Tragedy and Transcendence
Adi Da: "Human existence lived from the born point of view is ultimately a tragedy. When you are old, your are possessed by the same desires as when you were young. You simply do not have the machinery to fulfill those desires. Thus, human life lived for its own sake, for the sake of its mechanics, is a tragedy. Inclination without the capacity to fulfill itself is the essence of this tragedy, and the final moment is a heaving, strangling fear, without the slightest sensation of what might come next. You experience that horror but have no responsible mind, and therefore the mechanical mind repeats its destiny again. That is the essence of the future. We call it reincarnation. It does not necessarily involve returning to this earth plane, but it does involve mechanical repetition of disposition and destiny."