s not by trying to eliminate the issue of racism and discrimination in the world by restricting, controlling, condemning, criminalizing and prosecuting “Freedom of expression, action and speech” in order to stop or minimize issue of racism and discrimination. It doesn’t work, as human minds are still functioning under the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities, even being ‘restricted’, ‘controlled’, ‘condemned’, ‘criminalized’ and ‘prosecuted’ for certain expression, action and speech that are intentionally or unintentionally containing the elements of racism, discrimination, hurt, insult, or offensiveness.

When self-righteous people are discriminating against and criminalizing anyone or anything that they think and believe as containing the elements of ‘racism’, ‘discrimination’, ‘insult’ and ‘offense’, they don’t see it as ‘discrimination’ and ‘anti-freedom of expression, action and speech’, they see it as ‘upholding righteousness and peace in the world the way that they think how it should be’. It’s not. It’s what people think and believe as the best solution to curb the issue of racism and discrimination in the world, out of ignorance and egoism as well.

The wise and compassionate saints and sages renounced the world, focusing on attaining their own liberation from ignorance and suffering, let the world be the world, let people behave the way that they behave, let all and everyone realize their own wisdom and liberation from ignorance and suffering through their own effort, or not. And after attaining liberation from ignorance and suffering, they may, or may not, come back into the society, to disseminate the universal teachings to those who have self-awareness and be self-initiated to receive and practice the teachings that would lead them towards attaining liberation from ignorance and suffering, regardless of all the different qualities of names and forms that all and everyone have, which is not who they are.

One doesn’t need to react based on how other people expect people to react. One couldn’t be discriminated for anything by any ‘discriminative names and forms’, even though there is intentional discrimination coming from ignorant egoistic prideful arrogant minds against certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with. That’s their freedom for being what they are, being discriminative, racist or sexist. Other people have the freedom for being non-discriminative, non-racist or non-sexist, without anti-racism or anti-discrimination. While some others have the freedom to be anti-racism and anti-discrimination if they want, but they don’t have to. Just as people have the freedom to feel being disturbed, hurt, insulted and offended, if they want, but they don’t have to.

All and everyone want freedom for being who they are, but, at the same time, they also don’t like and don’t allow other people being who they are. That’s the power of ignorance.

In certain culture, the mentioning of ‘fat’ to someone is something insulting and inappropriate, while in another culture, it’s being perceived as complimenting and non-inappropriate.

Just as the word ‘ignorance’ is neither good nor bad, but it would be perceived as belittling, offensive and insulting by the minds that are prideful and arrogant and wouldn’t like to be related to ignorance, while the minds that are free from pride and arrogance wouldn’t be belittled, offended or insulted, but acknowledging that it’s the truth of most minds including oneself, are not free from the influence of ignorance.

Those who are racist and would deliberately invoke any kinds of discrimination towards certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with, are actually suffering from a form of mental disturbance. They can’t help themselves by having such strong aversion towards certain names and forms that they dislike and disagree with. Just like some people are suffering from certain mental disturbance where they would get very irritated or disgusted upon coming in contact with certain objects of names and forms that they strongly averse towards, such as particular sight, shape, colour, sound, smell, taste, sensation, visualization, space, position, or direction, as well as being disturbed by other people’s certain ways of doing certain things. There are quite many people are suffering from certain kind of mental disturbance, but mostly are not aware of it.

Just like we would feel sympathy towards those who are suffering from certain physical or mental illness, we can also be compassionate towards those who can’t help themselves for being racist and discriminative, because they are in a form of mental suffering.

Inquire the truth of everything, and be free.