| Sunday, April 18, 2004
|WORDs TO LIVE BY AND TO PONDER UPON
(abstracted from the good book of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai)
The WORLD is full of suffering. Birth is suffering, Old Age is suffering, Sickness and Deaths are sufferings. to meet a man whom one hates is suffering, to be separated from abeloved one is suffering, to be vainly struglling to satisfy one's needs is suffering. in fact, life that is not free from desire and passion is always involved with distress.
THIS IS CALLED THE TRUTH OF SUFFERING.
Tje cause of human suffering is undoubtedly found in the thirsts of the physical body and in the illusions of worldly passion. if these thirsts and illusions are trace to theri sources, they are found to be rooted in the intense desires of physical instincts. thus, desire, having a strong will-to-live as its basis, seeks that whcih it feels desirable even if it is sometimes death.
THIS IS CALLED THE TRUTH OF THE CAUSE OF SUFFERING.
if desires, which lies at the root of all human passion can be removed, then passion will die out and all human sufferings can be ended.
THIS IS CALLED THE TRUTH OF THE CESSATION OF SUFFERING.
There are three kinds of people in the world.
the first are those who are like letters carved in the rock; they easily give way to anger and retain their angry thoughts for a long time.
the second are those who are like letters written in the sand; they give way to anger also, but their angry thoughts quickly pass away.
the third is those who are like letters written in running water; they donot retain their passing thoughts; they let abuse and uncomfortable gossip pass by unnotice; their minds are always pure and undisturbed.
ANGER will never disappear so long as there are thoughts of resentment in the mind.anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
to be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
a disturbed mind is forever active, jumping thither and thither, and is hard to control; but a tranquil mind is peaceful; therefore, it is wise to keep the mind under control.
the one who protects his mind from greed, anger and foolishness, is the one who enjoys real and lasting peace.
an insincere and evil friend is more to be feared that a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
|posted by infraternam meam @ 4:25 AM