Questioner: What is the purpose of this life?
Dadashri: Life is meant for practicing benevolence and serving others. The deepest science behind this is that when one uses his mind, speech and body for serving others, he will have everything. What if you were to charge a fee for your services?
Questioner: It would create difficulties.
Dadashri: They charge a fee in the courthouses. When they charge for their services, the laws of benevolence towards others are not applicable for them.
Questioner: But a person has to make a living, surely.
Dadashri: Do not think about your daily needs at all. You will not encounter any obstacles in your life if you Help Others in any way. People do not understand the science behind this. When a person begins to serve others with only half the understanding, he is rewarded with a contrary result and, therefore, he loses faith in serving others. If one were to serve others now (in this lifetime), he will reap the rewards of that service within two or three lifetimes. This is the very 'Science'.
Questioner: I feel lot of pain when I see people's sufferings and miseries. What can I do Dada? Please advice.
Dadashri: After Self-Realization, you will not feel pain upon seeing the misery of others, rather you will remain compassionate and their suffering will lessen. At the moment, what you experience for others is sympathy. That sympathy will always cause you pain because it torments you with what you imagine the other person must be feeling. Where there is sympathy (daya), there is always the ego. However, without sympathy (daya), the relative-self (prakruti) would not do any service. After Self-Realization, you will have compassion (karuna).
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Book Name: Right Understanding To Help Others (Page #2, Paragraph #5 - #9)