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Ajaan Maha Boowa and Bhagavan's Self enquiry -5
« on: April 24, 2009, 11:05:13 AM »
Reinhard Jung continues....

Though from then on Ajaan Maha Boowa's practice became even
steadier, this new-found 'rock like stablity' developed into an
addiction. 

The problem is that Samadhi is so peaceful and satisfying that the
meditator inadvertenly becomes addicted to it.  This happened to
me.  For five years I was addicted to the tranquillity of Samadhi,
so much so, that I came to believe that this very tranquillity was
essence of Nibbana [Nirvana in Pali].

(Readers of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi's books, would be able
to remember here the story of one Jatini Sundarambal, who went
into a state of stupor, due to her yoga practices and Bhagavan Ramana warned her about this state of deceptive peace.  He told
Kunju Swami to take her for a continuous walk, so that she would
not lose her goal with this practice.)

Only when my teacher Acairya Mun, forced me to confront this
misconception, was I able to move on to the practice of wisdom.

There is an obvious parallel with Bhagavan's instructions.  He
always insisted that Vichara has to be active and conscious and
warned against the temporal trance-like states of mano-laya.  The
ultimate aim of Jnana Yoga is mano-nasa, the complete dissolving
of the separate ego.

Ajaan Maha Boowa graphically describes how one gains expertise
in this form of Buddhist 'asubha' (not clean = body contemplation)
practice.  Armed with a developed mind due to his concentration
practice, he started to contemplate his boyd and dissect it mentally
in a prolonged and intensive process.  He soon saw by assiduous
practice:

"Not a shred of beauty can be found in the body of a human being.
It is just a bag of flesh, and blood and bones that manages to deceive everyone in the world, into lusting after it.  It is wisdom's duty
to expose that deception."

"The truth is that the object of that desire is a fake, --- a complete
fraud.  For in reality, when seen clearly with wisdom, the body by its very nature repels desire.  When this delusion is exposed in the
light of wisdom, the human body apears in all its gory detail as
an appalling sight."

[ One cannot but remember Saint Manikkavachagar and Saint
Arunagiri Natha's hymns.  The former always says that "his body is full of worms, is a coccon with excreta and urine, fit for animals to eat, he is a dog, sometimes lowlier than a dog, an outcaste, etc. etc.,"  The latter says that "he is full of rotten flesh, a structure made out of bones, flesh, fat, blood and nerves, and is fit only for the vultures to devour..."]

(Source: As indicated in Part 1)

Arunachala Siva.