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 20171016保育生態聚福緣Protecting Mother Nature and Creating Blessings

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發表主題: 20171016保育生態聚福緣Protecting Mother Nature and Creating Blessings   周六 10月 21, 2017 10:44 am

20171016保育生態聚福緣Protecting Mother Nature and Creating Blessings

For the past few days, Taiwan has experienced non-stop torrential rains. No typhoon warnings were issued this time, so people let down their guard and weren’t prepared for storm-related disasters. This is why we heard news of damages brought by the rain. Such occurrence is rare. So, we must be more vigilant. Natural disasters can be truly terrifying.

Since late August, the U.S. has suffered floods and fires. There are wildfires in northern and southern California. The fires in the north are truly devastating. They have been burning for nearly ten days. I heard that flames keep on burning. More than ten thousand firefighters have joined to battle the fires, but some fires haven’t been contained. This shows how widespread the fires are. The sutras say that in the Era of Decay, the Three Major Calamities of fire, water, and wind disasters will keep on occurring.

The four elements will go out of balance. There will be fires in the heaven realm, and floods in hell. This is all in the sutras. The floods will devastate hell, the human realm, and the heaven realm. Fires will burn in hell, the human realm, and the heaven realm. California is considered a paradise in the human realm, where people live in a good environment. But now, we see fire devastating the area.

The sutras describe situations like this happening. It is truly worrisome. Tzu Chi volunteers haven’t finished the flood relief in the U.S. Now, volunteers there will need to survey the disaster areas of the wildfires in northern California. The wildfires in southern California, though being contained, are still burning, especially in mountainous areas. This shows that our Earth has been damaged. It’s like the health of the land is deteriorating. Having been damged and weakened, the land has not recovered yet, and therefore is very vulnerable. Our survival depends on the wellbeing of the Earth.

What can we do to take care of the environment and restore its ecology to a healthy state? We must awaken and see that all living beings are interconnected as a whole, without separating from each other. In Tailand, on October 14, it rained and flooded 55 major roads. See, this is what’s happening in a country near us due to the imbalance of climate. Now, there are two typhoons around Taiwan.

A new typhoon formed before the previous one dissipated. With the impact of one typhoon still lingering, another typhoon formed. Think about this. This is the result from living beings’ collective karma. As all living beings are interconnected, it brings about collective karma. Because of what we have done as a whole, we have created collective karma and brought about such large-scale disasters in our world.

In fact, humans are insignificant. What power do we have to prevent disasters? The only way is to repent, pray with sincerity, and accumulate good karma every day. With the power of goodness, we create good karma and cultivate blessings. In the past, people said that one good deed can dispel many disasters. Indeed, if everyone stops creating negative karma, there will be no cause for disasters.

For example, if we leave mountains the way they are without exploiting or excavating them, then the structure of the mountains will not be damaged nor will landslides occur and bring disaster to people. Therefore, we should be in unity and harmony with each other and with Mother Nature. We need to love and respect Mother Nature and its ecology. With so many natural disasters happening now, we need to cherish nature even more.

We live on Earth; we need to respect, love, and protect it. We see Tzu Chi volunteers diligently carrying out Tzu Chi’s work. In the Philippines, a volunteer who is struggling financially has been fund raising to help others. She has inspired over 40 families to donate. She said, “if I don’t do this now, I might not be able to do so later.”

Tacloban Volunteer Villa Babiano, “My husband used to say, why do I have to help others, when I am only a pedicab driver? My husband said, my income isn’t even enough for us. But I told him, if you constantly think that you do not have enough to give, then you will definitely have nothing to give. But if you give and keep your thoughts positive, you will never run out of things to offer.”

Her husband was against it at first, now he drives her on the pedicab to collect donations and do recycling. Villa’s husband Rogelio Babiano, “In the village, she recycles for the cash-for-work program and does volunteer work in her spare time. When she asks me for commute fare, I give her the money because her work helps people in need.

We used to receive help from others, and now it’s the time for us to give.” Tacloban Volunteer Villa Babiano, “We don’t feel poor because we are still able to help the needy. Tzu Chi volunteers told us, you’re not poor when you have a pure heart.”

Villa’s husband Rogelio Babiano, “Every time I see plastics or metal recyclables on the street, I always pick them up and bring them home. Once I’ve accumulated a certain amount, I put everything in a big. Although they are only a few when collected, when they are accumulated, they can be sold. It helps Tzu Chi to fund for their missions.”

This is something that all of us can do; such is the power of love. Thus, we need to cherish the time we have. Time files, and there are many pieces of news of disasters in this world. So, we need to stay alert and vigilant, and live with sincere piety. All living beings are connected with Mother Nature. We need to cherish its resources, feel for Mother Nature, and be vigilant to what’s happening to it.

This is what we need to cultivate. The Buddha told us to cherish our heart of cultivation. Therefore, please cherish it. Thank you.
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