The world is full of battles, between individuals, between companies and between nations. The battle starts from resistance, the resistance starts from tension, the tension derives from grasping, the grasping derives from craving, and the craving is rooted in ignorance, where the illusive inherent-self was born. This illusive inherent-self is the base of the worldly life, so it is the inevitable cause of all kinds of wars! But, just like sickness is inevitable, nevertheless everyone tries to maintain a healthier body. The world with fewer battles will be a better place.
If we can understand that battles all derive from our mind, the only way to cease the battle is to be mindful, to be mindful of the causes of the battles. The illusive inherent-self is hidden deep inside, the craving and grasping are happening like lightening, so we’d better start from the awareness on tension and resistance.
The resistance on thought or words is the sign of a bursting battle, we must right away check the tension on mind, body and breathing, which is the sign of an emerging suffering. These two signs will remind us that we are holding the blade, and arouse the willpower to keep away from suffering. The craving and grasping are more or less released; the illusive sense of inherent-self is given a strike.
With more continuous awareness, a deeper watchfulness will touch the grasping and craving moments, until you experience their birth and death at the same moment, the ceasing of grasping and craving is at where they arise. Like the disappearance of a mirage in the air, the illusive sense of inherent-self will gradually have no conditions to exist.
The greatest victory is no more than the cessation of the causes of the battles, isn’t it.