Many philosophers make as a doctor a diagnosis and suggest a treatment. So did Buddha, and so did Kierkegaard.
But what they were treating were the human problems, therefore problems common to all mankind.
The sickness unto death, which for instance Kierkegaard´s script The Sickness Unto Death has as subject, is the despair. The despair is here presented as a sickness in the self, and the condition for healing is to become yourself.
In the same way in Buddhist philosophy, where the sickness is the suffering common to all mankind, and the treatment is meditation, and the recovery is enlightenment.
In order to create order, and therewith clarity, you can try to write your thoughts down.
This whirling machinery must slow the speed down in order to be observed, therefore writing down is a help.
Just like when you in a slowly driven movie can see all the movements, in the same way you can, through the reduced speed of the mind, be able to observe all thoughts, banal as well as important.
The banal leads to the important, therefore don´t try to push it aside as unimportant; since it is there, it is a sign of the pettiness of the mind, and to push it aside doesn´t make the mind lesser banal and stupid.
To push it aside is contributive to, that the mind continues to be small and narrow, but being aware of it, and understanding it, leads to great treasures.
Location: Lake St. Økssø. Rold Forest, Denmark (note: this photo is taken with a Samsung Galaxy 3, captured in JPG. No editing, except conversion to black and white).
St paul writes in his second letter to the communion in Corinth, that: ”the letter kills, but the spirit makes alive”.
Through centuries mankind has got explanations in with spoons by their teachers, their authorities, their books, their saints.
Mankind say: ”Tell us everything – what is there beyond the hills and the mountains and the earth?”, and they are satisfied with their explanations, what means that they live of words, the word is their foundation of life, and therefore their existence is superficial and empty.
They are the living dead.
They have lived in what has been told them, either guided to it by their inclinations and their desire, or forced to accept it by circumstances and environment.
They are a result of all kinds of influences and there is nothing new in them, nothing, which they themselves have discovered, nothing original, innocent, clear.
It is the eternal recurrence of the same.
Location: San Marco (Piazza San Marco), Venice, Italy
Awareness consists in, that you observe neutral as in a mirror, without saying yes and no.
Passion consists in feeling deeply and incisively, without seeking to achieve anything with it.
In the passive listening presence you are letting the thinking be in calmness in longer periods, you are letting the space between the thoughts expand more and more.
Only in this silence you can begin to discover deeper layers of yourself, layers which have to do with the images of time - your perspective on yourself and the world – and which, through this voyage of discovery, open themselves from the personal, to the more collective and universal, and finally, to reality and truth.
Location: San Marco (taken from the gallery of the Doge´s Palace), Venice, Italy
If we want to know, why there is wealth and poverty in the world, we can find an explanation. There is an explanation for everything, and explanations seem to satisfy most of us. The same is the case as regards religion. We are satisfied with explanations, and to explain away everything we call knowledge.
Is that what we understand about education? Do we learn to discover, or are we only coming to look for explanations, definitions, conclusions, in order to be able to dull the mind, and stop questioning?