To avoid all evil,
To do all good,
And to purify the mind —
These are the teachings of all Buddhas.
— The Buddha (Dhammapada)
How readily you say ‘Sorry’
reflects how well you recognise evil.
Because you can see your inner ‘badness’,
you can see ‘badness’ expressed by you too.
How readily you say ‘Thanks’
reflects how well you recognise goodness.
Because you can see your inner goodness,
you can see goodness expressed by others too.
Though ‘Sorry’ is the opposite of ‘Thanks’,
‘Thanks’ arises from both humility and gratitude,
while ‘Sorry’ arises from humility –
both of which are essential for spirituality.
To apologise is to be ashamed of one’s ‘badness’.
It is the resolution to further avoid evil too.
To thank is to be grateful for others’ goodness.
It is the resolution to further perpetuate good too.
Thinking you are sorry is not enough.
Saying you are sorry might not be enough.
Showing you are sorry would be enough.
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