Monthly Archives: August 2015

Belief System

All of us have it. Without it we will be lost. We rely on it to understand events and people. Same event and same person may evoke different responses in different people. The difference lies in what we believe of the event or the person.

This basically demonstrated a simple truth that all our beliefs are actually false. We can get better approximation of the truths if we persevere and honest in seeking out the truths but the truth will always elude us.

The reason for our incomplete understanding of the truth was put rather graphically and aptly by Buddha. He gave the illustration of the 6 blind men trying to figure out what the elephant was. These 6 blind men referred to our 6 sense base of sight, sound, touch, smell, taste and mental objects.

Rationalism, in which science is based on, also rely on these 6 sense base and Godel’s incompleteness theorem clearly demonstrated and proven mathematically that ALL our rational thoughts can never be complete. We can get closer and closer towards a better understanding but the complete truth will always elude us.

Yet each of us often counted on such imperfect tools in our day-to-day interactions with others and often we thought we were correct in our assessment of events and others and are unwilling or perhaps incapable of considering other possibilities. And we proceeded to invest heavily our emotions , our speech and actions in sustaining a false belief.

Buddha taught a different way out of this rationalism quandary and i.e. the development or rather revelation of another aspect of our mind ; the penetrating luminosity of our mind. When the rational mind is quieted this luminous quality of the mind get to express itself. The result is insight. Insights often give us a wholistic view of events and of people and by its very nature the mind becomes flexible, pliable and in time free.