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"We should give as we would receive,
cheerfully, quickly, and without
hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers."
"The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm."
- Swedish proverb
Metta Sutra (Loving Kindness Scripture) from the Buddha
"This is what should be done
By one who is killed in goodness,
And who knows the paths of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and safety,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be,
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be born,
May all beings be at ease.
Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill will
Wish harm on another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings;
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Free from hatred and ill will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding,
By not holding to fixed views,
The purehearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world."
- Traditional Buddhist Scripture, found in "Awakening to the
Sacred" by Lama Surya Das, 1999, p. 301
Alternate translations: —anamoli | Amaravati | Piyadassi | Thanissaro
"Mettā (Pali: मेत्ता in Devanagari)
or maitrī (Sanskrit: मैत्री) is loving-kindness,
friendliness, benevolence, amity, friendship, good will, kindness, close mental
union (on same mental wavelength), and active interest in others. It is one of
the ten pāramīs of
the Theravāda school
of Buddhism, and the first of the four sublime states (Brahmavihāras).
This is love without
- Mettā, Wikipedia
"A kind word is like a spring
- Russian proverb
"As the biocentric view suggests, the garden prospers
when control is balanced by equal measures of humility and benevolence. A
balance is struck. Control, servitude, respect, imagination,
pragmatism, an ecological conscience, compliance, and a
certain measure of mysticism and altruism, all meld together
to provide nurturance."
- Jim Nollman, Why We Garden, The Sentient Garden
"One must care about a world one will
- Bertrand Russell
"He who shares the joy in what he's
Spreads joy abroad and doubles his own."
- Author unknown
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"Hospitality is a form of worship."
- The Talmud
"Kind hearts are the garden,
kind thoughts are the root,
kind words are the blossoms,
kind deeds are the fruit."
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