Absence of Greed

For this we must forget ourselves and substitute the world for ourselves. There is no evil in wanting universal happiness and peace, the evil arises when our desire are only for ourselves and not for others, or not in the sacred interests of truth. When we desire such things as we can share with others, our desires become wiser and more unselfish.

The unselfish man puts himself in the position of others and tries to identify himself with all, regretting what he has done wrongly or has omitted to do, having an earnest desire to do better in the future and make amends for the wrong that has been done.

He desires not to make himself a burden on his fellow men, but to me a blessing to them by making them happy, so that his unselfish disposition promotes social intercourse and adds to the pleasure to others. He appreciates benefits conferred on him and feels joy at the kindness of his benefactor to whom he has a great desire to return those benefits, or to give something more when possible.

By being unselfish we develop in ourselves the sense of sympathy, and we cannot enjoy happiness worthy of the name without being in sympathy with our fellow men. The best way to be happy, therefore, is to make others happy; every kind act is twice blessed, blessing him who gives and him who takes. If we are to promote the spirit of fellowship we should forget our ‘I’ in the service of all, we should do everything we can for the sake of others.

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