"This is a great powerful statement from some spiritually achieved ones: 'My life depends on me, not on Heaven.'
Excessively religious people may think those people had
no God, but I don't see it that way. I think that these were spiritually
self-responsible people who did not rely on external authority to make
themselves behave correctly. The did not relinquish authority over their
lives to other people and external circumstances, trading in Heaven's support to
become dependent on others. They did what was right and depended upon
their own attainment and achievement to see them through life.
This kind of achievement is called spiritual
independence, and it is above the realm of ordinary religious followers. I
regard it as highly respected elucidation of the Way."
- Hua-Ching Ni, The Light of All Stars Illuminates the Way,
"The gods help those that help themselves."
- Aesop's Fables, Ancient Greece
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