You yourself must strive. The Buddha only points the way. Gautama Buddha.
Are you ready to leave your comfortable life to live a hard one?
Did you ever think why you are suffering?
Sometimes you’ll find that a Jew can teach you a lot about anger than you think you already know about it.
Sometimes you’ll find that a Christian can teach a lot about benevolence than you think that you already know about it.
There’re things we learn through experience, and what we learn that our values aren’t absolute and we can’t be complete because we belong to the right group, religion, ideology, idea, city, nation, ethnicity, school, belief, faith, sect, and whatever makes you distinct from the others. It never makes you complete, but just identification you are identifying yourself to one of these concepts of identity and that is common among humans.
If we must strive, so strive for what? We must strive to achieve enlightenment. How and what is it?
Will you go to live with the poorest and miserable Africans and Asians to understand why humans suffer?
Will you go there and learn the origin of suffering?
Or are you so attached to your comfortable life?
Many people use Buddha’s quotes to console themselves, to cheer themselves, or it’s rightly to write to lie at themselves why they must stick to the comfortable life, Buddha’s words are meaningless if you never suffered in your life. The meaning of any teaching can’t be neither learnt nor understood if you never suffer a hard and difficult moment in your life.
Suffering gives all our teaching for enlightenment a meaning in our lives.
What do you know about human misery?
Buddha’s indicates for things to understand about human suffering:
- The truth of suffering.
- The truth of the origin of suffering.
- The truth of the cessation of suffering.
- The truth of the path of the cessation.
To live is to suffer, there’s no escape from suffering and be tortured in every moment by your thoughts and desires. However, we must control the both of them. As we run our lives with them, they are what build our understanding and the support of our ideas. Without them a human being is condemned to live as a fool in this world.
What prevents someone from leaving her/his office and go out to the world experiencing what life throws and risking all her/his life?
Is it because of fear?
The comfortable life is hard to cut your ties with it. What does it give you, none the less than cowardice?
That what we’ve taught to be graduated, having a job, and a professional career a wife and children that is a successful person in our standards of comfortable society fearing any change who prevents them from the comfort, even if it kills them from the inside.
Here end the history of any man and woman, having a job a wife/husband and children that what life is simple and easy as we were always taught, heard, and imagined.
All humanity is seeking an end to her history even if there’s no end to history.
Will you live your office and live a miserable life? Will you risk reaching a higher level of consciousness?
Do you think that your life now is what you wanted it to be? Is it life? As what society told us. So why does society keep this standards? Why do we choose to marry and to have kids and rather than striving to be who we are? How do we become what we ought to be? Did you think about being a super version a higher one than the being you are? Adventure, facing the world and living dangerously why don’t these things figure out in your list?
You work harder to improve yourself to your boss, to yourself in a bad way, the incorrect way, to your wife, to your children, to your colleagues, to your friends, to your society, to your nation, to your state, to your government and with woman to her husband and children, and in her work and with her friends, and the same thing as man. Is it the right and appropriate way to improve yourself? Isn’t it the way which creates to us depression, anguish, anxiety, and all our emotional and mental troubles?
And one night you say if I do the opposite of all of that what’ll happen? Let just see what happen. And so you decide to live life as it is. You leave all this comfortable life and you travel through the cosmos seeking enlightenment before you die. You know that you are living the last moment if your life and who knows, when you die that is it.
It doesn’t sadden me if I don’t get what I want, but what sadden me the most is not striving enough to know really and truly who I am. Graduating is the end of history, getting a job is the end of history, marrying is an end of history having children dying and whatever, there’s no end of history. It doesn’t sadden me those stuffs if I don’t or didn’t achieve one of them. The wisdom of life is more than thinking in marriage and getting a job; is more than children and money as the pillar of man and women happiness. The wisdom of life is to be your own guiding light as Buddha points to us, to be the light.
The poet Leonard Cohen says:
There is a crack in everything;
That’s how the light gets in.
So how can we be enlightened without having cracks in our hearts made by suffering and hardship?