Favorite Ramana Maharshi Quotes – 2
“You are not helping anybody else, but only yourself.” Sri Ramana
Sri Ramana says, “Till you reach the state of jnana and thus wake out of this maya, you must do social service by relieving suffering whenever you see it. But even then you must do it, as we are told, without ahamkara, i.e., without the sense “I am the doer,” but feeling, “I am the Lord’s tool.”
Sri Ramana continues, “Similarly one must not be conceited, “I am helping a man below me. He needs help. I am in a position to help. I am superior and he inferior.” But you must help the man as a means of worshipping God in that man. All such service too is for the Self, not for anybody else. You are not helping anybody else, but only yourself.”
Source: Day by Day with Bhagavan (5-1-46).
Comment: This is one of my favourite quotes as it emphasizes the need for humility when we are serving others and to not give into spiritual pride and vanity. According to the ancient doctrine of karma, all we do for others is, in fact, what we are doing for ourselves. By helping others we only help ourselves.
Harsh K. Luthar