|About Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa (Chris Butler)|
|Quotes from teachings|
|Anger Forgiveness Sincerity|
|Awareness, Perception, Purpose|
|Caring for Planet Earth|
|Chris Butler Speaks: Another World View|
|Master Of The Senses|
|Peace in the World|
|Siddhaswarupananda - Awareness|
|Suffering in the World|
|The Body is Always Changing|
|The Search for Wisdom|
|The Life Particle Is Alive|
|Quotes from books|
|Quotes from teachings of Jagad Guru (Chris Butler)|
|Varuna - Spiritual Surfing|
|Illusion That You Don't Exist|
|Happiness In Enjoying The Senses?|
|Silent Witness Meditation|
|Freedom And Deeper Goals In Life|
|The Body's Real Value|
History has shown us that our tendency to colonize and exploit other regions has always backfired. This planet can be made a happier, more peaceful place to live in, but the change will have to come from within the hearts of all of us living here.
A famous football player in the United States who recently retired was discussing the particular event that made him decide to quit playing. He had been running with the football toward the goal, with two tacklers chasing him. As his legs started giving out, he thought, “Come on, you old legs—don’t give out on me now!” This is like a race car driver who talks to his car: “Keep on going, Betsy—don’t let me down now!” In other words, you use your body as a type of vehicle; but like all vehicles, it is bound to break down sooner or later.
Modern no-self philosophers say that when the gross body is finished, the illusion of the self ceases. The Buddhists claim that the mind is different from the gross body, and that the mind continues to exist even after the gross body has died. As long as this mind continues to exist, then there is a continuation of embodiments. So the Buddhist’s aim is for no more mind—because when there is no more mind, then there will be no gross physical body. And since there is nothing other than the mind covered by the gross physical body—no atma within or covered by the mind—that leaves nothing.
Buddhists do not believe in a life of hedonism because they believe in the law of karma (that is, a person’s actions in this life will affect his existence in his next life) and because they preach that happiness can be obtained not through sensual enjoyment but only through ceasing to exist (the bliss of nonexistence—nirvana).
Everyone is engaged in action. The law of karma means that there are reactions to every action and that a person must endure the reactions to his actions.