The art of transcending the mundane
This post is generally about the nature of human emotions. In life, we are all programmed to react to different situations and circumstances in a certain way. This is the best explanation of the concept of “one size fits all” fallacy that I have touched on in a different post.
From whence does the human emotions arise? This is the only question that no psychologist, philosopher or even the most learned scientist can answer. The spiritual sleep of a person basically manifests itself in the form of conditioned kind of reflexes in terms of emotions and feelings. This implies that one lacks the capacity to remain rooted in a certain unfathomable center inside of themselves that is the source of permanent inner peace and bliss that remain unalterable even in the face of the greatest adversity.
A Zen student came to Bankei [a Guru] and complained: “Master, I have an ungovernable temper. How can I cure it permanently?”
“You have something very strange, my son,” replied Bankei. “Please let me see what you have.”
“Just now I cannot show it to you,” replied the Zen student.
“When can you show it to me?” asked Bankei.
“It arises unexpectedly,” replied the student.
“Then,” concluded Bankei, “it must not be your own true innate nature. If it were, you could illustrate it to me at any time. When you were born you did not have it, and your parents did not give it to you. Think that over.”