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Why Let Spiritual Obstacles Obstruct You?

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  • NamoAmituofo
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      Why Let Spiritual Obstacles Obstruct You?


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      The first, immediate and final spiritual obstacle is delusion. - stonepeace

      Don't take the concept or even the experience of "spiritual obstacles" too "seriously" in a hard and fast manner - because, like any other phenomenon, they too are empty too of any substantiality or any fixed characteristics. They too, will pass. What's more, they can be transformed to be advantageous too - for even great lessons can be learnt from great adversities. What they offer are challenges to respond to appropriately, spiritually. As such, spiritual obstacles should be seen as invaluable spiritual tests.
       
      On the other hand, if you see all "spiritual obstacles" as "solidly real", they will really stop you from advancing spiritually, thus being obstacles. Or rather, you will really allow them to stop you. Even the "worst" obstacle - of being subjected to dying suddenly can be seen as an unexpected golden opportunity to do one's final practice (in this life) well - so as to be reborn in Pure Land for instance. It's just a chance that arrived sooner than expected.
      - Shen Shi'an

      Realise the emptiness of obstacles to transform them into blessings. - stonepeace

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