Relinquishment denotes letting go of all emotions. Unattached. The
process comes in several stages. The urge within us to grab attention,
to get ourselves known, to gain position, and to amass fortune exhibits
itself as the love of all things positive. But, in actively chasing them,
if we slip into unwise choices and hence tainted progress, we are just
as well misguiding ourselves along the way. We become overtaken by
greed and anger, foolishly attach to loved ones and are unkind toward
those we love less, and hurt ourselves whilst hurting another. The
roots of greed and anger are, more often than not, ignorance which,
uncontrollably extended, can be catastrophic. Buddhism teaches
relinquishment, ridding of all negative emotions to unravel inner doubt.
Further, relinquishment is cultivating and learning the method of exit
from the world.
Such circumstance equals taking on the method of virtue. But the
worldly method of virtue is far from pure, does not take care of thorough
liberation, and requires much added effort. Like a bottle filled with
poison, even on emptying out its content, cannot contain food because
residual poison is still there. It is proof that the method of virtue carries
defiling cause and effect. The bottle needs to be thoroughly, absolutely
cleaned before getting to hold anything else; we need to preserve the
method of virtue whilst purging away all traces of defilement.
Giving in the hope of earning fame and fortune in return is an act
of leaking virtue, not genuine giving. Buddhism calls this the defiled,
tainted method of virtue. We need to put down and be freed from such
contamination, learn to give with genuine heartiness again, revive own
emotions and let them be healthy once more, and earn pure retribution
for good deeds in the end. Now that truly accords with relinquishment,
Relinquishing and liberating from evil deeds, life is purged from
retribution accordingly, the worst of which, however, is compelled
tripping nonstop between rebirths and redeaths. Only when all
emotions and the myriad conditions are laid down can we, in the
three realms and transmigration, come clean.