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Saturday, July 7, 2012



Most religions believe into the life after death, heaven, hell, finding a place of bliss and wonder after you die, but Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism says; The true path of life lies in the affairs of this world and to have a profound knowledge of this world is itself Buddhism. Further the Daishonin writes "All Scripture or teachings, from whatever source, are ultimately the revelation of Buddhist truth."
According to Hindu philosophy, every person incarnates many times on Earth in different bodies and different places, in order to acquire knowledge and wisdom through the process of reincarnation. This process exists to help humans evolve and become better beings. Mission is accomplished after many different lives, when the soul is purified after having surpassed the obstacles of the physical world. This is when the soul rests in the seventh heaven, or nirvana, as Buddhists say. However, some evolved beings will not rest until the whole humanity has evolved too, so they come back to the physical world one more time, in a new body, conscious of their wisdom, to teach humanity the path to evolution, and therefore, help them reach heaven. These people are called Avatars.
In Buddhism there is a word called Kyo Chi Myogo or fusion of subject and object that James Cameron achieved in his work and this is why we say he reached enlightenment in the world of Filmmaking. The Gosho reads; "The true entity of all phenomena can only be understood and shared between Buddhas. This reality consists of the appearance, nature... and their consistency from beginning to end." It means that all beings and their environments in any of the Ten Worlds, from Hell at the lowest to Buddhahood at the highest, are, without exception, the manifestations of Myoho-renge-kyo. Where there is an environment, there is life within it.
While to the dualists, Buddhists or Scholastics these arguments may seem logical, to the materialists and existentialists, the argument may possess several inconsistencies. One question, asked from the materialist point of view, could be, Why, if a higher conscious created everything with a universally participating conscious, do rocks exist, as they are inanimate objects without purpose or the ability of metaphysical existence.” The answer to this would be that since all creation, including plants, people and animals derived from the same source, then the reason that rocks exist is because these objects hold with themselves an essence of the greater being. Without this essence, they would not exist. Another question might be, “If we all derive from the same source, then why we aren’t all the same?” The answer to this question would be through the environments which each individual is raised in. The same argument could be used for identical twins. Just because the two look the same does not mean that they will react the same to all experiences. The reason for this is because, despite the same DNA and physical attributes, and despite however minor their environments may differ from one another, that minor difference will act upon them to shape their own specific personalities. The soul clearly is, as demonstrated through the counters and examples given, an independent, yet metaphysically bound entity, it is evident that while humans may exist within the same reality, their differences are vast, physical attributes unique to themselves and personalities independent of all others.

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