P.S The thoughts and excerpt below are my own and should not be subject to any judgment.
Questions are welcome but I believe I am no Guru; & still trying to carve my own path and methods that are subject to trial and error twas my road to Buddhahood.
© My journey to Buddhahood by Aditri Shilpi C. Sinha
©Chapter 1 : The Burning Monk
Thoughts play a very important role in our life. They range from most subtle to most extreme capable enough to make you laugh like a mad person and bloody enough to make you cry and full of anger at an instance. They have no boundations, they play automatically without any rules or inhibitions, they come and go in the most dangerous forms.
Then is there a way to overcome or even control them?
Unless you’re watchful enough like the Buddha or Osho who remain calm and composed even in the worst of situations as if nothing around them really matters even if they were standing in the middle of an inferno I believe they would hardly move.
What happens inside their mind is a mystery. And this reminds me of the vietnamese Mahayana buddhist Thich Quang Duc also known as the Burning Monk who came in his blue car and self immolated himself in the middle of an intersection in Saigon in protest to the South Vietnamese Diem regime’s pro-catholic policies and discriminatory Buddhist laws. He sat down calmly and as he burned he never moved a muscle, or uttered a sound, his outward composure is a sharp contrast to the wailing people around him that are seen in pictures and videos available on Youtube.
Duc’s heart remained intact and did not burn. It was considered to be holy and placed in a glass chalice at Xa Loi Pagoda. The intact heart relic is regarded as a symbol of compassion.
This remains part of my memory when I happened to chase this news a few years ago and to this day I am unable to forget the burning monk who has always intrigued me to dwell deeper into that powerful state of calmness that none of us can achieve or even may but never like that of Duc’s.
I believe our thoughts deliver our reality which is marked with a sense of illusion that is our own perception of the situation. How many times we have mistaken a good thing for bad, a good person as ugly and a terrible situation otherwise great. Many times!
All because we chose to live away from the moment, this moment that is real and intended to free us from our thoughts, because they aren’t even necessary when you become watchful of the situation around you and it becomes only a means of filtering the information you get through all your senses that is otherwise closed and unused while we just believe what we see with a cover that blinds our vision and we chose not to see completely but partially since we are again in so much hurry that we forgot to take in everything that surrounds.
The thoughts are thus partial and so is our perception of reality that becomes an illusion in wake of the partial unprocessed information we gather from our virgin senses. It will never be complete because with open eyes we tend to be half and sometimes less than a half while in the meditation our eyes need to be closed and we may need the help of our other senses to cope with the situation where it was only dependent on one before we had to forcefully shut it down.
So when we close our eyes in meditation to chose the meditative state we chose to close the senses and rely on the other ones and it only moves further in an attempt to close all the other senses that work. Only our mind works which keeps on bringing thoughts that will never cease because our senses are still open and functioning without our control. It is the first and foremost state to achieve if one is choosing meditation as their path to buddhahood I haven’t tried meditation so far because I chose how to work with my senses and thereby I can seize thoughts only for sometime without distracting it with the other thoughts but in reality I analyze things and situations and best is to exercise the method of freezing the thought by neither giving it up nor challenging it further.
Chapter 2 How to Freeze
Will continue my journey!