Thought of the week

Just as a little salt—a few fractions of a measure—can make a small amount of water taste salty but cannot change a huge river like the Ganges, know that, in the same way, even a small negative action can harm someone whose positive deeds are weak but cannot harm anyone who has frequently performed immensely positive actions, vast in scope. So we should try to perform powerful positive actions repeatedly on a vast scale.

Comment for verse 44 of the Letter to a friend of Nagarjuna, by Kangyur Rinpoche. For a full version of this text and commentary, see Nagarjuna's Letter to a friend, Snow Lion 2006.