Six desires, three poisons
” WHEN MAN ATTAINS THE POWER TO TRANSCEND THAT WHICH CHANGES,
ABIDING IN PURITY AND STILLNESS, HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE UNITED IN HIM.
THE SOUL OF MAN LOVES PURITY, BUT HIS MIND IS OFTEN REBELLIOUS.
THE MIND OF MAN LOVES STILLNESS, BUT HIS DESIRES DRAW HIM INTO ACTIVITY.
WHEN A MAN IS CONSTANTLY ABLE TO GOVERN HIS DESIRES,
HIS MIND BECOMES SPONTANEOUSLY STILL.
WHEN THE MIND IS UNCLOUDED, THE SOUL IS SEEN TO BE PURE.
THEN, WITH CERTAINTY THE SIX DESIRES WILL CEASE TO BE BEGOTTEN
AND THE THREE POISONS WILL BE ELIMINATED AND DISSOLVED. ”
– Taoist classic text
All the religions have talked only about five senses,
it is only Tao that talks about six senses.
All the religions have talked about five desires because man consists of five senses;
Tao talks about six desires. The insight is tremendous because
just in the last century science has discovered the sixth sense;
otherwise the sixth sense was not known.
Your ear has two senses; your ear is not a single sense –
hidden inside it is another sense: the sense that keeps your body balanced.
Through the eye the desire for beauty arises, through the ear
the desire for music arises, from the nose the desire for nice smells arises,
from the tongue the desire for taste, and from the whole skin
the desire to touch – these are the five traditional senses –
and from the sixth sense the desire to remain in control, balanced.
If somebody hits your ear hard you will lose balance;
you will see stars in the day.
These six desires no longer arise. Not that the eyes go blind; in fact,
now they can see beauty more truly, but there is no desire to possess beauty.
Not that you become deaf to music, but now there is no desire
to possess anything. You enjoy more because your energy is free
and your senses are more clear, more transparent.
Nobody can see beauty more clearly than a Buddha,
nobody can hear music more deeply than a Lao Tzu,
nobody can taste better than Jesus.
All their senses become truly sensitive, they are real senses.
Your senses are dull. Your society helps you to keep them dull
because the society is afraid: if your senses are really very keen
and very sensitive then you can be a dangerous person
because of your desire to possess.
Nature allows you total sensitivity only when you become capable
of dropping all possessiveness, all idea of possessing.
Then you can touch, and then even rocks feel velvety.
Then everything starts having a divine quality, everything is transformed.
What are the three poisons? The first is sexuality – not sex, but sexuality.
Sex is natural. But sexuality is a totally different phenomenon;
sexuality means a perverted state of sex energy.
The second poison is anger and the third poison is greed.
Sexuality, anger, greed: these three poisons combined together,
this unholy trinity, creates your ego.
And all these three can be dissolved, eliminated.
If sexuality disappears you will be surprised that anger disappears –
without any effort on your part.
Anger simply means that your sexuality is hindered.
Anybody who hinders your sexuality creates anger in you;
he is your enemy. And sexuality creates greed;
greed is a perverted form of sexuality. Money becomes your object of love
because the society does not allow any other kind of love.
It allows money, power; they can become your objects of love.