The Matrix Resurrection is being released on 22nd of December this year. The Matrix trilogy was released 20yrs back and people are still trying to figure out what it is about. I felt overwhelmed when I first saw the first movie in the series – The Matrix. For two days I could not understand what the movie was about. But I was thoroughly impressed by the idea “Free Your Mind”. I later saw all the movies in the series and things begin to make sense. The movie was about Buddha and his journey from being an ordinary person to becoming the Buddha, by understanding the laws of the Dependent Origination and Karma and cracking the code called Life. Similarly, Thomas Anderson a hacker in ordinary world becomes Neo, the chosen One by understanding and hacking through the laws of the Matrix.
Later I wrote the book “Attaining Nirvana” and included epigragh of dialogues from the Movie in each of it’s chapter. The book is available for Amazon Kindle https://www.amazon.in/dp/B00KBYPU1O/. You can also read it at http://AttainingNirvana.Com. But I would recommend you read the book on Kindle as dwell time on websites is usually less, while kindle will keep the flow of reading a book.
The book starts with the epigraph in Author’s Note
“I’ve been looking for you, Neo. I don’t know if you’re ready to see what I want to show you, but unfortunately you and I have run out of time.” –Morpheus
Here we as author’s try to bring out the Neo within you. It also tells you that we have run out of time. This lifetime is very short for Attaining Nirvana and the Wheel of Life is never ending.
“Hey, it just sounds to me like you need to unplug, man.” –Choi
Here we urge you to unplug from your routine life, that’s going to keep you going round and round through the never ending birth and death cycles of life.
Chapter 1 : What is Nirvana? :
“It’s the question that drives us, Neo. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question just as I did.” –Trinity
While the Question refers to The Matrix and what it is, the book, brings you straight to the Question of what is Nirvana. If you have had this book in your hand, that means your are driven with the quest for Nirvana. And that is what we would be offering you in the book.
Chapter 2. Basics & Four Noble Truths
“Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead only try to realize the truth.” –Spoon Boy
In the movie Neo tries to bend the spoon with his mind, while the Spoon boy tells him to realise the truth. Similarly, the Buddha tells us to understand the Four Noble Truth – That there is suffering, that there is a cause of suffering – greed, anger and delusion, that there is path to suffering, and that there is end to suffering.
Chapter 3. Noble Eight Fold Path
“Over there. There’s our path. Can you see it? Three lines. Follow them.” –Neo
The Eight Fold Path is further categorised in three parts – Sila (Morality), Samadhi (Meditation) and Panna (Wisdom). Following the eight fold path will lead you to Nirvana. You see not only the words, but also symbols in the movie indicate the connection to Buddhism and Nirvana.
Chapter 4. Meditation
“You have to let it all go, Neo, fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind.” –Morpheus
Here Morpheus trains Neo to free his mind to understand and master the rules of the Matrix. Similarly, Buddha’s Noble Right Fold Path includes meditation and awareness as an important part of the path leading to Nirvana.
Chapter 5. Meditation on Brahma Viharas
“Cookies need love like everything does.” –Oracle
Love is referred throughout the Movie in different forms.
“While the others experienced this in a very general way, your experience is far more specific – vis a vis love.” — Architect
“Metta” an emotion of love towards all beings alike, an unconditional love.
Chapter 6. The Practice Chart
“You have been down there, Neo. You know that road. You know exactly where it ends. And I know that’s not where you want to be…” –Trinity
Trinity is asking Neo to follow a different path out of the Matrix.
The practice chart is a handy tool to remember the Buddhist teachings and put it into action on a daily basis.
Part II of the book is Insight. It is deeper understanding of Buddhism. It is also provides the reason why we must attain Nirvana.
Chapter 7. Dependent Origination :
“You see, there is only one constant, one universal, it is the only real truth: causality. Action. Reaction. Cause and effect.” –Merovingian
Merovingian tells Morpheus about his philosophy about the human and other worlds. Incidentally, Dependent Origination in Buddhism is 12 links of causality, action and reaction, depicted being controlled by Mara, the God of death. Mara incites carnal pleasure among beings leading to the actions and reactions, which Merovingian further explains as Choice being an illusion. Further Merovingian is the owner of the Hell club holding every type of beings and has access to Matrix code. Merovingian is also amongst the oldest and survived many generations of Matrix.
Chapter 8. Karma
“Karma’s a word. Like ‘love.’ A way of saying ‘what I am here to do.’ I do not resent my karma- I’m grateful for it.” –Rama Kandra
Here Rama Kandra tells Neo about himself at the train station. Karma is the law of cause and effect in Buddhism. Some actions do not form Karma. Some actions support, reduce or nullify the effect of other Karmas.
Chapter 9. Rebirth
“Yeah, that’s how it works. Some bits you lose, some bits you keep. I don’t yet recognize my face in the mirror, but… I still love candy.” –Oracle
Rebirth in Buddhism is well explained by these words of Oracle. Unlike in other philosophies where Rebirth is transfer of a soul from one body to another, rebirth in Buddhism is the constant change in mind and body that also continues between rebirths. So we are neither the same person nor a completely different person throughout our life or on rebirth.
Chapter 10. The Insight Chart :
“Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning and end.” –Architect
Anomaly – Ignorance of the laws of Karma, Rebirth, Dependent Origination – revealed as both the beginning and end. In this chapter we have presented a hand chart to remember the Dependent Origination which also encompasses Rebirth and Karma, the fundamental concepts you need to understand for Attaining Nirvana.
Part III : Nirvana and You
In this part of the book you will find three chapters titled as Matrix Analogy, Matrix Analogy Reloaded and Matrix Analogy Revolutions corresponding to the three part series of the Movie. Here you will find the interpretation of each movie in the series in context of Buddhism, just like this one.
The last chapter is concluded with the Epigragh
“This is it, this is the end. … I’m supposed to say something. I say…Everything that has a beginning has an end, Neo.” –Smith
That is how Buddha has explained about the world – being impermanent, where everything that has a beginning has an end.
Will the upcoming movie The Matrix Resurrections stick to the same Analogy. Can you now decipher the code of the next version of the Matrix? Remember it’s The Matrix and a Matrix has many dimensions. What you now understood is just one dimension !!
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I will be explaining the hand charts for Attaining Nirvana and we will be following it together. Not just that we will discuss all the blogs that are posted here to see the big picture. To see where it all converges – Nirvana, Consciousness, Religion, Science, Time Travel. But first I must to ask you to choose something.
“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” – Morpheus