August 19, 2015
Faith and hope are the core for existence of life on the earth. People live by the sustaining power of such twin virtues of the human aspect since both are not only important and essential but also they are of no choice for the life of humanity to make life on the earth possible and reality. The most destitute person on the earth lives and stay in life, not by constitutions and lifeless propagandas of political and religious leaders which is advocated all the time, but by the natural and potent forces endowed within them that deliver meaning and life to the stay one makes on this world since life can only be possible when people enter in such valley and city of faith and hope. In such city, the impossible is possible and the unrealistic becomes realistic. They are not created by anyone, but by nature. Whosoever acquires them posses them since they are not discriminatory and they do not belong to any particular group.
Most people live and stay on earth with the intention of delivering plans and purpose to their existence otherwise life would not be possible and will happen a reality since they cannot make anything on the earth unless and otherwise they are supported by the pillars of life—hope and faith—along with the promises which they claim are delivered by any kind of religious conviction which they follow and practice. This makes the life of many people to have some kind of purpose and intention and hence people keep on living. They claim they are happy or sad based on such given conviction.
With such process of life, there are certain turning points that do visit people’s lives in which such given turning points could be the points they make decisive points to the way forward that change the course and history of their life, even to the entire world, to have new and different look and perspective and the faith and hope which they used to claim could be replaced by new and different aspects of hope and faith that come out on stage. Such given way of life happens to be not only a turning point to one person but also to many others who like, share and are in line with such given people’s turning point in life which they make to their lives.
For example, the life of Gautama Buddha is one great point to mention as fact. Buddha was at some point of his life bored of comfort and riches that surrounded his palace, as being son of king, due to the fact that the possession he inherited from his family could not deliver sense of purpose to his life. He was in sense of dissatisfaction with his life of luxury, while the birth of his son evoked in him much tenderness. His apparent sense of dissatisfaction turned to disillusion when he saw three things from the window of his palace, each of which represented different forms human suffering: a decrepit old man, a diseased man, and a corpse.
Yet even this could not stop the troubling thoughts in his heart or close his eyes to the realizations of the impermanence of all life, and of the vanity and instability of all objects of desire. For many years Gautama studied the doctrines until, having felt the need to learn more elsewhere, he traveled and fasted. His two teachers had showed him how to reach very deep states of meditation. This did not, however, lead to a sense of true knowledge or peace, and the practice of deep meditation was abandoned in favour of a life of extreme asceticism which he shared with five companions. But again, after five or six years of self-mortification, Siddhartha felt he had failed to achieve true insight and rejected such practices as dangerous and useless.
It was here that Siddharta attained a knowledge of the way things really are; it was through this knowledge that he acquired the title Buddha (meaning “awakened one”). This awakening was achieved during a night of meditation, which passed through various stages as the illumination that Gautama had sought slowly welled up in his heart. He knew the exact condition of all beings and the causes of their rebirths. He saw beings live, die and transmigrate. In meditating on human pain, he was enlightened about both its genesis and the means of destroying it.
Resolved to continue his quest, in this first stage he saw each of his previous existences, and then understood the chain of cause and effect. In the second he surveyed the death and rebirth of all living beings and understood the law that governs the cycle of birth and death. In the third he identified the Four Noble Truths: the universality of suffering, the cause of suffering through selfish desire, the solution to suffering and the way to overcome suffering. This final point is called the Noble Eightfold Path, this being eight steps consisting of wisdom (right views, right intention) ethics (right speech, right action, right livelihood), mental discipline (right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration), which ultimately lead to liberation from the source of suffering.
When day came, Gautama had attained perfect illumination, and had become a Buddha. The rays emanating from his body shone to the boundaries of space. He stayed in meditation for seven more days, and then for four more weeks he stayed by the tree. Through his process of enlightenment he discovered that all sentient beings in this universal life possess Buddha hold, and all are future potential Buddhas.
While contemplating on such given aspect of Buddha turning point to his life is not the what he saw on the window, those three things, but the dissatisfaction and discontentment in his life that made him to be curious about life, wonder and live in the valley and city of quest. Curiosity unlocks the gates of mysteries of life. Curiosity gives birth to new and different perspectives that trouble the human mind to have its purpose and sense of existence on the earth. Curiosity delivers perspectives and way of life that help humanity for centuries and ages yet to come.
In such given aspect of the human life, those who share such views live in circle and conclave of society and community and thus people live sharing views and thoughts as part of an experience of life they all face. In this case, it is experience and thinking that could integrate and communicate such people to be in same city of thinking and experience. Otherwise, such people are labeled, categorized and known as mad, abnormal or even evil since they do not get along with the current and existing social and community dynamics due to the fact that they have already deviated since they are rebellious to be obedient to the old social dynamics which the use to belong due to dissatisfaction and disappointments they used to have in previous way of life and they could not deliver right and appropriate answers to the quest they already have in minds.
And then what he saw over the window those three things— a decrepit old man, a diseased man, and a corpse— are incidents that add fuel to the fire. Meaning, they helped him to continue and not to give up with his sense of dissatisfaction in life even if wealth is assumed as means and matter that bring joy and satisfaction to one’s existence in one’s life. While keep going in the valley and city of quest and search, Buddha came up with thoughts that changed his life and the life of many people on the earth and his views are still serving as one of the potent forces and perspectives that shape life in this world.
Bearing this in mind, dissatisfaction in life should not lead to people making bad decision in life such as committing suicide and the like but, such dissatisfaction in life do give chance and an idea to view and see life in different perspective and way of life in which Buddha already set an example and he is best teacher for humanity who change bad state of mind into better and best state of mind by the method of life he delivered and practiced in his own life. People have many precious things to learn from Buddha who gave not only perspectives but also methods on how to live on earth with peaceful state of mind.
What could vary in here in changing bad circumstances of life to new and good way of life is on the methods and applications which people employ in activating their daily routines. As general conceptual and practical application and framework for life, the possibility of changing dissatisfaction into satisfaction, disappointment into joy and happiness is already shown and realistic and practical which was reflected by the life of Buddha longtime ago even before other teachers of such type and aspect do come on the earth. Hence, it is up to the individual to learn, govern and find out as per the nature and character of one’s personality and individuality on how to transform bad into good as per one’s own gift, experience and exposure in life and the will power to choose and take such courageous step and determination with the conviction one already have in one’s reality.
Life in here is not about seeking publicity and round of applause from others or fear from rejection of approvals from others, but governing the mysteries and secrets of existence according to one’s volition, efforts and choices one makes in life in one’s own accent and style in one’s daily routine activities along with the vision one sets to and for life. One does not need any help from others!!