Do you love reading?
Do you contemplate after your reading?
Do you understand what have you read?
Do you apply whatever you read to improve and enhance your life and others?
Sometimes, people love to follow 100% for whatever they read from books without really understand the true meaning behind the teaching.
They just follow blindly without digest the content.
Below is the profound teaching from Buddha:
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. ”
Recently, I heard a sharing from my friend, she went for a vacation with a group of friends. One of them, she was a vegetarian.
There is no vegetarian restaurant in surrounding, as such, my friend suggested to have their meal at one of the Japanese restaurant, she thought her friend can take the fried vegetables.
However, she got a shock that her friend asked whether “Is the frying oil only meant for fried vegetables?”
Instead of having lunch in the Japanese restaurant, she proposed to have it in a hawker stall, she can just take rice and egg only. Moreover, she kept repeating that “She is a simple person and eat anything as long as is vegetables.”
The group of friends compromise to her request and they went to the hawker stall. What had happened? Only one people was enjoying the rice and egg as lunch and the rest can’t look for the right food to order.
What do you think? Is it a Happy outing?
Of course, its marvelous and awesome that we can be vegetarian as we are saving life and showing great love and compassion to all living beings. Yet, we might neglect the people we are with or together, they are also living beings.
Are we also giving loving-kindness and compassion to them? Are we bringing happiness or suffering in their life? Are we causing inconvenience to other’s life due to our belief? Are we only taking care of self-interest and neglect on the happiness of “us”?
Imagine if our action caused suffering to others, people might have wrong perception or understanding on what we believe and pledge. How can we encourage more people to join us as a vegetarian? How can we get together with others?
Always remember that we must also give loving kindness, compassion to all living beings inclusive of your family members, your friends and others.
There is a great sharing from Ajahn Brahm that focus on the content and not the container.
May your action bring peace, calm, happiness and harmony to your surrounding!