“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” – Niels Bohr, Quantum Physicist
When the Buddha was asked where does the world come from?
He replied, “That the world and the inhabitants of the world come from movements of the mind (thinking) with various degrees of conscious intention.
This is significant for many reasons, not the least of which is that for the first time in the history of world religions the founder of a tradition is saying that the world does not come from an outer God, divinity, or deity. In essence, that we are responsible, both individually and collectively – for ourselves. That each man is responsible for his own salvation from suffering, and deliverance to happiness and peace.
This is not an unimportant issue – as a young man it troubled me greatly. It was tremendously disempowering to believe that the reality that I was experiencing was coming at me and being imposed on me by some supposedly malevolent being when what I was experiencing was so very painful. Did He really work in some mysterious way? Was it really the case that everything happened for a Divine reason that was hidden from me? Only later with enough faith I would finally discover the reason in heaven?
Frankly, with the pain in the world that I saw I could simply not respect or admire such a spiteful being who either deplored his own creation or wasn’t strong enough or unwilling to stop the mass of suffering. And for what, because fallible human beings doubted in the existence of such pathology? If there were such a being outside of my mind, how would I know anyway?
I remember Wittgenstein,
“that which we cannot know, we must consign to silence.” I remember Nietzsche, “Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man?”
The argument for intelligent design always seemed completely preposterous to me for the simple reason that in one way or another we have to take the lives of others in order to survive. This hardly seems like the hand of an intelligent benevolent Creator. If so smart and so powerful why not come up with a more peaceful plan? Like just breathing for example?
These were the long ago teenage musings of a thirteen year old philosopher in the making. This new view of course transmutes the role of organized religion and the priests, but that is a small price to pay for the empowerment of each person.
Movements of the mind with various degrees of conscious intention is the Buddhist definition of karma. It means the world of our experience, as well as all of the people – for each of us are created solely by how we think of them. This makes us responsible for our world but also highlights the nature of conditioned illusion-like or fabricated reality.
Given that our reality is fabricated, and we create our world with intention, what would the best intention be?
I think that is best answered by Rumi:
All doubt, despair and fear become insignificant when the intention of life becomes love.
In conclusion, because you fabricate your reality what you think about matters tremendously as you will always experience the result of your thoughts, speech and actions. The reality we experience is observer dependent, meaning that we always have the possibility of reframing what we see and experience. if you think, speak and act negatively then you will get that result. Who would consciously and with any degree of intention do that? It is only wise for you to think about love it that is what you wish to see and receive.❤
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