Our school teacher will spend time patiently to teach in order for us to understand the lesson clearly…
Who is the one need to sit for exam?
Obviously, you need to understand the subject and continuously to study and do your revision in order to get ready your exam. Nobody can replace you to sit for your exam, even your lovely teacher, he or she can’t do it at all.
We can understand clearly on this point.
Why not apply this simple theory in our spiritual practice?
Our great master, Buddha discovered the truth in universe and pointed the right path to liberate ourselves. However, we need to walk the path by ourself and no one can walk the path for us except ourself.
As such, always look inward to understand yourself, are you gradually let go your unwholesome thoughts and action? Are you gradually let go your greed, anger, ignorant, ego, doubt? Are you experience more freedom in life? Are you experience more peace and calm? Are you shining your love and compassion to surrounding?
Be honest to yourself! There is no short cut on the path, be diligent in walk the path and you will find the difference within yourself.
One of the evening, when I came home after work, I discovered that my ceramic flower-pot was broken by my lovely Little Black and Miss Mimi. I am not angry at all even though I’ve stuck in heavy traffic in heavy downpour. The first thought went in my mind was so blessed that both little beings were not injured by the pot.
Even though, it was late and I’ve yet to have my dinner, I am still patiently clean up all ceramic pieces, handle the black soil and also took irobot to vacuum the floor to avoid any injury by any left over of ceramic pieces.
When I reflect this incident, I am gratitude for my daily practice as I am fully aware on impermanence of life, transform to positive thinking and be grateful for any incident happen in life.
Always contemplate and reflect in your life, you are able to gradually let go unwholesome action and thoughts in your life.