We must handle things when necessary, and with flexibility! We have to be hard or soft as appropriate. No matter soft or hard, fierce or sweet, always do it from our heart. Being sincere and frank, without any complicated thought.
Everything is a habit. We learn the way of wisdom is the way of flexibility. When we are so used to flexibility, so used to all kinds of sudden changes, we are so used to immediate action, spontaneous action, not preconceived action - that's the best way.
I have met many so-called "great" people, truly great people, and I have seen how they take care of minor details with great attentiveness, and with such a natural spontaneity that is kind of a second nature. I think that is how they became great; they do not neglect anything. They know everything without having to pay much attention. Some ordinary people, even when they want so much to pay attention to something, their so-called attention is so minimal that when they say they have paid their whole attention, it was not much. Therefore, they neglected every corner, and that is how things are spoiled and not completed. I have seen many so-called great people. They are truly very humble in their way and they truly take care of things in such a joyful way, very willing to do things, to take care of other people, and to take care of the tasks at hand entrusted to them.
Spiritual practitioners should be able to judge, and know how to handle different circumstances. We cannot respond to all situations in the same way.
If we are prepared at all times, we can immediately turn around and change ourselves under any circumstances. In this way our minds will not attach anywhere. We will not be overthrown by any situation.
It is enough for us if everything we do is from inside and we know our own nature and standpoint. We should not imitate others.
We must always do the right thing, then God will see what we do. But we must do it in a selfless manner and naturally, not just with motive, then it's perfect. The Truth is not a fixed nirvana or Kingdom of God, it is a forever growing process.
When we do something with concentration and spontaneity, then the result come out perfect because it comes out from God, from our real wisdom, from our real nature. Once we have some expectation or some pride in it, or some calculation in it, things go wrong.
No matter what situation we are in, we must look on the bright side. Look at the optimistic side. Don't pick on the little things. We should turn the undesirable situation into one that will benefit us.
Why is this world always changing? It is for us to learn the lesson of always being prepared, of being on the alert. Do you know this? So, the world is neither good nor bad; it only depends on how we use it. Good or bad depends on how we use the situation to learn our lessons well. So, you understand now! You should be learning every moment. Spiritual practice goes on round the clock.
We are really enlightened only if we are flexible in our spiritual practice. We should act flexibly according to the situation, so that we don't get the "Zen symptom"!
Whatever you have to do, do it well. Devote yourself entirely to the work so you don't waste time.
We have to be at the look-out at all time. When we do something, we have to be independent, logical and with good conscience.
When our actions are inspired by our inner self and done naturally, that is our original nature working.
Only when you are satisfied, then you can satisfy others.
All day long we look outwards at both good or bad. We are influenced by the outside and forget to focus our attention inwards. Therefore, we do not succeed in most of what we do. Concentration is the secret of success. The more we meditate and focus our attention, the more smoothly we can carry out whatever we do.
We should always do what is correct, reasonable and proper. Then we would not experience any improper, incorrect or unhappy situations.
Most of you find trouble and hinder yourself. You don't allow yourself to develop and to relax. Not being relaxed, your thoughts are blocked, thus your deeds are not perfect!
We should do things without any purpose in mind. It applies to any job. Unconditional devotion is the best.
We should strive for perfection in whatever work we do, so that we don't give others any reasons to complain or worry.
We can do anything well if we do it naturally and sincerely. Perfection is found in how well the job is done, not the job itself.
We have the choice to think positively. Everything that is beneficial to other people and ourselves at the right moment, that is positive. And everything that hurts you and hurts other people, that is negative. So every time we have to consider what is negative, and what is positive and that is how we fight. And when we always think positively, speak positively, and love people, and always act in a positive way, which means properly, in the right time and beneficial for ourselves and to other people, that is when we are siding with the positive force and the positive force has one more storehouse of power to overcome the negative energy in this world.
The moment we make the decision of doing good or bad, or to avoid doing bad or good, that is a very important moment. If at that moment, we decide to do the good deed, no matter how difficult the test, we will remain absolutely fixed towards the right direction. If we make the correct decision like that often, we will become stronger and go towards the right direction every day. Also, we will get rid of more and more of our bad habits and become a better person. If when facing the moment of decision, we do not have the will to go towards the right direction, then we will go astray. If this happens often, we will become weaker and weaker, and do more and more bad things, strengthening the bad habits.
Q. When confronted with evil, physical or spiritual, such as someone trying to harm you or destroy you, whatever, when someone is trying to hurt you, will you fight back to defend yourself, or will you just die?
M. Or just die? You must be joking! I won't die just like that, I will run. [Laughter] I won't fight back, but I will run for my life. Yeah! Anybody stupid enough would lay down and die, but I won't. Life is precious. I have a lot of things to do, and even if I don't need my body, my disciples do. If I die like that, it is very irresponsible. Of course we have to do our utmost to protect our life, because life is precious. Without life we couldn't accomplish anything. We couldn't even come back to God without this human life. We need every minute of our human existence to come nearer to God, to realize our greatest power and our blessing power, and in order to help other beings who need our help. We may not need this ourselves, but we must acquire it. It is like we don't need money so desperately, but we must have money in order to provide for our kid and wife, and other needy, poor persons.