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Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
A brahmin once asked the Blessed One: Are you a God? No, brahmin, said the Blessed One. Are you a saint? No, brahmin, said the Blessed One. Are you a magician? No, brahmin, said the Blessed One. What are you then? ''I am awake.
A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise
He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,"--in those who do not harbour such thoughts hatred will cease.
Mind is the forerunner of (all good) states. Mind is chief; mind-made are they. If one speaks or acts with pure mind, because of that,happiness follows one, even as one's shadow that never leaves
The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love Born out of concern for all beings.
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