Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- What Else Does Anyone Want?
"For a long time, I had this saying on my
stationery: `It's all Your name. It's all
Your form. It's all Your deed. And it's
all for good.' Since childhood, I have believed
that, and I don't think I ever regretted having
that belief. It is that belief that always
keeps me sane, that keeps me peaceful, never
too upset over anything. Why? Because it's all
for good. Maybe you might say, `Oh that's an easy
way of escaping.' Well, whether it's escaping or
not, all I get is my peace. That is something
more precious to me than anything in the world.
You may call it escapism or blind faith, but what
it is to me is that I am retaining my peace.
Because of that peace, I am always joyful, always
happy. What else would anyone want?
God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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The Right Thing
How do you know if what you decide to do is the right thing? It's very simple. The right thing will not affect your health and happiness. That's all. Anything that would affect your physical and mental peace, your health and happiness, is wrong. Anything. This might bring another question: "Suppose I want to help somebody who is troubled and that affects me. Should I do it or not?" If you are joyfully serving someone, even going through some pain doesn't affect you. You are still happy; you are simply using a little of your energy to help someone. You can't call that unhappiness.
Sometimes when you help somebody, you feel depressed. Why is that? It is because you had expectations. "I am helping that person. The person should accept my help and get the benefit." When you don't see that person getting the benefit you expected, you get upset. That means it's not a selfless act, it's a selfish act. "I did something and I want a result."
That doesn't mean there shouldn't be positive thoughts behind your actions. Certainly send your prayers, think about the welfare of the person. The difference is this: you want him to be happy of course, but you don't demand it. You are not attached to the outcome; you leave that up to God.
In simple words, I would say an action without any selfish expectation whatsoever is a right action. Such an act will never disturb your mind or body.
Om Shanti, Om Shanti, Om Shanti