Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
- Action without Selfishness
"An action based on selfishness, with a personal
motive, will always be an imperfect one. It is
imperfect in the sense that it will disturb the
person who performs that act, because the very
expectation of the result disturbs his or her mind.
The very attachment to the result of the action
turns it into a selfish action. You want to achieve
something, so you start to do something and you
build up a tension. Even before you progress in
what you are doing, tension is built up in the mind
because there is a kind of attachment behind it:
`I am doing this for my beloved and I have to see
the result.' But if an action is done without any
selfish motive, it can be done very easily with all
tranquility of the mind.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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- "When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always."
Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda