You, the Humble Individual

From the teachings of Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Blessed Immortal Self!

You have read many books and listened to many discourses. You have shown appreciation and interest in sacred scriptures. You have developed faith in the greatness and the glory of the sages and saints of ancient India. But do not forget that this is not enough. The world wants much more from you, you who have love for humanity, who wish for world peace and prosperity. What are you doing? Have you bestowed thought on that?

Do not feel that you are only an ordinary individual, one in millions. Do not think that unless you have cooperation from thousands and thousands all over the world, nothing of real importance will be done. No, you forget that every thought sent out by you – you, the humble individual that you think you are – every thought sent in the proper manner, with full trust in God, in pure unselfishness, has behind it the support of all well-wishers, embodied and disembodied. You do not know how many great well-wishers of the world are everywhere in spirit ready to give invisible help to selfless workers.

Every thought that you send out is a vibration which never perishes. It goes on vibrating in every particle of the universe and if your thoughts are noble, holy and forcible, they set in vibration every sympathetic mind. Unconsciously all people who are like you, take the thought you have projected and in accordance with the capacity that they have, they send out similar thoughts. The result is that without your knowledge of the consequences of your own work, you will be setting in motion great forces which will work together and put down the lowly and mean thoughts generated by the selfish and wicked.