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Chapter 10: When You Give of Yourself

Twenty-five centuries have passed and the East has not been able to produce another Buddha. Why? - a tremendously misunderstood logic. The rich man - and only a rich man - can ask, “Teach us of giving.” A poor man can only ask, “Teach us of getting.” In other words, as long as you are asking for more and more, you are poor.

The day the awakening happens to you that this insane idea of getting more and more is not leading you anywhere and your life is slipping out of your hands, then only the question has an authenticity:

Teach us of giving.
And he answered:
You give but little when you give of your possessions.

The words of Kahlil Gibran should be written in pure gold. If you are thinking of giving your possessions, there is not going to be a revolution in your life. Think of giving up your very desire for possessiveness. Possessions are not a problem: you can live in a palace, the palace is not going to disturb you. The palace is not even aware of you. The problem is, “It is my palace!” That possessiveness has to be given up; whether you give up the palace or not is irrelevant.

You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Ambition is the way of the ego. It makes you more and more yourself.

It happened: The first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, had gone to the West for a Commonwealth meeting. His number two in the cabinet was Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He was given the number two position not because of any special quality, but because he had political power in his hands. The Mohammedans had divided into two: the majority was following Muhammadali Jinnah and asking for a separate land, Pakistan. Maulana Azad remained with the Nationalist Congress, and because of his religious scholarship - a maulana is the highest degree as far as Mohammedans are concerned - and because of him, a great number of Mohammedans were not following Muhammadali Jinnah.

Maulana Azad was a great orator, but he knew only Urdu, Arabic. And it is a strange craziness of human beings: the thing that you cannot understand, you think must be of a very high order. All the priests of the world have tried that. The rabbi will speak in Hebrew and the Jews are impressed, although they do not understand anything of it. Translated, it is rubbish. I always have the feeling that the word rubbish must have come from rabbi, I cannot find any other source. The Hindu pundit will speak in Sanskrit. Neither you know what it means nor perhaps does he know what he is repeating, because translated, it looks so stupid.

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