As a river empties into the ocean,
empty yourself into Reality.
When you are emptied into Reality,
you are filled with compassion,
desiring only justice.
When you desire only justice,
the will of Reality becomes your will.
When you are filled with compassion,
there is no self to oppose another
and no other to stand against oneself.
~Pirke Avot 2:4 — a compilation of ancient Jewish teachings and maxims. I’m struck by the resemblance of this passage to Buddhist teachings.
*rabban = title of respect for a person ranking higher than a rabbi;
**roshi = Japanese honorific for “old” teacher in the Zen Buddhist tradition;