Monday, November 9, 2009


Proverb is a statement or phrase quoted from wise men who possessed intellectual virtues derived from personal experiences throughout their lives for a good span of time out of their encounters with different kinds of situations, things and people where they had been pleasantly or unpleasantly surprised by things they weren’t aware of, they had made mistakes, had time to reflect upon their mistakes and the mistakes of their friends, associates, and family, and they had come to learn and understand that they knew very little when they thought they knew a lot, and so they knew something about human limitations, understand something about human nature and human frailty, and they are able to give advice and teach values and principles on whom we ought to be careful of, whom we can trust, what to expect in the future.

Without embracing certain basic ideas and values, it is impossible to correctly understand the unevenness, inequality, and diversity that exist among mankind. These inequalities among human beings cannot and could not be attributed to blind chance or pure accident.

According to Buddhism, this inequality is due not only to heredity, environment, "nature and nurture", but also to Karma. In other words, it is the result of our own past actions and our own present doings. We ourselves are responsible for our own happiness and misery. We create our own Heaven. We create our own Hell. We are the architects of our own fate.

There is a proverb which says: “One step in the wrong direction will cause you a thousand years of regret.”

You may not believe what I am saying here and No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.”

Consider this: the normal life span for men is only seventy-five years old; and for women is seven-eight years old. But why is it that the proverb says, it will cause you a thousand years of regret if you misstep in the wrong direction? There can be no other interpretation but that, if you knew that what you are doing was wrong and you still continue to do it, you are already flaunting the laws of nature, and because of this, you are not the only one who will pay for the wrong you have flagrantly committed but also your family, your grandchildren, and the children of your grandchildren.

Yes, those people caught in the grip of avarice to the extent of ignoring the inner moral compass in favor of amassing more and more wealth will find themselves paying their worse than they ever thought, as their family, grandchildren, and the children of their grandchildren will continue to pay for them.

You sow not only for your exclusive benefit but for your family as well, right? Your family knows what you are doing because they can see sense and observe. Whatever you harvest from what you planted, either evil or good, will always redound to the detriment or benefit of your family.

The law of Sowing and Reaping suggests not only we will all reap what we've sown; it also suggests that we'll reap multifold. Therefore, if you sow evil, you and your family will reap much more evil, up to one thousand years. As Alex Haley puts it, “In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” Therefore, you and your descendants at large will unavoidably mourn the worst form of wallowing pain to an unimaginable extent even after your exit from earth.

If you are still stubborn and hardheaded that you will insist to continue to refuse and give up your evil ways, even if it warrants your own misfortunes as well as your descendants, then, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming to all of you. How foolish humans are, hopelessly beckoned into destruction like a firefly being seduced by the burning light of fire.

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