Some people regard money over everything else; some believe that their principles are greater than anything else, and such people are only a handful in the entire world. These people are remembered for the services and sacrifices they made for others’ well-being in their entire lifetime. Sadly, such noble people have been killed by their own countrymen. For instance, Socrates was poisoned, Gandhi was assassinated, and Jesus was crucified.
Besides, all the great people have one thing in common: they use their potential to the best of their ability to inspire others. They are wise, sympathetic, powerful, and knowledgeable to influence others around them. They also understand that it is not possible for them to feel satisfied without helping others or doing something for others’ well-being. It is a reality as Buddha once stated that you couldn’t help others until you establish yourself and become an inspiration for others as a role model. In a way, you should learn to share your capabilities with others if you want to feel good. If you keep your qualities and innate skills for your own benefit, you are a selfish person. However, thinking for the betterment of others, in general, is not all related to monetary aspects. It could be anything through which you can enlighten others and help them make their life easier for themselves.
Kindness to all Beings
Learn to treat others as you want to be treated by others. Be kind and sympathetic to others. Do not inflict pain on them as it could hurt you too. By robbing others of their happiness, you can never live a peaceful life. Avoid being sadistic, who feels satisfied by hurting others. However, the history of humanity is full of stories where he has fought wars leading to bloodshed and chaos. No one is as harmful to a man as he is to his own beings. To live a happy and peaceful life, you have to live and let others live as well.
Moreover, learn to be yourself and not try to fit into the roles of other people as you are unique in your own being. Just like a dog cannot do a donkey’s job, you cannot fit into other people’s roles. Identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and lead your life accordingly instead of wearing the skin of other people and pretending to be like them.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
The Spirit of Benevolence
Learn to be kind to others and avoid hurting anyone, no matter how small or insignificant it is. Feel the pain of others and be sympathetic towards them. Just like you do not want to get hurt by others, you should also not hurt them.
Moreover, learn to give others. If others are kind and helpful to you, reciprocate their favors. Do not just be a taker but also a giver. Do not always expect favors from others, even if you are helpful towards them. These things will help you spread kindness and peace in society, something we all need to lead a happy and successful life. As humans, we all have a right to live peacefully.
Besides, you are not just required to treat fellow humans with kindness, but also animals as Buddhism teaches to be harmless to every living being. However, beware of wicked people around you as they are in every society, and they could harm you. Learn to deal with them peacefully, just like you hold a rose full of thorns.
“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
The Real Conqueror
In the present world, everyone is after power and money to manipulate others. People are busy conquering others rather than conquering themselves. According to Buddha, you should learn to conquer yourself rather than the world. You need to conquer your anger, jealousy, pride, greed, and other weaknesses. To overcome these shortcomings, you need to have courage, determination, and perseverance to overcome such destructive forces. Learn to adjust life according to the external forces around you. Learn to go with the flow as only then will you conquer yourself, and once you do that, others will treat you with respect.
It is very simple to develop human values in Buddhism. To learn them, you must learn to work hard and become conscientious. Avoid wasting your time unnecessarily. Avoid killing time by sitting idle and doing nothing; instead, spend your time doing something productive as it will make you feel happier and worthwhile. Avoid giving excuses and be honest with your everyday endeavors.
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
― Mark Twain