Saturday, January 26, 2013

Being Hood, to Buddhahood.

...There honestly isn't a difference.

Being "hood," is the state of being in one's home and familiar surroundings. It can also mean where one feels they belong, where they can be their own beautiful, ugly, basic, extravagant, glorious self, without judgment, competition, or expectations. A person who's being hood is claiming to be whatever they are, and also can somehow be proud of it, regardless of how bad it truly might be to their health, or that of another's. Being hood can also include a strong love and affiliation to your homies, your comrades, people who have your back and will always be there for you no matter what. If you are hood, you can be put to the test and thrive, passing the test with flying colors. Your character and behavioral patterns could take question with some, but your loyalty and faith in your homies is flawless like a diamond.

Now, I don't see Buddhahood too much differently. Firstly, to be in a state of Buddhahood is to have experienced seeing oneself in the highest, happiest, most detached, simplest form of existence possible, the path of least resistance. This is only one way that I take Buddhahood. It also means placing yourself aside, so that you can help others attain a state of Enlightenment, whatever that means for each individual personally. You have placed faith and loyalty in the path of the Boddhissattva. This includes a deep sense of compassion for humanity, but also for your imperfect self. This state is also about uncovering your passionate, detached presence in your life and in that of others. You are always making an intense effort to be as present as possible, not allowing for many distractions. Buddhahood helps you to see yourself as you truly are, come what may, all your flaws and imperfections all perfect and shining once again, bright as a diamond.

Show me how the two are different, and I'll show you more ways in which they are in fact the same. Namaste.

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