TWO STEPPING STONES
By:- SWAMI SIVANANDA SARASWATI
SWAMI SIVANANDA SAYS :
"If you help someone, never remember it and if someone helps you, never forget it." READ ON....
Learn this great secret: Put yourself in the place of others. What
you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. How
can one who knows that each and every being is his own self
harm anyone? No one tries to harm himself.
You are not the doer. Do not think of the good deeds you
have done and do not expect any thanks for what you do. If
you help someone, never remember it and if someone helps
you, never forget it.
The world is for your education. You learn many lessons daily.
If you learn all the lessons you can, if you use all opportunities
to the best advantage, in the spirit of yoga, your capacities and
willpower will develop. You grow, you evolve and you expand.
There is eternal development and you are moving forward
towards the goal. You receive more and more divine light,
knowledge, peace and spiritual strength.
Difficulties exist so that you may become strong by
overcoming them. Therefore, overcome all difficulties, one
by one, patiently. If you fail ten times, do not despair. If you
fail a hundred times, do not be disheartened. If you fail a
thousand times, rise up and march on boldly. Failures are
indeed stepping stones to success.
. . . Shall I fall on bended knees
And wait for someone to bless me
With happiness and a life of golden dreams?
No. I shall run into the desert of life with my arms open,
Sometimes falling, sometimes stumbling,
But always picking myself up, a thousand times if necessary,
Love God with all your heart and your neighbour as yourself.
Love breaks down all barriers. Feel that another’s difficulty
is yours and relieve him of his difficulty. Then alone will you
grow in cosmic love. Love is an actual substance that you can
use with confidence. Love is a positive, concrete thing.
Love vibrates in the form of service, generosity and
benevolence. Love of one’s nation, one’s own race, one’s own
religion is but a limited kind of love. Human love is but the
stepping stone to universal love.
Love knows no fear. Love is the divine force of this universe.
The purer you make your heart, the greater will be the power
of your love. Be kind, humble, tolerant, just and natural. Love
the eternal in every being. Make no distinctions between one
being and another. Love is the dew drop of divine grace.