Life is beautiful once, twice, thrice, always, forever!!!
Why should we be good and do good when others don’t respond the same way? What is the use of showing compassion? To help others is a humanitarian attribute, a compassionate nature is proof that you’re human. You know this. That’s why you’ve expressed doubts over the relevance of the ‘be-good-do-good-feel good’ principle. Maybe someone you trusted broke your heart. If your intention is to really help others, then your entire concentration should be on the word ‘others’. There would be no scope to think about yourself. The idea of helping others is not a barter transaction, wherein you give something in exchange of something. It is just giving, pure and simple and not taking. If we entertain the selfish idea of receiving something even a warm thank you, the idea of helping loses it’s charm. Then it will be just like any commercial transaction. That’s why we’ve been told to do a good deed and throw it into the well. It means do good and forget about it. Don’t expect even a smile of gratitude in return.
One afternoon Jesus Christ cured 10 lepers. But only 1 remained to show gratitude. Read the account of Luke in the Bible, it says that Jesus turned and enquired of his disciples, ‘where are the other nine? ‘The disciple answered, ‘Master their selfish desire is fulfilled and so they have gone from here’. Do good unto others. Even the messiah who gave a fresh lease of life to others, had to taste bitter ingratitude of the selfish. What then can people like you and me expect? So let us make a motto. To help others not for any commission but just to enjoy the inner feeling of indescribable joy. Help for the inner joy of helping. Nature never leaves you empty handed. There was a farmer named Fleming in Scotland. One day he heard a call for help. He saw a boy sinking in quicksand.
He pulled out the boy and affectionately patted him and told him to go home. Then he returned to his farming job again. Next day, a well-dressed gentleman arrived at his hut. He said,’ You saved the life of my son. I wish to present you with a reward’. But Fleming said he had done only his duty. The gentleman took the responsibility of educating the farmer’s son. Years later the farmer’s son became a scientist, Alexander Fleming. He became renowned for his invention of Penicillin. A few months after the invention, the boy who his father saved got a severe attack of pneumonia. And his life was saved this time by Fleming Junior’s invention. What goes around does come around. Nature returns everything with interest. Jesus would say, happy are those who long to be just and good for they shall be completely satisfied. Don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. And your father who knows all secrets will reward you.
Satsang by Ashutosh Maharaj