Everything in the world, both good and bad, is telling us to wake up. Good
things help us wake up to the positive aspect of things; bad things make us
aware of the negative side of things. If we awaken to both the good and the bad,
there is no problem. If we don't wake up to the good, we'll be attached to good
things. Likewise, if we aren't aware of the bad, we'll be attached to bad
things. Either way, we will have attachments and be unable to realize the Way.
We must see through both good and bad, and be at ease in both favorable and
adverse situations. We shouldn't be affected by external circumstances. The
Vajra Sutra says: All worldly phenomena Are like dreams, illusions, bubbles, and
shadows; Like dew and like lightning. We should contemplate them thus.
The things of this world are no more real
than a dream; they are as ephemeral as bubbles, as intangible as
shadows. They are as fleeting as the morning dew and flashes of
lighting which disappear in the blink of an eye. Regarding
them in this way, we will be able to see through them and let go
of them. If we continue clinging to them, we won't be truly
free. We should relinquish our attachments to pleasant as well
as unpleasant events. We can be truly free only when every last
bit of attachment is gone.