Everything is fine (part 3)
This world is constantly changing, or in other words, alive.
This is the world of life—revealing and unfolding itself moment by moment—neither arising nor ceasing.
We commonly think that this changing world has various forms of life that are all born and die separately.
All seemingly separate things are also a manifestation of a single life that neither arises nor ceases, however.
All things in the world are the same single life in nature, even though they differ in form or shape.
This means that the world is a manifestation of life, or a “great being,” and does not mean that life exists in addition to all things the world reveals.
That said, an attempt to search for the truth of existence or enlightenment, thinking it exists in addition to what lies in front of your eyes, is absolutely irrelevant.
In dualistic, relative thinking, life as the essence may seem to make the phenomenal world reveal and unfold itself.
Yet, these two things do not exist separately as if life were a creator and the world were a creature.
They are merely variations of the appearance of the “one and only” when viewed from different angles.
The truth is that life is the world; they are one and the same thing.
The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, for example.
Warblers warble, sparrows chirp, and crows caw.
White clouds float in the sky. A car roars past.
Eyes are horizontal and the nose is vertical.
In this way, life or the truth of existence reveals itself as bare facts in the world. Life does not exist as something else.
In any case, all things in the world are the natural result of an absolute, greater life force revealing and unfolding itself, and everything is complete as it is.
Individually, we worry, we doubt, and we even receive enlightenment; socially, we make a variety of serious problems—because life makes us do so.
In the end, everything is complete; everything is fine, no matter what we think.
Does that mean we should merely accept everything that happens because “everything is fine,” and should judge nothing further or take no actions based on our judgments?
You may be led to this notion if you cut out only part of the living, changing matters and consider them on a planar level, without seeing an overall perspective; like watching still pictures on TV.
The truth is otherwise, however.
The world is complete in all respects and everything is fine, including our judgments on various things and actions based on these judgments.
We tend to fall into thinking on a planar level unintentionally and see distorted facts.
Practice meditation properly in order to intuitively see correct facts.
Lastly, let me introduce a poem written by the master Shigemasa Wada.
In the world of life
Joy is found
As well as in pain