We recall the words of spiritual leader and humanitarian Amma-Mata Amritanadamayi from the first issue of CR Fashion Book. Also known as “the hugging saint,” Amma spends her time traveling the world, giving her ‘darshan’—a powerful blessing in the form a hug—to people from all walks of life.
“There once lived a wealthy man who had buried a large amount of gold in his orchard. Every morning he would stealthily visit there, dig up the gold, and stare at it. Seeing its glimmer, a broad smile would cross his face. Then he would bury the gold and happily return home. He did this religiously every day as a kind of morning worship.
One day the man’s neighbor secretly removed all the gold and replaced it with rocks. The next day, the wealthy man received the shock of his life. ‘Help! Help! Someone has stolen my gold!” he screamed. Hearing the commotion, his neighbors came running. The neighbor who had removed the gold advised him: “Why are you so upset? You would never have used that gold anyway. All you did was look at it every day. For that, these rocks should suffice. Whatever happens, continue your morning routine, come and see these rocks every day.’
True happiness comes from sharing our possessions. Otherwise, both wealth and knowledge revert to mere ornaments, magnifying our mental burden. We will lack the peace of mind to appreciate what we already have. Our selfish ego will always think, If I give this away, what will be left for me to enjoy? But when we convert a selfish concern into a divine thought—such as, If I enjoy this, will I still have something left over to give?—our inner beauty will surely increase.
The happiness that objects bring has sorrow attached. When we lose something that makes us happy, it brings us sorrow. But the happiness that comes from sharing selflessly can never be removed. We should not only share our good fortune with others, but also share in their misfortunes. We should experience others’ sadness as our own. That is when we will be able to serve with love. Service performed with this attitude will bring inexplicable peace and happiness. Our inner beauty will shine forth externally.
In today’s world, people have become very health-conscious. Many of us pursue physical exercise, but most of us neglect to exercise our hearts. Exercise for the heart lies in feeling compassion for the suffering. The beauty of our eyes is not in the eyeliner applied, but in seeing others in a generous light. The beauty of our lips is not in the lipstick, but in speaking kind words. The beauty of our ears is not in the earrings, but in listening patiently to the distressed. The beauty of our hands is not in our golden rings, but in using our hands to perform the right actions.
Selfless service is the portal to inner beauty. If we serve nature selflessly, nature will serve us. If we serve animals and plants lovingly, they will serve us in turn. We want to have rain and sun in the right proportions, but we neglect the forests and mountains. We long for clean water, but pollute our streams and rivers. Only when we live with love, trust, respect, and an attitude of service can we achieve success and happiness in life. When we forget this principle, nature lashes back. Sincere service is what sustains this universe.
The foundation of selfless service is unadulterated love. Amma knows that it is not easy to have such a pure, loving mind, because when two people come together, it is two separate worlds that become linked. Love and service are not two—they are inextricably tied to one another, like a flower and its fragrance. True service happens when we understand the hearts of the suffering and serve them. For this, we ought to learn to see ourselves in others, and others in ourselves.”END
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