Friday, January 26, 2007

Words of Inspiration

Dhammaduta mission, incorporating Dhamma promotion for the benefit of
others and outreach work to render service to others can be a most
challenging task - an uphill one. Onlookers and armchair critics may
comment :
* 'There are thousands or millions out there who are in a terrible state.
What difference does it make ... your Dhammaduta work ... the majority
of those in need won't benefit.'
* 'There are just too many ... they cannot be saved!'
* 'The majority will not appreciate what you do ... it's a hopeless task.'
* 'Aren't you wasting your time? Take care of yourself! Enjoy yourself! What difference does it
make to the vast number of suffering ones?'
The Dhammaduta worker needs to soldier on despite obstacles, setbacks and criticisms and blame. The Gift of Dhamma is the greatest Gift. There will be people with 'little dust in their eyes' who will benefit. The Dhamma can make a difference to them!
Reflect on the following story:
As the old man walked along the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Finally catching up with the youth, he asked him why he was doing this. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun. "But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish," countered the other. "How can your effort make any difference?" The young man looked at the starfish in his hand then threw it to safety in the waves. "It makes a difference to this one," he said.
~Author Unknown
With Metta,
Bro. Oh Teik Bin

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