What is the relationship between objectification and delight?
The hare- krishna devotees talk about sense-gratification. They use the term ‘karmy’ to refer to a human being whose life is completely devoted to sense-gratification. Karmy would be a synonym of ‘puttujhana’ (worldling).
‘Karmy’ is related to the notion of karma-kanda*.
Objectification is something we are all familiar with. It’s when the mind is compulsively drawn-into perceptions of the ‘delightful’ - and vice versa.
It’s implicated in the choices we make, in what we find interesting, unsettling, disturbing or, boring etc.
Objectification creates the impression/delusion of being drawn-out through the senses to an object ‘out there’.
What actually ‘happens’ is something else - entirely?
The mind habitually objectifies - it’s an object-junkee! Externalising ‘delight’ is a mental fabrication, a complete invention, a fantasy. It’s like dreaming in the waking state.
We are constantly drawn into a dream-like state while we are conscious - when we objectify. This can be dangerous! I know this through first-hand experience.
So many important details can be overlooked when the mind is compelled to objectify.
We may blame others for problems we ‘create’ - without assistance. If objectification is our modus-operandi, if it’s sustained, the wheels are bound to come off!
Ajahn Sujato said he drove of a cliff once in a drug-induced stupor. Objectification is a stuporous - dream like - state of being.
I guess this is the difference between an awakened being and a deluded being. With awakening the conditioned tendency to objectify experience has vanished?
If, there’s no ‘object’ who is the subject? Subject/object dualism collapses? There’s no object/thing ‘in itself’.
Subject/object dualism is a co-arising. Like the three-fold training. The three aspects of thr training lean on each other like a tripod. Remove one prop and the other two collapse.
All forms of prejudice and intolerance, racism, divisiveness, is due to objectifying others. It’s a humungous problem! It may be the whole problem - in a nutshell - and we are the nuts that need crackin?
Can there be real joy and fulfillment without objectification? The end of suffering is true happiness. Nibbana is the highest bliss?
Can we come out of the cause of suffering - finish with it - sooner rather than later. Clarity is all that’s required , in the seeing just the seeing…
*The Vedas are composed of karma-kāṇḍa, jñāna-kāṇḍa and upāsanā- kāṇḍa.