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The hardship of spiritual cultivation
We always want more. When we don’t have it,we want to obtain it. Once it is obtained, we want more. We are always picky about the surroundings, wishing that everything would go the way we like.Seldom do we bother to reflect on how we act and how we may do it better. Thus,not happy with the present moment, our mind wanders around. Not guided by the right view, we are restless and we suffer.
Life, which comes at the call of karma and is carried on passively, is not easy. Whatever we do we have to strive for it and endure the relevant hardship. Students have to work hard for their study;entrepreneurs have to work hard to start a business; farmers have to work hard in their field. It is the same with the practice of Dharma. We have to meet the challenges. Is there a thing that we can engage in with endless joy, ease and satisfaction? The answer may be yes, but only in our imaginations.
We mustn’t live for transient pleasure,which only brings us more and more pain. If we are not sure about the meaning of our perseverance, our body and mind would fight against each other,resulting in great pressure triggered by tiny bit of frustration. We need to decide on the meaning of our behaviors. Why are we doing what we are doing?Once this is sorted out, we set our mind at ease and work hard, ready to endure the possible hardships incurred. Joy will come when we don’t speculate on it for the present moment.
The world won’t go around the way we imagine. We have to be responsible for every decision we make for each event in real life. No matter we are caught in favorable or unfavorable conditions,instead of immersing ourselves in the mood of attachment or repulsion, we need to strive for the cultivation of our mind, to plant virtuous seeds, and to aspire upward.