Faith in GOD and also to Our Inherent Quality
Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro came up with a concept of Buddhist teaching called “hurrying slowly”; last Saturday in Youth Development Fund hall.
He related the concept with a tale of a man from a country side; that was carrying a cart load of coconut to the market. He asked a young boy about the fastest and the most convenient road to the market. The lad said that if you go slowly you will get their by half an hour; if you hurry, it will take an hour. He felt it nonsense and set of his cart down the road.
The number of potholes on the road overturned his cart and had to collect all the coconuts and put them on his wagon. To reach to the market he took an hour whereas, other cart; who moved slowly took them only half an hour.
His eminent said that in real life this makes sense as Buddhism also talks about “Middle way”.
“Middle way is not always the straight way, it is sometimes tortuous,” he said. “To reach to the destination one should follow that winding road; although it is the most affective, fastest and convenient road.”
Buddha says that we should have faith in Buddhism. But venerable Ajahn Jayasaro said “not only to an external deity but also have to have faith in one’s own capacity for transformation and potentiality for enlightenment.
With that faith we can have some confidence and influence oneself in looking into the lives and identify any bad habits or any foolish activity that we indulge in the past; which we are free from. Also see any good habits or the virtuous quality that was absolute few years ago.
After having faith, we can be more logical. If we can abandon the particular bad habits then try to avoid all the bad habits which are in one’s mind and develop more virtuous quality.
Therefore, Buddha said that changes takes place according to the courses and condition. But one should study nature and courses and apply ourselves intelligently then we can purify our mind and develop wholesome habits.
Indeed faith in Buddhist tradition is not a denigrated. In fact it is considered as one of the key spiritual faculties. It is always accompanied by wisdom. Buddha said that faith and wisdom should be balanced.
Faith without wisdom becomes fanatic or superstition and similarly intelligence with critical faculty; but without faith, can easily be turned into cynical, critical and ability to see the fault of everything and value of nothing.
Faith is what simplifies, clarifies and focuses the mind. It is vital in making decision and negotiating the choices.
He said that we should be sincere to our faith. To achieve our goal we should be confident and believe in our own inherent capacity. Buddha, when he attained enlightenment; he was still a human being. Actually the enlightened Buddha proved the human capacity for enlightenment.
“Believe in religion,” he said. Try to culminate, cultivate wholesome quality. This will help in achieving daily goals.
He said that people who are requesting to deities for worldly success and pleasures, it’s unfair. Everyone might be praying for their success but the deity can help only those who can offer him something but its corruption.
This created a holler of laughter among the audience. As the venerable Ajahn Jayasaro proceeded with his discourse, it made a sense for what he said later.
To achieve goal ones effort is predominant. We should be self reliant and be able to take responsibility. As a young boy; his eminent never depends on his parents for pocket money. Rather he earned himself; whereby he said that he felt a wonderful feeling as he could enjoy the fruit of his hardly earned money.
Similarly while going for pilgrimage, it’s not the point of reaching there at pilgrim; offering butter lamp and prostrate to the deity but the effort we underwent to visit that holy place. Therefore, effort and taking responsibility is important.
Goal of Buddhist teaching is “nirvana”; whereby “Patient Endurance” is the primary engine for the realization of Nirvana. It includes the concept of peacefulness and coexistence with unpleasant. It’s is the ability to live your life without modern facilities or rationalize the desire.
“Mindfulness” is important to live a happy life.
“Every 15 minutes look at your watch and realize how you feel yourself; it is the mindfulness practice,” he said. It will realize the value of one’s life.
Mindfulness includes the realization of happiness in the mundane life. “Going alone into the cave, closing eyes and praying for weeks; months and year, is not dharma practice,” he said. “In fact, opening our heart, ability to listen and feeling the emotions, is part of dharma,” he added.
He advised the audience to elevate the idea of being happy, since we will be more materialistic and indulge into more worldly activities. Which is source of depression and frustration. He said that pleasure and confidence doesn’t come by buying things but it’s the inner feeling which comes by educating ourselves.