Recently, the topic of “#YoungPeoplePraying” went viral:
“Young people choose to pray instead of working hard.”
“Young people choose to say goodbye instead of getting caught up in the rat race.”
“Young people choose a Buddhist approach between the system and relationships.”
It’s not that young people are not ambitious, but rather they are too anxious and confused, seeking solace externally.
In today’s society, it’s not just young people who are overly anxious.
To the point that many people, regardless of age or gender, believe in fortune-telling, feng shui, astrology, palm reading, lucky numbers, and entrust their destiny to the elusive mysticism.
People have forgotten that 500 years ago, a great philosopher had already said: “Do not seek externally!”
The meaning is: Instead of seeking external validation, return to oneself!
Seeking deities and praying to Buddha are not as effective as seeking within oneself.
Looking inward, constantly self-improving, that is the fundamental way to achieve success.
This great philosopher is none other than the famous Wang Yangming.
Even today, don’t dare to say that you haven’t heard of his name!
He is a saint on par with Confucius, a prominent figure in the Ming and Qing dynasties for six hundred years.
In later generations, many influential figures were his followers.
Zeng Guofan made it his life principle and became a legendary figure;
Zhang Juzheng, Wang Fuzhi, Liang Qichao, Kang Youwei, Chiang Kai-shek, Sun Yat-sen, Tao Xingzhi, Qian Mu, and other renowned figures were all his staunch fans.
With his own influence, he garnered countless followers because Wang Yangming practiced a set of great philosophies for success and life.
If you earnestly read Wang Yangming, you will discover that even for ordinary people like us, it can bring sudden enlightenment.
Some netizens say that Wang Yangming is a guiding light in their chaotic lives:
“He taught me to be upright and kind.”
“He taught me to have bottom-line principles.”
“Furthermore, he taught me to improve through practical actions.”
“To integrate knowledge with action and be in harmony with the world.”
No wonder some people sigh, “500 years later, Wang Yangming’s teachings are once again in the spotlight!”
If you understand Wang Yangming in life, your path in destiny will become smoother.
If you are currently in a low point in life and want to step out of the quagmire of fate, then I strongly recommend you to read and study Wang Yangming thoroughly.
Every person tormented by trivial daily life can regain their inner strength through Wang Yangming and ultimately live with tranquility and clarity.
Of course, there is a wide variety of books about Wang Yangming on the market, and readers often get overwhelmed with choices.
However, to truly understand Wang Yangming, one should read his original writings during his lifetime.
Only by reading all of Wang Yangming’s writings can one truly comprehend the way he approached life as a spiritual guide.