The Hunger of the Mind
"The human world is not an easy place to live in. That's because we're
all feeding. And it's not just physical food. We feed off emotional food, relationships,
power, status, wealth. In fact, the hunger of the body is almost nothing compared to the hunger of the mind.
As the Buddha once said, even if it rained gold coins we'd never have enough for our
sensual desires: the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile sensations we'd like to feed off of.
And with each person's mind being so hungry, it's inevitable there's
going to be a lot of conflict as our unlimited desires meet up with the
limited source of food. The Buddha's image of the world was of a puddle
of water that was shrinking, and there were fish fighting over the last
bit of water, pushing one another out of the way for that last gulp of
water before it all dries up.
So what do you do? You've got the choice: You can just continue
feeding, feeding, feeding, or you can step back and look at your hunger.
This is one of the purposes of meditation: to give you a place to step
back, to give you better food - food that comes from inside, rather than
from outside. Food that you don't have to fight off anybody or you
don't have to go harming anyone else to get."
"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "
--------------------------------------------"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "