Impermanence and Permanence

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Hi everyone,

Very often we feel that we are completely lost, that we don’t know what we should do, what we should use our life for, which direction we should go, which job we should do or learn, how our future will be, or where our future lies.

And we feel lost. Seeing our friends work hard, building their careers, holding good positions… we wish we could be like them, know what we want and what we should do, and be happy with our life plans…

But…

Perhaps we don’t know that most of our friends also feel lost and uncertain just like we do. It’s just that they don’t mention it.

Or they may feel stable today, but if something happens tomorrow – such as losing love, money, or job – they will immediately jump to the questioning state like we’re experiencing.

Actually, if we are questioning about the uncertainties in life, even our own thoughts, then we are probably on the right track, because life is impermanent and never stops changing, so it’s reasonable for us to question like that.

Only those who don’t understand that life is impermanent are sure of their life and their surroundings.

Until they face some tragic event!

Life is like that. Life is impermanent. It keeps changing, nothing is certain.

Except that these two things do not change, if you believe in either of these two following schools of thought, or both:

1. Law of causation: You reap what you sow. This is the rule that doesn’t change.

Or

2. God: God never changes and always be with us.

Life changes – that is impermanence. It changes in accordance with the law of causation, and law of causation is permanent (eternal).

The universe changes – that is impermanence. God always exists, that is permanence.

All schools of philosophy prescribe an eternal foundation and a current of changes running on that foundation. That is a world of relativities constantly changing on the absolute foundation. That is the numerous waves changing on the eternal ocean that we call “Void”. That is the universe living every day in the Holy Spirit of God that fulfills every single cell of the universe.

If you understand what is permanent, you will no longer worry about the impermanent, since no matter how your life changes, it will change according to the good seeds that you are sowing every day, or to God’s will that is always full of love for you.

If you comprehend that absolute and permanent foundation, you will never worry or feel lost because of the impermanence of life.

Wish you all a peaceful day.

Cheers,

Hoành

(Nguyen Ha Huyen Van translated from Vietnamese)

Original Vietnamese article:

Vô thường và thường hằng

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