Post by donq on Aug 17, 2014 4:43:41 GMT
I’ve got an idea that I should post this everyday. There’s a basic rule of copyright: any work (book etc.) will become a public domain after its writer has died for 50-70 years (depends on which country.) And this is just my sharing, not selling. Besides, it’s spiritual book that should share as much as possible, should it not?
A Calendar of Wisdom:
Daily thoughts to nourish the soul
Written and selected from the world’s sacred texts by Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Leo Tolstoy)
Kindness is a necessary addition to everything.
All the best qualities of mankind are meaningless and worthless without kindness, and even the worst vices can be easily forgiven with kindness.
There is a natural kindness which comes from our external attributes, from our inheritance, audience, good or bad indigestion, success, etc. This kind of kindness is very pleasant, both for the person who experiences it and for the people around him. And there is another type of kindness which comes from inner spiritual work. This kindness is less attractive, but although the first kindness can easily change or be transformed into hatred, the second kind of kindness will never disappear and will constantly grow.
The goodness which you do gives you pleasure, but not satisfaction. No matter how much goodness you do, you should wish to do more and more.
Kindness is the major quality of the soul. If a person is not kind, it is because he was subjected to some lie, passion, or temptation which violated his natural state.
P.S. This will be the third time I post this, sorry, just in case you haven’t read another two previous posts of mine.
This was Leo Tolstoy’s last major work. With it, he fulfilled a dream he had nourished for almost fifteen years, that of “collecting the wisdom of the centuries in one book” meant for a general audience. Tolstoy put a huge amount of effort into its creation, preparing three revised editions between 1904 and 1910. It was his own favorite everyday reading, a book he would turn to regularly for the rest of his life.
He wrote in his diary on March 15, 1884: “I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people.”
“I know that it gives one great inner force, calmness, and happiness to communicate with such great thinkers as Socrates, Epictetus, Arnold, Parker…They tell us about what is most important for humanity, about the meaning of life and about virtue…I would like to create a book…in which I could tell a person about his life, and about the Good Way of Life.”
The process of collecting these thoughts took over fifteen years!
Tolstoy wrote in his diary: “I felt that I have been elevated to great spiritual and moral heights by communication with the best and wisest people whose books I read and whose thoughts I selected for my Circle of Reading.”
From its first publication, the book was always present on Tolstoy’s desk; it became his favorite book during the last five years of his life.
On May 16, 1908, he wrote to a man named Gusev: “I cannot understand how some people can live without communicating with the wisest people who ever lived on Earth?...I feel very happy every day, because I read this book.”