What should be the basis of our respect for others and the attitude of service? Bhagawan explains to us again today!
Life has to be spent in accumulating virtue and safeguarding virtue, not riches. Listen and ruminate over the stories of the great moral heroes of the past, so that their ideals may be imprinted on your hearts. Virtue is becoming rare nowadays in the individual and in the family, society and community, in all fields of life, be it economic, or political or even ‘spiritual’. So also, there is a decline in discipline, which is the soil on which virtue grows. Unless each one is respected, whatever his status, economic condition, or his spiritual development, there can be no peace and no happiness in life. This respect can be aroused only by the conviction that the same Atma that’s in you is playing the role of the other person. See that Atma in others; feel that they too have hunger, thirst, yearning and desires as you have; develop sympathy and the anxiety to serve and be useful.
– Divine Discourse, Feb 22, 1968.