God's View: by Ted Godsil
Pictures I took around Callicoon New York on a magical piece of property along Toad Road. Perhaps you'll understand why as I left Toad Road, tears flowing down my cheeks, I heard Laura say,boy there is a lot of love in that house and I realized I was crying because I didn't know when I'd feel that love again. I hope everyone gets a chance to have that feeling. It wasn't a sad feeling. It was a warm warm feeling from deep inside my heart,a feeling of caring. So as Toad Road looses it's color and the wood fire warms the winter air I'll be waiting for another spring, and another summer, so old friends can once again enjoy each other and the magic of a Toad Road Fall.
Gandhi For Today:
I can see that in the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists. Hence I gather that God is Life, Truth, Light, He is Love. He is the supreme Good.
Having flung aside the sword, there is nothing except the cup of love which I can offer to those who oppose me.
Love is a rare herb that makes a friend even of a sworn enemy and this herb grows out of nonviolence.
Love is no love which asks for a return.
Love is the basis of our friendship as it is of religion.
The law of love knows no bounds of space or time.
Love is the subtlest force in the world.
The law of love will work, just as the law of gravitation will work, whether we accept it or not.
Love is needed to strengthen the weak; love becomes tyrannical when it exacts obedience from an unbeliever.
Many of us are not capable of releasing the past, of releasing the suffering of the past. We want to cling to our own suffering. But the Buddha said very clearly, do not cling to the past, the past is already gone. Do not wait for future, the future is not yet there. The wise people establish themselves in the present moment and they practice living deeply in the present moment. That is our practice. By living deeply in the present moment we can understand the past better and we can prepare for a better future.Thich Nhat Hanh 14th Dalai Lama
One point I should make here is that some people, especially those who see themselves as very realistic and practical, are sometimes too realistic and obsessed with practicality. They may think, "The idea of wishing for the happiness of all beings, of wanting what is best for every single one, is unrealistic and too idealistic. Such an unrealistic idea cannot contribute in any way to transforming the mind or to attaining some kind of mental discipline, because it is completely unachievable."
...They feel there is simply no point in thinking about all beings since there is an infinite number of them. They may conceivably be able to feel some kind of connection with some fellow human beings on this planet, but they feel that the infinite number of beings throughout the universe has nothing to do with their own experience as individuals.
...What is important here, however, is to grasp the impact of cultivating such altruistic sentiments. The point is to try to develop the scope of our empathy in such a way that we can extend it to any form of life with the capacity to feel pain and experience happiness. It is a matter of recognizing living organisms as sentient, and therefore subject to pain and capable of happiness.
...Such a universal sentiment of compassion is very powerful, and there is no need to be able to identify, in specific terms, with every single living being in order for it to be effective.
...Given patience and time, it is within our power to develop this kind of universal compassion.