Chapter 24. The Three Marks of Mundane Sphere (Trilakshna)
The Three Marks of Mundane Sphere or Trilakshna is like the fundamental computer system where the Law of Karma program is operating on it. According to the Trilakshna, the realms which are still subject to reincarnation have the characteristics as follows:
(1) Anicca or Impermanence
(2) Dukkha or Suffering
(3) Anatt or Non-Self
Anicca means that sentient beings as well as the realms where they live in are subject to changes, and we reflect this on our graph as the up and down of the curve of life (L) over a period of time (T).
Dukkha means that lives in the realms which are still subject to reincarnation have to experience more or less suffering. Thus, on our graph, we show how the graph rises and falls from between happiness and suffering which fluctuates over time (T).
Anatta means that lives in the realms which are still subject to reincarnation are not the ‘true-self.’ We can claim that lives in these conditions are ‘non-self.’ So, the whole fluctuating graph between happiness and suffering over a period of time (T) is accounted as being ‘non-self’ or ‘untrue’ whereas the ‘true self’ means the state of Sainthood and enlightenment only.
By Pirajak T. Suwapatdecha (formerly Pittaya Wong)
18 June 2020