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Posted by: Cheav Villa
« on: July 31, 2019, 07:17:14 PM »

Sadhu Sadhu  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_
Posted by: Johann
« on: July 31, 2019, 02:38:27 PM »

[Q&A] Is saying/thinking “not my problem” delusional?

Previously answered on different occasion:

 _/\_  _/\_  _/\_ Ven. Theras, Ven. Fellows,

Upasaka, Upasika, interested,

first helping oneself to increase and gain, renew refuge and gratitude toward real helpers who owe all credits here:

- Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa -

yes, in that far if helping oneself in wrong ways or refuse to help someone else if able, is grave delusion, yet total common in this world of people heading downwardly in high speed.

"help your self first" is what everybody would hear since child very often in Buddhist countries, yet not so many understand what it means to help oneself first.

What ever conductive for happiness in this world, the next and beyond, has/had giving as it's cause. Starting from material, to time, skills, not harming... virtue and all ones bad desires.

So it's very important to focus on ones own happiness in right way and a person open to give what ever he/she can, without harming himself and others (by transgressing the precepts) is a person headed toward property, long-life, honor, happiness and power.

Knowing this the wise seeks after what ever good possibility to make merits .

- Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa -

    So when the world is on fire
      with aging and death,
      one should salvage [one's wealth] by giving:
          what's given is well salvaged.

    What's given bears fruit as pleasure.
      What isn't given does not:
          thieves take it away, or kings;
          it gets burnt by fire or lost.

    — SN 1.41

Understanding that right, that the usual investments in what is regarded as own, is just food for the flames, one understands this warning rightly, since just kammas effects will stay yours till the point of liberation, awakening, is reached:

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa

    "Monks, these two are fools. Which two? The one who takes up a burden that hasn't fallen to him, and the one who doesn't take up a burden that has. These two are fools."

Fools, when seeing a burden, or asked to give, say off good cause: "not my problem" (and not seldom argue such with misinterpretation of the teachers advices)

Having followed from the raw giving material things, to giving happiness and freedom of fear by ones keeping of precepts, one will sooner or later surely arrive at the point where the most refined, of which needs to be given any, comes as ones last burden, having fallen to one: the five clinging aggregates, which are the root reason hindrance from liberation and becoming one who is really able to give and help: another Bhagavato, real liberal.

So it is good if one, being touched by it and able to understand, don't waists even more time in invest of what is already lost and focus on helping oneself first.