first characteristic of Dharma is Amity
the sacred stream of amity
Flow forever in my heart.
May the universe prosper,
Such is my cherished desire.
a man, in whose heart the seed of Amity has sprouted, the whole world
appears to be full of friends. In whose heart Love and Amity are
overflowing, a voice arises : "While I may be unhappy due to my acts,
let not bad times descend on others. May all souls be fulfilled! May
all be freed from their bondages, freed from their shortcomings! May no
one be dependant and a burden on another!"
The second characteristic of Dharma is Appreciation.
my heart sing with ecstasy
At the sight of the viruous.
And may my life be an offering
At their feet.
This feeling is borne out of respect for the good qualities of others.
A heart full of this feeling is over joyous, seeing the virtues in good
people. His heart dances like a peacock, when he sees saintly people,
living a simple life and treading a virtuous path. These good people,
through the example of their own lives show the world the pat to
self-realization. Such great souls, through their shining and inspiring
example show the right path, to those who have lost their way.
There are those, who step back from showing their respects to the
elders, but would not hesitate to stoop before a corrupt and drunken
high official. They are not ashamed of this. Man cowers before the
powerful and the moneyed. But stands arrogantly in front of the honest
and the simple-because he is bereft of appreciation of the
characteristics of the virtuous. One with a heart filled with feeling
of Appreciation (pramodabhava) is full of compassion.
The third characteristic of Dharma is – Compassion.
May my heart bleed at the
The wretched, the cruel, the poor.
And may tears of compassion
Flow from my eyes.
in whom compassion has blossomed, his heart is always overflowing wirtrh
empathy for all the being of the world – regarding the sorrows of others
as his own, he is always striving to remove the sorrows of others.
alone gives birth to the feeling of compassion. One shows sympathy for
the unfortunate and the suffering. His heart cries for the fallen and
the virtueless. He feels, that today drunk with power and wealth, the
today drunk with power and wealth, the viruteless do not listen to
others. What will happen to them when their pool of punya has dried
up? Who will then lend them support? Today they laugh and commit
wrong, which their worst tears! will not be able to wipe away! The
well, from which they are drawing the cool waters of pleasures, will one
day have to be filled up with their own warm tears! In the eyes of the
world, those heartless people who appear to be happy today will be the
unhappy people of tomorrow. When such thoughts come to the mind of the
compassionate, then their heart wells up, and tears roll down their eyes
in sympathy for the unhappy person.