steve19800 wrote:Hello all,
Just a general talk, not about Sutta or meditation.
Does anyone know or have thoughts as to why a person(s) goes mad when they for example have to served sentence in jail particularly if they are live most of the time in isolation? What is the spiritual explanation they are going mad? Thanks.
IMO, although the overwhelming majority of "madnesses" have genetic components to them, they clearly also have psychological ones. It's usualy something we cannot accept. It's a sort of an extreme reaction to emotions, or facts, or experiences we cannot accept healthily. Each person will have a mental illness according to what their genetics are and the emotions/facts/experiences they are unconsciously denying.
In particular, the case where you are in isolation you probably think, and overthink, and overthink,... endlessly, about something you cannot accept, be it loneliness, lack of freedom, fear, boredom, etc. The mental tension builds up to an unbearable point, after which you "break".
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)