Buddha’s and Satoshi’s Teachings: How to Ascend from Fiat Samsara to Bitcoin Nirvana
According to legend, the Bhavacakra, also known as the wheel of life, was created by the Buddha himself. It shows the journey of the human soul through the traps of samsara (cyclical existence of life) until they can ascend to nirvana.
In our interpretation we have applied the teachings of Satoshi and shown how people are trapped in fiat samsara and how we can escape, evolve and ascend as a species by introducing a Bitcoin standard.
The Bhavacakra comes from the Buddhist religion, but since Bitcoin is all-encompassing and this piece is meant to incorporate all of its properties on different levels, we have incorporated symbols from other religions, cultures and times into history, both classical and modern.
Our Bitcoin Bahvacakra is hand drawn, laser cut and then hand painted oak veneer with cowrie shell ornaments and Italian smalti glass details. There are 21 individual images within the samsara wheel.
This work will be auctioned on Friday, April 9th, 2021 on Scarce.city.
The importance of elements
Starting from the obvious, we explain all the elements, their meanings and our interpretations:
Yama, the lord of death, desperately reaches for the wheel of life. He represents our fear.
However, Yama is not a figure to be afraid of, as it is reminiscent of transience.
A reminder that in order to ascend to nirvana one should lose one’s ego and thereby lose one’s fear.
Buddha / Satoshi
The word “Buddha” means “one who is awake to reality” or “enlightened”. The original Buddha did not claim to be a god or a prophet, but was born into a royal family in a small kingdom on the Indian-Nepalese border 2,500 years ago. Shocked by the reality of his protected and privileged life, he tried to learn the meaning of human existence and gave up everything to follow the humble path as a seeker of truth.
We have presented Satoshi here as a humble person in the country. You will often see the Buddha showing the way to nirvana, liberation from the cycles of rebirth. Similarly, Satoshi is leading the way for those who want to be free from the fiat samsara and embrace the bitcoin standard.
The golden egg behind Satoshi is colored with 24-karat gold powder to respect the birth of hard money. He’s also standing on a cloud with a silver lining reminding us that there is always hope.
White Moon Rabbit / Three rabbits
On the opposite cloud, you will often see a multitude of symbols that represent nirvana or liberation from the six realms. Traditionally, a white rabbit is often used in Buddhist replicas of the Bhavacakra.
The rabbit is also sitting on a cloud with a silver lining in front of a golden moon.
The significance of rabbits and hares throughout history is a rabbit hole in itself, so it was only fitting that we include them in our play.
The white rabbit has apparently always been a spiritual guide.
The five poisons
On the crown of Yama are the five poisons, the skulls, the main weapon of fear, also known as the central bank. We have selected five of the largest: the euro, the dollar, the pound, the yuan and the central bank of the central banks, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
The arms are decorated with waves to represent constant change and transience.
The many rabbit holes show the continuous learning curve of bitcoin, truth search and life.
The legs show the transparency and inner workings of the blockchain, the classic hexagonal pattern that represents the interconnected nodes, and the gears that represent the clockwork heartbeat of their industrial timestamp mechanism.
Throughout spirituality, rainbows have a variety of meanings such as hope, promise, happiness, fresh start, transition, equality, communication, and peace. We use them here to show the way in and out of life.
The cowrie shells
As a respectful nod to the very first form of currency, we’ve included cowrie shells in the base of the dark flames that fuel the fiat central banks.
The FAANGs: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google
The simple comment here is the potential fatal bite these organizations represent to humanity if left unchecked. The repeated abuse of human rights, privacy and election manipulation is well documented.
The samsara wheel of life
The samsara consists of four layers.
The first layer: the center
Traditionally, the three poisons are at the center of samsara:
- The snake – anger
- The pig – ignorance
- The bird-appendix
These three cyclic poisons are at the heart of what holds people captive and prevents them from ascending to enlightenment.
In today’s Bitcoin Samsara, we observe things differently:
- War – anger
- Television – ignorance
- Fiat Money Appendix
People are tied to money as it is business and the exchange of human worth.
War is a billion dollar industry and control mechanism.
People’s ignorance is sustained by distraction and propaganda.
If you haven’t seen or read Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins make it a priority.
Our democratic process promotes the idea that we live in a free world, and yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. It really doesn’t matter who you choose, the establishment is always stepping in.
We live in a corporatocracy and strive for a technocracy.
Out of the eternal cycle of ignorance, anger and attachment, we move outward to the second layer.
The second shift: the fourth turn
In the original Buddhist Bhavacakra, the second wheel represents karma. Karma is a Sanskrit term that means “doing” or “doing”. It is the intentional act that leads to future consequences and rebirth into samsara, the repetitive cycle of birth, worldly existence, and death. Traditionally, the first circle is divided in half.
The light half shows peaceful, fearless people ascending to the higher realms, while the darker half shows people chained as slaves and being dragged into the lower realms by yama (fear).
We wanted to take a slightly different approach and recognize that the positive and negative influences of this value cycle not only occur on an individual level, but also affect generations.
We simply could not find a better source for understanding generational change than Neil Howe and William Strauss’ observation of the fourth turn. In particular, we didn’t have a better bitcoin reference on it than Brandon Quittem’s Rhythms of history.
In summary, the fourth turn is a theoretical model for the global recognition of generation cycles. A complete human cycle is called a “saeculum” and lasts between 80 and 100 years. It consists of four generations. This cycle always ends in a climatic phase of chaos and usually war, before moving on to a new phase of massive cultural change and renaissance.
Our current saeculum began after the Second World War, the Millennial Saeculum from 1946 at a glance:
- First turning point – 1946-1964 – Baby Boomers
- Climate: The American high – rebirth / spring
- Character: Prophet – principled and yet narcissistic
- Second turning point – 1964-1984 – Gen X.
- Climate: Consciousness Revolution – Revolution / Summer
- Character: Nomad – Practical and yet callous
- Third turning point – 1984-2008 – Millennials
- Climate: Culture Wars – Unraveling / Traps
- Character: Hero – Competent but not reflective
- Fourth turn – 2008-2030? – Gen Z.
- Climate: Millennial Crisis – Crisis / Winter
- Character: Artist – Caring yet undecided
We are currently reaching the climax of the fourth turning point. This is a difficult time, but it should not be viewed as a grim prophecy.
As Brandon Quittem puts it:
“As a society, we need these moments of crisis. They serve as brush fires to clean up the rundown institutions and make way for new growth. This leads to a buy-in from young people. Out with the old and in with the new. Optimistically, it is a regenerative process where the cycle can continue. “
Why this is so important right now
If you’ve ever listened to Ray Kurzweil you will know the singularity is at hand.
We are entering a phase of ever greater change.
We will never achieve perfection, but we can choose to aim for a totalitarian dystopian future or a more self-sovereign utopian future.
From the top right and clockwise we have the prophets, the nomads, the heroes and the artists, each in their respective part of the saeculum, represented by its season of the year.
Between each group you will see a tree of life, like above and below. Each generation is influenced by the three poisons ignorance, anger, and attachment.
Third layer: the six worlds
The third layer represents the six realms of samsara.
The six areas are divided into the three upper areas, where happiness is greater than suffering, and the three lower areas, where suffering is greater than happiness.
In some representations of the wheel, a Buddha is depicted in each realm, trying to help living beings find their way to nirvana. We have depicted a rabbit in each area as the common term for learning the Bitcoin standard is to go down the rabbit hole.
In each area, the rabbit represents the essence of the area in which it is located.
Top Center: The Kingdom of God
Traditionally, the kingdom of God is the home of the devas (read: divas) who have ultimate power and wealth. This may sound like an ideal place, but because of their privileged life, they will never know the reality of being human and therefore can never escape the wheel or become enlightened.
In this area we housed early miners, whales and people who already live in a kind of citadel. This group of people may have found phenomenal wealth but may not necessarily be able to use Bitcoin out of necessity. They understand its importance and are working to bring the Bitcoin standard to life.
We have chosen to represent the Hodlr, the true believer, as the Greek God atlas, who was doomed to carry the celestial spheres on his shoulders and embody the quality of endurance.
Above right: The demigod realm
In the original samsara, the demi-god realm reflects ambitious top performers, business leaders and politicians with very strong competitive streaks and jealousy.
In Bitcoin Bhavacakra we represent this group with traders, Lamborghinis, beach cushions and extravagant riches.
The collective characteristic of these people is that they see bitcoin as a way to get more fiat.
Above left: The human realm
Liberation from samsara is only possible from within the human realm.
The human realm offers the best opportunity to practice the Dharma – the universal truth common to all human beings at all times – and offers the opportunity to attain nirvana.
Since nirvana in our interpretation is the freedom from the fiat system and the acceptance of a Bitcoin standard, we have presented in this area those who understand the importance of Bitcoin as a necessity. They understand the absolute necessity of separating money and state and therefore introduced a Bitcoin standard, either through belief in self-sovereignty or through circumstances.
The people we have portrayed include refugees who have carried their wealth across borders and outside of their oppressive state, literally in the form of 24 memorized words, a protester from Hong Kong and a free thinker who breaks ties with debt slavery.
In the middle you can see a pleb stacking coins. The silver coin is an allusion to the “freedom of the people” coin from Roman times, which represents Libertas, the goddess of freedom.
The term pleb comes from the plebeians, a group of “free Roman citizens” who opposed the elite. They were also referred to as “commoners”.
In the background you can see notable activists throughout history who have also fought for humanity.
Left to right: Julian Assange (founder of WikiLeaks), Emmeline Pankhurst (suffragettes), Martin Luther King (American civil rights movement), Maximilien Robespierre (French Revolution) and Mahatma Gandhi (India’s independence and civil rights worldwide).
The cuckoo bird refers to “The Birds,” a political fantasy dating back to 414 BC. It was written by the Greek comic playwright Aristophanes.
The story tells the story of two Athenians fed up with taxes, about regulation and life in the city. The two eventually formed “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” a country that in many ways resembled a free market or a country without an overwhelming government, also known as totalitarianism. It offers an orange pill for anyone who wants to get involved in building a cloud cuckoo land.
As always, the white rabbit gives us a clue on the way out. We decided to have a little fun with our rabbit, and here to give a reference to the brilliant Douglas Adams, and wondered what if we combined his answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything in it The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with Satoshi’s halving.
Bottom left: ignorant (animal kingdom)
Traditionally, beings in this area are afraid of change, are indecent, and go through life for solace. They are therefore subject to oppression by other beings.
In our interpretation we have shown several cases of Sisyphus, a king in Greek mythology who was doomed to push a boulder up a hill only to have it roll back down. Essentially, people live from paycheck to paycheck on a debt cycle.
The couple who watch TV in a “gold-plated cage” signifies a willingness to give up their liberties for a simple life.
Bottom center: Kingdom of Hell
Traditionally, this realm has been marked by anger, terror, and claustrophobia caused by isolation.
All of our basic human rights today are either under attack by the state or have already been eliminated.
Freedom of the press, freedom of speech and the right to assemble have been eliminated.
This realm shows those who live under tyrannical regimes and no longer have the opportunity to fight for their freedoms in freer societies.
Hungry spirit realm
Tradition has it that hungry ghosts have everything but still want more. They are never satisfied and when they get almost what they want it is a painful experience. They are shaped by greed and addiction.
We decided to include two themes here, the modern bankers and gold bugs.
There was nothing more fitting than perhaps the most famous banker of them all, considering that they themselves have a monopoly of money.
You will see that the banker is sitting on a toilet with handy sheets of fiat toilet paper lying on his left.
The gold scarabs were included as they were the main amulet for the ancient Egyptians, used in jewelry and in the burial process of the rich and powerful. We enjoyed a bit of humor here too, as these “gold bugs” were historically dung beetles that pushed around feces all day.
While we respect the modern day gold bug, we believe that since we live in a digital world, the gold bugs will also be pushing their ancient relic of feces around.
The buildings in the background are the Central Bank of China (left), the European Central Bank (center) and the Federal Reserve (right).
The fourth layer represents the twelve links of dependent origins. This part of the wheel teaches us that everything that happens in life, both internal and external, has a cause and happens under certain conditions.
According to Buddhist religion, these are the everyday events that distract us and keep us trapped in the endless cycle of rebirth. Fiat samsara uses various forms of manipulation to distract us from seeing its decaying foundations and retain the forces that hold the reins.
With roots in the industrial revolution, consumerism is the human desire to own and receive products and goods that go beyond basic needs. Although this is often cited as the reason for economic growth and development, it has a negative impact on society.
Studies have shown that consumerism can lead to a departure from the values of community, spirituality and integrity and instead can lead to competition, materialism and separation. As the value of fiat money decreases over time, it creates an incentive to consume it.
Lack of education
The elementary school model used in most parts of the world is more than a century old. It’s an industrialized, standardized, and very centralized model.
It is a system that does not see the individual and is definitely not suitable for the challenges of the 21st century. A government controlled public education system certainly has an agenda, and we should be wondering what that agenda is.
One of the best examples of propaganda in education is the fact that you can get a three year business degree at any university in the west without having learned anything about fractional reserve banking. Why is this? Surely it should be lesson number one.
Nobody captured this like the legendary rock band Pink Floyd.
This is a small homage to a cultural icon who has opened the eyes of a whole generation with extraordinary music and lyrics.
“We don’t need any training
We don’t need mind control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teacher, leave the children alone
Hey teacher leave the kids alone
All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all, you’re just another brick in the wall. “
Department: Two-Party Politics, Divide and Conquer
“Divide and conquer” is a political strategy for gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into parts that are individually weaker than the powers that are.
This method has proven itself countless times and is also used in our societies. We are experiencing times of great and extreme divisions that have been manipulated with the help of social media offers. These divisions maintain public struggles among themselves, and the ruling class can do what it wants.
Social engineering: manipulating social media
It is now well known that social media channels and many websites collect our data, learn everything about us and use sophisticated algorithms to manipulate our thinking.
This has created a world according to the truth that is causing many crisis situations around the world. As Yuval Noah Harari puts it in this interview: “The human mind is hacked.”
This has a huge impact on our psychological wellbeing and the direction of society.
Fear: wars, drugs, viruses, climate
The four horsemen of the apocalyptic are figures of the Christian faith who appear in the last book of the New Testament. The Christian apocalyptic vision is that the four horsemen are to impose a divine end times as heralds of the Last Judgment.
We have depicted the four modern horsemen of the apocalypse as Steven Levy in his book. Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Governmentidentified the threats governments use to instill fear in their populations in order to further control and deny basic human rights. The war on drugs, terrorism, health problems and climate change is portrayed as a threat to humanity that must be stopped at all costs, including the cost of individual freedom and privacy. This method uses emotional manipulation to achieve its goals.
Nazi leader Hermann Göring explains how people can be made fearful and to support a war that they would otherwise reject:
“People don’t want war, but they can always be brought to lead the leaders. It’s easy. All you have to do is tell them they are under attack, and the pacifists for lack of patriotism and the endangerment of the country It works the same in every country. “
Modern lifestyle and consumerism have created situations where people have criminal debts and work longer hours to pay for their high consumption lifestyle, resulting in less time being with family and friends. The ease of the internet, messaging, and instant email has created a reality where work can be done away from the office and employees are often expected to be available at all times. The rat race has become a fact for many.
This part is based on the painting Corrupt Legislation (1896) by Elihu Vedder hanging in the lobby of the main reading room in the Library of Congress in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, DC. This painting shows the consequences of bad government.
We annotated this painting with our own version showing the corruption of the central banking system. The central figure is the monopoly who presides over the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). On the right side of the painting is a lawyer with an open book symbolizing the law, which can change depending on the scale. Banknotes fall out of an urn at his feet, there are small sacks of grain and a small portable “safe”.
On the left, the central figure implores a young girl who is holding an empty spinning rod and a spool in her hand. Behind her are shards from a broken pot and a broken wall.
Inflation, Monetary Policy, and the Cantillon Effect
Inflation is the general increase in the level of prices over a period of time. When the price level rises, each currency unit has less purchasing power and there is a real loss in value in this medium of exchange.
The constant printing of fiat money leads to a continuous loss of value. In other words, the “money printer goes BRRR”, fiat money becomes toilet paper.
The change in the money supply has a certain injection point and thus a certain flow path through the economy. The first recipient of the new offer of money will be able to spend additional dollars conveniently In front The prices have risen. But whoever is last in line receives his share of new dollars after this The prices have risen. This is known as the Cantillon Effect.
Freedom of speech and censorship
Freedom of speech is seen as a pillar of democracy, but the very places and people who represent this ideology create a world in which, if one takes the wrong opinion, one can and will be annulled.
Entertainment: numbing distractions
Pink Floyd’s great lyrics help us once again describe one of the 12 points that keep us in the Fiat Samsara. Maybe not its original meaning, but it definitely works to describe the numbing effect streaming channels, television, and smartphones have on our ability to look at the world with critical eyes.
“Hello Hello hello HELLO?)
Is anyone in here?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is anyone at home?
come on now
I hear you feel down
Well I can ease your pain
There is no pain you step back
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You can only get through in waves
Your lips are moving but I can’t hear what you’re saying.
I became pleasantly deaf
I became pleasantly deaf. “
Have you ever seen someone post and are amazed at how they could ever have come to the conclusion they wrote about?
The truth is, they are likely to look at your posts the same way.
Social media limits exposure to different perspectives and encourages the formation of groups of like-minded users who shape and reinforce a common narrative, i.e. echo chambers.
We like to think that we are all free thinkers, but the reality we want to see is built through an endless feed on our social media account, television programs, news agencies, and radio or podcasts that we want to hear.
Data protection and monitoring
“The Internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has become the most dangerous agent of totalitarianism we have ever seen” – Julian Assange.
The people who created the internet understood the importance of data protection and privacy. It’s not about not hiding anything, it’s about fighting for true freedom.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Yonat Vaks, Mosaic.Rocks and Chiefmonkey
Yonat Vaks – Twitter | www.yonatvaks.com
Artist. Painting the crazy species that I belong to. The development of the #bitcoin civilization is currently being studied.
Mosaic.Rocks – Twitter | https://mosaic.rocks/
Has smashed and reassembled it in the mosaic world for the past 20 years.
Chiefmonkey – Twitter | https://hodlr.rocks
In the tireless search for Bitcoin, decentralization and liquid democracy. His preferred weapon is his laser cutter and he loves creating visually stimulating pieces that will start the debate.
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