Many years, I searched for my treasure. Asking around , I’ve realised that everyone had different perspectives on this. Some were materialistic and others were more internalised. I guess, it is depending on the circumstances and situation of a person that treasure of the life may change. There’s no right or wrong, nor no better or worse. I believe all of these treasures are valuable to them.
On my previous post, I have shared about how my niece talk about the importance of life, in particular her own life. I have learnt the importance of my own life through following passage.
It is rare to be born a human being. The number of those endowed with human life is as small as the amount of earth one can place on a fingernail. Life as a human being is hard to sustain—as hard as it is for the dew to remain on the grass.The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Vol. 1 p.851
Mrs. So and so, a senior person, shared this with me when I was still in my early teen. She shared this based on her Buddhist perspective that life is eternal.
She continued “It is rare to be born as a human being and you are born as a human being in this lifetime for a reason. Do not waste your life.”
Although I was inspired by this, it has raised a question “so what does this mean to me? Why am I born at this given time to this given place to this given condition?”
This questions still remains unanswered because I’ve realised that I might not know have the answer until the last minute of my current life.
If so, what do I need to do now to reach that answer? Well, the answer to that was quite simple, live today to my fullest capacity.
What do I need to consider if I want to live to my fullest capacity today? Mrs So and So continued “There are three kinds of treasure in your life. Do you know what they are?”
More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body, and the treasures of the heart are the most valuable of all. From the time you read this letter on, strive to accumulate the treasures of the heart!The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin Vol. 1 p.851
Mrs So and So continued:
“Many people focus on their material wealth. That’s the treasure of the storehouse. How much money you have on savings, what kind of car you own, or what kind of house you live in. These are all the treasure of the storehouse. More important than that is the treasure of the body. That’s wellbeing of yourself. Your health is more important than your material wealth. However, amongst all, the most important and valuable treasure is the treasure of your heart. This means that if your heart is dying, it will affect your health and material wealth. Don’t ever misplace your heart or neglect your heart. Whilst you are young, train your heart to accumulate its treasure.”
When I first heard this, I probably didn’t take all in. All I remember was the importance of my heart. Interestingly, I remembered her words so clearly. It is the hear that will lead me to answer my unanswered question “why am I born?” So, I thought to myself, if I train my heart and accumulate its treasure from present moment, it will lead to where I want to be, finding the answer I want to know.
What are treasure are you accumulating for your heart?
What have you already accumulated as treasure of your heart?
Have you found your answer?