By Sri Madhusudan
Equanimous like the Ocean
After the seaside Ashram was inaugurated in Fiji, Swami called and spoke to the main Coordinator of the Ashram who had to face many a hurdles and listen to hurtful remarks in the process of building the Ashram, from those who thought otherwise.
Swami looked at the calm ocean from the large glass window of His room and gave him a precious piece of advise about the one who is into social service, “Look at the ocean, neither it swells nor shrinks even when so many rivers pour into it or when so much of water gets evaporated, likewise the one who is on the path of social service must not swell with pride when others praise, nor should he shrink with sorrow when others blame; he should remain equanimous like the ocean and accept both flowers and stones with equal attitude.”
As the young devotee pondered over the message, Swami said with a smile, “In fact, it’s always the stones that are pelted first and the flowers are showered only later. So if you are trying to good and getting blamed, you should be rest assured that you are on the right path.”