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Footprints on the Journey: Banishing Lust -Khenpo Sodargye
« on: December 07, 2016, 07:36:35 am »
Banishing Lust

All beings of the Desire Realm, with the exception of sages, are afflicted with untamable lust. Regardless of whether they are men or women, people in the world are quite attracted to the bodies of the opposite sex.

The Buddha, in order to tame certain beings, was once reincarnated as a brothel visitor. On the first day, he rewarded the prostitute with valuable precious jewelry. The second day, he offered her ornaments made of gold. The third day, he gave silver accessories instead. The prostitute expressed discontent and appealed to the king. The Buddha’s incarnate responded: “The body she runs her business with is filled with filth. The so-called charming body is decaying every moment; its worth, of course, has to come down accordingly. It is similar to how a withered flower is deserted by the bees. Love and attraction between worldly beings likewise deteriorate. At its prime, the body can be employed as a tool to satisfy sexual desires. As the body ages and decays, of course it will be dumped. Who can be immune to craving for the new and rejecting the old? All composite matters are momentarily arising and disappearing. An exuberant youth is destined to become senile and decrepit; the Lord of Death robs one’s lifespan each day. To say it explicitly, impermanence rules all phenomena. The body, be it of the indulgent fool oblivious of aging, illness, and death, or of the woman he craves, is nothing but sinews and vessels wrapped over a skeleton frame. Isn’t it utterly foolish to be helplessly infatuated with such a collection of bones and flesh? Who can claim himself as wise if he fails to see the ills of being obsessed with the female body? ” Hearing these words, the king was greatly impressed, and the prostitute also decided to give up her brothel life.

In this world, there are many people who are plagued by severe sexual impulses. If they take time to ponder the meaning of these words, they will be helped greatly.

Male or female, all their bodies are but heaps of filthy components; all their love relationships are flimsy and unreliable. It is really foolish to lust after and indulge in them.

15th of March, Year of RenWu
April 27, 2002

 


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