FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND ANGER
Omnipresent Lambodara, pure and peaceful doer of all good. Take away my fear and anger. Let me see Thee everywhere and at all times. Show me the truth that there is no intrinsic evil. Remove all barriers in my mind to understanding, true trust and love. Guide me to a harmonious life and righteous success in the fulfillment of my dharma. Ganesha sharanam, sharanam Ganesha.
One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water.—Bhagavad Gita 5.10
I am interested not in converting other people to Buddhism but in how we
Buddhists can contribute to human society, according to our own ideas. I believe
that other religious faiths also think in a similar way, seeking to contribute
to the common aim….
Just as Buddha showed an example of contentment,
tolerance, and serving others without selfish motivation, so did Jesus Christ.
Almost all of the great teachers lived a saintly life – not luxuriously like
kings or emperors but as simple human beings. Their inner strength was
tremendous, limitless, but the external appearance was of contentment with a
simple way of life.
…the motivation of all religious practice is similar –
love, sincerity, honesty. The way of life of practically all religious persons
is contentment. The teachings of tolerance, love, and compassion are the same. A
basic goal is the benefit of humankind – each type of system seeking in its own
unique ways to improve human beings. If we put too much emphasis on our own
philosophy, religion, or theory, are too attached to it, and try to impose it on
other people, it makes trouble. Basically all the great teachers, such as
Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, or Mohammed, founded their new teachings with a
motivation of helping their fellow humans. They did not mean to gain anything
for themselves nor to create more trouble or unrest in the world.
important is that we respect each other and learn from each other those things
that will enrich our own practice. Ever if all the systems are separate, since
they each have the same goal, the study of each other is helpful.
A Policy of Kindness