Saturday, April 6, 2013

Religious Thought 191

Those men who for others' disgrace and their own feel equally ashamed Are regarded by the world as the abode of modesty. The great would rather defend themselves with modesty's barricade Than breach it to acquire the vast world itself.
- Tirukkural 102: 1015-1016

According to Buddhist psychology, most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for, attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities. The pursuit of the objects of our desire and attachment involves the use of aggression and competitivenessThese mental processes easily translate into actions, breeding belligerence. Such processes have been going on in the human mind since time immemorial, but their execution has become more effective under modern conditions. What can we do to control and regulate these poisons—delusion, greed and aggression? For it is these poisons that are behind almost every trouble in the world.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

A man lost his way in the desert, and wandered aimlessly for several days. He ran out of food, and thought he would die. Then he saw a bag lying in the sand. He opened it, and at first he thought it was filled with grains of barley. He was overjoyed. But when he tried to eat them, he discovered they were pearls—and he plunged into despair.
- Sadi, Gulistan

Joy is the wine that God is ever pouring into the hearts of those who strive with Him, Lighting their eye to vision and airing, Strengthening their arms to warfare glad and grim.
- G.A. Studdert Kennedy

Include friend and foe in your petitions, for how can one ask God for blessings which he does not want others to have?
- Orhot Tzaddikim, medieval ethical text

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