The World of Impermanence


abandoned buddha

We live in a world of impermanence and instability, because we are blinded by tiny fragments to which we cling under the influence of unreasonable desires; and thus blinded we lose the great connections and inner relations which give meaning and harmony to the flux of life. If we could see the whole picture, the totality and completeness of relations, we would be able to see things and beings in their proper perspective. The change of movement – which until then could be conceived only under the negative aspect of impermanence (as the principle of destruction) – would reveal a consistency of rhythm, a stability of direction and a continuity of organic development and spiritual unfoldment which could restore to our world and life a higher order of permanence and value than ever conceived by intellectual abstractions and speculations. – Lama Anagarika Govinda


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