Joyous Wesak Day folks
Realpolitik in Malaysia in 2019 continued with race, religion and royalty issues. Indeed not being cozy on the dais Dr Mahathir, Malaysia’s Prime Minister expressed his thoughts on governance: “The world does not live on religion and race alone. This is illogical and emotional. This government does not understand the need to accept global standards on humanity and human rights. The country will soon find itself alone, yet it wants to trade and build diplomacy. The government should not be cowed by threats, and focus instead on the opportunity to earn international standing and respect. Unless they intend to commit serious crimes against humanity, genocide or war crimes, I do not see why any country should be afraid of the Rome Statute.”
The Creed of Abraham acknowledges that even the billions of stars in the sky submit to the ordained workings etched with creation and they move in tandem with the ever expanding borders of the universe. Man too must submit to be in line with God’’s wondrous creation. The Almighty does not need you to bow and worship – these are mere cravings of egoist rulers and it is their misplaced arrogance that they crystallize the notion of worshiping God.
To reach this state of realization it’s helpful to understand that God permeates the whole universe while we merely exist even while we are alive on Earth and that God’s established constant laws apply. A true follower of the Creed of Abraham knows by observing that each created thing has its unique form and nature – creatures and plants function instinctively or are governed by their natural inclination for growth and survival. Hence firstly observe Mother Nature. Whether we experience momentary happiness or grief our surrounding nature remains true to form.
The corollary is that suffering for man is caused by his attraction to objects of desire which is destructible. We need to focus on oneself to begin the path of moderation by avoiding the pull of passions and ignore grief. With noble intent one dispenses aspirations for bigger businesses and branded cars; luxurious abode and many children; hoarded money, elegant clothes and fine jewelry; exquisite meals and sensual relationships – all are outcome of pure vanity and extreme desires or because of greed and pride. The focus then is on upright conduct based on truth.
The above prognosis is the culmination of Zed’s enigmatic quest for an “Idiot’s Guidebook on God’s sanctioned system or ‘way of life’ for mankind to seek out truth through better understanding of the scriptures, which involves perusing various translations, clarifications and opinions.
The tree and and each leaf is part of nature. Water as the universal solvent even rejuvenates its pure properties as rain to sustain varied vegetation, The Earth is well spread out with valleys and paths for travel. Thus creation and nature together is a wonder and not an outcome of evolution. Life on earth for man is impermanence – the first noble truth.
It was only after experiencing diffusion and anguish because of grief, loss of prosperity and experiencing even hunger and ill heath that Zed became enlightened. It smacked off the Buddha’s advice to fall back on direct knowledge from one’s own experience. The Buddha told the Kalama people not to believe religious teachings just because they were claimed to be true by various sources. He urged that direct knowledge from one’s own experience should be called upon. He counseled that most of the words of the wise should be heeded but to question if any teachings can reduce suffering or is conducive to happiness.
Anything in excess even happiness gives birth to sorrow, thus the middle path to attain divine bliss because you will then see things as they are.
Suffering (Buddha’s second noble truth) is universal and will always be there, ignore grief at all cost, live for the moment without regards to the past and any worries of the future be it even sorrow due to disease. Ignorance ushers grief, misunderstanding, worries, greed, anger, pride, selfishness, envy and fear. Buddha’s disciples have shaved heads, a metaphor of being rid off pride. Divine spiritual knowledge wipes out the dual nature of illusion to ensue acceptance and happiness.
Man sees as he wishes to see and if your eyes want to see only darkness you miss out on the beauty of nature. The world is beautiful, do not see your sorrows and be deluded. You will become merciful and rid off the darkness in the inner self. Suffering will always exist and nature remains beautiful no matter our personal circumstances.
The goal is become one with the universe and not be deluded. Rituals, offers of sacrifice, penance, pretense and ego build a wall of illusion. Do not be confined in the wall and you need to break free with your good character (not necessary to be monks) – not on the basis wealth, race, caste or sex. Getting a desire makes us feel we can be satisfied – just a piped dream. You must turn to your inner self otherwise there will be emptiness even after fulfilling all desires. What is indestructible is staying away from worldly desires – be quiet and calm. Nature is constant and does not change with your circumstances. Your outlook must change for any inner-self salvation and serenity. Divine joy transcends happiness and grief. Eclipsing the ego is Buddha’s third noble truth.
The Buddha’s eight-fold path envelopes right view, right resolve, right speech, right effort, right action, right mindfulness, right concentration, right livelihood. Be dharma personified or go to dharma for refuge starting with being truthful, always and all ways. This represents Buddha’s fourth noble truth. The nature of reality begets right behavior and an equitable social order.
You can grow tired of your dreams. Thus arrogance begone. Seek refuge with the Lord, ever cherishing mankind and shoo away the mischief of the whisperer which is within us. Only in this manner will one be able to live peacefully by adopting the middle path, avoiding extreme of happiness and wanton grief – fighting off the pull of passions.
Everyone is tested and needs to take the challenge to promote God’s words and to deliver good news to those who do deeds of righteousness. Everyone will go through tests to discover truth. The diffusion and anguish are a prelude to God’s mercy of opening oneself to Submission. Take the challenge to spread God’s guidance and be humble to discover the truth – once it is known it must not be concealed.
Remember you need to forsake the wayward ways in regard of property through the commitment (In the Arabic liturgical readings: ‘asalatuka’) to the ordained “way of life”. Can prayer enjoin a person to forsake his or her wayward ways in this context? Diffusion and anguish elements are part and parcel of the order of life. But you must be steadfast and be effective in promoting right conduct to attain tranquility on earth.
Parodying renditions of precepts and principles of the Creed of Abraham, which is akin to the liturgical readings with hymns and extracts used in unorthodox sacred Christian and Jewish services was deciphered for a simple reference listing of noble values by Zed. His goal was to garner a seamless understanding of the core message of all scriptures. He considered the Arabic liturgical readings to be a seal and conclusive rendering of divine rules and customs – which ones are true and what are not.
The pull of passions must be fiercely fought off. Note again that ritual prayers and worship are the way of life of followers of religions to have a sense of satisfaction that they have discharged their obligations to God when what is really required of them is that they discharge their commitments among fellow humans and themselves.