Serving others

There is so much suffering in the world. What should we do to help?

You cannot completely remove all the suffering from this world. Just as in gout and rheumatism, the pain and swelling shifts from one joint to another joint, so also if suffering is eradicated in one place, another manifest in another place. The world is very crooked. It is like the tail of a dog. So many avatars, yogis, acharyas, saints and prophets came into the world and preached. Still it is crooked; still it is in the same state.

Therefore, do not bother yourself much in reforming the crooked world. This can never be done. Reform yourself first. Then the whole world can be reformed. How can you help the world when you are yourself weak and ignorant? It will be like one blind man leading another blind man. Both will fall into a deep abyss.

The greatest help or service that you can do to the world is the imparting of knowledge of Self. Spiritual help is the highest help you can render to mankind. One who serves the world serves himself. One who helps others really helps himself.

When you serve another person, think that God has given an opportunity to improve, correct and mould yourself by service. Be grateful to the person who gave you a chance to serve.


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