“Doctrines, scriptures, sutras, essays, are not to be regarded as systems to be followed.
They merely contribute to understanding. They should be for us a source of stimulation, and nothing more…
Adopted, rather than used as a stimulus, they are a hindrance.”
~ Wei Wu Wei
I like this approach to doctrines and beliefs. Surely the world needs more people to find their own way to understanding, rather than following one particular belief system.
It seems all too easy for “followers” to become fearful and closed to the unknown or other’s beliefs. Disciples bring division in the world by creating “us” and “them”.
Adopting a particular belief or point of view, may keep us on a particular path, but is limiting to our potential as human beings.
This is a time for openness and growth. Let us be curious about all doctrines. Let them stimulate and enrich our lives, rather than hinder them.
“Do you realise that when you give a shilling to a beggar you are giving it to yourself?
Do you realise that when you help a dog over a stile you yourself are being helped?
Do you realise when you kick a man when he is down, you are kicking yourself? Give him another kick, you deserve it!”
~ Wei Wu Wei
I do enjoy Wei Wu Wei’s spiritual down-to-earthiness and English wit. It always makes me stop and reflect.
Let’s all slow down and choose how we want to be in the world.