famed for charity, the head crowned with love for the guru’s
feet, the mouth adorned with truthful speech, arms bearing
invincible strength, and the heart set on single-minded pursuit
of scriptural wisdom - these are the ornaments of the noble
ones even when they are bereft of all other wealth.
who are kind to the poor, whom pride of wealth does not touch,
who are eager to help others, are pleased when sought for
help, and who remain unafflicted when the dreadful disease
of youthful arrogance is upon them - by such beings, steady
as rocks, is this earth, oppressed by Kali (Yuga), held together.
as sandalwood, though rubbed time after time, remains fragrant;
just as sugarcane, though chopped into pieces, remains sweet;
just as gold, despite being heated again and again, retains
its dazzle - even so does the nature of the great remain unchanged,
even in the face of death.
whose spiritual consciousness has been awakened never make
a false step. … They are so full of love of God that whatever
action they undertake is a good action. (Sri Ramakrishna)
mankind stands in reverence before the man who is ready to
sacrifice himself for others. (Swami Vivekananda)