How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your opinion of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it.
We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Letting go of externals
One of my facebook friends noted this morning that today is the birthday of Marcus Aurelius, the great emperor-philosopher of Rome during the second century BCE. Here are a few quotations that are wonderfully consistent with meditative principles: