Monday, May 22, 2017

Pain, pain & pain

Have you ever experience pain all over your body at the same time ? Tooth ache , finger injured and gum pain ?  The nagging tickling of the pain , tug at the nerve each time and bringing discomfort. I have been taking pain killers and it just wither off and the pain just came back.

The last week have been a week of discomfort with this pains hanging around me and it really hurts when the pain killer wears off. Is this the life we want to live in ? If we are pain for a week, it seems a life time but when we are well most of the time,  we take for granted. Sun shine for 360 days and rain for 5 days is not normal during the painful period as it is taken for granted that we are pain free for the whole year round.

This is the mind of the normal people , a little rain is not normal ..

When we take life for granted , it is really too much as things will run off the normal track once a while. So there could be make darkness is the very day sunshine as we grow in age. Things will start to fail and pains will creep in many places as the body suffers wear and tear. We cannot be perfect all the time until the end of our life. There has to be a little bit of rain someday.

Lets be aware and conscious of what is going on  or what is going to happen , so that we handle life pretty well to enjoy as little pain as usual as we go on.  Break away from the granted and explore the road less travelled  in your own ability to survive.


Monday, May 15, 2017

My friend , a taoist

Have wonder what is a Taoist ? It comes from the word " tao " , the way. It origins from Lao Tze and his famous book " Tao Te Ching " ,  the way of life.  From my younger days, I was a Taoist as well following my mother to the various places of worship and so many deities who can perform all the miracles and can fly about the heaven and the earth.

A Taoist mystic comprises of the heaven and hell , the 18 layers of hell and the ruling emperor , the Jade Emperor who rules the whole universe covering the heaven , earth and hell  As an emperor , the Jade emperor have his heavenly army and all the famous generals who wield an immerse power ie the thunder god, the three eye Yong Chin , heavenly gods and deities safeguarding the heavenly palace.

From young, I have been following my mother to pray to all the deities and at that time , I thought that I should be a Taoist. I pray to every God who can help me or my family and when I grew older and on the passing of my parents , my second sister was the one who will asked me to follow the custom and I continued to pray for whoever can provide me wealth , safety and good fortunes.  Even later when I became a Buddhist follower , I still pray for the same wealth , safety and good fortunes which is the basic of all Man's needs.

Then one day, I asked a friend, CY .  She told me that she is a Taoist and I told myself " wow " this nice lady , young and vibrant is a Taoist.  This is so lacking now in the new generation who are followers of Taoism.

In the young days, I study the I-Ching and learn how to read my fortune for the day and to avoid all the misfortunes.  It is rather a difficult subject as it needs to follow a lot of procedures and theory using a tortoise cell..  It was a " hangat hangat shit ayam " and it just passed by after that.

Nevertheless, all the religion are basically good as it provides  the same wealth ,safety and good fortune wishes.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

My staff, a staunch Buddhist

I was shocked when I meet my staff for lunch.  She looks totally different and I could not recognized her at the first glance.  Why some stranger stood in front of me and looking at me ? I have just removed the chair and make way for her to park her car. Strange. Finally, she called my name and I notice she is my staff.  What an awkward moment ?

After lunch, she came into my office and told me that she is wearing a wig.  I thought she changed her hair style and she just cut her hair short last week.  She is feeling so uncomfortable in the wig and asked permission to wear a hat.  Of course, I told her to do so as not to be in such uncomfortable manner.

On more enquiry, she told me that she just shaved her hair and became a fully committed Buddhist. For the past few months after she join my team, she has been talking about her " karmic sins" and she needs to be committed to Buddhism in order to cleanse her sins.  I did not suspect or thought that she could shaved her hair to be " Choot Kar" in Cantonese.   This is really a big decision  for someone to be fully committed to Buddhism and choose to live the live of a lay nun.  Fully vegetarian and committed to the Buddhist way of living.

I know that there are people in Thailand or in Malaysia that could live like a lay monk for one month or two months. Some individuals also become a full time monk after many years as a professional person. These people really knows what they want and to learn the way of the Buddha.

It is not a bad decision as these people have seen through life and have become a bigger person or " tall people " who have seen beyond the materialistic world to live a simple life and cleaning their sins for a better after life. These believers are preparing to exit the realm of life instead of living in circles in our life on earth. Buddhist believes that in each life we have to do many goods to go up the realm in our lives before we attain our Buddhahood and enters into Nirvana.

So, here I wish my staff , who for whatever reasons have chosen this path.

Amitabha ...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Basics of life

When I was studying in my secondary school, I came across a subject called human's basic need. Now coming to think about it , it is just food , shelter and basic desires . 

We need a roof over our head which shelter us from the sunshine and the rain..  A warm and comfortable bed to sleep in after a hard day's work , a warm bath to cleanse our body and a dry clothe to wear and make us look pleasant.

Food to eat so that we can have the energy to live for the day and to carry out our daily activities and to have the energy do what we want to do to be happy.  it could be basic food, tasty food or expensive food , it does not matter but to have the quantity to give the energy to last the day. God did not give us the capacity to store food for a few days. It is just like hand to mouth kind of thing. You eat for the day and you have to find food for the next day.. God make this daily routine for us. 

For desire , we need what the Jones have ?  A big house, a beautiful wife, a big family and lots of money.  But in fact, the basic requirement is a simple house, sufficient food and a small family if need be. Living as a single is still okay because we don't need a family to survive. It is the path of billions before us and this becomes a basic requirement.  There is no necessity of such " big" things.

We come from nothing , we go back to the source with nothing.  All we gained from our life stays behind for the world  or the people we love. So, a simple happy life is what we need.  If we want to carry some bondage , then we get married if not ,we can choose to travel light. There is no hard and fast rules.

We can choose a path that is less travelled or a well developed path with certainties or we can create our own path and move along the wilderness.

The UNIVERSE is very big and we just specks of dust floating in the big space. Breakout from your narrow thoughts and fly with the wind.


Falling apart with happiness

Every time,  we look at ourselves , we will feel something is wrong with us.  It could be our physical self or mental condition or just of emotions.  One day we feel that we are in excellent form and another day, we could hit the bottom with severe pain from injuries form poor health.

Our body conditions are never stable, changing from day to day. Even our external conditions like money situation or problems form our love ones.  Every thing is changing and evolving.

Somebody sent me an video on Jack Ma who tells the youngsters his life experience.  From 20 to 30 years old join a small company and learn everything about the business . if you join a big company, you only a part of the company and you do not have the total picture of how the business is like.  From 30 to 40 , learn everything about the business , from 40 to 50 , start your own business, from 50 to 60 work with the young people to expand the business and from 60 onwards, enjoy the retirement and enjoy the sunshine and let others earn for you.

A perfect plan . But how Jack Ma around ?  How many people can have the luck or choice to do what he say and gain the success like him ? Many will wither or fell on the side way. I think not everything is money. It should be the passion and joy of doing what we want is most important. Not everyone can be as successful as him or enjoying doing business.

Happiness is more important than money and finally, we cannot carry all the money with us.  A simple life is maybe better for all of us.  The joy of loving what we do and the job of serving people and gaining the appreciation from them.

So , Jack . Not everything is money, money and money.... How happy are you ?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Time to exit

At lunch time, one of my friend told me that his old panel doctor have just died from a heart attack.  The Doctor have been very careful with his food and life style and he was dead in his home alone after suffering a heart attack.  Before that , he was away on holidays in Australia and he came first before his wife.  My friend was shocked as the Doctor looks healthy and strong.

He agreed with me that everyone have a time to go and it rest in the hands of the lords ie lord Buddha or Lord Juses ,etc.  All the high up lords.

In conclusion , it is time to go , then it is time to go irrespective of what we do. Is this understand correct ? I am doubtful and it is a bit illogical..  When we have a happy life style ie eating properly and exercise vigorously, we should live longer right?  Why do we put so much effort and time to take care of our self and eventually over ride by our lord. Why can't the sickness and weakness in our health cannot be cured with healthy eating and exercise?

If we give proper maintenance and repair to our old car , it should be holding on well right.  The life of the car should longer instead of suddenly the engine just  die off and become recoverable.  This is a bit illogical.  But in another way of looking at life is , when the storm is over , we not only find old leaves fallen from the tress but also young leaves as well.  If it is time to fall, it is time isn't it ?

There is no certainty in life and only death is certain.. Any part of our body can just stopped functioning and without reasons.  Just relax and do what we should do  ie eat well, live well and be happy.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

The evil thoughts

We are not perfect human beings. We have weakness and strength and our thinking keep shifting from the positive side to the negative side.  Back and forth and cannot be so easily controlled unless you have a trained mind.  The training of our mind will take ages for some but easily for the selected few.

Yeah, we have anger, we have jealousy , we have hatred , we have evil thoughts and so much negativities at times . These arises from the demon within us.  The dark thoughts and pit black evilness in us.  In our mind, we have killed many foes and harbor vicious deeds which is buried very deep in us.  This is inevitable as we are just layman human beings.

There are also evils among the angels. Even there are evils among priest , monks and the ulamas.  A sheep in the wolves' skin.  There are those two faces bastards  which can caused a lot of harm to people.  These are illusions and the victims are blind to their thoughts.  Even a man is looking at a women, there are desire to abuse them but on the surface , they behave like perfect gentlemen.

One of my lady friend told me that man is controlled by their bottom half.  That means man is always thinking of making love to a women while looking gentlemanly.  The act and the thoughts are different , so this type of people is very dangerous. Women cannot be too trusting and have to aware of this dirty thoughts in man.

In one of the survey on the number of access to porns  sites in Malaysia.  Trengganu was the top.  It is supposed to be one of the most religious states in Malaysia.  Many be it is too tranquil and peaceful and the only thing is to make love  and the dirty thoughts of making love every time.

I am not a racist or a perfectionist and as ordinary human being such thoughts do come across my mind but the instances could be less.  We have to keep it under control and remained as a passing thought.