“What we leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
“Our death is not an end if we live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I AM AN incorrigible optimist. I’m aware of the threats that surround us, but I haven’t lost my faith, I haven’t lost my hope. And I haven’t lost my confidence that people working together harmoniously can bring about a change for the better in the world that our children will grow up in. It’s not for governments to improve our lives. It is for each individual to ask himself or herself, “Should I continue to make things which destroy life, or can I lend my expertise and my experience to benefit life, to help life?” We get discouraged because we don’t see life as it is. We feel we can’t make a difference because we don’t see things as they really are. When we see life as it is, when we see people as they are, all sorrow will fall away, all suffering will come to an end. This is the great message of all religions. When we see life as it is, all sorrow falls away.
Questioner: How to deal with people?
Maharaj: Why make plans and what for? Such questions show anxiety. Relationship is a living thing. Be at peace with your inner self and you will be at peace with everybody.
Realize that you are not the master of what happens, you cannot control the future except in purely technical matters.
Human relationship cannot be planned, it is too rich and varied.
Just be understanding and compassionate, free of all self-seeking.
Questioner: Surely, I am not the master of what happens. Its slave rather.
Maharaj: Be neither master, nor slave. Stand aloof.