Impermanence

14 Jun

“Life, death, preservation, loss, failure, success, poverty, riches, worthiness, unworthiness, slander, fame, hunger, thirst, cold, heat – these are the alternations of the world, the workings of fate. Day and night they change place before us, and wisdom cannot spy out their source. Therefore, they should not be enough to destroy your harmony; they should not be allowed to enter the storehouse of the spirit. If you can harmonize and delight in them, master them and never be at a loss for joy; if you can do this day and night without break and make it be spring with everything, mingling with all and creating the moment within your own mind – this is what I call being whole in power.”

― Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

I have been thinking about impermanence.  To give a simple example around this time, two years ago residents of my building society decided to auction general parking lots, used to park there, did not have money to pay for the auction price. My savings had depleted from my last assignment.  Today can easily pay the amount. But the parking lot is gone. I have since booked a new house with a parking lot. I have always been determined. How things changes? What was difficult yesterday is possible today? What did it take to get there? Endure pain and a job.

I know things are impermanent. The people whom we loved working with yesterday. We do not work with them today. But it is for a reason, for  our own and their personal and professional growth. People whom we loved yesterday are not with us today. But the heart never seems to change. Like the Zen masters talk of a Big mind, we need a Big heart. We can always be warm hearted. Compassion and love is a Big set. If we are careful with nostalgia, it is lovely.

It dosen’t take much to be happy. It takes a lot to succeed. Those are two sets . Even if things are impemanent, we can always do our best and have a loving heart.

First stumbled on a quote of Chuang Tzu  in a Anthony “Tony” de Mello talk.” If you can harmonize and delight in them, master them and never be at a loss for joy; if you can do this day and night without break and make it be spring with everything..” The ancient Chinese philosopher is right.

This for today. Impermanence is for our transformation and growth.

Have a good day dear friends!

Love, Suresh

 

 

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