miercuri, 23 mai 2012

Dalai Lama 4 Living

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs:
* Respect for self
* Respect for others
* Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

luni, 21 mai 2012

Native American Code Of Ethics

I recently found these code of ethics - I am unsure of where this originated and of it’s accuracy. Regardless of where it originated, I like it very much and I wanted to pass it on. So much common sense and an extraordinary respect for the earth and everything that calls it home.

Native Americans weren’t perfect, but the Europeans could have learned from them but instead they treated them with disrespect. Remember, it was the Native Americans who lived on the American continents for a very long time – everyone else is an immigrant.

Chief Black Chicken, Yankton Dakota (Sioux)
Native American Code Of Ethics

Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often.
The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
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Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path.
Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem
from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
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Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others
to make your path for you. It is your road, and
yours alone. Others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you.
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Treat the guests in your home with much consideration.
Serve them the best food, give them the best
bed and treat them with respect and honor.
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Do not take what is not yours whether from
a person, a community,the wilderness or from a
culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
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Respect all things that are placed upon
this earth – whether it be people or plant.

Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words.
Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them.
Allow each person the right to personal expression.
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Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative
energy that you put out into the universe
will multiply when it returns to you.
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All persons make mistakes.
And all mistakes can be forgiven.
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Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind,
body and spirit. Practice optimism.
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Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us.
They are part of your worldly family.
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Children are the seeds of our future. Plant
love in their hearts and water them with
wisdom and life’s lessons. When they
are grown, give them space to grow.
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Avoid hurting the hearts of others.
The poison of your pain will return to you.
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Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the
test of one’s will within this universe.
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Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual
self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need
to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out
the body to strengthen the mind. Grow
rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
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Make conscious decisions as to who
you will be and how you will react. Be
responsible for your own actions.
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Respect the privacy and personal space of
others. Do not touch the personal property of
others – especially sacred and religious
objects. This is forbidden.
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Be true to yourself first. You cannot
nurture and help others if you cannot
nurture and help yourself first.
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Respect others religious beliefs.
Do not force your belief on others.
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Share your good fortune with others.
Participate in charity.

joi, 3 mai 2012

Semnele timpului

Dacă, ajuns la o anumită vîrstă, te trezeşti bombănind tot mai des vremurile şi noile generaţii, e bine să ştii că există riscul de a fi preluat în corul străvechi al bătrînilor, care cred, de cînd lumea, că totul se termină cu ei. Capeţi un discurs de bunic, dintre cele care îi exasperează pe nepoţi. Asta pare să fie schema oricărei biografii: debutezi revoluţionar şi militant şi sfîrşeşti dezabuzat şi nostalgic. Există, totuşi, mutaţii istorice de anvergură, fracturi ale timpului, de natură să capete un oarecare coeficient de „obiectivitate“. După Revoluţia Franceză, sau după instalarea la putere a sovietelor în Rusia şi a regimului comunist în România, afirmaţii de genul „Nimic nu mai e ca pe vremea mea!“ sună altfel decît în conversaţia previzibilă dintre moşnegii dintotdeauna şi tineret. Ruptura e evidentă şi radicală. Ceva cvasi-ireversibil s-a produs în măruntaiele istoriei. Lucrurile au luat o turnură cu totul nouă, în iureşul căreia nu mai poţi interveni. Eu unul cred că trăim un episod din această categorie. N-am cum să mă ocup, într-un articol de gazetă, de simptomatologia momentului. De cauzele, metabolismul şi perspectivele lui. Dar, cu ajutorul lui Alain Daniélou, am găsit un text, în literatura veche a Indiei (Linga Purana, II, 39-40), în cuprinsul căruia bombănelile mele şi ale altora par să fi fost anticipate cu vreo două-trei mii de ani în urmă (Puranas au apărut, în formă scrisă, în veacurile III-V de după Hristos, dar vin dintr-o tradiţie orală care, deja pe-atunci, era veche de peste un mileniu). Intuiţiile profetice ale hinduismului se referă la modul în care se va încheia actualul ciclu al civilizaţiei terestre. Nu e vorba de sfîrşitul lumii, ci de sfîrşitul unei lumi, urmat, inevitabil, de deschiderea unui nou ciclu. După lectura acestui text, nu mă mai simt, în melancoliile şi temerile mele, un bunic obosit. Mă simt mai curînd legitimat de o imemorială lamentaţie, ale cărei detalii explodează spectaculos pe scena lumii de azi. Iată o listă, selectivă, a simptomelor pe care le anunţă textul puranic, privind spre viitorul care e, acum, prezentul nostru. Cititorii vor judeca singuri ...(CONTINUARE) de Andrei Plesu

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