Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.
Life evolves in such way that every creature is unique and although our memories can not be defined, they define us. We all got unique genes and unique memories that gives us unique capabilities and unique reactions in given environment. That has it’s functionality which is to increase the likelihood of our survival as a specie. To put it in other words if we were all identical, a single virus could easily kill us all, a given disaster could wipe us all out if we behave the same way.
In my view what define our spirit/soul is our memories, which is what creates our will. Our will combines with our body`s capabilities and thus we produce actions, which further adds to our memories and reflects on our body. The purpose of death therefor is evolution, one entity or specie of even life, can not evolve unless it is capable of changing and change inevitably leads to death so a greater diversity could be created. As history has proven, great disasters has struck the Earth, but life carried on, although 90% of the species were killed, still some remains and thus preserve life, allowing it to continue.
Our memories defines us but they also limits us. If we want to break this chains, we need to learn to abstract ourselves from our memories and who we are. Forgetting even for a short period of time, what we are, allows us to become so much more, which in some way is the essence of mediation in my view point.
In the digital era that we are living in, computers give a greater capability of “memory” thus allows for much greater diversity in the way our memory can define us. Merging with computers and allowing for computers to become part of our life, we continue the path of creating greater diversity and thus increasing the likelihood of survival.
Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you. Life evolves in such way that every creature is unique and although our memories can not be defined, they define us. We all got unique genes and unique memories that gives us unique capabilities and unique reactions in given environment. That has it’s functionality… Continue reading »View full post
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life… “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. ” It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt,… Continue reading »View full post
Progress in it’s essence is a change. However nowdays we have different understanding of what progress is and we’ve moved away from what it should be. Today, to claim we’ve progressed, all we do is create a change that seems beneficial, even for a short time or a small group of people. Typical example is… Continue reading »View full post
Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. ” It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too. ”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win ?”
The old chief replied,
“The one you feed.”
Progress in it’s essence is a change. However nowdays we have different understanding of what progress is and we’ve moved away from what it should be. Today, to claim we’ve progressed, all we do is create a change that seems beneficial, even for a short time or a small group of people. Typical example is what’s going on with the economy, the fiscal cliff, the problems with many countries here in Europe, etc., that are all results of such shortly lived beneficial progress.
Then there is the sustainable progress. As I said earlier progress is change, a change in the relations formed between all things, so that those relations can become more productive. As anything else in this world, it’s not a perfect system, therefore it could change for the better. To put it simple, as any enterprise should produce more profits than losses to sustain itself, so should we, as individuals, participate in this life and our relations with all things, in a way in which we can give more than we consume.
And finally there is this idealistic concept of progress, one that harms nobody and takes nothing away. That might seems like a great type of progres, but the problem with it would be that it`s not quite possible. So for all of you who think they create a change that harms nobody, think again. Thinking what you are doing harms nobody is naive and is recipe for disasters.
Finding ourselfs only acting without thinking of the consequences surely is not the way to go, although that’s where we are at currently. Thinking about the consequences so much that we refuse to take any actions because they would harm something or someone, I also find not proper. Instead we should be brave enough to act but also wise enough to realize the consequences of our actions. We should acknowledge the fact, that with any change we make, we take something away and destroy something and the only way to justify that would be if we give more and create more back. To think any action we take could be perfect is the result of arrogant thinking. It`s much easier to try focus on creating positive inflow, rather than trying to be perfect.
As I have written before, good can easily turn to bad without you knowing it. Whether that good, you are doing, will have positive result is a matter of change. The force of change is part of a duality that covers all aspects of life. To better understand it I can quote Yakuza, which are one of the biggest mafia syndicates in the world:
“The Yakuza is like pollution from exhaust fumes. Automobiles need gasoline to move. But if you use that gasoline and make the car move, exhaust fumes will come out. Anyplace you go, you will find this cycle.”
So in order for our society to move forward we create “pollution”. That pollution is part of a process and can’t be separated, thus crime will exist along with the progress of a society. That is due to the force of change. Since we all take different places along that process, we are different parts of that car Yakuza talked about. Some of us consume the gasoline where others create the pollution. If we say the ones that create the pollution in the society are bad is to show that we do not understand the whole process. Not to say those creating pollution never see any of that gasoline. What matters is that everyone has their function in the process. It’s neither good nor bad. I do hope the whole metaphor was clear enough.
Yakuza states that life is not about good or bad but rather what you do from the position you were given in it, a thought that originates from Buddhism. Even the mafia can have code of honor and not hurt civilians, for example, like Yakuza.
It is much easier for the richest man on Earth, who just inherits all his fortune, to also be the most generous one. Even after he becomes the most generous he’ll still have enough money that he won’t be able to spend until the rest of his life. A poor man might die because of his generosity and won’t even be noticed.
Good is relative term as most often a short term good causes negative result in a long term and a short term bad creates positive results in long term. In the end there is still good and bad in the world, as they are part of a process. The function of that process is not to change the life into a place with only good or bad but to change the person interacting with it, by providing him with experience and awareness.
Many people see things as black or white. Reality, on the other hand, shows that things are connected so well, with each other, that we can barely call them separate. The more one realizes those connections, the less he sees the world as black and white.
One of the clearest examples of how well things are connected is what we call environment. As I’ve written before, who we are is determined by the environment we’ve grown in and all experiences we’ve had. An extremely aggressive person could be a result of quite reasonable instinct for survival of someone growing in dangerous or aggressive environment. Should we put such a person in peaceful environment, he would most likely lose his synchronization with it. The result of such change is most often negative, in that case for both that person and environment. Thus should we try to understand someone better we should always think about the environment he has grown in.
We are not only being shaped by our environment, but we are environment ourselves and we help shape others into who they will be. As family is one of the most important parts in each person`s environment, we should try realize how adequate is our lessons to the kids we are raising. The more adequate those lessons are the less time they’ll take to adapt to the reality and thus more time they will have to change and shape the world into a better place.
Realizing the deep connection we are having with our environment and thus with everyone else, really makes it easier for one to see the world as a whole. Guilt and punishment should turn into desire to synchronize and tools to do so. That is also why a true morality is so important for everyone’s progress.
We remain blind for all things we are not capable of understanding. If we focus on expanding our own mind and thinking we are going to see so much more.
All of our emotions are delusions created by our own body. They are being used by it so we can focus our attention upon certain problem. Having emotions as a guide for your actions is not such a bad thing, but mostly they are helpful on very basic level and we should instead rely on our mind, rationality and will. A very good example is how the early mans reacted on treats from predators, by instead of running in fear, being capable of complex thinking and communication with each other, the early mans fought off the predator together by running towards him and thus triggering his instinct of fear.
Many of the people nowadays let themselves to be controlled by emotions without realizing those emotions are delusions, in typically materialistic manner. You can see that around you everyday. Some destroy themselves with drugs, in a desire for happiness and joy. Some, being controlled by the emotions of fear and anger, fail to synchronize and bond with everyone else. Others slowly decay, because of their laziness and lack of will.
We tend to get attached to an object as soon as we recognize it as pleasant. Should we recognize an object as unpleasant we start feeling aversion and hatred. Needless to say such types of reactions cause suffering and unhappiness.
To put it simple, in a typically materialistic society, when one likes something he immediately feels he needs to have that thing. Should he manage to fool himself he has it, he receives a delusional reward. Should he fail to obtain that object of his desires, he suffers.
Buddhism provides very good teaching that helps one escapes and realizes those delusions. By giving more power to your mind, rationality and will you can avoid the unnecessary suffering deriving from your delusions.
What religion truly does is moral teaching and those teachings are quite common among all religions. All the holy books are the tools those religion had, back in time, to spread those teachings. All the stories those books contained were to help illustrate better particular ideas and spark one’s mind to think over the moral aspects of life. When you are reading those books you should also realize they were written at times of extreme violence and poor civilization development. Naturally ones those moral teachings are eventually well enough understood, by the majority of people, all the religions are going to become obsolete.
You’ll be amazed how simple, the ideas those book carry, actually are. Neither The Holy Inquisition nor the huge temples or complex hierarchy of the church (Vatican’s for example) has anything to do with them. You won’t find any conflicts between the religions either, for what they do is they simply try to make us better persons and help us interact with each other in more productive way.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Jesus
Think of this in the sense of the Holy Inquisition for example.
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Buddha
Or that, in the sense of all religious doctrines and how absurd is, after reading that sentence, to wait for Vatican interpretation over certain question (like abortion or whatever).
In the end all the morality comes to understanding and realizing your actions, others and yourself, thus the theme of compassion (for compassion is understanding) is so commonly found in all religions.
“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Jesus
It’s really not about whether you will do something or not (i.e. commit murder), but realizing your actions and what they cause. Putting yourself in the position of others (mostly the one suffering most) is the easiest way.
Next time you are reading any religious book, don’t hate it for the bad name few arrogant institutions make of it. Think about the quotation of Buddha (which is common in all religions i.e. God telling Abraham to kill his son – Bible ) and try to find the things that rely to your own life and understandings , seek that simple ideas which can enchant your thinking and will make you more rational, for yourself and for all others.
In geometry a point is considered 0 dimensional object. It doesn’t have volume, area, length or other higher dimensional analogue. Then we have a line, again it’s consisting of infinite points. And a square which we can say consist of infinite lines and cube which exist of infinite squares. The cube has volume, area, length and so on.
Now it turns out that we`ve created something of value out of nothing, mathematically. And math says if you take no matter how infinite number and multiply it by 0 , that would equal 0 still.
A point in my view, should be that closest thing to nothing. No matter how much you zoom it, it still remains just as small (which doesn’t make it nothing). An atom is mostly empty space but let’s not forget we all are atoms.
The problem I see is that nowadays science is still too deterministic, in their approach to explain the world. Instead I think we should be looking at patterns to explain the world. Whether they would be the duality/balance force, the flower of life, Fibonacci numbers and so on. As things in life repeat themselves throughout different scales(which is another pattern), if we manage to conclude something without an error about ANYTHIGN then we would be able to explain everything else with the same conclusion.
To put it simple if we try to determine things the way science does still to today, no matter how technologically advanced we are , no matter how small things we can notice (quarks) or how far into the universe we can see, how far back in time we can calculate how things were or how they would be after billions of years ahead, we would still hit dead end. That is because the approach is wrong, we are not looking for simple patterns that would provide us with simple and yet ultimate answers for the universe. We are far beyond the technological level required to be in order to test those patterns on different scales, in different time, locations and so on.
It’s not a coincidence Einstein had problems at school with the deterministic approach of science. Unlike the science community I can’t accept the “fact” that the universe is expanding before I find what is collapsing to allow this expansion. In buddhist perspectives you can find and understand the whole life in a flower, that is because it contains the same patterns that exist in the rest of the universe, that’s why the flower of life symbol is a simple pattern. You don`t need complexity to explain the world but simplicity. The most genius ideas in the world are simple, just like the falling apple Newton observed, it doesn’t take complex calculations and equipment to figure out gravity, but a proper approach.