Karma-Yoga : Ch-5. Part-10.





Chapter-5.


WE HELP OURSELVES, NOT THE WORLD :


Part-10.


No beggar whom we have helped has ever owed a single cent to us; we owe everything to him, because he has allowed us to exercise our charity on him.

It is entirely wrong to think that we have done, or can do, good to the world, or to think that we have helped such and such people.

It is a foolish thought, and all foolish thoughts bring misery.

We think that we have helped some man and expect him to thank us, and because he does not, unhappiness comes to us. Why should we expect anything in return for what we do?

Be grateful to the man you help, think of him as God.

Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men?

If we were really unattached, we should escape all this pain of vain expectation, and could cheerfully do good work in the world.

Never will unhappiness or misery come through work done without attachment.

The world will go on with its happiness and misery through eternity.


Swami Vivekananda

To be continued  ....





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