Some years ago I read somewhere something along the lines, that Buddha said that if one has not any spiritual pleasure, then it is good to have at least some sensual pleasure, because double is the fool who has neither. Now I’m wondering if what I remembered is true and if the source was actual Buddha’s words, or some article/interpretation.
Does anyone knows a sutta which says something like this? If it exist, I suppose it was a sutta delivered to a lay person.
I ask because this is pretty important thing for lay follower’s gradual path (early stages at least), so I don’t want to have a misunderstanding.
Yes, I remember this sutta, basically he is saying that you’re in an even worse situation if you have no escape from dukkha at all, not even sensual desires, which shows that the Buddha is not a pain loving masochist. He understands the gratification and drawbacks of sensual desire. The gratification is that it temporarily subdues dukkha, it’s just a lower quality pleasure, but it’s still better than nothing. I’ll try to find the sutta.
Thank you Thito! So after all it’s not just some imagination or misinterpretation. Yes, that makes sense exactly what you’re writing. But when I put into search “fool sensual pleasure” there were only suttas that criticise sensual pleasures, so I was like, yeah, maybe it doesn’t exist.
But I agree in general, that when people are on the very beginnings on the path, having some sensual pleasures from time to time can dissolve a lot of ill will, so it makes sense at least on “experiential” level.
Thank you If you think it exists also, I’ll keep searching too!
One can still be an Ariya and indulge in sensual desires, it’s just that over time the drawbacks make you lose interest in it. It’s like someone knows smoking temporarily alleviates their stress, but the stained teeth, damaged lungs, and eventual cancer isn’t worth it, a better alternative is a vape pen, and eventually not smoking anything at all. Likewise senual desires aren’t worth it in the long run and there are better and safer alternatives like jhanas.
So yes, the suttas focus on the drawbacks of sensual desires because they don’t lead to nibbana.
Thank you very much everyone! I’m happy you’ve found the relevant suttas. ^^ All of them are very important in this context. I gave solution to @sabbamitta because SN22.80 or Iti91 is the sutta I think I remembered. But also thanks @CurlyCarl for Dhp155 and Dhp156, because they’re also very useful in this context. And thank you @Thito for starting the discussion and for your wise words.
I’m glad to know that I wasn’t in mistake thinking like this.