2004-08-25 04:49:58 UTC
Samsara is the cyclic conditioned existence which is governed by the natural
law of cause and effect. The frozen memories of nature include the causal
law that every action has an equal but opposite reaction.
According to Georg Fuerstien, "India's sages assure us that this law applies
with equal force in the realm of the mind to our thoughts and volitions."
But because science looks only at the material realm, it fails to appreciate
the comprehensive nature of causation and therefore allows for meaningless
chance events which is not logical.
For the aware reflective TMer however, all events are governed by three
gunas born of nature. Existence is an infinitely complex network of
conditions giving rise to other conditions, just like Indra's Net. Says
Fuerstien: "Samsara, as the British mathematician and philosopher Alfred
North Whitehead would say, is "process." And what is being processed is the
human psyche, which must undergo repeated world experience in order to
realize its true destiny beyond all manifestation, consisting in the
realization of Being-Consciousness."
Thus, as G. I. Gurdjief said "The world is a school..." and if human life
can be said to have an overarching purpose at all, it is to graduate through
to the Awakening of wisdom or Knowledge. The main error is Ignorance, which
"keeps the karmic Nexus going" according to Fuerstien. Shakya the Muni
termed it the Twelvefold Chain of Causation, that is, everything proceeds
from causes - one thing leads to another.
The Causal Nexus is the root of our limited and limiting experience of space
and time and is the primary origination of our experience of suffering as
seemingly individuated beings. Simple as this darshana seems to be, it is at
the same time, very deep and subtle. Because if we don't have causal nexus
then what do we have? It's very difficult to raise a family on nothing!
The Chinese philosopher, Chuang Tsu (c. 369-268 B.C.) said: "I once dreamt I
was a butterfly. Suddenly I awakened, and there I lay like a man, myself
again. Now, which am I? A man dreaming he is a butterfly, or a butterfly
dreaming he is man?"