In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no conditions, and none will be imposed. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us.
The Lord is the only Giver, all the men in the world are only shopkeepers. Get His cheque, and it must be honoured everywhere.
“God is the inexplicable, inexpressible essence of love”, to be known, but never defined.
In our miseries and struggles the world seems to us a very dreadful place. But just as when we watch two puppies playing and biting we do not concern ourselves at all, realising that it is only fun and that even a sharp nip now and then will do no actual harm, so all our struggles are but play in God’s eyes. This world is all for play and only amuses God; nothing in it can make God angry. (VII, 5)
This is from the first talk Swamiji gave his disciples in their retreat at Thousand Island Park, on June 19th 1895. More often Swamiji’s mind was in a very elevated realm on its own. Sometimes even during daily chores most valuable thoughts used to flow out from him. Those who were participants in this blissful retreat had only one comment to make “What good did we do to deserve this blissful experience”. Swamiji gave Sanyasa to two of them and vows of Brahmacharya to five and initiated with mantra all of them. These talks under the title ‘Inspired Talks’ were penned down by Miss. S. E. Waldo – Sister Haridasi. It is almost an Upanishad which can raise the reader into a higher realm of thinking.