Hampi part 5, Hanuman, the monkey king.
Trip Start Feb 19, 2006
90Trip End Oct 01, 2006
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Hanuman is always at work. We did not find the temple that day, and it only seems fitting that the "chattering monkeys" played their tricks on us. .
How true that is, somewhat like the mind, Hanuman can rule the moment, taking one out of the here and now, and putting in doubts and mistrust in what is.
Perhaps the best path is that of action, and not thinking too too much. Hanuman breeds mistrust. The what ifs and the should-have-beens are the domain of the monkey brain. Living in the past only leads to regret, and living for the future only brings disappointment
If you want more of this, go and find out about the eight earthly dharmas. Tell them I sent you, and you'll get a good deal, I guarantee it.
The Great White Mistake in buddhism is to supress feeling, in the typical western fashion, and tell one's self that one does not feel happy, nor sad, nor any of the other emotions. They call this the "middle path," but they are wrong.
The true middle path is the joy between. Whether pain or pleasure, this ceases to matter. It is all experience, and is the human condition. We are all human beings, no matter what anyone will try to tell you, and we all feel and think and experience the same things. To deny one one's emotions is to deny the experience of life. So, sure, I do cry at movies.
India is a case in point. They love to laugh, and also when things happen that are "bad" (of course, a judgement call), they cry and lament as much as it takes. Closed up and tight-assed westerners could learn a lot from this. Some are more open than others.
Indians let things roll off their backs that could make even the most hardened and dour westerner damp-eyed. They accept these things as a condition of life, and so the less one dwells on the emotionality of the event, the sooner the solution will present itself.
This is not to say that one should not feel for things, only that one should feel in a manner that is APPROPRIATE to the situation at hand.
Hmmm... Strange that there are no "personality disorders" here, no-one needs to go to "therapy," and these sort of things
The monkey king loves this blockage, this emotional constipation. The more the raw emotion attaches itself to thoughts, the stronger Hanuman becomes. . His members are legion, everywhere. The emotion that runs through the upper reaches of the brain, attaching to thoughts turns in upon itself, causing the thoughts to race, or obsession, or worse. Possibly most "personality disorders" and such are related to this type of attachment.
There is a connection with the spiritual as well. Many practices, particularly buddhism, teach "letting go of attachment" and this is as good a metaphor as any. The Great White Mistake is the opposite of this--instead of experiencing the inevitable emotional reaction, letting it run it's course raw and come out, they deny that it exists, therefore allowing it to take the broad avenue into the upper cortex, causing anxiety, which then causes a perceived problem, which then causes an emotional reaction, which is then also shoved down, and so on, and so on. . Hell, this is probably the cause of many psychological "problems," which seem so prevalent in American and, to a slightly lesser extent in Europe and other
It is easy to say "live in the moment," but it is another thing altogether to actually Live In The Moment, with no lingering interference from the "chattering monkeys" of the past, future, and the never was.
The path to living in the moment is just to "do," and not to "think." Letting go of attachment is not letting go of experience or emotionality, it is recognizing it for what it is, just that. Also knowing that the feelings belong solely to your own self, and should not be dumped on others. . .
Also this is not to say that one should not have at least a loose plan for the future (of course subject to change or modification), and also not to say that one should not feel for the things that they have done that still hurt, or the things that have been done to them that cause pain. It is to say--Get to know those sore spots as well as you know the happy spots, for without balance of the dharmas, there is no middle way.
Take that, all you Cambridge "Buddhists", with the plastic buddha on your rearview mirror, road raging at me when the light turns green. . Brings back to mind the time when, at my friends place the "sufis" from upstairs came down to say "could you turn down the music? We're trying to meditate. hahaha, some people should come to India. Last night an "ashram Israeli" girl, shaved head and all, was asking the fellows at the front desk to turn down the television in the office, and to turn down their cellphones. Hahaha, you do not get a room for 85 rupees a night in the center of Munnar market if you want peace and quiet. . haha. .. I slept like a log all night with indian pop songs and horns blaring all night. Just slept like a baby. . .
Sorry, not much about Hampi in this entry, but there is still much to tell, so stay tuned. . . Oh, and P.S. LIVE NOW! Do not delay.