Khaggavisana sutta Part 14

With no greed, no deceit, no thirst, no hypocrisy — delusion & blemishes blown away — with no inclinations for all the world, every world, wander alone like a rhinoceros.

“KHAGGAVISANA SUTTA: A RHINOCEROS” (SN 1.3), TRANSLATED FROM THE PALI BY THANISSARO BHIKKHU. ACCESS TO INSIGHT (BCBS EDITION), 30 NOVEMBER 2013, HTTP://WWW.ACCESSTOINSIGHT.ORG/TIPITAKA/KN/SNP/SNP.1.03.THAN.HTML .

Enlightenment is a waking up. A realization that there is no “I” to begin with. This persona that we cling to, is just a result of our senses gathering data. Then our consciousness interacting with them and arising of likes and dislikes etc.

Do you still remember how the adults where teaching you to identify with your name?

In this stanza, we see the requirement of being freed from this delusion of existence in Samsara. This is a frightful message for many. Being told that this “reality” we value so much is nothing but a dream. If this is just a dream, how do I live? If there is no “I”, who is experiencing this world? Who is creating karma? Who will attain enlightenment?

It is okay to ask these questions. But be gentle with ourselves. we really need to practice and realize the answer for ourselves. We cannot “force” ourselves to accept it. We cannot bluff ourselves and pretend that we have seen emptiness.

When we fully awake, we will not be clinging to the various existences.

The existences by birth from moisture or from an egg or from a womb or spontaneous materialization of an energy body. Such existences will no longer trap us or be attractive to us.

The various realms of existences are the heavenly realms, the asura realms, the human realms, the animal realms, the ghostly realms, the hell realms.

May all be well and happy