26 RESTRAINT OF THE EYE-FACULTY IS THE ROLE OF MINDFULNESS
A tamed eye is by far more patient and in control to pleasant forms than an untamed eye. It can either look or not look. If it looks at those forms, it has mindfulness to control it. It is not so fanatical about the forms that it plunges into various misconducts and outburst of reactions. A tamed eye-mind process uses wisdom and through wisdom sees shortcomings out of those pleasant forms. Like toxic fruits or venomous flowers, the dangers surpass those external attractions.
The moment the mind thinks of sensual pleasure, malice or aggressive thought is absent. As soon as malice or aggressive thought occurs, thought of sensual pleasure disappears. This indicates that like and dislike always wipe out each other. When there is love, there is no anger. Love and anger cannot occur simultaneously. A person sometimes has very sweet love and sometimes has bitter hate or harsh anger, but these opposite feelings do not occur together at a single moment. In this life, only material compositions and immaterial factors interchange.
The person who dreams in his/her sleep is always excited, pleased or scared, depending on the nature of the dream. What happens in the dream is just an illusion of lusts and desires, illusions that cover the facts and blind the eye of wisdom. What happens in the dream fades away as soon as we wake up. Confusion, love and hatred disappear and remains only pure consciousness of mindfulness and equanimity.
Attachment or clinging causes the mind to flutter and activate. Attachment defines everything as "myself" or mine. When anything touches that object or mine, it flutters and activates the mind to think, just as one end of the rope is attached to us and another end is attached to many rattling objects. If we cut the end of the rope that is attached to us, no matter how those rattling objects roll up and down at the other end, the rattling will not affect us. Likewise, cutting the bond of attachment means we do not make the mind flutter, but make it peaceful to worldly feelings.
Outside appearance fades away easily. When we get more acquainted with it, it gradually loses its appeal. But, goodness is unfading. The more acquainted or more intimate we get with it, the more suitable to absorb and the more tasteful it becomes. All physical things that attract us are just mental formations, but in reality keep changing and suffer ailments, decay, sickness and death, become decomposed, unpleasant in the end. In contrast, goodness that a person has performed is everlasting, durable and never decays.