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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Inexplicable and the Uncontrollable


The Inexplicable and the Uncontrollable

In daily living, try not to explain why certain things happen, or do not happen—especially according to your own wish. Instead, obey and trust your Creator. Without that trust and obedience, there is no good communication, and hence no enlightenment.

After all, you are not in control of your own fate and destiny in this world. Striving to control the uncontrollable is human futility that ends in stress and unhappiness. Humans strive to control anything and everything because they want to create an identity from the attachments created.

If the Creator has no identity, why should you strive to create one for yourself?

An identity is no more than an ego-self that separates and distinguishes you from others—which is essentially pride.

With pride, you see more of yourself and less of others.
                                                               
With humility, instead of pride, you may see things quite differently: more of the Creator, and less of yourself.

Live your everyday life not just for yourself, but also for others as well. Live a life of love and compassion to become a better and happier individual, being more connected with others. In any life situation, if you have to choose between “being nice” or “being right”, always choose “being nice.”

Look at the following from Lau Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, made up of 81 chapters on human wisdom:

“If His ways could be explained or understood,
the Creator would no longer be infinite.
If He had a name or an identity,
the Creator would no longer be eternal.

Being infinite and eternal,
the Creator is the origin of all things.
Once given a name and an identity,
mankind is only the source of all things.

Ever humble, we see the mysteries of all things created.
Ever proud, we see only the manifestations of all things created.

Only the mysteries, and not the manifestations,
show us the Way to true wisdom.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 1)

Stephen Lau
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