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Saturday, September 10, 2011

easy or difficult

Why do you live? What for?

i keep asking the questions. And i keep asking "why?".
Before long, i notice that we live to be or feel happy, comfortable, safe, content, satisfied...
The state without worry, threat, pain, discomfort, fear, sorrow...

No matter where we live and how we live, we try to attain more. Individuals differ greatly, but ultimately, we all keep struggling and fighting to attain what we think happpiness.

Reikongaku often comments on human struggles and hardships.

It's human nature to avoid or eliminate hardships.  Physical bodies and minds seek comfort.
Is it right or wrong? It's a different story.

If we free ourselves from all relationships, responsibilities, and obligations in society, and live in a far away temple and meditate all day every day, we might reach the state of still and peacefull minds.

But, spiritual growth and development require those hardships. Focusing on avoiding them all the time will never help us.

If we live in a society, interact with other people, minds will be stirred and distructed.

Those harships and struggles are indeed the essential ingredients for spiritual growth. Higher spirits coming all the way down near our level to help and guide us chose to live that way.

We still try to avoid hardships as long as we are in physical bodies.

Even then, knowing that hardships are integral part of our lives, and spiritual growth comes from living through them may change our way of thinking.

Only if it leads us to spiritual growth.