I got an invitation from a friend to take part in a discussion. The discussion is about Buddha’s birthplace. I don’t know why everyone wants to argue about this matter. Many intellectuals will gather in this discussion and will put their opinions and logic to decide something. I wonder why they waste time in this kind of stupidity. I want to ask simply, is this related to fundamental problems of man? One cannot find anything out of these kinds of discussions. We are living in a world which is full of problems. We face so many problems in our daily life, in every minute. Our life has become a complete disorder and we are crossing all the limits of insanity. Can one find out the solution of our fundamental problems out of these discussions? The answer is no; absolutely no.
It is more important to discuss on our present situations, on our present problems, which are far more real (I think), more urgent, instead of wasting time in arguments about the past. This very moment is the only thing that we have, but we are not aware of it. We are wasting this precious moment in thinking about the past. Why are we not taking it seriously? Why do we always think in past and future? What is the problem with this present? People do so called meditations, practice different kind of methods, read million books to be in the present moment. Why it has become so much difficult to be in present; why it has become so much difficult to live in this moment? The present moment is available but we not able to live it, past and future is not available now, but we live in these two all the time. Don’t you think it is weird? Have you ever thoughts about it that why is it so difficult to live in this available moment? Is it because our present moment is full of darkness? We don’t have any hope here. Our thoughts do not find security and feel uncomfortable. What is the reason behind it?
And why do we discuss on superficial problems instead of thinking about the real problems? I think the problems are not problems; but problem is that we don’t pay attention to our real problems. We think that it is not possible to find out the solution of our fundamental problems; and we are living in this disorder; we have accepted this disorder; we have accepted disorder as a way of life. Our mind does not go far when we think about our real problems; it is full of fear and confusions. It is so much difficult to deal with it. Then we create another petty issues; tiny superficial problems. And we pay our whole attention; spend our whole time to think about those man-made problems; and we think we are doing a very important work. We use those superficial problems just to play with; just to escape from the reality. I don’t know what this is all about.
What do you say about this? Think about it deeply.