Karma-Yoga : Ch-5. Part-15.
WE HELP OURSELVES, NOT THE WORLD :
If there were no fanaticism in the world, it would make much more progress than it does now.
It is a mistake to think that fanaticism can make for the progress of mankind.
On the contrary, it is a retarding element creating hatred and anger, and causing people to fight each other, and making them unsympathetic.
We think that whatever we do or possess is the best in the world, and what we do not do or possess is of no value.
So, always remember the instance of the curly tail of the dog whenever you have a tendency to become a fanatic.
You need not worry or make yourself sleepless about the world; it will go on without you.
When you have avoided fanaticism, then alone will you work well.
It is the level-headed man, the calm man, of good judgment and cool nerves, of great sympathy and love, who does good work and so does good to himself.
The fanatic is foolish and has no sympathy; he can never straighten the world, nor himself become pure and perfect.
To be continued ....