“Your real accomplishments do not happen on the stage of the outside world for all to see and admire. Your real accomplishments happen inside of you. They are the lessons you learn, the attitudes you adopt, and the qualities of kindness, fairness, honesty, compassion, and forgiveness that you embody…..

Even when you chose to do good but your efforts did not produce results – don’t feel bad. You are not responsible for the results. Results are God’s department.

We could even say that you and God are co-writers of the drama of life. But you write the choices and He writes the results. You are only responsible for the choices. The rest is in God’s hands…..

You become good even when you simply choose to do good, although because of circumstances beyond your control you are not always able to accomplish the deed. The Talmud teaches that when a person chooses good but something prevents him from exercising his choice, his reward is the same as if he did it, because the choice is what changed him. The reward is who you become.”

David Aaron (The Secret Life of God)

A monk asked Chao-chou Ts’ung shen “Has the oak tree Buddha nature?”
Chao-chou said, “Yes, it has.”
The monk said, “When does the oak tree attain Buddhahood?”
Chao-Chou said, “Wait until the great universe collapses.”
The monk said, “When does the universe collapse?”
Chao-chou said, “Wait until the oak tree attains Buddhahood.

–Wu Men

 

In general, we feel that the results of any activity we do, whether it is artistic or otherwise, depends upon goodness of mind. And therefore, any music or artistic form, if it is performed with a view of aggrandizing one’s self, removing one’s own immediate discomfort, gaining profit or fame, or drawing attention to one’s self in any way, will not be good. But if it is done with forgetting one’s self and only concerned with how to be benefit to others, to inspire them, to cheer them, wishing them well and to be free from disturbances rather than further heightening their negative afflictions, then it is almost certain that one’s creation would be excellent.

Lungri Namgyal

 

 

The tree of love its roots hath spread
Deep in my heart, and rears its head;
Rich are its fruits: they joy dispense;
Transport the heart, and ravish sense.
In love’s sweet swoon to thee I cleave,
Bless’d source of love . . . ,

St. Francis of Asissi

 

 

Write down how many things you want.
Meditate on how many things you need.
When you write them down
You will see
That you want millions of things.
When you meditate
You will notice
That you need only one thing
And that is God the Compassion,
God the eternal Compassion.

Sri Chinmoy

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