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Old 12th November 2013, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Don't waste our life away

"we need to have time to practice and be focused otherwise very soon we will realize we have wasted this life." -- quote from thusness via piotr



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“Busy-ness is Laziness,” by Dr. Reggie Ray, from elephant journal’s Autumn 2005 issue.

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Life emerges out of the silence of our inner being. The life that we have in our mind, the life that is a reflection of our planning, the life that has been constructed out of bits and pieces in our environment—external conditioning, things we have observed in other people, things that influential people have told us—is actually not who we are.

That pre-planned life is rigid. It’s artificial. It’s unresponsive. It doesn’t reflect the life that we were born to live.

As a student of mine observed, obstacles—which are always with us—are not really obstacles when you work with them in the right way. And we have to work with them.

Many, many people tell me “I’m having a lot of problems doing this [meditation] practice because I am so busy. I’m really busy. I have a full life. It’s busy and I run from morning ‘til night.” People actually say that.

Now think about that for a minute. What kind of life is that? Is that a life worth living? Some people feel it is. America is probably the most extreme example of a speed-driven culture—and this is not my particular personal discovery, but something that has been said to me by many people from other traditional cultures. The first time this was said to me was when I was 19 and I went to Japan. Western people are running from themselves and they use the busy-ness of their lives as an excuse to avoid having to actually live their own life. We are terrified of who we actually are, terrified of the inner space that is the basis of the human experience.

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Most exist as deer caught in the headlights. More often not you are caught up of life. Life is a journey, if not diversity of destinations, unfortunately, life falls short as destination.

Life is cyclical, and as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Robin S. Sharma weaves a fable of life, living is a series of many, numerous, moments.

Veins of steel, survivor of destiny, whose destiny are you on?

Forge forward, or consciously seize your chosen life?

Seize your day!

Peter and the Magic Thread

Peter was a very lively little boy. Everyone loved him: his family, his teachers and his friends. But he did have one weakness."
"What was that?"
"Peter could never live in the moment He had not learned to enjoy the process of life. When he was in school, he dreamed of being outside playing. When he was outside playing he dreamed of his summer vacation. Peter constantly daydreamed, never taking the time to savor the special moments that filled his days. One morning, Peter was out walking in a forest near his home. Feeling
tired, he decided to rest on a patch of grass and eventually dozed off. After only a few minutes of deep sleep, he heard someone calling his name. 'Peter! Peter!' came the shrill voice from above. As he slowly opened his eyes, he was startled to see a striking woman standing above him. She must have been over a hundred years old and her snow-white hair dangled well below her shoulders like a matted blanket of wool. In this woman's wrinkled hand was a magical little ball with a hole in the center and out of the hole dangled a long, golden thread."
"'Peter,' she said, this is the thread of your life. If you pull the thread just a bit, an hour will pass in seconds. If you pull a little harder, whole days will pass in minutes. And if you pull with all your might, months — even years — will pass by in days.' Peter grew very excited at this discovery. 'I'd like to have it if I may?' he asked. The elderly woman quickly reached down and gave the ball with the magic thread to the young boy.

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Most exist as deer caught in the headlights. More often not you are caught up of life. Life is a journey, if not diversity of destinations, unfortunately, life falls short as destination.

Life is cyclical, and as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari Robin S. Sharma weaves a fable of life, living is a series of many, numerous, moments.

Veins of steel, survivor of destiny, whose destiny are you on?

Forge forward, or consciously seize your chosen life?

Seize your day!

The next day, Peter was sitting in the classroom feeling restless and bored. Suddenly, he remembered his new toy. As he pulled a little bit of the golden thread, he quickly found himself at home, playing in his garden. Realizing the power of the magic thread, Peter soon grew tired of being a schoolboy and longed to be a teenager, with all the excitement that phase of life would bring. So again he pulled out the ball and pulled hard on the golden thread.
Suddenly he was a teenager with a very pretty young girlfriend named Elise. But Peter still wasn't content. He had never learned to enjoy the moment and to explore the simple wonders of every stage of his life. Instead, he dreamed of being an adult. So again he pulled on the thread and many years whizzed by in an instant. Now he found that he had been transformed into a
middle-aged adult. Elise was now his wife and Peter was surrounded with a houseful of kids. But Peter also noticed something else. His once jet black hair had started to turn grey. And his once youthful mother whom he loved so dearly had grown old and frail. Yet Peter still could not live in the moment. He had never learned to 'live in the now' So, once again, he pulled on the magic thread and waited for the changes to appear.
Peter now found that he was a ninety-year-old man. His thick dark hair had turned white as snow and his beautiful young wife Elise had also grown old and had passed away a few years earlier. His wonderful children had grown up and left home to lead lives of their own. For the first time in his entire life, Peter realized that he had not taken the time to embrace the wonders of living. He had never gone fishing with his kids or taken a moonlight stroll with Elise. He had never planted a garden or read those wonderful books his mother had loved to read. Instead, he had hurried through life, never resting to see all that was good along the way.
Peter became very sad at this discovery. He decided to go out to the forest where he used to walk as a boy to clear his head and warm his spirit. As he entered the forest, he noticed that the little saplings of his childhood had grown into mighty oaks. The forest itself had matured into a paradise of nature. He lay down on a small patch of grass and fell into a deep slumber. After only a minute, he heard someone calling out to him. 'Peter! Peter!' cried the voice. He looked up in astonishment to see that it was none other than the old woman who had given him the ball with the magic golden thread many years earlier.
'How have you enjoyed my special gift?' she asked. Peter was direct in his reply.

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'At first it was fun but now I hate it. My whole life has passed before my eyes without giving me the chance to enjoy it. Sure, there would have been sad times as well as great times but I haven't had the chance to experience either. I feel empty inside. I have missed the gift of living.'
'You are very ungrateful,' said the old woman. 'Still, I will give you one last wish.'
Peter thought for an instant and then answered hastily. 'I'd like to go back to being a schoolboy and live my life over again.' He then returned to his deep sleep.
Again he heard someone calling his name and opened his eyes. 'Who could it be this time?' he wondered. When he opened his eyes, he was absolutely delighted to see his mother standing over his bedside. She looked young, healthy and radiant. Peter realized that the strange woman of the forest had indeed granted his wish and he had returned to his former life.
'Hurry up Peter. You sleep too much. Your dreams will make you late for school if you don't get up right this minute,' his mother admonished. Needless to say, Peter dashed out of bed on this morning and began to live the way he had hoped. Peter went on to live a full life, one rich with many delights, joys and triumphs, but it all started when he stopped sacrificing the present for the future and began to live in the moment."
"Amazing story," I said softly.
"Unfortunately, John, the story of Peter and the Magic Thread is just that, a story, a fairy tale. We here in the real world will never get a second chance to live life to the fullest. Today is your chance to awaken to the gift of living — before it is too late. Time really does slip through your fingers like tiny grains of sand.

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⊙净觉居士口述 《净土》杂志整理
  这个世界太没意思了
  我是一家企业老板。企业经营茶叶生意,包括生产加工和自营连锁。承蒙观世音菩萨的慈悲护佑,二十多年来 的生意都很顺利。
  小时候,母亲常带我去礼拜观世音菩萨。她常说:“人生很苦,下辈子一定不来投生做人了。”当时,我很难 理解母亲的话。改革开放之后,大家的物质生活不是越来越好了吗?为什么母亲总说人生是“苦”呢 ?
  1994年,我遭遇了一场严重的车祸。之前就有人预言了这件事情,提醒我乘车要特别小心。后来预言成为 现实,在出外办事的山路上,两车迎面相撞。
  由于和观世音菩萨有特殊的因缘,每次上车,我都要诵念“南无观世音菩萨”圣号和六字大明咒。当时我坐在 最危险的副驾驶座位,不可思议的是,我只受了皮外伤,并未伤及脏腑。念佛能逢凶化吉,我真的信 了。
  2008年,汶川发生了大地震。不管多么有权有钱的人,在天灾面前都一样恐惧无助,大家只有带上存折去 逃命。当时,我和先生背上包,一边往外跑一边哈哈大笑。这个世界真的没有什么意思!
  对这个无常的人生,我真的很想出离,但是不知道能去哪里。
  我的人生因佛法而改变
  我在店里全天播放东林佛号,大多数进店的人都说,走进这家店感觉是清净的。大家都很喜欢这种宁静祥和的 氛围,没有浓厚的商业气息。以前我推销商 品,会讲一些违心的话,希望顾客买东西。现在都是一句佛号向客人问好,买不买没关系,也不发名片。我感觉这 样很好,隔绝了很多干扰。
  刚学佛时,曾经有人问我:“老板,你为什么要学佛呢?你没有老公和孩子吗?”我回答说:“我学佛,我先 生和女儿也学佛。因为生活很好才更要学佛。”学佛以后,我的脾气变得温和了。先生对朋友们说,太太学佛后, 最大的受益者是他。
  在店里,我只结法缘,遇到有缘的人就会给他们介绍佛法,推荐他们去寺院打佛七和受戒。这个世间的大多数 人都是很痛苦的,想学佛的人很多,有些人 只是找不到方法。有的人很不快乐,很想找人倾诉。走到店里来的人,和佛有缘,能接受佛法,我就告诉他们,放 下这些不快乐。用他们身边的事为例,讲人生是苦 的真相,劝导他们去放下,去念佛。有善根的人当下就开始念佛。我的生命变得越来越有意义,每天 都法喜充满。
  春节期间,朋友和客户发来的新年祝福都是“南无阿弥陀佛”。我觉得,这是世界上最吉祥的祝 福语!
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