To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
The spiritually blind imagine things that only increase their suffering; the fancies of selflessness are what come to the eye of visionaries.
Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive…
Saint Francis of Assisi
Unlike material possessions, goodness is not diminished when it is shared … with others, but expands and, in fact, the more heartily each of the lovers of goodness enjoys the possession the more does goodness grow.
I believe that we don’t need to worry about what happens after this life, as long as we do our duty here—to love and to serve.
If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times…
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.
The Dalai Lama
The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.
You can only serve God as you serve other people, and you don’t feel the pulse of people unless you also feel the pulse of God, because you know that they are divine brothers and sisters to you.
Stephen R. Covey
The destiny of men has to fulfill itself in a thousand ways, so that goodness may be actualized. What every individual has to contribute remains his own secret.
There is always a practice before the practice; a sitting before the incomprehensible long enough to feel and sometimes understand the mystery each instrument and craft is designed to invoke.
Living for the sake of others is the universal principle that defines the way we should live our lives—the one law of the true way of life.
Sun Myung Moon
Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Service has a life of its own. A single act of kindness may have a long trajectory and touch those we will never meet or see.
Rachel Naomi Remen
As we cultivate mindfulness, we begin to see the interconnectedness of all life, and the ways our actions can bring either harm or benefit to ourselves and others. It is this understanding that leads us to acts of service.
The reward for doing any act of service, no matter how small, is the inner transformation that you may experience right then and there.
Cultivation, ‘becoming a real human being,’ really is the primary leadership issue of our time, but on a scale never required before. It’s a very old idea that may actually hold the key to a new age of global democracy.
Peter M. Senge