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Desire does not cause Suffering – Ajahn Sumedho

“Desire does not cause suffering; the cause of suffering is the grasping of desire…the problem is the grasping of desire not the desire itself. Grasping means being deluded by it, thinking it’s really ‘me’ and ‘mine’: ‘These desires are me’…with personal problems and obsessions, to let go of them is just that much. It is not a matter of analysing and endlessly making more of a problem about them, but of practising that state of leaving things alone, letting go of them. At first, you let go but then you pick them up again because the habit of grasping is so strong. But at least you have the idea. Even when I had that insight into letting go, I let go for a moment but then I started grasping by thinking: ‘I can’t do it, I have so many bad habits!’ But don’t trust that kind of nagging, disparaging thing in yourself. It is totally untrustworthy. It is just a matter of practising letting go. The more you begin to see how to do it, then the more you are able to sustain the state of non-attachment.”

Source- The Four Noble Truths,Chapter: The Second Noble Truth.
By Venerable AJAHN SUMEDHO

Thank you Salomao Chaibe for sharing this 🙏🙏🙏

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