I continue to find great richness in some of his words, a richness that surely arises from deep insight into human life. For example, in Luke 6:37, Jesus reminds us:
Don't judge other people, and you will not be judged.
Don't condemn other people, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive other people, and you will be forgiven.
Give to other people, and you will receive.
You will be given much.
It will be poured into your hands--more than you can hold.
You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap.
The way you give to other people is the way God will give to you.
We live in a prison of our own creation, the cells constructed from four functions of mind: wanting, holding, making and checking.
The passage from Luke provides a blunt description of how checking mind (the mind that judges, criticizes and condemns) creates suffering. Checking arises from attachment to like and dislike - specifically attachment to feelings.
Zen Master Seung Sahn spoke about this point:
Don't check anything - just do it - then your feelings can't control you.
What happens when our feelings can't control us? We become generous and forgiving.
And what happens when we become generous and forgiving?
Abundance will pour into our hands, spill into our lap, overflow our life. When we give and forgive, we will receive in turn more than we can use. Then we can give even more generously.
So pay attention!
Every day is judgment day.
Photograph of Mary Levine, the Bodhisattva of Parking. She holds quarters in her many hands, ready to assist anyone in need of a good parking place. Her overflowing abundance never fails those with a sincere heart/mind.