Sunday, 30 August 2015

On the nature of Beingness and Universal Origins.

I really like this little tale because it places the endlessness of existential obfuscation in a clear context and points toward the living of life in the infinte present.

''One day a man called Malunkyaputta approached the Master and demanded that He explain the origin of the Universe to him. He even threatened to cease to be His follow if the Buddha's answer was not satisfactory. The Buddha calmly retorted that it was of no consequence to Him whether or not Malunkyaputta followed Him, because the Truth did not need anyone's support. Then the Buddha said that He would not go into a discussion of the origin of the Universe. To Him, gaining knowledge about such matters was a waste of time because a man's task was to liberate himself from the present, not the past or the future. To illustrate this, the Enlightened One related the parable of a man who was shot by a poisoned arrow. This foolish man refused to have the arrow removed until he found out all about the person who shot the arrow. By the time his attendants discovered these unnecessary details, the man was dead. Similarly, our immediate task is to attain Nibbana, not to worry about our beginnings.'' ( source here )

This tale also reminds me of how some branches of Christianity and other organised religions have historically been similarly concerned with excericising existential hypothesis rather than actively caring for those in this life. Jesus, who famously overthrew the money lenders tables in the temple and shared everything with those who had need, apparently taught of love and compassion. Some speculate that he went to India/Nepal(?) to learn Buddhism which he brought back to his people in a manner they might understand.
Anyway, his simple and direct teachings were replaced by a powerful organisation well practisced in control by fear and oppression - the mighty Roman Empire!...
Jesus' teachings of spirtual equality and heart led humanism, given freely on hills and in fields, were replaced by hierarchies of power, catachisms of doctrine, inquisitions of terror, and a legacy of doubtful moral meanings.

Taking my cue from the tale of Malunkyaputta and the Master, I wish you a day filled with the joys of this day!