Hope. (1)

The messenger.

Hope can be a positive state of mind, when it is maintained as a general attitude to life; or a grasping at straws, when it is aimed at a specific want or perceived need.
The former results in a degree of peace of mind and the latter in doubt and possibly disappointment.
The Buddha is quoted as saying, “Hope causes pain.” This is quite true in the context of mental pain and highlights the wisdom of acquiring the ability to live in the now – and have use for hope.

About Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner was born on the 20th February 1934 in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, and christened Basil Ian Gunewardene. He was born two months prematurely and nearly died five times in his first two months. He moved to Australia in September 1969 where he changed his surname to Gardner. From childhood, he had an enquiring mind and an innate interest in the supernatural. Since 1986, nineteen years of regular periods of meditation, "searching within", reading and revelations have culminated in this free book which has been nine years in the making. Further writings followed and all his writings are available to all on the Internet free of charge. There is more information in the preface of the book.
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1 Response to Hope. (1)

  1. Ian Gardner says:

    There are the frequently heard statements “Hope springs eternal.”, “High hopes.” and “Dashed hopes.” etc. and from these one sees the creation of emotional states – states of mind!

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