Sufi saying…

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Yes, could & should apply to modern Druids also.

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Update, June 17, 2014

Due to both procrastination and thunderstorms throughout the past weeks, I have finally completed transcribing The Counsels of Cormac into my Crane Book of Wisdom.  I am about to begin transcribing the Cauldron of Poesy [interpreted] by Erynn Rowan Laurie. As an American Pagan I am going to transcribe the First Amendment into my Crane Book of Wisdom as well. The reason being it covers not just free speech, but freedom of religion. See the previous post @ The First Amendment. The link has a discourse of what it amendment means. Nine Blessings!

The Dalai Lama on Compassion

NOTE: This post comes under the heading of Miscellaneous. Even so, because the Dalai Lama is a Holy figure of the Buddhist faith, I feel this is something worth copying into The Crane Book of Wisdom.

My message is the practice of compassion, love and kindness. These things are very useful in our daily life, and also for the whole of human society these practices can be very important.

Basically, universal responsibility is the feeling for other people’s suffering just as we feel our own. It is the realization that even our own enemy is motivated by the quest for happiness. We must recognize that all beings want the same thing we want. This is the way to achieve a true understanding, unfettered by artificial consideration.

At the heart of Buddhist philosophy is the notion of compassion for others. It should be noted that the compassion encouraged by Mahayana Buddhism is not the usual love one has for friends or family. The love being advocated here is the kind one can have even for another who has done one harm. Developing a kind heart does not always involve any of the sentimental religiosity normally associated with it. It is not justfor people who believe in religions; it is for everyone who considers himself or herself to be a member of the human family, and thus sees things in accordingly large terms.

The rationale for universal compassion is based on the same principle of spiritual democracy. It is the recognition of the fact that every living being has an equal right to and desire for happiness. The true acceptance of the principle of democracy requires that we think and act in terms of the common good. Compassion and universal responsibility require a commitment to personal sacrifice and the neglect of egotistical desires.

I believe our every-day experience confirms that a self-centred attitude towards problems can be destructive not only towards society, but to the individual as well. Selfishness does not solve problems for us, it multiplies them. Accepting responsibility and maintaining respect for other will leave all concerned at peace. This is the essence of Mahayana Buddhism.

The First Amendment

NOTE: For American Pagans studying Druidry. And of interest of Pagans all other countries.

 

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment I

Instructions For Life

Note: This is one of those things that fall under the Miscellaneous heading. But still noteworthy to have on hand.

 

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

 

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

 

3. Follow the three R’s:

 

  • Respect for self
  • Respect for others and
  • Responsibility for all your actions.

 

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

 

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

 

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

 

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

 

8. Spend some time alone.

 

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

 

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer

 

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

 

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. Do all you can to create a tranquil, harmonious home.

 

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

 

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

 

15. Be gentle with the earth.

 

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

 

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other

 

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

 

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.