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Philosophy {7} ~ Existentialism

Existentialism is a school of 20th-century philosophers who shared the belief that philosophical thinking begins with the human subject – not merely the thinking subject, but the acting, feeling, living, human individual. In existentialism, the individual’s starting point is characterized by what has been called “the existential attitude,” or a sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless or absurd world. A central proposition of existentialism is that existence precedes essence, which means that the actual life of the individual is what constitutes what could be called his or her “essence” instead of there being a predetermined essence that defines what it is to be a human. Thus, the human beings – through their own consciousness – create their own values and determine a meaning to their life.

Quotes {46} ~ Building A Sense Of Self Unconsciously To Fill The Vacuum

“Strong convictions do not necessarily signal a powerful sense of self: very often quite the opposite. Intensely held beliefs may be no more than a person’s unconscious effort to build a sense of self to fill what, underneath, is experienced as a vacuum.” ~ Gabor Maté, When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress

~Koham~

Koham, is a Sanskrit mantra. The mantra literally translates as Koh, which means “who,” and Am, which means “I.” Together, the mantra becomes the question “who am I?” Used as a mantra in meditation, this question is used by yogis seeking solace. The question of “who am I?” is what needs to be analyzed and realized in order to transcend physical and material reality.

~Kaivalya~

Kaivalya is a state of solitude, aloneness, isolation and detachment. The word is derived from the Sanskrit kevala, meaning “alone” or “isolated.” It is a separation of purusha (Self or Soul) from prakriti (primal matter). The state of kaivalya is the main goal of Raja yoga. It is a detachment and independence from relationships, egoism, attraction, aversion and the cycle of birth and death. One can achieve this state by performing austerities, yoga practice and discipline. One who achieves this state is called a Kevalin.

“The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” talks about a yogi who achieved kaivalya and is independent from all bonds. He attained the state of absolute consciousness, described in the chapter titled “Samadhi Pada.”

~Namarupa~

Namarupa is a Buddhist concept that refers to the interdependence of the mind and body. The term comes from the Sanskrit and Pali languages in which nama means “name” and rupa means “form,” “likeness” or “matter.” In Pali, nama also refers to such immaterial concepts as consciousness and perception. Namarupa is typically translated as “mind and body” or as a compound word, “bodymind,” indicating the inseparability of the individual’s physical and mental existence.

Namarupa describes a similar concept in Hinduism. Nama refers to the essential (spiritual) properties of a living being or an object, whereas rupa is the substantial (physical presence).

Journal {3} ~ 09/04/21 ~ When You Hurt The Other You Hurt Yourself

When you hurt the other, you hurt yourself within the interconnectivity of this cosmos; for you are the other beyond duality. I have learnt a lot, hastiness is a vice, it is harder for myself to form human relationships with chronic pain and other mental afflictions because whilst the world is spinning around, being in pain 24/7 and acting normal can be painful sometimes. When you hurt the other, you hurt yourself.. let go of the weight on your shoulders, all is as it is, forgiveness.

~Love is the answer. Amber, DiosRaw 09/04/21