"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the
lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer,
or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have
problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if
we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce.
Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using
reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no
argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you
understand, you can love, and the situation will
"Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the
whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love
everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love
everyone and all species on Earth... This is the real message of
"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think
the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on
earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a
blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our
own two eyes. All is a miracle."
"When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within
himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he
needs help. That's the message he is sending."
"On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is
the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man
lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him."
"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good
deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through
the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of
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