Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Just Be
"The flower doesn't even know it is giving
fragrance. Does it say, `Here is a nice
person; I want to be extra nice and give
her some fragrance?' A candle doesn't even
know that it is giving light. It is just
light. Does the candle say, `Hey, look. I'm
here wasting my time; I'm melting away. Come,
read or write something?' No. The candle is
just there. That is what a Karma Yogi is.
Just by that yogi's very presence, people
enjoy the light, people enjoy the smell,
people get the benefit. But, if you feel,
`I wanted to give, but nobody wanted to
receive; I'm wasting my time,' then you are
unhappy. Do you think that people are waiting
around for you to give them something? Nobody
is waiting for your gift. But, when they are
hungry, they will take it. So, just be. Don't
try to become.
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"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."