Not that different after all…

I think people spend waaaay too much time paying attention to the differences, so much, that they overlook the similarities. It reminds me of what Kung Fu Tzu (or Confucius) once said, that “when a wise man points at the moon, the imbecile examines the finger.

A friend of mine recently posted a quote online that kind of summed up the person she is, at least, to me. She said, when you judge people, you don’t have time to love them.” And she is such a sweet girl, the kind that speaks really softly and low, so that I could never imagine her yelling at someone or even being mean. That quote kinda reminded me of the person I want to be…

How can people fight so much over details, when the bigger message is so clear, especially when it says exactly that we shouldn’t be at each other’s throats?! Especially when it was put in one teeny tiny sentence?!

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” ~ Buddha, Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~ Dalai Lama, Head of the Dge-lugs-pa order of Tibetan Buddhists, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, b. 1935

“God has no religion.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Philosopher, internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest, 1869-1948

“The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ~ Buddha

“Silence of our eyes. Silence of our ears. Silence of our mouths. Silence of our minds. …in the silence of the heart God will speak.” ~ Mother Teresa, a nun who founded Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, in 1950.

“If your hearts is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?” ~ Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer.

“If we have listening ears, God speaks to us in our own language, whatever that language be” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ~ Buddha

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?” ~ Buddha

“5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” ~ Jesus

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“I believe in the fundamental Truth of all the great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God given. I came to the conclusion long ago… that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.” ~ Buddha

“It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.” ~ Mother Teresa

“”Look how he abused me and hurt me, How he threw me down and robbed me.” Live with such thoughts and you live in hate. “Look how he abused me and hurt me, How he threw me down and robbed me.” Abandon such thoughts, and live in love. In this world Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, Ancient and inexhaustible. You too shall pass away. Knowing this, how can you quarrel?” ~ Buddha

“Love never claims, it ever gives; love never suffers, never resents, never revenges itself. Where there is love there is life; hatred leads to destruction.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” ~ Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I don’t know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will NOT ask, How many good things have you done in your life?, rather he will ask, How much LOVE did you put into what you did?” ~ Mother Teresa

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness … the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” ~ Dalai Lama

Really, could it be any clearer?!


~ by 1cellinthesea on January 17, 2012.

One Response to “Not that different after all…”

  1. […] ). Even though one of my best friends says I’m gonna be an awesome mom with like 3 kids, saying stuff like “Buddha said you have to be nice to your siblings!” as I try to meditate while the kid is doing a Karate strike on my other kid, I’m still […]

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