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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

From nothing, comes form

From the Hagakure, comes this quote:
Our bodies are given life from the midst of nothingness. Existing where there is nothing is the meaning of the phrase, "Form is emptiness." That all things are provided for by nothingness is the meaning of the phrase, "Emptiness is form." One should not think that these are two separate things.
From the Bible, comes this quote:

1-2First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don't see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.

 3-5 God spoke: "Light!"
      And light appeared.
   God saw that light was good
      and separated light from dark.
   God named the light Day,
      he named the dark Night.
   It was evening, it was morning—
   Day One. (Genesis 1:1-5, The Message)

From the Quran, comes this quote:
Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth Able to create the like of them? Aye, that He is! for He is the All-Wise Creator, (81) But His command, when He intendeth a thing, is only that he saith unto it: Be! and it is. (82) -- Surah Ya-Seen, ayat 81 - 82.


We came out of nothingness. We will go back to nothingness. If I lose everything today, it will still be OK. It's better to do what you believe in rather than to shrink back a coward. Thus life becomes worth living. I feel attracted to the philosophy in the Hagakure, a strange blend of samurai thinking and Buddhism. That one should live without fear of dying, accepting that death is everyone's (eventual) fate, and in doing so, succeed in living more courageously. Living without fear of dying, one becomes more effective in dealing life's challenges. Everything becomes small in comparison to the reality that is death. What are challenges but man-made obstacles?


I found an interesting comparison of the basic aspects of Buddhism and Islam.