Samsara And Nirvana



Look about and contemplate life!



Everything is transient and nothing endures. There is birth and

death, growth and decay; there is combination and separation.



The glory of the world is like a flower: it stands in full bloom

in the morning and fades in the heat of the day.



Wherever you look, there is a rushing and a struggling, and an

eager pursuit of pleasure. There is a panic flight from pain and

death, and hot are the flames of burning desires. The world is

vanity fair, full of changes and transformations. All is Samsara.



Is there nothing permanent in the world? Is there in the

universal turmoil no resting-place where our troubled heart can

find peace? Is there nothing everlasting?



Oh, that we could have cessation of anxiety, that our burning

desires would be extinguished! When shall the mind become

tranquil and composed?



The Buddha, our Lord, was grieved at the ills of life. He saw the

vanity of worldly happiness and sought salvation in the one thing

that will not fade or perish, but will abide for ever and ever.



Ye who long for life, know that immortality is hidden in

transiency. Ye who wish for happiness without the sting of

regret, lead a life of righteousness. Ye who yearn for riches,

receive treasures that are eternal. Truth is wealth, and a life

of truth is happiness.



All compounds will be dissolved again, but the verities which

determine all combinations and separations as laws of nature

endure for ever and aye. Bodies fall to dust, but the truths of

the mind will not be destroyed.



Truth knows neither birth nor death; it has no beginning and no

end. Welcome the truth. The truth is the immortal part of mind.



Establish the truth in your mind, for the truth is the image of

the eternal; it portrays the immutable; it reveals the

everlasting; the truth gives unto mortals the boon of

immortality.



The Buddha has proclaimed the truth; let the truth of the Buddha

dwell in your hearts. Extinguish in yourselves every desire that

antagonizes the Buddha, and in the perfection of your spiritual

growth you will become like unto him.



That of your heart which cannot or will not develop into Buddha

must perish, for it is mere illusion and unreal; it is the source

of your error; it is the cause of your misery.



You attain to immortality by filling your minds with truth.

Therefore, become like unto vessels fit to receive the Master's

words. Cleanse yourselves of evil and sanctify your lives. There

is no other way of reaching truth.



Learn to distinguish between Self and Truth. Self is the cause of

selfishness and the source of evil; truth cleaves to no self; it

is universal and leads to justice and righteousness.



Self, that which seems to those who love their self as their

being, is not the eternal, the everlasting, the imperishable.

Seek not self, but seek the truth.



If we liberate our souls from our petty selves, wish no ill to

others, and become clear as a crystal diamond reflecting the

light of truth, what a radiant picture will appear in us

mirroring things as they are, without the admixture of burning

desires, without the distortion of erroneous illusion, without

the agitation of clinging and unrest.



Yet ye love self and will not abandon self-love. So be it, but

then, verily, ye should learn to distinguish between the false

self and the true self. The ego with all its egotism is the false

self. It is an unreal illusion and a perishable combination. He

only who identifies his self with the truth will attain Nirvana;

and he who has entered Nirvana has attained Buddhahood; he has

acquired the highest good; he has become eternal and immortal.



All compound things shall be dissolved again, worlds will break

to pieces and our individualities will be scattered; but the

words of the Buddha will remain for ever.



The extinction of self is salvation; the annihilation of self is

the condition of enlightenment; the blotting out of self is

Nirvana. Happy is he who has ceased to live for pleasure and

rests in the truth. Verily his composure and tranquillity of mind

are the highest bliss.



Let us take our refuge in the Buddha, for he has found the

everlasting in the transient. Let us take our refuge in that

which is the immutable in the changes of existence. Let us take

our refuge in the truth that is established through the

enlightenment of the Buddha. Let us take our refuge in the

community of those who seek the truth and endeavor to live in the

truth.





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