Monday, 23 January 2012

NEW MOON - Monday 23rd January 2012

Those who live impeccably,
who are discerning, intelligent and virtuous -
they are continually praised by the wise.
Who would cast blame on those
who in their being are like gold?
Even the gods praise them.

Dhammapada v. 229-30

Who do we compare ourselves with? The mental habit of comparing
ourselves with others is mostly an expression of inner confusion,
leading to more unhappiness. For the radiance of our true being to
shine freely, all compulsive comparing must cease. While we still
suffer this habit however, it is better to compare ourselves with
those who live impeccably; those who are more awake. It doesn’t help
if we merely hold images in mind of those more popular, wealthy or
beautiful. Some of the Buddha’s greatest disciples were neither
popular nor beautiful, but were clearly admired by all who could see

With Metta,

Bhikkhu Munindo

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