Be obedient to the ordinances I point to you and have them as your guide 以戒為師 (Buddha)
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. ( Deuteronomy 6:5)
11 Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today. ( Deuteronomy 7:11)
O SON OF MAN! Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and humbleness before Our Face. ( The Hidden Words: 40 of Bahá’u’lláh)
” Follow the commands” has been flowing in my head in the last two days. Before, just like everyone else, I thought of myself as a good person. There were some people I had trouble interacting with or get irritated with easily, and I would tend to avoid those people or think it was their problem. This didn’t give me peace when I thought about the situation or had to face that person again. In relationships with others we tend to excuse our own problems. If we ask ourselves ” can I improve the situation?”. The answer is almost always yes, but we may not feel we want to. Think about this, in a relationship when we feel hurt, we tend to have an emotional reaction or did not react nicely enough and hurt the person back. When we think another person made a mistake, we often make the same mistake too.
In our spiritual journey the first thing to focus on observing ourselves. “Bring thyself to account each day” as Baha’u’llah said. During our interactions with others it is important to be able to see our own problems. “Love your neighbor as yourself” is one of commands. If we have trouble to admit we were not fair to another person we should it consider as not following this command truthfully enough. We should go to that person and apologize, no mater if they accept the apology or not. But if we are sincere enough it will soften their heart too. This process is not easy for most of us, especially within our family. But it must be done if we want continue the spiritual journey. It is very rewarding once we pass this “test”.
The spiritual journey is all about the inner peace we can have through our connection with God. In Buddhist terms it is finding our true nature. It is like finding a home for our soul. But it won’t come until we truly see ourselves is a one who needs to be forgiven and learn to be humble and surrender ourselves to God. In Buddhism, this means “no self”. In other faiths, “Surrender ourselves to God” has the meaning of “turning our will to God’s Will”. This relys on the understanding of the “impermanence” of worldly things and willingness to trust God’s plan for us, accept all the things that happen to us for His purpose and from His Love.
Let’s take a moment to meditate on God’s words (the quotes above). Review the unpleasant relationships we have with others and see what are the mistakes we made. Pray for the strength from God to apologize to that person. This is the Will of God, He will answer this kind of prayer and give you strength. It is a big challenge for most of us, but when you do it you will experience the joy from heaven and feel the Glory of God. This was what I experienced. If you are seeking to feel the love from God, this is something you can try. The new chapter of your spiritual journey will open up for you when you act to follow His command.