Be Gentle


"Confucius, the great Chinese Philosopher, is about to pass away. His near and dear surround his sick bed.

Weakly he whispers,"Can you see what is in my mouth?" The old philosopher has lost all his teeth. So they reply,"We can only see the tongue."

After a while, Confucius asks them,"What is in your mouth?"

"We have both our tongue and teeth,"they answer.

The wise old man then tells them,"When man is born, he is born only with a tongue.The teeth come in gradually.They are harder and stronger than the tongue!But as man grows older, his hard, strong teeth drop off gradually.

Only the tongue---soft and gentle---lasts till the end."

"This is my message to you, my dear ones," he concludes." That which is gentle, lasts...

Therefore, always be gentle!Speak to everyone kindly, lovingly, gently.

Please share your views.

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34 comments:

  1. Hi Surjit,

    Nice posting. Well said. Gentle overcomes very thing. Just like Tai Chi. It is able to absorb strength directed and convert that into energy for appropriate re-direction.

    I only wished this message can be backlinked to my blog.

    I've your on the feedburner for some months now.

    Chers

    Franco

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  2. Hi surjit, thanks for your very thoughtful post. To master that language of silence is very hard.
    And to search the truth that lay beneath some gentle words are difficult. God speaks to us in silence. Sweet tongues are sometimes dangerous. Peace be to you always.

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  3. Thanks Franco,for sharing your insightful thoughts.
    What am I supposed to do for linking this meesage to your blog..
    Best wishes.

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  4. Norie,I am grateful to you for adding your meaningful views to my post.
    Good luck.

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  5. surjit;
    The problem I have with being gentle with people is that it means so many different things to so many people. It takes a great patience and gentleness to really be gentle...

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  6. Patience pays in the long run..
    Thanks Beth, for sharing your views.My best wishes.

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  7. Hi Surjit,

    I think gentleness is one of the move valuable traits of the human... one to cultivate and express in its fullness!

    Thanks for this... :-)

    Jen

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  8. Lovely Surjit. Yes. Absolutely. I leave you with a link about the global peace work Plum Village is doing by bringing people in conflict together through kind speech and communication. It's worth reading and so attuned to the work you do here through your webpresence.

    http://www.plumvillage.org/dharmatalks/html/globalpathtowardpeace.html

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  9. i am much kinder and gentler today than i ever have been,, and i do agree it makes life easier,, it is indeed something i have to work on tho... it doesn't often come naturally.....

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  10. Yes Jennifer,I fully agree with your views.
    Thanks.My best wishes.

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  11. Thanks Romacingthecrone, for your views and for your kind information.I shall definitely visit the site.
    My best wishes to you.

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  12. Thanks Paisley, for sharing your personal experiences.
    My bst wishes.

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  13. sweet girlJuly 10, 2007

    great advice,,,
    good post

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  14. Thanks Sweet Girl, for your nice words.
    Good luck.

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  15. Hi Surjit,

    Another Great Post. I am very fond of teachings of Confucius. This teaching on being gentle might seem too weak or too meek in the aggressive world today. But I fully agree on the importance of gentleness.

    The truly strongly in heart very often appear weak on the forefront as exhibit in many great man like Ghandhi, Buddha, Jesus .. among countless others.

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  16. The world has always been agressive,RivKaz.It is we who have to choose our paths..
    Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts.
    Good luck.

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  17. You are welcome,Mahesha.

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  18. Hi Surjit,

    “Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.”

    We ought to clothe ourselves with gentleness.

    Surjit! Thanks for the reminder.
    Best Wishes

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  19. A nice quote:
    “Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.”
    Thanks Sam, for adding your insightful views.
    Good luck.

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  20. Great post with a good reminder - thanks for sharing!

    I was also thinking of the saying: There is a reason why you have two ears and only one mouth:-)

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  21. hello surjit what a nice post my friend ...really good words u spak of will always be remebered ...thats right it lasts
    we have a say your tongue is like your horse if you guard or (protect) him ..he will guard (protect) u

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  22. Thanks Purplezoe, for your appreciation.
    My best wishes.

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  23. Thanks Rennyba, for your nice words and adding your valuable comments on my post.
    My best wishes.

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  24. I am glad Lilifxt, that you have liked my post.
    Thanks for your motivating views.
    God bless you.

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  25. AnonymousJuly 14, 2007

    Being polite and gentle is path to what u achieve in ur life. But reality is far away from this in today's life. This little story really give the key to success. Nice... Ur little stories are alwyz inspiration for others carry on... Manpreet Bedi

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  26. Thanks Manpreet, for your encouraging words.My best wishes.

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  27. Great words and thoughts

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  28. Thanks Thereyoucome, for your nice words.
    My best wishes.

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