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As written at PRASANTHI NILAYAM Today

18th January 2020 

People develop in them an abounding variety of selfish habits and attitudes, causing great discontent for themselves. The impulse for all this comes from the greed for accumulating authority, domination and power. The greed for things can never be eternal and full. In fact, it is impossible to attain the level of satiation. A person might feel elated to become the master of all arts, owner of all wealth, possessor of all knowledge, or repository of all the scriptures, but from whom did the person acquire all these? There must be someone greater. One might even claim that one earned all this through their own efforts, labour and toil. But surely someone gave it to them in some form or other. This one cannot gainsay. The source from which all authority and all power originate is the Lord of all. Ignoring that omnipotence and deluding oneself that the little power one has acquired is one’s own is indeed selfishness, conceit and pride (ahamkara). (Prema Vahini, Ch 15)