Comparison Mind is a Root Cause of Suffering

Rational thinking, in other words, ratioing one thing against another is considered sensible in some circles. It can be called reasonable. It is a basis of modern scientific thinking, where one compares hypothesis against experimental data, it is however also reductionist. We are encouraged to weigh things up, to compare one set of data against another. There is a whole bunch of this going on at the moment. For some bizarre reason people are comparing national COVID-19 responses, playing a game of who is better.

In school we are taught to compare things, even in literature. We are ranked according to grade averages. Schools which get their students through exams with a higher grade average are considered better than. Universities who do well in research excellence frameworks are better than, whilst others are worse than. People may even be prettier than or fatter than, uglier than or size zero. Someone might have a nicer more expensive car. This whole notion of comparison is in many cases a rod for our own backs. A rod of judgement, a rod with which we judge our own success and failure. A rod which on occasion we beat ourselves up with.

Comparison mind has permeated out of the theatre of appropriate use and into a mainstream.  It is so widespread, and I’ll wager that it does not bring happiness, peace and acceptance. Because of this abomination the word enough can never be sated. It, comparison, is a part of the gross illusion on the mental plane. People devote and inordinate amount of time to comparing. Who has the nicest arse, the biggest cock, the most plastic surgery? It is more than a little bizarre.

I sometimes refer to comparison mind as top trumps thinking. People look to have one metric with which they can somehow be better than someone else. If you so wish you might even be so bizarre as to call it a unique selling point an USP.

My hypothesis is this:

Comparison Mind is a Root Cause of Suffering

How much time do you spend / waste in comparison?

See I have asked you compare how much time you waste comparing, it is fucking groundhog mind!!


There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.

Albert Einstein


concrete mind sits

made of lead

with ramparts

and moats


butterfly mind

flutters thither

seeing only forms

and fashions


revenge mind

sharp fish hook barbs

to pierce skin

never letting go


proctology mind

looks only inward

into the caverns

wherein the whole world revolves


ostrich mind

sees nothing

ever chewing sand

searching vainly for reasons


just like this mind says

just like this;

water is water

sand is sand


point before thought mind

a placid mirror

in which just like this

can be started


true clarity comes out

of point before

a fresh canvas

painting new worlds

each second


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.



Dharma of the Day #9 {mind}


absolutely certain mind

is already wrong

but in its arrogance

doesn’t yet know it


it is not possible mind

is infertile and sterile

it cannot conceive

it has had a hysterectomy


you are not “one of us” mind

demarcates the boundaries

laying barbed wire and mines

in order to abort nascence


terrified of the new mind

goes around the race track

many, many, many times

it takes no pit stops, to consider


joy of a child mind

is filled with awe and wonder

and is as fluid and mercurial

as can be, in so doing, it soars


full of rubbish mind

recycles old thoughts

seemingly endlessly

it makes Sisyphus’ life look easy


dogmatic opinion mind

cannot differentiate opinion

from garnered knowledge

it is a tad myopic


broad vision mind

swells on ocean tides

and ultimately touches the shores

of every continent

learn to lift your consciousness

out of the dark depths of your own anus

perhaps in so doing

you might see a new cosmos


there you might find

utter humility

and magnificent sensations

at the marvel of all creation!!


Open Minds

I have met people who insist that they have an open mind… they are however a tad defensive…not really receptive to new ideas..


Before we begin

get a Durex Ultra

and a Femidom,

some nonoxyl nine

and make sure that your coil

is firmly in place


First though make sure

that the alarm is switched on,

the barbed wire fence intact

and the hungry Dobermans

have been set loose.


As an added precaution

check the moat for the crocodiles

and together with the IUD

make sure the IEDs are armed.

Can you see the laser mesh?


Have you got the number

for the Sheriff handy?

Shake the mustard spray

to make sure it is full,

check the Derringer.


Now get that phial of Holy Water

the cross, the garlic,

the silver bullets.

Sprinkle a pentagram of salt

all around the house.


Check there is enough

food in the bunker

and that the CBC suits still fit.

Are there enough sterilising tablets?

Check that the water supply is OK


Make sure that the exorcist

Father Jones knows I am coming.

Are the hazel stakes

still sharp enough?



Look under the stairs

and make sure that all

the cupboards are locked.

We don’t want any other

monsters lurking


Is the wrap of Rohypnol

still intact?

What about the strychnine

and the digitalis,

the hammer and the baseball bat?


Check the document the lawyer made

make sure they are on speed-dial

flick through “The Art of War”.

Is the stiletto in your boot

still sharp to the touch?


And when you are ready

check the chain on the door,

the video surveillance

and that all the CCTV cameras

are all on record?


Ok now we are nearly ready

and when I ring the bell

{it will be good for finger prints

which you might use later},

you can say:


“Hi Alan, Welcome!”

Mind “Haiku”

always tomorrow mind

loses today

and does so, forever


self important mind

bigger than eternity

smaller than the void


I am right mind

ticks all the boxes

misses the circle of life


justification mind

alters paragraphs

to fit prejudice


tight circle mind

obsesses whirlpools

a vortex, of doom


told you so mind

is confident in

its omniscience


busy mind, too full

is blind as bats

and deaf as posts


stress bunny mind

drives a car

like kangaroos


just like this mind

clear as a pond

reflecting truth


point before thought,

has no worries

ever, premature


pure wisdom mind

is mostly silent

and waiting in the forest


simple Dao mind

flows like a brook

an empty Raku bowl


impermanence mind

sees only

coloured sand in the wind


no mind, mind

knows eternity

and offers him only rice

Mind Quotes

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

William Shakespeare

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.

William Shakespeare

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

Khalil Gibran

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins.

Ayn Rand

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius

Get this in mind early: We never grow up.

Richard Bach

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.

Albert Camus

Despair is a narcotic. It lulls the mind into indifference.

Charlie Chaplin

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

W. Clement Stone

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.

Rabindranath Tagore

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.

Aldous Huxley

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.

William S. Burroughs

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.

Edgar Allan Poe

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.


The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel’d to heaven is no artist.

William Blake

Sit in reverie and watch the changing colour of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Permanence and impermanence

Are same thing

Constructs of mind


In absence of mind

There is no per or man

Nor emanation


Thing is not Atma


Mind exists only in matter

And it does not


If can be thought

Then it is not


Thought itself is substance

And must die


Thought is not Atma

Mind is not Atma


The point of

No mind and

No thought


Is close to Atma


Atma is both before thought and mind


… … … Come into being


… … …After they have passed


Progenitor and ineffable

Known but not yet known

Nevertheless aware


Atma is nascence

The urge of nascence

And the awareness of the process of nascence


Being in nascence


Not bliss-full and bearing robes

Or shiny-eyed and haloed

Nor ascended and God like


Atma is creation in the action of manifestation

Peaceful no, dynamic yes

Precursor of the Divine mouse

Clicking being-ness into …