altar wrote:It is said that with the perception of foulness fully developed, or of the four elements, one's desire for food or the body is anullified. To what extent does it also anullify the desire for the sensations of contact with the food, or pleasurable sensations with the body? Is it merely that one has a distaste for food based on knowledge of what will happen to the food, or distaste with tbe body because of what it's really like, and no longer sees lasting happiness in it, and thereby turns away from it, or is it that the sensations dependent on food and the body are also no longer interesting or binding?
Meditation on foulness ought not to result in distaste, which is aversion. Dispassion, cessation of desire, results in food being taken as a medicine for the sickness of hunger and the sickness of nutrition. It is medicine, not to be desired or hated, merely taken as needed according to the disease.