What are the 5 Burdens we Cling to?
I: There is the cluster of clinging to Material
Form and Body (Rūpa):
All matter should be regarded as a lump of
froth, because it will not endure
The cluster of clinging to form is like clinging to
a sick-room, since it will contain
the sick and dying human being, one inevitably will develop into
The body and all external form is like a prison,
since it locks one up in the
painful samsaric process of repeated rebirth, ageing, sickness and
Form is like the dish the process of being is served upon, yet
material phenomena is impermanent, because of their inherent rise and
II: There is the cluster of clinging to Feeling (Vedanā):
Feeling is like a water-bubble,
because it can only be enjoyed for an instant!
Bodily painful feeling and mental unhappy feeling is like
the sickness because it afflicts
Feeling is the punishment beings
meet in the prison,
caused by disadvantageous kamma having been performed and accumulated.
The consequent effect: Pain is like the food of existence, one
just has to eat.
III: There is the cluster of clinging to Perception (Saññā):
Perception of any sense experience is like a
mirage because it causes illusion.
It is like the provocation, that causes
disease, since it gives rise to the feeling
associated with any sense experience, which very often is accompanied by
Experience can be likened to a spicy curry sauce poured over the
food of being.
Perception is like the offence, that
brings & holds one fixed inside the prison.
No experience can ever be controlled and is thus neither me, mine, nor
IV: There is the cluster of clinging to Mental Construction (Sankhāra):
Mental construction is like a banana palm trunk,
because it has no solid core
Mental construction is the server of the food of the distressing
and excruciating feeling.
Mental construction is like returning to what is unsuitable because it
is the very
source of any painful feeling.
Mental construction is thus the punisher
Since its formation cannot be fully managed, governed or commanded it is
V: There is the cluster of clinging to
Consciousness is like a trick,
because it deceives by conjuring up a void appearance.
Consciousness is the eater of the food of painful suffering
inherent in existence!
Consciousness is like the offender
since it is the entity that is tortured by feeling.
Though captivating it lasts only a single moment and will never return
as the same...
Whatever one loves and cling to inevitably
becomes both a burden and a Prison!
Collectively these 5 clusters of clinging is like an enemy with drawn
sword who will
kill you again, they should be seen as a burden beings wander carrying
on in samsara,
and a devourer and serial killer who will kill & devour any poor being
dragging him through an endless series of rebirth, ageing, sickness and
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