Day 51 – Musings on the Dhammapada Part 3


Zencast 51 – The Dhammapada Chapters 9 – 12

Chapter 9 – Evil

This film is a favorite of mine. I know a lot of viewers didn’t enjoy it, but for me it was a visual representation of the connections between all of us. It reminded me of the chaos theory/ butterfly effect:

the idea that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in another location.


Therefore any evil we do will ultimately only end up doing ourselves harm and any good we do will ultimately end up doing ourselves good.

Our lives are what we make of them. The world is our mirror. Whatever we send out we get back.

Chapter 10 – Violence

It seems that violence in the world is growing everyday as we wage wars across the globe with not only each other, but with all beings. We’re at war with the world. We’re at war with our inner-selves as we continue to blindly seek that which will not give us the happiness we all so desperately seek.

If we all took even a few minutes from our lives to act in non-violent ways, imagine the ripple effect that would have. As powerful as the butterflies wings I expect.

Chapter 11 – Old Age

We are seeking immortality with a machine (the body) that cannot be the immortal being we are hoping for. Only the mind can become immortal by reaching enlightenment. If we spent as much time and money shaping our minds as we do our bodies in order to reach immortality I’m sure there’d be a lot more enlightened people in this world, and we’d all be a lot happier as well.

All the while, I spent last night deriding myself for looking so old as the deep creases in my forehead seemed to age me beyond my years. Such is ignorance – a reminder that there is still much practice ahead and still many life practices that are speaking only to my ego, which I could so easily renounce. It’s back to the cushion I go…

Chapter 12 – Oneself

I have been reading and following a book called Life Changing Weight Loss: 3 Steps to Get the Body and Life You Want. I’m not someone who follows diets or fads in terms of exercise and detoxes, however this book is none of those things. It is about ridding your mind of the problematic thinking that has gotten you to where you are in your life and with your body now. It is about getting back to basics with food and treating your body like the temple it is by feeding it correctly.

A point made in the book that has really stuck with me is that our negative thoughts are like toxins to our bodies. These thoughts actually manifest themselves in our bodies and lives often leading to many of the problems we have with weight, food intolerances and addictions. Our bodies do not know how to deal with these negative toxins that build up in our minds and they begin to cause our lives to spin out of control.

This is not to say that positive thinking is the way to solve all our problems, although it can help. We must recognize the negative thoughts we are telling ourselves and remember that the mind is very powerful. We must recognize the negative thoughts we have and learn how to process them in order to prevent them from building up toxicity in our bodies that causes us so much harm and trouble. Masking these negative thoughts over with positive thinking will only make the situation worse. Once we deal with these thoughts in a manner that dissolves their toxicity, we can then start to reprogram our minds and change the patterns of thoughts to become more positive.

This is my interpretation of what the book is about. I’m sure a lot of readers would think it was a bunch of new age crazy talk, but I have tried a few of the techniques and have managed to curb my obsession with chocolate (and by obsession I mean addiction). I have also managed to lose 5 kgs having finally addressed the food intolerance issues I was having.

It’s not a book for everyone, but if you believe that your mind has a powerful effect on your body and your life, it’s worth checking out.


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