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To Perfect Someone Else Is to Perfect Yourself

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The United States Customs had a batch of confiscated bikes, so they announced a decision to auction them off. During the auction, there was always a ten-year-old boy who began with a “five” bid, in every auction, and who then watched as the bikes were bought by the others with 30 or 40 dollars.

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The image if from WNMU-FM.

During the intermission, the auctioneer asked the boy why he didn’t bid a higher price. The boy said he had only five dollars.

The auction started again, and the boy still started with “five” each time. Of course, every single one was taken away by others. Slowly, the crowd also began to notice the boy who always made the first bid, and more and more people became interested in the outcome of the boy’s bidding.

Near the end of the auction, there were only one of the best bikes left. It was brand new with a variety of gear included, ten-gauge transmission, a two-way handbrake, speed display, and a nighttime electric light fixture. It was undoubtedly a rare and good bike!

The auctioneer asked: “Who is bidding?”

Standing at the forefront, the little boy, who had almost given up hope, stood still and firmly said: “Five.” It was quiet on the auction floor. All held their breath and stood still waiting for the result.

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The image is from The Eternal Optimist.

At that moment, all the people present stared at the little boy, and no one made a sound, no one raised their hand and no one bid. “The bike is sold to the young man in shorts and white shoes!” The auctioneer shouted after he said the price three times.

The audience applauded after hearing the remark. The little boy cheered up and raised the crumpled five-dollar bill and got the most beautiful bicycle in the world. He had the most brilliant smile on his face that people had never seen before.

 

In our lives, instead of overcoming others, surpassing others, or crushing others, can we perfect the others? This is worth pondering.

To perfect someone else is to perfect yourself.

This is a magical world – there is only cause and effect, no accident, and all accidents are inevitable. He who helps others will eventually help himself.

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 40

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反者道之動;弱者道之用。
天下萬物生於有,有生於無。
Reversion is the action of Tao.
Gentleness is the function of Tao.
The things of this world come from Being,
And Being (comes) from Non-being.
(Translation by Yu Tang Lin)

 

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The image is from http://kennethtucker.com/?next=b8.

Tao itself is formless, shapeless, and voiceless. The movement of the Tao repeats continuously, and it is independent and unmodified. It is not affected by anything. There is no starting point nor end point.

The Tao is unlimited, and it runs through the universe. The passage of time will not stop and can reach far in the distance, but also can reverse and flow back and forth everywhere.

Tao in the operation of all things in the world is soft.

All creatures of the world are born in the physical being, while the physical being itself is born from non-being.

Seven Things to Give

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A poor man asked Buddha, “Why am I so poor?”
Buddha said: “You did not learn to give.”
The poor man asked: “How can I give when I have nothing?”
Buddha said: “One can give seven things to another without having anything.”

 

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This image is from Ancient Origins.

With your face: a smile.
With your mouth: praise and comfort.
With your heart: open your heart and be kind to others.
With your eye: giving others a kind and righteous look.
With your body: helping others with actions.
With your seating: humbly giving your seat to others.
With your chest: tolerance.

Enlightenment:
Don’t make too many meaningless movements. Give more to others. You may gain unexpected wealth and happiness.

 

Chinese version:

窮人問佛:我為什麼這樣窮?
佛說:你沒有學會給予別人。
窮人:我一無所有如何給予?
佛:一個人一無所有也可以給予別人七種東西。

顏施:微笑處事;
言施:說讚美安慰的話;
心施:敞開心扉對人和藹;
眼施:善義的眼光給予別人;
身施:以行動幫助別人;
座施:即謙讓座位;
房施:有容人之心。

感悟:
不要有太多沒意義的計較,多給予別人,你可能會收穫意想不到的財富和快樂。

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