Most of us might have had the chance to come across the concept of “middle path” laid down in Buddhism as maintaining a balanced life, controlling our tendencies to tilt towards any kind of extremes.
From a capitalist point of view, it’s nothing but an opportunity lost, to accumulate loads of wealth and in turn become successful.
From a traditional Oriental point of view, though, the middle path offers one to utilise the opportunity one is bestowed with, sheerly because one is born a human.
If you are wondering, what that opportunity might be, it is getting answers to the questions that the mankind and possibly you, might be having since the time you began to have a cognisance of your existence in this world.
What this might be visualised as, is to picture a man standing on a T-junction, where in,
Walking on one path means doing the usual in moderation, without giving a thought as to where it’s heading,
Second one being adopting sanyas, or giving up the worldly desires and going in search of truth,
And the third, which is not as dramatic as the above two; the drama in first being the ignorance or the willingness to ignore the possibility;
The drama in second being the dissociation with what we consider life;
3rd one, is to lead a 2-sub-path life at the same time;
One, where you are conscious about the accumulations at the same time, keeping a check on the tendency to accumulate;
Second, where you work towards realising the truth and figuring out the fundamental answers of life.
What this 3rd, 2-sub-path solution, does for you is,
To give you that one-shot at figuring out the truth, at the same time making sure that your survival is well taken care of, assuming that the benchmark for survival is much lower than, let’s say, owning and moving around in a Helicopter 😉
The only question is whether mankind in general and you in particular, is prepared to and would want to walk the path.
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