There is an old book called The Way Of The Pilgrim,
author unknown, about a Russian peasant set about the time of the
Russian revolution. He has a withered arm, no family or friends, no
money, no food, no home, and no one will hire him because of the
He goes to a staret (like a Russian priest), tells
his story and asks what he should do. The staret says, "Say, Lord Jesus
Christ have mercy on me 300 times a day."
He does this. A week
goes by, he goes back to the staret. "I have done as you asked, but
nothing has changed. I am very hungry. Now what should I do." The staret
answers, "Say, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, 1000 times a day."
goes on and on, until finally he is up to saying it 12,000 times a day.
He finds it is not only taking him all day to say this, but he has
found a job, a home, friends, had plenty to eat and his life has
It is essentialto have a firm
spiritual belief to be truly happy. And it helps to believe in
reincarnation and the laws of karma. If you are able to do this, then
the world will make sense.
As the Buddha said, if you want
anything, you will suffer. So if you have an illness and want to be
cured, you will suffer. How to fix this - the wise man accepts whatever
he gets (from the Bhagavad Gita). So the secret is to SURRENDER and
accept what happens.
Ghandi, in his lifetime, wanted to achieve DESIRELESSNESS. Which is saying the same thing.
might not be happy with what occurs in this life, but if s/he accepts
the situation it will be a good learning experience. The secret is to
constantly repeat the name of God, whatever that is to you. And
everything will work out.
Richard Alpert, a.k.a. Ram Dass, a
Harvard professor, went to India and asked his guru many questions over a
period of time. He stated he only ever received 3 answers to any
question he asked: "Love everyone, serve everyone, and remember God."
One needs do nothing else.
If one doesn't believe in God, well, shit happens... and you're screwed.
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