If you want to be perfect at something, You've got to work hard. When you've mastered the skill, Other things also become easy.
In everything you do, continuously seek to refine your work until you achieve the ultimate perfection and beauty. How can you do that? It takes bitter effort. What kind of bitter effort? It can all be summed up in one word: endurance. The Chinese character for 'endurance' () is a picture of a heart () with a knife () stuck in it. This means we have to endure pain, suffering, and all kinds of things--hunger, thirst, wind, rain, heat, and coldness. We've got to endure, endure, and endure! Endure all the things that cannot be endured. In all we do, we've got to bear the difficulties and apply bitter effort. Then when our skill is ripe, we'll naturally succeed. At that point, we'll be able to hear one thing and understand ten others. We will have opened the gate to wisdom, and all things and principles will immediately be completely clear to us--we can take in the whole picture in a single glance.
The analogy of seeds can also be used to explain humaneness. When planting the various grains, we must choose the large seeds, because they will produce strong sprouts and will yield a bountiful harvest in the autumn. Farmers understand this. If good seeds are not selected, and the fields are not tilled, irrigated, and fertilized, then come autumn there won't be any harvest. "Each bit of tilling yields a bit of harvest." This can also be applied to the situation of students studying in school. If you study hard and understand the principles in your textbook, you will surely be able to make useful contributions in the future. On the other hand, if you are sloppy in your studies and do just enough work to get by, after you graduate you won't have the skills to help you make a living. You'll become a burden to your family and a parasite of society, and others will look down on you.
There are two types of seeds: sentient seeds and insentient seeds. Sentient seeds give rise to living beings born from wombs, eggs, moisture, or by transformation. Insentient seeds produce plant life such as grass and trees, and minerals such as metals and rocks. Sentient beings possess emotions and a nature; insentient beings lack emotion but do possess a nature. It is said, "Sentient and insentient beings together perfect the Wisdom of All Modes." The natures of sentient and insentient beings are interconnected. They were originally one. Insentient beings are that way only temporarily; if they could return to their origin, they would become sentient. However, that's not easy to do. They have to wait a long, long time before they have a chance to return to their origin.. And even when insentient beings do become sentient, they are still primitive animals such as ants, worms, or mosquitoes.
Even though we are sentient beings now, this is also only a temporary state that may not last. If we don't do a good job of being people, our natures will dissolve and transform into insentient vegetation. Although plants do have a nature, it's hard for them to become sentient beings.
Being Humane means being capable of treating others in ways that others animals cannot. It means seeing the world through human eyes from human perspective. It’s also means accepting our role and responsibilities endowed by our human condition. Human abilities challenge us with ethical dilemmas we cannot ignore when confronted with the incredible suffering caused by disease on the other hand and faced with the abilities to challenges such as maladies on the other, human can feel morally compelled to act. Every one of you can return to your origin and become a HUMANE , as long as you bring forth the resolve for Humane qualities soon and work hard at your cultivation.
However, if you fall into the insentient realm and become plants, it will be difficult for you to cultivate. You may be sorry, but by then it will be too late!
Keeping the above intention Chetnamindfulness has taken a small initiative called “ BEING HUMANE PRACTICE “…. Be a part of this circle of practice and learn how to cultivate n harness the skill of BEING HUMANE… To help yourself and help others and be a part of this bigger community known as “HUMANE”….and relive the suffering of others and yours…..
Over years practising as a therapist and mindfulness teacher,teaching mindfulness classes, I have continually been asked this question by my clients and so many others —
"Is there a group I can connect with on a regular basis to help maintain and learn deepen my practice and cultivate some skills BEING HUMANE”?
At ChetnaMindfulness we are starting a daily global online gathering precisely to address this need. at ChetnaMindfulness Global Online Sit—a daily morning and also on Wednesday evening, gathering free of charges to all who have been visited ChetnaMindfulness at any point of time in their life, and in general for anyone who is really keen n interested in harnessing n cultivating BEING HUMANE skills/ qualities or who already have an established mindfulness practice. All are welcome!
Over the course of a 45-minute session, a teaching is offered, followed by meditation (the "sit," silent or guided) and optional group sharing.
The session is held everyday at 11.30 am & also on Wednesday at 7:30 pm Indian time. Use the link to register yourself , after which you will be emailed a Zoom link so that you can participate. We’d love to have you on everyday morning & Wednesday evening.
Free of cost
we deeply wish for more and more people to join to learn this practice.