The Roar of a Lion

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If we meekly go through life with a begging mentality, asking whatever we think is “up there” to fix whatever problem we have, we never tap into the strength we have to change it with our own focus and determination. If we meekly accept that our problem wasn’t fixed because it was the will of some entity then you have missed the chance to learn, through your own wisdom and determination, to change something that causes you unhappiness. Having faith is not about having a wonderful place to go after you die – it is about having a wonderful life while you are alive! Have appreciation for being alive and having determination to succeed. Faith is about having the tools to change the part of your human nature that causes you to do and say the things that cause you unhappiness, so we can stop making the same causes over and over. Cause and effect – or reap what you sow is the same for everyone.

I read an article on a Christian website the other day where a supposedly religious scholar wrote that it really wasn’t important to pay attention to the phrase, “you real what you sow”, even though it is mentioned numerous times, because Jesus died for your sins.  WHAT??? You don’t have to worry about the negative causes you make???  But these are the very things that  bring unhappiness into your life that lead you to need to pray to have an outside source fix them, after you caused it to happen to your life through your actions. I will end today with this daily encouragement from Daisaku Ikeda:

“The daimoku (nam myoho renge kyo) we chant is not a weak imploring plea for something. It is a lions roar that reverberates with all of our being, and is powered by making a personal vow, setting our minds on realizing it and aligning our lives with the fundamental law of the universe. There is no force stronger or more sublime.”

“Nam Myoho Renge Kyo is like the roar of a lion. Therefore what illness can be an obstacle”

Don’t beg or plead or make promises if only your prayers could be answered. That is the prayer of a coward. Summon inside yourself “no doubt – at all” that your goal will be realized, regardless of the faith you believe to be true.

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4 Comments

  1. I am not christian.But I have friends that are and they are the most honest living people I know because they are very very aware that you reap what you sow.I happen to be Jewish and people who follow these religions in the truest of their essence take total responsibility for their life.Please stop lumping all people of other religions into one pile and get off your high horse.

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    1. Pamela, there are good people and no so good people in all walks of life. And even good people don’t always take responsibility for EVERYTHING. I also have Christian friends. The term “you reap what you sow” is much deeper than most people realize because it encompasses everything, not just the negative effects people get. Every choice, every action, words spoken and even thoughts.

      Because no one is perfect we all do and say things that affect our lives in many ways. We reap many things we aren’t aware of sowing that we wouldn’t take responsibility for. Most people use that phrase only when talking about the negative effects that happens in the lives of others, but not when the effect is positive. No – that is called God’s blessings, and he is supposed to bestow that on you. It isn’t an effect you did to yourself. No – people say God is Good when that happens.

      No one takes total responsibility for every single thing in their lives. There are many things that happen we don’t want to be responsible for. The words, “It’s not my fault . . .” or “So and so did that to me . . .” It goes even so far as to the people you bring into your life or the person you married who ended up not being who you thought they were. People come into your life for a reason. If it is part of your environment, then it is your responsibility. The law of cause and effect -or- you reap what you sow. Like I said, the depth of that phrase is deeper than you have probably considered. I have also talked to a fair amount of Christians who believe that asking God’s forgiveness wipes away the effects of causes they made and that they no longer have to worry about reaping the effects of the causes they sowed while alive. I won’t get into any philosophy about life after death. But that would mean anyone could do anything and they could wipe the slate clean with a prayer. Now – my high horse – I’m glad you brought that up and that you have talked at great length to so many people of different religions about the complexities of the effects of their actions in their lives. It is great you have so many friends that you have actually had a discussion of this depth with, as well as observed their life to see that they actually live this teaching in their lives so thoroughly. But really, I think it is you who are lumping all people of other religions into one pile and are assuming you know things you don’t. If you’d like a few links to some study materials on this subject so you can more fully understand and apply i to your own life I’d be happy to do that for you.

      In the meantime let me ask you a question to ponder on. Do you know why you are who you are – without giving me the platitude that you were made in God’s image? What makes you – you? Have a great day.

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