Thus I do swim in an immense sea of impermanence: whatever I experience continually changes to something else.
There is no sensation of joy which does not pass,
No sensation of sorrow which does not recur with inevitable certainty.
Every pleasure is shadowed (even while being enjoyed) by the prospect that it too will pass with the passing of the object which caused it, only to be replaced by suffering; this will be the greater, the greater the joy was.
The greatest suffering, however, we experience at the hour in which our own corporeal organism and hence the whole actual world is snatched away from us.
We are then overwhelmed with sorrow, only to re-appear in a new form, exposed to new life, to new sickness, new decrepitude and death, and so forth in endless repetition.
Who, having grasped the whole circle, would not be filled with horror and fright?
There is no worldly sensation of joy which does not pass
There is no sensation of sorrow which does not recur with inevitable certainty
Every worldly pleasure is overshadowed (even whilst being enjoyed) by the prospect that it too shall pass with the passing of the OBJECT which caused it… only to be replaced by dissatisfaction – the greater of which, the greater the attachment to the worldly pleasure or experience was.
The greatest suffering is at the moment of death. Why? Because it is when our body (which we use to enjoy the world and experience the pleasures and happiness especially of the phenomenal world) – is snatched away from us!
That, is the moment when we get overwhelmed with sorrow. Why? All the people that brought us happiness, all the things that brought us pleasure, all the amazing food that we loved to eat, all the experiences that we loved to enjoy, – we can no longer see anymore, can no longer eat, no longer experience anymore – once our bodies turn bad from diseases and illnesses, and we die.
All those things that we’ve poured so much blood, sweat and tears, so much of our time, effort and money that we’ve invested into building up – will now just suddenly vanish and be snatched away from us – at the moment of death.
So this is a reflection on one context with which to view the world – to help us see through and let go of our attachments.
– George Grimm, Buddhist Wisdom