‘Samsara’ is a Sanskrit word that approximates to ‘relative reality.’ When Buddha gave us his first noble truth: life is suffering, it was this level of reality he was referring to, simply, the ups and downs of a life lived in duality. It is his fourth truth that points the way out of suffering, and thank Ultimate Consciousness, I say, that there is indeed a highway that can lead us permanently out of this mess!
I’m writing this because I’ve been hit by a series of minor calamities (that’s probably an oxymoron, but never mind.) One dog who refuses since to eat and won’t tell me why, ha ha ha, my other dog who is totally nutso and terrified of most humans, and, out of the blue, a sciatica attack from hell, most likely due to the fact that I’ve been working way too long on the computer. It flared up last night, and this morning I could barely get out of bed. Thank god for my Ayurvedic doc, who came over right away and did some wonderful healing work.
I’m writing this also to remind myself that samsara is a fickle beast; whatever comes and goes, to use Ramana’s simple teaching, is not real (permanent or lasting). Just a couple of days ago I was raving to friends that things have never been better for me. And then, boom, whack, right on the batootie, all of this happens, as if some higher power is reminding me never to get complacent.
For those of us who want to break free of our matrix, it is essential to study the nature of relative reality. At least it was for me. I am utterly grateful to one particular guru who grilled me in the basics. He taught me Mahamudra, the Flavors of Relative Reality, and when the crud really hits the fan, I sit myself down, pull up the dark situation, and apply these steps. Never fails to bring me back to equanimity. If you’d like to try this analytical meditation yourself, check out: https://miraprabhu.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/freedom-from-the-matrix-samsaras-seven-flavors-12/. This is the 12th of a series of short posts, but one of the posts has all the flavors contained within it.
If you want to know how I came to understand and value the two great truths of eastern philosophy, the brilliant teaching on Absolute and Relative Reality (samsara), please do take a look at: https://miraprabhu.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/two-great-truths-absolute-and-relative-reality-real-and-unreal/
Greetings from Arunachala, the Wild God, who whips us towards the blazing light!