There is a lovely song based on a poem by Paramhansa Yogananda. The words are:

I have nothing to offer Thee,
For all things are Thine.
I grieve not that I cannot give,
For nothing is mine, nothing is mine.

Here I lay at Thy feet, O Lord,
My limbs, my life, my thoughts, and my speech,
For they are Thine. For they are Thine.

The heart of a devotee naturally overflows with the desire to help others. In fact, this yearning is one of the first signs of a refined consciousness. In a sense it is that impulse that brought this world into existence in the first place. God, the only thing that really exists, is ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new bliss. That bliss is ever expanding and, as Swami Kriyananda put it so simply and beautifully, “It is the nature of joy to want to share itself with others. So God created a multitude of seemingly separate souls so that He could share His bliss.”

Each soul, being an extension of God, shares this impulse. But what do we really have to give? The first things that pop into our mind are tangible offerings: our service, our possessions, our wealth. Even a rank materialist is willing to share these, but usually just with his immediate family. This limitation is a condition that Paramhansa Yogananda called, “Us four, and no more.”

Master taught that one pathway to liberation is continually to enlarge the circle of those whom we think of as our own: first to friends and loved ones; then to neighbors; then to our country. But we must keep expanding our sympathies in wider and wider circles, until we see the whole world as our very own family. Ah, what a different planet this would be, one filled with peace and abundance, if people could follow that simple advice.

Alas, this ideal won’t become worldwide during our present materialistic age. But you and I don’t have to be caught by the delusions of mass consciousness. We don’t have to wait for others to change. We, ourselves, can live that way now. To do so will put us in alignment with the will of God, and will bring light into the world.

And yet, for final liberation, a still higher way of giving is needed. We need to break the delusion of the ego, that we are this body and this personality. We need to express our eternal, soul qualities. Not long before his passing, Swami Kriyananda gave some invaluable advice to a friend, Nayaswami Aditya, one of the leaders of Ananda’s work in India. Aditya trained as a medical doctor, having grown up in the household of a physician who was always eager and willing to help alleviate suffering. And this attitude of service was passed down in his children, all of whom became in time doctors themselves.

swami kriyananda traveling in india

The greatest thing you can do is to give people your bliss.

One day Dr. Aditya, still active as a surgeon at the time, asked Swamiji what more he could do to help people. Swami told him, “The greatest thing you can do is to give people your bliss.” What deep and precious advice.

As long as we think of ourselves as physical beings, we should act in such a way as to expand our consciousness. It is important to share with others. But anything we give on a physical level is ephemeral and will pass away sooner or later. If, however, we give the gift of God’s eternal qualities, those offerings will last forever. No matter whether we are rich or poor, young or old, we each possess as our very own inheritance an endless supply of bliss, and love, and peace. When we connect with those in the silence of meditation, and then give them away to others, God sees that we are acting as His channels and gives us even more to distribute.

Ultimately, we become that which flows through us. Then, we can say in all sincerity, “I have nothing of my own to give, but through me YOU can give all the priceless gifts for which every soul yearns.”

In the light of God,

Nayaswami Jyotish

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  1. Dear Nayaswami Jyotish, Thank you do much for the awesome words, find it hard to express my gratitude to all you and dear Nayaswami Devi share with us all, and I 🙏you both so very much. God Bless all immeasurably 🙏✝️

  2. Very Dear, I feel exactly the same as what Christine here above expressed.
    Your point today is deep and teaches me from a new perspective. Although I believe the elements of this I more or less had them clear, the arrangement is so wise that produces an expansion in my consciousness which I must and will sustain each day, until it becomes an actual expression of myself. I am working on the ego now, being tested all the time. I admit there is a little progress but a lot to still work on.

  3. Thank you for this post Jyotish, it confirms that something I did this week (an act of giving that was out of my comfortzone) was the right thing to do. Many blessings !

  4. Thank you. Your words hit a chord with me. I am saving this one to keep rereading and reminding me how to keep staying on my path. I especially love the part of releasing and letting go of my ego. It is something I am really working on. I have found when I let it go, my life is calmer and far less stressful Again, thank you. Many Blessings🩵🙏🏼🩵🌟

  5. This is a beautiful blog. You have given a powerful reminder that when we are still, we CAN give bliss because it is expressing through us all the time, even if we don’t think we have bliss to give.
    Thank you Nara, for reading the blog!

  6. In gratitude for this wonderful advice. Bliss to you and all the World. Thank You.

  7. What wonderful advice. Bliss for You and all the World. Thank You

  8. Thank you, it really gives me direction of where I must give time and what I can give my daughters and to all the people I meet. With lots of love from Slovenia.

  9. Precious words. It recalls so deeply inside of me. Thank you!

  10. Swamiji,🙏 you have nicely elucidated sharing. Giving a smile, a good advice, your time, saying kind words, helping out someone in need are all different modes of gifts. Giving is always better than receiving; it enables the recipient to be a giver.

  11. 🙏Thanks Jyotish, very inspiring and very needed in this particular word moment 🙏 God bless you

  12. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God… and all these things will be added unto you.”

  13. Thank you Jyotish ji for sharing a beautiful attitude 🌷🌺🌟

  14. mm

    Thank you for these powerful words. Reading them is like being transported to a higher yuga, one that we don’t have to wait for, to live in. 🙏

  15. Dear Nayaswami Jyotish Ji,

    Thank you for this wonderful blog. Such a great message.. Gives a different perspective altogether on sharing/giving.

    I read these lines again & again – we each possess as our very own inheritance an endless supply of bliss, and love, and peace… Wow! Will work on it to receive and share it with others…


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