“When you sacrificially give of your love to those who are hostile to you, you begin to reflect the real quality of God’s own love. True love moves in this way. Its quality does not change regardless of the response of the people.” – Reverend Sun Myung Moon
You know, work is important, things in life are important yet your heart towards God, our Heavenly Parent is the key to make this world into a better place, passing His ideal of love onto the people around us and the Nature – both in practice and in mindset.
Self-denial is necessary to overcome the hindrances of egoism, pride, and selfish desires which obscure the true nature within. The person who is always concerned with himself or herself, is trapped in “the ego-cage of ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘mine.'” Consequently, he can neither realize his own true self nor relate to Ultimate Reality. From a Hindu perspective, denying “I,” “me,” and “mine” is in fact a way to find the true “I” that is transcendent and one with Reality. In the Western perspective it is a way to recover the true self, which is loving and compassionate, having been created in the image of God. Both perspectives affirm the paradox that “he who loves his life loses it, and he who hate shis life will keep it.”
Buddhism also teaches that the path to the religious goal requires one to deny the self and all egoistic grasping. But it goes further, grounding the practice of self-denial on the ontological statement that any form of a self is unreal. Buddhism is most sensitive to the insight that self-denial, when done for the purpose of seeking unity with an Absolute Self or God, can become subtly perverted into a form of pride and self-affirmation. Total self-denial should therefore dispense even with the goal of a transcendent Self. There is no self, either on Earth or in Heaven; all forms are transient, subject to birth and death.
Repentance is the first step on the road to recovery of a relationship with God or realization of the original nature. Sins, attachments, and mistaken views must be acknowledged as such; then it is possible to turn away from the old life and set out on the new path of faith. Since accumulated sins and delusions form a barrier obscuring the presence of God or the true self, repentance is a condition for God to forgive the sin and eradicate illusion, that the divine Presence may once again grace the penitent’s life.
Repentance is sometimes misunderstood as being fulfilled by words of contrition uttered in prayer. Words of contrition are indeed significant when they reflect a fresh inner realization that a particular course of action was wrong, and when they are accompanied by a sincere vow not to repeat the sin. But that is only the first stage of repentance. The second stage, one far more efficacious, is to confess the sin to others, particularly a confession to the person who had been wronged. The humiliation and shame which accompanies confessing one’s sin to another makes such repentance extremely serious, and laying one’s sins out in the open is a powerful cathartic. The third stage of repentance is to make some substantial compensation for the past misdeed. This means to do penance or to make restitution to the person who had been wronged, or, if that is not possible, to someone else representing that person. Finally, repentance should result in an actual change of direction in the life of the penitent, as he endeavors to perform good deeds and eschew his former transgressions.