Evergreen Pest Control - Our Values and Philosophies
"Gratidute is the turning point." Judith Berg
"One evening an old Comanche told his grandson about
a battle that goes on inside people. He said, 'My Son,
there is a battle between two Wolves living inside us all.'
'One wolf is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret.
It is greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride, and ego.'
'The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, perseverance, benevolence, empathy, generosity,
truth, compassion and faith.'
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then
asked his grandfather: 'Which Wolf wins?'
The old Comanche replied simply:
'The One you feed.' "
".To ransom and release animals
Constitutes a flawless practice
The reason for this is that in the world,
Nothing is more precious than life itself
And no negative act more serious than taking life.
Therefore, among composite forms of the roots of virtue,
None has greater benefit
Than the ransom and release of animals.
If you wish for happiness and good fortune,
Be diligent on this supreme path.
The benefits of this are inconceivable:
It is the supreme practice for longevity,
And there is no higher practice for nurturing good health
Or for dedicating virtue to the dead.
It is my main practice to help beings.
Don’t take life.
Instead, release birds, fish, wild animals,
Farm animals doomed to be slaughtered
And also small creatures such as ants and bees.
Be diligent in giving them refuge from fear.
To help with loving-kindness
Destitute beings without protection
Has merit equal to that of
Meditating on the essence of compassion and emptiness.”
Thus said the glorious master Atisha.
…, both women and men,
Should each in your own domain
Energetically perform as much ransom and release of animals as you are able.
And encourage others to do the same.
By doing so,
You will pacify sickness and disaster
Among humans and farm animals in your region.
Harvests will be plentiful, crops will increase, life will be long
And perfect happiness will dawn.
The time of death will be free of pain and confusion.
Have no doubt of this!
Mama Koling Samanta"
Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain
“In order to acquire wealth–or for that matter anything in the physical universe–you must intend it, make a decision to go for it. The decision is unchangeable with fixity of purpose not countermanded by anything. The universe handles the details, organizes and orchestrates opportunities. You have simply to be alert to these opportunities.
Helping others make money and helping other people to fulfill their desires is a sure way to ensure you’ll make money for yourself as well as more easily fulfill your own dreams. The best way to motivate other people to help you fulfill your goals is to help them fulfill their goals.
Money is like blood; it must flow. Hoarding and holding on to it causes sludging. In order to grow, it must flow. Otherwise it gets blocked and, like clotted blood, it can only cause damage. Money is life energy that we exchange and use as a result of the service we provide to the universe. And in order to keep it coming to us, we must keep it circulating.
Tithing means giving away a certain portion of your income without conditions or strings attached. When you give, a vacuum is created that attracts even more of what you have given away.
Love yourself. Love your customers. Love your family. Love everybody. Love the world. There is no power stronger than love. Also, adopt luxury as a lifestyle. Luxury is our natural state. Adopting luxury as a lifestyle sets the preamble, the preconditions for the flow of wealth.
When we seek money, or a good relationship, or a great job, what we are really seeking is happiness. The mistake we make is not going for happiness first. If we did, everything else would follow.
We must never pretend appreciation, but if we feel it, then we must express it. The expression of gratitude is a powerful force that generates even more of what we have already received.”
Adapted from Creating Affluence, by Deepak Chopra (New World Library, 1993).
"My religion is kindness"
"As long as you're giving, you will be receiving."
- Deepak Chopra
"The necessary foundation for world peace and the ultimate goal of any new international order is the elimination of violence at every level. For this reason the practice of non-violence surely suits us all. It simply requires determination, for by its very nature non-violent action requires patience. While the practice of non-violence is still something of an experiment on this planet, if it is successful it will open the way to a far more peaceful world in the next century."
--from The Pocket Dalai Lama by the Dalai Lama, compiled and edited by Mary Craig
"Among the wealthy, compassionate men claim the richest wealth, for material wealth is possessed by even contemptible men.
Find and follow the good path and be ruled by compassion. For if the various ways are examined, compassion will prove the means to liberation."
Tirukkural 25: 241-242
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."
"It is the mark of a true education to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -- Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven
to the human heart." ~HelenKeller
"Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts."
"Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible."
Norman Vincent Peale
"We can do no great things, only small things with great love. "
“GRATITUDE unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie, Author
"Every living system that goes out of balance attempts to right itself. This is true of your blood pressure and your heart rate but also of the rain forest or a population of birds. Pressure on the system from one side–such as lack of food, absence of home ground, or the sudden intrusion of enemies–causes a reaction to shove the system back into balance. Violence is the most extreme response to imbalance.
When people are asked to make moral decisions, it is the emotional center of the brain that increases in activity, instead of the rational centers layered higher up in the cortex. Only after anger emotionally fires us up do we call in the cortex to fashion reasons, including religious reasons.
If you plot revenge against an evildoer, you are harming yourself: Not because the thought may come back to injure you, which is superstition, but because negative thinking reinforces the source of negativity. Darkness adds to darkness. The simple psychological fact is that the mind grows from habit and use, and as long as you habitually use those centers that send out blame, anger, retribution, intolerance, and violence, those centers will be nourished in their growth.
Nurture instead the light that you find inside. Transformation doesn’t come about by being touched with a magic wand. Habit and use apply here too. If you find even the smallest reasons for sending out intentions of love, tolerance, forgiveness, and peace, these centers will grow inside your mind. Spirit counts on this growth."
Adapted from The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001).
“People were always talking about how mean this guy was who lived on our block. But I decided to go see for myself. I went to his door, but he said he wasn’t the mean guy, the mean guy lived in that house there. ‘No, stupid idiot,’ I said, ‘that’s my house.’”
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"He alone sees truly who sees the Lord the same in every creature,
who sees the Deathless in the hearts of all that die. Seeing the
same Lord everywhere, he does not harm himself or others.
Thus he attains the supreme goal."
Bhagavad Gita 13: 27-28
“I Still believe that one day mankind will bow down before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of land. I still believe that we shall overcame.”
Martin Luther King , laureate’s speech Noble Peace Prize 1964
"If with pleasure you are viewing
Anything a person's doing
If you like 'em
Or you love 'em
Tell 'em now!
Do not wait 'till life is over
An' they lie beneath the clover
They will not know how many teardrops you have shed
For no one reads their tombstone when they're dead.
Worth more than fame an' more than money
Is that comment bright and sunny
Of the heartfelt warm approval of a friend.
So if ya' think some credit is due 'em
Now's the time to slip it to 'em
For no one reads their tombstone when they're dead.
"Like molding dough in your hand,
You can definitely turn your mind
Whichever way you want
As human beings, we are all the same. So there is no need to build some kind of artificial barrier between us. At least my own experience is that if you have this kind of attitude, there is no barrier. Whatever I feel, I can express; I can call you 'my old friend'. There is nothing to hide, and no need to say things in a way that is not straightforward. So this gives me a kind of space in my mind, with the result that I do not have to be suspicious of others all the time. And this really gives me inner satisfaction, and inner peace.
So I call this feeling a 'genuine realization of the oneness of the whole of humanity'. We are all members of one human family. I think that this understanding is very important, especially now that the world is becoming smaller and smaller. In ancient times, even in a small village, people were able to exist more or less independently. There was not so much need for others' co-operation. These days, the economic structure has completely changed, so that modern economies, relying on industry, are totally different. We are heavily dependent on one another, and also as a result of mass communication, the barriers of the past are greatly reduced. Today, because of the complexity of interdependence, every crisis on this planet is essentially related with every other, like a chain reaction. Consequently it is worthwhile taking every crisis as a global one. Here barriers such as 'this nation' or 'that nation', 'this continent', or 'that continent' are simply obstacles. Therefore today, for the future of the human race, it is more important than ever before that we develop a genuine sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. I usually call this a sense of 'universal responsibility'.
--from Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection by the Dalai Lama, , published by Snow Lion Publications
FOR THE LIBERATION OF FISH
By His Holiness Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche
Conqueror Gone to Bliss, Defeater of Enemies. Utterly Pure and Perfect Buddha Bearing the Precious Ushnisha, to you I prostrate, make offerings and go for refuge.
If one recites this to dying animals or to other sentient beings who are on the verge of death, they will not be reborn in the lower realms. As there is such great benefit, I humbly entreat you to recite this with confident faith in the authenticity of the Buddha’s word.
Infallible Three Jewels and Supreme Yidam,
Lord of Compassion, Protector Avalokitesvara,
Think of me, weak and pitiful, with loving compassion
and bear witness to the accomplishment of this vast prayer.
Long ago during the time of Buddha Chubeb
He recited the names of the Bliss-Gone and liberated fish;
Likewise may I, with the rain of Dharma,
Relieve animals who are powerlessly suffering.
Some have no protector and no place to dwell
Stricken with fear of being helplessly devoured by another
These animals, tormented by agonizing misery,
May I relieve them with the rain of Dharma.
When they divest themselves of their present bodies
May they avoid the lower realms
And attain the supreme happiness of gods and humans
That they may thus listen to the holy Dharma,
Put it into practice,
And strive to achieve unexcelled enlightenment.
I humbly ask all to recite this blessed prayer, as it is the very one the Great Siddha Thangtong Gyalpo composed while he performed the liberation of innumerable fish.