Part I:The Tao Of DaniTime is an illusion because there is no real truth to it.
It has never been proven to exist. It was made up by the Romans or the Babylonians thousands of years ago so farmers could meet on a hill top at 1 in the afternoon because one farmer’s wife had a hair appointment at noon. Human beings have a born inhibition to have things simpler. Human beings also have to have explanations and reasoning. Time was born out of this. The grand old theory that time is a river.Order now
The whole river exists at once: the mouth (future), the main body (present), and the source (past). The only truth we have to time is the wear and tear on our bodies as time (sic) goes on. Technically, there is no now and there is no future because now was over a nano-second ago and the future is uncertain (but the end is always near). Which is plain truth because the end is nearer and nearer but you’ll never know it. Bang.
. . and everything spurts out from one central point. Flowing, clumping,sparking, rolling across nothing to make something. A few years later, the universe is formed. Things evolve and change and yet everything stays the same.
Cells become smart and grow nuclei, which form unicellular organisms, everything feeds off everything else. Things die off, some things live, animals come to be, and all of a sudden you have humans that are just as much fish as they are bacteria as they are stardust. Everything depends on everything else. The universe is me because I am human, thusforth made up of everything and doing my part to keep the world going rather I like it or not. I am the universe because I can almost control what goes on. I am also the universe because I am part of it, we move together, we live together, we love together.
This “I am the universe” can also be explained in a sense of which that humans make themselves gods. We don’t hug trees, we crap on them. We don’t love animals, we butcher them. But we have to do this to survive.
Then we ponder meaninglessly at the problems of overpopulation and natural disasters. You are part of natural disasters, like it or not. The distinction between been, being, and becoming is artificial and arbitrary because if time is irrelevant, then you could never have been, or you could never become, you just are. Like the river, you are everything all at once. At any given instance, you bring all your conscious and subconscious knowledge to the table for discussion. All of your past experiences, dreams, realizations, mishaps, good hair days, etc.
are with you forever as you go along. You never leave anything behind, therefore you could not possibly have ever been. (This also opens up a discussion about how every nanosecond of your life exists at once; the theory of dimensions. ) Everything you are to become is already chosen for you by something called destiny, you just aren’t aware of it yet. This is also due to post experiences, etc. The distinction between the three aforementioned is that there is no distinction because of the artificial and arbitrary sense.
(If something isn’t there, it doesn’t exist. ) Humans make things up to make life easier. They made the theory of been, being, and becoming up to make it easier to convey thoughts. Humans learned to speak to improve their life styles. All the other organisms have been doing just since the big bang, without a spoken or written language. Time is related to the unity of all things in the fact that over “time” the universe has evolved and change to become what it is today.
In fact, the universe will still evolve and change until it reaches its limit and begins devolving. The universe is me at this moment because I am here and know that everything around me is due to me. This is just as I am due to everything around me. This is due to “time.
” I know at this moment, because I am here at this moment, aware at this moment that I am the universe and the universe is me. Don’t ponder the statements, just believe. The second you start to ask questions is the second you don’t understand. The second you understand is the second “time” has chosen for you to understand, and you will ask no questions. The universe can very vaguely be explained, as the human psyche can very vaguely be explained.
In the time it takes for you to understand these concepts, another three thousand people have died, another six women in the Bronx have been raped. Time is all relative because it effects you and yet it doesn’t. Maybe one of those women who was just raped died, and maybe she was the one to discover the cure to a fatal disease you will have in later life. So now you will die at 60 instead of 127. Yet, time says that this will happen, but you have no clue of this until you are on your deathbed, and maybe not even then. The universe is everything around you.
Everything that changes and evolves over time. Yet, time doesn’t exist. So the simplest answer is that things happen because they happen. That’s just how the universe works.
Time is related to the distinction between been, being and becoming because if there is no time, then there is no been, being or becoming. There is only a NOW. As in”ETERNITY IS NOW” and it is because when the hell else are you going to live? All that you can see, hear, feel, and taste, all that you know is in the present, so how could you live any other way? You can’t. You just have now, so get with it and realize that there will never be a past.
It’s dreams, bits and pieces of memory. What’s done is done. Jim Morrison is never coming back (as Jim Morrison, anyway). The future cannot be told by a chick in a golden turban with gaudy jewelry on.
Your future is set for you, true, but you won’t know until you get there, and when you get there, it will be the past before you know it. The only thing you can hold on to is now. So hold on to it because it’s all you have to hold on to and you can’t even do that. The unity of all things is related to been, being and becoming because everything has it’s place in the universe you see (and don’t see) right now. Everything had to come from somewhere, just as we have discussed in previous paragraphs. The details of this are obscured by clouds, so to speak, in the fact that you cannot see all the incarnations of everything at once.
Unless you posses the sixth sense (or your brain works in more places than a normal human brain) you cannot see all the incarnations of this paper at once. You never will either, due to “time” moving on and on and the universe going with it. “I look up, it looks like the buildings are burning, but it’s just the sun setting; the solar system calling an end to another business day. Eternally circling signaling the rhythmic clicking on and off of computers. The pulse of the American machine.
The pulse that draws death dancing out of anonymous side streets you know the ones that always get dumped on and never get plowed. It draws death dancing out of little countries with funny languages where the ground is getting harder and it was not that soft before (Ani DiFranco, “Not So Soft”). ” The previous quote proves a point that I wish to make- universe is one because everything is run (at least to us Earthlings) by a sun and a moon giving us light and dark. The universe goes on and on, circling around for all eternity and we are only aware of a moment at a time. A pulse beating in another’s absence.
In deep thought, the universe clicks into place as “being” everywhere at the same time. . . where in fact the universe just is. Time not existing is a concept that I would like to bring up at a formal dinner somewhere, so as to confuse the people around me. My knowledge of this concept also makes a good conversation with Allan Stagg.
Spiritually, it does nothing for me. Being raised in a western religious house, I never believed in one all -powerful being because thought it was stupid. I figured out at a young age that it really doesn’t matter what you do in your life. Your life is controlled by something called destiny, and nothing can change that. Time fits into this because it seemed to me that some guy living for years upon years in the clouds was bull*censored*. I came to the conclusion that everything they told me was made up by old men with small *censored*s in a bar with no lives.
Hell, the Bible has been “translated,” lost, and re-written so many times and you’re going to tell me that that is the real story. That the Bible is God’s word?! How the hell do you know that? There’s no proof. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if all this “time” you’ve been believing bull*censored*?To make a better life for myself using the second concept is simple: realizing that there was a “me” decade for a reason, and how all the Aberzombies came to be. “I am the universe and the universe is me because, like I have money, and everyone should, like, bow down to me (typical Aberzombie). ” Seriously, I now understand the circle of life in a more philosophical, holistic view, which makes me a more well-rounded person.
I think that everything is made up of everything, and I always have thought this. Maybe it’s because I learned it off Sesame Street. I don’t know. All’s I know is that the universe is an illusion as I am an illusion and whatever anybody else says is bull*censored*.
There is no such thing as California because it doesn’t exist yet. There are lines on a map and taxes being paid, signs and roads, even an ocean for it to fall into in the near future, but California does not exist. The six degrees of Kevin Bacon exists as the six degrees of me exists- in theory. The universe was created with a bang and it goes on from there. The theories we not developed until people began to be inquisitive, when maybe it would have been simpler to not have been inquisitive at all.
But we, as a human kind, have gotten ourselves here and now, and now we have to live with our past lives’ decisions. I have never been, I will never become, I just am. I’m here, now, let’s play the game of life and get it over with. Again, this is another fun conversational piece at a formal dinner. These three concepts that do not exist, effect my life in the fact that I now know everything exists at this moment. I’ve always had the theory that for every nanosecond of your life, there is a different dimension and a million plus dimensions.
“The future’s uncertain and the end is always near (Jim Morrison, “Roadhouse Blues”). ” The future will never be clear and once it is, it is the past. The dead are always with us, and will never leave us. They are a part of us as long as we are all here. Their spirit stays with the living because of what they left behind- impressions on our minds. I will always be in the now, and so will everything else that popped up around here.
Living in the past is something of a bad thing because you can never change your past- it’s just there. Many people live in the past and play the “what if” game. Many of these people are seek and do not seek professional attention for their problems, but should. These people are never happy and probably never will be truly happy.
So why be like them and live in the past, when you can look to your future and possibly have the chance to be happy? Living in the now is what gives you the keys to life. Not just flying by the seat of your pants, but thinking things out, and having the knowledge to fly by the seat of your pants and not get, into a bad situation voluntarily. And if you do get into a negative situation, having the knowledge to get out of it and it becomes wisdom. Being is something we all must deal with and in the process we must make ourown paths. There are many paths you can go by on any given day. The path you choose isyour choice.
If I have learned one thing over the years it is that if it is not you who isdoing the thinking, then you are not living. You must think for yourself at all time in orderto live a fulfilling and happy life. You can not let other people drive your car if you aredriving it. Let them be uncomfortable as long as you are not. It is your life, you can dowhat you want with it.
You only get one chance at this game (that you know of, unlessyou follow an “ism” then in which case you have many chances), better to make the bestof it than to throw your life away. “Time wasted is never regained. ” That was what waswritten under the clock in the band room at a school I used to attend. If you waste yourtime with petty things, you will be reduced to having only petty things. Decide what youreally want and go after it. If you do not know what you want then go after a lot of things,but do not burn yourself out.
Go after what your heart desires and listen to your heart. Live your life like you are always being followed by a camera, and remember that you arethe director and the star- nobody likes somebody who’s full of themselves. Only shallowpeople will surround you if you are like that. And remember to never play the “what if”game. The past is gone and done with.
Yeah, *censored*’s going to happen. Milk will spill. Getover it and get on with your life because you only have a short time here to prove yourselfto the audience, and if that’s what you seek, so be it. Remember, everything must comefrom within, and a movie without a good, action-packed plot sucks.
The past can hauntyou as long as you remember it is the past and nothing but. Suicide is a way out, but whatdo you gain. True, some gain notoriety by committing suicide, but you end your life beforeyou have a chance to do anything. Granted, for some people who have nothing going forthem, this is the only way out.
Well, then so be it. If you have self-esteem and you listenedto what they taught us in grade school, you are *censored*. You must remember to never let thatself-esteem turn your head into a balloon. The minute it does, you are gone, and very fewthings can reclaim you. In turn for selflessness, you should find yourself a happy person,and by god, people will like you.
Though this can not be attained by reading a book, youcan read about it. Take things from people you know about and apply them to your life. Other people can have experiences and share them so that you do not have to have thatexperience. Share a little of yourself with the world and the world will share back. Remember the basic hippie rules of peace and love and you should be set. But there is onlyone person who can change the world and that is you.
Why you? Because nobody else isgoing to get up for you and say your thoughts to the world. Be guided a little, and then bea guider. Remember that we are all one. Simply one. And being one, you are part of awhole in which you are. So be it.
Part II:Siddhartha&HinduismMan thinks he wants pleasure. Pleasure is something that man seeks because hehas a *censored* and needs to feed it to make it feel better. While this may not be true of allmen, I have found it to be true of most. What ever man wants, he gets because he is aman, hear him roar. (If a woman does this she is called a bitch. Men get away with itbecause they are men.
) Pleasure needs to be felt in order for happiness, or so it seems. According to the Hindu religion, pleasure is something fatal. And if you really think aboutit, it is. Lust of chocolate can kill you if you eat to much over a period of time. Lust offood can do the same.
While pleasure is not lust, and lust is not pleasure, pleasure is theeffect from lust (usually). Say there is a undercover type person who is in love withsomebody. That person gives them pleasure. If the undercover type person gets into asticky situation, guess what the first pawn to go is- yep, the love interest. Why? Becausethe most pain is mental pain.
If you kill the love interest, the undercover person has noreason to live, and will probably do anything to keep that person from being hurt. Italways happens. Man’s weak spot is pleasure. Whether it be sex, drugs, or food, they canalways break under the pressure of having it taken away. Man also thinks he wants worldly success. Ever hear that it’s lonely at the top?Then why the hell would you want worldly success? Worldly success is a facade in whichpeople can take care of low self-esteem.
If the world loves you, than nothing can hurtyou. But if you do not love yourself, nobody else can love you. That’s bull because moststars do not love themselves, yet they have girls swarming them. Although I will say thatone night stands are not truly love, but those girls will do anything for it.
If you haveworldly success, the world bows down to you and you can do just about whatever youwant and not get caught. The theory is that if you have power, fame, and fortune, you canachieve anything. And that’s true because people will do anything if you wave the rightamount of money in their face. But when you go home at the end of the day and you arein your bed all alone, how does one feel? Sure, you’ll go on, but at the end of your rope,if you have no one to be happy with and aren’t very happy with yourself, you’re going todie unhappy and take all your acquired wealth, fame, and power with you.
Thusforth notattaining the one goal in the Hindu books: Nirvana. “And I am not afraid of dying. There’s no reason for it. Why should I be afraid of dying? (Pink Floyd, “Any Colour YouLike. “)”Men thinks he wants everything in the world.
He has this insatiable lust foranything and everything that is shiny and bejeweled to have for himself. He will go afterthis at any cost, no matter what he has left behind in the process. Man will go after it, andwhen he attains it, he will want more until the end of his life when maybe he haseverything he ever wanted, and maybe he doesn’t, but he will be unhappy. This is becausehe went after meaningless objects and not after his self.
To find out more about yourself,one must look inward, not outward to the cold, harsh reality of the material world. “I betyou fall in bed too easily with the beautiful girls who are shyly brave and you sell yourselfas a man to save, but all the money in the world is not enough. I bet you’ve long sincepassed understanding what it takes to be satisfied you’re like a vine that keeps climbinghigher but all the money in the world is not enough. And all the bridges blown away keepfloating up” (Liz Phair, “6’1″”).
Man obtains things on his way through life, whether heuses them or not on his quest for liberation is his choice. Man needs to learn that it is hischoice, and no one else’s. Man will go after this until he can run after it no more andeventually he will figure out that each time he finds something it takes more and more tosatisfy his need and hunger for whatever it his he lusts after. Then he will realize that hehas been running in the wrong direction for sixty years, and he will die an unhappy manbecause he cannot change his past. Siddhartha experiences the first of the three things that man thinks he wants inKamala’s pleasure garden.
He and Kamala screwed each other until the high heavensbrought the monsoons back for their twentieth anniversary. And not once did Kamala getpregnant. No, she got pregnant when Siddhartha left. (How quaint. ) Siddhartha andKamala could never really love each other, which I thought was funny.
They wereincapable of loving, but in a time period such as the one they lived in, they could get awaywith just screwing each other? Something is screwed up here, no pun intended. Siddhartha had pleasure here because he “loved” somebody, or at least had a lady friend tospend time with. “Early one morning the sun was shinin’, he was layin’ in bed, wond’rin’ ifshe’d changed at all, if her hair was still red. Her folks they said their lives together surewas gonna be rough. They never did like Mama’s homemade dress, Papa’s bankbookwasn’t big enough. And he was standin’ at the side of the road, rain fallin’ on his shoes,heading out for the old East Coast, lord knows he paid some dues, gettin’ through.
Tangled up in blue. She was married when they first met, soon to be divorced. He helpedher out of a jam I guess, but he used a little too much force, and he drove that car as far ashe could, abandoned it out West. And they split up on a dark sad night, both agreeing itwas best. And she turned around to look at him, as he was walkin’ away and she said?This ain’t the end.
We’ll meet again some day, on the avenue, tangled up in blue'” (BobDylan, “Tangled Up In Blue”). Okay, so the quote doesn’t fit Siddhartha and Kamala’srelationship exactly, but the similarities are defiantly there. They met each other one night,had a pleasurable twenty years together and then ended up splitting up because Siddharthahad to go find himself. Siddhartha also has pleasure in working with the Kamaswami and being amerchant. Siddhartha becomes rich working with the Kamaswami, and obtains many finethings: clothes, food, wine, etc.
Siddhartha can gamble his money and binge drink fordays, just dwindling his money away, but he gains it back somehow. Siddhartha gainsfame and wealth here, and therefore attains power. He can do anything he wants, when hewants, where he wants and the townspeople will go along with it because he has money inthe bank and they don’t. Siddhartha enjoys great pleasure with this, and ends up hatinghimself for it in the end.
But he needed the experience of what it is like to be filthy rich inorder to attain Nirvana at the end of the novel. Siddhartha experiences wanting everything in the world throughout his time in thevillage where Kamala lives. This is due to him being of mind and state to be able to attainalmost anything he wants. He can ask ask and ask and ask for things, and most of themwill come to him because he has wealth and fame and power. He can satisfy his needs formaterial objects because he has money.
He can gamble all his money away because therewill always be more money that will come into his hands. More money that he can dowhatever he wishes to do with it. Siddhartha has wealth and fame and power he and canattain whatever he wants except for the fact that he’s out to attain Nirvana and he will notattain it by wanting material items. Having money and nice possessions is nice, but heneeds to become one with god, and god has no possessions.
God is everything. Siddhartha realizes that his relationship with Kamala was good and evil, and theymeet again when she comes to the river to go on her pilgrimage to the Buddha. Shebrings with her Siddhartha, her son. Siddhartha tries to love his son, but his son will notlove him back, and this is the final thing that Siddhartha must realize: his son will neverlove him, as he will never love his father.
Siddhartha realizes what his life is for andrealizes what he met Kamala for. “He had a job in the great north woods, working as acook for a spell. But he never did like it all that much and one day the ax just fell. So hedrifted down to LA, where he reckoned he tried his luck, workin’ for a-while in an airplaneplant loading cargo onto a truck. But all the while he was alone the past was close behind. He seen a lot of women but she never escaped his mind and he just grew tangled up inblue.
She was workin’ in a topless place and I stopped in for a beer. I just kept lookin’ atthe side of her face in a spotlight so clear. And later on as the crowd thinned out, I’s aboutto do the same. She was standing there in back of my chair, sayin’ to me ?What’s yourname?’ I muttered something underneath my breath, she studied the lines on my face. Imust admit I felt a little uneasy when she bent down to tie the laces of my shoes.
Tangledup in blue. She lit a burner on the stove and offered me a pipe. ?Thought you’d never sayhello,’ she said, ?You look like the silent type. ‘ And she opened up a book of poems andhanded it to me, written by an Italian poet from the thirteenth century. And every one ofthem words rang true.
And glowed like burning coal, pouring off of every page like it waswritten in my soul from me to you, tangled up in blue. He was always in a hurry; too busyor too stoned. And everything she ever planned just had to be postponed. She thoughtthey were successful; he thought they were blessed with objects and material things, but Inever was impressed. And when it all came crashing down I became withdrawn.
The onlything I knew how to do was to keep on keeping on like a bird that flew. Tangled up inblue. So now I’m going back again, got to get to her somehow. All the people we used toknow, they’re an illusion to me now.
Some are mathematicians, some are doctor’ wives. Don’t know how it all got started. Don’t know what they’re doin’ with their lives. But me,I’m still on the road, heading for another joint.
We always did feel the same. We juststarted from a different point of view. Tangled up in blue” (Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up InBlue”). Siddhartha leaves the path of desire when he leaves the village and goes walking. Siddhartha decides that to become one with god and Atman-Brahmin, he must leave thevillage after twenty years of dealing in the dirty material world. Siddhartha decides to gosit under a tree and think about what his life means to him- about what his life is for.
Hefalls asleep (much like the real Buddha, also named Siddhartha) under a tree and realizesall he has just done. Since you must experience bad things to attain Nirvana, he did good,but his soul is tarnished and he must cleanse it somehow. His old friend Govinda comesalong and they speak for a while about what they’ve been doing with their lives. Siddhartha is disillusioned and must find a way to cleanse his soul, so he goes walkingfurther and he finds the ferryman, Vesudeva.
Man really wants liberation because man must be alone to be truly at peace. Otherpeople screw up your karma by giving you negative vibes. Think about it logically, if youare by a person you do not like all that much, what do you do? Act like you love them?No, generally you can feel the tension because you don’t like being around that person. That’s what “bad vibes” are, the tension you feel around something you don’t like.
Yourkarma does not need this tension, it needs to feel loved. To attain Nirvana, you must loveeverything to become one with everything. You must understand that to be one witheverything is to love yourself because you are the universe and the universe is you. Therefore if you do not love that person, you are feeling that tension because your karmais trying to love that person. Your karma wants you to attain Nirvana, it doesn’t want youto be an amoeba in your next life because, let’s face it, being an amoeba isn’t all that muchfun.
Siddhartha comes to the realization that he needs liberation when he is under thetree. He decides that the way to self-enlightenment is through going inside one’s self andfinding god. Finding everything that has ever harmed you and laughing at it. Becomingone with evil and good at the same time, and thusforth liberating one’s body and mind. Siddhartha does this by listening to the river for eleven years.
He listens carefully toeverything, and takes people back and forth on the river all day. He works in the field forhis and Vesudeva’s food some days. He becomes a good humble man because he islistening to the river, and the river is telling him that all things are one. Like the river andtime, everything is one in itself because everything is of god and god is of everything. How can one come about Nirvana? By realizing that while a river is a river, it is at allplaces at one time. Beginning, middle, and end, all at the same time, what a concept.
Theconcept that Siddhartha understands and learns from when his son wretches his heart fromhim. Siddhartha must let go and let other people find their paths. He must find his ownpath, as will his son in time. Siddhartha experiences the fourth want of man as a ferryman. Siddhartha becomesliberated from the river by the river, and then Govinda comes along and sees his friend.
We realize that Siddhartha is knowledgeable and his karma is good. Govinda sees this,too, and wants to attain Nirvana and be like the person he idolized for so long as a childand young adult. Govinda learns quickly that he cannot leech off of somebody else forNirvana, that he must find his own way. And Govinda does this by kissing Siddhartha’sforehead. He realizes that he must go his own way at that point, and so he does.
The limitations of infinite joy are physical pain, frustration and the thwarting of desire, andboredom with life as a whole. If you have infinite joy and you break your leg, that isphysical pain. For example, when a gymnast has a stress fracture. The gymnast still loveswhat they do, but the physical pain of it is when they land on that bone. They feel the painof being happy.
The gymnast feels physical pain because of the limitations of joy. Youcan only have joy as long as you are not in pain, because if you are in pain, you aren’thappy and joyous. (Unless, of course, you like that sort of thing, then in which case, youare a psychopath. ) The psychological pain that this gymnast is feeling after that stressfracture is great because the gymnast cannot perform how they used to perform, and may(depending on how bad the stress fracture is, where, and how long the gymnast has beenignoring it) never be able to perform again and have that joy again. Now this gymnastfeels like crap because their parents spent all kinds of money on training and now thegymnast cannot do anything. Now the gymnast must find other joy in their life, which is ahard thing to do.
The frustration that the gymnast feels is because they let everybodydown. They can not be liberated from these people because two of them (and maybemore) the gymnast’s family members. The gymnast’s own flesh and blood. These peoplegave up their lives so that the gymnast could go have the possibility to go to the Olympics,and now they have nothing. The gymnast feels frustrated for themselves because one cannot just go to the local K-Mart and pick up a new way to have joy.
(Although, shoppingmay be it, but we learned before that material objects are no-no’s on the path toself-enlightenment. ) The last limitation of joy is boredom. Eventually we will all becomebored. You think you’ve seen it all, done it all, and now you want something else. Youask the question “Is this it?” and wait for an answer which you won’t receive.
The answermust come from within. Boredom, or ennui, hits everybody because you are not doinganything to stop it. Anybody in any position can be bored, it just happens. Why? Well,because one’s karma decides that you aren’t feeding it right, and it wants you to changeyour lifestyle.
If you think everything is boring, you should get out and live; try tochallenge yourself at a new game in the game of life. Eventually you will not be bored,and you may even have joy back in your life, which would be a good thing. The second limitation of life is ignorance. If you ignore things, they generally do not goaway, they get bigger as they snowball into a larger, more complicated problem. To doaway with ignorance in your psyche, one must become knowledgeable, and must attainmore wisdom. Truth be told, if you have knowledge, who cares about the details, as longas you can explain things to others.
Overcoming ignorance is quite easy. Read a little,listen harder, find out things for yourself. If you are ignorant to something, you are stupid. Not because you do not know anything, but because you fail to learn anything.
You fail to try to learn from the tools given to you. . Everyday, you must learn things. Most people do. Even when you are out of school,your thirst for knowledge should not be quenched just because you have a diploma. Yourthirst for knowledge should die the day you die.
The third limitation is infinite being. “It would make more sense if we were togauge a man’s being by the size of his spirit, that is, the range of reality with which heidentifies himself. A man who identifies himself with his family, finding his joys in theirs,would have that much reality; now who could really identify himself with mankind as awhole would be proportionally greater. By this criterion, if a man could identify himselfwith being in general, being as a whole, his own being would be unlimited (Smith, TheReligions of Man: Hinduism pg. 30-31). ” Your infinite being may be obtained by therealization that you are the universe and the universe is you.
We are the universe as muchas this computer, paper, and CD that I am listening to. Everything is one, and this isinfinite being. Siddhartha overcomes infinite joy by leaving Kamala, the Kamaswami, and thetown behind and going into the forest. He overcomes ignorance be seeking after anyknowledge he can. He sought after the Samsaras to attain their knowledge, which he didwell. We know this because he hypnotized the old man into letting Siddhartha andGovinda go on their way to the Buddha.
He sought after knowledge pretty much from theday he was born, or page one of the novel. Siddhartha attained infinite being by realizingthat he was not of his family, but of himself, of the universe. He did this by listeningintently to the river and learning it’s voice and tricks of the trade. Siddhartha overcame allof the limitations, and achieved Nirvana. Part III:HinduismThrough TheEyes of TheSwami-Swami-Swami(Dude In Orange)Applied ToSiddharthaOM- the infinite word that means everything and nothing at all.
Siddhartha saysthis word inwardly when he is mediating. I suppose it helps him clear his soul. It helps myfriend and me study for our math test. Whatever floats your boat. Siddhartha says thisword a lot throughout the novel, and at the end when he finally attains Nirvana, that is allhe hears.
Om is supposed to be the sound that everything makes when complied together. This is when Siddhartha hears the river speaking it at the precise moment he attains trueself-enlightenment. If you hear om, then you have no questions, your thirst for knowledgeis complete. You are one with yourself and the universe and know it. Vasana- everything in Siddhartha’s past. Not just his life before a given point, buthis past lives.
All the mistakes he made as a stupid human being in a past life. The way hedied as an amoeba. The way he died as a vampire bat. The way he died as a squirrel in atree. As a bird.
Siddhartha’s vasana is full of experiences that cannot and will not beforgotten or misplaced. Everything his soul has ever seen, heard, felt, or thought isimbedded into his vasana. The only time that Siddhartha knows his vasana to be true iswhen he attains Nirvana and it all comes rushing back to him. That is when he can see allthe past experiences that made him the man he was. That made him do what he did. Thatmade him attain Nirvana.
Body- One of Siddhartha’s largest obstacles that he must overcome in order toattain Nirvana. The body is fake. It is simply a vessel in which the soul lives until the bodydies and the soul must move on to another vessel or attain Nirvana. The body is not realbecause it is material- made up of elements, chemicals, and cells that allude the senses(which are also not real) into thinking the body is real. The body is an illusion from thegreater knowledge that all reality is spiritual. The body can not help you attain Nirvana, itwill only stand in your way, because everything the body is is not real.
Mind- the mind makes up decisions that are very important about how Siddhartha(and the rest of us) will live his life. Siddhartha’s mind made him stand up against hisfather and leave home to become a Samana. His mind decided when it was time to leavethe Samanas and take Govinda to the Buddha to find his own path. Siddhartha’s mind thendecided that he should go on his own journey and he ended up with Kamala for twentyyears. Then, when his mind grew tired of that, he left and went to the river to live withVesudeva and finally attain Nirvana. Intellect- your intellect, like Siddhartha’s, tells you what knowledge you will use todo what.
When you will perform these feats, and how they will be carried out. This is alldue to the intellect. The knowledge and wisdom you acquire in all of your lifetime andpast lives is brought forth to the table whether you know it or not. You use thisknowledge and wisdom in the form of intellect to do what you will do- live. Throughoutyour life you will acquire more and more knowledge and wisdom, and your intellect willbecome stronger as you find yourself. The intellect is very important because it tells uswhat we can and can not do.
Perceiver- the perceiver allows you to perceive things. This is how you use yourbody and intellect to see things in different lights. This is also how you remember things. How you perceive things is everything. If you perceive something wrong, the wholeshebang goes to hell.
If you perceive something right, then you are on the right path. “Didn’t see, I had no idea, I never heard it before. And I said, ?What good are you? Yeah,well, ‘Why don’t I?’ is the question of the year. ‘ You used to be my favorite toy, but whathappened to my rocket boy? Rocket boy, where are you gonna land? I said, ?Go, don’tstop it, go, don’t stop it, how we all understand.
‘ You used to be my pride and joy, nowyou’re just my rocket, rocket boy. They don’t know, my friends; we got off again. Howam I gonna get myself to sleep? I’ve got stains on my sheets and my nails are torn downto the bone. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an ordinary girlfriend? Laughing ’bout it makes itreal.
It makes it happen to me. Well, I can reach you. Didn’t see, I had no idea, I neverheard it before. ?Well,’ I said, ?what good are you? Why don’t I, no sense of fear?’ Youused to be my favorite toy but now you’re just my little rocket boy. Rocket boy, when areyou gonna land? I said, ?Go, don’t stop it, go, don’t stop it, now may all understand. ‘ Isaid, ?Rocket boy, when are you gonna land?’ I said, ?Rocket boy, they just don’tunderstand.
‘ (Die is cast and the dice are rollin’, I’m feelin’ like *censored* ’cause she’s feelin’ likegold). You used to be my pride and joy, my boy you had me, (Liz Phair, “Rocket Boy”). “This reminds me of Siddhartha because he used to be young and able, and then he gets oldand begins to perceive things in a different light. The rocket boy isn’t going to landbecause he has achieved a higher status.
Perceiving things has to do with the bodybecause you must see or feel things to perceive them. It has to do with intellect becauseyou must react to the things around you. The way you perceive things and the way youact makes you who you are. Feel- one of the five senses, feeling is almost everything.
If you cannot feel, then you arebasically screwed. Either you have no heart and can became a cold-blooded killer (then inwhich case, I think any government has a job for you), or you cannot feel the paper youare holding, you need to feel. There is a reason feeling is one of the five senses. It is alsoas bad as it is good, because everything is like that.
“I’m gonna tell my son to join a circusso that death is cheap and games are just another way of life. And I’m gonna tell my sonto be a prophet of mistakes because for every truth there are half a million lies (Liz Phair,”Whipsmart”). Feeling for something that doesn’t feel the same way back is bad. But ifit’s right, it’s right. What a crazy little world we live in.
Feeling allows one to perceivethe world around them throughout one’s body. It’s truly an eternal thing. Siddhartha feelsin an odd sort of way. He feels for Kamala, yet he doesn’t. He feels for his son, mostlikely because he help create him, but then he must learn not to feel for his son.
So I guessthe lesson here is to use your mind, perceiver, and intellect to help you pick and choosewhat to feel for. Think- other than being an Aretha Franklin song, thinking is nothing if you do nothave the power to perceive. If you cannot think, then what the hell are you doing as ahuman. I know it is illegal to kill you and all, so could you just accidentally fall off abridge or something? I know that that is bad for my karma, so here: I love you, nowplease do away with yourself. Thinking is something that more people need to learn howto do, and Siddhartha realized this which is why he made Govinda go off on his own.
Siddhartha was a great thinker himself. A learned man, he thought of hypnotizing the oldSamana to get away from him. Siddhartha was also good at being wealth and fame andpower. He could gamble well (or else he wouldn’t have been rich for very long) and hecould sweet talk his way into any deal. Thinking is crucial to everyday life. Objects- are not crucial to anything and should be taken for granted at all costsbecause they get in the way of your true self, your true being, your Atman-Brahmin.
Objects can do nothing but harm you because your initial want for them is consideredkarma-tarnishing. You should only want things from within. Things like Nirvana andpeace. Siddhartha looses all his objects when he joins the Samanas. Their creed is thatone who has nothing can attain Nirvana easier, which is bull because most of the oldSamanas hadn’t attained more then hypnotism, which is only going to help you if you wantto rule the world.
Hypnotism is bad, and if you have this power, you shouldn’t use itbecause it is tarnishing your karma as we speak. Siddhartha then gains thousands of greatobjects, but he realizes his happiness does not lie there. So if happiness doesn’t lie inobjects, and it doesn’t lie in not having objects, then where does it lie? It lies within. Objects are just useless details. Emotions- emotions are “my body allows me to feel emotions (Swami-Swami-Swami-Dude-In-Orange-God-Is-On-The-TV). ” Siddhartha is a male.
Therefore hisemotions are all screwed up because he is not out drinking with the boys. So how do I tellyou about Siddhartha and e