Compassion and love are not mere luxuries. As the source both of inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the continued survival of our species.’
–The Dalai Lama
Love integrates. Hatred disintegrates. This huge and ponderous mass of earth and rock which you cal Altar Peak would quickly fly asunder were it not held together by the hand of Love. Even your bodies, perishable as they seem, could certainly resist disintegration did you but love each cell of them with equal zeal.
Love is peace athrob with melodies of Life. Hatred is war agog with fiendish blasts of Death. Which would you: Love and be at everlasting peace? Or hate and be at everlasting war?
The whole earth is alive in you. The heavens and their hosts are alive in you. So love the earth and all her sucklings if you would love yourselves. And love the heavens and all their tenants if you would love yourselves.
Love is the only wonder-worker. If you would see let Love be the pupil of the eye. If you would hear, let Love be in the drum of the ear.
Not-hating is not loving. For Love is an active force; and save it guide your every move and step, you cannot find your way; and save it fill your every wish and thought, your wishes shall be nettles in your dreams; your thoughts shall be as dirges for your days.
–Book of Midrad
“Rahula, practice loving kindness to overcome anger. Loving kindness has the capacity to bring happiness to others without demanding anything in return.
Practice compassion to overcome cruelty. Compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return.
Practice sympathetic joy to overcome hatred. Sympathetic joy arises when one rejoices over the happiness of others and wishes others well-being and success.
Practice non-attachment to overcome prejudice. Non-attachment is the way of looking at all things openly and equally. This is because that is. Myself and others are not separate. Do not reject one thing only to chase after another.
I call these the four immeasurables.
Practice them and you will become a refreshing source of vitality and happiness for others.”
–extract from “Old path white clouds” by Thich Nhat Hahn
`A new commandment I give to you, that ye love one another; according as I did love you, that ye also love one another;
in this shall all know that ye are my disciples, if ye may have love one to another.’