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Nondual Highlights Issue #1539 Saturday, August 30, 2003 Editor: Mark

Give, and it will be given to you... for the measure you give will be the measure you get back. - Luke 6.38

He who gives liberally goes straight to the gods; on the high ridge of heaven he stands exalted. - Rig Veda 1.125.5

Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness. - Qur'an 39.10

It is only when one does not have enough faith in others that others will have no faith in him. - Tao Te Ching 17

If beings knew, as I know, the fruit of sharing gifts, they would not enjoy their use without sharing them, nor would the taint of stinginess obsess the heart and stay there. Even if it were their last bit, their last morsel of food, they would not enjoy its use without sharing it, if there were anyone to receive it. - Itivuttaka 18

The Buddha said, "When you see someone practicing the Way of giving, aid him joyously, and you will obtain vast and great blessings." A shramana asked: "Is there an end to those blessings?" The Buddha said, "Consider the flame of a single lamp. Though a hundred thousand people come and light their own lamps from it so that they can cook their food and ward off the darkness, the first lamp remains the same as before. Blessings are like this, too." - Sutra of Forty-two Sections 10

Be kind and generous to others if you expect others to help you. - Yoruba Proverb

Giving simply because it is right to give, without thought of return, at a proper time, in proper circumstances, and to a worthy person, is enlightened giving. Giving with regrets or in the expectation of receiving some favor or of getting something in return, is selfish giving. - Bhagavad Gita 17.20-21

Enlightening beings are magnanimous givers, bestowing whatever they have with equanimity, without regret, without hoping for reward, without seeking honor, without coveting material benefits, but only to rescue and safeguard all living beings. - Garland Sutra 21

If I give this, what shall I [have left to] enjoy?"-- Such selfish thinking is the way of the ghosts; "If I enjoy this, what shall I [have left to] give?"-- Such selfless thinking is a quality of the gods. - Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life 8.125

Mencius said, "A man who is out to make a name for himself will be able to give away a state of a thousand chariots, but reluctance would be written all over his face if he had to give away a basketful of rice and a bowlful of soup when no such purpose was served." - Mencius VII.B.11

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This is great
What a moment
I see the God in you

The response to grace is gratefulness. In fact, grateful is taken from the root word--grace. ..... - Liliana

If you wish to cultivate gratitude you must develop a practice. Without practice, there is no development of skill - only an idea. You cannot become a grateful person just by thinking that you want to be grateful. Sometimes we are engaged in a practice, but we don't think of it as a practice. For example: complaining. Complaining is a wonderful practice if you wish to cultivate disappointment, resentment and self-pity. Have you ever tried this practice? It is quite effective. Each time you complain you get better at complaining. It is like learning to play an instrument.

Most of us are better at the practice of complaining than at the practice of self-reflection. We have developed a habit of attention - to notice the troubles others cause us. And we have developed a habit of speech -- to complain to others about these troubles. But to cultivate gratitude, we need to develop a new habit of attention - to notice the concrete ways in which the world supports us each day. And we can then develop a new habit of speech - expressing our gratitude to others.

So start your practice today. Notice. Reflect. Express. Hey, what's that sound? Oh, it's the alarm on my watch reminding me I have an appointment. What a nice feature. It frees up my mind to attend to other things. Thanks, watch. And thanks to my wife Linda who gave it to me. And thanks to all the people who made it. And thank goodness my finger works well enough to shut it off. Time . . . . . to move on.

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Abraham caused God's name to be mentioned by all the travellers whom he entertained. For after they had eaten and drunk, and when they arose to bless Abraham, he said to them, "Is it of mine that you have eaten? Surely it is of what belongs to God that you have eaten. So praise and bless Him by whose word the world was created." - Talmud, Sota 10b

The unworthy man is ungrateful, forgetful of benefits [done to him]. This ingratitude, this forgetfulness is congenial to mean people... But the worthy person is grateful and mindful of benefits done to him. This gratitude, this mindfulness, is congenial to the best people. - Anguttara Nikaya i.61

One upon whom We bestow kindness
But will not express gratitude,
Is worse than a robber
Who carries away our belongings. - Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria)

Be not like those who honor their gods in prosperity and curse them in adversity. In pleasure or pain, give thanks! - Midrash, Mekilta to Exodus 20.20

O my Father, Great Elder,
I have no words to thank you,
But with your deep wisdom
I am sure that you can see
How I value your glorious gifts.
O my Father, when I look upon your greatness,
I am confounded with awe.
O Great Elder,
Ruler of all things earthly and heavenly,
I am your warrior,
Ready to act in accordance with your will.
- Kikuya Prayer (Kenya)

You, the World Honored One, are a great benefactor.
By doing this rare thing,
You taught and benefited us
Out of your compassion towards us.

No one will be able to repay your favors
Even if he tries to do it
For many hundreds of millions of kalpas.
No one will be able to repay your favors
Even if he bows to you respectfully,
And offers you his hands or feet or anything else.
No one will be able to repay your favors
Even if he carries you on his head or shoulders
And respects you from the bottom of his heart
For as many kalpas
As there are sands in the River Ganges. - Lotus Sutra 4

All human bodies are things lent by God. With what thought are you using them? - Terrikyo - Ofudesaki 3.41

Forget not the grace
Of generations of ancestors;
From age to age, the ancestors
Are our own ujigami,
Gods of our families.

Father and mother
Are gods of the family;
Even so, honor them as gods with
heartfelt service,
All you of human birth. - Shinto. Norinaga Motoori, One Hundred Poems on the Jewelled Spear

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Gratitude is born out of intentional awareness. You must be awake and alert to life as it unfolds in order to be grateful for all that surrounds you. To do this, simply make the conscious choice to observe.

Once Gratitude is birthed, you will naturally be drawn to take it a step deeper than observing. Allow it to permeate your being. As you turn the heat up a notch on your stove, turn the heat up a notch on your gratitude.

* Note it,
* reflect upon it,
* and see how to apply the lessons you are learning from it.

Then, make those applications a reality.

Integrate Gratitude into your life through bringing it with you into all your activities.

Be Grateful while you are exercising, doing chores, creating a project, sorting your mail, talking to your partner. Gratitude does not fit into a box, it needs to infiltrate all areas of your life in order to INFLUENCE your life's entirety positively.

- Julie Jordan Scott

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