I have been away for a while and, well, it’s been a bit like in this video. I mean, existentially speaking, like that.
Amazing guy. (But did you notice the other person? I guess you didn’t, because she was hidden – his girlfriend who did the same dive herself, but while operating the camera.)
Yep, sooner or later you need to take that plunge into the depths of yourself to see what’s in there. You can’t just hide in the surface world forever…
When I grew up, this is what I expected it to be like inside the recesses of my own mind: a deep dark abyss. And how could there be anything else if the world is ultimately just an empty space with some stardust appearing momentarily in a great big eternal nothingness?
So starting this blog by turning eastward was a way of questioning my own legacy, my own biases. I had to put myself on the other side and see how things looked like from there. So it became China. It might as well have been India or Bhutan. But that is how it went.
You know, I was criticised. “You make it sound as if you like China, huh!? I suddenly found myself at odds with cultural biases I did not even know existed. But of course they were all in the realm of politics, economy and things like that. Now, that was not what I was looking at. I wanted to go deeper. To me it was about collective consciousness; about those fundamental values that have been cultured since the cradle of a civilisation. Well, that is how you start thinking when you walk around in a country so ancient. And to me it was really about looking at human civilisation beyond the noisy western hype that has been dominating the scene for the past centuries – an insignificant episode in the aeons of Earth.
So I shut up. Sometimes that is the right thing to do. Life goes on even in the quietude. And maybe I will continue the China story some day. But it’s about another point of view. Hope that is clear by now. It’s really simple, and you don’t have to travel all over the place to see it: here is a bunch of us, plodding along on two feet across a planet. Twenty thousand years from now, some may even doubt the existence of such a savage, distant ancestor. But of course they may uncover archeological sites. I guess there will then be only rocks left, because they seem to last the longest. The plastic will be all gone, and most metal too – back to minerals, powder and sand. Faint traces of a civilisation almost turned into legend. That’s how things work out there in the surface world, and yet people think of it as so important. that which withers away in time, going to naught.
Soon another lifetime for me is over here. while time itself – or himself or herself – simply smirks in amusement, watching these little creatures flash by, thinking their momentary appearance is all in all.
Yeah, that’s what I used to be afraid of. That is what I saw as a dark pit. Because it seemed to simply end there – with an empty, quiet, meaningless eternity. Where even the four billions or so age of our known physical cosmos is merely a flash in the pan. However, and this much I know by now, once you take that dive, once you do the base jump into the core of your very self, you will find not nothing but something. Then as you go along you will realise, gradually, that in there is not only something, but everything. Because you will see that everything that actually exists … does so. It simply exists, and it will continue to do so, because that is the nature of that which exists. And that which will one day cease to exist – well, basically it didn’t exist in the first place, as little as a short flash or dream does.
I just realised that those last words come from the Bhagavad-gita. Must have read them some time ago:
“Those who are seers of the truth have concluded that of the nonexistent there is no endurance, and of the existent there is no cessation. This seers have concluded by studying the nature of both.” (B.G. 2.16)
We visited the Leshan Giant Buddha, in Sichuan, China. Well, this is a famous tourist attraction and you can read more about it here: Leshan Giant Buddha on Wikipedia. So I won’t repeat that. But as we delve into Buddhaland (my nickname for Sichuan, since this is where Buddhism started in China — btw in next episode or so we will go to the actual place of origin — the Emei mountains, a bit from where we are now) all kinds of thoughts come up.
A central idea in Buddhist philosophy is the transient, dreamlike and essentially illusory nature of this world where we find ourselves now and which we, I guess, usually call reality. And then, when you go to these kind of historic sites and hear all those stories of what happened there a long time ago, about God appearing in this world in this or that place, then you wonder; what is most important — if actually God appeared in this dream, wherever, whenever and as whoever, and how we could ever know anyway. Or if the really important thing with all these writings and constructions from the past is to teach us something important about ourselves here and now and forever, and about the real world beyond this phantasmagoria?
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The city of Chengdu in the Sichuan province of China is known for it’s laid back and relaxed life style. But did you know that one reason for this goes back more than 2000 years in time and the ingenious taming of a river?
I have been waiting for years to go and visit this place, Dujiangyan, outside of Chengdu. Some say it is more significant than the Chinese wall, and I tend to agree. A single construction project made an entire province prosperous, simply due to the deep understanding some people back then had for the dynamics of nature. I guess it’s the most practical and hands on example of applied feng shui we have.
The area there in Sichuan is amazing, and you get some idea of that in this video (as well as upcoming ones where we visit some other remarkable places). It still is like being taken back to mythical times in China.
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We visit relatives in Chengdu and stumble right into the middle of hardcore business and politics of China today. Well, as usual I guess we are not very politically correct, but take it as a social document. What you find here is basically what happens to appear before our camera, so it is what it is.
But really, I am trying to steer clear of politics and business. That is what you find in other documentaries about China. And when visiting this industrial area we were actually on our way to a very interesting place which you will (probably) see in the next episode.
Otherwise — well, things have been pretty intense and I did not have much time to edit my videos. But by now I have a lot of nice material and am trying to catch up. Later, and oh, please remember, this is a labor of love, and all I ask you to do if you happen to like it is to share this blog with everyone you know. Audiences make me inspired. Thanks.
Time to relax a bit after arriving from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, and our friendly hosts welcome us with some tea, the traditional Chinese way. By the way, did you know that the Chinese do not drink coffee? Well, nowadays the youth are picking up the habit from western cafés that have started popping up all over, but really, coming from a country of coffee addicts like Sweden I find it rather remarkable. A country not running on caffeine! Are there more of them out there?
We try the best tea in China. We also meet an I Ching expert, a talking bird who used to live above a news stand and keeps nagging the son in the family to go to college, and a poodle with sandals.