On Tuesday 10 November, Bro. Tan gave a Dhamma talk in conjunction with Deepavali and the visit by members of Firefly Mission Singapore. Bro. Tan said that Deepavali is celebrated as the Festival of Lights; but there must also be a ‘Light of Dhamma’ within us. It is a ‘guiding light’ which we can depend on to help ourselves and others.
Bro. Tan commended the Firefly Mission for their consistent humanitarian work in helping the needy and bringing relief to victims of natural disasters throughout the region. He said, seeing the suffering of others and acting on it is called ‘compassion’; while seeing the suffering of others and not acting on it is merely ‘sympathy’. Bro. Tan added that the Firefly Mission is the epitome of compassion. The impact of their good work was far-reaching as it gave those they helped a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation, and strengthened their faith in humanity.
Besides encouraging Firefly members to continue with their good work, Bro. Tan said it is important to progress to ‘being good’ and ‘being wise’. The Buddha taught that doing good, being good and being wise would ensure one’s happiness in this life and lives hereafter. The joy of doing good, being good, and being wise is essential for one to gain spiritual enlightenment.
We applaud the commendable work done by the Firefly Mission and wish them every success in their future missions. Sadhu anumodana!