Monday, April 24, 2017

Nothing is permanent except change

"Nothing is permanent 
except change."
~ Buddha ~

Buddha was traveling through a forest. The day was hot — it was just midday — he felt thirsty, so he said to his disciple Ananda, “Go back. We crossed a little stream. You go back and bring, fetch, some water for me.”
Ananda went back, but the stream was very small and some carts were passing through it. The water was disturbed and had become dirty. All the dirt that had settled in it had come up, and the water was not drinkable now. So Ananda thought, “I shall have to go back.” He came back and he said to Buddha, “That water has become absolutely dirty and it is not drinkable. Allow me to go ahead. I know there is a river just a few miles away from here. I will go and fetch water from there.”
Buddha said, “No! You go back to the same stream.” As Buddha had said this Ananda had to follow it, but he followed it with half a heart as he knew that the water would not be brought. And time was being unnecessarily wasted and he was feeling thirsty, but when Buddha said it he had to go.
Again he came back and he said, “Why did you insist? That water is not drinkable.”
Buddha said, “You go again.” And as Buddha said it, Ananda had to follow.



The third time he reached the stream, the water was as clear as it had ever been. The dust had flowed away, the dead leaves had gone, and the water was pure again. Then Ananda laughed. He brought the water and he came dancing. He fell at Buddha’s feet and he said, “Your ways of teaching are miraculous. You have taught me a great lesson — that just patience is needed and nothing is permanent.”


Source: http://www.enlightened-consciousness.com/nothing-is-permanent-except-change-buddha/#IpFXsq84w2lJiqxr.99

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.


Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

~ Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, ch 2)

The 9 Rules For Being Human

Handed Down From An Ancient Sanskrit

RULE 1: YOU WILL RECEIVE A BODY.

Whether you love it or hate it, it’s yours for life, so accept it. What counts is what’s inside.

RULE 2: YOU WILL BE PRESENTED WITH LESSONS.

Life is a constant learning experience, which every day provides opportunities for you to learn more. These lessons specific to you, and learning them ‘is the key to discovering and fulfilling the meaning and relevance of your own life’.

RULE 3: THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, ONLY LESSONS.

Your development towards wisdom is a process of experimentation, trial, and error, so its inevitable things will not always go to plan or turn out how you’d want. Compassion is the remedy for harsh judgment – of ourselves and others. Forgiveness is not only divine – it’s also ‘the act of erasing an emotional debt’. Behaving ethically, with integrity, and with humor – especially the ability to laugh at yourself and your own mishaps – are central to the perspective that ‘mistakes’ are simply lessons we must learn.

RULE 4: THE LESSON IS REPEATED UNTIL LEARNED.

Lessons repeat until learned. What manifests as problems and challenges, irritations and frustrations are more lessons – they will repeat until you see them as such and learn from them. Your own awareness and your ability to change are requisites of executing this rule. Also fundamental is the acceptance that you are not a victim of fate or circumstance – ‘causality’ must be acknowledged; that is to say: things happen to you because of how you are and what you do. To blame anyone or anything else for your misfortunes is an escape and a denial; you yourself are responsible for you, and what happens to you. Patience is required – change doesn’t happen overnight, so give change time to happen.

RULE 5: LEARNING DOES NOT END.

While you are alive there are always lessons to be learned. Surrender to the ‘rhythm of life’, don’t struggle against it. Commit to the process of constant learning and change – be humble enough to always acknowledge your own weaknesses, and be flexible enough to adapt from what you may be accustomed to, because rigidity will deny you the freedom of new possibilities.

RULE 6: “THERE” IS NO BETTER THAN “HERE”.

The other side of the hill may be greener than your own, but being there is not the key to endless happiness. Be grateful for and enjoy what you have, and where you are on your journey. Appreciate the abundance of what’s good in your life, rather than measure and amass things that do not actually lead to happiness. Living in the present helps you attain peace.

RULE 7: OTHERS ARE ONLY MIRRORS OF YOU.

You love or hate something about another person according to what love or hate about yourself. Be tolerant; accept others as they are, and strive for clarity of self-awareness; strive to truly understand and have an objective perception of your own self, your thoughts and feelings. Negative experiences are opportunities to heal the wounds that you carry. Support others, and by doing so you support yourself. Where you are unable to support others it is a sign that you are not adequately attending to your own needs.

RULE 8: WHAT YOU MAKE OF YOUR LIFE IS UP TO YOU.

You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. Take responsibility for yourself. Learn to let go when you cannot change things. Don’t get angry about things – bitter memories clutter your mind. Courage resides in all of us – use it when you need to do what’s right for you. We all possess a strong natural power and adventurous spirit, which you should draw on to embrace what lies ahead.

RULE 9: YOUR ANSWERS LIE INSIDE OF YOU.

Trust your instincts and your innermost feelings, whether you hear them as a little voice or a flash of inspiration. Listen to feelings as well as sounds. Look, listen, and trust. Draw on your natural inspiration.

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10 Life-changing Lessons

from Confucius

  1. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
  2. Never form a friendship with a man who is not better than you.
  3. When anger rises, think of the consequences.
  4. When it is obvious that goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, but adjust the action steps.
  5. If you hate a person, then you’re defeated by them.
  6. What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
  7. Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
  8. Give instructions only to those people who seek knowledge after they have discovered their ignorance.
  9. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
  10. If they spit at you behind your back, it means you’re ahead of them.
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