Ahh sunset; that beautiful crossover point between day and night. Two polarities in perfect paradox to each other; that cannot exist simultaneously but at the same time cannot exist without each other. Indeed they only exist BECAUSE of each other. For if there were no day it would be impossible for night to follow. Indeed, how do we know when it is night time? Because we have EXPERIENCED day time, and when the sun sets on the horizon we know that the day we have just experienced will be replaced by the night. But wait! There is a further paradox here. Because we also have sunrise which exists in juxtaposition to sunset, and everything just stated about sunset also applies to sunrise. Just one example of how the whole of creation exists as a perfect paradox.
Have you ever considered this….. How lucky we are that we are able to experience pain? You see, pleasure and pain go hand in hand and you cannot have one without the other. Consider further, that if we were to live our lives in a permanent state of bliss, it would be so boring. Why? I hear you ask. Because if there were no pain and we lived our lives in a permanent state of bliss, we would never know we were happy because there would be nothing to compare our bliss with. It’s like prefering to taste the sweet juice of an orange as opposed to the bitter because we have tried sour fruits and concluded that we do not like them.
Think about all the trials and tribulatioons that you have faced in this life and it will be difficult for you not to feel that you have gained great strength from them. It’s also true to say that we learn so much about ourselves by experiencing life’s ups and downs. Think about who you are today and it will again be difficult not to acknowledge that you are who you are BECAUSE of your experiences and NOT in spite of them. Externally you may perceive yourself to be weak when faced with adversity, but you always manage to delve into that infinite ocean of inner strength and pull out something extra when the need arises. This is because you actually ARE a being of infinite bliss, and it is the ”inner” that is your truth and not the ”outer”. The external world of paradox is simply an arena where we play the game of life; a stage, where as actors we take part in each scene of the play in accordance with our choices.
Choices? That is also a difficult one, because none of us would consciously choose pain over pleasure. But what we can choose is how we deal with the experiences that come our way. That is the beauty of relativity; one man’s success is another man’s failure. What makes me laugh may make you cry.
Once descended into flesh our sun rises through infancy, adolesence, adulthood and old age until it eventually sets on the dreamland stage of this earthly life, only to rise once more in glorious, glorious light; a perfect paradox…. a truly perfect paradox.
All is perfect, so perfectly perfect
Whatever being lives, moves and breathes on Earth
At every level from atom to galaxy
Is absolutely perfect in its place.
The Isa Upanishad