Some highlights that I took away:
– Everything has a purpose:“Which is more useful a pile of gold or of mud? To a seedling, it is the pile of mud.” One thing or one person is not better than another, but are just different and each serves their own purpose in life.
– Greed is the root of all evil: “All negative deeds are done for greed.” We need to be willing to let go of the desire for material things and instead value doing good deeds.
– Evil causes suffering:“From evil comes suffering. With justice, they are gone.” In Judaism, there is a similar notion that one bad deed begets another and causes suffering, and vice versa good deeds spur more good in the world.
– Repentance is learning and growth:“The one who repents is a hero.” Everyone makes mistakes and does bad at some point in their life–no one is an angel–but the key is to learn from these and commit to do better the next time.
– Compassion is the way to peace:By being compassionate to others, we can purge ourselves of discontent and anger, and find inner peace and enlightenment.
Below is how I summarize the steps from materialism to enlightenment.
Hopefully, we can all find our way to achieving our true potentials for the good.