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profitably let go? Let us ask ourselves these questions today.

 

To begin with, what may we let go? Who can answer that, and by what standard shall we measure and by what authority shall we decide? Each of us has to answer that question for himself or herself. It may sound a platitude, but I find that we may let go all things which we cannot carry in the Eternal Life. Here are a few subtractions with which we can start our account of what is worthwhile.

 

First of all, we may drop Pretense, because Baba condemns hypocrisy in no uncertain terms. Whatever we are not, that let us cease striving to be. If we can rid ourselves of all untruth of word, manner, mode of life and thinking, we shall rid ourselves of much rubbish, restlessness, and fear. Then we need not hide anything, we have no fear of being found out. Let us assume nothing and we shall not be hurt in our feelings. Let us do and say nothing untrue . . . then there will be no make-believe about us. We shall then have dignity and the uprightness that goes with it, and courage that adorns it.

 

We may drop Worry. The Eternal Life is serene. And Baba is serene. Has not Baba said, day in and day out, “not to worry" and leave it to Him and love Him more? Can we not take to ourselves the large spirit of serenity and cheer that is Baba? For, only the serene soul is strong and strength grows in silence. Worry is an infirmity, there is no virtue in it, it is a fumbling way of looking at things and of magnifying their value.

 

We may let go Discontent. Lack of harmony with one's environment makes for discontent. The other is dissatisfaction with one's present opportunities. Both indicate the absence of a tranquil heart, and lack of Love for God. Let us say: "Baba put me among these scenes, these people, these opportunities, these duties. This is exactly the place Baba means me to be in. There is no mistake. Baba cannot make a mistake."

 

Last of all, we may let go of self-seeking. Because Baba wants us to be of service to others. And whoever has heard that one can serve without sacrifice? Self-sacrifice is the first law of Service. The richest experiences of life never come to those who try to win them selfishly. If they do gain their desires, they find them as ashes to the taste. But all blessings are in the way of him, who, forgetful of self, tries to be helpful to the world and who spends his life in loving deeds, because Service is materialization of Love. If a man has no love in his heart, he cannot serve.

 

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