seeking happiness, the inner faculty becomes impure, and by giving happiness the inner faculty is purified.
He who wishes to take something from this ocean of life, he drowns; while he who desires to give, he crosses (swims) that ocean.
By having the inner intention of giving, oneness and love manifests and by having the inner intention of taking, conflicts occur.
The inner attitude of “giving” leads to spiritual progress, while the feeling of “taking” brings about a fall.
Treating the body to be “I”, “mine” and “for me,” the feeling of wanting to take from others arises.
Maintain relations with others, only to serve them. If you retain relations to seek something from others, then you will have to face unhappiness.
It is better not to take at all, than to take with the objective of giving in charity.
It is a greater virtue to not take at all, then to take for the purpose of giving. But there are very few who understand this point.
It is a sin to take anything from this world, but to give is virtuous.
For taking happiness, even this body is not ours and for giving happiness the entire universe is ours.
By desiring to take, man becomes a slave, and by having a desire to only give, man becomes a master.
On feeling like taking something, sense enjoyment (bhog) takes place and on desiring to give away, union (yoga) takes place.
The body has to be supplied with essentials such as food, water and clothing, however, one is not to become the recipient of these things by establishing a relationship with body. Taking is bondage, while giving is salvation.
From “Amrut Bindu” in Hindi pg 78 and “Drops of Nectar” in English pg 58 by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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