Breaking Free Of Rebirth In ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

When trapped on the planet Sakaar, there was this conversation… Korg: I’m actually organising another revolution. I don’t know if you’d be interested in something like that. Do you reckon you’d be interested? (Thor listens to while running to check out the roundabout jail). Thor, (the god of thunder): (comes up swiftly behind Korg) How did you…? Korg: This whole thing is a circle. But not a real circle, more like a freaky circle. Thor: This doesn’t make any sense. Korg: No, nothing makes sense here, man. The only thing that does make sense is that nothing makes sense. 

Indeed, we need to be interested in planning another spiritual revolution in time, to break free from this freakish cycle of rebirth that imprisons us life after life, that keeps up running in circles, much sooner and more frequently than expected. Since it does not make sense to stay trapped in senseless Samsara life after life, to undergo repetitive birth, ageing, sickness and death, it only makes sense to seek liberation. Just as the duo was enslaved gladiators to be sent to pointless deaths in the arena, we too are existentially enslaved with life and death sentences now.

In a vision, there was this conversation… Thor: She’s (i.e. Hela, the goddess of death) too strong. Without my hammer, I can’t… Odin: Are you Thor, the god of hammers? That hammer was to help you control your power, to focus it. It was never your source of strength. (But Thor was portrayed to wield lightning, which is more powerful than thunder, which is just a loud sound that follows lightning. Is he the god of lightning too? Then again, there is no thunder without lightning.) With the power of Buddha-nature within, we too can focus and control its true strength to break free from rebirth, especially if connected to the fully realised Other-power of a Buddha too, such as Amitabha Buddha!

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