Good deeds and Selfless Service   
 
Good deeds and Selfless Service  

African Traditional Religions

1. It is not always physical bravery that counts. One must have the courage to face life as it is, to go through sorrows and ALWAYS SACRIFICE ONESELF FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS.

~ Kipsigis Saying (Kenya)
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme139.htm#06

2. GUARDIANSHIP IS NOT TO GIVE AN ORDER BUT TO GIVE ONE'S SELF.

~ Nyika Proverb (Kenya and Tanzania)
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme138.htm#17


The Bahá’i Faith

3. MAN'S MERIT LIETH IN SERVICE AND VIRTUE and not in the pageantry of wealth and riches.

~ Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh

4. The betterment of the world can be accomplished through PURE AND GOODLY DEEDS, THROUGH COMMENDABLE AND SEEMLY CONDUCT.

~ The Advent of Divine Justice, Pages 24-25
http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/se/ADJ/adj-2.html#pg24

5. Do not busy yourselves in your own concerns; let your thoughts be fixed upon that which will REHABILITATE THE FORTUNES OF MANKIND AND SANCTIFY THE HEARTS AND SOULS OF MEN. This can best be achieved through pure and holy deeds, through a virtuous life and a goodly behavior.

~ Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-43.html

 

Bishnoism

6. Recite Vishnu name from the heart and DO GOOD WORKS BY YOUR HANDS.

~ The 29 Principles of Bishnoism, Principle 17

 

Buddhism

7. Well done is that action of doing which one repents not later, and the fruit of which one reaps with delight and happiness.

~ Dhammapada 68

8. As from a great heap of flowers many garlands can be made, even so should many good deeds be done by one born a mortal.

~ Dhammapada 53

9. HASTEN TO DO GOOD; restrain your mind from evil. He who is slow in doing good, his mind delights in evil.

~ Dhammapada 116

10. Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for BLISSFUL IS THE ACCUMULATION OF GOOD.

~ Dhammapada 118

11. He, who by good deeds covers the evil he has done, ILLUMINATES THIS WORLD LIKE THE MOON FREED FROM CLOUDS.

~ Dhammapada 173

12. As kinsmen welcome a dear one on arrival, even so his own GOOD DEEDS WILL WELCOME THE DOER OF GOOD WHO HAS GONE FROM THIS WORLD TO THE NEXT.

~ Dhammapada 220

13. An evil deed is better left undone, for such a deed torments one afterwards. But a good deed is better done, doing which one repents not later.

~ Dhammapada 314

14. I hope they can renounce evil and do good deeds.

~ The Bodhisattva Kishitigarbha Vow Sutra

15. Some of them who have done a few good deeds can become better after I patiently teach and guide them.

~ The Bodhisattva Kishitigarbha Vow Sutra

16. World-Honored One, I have observed that as long as beings in all the worlds do good deeds for Buddha Dharma, no matter as small as a hair, a drop of water, a grain of sand or a speck of dust, they will obtain all merits themselves. Dharma means true teaching.

~ The Bodhisattva Kishitigarbha Vow Sutra

17. If anyone who does many evil deeds while alive and his or her relatives do good deeds for them after their death, the deceased will receive a seventh part of the relative's merit. The remaining merits belong to his or her relatives. IF GOOD PEOPLE TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE CAN PROMOTE GOODNESS BY THEMSELVES, THEY CAN OBTAIN ALL THE MERITS.

~ The Bodhisattva Kishitigarbha Vow Sutra

18. Sariputra, if there is a good man or a good woman, one who maintains the five precepts and cultivates the ten good deeds, who can receive, maintain, recite from memory, and not forget the names of the Buddhas…THAT GOOD MAN OR WOMAN WILL BE THE MINDFUL ONE OF WHOM ALL BUDDHAS ARE PROTECTIVE.

~ The Buddha Speaks of Amitabha Sutra


Cao Đài

19. People on Earth, in order to be rich, you find ways to make money. This is solely from the material point of view. The Angels, Saints, Immortals, and Buddhas, IN ORDER TO BE ENLIGHTENED, MUST GAIN SERVICE CREDITS.

~ The Collection of Divine Messages, Vol. 1

20. Offer assistance to the weak and helpless

DOING GOOD DEEDS IS COMPARABLE TO A MOUNTAIN OF GOLD.
~ Three Vehicles of the Teaching of Truth, Chapter: Politeness, Kindness, and Honor

Ra tay giúp kẻ yếu hèn,  Làm nên việc nghĩa so bằng vàng muôn. Tam Thừa Chân Giáo
Chapter: Lễ Nghĩa Liêm Sĩ

 

Christianity

21. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

~ Holy Bible, Galatians 6:2
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=galatians%206&version=NIV

22. For we are God’s workmanship, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS TO DO GOOD WORKS, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

~ Holy Bible, Ephesians 2:10
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+2%3A10&version=NIV

23. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

~ Holy Bible, Philippians 2.4

24. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

~ Holy Bible, Matthew 5:14-16
http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=good+deeds&searchtype=all&version1=31&spanbegin=1&spanend=73

25. I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

~ Holy Bible, 1 Timothy 2:9-10

26. Good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.

~ Holy Bible, 1 Timothy 5:25

27. COMMAND THEM TO DO GOOD, TO BE RICH IN GOOD DEEDS, and to be generous and willing to share.

~ Holy Bible, 1 Timothy 6:18

28. AND LET US CONSIDER HOW WE MAY SPUR ONE ANOTHER ON TOWARD LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS.

~ Holy Bible, Hebrews 10:24

29. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and STRENGTHEN YOU IN EVERY GOOD DEED AND WORD.

~ Holy Bible, 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

30. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, BY DEEDS DONE IN THE HUMILITY THAT COMES FROM WISDOM.

~ Holy Bible, James 3:13

31. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

~ Holy Bible, 1 Peter 12

 

Confucianism

32. Mencius said, "Those who are morally well-adjusted look after those who are not; those who are talented look after those who are not. That is why people are glad to have good fathers and elder brothers. If those who are morally well-adjusted and talented abandon those who are not, then scarcely an inch will separate the good from the depraved." 

~ Mencius IV.B.7
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme139.htm#08

 

Greek Philosophy

33. Is it not a universal law to do good to those who have done good to us?

~ Socrates

34. TO DO GOOD IS TO BE FREE

~ Socrates

 

Hinduism

35. Describing about the importance of five virtuous deeds, Pulastya said to Bheeshma – “The five supreme virtuous deeds are –obedience to parents, faithfulness towards husband, equanimity, not having enmity towards friends and devotion towards Lord Vishnu.”

~ The Puranas 2.1.14

36. Non-violence, forgiveness, truthfulness, devotion towards god, benevolence, abstinence, oblation & meditation are some of the virtuous deeds.

~ The Puranas 2.2.1

37. One who is truthful and engages himself in various VIRTUOUS DEEDS LIKE PENANCE, MEDITATION, STUDY OF THE SCRIPT-xURES, GOES TO HEAVEN.

~ The Puranas 2.2.5

38. But THE SUPREME VIRTUE IS TO ACT IN A SELFLESS WAY without having a desire for results.

~ The Puranas 3.2.13

39. Salvation cannot be attained merely by performing the rituals. IF YOU ARE DESIROUS OF SALVATION THEN ENGAGE YOURSELF IN VIRTUOUS DEEDS.

~ The Puranas 4.1.2

40. Donating food to needy people is an extremely virtuous deed and there is no virtuous deed greater than this.

~ The Puranas 4.5.9

41. People who engage themselves in virtuous deeds throughout their lives and who have been kind to others cross the terrifying path of the hell quite easily.

~ The Puranas 5.5.5

42. Those who had engaged themselves in virtuous deeds throughout their lives were rewarded for their good deeds.

~ The Puranas 8.10.2

43. If a man commits virtuous deeds then joy is experienced but sinful deeds invite sorrows and miseries.

~ The Puranas 8.10.4

44. A man can liberate himself from sins by engaging in virtuous deeds and abstaining from sinful deeds. A man should perform his duties with a sense of detachment, because attachment results into the transmigration of the soul.

~ The Puranas 8.10.4

45. Lord Brahma also told him that VIRTUOUS DEEDS NEVER WENT WITHOUT BEING REWARDED, as all good things enjoyed by a man in his life are nothing but the result of his virtuous past 'Karmas'.

Karmas mean retributions.

~ The Puranas 14.11

46. So, ONE MUST TRY TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THIS MORTAL BODY BY INDULGING IN GOOD DEEDS before the day of his final journey arrives otherwise he would be left with nothing but regrets at the time of his death.
~ The Puranas 14.14.1


47. ONLY DO GOOD TO EVERY LIVING BEING, BE KIND TO THEM UNCONDITIONALLY. God is pleased with these actions only.
~ The Puranas 16.7.5

48. A virtuous deed accomplished in Kali Yuga gives fruits in a day as compared to Treta and Dwapar, which take one year and one month respectively.

Kali Yuga means Dark Age.
Treta means the second age.
Dwapa means the third age.

~ The Puranas 17.3.2

49. First the Angirases won themselves vital power, whose fires were kindled through good deeds and sacrifice. Angirases means Vedic sages.

~ Rig Veda, Book One, Hymn LXXXIII. Indra

50. The righteous doers of good deeds invoke her: Sarasvati send bliss to him who giveth!
~ Hymns of the Arthava Veda, Book XVII, Hymn IV

51. Persons that have earned respect for themselves, even if they are able to retaliate, remember not the acts of hostility done by their enemies, but, on the other hand, treasure up only their good deeds.

~ The Mahabharata, Section LXXI

52. The good, besides, DO GOOD UNTO OTHERS WITHOUT EXPECTATION OF ANY GOOD, in return.

~ The Mahabharata, Section LXXII

 

Hòa Hảo Buddhism

53. Towards individuals, we must always be on good terms with them so that mutual sympathy may develop. Let us show love and care for them and whenever they are in need, we should try our best to come to their aid.

~ The Teachings of Prophet Huỳnh Phú Sổ, Towards Other Religions and Individuals


International Society of Krishna Consciousness

54. O Arjuna, just as the ignorant act attached to activities; even so the wise being unattached should act desiring to BENEFIT THE WELFARE OF THE WORLD.

~ Bhagavad Gita 3.25
http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-03-25.html

55. Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty, for BY WORKING WITHOUT ATTACHMENT ONE ATTAINS THE SUPREME.

~ Bhagavad Gita 3.19
http://www.bhagavad-gita.us/categories/The-Gita%3A-Chapter-3/?Page=1

56. By performing prescribed activities King Janaka and others certainly realized complete perfection; likewise you should perform as well considering for the sake of benefitting the welfare of the world.

~ Bhagavad Gita 3.20
http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-03-20.html

57. Surrendering completely all activities unto Me, with consciousness firmly established in knowledge of the self being WITHOUT ANY DESIRE FOR GAIN, FREE FROM PROPRIETORSHIP

~ Bhagavad Gita 3.30
http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-03-30.html

 

Islam

58. Those who spend freely, whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon all men; for ALLAH LOVES THOSE WHO DO GOOD.

~ Holy Qur’an 3.134

59. There is not a good deed which ye do, but Allah is well-acquainted therewith.

~ Holy Qur’an 4.127

60. The vanguard of Islam – the first of those who forsook their homes and of those who gave them aid, and also those who follow them in all good deeds –  well-pleased is Allah with them, as are they with Him: for them hath He prepared gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein forever: that is the supreme felicity.

~ Holy Qur’an 9.100

61. Wealth and sons are allurements of the life of this world: But the things that endure, good deeds, are best in the sight of thy Lord, as rewards, and BEST AS THE FOUNDATION FOR HOPES.

~ Holy Qur’an 18.46

62. And We made them leaders, guiding men by Our Command, and We sent them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to practice regular charity; and they constantly served Us and Us only.

~ Holy Qur’an 21.73

63. Then those whose balance of good deeds is heavy, THEY WILL ATTAIN SALVATION.

~ Holy Qur’an 23.102

64. IF ANY DOES GOOD, THE REWARD TO HIM IS BETTER THAN HIS DEED.

~ Holy Qur’an 28.84

65. Now no person knows what delights of the eye are kept hidden in reserve for them – as a reward for their good deeds.

~ Holy Qur’an 32.17

66. For those who believe and do righteous deeds are Gardens as hospitable homes for their good deeds.

~ Holy Qur’an 32.19

67. Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost: for ALLAH IS WITH YOU, AND WILL NEVER PUT YOU IN LOSS FOR YOUR GOOD DEEDS.

~ Holy Qur’an 47.35

68. Allah's Apostle said, "If any one of you improve (follows strictly) his Islamic religion then his good deeds will be rewarded ten times to seven hundred times for each good deed and a bad deed will be recorded as it is."

~ Hadith, Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, Book 2, No. 40

69. Do good deeds which is within your capacity as ALLAH NEVER GETS TIRED OF GIVING REWARDS TILL YOU GET TIRED OF DOING GOOD DEEDS."

~ Hadith, Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 2, Book 21, No. 251n

70. Except those who repent, believe, and do good deeds and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

~ Hadith, Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 6, Book 60, No. 288


Jainism

71. RENDERING HELP TO ANOTHER IS THE FUNCTION OF ALL HUMAN BEINGS.

~ Tattvarthasutra 5.21
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme138.htm#02


72. Charity – to be moved at the sight of the thirsty, the hungry, and the miserable and to offer relief to them out of pity – is the spring of virtue. 
~ Kundakunda, Pancastikaya 137
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme141.htm#03

 

Judaism

73. When the Holy One loves a man, He sends him a present in the shape of a poor man, so that he should perform some good deed to him, through the merit of which he may draw to himself a cord of grace.

~ The Zohar, Genesis 104a
http://www.teachingvalues.com/products/SpiritualQuotes.pdf


74. THOSE WHO WORK FOR THE COMMUNITY SHOULD DO SO FOR THE SAKE OF HEAVEN; for then the merit of their ancestors shall aid them, and their righteousness shall endure forever. And you, says God, I shall credit you with great reward as if you have achieved it.
~ Mishnah, Pirkei Avot 2:2
http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2011/jewish/Chapter-Two.htm

75. ALL MEN ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE ANOTHER. 

~ Talmud, Sanhedrin 27b
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme138.htm#03


76. He who prays for his fellowman, while he himself has the same need, will be answered first.
~ Talmud, Baba Kamma 92a
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme138.htm#07


77. He who carries out one good deed acquires for himself one advocate in his own behalf, and he who commits one transgression acquires one accuser against himself. REPENTANCE AND GOOD WORKS ARE LIKE A SHIELD AGAINST CALAMITY. 
~ Mishnah, Abot 4.13
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme146.htm#11


78. Those who are insulted but do not insult others in revenge, who hear themselves reproached without replying, who PERFORM GOOD WORK OUT OF THE LOVE OF THE LORD and rejoice in their sufferings... are "as the sun when he goeth forth in his might." 
~ Talmud, Yoma 23a
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme145.htm#08


Mohism

79. Hence THOSE WHO LOVE AND BENEFIT OTHERS HEAVEN WILL BLESS.
~ Mozi, On the Necessity of Standards
http://chinese.dsturgeon.net/text.pl?node=101&if=en


80. Whoever loves others is loved by others; whoever benefits others is benefited by others…
~ Mozi, Universal Love II
http://chinese.dsturgeon.net/text.pl?node=562&if=en


81. The evil act will be punished and THE GOOD ACT WILL BE REWARDED.
~ Mozi, Gong Meng
http://chinese.dsturgeon.net/text.pl?node=590&if=en"


Mormonism


82. I tell you these things that you may learn wisdom; that you may learn that WHEN YOU ARE IN THE SERVICE OF YOUR FELLOW BEINGS YOU ARE ONLY IN THE SERVICE OF YOUR GOD. 
~ Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2.17
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme138.htm#09

 

Sikhism


83. In the midst of this world, DO SEVA, AND YOU SHALL BE GIVEN A PLACE OF HONOR IN THE COURT OF THE LORD.

Seva means selfless service.

~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 26
http://www.sikhs.org/english/frame.html


84. Center your awareness on seva - selfless service - and focus your consciousness on the Word of the Shabad.Shabad means Sound or Essence of God.

~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 110

85. THE GOD-CONSCIOUS BEING DELIGHTS IN DOING GOOD TO OTHERS.

~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 273

86. THROUGH SELFLESS SERVICE, ETERNAL PEACE IS OBTAINED.

~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 125
http://www.srigranth.org/servlet/gurbani.gurbani?Action=Page&Param=125&english=t&id=5133#l5133


87. One who performs selfless service, without thought of reward, shall attain his Lord and Master.
~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 286

88. Do seva, selfless service, for the Holy Saints, and the noose of Death shall be cut away.

~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 214

89. Without selfless service, no one obtains any reward.

~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 354

90. SELFLESS SERVICE IS THE SUPPORT OF THE BREATH OF LIFE of the Gurmukh.

Gurmukh means Truth seeker.

~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 229

http://www.srigranth.org/servlet/gurbani.gurbani?Action=Page&Param=229&english=t&id=9996#l9996


91. Make good deeds the soil, and let the Word of the Shabad be the seed; irrigate it continually with the water of Truth.Shabad means Sound or Essence of God.

~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 24


92. Through the perfect karma of good deeds, ONE MEETS THE PERFECT GURU, WHOSE SPEECH IS PERFECT.
~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 146

93. Without the karma of good actions, Heaven is not attained.

~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 952


94. THE GOD-CONSCIOUS BEING ACTS IN THE COMMON GOOD.
~ Holy Guru Granth Sahib, Page 273
http://www.srigranth.org/servlet/gurbani.gurbani?Action=Page&g=1&h=1&r=1&t=1&p=0&k=0&Param=273

 

Sufism

95. Privately, secretly, people perform good deeds to ward off weakness and restore their strength, trusting that Life will accept their gifts and efforts.

~ Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 13

96. Like the bath, the man or woman fired BY THE EFFORTS OF WORK BECOMES PURIFIED AND A BENEFIT TO ALL PEOPLE.

~ Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 3

97. Through obedience, strenuous effort, and noble actions the Gnostic attains illumination and spiritual intoxication…

~ Discourses of Rumi, Discourse 55


Taoism

98. Anything evil refrain from doing; ALL GOOD DEEDS DO!

~ Tract of the Quiet Way
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme146.htm#10


99. The sage does not accumulate for himself. The more he uses for others, the more he has himself. The more he gives to others, the more he possesses of his own. THE WAY OF HEAVEN IS TO BENEFIT OTHERS AND NOT TO INJURE.
~ Tao Te Ching 81


100. DO GOOD TO HIM WHO HAS DONE YOU AN INJURY.
~ Tao Te Ching 63

 

Tibetan Buddhism

101. May I be an inexhaustible treasury for the destitute! With various forms of assistance may I remain in their presence.

~ The Bodhicaryavatara, 8.9
http://www.shantideva.net/guide_ch3.htm

102. If I employ others for my own purposes I myself shall experience servitude, But IF I USE MYSELF FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS I SHALL EXPERIENCE ONLY LORDLINESS.

~ The Bodhicaryavatara, 8.126-128
http://www.unification.net/ws/theme138.htm#20


103. I wish you all to PRACTICE DEEDS THAT ARE MEANINGFUL,
And amass all merits!
~ The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, The Gray Rock Vajra Enclosure


The Universal White Brotherhood

104. To love others signifies working for them. LOVE IMPLIES WORKING FOR OTHERS.

~ The Wellspring of Good, Serving
http://www.beinsadouno.org/old/in_en.htm

105. The strength is in our mind, in our heart, in the noble instigations and the aspiration to do good.

~ Behold the Man

106. Happy is he, who rejoices when he was able to DO GOOD SELFLESSLY.

~ Behold the Man

 

Zoroastrianism

107. I shall lead my soul towards heaven by pure thought, and being well aware of the blessings which the Almighty, Ahura, shall pour down upon good deeds, I shall teach the people to strive for truth and follow righteousness. Ahura means Creator

~ The Gathas, Yasna 28, Verse 4

108. Through good deeds and words and deep meditation O, Mazda, whereby the people will attain eternal life, righteousness, spiritual strength and perfection, I will dedicate them all to Thee, O Ahura, as a gift.Mazda means Supreme Wisdom. Ahura means Creator.

~ The Gathas, Yasna 34, Verse 1

109. How great is Thy power O Lord, deeply do I yearn to serve the humanity, O Mazda, with good deeds. 

Mazda means Supreme Wisdom.

~ The Gathas, Yasna 34, Verse 5

110. Therefore, WORSHIP HIM WITH FULL CONSCIENCE AND GOOD DEEDS. Worship Ahura Mazda, who discerns the wise from the unwise and is Guardian of This World.

Ahura Mazda means Creator.

~ The Gathas, Yasna 46, Verse 17

111. O Mazda, PARADISE IS GAINED BY GOOD DEEDS. Therefore, I shall always try to fulfill good actions.

Mazda means Creator.

~ The Gathas, Yasna 51, Verse 1

112. So, let all strive with thought, word and deed to satisfy Mazda. LET EACH ONE CHOOSE TO PERFORM GOOD DEEDS AS HIS WORSHIP.
~ The Gathas, Yasna 53, Verse 2

113. For the three excellent things be never slack, namely, good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.

~ Zend Avesta, Vendidad, Fargad XVIII

114. DO GOOD SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS GOOD.

~ Pahlavi Texts

115. Do whatever you know to be good and do not do anything that you know to be not good.

~ Pahlavi Texts

116. Never commit a sin out of vengeance, but always strive your utmost to do good works.

~ Pahlavi Texts

117. Till the earth and do good, for all men live and are nourished by the tilling of Spandarmad, the Earth.

~ Pahlavi Texts

118. Do good and keep your doors open to any who may come from far or near, for he who does not do good and does not keep his doors open, will find the door of Heaven and of Paradise closed.

~ Pahlavi Texts

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