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. . . The eye-for-eye and tooth-for-tooth
mode of moral education is not the only one there is, nor necessarily always
the most effective.
Max Muller Chips from a German Workshop
. . . The most important element of the
Buddhist reform has always been its social and moral code, not its metaphysical
theories. That moral code, taken by itself, is one of the most perfect
which the world has ever known.
Asoka Asoka's Edicts --Head and Cranston (Indian Buddhism)
Jesus, we know, was closely associated with
the Essenes, and scholars now wonder about a possible Buddhist influence
in the Sermon on the Mount, especially its love-thy-enemy theme so contrary
to the eye-for-eye code of retaliation prevalent in his day.
Buddha Dhammapada Commentary
They spend their time in song and dance,
in places where men drink and gamble and the like. Thus, they cannot
listen to the law.
Lafcadio Hearn Japan --An Attempt at Interpretation
. . . the god-given sense of right and wrong
. . . was interpreted as the essential wisdom of the Buddha dormant in
every human creature . . .
The Discipline of Moral Self-Control is
the water to wash away the dirt of non-virtuous actions.
H. P. Blavatsky Translating The Book of the Golden Precepts (The Voice of the Silence --HPB)
Let thy Soul lend its ear to every cry of
pain like as the lotus bares its heart to drink in the morning sun.
Isis Unveiled Comment by William Q. Judge
Evil acts will produce evil consequences,
good acts will produce good consequences . . .
The Key to Theosophy
. . . we see selfishness, crime, immorality
and all the evils imaginable, pouring upon . . . mankind from this Pandora's
box which you call an age of progress.
Lao-tze The Tao Te King Translated by Lionel Giles
The wearing of gay embroidered robes, the
carrying of sharp swords, fastidiousness in food and drink, super abundance
of property and wealth: --this I call flaunting robbery . . .
Shea and Troyer The Dabistan (Persian)
Vice and depravity . . . separate souls
from the primitive source of light and chain them to the abode of the elements
. . . . The imperfectly good migrate from one body to another until, by
the efficacy of good works and actions, they are finally emancipated from
matter . . .
Plotinus Enneads Translated by Stephen Mackenna
Every man has his place, a place that fits
the good man, a place that fits the bad: each . . . talks and acts in blasphemy
and crime or in all goodness: for actions bring to this play what they
were before it was ever staged . . . as the scheme holds, man is singled
out for condemnation when he does evil . . .
Porphyry On Abstinence from Animal Food
As long as anyone injures another, though
he should possess the greatest wealth and all the acres of land which the
earth contains, he is still poor . . . . He is unjust, without God, and
impious, and enslaved to every kind of depravity.
Edgar Cayce There is a River
. . . What does the entity want to be healed
for? That it may gratify its own physical appetites? That it
may add to its own selfishness? Then, if so, it had better remain
as it is.
Lord Hugh Dowding Before the House of Lords, July 18, 1957
I firmly believe that painful experiments
on animals are morally wrong . . . . The animals are our younger brothers
. . . a few rungs down [on the evolutionary ladder] than we are . . .
John Ellis McTaggart Some Dogmas of Religion
And so a man may carry over into his next
life the dispositions and tendencies which he has gained by moral contests
of this life . . .
Chuang-Tzu Karma and Rebirth per Christmas Humphreys
. . . the doctrine of merit is a useful application of the Law of Karma to the daily round, for whatever the motive, the habit of good deeds will purify the mind . . .