- A good slave doesn’t know he’s a slave, and a deceitful master tricks the slave into thinking it’s the master. The body tricks you into thinking you’re it, by being too near sighted you can’t see it.
- By tricking you into thinking you’re the master, the body makes you chase pleasures to feed it, working for it, countlessly catering for it
- You work to feed the body, to clothe, and house the body.
- A master manipulates a slave with pleasure and pain, just like the body punishes you with pain and rewards you with pleasure
- A master acts as a gate keeper, and limits what the slaves can know. All you know is through the body, sights, sounds, tastes, touches, all you know comes from the body.
- To delight in pleasure is to assume you’re the body, but you’re not the body, otherwise you wouldn’t choose disease and suffering.
- To rebel against the body is to only give it its basics and nothing more: a simple robe, shaved head, simple food, a lowly bed, homeless, no more becoming a slave to its whims.
- To attain jhana is to gradually turn away from the body, no more caring about the senses, and the bodies craving for them.
- Liberation from the body is to no longer cling to it, to abandon it. To attain cessation at will. No longer bound to it.
- One who ends bhava, no longer identifies with their body, never again will they return to the body.
- Not through the body can you escape the body, not through pleasure nor pain, can you free yourself, but by knowing the body within the body, one can mindfully turn away and escape.
The Body: nothing but a source of suffering
It’s only suffering that comes to be,
Suffering that stands and falls away.
Nothing but suffering comes to be,
Nothing but suffering ceases.
- Vajira sutta