Whether you view Jesus of Nazareth as your personal savior, a great teacher, or an interesting historical figure; there’s little doubt he left behind powerful words that provide a template for the better world we’re all seeking in this moment.
Here are 10 things Jesus said, without qualification or fine print, that we can all use as a basis creating better selves and a better world.
- Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
- Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone. (Social media would go silent. LOL)
- So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
- But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew) (Alternatively from Mark – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
- So, in everything, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
We see in these sayings words about peace, affirmation, bettering ourselves, and caring about each other.
Jesus spoke many other important and, for many, sacred words. Yet if we took these 10 items alone and built our character upon them and the world’s character upon them; how much better would that world be?
In case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE AWESOME!
Siddhartha Gautama, better known to the world as the Buddha, was born a prince in northern India about 2600 years ago. His father was told his son would either be a world king or a great spiritual teacher. Wishing his son to expand the power of his kingdom, King Suddhodana ordered that he be immersed in the richest worldly pleasures to prevent him from pursuing the spiritual path.
However, at 29, Siddhartha was exposed to illness, aging, and death. These were all forbidden knowledge to him. His charioteer, against orders, explained that all human beings, including one day the young prince, experience these things. Then he saw a monk and was awakened to his true life’s purpose. The rest, as they say, is history.
Beginning with his famous Fire Sermon, the Tathagata taught for 47 years. He left us a wealth of wisdom. Here are 15 quotes we can all apply to our lives.
All these centuries later, these words are easy to read, but the challenge of a lifetime to live.
- All that we are is the result of what we have thought: we are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfish thoughts cause misery when they speak or act. Sorrows roll over them as the wheels of a cart roll over the tracks of the bullock that draws it. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: we are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy whenever they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- Let none find fault with others. Let none see the commissions and omissions of others. But, let one see one’s open acts done and undone.
- A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated — this is the greatest blessing.
- Therefore, bhikkhus, you should train yourselves thus: ‘We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by lovingkindness, make it our vehicle, make it our basis, stabilize it, exercise ourselves in it, and fully perfect it.’ Thus should you train yourselves.
- Radiate boundless love toward the entire world.
- Some do not understand that we must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels immediately.
- All conditioned things are impermanent’ — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.
- Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.
- Irrigators channel waters. Fletchers straighten arrows. Carpenters shape wood. The wise master themselves.
- Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.
- The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
- Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- If you understood the power of giving as I do, you would never let a meal pass without sharing.
- The root of suffering is attachment.
- The greats of the past only show the way. You must walk the path yourself.
Namaste, my friends, namaste!
Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot. He’s been studying and practicing personal development for 30 years. He’s also studied many of the world’s spiritual traditions and mythologies.
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“When I lose my courage and my belief that I can transform the world I am always reminded that I have been blessed with the far more challenging and critical task of transforming myself.”
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This past Wednesday marked the 60th anniversary of the death of Monhandas K. (Mahatma) Gandhi. He was struck down by an assassin’s bullet on January 30, 1948. His assassin was a Hindu extremist angry that Gandhi had made concessions to the newly formed Pakistan in an attempt to keep the peace.
On that January evening, one of the great lights of our time went out. Here was a man full of flaws, to be sure, but unifying figure in a chaotic time and place. He was a kind of George Washington (father of his country) and Martin Luther King (conscience of the country) rolled into one for India. He was the father of his country and used many civil disobedience tactics that would be employed by Dr. King a generation later.
His followers called him Mahatma (“great soul”) or Bapu (“father”). His message was popularized for the modern world in the 1982 academy award winning movie Gandhi starring Ben Kingsley. Gandhi’s tactics demonstrated that the sword and the power of an empire are no match for a determined man of peace.
Thankfully, his legacy lives on in the wise words he left for us to ponder.
Here are some of his most powerful and insightful quotes.
- “A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
- “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
- “Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
- “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”
- “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
- “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
- “Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.”
- “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
- “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
- “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
- “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
- “I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”
- “I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.”
- “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
- “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.”
- “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
- “I have only three enemies. My favorite enemy, the one most easily influenced for the better, is the British Empire. My second enemy, the Indian people, is far more difficult. But my most formidable opponent is a man named Mohandas K. Gandhi. With him I seem to have very little influence.”
Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.
Ray Davis is the founder of The Affirmation Spot and an advocate for the potential of the human race. He’s the author of the breakthrough novel Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation – order your signed copy today at AATrilogy.com
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