Is Zhabkar’s account an imagined order of its own?
In the Clarification I stress the point that Buddhism is an imagined order, and that Zhabkar’s account of the matter enables one to go beyond this and other imagined orders, be they religious or secular.
The question arises then of this is possible at all, and is what Zhabkar tells us about liberation not an imagined order of its own.
During the process of writing of the book I have given much thought to this question already. My first feeling was indeed that it is also an imagined order. But lateron it became visible for me that liberation goes beyond all imagined orders. This is even the core of it.
One cannot see this from inside of the imagined orders, because they all are in competition with each other. Liberation itself is beyond all competition.
Liberation is the experienced seeing that all and everything is imagined, but without judging it good or bad. Liberation means that having incorporatied this insight, one can live within any imagined order, without being bound by it. One then sees them as part of the cosmic balance of the universe, and that one’s place in in this balance is part of the cosmic balance itself. Then, whatever happens, can be encountered and eventually accepted in peace, or as the occasion arises, be fiercely rejected, dependent on the moment and the flux of changes that occur, and of which the liberated person is part himself.
The liberated person acts according to the energy of the moment, and sees and knows that his action or non-action is only part of something bigger, which he may or may not have further knowledge or understanding of.
This is the way of accepting that Viktor Frankl has shown, and that he describes in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, in which he gives an account of his own life in the German deathcamps. He shows that, not what is done to him is important, but his own perspective on it. Frankl shows how to stay upright and positive, despite all misery. In my eyes he is one of the real heros of Humanity.
The Buddha uses the picture that the person who is liberated, has crossed over to the other shore, the non-dual one, where by definition no imagined orders can exist.
The Buddha and Jesus have attained to have gone beyond the imagined orders, and so can we.