A quick post before I start work on a Sunday.
The above picture is a man reduced to bones, lying at the roadside, abandoned by all his friends, relatives and his wife. Only his mother is with him, trying to save her son from misery, giving him unconditional love. When you see the plight of others suffering, do you feel gratitude for your blessed life, no matter how wretched you may think it is?
Each day, we read disturbing news of what is happening around the world. Every heartbreaking story that we read or witness or experience is actually samsara, so much pain, suffering and unhappiness. Even what appears to be happiness, is actually sometimes not real happiness. Even if you are rich and powerful, life may not be a bed of roses. Even the one you care or love so much may turn out to be an enemy as fast as within this lifetime. Every minute, every second, life is changing, for better or worse, depends on your actions from the past. To change your life for the better, it depends on what you do now. Once you understand the true cause of your suffering, you would never remain complacent, you would no longer search in vain for temporary happiness. And if you think you have found real happiness or know what you are searching for, do not give up too easily. Persist and practice hard, and hopefully, you will achieve the fruit of your labour very soon. These are my serious thoughts on a Sunday morning, sorry!
Here is a quote by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them.
May all be happy and be in harmony with their companions and loved ones. May my job today be of service to all the sentient beings who have the connection to it and may they benefit with this connection. May all beings find true happiness.