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Response to "The Pearl that Cannot be Stolen"

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  • NamoAmituofo
    For www.TheDailyEnlightenment.com ... Replies to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheDailyEnlightenment/message/453 ... Response to The Pearl that Cannot be
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 15, 2004
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      Response to "The Pearl that Cannot be Stolen"

      Hello. Good day. Some further thoughts that sprung off from the article: -

      (1) Do not mistake a gem for a stone; and a copper coin for a golden one Indeed, material wealth, be it monies, physical possessions, etc, are deemed as the most valuable, most precious, by many (including myself), for obvious reasons.  These 'tangibles' are, however, easily lost, particularly, when the forces of negative karma takes effect (or shall I say, "payback time"). On the other hand, good virtues are seen as having minimal value in a
      materialistic society. People become too self-oriented instead of for the greater well-being of others.  The merits of good virtues are never lost; they are shared.

      (2) Will my wishes come true? Yes, one's wishes will come true only if one sincerely seek to benefit others; and actively re-examine and ratify one's shortcomings. While all Bodhisattvas are merciful and compassionate, they will, however, not grant wishes to a self-centred person who seeks to advance his or her selfish gains at the expense of others [Example: One may pray to strike lottery. In a world of equilibrium, one person's gain means another person's loss. Wouldn't it be a paradox for a Bodhisattva to help one person while hurting another at the same time? If one wishes that his or her dreams come true, then, WORK HARD FOR IT!  As the saying goes, " 'God' (or rather, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas) Helps Those Help Themselves."]

      Have a nice day ahead.  Amitabha.

      Regards, JMeng

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