The Corrosion of Consciousness #126
An “old bucket of rusty nails” is a good symbolic definition for all the unresolved karmas, past and present, that both harm and influence human mind and thought today. If the human mind were posed as the bucket, and all its thoughts were the nails inside, the obvious negativity present there would be the acidic corrosion going on. In this ingenious wisdom chart, the call to wakeup to the dangerous presence of gradually fructifying karmas, and the order of ones own will to do something about them, gets proposed. It is spiritual practice, always ongoing, and under the supervision of the spiritual preceptor, that provides the solution. Otherwise, the household today, and even the monastery — as Lord Buddha indicates here — are at dire risk.