“The best portions of a good man’s life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts,
Of kindness and love.”
“If we choose the path of heart, then of course our focus is ultimately and always on love. Love is the cornerstone of many of the world’s religions, especially the mystic paths. Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav used to say that achieving the simplicity of love is one of the highest enlightenments…..
When we speak of the heart, which is the lens of chesed (loving kindness), of course we speak of love. Love is the doorway to the soul. It is the consuming wisdom that arises when a person is connected to the source. It is the melody Nachman described as filling every leaf, every stone. Part of our task in meditation is to learn to hear this melody—and the more we hear it, the deeper it will resonate in our soul. The chesed that underpins the world is boundless. It is the very fabric of the world. This is reflected to the root word for love in Hebrew A-H-V. Normally we pronounce this word as ahavah, but the grammar of Hebrew (which is without vowels) permits us to break it down into two words: eh-hav, meaning ‘I will give.’ And love is being given constantly, though we may be closed to it.”
- Avram Davis (The Way of the Flame)
Albert Einstein was most precise:”Three great powers rule the world,” he said, “stupidity, fear and greed.”
How to interrupt this vicious circle? What tool shall we use, and where shall we insert it?
For me the Dalai Lama has marked the way: “My religion,” he said once, “is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.
Kindness is not on political agendas. Kindness is not on technological agendas. Why not? It’s inexpensive, simply understood and universally approved.
The twenty first century must feature kindness –to the earth and all its species –or there will be little hope for the twenty second.
Creator of the universe
Preserve us from our own presumption
Do not let us close ourselves into ourselves
But open us continually into you.
Let us be more in love with You
Than with our notions of You
Let us stop claiming to know everything
So that we may understand something.
Increase in us kindness
Make us people who care
And who take care,
Who venerate the truth
And recognize each other.
Draw us with an irresistible beauty!
–Rabia Terri Harris (Muslim peace fellowship, New York)