Sunday, November 09, 2008

(chiththena neeyathie loko)

Your sense organs :
The light waves hit the retina of your eye.They originated from the sun eight minutes back! The red has lowest wave length the violet has highest.Though the ultra violet and infra red hits your eye your mind does not become aware of it and therefore you do not perceive it.The light ray hitting the retina is a momentary thing.The mind has to collect or file millions of these .Impulses in your memory area in form of waves has to come in and sort out what is seen by shape and colour.By this time all the rays that hit your retina are non existent.Yet you interpret this phenomenon as seeing "some thing" with the"eye"
The sound waves hit your ear drum.You create a meaning for this using the brain.By the time meaning is realise sound waves are non existent.Analyse the situation where you hear a bell ringing at a distance.
Your body can perceive only mechanical pressure.It may be of various intensities, may be getting interrupted and restarting.
The nose responds to certain chemicals touching the smell sensing area of the nose.
The tongue gives a reaction to a chemical touching the tongue.
Your dog keeps sniffing something you brought for several minutes.You are wondering as to what he has there to smell for several minutes.When you are reading a book the dog may be wondering as to what you have there to see for hours.Dogs sense of smell is three hundred times ours.He remembers every thing by smell.He knows you by your smell.He gets sexually attracted by the smell of a bitch in heat,not the looks of the bitch.Humans get attracted with all five senses and mind too (status of a person is preceived only by mind).Because of this reason buddha categorised mind also as a sense organ (manendriya)Birds get attracted to their mates mainly by noise (love call) All five senses are ultimately in mind.(chiththena eka dhmmassa)
Just ponder over these things when you perceive the world.It is radical contemplation prescribed by Buddha to develop mundane wisdom.
One can do this while in a traffic jam,waiting in an air port,during a long flight ,waiting for an appontment, and cultivate mundane wisdom during the time wasted.


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