Hi all, "That's how you should train yourself."
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ SD/JTN]
The following passage of the Anathapindikovada Sutta and a Commentary are thought provoking!
"I am not getting better, venerable sir. I am not comfortable. My severe pains are increasing, not lessening. ..."
"Then, householder, you should train yourself in this way:
'I won't cling to the eye; my consciousness will not be dependent on the eye.' That's how you should train yourself. ...
'I won't cling to the intellect; my consciousness will not be dependent on the intellect.' That's how you should train yourself.
[Tasmaatiha te gahapati, eva.m sikkhitabba.m: 'na cakkhu.m upaadiyissaamii. Na ca me cakkhunissita.m viññaa.na.m bhavissatii'ti. Eva.m hi te gahapati, sikkhitabba.m. ... Tasmaatiha te gahapati, eva.m sikkhitabba.m: 'na mana.m upaadiyissaamii. Na ca me manonissita.m viññaa.na.m bhavissatii'ti. Eva.m hi te gahapati, sikkhitabba.m. ]
Commentary: Herein. "You should practise thus 'I will have no attachment to the eye' " is said to exhort the Householder to view the eye as impermanent, woeful (dukkha) and unsubstantial. This is so because if one views the eye as impermanent, Conceit cannot have any foothold, i.e., it cannot arise, if one views the eye as woeful (dukkha) . Craving attachment to the eye as 'my eye' cannot arise; if one views that eye as unsubstantial, the Wrong View of a personal identity or the ego as 'my self ' cannot arise. Hence to be free of the misconceptions through Conceit, Craving and Wrong View, one should repeatedly view the eye as impermanent, woeful (dukkha) and unsubstantial.
The three misconceptions of Conceit, Craving and Wrong View are crude mental States. Even when those misconceptions may disappear there is a subtle fondness (nikanti) for the eye that tends to persist in one. The Venerable Sariputta exhorts the Householder to have his consciousness to be free of this subtle fondness. The same applies to the five other sense bases such as ear, nose, etc. and also to sense-objects, etc. [End of Commentary]
Apparently, Arahant Sariputta's teaching was to remind the householder not to be overwhelmed by the pains, and to urgently focus attention to develop the insight knowledge before death would soon arrive. It does not seem possible <for me> that the contemplation 'I will have no attachment to the eye' can instantly cut off clinging to the eye, etc.