The principle of nonattachment to the fruit of action is basic to Buddhism as a corollary to the teaching of Gautama Buddha in his second of the Four Noble Truths, i.e., the cause of suffering is inordinate desire.
- He that would be great among you,
- Let him be the servant of all.
- He that is great among you
- Is the servant neither of self
- Nor of passion’s pall,
- Not of desire save the desire to be
- The Buddha for humanity,
- Not of attachment
- Save the attachment to the law of individuality,
- Not of self-centeredness save the centering of the self in God....
- The tenth perfection of the law
- Is the balance between desire and desirelessness.
- It is the point of the fusion
- Of the active and the passive....
- The Perfection of Indifference is the zeal
- That determines the quantity of energy
- Entrusted to your care.
- The three-times-three will be the nine,
- The ninety, the nine hundred, the nine thousand,
- The nine million, or the nine billion
- According to your ability
- To show indifference alike
- To mockery and to praise,
- To pleasure and to pain,
- To poverty or riches,
- Adulation or indignation.
- This is the tenth perfection of the law—
- Indifference to the gratitude or ingratitude of mortals,
- Indifference to their cursings
- Or the garlands of their approbation.
Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 31, no. 67, October 9, 1988.
- Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Quietly Comes the Buddha: 25th Anniversary Edition, pp. 46, 128.