36 – GOODNESS IS THE BEAM OF LIFE
A wicked man usually feels pain because of his actions. He makes his actions a challenge to himself. When he has accumulated a lot of bad acts, they will interrupt his happiness and self-improvement. A man of good morality is a good man and will always succeed, just as light always overcomes darkness. Wherever there is light there is luminosity. Brightness is the beauty of the light, just as goodness is the quality of all sages.
Even though we aim for success, we should work wisely, because error results in agony. Only with good intention, good timing, and good cause can favorable results be reached. Even though we may proceed forward when a traffic light is yellow, we must also look around, to the left and right, before doing so. This is a good example of how to lead our lives. Venerable Silavatthera says good conduct (morality) is an excellent quality and the wise man is a noble person. If we are to win over others, we need to have both virtues: morality and wisdom.
Most people tend to mind the mistakes of the others and ignore or overlook their qualifications and goodness. As for the wise, they normally see the goodness of other people first and do not give importance to their faults. If they see any mistake, the wise look for its cause and reason behind the shortcoming and at the same time forgive and let go. Not dwelling on the mistakes of others is a powerful attribute of a wise person. As a result, he/she has many friends and sets a good example for positive thinking.
Results we are receiving at the present tell us the causes we built in a previous life. Even though these causes are unknown or invisible, they do exist. Like a glittering kerosene lamp, although we cannot see the oil, the flickering kerosene shows there is truly oil there. As soon as the oil has run out, the light disappears. Today will become the past of tomorrow, and tomorrow will become the past of the day after tomorrow. Do something good today! There will be a dispensation of goodness tomorrow. If we can conquer ourselves today, we will be victorious tomorrow; if we lose to ourselves today, we would be defeated tomorrow.
Medical doctors advise us to do exercise for physical health, and that we should try to do it on a daily basis. Buddhism advises us to work hard on taming our mind for mental health. Taming the mind involves many different approaches, but the best approach includes meditation and insight, which we should try to practice everyday. While physical health helps nourish the body, mental health assists in nourishing the mind. Our mind is extremely vital for the state of happiness or pain in our daily life. Therefore, taming the mind should not be overlooked. The tamed mind usually brings happiness and great value to human life.