Tuesday, October 03, 2006

SAMSARA [movie of the week]

Do you know that name?
Prince Siddhartha, Gautama, Sakyamuni, Buddha
everybody knows those names...but...

Yashodhara was married to Siddhartha.
She loved him dearly.
One night Siddhartha left her and their son, Rahul,
while they were sleeping, to seek Enlightenment...
He did not even say a word to her when he left.

Yashodhara had shown compassion for the sick and ailing
long before Siddhartha ever did.
... long before Siddhartha was even aware of suffering!

Who can say if he owed his Enlightenment to her?

Perhaps Yashodhara wanted to leave Siddhartha and Rahul.
How can we ever know if Yashodhara fell victim to anger...
... to loneliness and bitterness... after Siddhartha left her?

Who even thought about her?

What must she have said when Rahul, her son, asked that eternal question:
Where is my father?
What must she have told him?

How could a mother leave her own child, in the middle of the night...

It is only possible for a man to do.
Tashi, only for a man!
After that, Yashodhara had no choice. She had to lead a life of renunciation.
She cut off her hair... and lived like an ascetic.

Oh, Tashi...
If your thoughts towards Dharma were of the same intensity,
as the love and passion you have shown me, you would become a Buddha,
in this very body... in this very life.


- Pema... forgive me!
I am going back with you... back where I belong..."

Saṃsāra in Tibetan Buddhism:
is uncontrollably recurring rebirth, filled with suffering and problems. In this sense, Samsara may be translated "Wheel of Suffering."

Samsara (2001), a sublime (frustrating) movie of dedication, spirituality, love, desire, betrayal and determination. If you have 2 hours this week... please try and watch this wonderful, and moving story.

What is more important: satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one...


At 7:56 AM, Blogger Red said...

I've never heard of this film, but I see now that it's got good reviews everywhere. Unfortch, my poxy rental film website doesn't have it in stock, meaning that my local Blockbuster CERTAINLY won't have it in stock. This is very frustrating. What's a girl to do?!

At 1:23 PM, Blogger _z. said...

Oh so sorry to hear that red... it was a fine movie...

well unless you want to go arrrgh, and pirate it...


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