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Monday, February 8, 2010

About Simplicity



Simplicity comes along with contentment, humility, gratitude and appreciation. When we are endowed with such qualities in our hearts, life is definitely happier even though it might not be easier. Life can be not easy but our hearts can be happy.

For people who find that any philosophies of yoga and Buddhism is too complicated and difficult to understand or to practice in life, know that we just need to be simple. We simplify everything that seems to be complicated, and from simplification of things will eventually lead to zero problem in everything. We don’t see any problems in things anymore.

For example, many people couldn’t grasp what is the attributeless Self, namelessness and formlessness, non-self and who we really are. If we can’t understand these few things, we can’t really know how to not attach to things, impermanence, our lives, our bodies and the mind. It is also very difficult for us to accept everything as it is without any judgments, comparisons, criticism and expectations. We also don’t know how to not having likes and dislikes towards everything that we come in contact with our senses. Because we will be attached strongly towards this physical body, its functions and life experiences, and identify ourselves with it and thinking that this is who we are and whatever related to this physical body and its life is what we are. We attached strongly to “our” mind, “our” senses, “our” thoughts and “our” feelings. We will also attach strongly to “our” wealth, properties, health, ability, appearance, self-image, individual identification, pride and arrogance, knowledge, experiences, social status, achievements, culture, relationships and what we like and dislike.

We will also attach to all the “ideas” that are being planted deep into our minds from “somebody” and “somewhere” and “who knows where it really comes from”, that telling us lives should be like this or like that, and we should be behaving in such and such way. And if we don’t comply to those ideas, we will be defined by the people who live in these ideas as weird, crazy, sinful and bad.

It is very difficult for us to understand the terms “we are not this body” and “we are not this mind”, and to let go all these attachments that we already have since we were small and still continue to create and accumulate more and more new attachments into our lives, and it’s very difficult for us to stop believe that this is what we are and life should be this way.

To simplify this philosophy of finding out who we really are, we just need to know what we really are not. We might be temporary being this and that, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes positive, sometimes negative, sometimes healthy, sometimes sick, from a baby to a young man to an old man to a dead body. But what is beyond this momentory appearances or transitory conditions of the body and the mind, is something that is unchangeable and eternal.

So, if anyone wants to know who we really are and still couldn’t find a true identity of ourselves, and start to give up searching or else we will become mad and lost our mind, then try to look at the other option – not searching for who we are but searching for who we are not. Very soon our minds will be wide opened and we can understand many things that we couldn’t understand in the past.

Apply this “the other option” philosophy in other things that we couldn’t solve their problems. We might find out the right answer to our long time stubborn problems that have been bothering us in our hearts and in our lives.

The more simple we are, the less problems we will have or the problems will solve themselves once we let go of them. When there is no problems, where is doubt, fears and worries?

May all beings be happy.

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