Question: Why do we sacrifice in the name of life?
Speaker: Who says that? Who told you that life is a big sacrifice? Whenever there is a sacrifice, there is somebody collecting sacrifice. Who is collecting your sacrifice?
You are sacrificing your life. Who is collecting your life? Have you ever seen that?
Life is not a sacrifice.
It was surely a very defeated man, a very sad man who would have said that life is a sacrifice.
Life is there to be lived. It is your one precious life and you are young. Its meant to be lived. It is not meant to be given away. But the divine part of that is when you live your life fully, you actually give others a lot as well. Like a candle. A candle shining brightly is able to light hundred other candles as well, and that takes nothing away from its own life. It doesn’t have to sacrifice its own light.
Ensure that you are up and aflame like the candle, then others will also get something from you. But this getting by others would be incidental, you won’t have to sacrifice.
You don’t have to sacrifice
Sacrifice. What and why?
Attain your fullness and then you will be of great use to others, you will be able to help everybody, and there will be no sacrifice. No sacrifice at all.
The Upanishads say, and it’s a very puzzling thing that they say. They say that if the full is taken away from the full, then what remains is still the full. There is no sacrifice. The full has not been reduced. It can’t be reduced.
Are you getting it?
Only the limited can be reduced. What can a beggar give to others? If you are a beggar, then of what use is your sacrifice? Gain completeness, gain richness and then you will find that this richness is overflowing and everybody is benefiting.
Are you getting it?
A mad man can’t help another mad man. But mad men are too eager to sacrifice their life for another mad men, and the entire world is becoming mad because too many mad men are sacrificing their lives.
Don’t sacrifice, find yourself out. Gain completeness.
-Excerpts from a Samvaad session. Edited for clarity.
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