Sunday, June 16, 2013

Not Chasing After the Past

I was at a dinner last night and a woman there who is a rep for a cosmetics company, tried to convince me to buy her miracle anti-aging cream. 'Look at me! I am sixty one, and I look twenty years younger . . .' She took a look at my face and decided I probably needed the 'Re-Define' line.' I was polite, took her fancy brochure, and dumped it in the trash after I got home. How foolish, I thought, this refusal to go with the inevitable. 

You shouldn't chase after the past.
or place expectations on the future.
What is past 
is left behind.
The future is as yet unreached.
Whatever quality is present
you clearly see right there, 
right there.
Not taken in,
that's how you develop the heart.
Ardently doing your duty today,
for - who knows? - tomorrow
death may come.
There is no bargaining 
with Death and his mighty horde.
Whoever lives thus ardently, 
relentlessly ,
both day and night,
Has truly had an auspicious day:
So says the Peaceful Sage.

- Bhaddekaratta Sutta: An Auspicious Day, MN 131 - 

Are you chasing after the past?


  1. I tell myself I try to keep healthy to be of better service and out of respect for the animal that wears my clothes, but I suspect there is a little bit if chasing the past there a well. :)

  2. Some things in the past need to be left there. Simple as that.

    Some people age gracefully, others do not. I think a lot of it has to do with inner beauty, not just outer.

    I don't like it when you can't even go to dinner without pushing your line of ______ on me. Those kind of sales people are just offensive and lack common courtesy as well as respect.

  3. Yes when I'm not chasing the future :-) At least there's less chasing with more meditation.

    Here's a link to an ebook on Bhaddekaratta:

  4. I don't think your friend was necessarily foolish.