Samsara also known as the wheel of life, turns continually because of our ripened karma. Our actions and karma accumulate and through this our experiences manifest in Samsara.
When we create mainly positive actions, we will experience a more or less joyful result. When we have mainly negative actions, we mainly experience unpleasant results.
To be unenlightened means we separate a ‘me’ from a ‘you’. We have been in this state of duality since time without beginning. The cause for this way of perception is the fundamental ignorance of our minds: our mind works like an eye. It looks at the outside, but cannot see itself and so the separation between me and you, outside and inside, here and there arises.
As a result from this duality, we wish to have certain things we experience as separate from ourselves that leads to attachment. Now that we’ve attached ourselves, we know what we want, and we wish to avoid certain things we don’t want, so aversion arises. From our attachment greed arises, as we want more of that what we like and from our aversion to things, jealousy arises as we don’t want others to have that what we have and from our ignorance pride arises because we don’t want to share what we have.
We call the above the five disturbing emotions that make us say and do certain things. Because of the law of cause and effect (Karma) our actions return to us. We create habitual tendencies from our disturbing emotions, thus finding ourselves in the wheel of existence, Samsara.
We can differentiate between six different kinds of experiences or states of existence within Samsara:
- God states
- Half-god existence
- Human existence
- Animal existences
- Ghost states
- Paranoia realms
In all the above states of existence, there is suffering. Samsara is nothing but suffering because it is simply the result of accumulated actions through our disturbing emotions. At times, the wheel turns upwards and then down again. We experience these states as real, although according to Buddhist teachings, they lack reality.
Our problem is that we take everything for real existent as we cling or we reject it. The Buddhist path shows us how to realize the true nature of mind and freeing ourselves from Samsara. For more information on Diamond Way Teachings