Why is it so difficult for some people to accept our religion?
People want immediate gratification. They want to see results fast. In our religion we “plant the seeds” for our future now. We may not see the results of our efforts immediately. With our prayer, God helps sweep our evils away (greed, arrogance and self love). With the sweeping of these evils, our actions become positive. This is what we call planting the good seeds for the future. Our good behavior will result in future happiness. But this effect may not occur for some time.
People get discouraged because they pray to God, but suffering still occurs. This suffering is a result of their past actions that are now sprouting. God encourages us to accept these sufferings in a positive manner, and continue to plant the good seeds. By doing this, the good seeds will sprout in the future, and our future will only become joyous.
Don’t be disappointed by the negative events that occur daily. They are the effects of what you have done before. Distinguish the difference between God’s guidance and the sufferings from one’s past actions due to causality. What sprouts from your past actions, you can only accept it in a positive manner; but the guidance from God’s love, turn it into behaviors that sprout a joyous future.
“Evil sweeping, save us please, Universal Saving God”
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