on a basic level of economy


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In the case of Buddhism, Jainism and the Yoga of Patanjali, their negative attitude to the material world is related to their inwardness. The Buddhist state of nirvana, or the samadhi of Jainism or Patanjali’s yoga, are intravertive mystical states, whereas the mysticism of Vedanta or Taoism is both extravertive and intravertive. The world-rejecting traditions completely ignored the extravertive dimension; they jumped above it, straight into union with the Void (or Brahman) in its pure state. Perhaps, again, the discovery that on a basic level of economy the instincts and desires associated with the body do stand in the way of enlightenment, made them see the whole of the “gross” realm of matter as opposed to spirit and turn away from the possibility of extravertive mystical experience.

--- How should I understand "on a basic level of economy"?

  • Cagey

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    The number of things a person can attend to at once are limited. If you pay attention to one thing, you won't be paying attention to another. This might be thought of as the economy of human existence.

    On this basic level ~ the fact that our resources of time and attention are limited ~ instincts and desires do stand in the way of enlightenment by diverting our attention and our energy from loftier concerns.
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