Posted by: Upāsaka | 10/23/2018

Do Not Feed on Others

As I was walking to the train, running through metta, karuna and mudita phrases on my mala it occurred to me that my hungry mind, perhaps primed by fasting, was looking to feed on the sight of female forms. It may be that an empty stomach makes it all the more easy to feel the gnawing hunger of sensual craving because I notice that the mind kept going outward to feed on these pleasures of the eye, forgetting all the while that these forms weren’t solely objects to be oogled but real humans with interior lives all their own.

May I recall that other beings are not here to serve me nor are they here to delight me.

May I remember that stealing glances of a beautiful woman is both a theft of her dignity and a desecration of my own.

Maui undertake to never feed on others.

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