Om Namo Bhagavate Sivananadaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
�Very well, but who loses? Not we, but only he loses the Lord�s blessings.�
The Master brushed aside a suggestion to approach a devotee afresh for the
purpose of getting a book printed. He was told that the devotee had expressed
his displeasure because the Society did not immediately utilise a donation
he had made for a specific purpose. As a result of this he had stopped further
�Charity should be unconditional,� the Master went on to say. �Especially
in the case of a spiritual institution, where the organisers are trustworthy
and selfless servants of humanity, the donor should not bind the institution
with all kinds of conditions. The people in charge know where funds are
needed urgently. For instance, if money is very urgently required by us
to maintain the aspirants, then we should use it for that purpose. It will
then be foolish to starve the workers, saying that there is no balance in
the maintenance fund. If the building fund has money, and if it is not urgently
required there, any wise organiser will divert it to the kitchen.
�To me the printing of books is of the greatest necessity. All other works
have a secondary priority. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge on the widest
possible scale is my one thought. Construction work, the water-scheme and
every other work can wait.
�The world looks to such societies and Ashrams as ours for guidance. Even
if we go and take food from the almshouse, we should go on with the publication
of books and leaflets. The donor will be benefited very greatly by such
unconditional charity; he would have served the world through his money.
Even if the money goes to feed some Sadhus and aspirants, the donor will
be greatly blessed.
�A few people realise this but others have the banker�s mentality-this money
for this, that money for that. This hinders their progress to the goal,
narrows their hearts and clouds their intellects. It finally leads them
to vilification of Mahatmas and eventually to their own downfall.
�For whose sake is he doing charity? Certainly not for our sake. The Lord
will provide us with sufficient funds to carry on the work. I have the power
to bring about a shower of gold in this Ashram but I will not do it. The
householders should be given an opportunity of doing charity and being purified
of their bad Karmas. Only through charity and the like can they purify their
hearts and minds and thus expand and evolve. Everyone should realise this.�
A full page of spiritual instructions in answer to a devotee's prayer for
a simple autograph:
"Little drops of water
Make the mighty ocean.
Little grains of sand
this beautiful land.
Make the mighty ages.
Make millions and crores.
Will make you a devil.
Little words of love,
Little acts of kindness,
Little good thoughts
Will make you a saint." - Swami Sivananda
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Swami Chidananda invites you to the 2nd Global International
Divine Life Society Conference
30th December 2001 - 2nd January 2002 at
Cuttack, Orissa, INDIA