Saturday, April 08, 2006

Book recommendation?

A total stranger sent me a one line message today that said, "Have you ever read Ruling Your World?"  The title threw me off a bit, since I thought it was some sort of "be aggresive" business type book.  I did a quick search on Amazon and it looks like a very good book on living life by following the principals of Buddhism.  Has anyone read it?  Here's a small excerpt from a chapter:

Contemplating worldly gain and loss reveals that we spend part of our life trying to get it together, and the other part watching it fall apart. As soon as we have time-"I have a whole hour free"-we are losing it. As soon as we make a friend, we're losing him. As soon as we have fame, it becomes tinged with notoriety. As soon as we have wealth, we're losing it. Looking for something new to gain helps us forget to look but a few seconds back at the last thing that we lost. Fabricating this chain of desire is how we keep ourselves in samsara [the cycle of desire and suffering]. We are using instability to try to make stability. We're investing in hope and fear, banking on denial of a simple truth: all the pleasure the world can offer eventually turns to pain. Everything we gain is subject to loss. Why do we put all that effort into gain when, in the end, we are going to lose it? (p 124) 

I think I might track down a copy to read.

5 comments:

shiloh351 said...

No offense but that sounds awful depressing (and stressful) to me..........but it is true. That IS all the WORLD has to offer!
What comes to mind for me is Philippians 3:7-9..........

TheRamblingElder said...

Wow this sounds like something I might say. Whoever wrote this must be very smart indeed. Is he or she still alive?

shiloh351 said...

Okay "ramblingelder".....you need to stop being such a pessimist! The glass is half full, not half empty!!! :) I'm going to have to call you "theramblinghalfling"...

TheRamblingElder said...

I dont view myself as a pessismist, I just aggree that no matter what we have, it will eventually cause us a bit of pain. Nothing is permanent so all that we are doing in getting material possesions, or wasting too much time on leisure, is setting ourselves up for a larger fall, when those things do end up dissipearing. Its like saying simplicity is bliss...which on good days I demonstrate well.

But those are just my thoughts.

shiloh351 said...

Okay....I understand your point of view but I honestly don't see that working in my life. I don't see "things" as causing pain or things in life setting me up for a "larger fall". The LORD gives and the LORD takes away. If I lose something, I believe God in His wisdom allowed it to happen because He knows what is best. So why should I doubt that and regret it? There's so many verses to support this. For me, it comes down to trust. I trust God. Why should i worry about losing things. Plus, we shouldn't be seeking material things anyways. Even God tells us that. Everything in this life is only temporary. Again, there are many verses to support this too......