Russtronic™ wrote:Ahhhh got you with a little known fact here. Buddhism is not a "Religion" it is learning a way of "Life."
That is part of the path that I have chosen. I choose to worship The Earth, The Wind, The Sun, The Rain, And All Life on this Infinitesimal Tiny Blue Marble, In This Vast Cosmos..
and what you will chose ? you have chosen nothing idiot. because you cannot find any solid, verifiable and tangible answers to the problems of life thus you want to make everything zero. this is what bhudhism is.
What is meaning of Free will ?
Free will means that you can act wrongly. That is free will. Unless there is chance of doing wrong or right, there is no question of free will. Where is free will then? If I act only one sided, that means I have no free will. Because we act sometimes wrongly, that means free will.
Just for Example :- Just like a thief, he knows that his stealing, it is bad, but still he does it. That is free will. He cannot check his greediness, so in spite of his knowing that he is doing wrong thing - he will be punished, he knows; he has seen another thief, he was punished, he was put into prison - everything he knows, but still he steals. Why? Misuse of free will. Unless there is misuse of free will, there is no question of free will.
The Mayavadi philosopher or the Buddhist philosopher says, “Stop this free will and then you’ll become happy.” But our proposition is not to stop our free will but to purify our free will. Purify.
For instance, if your eye is suffering from a cataract, cure the cataract. Keep the eye. But the impersonalist or Buddhist proposition is, “Get that eye out and throw it away. Then there will be no more bother in seeing what is right and wrong, what is pure and impure.”
This is the impersonalists’ proposition. Nirvishesha-vadi. Nirvishesha means no individuality, no personality, no variety: “Everything is one.” And the Buddhists’ proposition: shunyavadi. Sunya means, “Everything is zero.” If ultimately everything is one or zero, then there is no question of right and wrong.
So our philosophy is neither of these. There is no “All is one”; there is no “All is zero.” We don’t say such things. There are varieties. But they’re purified varieties. Tat- paratvena nirmalam. Nirmalam means “purified.” So our process is to purify everything. We don’t want to stop everything. That is not our proposition. The impersonalists and Buddhists cannot find any solution to the world’s problems. That is why they want to put everything to a stop: “Stop this business.”
Suppose a business is not going very nicely. It is operating at a loss. So somebody says, “Close it.”
But an experienced man comes and says, “Why should you close it? All right. I shall do it properly. You’ll get a profit.”
So which man is better? The first, who says, out of disappointment, “Close this business. There is no profit”? Or the second, who says, “No, don’t close it. We shall show a profit. Just manage it properly”?
This is our proposition. We don’t say, “Stop all these material activities.” No. “Just do it properly, so that you get real profit and real benefit.” That is our program. We don’t want to make everything zero. No. Why shall we make it all zero? Everything can be taken and fully spiritualized.
For instance, in the typical firm the workers are not thinking about the proprietor. Nearly everyone is putting some of the firm’s assets into his pocket. So with the assets being stolen, how will the firm go on nicely?
Similarly, these rascal government leaders have no idea who is the proprietor of the world. So they are acting in their nonsensical, stealing way, and therefore there is confusion. The business is not profitable.
On the other hand, if the workers accept—“No, the real proprietor is such-and-such gentleman, and he wants us to perform our work like this”—then the business will be profitable.
Similarly, every one of us in the material world is thinking he is the proprietor. So how will this “firm” profit? This is the real situation. Everyone is thinking he is the proprietor. He forgets he is a worker. He is not the proprietor. That is the mistake. Therefore, the “firm” is being mismanaged, and there is no profit—simply chaos. That is the situation.