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Nirvana or Samsara: Wrong interpretations to living?

In the Sanskrit language nirvana means a state of bliss or grace; samsara is a life of toiling and worries.

In the Arabic language, samsara conveys the meaning of bargaining; you may think of a middleman going back and forth with new proposals for the two parties to reaching an agreement.

Maybe the Arabic language borrowed the term samsara from Sanskrit and gave it a practical meaning for their trading activities.  Is it not samsara our real life? As we struggle to balance better internal spiritual state and better external conditions for our comfort and pleasure?

There is this Buddhist saying: “If you make a difference between nirvana and samsara then, you will remain in the samsara state“.

This saying means that there is no difference between nirvana and samsara; but the second part of the sentence gives the connotation that samsara is actually a lower quality state of living.

It is common in languages to create opposite meaning to every word for rhetorical reason.  People tend to learn and assimilate the negative terminologies far better than the positive counterpart.

So what is good in a nirvana state or the highest quality of living?

Is living liberated of wants, anguish, suffering, fear of death, and of illusions better than striving, struggling for what you desire, and confronting difficulties?   Is keeping a state of bliss (salvation) worth total dissociation from the turmoil of living and avoiding potentially difficult situations (in order to retaining the state of bliss)?

What is wrong with bargaining endeavors for a better life?  Is living a state of grace and bliss a better state than struggling and challenging our potentials?  I can back the idea of training for more frequent and more durable moments of complete relaxation of the mind and body; but to staying in a nirvana state feels counterproductive to a rich and challenging life. Maybe nirvana is not after all a long stay in a state of bliss or life after death could be the equivalent  meaning.  Anyway, people are curious of the mysterious and exotic experiences and will try hard for a nirvana stage of relaxation.

Am I living to satisfying the never-ending moral constraints of “don’t do that?”

Am I a machine to figuring out what I can do?

If there is a kind of nobility abiding by social moral set of values then, am I not to be a happy nobleman too?

Actually, abiding by morale is a necessity when abiding by the ethics (that the ultimate virtue is learning to share the happiness of others) comes to be difficult to realizing.  If we were able during our tumultuous life to sharing and enjoying the pleasure and happiness of others then, there will be no need for any moral set of restrictions.

We are not told of that wisdom, or not that frequently, or it was never transpired to us by members of our family and community.  The community found it easier to nurture us by “don’t do that” instead of performing what is the secret of joy and happiness:  Mainly, learning to share and enjoy the pleasure and happiness of others:  That is the real meaning of solidarity.

Have you made it a habit distinguishing between hell and paradise; between eternity and duration; between the absolute and the relative; between salvation and damnation; between bliss and living in miseries?  What!  Are you trying to sound a sane person who can discriminate among good and bad tastes; true and false behaviors and sacrificing your life to pleasing others?

For how long are you intending to work on comprehending these differences?  All you need is awareness that infinity and eternity go hand in hand:  Everything is or converges to the present moment.

As long as you are making a difference between blissful moments and your current difficult moments then, you will never discover bliss. Your life is the bliss, the grace, and paradise. Cut down on your pains and suffering.  The time you saved in cutting down on unwanted conditions you need to invest it to appreciating and enjoying the power of the present moment.

The present moment is the real, the truth, and the eternal. 

All the opposite extremes are one in the present moment.

Note:  You are encouraged to read the follow-up article

Second truth:  The moment is eternal

People talk about truth and truths, but never offer a set samples of what truth could be.

In general, they extend the two criteria:

1. Truth is valid everywhere, for all civilizations and

2. Truth is invariant in time.

People tell you what Truth is Not.

Does truth means what is considered a fact; an objective measurable observation; an eye witnessed event; or a story backed by images, pictures, and sound recording?

Is truth what we confirm by resorting to God to back our utterances “In the name of God”, “I swear to God”, “on my mother’s head, father’s, or my unique son…?”

What is truth?  Is it all the affirmations contained in one’s “Holy Book” or consensual scientific books?

The first truth is: “One day I shall die.”

It means, one day, I shall stop acting and communicating by any means possible and available.  We might die physically and stop any movement and action; still, we can continue communicating through what we left in recorded written words, images, and sound voices.  There will be periods when newer generations are no longer exposed or initiated to what we published and thus, we are dead for the periods.  Eventually, we are dead for good.

The second truth is: “What is eternal is the moment.”

It means that what I am thinking, doing, and feeling at this moment is independent of time.  If the past exists it is because I am recollecting the past at this moment.  If the future exists it is because I am planning and pondering about future actions at this moment.  No present moment?  Then, there is no past or future to me. Past and future are logical terms linked to timeline:  They exist because of what I think and do right now.

The third truth is: “What is real is this moment.”

It means that What I perceive as real and right is what I am ready to accept at this moment as such.  People can have different opinions at this moment, but since I have no access or means or willingness to know and reflect on their opinions at “my moment” then, what I think is the real stuff at this moment.  There are “other moments” as you live to change.

The fourth truth:  “You need to maintain the moment; the moment is the real and most potent personal power.”

It is your responsibility to reserve 3 silent periods during the day for maintaining your well-being.

One period is for light physical exercises and focused mental meditation; you need to discover what kind of food best suit your body mechanism, amount of sleep, rest periods and duration…

The second period is for introspection or “know yourself” exercises:  To recognizing your limitations, capacities, and potentials by recalling how you behaved and acknowledging your individuality.

The third period is for planning and thinking about your next action plans.   The best locations, timing, and scheduling are left for your personal experimentation of what is most performing for the three exercise periods.

The present moment is the real, the truth, and the eternal; enjoy and learn to profit of the moment.




February 2023

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