Cultivate Prosperity In Order To Help Others

Cultivate Prosperity In Order To Help Others

prosperity to help othersThe law of prosperity cannot be manipulated by man for his own selfish
advantage. The working of that law is controlled by God, and He doesn't
permit His laws to be bent or broken arbitrarily. If man works in harmony with the divine law of success, he receives abundance; if by wrong actions he disrupts its generous flow into his life, he punishes himself.

How are you to work in harmony with the principles of that divine law?
First of all, as I said, leave behind desire for and attachment to
luxuries; develop your mind power so that it is satisfied with simple things.
After that, say: "Well, my needs are only a part of my responsibility.
I have dependents and must fulfill my obligations to them also."
Provide for your family, but never spoil your children with too much money.

Unless you include the welfare of others in your prosperity you will never be
ideally prosperous. I do not mean just a disinterested giving of money
to needy persons, but a sincere reaching out to help others help
themselves. Then you will see a tremendous law of supply at work in
your own life. No matter what your situation might be, that law of
reaping the good that you sow will be always with you to help you.

Most people think first and foremost about themselves, and about making
money to satisfy their own desires. If you do that, sooner or later you
are going to be deceived. Rather, you should start with this thought:
"My life's duty is to make others happy."
Be motivated by how your actions and plans can be of benefit to others. Then devise the means to accomplish your goals.

In order to serve, you must have the necessary resources. If you milk the
cow you must feed the cow. The ambition to live well and be prosperous
becomes spiritualized if the purpose is to better serve others by being
able to include them in your prosperity. In rendering good service, you
are bound to get good returns; and when you get good returns, you can
improve your own living standard and do even more for others. That is
how the divine law works.

- Journey to Self-Realization - Collected Talks and Essays. Volume 3 by Paramahansa Yogananda

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