FV2V #34 - DESIRE & SUFFERING | WORLD OF ILLUSIONS
This is this 2nd edition of “Meditations On Integration”. These are short clips from previous episodes that showcase a particular aspect of a broader subject. I’m stoked to serve you up a simple does of creative inspiration that can add value to your life while saving you time.
In this edition, we focus on a section from my book review of 12 Rules For Life. It’s from episode 29, which covered Rule 4 - “Compare Yourself To Who You Were Yesterday, Not To Who Someone Else Is Today”. Much respect to the author, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, who is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology. (Plus a kickass Canadian)
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There’s a profound idea in the ancient Vedic texts (the oldest scriptures of Hinduism, and part of the bedrock of Indian culture): the world, as perceived, is Maya; appearance or illusion. This means, in part, that people are blinded by their desires (as well as merely incapable of seeing things as they truly are).
This is true, in a sense that transcends the metaphorical. Your eyes are tools. They are there to help you get what you want. The price you pay for that utility, that specific, focused direction, is blindness to everything else. This doesn’t matter so much when things are going well, and we are getting what we want (although it can be a problem, even then, because getting what we currently want can blind us to higher callings).
Imagine that you’re unhappy. You’re not getting what you need. Perversely, this may be because of what you want. You are blind, because of what you desire. Perhaps what you really need is right in front of your eyes, but you cannot see it because of what you are currently aiming for.
If things are not going well for you—well, that might be because, as the most cynical of aphorisms has it, life sucks, and then you die. Before your crisis impels you to that hideous conclusion, however, you might consider the following: life doesn’t have the problem. You do. At least that realization leaves you with some options.
If your life is not going well, perhaps it is your current knowledge that is insufficient, not life itself. Perhaps your value structure needs some serious retooling. Perhaps what you want is blinding you to what else could be. Perhaps you are holding on to your desires, in the present, so tightly that you cannot see anything else—even what you truly need.
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