Understanding Samsara
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Understanding Samsara

There is tendency for people to believe what they see in their minds or heads as being real. This is of course not an article on visual perception since without any teaching as to what to do with this it's unlikely to amount to much. What I am looking at here is how A gets to Z in the sense of a person going from some position such as 'I don't believe in hell' to either reasonably complete insanity or just 'oh god help me'.

I've not shied away from the term 'hell' and in fact it's deliberately provocative to use the term although really I'm interested in the nature of Samsara. The difference being that the western term of hell is fractured, Christianity as a shattered mirror that people have thrown a rock into unable to face themselves. Remnants of religion remain just not enough to provide any social context or contradict the ego. It could be argued that the ego is the religion of the west. Insanity is just a consequence. Few of those that follow Christianity are interested in being a religious person.

Aspects of human nature are offset, a method of concealing intent perhaps. Sooner or later though, the end result reveals the intent. For example, behaviour can be hard to understand and perhaps at the same time too sickening to look at. To say all the slaughter of the Arab civilisations such as Libya, Syria and Iraq is to obtain oil is too simple, it doesn't work. There has to be a twisted perverted satisfaction in such behaviour. It's done less to obtain oil and more so to stop others from  having it.

The approach to Hell is also offset. When a person is in enough pain, suffering or situation they see no way out of then suddenly they believe in God. They look outside of themselves. Hell rather is some sort of unspoken realisation. Actually there would be no point in time that a person could 'not believe in Hell'. It just doesn't make sense. Hell is not a counterpoise to mentality.

Samsara as a Buddhist concept is far more developed than an individual looking for salvation for themselves. In Buddhist terms that would be the lowest motivation possible. It's called an inferior person's path. Samsara can mean many hell realms or even many lives in many hell realms. It's about seeing the nature of something, not waiting until one is drowning or dying to go please save me. The seeds someone has sewn themselves have little to do with salvation.

Samsara can be looked at in relation to three conditions. In a Buddhist sense, conditions are a term for something to arise.

These conditions are ;

Having no reference point for ones self.

Having no reference point for others.

No perspective.

The first two conditions one could possible try and argue one's way out of, as is the want of western philosophy, mapping out the quick sands of time. The third condition is more iron clad and there is no way to explain one's out of. One cannot explain one's way out of something one does not see.

Perspective could be a timeline, one was younger, has grown up and now is here. One can feel this timeline, this continuity ...

'Like a dress without a seam, she wears time on her left sleeve'.

Perspective could also be understanding the relationship between awareness state and the intellect. As a theory, this is a social theory, it applies to everyone. It can work backwards. No perspective leads to having no reference point to others. We exist in a society hence no reference point for others leads to no reference point to one self.

This hell state is not a fiery realm with the devil and his hoofed feet sitting on a throne. That's a diversion tactic people throw out to stop either themselves or anyone else noticing their own nature. This hell is a mind state, a mental illness.

Kevin Dwyer.