Syllabus Of Life
Several years ago, during my Buddhist pracice, a dear friend passed a set of rules to me that were handed down from ancient Sanskrit. Please feel free to pass these on and use them.
- You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.
- You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called Life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.
- There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "works".
- A lesson is repeated until it is learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. Then you can go to the next lesson.
- Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.
- There is no better than here. When your there has become a here, you will simply obtain another there that again, looks better than here.
- Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless is reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
- What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need; what you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
- The answers lie inside you. The answers to life's questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
- In your life you will encounter different souls that will either impede or accelerate your growth. They are all teachers and are all part of the lesson plan.