Thursday, July 8, 2010

And if Only One Thing had Happened Differently... Part 2

Link to Part 1

In this part 2, I will use another analogy to describe the conditional nature of everything that happens in this world - cause and effect, or karma.

While we try our very best to understand this process, it is worthy to realize that no amount of description is enough to thoroughly explain the full intricacies of karma.

This flash of idea came a few days ago in the form of a watch, so I asked Mickey (since he’s the avid watch collector) what the watch with the most complications was. He told me it was either Patek Philippe or a Vacheron Constantine. So I googled and found 2 models which I liked: the Patek Philippe Calibre 89 and Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4.

Life as a whole is like an Ultra-complicated watch. With so many different mechanical complications working together, and all complications somehow depending on each other to work correctly, the ultra-complicated watch presents itself as a perfect masterpiece.

Thus the process of life, the events we encounter right from the moment of birth to the last breath (spanning many lifetimes), follows the kind of automatic and systematic movement of the complications, with every beat causing the next, and the next, and so on. Every different function of the watch depends on, as well as affect, some or all the other functions. And so for the moon phase to work correctly, the day counters must work correctly, and then the hour hands, minute hand. Likewise in our lives, the occurrence of an event depends on thousands of other events happening elsewhere, as if the whole world comes on together to make it happen. Everything is, as its name, complicated!!

And so every event (especially the major ones like losing a big sum of money in our investments, or losing a loved one) in our lives is, like the clock-works, a result of thousands of previous beats. At the same time, it’s a cause of whatever beats that’s to come. In a way, we can say that it wouldn’t have happened any other way! Every decision we make at any point in time is always the best given that set of conditions!

So, as we can sit and admire the intricacies of the complications, packed within such a small casing of a watch. Likewise, we can also extract our Selfs, and admire the works of cause and effect in this very drama of our lives.

And ask this very question:

(This Thread is dedicated to Mickey)

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