I have seen in my life that it is not difficult to
have occult or psychic powers; to be virtuous, to keep
our life pure, is not very difficult. To be merciful, to be compassionate,
is difficult: it is difficult to be human.
God has many names: the Great, the Powerful, the Mighty,
the Sovereign, but he is always called Merciful and Compassionate.
In these qualities we are never perfect, we shall never
be perfect. As it has been said, 'Go into your room at night
and repent of what you have done, of all the thousand bad
thoughts you have had of friends and enemies.' A Persian
poet has said, 'The whole secret of the two worlds is in
these two words: With friends be loving, with enemies courteous.'
If you have understood that this world is nothing, if
you have recognized that it is a passing thing, why not
let others enjoy while you renounce? Why not let others
put on the nice dress while you look at it? Why not let
others eat the dinner while you be in the kitchen and cook
it? Why not let others sit in the car while you drag it,
instead of you sitting in the car and letting others drag
Keep your life noble; that is: be merciful and compassionate.
It is the tendency of everyone to take the best of another.
Even in friendship there is this tendency. All are seeking
their own enjoyment and leave the worst for another. If
you are a seeker of God, take the opposite way. Let all
the world go one way, while you go the contrary way.
Since the world always oppresses the good, tramples upon
the meek, and robs the generous, what conduct of life would
There are three courses. The first is renunciation. This
is the way of the saints and sages: to follow the ideal and
to accept whatever troubles and sorrows and ill-treatment.
The second way is selfishness: to be more selfish than all
the rest of the world. The third way is the greatest and
the most difficult: it is to have all responsibilities,
all the cares of life, to have friends and all, to be as
unselfish, as good as possible, and just selfish enough not
to be trampled upon.
Life in the world can be pictured as everyone pushing
away the other who stands in his way, thus making his way
towards his object. Man generally does not mind when he
pushes another away, he minds when he is pushed away. When
he becomes somewhat considerate then he tries to refrain
from pushing others away, and for that very reason he feels
hurt when he is pushed away by another.
If a man who is gentle happens to be wise also, he – out
of his gentleness – does not push anyone away, nor does
he mind being pushed away; he goes on patiently in the pursuit
of the object he wishes to accomplish. But when a man who
is gentle and kind is void of wisdom, he stands still in
life, blocking the way for others and putting himself in
a place from where he will always be pushed away.