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Although it is difficult to do, but ordination is only in the early stages. Because in addition to leaving the worldly home, the monastic must try very hard to get rid of the house of affliction…

Cultivation is difficult, being happy is even harder

Once, the venerable Sariputta was staying at Maghadha, in the village of Nàlaka. Then the wanderer Jambukhàdaka came, greeted him with greetings and said to Venerable Sariputta:

What is difficult in this Discipline to do, sage Sariputta?

Renunciation, this sage, is a difficult thing to do in this Law.

For someone who has left home, sage Sariputta, what is difficult to do?

For those who have left home, this sage, rejoicing is a difficult thing to do.

Friend, Sariputta, what is difficult for a person who has rejoiced?

Friend, for someone who has rejoiced, the difficult thing to do is to practice in accordance with the dhamma and according to the dhamma.

How long does it take, sage Sariputta, that a person who has practiced the Dharma correctly and depends on it can become an arahant?

Not long, sage.

(DTKVN, Samyutta Nikaya IV, chapter 4, Jambukhàdaka Confucius, section Hard to do, Religious Publishing House, 2001, p.416)

Once you have accepted the reality with a joyful mind, what needs to be done and done by the monastic is to practice in accordance with the dharma and according to the dharma.

Once you have accepted the reality with a joyful mind, what needs to be done and done by the monastic is to practice in accordance with the dharma and according to the dharma.

DISCLAIMER:

There are certainly many difficult things to do in one’s own efforts to be good, but perhaps the most difficult is to generate the intention to leave home. Overcoming the constraints of the world, vowing to live in poverty, leisurely and freely, and committing to the pursuit of humiliation is something that not everyone has enough good conditions to fulfill.

Although it is difficult to do, but ordination is only in the early stages. Because in addition to leaving the worldly home, the monastic must try very hard to get rid of the house of afflictions and overcome the circle of birth and death in the fire house of the three worlds. In the monastic life, when the internal force of samadhi is not profound enough to reach stability and tranquility, patience is needed. To endure, be patient, accept reality to overcome all difficulties and challenges on the way to practice joyfully and happily is not easy.

Joy is an expression of a tolerant mind, full of wisdom and compassion. When the happiness of liberation of the Saints has not been achieved, joy is one of the essential ingredients to nourish the body and mind and maintain the original will and vow of ordination. If joy is lost or absent, it will cause the soul to become sullen, dry, callous, even inert, frozen or the opposite reaction becomes soft, sentimental, sentimental and tragic. love. Totally an obstacle to spiritual progress if you fall into these extreme mentality.

Once you have accepted the reality with a joyful mind, what needs to be done and done by the monastic is to practice in accordance with the dharma and according to the dharma. Only by relying on and practicing according to the Dharma can we eliminate afflictions, liberate suffering, and escape birth and death. However, in practice, it is extremely difficult to practice correctly and depending on the Dharma. This seems illogical, but it is extremely reasonable because the process of moving against the tide with the waterfall of karma is not always what you want or want. Therefore, to practice properly and according to the Dharma is a persistent and continuous process of cultivation.

As a result, arahatship will soon come to those who practice correctly and according to the dharma. Right here, “Birth is over, gonorrhea is over, burden has been laid down…” The hard work has been done.

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