Be a good example, not a bad one. Make yourselves good models for everyone to follow. If you are proper, then you don’t need to order people around. They will still practise after you and follow you. You won’t need to use all kinds of tricky methods to oppress people so that they follow you. If you are not proper yourself but still greedy and contentious, selfish, and self-benefiting, then you cannot teach others not to be greedy, not to be contentious, not to be selfish, and not to be self-benefiting. In that case, it won’t work. So, if a person is not proper, even if he orders others around, they won’t obey. Then no matter what he tries to teach people to do, they won’t listen to him.

Venerable Master Hsuan Hua


The mind creates the abyss, and the heart crosses it.

Sri Nisargadatta