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Joy of Giving and Sacrificing

by Swami Rama

Book title: Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita[This is an excerpt from Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Rama as part of the commentary on III:14.]

Those who are not aware of the law of expansion do not experience the joy of sacrificing and giving. But those who have practiced to strengthen the quality of giving cannot stop giving, for giving fills one with the highest of joys, whereas expecting and taking only lead to momentary pleasure that later results in disgust, disappointment, and a sorrowful state of mind. Those who do not learn to give or sacrifice the fruits of their actions do not know the art of living and being.

The essence of sacrifice is giving selflessly. It is a complete expression of love in the true sense. Those who learn to be content with only their essential needs fulfilled are truly happy, and they use all their resources in the love and service of others. The little bit that is left over is used for the sustenance of their existence in the world so they can continue giving. Such individuals live for others. But the selfish are not aware of the law of giving and are doomed.

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