Enjoying Music is negative?
I have a question about one of the precept vows I found on your website. The eight one: to refrain from “Wearing jewellery, cosmetics or perfume, enjoying music or TV” I do not fully understand why this things have to be refrained from. especially since I have been playing guitar since I was a little boy, the refraining from enjoying music doesn’t seem to me like something I would want to do. It doesn’t seem like something like enjoying music would create negative karma.
Please explain to vow to me -From Mark
All humans have a perception of things. That perception may not be the reality of an object. The object itself has no real reality. the object cannot fulfill or not fulfill our perceptions. It all comes from our side and our side alone. But our perceptions of it and how we react to it may have adverse effects or positive.
Some people may see money as:
1. A way to benefit the sick
2. To buy status
3. To have security
4. To Take care of parents/family
5. To travel
6. To have a good life
7. Etc, etc, etc..
So because of the different views towards money, what money actually is, is empty… But our perception of money and what it can do will make us perhaps:
1. Work hard
2. Be sneaky
4. Start a business
5. Study harder
8. Etc, etc, etc.
With the vows, some of the vows apply more to one individual than to another.
Everyone has their own hang ups, perceptions and upbringing. So when we take the vows, it is not playing music is negative, but our attachment to it is. So if the vows says you can’t play music and you get upset, that is the point of the vow…LOL. Why do you get upset? Because you can’t have what you think makes YOU happy? Why is it if you don’t have music you are unhappy? Why does that disturb you? Why is that ‘upsetting’. These questions are for contemplations to understand the workings of the mind better. When you understand your mind better, you can overcome wrong perceptions and all the problems we make arising from it….
So the vows are not suppose to stop you from enjoying what you like or labelling it negative..It is more the perception of what you like. The vows help you to step back and see the reality of your attachments, likes, dislikes, activities and where they bring you….
I hope this helps.
And keep the music playing please…
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