TODAY'S THEME: When You Are Maligned
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If anyone speaks ill of you,
Praise them always.
If anyone injures you,
Serve them nicely.
If anyone persecutes you,
Help them in all possible ways.
You will attain immense strength.
You will control anger and pride.
You will enjoy
peace, poise, and serenity.
You will become divine.

Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)
Hindu spiritual teacher; founder of
the Divine Life Society


Wrong cannot afford defeat
but Right can.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, philosopher, composer;
winner of Nobel Prize for Literature


When you encounter difficulties and contradictions,
do not try to break them, but bend them
with gentleness and time.

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Bishop of Geneva

And turning his gaze toward His disciples, He began to say...
"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also;
and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them.
 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
 Do not judge, and you will not be judged;
and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned;
pardon, and you will be pardoned.

Luke 6: 20, 27-29, 31-32, 36-37
New American Standard Bible


What is to give light must endure burning.

Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997)
Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist


At some ideas you stand perplexed, especially at the sight of human sins,
uncertain whether to combat it by force or by human love. Always decide, "I will
combat it with human love." If you make up your mind about that once and for all,
you can conquer the whole world. Loving humility is a terrible force; it is the
strongest of all things and there is nothing like it.

Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)
Prominent Russian novelist
(From "The Brothers Karamazov")

Arguing with others only waters the seeds of anger in us. When anger
rises, return to yourself and use the energy of mindfulness to embrace,
soothe and illuminate it. Do not think you will feel better if you can
make the other person suffer, too ...The Buddha taught that when anger
arises, close your eyes and ears, return to yourself, and tend to the
source of anger within. Transforming your anger is not just for your
personal liberation. Everyone around you and even those more
distant will benefit if you succeed.

Excerpted from "Teachings on Love,"
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press, 2007


What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday,
and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow:
our life is the creation of our mind. If a man speaks or
acts with an impure mind, suffering follows him as the
wheel of the cart follows the beast that draws the cart.

"He insulted me, he hurt me, he defeated me, he robbed me."
Those who think such thoughts will not be free from hate.
For hate is not conquered by hate:
hate is conquered by love.
This is a law eternal.

Excerpt from the Dhammapada

Buddhist scripture
(Translation by Juan Mascaro)

And now, the Last Word:

Prayer is the most powerful means of
overcoming any kind of discouragement.
It connects you with an omnipotent,
omniscient Father who loves you
unconditionally, who sees where you
are and is going to help you in it.

Charles Stanley

































Bonus quote:

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress.
Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.

Maya Angelou
American author and poet



On today's
Home Page:

St. Francis
de Sales;
Book of Luke;
Viktor Frankl;
Thich Nhat Hanh;
the Dhammapada;
Charles Stanley