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Translated teachings of Master Patana

The Sick Idea of Responsibility: Rediscovering True Ownership of Our Lives

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Responsibility is a complex topic that has been discussed extensively in various religious and philosophical teachings. Throughout the years, we have been taught to be responsible for everyone else except ourselves. We have been taught that responsibility for others is our duty, and that it is our moral obligation to carry out certain tasks for the benefit of others. But is this really the case?

First and foremost, it is essential to understand that our primary responsibility lies with ourselves. We must take responsibility for our own lives, our own actions, and our own decisions. This is not to say that we should neglect our responsibilities towards others, but rather that we must prioritize our own well-being and growth.

When we place too much emphasis on our responsibilities towards others, we risk losing sight of our own needs and desires. We become so preoccupied with fulfilling our duties and obligations that we forget to nurture our own souls. We forget to take care of ourselves and to focus on our own spiritual growth.

In the rich tapestry of religious and philosophical teachings, the idea of responsibility is often presented as a selfless duty to be shouldered for the benefit of others. Rarely do we hear of the need for self-responsibility, the kind that requires us to take ownership of our own lives and make decisions that shape our destinies. Instead, we are bombarded with a litany of “moral duties” and “moral obligations” that are designed to keep us in line and fulfill our obligations to society.

Yet, the truth is that responsibility is not a matter of ticking off boxes on a moral checklist or dutifully fulfilling our obligations to others. True responsibility is about taking full ownership of our lives, including our thoughts, actions, and decisions, and recognizing that we are the masters of our own destiny.

At its core, responsibility is about recognizing that we are the creators of our own lives, and that we have the power to shape our own reality. It is about understanding that the choices we make, and the actions we take, have a direct impact on our lives, and that we must take responsibility for the consequences of our decisions. This requires a deep sense of self-awareness, the kind that comes from reflecting on our own values, beliefs, and goals, and charting a course that aligns with our true purpose.

Unfortunately, in today’s society, we are often conditioned to think of responsibility as a burden, something that we must shoulder for the sake of others. We are taught that we have a duty to fulfill our obligations to society, to our families, to our friends, and to our communities. While there is no denying the importance of fulfilling these obligations, true responsibility goes far beyond mere duty. It requires a deep commitment to our own personal growth and development, and a willingness to take risks, make mistakes, and learn from our experiences.

To be truly responsible, we must cultivate a sense of self-mastery, the kind that comes from a deep understanding of our own strengths and weaknesses. This means taking the time to reflect on our own values and beliefs, and to identify areas where we need to improve. It means being willing to confront our own fears and limitations, and to push ourselves to grow and evolve in new and exciting ways.

Moreover, true responsibility is about being present in the moment, and fully embracing the beauty and wonder of life. It is about living life on our own terms, and embracing the full range of human experience, both the highs and the lows. It is about recognizing that life is a journey, and that we are all here to learn, grow, and evolve in our own unique way.

Ultimately, true responsibility is about taking ownership of our own lives, and recognizing that we are the architects of our own destiny. It is about having the courage to chart our own course, and to pursue our dreams with passion and purpose. It is about living life on our own terms, and embracing the fullness of human experience with open hearts and open minds.

It is important to recognize that love and compassion cannot be reduced to a sense of duty or obligation. When we view our responsibilities towards others as duties, we run the risk of becoming unloving and uncompassionate. Our actions become motivated by a sense of obligation rather than a genuine desire to help others.

Consider, for example, the relationship between a parent and a child. Is it out of duty or out of love that a parent takes care of their child? It is crucial to understand the difference between these two motivations. When our actions are motivated by love, we act selflessly and with compassion. When our actions are motivated by duty, we act with a sense of obligation and may even become resentful.

This is not to say that we should neglect our duties towards our loved ones. Of course, we have certain responsibilities towards our families, our children, and our spouses. However, it is important to recognize that these responsibilities should be motivated by love rather than by duty. We should act out of a genuine desire to help and support our loved ones, rather than a sense of obligation.

When we approach our responsibilities in this way, we become more conscious as human beings. We become more aware of our own needs and desires, and we are better able to support and care for those around us. We become more compassionate, more empathetic, and more loving.

Unfortunately, many of us have been conditioned to view our responsibilities as duties. We have been taught from a young age that it is our responsibility to complete tasks and fulfill obligations that have been given to us by our parents or teachers. While these tasks may be intended to help us grow and develop, they can also become a source of resentment and frustration.

As we grow older, we may begin to feel burdened by our responsibilities towards others. We may feel that we are constantly giving of ourselves without receiving anything in return. This can lead to feelings of burnout and disillusionment.

To avoid these feelings, it is essential that we redefine our approach to responsibility. We must learn to view our responsibilities towards others as acts of love and compassion, rather than as duties or obligations. We must learn to prioritize our own well-being and growth while still fulfilling our duties towards others.

Of course, this is easier said than done. It can be challenging to shift our mindset from one of obligation to one of love and compassion. However, it is a shift that is essential if we are to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Should parents be responsible for their children?

The responsibility of parents towards their children is a topic that has been debated for years. Some argue that parents should not be solely responsible for their children, while others believe that they have an inherent duty to ensure their children’s well-being. However, the notion of “responsibility” can be misleading.

To truly understand the role of parents in the lives of their children, we must first redefine the term “responsibility.” The true essence of parenting should not be about fulfilling obligations or duties, but rather about acting out of love and care for their children. Parents should not feel burdened by their responsibilities towards their children; instead, they should feel a natural desire to care for them.

That being said, parents do have a duty to take care of their children, especially when they are young and vulnerable. The birth of a child is a direct result of the parents’ seeking, and as such, they are responsible for their seeking. This responsibility entails providing for the child’s basic needs, including food, shelter, clothing, and medical care.

In fact, neglecting one’s parental responsibilities is not just a failure to fulfill duties, but it is also an inhumane act. This is not just a matter of irresponsibility, it is also animalistic. Children are innocent beings who depend on their parents for survival and development. When parents fail to provide for their children, they are depriving them of the opportunity to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. This neglect can result in physical, emotional, and psychological damage that can last a lifetime.

Therefore, parents should take their responsibilities seriously, but not as a burden or obligation. The act of caring for one’s children should be an act of love, not of duty. When parents approach their duties with love and compassion, they create a nurturing and safe environment for their children to thrive.

Parents ought to consistently ensure the provision of basic necessities such as food, shelter, and care for their children. This responsibility extends from their children’s early years until they reach adulthood, at which point they should be capable of independently managing their own lives.

So, how can we begin to shift our mindset and redefine our approach to responsibility? One way is to focus on our own spiritual growth and development. When we take responsibility for our own spiritual journey, we become more aware of our own needs and desires. We become more in tune with our own intuition and inner wisdom.

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