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2019 Jan 20 01:09:45
Johann: Bhante Indannano  _/\_

2019 Jan 19 01:28:38
Johann: "A monk with admirable people    as friends — who's reverential, respectful, doing what his friends advise — mindful, alert, attains step by step    the ending of all fetters." iti 17

2019 Jan 18 16:31:13
Johann: ភនតេ មុនី ការភ្ជាប់សំឡេងភ្ជាប់

2019 Jan 18 13:45:40
Johann: Guess all is now proper sorted in the correspondig topic. If something got "lost", put wrongely, may one let it be known.

2019 Jan 18 10:34:49
Johann: Reading, translating the many forzmguides.

2019 Jan 18 10:34:01
Johann: Mudita. Yet much new, much to learn, much to explore: patient is importand, and observing ways of doing things.

2019 Jan 18 07:29:08
Cheav Villa: But not yet finished, .. touched enter  ^-^ and..

2019 Jan 18 07:25:06
Cheav Villa: Bhante Muni actually said.. really enjoyed of dwelling here  _/\_

2019 Jan 18 06:42:04
Johann: much uddhacca-kukkucca, or?

2019 Jan 18 06:10:12
Johann: Bhante Muni wrote: "I, Brah Karuna, Atma-peap, am greating ñati ñoma (former blood relatives) to the extend of respecting goodwill (metta), I, Brah Karuna, Atma-peap, really..."

2019 Jan 18 06:01:10
Johann: One easy becomes a browser (neak quial hungry)

2019 Jan 18 05:56:43
Cheav Villa:  :D :D :D _/\_

2019 Jan 18 05:55:26
Johann: Atma is now very busy in cutting, moving, mergle... maybe slowly and with mindfulness: where am I? Whats the topic?...  :)

2019 Jan 18 04:38:03
Ieng Puthy: 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻ករុណាសូមថ្វាយបង្គំុ Bhante Muny 

2019 Jan 18 04:20:34
Cheav Villa:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Jan 18 04:19:09
Muni: ខ្ញុំព្រះករុណាអាត្មាភាព សូមនមស្សការនិងចម្រើនពរញាតិញោម ដោយសេចក្ដីគោរពរាប់អាន ខ្ញុំព្រះករុណាអាត្មាភាពពិត

2019 Jan 18 03:39:39
Cheav Villa: អរព្រះគុណ​ព្រះអង្គ​ បាននិមន្តចូលរួមវិភាគទាន នៅទីនេះ _/\_

2019 Jan 18 03:39:00
Cheav Villa: ថ្វាយបង្គំ​ព្រះអង្គ​មុនី :D _/\_

2019 Jan 17 16:22:47
Johann: Bhante Muni  _/\_

2019 Jan 17 12:59:11
Johann: So it's enought or would some broken Khmer Audio be of support, Nyom?

2019 Jan 17 09:20:36
Ieng Puthy: 🙏🏻អរព្រះគុណព្រះអង្គBhante . ករុណាបានអាមអត្ថបទដែលព្រះអង្គបានផុសជាភាសាអង់គ្លេសនោះ បានយល់ខ្លះៗហេីយ :D :D

2019 Jan 17 06:45:05
Johann: Being become, appeare always where desired Why beings take birth, even in most worse existences and circumstances?

2019 Jan 17 06:41:35
Johann: One becomes and dwells there where one is inclinated (most anusayā), distinguished gross: 1. world, 1. Nibbana.

2019 Jan 17 06:20:33
Cheav Villa: លោកតាទើបចេះពន្យល់ ខ្ញុំ​មិនសូវ​ដឹងឆ្លើយទេ ^-^

2019 Jan 17 06:19:32
Cheav Villa: សូមចូលមកសរសេរសួរលោកតា នៅវត្ត​ កុំសួរតាមMessenger  :D

2019 Jan 17 06:18:35
Cheav Villa: សួស្តី​បងធី​ _/\_

2019 Jan 16 16:33:43
Cheav Villa: Things to read :D

2019 Jan 16 16:27:50
Cheav Villa: Sadhu _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Jan 16 15:28:02
Johann: The Story of Culekasataka (Maha Kassapa and his wife in former life)

2019 Jan 16 15:20:13
Johann: ថ្ងៃ ថ្មី មួូយ ជា ឳកាស ថ្មី មួយ ទៀត។ យើង មិន អាច ដឹង មុន នូវ អ្វី ដែល នឹង កើតឡើង ថ្ងៃ ស្អែក

2019 Jan 16 04:07:43
Khemakumara: Nyom Chanroth

2019 Jan 16 02:09:37
Chanroth: សាធុសាធុសាធុ _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Jan 16 02:07:10
Johann: ថ្ងៃ ថ្មី មួូយ ជា ឳកាស ថ្មី មួយ ទៀត។ យើង មិន អាច ដឹង មុន នូវ អ្វី ដែល នឹង កើតឡើង ថ្ងៃ ស្អែក

2019 Jan 16 02:06:36
Chanroth: ជំរាបសួរ Moritz

2019 Jan 16 02:06:31
Johann: "Another day, another possibility. We don't know what tomorrow might be."

2019 Jan 15 19:41:08
Khemakumara: Nyom Moritz

2019 Jan 15 19:38:38
Moritz: Vandami Bhante (Khemakumara) _/\_

2019 Jan 15 17:13:16
Johann: Nyom Puthy, maybe this helps: ការរបៀបឆ្លេីយនៅក្នុង website .

2019 Jan 15 16:10:29
Ieng Puthy: ព្រះអង្គករុណាសូមថ្វាយបង្គំុលាសិនហេីយ 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

2019 Jan 15 16:07:58
Ieng Puthy: ករុណាគ្រាន់តែចូលអាន ករុណាមិនទាន់យល់ពីរបៀបឆ្លេីយនៅក្នុងwebsite នៅឡេីយទេ ព្រះអង្គ 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

2019 Jan 15 16:00:58
Johann: How ever one feels inspired, has joy, likes to give into.  How can I use the forum purposefully, for myself, as well as for others?

2019 Jan 15 15:57:55
Johann: No need to use all possibilities for merits for one alone but good to invite others to join and become more independend till free.

2019 Jan 15 15:04:39
Johann: no requirement to do all, merits step by step. "The path to nibbana is hard", they say, and don't do even little steps, Nyom. As inspired, its at least a working and concentration camp, Devas delight in creation, Devas having contr. over the creation of others.

2019 Jan 15 14:53:43
Cheav Villa: ព្រះអង្គការបកប្រែមកជាខ្មែរ  មានខុសច្រើនណាស់  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Jan 15 14:49:16
Khemakumara: leng Puthy

2019 Jan 15 14:48:29
Khemakumara: Nyom leng Pitts

2019 Jan 15 14:45:35
Johann: There is a lot of new for many. If the Nyom Ladies like to help in translating here and there a little, it might be easier for khmer-speaking monks to get informed well.

2019 Jan 15 14:25:23
Ieng Puthy: 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼ករុណាថ្វាយបង្គំុ ព្រះអង្គ Bhante Khemakumara

2019 Jan 15 13:33:34
Khemakumara: Bhante Muni

2019 Jan 15 13:32:47
Khemakumara: Bhante Johann _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Jan 15 13:27:53
Johann: Bhante Muni

2019 Jan 15 10:46:40
Johann: But a topic can be opened everywhere and can then be moved.

2019 Jan 15 10:45:27
Johann: There is also a Link to direct Requests for Teachings - link, so things get not lost.

2019 Jan 15 10:44:12
Ieng Puthy: 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻ករុណាព្រះអង្គ🙏🏻អរព្រះគុុណ ព្រះអង្គ

2019 Jan 15 10:42:55
Johann: Good place is surely at  Dhammatalks - (dhamma desanā)

2019 Jan 15 10:35:06
Johann: Talkbox is not proper, just for greating and small-talk

2019 Jan 15 10:24:47
Ieng Puthy: 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻ព្រះអង្គ តេីមានធម៌អ្វីដែលអាចកំចាត់ធម៌លោភៈល្អិតនៅក្នុងចិត្តបានដែរឬទេ ?ព្រះអង្គ Vandami Banthe 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

2019 Jan 15 10:21:37
Johann: Just open a new topic best, Nyom Puthy (requires some bhava-chanda)

2019 Jan 15 10:17:22
Johann: Nyom Puthy

2019 Jan 15 10:07:10
Ieng Puthy: 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻ករុណាថ្វាយបង្គំុ ព្រះអង្គ Vandami Banthe

2019 Jan 15 10:01:15
Ieng Puthy: 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻ករុណាថ្វាយបង្គំុ ព្រះអង្គមុនី! ករុណាមានសំណួរ១អំពី អនុស្ស័យកិលេសមាន៧ គឺ 1-កាមរាគានុស្ស័យ 2-ភវនុស្ស័យ3

2019 Jan 15 09:31:36
Cheav Villa:  :)  _/\_

2019 Jan 15 09:27:54
Chanroth: ខ្ញុំព្រះករុណាសូមថ្វាយបង្គំព្រះអង្គមុន្នី ពីរអាស្រមថ្មទូក_/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Jan 15 09:21:46
Chanroth: បាតជំរាបសួរបងស្រី ខ្ញុំមិនទាន់បានធ្វេីនៅឡេីយទេ ពីព្រោះខ្ញុំឈឺ បានធូហេីយ តែមិនទាន់បាត់ថ្លោះករនៅឡេីយ _/\_

2019 Jan 15 08:57:49
Cheav Villa: ថ្វាយបង្គំព្រះអង្គមុនី  _/\_

2019 Jan 15 07:34:19
Johann: Bhante Khemakumara

2019 Jan 15 05:57:47
Cheav Villa: តើពូកំពុងជួយការងារលោកតាមែនទេ?តើនៅអាស្រមមានកង្វះខាតអ្វីទេនៅពេលនេះ

2019 Jan 15 05:54:51
Cheav Villa: ជំរាបសួរពូចាន់រ័ត្ន _/\_

2019 Jan 15 01:12:12
Johann: And "we" wouldn't always know or find out but need to relay on one who know

2019 Jan 15 01:06:48
Johann: There are two kinds of sadness and happiness, of which one of each is conductive for liberation, one not.

2019 Jan 15 01:02:24
Mohan Gnanathilake: May we always be able to find out for ourselves how much attachment we accumulate, and whether this brings us happiness or sorrow! Dhamma Greetings from Sri Lanka!

2019 Jan 15 01:00:52
Mohan Gnanathilake: Mögen wir immer  selbst herausfinden kӧnnen, wie viel Anhaftung wir anhäufen und ob  diese Anhaftung uns die Frӧhlichkeit oder  die Traurigkeit bringt! Dhamma Grüβe aus Sri Lanka!

2019 Jan 14 13:52:41
Johann: Nyom Puthy. May you all have good Dhamma conversations with each other, don't be shy on that. Atma will go to rest.

2019 Jan 14 13:48:00
Johann: ញោម ចាន់រ័ត្ន

2019 Jan 14 12:49:01
Cheav Villa: អរព្រះគុណព្រះអង្គ _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Jan 14 12:36:20
Mohan Gnanathilake: May we possess the causes of blissfulness always! Dhamma Greetings from Sri Lanka!

2019 Jan 14 12:35:18
Mohan Gnanathilake: Mӧgen wir immer die Ursachen der Glückseligkeit besitzen! Dhamma Grüβe  aus Sri Lanka!

2019 Jan 14 10:20:32
Johann: "នាងវិសាខា ក្រាបបង្គំទូលថា ថ្ងៃនេះខ្ញុំម្ចាស់រក្សាឧបោសថៈព្រះអង្គ។"...

2019 Jan 14 09:49:40
Chanroth:  _/\_ _/\_ _/\_

2019 Jan 14 06:59:34
Cheav Villa: Jain-Upossathaកូណាមុិនទាន់យល់ន័យនៃពាក្យនេះទេ _/\_

2019 Jan 14 05:12:41
Johann: "មិនមែនជារបស់ខ្លួន"... មែន(sense)ទុក្ខឬមិន? Where?

2019 Jan 14 04:57:55
Johann: Buddha and Savaka do not teach Jain-Uposatha: អ្នកណា​មាទុក្ខ? , Sadhu

2019 Jan 14 04:50:21
Johann: ជាធម៌អសេង្ខបុគ្គល! មានទេមិនមាន ... ការនិយាយអំពីសត្វ។ ធម៌ទាំងអស់មានមូលហេតុ ដូច្នេះ: រឿងដំបូងនៅលើកដំបូង!

2019 Jan 14 04:21:59
Cheav Villa: មិនមែនជារបស់ខ្លួន ជាអនត្តាធម៌ ជាធម៌អសេង្ខបុគ្គល  _/\_

2019 Jan 14 04:16:00
Johann: មិនមែនជារបស់ខ្លួនទេ = មិនមែនទុក្ខទេ

2019 Jan 14 04:06:00
Johann: Nyom Puthy

2019 Jan 14 04:05:16
Johann: ទុក្ខំ អនិច្ចំ អន្តតា !

2019 Jan 14 02:18:42
Chanroth: ទុក្ខំ អនិច្ចំ អន្តតា

2019 Jan 13 15:16:49
Johann: First things first , very recommended, hearing the Uposatha of the Jains from the Villages all the time here.

2019 Jan 13 15:05:49
Johann: again and again coming back to Dhamma, Punja? Habits become destinies.

2019 Jan 13 14:53:42
Johann: coming back seems to be niccaŋ

2019 Jan 13 14:40:52
Cheav Villa: អនិច្ចំ *sgift*

2019 Jan 13 14:29:43
Ieng Puthy:  Chom reap leah , good bye🙏🏼

2019 Jan 13 14:18:50
Moritz: Chom reap leah, good bye _/\_

2019 Jan 13 14:11:50
Ieng Puthy: Hello Master Morithz🙏🏼

2019 Jan 13 14:07:24
Moritz: Hello Ieng Puthy _/\_

2019 Jan 13 14:07:16
Moritz: Vandami Bhante _/\_

2019 Jan 13 13:54:34
Ieng Puthy: ជំរាបសួរ បងចាន់រ័ត្ន Bong Chanroth 🙏🏼សូមបងឆាប់បានជាសះស្បេីយ

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[Deutsch] Wege zur Eintracht - Dr. Hecker
« on: February 03, 2013, 10:01:41 AM »
Gern möchte ich hier einen Aufsatz von Dr. Hellmuth Hecker, den mir der Autor zur Veröffentlichung zur Verfügung gestellt hat, teilen. Hellmuth Hecker war ein sehr bekannter Lehrer der Nachfolger der Ursprünglichen Lehre des Kreises um Paul Debes, hat sich jetzt jedoch aufgrund des beträchtlichen Alters  von jeglicher Tätigkeit zurückgezogen.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellmuth_Hecker
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Debes

Titel des Aufsatzes: Wege zur Eintracht
« Last Edit: April 03, 2013, 10:55:29 PM by Johann »
Daher, o Ananda, seid euch selber Insel, seid euch selber Zuflucht, nehmt keine andere Zuflucht! Die Lehre sei euch Insel, die Lehre sei euch Zuflucht, nehmt keine andere Zuflucht!

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Re: Wege zur Eintracht - Dr. Hecker
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 11:54:13 AM »
Sadhu!

Herzlichen Dank nochmal!

Attma hat sich erlaubt den Aufsatz in die Bibliothek zu stellen.


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Paths to benevolence - Dr. Hecker
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2013, 10:23:46 AM »
I have tried to translate it into English, of course it might have mistakes but maybe it serves the meaning in English as well:

Paths to benevolence


There are two paths leading to benevolence. Which two?

I.   The good path, which is helpful and welcoming, and
II.   The best path, which is liberating and leads to salvation

Now what is the good path that is helpful and welcoming?

I.   The Good

The good path is of four manners:

1.   trough generosity
2.   trough friendly words
3.   trough spry encouragement
4.   trough impartiality


1.   Now what is the manner of generosity?

There is the case where a person gives gifts and presents, he/she is freehanded and helpful, hospitable and generous. Where ever a needed or dishonored approaches him/her, he/she helps. Where ever he/she is able to make somebody happy with a gift, he/she does that. Reducing misery and giving joy he/she gives. Giving makes him/here happy, giving makes him/here glad. Giving makes him/her joyful and he/she dwells apart form greed, envy and avarice. For others he/she is pleasant, the noble ones seek association with him/here, and he/she wins good reputation, his/here approaching is solid and his/here heart grows lighter and lighter in regard of fear and sorrow about the vital necessities. And also for the beyond he/she is performing him/here great merits and great potency. Not does he/she give lightheaded so that it might be a burden for others and he/she also gives not blindly, without the consideration of the receiver, but with care, considering the possibilities of others and considering the situation of others. And the more his/her heart is fulfilled with the intention to give, the more selfless he/she grows. That is how somebody transcendent to his/her own welfare and to the welfare of others.

But soon he/she realizes that this is not yet the perfect kind which leads to benevolence. And why? Because he/she realizes that even the best gifts often are not able to cheer others up. With full hands he stands with empty hands, helpless in helping. And further: He/she makes the experience that he/she destroys the benevolence and joy of others with hard words which he/she caused with his/her gift. In that way generosity encourage to understand the misery of others deeper and to investigate ones own faults deeper.


2.   . Now what is the manner of friendly words?

There is the case where a person speaks friendly words, mild, gentle, innermost which come from heart and go to heart. What ever he/she speaks, he/she speaks in a friendly manner, with a friendly sense. To solve and reduces tensions and misunderstandings he/she speaks: Friendly words make him/here joyful, friendly words makes him/here glad and he/she dwells apart of crudeness, snappishness and hurtful fierceness. He/she knows that friendly words are much stronger then any gift to melt the misery and sorrow of others away. He knows that gifts without goodwill are sometimes helpful as well but words without goodwill are nothing else then empty husk. And why? Because friendly words go behind the sphere of words and reach deeper. To be able to say friendly words, one needs to have empathy for the emotional state of others and needs to consider that. And to be able to do that, one needs to avoid all anger, all annoyance and all haughtiness. And the more his/her heart is fulfilled with the intention of friendliness, the more selfless he/she grows. That is how somebody transcendent to his/her own welfare and to the welfare of others.

But soon he/she realizes that this is not yet the perfect kind which leads to benevolence. And why? Because he/she realizes that even the friendliest words often are not able to cheer others up and solve only for a short time. He/she makes the experience that he/she often disturbs the benevolence and joy of others with unconsidered advices, which he affected with his words. In that way friendly words encourage to understand the misery of others deeper and to investigate ones own faults deeper.


3.   Now what is the manner of spry encouragement

There is the case where a person gives good advices, smart, well considered, supportive and able to lead to welfare. What ever he/she speaks, he/she speaks well-considered. To lead others away form non-good and direct them into the good, he/she speaks. He/she shows how to overwhelm this or that misery and how to avoid this or that sorrow.
He helps others to get independent for the gifts and friendly words of others. And to be able to do so, he/she needs to see clear what is good and what is not good. The more he/she realizes what leads himself/herself to misery and sorrow, the more he/she avoids it and the more he/she is able to tell it others. That is how somebody transcendent to his/her own welfare and to the welfare of others.

But soon he/she realizes that this is not yet the perfect kind which leads to benevolence. And why? Because he/she realizes that even the best advices often are not taken to heart by others. He/she makes the experience that he/she often disturbs the benevolence and joy of others with his/her condescending kind. In that way spry encouragement encourages to understand the misery of others deeper and to investigate ones own faults deeper.


4. Now what is the manner of impartiality?

There is the case where a person has left the thought “Here I am, there are the others” behind, he/she is free of pride and conceit, he/she does not methought himself/herself higher than others and sees himself/herself equal to them. In deed, speech and thinking he/she serves others in a friendly kind, open and hidden as well. He/she is disposed for the concerns of others, he/she is available for them, he/she has always time for them. He/she has given up his own will and has grown devoted and humble.

A higher kind of a helpful and welcoming manner does not exist. It is the perfect kind which leads in a good manner to benevolence.


II.   The best

Now what is the best path that is liberating and leads to salvation?

The best path is of four manners:

2.   trough generosity
3.   trough friendly words
4.   trough spry encouragement
5.   trough impartiality


1.   Now what is the manner of generosity?

There is the case where a person shows the teaching of the reality, broad visible, like he has heard and understood and is not greedy with his insights and he/she does not disprize others. But what is the teaching of the reality? It is the discernment: “All appearances are ephemeral, what ever is ephemeral is stressful and what ever is ephemeral and stressful will always lead to harm, it is not worthy to mess about and that it is not mine, that is not me, that is not my self.” In that way that somebody shows others this discernment, he/she wins further clearance, goes deep into it. That is how somebody transcendent to his/her own welfare and to the welfare of others.

But soon he/she realizes that this is not yet the perfect kind which leads to benevolence. And why? Because it is not enough to just supply this discernment to others.


2.   . Now what is the manner of friendly words?

There is the case where a person shows those who seeking for welfare and are interested in it the teachings of the reality again and again, unremitting, with a friendly heart, without grumbling, without anger. Not does he/she grow tired to speak from heart to the heart of those who understand and he/she is never aggrieved if it seems that he/she speaks unavailing. As he/she is indefatigable in this kind, his/her patient grows as well as his/her imperturbability. That is how somebody transcendent to his/her own welfare and to the welfare of others.

But soon he/she realizes that this is not yet the perfect kind which leads to benevolence. And why? Because it is not enough to just to repeat this discernment just in general.

3.   Now what is the manner of spry encouragement?

There is the case where a person puts effort to advices a person without confidence to win confidence, to find foundation in confidence so that confidence can grow firmer and firmer. There is the case where a person puts effort to advices a person without virtue to win virtue, to find foundation in virtue, so that virtue can grow firmer and firmer. There is the case where a person puts effort to advices a selfish person to win selflessness, to find foundation in selflessness, so that selflessness can grow firmer and firmer. There is the case where a person puts effort to advices a person without discernment to win discernment, to find foundation in discernment, so that discernment can grow firmer and firmer. And why? Who ever gains firm confidence in his discernment tends to a virtuous life. Who ever is firm in virtue tends to selflessness. Who ever is firm in selflessness tends to discernment. And one, who supports others to firm those four wholesome things, gives him/her self always reason to firm him/her self in it. That is how somebody transcendent to his/her own welfare and to the welfare of others.

But soon he/she realizes that this is not yet the perfect kind which leads to benevolence. And why? Because he/she realizes that he/she himself/herself is not perfect yet.


4.   Now what is the manner of impartiality?

There is the case where a person has left the thought “Here I am, there are the others” behind, he/she is free of pride and conceit, he/she does not methought himself/herself higher than others and sees himself/herself equal to them. And he seeks such association, such friends who are equal in discernment or outmatch in it. In deed, speech and thinking he/she serves others in a friendly kind, open and hidden as well. He/she is disposed for the concerns of others, he/she is available for them, he/she has always time for them. He/she has given up his own will and has grown devoted and humble. But the highest kind exists in that regard, when someone has found secure to reach total liberation and associates with those who have gained the same security. If all of them give up there own will, benevolence itself serves the interacting of support in deeds, speech and advices.

A higher kind of a helpful and welcoming manner does not exist. It is the perfect kind which leads in a good manner to benevolence.


These are the two manners which lead to benevolence: The good manner, which is helpful and welcoming and the best manner, which is liberating and leads to salvation. Of this two manners the last includes the first within, requires it, can not exist without the first.


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Just "accidentally" came across a more then 50 years old "offical" english version and thought to share it here as well.

The Way to Peace and Harmony

By Hellmuth Hecker

 This is a Way, helpful and agreeable, which leads to Peace and Harmony. What is this Way? It is fourfold and consists of: Giving, Kind Words, Helpfulness, and Self-forgetfulness.

What is the Way of Giving?

Here a person is fond of sharing: he gives, makes presents, is generous, hospitable, magnanimous. Wherever he meets need and suffering he is ready to help. Wherever he can bring joy with a gift to someone, he gives it. His motive for giving is to alleviate want and to bring happiness. Giving makes him glad, makes him happy, fills his heart with joy. He is free from envy, ill-temper and avarice. People like him, enjoy his company. He is of good repute, his bearing invites confidence, his mind is serene and calm. He earns for himself merit and strength—even for a future life. He manages his affairs wisely, never becoming a burden unto others. He does not give blindly, he always considers time and circumstances when help is called for. The more his mind is filled with the spirit of giving, the more unselfish he becomes. Thus by caring for his fellow men he reaps the benefits of his own welfare. But soon he notices that this is not yet the perfect way to Peace and Harmony. And why is this? Because he discovers that, by giving alone, it is not always possible to make people happy. Strange to say, he finds himself at times with full hands -- empty-handed and with all his ardent endeavour to help—standing helpless. And what seems to be more disconcerting, he realizes that in a less generous mood, with a single harsh word he destroys the atmosphere of Peace and Harmony, which his gifts have helped to build up.

Thus the Way of Giving stimulates him to strive for deeper understanding of the plight of others, to be watchful over himself, to correct his own shortcomings.

What is the Way of Kind Words?

Here a person speaks kind words, is mild-mannered, gentle and sincere. What comes from the bottom of his heart touches other hearts. He will never hurt the feelings of anybody but rather try to remove misunderstandings and tensions among people. Kind words gladden him; harshness, cynicism and sarcasm he abhors. He knows that to relieve mental strain, kind words may prove more effective than gifts. An indifferent donor, even if not motivated by kindness, can be of great material help, but sweet words spoken without genuine feeling are nothing but empty sounds. And why is this? Because words spoken with true kindness reach beyond and go deeper than the ordinary range of words; they awaken response and understanding. To place oneself in the other’s position one must discard anger, irritation, and arrogance. The more the heart is filled with the spirit of kindness the more unselfish one becomes. Thus with a heart reaching out for the benefit of others he benefits his own welfare.

But soon he notices that this too is not the perfect way which leads to Peace and Harmony. And why is this? Because he finds that it is not always possible to make others happy by merely saying words of kindness and understanding. Or that any gain they bring is only of short duration. Furthermore he discovers that, in a less favourable mood, he destroys the Peace and Harmony of others by his impetuosity and thoughtlessness. Thus, the Way of Kind Words arouses an earnest longing in him to strive for deeper understanding of the plight of others and to correct his own shortcomings.

What is the Way of Helpfulness?

Here one helps others by giving good advice and counsel, well thought out, wise and useful, to the advantage and well-being of one’s fellow man. Whatever he speaks about is well considered. He warns others of paths leading to destruction and guides them to paths leading to happiness. He advises others how to avoid strife, idle gossip, vain arguments and noisy quarrels. He helps them to become self—reliant and less dependent on someone else’s assistance. The more he knows of things which lead to trouble and sorrow, the more he avoids them and the more convincingly he can talk to others. Thus he benefits his own welfare and the welfare of others. But soon he realizes that this is not yet the perfect way to Peace and Harmony. And why is this? Because he discovers that not even the best advice is followed and that one can only help in a limited way. Furthermore, he finds himself at times listless and cold, indifferent to the welfare of others. His manner becomes condescending and thus hurts the pride and self-esteem of others. As a result even his good counsel is not heeded, Peace and Harmony are shattered. Thus the Way of Helpfulness stimulates him to strive for deeper understanding of the afflictions of others and correct his own shortcomings.

What is the Way of Self-forgetfulness?

Here a person gives up all his thoughts about: “This is I, there are the others.” More and more he gives up pride, conceit and self-esteem. He does not think of himself as better than others but considers himself their equal. In thought, speech and action he serves in a kindly manner; open-minded, without reservation. He is ever ready to listen to the problems of others, is at their disposal, has time for them. He is not self-centred, he does not insist having his own way. In all his actions he manifests inner strength, modesty and humility. A better way, more helpful and agreeable, which leads to Peace and Harmony does not exist.

May all beings even meet the third!
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