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Thursday, January 9, 2014
The Downside Of Magic: 3 Poisonous Behaviors (三毒)
proceed to open up further blog materials, let’s explore the downside of
magical practices so that years later no one blames me for not reminding him/her
about the danger of magic and wasted his/her valuable youth that can be
invested in doing more fruitful deeds.
practice of magic falls into 3 poisonous behaviors (三毒): greed (貪), anger (憎), ignorance (癡). These 3 poisonous
behaviors are the biggest stumbling blocks in Buddhism. Hence these behaviors
will need to be purified before we even talk about spiritual attainments.
The Greed (貪)
Basically magic strives to
change the world to suit the magician’s needs: if a lady doesn’t like a man,
love magic is used to ‘change’ her preference; if one has no money, he/she asks
the spirits to give boon. Wanting more than one’s fair share without due
efforts are termed as ‘greed’.
The Anger (憎)
With greed comes ‘anger’.
When one cannot get what he/she wanted, this person gets angry and do stupid
things. I don’t have to show any examples as you can already find many of them
in the comments. That’s the reason I don’t delete such comments now as whoever
spits towards the sky, the spit falls back on his/her face.
The Ignorance (癡)
is anger, the ignorance entails. Ignorance means fail to see the truth. We
often regretted our actions in a gist of fury but often too late to save the
situation. Due to ignorance that we go the wrong way, wasting valuable
resources such as time and money to seek what is impossible; ignoring the
theory of Karma. Though many people talk of good or bad karma, karma is only
their figure of speech.
So, when we
seek refuge to the three gems:
We vowed to
eliminate the three poisonous behaviors. That is the precise reason that we don’t
see magic being practiced in standard Mahayana or Theravada Buddhism. You are