艾雅 珂瑪(Ayya Khema)禪修語錄
When our feelings become free of emotional reactions and dwell in love
and compassion as their natural abode, our mind will be open to the
great truths of universal significance.
One of the human absurdities is the fact that we're constantly thinking
about either the future or the past. Those who are young think of the
future because they've got more of it. Those who are older think more
about the past because for them there is more of that.
When there is fear there is no compassion because fear is based on hate.
We only fear what we don't like. We don't fear what we love. The more
fear there is in the heart, the less compassion. Fear is always based on
the ego concept. There is no fear in a person who's enlightened. There
is nothing to fear because there's nothing to gain and nothing to lose.
It has all become immaterial, without significance. The more ego, the
more fear. Fear of the dark, fear of thieves, fear of bad weather, fear
of the future, all kinds of fear. Fear is always based on the protection
of the illusory 'me.' And the more we want to protect 'me' the less we
can have compassion.
Joy with others is a sure antidote for depression. Anybody who suffers
from depression is suffering from the lack of joy with others, the lack
of sympathetic joy. One cannot always have joyful occasions, joyful
thoughts in one's own life, but if one has joy with other people one can
surely find something to be happy about.