I know that we are in samsara from time without beginning.
May be the better question should be - what happened, that we appeared in samsara??
Thank for your answers guys, I know I have difficult questions, but I can find answers nowhere in books
Samsāra literally means ‘continuous flow’- referring to a repeating cycle of birth, life, death and re-birth. In samsāra, we do know one thing that is consistently constant i.e. becoming. This becoming process is the main reason for all the things that we observe right here, right now. When there is a becoming process, there is a changing process. The changing process would then conjure up an ability of sorts that is known as ‘energy.’ On another front, energy is a quality that can neither be created nor destroyed and the sum of all energies in a system is a constant or never changes – as per the Law of Conservation of Energy. This conclusion would bring us to an understanding that samsāra is functioning in a feature that is constant – a situation that does not change i.e. the characteristic of an inherent existence. Therefore, in order for samsāra to maintain its equilibrium, one factor is being balanced off with another factor, without exception (a scenario of this arising, that arises; this ceasing, that ceases). Otherwise, a constant factor cannot be realised at all. At the end of the day, samsāra is variable on one perspective and invariable on another perspective. This means it is a system that is universal i.e. dependent arising and inherent existing concurrently.
In a way, when we talk about samsāra, we talk about Mother Nature. It is actually the pinnacle of all the dependent and non-dependent circumstances in the cosmos. Without Mother Nature, nothing would ever exist - no things or happenings would arise. It is considered as the supreme state of all things with the attributes of emptiness. Here, the emptiness is portrayed as in a uniformed translational motion i.e. a bare becoming process. When the two opposing translational forces clash against one another, vibrational forces arise concurrently. The arised vibrational forces would appear in a regular pattern of waves i.e. standing and traveling and this in turn would give rise to deflective forces. The traveling waves would involve with higher vibrational frequencies and the standing waves would involve with lower vibrational frequencies. Subsequently, the conditions of duality and multiplicity would arise out of the combination of deflective, translational, vibrational and rotational forces as the becoming processes moved into an advanced level of complexity.
The Arising of Consciousness
Balance is generally defined as a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc; a condition of being steady; a state of equilibrium or parity characterised by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces; a harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or elements, as in a design. Only when there is a balanced circumstance, there is a chance for the integrating process i.e. under a balanced phenomenon, one could witness shapes or forms arising; under an imbalanced phenomenon, one could witness no shapes or forms arising - and the cycle of conditional phenomena continues. This scenario can be portrayed in the cycle of dependent origination shown as below: -
Balance leads to stability. Stability leads to aggregation. Aggregation leads to agitation. Agitation leads to information. Information leads to knowledge. Knowledge leads to representation. Representation leads to memory. Memory leads to compulsion. Compulsion leads to ignorance. Ignorance leads to blindness. Blindness leads to disorientation. Disorientation leads to confusion. Confusion leads to irrationality. Irrationality leads to impulse. Impulse leads to sparkling. Sparkling leads to inkling. Inkling leads to volition. Volition leads to awareness. Awareness leads to consciousness. Consciousness leads to manas. Manas leads to mind and body. Mind and body lead to sensation, etc.
As depicted above, the elements of awareness would begin to discern some simple varying frequencies that consecutively give rise to consciousness, that is basically arises out of awareness. This is the ‘soul’ thing that we talk about all the time. Consciousness would then progress and expand into a manipulative typecast i.e. mind or also known as consciousness in individuality. For general understanding, soul is referring to a blueprint of endless evolving mind consciousnesses. Such a blueprint would serve as a steering wheel and is often mistakenly deemed as a permanent entity. In fact, soul is dependent arising and anything that is dependent arising would involve change and therefore, it cannot inherently exist in Mother Nature.
Present-dynamism and Present-statism
The emptiness of emptiness in Mother Nature would give rise to two conditions i.e. present-statism and present-dynamism. Present-statism is a paradigm of balanced state of affairs i.e. non-becoming, no minds, no labels, no shapes, no varying frequencies, no manipulations, etc. After all, it can be classified as the deepest facts about things.
On the other hand, present-dynamism is a paradigm of imbalanced state of affairs i.e. with boundless becoming processes and it is born out of present-statism. Both the present-statism and the present-dynamism can be represented by the philosophy of yin-yang i.e. yin (present-statism) creates yang (present-dynamism) and yang (present-dynamism) activates yin (present-statism). In a way, yin is like an individual playing card and yang is like a deck of playing cards. With a deck of playing cards, one could perform myriad of games such as poker, solitaire, gin rummy, etc. However, with one individual card, these games would be deemed impossible. Therefore, this scenario has shown that yin and yang are dependent on one another to bring forth a dynamic system existing in harmony.
In Buddhism, the process of enlightenment would involve the mind transforming from the state of present-dynamism into the state of present-statism. It is achievable when one inculcates the right attitude or determination with the proper frame of mind moving towards liberation. The liberation here refers to a paradigm shift of thoughts from identification to observation.
Time Movement in Present-dynamism
For general understanding, everything does exist at the same time under present-dynamism only. The projectile movement of time as often experienced by our mind consciousness is purely due to relativity that is arising out of the varying vibrational frequencies. As a result, we tend to perceive things a little bit linearly, thus creating the delusion of past, present and future movement of time. The conventional time that we involve ourselves with every day is a subjective and a relative time. This means the time orientation is dependent on the observer (i.e. the subject’s mind) to provide the valuation on the other side of the object or matter. As a consequence, the time conclusion varies among different observers or minds.
In fact, Albert Einstein has given out an interpretation of spacetime that is actually the endless evolving frequency cum becoming process in Mother Nature. We could liken the frequency to space and the becoming process to time because time is actually a dimension (indicator) for the becoming process and space is merely an expression for energy in play as per frequency (i.e. the number of occurrences or observations within a given time period or statistical category).
Present-dynamism --> frequency x becoming (space x time)
Once again, time would always arise at the present state of condition. There is no backward or forward movement of time but just a regenerating of occurrences all the time at a common pace of spacetime or present-dynamism. This means in the twinkling of an eye, all events or phenomena as observed by our mind consciousness would fluctuate and renew simultaneously and continuously. Just like the gravity effects on earth for all different masses are the same (acceleration value, g = 9.80 m/s2) even though the rock strikes the ground before the feather per se.
However, the common pace of spacetime or present-dynamism is unconjecturable and it is mainly due to emptiness i.e. its nature of beginning-less and end-less. For example, despite the vast differences in the cultural development, the time zone and the locality, a Bushman in Africa and a modern businessman in America are both living concurrently in the 21st century under a common pace of spacetime or present-dynamism. Literally, we could not discriminate or differentiate them by saying that the Bushman is from the past time and the modern businessman is a person living in the future time. The distinguishing factor among them and their respective surroundings is merely their variable vibrational frequencies.
In fact, the circumstances of duality or multiplicity as observed by our mind consciousness would be an obvious indication of all fluctuating vibrational frequencies arising in the cosmos. This is because everything in the material Universe is made up of energy. Atoms and molecules are made up of energy. Our bodies, our clothes, our cars, our houses are all made up of energy but what makes them different is their vibration. Energy is always vibrating at a different frequency under the influence of conditional phenomena. Everything has its own vibrational frequency – our thoughts, our feelings, the rock, the table, the car, the animal, the plant, the tree, etc. Even colours are merely expressions of certain vibrational frequencies.
Parallel Reality with Evolving Consciousness
There is always a parallel reality at the other dimension of samsāra and all different dimensions or realities would vibrate in varying frequencies (in a faster or a slower speed than one another). The realms of parallel reality would then conjure up to two types of becoming process i.e. consciousness-bound and bare-consciousness-bound.
Consciousness-bound becoming process is subject to the manipulation of minds and conditions under myriad of vibrational frequencies. These chaotic frequencies would permeate and transpire across numerous planes of existence i.e. to the next corresponding frequencies indefinitely. On the other hand, bare-consciousness-bound becoming process is a simple becoming process under uniformed frequencies. These regulated frequencies would permeate and transpire across resonated frequencies on a more confined basis. Just like most of the trained Buddhist monks in Tibet could foresee their next rebirth horizon and its timeline, as we may have heard of it before.
At the end of the day, the becoming matrix or rebirth refers to evolving consciousness or stream of consciousness of a person (upon death) and the new consciousness arising in the same person (the new person) is neither identical to, nor entirely different from, the old consciousness, but forms part of a causal continuum or stream with it. The basic cause for this persistent re-arising of personality is the abiding of consciousness in ignorance; when ignorance is uprooted, rebirth ceases.
Basically, consciousness is synergy that has the ability to expand and pervade through any corresponding planes of existence simultaneously and indefinitely. This development becomes a foundation for the parallel existences in samsāra. In fact, the commonly known stories of human beings running into ghosts or spirits as well as the extraterrestrials are among the few instances of parallel reality being discerned by the human mind frequencies.
For general understanding, consciousness arises in every corner of space and space itself is an expression for the existence of energy. Consciousness is naturally looking outward to objects and it is flitting all the time. When consciousness develops into distinguishing or discriminating objects, mind would arise concurrently. Mind is actually cosmic waves of energy that penetrate all time and space. It is the most potent vibration to which other similar frequencies are constantly resonating.
In the Buddhist context, kamma-vipaka is actually the traits of consciousness in play through the web of spacetime or present-dynamism. Kamma-vipaka could exert across different planes of existence concurrently and it is akin to an electrical impulse in our heart system whereby the electrical signal travels through the network of conducting cells or pathways that stimulates the upper chambers and the lower chambers to contract until the entire heart contracts in one coordinated motion.
In a simple term, the traits of consciousness would pervade and transpire through the continuum of spacetime or present-dynamism. As such, kamma-vipaka can never be deciphered as an eye for an eye kind of notion because one cause is never enough to bring about an effect. Each of the causes would need other causes to be present together with their respective conditions. For instance, we could not endorse convincingly that some natural calamities associated with succumbing hundreds and thousands of innocent human lives are due to the respective kamma-vipaka of individuals. Retrospectively, there could be multiple of causes deriving from several other planes of existence with the effect horizon being ripening upon maturity on the human plane per se. The conclusion is that every single thing or happening in samsāra is closely inter-depending, inter-waving and inter-relating with one another and this applies to all different planes of existence since the dawn of time in a very comprehensive and complicated network.
Planes of Existence in Samsāra
Under present-dynamism, the traits of consciousness would exist in different categories of vibrational frequencies concurrently through the same or even the different planes of existence. Generally speaking, all different planes of existence are the end result of polarity in the traits of consciousness with the mind functioning as a forerunner in determining the frequency of the traits. In fact, it is the elements of memory within the mind that become the basis for the heritability of consciousness bearing traits; without it, whatever evolution of consciousness in spacetime or present-dynamism would be impossible.
Besides, there are variations and conditioned relationships in consciousness between beings; it is not identical but neither is it completely distinct. The new arising consciousness is neither identical to, nor entirely different from, the old consciousness, but forms part of a causal continuum or stream with it. On another aspect, the varying vibrational frequencies in the respective planes of existence would conjure up unique forces of energy that are interweaving and interfering amongst other corresponding or resonating frequencies elsewhere. As such, it is not surprising for one to observe a growth or a demise of certain species in a population as there are always natural forces interacting and complementing to bring forth a harmonious dynamic system across all planes of existence in samsāra.
In addition, the fluctuating vibrational frequencies amongst different planes of existence would bring about variances in terms of the relative timeline. Under a common pace of spacetime or present-dynamism, a higher vibrational frequency would yield a slower becoming process and vice versa. This is because, by nature, everything is interconnected and balanced with both the yin and the yang aspects. Yin and yang are actually complementary but opposing forces interacting to form a whole greater than either separate part; thus bringing forth a dynamic system existing in harmony. For instance, in a relative term, the experience of one second in a celestial plane (higher vibrational frequencies) is equivalent to ten years for a human plane (lower vibrational frequencies). As such, from a human perspective, all the celestial beings are assumed to have been living in a continuum of eternity.
Time Travel in Samsāra
There is a possibility for beings to perform a time travel from one plane of existence to another via a wormhole. A wormhole is literally a cross path for different planes of existence. The described wormhole here is basically referring to a ‘tweak’ of frequencies by beings with higher vibrational frequencies to discern the beings in lower vibrational frequencies. The general prescription is that any realms of higher vibrational frequency would be able to discern the realms of lower vibrational frequency. However, the realms of lower vibrational frequency would not be able to discern any realms of higher vibrational frequency.
In other words, the object or matter must keep on within the purview of the subject’s frequency horizon; without it, the observation would be impossible. It is akin to any beings of higher vibrational frequencies having an aerial perspective on the affairs of beings with lower vibrational frequencies rather than the other way round. Therefore, beings of grander vibrational frequency span are able to discern at-will basis on all other beings with common vibrational frequency span via a tweak of frequencies.
In fact, one of the instances on time travel that occurred many times in the human plane of existence is the trance mediumship or channeling. Basically, there have been some elements of compatibility that in turn conjure up a synergic cohesion of mental and physical energies and consciousness between the medium and the spirit that manifested through the body. Beings of higher vibrational frequencies from another plane of existence would have the ability to encroach upon the human innate mind consciousness that is basically lower vibrational frequencies. A gateway or so-called a wormhole is deemed necessary to initiate the spirit communication and it is embedded within the human innate mind consciousness per se.
In present society, the trance mediumship or channeling has a number of purposes but mostly, it is pertaining to foretelling the well-being of the interested party, especially in Asia. Basically, the spirit with higher vibrational frequencies has the ability to grasp the future possibilities related to beings with lower vibrational frequencies because of variances in the relative timeline. Comparatively, the clock would appear to be ticking faster in the human plane than the celestial plane because a higher vibrational frequency would yield a slower becoming process. Therefore, it is not a case whereby the spirit has a classic talent to foresee things ahead of time in the human plane because everything would exist at the same time under the common pace of spacetime only.
From the Buddhist perspective, the mind consciousness can be altered and transformed into a potent black hole of emptiness that strongly attracts and magnetises vibrational frequencies i.e. the beginning of attaining psychic powers among individuals. With such a potent faculty, it has the potential to stand out as a gateway of communication for beings from different planes of existence as well. Just like a powerful telescope, humans could expand their consciousnesses by increasing the innate mind frequency span via deep meditation respectively. Also, with the progress of civilisation, the human mind frequency span would be altered progressively as well.
Future Reality in Samsāra
Future reality is nothing but a victorious expression of vibrational frequency competitions in samsāra. Frequency is described as the rate at which something occurs or is repeated over a particular period of time. This means the onus of sustaining the future reality lies on the party who asserts it i.e. the respective traits of consciousness. In Buddhism, kamma-vipaka is actually the traits of consciousness in play through the web of spacetime or present-dynamism. All sentient beings are effectively electro-magnetic beings with the prevailing mind consciousness that generates potent kamma and the subtle mind consciousness that acts as an antenna or a radar detector constantly attracting and magnetising other similar vibrational frequencies (discernible vipaka) within the cosmos. In other words, the more vigorous the kamma is, the more discernible the vipaka would be.
The principle-in-effect: -
This arising (the cause and condition), that arises (the result);
This ceasing (the cause and condition), that ceases (the result).
Just like a competition of seed sowing and growing whereby any gardener that becomes the first person to turn the seed from dormancy into a living thing would win the race. In other words, future reality is all about endless possibilities and it is dependent on the present state of condition all the time. Therefore, it is imperative for one to pay attention to the present moment only because everything does exist at the same time under present-dynamism. The perception of the past, present and future movement of time is a delusion being played up by the mind consciousness due to relativity that is arising out of the varying vibrational frequencies in samsāra. Once again, time would always arise at the present state of condition and the navigation of the future into any intended directions should begin right here, right now.
All creations or destructions in samsāra are due to the emptiness of emptiness that subsequently conjures up two conditions i.e. present-statism and present-dynamism. Present-dynamism is a paradigm of imbalanced state of affairs i.e. with boundless becoming processes and it is born out of present-statism. Whereas, present-statism is a paradigm of balanced state of affairs i.e. non-becoming, no minds, no labels, no shapes, no varying frequencies, no manipulations, etc. And there is a potential for one to migrate from the condition of present-dynamism to present-statism via transforming the mind consciousness as prescribed by Buddhism. It is attainable when one inculcates the right attitude or determination with the proper frame of mind moving towards liberation.
In samsāra, the mind consciousness is known as the perceiver, whereas, the object or matter is known as the perceived. It is the perceiver’s mind as a non-physical faculty integrating with the five physical faculties namely, eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body that provides the observation and the interpretation, thus the arising of the conditional phenomena. Therefore, phenomena do not exist in their own quality but only have an existence dependent upon many factors, including a consciousness that conceptualises them. In other words, the object or matter must keep on within the purview of the subject’s frequency horizon; without it, the observation would be impossible. If the vibrational frequencies of the perceiver are lower than the perceived, the cascading events are deemed impossible.
In the human realm, the conventional mind is comprised with a conflation of prevailing and subtle consciousnesses. On the other hand, the innate mind consciousness is luminous, highly commanding and even sharper than a sword that can pierce through the time stream, the space and the planes of existence. It is also known as a higher mind with the prevailing mind consciousness liberating from the thoughts churned out by the subtle mind consciousness. This liberation from thought identification to thought observation is called the experience of the Buddha nature. In other words, the innate mind has higher vibrational frequencies than the conventional mind and it has a vast potentiality or capability of projecting the future destiny of individuals. Therefore, it is crucial for one to develop the innate mind consciousness via expanding the frequency span to an uppermost level all the time while sustaining in the human realm.
Moreover, everything within samsāra arises at the present time under a common pace of present-dynamism only. This means there is only regenerating and evolving events in a continuum of present-dynamism. The projectile movement of time as experienced by the mind consciousness is due to relativity that is arising out of the varying vibrational frequencies. In samsāra, the elements of energy would constantly fluctuate and orientate in translational, rotational and vibrational motions. And these motions are the key components for the proceeding of universal laws such as the law of kamma, the law of attraction, the law of vibration, etc. Basically, higher level of energy would mean higher level of frequency or excitement and vice versa. Collectively, it would conjure up a kind of synergy known as consciousness.
The synergy of consciousness could pervade and transpire into infinite spacetime and across different planes of existence. In fact, both our mind and body are varying vibrational frequencies that turn up as decoders for the projected traits of consciousness. The fluctuating vibrational frequencies of all things are just in every corner of spacetime or present-dynamism. Therefore, one does not need to ‘look up’ or ‘look down’ in searching for the plane of heaven or hell because it could appear right next to a tweak of frequencies, just like how one tweaks on the radio or television channels. And a wormhole as the linkage between different planes of existence is embedded just within the innate mind consciousness per se. Nevertheless, the general prescription is that any realms of higher vibrational frequency would be able to discern the realms of lower vibrational frequency. However, the realms of lower vibrational frequency would not be able to discern any realms of higher vibrational frequency.
Also, in samsāra, there is an element of suffering or dukkha. Suffering means ‘bearing with’ in the Buddhist context and ‘letting go’ is the antonym of it. Literally, there are no elements of grasping when one practises letting go. When no grasping arises, the becoming process would slow down. When the becoming process slows down, it means energy expands away from the centre point of the source at a slower rate. When the becoming process ceases, energy literally stops vibrating. Energy just got frozen. Zero vibration means zero becoming. Zero becoming means an absolute cessation of any changing processes. Thus an absolute stage of absence is realised. Absence means a perfect state of balance. Therefore, absence is not about nothingness but instead it is about no-thing-ness. No thing means no becoming or no changing. No changing means no suffering. No suffering means no mind. Mind is the forerunner of all states. No mind means a completely neutralised state of affairs - that is nibbāna.
The ultimate goal in a Buddhist practice is to quest for an everlasting happiness that is unconditional via enlightenment. And nibbāna is a completely neutralised state of affairs that is boundless, timeless and permanent. The wise Buddha has merely seen the urgency to put a complete end to dukkha that arises in samsāra - right here, right now. All other matters are considered as trivial if compared with the reality of dukkha arising in samsāra. And the only way to end the dukkha permanently is to get through to the state of nibbāna via enlightenment. All other states of paradise or heavenly realms could promise one with merely conventional happiness that is conditional and impermanent. So the choice in the way of life is yours ultimately – to pursue an ultimate happiness that is non-conditional and permanent or a conventional happiness that is conditional and impermanent.