St Mark’s member Mike West recently lit our Chalice with these words.
You may be familiar with the saying:
“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
The words are attributed to Lao Tzu, the Chinese philosopher who lived in either the 6th or the 4th century BC. To my surprise I came across a virtually identical text in the Upanishads, probably written between 800 and 500 BC. These are the ancient Sanskrit texts whose central ideas became the spiritual core of Hinduism.
Another search led me to words ascribed to the Buddha…