One of my fondest childhood memories was gathering together with aunts and uncles and cousins on Thanksgiving Day and - after dinner - settling in front of the TV, with a piece of my Aunt Carol's poppy-seed torte, to watch "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory." What a great movie!
Do you remember the Everlasting Gobstopper? This was foremost among Mr. Wonka's many treasures: a hard candy (pictured above) that could be sucked forever without ever dissolving or losing its flavor. So while Aunt Carol's poppy-seed torte, after a couple dozen bites, was distinctly gone (or at least well on its way to transforming into something completely unrecognizable as "poppy-seed torte") -- if instead I had been feasting on an Everlasting Gobstopper, that sweetness would never have come to an end.
Well, now that I've been through college, and have been transformed into a (mostly) rational being, I have to wonder: is such a thing really possible? Can any compounded phenomenon (a hard candy or any other sensory/cognitive experience) really be "ever-lasting" -- something that maintains a single shape, a single flavor, a single size (fitting nicely into a human pocket), in perpetuity? Seems unlikely, yes?
So ... if Immortality is not an Everlasting Gobstopper, then what the heck is it?!
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Understandably, the recipe for the Everlasting Gobstopper was something that rival candy-makers were keen to secure, and were willing to pay handsomely for. Though as you may recall, what sealed Charlie's ascension as heir to Mr. Wonka's kingdom was his willingness to leave the Everlasting Gobstopper behind (instead of keeping it in his pocket, to later sell to the bad guys).
Whew! Though Immortality seems like a very noble aspiration, there are days when I feel tempted to just be satisfied with poppy-seed torte.
"Buddhas never remain in any one placed locked in a particular form, because they do not have karmic bodies, but only the unobscured light body of enlightenment, which is unable to be limited to a certain, conceptual, ordinary life history. This inspires us to practice to attain that same state."
~ Thinley Norbu, from White Sail
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