If your answer to this question is anything material, and therefore anything that will ultimately turn to dust, you’re bound to suffering. Only when we earnestly decide and realize for ourselves that what matters most is immaterial and nonphysical do we free ourselves from the bondage and illusion of the material world.
One of the great Buddhist truths is impermanence. Like Jesus said, “You are dust and to dust you shall return.” All that is solid melts into air.
To seek happiness and peace in the impermanent is a path to suffering.
Instead of seeking happiness and peace in the impermanent, if we instead simply open ourselves to Real Happiness and True Peace in the permanent, the spiritual, the eternal, then we begin to Abide in Truth and experience greater and greater Lasting Joy.
Past is past!
To think that any one particular person or groups of persons matters most is also setting ourselves up for suffering, because they too are impermanent. The soul in each is permanent, so it’s quite liberating to care for the soul of another, and ultimately caring for the soul of another does not necessarily mean that we have to be in physical contact with the human body. Sometimes, the best way to care for the another’s soul is to physically distance oneself from it. Ultimately, all souls are connected, so what is good for one soul is good for all souls. And, what is good for the soul is that which is beyond the impermanent. What is good for the soul, any soul, is love, virtue, kindness, compassion, appreciation, reverence, and so on. What’s good for the soul is thanksgiving and gratitude. Nothing physical is necessarily good or bad for the soul. Where the soul benefits is in the quality of intention and love enmeshed in any action. The pure the intention and the greater the love, the more the soul heals and evolves, growing closer and closer to God.
Towards God we go!
Purify, purify, purify. Dedicate more and more of life to God. More and more moments, consciously offer up to God. Soon, everything will be dedicated. And even sooner, the one dedicating and the one receiving the dedication realize the oneness.
There is ultimately no separation. The separation is an illusion, just like the solidity of a table. Sooner or later, the table will turn to dust, and the illusion of separation will fade away. The question is, how badly do we want it? And what currently stimulates our experience of separation? Can we let go of whatever is stimulating these feelings of separateness? If not now, when?
Let go and Let God in 🙂
Live a fully dedicated life.
Love, Love, Love.