New Direction Basic Material Highlights
What You See in Front of You
If you do not know what you see right in front of you, you try to see something far away. But it is harder to know what you see far away when you do not know what you see right in front of you.
Rediscovering Right and Wrong
From the opposite viewpoint, right is wrong and wrong is right.
No One Wrong
No one is wrong but there are people who are at different stages of their growth.
The Worst Ignorance
The worst ignorance is not knowing one’s own ignorance.
Intelligence and Problems
It takes great intelligence to solve unsolved problems created by ordinary intelligence.
Knowledge is about knowing nonself. Higher knowledge is about knowing self.
The Highest Knowledge
The highest knowledge or the truth is what you know when knowing both yourself and nonself.
Living a Day
Living a day is like going to school where life teaches you.
Life Improvement and Stagnation
Your life is improved if you learn from it, otherwise lessons are repeated and your life is stagnated.
A Sign of Stagnation in Life
Learning nothing new from your life, especially about yourself, for days, weeks or even years is a sign of stagnation in life.
Unlike animals, humans can benefit more from learning from eating than eating itself.
Wisdom and Good Deeds
When the wise benefit others, it is called wisdom. When the unwise benefit others, it is called good deeds.
Loneliness can be eliminated. But eliminating loneliness without addressing the cause can make your life worse. It is like silencing a fire alarm and letting the fire continue to burn.
From Contradiction to Transformation
Knowing one’s own contradictions is the beginning of knowing one’s own ignorance. Knowing one’s own ignorance is the beginning of knowing oneself. Knowing oneself is the beginning of self-transformation.
Living for Others
You are living for others if you can not learn from your own life. Your life does not benefit yourself but others who learn from your life.
Truth is inside of you and outside of you. You are made of truth and a living truth.
Living Without Awareness of Being Alive
Living without the awareness of being alive prevents one from understanding and improving oneself and one’s life.
Knowledge can give you power. Self-knowledge can give you a new life.
Knowing Self and Nonself
Knowing nonself is gaining knowledge. Knowing self is life changing.
Rediscovering Breath 2
If you look deeply into your breath, you will not only discover your body and the world but also your past actions, inner self and mental states such as desires, perceptions, beliefs, limitations, motivations and contradictions.
Rediscovering Your Body
If you look deeply into your body, you will realize that it is not your body, but at the same time it is your body.
Rediscovering Your Life
We are alive thanks to the death and suffering of other living beings. Living is receiving grace from other living beings. Benefiting others with the grace we received is honoring their sacrifices and contributions, and is also improving our life.
Benefiting from Life
Benefit from both what life gives you and what it doesn’t.
What You Believe
What you believe is because of what you do not know. Knowing what you do not know is knowing what you believe.
A Higher Intelligence
Self-awareness is a sign of a higher intelligence.
A Higher Intelligence 2
A voluntary mental action is a sign of a higher intelligence.
Getting Out of Unhappiness
No one can get you out of your unhappiness unless you stop doing what will bring you unhappiness.
The Best and Even Better
What you have right now is the best you can have at the moment. If you appreciate and make the most of it, you will have better things.
From ones who work and consume to ones who are respected.
It is difficult for humans to be happy when living as a resource.
Work is a school of life where you learn to live. Salary is a scholarship.
Power of Watching
Watching your breath changes your breath. The same goes for your body, mind and life.
Rediscovering A Flower
See a flower to discover the flower in your mind.
Rediscovering What You Want
Discover why you are not given what you want and what you will lose by gaining it.
When Breaking Truth
When you break what you believe to be true, you gain something greater.
Wise and Wiser
If one grows wise, one benefits from both what ones has including adversity and what one does not have. If one grows wiser, one benefits others and the world.
Wise and Wiser 2
If you grow wise, the people who you considered not beneficial to you become beneficial to you. If you grow wiser, even your enemy becomes beneficial to you. However, if you are unwise, even beneficial people become not beneficial to you.
Money naturally fills your pockets even though you work for a purpose greater than making money, just as food naturally fills the stomach of one who eats for a purpose greater than filling stomach.
Wisdom About Having
Benefiting from everything you have and everything you do not have including adversity is wisdom. Not knowing how to benefit from them is ignorance.
Wisdom About Life
Learning from your life is wisdom. Not knowing what to learn from your life is ignorance. Not being able to learn from your repeated life lessons is foolishness.
A Role of Wisdom in Life
Wisdom allows you to do what will help your life and not to do what will hinder your life or you will regret.
The Wise and the Foolish
Those who know their ignorance are the wise. Those who do not know their ignorance are the ignorant. Those who do not know their ignorance but believe they are wise are the foolish.
From Ignorance to Wisdom
Ignorance leads to foolishness. Foolishness leads to pain. Pain leads to wisdom.
True gratitude is appreciating everything in life, both received and not received, not just receiving what you want.
True victory is a victory without losers but all win.
A New Way to Help Others
Solve your life problems by solving the cause of the problems within you and then share your solution with others, who may have same or similar problems.
source: New Direction Archive