Longing's Cessation

Countless life forms are born each moment,

and approximately equal amounts die.

Hence, from a broader perspective, nothing is occurring.

The measurement of intervals
between two or more occurrences
is central to a definition of time.

Since there are no occurrences,
time does not exist!

The absence of time indicates the existence of eternity,

yet eternity can only exist in contrast to finite forms.

For instance, our human forms

are continuously transformed

by numerous microscopic life forms

that, at each moment, are either being born or dying.

Since our human forms are continuously transformed,

we are eternal, transforming entities

that are aspects of one single transforming entity.

Our eternal nature is further confirmed

by alternately ceasing to exist and reemerging.

Furthermore, we are rejuvenated

by this reemerging awareness of nonexistence.

Awareness of nonexistence is inseparable
from awareness of intangible existence.

Intangible existence is perceptible as a lovable light; 

consequently, love is born.

As an analogy, we may imagine

perceptible intangible existence

and awareness of nonexistence

as the mother and father of love.

The awareness of love

as an aspect of our eternal entities is peaceful

because love arises

without relating to other aspects of the single entity.

Thus, love is inseparable from peace.

The lovable, peaceful awareness

of the regular cessation of existence

can only exist in contrast to eternal life;

consequently, life arises.

Life's eternalness establishes the eternal principle.

However, the formless, ethereal eternity

can only exist in contrast

to the principle of unique finite forms;

therefore, forms come into being.

An analogy for finite forms

is musical notes that contrast eternal silence.

The principles of eternity and finite forms

create a symphony

of continuously unique, unmanifested forms.

Unmanifested forms are fleeting

because they consist of eternity and temporary forms; 

thus, they are comparable to air.

The airy, unmanifested forms

complement love and peace, 

which compare to still water reflecting sunlight.

Further, the analogy about the mirrored reflection

describes how eternal life 

contrasts with the regular cessation of existence.

The wind moves the waters,

forming ripples and more prominent waves

that uniquely reflect the light

and eventually caress the shores

of a paradisical landscape.

The landscape represents

our eternal entity's ethereal realm

where unmanifested forms occur

as mirrored by a manifested form's interaction

with other unique aspects of the single entity.

A spacious realm allows aspects of the single entity

to express unique forms and discard them

without the agony of being born, staying alive, and dying.

The realm gradually becomes more spacious

with each emergence

of an awareness of nonexistence.

Awareness of nonexistence emerges

when we allow cessation of existence while resting.

Longing ceases

each time awareness of nonexistence reemerges.

When we realise that we are eternal, transforming entities 

that all are aspects of the single eternal entity,

we cease to relate to other aspects

as something other than ourselves.

The realisation of the impossibility

of longing for the single eternal entity

or any of its aspects

is longing's final cessation.