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Live and allow others to live; hurt no one; life is dear to all living beings.

Do not deprive someone of his livelihood. This is a sinful tendency.

All are my friends. I have no enemies.

One who neglects or disregards the existence of earth, air, fire, water and vegetation disregards his own existence which is entwined with them.

Start the practice of self-control with some penance; begin with fasting.

Don’t accumulate if you do not need. The excess of wealth in your hands is for the society, and you are the trustee for the same.

Eating constitutes the greatest obstacle to self-control; it gives rise to indolence.

If one undertakes retrospection of the day’s events, one must do it regularly at the appointed hour, not fitfully, not doing it today, neglecting to do it tomorrow and the day after and then taking it up again on the fourth day. Such irregular practice is not conducive to the confirmation of the habit of retrospection.

If you want to cultivate a habit, do it without any reservation, till it is firmly established. Until it is so confirmed, until it becomes a part of your character, let there be no exception, no relaxation of effort.

A man is seated on top of a tree in the midst of a burning forest. He sees all living beings perish. But he doesn’t realize that the same fate is soon to overtake him also. That man is fool.

By sincerity, a man gains physical, mental and linguistic straightforwardness, and harmonious tendency; that is, congruence of speech and action.

Modes are infinite, and laws are infinite.

Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.

All souls are equal and alike and have the similar nature and qualities.

Attachment and aversion are the root cause of karma, and karma originates from infatuation. Karma is the root cause of birth and death, and these are said to be the source of misery. None can escape the effect of their own past karma.

The nature of things is dharma.

Soul is the central point of spiritual discipline.

The most important principle of environment is that you are not the only element.

Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.

Kill not, cause no pain. Nonviolence is the greatest religion.

Live and allow others to live; hurt no one; life is dear to all living beings.

In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.

All breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away.



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We are all leaves, flowers
And fruits
On the different religion-branches
Of the birthless and deathless

(Sri Chinmoy)

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