As long as we don’t recognize our real nature, we suffer. When we recognize our nature, we become free from suffering. Whether you recognize it or not, though, its qualities remain unchanged.
But when you begin to recognize it in yourself, you change, and the quality of your life changes as well. Things you never dreamed possible begin to happen.
No words can describe it
No example can point to it
Samsara does not make it worse
Nirvana does not make it better
It has never been born
It has never ceased
It has never been liberated
It has never been deluded
It has never existed
It has never been nonexistent
It has no limits at all
It does not fall into any kind of category.
Love means wishing for the happiness of others.
Like a loving mother cherishing her child,
One's body, wealth, and virtue all amassed one gives for others' benefit,
While training to endure the harms that they inflict.
Compassion is a powerful state of mind,
An inability to tolerate the fact that others suffer.
Beings in the six realms are entrapped by sorrow and its cause,
And seeing this brings tears to one's eyes.
Joy is to delight in other's pleasure and success;
It is to cultivate the wish that all have happiness.
It is a joy one feels when they achieve it for themselves
And is the wish that they should never be deprived of it
Impartiality is freedom from attachment and hostility,
When sides and factions are all seen as equal,
When enemy and friend and neither -
Are all treated with an evenhanded kindness.
We should practice these four attitudes, remembering
That all is without true existence.