Saturday, June 18, 2011

words to live by

Was sorting through some things and came across a print out of this in an old wallet:

"Express love and kindness in words and actions in dealing with others.
Express compassion in your actions toward those who are suffering physically or emotionally.
Anything that comes to you should be received as a gift from providence.
Do not hoard things that are not required.
Give away things to those who are in need.
Keep busy in selfless service.
Reduce your needs to a minimum.
Avoid reading books or participating in discussions that are contrary to your self-developement.
Do not indulge in any action that may cause harm to others in any form, indirectly or directly.
Look for good qualities in others, rather than looking for their shortcomings.
Do not get involved in unnecessary talks.
Do not expect praise for your good actions.
Anger, hate, and jealousy appear in the mind by comparing oneself with others. They should be replaced by love toward others.
Be humble and give respect to others.
Ask for forgiveness of any undesired actions, done knowingly or unknowingly.
Perform your duties toward your family, society and country with pure and selfless intent.
Do not let laziness or dullness control your mind.
Be honest to others as well as to yourself.
Be firm in your spiritual convictions."

- Baba Hari Dass, A Master of Astanga Yoga

xo m.

3 comments:

Erin said...

Love this! I too had written this down years ago ... where it went to, I'll never know. I think I'll write it down again for they really are great words to live by :)

Plain and Joyful Living said...

beautiful words!

freckles said...

I'm going to print this out & put it on my fridge! Thanks!

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