Make organised charity a thing of a past age06.01.2009 Hello to everyone. I pray you have all had a relaxing break with family and friends and all are ready for the efforts we are to make in the time ahead.
As a new year begins we have a wonderful opportunity to think about our achievements of the past, how we may build upon them and of what we may achieve in the future.
On seeing the news over the Christmas break, I saw with enormous sadness that even in 2009 we have not finally seen the end of warfare, mayhem and terror. How dim we are to still believe that violence is going to eradicate our difficulties. All over the world there are poor examples of wisdom to be seen and in the mist of uncontrolled anger that rages like fire, the poor children and the vulnerable continue to suffer.
As individuals we know from our own experience, that one moments anger has the power to destroy any merit we have accumulated. All the good we have given to the world is lost as our merit is consumed.
Those who support and work with the Gesar Foundation and other organisation are doing a fine job in doing what little they can to relieve the suffering of others and we must look forward to the day when it will not be necessary to do anything atall.
From this moment on we can be determined to display nothing other than kindness and consideration. By making a promise to ourselves to be patient and tolerant toward others, then we are also making a statement to the world and all who live here that they need have no fear from us.
Great leaders of the past such as King Gesar of Ling and even our own Robin Hood were Noble men, they were prepared to give their lives rather than lose their virtue and do harm to others.
Our wish for peace can come true and manifest across the world if we keep a clear vision in mind. Why should peace be such an impossible dream? Fundermentally it is a state of existence that we all seek so why harm ourselves by being unkind to others?
It is not easy to be kind. It takes great strength to resist negative forces but our own inherent wisdom will tell us that to act aggressively against another will only lay the ground for others to act aggressively toward us. It is for us to break cycles that take us only in circles. We can do this by developing our most gentle nature. The result of this will be the emergence of our greatest strengths.
As I write this my mind turns to Ghandi and how he was able to display peaceful resistance without anger and with the health and wellbeing of all sentient beings in mind. His Holiness the 14th Dalia Lama has shown also these qualities while speaking for peace for every being, even those who are seen to oppress the Tibetan people.
But what can we do we ask? The answer is to be a good person and a defender of the vulnerable. This does not mean protest. What it means is that we live our own life well, making keen choices that have no ill effect upon others. Where we can be seen as trustworthy, dependable and upright.
We can all be super hero's in the eyes of our young. Lets not allow this new beginning to go by the wayside. It is entirely possible for the chilldren of the future to not know what voilence and torment mean. Dictionaries in time to come can refere to these words from ancient times when ignorance reigned among fools on earth.
Thank you to all our friends for making the world a safer place. I wish you every success and prosperity for the future and I look forward to meeting many more new friends in the coming year and beyond.
May all living beings be safe from us
May we knowingly or unknowingly never cause damage to another being
I will write soon
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