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by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Zhi Yue and Calvin Ka-fat Lau

To have light emitting from our fingers sounds like an impossibility, but to emit light is not an ability that only the buddhas and bodhisattvas have. Anyone who has a pure and sincere heart can radiate with light.

Whenever we encourage or console others, our mouths emit light as our speech illuminates the way; when we make circumstances more convenient for others, we brighten the world with our hands. When we smile compassionately at others, our faces radiate with light!

Whenever and wherever we give others happiness and confidence, we allow others to feel the purity of our wisdom─emitting light both inside and out.

Not only do we shine when we lessen our selfishness, greed, hate, and argumentativeness, our lights dispel darkness and illuminate others as well. In this way, everyone is an illuminating body.

── from Hsing Yun Shuo Yu (Hsing Yun’s Commentaries on Allegories)