Sunday, August 12, 2007

len pa - Grasping

The ninth link, triggered by attachment, is len pa, grasping, upadana in Sanskrit.

len is a verb, to take or collect.

In the Wheel of Life this is symbolized by the image of our dear friend the monkey moving around in a tree and picking fruit. This is what's happening as part of attachment, the mind is grasping for the object. Note there are two kinds of graspings: graping to desireable objects, detachment, to be free of undesirable objects.

This related to sense experiences, images, sound, smells, taste, tactile feelings. All this together will form the reason the next link is formed.

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