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We could write a book about each of them. The first of these laws is the Law of Causation, that is, the Law of Cause and Effect. An old adage reads: where you put a condition, another condition will arise and it is, by putting a crude example, as if we toss a coin into the air and, although we do not see where it will fall, somewhere it will, because whenever there is a cause there is an effect; whenever there is an action, there is necessarily a reaction.
This is what is called the Law of Causation or the Law of Cause and Effect, which yogis observe very carefully because they know that every cause or action will have its repercussions, whether inside or outside of us, and that every cause or action always has its consequences. and that is why we must take responsibility for our actions.
It was Buddha who said: "Even if you go to the most remote cave in the Himalayas, the results of your actions will follow you." Always, in some way, we are persecuted for our actions and their results, because no one can avoid the Law of Cause and Effect. And just as if a pendulum goes to one side, it will necessarily return to the other, thus, whether we are able to see it or not, understand it or not, every cause causes its effect as the shadow follows the body.
The second law is called the Law of Opposites or Opposites. The Taoists have presented it in an excellent graphic way: the yin and the yang, which have a point of reconciliation and which is the unity of the Tao. Everything is yin or everything is yang, everything is bitter or sweet, light or dark, inside or outside, up or down. There is friendship because there is enmity, there is lack of love because there is love, there is an end because there is a beginning and, thus, we can appreciate this law in all that is manifest and thus one station follows another station, the night follows the day and the day the night; It is the inexorable law of opposites, also called by Zen the pairs of opposites or opposites, that we have to learn to reconcile them, to deal with them and to find that point of balance or equidistant point between one side and the other because, as Buddha said , extremes are always traps we rush into.
The third law is the Law of the incontrovertible. Here it is of no use whether or not we want to make it possible. If it is inexorable, it is inexorable. Buddha was asked by his disciples: “Teacher. What are the incontrovertible, inevitable or inexorable facts? He invited them to go to a lake and throw a rock and the contents of a drum of oil and then explain what had happened. They returned and Buddha asked them, "What happened?" They replied: "Very simple, Lord, the rock has sunk and the oil has floated on the water." Buddha replied, “Do you see? The incontrovertible or inexorable facts! As much as you would have sat on the shore of the lake crying, shouting, praying, lamenting and supplying for the rock to float and the oil to sink, you would not have succeeded ”.
Life is full of incontrovertible facts, but for lack of clear vision we want to change them, we struggle, and then all we do is create more discomfort, more pain, add regret to lamentation and tribulation to tribulation.
Perhaps one of the strongest facts and that we least want to see is the Law of Instability. Everything is unstable, but it happens that when something lasts a little longer, we deceive ourselves or that fools us, making us believe that it is stable and durable. In a work by Albert Camus, Calígula, at one point lamentingly says: "Nothing lasts." And it is true, everything is unstable, impermanent, transitory but, despite this, you have to live it with equanimity, with lucidity and with a very perceptive mind.
Everything that born dies; everything that arises, vanishes; everything that comes together, sooner or later, is separated, it is the Law of contingency, everything is impermanent and transitory. If we knew how to accommodate this law to our lives, it would be very useful because it would help us to overcome attachment and hatred, by realizing to what extent everything is fleeting - everything is like a star that disappears at dawn - and we would have another attitude towards it. life and we would be able to live each moment without grasping and without aversion.
These are some of the Laws of Nature that are interesting to study and examine, to adopt in our lives an appropriate attitude so as not to add affliction to affliction. The unaffected observation meditation allows us to fully realize the transience of everything that is inside and outside of us, and that is changing our consciousness and developing liberating wisdom.
There is a special kind of vision that transcends appearances. Patanjali called it "pure vision" and Buddha, "vipassana" or penetrative vision. For those who know how to “see”, laws are compromised that go unnoticed for those who only crash their vision against appearances. The true vision is the one that transforms and helps to modify the mind and the procedure.
By Ramiro Calle