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Impermanence, Suffering, Happiness, Enlightenment – Excerpt from Intro Cultivating Happiness

December 1, 2019

Both in Buddhism and Hinduism, both the Paramitas
(the perfections) and the Yamas and Niyamas, they go in the same direction, they talk about
the same thing. It’s that when we have more ‘ego’, when
we think that we are very important and it’s very serious what we are doing, and our lives…
we just take it so seriously and we build this very strong and rigid image about ourselves
and about the things we care, then we are doomed to suffer. We will suffer, sooner of later, because things
are not so rigid and reality is much more fluid. The buddha talked about impermanence, things
are always changing and people who have altered states of consciousness (through different
means) know that. Even lucid dreaming, it’s also a fact, it’s
much more clear that everything is dynamic. And people who know about quantum physics
also know that, it’s just particles and waves, it’s moving, it’s flowing. But we want to believe things are much more
stable and rigid and fixed. That’s the ego, the ego needs that kind
of security. Holds to this idea that things won’t change,
that things will remain the same, it gives comfort, but it’s not the case. Even the best building will collapse, even
if you manage to stay together for your entire life in a relationship, finally one of the parts of
the relationship will die and then the other one will die too. Buddha said, nobody can escape death – so
far. Maybe with the new technologies eventually we will, but so far, nobody can escape death. And even if, let’s say, we were immortals,
still things will change, societies will change, things will change. That’s very basic in these teachings and
the ego is the one who wants things to be eternal and fixed, just because the ego doesn’t
want to die. The ego is the only one who dies actually. In spiritual teachings it’s taught again
and again that the spirit, or that this Divine Spark that is in all of us and that is part
of something larger (God, the Universe, whatever you want to call it) that’s eternal, ok. But that spiritual part of us doesn’t have
a fixed identity either, everything that we can think of of ourselves as fixed and as
an identity, like our names, our gender, our profession, our family, our race, our ethnicity,
etc., etc., all that is part of the ego and it will pass, it will end, so this is
impermanent, it changes. But this spark, this Divine Spark, is eternal. That Divine Spark is beyond the ego, it is
beyond fear also, because it knows that it will not die, that it always has been there,
it’s always there and that it always will be there, it’s beyond time. If you had that experience in deep meditation,
you know that, you know that it’s beyond time. That would be like the enlightened part of
us, the Buddha Nature. And in Hinduism they also talk about your
Divine… the Atma, the Atman, the Divine part of you. And all spiritual traditions talk about
this, in different ways, they call it different names. So that part’s always been happy and
will always be happy. “Enlightened,” the Buddha, means the
Awakened One. It’s like you wake up from a dream. And when you wake up you realize that
you always knew. Spirituality cannot be taught and there is
nothing new about it, it’s just like a reminder, like: “wake up, wake up, you know this already,
just wake up!” Then when it comes to these teachings on how
to be happier, it’s about making the ego softer so that spiritual part of you that
already knows everything, that is already completely happy, can flourish, can shine
through the impurities of the ego.

1 Comment

  • Reply Bernardita Caracci January 14, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Gracias, gracias, gracias… Llega en el momento perfecto… 🙏

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