The comparing mind is a painful mind. Now I don’t mean there is anything wrong with comparing. We can’t do anything without comparing this to that and then choosing that. Even a monkey compares bananas and eats the better one. But what we are talking about is the emotional tag to the comparison. If If feel something is wrong with my coffee makers, I can get another coffee maker, but what we need to notice is if I feel I’ll be better if I get that new special coffee maker. If get the Perfect coffee maker, the top of the line, then I’ll feel top of the line. Right? It’s not that comparing is wrong, it’s the comparing form, things, with my state of being. When identity is invested in an image of me, a self image with all the qualities I associate with me, then I’m susceptible to commercials that make me feel I need something more to complete myself, to feel perfect and whole, lacking nothing. That’s what whole or perfect means, lacking nothing. When you are at rest you feel complete. You need no future in which to improve yourself, because when you are at rest, you are complete and need no further improvement. But don’t take this to mean you cannot do stuff to make things better.
We are trying to understand Zen here (or any non-dual tradition) where you are both complete and not complete at the same time: you are perfect/imperfect: not one or the other but both at the same time. This is a dynamic unity of opposites, not of two nouns or states, but a verb. Life is dynamic unity, and you are life, so. you are dynamic unity, change itself, time itself. You are both perfect being and at the same time becoming something different. This we where the logic of the comparing mind creates our suffering.
The logic of comparison uses the grammar of our language which is a thing or noun based language. You compare this thing with another thing. But what if you are a verb? You can’t compare verbs. Life is action. And Life is all action at once rising together, Being rising together. You can’t fragment life (oh, we do) into things and then compare them. We do, but that is as convention, a survival tool of the mind. It is not reality, and seeing life through this grammatical language creates our inability to feel complete, no matter what we do or buy.
If you are interested in the cessation of stress in your mind (that’s where it is) then become curious about how the mind works, and especially how the comparing mind works. We have to be curious about how our mind works, since we life in our mind. We have no problem trying to learn how our compute OS works because that removes the need to call Tech Support and wait for hours to find out you mouse wasn’t connected.
No one can tell you how your mind works. You have to discover that for yourself by becoming curious. What’s going on here? What’s the truth here? These questions change everything
My Uncle Robbie who was in WWI grew up and was formed before the Consumer Society. He kept his car, his TV, all his tools, appliances until they fell apart. As long as they worked, they (he) was fine. Robbie was OK with himself, at peace in himself. He needed no new products to feel better about himself. This was a different way of being in the world then we experience now. What we have now is not normal, if you look at the history of mankind. We have kind of pushed the envelope beyond what humanity has every known before.
I see it as a function of the evolution of consciousness. We have created a world in which we are all Image. And now life is pushing us to see that and drop the image. That is what the spirutal path is all about, and it is not just the few who are on a spiritual path of evolution. Evolution of consciousness carries us all, whether we want to go or not.