Blessings. . .

A blessing (maïgala) is a protective power usually imparted by repeating certain words, sprinkling special water, being touched with holy objects or by certain hand gestures. The Buddha was skeptical of the efficacy of this type of blessing.

As with other issues, he taught that the best way to acquire “blessings,” “protection” or “good luck” is to be virtuous, honest and kind. In the famous Discourse on Blessing, the Maïgala Sutta, from the Sutta Nipàta, he said: Generosity, being just, supporting one’s family and acting blamelessly, this is the greatest blessing. Disapproving of and rejecting evil, refraining from alcohol, watching one’s own mind, this is the greatest blessing. Reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude and listening to the Dhamma from time to time, this is the greatest blessing.

Life is not always easy to live, but the opportunity to do so is a blessing beyond comprehension. In the process of living, we will face struggles, many of which will cause us to suffer and to experience pain – It is from and in these moments that we come to understand the difficult concept of blessed.

Peace and Love, Jim

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