Quote for the Day
Everyone must develop the spirit of sacrifice (thyaga). You must serve the people with your body. You have to cherish good and noble thoughts in your mind. You must use your wealth for supporting educational and other institutions to help the people. Give food to the starving. This is the way to lead a purposeful and sublime life. Life has been given to you not to become fat yourself. The body is the basic instrument for the practice of righteousness (Dharma). Dedicate your entire time to service and for the proper discharge of your duties. God alone can transform your spiritual efforts into a transcendental experience. God is omnipresent; He is everywhere and within you. You are Divine! Ensure your spiritual practices (Sadhana) are not for any selfish reason. It must promote the good of others. Giving up selfishness, cultivating selfless love for others, and sanctify your lives. Then you will experience Sakshatkara, the vision of the Divine from within you.
– Divine Discourse, Jul 7, 1990
Summary of the Discussion
1. Sacrificing that is dear to some one is true sacrifice.
2. Great examples of sacrifice from our epics like Karna – who gave his shield knowing fully well that will be his end.
3. Examples from Ramayana – The great sacrifice of Sumithra and Urmila were considered greater than Lakshmana’s sacrifice.
4. Sacrificing animal qualities and negative qualities such as ego, anger, envy and greed are the kinds of sacrifices we should focus on.