Thursday, January 1, 2009

On Action

If I must die,
I would hope that I leave with my body,
not before.

Fearing to act or regretting a failure to act, rooted in attachment, the need to preserve: Is there a better definition of Hell?

What trains us to follow this path? Budo does not. Zen does not. Christianity does not.

Consider: When Jesus said "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Luke 18:24-25), what did he mean? When later he said, "I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life" (Luke 18:29-30), what did he mean?

What if the essence is in letting go of attachments? How would we interpret these words now? What might be "Heaven" and what might be "Hell"?

2 comments:

Roy & Erin said...

A fascinating read. This should be published in Esquire. Why Esquire? Because I have a subscription to it that hasn't expired yet. I'm glad your cousin Erin sent this to me.

Her husband, Roy

Ordinary Joe said...

If publishing in the magazine where we still have an unexpired subscription is the criteria, I think I'd be limited to National Geographic - ha!

It's so good to reconnect with everyone after so many years, seeing how everyone has changed and how they've stayed the same. I'm looking forward to more chats with you and Erin soon :-)