To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution. ~ Jean Shinoda Bolen
It is flooded water that makes mud; it is clean water that wipes away mud. ~Unknown
That is what the Blessed One said. Having said that, the One Well-Gone, the Teacher, said further:
If you hold yourself dear
then don’t fetter yourself
for happiness isn’t easily gained
by one who commits
When seized by the End-maker
as you abandon the human state,
what’s truly your own?
What do you take along when you go?
What follows behind you
like a shadow
that never leaves?
Both the merit & evil
that you as a mortal
that’s what’s truly your own,
what you take along when you go;
that’s what follows behind you
like a shadow
that never leaves.
So do what is admirable,
as an accumulation
for the future life.
Deeds of merit are the support for beings
when they arise
in the other world.
“Piya Sutta: Dear” (SN 3.4), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Source: Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 30 November 2013
Poverty with dignity is better than wealth based on shame. ~Unknown
Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth. ~Buddha, The Dhammapada
They blame those who remain silent, they blame those speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed. ~Buddha, The Dhammapada