** If you see your Guru as a Buddha, you will recieve the blessings of a Buddha ** If you see your Guru as a Boddhisatva, you will recieve the blessings of a Boddhisatva ** If you see your Guru as a friend, you will only receive the blessings of a friend **

Our own efforts do matter

According to the Buddha, it is not the power of the Buddhas that transforms our lives,

but it is the efforts that we make to follow the wise advice of the Buddha in our daily lives. In order to secure a meaningful future, we have to act sincerely and wholeheartedly applying all the wisdom of the Buddha's teachings directly in our everyday life.

In other words, we already have the tools to shape our journey and through following the advice of the Buddha we can reach our goal. However, if we are influenced by negative emotions, then we can lose this opportunity and let our future selves down. So, we must not lose focus of the bigger goal and follow the advice of the wise teachers.