RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- Whatever is happening to us now mirrors our past karma. If we know that, and
know it truly, whenever suffering and difficulties befall us, we do not view
them particularly as failures or catastrophes, or see suffering as a
punishment in any way. Nor do we blame ourselves or indulge in self-hatred.
We see the pain we are going through as the completion of the effects, the
fruition, of a past karma. Tibetans say that suffering is �a broom that
sweeps away all our negative karma.� We can even be grateful that one karma
is coming to an end. We know that �good fortune,� a fruit of good karma, may
soon pass if we do not use it well, and that �misfortune,� the result of
negative karma, may in fact be giving us a marvelous opportunity to evolve.
Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and
gravity, . . . we shall harness . . . the energies of love. Then, for the
second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
All fear disappears and complete happiness comes.
All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
And all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.