We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you.
Speak or act with an pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.
In this world
Hate never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law,
Ancient and inexhaustible.
Better than a thousand hollow words
Is one word that brings peace.
Better than a thousand hollow verses
Is one verse that brings peace.
There is no fire like passion
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,
No sickness like hunger,
And no joy like the joy of freedom.
You too shall pass away.
Knowing this, how can you quarrel?
It is better to conquer yourself
Than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
Not by angels or by demons,
Heaven or hell.
You are the source
Of all purity and impurity.
No one purifies another.
It is better to do nothing
Than to do what is wrong.
For whatever you do, you do to yourself.
To share happiness.
And to have done something good
Before leaving this life is sweet
Master your words.
Master your thoughts.
Never allow your body to do harm.
Follow these three roads with purity
And you will find yourself upon the one way,
The way of wisdom.
The fragrance of sandalwood and rosebay
Does not travel far.
But the fragrance of virtue
Rises to the heavens.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve
your love and affection.
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
The mind is everything; what you think you become.
Therefore, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be ye a refuge to
yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the
truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside
yourselves. And those, who shall be a lamp unto themselves,
shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding
fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth
as their refuge, they shall reach the topmost height.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is
the eternal rule.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him
to evil ways.
Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good
On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions;
it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
The greatest prayer is patience.
With gentleness overcome anger.
With generosity overcome meanness.
With truth overcome deceit.
For in craving pleasure or in nursing pain
There is only sorrow.
Never speak harsh words
For they will rebound upon you.
Angry words hurt
And the hurt rebounds.
Like a broken gong.
Let go of anger.
Let go of pride.
When you are bound by nothing
You go beyond sorrow.
The wise have mastered
Body, word and mind.
They are the true masters.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and
rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because
it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe
in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed
down for many generations. But after observation and analysis,
when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive
to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and
live up to it.
Think: Happy, at rest,
may all beings be happy at heart.
Whatever beings there may be,
weak or strong, without exception,
seen & unseen,
near & far,
born & seeking birth:
May all beings be happy at heart.
Karaniya Metta Sutta.
Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
Karaniya Metta Sutta.
As a mother would risk her life
to protect her child, her only child,
even so should one cultivate a limitless heart
with regard to all beings.
With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart:
Above, below, & all around,
unobstructed, without hostility or hate.
Whether standing, walking,
sitting, or lying down,
as long as one is alert,
one should be resolved on this mindfulness.
This is called a sublime abiding
here & now.
Karaniya Metta Sutta.