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SMALL THINGS CAN HAVE WONDERFUL USES

by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English Translation: Man Ho and Zhi Yue

A drop of water can converge together to become an ocean.
A seed can be harvested to become a storehouse of grains.
A sentence can be spread for thousands of years.
A heart can contain inexhaustible treasures.

Not bragging about good deeds accumulates merits,
as streams flow into the sea.
Not mending minor flaws leads to failure,
as a stone is worn away day by day, unnoticed.*

A small vajra can topple Mt. Sumeru.
A small spark can start a forest fire.
A small virus can harm the human body.
A small repentance can stop a torrent of unwholesome deeds.*

One little smile gives boundless joy.
One little word does boundless good.
One little tale gives boundless inspiration.
One little action brings boundless good causes and conditions.*

── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan (Roots of Wisdom; *The Everlasting Light)