Be a better person
Be a better person;
make your enemies happy
by giving them
more reasons to hate you
As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the soul accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones. (2.22)
Avoiding someone has two reasons: you either hate that person or you’re in love with that person.
A generous person, who never becomes hateful to the misbehavior of enemies, cannot create sorrow in his mind.
I could name a thousand reasons why I hate you, but I could name a million reasons why I love you.
A person is considered still further advanced when he regards honest well-wishers, affectionate benefactors, the neutral,mediators, the envious, friends and enemies, the pious and the sinners all with an equal mind. (6.9)
When you truly love yourself, you don’t have enemies. They may hate you but you’re too big to hate them back.
The demoniac person thinks: “So much wealth do I have today, and I will gain more according to my schemes. So much is mine now, and it will increase in the future, more and more. He is my enemy, and I have killed him, and my other enemies will also be killed. I am the lord of everything. I am the enjoyer. I am perfect, powerful and happy. I am the richest man, surrounded by aristocratic relatives. There is none so powerful and happy as I am. I shall perform sacrifices, I shall give some charity, andthus I shall rejoice.” In this way, such persons are deluded by ignorance. (16.13-15)
A person who accepts the path of devotional service is not bereft of the results derived from studying the Vedas, performing austere sacrifices, giving charity or pursuing philosophical and fruitive activities. Simply by performing devotional service, heattains all these, and at the end he reaches the supreme eternal abode. (8.28)
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. A stupid person makes it.