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Chapter 17: Of the Bestowing Virtue, Part 1

The whole religious endeavor, the whole spiritual pilgrimage, the whole discovery of oneself, is for a simple reason: that unless you know yourself, you cannot give. How can you give that which is unknown to you? And the miracle is, the moment you know yourself you cannot resist the temptation of giving. It comes with the finding; immediately you want to shout to the whole world, “I have found the source of life, come and share with me”.

Whenever you experience something of the beyond, you cannot contain it within yourself. It is just impossible, it is not in the nature of life.

The greater is your inner achievement, the greater will be the desire to give. You will be puzzled in the beginning - your thirst was great to find the source of life; but now you know, your desire to share is even greater.

And the mystery that you will encounter is: the more you give, the more you have it; the less you give, the less you have it. If you don’t give, you will lose track of it. You can keep it in your possession only by sharing, by sharing without holding anything back, emptying yourself. And existence takes care; as you are emptying yourself, from unknown sources of your life existence is pouring fresher juices, fresher riches - you are never empty. Your fullness becomes infinite, but it becomes infinite only by giving infinitely.

You compel all things to come to you and into you, that they may flow back from your fountain as gifts of your love.

There is no other religion in the world. All other religions are fake, all other religions are simply substitutes to deceive people. The only religion is the religion of love. And when you have found infinite sources within you, your love demands to share with those who are worthy, with those who are unworthy, without any discrimination, because love knows no discrimination.

It is only the poor who discriminate. The richer your soul is.discrimination becomes impossible. Then it is not a question of whether somebody is worthy or unworthy: to you all that matters is that there is somebody to receive. And you are grateful to the person who receives, not vice versa. You are not hoping the person will be grateful to you because you have given something to him.

In the East, there has been a tradition, very strange.. The Buddhist monks or Jaina monks or Hindu monks.these are the three religions born in India, which have the flavor of the East. When you give food or clothes to a monk - because monks are beggars, they don’t possess anything - whatever they need, they beg.. When the sun sets they should not possess anything: tomorrow will take care of itself. Such is their trust, that if up to now life has taken care there is no reason why tomorrow it will not take care. By the evening, they are absolutely possessionless; in the morning whatever they need, they beg.

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