Life is a Paradox

by Dharmesh Bhadja on 28th December, 2012 at 2:41 PM CEST

“What is the greatest paradox on this earth?”

“Day after day countless people die. Yet the living wishes to live forever.” King Yudhisthir replied.

A conversation between Answer and Question

Answer: Without you, I have no existence!

Question replied: I’m the Question, how can I give reply?

Answer: Feels inferiority.

Then Question to Answer: Even I’m named adjective ‘worthless’ without you. People consider the questions worthless without answers! They neglect.

Answer: I’m created to complete you only, then how “worthless”?

Question: If answer doesn’t solve their puzzle, they consider me (Question) worthless. Otherwise how can there be any question without answer?

Now, Question: I am consulted for you (Answer) to be known, but you never provide proper meanings.

Answer: But, I resolve you.

Question: I don’t feel so. I am consulted repeatedly by different people in different forms. If you solve me completely, then how is this possible?

“O dear elements of Truth, listen!

You both are complementary to each other. Each question leads to an answer and each answer brings new question. ‘Question=Answer’ cycle is step towards ultimate truth. If anyone follows this Question=Answer with curiosity, whoever he is, a scientist, artist, thinker or devotee or any person, will go ahead towards the ultimate truth only. And when he found question without answer, or answer without any further question, there lies the ultimate truth and all the paradoxes dissolve there.”

Without polarity; without division into subject and object, into knower and known, knowledge itself is impossible. In the oneness there is no knowledge, but only being.

We all have a polar consciousness which arranges to ensure that the world appears to us in polar form. It is vital to understand that it is not the world, but our consciousness with which we view the world that is polarized. As an example, let us consider the breath. As inhalation and exhalation constantly alternate, they create a rhythm. But rhythm is nothing more than constant alternation between two poles. Anyone who refuses to breathe out can no longer breathe in. from this it is clear that inhalation depends on exhalation and vice versa.

In the picture below, polarity lies between foreground and background rather ‘faces’ and ‘vase’. Here, the black takes its life from the white and the foreground from the background.

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This high degree mutual dependence between two opposite shows us that behind every polarity there is an evident unity.

One example from human experiences:

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Body/soul, left brain/right brain, yin/yang, health/illness, sun/moon, masculine/feminine, day/night, life/death, acid/alkaline, + & - etc. are two side of the single coin.

Here is, Dalai Lama on paradox of our age.

How do you deal with life’s paradoxes?

Dharmesh, Writers Action Team #9

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Gayathri Kamarajan

Gayathri Kamarajan

Dedicating time to re-examine your goals and free will. This will help you in the long run. Examine and cherish those things that rebuild your soul and mind :)

30th December, 2012 @ 11:16 AM CEST



Life is not a bed of roses so nothing good comes easy so no matter how many times you fall or fail, you must stand stand up and continue because failure is never an option.

30th December, 2012 @ 2:40 PM CEST

Syed Mehmood Kazmi

Syed Mehmood Kazmi | Action team

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

Everything, Words, Learned
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Future, Mind, Past
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

Great post!

30th December, 2012 @ 3:18 PM CEST

Olukunle Osesina

Olukunle Osesina

I think the meaning of life is what ever meaning we give it—and we can literally give it any meaning that “feels right” to us. There’s a blank canvas in front of you. You are the artist of your life, and you are free to paint any picture that pleases you—and change it at any time for that matter.

8th January, 2013 @ 11:34 PM CEST

Darijan Hadzisalihovic

Darijan Hadzisalihovic

For me the greatest paradox is when we say that we are creators of our destiny, even if destiny is been writen long time before for us. Now, here is something shameful, when we say that we create our destiny, but when something goes wrong we say "it's destiny, it's been written long time ago", appling that it's not our foult and we use destiny as a excuse for aour fails...

22nd February, 2013 @ 6:26 PM CEST

Darijan Hadzisalihovic

Darijan Hadzisalihovic

The only way we can fight against paradox in life, is to accept it. Something like chicken accepts that it was an egg one day...

22nd February, 2013 @ 6:33 PM CEST

Anatoliy Biliciler

Anatoliy Biliciler | Action team

I will keep this short and just tell you the method i developed to solve paradoxes.
Step 1: Analyse the Paradox by seperating the two opposing propositions which conflict one another.(just write both them down)

Step 2: Identify the cause of paradox (most of them stem from lack of information or misenterpretation of it. such as Xenon's paradox aka Achilles vs turtle race)

Step 3: Using the cause to prove or disprove one of the conflicting propositions. Or find in which condition they apply

Step 4: Test the final proposition on every possible scenario. Or if it is a theoratical paradox. Test max. condition then min condition then strange conditions (such as +4C for water or 0 in division)

27th February, 2013 @ 5:40 PM CEST

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