Self Sacrifice

A human being has many divine qualities.

But there has never been another unparalleled divine
   quality like man’s self-sacrifice,
    nor can there ever be.

God’s own Soulful Message to humanity in all walks of life is self-sacrifice.

The brightest self-sacrifice can easily ease

And diminish the darkest trials and stresses of human life.

He who is all sacrifice can never go through life as a failure.

His is the perpetual victory.

His is the spontaneous inner joy.

What is to be sacrificed?

One’s life-breath. How to sacrifice?

With the feeling of a universal oneness.

To despair’s invitation, self-sacrifice says No.

To delight’s invitation, self-sacrifice says Yes.

God secretly blesses me from Heaven

      when I wish to grow into sacrifice.

God openly blesses me on earth

     when my earthly existence becomes all sacrifice.

Man’s choice is joy. Joy’s choice is sacrifice.

Sacrifice’s choice is Nothing.

This Nothing is verily the unfoldment of everything,

and the fulfilment of man and God.

A man of no sacrifice wants to possess the world with his strongest might.

A man of sacrifice wishes to be possessed by the world

      with his all-surrendering right.

To love life is to sacrifice our divinity within.

To sacrifice life is to transform our humanity without.

When I sacrifice my material possessions,

I see God coming smilingly towards me.

When I sacrifice my austerities,

I see God marching dynamically towards me.

When I sacrifice my spiritual achievements,

I see God running speedily towards me.

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Excerpt from ‘Songs of the Soul‘ by Sri Chinmoy

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