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of sacrifice that springs spontaneously does not and cannot reserve itself for particular objects and special occasions.

 

Just as it can never be too late or too early to learn to love for the sake of love, there can be nothing too small or too big to be sacrificed or sacrificed for. The flow of life, flow of light and the flow of love is as much in the drop as in the Ocean. The smallest thing is as big as the biggest, and the biggest thing is as small as the smallest. It all depends upon the particular yardstick with which one measures a thing.

 

The spirit of true love and real sacrifice is beyond all ledgers and needs no measures. A constant wish to love and be loving and a non-calculating will to sacrifice in every walk of life, high and low, big and small, between home and office, streets and cities, countries and continents, are the best anti-selfish measures that man can take in order to be really Self-ful and joyful.

 

May you one day behold the Ever-Shining Light of Love that never dies and knows no darkness!

 

My blessings to you, one and all.

—Surat, 1947

A BIRTHDAY ADDRESS

By Adi K. Irani

 

Birth is without death if it is the birth of knowledge. Death is without birth if it is the death of ignorance. Physical birth and physical death are the joy and sorrow of the soul's quest for an eternal living after the real death.

 

What birth and death, we know not, do we rejoice and weep, for the millions who come and millions who go. It is the birth that comes not, and the death that holds not, that truly governs the movement of the rise and fall of human bodies.

 

To the unenlightened, this is hardly perceptible. To the enlightened this is seen and experienced; but to the one who is himself the Knower, the Known and the act of Knowing, the entire process is incidental and illusory.

 

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