This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.
Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.
Him I call a MAHATMAN (great soul) whose heart bleeds for the poor; otherwise he is a DURATMAN (wicked soul).
Even the least work done for others awakens the power within; even thinking the least good of others gradually instills into the heart the strength of a LION, I love you all ever so much, but I wish you all to die working for others- I should rather be glad to see you do that!
Inactivity should be avoided by all means. Activity always means resistance. Resist all evils mental and physical; and when you have succeeded in resisting, then will calmness come.
It is the level-headed man, the calm man, of good judgment and cool nerves, of great sympathy and love, who does good work and so does good to himself.
This world is not for our sake. Millions pass out of it every year; the world does not feel it; millions of others are supplied in their place. Just as much as the world is for us, so we also are for the world.
Pay as much attention to means as to the end.
Karma-Yoga is the attaining through unselfish work of that freedom which is the goal of all human nature. Every selfish action, therefore, retards our reaching the goal, and every unselfish action takes us towards the goal; that is why the only definition that can be given of morality is this: THAT WHICH IS SELFISH IS IMMORAL, AND THAT WHICH IS UNSELFISH IS MORAL.
Any action that makes us go God ward is a good action, and is our duty; any action that makes us go downward is evil, and is not our duty.
Every good work we do without any ulterior motive, instead of forging a new chain, will break one of the links in the existing chains. Every good thought that we send to the world without thinking of any return, will be stored up there and break one link in the chain, and make us purer and purer, until we become the purest of mortals.
By means of the constant effort to do good to others we are trying to forget ourselves; this forgetfulness of self is the one great lesson we have to learn in life.
Three things are necessary to make every man great, every nation great:
Conviction of the powers of goodness.
Absence of jealousy and suspicion.
Helping all who are trying to be and do good.
Competition rouses envy, and it kills the kindness of the heart. To the grumbler all duties are distasteful; nothing will ever satisfy him, and his whole life is doomed to prove a failure.
Karma-Yoga means; even at the point of death to help any one, without asking questions. Be cheated millions of times and never ask a question, and never think of what you are doing. Never vaunt of your gifts to the poor or expect their gratitude, but rather be grateful to them for giving you the occasion of practicing charity to them.
Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.
"Misery comes through attachment, no through work." As soon as we identify ourselves with the work we do, we feel miserable; but if we do not identify ourselves with it, we do not feel that misery.
You should work like master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do slave's work.
Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, and hatred is death.