The Astrologer Daily: July 2nd, 2012
Mars in Libra

Happy Birthday Dalai Lama!

Dalai-LamaTenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was born on July 6 1935.  This year, he will turn 77 years of age.

In religious terms, the Dalai Lama is believed by his devotees to be the rebirth of a long line of tulkus who are considered to be manifestations of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokites’vara. Traditionally, the Dalai Lama is thought of as the latest reincarnation of a series of spiritual leaders who have chosen to be reborn in order to enlighten others.

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The following are a few quotes by the Dalai Lama:

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems.  Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction.  Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged.
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from “The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom”

Love and kindness are the very basis of society.  If we lose these feelings, society will face tremendous difficulties; the survival of humanity will be endangered.
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from “The Dalai Lama, A Policy of Kindness”

Sometimes we feel that one individual’s action is very insignificant.  Then we think, of course, that effects should come from channeling or from a unifying movement.  But the movement of the society, community or group of people means joining individuals.  Society means a collection of individuals, so that initiative must come from individuals.  Unless each individual develops a sense of responsibility, the whole community cannot move.  So therefore, it is very essential that we should not feel that individual effort is meaningless- you should not feel that way.  We should make an effort.”
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from ‘The Dalai Lama’s Book of Love and Compassion’

Self-discipline, although difficult, and not always easy while combating negative emotions, should be a defensive measure.  At least we will be able to prevent the advent of negative conduct dominated by negative emotion.  That is ‘shila’, or moral ethics.  Once we develop this by familiarizing ourselves with it, along with mindfulness and conscientiousness, eventually that pattern and way of life will become a part of our own life.
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from “Live in a Better Way: Reflections on Truth, Love and Happiness”

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