Gratitude is a way of returning energy for energy received. Only a thief takes without paying for what he gets. And one who accepts a kindness without returning gratitude, as though the kindness were his by right, demeans both the giver and himself. He demeans the giver, because by ingratitude he implies that the kindness was inspired by selfish motives. And he demeans himself, because by giving nothing in return he breaks the cycle of creativity, without which prosperity’s flow, both materially and spiritually, is blocked.

Accept nothing, inwardly, for yourself, but offer everything to God. Don’t let yourself be bought by others’ kindnesses. Be grateful to them above all in your soul, by blessing or praying for them. Give gratitude first of all to God, from Whom alone all blessings truly come.


I give thanks to the giver behind
each gift, and to the one Giver behind
all that I receive. My gratitude rises
with devotion’s incense to the throne of


I thank Thee, Lord, for all Thy
blessings. But most of all, I thank Thee
for Thy love.

From Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda

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