Volume 5 No 1
Knowing is Bliss
I see a lot of similarity between this incident and what we often have to go through in our lives, the only difference is that there may be no merciful ears to listen to our pleas. Knowing is bliss because, by avoiding the wrong actions we avoid the eventual penalties. Another anecdote to illustrate my point: a monk who came from a wealthy and noble family was asked if he ever regretted renouncing the world to lead the austere life of a monk. When he said "yes", he was met with ears hungry for a little gossip. However, it became an anti-climax for them when he continued in his answer, "I regret not doing that much earlier, for I had done many things that I shouldn't have done."
Learning, knowing and practising the Buddha's teachings help us live a happy, blessed and blissful life that we all strive for. Ah! If only we had known earlier but, not to worry, start this day with a new beginning.
am particularly grateful to our reader, Lynnette Low, for her article
'Judge a tree by its fruits'. As a Christian she is convinced that
"everyone can benefit from learning and applying Buddhist teachings
in their lives", and that "Buddhist teachings are a wonderful
well of wisdom which is beneficial to anyone who will drink from it
..... in a truly 'universal' way." That is a very significant
observation. I am hopeful that her experience is an inspiration for
all of us.
Be with Buddha, be with wisdom.