Offering another “thank you” to jcsuperstar for the efforts with this study group.
I have been at a loss as to where to begin in discussing this sutta. So I’ll dive in with a few observations and remarks.
The imagery is potent, using metaphors for the body as a cave and comparing people floundering around, lost in sense craving, to fish flopping about in puddles. In doing this, the sutta succinctly shows us what not to do. Then it concludes by offering the example of how an enlightened person relates to sensual experience. The arrow of craving is removed; life is lived heedfully without clinging or craving.
To what extent does seeing things as they really are help correct wrong attitudes and behavior?
Right view reveals the body to be like a cave; and a life spent pursing sense experience is like living in that dark and damp cave all tied up. So as right view emerges, an epiphany dawns in the mind: “I cannot believe I was living life like that! I would never want to go back to such a way of living!” Among other things, right views provides motivation to make changes and avoid going back to patterns of conduct that perpetuated suffering.
So these are a few things that have come to mind in reading this sutta.
Thanks again for offering this! Happiness, peace, health, and safety to all. And may all find freedom from suffering!
"The Buddha is rightly self-awakened - the Dhamma, well taught - and the Noble Sangha, worthy of honor." Translation by Ven. Thanissaro