Friends! Donation and charity are two means which provide us enormous opportunities. If we donate we experience mental peace and our soul is contented. But we must be cautious as to donate only to the needy persons. If we feed who is already overfed, he would fall sick. Hence,its useless being benevolent to those who do not deserve.

All of us are too scared of death because it seems like a demon. But, what is more perilous and dreadful than death is watching our fellowmen suffer while we do nothing for their betterment. We must engage part of our time in helping others in whatever manner we could. But, this should never be to get back name and fame. Rather it should be for our own self-improvement. Thus it would not be right to give any credit to ourselves as it inflates our ego. We must understand that benevolence helps none but ourselves. It teaches us to be patient and noble. Even if we refuse to donate, it would not make any difference to the society because the Supreme Being has bestowed everyone with adequate means for survival. Here our meager donations do not matter much, but, we might lose an opportunity to help others and eventually ourselves.

Akhand Jyoti,
August 1949,
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The oil in the lamp has finished. Only the burning cotton wick was emitting dim light was left. On seeing its dying moment, a householder couldn’t help asking it, “You have been guiding others by emitting your light for the whole life. You have been doing good to the world, yet when I see your such tragic end, my heart rends.”

The extinguishing lamp gathered its whole power and while emitting its glow for the last time, said, “Brother! In this mortal
world, one who is born is bound to die. We can’t escape death even after our all possible attempts. However, we can do only this much: we shouldn’t let the precious moments of our life go waste.”

Pragya Puran,
Part-I,
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Spirituality and Materialism are both mutually related. One is incomplete without the other. The saint, even when living in a cave in the jungle, needs food, fire, clothes, bed, books, blanket, utensils, and many amenities without which it is difficult for him to survive. So, it must be understood that some materialism is being practiced even by those who are highly spiritual. Even the extreme materialists such as robbers and dictators practice some spirituality in the form of love and sacrifice for their families and loved ones. Amongst the attributes where as spirituality is considered as most true, pure and divine, materialism is considered as dark, impure, and ignorance.The combination of the two extremes is the middle path, giving rise to force, energy, and a desire to act. The dynamics of the universe is maintained by a perfect balance of these attributes. If Darkness is destroyed, man will become God and if Divinity is removed, the same man will become a devil. It is a sad thing that in either case, the human nature is lost. Humanity lies in the delicate balance of the extremes. Therefore, so long as human life exists, materialism and spirituality will both co-exist in man. Giving a higher priority to one is what makes all the difference. For the generous and kind people, spirituality is the primary preference, to the extent that they might end up neglecting the material basis of all things. On the other hand, the selfish people prefer materialism so strongly that they transgress all the ethical limits set by spirituality.
In spite of these facts, each of the two types of people – whether materialist or spiritualist, accept the other viewpoint and are often compelled to consider it.

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Friends! It is the foremost duty of each one of us to keep on trying and differentiating between fib and truth. Truth is the most invaluable gem of the spiritual world. The Supreme Being has equipped mankind sufficiently so that we become able to recognize the truth. Of course, in today’s materialistic world, it has become very difficult to identify the TRUTH. Therefore, we shall first have to be honest within our heart, speech and deed and only then can we pin point reality even through simple knowledge and instincts.    We must escape the myths and baseless thoughts as they unnecessarily cloud our mind, hinder our mental growth and spiritual development. As we sub-consciously tend to become slaves of these foolish notions we end up harming ourselves. We must not blindly follow them only because numerous others hold their beliefs in these thoughts, or merely because they have been adhered to by people since time immemorial. Rather we must weigh them on the basis of logic, fact & proof and then consider them, worth imbibing.

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SOHUM (I am That): Indeed potentially I am That Absolute Truth - Consciousness incarnated in human form. Attaining higher spiritual levels are easy for me. I am a Sadhak (devotee) whom Yug Rishi has given an opportunity to do Sadhana towards Self-Realization.

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