You uphold the Entire Universe.
Your symbol, the Shivlinga is the very embodiment of creation itself!
Destroy this sense of separation in my mind from Thyself. How can anyone even take a breath if God is not present?
Aum Namah Shivaya!
There is nothing I can do,’ you say.
Actually… no. There is nothing ‘you’ can do…
You are a ghost!
An apparition appearing inside your own Self.
The moment you understand the
importance of loving yourself, you
will stop hurting others.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
Moving Beyond Ignorance
Most of our troubles stem from the illusion of attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent.
Based on that misconception, we see aggression and competitiveness as helpful in the pursuit of what we imagine and desire. This only stirs up belligerence. In this way, greed and aggression, are fomented on by our ignorance of things as they really are and thus, release more of their poison into the world. If problems are resolved in a humane way, they simply end, whereas if one tries inhumane ways, further problems are added to the previous ones.
The humane antidote to these problems is love and compassion. We are social animals; the main factors keeping us together are love and compassion. When you have love and compassion for a very poor person, your feelings are based on altruism. By contrast, love toward your husband, wife, children, or a close friend is often mixed with attachment, and when your attachment changes, your kindness may disappear.
Non-judgemental love is based not on attachment but on altruism, which is the most effective response to suffering.
Love and compassion are what we must strive to cultivate in ourselves, extending their present boundaries all the way to limitlessness. Undiscriminating, spontaneous, unlimited love and compassion are possible even toward someone who has done harm to you — your enemy. And their power is astonishing.
Happiness that is a by-product of loving and serving others is far superior to what we gain from serving only ourselves.