Justice may be called good when it acts impartially toward enemies, strangers and friends. The wealth of those who possess justice will not perish; rather it will be their posterity’s soothing security.
– Tirukkural 12: 111-112
Inwardly be free of all hopes and desires, but outwardly do what needs to be done. Without hopes in your heart, live as if you were full of hopes. Live with your heart now cool and now warm, just like everyone else. Inwardly give up the idea "I am the doer," yet outwardly engage in all activities. This is how to live in the world, completely free from the least trace of ego.
The weirdest thing just happened. My cat Oreo, who wears a collar with little bells on it, ran into the living room *clanking*. I turned to look, and as she went past, she appeared to be wearing a giant medallion. I didn’t have time to get up and see what it was, because just then hubby came running in after her.
He picked her up and removed the “medallion” which turned out to be a discarded coffee can lid that was in turn stuck to a magnet, which was stuck to Oreo’s collar somehow.
Apparently, Oreo brushed past one of the small, strong magnets we use in the back to hold curtains closed. The metal in her collar grabbed it and pulled it along. Somewhere in her trip she ran across a coffee can lid, which jumped on for the ride and sent her clanking into the living room.
We laughed for a really long time. Sorry, Oreo, but you’re the best entertainment ever.
The bonds that good men share, like good bound books
Reveal new enjoyments at each new encounter.
The object of friendship is not merrymaking
But a stern rebuking when friends go astray.
It is not constant meeting and companionship
But mutual sensibilities that confer the alliance of friendship.
Friendship is not seen on a friendly face,
But felt deep within a friendly heart.
– Tirukkural, 79:783-86
(Thank you, my friend, for this important lesson.)
Trivial thoughts, insignificant thoughts,
When followed they distract the mind.
Not understanding those thoughts
The roaming mind runs back and forth.
But by understanding those thoughts
One ardent and mindful restrains the mind.
An awakened one has overcome them completely
So they do not arise to distract the mind.
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The brethren who were assembled said to Abba Pambo, “Say something to the Archbishop, so that he may be edified.”
The old man said to them, “If he is not edified by my silence, he will not be edified by my speech.”
~Sayings of the Desert Fathers
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