Alexander the Great

Alexander The Great by Kirsi Salonen

……….On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his 3 final wishes:

1. The best doctors should carry his coffin

2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones…) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery, and

3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see!!

One of his generals, surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal…

I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth…

I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and we leave this world empty-handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME.

The lesson for life:

We do not take to our grave any material wealth, although our good deeds can be our travelers’ cheques.

TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED.

We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more TIME.

When we give someone our TIME, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back.

Our TIME is our life!

The best present we can give others and ourselves is TIME.

May we have plenty of TIME and may we all have the wisdom to give it away and LIVE until our TIME has come.

 

The Wheel of Life, Samsara

 

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:

  1. God states
  2. Half-god existence
  3. Human existence
  4. Animal existences
  5. Ghost states
  6. 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