The Buddhas : Are you sure about this one?
UN : Why? You think otherwise?
The Buddhas : You have that streak in you. The one wanting fame, sometimes, indirectly, maybe.
UN : Hmmm. Yes, sometimes there are pangs.
The Buddhas : But mostly, better sense prevails.
UN : I’m glad you see that.
The Buddhas : Let’s harp a bit on this hidden craving for fame.
UN : I’m not craving for fame. I enjoy being a nobody.
The Buddhas : Ok, lets put this another way.
UN : Go ahead.
The Buddhas : You are noticed. Your work is noticed. Eventually, you get acclaim in what you do.
UN : Is that a bad thing?
The Buddhas : We’re not finished. This leads you to subconsciously crave for more. It’s a natural tendency.
UN : I watch out for this tendency.
The Buddhas : Yes, but sometimes it’s there and you don’t know it.
UN : Continue.
The Buddhas : You only get to know after then committing an action that is driven by a latent craving for recognition.
UN : Hmmm. True. You’ll need to concede, though, that once I realize such an action has been committed, I immediately correct myself.
The Buddhas : Ya, you correct your action then and suppress the pang for recognition.
UN : You don’t like the suppression bit, is it?
The Buddhas : It’ll just explode that way.
UN : I see. You’re trying to say that upon explosive emergence, then, things will be uncontrollable.
The Buddhas : Better is to let it come out, recognize it, and then, let it move on.
UN : Without acting on it, you’re saying, right?
The Buddhas : Yeah. Just don’t act on it. Have that much self-control.
UN : So what it’s boiling down to is this : I need to recognize fame-related thought processes as they emerge…
The Buddhas : …and then let them pass, without acting on them or reacting to them.
UN : That’s it, is it?
The Buddhas : Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
UN : I’m sure you’re going to say otherwise.
The Buddhas : Well, let’s see you do it first.
Can we talk about retribution?
What’s the cut-off line?
Let’s say I’m giving some Karma back.
When do I know I’ve given enough back to nullify the original Karma, but not more?
Why do you laugh?
You’re asking about a very thin line.
Yeah. It’s so thin that most whiz past it without knowing.
So how does one gauge the zero-point?
You’ve got to be very watchful.
In what way?
Your environment will give you signs. Very subtle ones.
That’s your cue to stop. Let go. Not press. Cool down.
Provided I recognize the signs in the first place.
Yes, that’s the whole thing. It comes with evolution. You get the hang of it, ultimately.
I’m seeing an issue here, though, for mankind.
You are, are you?
Once into a groove, with Karma over, craving for that Karma still remains.
Can’t help it. The game is also about nullifying craving as Karma gets over.
You create new Karma wrt the same groove.
So that’s it?
What, you thought evolution would be a cakewalk?
No. Alright, I get your point.
Good. See you soon. You’ve been gone quite a while.
Yeah. See you.