Title: Internalized Cause and Effect 執著有的因與果
Question Discussed 探討問題:
Is emotion from our heart or mind? Can we change how we feel in our heart through changing our mind?
What is the dust which obscures the mirror? It is attachment to the world, avarice, envy, love of luxury and comfort, haughtiness and self-desire; this is the dust which prevents reflection of the rays of the Sun of Reality in the mirror. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, 25 July1912 )
「蒙住心靈之鏡的塵埃是什麼呢？是對塵世的依戀、貪婪、嫉妒、愛慕奢華舒適、傲慢和私慾。這些便是阻礙『實質之陽』映照在心靈之鏡中的塵埃。」 (阿博都巴哈，弘揚世界和平 7/25/1912 演講）
O My brother! A pure heart is as a mirror; cleanse it with the burnish of love and severance from all save God, that the true sun may shine therein and the eternal morning dawn.
When thou dost strip the veils of illusion from the face of thine heart, the lights of Oneness will be made manifest.
In thine outward appearance thou tellest of the appearance of power in the realms of divine creation; in thine inward being thou revealest the hidden mysteries which are the divine trust deposited within thee. And thus firstness and lastness, outwardness and inwardness, are, in the sense referred to, all true of thyself.
Reflect upon the perfection of man’s creation, and that all these planes and states are folded up and hidden away within him. Dost thou deem thyself a small and puny form, When thou foldest within thyself the greater world? We must therefore labour to destroy the animal condition, till the meaning of humanity cometh to light.
O friend, the heart is the dwelling-place of eternal mysteries: Make it not the home of fleeting fancies. Waste not the treasure of thy precious life occupied with this swiftly passing world. Thou comest from the world of holiness: Bind not thine heart to the earth. Thou art a dweller in the court of reunion: Choose not the homeland of the dust.
• Eliminating negative thoughts in our mind to more perfectly reflect the reality in our heart.
• Thoughts which come from internalized attachment are what we learn from the world. If we can identify what we are attached to, then we can remove the vain imagination and idle fancy, which hide the light of Oneness, so we can see the perfection of creation.
• Only when we remove the veil of wandering thought, can we live in the spiritual realm and discover the hidden treasure which can reflect from our heart. Then we can see the reality of the physical world and the spiritual world, and understand the meaning of “outwardness and inwardness, are, in the sense referred to, all true of thyself.”
Inner observation 內觀:
*Is our mind still enough to let the heart reflect what the reality is?
*If our mind gets a little distracted is it still able to reflect the reality well enough？
*If our mind is constantly disturbed by situations around us does it blur the reflection in our heart？
Our heart is like a body of water that reflects reality. Our mind is something we create which causes ripples or waves. Our heart never changes, but what is constantly changing is our mind. The conditions outside are a source of stimulation, but not the cause. The cause is the internalized attachment we have. If we think the cause is from outside, then we never see the real cause is in ourselves. Our own attachment is the cause of these emotions, and suffering. If we can try to understand what we are attached to (cause), then we can get away from the suffering (result). This is the internalized cause and effect, it is not from others.
Emotion is the unbalanced feeling from our heart caused by disturbances from the mind, like waves. If we control these thoughts in our mind it will stop the condition which causes the waves. The surface of the water body will return to calmness. The feelings from these emotions will cease. If we can also pray for divine guidance to help us to see what we are attached to which causes a disturbed mind, then we can eliminate the root cause. This is detachment. It can restore our heart to the way it is suppose to be.