A person’s destiny is determined by himself

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2018-03-27 09:50:54
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Work hard at the cause and let go of the attachment to the effect. Current effects are determined by past causes; in this sense, things in your life are destined. On the other hand, your current behaviors determine your future life; in this sense, a person’s destiny is determined by himself.

Q: Master, suppose there is a person who always accepts loss without complaint. He does not attach much importance to money; although he has little money, he tries best to donate some in order to do good deeds. Yet he never plans and lives in a casual and careless way. How should he improve his living condition? 

A: Without a direction or goal in life, the trajectory of one’s existence can become incoherent, aimless and lacking in vitality. What might seem like an easygoing way of life is in fact the expression of a weak mind. This person has not even begun to take up responsibilities, and yet he imagines that he has already let go of the attachment to various affairs. People need a correct goal and way of life, in order to fulfill their life’s purpose and value. 


Q: Master, I often make mistakes, and then repent for what I’ve done, and then continue to make mistakes. I’m afraid my repentance is not a true one. How do I truly repent so that the mistakes never repeat? Are my repetitive mistakes caused by my lack of right views? 

A: Due to strong karmic force and habitual tendency, your mistakes repeat in spite of your efforts to avoid. It does not mean that your repentance is false. Please do not abandon yourself; instead, do sincerely repent for every wrong deed, the situation will gradually pick up. On the other hand, you must not let your wrong behavior and afflictions go unchecked, thinking that you can purify whatever karmic obstructions caused by your faults through repentance, which is by no means a right view.  


Q: Master, what’s your understanding of “be destined”? Is what I’ve missed or failed something that I’m destined to miss or fail? Then, I can just sit back and let it be, not having to strive for it or put in efforts or struggle, right? If so, do things according to the conditions and to my heart’s contentment is not a lazy way of life, right? Most humble greetings Master.   

A: Work hard at the cause and let go of the attachment to the effect. Current effects are determined by past causes; in this sense, things in your life are destined. On the other hand, your current behaviors determine your future life; in this sense, a person’s destiny is determined by himself. 


Q: Master, some things at work and in life are weighing on me. They have kept and will keep me extremely anxious, so long as they remain unsolved. I’m afraid I would be blamed if I could not handle them well. I took a medical test and my situation was diagnosed as an anxiety disorder. Dreaming a lot, I cannot sleep well, and my health condition is affected. How do I release the pressure and break free from trouble? I’d appreciate your instruction, Master! 

A: Even if you handle things well, you may still be blamed or complained. We can never decide what others say. It's good to have a sense of responsibility for your work, yet do not be too anxious about the result. External circumstances are determined by many causes and conditions; do well on the causes and conditions on your part. 

Editor:Bella Liu
Tags:goal, repentance, destiny, external circumstances

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