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Human Nature

October 19, 2012

book coverBecause it is a reality that we are by nature social animals, bound to depend on each other, we need to cultivate affection and concern for other people if we really desire peace and happiness. Look at wild animals and birds. Even they travel together, flock together, and help each other. Bees do not have a particular legal system, they do not follow any spiritual practice, but for their livelihood and survival they depend on each other—that is their natural way of existence. Even though we intelligent human beings must also depend on each other, we sometimes misuse our intelligence and try to exploit each other. That goes against human nature. For those of us who profess to believe in a particular religious practice, it is extremely important that we try to help each other and cultivate a feeling of affection for each other. That is the source of happiness in our life.

From Stages of Meditation, page 71.

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3 Responses to Human Nature

  • liz marchant says:

    I look foward to the weekly quotes from His Holiness.

    Posted on October 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm

  • catherine asaro says:

    I am looking forward to weekly quotes from his holiness.

    Posted on October 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  • Ana introssi says:

    Thank You,for your Teachings and Compassion.Namaste

    Posted on October 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm