Tuesday, May 29, 2012

On Thoughtfulness and Mindfulness:

Dear Friends,
1) In everything be thoughtful, in everything be Mindful, in all things be earnest and bold.
2) This is the Buddhist Way of Life.
3) All that we are is the result of what we have thought; it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of your thoughts.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thoughts, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him.
Therefore are pure thoughts important.
4) Be not thoughtless, watch your thought! Draw yourself out of evil ways, like an elephant sunk in mud.
5) Let the wise man guard his thoughts, for they are difficult to perceive, they rush wherever they lust; thoughts well-guarded bring happiness.
6) As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflecting mind.
7) As rain does not break through a well-thatched house passion will not break through a well-reflecting mind.
8) This mind of mine went wandering about as it liked, as it pleased; but I shall now hold it an thoroughly,
the Elder who holds the hook holds the furious elephant.
9) It is good to tame the mind which is difficult to rein in tightly, rushing wherever it wants; a tamed mind brings happiness.
10) Those who bridle their mind which travels so far so swiftly will be free from the bonds of temptation .
11) If a man’s faith is unsteady, if he does not know the true Dhamma, if his peace of mind is troubled, his knowledge will never be perfect.
12) Whatever a hater may do to a hater, or an enemy to an enemy, a wrongly directed mind will do him much greater mischief.
13) Not a mother, not a father will do so much, nor any other relatives as a well directed mind will do to us all.
Dhammacharini Jnanjyoti INDIA

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