Sunday, August 18, 2013

Quotes from "Ancient Wisdom, Modern World" 4/5

- It is, therefore, essential to keep a proper perspective on our suffering. When we look at a particular problem from close up, it tends to fill our whole field of vision and look enormous. If, however, we look at the same problem from a distance, automatically we will start to see it in relation to other things. The simple act makes a tremendous difference.

-  ... to the extent that suffering reminds us of what all others endure, it serves as a powerful injunction to practise compassion and refrain from causing others pain.

- ... I have observed that religious belief is not a precondition either of ethical conduct or happiness itself. I have also suggested that whether a person practises religion or not, the spiritual qualities of love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, humility and so on are indispensable.

- It is also worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.

- As to the possibility that suffering has some actual purpose, we will not go into that here. But to the extent that our experience of suffering reminds us of what all others also endure, it serves as a powerful injunction to practise compassion and refrain from causing others pain.

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