Wednesday March 22, 2017
AllergyAn allergy is defined as an abnormal sensitivity to a substance
which is normally tolerated and generally considered harmless.
Here are some facts about allergies:
1. Allergies sometimes run
2. Allergy can develop at any age.
3. Anything can
cause an allergy.
4. Allergies are generally harmless.
Allergies can be prevented.
I developed this strange rash two
days back. The doctor was unsure whether the rash was a pox. He
told me to apply the cream he'd be prescribing me and to see him
again the next day if more rashes came up.
I realised that
almost everyone had some form of allergy in the widest sense. An
allergy is simply something that makes your body (or mind) freak
out in some way. I don't know what hit me, but I guess my body
freaked out at something I came in contact with, thus the rash
outbreak. Most people have common allergies like dust, pollen,
animal fur... But some people have "weird" allergies. They might
be allergic to the smell of a bus seat, a sweaty handshake, a
Relating to the points above on allergy,
1. I think
allergies sometimes run in families simply because members in
families are linked karmically. There are similarities in "karmic
lineage" (birds of a feather flock together).
2. Allergies can
develop at any age simply because we freak out at different
things at different times. For example, you had a bad experience
first time tasting a durian at five years old and ever since, you
freak out at the sight and smell of a durian! You might feel
dizzy or nauseous. Another could develop such an phobia-allergy
when he tastes it at say, fifty-five years old!
3. Anything can
cause an allergy because each of us are karmically unique.
Together, there are more than 1001 things under the sun that can
make us freak out because there are so many different things we
feel aversion to.
4. Allergies are generally harmless. Well,
what we feel averse or hatred to, is only in our minds - like
inner demons haunting us.
5. Allergies can be prevented. Of
course! Aversion, as one of the three poisons, along with craving
and ignorance, can be eradicated. Keep an open mind and heart.
Learn to embrace all. Mind over matter. Even bodily reactions can
be overcome with control of the mind!
Bodhisattvas are never "allergic" to any thing or situation. If
they were, they would be unable to save all sentient beings.