The arrow simile - with the arrow removed

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The arrow simile - with the arrow removed

Postby Stiphan » Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:41 pm

We all know the arrow simile. It's not worth asking what the arrow is made of while we are pierced with this poisonous arrow.

But is it still not worth asking what it's made of after we have removed it?

In other words, once one is an arahant and has removed the arrow of suffering from oneself, is it still useless to seek answers about the world that were previously deemed unnecessary for, or even hindrances to, the gaining of enlightenment?

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Re: The arrow simile - with the arrow removed

Postby santa100 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:04 pm

The reason we're only able to use such a tiny portion of our mind's full potential is because of the 3 poisons (greed/anger/delusion). As a result, our knowledge and wisdom are extremely limited. Arhants are those who have completedly destroyed the 3 poisons, thus have unlocked the full potential of their mind. Their insight is so vastly powerful that the "arrow" question would no longer be a mistery to them..

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Re: The arrow simile - with the arrow removed

Postby chownah » Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:52 am

I think the simile of the raft helps to understand this. The Buddha taught that once you have crossed the water then you don't carry the raft around with you...the raft has done its job and might as well be sunk into the water or just plain abandoned.

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