Emptiness of Rebirth
- TheDailyEnlightenment.comToday Thu 22/06/01______________________________Realization: The Emptiness of RebirthIs rebirth a curse or a blessing?To those who crave "eternal" life,in unending becoming,in the fear of death,it is a blessing.To those who find becoming,in reliving and re-dying irksome,in the yearning for annihilation of self,it is a curse.To those who find comfortin having all the time in the worldto perfect themselves,or to party on till they tire,in the constant promise of a new day,rebirth is a blessing.To those who find dissatisfactionin having all the time in the worldto live and die time and again in a vicious cycle,rebirth is a curse.So are you blessed or cursedby the reality of rebirth?Is rebirth in reality a curse or a blessing?Rebirth,the cycle of birth and death,is empty of any intrinsic characteristics-just as the rising and setting of the sun,and the waxing and waning of the moon,is not in itself a blessing or a curse.Beauty and ugliness,blessedness and cursed-nesslies in the eye of the beholder, the experiencer.And as long as the seer does not have perfect unbiased vision,all sights are distorted,contortions of the reality.Flinching in disgust of rebirthdoes not break you free from it towards True Happiness.Neither does loving itbring you True Happiness.For life and death are but alternating states,changing constantly,never still enough for you to be a steady beacon,or anchor of True Happiness.True Happinessis only found in Enlightenment,which is attainedonly in a state beyond the dualityof birth and death,of craving for existence or annihilation,of disgust for existence or annihilation.Thus the wise lives on graciously,knowing death might strike any time,most ungraciously,as he advances graciously,not too anxiously or lazily,towards Enlightenment in his practice,by learning to let goof both life and death,instead of hanging on to either one-simply because he knows it can't be done.If you only let go of life,all you have is a death-wish.If you only let go of death,all you have is a fantasy of immortality.If only you let go of both life and death,will you taste the transcendental,True Happiness, a.k.a. Enlightenment.Now back to the original questionwhich matters most-to you-Is Rebirth a curse or a blessing-to you?Why?- Zeph@...Contribute your article or your thoughts on the above @ tde@...Realization-Archive~http://asp.thedailyenlightenment.com/archives/Realizations/R.asp_________________________________________________________________
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