exists is changeable and what is not changeable does not exist.
at life, we notice how it changes and how it continually moves between
extremes and contrasts. We notice rise and fall, success and failure, loss
and gain; we experience honor and contempt, praise and blame; and we feel
how our hearts respond to all that happiness and sorrow, delight and despair,
disappointment and satisfaction, fear and hope. These mighty waves of emotion
carry us up, fling us down, and no sooner we find some rest, then we are
carried by the power of a new wave again. How can we expect a footing on
the crest of the waves? Where shall we erect the building of our life in
the midst of this ever-restless ocean of existence?
is a world where any little joy that is allotted to beings is secured only
after many disappointments, failures and defeats. This is a world where
scanty joy grows amidst sickness, desperation and death. This is a world
where beings who a short while ago were connected with us by sympathetic
joy are at the next moment in want of our compassion. Such a world as this
needs equanimity. This is the nature of the world where we live with our
intimate friends and the next day they become our enemies to harm us.
Buddha described the world as an unending flux of becoming. All is changeable,
continuous transformation, ceaseless mutation, and a moving stream. Everything
exists from moment to moment. Everything is a recurring rotation of coming
into being and then passing out of existence. Everything is moving from
birth to death. The matter or material forms in which life does or does
not express itself, are also a continuous movement or change towards decay.
This teaching of the impermanent nature of everything is one of the main
pivots of Buddhism. Nothing on earth partakes of the character of absolute
reality. That there will be no death of what is born is impossible. Whatever
is subject to origination is subject also to destruction. Change is the
very constituent of reality.
accepting the law of impermanence or change, the Buddha denies the existence
of eternal substance. Matter and spirit are false abstractions that, in
reality, are only changing factors (Dhamma) which are connected
and which arise in functional dependence on each other.
scientists have accepted the law of change that was discovered by the Buddha.
Scientists postulate that there is nothing substantial, solid and tangible
in the world. Everything is a vortex of energy, never remaining the same
for two consecutive moments. The whole wide world is caught up in this
whirl and vortex of change. One of the theories postulated
by scientists is the prospect of the ultimate coldness following upon the
death or destruction of the sun. Buddhists are not dismayed by this prospect.
The Buddha taught that universes or world cycles arise and pass away in
endless succession, just as the lives of individuals do. Our world will
most certainly come to an end. It has happened before with previous worlds
and it will happen again.
world is a passing phenomenon. We all belong to the world of time. Every
written word, every carved stone, every painted picture, the structure
of civilization, every generation of man, vanishes away like the leaves
and flowers of forgotten summers. What exists is changeable and what is
not changeable does not exist.'
all gods and human beings and animals and material forms?everything
in this universe?is subject to the
law of impermanence. Buddhism teaches us:
body like a lump of foam;
feelings like a water bubble;
like a mirage;
activities like a plantain tree;
Consciousness like jugglery.'(Samyutta
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