a reply to: swanne
Sorry, I don't see any paradox there. If anything Buddhism is the most logical of religions and some even call it the most scientific as well.
Siddharta's overwhelming desire (= passion) to understand the cause of suffering was fueled by the desire to end suffering for EVERYONE including that
of his own beloved family (since no one can escape old age, death, etc); that's why he had to leave them behind, but that's really what love is
essentially. He cared so much for the welfare of others that he was willing and prepared to sacrifice his wealth and everything dear to him - kingdom,
family, life of luxury, etc. So behind that 'seemingly selfish act' is the SELFLESS quest for the universal remedy for suffering, old age, death, etc.
Desire and (universal) love are really the same thing but they lay at opposite ends, one positioned at the bottom end (desire) and the other at the
top end (universal love). It is only thru' sacrifice that one becomes qualified to ascend inch by inch to the opposite or top end of the pole.
Conventionally when we come across an unusual display of courage involving sacrifice, we call it heroism. It is basically the same thing, isn't it?
In the language of occultism this is called the transformation of desire to will. Desire ----- > Will. It was precisely because Siddharta attained
the goal, that is understanding the cause of suffering, that he was able to eventually attract his wife and son to him, such is the power of universal
love, the power of enlightenment. Both Yasodhara, Siddharta's wife, and Rahula, his own son plus Siddharta's own father came to listen to him teaching
and expounding the Dharma. Rahula eventually became ordained as a monk and then went on to become an Arahant while Yasodhara became a Buddhist nun
(Bhikkuni) and attained Arahanta status. See? They too followed in Siddharta's exemplary footsteps - giving up the palatial life of luxury, etc.
The cessation of desire = Nirvana. Nirvana automatically obtains when desire ends - there is no such thing as attempting to chase it in order to reach
it. And the ending of desire is not by an act of sheer forcing of the mind or thru' some mental gymnastics, but an apprehension of the nature of
truth, the arising of clarity and lucidity thru' profound introspection or meditation. Any attempt to force the issue will result in the opposite
namely failure, and this was what Siddharta himself initially experienced, when he first started out as a novice and attempting ineffectual strategies
like fasting and similar austerities.
It was only when he started to relax his whole being that Truth came to look for him, like a breeze coming through your window - uninvited. I am sure
you yourself have experienced this like when you try catching a butterfly. It will fly away from you, and the more you try to catch it, the farther
away it will fly away from you. But when you remain motionless, undisturbed, it will come on its own and settle somewhere on your body.
Think Archimedes - he tried very hard going back and forth in his mind to look for the answer to his problem but it never came, but when he was
relaxing in his bath and not thinking at all, the answer came like a flash, and Eureka... the rest is history.
So, complete, consummate clarity or understanding (= apprehension, not comprehension) automatically brings about an end to desire. Simultaneous with
this death of desire is the arising or birth of Nirvana, implying the corresponding death of suffering. When light enters, the preexisting darkness
will automatically blink out, simultaneously.
The ending of desire will also give birth to the supreme and ultimate human happiness termed BLISS or RAPTURE. Only the Sanskrit word 'Ananda' can
adequately capture and express this ultimate height of human achievement and in all its depth, beauty and wholesomeness. This state is technically
called anuttarā samyak-saṃbodhi: Supreme Perfect Enlightenment (of a buddha).
"Anuttarā samyak-saṃbodhi [Pali: anuttarā sammā saṃbodhi] unexcelled perfect enlightenment. A samyak saṃbuddha is one who through
his own efforts and wisdom understands dharma, and out of compassion proclaims it to the world in order to uplift others from saṃsāra and to lead
them to liberation. The samyak-saṃbodhi is the state pertaining to a samyak-saṃbuddha. The samyak saṃbuddha makes others understand
āryasatyāni, namely, suffering, cause of suffering, cessation of suffering and, way to cessation of suffering as he has known them."
Escape, did you not say? No, not true at all for it's more like taking the bull by its horns and wrestling with it
, so no running away for it's a
fight to the end. Fight, not flight!
It might be better to compare that with finding a key that opens that portal which was previously shut, a monolith that's indomitable, obstinate. So
the doors will swing wide open when one has truly understood, i.e. when one has seen through the nature of desire. That's how finding the truth can
set one free. What the Buddha did was no different from what Christ did - the ego, the personal ego, has to be renounced or crucified or die (=
sacrificed. Note that ego is essentially desire). Then and only then will the portal open and the SELFLESS act inviting, enthralling and drawing
Divinity into manifestation, bringing with it Love, Truth, Light, Wisdom, Grace, Benediction ... call them whatever you want - they are all
Everyone has to walk the same path trodden by these gurus. Your turn, our turn, will come, will-nilly. It's just a matter of time. And when that
time comes, one will find oneself spontaneously uttering the following words like the masters of old too:
"Not my will, but YOURS - your will be done." And the ego-sacrifice will ensue. Yes, that will be the eventual fate of every desire - unfolding the
histrionics of its ego-drama on the perpetual Stage of Life.
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