19th November, 1938
When a child held something to be offered to Sri Bhagavan by the
parents, they cajoled the child to offer it to Sri Bhagavan. The child
did so gladly. Sri Bhagavan remarked: Look at this! When the child
can give a thing away to Jeja it is tyaga. ( Jeja -God). See what
influence Jeja has on children also! Every gift implies unselfishness.
That is the whole content of nishkama Karma (unselfish action). It
means true renunciation. If the giving nature is developed it becomes
tyaga. If anything is willingly given away it is a delight to the giver
and to the receiver. If the same is stolen it is misery to both. Dana,
dharma, nishkama Karma are all tyaga only. When ‘mine’ is given
up it is chitta suddhi (purified mind). When ‘I’ is given up it is jnana.
When the nature to give away is developed it results in jnana.
Again a little later, a young boy came all alone, unescorted by his parents.
He had come from Chengam in a bus. Sri Bhagavan remarked, “The boy
has left his parents to come here. This is also an instance of tyaga.”
21st. 22nd November, 1938