Verses 19-21 of 27 Verses on Mind Training
Transform the intense activity of daily life into the harmonious expression and teaching of truth by
affectionately reminding and being reminded that the bitter dark fruits of negating others are poisonous, to be
most carefully avoided, while the sweet bright fruits of affirming others are life-giving, to be thoroughly
enjoyed. Authentic delight exists only in serving others, and suffering springs only from harming others or
insensitively ignoring the needs of living beings, all of whom are as intimately related to us as our own
precious mother and father.
sensitive an ecology is the interdependence of all, that the slightest attention and assistance to others
creates moral elevation for ourselves and humanity, while the slightest indifference or neglect toward others
creates moral harm for ourselves and our civilization. The faintest spark of ill will toward other beings can
burst forth into a terrible forest fire, consuming vast expanses of sympathetic joy. Even the faintest negative
reaction or malicious wish opens wide channels throughout our entire being for life-destroying poisons of
negation and life-obscuring shadows of self-cherishing.
21) Cast far away from all precious humanity these lethal doses, these ominous shadows, by cultivating instinctive
admiration and love for those who practice the way of selflessness. Adore such bodhisattvas for their irreversible
vow to remain intimate with the struggle of living beings as beacons of love and as the light of panoramic
Translation is from the book Mother of the
Buddhas: Meditations on the Prajnaparamita Sutra by Lex Hixon.
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