Monday, May 12, 2008

Finding myself?

I was talking to a friend about the article I mentioned below - and how once in a while I question why if God exists, he allows such atrocities to happen in the world. My friend questioned my assumption in the first place - that God exists. What is God he asked me? My conscience - God is within me - He is who makes me not do something wrong. Then what about that man, he questioned. Did the God within him make him do what he did to his daughter? I had no response. Then we talked about Buddha - how He went out into the mountains and put himself through so much hardship believing that He would find God. And just when He thought He did, he realized how wrong he had always been. He instead found himself. He had never been the Prince Siddhartha or Gautama - he had always been Buddha. And that was the truth.

Find yourself, my friend said, don't question the world and what is right or wrong, but who you are. But how? Who am I? And what do I do to find myself?

5 comments:

Amrita said...

Nice post and raises some really good questions. I read the article too and it is very disturbing. Humans have classified things into acceptable and unacceptable. However, one man's good is another's bad so that father really believes that this is his path to salvation. He firmly holds that it was the absolute right thing to do and if he had done otherwise he was doing wrong. I'm not condoning his actions just saying that things like this are not open to normal logic and reason. If you try to reason with a mentally ill person it's futile. They need treatment not reasoning!

woorkeri wittynathan said...

World peace, prosperity, happiness and harmony is utopia, that mythical land that we keep hearing about.

The reality is that we are all part of a delicate equilibrium. As long as man and his seven sins exist, and as long as our survival instincts exist, the equilibrium will keep perennially shifting.

The point is - Yes, there are all sorts of events that occur. Yours is not to question why, but to accept them and define your place in the world, perhaps?

woorkeri wittynathan said...

Btw, if only the process to answer the question you pose were so easy! :)
It's iterative, its perennial, its fun! Have at it.

OnCloud9 said...

amrita...but was that person really mentally ill or just ill informed?

OnCloud9 said...

woorkeri...thanks...i think thats what i am confused about most of the time - my place and purpose in the world...