Saturday, 15 October 2016

Good Fruits in Life - The Righteous Way (Part 2)

Earlier in Part 1, I talk about embracing the truth as one aspect of Good Fruits in Life. In this article, I will mention briefly on the path we should take to enjoy the true good fruits.

Desire, discipline and hardwork just a pre-requisite

Very often we hear many successful people saying that we ought to have desire and the discipline to achieve the desired positive result. Yes indeed that these attributes are the pre-requisite of the “Good Fruits” in life. Without desire and discipline, it's like an engine that is obsolete and cannot even start! Then you need hardwork (opposite of laziness), which is aliken to the oil for the engine and the need of forbearance for the engine to drive long distance. Then, with the said factors as pre-requisites, you are ready to start your journey to the kingdom of life.

I am not sure if you realize that sometimes these factors may even just come to you as if you are led by a particular spirit that suddenly “one day” you are totally transformed and becoming suddenly extremely discipline and hardworking on a particular matter. Yes, just like that….

Results matters

Then you start to learn. You learn by reading or from a teacher / instructor. But, strangely, even with all the right mix of attributes of desire, discipline and hardwork, you still NEVER ever seem to get the results you wanted. 


Below are few verses I recently told someone close, 

"What is the use of reading and learning, if we do not understand. 

What is the use of understanding if we do not believe and have faith. 

What is the use of believing if we do not do it. 

What is the use of doing, if we do not get results."

So during reading and learning, if you do not understand, don't pretend you do and lie to yourself. Ask more questions and delve and dig deeper! 

Then there will be those who already understand but lack self-beliefs. When you lack faith and self-beliefs normally you will be fearing of failure and tend not to take action. 

Without a doubt, only with action can we get the result. So if you do not take action, where is the result? Review the results and look back again.... 

The righteous path

For any result to be sustainable and fruitful, it needs to achieve via righteousness means. Then it will be a "result" obtained with respect, honor and glory filled with love, peace and joy. 

On the contrary if the result is achieved by unrighteousness, immorality, covetousness, jealousness, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness, haughtiness, self-seeking ambitions, self-glory, dissensions, boastful, proud, bad tongues, backbiters, violent, hatred, indignation, anguish, impartiality, false witness, disobedient to parents, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful etc, then it shall only be short term prosperity and temporary pleasure, for in the long term it is usually extremely destructive! 

False temporary goodness

The kind of result being filled with any one of the aforementioned bad attributes is what I called "False Goodness". Yes, even what you may have think as the non-sinful, self-seeking ambition or jealousness or covetousness etc, it will still result in false goodness leading to undesirable results. 

You do not believe? Just open your heart and eye in unity and take a good look at the people around.

This is extremely important to know, because many people are veiled. It is due to the blindness caused either by ignorance, emotion or greed. Read : Crisis – Is it really useless to know it earlier?

To sum it up "Self-Love" leading to the Love of Money and Pleasures" in this world which is the principal cause of problems.

You can own a huge business or holding high corporate position, wealthy and successful in the eyes of this world. You can even be a powerful Political or Religious figure.

It will not stop the fact that you can be totally blinded from the TRUTH. 

You gain in material wealth and achieve high social status. You did lots of high profile public charity because other rich ones are doing also. You wanted to show public your benevolence side where deep down in your heart, it is the to glory and praises for yourself that you are seeking. You seem to be unaware that TRUE CHARITY is anonymous and low profile. 

You are led by the "evil spirit" controlling your soul and your body. 

Therefore in spite of what you have tangibly, and if the material wealth is achieved via any unrighteousness methods aforesaid, it is undoubtedly that the END LONG TERM RESULT will be ugly. It almost led to bad health of failed relationships or aloofness to the people around you. 

1) Bad health. Sickness surrounds. Fears and worries leading to interrupted sleep or nightmares. Your routine meal is always accompanied by vitamins, supplements and medicines. You thought that you lack exercise and is disciplined to "jog your way out of illness". Unfortunately supplements, medicines and exercise do not help!

2) Soured family relationships. Division with spouse and children rebel against the parents and going astray eventually. Even if children do not rebel openly, they will likely to have lots of problems in their lives that give their parents so many worries. Yes, definitely more problematic than the issues you can face in work.

3) Aloofness. The rose in material wealth also raises pride, that inevitably drifted relationships with genuinely good friends and relatives. You started to have great insecurity due to the wealth you have. You fear that others may take advantage of you even if they are not. You are always skeptical and wearing a mask. 

Even if during this lifetime, if you reckon your life is very good as a result of unrighteousness and unscrupulous way, it is written and proven that the evil curse will transgress to your next generation. 

The real fruits we want 

Beware of envying those who only show the good side of their lives. For inwardly they may have same, if not, more problems in their lives.

The true fruits of life are love, joy, peace, tolerance, kindness, benevolence, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. And these harvests require discipline and hardwork as the seeds led by some kind of “spirit within”.

Then in embracing the TRUTH in life, couple with righteousness and the inheritance of the fruits, I can assure that even when you may not be the wealthiest, you will have no lacking in life. 

Last but not least, we need to share our fruits with people around us. This shall not be limited to just our own family and friends, it shall be extended to neighbors and strangers as well. 

Finally, let there be no temptations of evil deeds for your fruits will eventually wither.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Good Fruits in Life - Embracing the Truth (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered why you are that someone who never seems to achieve the results you desired in life? You are not a bad person, abide by the law, hardworking and quite intelligent but why is it so, that you are not as successful or even happy in life? 

Blinded from the TRUTH!

Over-reliance on self
First and foremost, ask yourself if you are someone who TRULY loves to embrace the TRUTH in life. Or are you someone who has over-indulgence in self-beliefs i.e. own thinking, own experiences, and own will.  You are always so obstinate in what your believe, and relying on your own will and experiences only, rather than putting extra time and effort into delving to the true Root Cause of the problems and learn from the TRUTH with actions? 

I had known many people who are very nice and soft-spoken outwardly, but inwardly, they can be one of the most stubborn people around. They always only believe in themselves, even without justifications or when the TRUTH had already proven them wrong, they still think that they are right. 

So can these groups of people really be saved, even though they are kind-hearted and never do anything evil? Actually these are the people who in fact sinned heavily and while they are nice, kind-hearted and law-abiding, their lives are normally not the smoothest. Ultimately, it is because of their “ego” or their “fear of being hurt” that is causing the damage. I knew many people in real life in belong to this category, who underwent either dramatic health issues or a broken marriages in life.

Very frequently, they themselves may not even know they are being stubborn because they are veiled  by the evil spirits, and thinking that they are “righteous and just", merely because they have never created any problems for others and always try to approach every problem relying only upon their own will. Nonetheless, these are the people who also rarely initiate a helping hand for others, for they are more self-centred. 

Follow “false teachers”
Then there will be those who follow the "false teachers" and seek refuge in so many other wrong places and using countless excuses to cover up the TRUTH so that they can continue to be status quo, and be blinded, rather than to change, take action and improve. 

For instance, there can be this public person who is deemed by many as rich, successful and full of wisdom (fake wisdom). You wanted to be like him, primarily because of your desire to become wealthy (materially) and be as influential as him. Ok, you then be pretentious and always wear by the lips that whatever you learn is not for the money, although it is always only about the money! I called  the teacher, the preacher of prosperity in the name of the TRUTH. 

Due to this primarily desire, your "gut spirit" of discerning "right or wrong" is diluted because of greed. Without this spirit of discernment, you subconsciously become "blinded" and neglect that your "teacher" actually has evil hidden agenda, bad ethics and a very distasteful character. 

It is either you say: I know but who cares as long as the person is successful? Or you are totally ignorant and do not bother thinking that nothing will go wrong because of the "successful false teacher". 

The root cause of the blindness, as I mentioned before is due to the Love of Self! 

Anyway, evil deeds never bear lasting good results. There are just so many examples in real lives, that I hate to reveal here. 

"As the water recedes, the rock appears!"

Then the final revelation will come that this person whom tens or hundreds of thousands look up to, including you, is a crook. Judgment comes to this evil person and those who followed so closely the teachings of him/her are also cursed and will meet their judgments too.

Now the radical truth comes to light to you. It is either you are shocked and renounce all his/her teachings, confess, repent and turn over a new leaf. Or you are already so deep in "poisoned" that you cannot see anything unethical even after the revelation. You still murmured tonnes of excuses to cover the truth and continue move towards the wrong path. Eventually due your continual stubbornness to sin, you will also experience your own miserable fate too.

How to know the TRUTH? 

You may ask. How to know the Truth then? 

Beware of “false teachers” 
First beware of false teachers, who come in sheep's clothing. Have discerning abilities based on righteousness rather than your self-seeking glory. 

Remember to stop locking yourself in the prison called "self" otherwise it will be extremely difficult to achieve righteousness.  For you in the human flesh are always only self-conscious and world-conscious and never TRUTH-conscious and care for others. It is always only about yourself. Sounds familiar? 

Look at the heart 
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. The words and actions reveals. Therefore he/she who does evil, even if he/she appears good and successful now, does not mean that he/she will be good forever.

Look at the fruits
A truly good person produces good sustainable results, but a bad man produce bad results and eventually will be condemned. Most times, even if he/she appears good in this lifetime, his/her next generation will not be spared as a result of his/her current wicked doings. 

Eg A wealthy and powerful man/woman who committed many sins has a broken family or bad health or is a very lonely deep down. The sin is not necessary unlawful. Even covertness or self-seeking can be a sin for that matters. 

Anyway even if his/her family or health is intact, his/her children are all rebellious and cannot get along with one another. 

And even if the children may appear in harmony when the parents are alive, they will start to slander one another immediately after the deceased of the parents.

Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Rolf’s thoughts

Now the question to ask? Will you still aspire the life of a "deemed" successful person who only depicts part of the success (both tangible and intangible), or do you prefer a more holistic success in life.

Remember bad trees cannot bear good fruits. You plant the same seed, you will get the same fruit.

Sometimes, it's even easier to look and learn from a person you know in real life who truly lead a peaceful and joyful life with family and kids all in harmony, and always righteous, kind and helpful towards others and yet have no lacking. 

Perhaps, this is the real kind of seed we need to plant our tree so that we can enjoy the true good fruit.

To be continued…

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Latest Updates – Portfolio, Market & Life

Portfolio Brief 

Cash - 45%
Precious metals - 35%
Bonds - 10% 
Stocks - 10% (current value) 
Excl. Cpf, Insurance and Property 

I had been very nonchalant on the stock market lately. In fact, since last year, I had been cashing out gradually. Recently, I am placing more emphasis in the understanding, learning and living the correct WAY OF LIFE rather than just focusing on material wealth. 

Why cash out? 

Several reasons: 

Cashing out primarily due to my work. I will not go into details, but so many people in the O&G industry had already lost their jobs. So better be prepared and be safe rather than sorry. 

I do not wish to make any prediction ahead. No crystal ball. But if we examine the current global market situation, every major market is just "hanging on, with no clear sight of "bright blue sky" ahead. 

In USA, many are turning to "what are the next moves" from Fed. I think the Fed is in a shitty position. If they raise rate, it can cause a mass sell off in the market. If they do not, they are indirectly telling that the market condition is unfavorable. Either way, they can be wrong! They are stuck! 

Then there are those turning to the upcoming new US President for rekindled hope. I am outright sure that he/she cannot perform miracles. Both candidates use a lot of lip services so far, nothing more! In fact, we all should be really worried after the election! 

China. A country burdened with ballooning debts due to the growth of the last decade. While the government still have many tools to fix the economy with large reserves, the country's economic health is weakened. China needs to undergo a major "surgical operation", after which she will rest in "bed" for some time, before recovering gradually. It is only after she going this phase, can she walk and then run again. It will take time. 

Japan. No way they will return to past glory. Whatever monetary policies they are implementing now such as the one with negative rate, will only transfer wealth from future to present. I pity the younger generation. 

EU. Same story as Japan. Time bomb in the monetary policy. 

S'pore. Just read the papers yourself, and hear from your friends. Good or bad, your call! 

Lastly, the last market crash was 8 years ago. Question is how long it lasts? 

So it's clear to me that the market is not stable. And why should my money in a platform that is not stable! Is it for the dividends that may be eroded by capital loss? Or is it worrying about inflation eroding our cash? By the way, where is the inflation? *Scratch Head*! 

My Life 

Never been better in life! 

I am thankful for the "invisible pointer" for me to be prepared mentally and financially since early last year. Otherwise, I can be extremely stressed out now (just like many of my friends), who started to see health problems and frictions in family relationship. 

Health. No more medicines as I had thrown all away. Even my chronic sinus was cured miraculously without medicine. Spiritual well-being helps. 

Family. Everyone is in harmony and I cannot remember when was the last time there are quarrels or unhappiness in the house. 

Friends. Was elated when they celebrated my birthday for me recently with high alcohol contents filing our bloodstreams. 

Work. Had been busy traveling recently. On paper, job is secured, but nothing is guaranteed in months to come. I am very skeptical. Very demoralized as well, with few projects in the market, and seeing so many people lost their jobs. I

f I were to lose my job, I will be very happy too, as I will embrace it as God's will for me to spend more time with my family. And maybe doing some part time job. 

Rolf's final thoughts

Well we can lose our jobs or our money and it will be sad, no doubt! But these are just material wealth, it's not everything in life! It is paramount that we NEVER bring our work issues back home resulting in dissensions within the family. You do not want to end up losing your job, your money, and even your family, friends or yourself (Health)! Do you? 

Of course for those who had piled up debts and significant financial commitments due to reasons of pleasure, greed, ego or ignorance in earlier years (good times), there can be little room now to resolve the situation. 

Hmm.. do not be over depressed. Maybe this is a test in your life to humble you down! For every outcome, there is a cause. Review and acknowledge the problem. Most of the time, the problem is "I". 

The Latin word for "I" is "ego". 

Personally, I had undergo so many painful lessons myself to humble myself down. For confession, downgrading and repentance are painful in the short run, it is always the better solution in the long run. Nowadays I always say "thank God it happens" when I look back. 

Ultimately let the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control be filled in our life and be undefeatedable, unsinkable and indestructible.