"'And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise' (Luke 6:31 Sermon on the Plain)
*This 'Golden Rule' is basic to the spiritual teachings of the world's religions:
"Humility is meant to be toward God. The whole of spiritual training is to awaken our little self to the bigger Self, the Essence of God within each of us. This is the Grace of God and is God's gift to give." Lee
When I begin to vibrate with anger or resentment, I need to not respond or for sure I will create bad feeling in the other. In the end, the other is my self. The self-satisfaction of expression of negative emotion, is false." Lee
"The virtues of forgiveness, calmness, disinterestedness, charity, benevolence, control of mind and body, egolessness. He (Shirdi Ke Sai Baba) always loved all beings in whom he saw God or Divinity. By pleasures he was not elated. He was not depressed by misfortunes. A king and a pauper were the same to him." Shirdi ke Sai Satcharita
"We think, for instance, that it is the world that is our prison--whereas the prison is in our way of thinking and feeling. Caught in a vicious cycle of negativity that leads to despair, we give up any hope of being able to fulfill our ideals. Buddha, however, saw that the only way to break free of the mental chains that keep us bound in ignorance and misery is by attaining freedom fromthe personal "I". The Sufis say those commonplace thoughts and opinions blur our innate connection to the Divine. Eventually, as we view our problems through the eyes of the Universe, or God, we come to realize that what we think is our problem alone is the suffering of existence that is shared by everyone. It is as if we have been participating in the drama of the Universe--yet all we have been able to think is "Why is this happening to me?" Indeed, if we keep adding more and more people ad infinitum, in infinite regress, who share in the pain we think belongs exclusively to ourselves, then we begin to glimpse the reality behind the words of St. Francis of Assisi when he said "I thought I was looking at the world, but the world is looking at me." "Thinking Like the Iniverse: The Sufi Path of Awakening" Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
We humans must clear out our "mental dust" and every time we sweep clean, we can get dusty again very quickly. These are the dusts of human beings:
Not miserliness: giving grudgingly
Not covetousness: thinking of your own fate
Not hatred: taking offense, blaming others
Not self-love: letting your children loaf or your own self-goof off
Not enmity: blaming others when you lose face, blaming others when one's HOPE has been disturbed. Instead, remorse and repent for one's own blame.
Not anger: with what others do or say, refusing to see other's reasoning, putting our desires first.
Not greed: to steal, to deceive, to take advantage of others. Not be lascivious, inappropriate carnal desires.
Not arrogance: not pride without power or strength, not look down on others, not use wealth to strike others, not speak harshly to one's employee, or use flattery towards a superior, cruelty towards an inferior. Not to persecute, hold oneself superior, insult others, look down upon a person with a knowing attitude or to find faults with others.
The 3 cures:
1. Early rising
Diligence in helping others, making others comfortable and pleased."
by Prof. Tadamas Fukaya
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