As I walk my prayer as an Ordained Minister of Walking Prayer I resonate with the words, the wisdom and services of Mother Teresa,Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama. These words written by the Dalai Lama , Gandhi and Mother Teresa are the foundation for my services on earth.
Wisdom From the Dalai Lama
This is my simple religion.
There is no need for temples;no need for
complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own
heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
In the struggle for freedom, truth is
the only weapon we possess.
Love and compassion are necessities,
not luxuries. Without them,
humanity cannot survive.
A learned person will become noble only when
he or she has put into real practice what has
been learned, instead of mere words.
Compassion and love are precious things….
they are not complicated. They are simple,
but difficult to practice.
The purpose of a religion is not to build beautiful
churches and temples, but to cultivate positive human
qualities such as tolerance, generosity and love.
Come together and think in terms of one world.
What we call Buddha is warm-heartedness
developed indefinitely-love perfected.
We should think of compassion as being
the preserve of the sacred. It is one of
our basic human qualities…
From the very core of our being we desire
contentment. For harmony, each individual’s
identity must be respected.
Our planet is our house. We must take care of it
if we are genuinely concerned about happiness
for ourselves, our children, our friends and other
sentient beings who share this great house with us.
The seed for nirvana exists in all of us.
- “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
- “A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”
- “Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.”
- “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
- “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever”
- “Be the change you want to see in the world.
- “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”Selected Mother Teresa Quotations:
- • Love is doing small things with great love.
- • Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.
- • Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
- • We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
- • There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives–the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them.
- • There should be less talk. A preaching point is not a meeting point.
- • The dying, the cripple, the mental, the unwanted, the unloved– they are Jesus in disguise.
- • In the West there is loneliness, which I call the leprosy of the West. In many ways it is worse than our poor in Calcutta. (Commonweal, Dec 19, 1997)
- • It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.
- • The poor give us much more than we give them. They’re such strong people, living day to day with no food. and they never curse, never complain. We don’t have to give them pity or sympathy. We have so much to learn from them.
- • I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper’s wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?
- • I do not pray for success. I ask for faithfulness.
- • The silence is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear. The tongue moves in prayer but does not speak. [letter, 1979]
- • Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.
- • If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
These are my words to live and to serve by. Grandmother Carmen