What is Enlightenment?
I went away last weekend without my mobile phone and lap top which have become inseparable & addictive nicotines of my life. The Lord Buddha had shown us, that, to attain enlightenment in life, we need to practice non attachment to everything, including our emos, body and possessions!
So I left behind some worldly belongings to visit the ancient ruins, faraway. What is left behind there, are mere illusions of the glorious past where the old capital once stood.
To have "non attachment" is a big word, yet it is easy to achieve but many failed to practice due to our hearts.
Most beings be it alive or parted still carry much anger, greed and selfishness. Words uttered are polluted and even in prayers, the heart could still crave for greedy wishes. I just cannot believe for what I had heard in some prayers lately.
What we see in our fellow beings may not be what it seemed to be. Everything we see today are mere illusions, so we ought to just let go and our hearts will be lighter & happier. Tomorrow will bring another day's sunrise and sunset.
Over 3 trillion beings have attained enlightenment as being written in sutras. Our journey in this life is the path that we have chosen. One can change them to the way we wish, depending on one's determination.
Once an illustrious capital city of an ancient kingdom, it has become a lifeless city filled with memories carved in the minds.
A young Cinderella dancing and playing under the skies would someday be part of the history of illusions.
Often being said that the journey to a thousand miles begins with the first step. They could do it and so can we, too. Put aside emotions with focus instilled, we can emerge from any darkest tunnels easily. The other end of the dark tunnels will always be the illuminating rays of light waiting. There is always hope in everything.
Two lovely dovey foreign birds chuckling away teasingly under the attap pavilion overlooking the huge levels of water pool beneath. Life may not always be a bed of roses but the simplest form of happiness is always around us to appreciate.
Lovely sights to behold for this moment becomes illusions and happy memories for me now. I had the yummiest breakfast buffet inside and suffered multiple tummy upsets and flatulence for my greedy binge. Served me right!
A unique Mediterranean house with attap roofing housed the most delicious Italian food I ever had in my entire life that night.
It was so cosy, neat and proper Italian settings with Mafia chefs in the kitchen dishing out my orders. I bet Pavoratti would swoon and squeal in delight if he dined there too.
This was a starters which was complimentary from the kind chef from Milan.
I have forgotten the long name of this seafood pasta but I licked the plate very dry after that.
A king sized bed in the longest suite I ever slept in my life since the last luxury stint at Marriot Marquess - Times Square in New York city back in the 90s.
The huge and private balcony where I relaxed and reflected back my whole life's journey. It was a very great weekend and I shall return.