"Fearlessness is the first requirement of spirituality. Cowards can never be moral." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Samsara: The Wheel of Suffering

Birth is suffering, aging is suffering, old age and sickness is suffering, and death is suffering. Even pleasure is suffering, said the Buddha, as we know that like all phenomena, "this too shall pass." Buddhists and Vedantists alike say that to the unawakened mind this - all of our "reality" - is samsara, and because of this we suffer.

"Samsara, literally meaning "continuous flow," is the cycle of birth, life, death, rebirth or reincarnation within Hinduism, Buddhism, Bön, Jainism, Sikhism, and other Indian religions. In modern parlance, samsara refers to a place, set of objects and possessions, but originally, the word referred to a process of continuous pursuit or flow of life. In accordance with the literal meaning, the word should either refer to a continuous stream of consciousness, or the continuous but random drift of passions, desires, emotions, and experiences."
[Source: Wikipedia]
"You jump in the ocean of samsara and you can't swim," says spiritual teacher, Mooji, in the attached three-part video compilation on suffering and compassion.

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