修行在個人Spiritual Cultivation Is Your Own Responsibility
Before the start of my article, here’s wishing all my readers and your families a Happy Winter Solstice and may your year end on a auspicious and complete note. The weather is turning cold. Do remember to wear more clothing to avoid catching a cold.
Many years ago, some clients told me that they wanted to buy a residential unit near my place, a unit as near as possible! At that time, I had to be like the ninja as depicted in the movie, moving around stealthily to prevent myself from being discovered! Their reason to live near me was to have immediate access to my practical assistance, should they encounter problems in life. I can totally understand why my clients think this way but perhaps they forget that “all good times must come to an end.”
The affinity between people is very intricate and unfathomable. Is it not so? Think about it, the one who doted the most on you, is he or she by your side now? The best of classmates, are you still in touch with them now? The teacher whom you respected the most, is he or she still around? Your playmates from childhood, where are they now? Our lives are always in a constant flux of change. In the midst of all these changes in our relationships, we should learn to be independent and strong, to develop our own wisdom and accumulate our experience. Only then can we make progress.
Once, there was a person who requested me to watch over his entire family, until his children grow up. It was an audacious request that I could not bear to hear. Ha ha ha! In fact, even till today, there are still such requests from my clients, some verbal, others through their eye expressions, to look after their families. I am taken aback by these requests and the trust bestowed on me, that I do not know how to react at first. It was at such a moment that the realisation hit me: sentient beings are emotional creatures. Every time I hear such a request, I am honoured, but the friendship between men of virtue should be pure like water and free from self-interest. We will meet and gather when the conditions arises, and we should treasure one another and our affinity. Only then will we have no regrets.
We appear in this world for a singular purpose: spiritual cultivation. That is to cultivate righteousness in our speech, body and mind and attain enlightenment, achieving eternal bliss, freedom and contentment. Only beings in the state of Buddhahood are able to fully experience this state of Truth. I compromised on my sleep and meal times to prepare you for the “biggest event of your life”. There is no other goal more worthy than that for me to continue my writings. My beloved readers, please keep in mind that a Master can only show you the door, you will have to take the first step in.