Dhamma in Daily Life- continued
If you are giving priority to worldly matters only, maybe you are earning more or have a good standard of life, in worldly terms. But in order to practice during a retreat you need to give up worldly
matters. In order to gain the dhamma profit that has more guarantee, you have to give up worldly concerns when you go on retreat.
Giving up worldly matters when practicing, you will be uplifted, your mind will become pure and clean, and you will gain vipassana knowledge. When you attain at least the first path and fruition
knowledge, you will possess the supermundane dhamma, and will secure a guarantee in life. You should give priority and make time to practice at retreats. Saying that you are too busy with work is not
a sufficient excuse.
The Buddha-to-be had made a definite decision to give up the worldly pleasure of being in the palace. And the Buddha gave up worldly pleasures and went to the forest seeking the truth. The Buddha
discovered the correct way of practicing. Practicing the correct way, the Buddha became totally free from the gravity of defilements that has been following throughout the round of existences.
Gaining enlightenment the Buddha knew what was the right path and what was the wrong path. The Buddha could lead the beings along the correct path. The Buddha also eradicated personality view.
"You should give priority and make time to practice at retreats. Saying that you are too busy with work is not a sufficient excuse."
As a human being coming across this Buddha’s dispensation, it is very important to remove this wrong view of personality and being.
When one is pricked by a thorn one should immediately take out the thorn. And if one’s hair catches fire one should immediately put it out. In the same way one should urgently remove the wrong view
of personality that has been following throughout the round of existences. In removing the defilements one will be free from the gravity of defilements and will become uplifted. That is why it is
very essential to practice Satipatthana meditation.
If one has not discerned the insight of nama rupa (mind and body), there will still be wrong view that there is a living soul, person, or being and there can also be the wrong view that there is a
maha brahma or creator god. Not being mindful, the defilements, lobha (greed), dosa (anger), and moha (delusion) can arise and gain momentum. So long as there are defilements arising in momentum and
these wrong views, one can reach the lower existences at any time.
The Buddha eradicated all the defilements without any remainder left. And the Buddha became totally purified. The Buddha became worthy of the respect and honor of all beings. Setting the Buddha as an
example, yogis should also give priority and time for practice so that they can remove personality view and the defilements that can lead to lower existences. Practicing Satipatthana meditation,
one's life will become secure and free from enmity and danger.