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So we need to stabilize our interest and faith, and this is achieved by knowing the reasons for having faith in the Dharma in the fi rst place. A series of contemplations called the four thoughts that turn the mind are instrumental in developing interest and faith in the Dharma. By studying and reRecting on these, we come to understand the reasons for and the benefits of practicing Dharma and, by contrast, the defects of not practicing. Thinking about these four thoughts most carefully is especially important for beginners.
Attachments to Be Abandoned in Meditation ATTACHMENT TO CONDIT I ONED BLISS 7. Giving up genuine bliss, you take another path And place your hopes in conditioned bliss. Taking nectar in their mouth, bees come dose, But not drinking, they are far from enjoyment. There are fou r verses concerned with the problem of attachment to a temporary experience in med itatio n. The analogy used in the first of these stanzas is the analogy of bees taking nectar from Aowers on the mountainsides and then not being able to consume it themselves.
Looking at it, we learn what local roads we need to take in order to get to the right highway. In mahamudra, we use a map that was produced by generation after generation of mahasiddhas, all of whom began exactly like us, in a state of ordinary bewilderment. They pursued this path and achieved its result, the total elimination of ignorance and me full realization of mind's true nature. Their description of th e path allows us nor to get lost while traveling upon it. Some may wonder if actual and accurate instructions for traversing the path still exist.