Appearance Vs Reality The Conflict Within

Ignorance leads to exaggeration of the truth. It is the same exaggeration which leads us to overvalue beauty, ugliness materialistic gains which leads to lust, hatred and jealousy. It is important to understand that this ignorant conception that the phenomena exists within its own right is also mistaken. There is no valid foundation to this belief. It is important to understand that everything and any circumstances are interdependent.

When you cultivate this insight you will no longer be susceptible to counterproductive emotions. When you get to these deeper understanding , you start developing concern for others and will not be rushed into responses of exaggerated responses. You will take time to probe into what lies beneath the surface.

All of the above ensures that we will treat circumstances, objects or people not by their appearances, but see them like a illusion rather than being under harmful emotions like lust or anger.

The fact remains that things are not as they appear to m. The fact remains that sources of pain might first appear as sources of pleasure, but in the end they are not. In the end this brings us pain. Although in reality we want happiness, in our ignorance we dont know how to achieve it and although we dont want pain, we misunderstand its workings and end up contributing to its causes.

This is similar to watching a magician performing tricks, we are lead to believe that the objects are not as it seems to be. The magician makes us believe that the objects are cars , dogs or horses or as he wants us to see it. In a similar way by judging things, objects or people by its appearances, we exaggerate things than what they seem to be. The situation leads us into demonstrating negative emotions like lust, greed or hatred. The situation developed because of our inability to see things or situation deeply and not look at only the surface of it.

Because our destructive emotions of Lust, Anger or Hatred starts from us accepting the appearance of inflated qualities of good or bad, the practice of seeing people or objects as a Magicians illusion will ensure that we look at things more deeply and help reduce unfavorable emotions.

When you do this, we will leave room to positive qualities like compassion, which is built on seeing things as they really are and not on ignorant exaggeration.