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The Hook of Sense-Addiction gathers Fear!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, imagine a fisherman, who have thrown a baited hook into a deep lake,
and then an yearning fish, hungry for food, would swallow it at first sight...
That fish, having swallowed the fisherman's hook, would indeed meet with much
pain, disaster and tragedy, since the fisherman would do with it as he wishes...
So too, Bhikkhus, there are these six hooks in the world for the pain, disaster and
tragedy of beings, for the slaughter of living beings: Forms experienceable by the
eye, sounds experiencable by the ear, smells experienceable by the nose, tastes
experienceable by the tongue, touches experienceable by the body, & mental states
experienceable by the mind, that all are seductive, gorgeous, alluring, agreeable,
pleasing, enticing, tempting and tantalizing. If a bhikkhu search for delight in them,
welcomes them, and thus remains clinging to them, he is called a Bhikkhu, who has
swallowed Mara's hook!  He has met with pain, disaster & tragedy, & the Evil One
can do with him, as he wishes. However, one who does neither hunt for delight in them,
nor does he welcome them, nor does he remain clinging to them, such is a Bhikkhu,
who has resisted Mara's hook, who has broken, destroyed, and defeated this Hook!
He will neither gather, nor meet any pain, nor disaster, nor tragedy, and this Evil One
cannot do with him, as he wishes... Since he has gained true self-control & integrity!

The inevitable boomerang retribution of urge for Sense Pleasure (Hedonism):

Blissful is being without passions in this world,
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desires!
Udana II, 1

Source (extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV [157-8]
Section 35 Salayatana: On The 6 Senses. The Fisherman Simile: Balisiko 230.

Hooked on Hedonism!

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Updated: 22 Dec 2016
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