do good only for the sake of goodness


 
The Sufi moral is this:

Love another and do not depend

upon his love; and: do good to another

and do not depend upon receiving good

from him; serve another and do not look

for service from him. All you do for another

out of your love and kindness, you should think

that you do, not to that person, but to God. And

if the person returns love for love, goodness

for goodness, service for service, so much

the better. If he does not return it, then

pity him for what he loses; for his

gain is much less than

his loss.

 

Do not look for thanks

or appreciation for all the good you do to

others, nor use it as a means to stimulate your vanity.

Do all that you consider good for the sake of

goodness, not even for a return

of that from God.

 

Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

win the world by letting go

hidden treasure

 

Govern a nation

by following nature.

Fight a war with unexpected

moves. Win the world by

letting go.

 

How do I know this?

From seeing these things:

The more prohibitions there

are, the poorer people

become.

 

The more

weapons there are,

the darker things

become.

 

The more cunning

and cleverness there is,

the crazier things

become.

 

The more laws there are,

the greater the number

of scoundrels.

 

Therefore the sage says:

I take no action, and people transform

themselves. I love tranquility, and people

naturally do what is right. I don’t interfere,

and people prosper on their own. I have

no desires, and people return

to simplicity.

 

Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 57

 

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the calm light from the spirit

nothing in particular

 

Do not

do anything (good or bad)

and do not even do this not-doing;

then straightaway one reaches that place where

there is no concern for external affairs, that

vast and peaceful place where there

are absolutely no obstructing

thoughts.

 

There,

all thoughts of the past

are extinguished, all thoughts of

the future do not arise, and

all present thoughts

are void.

 

Nevertheless,

this void-ness is also not

to be maintained. This non-maintenance

(of the void) is also to be forgotten, and this forgetting

is also not to be legitimized; further, free your­self from this

non-legitimizing. At the time when even the idea of

getting free is not preserved, only the alert

yet calm light from the spirit will

appear prominently before

oneself.

 

T’aego Pou

 

modest, acceptance, innocence

marry mind to breath and look within

 

The Higher Power

looks not only at our actions

but into our hearts to gauge our worthiness.

Through genuine inner modesty, acceptance,

and innocence you correct your own

errors and set an example

for others.

 

fifth changing line

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 63 / Chi Chi (After Completion)

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