I have been touring around museums and remains in various places
of Egypt, due to my limited time now, I have been unable to study
the inside of Pyramids or Pharaoh's tombs in detail but have been
observing, almost looking on, them from their outside only.
Before visiting Egypt I had already browsed information through
books and the internet in various manners, so I did have preliminary
knowledge. However, I was astonished at finding colorful remains
than I had expected when I actually looked at the 'Genuine' on the
site. Directly looking at relieves and hieroglyphs painted with
plenty of colors, I was enticed to be veiled in such illusions as
drifting in noises and flavors of the time when those buildings
and statues had been constructed or created.
Borobudur in Indonesia, Ajanta & Erora in India and Horyuji-temple
in Japan, those Buddhism heritages remained in various places in the
world had been painted with gorgeous and brilliant colors and should
have offered the 'another world i.e. heavenly world' which had seemed
to be something in the other world.
The 'Disney Land' and the 'Universal Studio' are popular, however
they are almost similar to the above world where then groups of families,
friends and couples wished to emancipate their body and soul even
in a moment forgetting chains in this world for a while, I arbitrarily
imagine that it should have been so.
Fully colored paint has come off and we can only see basic materials
which have been weathered with the long passage of time. Buddhism
activities, which in that time had been very active but we can not
imagine it now, have lost vigor entirely. Temples, once it was a base
of activities, have become calm tourism attractions which visitors
just look on. Though voices of tour guides are still echoing gaily.
Being surrounded by 'genuine' Buddhism heritages in the current conditions,
we unintentionally feel 'Ah, the religious world should be such a
spiritual one surrounded by stillness'. Such feeling or imagination
is really 'true', isn't it?
Through the passage of a mind-boggling time, hundreds, thousands or
tens of thousands in the Middle East history, the 'genuine' has been
changed, and together the situation of the 'true', which has been
involved by the 'genuine' or has involved the 'genuine', has also
been changed - it should be a natural flow. However, we are apt to
get it into our heads, judging from the current state of the 'genuine,
that the then situation of the 'true' had existed in the now state
of the 'genuine' by one-sidedly jumping over the time passage.
Isn't it necessary for us to listen to a 'story of time' which has
been folded inside of buildings in remains or exhibits in museums?
I am not sure but remember it was probably the word of German philosopher
Hegel 'Not to talk about a stone, but to listen to words the stone
tells'. This theme is profound insight into a deep gap lying between
the 'genuine' and the 'true'.
Apart from limited new religions, the religions which have most actively
been keeping the 'genuine' religion and the 'true' belief in modern
society are 'Islam' and 'Judaism'. The situation, in which Israel
who follows Judaism and Arabic countries who follow Islam have been
rigorously taking a stand against each other and made no mutual concessions,
may be mysterious or even a menace to so-called developing countries
including Japan in which the demarcation between the 'genuine' and
the 'true' has become ambiguous. The key to the invasion into Iraq
by America, impulsive but very utilitarian on the other hand, may
be found in around the above.