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Lions Roar : July 2017
The Sacred Desire to Exist Out of the primordial desire to exist, everything comes into being. This sacred force, says ANAM THUBTEN, is different from clinging, which is the source of our suffering. HOT OFF THE PRESS WHEN PEOPLE HAVE an existential crisis or when they do deep reflection, they begin to ask questions that nor- mal people don’t ask, such as, “Why am I here? Why is there a universe in the first place? Why does everything exist?” Most of the time, we don’t understand why we are here or why we came into being in the first place or why all of the events that have occurred in our lives since we were born have happened. There is always this unknown and great mystery that seems to be the foundation of our existence. Of course, sometimes we can use our thinking mind to analyze and try to fig- ure out why something happened, why we are here, and what is going to happen tomorrow. We can understand the causes and conditions to a certain extent, yet there is always the great mystery. We can call this unknown, this great mystery, karma. We can say everything is our own karma. Yet we can never understand karma. That’s why many of the ancient Eastern philosophers said, “Don’t analyze karma because we can never fully under- stand it.” The idea of karma is that we will never completely understand the mystery of our existence. Sometimes we hope there is a clear explanation for everything and there will be a remedy, a solution for all our problems, especially the big problem, which is our mortality. Of course, our desire is to live a long life or maybe even live forever. Living forever is completely impossible, and still many people have this desire now and then. The point is that we are here, and there is nothing we can do about it. It is too late to change our minds. Welcome to this planet. We are completely here, and so far there isn’t any exit strategy. So we might as well PHOTOBYLUCKYPIG/ALAMYSTOCKPHOTO LION’S ROAR | JULY 2017 75