Om Namah Shivaya

Venkatesaya - 'Be' with Swami Venkatesananda

Daily Readings, Yoga, and Satsangs with Swami Venkatesananda

To love and to serve

In real life, what is extremely important and interesting too is that, in order to live, I need to love and to be loved. If I am interested in living, I also need to work, I need to serve, I need to be active in this world.

If I do some work in your house for you, while taking leave, I must thank you. If you had not been there for me to serve, I would not have had this opportunity of exercising my limbs. I would have wasted away. Thank you very much for giving me this chance.

This is what our Master used to do. I need to love, and therefore I do not expect anything in return; when someone does not love me, I do not feel I must return hate. If I return hate, then I am injecting hate into my own heart, killing myself.

Whatever the attitude of the other person, I have a need to love, I have a need to serve – that is the nature of an enlightened person. He is an instrument in the hand of God. He functions as an instrument.