Just A Thought
Since we do not live alone,
by and for ourselves, but depend upon so many
others just that we may go on living as we do,
the number of people who help us all the time
is simply incalculable.
This book, therefore, is dedicated
not to just a few, but to anyone who might read
it. May they get as much out of it as I did
in putting it together.
A diamond is a diamond no matter
where itís found.
Several years ago, I began to send
out a daily message, called Just A Thought, and did
so for several years. These were usually quotations
from some-one, with a comment by myself, and now and
then, something of my own ponderings. I discontinued
these when the feedback didn’t warrant going
on (it was often an effort to come up with something
to say anyway), but since then, I thought that, combined,
they might make quite a good book (the number of such
books indicates quite a demand), and, upon the promptings
of others, I settled down to work on it.
Unwilling and unable to face the onerous
task of overseeing the printing of it, I turned it
over to the broad shoulders of Goh Hock Guan ~ aka
Dharmavira ~ my long-known Dharma-friend of Malacca,
confident that he’ll be able to get it done;
he has many contacts.
I chose the cover-picture because
the inventor of the electric-light bulb ~ Thomas Alva
Edison ~ brought light to the whole world. What an
impact he had! He is one of my heroes.
We owe so much to so many, and in
our turn, should ask ourselves, What can I give, what
can I do, what can I put back?
Like my previous books, this has
been printed for free distribution, but when someone
pointed out to me recently that some of my books were
being offered for sale on the Internet, I had to laugh,
thinking that if people are prepared to buy them,
there would be a greater chance they would read them
than if they got them for free; there’s a ‘can’t-be-much-good-if-it’s-free’
syndrome ~ like things in boxes of cornflakes ~ which
is often true, but not always. It has long been a
Buddhist tradition to print books for free distribution,
the idea being that a price cannot be put on things
that are potentially so useful. I have, myself, benefited
so much from books on Dharma, and so know that the
old say-ing, “The Dharma-gift excels all other
gifts” is true.
Adelaide, December 2007.