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All Attachment - but One - Leads to Pain.
What does this mean? It means that when we are experiencing this life of diversity and variety, it is better not to get attached to the flow of the stream of life. Does this make sense? When we begin to get attached - to a moment, a thing, a person, etc..- it is good to be able to catch and dissolve the attachment.
A good method of dissolving attachment is to fully realise your own true identity, to be able to without doubt answer the question "Who am I?" Without being able to answer this question, without knowing about our transcendent self - our connectivity and relationship with the Absolute nature of life - then we will misidentify with the body/mind instrument. We will get attached to the body and the personality. This is why we need to realise the Self in All Things - for want of a better word, God.
When we realise that the perceiving awareness that is behind this body/mind/personality is God, and that this awareness is shared by all things in the Creation, and that this awareness is also the source of all the many diverse and varied lives - the Creation, then breaking attachment with the impermanent state of diversity is far easier.
There is one attachment that leads away from all states of pleasure and pain, living and dying, and that is the attachment to our True Self - to the perceiving awareness behind this play of diversity - our attachment to God, Self, Brahman, pure unalloyed consciousness, that which is without name or form. Attachment to this real and permanent identity is to be understood and nurtured for it is the path beyond all sorrow, the way home.
All other attachment, to the impermanent ever-changing diversity, can by its nature only bring disappointment and thus pain and sorrow. How can one be attached to the current of a stream or the imaginings of a dream?
Breaking attachment to the states of diversity actually allows us to participate and enjoy things more fully. We know that we are that peaceful and ever blissful consciousness behind the appearance of diversity (Mind), we know that:
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