Hinduism is a way of life and as per its doctrine – everyone is subject to his or her karma and deliverance from this ‘cause and effect’ principle is solely through action and sometimes by only being a silent ‘mere’ witness to the resultant events of karma. Many a times, this gives a notion to the readers – it is a pessimistic outlook and non progressive! Well, if that is the perception – then, I am sorry to disappoint them! There are some things in the world that cannot be changed and we should develop or seek the strength from the Almighty God to bear the non-changeable till it passes away from our life on its own. All human beings are bound by space and time; in fact, majority feels we are subject to even the will of God! Please refer my post Freedom, Fate And Free Will– a debatable topic for discussion.
I have mentioned in my earlier posts in this section, no life can be ‘action less’ as we are in the midst of journey as long as we are in human form and alive. There is no way to escape karma ( Good or Bad), so let us not think of such an option.
All religions seek to delineate a path of deliverance for human beings. Christianity promises deliverance from sin while Judaism from persecution. And Buddhism promises deliverance from suffering (dukha). As per the Buddhist thought, suffering is one of the attributes of conscious existence or being! The other two attributes are impermanence (anischaya) and absence of self (anatman). As per Buddhism, all these three attributes are inextricably related to each other. Now, I cannot accept that there is absence of self since ‘Self’ forms the basis of existence, happiness (state of satchitananda), and consciousness in Hinduism. Surprisingly, in Buddhism, ‘Suffering is compared with Life’ and that is really disheartening. As if one is born to only suffer till he dies! This is quite similar to Christianity wherein a seeker is addressed as a sinner and I find this very demotivating to a seeker. Why not just address as a seeker of truth like we do in Hinduism?
In Buddhism, an enlightened person accepts the turn of events in life with equanimity and repose. Well, I agree that ‘Change’ is the only constant! A wise man gives up resisting the turning of wheels of change and finds solace in the hub where is only ‘Here and Now’. This is quite similar to what we preach in Hinduism and this attribute is in agreement to what I feel. And, I have prophesized ‘emotional detachment’ towards one’s actions and surroundings in every related post that I have written earlier.
I am not able to acknowledge that ‘there is no self’ (anatman) as per the doctrine practiced in Buddhism. It means “no thing” has atman! Unlike core Hindu doctrine that believes in the soul or atman as the unchanging reality underlying the changing body, Buddhism denies existence of soul, ego or self. It teaches the doctrine of non-self! The Buddhist way to salvation is therefore the process of annihilation of self. By doing this, there is no objectification of surrounding ‘ever present’ singular Reality.
Where is the responsibility or role of each Buddhist seeker in his deliverance?