cooran wrote:Bobby, who asked the question in the OP, lives in London. He was speaking about personal practice. And that was what I responded to.
It probably won't make much sense to ask you another question, since you already ignored my other one, or did you miss it?
Anyhow, also in London there are insects that need to be taken care of.
You of course live a privileged life, as far as I can tell, and can afford screens and steel and whatnot, but not all Buddhists can.
The animals you described, snakes, and so forth, are also relatively easy to catch!
At least in comparison to fleas....
I don't think you ever had a flea infestation, because if you had had one, I don't think you would be speaking like you do....
Apologies if my assumption is incorrect.
I also think that IF people ask about fleas, like the OP or his friend, they usually have a reason -and often it is an infestation.
It' no shame...shit happens. You can be clean or a messie, it can hit you, although you definitely have a point with cleanliness.
Fleas are dangerous, they used to help spread pestilence in the middle ages, and those deluded human beings back then chased cats, as 'friends of the devil', cats, the best natural antagonists of rats, who could have kept the rats and mice at bay back then!
Killing cats, burning them on the stake, and innocent women as witches too, brought heavy kamma-the pest.