“Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?”
“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit/ But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
Today we’ve been busy attending a conference on radical approaches to education. The general consensus at the end of the day was that we must look again at the fundamental values that underpin our education system and philosophy. What are we hoping to achieve through teaching and learning? What do we want for our children, now and in the future?
What we definitely need to do now is take the right course of action. Our children deserve us to make the right choices. Our children are entitled to be part of that right action. We need to listen to what they are saying to us.
So what is the right action for education? What is the right action for anything we do? Is the right action for one person the same as the right action for another?
In life, we should always consider the right action. Without striving and without forcing complex thoughts to the forefront, we should aim to take the right action – for others, and in doing so for ourselves too.
Today, we’d like to share one of our favourite poems.
Right action will lead us along the right path.
The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming to the world’s ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.