Sunday, June 28, 2015

Migration in Progress

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It is that once every 2 years bronky invasion again!!! I wish I travelled but I did not, unfortunately fortunately. 

My body has recently been attacked by a viral strain and I am suffering from bronchitis, terribly breathless phelgmy coughs. I took one week's worth of medical leave and, I have still not recovered! Agh! 

The prescribed heavy dosages of medication knocked me out senseless. Days and nights have been mixed up. I'm in a daze and everything seems so slo-mo to me. 

Even typing this simple entry can take more than an hour, or was it days?

I've started a new hobby~ 

I am into web developments now after an opportunity to participate in a collaboration. Really grateful for the spot-on and adding to my valuable knowledge bank, this latest acquisition.

Passion will definitely keep me busy! I took one whole day just to decide on the new domain name, and registering it. The medication has definitely made me unbelievably UNPRODUCTIVE and snail slow.

I wonder if I can stop coughing FIRST! 

Good news is, I used this opportunity to buy my first Dyson!!! An air purifier woohoo!!! 

Ok got to work on the new site, slowly.
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Friday, June 19, 2015

Tears from Heaven

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I've been tearing a lot lately. 
Tears of joy. 

I've been working really hard to provide for the many 2-3 hours sleep in lending my support to a sweet colleague who just joined the org. I gave her the promise that as long as I am around, I will definitely do my best and be there for her (even digitally), as long as she is willing to put in the effort to make my phone buzz. 

After many sleepless nights, we've kind of became buddies in less than 2 weeks. She taught me so much, exposed me to a new experience I never once knew. So grateful to her for the insights and of course, the knowledge that she shared is so precious, money can never buy.

Which explains my sudden absence online... But I AM BACK with a bang! Back to doing what I've always loved to and will never stop doing.

My intern is one of a kind. He's by far the most reactive guy who supports me in every corner of my work. He gets things done with proper instructions. He says reminds me with check-ins whenever I fly out of point into the universe and then forget to look back at him, still standing on planet earth HAHAHAHAH. 

Now that I know I have to be extraordinarily mindful about my communications, with his guidance, I am confident of mastering the ability to separate bullet speed work AND spending quality time to share inspiring conversations.

So I've been tearing a fair bit lately, even now.

I absolutely love every single friendship I've established over the past 4 years. There is not a day that I do not look back in appreciation, and just how badly I miss so many friends! I've got to admit that there is no avenue (other than marriage) that I can create to summon them all together for a meeting in one place with me unless....

 it's baby's first year birthday???!!!! 

That, sounds like a perfect opportunity to reunite woohoo!!! 

Life is so short that I am missing everyone already.. 

Those beautiful memories bring me to tears.. Sigh 
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Every fall means an opportunity to get up

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Andy Lau says that every one is number One. 

I've been so blown away at work that I hardly have time to network digitally and my goodness! I miss my social assets.... 

I love my life. It gets better each day! Being alive is the most wonderful experience. I am most awfully grateful to empty bodies = humans who intentionally acquire the impossible ability to become a bad example called Uselessness.

Earth cannot be Without bad examples, they are the very beautiful reasons you choose who you truly want to be! 

I have been very hard at work, my engine has boosted way further than I expected. I've explored so much so much so much information, and it seems time to me is never ever enough! 

Time IS SO PRECIOUS PEOPLE.
Please invest that time in what is the best for mankind. I've made a choice a century back that I do not, and I will not, be wasting my time. So far, so outstandingly good. What goes around, will definitely come around. It's science and mathematics. Only delusional quacks call it religion lol! 

Time will always show one's true Smells. I love colors and every color is gorgeous. The art of living, is to understand the way. 
Greater happiness, is too powerful to understand that not every "body" can handle it. 

Oh well. 

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Reality of Karma

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The Force of Equilibrium:

The karmic equation is an abstract representation of the karma (causes and consequences) of an individual or group . . . since karma is an exceedingly complex energy (even for the evolved individual), the equation must necessarily be symbolic and abstract with an indeterminate series of many-dimensional terms.  The reason for this is quite simple; karma is a superposition of inputs (causes) and outputs (effects or consequences) and their interactions, over a diverse continuity and fabric of time, space and consciousness.  

The inputs to the karmic equation are the vast sea of causes (physical, emotional, and mental behaviors and motives) which spans past moments . . . All of the past actions have been entered as causes, and new causes are added continuously as the individual lives, thinks, feels, and otherwise experiences.  The relationships of an individual to other persons are often major (potent) inputs.  The output of the equation is the continuous (weighted) sum of total external forces and influences on the individual or the group . . . Since the effects are continuously responsive to the causes and relationships, the effects constitute a feedback mechanism (the response of the individual creates new causes which in turn modify somewhat the new effects).  Each equation is continuously changing, though the changes may be quite small compared to the output or yield.  In general, a large number of causes are superimposed (and distributed in time) and transformed to produce timely and appropriate effects.

In Quantum Mechanics:

There are two equations of karma — the direct and the complex conjugated:

AY=0; A’Y’=0;

where the operators have the form

A=2h^2V + i2h o/o t-9;

A’=2h^2V – i2h  o/o t-9.

Here, Y denotes the probability density wave (the wave function); V, the Laplace operator; 9, the potential energy density; and h, Planck’s constant.

These equations may be solved in the form of karma waves and anti-waves with quantization of probability waves.  Connected with them are perturbations of the information-energy field, i.e., wave signals.  In principle, such signals may propagate faster than the speed of light.

Expanding on the application of Newton’s Third Law of Motion to karma, in
The Mechanics of Karma:

Fundamentally, however, and from a higher viewpoint, in which space and time are spanned, cause and effect is simultaneous.  For example, the perpetrator harms the victim.  Did the perpetrator cause this harm?  From the third-dimensional viewpoint, they apparently did, but taking into account more data we know that the victim also attracted the perpetrator.  That is, each sought out the other — it is a simultaneous phenomenon.

This is an example of duality — a two-polarity system.  The perpetrator pole and the victim pole are interdependent.  You can’t have one without the other . . . Now this duality gives us a mechanism for the return of energy in order to learn lessons.  A whole energy (quantum state) divides into two poles.  One pole acts as a debt to pay back the energy.  The process of paying back the energy is the same as the process of one pole or energy seeking wholeness by returning to the other to cancel it, leaving a condition of unity (higher dimensionally).  That is, the energy seeks wholeness and the poles come together causing a return to self of what was inflicted on another . . .

This principle of cancellation given here has general physics applications.  When we say bringing together the two poles (to cancel the debt/karma), this is the same as phase conjugation, in which two wave patterns, one reversed relative to the other (which simply means 180 degrees out of phase), come together and cancel one another.

Metaphysics, the Conservation of Energy:

Energy conservation is more than just saving fuel.  It says, in effect, that in any physical process the total energy before must equal the total energy after the process is concluded.  It seems to me that karma is one of these “conservation laws” . . .

In the words of H.P. Blavatsky, “Karma creates nothing, nor does it design.  It is a man who plans and creates causes, and Karmic law adjusts the effects; which adjustment is not an act, but universal harmony, tending ever to resume its original position, like a bough, which, bent down too forcibly, rebounds with corresponding vigor” . . .

Wilbur is correct in his point that the mystical truths do not need the “proofs” of science.  But the illumination from below oftentimes makes these truths sparkle with new brilliance.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Virtuous Woman

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A gentle note: This beautiful article seeks to inspire women who seek to become that amazing, One.

Proverbs = A book containing the universal truths. 

Proverbs 31 provides a detailed metaphor of feminine wisdom in the context of a family and a community.



The most quoted section, verses 10–31, is a chiastic poem, that is, a poem that cycles through repeated thoughts in a particular order. The chapter speaks of the worth of a good wife to her husband, the manual labor that she does, her fulfillment of responsibilities to those who need her, her ability to provide for her family, and her wisdom in caring for herself so she can share her strength with others.


The chapter begins with King Lemuel recounting advice his mother had given him. She exhorted him to not fall to weaknesses that would compromise his position as king, but to care for the poor.

One of the weaknesses the king’s mother mentioned was the susceptibility of his strength—or “noble character” (31:10)
—to be harmed by improper relationships with women. 


"An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels. 
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain. 
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life."

A good, supportive, trusting wife is a blessing to a man. A woman who partners with her husband, who is reliable and looks out for his interests, gives a man a security that is greatly lacking in the world. She is worth more than a substantial paycheck. To bring in the metaphor, wisdom provides the same benefits—it is worth more than money, you can always trust it to make the right decision, and it provides blessings for those who have it.


"She looks for wool and flax,

And works with her hands in delight…
She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle…
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness."

The wife isn’t afraid of work. She gets up in the morning and gets things done. In the time of Solomon, this involved making fabric and sewing clothes, but verse 27 certainly applies directly to us today—taking care of our responsibilities is a characteristic of wisdom.


"She rises also while it is still night

And gives food to her household

And portions to her maidens…

She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy."

Another characteristic of wisdom is the grace to help others. The Proverbs 31 wife ensures that those under her care receive what they need—food, clothing, protection. And she is able to serve others out of the excess of her work and the leaning of her heart. She has so internalized her role as a provider that it extends past her immediate responsibilities and into the community.


"She is like merchant ships;

She brings her food from afar…
She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard…
She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night…
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen."

Beyond that, she’s savvy. She’s educated about the world and the world of business. She knows how to use her skills to provide for her family, and she’s not afraid to go interact with that world, whether it be as a merchant or a buyer. She knows how to use her strengths to her best advantage, and she fully realizes how valuable her efforts are.

"She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong…
She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue."

The Proverbs 31 woman not only knows her worth, she knows her responsibilities to herself. 
She would not be able to provide for others if she neglected her needs—both physical and spiritual. She makes sure her appearance reflects her respected position as an influence in her community. 


Her greatest strength is her wisdom—her accurate judgment about the world and her influence in it. And she is quick to share the wisdom she has gained to encourage others to reach their potential.



"Her husband is known in the gates,

When he sits among the elders of the land… 
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: 
"Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all." 
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. 
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates."

She knows that, as a partner in her marriage, she has a tremendous influence on her husband’s ministry. She can integrate her life—both domestic and professional—with her ministry in such a way that her husband has the freedom to serve. In fact, her reputation is so established, that it bleeds off onto him.



The wife is a fierce provider and protector for those she cares about. She is wise to the ways of the world, but lives by the wisdom of God. As in the rest of the Proverbs, these specific examples provide a metaphor for the larger truth. 

How any individual woman exemplifies these characteristics will depend on her situation, gifts, and abilities. The key is in verse 30, just as it is in the beginning of Proverbs, in 1:7:


"But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised"

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Human Being's Code of Conduct (Discipline)

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I am sharing this universal Code of Conduct because I want our world to be a better place for ourselves, our children, our children's children and hopefully the great beyond. Human Beings have weaknesses - a blinding imperfection enduring life's many great experiences only for us to discover an identity we choose to call our Self. 

Truth is, none of us are different. 
We live only for this one common goal - Happiness.

There is only one simple way to acheive greater happiness, be good. With conscious effort and a disciplined focus on self awareness and mindfulness, any one of us can become a person of good character, the kind of person God loves. Even if you have just one day left to breathe, for your own sake, make that your best 24 hours. 

Perfection is a choice, and so is imperfection.
- Diana -

A person of good character: 
- enjoys a peace of mind
- is healthy
- is youthful and energetic
- is filled with passion, happiness and gratitude
- tends to be way above average looking (natural and captivating)
- baffles the weak with curiosity: "There's just something about this person..."
- possesses a beautiful and charismatic soul that magnetizes and charms
- can change this world, one person at a time.
Sigalovada Sutta: The Discourse to Sigala
The Layperson's Code of Discipline
translated from the Pali by 
Narada Thera

(Article from "Sigalovada Sutta: The Discourse to Sigala" (DN 31)
Translated from the Pali by Narada Thera. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition))

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Thus have I heard:
On one occasion the Exalted One was dwelling in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels' Sanctuary, near Rajagaha.
Now at that time, young Sigala, a householder's son, rising early in the morning, departing from Rajagaha, with wet clothes and wet hair, worshipped with joined hands the various quarters — the East, the South, the West, the North, the Nadir, and the Zenith.
Then the Exalted One, having robed himself in the forenoon took bowl and robe, and entered Rajagaha for alms. Now he saw young Sigala worshipping thus and spoke to him as follows:
"Wherefore do you, young householder, rising early in the morning, departing from Rajagaha, with wet clothes and wet hair, worship, with joined hands these various quarters — the East, the South, the West, the North, the Nadir, and the Zenith?"
"My father, Lord, while dying, said to me: The six quarters, dear son, you shall worship. And I, Lord, respecting, revering, reverencing and honoring my father's word, rise early in the morning, and leaving Rajagaha, with wet clothes and wet hair, worship with joined hands, these six quarters."
"It is not thus, young householder, the six quarters should be worshipped in the discipline of the noble."
"How then, Lord, should the six quarters be worshipped in the discipline of the noble? It is well, Lord, if the Exalted One would teach the doctrine to me showing how the six quarters should be worshipped in the discipline of the noble."
"Well, young householder, listen and bear it well in mind; I shall speak." — "Very good, Lord," responded young Sigala.
And the Exalted One spoke as follows:
"In as much, young householder, as the noble disciple (1) has eradicated the four vices in conduct,[1] (2) in as much as he commits no evil action in four ways, (3) in as much as he pursues not the six channels for dissipating wealth, he thus, avoiding these fourteen evil things, covers the six quarters, and enters the path leading to victory in both worlds: he is favored in this world and in the world beyond. Upon the dissolution of the body, after death, he is born in a happy heavenly realm.
(1) "What are the four vices in conduct that he has eradicated? The destruction of life, householder, is a vice and so are stealing, sexual misconduct, and lying. These are the four vices that he has eradicated."
Thus spoke the Exalted One. And when the Master had thus spoken, he spoke yet again:
Killing, stealing, lying and adultery, These four evils the wise never praise.
(2) "In which four ways does one commit no evil action? 
Led by desire does one commit evil. 
Led by anger does one commit evil. 
Led by ignorance does one commit evil. 
Led by fear does one commit evil.
"But in as much as the noble disciple is not led by desire, anger, ignorance, and fear, he commits no evil."
Thus spoke the Exalted One. And when the Master had thus spoken, he spoke yet again:
Whoever through desire, hate or fear, Or ignorance should transgress the Dhamma, All his glory fades away Like the moon during the waning half. Whoever through desire, hate or fear, Or ignorance never transgresses the Dhamma, All his glory ever increases Like the moon during the waxing half.
(3) "What are the six channels for dissipating wealth which he does not pursue?
(a) indulgence in intoxicants which cause infatuation and heedlessness; (b) sauntering in streets at unseemly hours; (c) frequenting theatrical shows; (d) indulgence in gambling which causes heedlessness; (e) association with evil companions; (f) the habit of idleness.
(a) "There are, young householder, these six evil consequences in indulging in intoxicants which cause infatuation and heedlessness:
(i) loss of wealth, (ii) increase of quarrels, (iii) susceptibility to disease, (iv) earning an evil reputation, (v) shameless exposure of body, (vi) weakening of intellect.
(b) "There are, young householder, these six evil consequences in sauntering in streets at unseemly hours:
(i) he himself is unprotected and unguarded, (ii) his wife and children are unprotected and unguarded, (iii) his property is unprotected and unguarded, (iv) he is suspected of evil deeds,[3] (v) he is subject to false rumours, (vi) he meets with many troubles.
(c) "There are, young householder, these six evil consequences in frequenting theatrical shows. He is ever thinking:
(i) where is there dancing? (ii) where is there singing? (iii) where is there music? (iv) where is there recitation? (v) where is there playing with cymbals? (vi) where is there pot-blowing?[4]
(d) "There are, young householder, these six evil consequences in indulging in gambling:
(i) the winner begets hate, (ii) the loser grieves for lost wealth, (iii) loss of wealth, (iv) his word is not relied upon in a court of law, (v) he is despised by his friends and associates, (vi) he is not sought after for matrimony; for people would say he is a gambler and is not fit to look after a wife.
(e) "There are, young householder, these six evil consequences in associating with evil companions, namely:
Any gambler, any libertine, any drunkard, any swindler, any cheat, any rowdy is his friend and companion.
(f) "There are, young householder, these six evil consequences in being addicted to idleness. 
He does no work, saying:
(i) that it is extremely cold, (ii) that it is extremely hot, (iii) that it is too late in the evening, (iv) that it is too early in the morning, (v) that he is extremely hungry, (vi) that he is too full.
"Living in this way, he leaves many duties undone, new wealth he does not get, and wealth he has acquired dwindles away."
Thus spoke the Exalted One. And when the Master had thus spoken, he spoke yet again:
"One is a bottle friend; one says, 'friend, friend' only to one's face; one is a friend and an associate only when it is advantageous.
"Sleeping till sunrise, adultery, irascibility, malevolence, evil companions, avarice — these six causes ruin a man.
"The man who has evil comrades and friends is given to evil ways, to ruin does he fall in both worlds — here and the next.
"Dice, women, liquor, dancing, singing, sleeping by day, sauntering at unseemly hours, evil companions, avarice — these nine[5] causes ruin a man.
"Who plays with dice and drinks intoxicants, goes to women who are dear unto others as their own lives, associates with the mean and not with elders — he declines just as the moon during the waning half.
"Who is drunk, poor, destitute, still thirsty whilst drinking, frequents the bars, sinks in debt as a stone in water, swiftly brings disrepute to his family.
"Who by habit sleeps by day, and keeps late hours, is ever intoxicated, and is licentious, is not fit to lead a household life.
"Who says it is too hot, too cold, too late, and leaves things undone, the opportunities for good go past such men.
"But he who does not regard cold or heat any more than a blade of grass and who does his duties manfully, does not fall away from happiness."
These four, young householder, should be understood as foes in the guise of friends:
(1) he who appropriates a friend's possessions, (2) he who renders lip-service, (3) he who flatters, (4) he who brings ruin.
(1) "In four ways, young householder, should one who appropriates be understood as a foe in the guise of a friend:
(i) he appropriates his friend's wealth, (ii) he gives little and asks much, (iii) he does his duty out of fear, (iv) he associates for his own advantage.
(2) "In four ways, young householder, should one who renders lip-service be understood as a foe in the guise of a friend:
(i) he makes friendly profession as regards the past, (ii) he makes friendly profession as regards the future, (iii) he tries to gain one's favor by empty words, (iv) when opportunity for service has arisen, he expresses his inability.
(3) "In four ways, young householder, should one who flatters be understood as a foe in the guise of a friend:
(i) he approves of his friend's evil deeds, (ii) he disapproves his friend's good deeds, (iii) he praises him in his presence, (iv) he speaks ill of him in his absence.
(4) "In four ways, young householder, should one who brings ruin be understood as a foe in the guise of a friend:
(i) he is a companion in indulging in intoxicants that cause infatuation and heedlessness, (ii) he is a companion in sauntering in streets at unseemly hours, (iii) he is a companion in frequenting theatrical shows, (iv) he is a companion in indulging in gambling which causes heedlessness."
Thus spoke the Exalted One. And when the Master had thus spoken, he spoke yet again:
The friend who appropriates, the friend who renders lip-service, the friend that flatters, the friend who brings ruin, these four as enemies the wise behold, avoid them from afar as paths of peril.
"These four, young householder, should be understood as warm-hearted friends:
(1) he who is a helpmate, (2) he who is the same in happiness and sorrow, (3) he who gives good counsel, (4) he who sympathises.
(1) "In four ways, young householder, should a helpmate be understood as a warm-hearted friend:
(i) he guards the heedless, (ii) he protects the wealth of the heedless, (iii) he becomes a refuge when you are in danger, (iv) when there are commitments he provides you with double the supply needed.
(2) "In four ways, young householder, should one who is the same in happiness and sorrow be understood as a warm-hearted friend:
(i) he reveals his secrets, (ii) he conceals one's own secrets, (iii) in misfortune he does not forsake one, (iv) his life even he sacrifices for one's sake.
(3) "In four ways, young householder, should one who gives good counsel be understood as a warm-hearted friend:
(i) he restrains one from doing evil, (ii) he encourages one to do good, (iii) he informs one of what is unknown to oneself, (iv) he points out the path to heaven.
(4) "In four ways, young householder, should one who sympathises be understood as a warm-hearted friend:
(i) he does not rejoice in one's misfortune, (ii) he rejoices in one's prosperity, (iii) he restrains others speaking ill of oneself, (iv) he praises those who speak well of oneself."
Thus spoke the Exalted One. And when the Master had thus spoken, he spoke yet again:
The friend who is a helpmate, the friend in happiness and woe, the friend who gives good counsel, the friend who sympathises too — these four as friends the wise behold and cherish them devotedly as does a mother her own child. The wise and virtuous shine like a blazing fire. He who acquires his wealth in harmless ways like to a bee that honey gathers,[6] riches mount up for him like ant hill's rapid growth. With wealth acquired this way, a layman fit for household life, in portions four divides his wealth: thus will he friendship win. One portion for his wants he uses,[7] two portions on his business spends, the fourth for times of need he keeps.
"And how, young householder, does a noble disciple cover the six quarters?
"The following should be looked upon as the six quarters. The parents should be looked upon as the East, teachers as the South, wife and children as the West, friends and associates as the North, servants and employees as the Nadir, ascetics and brahmans as the Zenith.[8]
"In five ways, young householder, a child should minister to his parents as the East:
(i) Having supported me I shall support them, (ii) I shall do their duties, (iii) I shall keep the family tradition, (iv) I shall make myself worthy of my inheritance, (v) furthermore I shall offer alms in honor of my departed relatives.[9]
"In five ways, young householder, the parents thus ministered to as the East by their children, show their compassion:
(i) they restrain them from evil, (ii) they encourage them to do good, (iii) they train them for a profession, (iv) they arrange a suitable marriage, (v) at the proper time they hand over their inheritance to them.
"In these five ways do children minister to their parents as the East and the parents show their compassion to their children. Thus is the East covered by them and made safe and secure.
"In five ways, young householder, a pupil should minister to a teacher as the South:
(i) by rising from the seat in salutation, (ii) by attending on him, (iii) by eagerness to learn, (iv) by personal service, (v) by respectful attention while receiving instructions.
"In five ways, young householder, do teachers thus ministered to as the South by their pupils, show their compassion:
(i) they train them in the best discipline, (ii) they see that they grasp their lessons well, (iii) they instruct them in the arts and sciences, (iv) they introduce them to their friends and associates, (v) they provide for their safety in every quarter.
"The teachers thus ministered to as the South by their pupils, show their compassion towards them in these five ways. Thus is the South covered by them and made safe and secure.
"In five ways, young householder, should a wife as the West be ministered to by a husband:
(i) by being courteous to her, (ii) by not despising her, (iii) by being faithful to her, (iv) by handing over authority to her, (v) by providing her with adornments.
"The wife thus ministered to as the West by her husband shows her compassion to her husband in five ways:
(i) she performs her duties well, (ii) she is hospitable to relations and attendants[10] (iii) she is faithful, (iv) she protects what he brings, (v) she is skilled and industrious in discharging her duties.
"In these five ways does the wife show her compassion to her husband who ministers to her as the West. Thus is the West covered by him and made safe and secure.
"In five ways, young householder, should a clansman minister to his friends and associates as the North:
(i) by liberality, (ii) by courteous speech, (iii) by being helpful, (iv) by being impartial, (v) by sincerity.
"The friends and associates thus ministered to as the North by a clansman show compassion to him in five ways:
(i) they protect him when he is heedless, (ii) they protect his property when he is heedless, (iii) they become a refuge when he is in danger, (iv) they do not forsake him in his troubles, (v) they show consideration for his family.
"The friends and associates thus ministered to as the North by a clansman show their compassion towards him in these five ways. Thus is the North covered by him and made safe and secure.
"In five ways should a master minister to his servants and employees as the Nadir:
(i) by assigning them work according to their ability, (ii) by supplying them with food and with wages, (iii) by tending them in sickness, (iv) by sharing with them any delicacies, (v) by granting them leave at times.
"The servants and employees thus ministered to as the Nadir by their master show their compassion to him in five ways:
(i) they rise before him, (ii) they go to sleep after him, (iii) they take only what is given, (iv) they perform their duties well, (v) they uphold his good name and fame.
"The servants and employees thus ministered to as the Nadir show their compassion towards him in these five ways. Thus is the Nadir covered by him and made safe and secure.
"In five ways, young householder, should a householder minister to ascetics and brahmans as the Zenith:
(i) by lovable deeds, (ii) by lovable words, (iii) by lovable thoughts, (iv) by keeping open house to them, (v) by supplying their material needs.
"The ascetics and brahmans thus ministered to as the Zenith by a householder show their compassion towards him in six ways:
(i) they restrain him from evil, (ii) they persuade him to do good, (iii) they love him with a kind heart, (iv) they make him hear what he has not heard, (v) they clarify what he has already heard, (vi) they point out the path to a heavenly state.
"In these six ways do ascetics and brahmans show their compassion towards a householder who ministers to them as the Zenith. Thus is the Zenith covered by him and made safe and secure." Thus spoke the Exalted One. And when the Master had thus spoken, he spoke yet again:
The mother and father are the East, The Teachers are the South, Wife and Children are the West, The friends and associates are the North. Servants and employees are the Nadir, The ascetics and brahmans are the Zenith; Who is fit to lead the household life, These six quarters he should salute. Who is wise and virtuous, Gentle and keen-witted, Humble and amenable, Such a one to honor may attain. Who is energetic and not indolent, In misfortune unshaken, Flawless in manner and intelligent, Such a one to honor may attain. Who is hospitable, and friendly, Liberal and unselfish, A guide, an instructor, a leader, Such a one to honor may attain. Generosity, sweet speech, Helpfulness to others, Impartiality to all, As the case demands. These four winning ways make the world go round, As the linchpin in a moving car. If these in the world exist not, Neither mother nor father will receive, Respect and honor from their children. Since these four winning ways The wise appraise in every way, To eminence they attain, And praise they rightly gain.
When the Exalted One had spoken thus, Sigala, the young householder, said as follows:
"Excellent, Lord, excellent! It is as if, Lord, a man were to set upright that which was overturned, or were to reveal that which was hidden, or were to point out the way to one who had gone astray, or were to hold a lamp amidst the darkness, so that those who have eyes may see. Even so, has the doctrine been explained in various ways by the Exalted One.
"I take refuge, Lord, in the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha. May the Exalted One receive me as a lay follower; as one who has taken refuge from this very day to life's end."

Notes

1.
kamma-kilesa, lit., 'actions of defilement.'
2.
These are the four agati, 'evil courses of action': chanda, dosa, moha, bhaya.
3.
Crimes committed by others.
4.
A kind of amusement.
5.
The Pali original has here "six causes" as two compound words and one double-term phrase are counted as units.
6.
Dhammapada v. 49: "As a bee, without harming the flower, its color or scent, flies away, collecting only the honey..."
7.
This portion includes what is spent on good works: gifts to monks, charity, etc.
8.
"The symbolism is deliberately chosen: as the day in the East, so life begins with parents' care; teacher's fees and the South are the same word: dakkhina; domestic cares follow when the youth becomes man, as the West holds the later daylight; North is 'beyond' (uttara), so by help of friends, etc., he gets beyond troubles." — (Rhys Davids)
9.
This is a sacred custom of the Aryans who never forgot the dead. This tradition is still faithfully observed by the Buddhists of Sri Lanka who make ceremonial offerings of alms to the monks on the eighth day, in the third month, and on each anniversary of the demise of the parents. Merit of these good actions is offered to the departed after such ceremony. Moreover after every punna-kamma (good action), a Buddhist never fails to think of his parents and offer merit. Such is the loyalty and the gratitude shown to parents as advised by the Buddha.
10.
lit., 'the folk around' (parijana).
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