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To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

e. e. cummings

Buddhists talk about the veil of illusion.  The illusion that this life is static and permanent.  We become absorbed in this cloak of SELF and believe that we are this baggage of flesh indifferent to the true self that is contained within and filled with vibrant, endless, universal energy.  Our lives become an extension of this SELF in fulfilling superficial wants and desires.  Our fight in life is to satisfy the desire of the personal SELF.  Our existence is from the context of ‘How can I benefit’ or, ‘what’s in it for me?’ We act on our desires or out of fear to satisfy the SELF.  We journey through life in this me first mentality indifferent to the pain and hurt we inflict on others along our path.

We spend our existence on this planet as if it is one of only THIS lifetime.  This is shortsighted and small.  It is an existence of SELF and ego led by fear that keeps us limited and contained.  We are not this body.  The Tibetan word for body is lü which translates to that of luggage or baggage. This metaphor is perfect as our body is simply baggage carrying our true self as a transition to another form.  If this is the case, what are we fighting for?  An empty vessel that in earthly terms could be gone in a moment and in universal terms is over in a blip?

We are powerful beyond any comprehension.  We can create anything we put our energy and commitment toward.  Inside we itch to stand for something.  We itch to fight for something beyond SELF, beyond ego.  We stand on this planet in this form to FIGHT for this transformation beyond the individual to that of a collected consciousness.  Strip away our fear, and our ego and we are boundless energy, universally connected that at its root is simply LOVE.  We serve on this planet to connect and transform all living beings to a version of LOVE that is individual defined.  Buddha means the awakened one.  When we connect at this level to the level of love we are awakened to that of universal beings.  Fear no longer exists.  We are left with no barriers, only a clearing to connect and transform.  We are left with something to fight for.

What are you willing to fight for with this life?

Pick up the paper, walk the streets, travel.  Suffering, injustice and ill-treatment to living beings abound in this world.  We can pass this by and tell ourselves it is not our issue, yet if not you, then who?  If not now, then when?  The time to wake up is now.  The time to fight is imminent.  All we have is right now, this very moment.  There is no other time.

Find what moves you in life.  Find what gets you out of bed.  Find your passions and what calls to you.  FIND what you are willing to die for.  Stand in this space and be unmoved to all that come at you.  Be unmessable in this commitment and stand.  Fight for this.

You don’t have to fight for world peace.  Be committed to making a difference on this planet in your terms.  It might be a commitment to family and you create  a commitment and a stand in how families can work in this world.  It might be a relentless commitment to love.  Be a stand to another with your heart.  Give it freely and fight for your love and do not let anything come between this.  This is worth a life in this vessel in giving love freely.  There is no greater purpose than giving your heart filled with compassion and love.

Awaken yourself and find a commitment that lasts beyond this body, this life.  Let them speak of you as what you stood for on this planet.  Let the words embody the spirit of your commitments and the living beings you touched and transformed in this form.  As you give LOVE in this form the ego and SELF dissipate into a meaningless whisper that no one can hear.  The universal melody of LOVE drowns out any of this noise.  There is no greater power and nothing higher than to fight for with all of your being.

Live the words of Mother Theresa

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it. …

Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”

Call to Action:

      • Awaken.  Find what moves you.  Find what pulls you out of bed in the morning.  Find what eats at your soul that you are NOT willing to tolerate anymore.
      • Be committed to this passion.  Be committed and a stand for something beyond yourself.  Be unmoved in this commitment
      • BE LOVE…..there is no great power.

Thomas D. Craig

Author A Cup of Buddha