This statement purportedly made by The Buddha is a profound suggestion that points to take full responsibility for our not only our actions but also our beliefs and thereby reclaim our sovereignty. Far too many of us are just are letting our beliefs and values be determined by others. Far too many of us are just going along with what we are told, following what our government, church, teachers, or idols have told us to believe, or do, or be, explicitly or implicitly. Far too many of us are deferring to the opinions and ideas of the "AUTHORITIES" — and often they have hidden agendas that are not in our best interest. This gives away our power and allows others to control us.
Mass beliefs in the power of outside authorities are firmly entrenched in your psyche ... raising many questions about the truth of who you are and why you place your trust outside yourself.
To reclaim our power we need to start forming OUR OWN beliefs, trust our inner truth, and do what WE KNOW is right, not what others tell us, or society expects. We need to engage our hearts and minds and stand firm in what we know is true and right. If we don't do this soon, we might soon find ourselves living in a very dystopian future!
Explore this topic more deeply in You Are a Sovereign Being – Start Acting Like It!