My English is very bad. Writing a story in English is really a nightmare for me. Please do not take this literally. Hope that someone may understand what I am trying to say. Of course, this is just a view, and there will be people who will have different views.
Annihilation will never make sense to many of us. However, let try to find something that we at least see some reasons for it.
Of course, it is impossible for us to know the truth because we are not “free” yet. However, we see that the first noble truth states that the five aggregates are dukkha. To end dukkha, we will need to end the five aggregates, so we can see the need for the annihilation of the five aggregates.
Let see if we can make up a “crazy” story to support this annihilation idea?
Assume that there is an “unknowable, indescribable” whatever. This is not an individual so we cannot call it anything (Just like photon/electron before any observation). For the sake of this story, we call that “unknowable, indescribable” whatever as “It”.
By some unknown reason (ignorance?), “It” has fallen into a forever “dream/hallucination”. In this “dream world”, “It” becomes a frog. “It” sees itself as a frog. “It” totally forgets itself. The frog lives in the dream world then “dies”. This time, “It” becomes a cow. The cow lives and dies. “It” then becomes a man… It has lived in a cycle like that forever from an unknowable beginning (samsara). Because “It” sees itself as a frog, a cow, a man, a deva … it never see the need to end the “dream”. As long as “It” sees itself as something, “it” will never know itself.
To the frog, the cow, the man, the dream world that they live in is as “real” as they can feel and see. They do not know that it is not “real” (Just like when we are in a dream).When “It” is in the dream, “It” lost its control over the dream. The frog becomes the cow because of the frog’s karma in the dream. The cow becomes the man because of the cow’s karma … This becoming is controlled by dependent origination. “It” does not have any control over this “becoming” process.
“It” cannot end the dream because “it” does not know “It” is in a dream, and it has no control over the dream. However, the “man” in the dream is the one who can end the dream if he knows the way to do so. To end the dream, he will need to end himself forever and not becoming anything else (annihilation! Of course, none of us want to end ourselves forever! We all want to become something). When the dream ended, “It” will wake up. (Is this why the Buddha is the “awakened one”?)
The frog, the cow, the man are not “real”. They are “creation, dependent arisen”. They are not “It” but they are “It”. “It” is the “real, unborn, uncreated” in the ultimate sense. “It” is NOT an individual, not a self! However, when “It” sees itself in the “dream worlds”, “It” becomes a self, an individual.
Even if the “man” can kill himself in the dream, he cannot annihilate himself because of craving: craving for sense desires, craving for existence, and craving for non-existence. With these cravings, he will become something else to experience that craving and the dream will continue (Dependent Origination).
If the man tries to become “It”, he cannot do so with craving. The only way is to let go of himself and not thinking about “It”.
So, when the frog, the cow, the man are dead then “who” is dead? When the dream is over, then who enters where?
We see that annihilation is not that bad. In fact, it is the most difficult thing (if not impossible) that we could do! We cannot annihilate ourselves even if we really want to do so! If we try to kill ourselves because of cravings, it will getting worse!
A man is an “arahant” when he is no longer see himself (the five aggregates) as “a man, I, or anything else”. He lives as if the five aggregates do not belong to him.
If this “crazy story” makes little sense, then annihilation may make sense. Therefore, there is still room for the reason of the annihilation.
This is just a view trying to make some sense for the annihilation of the self (the five aggregates). You may create better story than mine!
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One should not be negligent of discernment, should guard the truth, be devoted to relinquishment, and train only for calm - MN 140.