Several years ago my wife and I would stop by our favorite Asian store to purchase rice, tea, and other things we had need of. There were two brothers that ran the place. The one brother was younger than the other. The older one, I had a great liking for, for he was quite quiet, and had the appearance of Laughing Buddha.
Every time he was there, when we were, I could feel his calm energy, such calmness that whenever I was in his presence, I felt tranquil as well.
In the early morning hours like around 1:30 AM I was sitting by my computer. During that time, my wife was sound asleep.
Suddenly I felt a presence of someone standing to my right behind me. When I turned to look, it was him. I turned away for a moment, for I was quite shocked at what I saw, but, when I turned back, he was gone.
Not long after, my wife and I returned to their store. It was then that his younger brother told us that his older brother passed on. When I heard that, my tears built up in my eyes.
I told his brother what I saw, and he totally believed me.
When looking back on that ghostly encounter that took place, it truly touches my heart that he would come to say goodbye to me, letting me know everything was okay.
Before his passing on, I wish I could have gotten to know him better but, the only time I'd see him, was when my wife and I were in his store.
There may be those who have hurt you in your past, or still do, but, if we don't forgive the wrongs they've done or do, we can't enjoy our lives today, for it's like I said, I believe we're all interconnected, therefore no one's better than anyone, for we've all made mistakes, and still do.
First of all, I want to say, as a Buddhist, I don't believe in God, I just try to follow the teachings of Buddha, even though I'm this imperfect person that I am. Furthermore, Buddha never said he was God; he was just an enlightened one.
Why some people can't accept another person for what they've chosen to believe when it comes to religion or their spiritual path, I'll never know. And why some of them think only their way is right, and everyone else will be condemned if they don't believe as they, is something else I'll never know.
There are many books out there, does that mean only one holds the truth. Those who believe it does, carry on, I'm happy for you but, please don't look at me with your judgmental eyes or preach to me, just because my path differs from yours.
I'm not here to cast judgment on anyone, and I'm certainly not here to try to convert others over to becoming a Buddhist, my main reason I'm here is to have a heart of compassion for everyone including myself.
Some time back, a woman saw me wearing my "Mala Beads" Buddhist Prayer Beads. When she saw that, she said, "I thought you were a Christian!"
"No," I told her, "I've been a Buddhist for years."
She then asked, "Where will you go when you die!"
"That all depends on my karma in this life," I said.
Furthermore, I explained, "I don't believe our soul ever dies, life is like a wheel that goes around continuously."
HER EYES SUDDENLY WIDENED AS SHE LOOKED AT ME WITH THOSE JUDGMENTAL EYES!