On High Waves

Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Practise the religion of the heart. Build on the edifice of love. Selfless service purifies the heart and opens it to the flow of Divine Light. Plunge into selfless service. Cheer up the man who is in distress. Encourage the man who is dispirited. Wipe the tears of the afflicted. Remove the sorrow by means of kind and loving words. Make a man smile when he is in despair.

Be a lamp to those who have lost their way. Be doctor and nurse to ailing patients. Be a boat and bridge to those who want to reach the other shore of fearlessness and immortality.

Do your duty to the best of your ability and leave the rest to God. Do all your actions in a detached manner with the spirit of dedication to the Divine. Then actions will not bind you. Your heart will be purified.

Spiritualise all your activities. Let your eyes look with kindness, your tongue speak with sweetness, your hand touch with softness. Be thou as compassionate as Buddha, as pure as Bhishma, as brave as Bhima, and as truthful as Harischandra.