Tag Archives: Compassion

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Nisargadatta Maharaj made this beautiful statement: “Wisdom says I am nothing. Love says I am everything. Between the two my life flows.” As the vast ocean of Being, you are no thing in particular. You are not a ‘me’ or a ‘you’. What you are is the vast open space in which everything happens, and the recognition of that brings clarity and wisdom. But clarity and wisdom are not complete without their reflection, love. And love comes from the recognition that, as open space, as the ocean, what you are deeply accepts all of the waves that appear – all of the sights and sounds and smells and sensations appearing now. I find that many spiritual seekers get stuck in the “nothing” aspect of realisation, and are left with only an intellectual understanding of awakening, which does not bring total freedom. The true end of suffering comes from the recognition of this total intimacy with life itself – in other words, the deep acceptance of “everything” appearing in experience. In this deep acceptance, mind and heart are one. Nothing is everything – they were never two. Mental clarity and certainty give way to deep acceptance of this moment. And there, the war ends.

— Jeff Foster

Wisdom says I am nothing. Love says I am everything

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Go not to the temple to put flowers upon the feet of God,
First fill your own house with the Fragrance of love…

Go not to the temple to light candles before the altar of God,
First remove the darkness of sin from your heart…

Go not to the temple to bow down your head in prayer,
First learn to bow in humility before your fellowmen…

Go not to the temple to pray on bended knees,
First bend down to lift someone who is down-trodden…

Go not to the temple to ask for forgiveness for your sins,
First forgive from your heart those who have sinned against you.

— Rabindranath Tagore – Go not to the temple

Go not to the temple

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This is the work of those who are skilled and peaceful, who seek the good:

May they be able and upright, straightforward, of gentle speech and not proud.
May they be content and easily supported, unburdened, with their senses calmed.
May they be wise, not arrogant and without desire for the possessions of others.
May they do nothing mean or that the wise would reprove.

May all beings be happy.
May they live in safety and joy.

All living beings, whether weak or strong, tall, stout, average or short, seen or unseen, near or distant, born or to be born, may they all be happy.

Let no one deceive another or deceive any being in any state, let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another.

As a mother watches over her child, willing to risk her own life to protect her only child, so with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings, suffusing the whole world with unobstructed loving kindness.

Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, during all one’s waking hours, may one remain mindful of this heart and this way of living that is the best in the world.

Unattached to speculations, views and sense desires, with clear vision, such a person will never be reborn in the cycles of suffering.

— Siddharta Gautama (The Buddha) – Teachings of the Buddha (Jack Kornfield – translation by Gil Fronsdal)

Metta Sutta

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If you fall into a hole,
you don’t poke out your eyes
because they have failed you.
Why not tolerate other’s faults as well?
When you hurt your hand
you don’t reproach it,
you apply medicine and nurse it with care.
So too should we care for others
never blaming them for their faults.

— Messages from Amma: In the Language of the Heart – Never Blame

Never Blame

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  1. Love Is The Law Of Life
    All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore, love for love’s sake, because it is law of life, just as you breathe to live.
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  3. It Is Your Outlook That Matters
    It is our own mental attitude, which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.
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  5. Life Is Beautiful
    First, believe in this world – that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!
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  7. It Is The Way You Feel
    Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.
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  9. Set Yourself Free
    The moment I have realised God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
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  11. Don’t Play The Blame Game
    Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
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  13. Help Others
    If money helps a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
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  15. Uphold Your Ideals
    Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
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  17. Listen To Your Soul
    You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
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  19. Be Yourself
    The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!
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  21. Nothing Is Impossible
    Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin – to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
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  23. You Have The Power
    All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
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  25. Learn Everyday
    The goal of mankind is knowledge…now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man ‘knows’, should, in strict psychological language, be what he ‘discovers’ or ‘unveils’; what man ‘learns’ is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.
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  27. Be Truthful
    Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.
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  29. Think Differently
    All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

— Swami Vivekananda

The 15 laws of life

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Ego is like a room of your own, a room with a view, with the temperature and the smells that you like the most. You want it your own way. You’d just like to have a little peace; you’d like to have a little happiness, you know, just ‘Gimme a break!’

The more you try to get life to come out so that it will always suit you, the more your fear of other people and what’s outside the room grows. Rather than becoming more relaxed, you start pulling down the shades and locking the door. When you do go out, you find the experience unsettling and disagreeable. You become touchier, more fearful, more irritable than ever. The more you just try to get it your way, the less you feel at home.

To begin to develop compassion for yourself and others, you have to unlock the door. At first, you don’t open it yet because you have to work with your fear that somebody you don’t like might come in. Then as you begin to relax and befriend those feelings, you begin to open it. Sure enough, in come the music and the smells that we don’t like. Sure enough, someone puts a foot in and tells you that you should be of a different religion or vote for someone you don’t like or give money that you don’t want to give.

When you begin to face the feelings, you become curious as to why you respond that way. You develop some compassion, connecting with your inner self. You relate with what begins to happen when you aren’t protecting yourself so much. Then gradually you become more curious than afraid. To be fearless isn’t really to overcome fear, it’s to come to know its nature. Just open the door and at some point you’ll feel capable of inviting all sentient beings as your guest.

— Pema Chodron – Start Where You Are (Shambala 1994)

 

The small room of your ego

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All that we have invented,
the symbols in the church,
the rituals,
they are all put there by thought.

Thought has invented these things.
Invented the savior.
Invented the temples in India
and the contents of the temples.

Thougts has invented all
these things called sacred.
You cannot deny that.

So thought in itself is not sacred.
And when thought invents God,
God is not sacred.

So what is sacred?

That can only be understood
or happen when there is
complete freedom,
from fear, from sorrow,
and when there is this
sense of love
and compassion
with its own intelligence.

Then, when the mind
is utterly still,
that which is sacred
can take place.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

What is sacred?