Thus I have heard. Once, Athena visited Nemesis in her temple on Mount Olympus. Nemesis asked a question.
Nemesis: What is the intention of rational-emotive practice?
Athena: The whole intention of rational-emotive practice is to transform the intentional stance of the person from an unconscious intentional stance to that of a conscious intentional stance. The unconscious form of the intentional stance manifests as unconscious actions towards objects while the conscious form of the intentional stance is called self-rule. The attainment of conscious activity, manifest as a conscious intentional stance is the subjective manifestation of the intentional stance while this conscious activity is objectively manifest as the end of suffering. To achieve a conscious intentional stance one must both subjectively and objectively stop clinging. When one clings to the subject one is engaging in conceit and when one clings to the object one engages in greed. Conceit and greed are two forms of grasping. But grasping is only one form of relation between the subject and object that occurs that occurs when people are ruled by their habitual dispositions. Grasping is the relation between the unconscious person and the object they find to be positive. Rejecting is the relation between the person and the object they find to be negative The object found to be positive is found to be pleasant or neutral while the object found to be negative is found to conferring suffering. When one attains self-rule and becomes conscious through rational-emotive practice one ceases to cling to either pleasure or suffering. Instead of clinging one uses rational-emotive means to determine which act causes suffering and which act causes an absence of suffering. The result of the conscious action by those who rule themselves is that their actions neither cling to pleasure nor cling to suffering. Their actions simply have the conscious aim of producing no suffering. Whether these actions produce pleasure or not the goal of conscious action is to produce the absence of suffering., not the presence of pleasure.
When Athena had finished preaching this Sutra Nemesis was jubilant. Nemesis accepted Athena's teaching and began to follow it with great veneration.
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