Buddhism’s Wheel Of Suffering

 

I am a Hindu by birth but off lately, I have become very skeptical about religions.

It’s not that I don’t believe in God by any chance.

On the contrary, I am very much a believer of God. Also, when I say ‘believer’, I don’t imply that I think there is a God; I KNOW there is a God.

 

There was a time when I was a hardcore atheist, although I have a feeling that I didn’t go all the way to the other side. I think it was more like a spiritual rebellion, where I refused to believe in God as a way of seeking revenge because he didn’t ‘bless’ me enough.

As time passed by and I had some weird experiences in my life, I began to wonder if there was more to life than what we know of. This was when my search for the truth went from one religion and scripture to another.

I should add here that I had been doing this even before the creepy incidents, since I was a strong critic of organized religion for a very long time. It was shortly after this time that I came across near-death experiences (NDEs), which gave a clear understanding of the truth.

In fact, I’ve actually written two posts on the same topic:

1.) Wisdom And Directions From Beyond Death

2.) What Would Happen If You Directly Asked God For Directions?

 

During this long search for the truth, I came across Buddhism and it’s teachings. While I didn’t pay much attention to it, it certainly gave me an interesting spiritual perspective on things.

More recently, I came across a concept in Buddhism called the ‘wheel of suffering’. The Buddhists call it as ‘Samsara‘.

While the concept is rather too deep to explain, I’ll give you a rough idea about it.

Buddhism teaches us that life can be described by the concept of ‘Samsara’, which means,

“A suffering-laden cycle of life, death, and rebirth, without beginning or end.”

In other words, one’s life, be it spiritual or general, is full of troubles and suffering regardless of who we are.

 

While it may seem like a pessimistic view of life, the reality is something different.

It addresses a core issue that people constantly face.

In today’s world, we are deluded into thinking that we are supposed to be happy in life at all times. In addition to it, we are convinced that everyone else is happy and are having the time of their lives, while we are the only ones suffering.

The media adds fuel to the fire by promoting the same idea. This is evident in the movies and TV shows, which constantly focus on an individual’s happiness. The ads are no different, with every company on earth selling you a dream, using a model’s wide smile for marketing.

It’s especially problematic when we have a pessimistic attitude, where we don’t bother to see the good in life but always emphasize on the bad.

Unfortunately, most people fall for this fantasy and forget that suffering is a part of life. In addition to it, they begin to  think that they are somehow ‘unlucky’, ‘cursed’ or something along those lines.

 

There isn’t much more to be said here.

You needn’t be a masochist to accept this point of view. But if you are suffering, it doesn’t hurt to acknowledge that there is nothing to feel ashamed about.

The reason I shared this post was to show that life isn’t always about happiness and that suffering is a part of our existence.

It’s up to us to ensure that we deal with this appropriately, instead of playing the victim card and refusing to accept personal responsibility.

 
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