07.08.09 : Fastest Way | How to Easier Stomach a Pinch of Salt | No Point Being Dejected & Glum
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The fastest way to dissolve tension
is to radiate loving-kindness.
Even for great long-time enemies,
it is still the fastest way.
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Since the workings of Karma are dynamic,
so is your destiny dynamic.
In the Lonaphala Sutta (Salt Crystal Discourse), the Buddha explained why it is erroneously fatalistic to assume that one who creates certain karma (intentional action) will surely experience it in a mirrored as-it-is way. For example, 'sowing' a seed in wet cement will never not bear another similar seed, much less any fruit. Such a person would be unable to end suffering due to delusion. However, if one believes that whoever creates karma will only reap its appropriate experienceable results, liberation would be possible, due to being on the right track of understanding. For example, sowing a seed on fertile soil bears new fruits. It is thus important to know which deeds are crucial in furthering the spiritual path and which are worthless. Thus, there are cases when a small evil deed results in a terrible rebirth for one, while the results of the same deed might be experienced in this life itself by another, and only for a short while. This is so when the first is undeveloped in body and mind (lacking mindfulness of both), unrealised in virtue (goodness) and wisdom (truth), making one self-limited and small-hearted, dwelling in suffering. The latter is however developed in the above, making one unrestricted and large-hearted, dwelling within the boundless states of loving-kindness, compassion, rejoice and/or equanimity. This is why the Buddha encouraged expanding one's heart and mind with practice of these Four Immeasurables - because vast present goodness can limit past evils. The Buddha next elaborates on the above. If a salt crystal is dropped into a little water in a cup, it would become unfit to drink. However, if it is dropped into a big river, its waters would not become unbearably salty due to its great mass. As such, the results of one's deeds are 'flavoured' by one's present state of mind. We choose whatever salty (negative) or sweet (positive) karma to drop and dilute in the dynamically changing river of life, while how deep and spiritually quenching it is depends on how well we develop ourselves in the wisdom of large-heartedness. As wholesome and unwholesome karma mix in this river we drink of, its 'cocktails' never taste like their individual ingredients alone! - Shen Shi'an Mindfulness of [Amitabha] Buddha averts a hellish rebirth
by diluting one's heavy but limited negative karma
in his immeasurable ocean of merits, that he shares out of pure compassion.
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Excerpt: No Point in Being Dejected & Glum
The cause of happiness is rare,
And many are the seeds of suffering!
But if I have no pain, I’ll never long for freedom;
Therefore my mind, be steadfast!
So come what may, I’ll not upset
My cheerful happiness of mind.
Dejection never brings me what I want;
My virtue will be warped and marred by it.
If there’s a remedy when trouble strikes,
What reason is there for dejection?
And if there is no help for it,
What use is there in being glum?
Comments: ... What irritates us in the first place is that our wishes are not fulfilled. But remaining upset does nothing to help fulfill those wishes. So we neither fulfill our wishes nor regain our cheerfulness! This disconcerted state, from which anger can grow, is most dangerous. We should try never to let our happy frame of mind be disturbed. Whether we are suffering at present or have suffered in the past, there’s no reason to be unhappy. If we can remedy it, why be unhappy? And if we cannot, what use is there in being depressed about it? That just adds more unhappiness and does no good at all… For the Benefit of All Beings: A Commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva
(His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
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