SUFFERINGS AND CAUSES ATTRIBUTED IN VEDA, VEDANGAS
AFTER GOING THRO THE ARTICLE OF MY FRIEND I FELT MY VIEW CAN ALSO, BE EXPRESSED FROM OUR OWN SCRIPTURES, HENCE THIS FOLLOW UP.
‘PEOPLE OFTEN RAISE THE SAME QUESTION WHEN THEY ARE IN GREAT DISTRESS. Their language may vary, but they mean the same-- `Why does God burden me alone with so much strife?' (@)
Buddhism speaks of the same great truth that the ancient sages of Hinduism revealed—we cannot fully understand the many aspects that cover our lives.
Unfairness is a part and parcel of life. Such is the way of life. Can we teach ourselves not to be the victims of unfairness and confront it with the understanding that mysteries of life cannot be fully understood? Such acceptance of unfairness would give us the maturity to live life wisely.’
K R view:
The cause of sufferings of people is neither “unfairness”, nor “mystery”. The best principle of Vedas is “theory of Karma” and this was crisply brought out, by TIRUVALLUAR, as IMMAIKKUM ENAI MARUMAIKKUM THATHAM KARUMAME KATTALAIKKAL.
Buddhism though is only an expansion of Vedic culture, did not accept the rituals and idol worship, (which was not there in Vedas), and rebirths. Buddhism attributed the cause of sufferings to only THE DESIRE, which was called, in Rig Vedam, as “Kamya karma”. As vedangas explained the Vedas, so too Nava diamond sutras were pounded by later Buddhists. As later followers of Vedic culture created the rituals and idol worship, so too Buddhism, started all the rituals and idol worship, against which Lord Buddha ventured to divert.
Karma is some kind of a balance sheet, where the actions of all kinds, dharmically or adharmically, are accounted for as assets and liabilities, of the business of each life, born here. Whereas the balance sheet reveal the “net-asset” or “net-liability”, the life balance sheet, remain total assets and total liabilities, with carried forward, each janma, account. The pleasure and the pain of life are destined as per the total assets and the total liabilities, to be spent here. The Atma of every specie enter and exit along with the remaining, to take another robe ,as per the accounts and “PUNARAPI JANANAM AND PUNARAPI MARANAM” GOES CYCLIC.
The frail human is given few yogas to practice to increase the good and decrease the bad; its advised to practice “nishkamya karma” and act in the name of God, to wipe out the balance sheet to zero; without the “arpanam to god”, good as well as bad karmas result in pleasure or painful life; the ignorance (aviveka) when wiped out, Moksha result to escape from all the ordeals. TIRUVALLUAR, according to me a Sanskrit scholar, has put it nicely, PATRUGA PATRATRAN PATRINAI, APPATRU PATRUGA PATRAVIDATHU.
Therefore sufferings are our own causes, now or earlier births (NANDRUM THEEDHUM PIRAR THARA VAARAA) and hence have to lead a careful life. Again JUSTICE of the earth and the DHARMA of vedam are totally different. The defense of sufferings is to seek the strength from HIM to bear the pain and to lead kindly light. This is the only people find, bad enjoying the life and the good reeling under the sufferings. People who do utter those words in the opening Para(@), have unknown past; why, some people who utter also conveniently forget the misdeeds committed by them even in this life itself. People can justify their action with the human brain, however, they know and their conscious—hence TIRUVALLUAR SAID,”THAN NENJARIVADHU POYYATRKA, POYTHA PIN THAN NENJE THANNAI SUDUM.
Thank you dt 24th oct 2012.