Jiva [jee–vuh]: the individual soul, regarded as a particular manifestation of Atman
Mukti [moo k-tee]: freedom from the differentiated, temporal, and mortal world of ordinary experience
As a human, I was born in this world to learn and grow. I was born to rectify my past mistakes and realize a greater reality. This transcendence is ultimately an accumulation of knowledge and understanding, which we all gain through wisdom taught by others and our own, personal experience. I strive to be a seeker of the great teachers of wisdom, those that may not necessarily be enlightened bodhisattvas or grand philosophers, but the ones who happen to be in my life at the right moment to impart a crucial lesson. As is often said, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. Simply put, this blog is a declaration of my inspiration and an homage to those it’s derived from.
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
There is a greater reality beyond our level of perception. We are immersed in its infinite depths, yet blind to its very existence. By becoming in tune with the foundations of our consciousness, we can witness the doorstep of this reality. Our eyes, ears, and other senses are only in tune with a minuscule portion of the great totality of existence. This hindrance, without spiritual understanding and discipline, leads to a cycle of suffering. We all endure in this state, a cyclic prison of causes and effects, referred to as Samsara in Buddhist teachings.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
— Galatians 5:13-14
Unlike the true, greater nature of reality, Samsara is subject to the same impermanence as our physical world. The endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth is dictated by the causal nature of one’s karma. Only through greater understanding and honing control over our thoughts, can we break the cycle, end our personal suffering, and become the truly free-willed, luminous souls we are capable of being. This is the journey I have embarked upon.
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”
— Rosalia de Castro