The Philosophy of the East

17 02 2012

The basis of life is nothing. When we really comprehend our lives while understanding there contrast in relation to the absolute, which is an emptiness which contains everything, only then will we find true happiness. Contemplating the void for many is a frightening experience, because it makes you realise that everything which you base your life on is very flimsy and temporary. But that’s not what this philosophy is asking us to do. It doesn’t want us to be afraid, to live in fear, to live with a realisation which is in itself terrifying.

But it does make us realise that our lives are something which is in contrast with that emptiness. In this philosophy we are not supposed to realise anything, to learn any principle or follow any particular set of beliefs or commands, though there are guidelines for those who need to cling to something such as “don’t eat meat, drink, have sex, kill”.

Sometimes we wonder why did our lives turn out this way? Why am I suffering? The compassionate, as was Christ. Those masters showed us that suffering comes from clinging to false ideas of the self. Who ever actually does anything in life with the thought that actually one day they will be dead? No one ever thinks that this life is temporary. Everyone always acts as if they are building their life forever, treats it as if it were infinitely sustainable and never ending.

 

What can I say that is reassuring? In this life, we are not “strangers in a world we never made”, as Alan Watts put it. We came here or rather, we are the world, not separate from it, but rather part of it. Just as the fish is not separate from the river or the bird separate from the sky. We always trick ourselves into believing that we are. The reassuring element of this knowledge is that everything is, as it ought to be. Actually if I contemplate all of the lost opportunities and failures of my life, those are meant to be, and that in reality the world does not produce one single human being that it doesn’t want to produce.

There are different states of awareness of course. Those who are aware of the interconnectedness and of the essential emptiness of life eventually enter into the Deva world, the find supreme bliss in living, and happiness, but impermanent happiness, and they must eventually come back down because it is temporary. Those who do not have awareness are more likely to suffer from day to day because their conception of reality is dependent on very temporary things which they conceive of as permanent.

 

To find enlightenment one must come into contact with that essential emptiness. It is a state of existence a state of mind in which there are no people to cling to, no ideas, no thoughts, not even images, no principles, no beliefs, nothing. It is not a state of darkness, but there is light, the light of consciousness, and once you experience that light, there is bliss to be found.

Our lives which depend on planning the future, depend on defining ourselves with the past are not authentic not really. We put ourselves in a straight jacket when do this, when we are taken in by the illusion of the future and past, with our ideas of who we are. The idea that I am me because I am a teacher or that I was born in England, or that I like classical music or heavy metal music, or the idea that I have a religion, those are not real things, they are not “me” in the end so all defining is futile.

 

In this sense then, life is a happening. It happens. And to hope that it could happen or should happen in any other way is our source of suffering. Most people think about what they wish to do or achieve in the future and contemplate their successes and failures in the past. But this is a cause of anxiety. There is no past and there is no future, there is only now. In order to find liberation one breathes out, releases all desires and hopes. What is destined will come of itself and on its own volition.

Because our egos are based on a mistaken idea of who we are, this is the reason why “I can’t change anything”. In fact the “I” which wants something which possesses desire is actually just a manifestation of the greater power, the universe. Of course the desire must be fulfilled, all desired are eventually fulfilled. In science the negative charge always travels towards the positive charge which is its fulfilment. The “I” negative is attracted to the “I” positive in one sense, but both are just a play of forces which belong to the whole, and once they are united, the overall charge goes back to zero.

 

The point of all of this is though, to acknowledge that the individual “I” is actually in the exact spot where it should be. But, that at the same time, all ideas, all abstractions, history, and future plans are also without meaning. The reason for this is that all abstractions take the “I” away from its true self.

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Pisces Neptune Experiences

5 02 2012

The world is the same as it was yesterday, in the sense that it carries on without much notice of human life. But to us humans, after living for 14 years in an Aquarius Neptune era, and perceiving and living life according to all Aquarian ideals, Neptune going into Pisces will make us think and feel it is a new and very different world. 

During those last 14 years I have lived inspired by Aquarius Neptune. One thing stands out about this life. It has been a life aloof and standing back from life. In Aquarius I have been studying life from a distance without really joining in. I have been reading about a dead and buried ancient civilization, but without being a true part of that civilization, or my own. During those years I have felt alone many times despite having friends. I have rationalized and understood life in terms of a system, which i have compared to many other systems whether they were astrological, or political, philosophical, or about the theory of teaching. But where was I? Who was I? I was of no emotion and of no particular party. I was impartial, but i was far away. I tried love, but I was too cerebral about it and it didn’t work for that reason.

Now I feel different. I had an experience that no words can describe. I might as well write poetry in this space here. Pisces has much beauty, and love and kindness in it. It also has temptation and sin. But, so long as I remain morally upright, no suffering will come to me. I must put my total faith in God now. The experience that I now have is not a mental experience. It is a vibration which resonates throughout my entire body, it is a powerful feeling. Words fail me, they just won’t come, they don’t help and they don’t work. ALL of life is feeling. But the highest form of feeling comes from love, which in its true meaning is SACRIFICE. This is the reason Venus, planet of love is exalted in Pisces. If you love one person you sacrifice personal ambition and pleasure and you give them your time and money, that is sacrifice and that is love. When Christ died on the cross that was sacrifice of his own self for all of us. But sacrifice is beautiful. We do not have to die physically. All that must die is personal ego, the egos of lust, anger, fear, and possibly many other egos which we are not aware of.

When Neptune first entered Aquarius in 1997, I became intrigued by Astrology, a system which allowed me to study human life and functions without actually living or experiencing them in any kind of personal or subjective level.

Today in 2012 with Pisces Neptune I became aware of the infinite to which I am connected to, to sacrifice and to true love which is based on nothing more than pure sacrifice. This kind of love comes close to the infinite. It is a feeling of total belonging. This higher dimension is not reached through thought, and through intellectual understanding. This is why I have been praying and meditating. This is the reason I have been ridding myself of excessive possessions, of clutter in my house and clutter in my mind.

There is a choice. In Pisces there is a choice. You may give your all to one person and to one God, and find bliss and happiness in doing this. Or you may pursue your desires, indulge your senses, lust, and anger, and by doing so bring about your own losses and suffering. God has one life planned for us from our birth, this life would be paradise if we did  not follow our animal desires. I pray to God to show me the path, to keep my heart clean, to make sure that I never want what God has not planned for me. I pray that the love that I have found never diminishes.