Friday, May 23, 2008

"Being Rich is Having a True Friendship"


Insignificant mortals, who are as leaves are, and now flourish and grow warm with life, and feed on what the ground gives, but then again fade away and are dead. Is human life just a dream, from which we never really awake, as some great thinkers claim? Are we submerged by our feelings, by our loves and hates, by our ideas of good, bad, beautiful, awful? Are we incapable of knowing beyond those ideas and feelings? Love gives meaning to our lives – as do friendship, or art or faith in God. These are factors of true happiness, of inner peace, of feelings of harmony, allowing meaning to our existence.But there is the other side. There is the cruelty of life, the pain, the evil, not to talk of death. They are the hidden tigers, ambushed and ready to attack the imprudent, to use an image present in the Buddhist Scriptures.

Is between these pendulums - the positive, the one that gives happiness and meaning, and the negative - that our lives are lived. And when we meditate about all that, we arrive at a diverse and disagreeing set of thoughts about the meaning and purpose of life. LOVE IS HAPPINESS...There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved. Love makes us tolerate destiny, and makes us love life. Romeo: Just as a pilgrim might kiss the statue of a saint in hopes of receiving forgiveness for sins, so your acceptance of my kiss undoes any sin I committed by holding your hand.Juliet: So you claim to have gotten rid of your sin by kissing my lips. Now I've got the sin. What are you going to do about that? Romeo: "You want me to kiss you again? Great!"

This torture, and not mercy: heaven is here,Where Juliet lives; and every cat and dog And little mouse, every unworthy thing,Live here in heaven and may look on her;But Romeo may not. Did my heart love till now?For swear it sight, For I never saw true beauty till this night. For you in my respect are all the world:Then how can it be said I am alone,When all the world is here to look on me?
Romeo and Juliet.

True Friendship is rare to find,so keep it once it crosses you...

Thoughts about love and friendship in our lives.

Without love and friendship there is no happiness. At our mother breast, we tasted not only milk but also love – just enough love to know that it was the only thing that could ever satisfy us and that we will miss it forever.

Friendship is one soul inhabiting two bodies. A life without love and friendship is a meaningless life. The meaning of life is, largely, given by love and friendship.

More recent thinkers point out the huge importance of friendship in our lives. Friendship is a treasure. Without it, life is a desert. The meaning of life is profoundly sustained by our webs of friendship. Friendship redoubles joys and cut grieves in halves. Nobody would choose to live without friends even if he had all the other good things of life.

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