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Loving kindness the world over...
    #3755934 - 02/09/05 02:23 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Here's an article I thought Id share.It shows how loving kindness and being generous is a goal/trait the whole world has in common.If we have any chance at world peace it will be through loving kindness and being generous.


Texts on loving-kindness, compassion, and heart-felt love for
others fall into four groups. First we have general admonitions to kind
ness, benevolence, and gentleness. Next come passages which recommend
loving-kindness and mercy as superior to ritual observances. Third are
passages which stress the impartiality and universality of the heart of
mercy; it transcends considerations of family, race, nationality, or
religion. Love that naturally develops between members of a family should
be extended to embrace all beings. Among the texts gathered here is
Jesus' Parable of the Good Samaritan; also a text from the Upanishads on
the Voice of Thunder, who utters three "Da's" to describe the three
interrelated virtues of self-control, giving, and compassion.

Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness.

Islam. Qur'an 39.10

Those who do not abandon mercy will not be abandoned by me.

Shinto. Oracle of the Kami of Itsukushima

Love covers a multitude of sins.

Christianity. 1 Peter 4.8

Mencius said, "'Benevolence' means 'man.' When these two are conjoined,
the result is 'the Way.'"

Confucianism. Mencius VII.B.16

Have benevolence towards all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, c
ompassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance towards the
indolent and ill-behaved.

Jainism. Tattvarthasutra 7.11

God enjoins justice, kindness, and charity to one's kindred, and forbids
indecency, abomination, and oppression. He admonishes you so that you may
take heed.

Islam. Qur'an 16.90

The world stands upon three things: upon the Law, upon worship, and upon
showing kindness.

Judaism. Mishnah, Abot 1.2

Gentle character it is which enables the rope of life to stay unbroken in
one's hand.

African Traditional Religions. Yoruba Proverb

He who can find no room for others lacks fellow feeling, and to him who
lacks fellow feeling, all men are strangers.

Taoism. Chuang Tzu 23

Treat people in such a way and live amongst them in such a manner that if
you die they will weep over you; alive they crave for your company.

Islam (Shiite). Nahjul Balagha, Saying 9

What sort of religion can it be
without compassion?
You need to show compassion to all living beings.
Compassion is the root
of all religious faiths.

Hinduism. Basavanna, Vachana 247

The bhikkhu who abides in loving-kindness, who is pleased with the
Buddha's teaching, attains to that state of peace and happiness, the
stilling of conditioned things, Nibbana.

Let him be cordial in all his ways and refined in conduct; filled thereby
with joy, he will make an end of ill.

Buddhism. Dhammapada 368, 376

Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai said, "Go forth and see which is the good way to
which a man should cleave." Rabbi Eliezar said, "A good eye"; Rabbi
Joshua said, "A good friend"; Rabbi Jose said, "A good neighbor"; Rabbi
Simeon said, "One who foresees the fruit of an action"; Rabbi Elazar said,
"A good heart." Thereupon he said to them, "I approve the words of Elazar
ben Arach, rather than your words, for in his words yours are included."

Judaism. Mishnah, Abot 2.13

Monks, whatsoever grounds there be for good works undertaken with a view
to [favorable] rebirth, all of them are not worth one-sixteenth part of
that goodwill which is the heart's release; goodwill alone, which is the
heart's release, shines and burns and flashes forth in surpassing them.

Buddhism. Itivuttaka 19

Even though it be the home of someone who has managed for long to avoid
misfortune, we gods will not enter into the dwelling of a person with
perverse disposition. Even though it be a dwelling where a man be in
mourning for father and mother, if he be a man of compassion, we deities
will enter in there.

Shinto. Oracle of the Kami of Kasuga

- - - - - - - - - - - -
Mencius VII.B.16: In Chinese characters, 'benevolence' ( ) and 'man' ( )
are cognates. Nahjul Balagha: See Hadith, p. 569, on the Prophet's mercy,
which made such a strong impression. Dhammapada 368, 376: See Digha
Nikaya iii.76-77, p. 211. Itivuttaka 19: While Mahayana Buddhism often
criticizes the Theravada discipline as a path of self-seeking, this
Theravada text takes the position that such self advancement is inferior
to goodwill. By loving others, the heart is released from egoism and
stands on a truly selfless, universal foundation. Cf. Precious Garland
283, p. 741; Micah 6.6-8, p. 742; Gauri Sukhmani 12, M.5, p. 813. Abot
2.13: Cf. Kiddushin 40a, p. 403. Oracle of the Kami of Kasuga: Shinto
regards a dwelling where such mourning is going on to be polluted by
death, normally a state which the gods would strictly avoid. Cf. Precious
Garland 283, p. 741; Micah 6.6-8, p. 742.
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And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and
sinners came and sat down with Jesus and the disciples. And when the
Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat
with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, he said, "Those
who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and
learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'"

Christianity. Matthew 9.10-13

Once, as Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai was coming forth from Jerusalem,
Rabbi Joshua followed after him and beheld the Temple in ruins. "Woe unto
us," Rabbi Joshua cried, "that this, the place where the iniquities of
Israel were atoned for, is laid waste!"

"My son," Rabbi Yohanan said to him, "be not grieved. We have
another atonement as effective as this. And what is it? It is acts of
loving-kindness, kindness, as it is said, 'For I desire mercy and not
sacrifice' [Hosea 6.6]."

Judaism. Talmud, Abot de Rabbi Nathan 6

As a mother with her own life guards the life of her own child, let
all-embracing embracing thoughts for all that lives be thine.

Buddhism. Khuddaka Patha, Metta Sutta

Anas and 'Abdullah reported God's Messenger as saying, "All [human]
creatures are God's children, and those dearest to God are those who
treat His children kindly."

Islam. Hadith of Baihaqi

Do not rebuke an older man but exhort him as you would a father; treat
younger men like brothers, older women like mothers, younger women like
sisters, all in purity.

Christianity. 1 Timothy 5.1-2

A man once asked the Prophet what was the best thing in Islam, and the
latter replied, "It is to feed the hungry and to give the greeting of
peace both to those one knows and to those one does not know."

Islam. Hadith of Bukhari

- - - - - - - - - - - -
Matthew 9.10-13: Jesus is quoting Hosea 6.6; cf. Micah 6.6-8, p. 742. The
following passage from the Talmud also quotes Hosea 6.6 to make a similar
point. Metta Sutta: Cf. Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala 4, p. 277;
Leviticus 19.18, p. 158. 1 Timothy 5.1-2: Cf. Anupreksa 337-39, p. 798;
Sutra of Forty-two Sections 29, p. 798.
- - - - - - - - - - - -

The bodhisattva should adopt the same attitude towards all beings, his
mind should be even towards all beings, he should not handle others with
an uneven mind, but with a mind which is friendly, well-disposed, helpful,
free from aversions avoiding harm and hurts, he should handle others as if
they were his mother, father, son, or daughter. As a savior of all beings
should a bodhisattva behave towards all beings. So should he train him-
self if he wants to know full enlightenment.

Buddhism. Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand
Lines 321-22

Treat the aged of your own family in a manner befitting their venerable
age and extend this treatment to the aged of other families; treat your
own young in a manner befitting their tender age and extend this to the
young of other families, and you can roll the empire on your palm. The
Book of Songs says,

He set an example for his consort
And also for his brothers,
And so ruled over the family and the state.

In other words, all you have to do is take this very heart here and apply
it to what is over there. Hence one who extends his bounty can bring
peace to the Four Seas; one who does not cannot bring peace even to his
own family. There is just one thing in which the Ancients greatly sur-
passed others, and that is the way they extended what they did.

Confucianism. Mencius I.A.7

A lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, "Teacher, what
shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in
the Law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your
strength, and with all your mind; and you shall love your neighbor as
yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you
will live."

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my
neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and
departed, leaving him half-dead. Now by chance a priest was going down
that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So like-
wise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the
other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and
when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his
wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and
brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out
two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and
whatever you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these
three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the
robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to
him, "Go, and do likewise."

Christianity. Luke 10.25-37: Parable of the Good

The threefold offspring of Prajapati--gods, men, and demons--dwelt
with their father Prajapati as students of sacred knowledge.
Having lived the life of a student of sacred knowledge, the gods
said, "Speak to us, sir." To them then he spoke this syllable, "Da."
"Did you understand?" "We did understand," said they. "You said to us,
'Restrain yourselves (damyata).'" "Yes (Om)!" said he. "You did under-
So then the men said to him, "Speak to us, sir." To them he spoke
this syllable, "Da." "Did you understand?" "We did understand," said
they. "You said to us, 'Give (datta).'" "Yes (Om)!" said he. "You did
So then the demons said to him, "Speak to us, sir." To them he
spoke this syllable, "Da." "Did you understand?" "We did understand,"
said they. "You said to us, 'Be compassionate (dayadhvam).'" "Yes (Om)!"
said he. "You did understand."
The same thing does the divine voice here, thunder, repeat, Da! Da!
Da! that is, restrain yourselves, give, be compassionate. One should
practice this same triad, self-restraint, giving, compassion.

Hinduism. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 5.2.2: The Voice
of Thunder

I have three treasures. Guard and keep them:
The first is deep love,
The second is frugality,
The third is not to dare to take the lead in the world.
Because of deep love, one is courageous.
Because of frugality, one is generous.
Because of not daring to take the lead in the world, one becomes the
leader of the world.
Now, to be courageous by forsaking deep love,
To be generous by forsaking frugality,
And to take the lead in the world by forsaking following behind--
This is fatal.
For deep love helps one to win in case of attack,
And to be firm in the case of defense.
When Heaven is to save a person,
Heaven will protect him through deep love.

Taoism. Tao Te Ching 67

Do not desire to reach a high level.Rather work without thought of reward to iron out flaws and impurities in one's self for the sake of one's self.When one has done this one needs not to desire anymore. http://www.lifeforceonlinestore.com/yc/

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Re: Loving kindness the world over... [Re: UnenlightenedOne]
    #3755970 - 02/09/05 02:33 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

:thumbup:  :heart:  :sun:

I descend upon your earth from the skies
I command your very souls you unbelievers
Bring before me what is mine

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Re: Loving kindness the world over... [Re: OldWoodSpecter]
    #3755978 - 02/09/05 02:37 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

seems like it has been ratified
I vote in favour again.


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