About a Beautiful Samsara Movie

By William Markiewicz

People familiar with Buddhism know the term ‘Samsara’ which means the opposite of Satori or enlightenment. Samsara means the enjoyment of pleasures given by the senses. So, Samsara is based essentially on hormones, which give pleasure. The implication is that Samsara people must be somehow intellectually, spiritually, inferior to people of spirit, of Satori and enlightenment. Spirituality had to evolve after Samsara, of course, because in Samsara we know from the start what it is about, while with spirituality we float in mystery. Mystery means spirit and intellect floating in heights opposite to Samsara, practically devoid of mystery because everything required and obtained is from basic senses. Buddhism doesn’t entirely reject Samsara. I heard a Buddhist say that, “there is something good in Samsara.”

Spirituality seeks answers we don’t have; the mystery of existence, mystery of soul, of consciousness, of intuition, the relation between human and cosmos and about intercosmic relations. For instance, Gurdjieff tells the story of the old guru who predicts to an old monk: you will die in one year, so go to another monastery . . .” We don’t know why the guru asks the monk to go to another place. How will he benefit? All is wrapped in mystery.

The film, “Never on Sunday”, is a challenge to mystical spirituality, a challenge to the unknown from start to finish. Seekers for Samsara don’t exist; one just enjoys hedonistically what he gets. Contrary to possible expectations, the film is of great intelligence. Homer, the philosopher - tourist from the States, at the end of the film admits his defeat. The followers of the movie had something to ponder as Gurdjieff, mystic-philosopher expressed on his deathbed: “Je vous laisse dans les beaux draps” which could be translated as: "I leave you in a fine mess."

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