Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A story to reflect upon

A famous spiritual teacher came to the front door of the King's palace. None of
the guards tried to stop him as he entered and made his way to where the King
himself was sitting on his throne.
"What do you want?" asked the King, immediately recognizing the visitor.
"I would like a place to sleep in this inn," replied the teacher.
"But this is not an inn," said the King, "It is my palace."
"May I ask who owned this palace before you?"
"My father. He is dead."
"And who owned it before him?"
"My grandfather. He too is dead."
"And this place where people live for a short time and then move on - did I hear
you say that it is NOT an inn?"

Points For Reflection
We are ALL here for just a short time, and then move on. Reflecting on this, shouldn’t we realize a sense of urgency to practise Dhamma before it is too late ? Doesn’t it make sense to develop our virtues and cut our defilements of greed, hatred and delusion in this very short life of ours ?
* Our true wealth does not lie in our material possessions or in the people we love or attach to. We live and die and never really own anything. How many people today think about this deeply ? Too many people entrench themselves in their possessions and positions.
* What is our true wealth ? It is our Kamma and the Kamma potential we store up in this fleeting life that will follow us from life to life . When we reflect on this , we should waste no more time to practise Dana, Sila and Bhavana the best we can .
With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin

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