If you know someone
If you know someone is speaking badly of you behind your back and you react to that negatively, then you destroy your own peace of mind.
Rather than speaking badly about people, we should practice a purer perception of them and speak only of their good qualities.
When hatred or anger are generated they have the capacity to destroy one’s virtue and calmness of mind.
If I did not perform prescribed duties, all these worlds would be put to ruination. I would be the cause of creating unwantedpopulation, and I would thereby destroy the peace of all living beings. (3.24)
Everyone loves to talk about calmness and peace, whether in a family, national, or international context. But without inner peace how can we make real peace? World peace through hatred and force is impossible.
Wherever we go, let us be humble and avoid being noisy or bossy. Let us not hurt other people’s feelings or cause them to act negatively.
True compassion is not an emotional response but a firm commitment founded in reason. A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even when they behave negatively.