Infatuation

Being captivated by the allure of samsara’s myriad facets will inevitably lead to a dishonorable demise. Should one take a moment to contemplate their own samsaric circumstances, they will undoubtedly discern the catalyst that unleashes the relentless forces of suffering. Becoming infatuated with either the opposite or same sex will ensnare one in the shackles of emotional captivity. Likewise, an infatuation with one’s offspring can foster an unhealthy reliance in later years, while an infatuation with animals, such as beloved pets, can inflict profound anguish upon their human companions when they inevitably age and depart, leaving behind a desolate and sorrowful void. Succumbing to an infatuation with the world’s riches only serves to bind one completely to the treacherous allure of dark desires and materialistic entrapment. All of these pursuits represent the ignoble quest that ultimately culminates in self-annihilation.

Devoted to the Exalted Path of the Noble Unborn, one is liberated from the entanglements of samsara. In this state, one experiences the pinnacle of blissful contentment—the Noble Satisfaction. The Enlightened One assures that by recognizing the subtle perils that inherently reside within the realm of samsara, one can attain supreme security and break free from all forms of bondage, finding solace in Nibbāna.

Through personal practice, one will soon discern the contrasting forces at play between these two modes of pursuit. When the desires of the flesh and material possessions overpower one’s will, the sulfurous influence of Mara and his minions can be felt, relentlessly chipping away at the very essence of one’s being. However, one is now fully aware of their malevolent sway and can nobly choose to turn away from them, seeking refuge in the comforting and reassuring embrace of the Unborn.

Remember, all that is base and ignoble leaves an insatiable mark—a never-ending thirst that can never be quenched. Consequently, these very desires consume the very fabric of one’s soul. On the other hand, all that is Noble elevates one beyond the confines of unwholesome cravings, freeing one from their deadly grip. One no longer yearns for anything except to attain complete and irreversible satisfaction in the One-Taste that grants absolute liberation. The ceaseless quest comes to an end as one finally arrives home.

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