Two Stepping Stones

From the teachings of Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Learn this great secret: Put yourself in the place of others. What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. How can one who knows that each and every being is his own self harm anyone? No one tries to harm himself.

You are not the doer. Do not think of the good deeds you have done and do not expect any thanks for what you do. If you help someone, never remember it and if someone helps you, never forget it.


The world is for your education. You learn many lessons daily. If you learn all the lessons you can, if you use all opportunities to the best advantage, in the spirit of yoga, your capacities and willpower will develop. You grow, you evolve and you expand.

There is eternal development and you are moving forward towards the goal. You receive more and more divine light, knowledge, peace and spiritual strength.

Difficulties exist so that you may become strong by overcoming them. Therefore, overcome all difficulties, one by one, patiently. If you fail ten times, do not despair. If you fail a hundred times, do not be disheartened. If you fail a thousand times, rise up and march on boldly. Failures are indeed stepping stones to success.


Love God with all your heart and your neighbour as yourself. Love breaks down all barriers. Feel that another’s difficulty is yours and relieve him of his difficulty. Then alone will you grow in cosmic love. Love is an actual substance that you can use with confidence. Love is a positive, concrete thing.

Love vibrates in the form of service, generosity and benevolence. Love of one’s nation, one’s own race, one’s own religion is but a limited kind of love. Human love is but the stepping stone to universal love.

Love knows no fear. Love is the divine force of this universe. The purer you make your heart, the greater will be the power of your love. Be kind, humble, tolerant, just and natural. Love the eternal in every being. Make no distinctions between one being and another. Love is the dew drop of divine grace.