3. Aspects of Duty
Likewise, when we examine what we should do, or should not do, to the people around us, we cannot think of the different indwellers in the different bodies because we cannot have a conception of them.
One can only think of one’s neighbours’ bodies and neighbours’ minds.
As long as a person refrains from causing any injury to another person’s body, and as long as he refrains also from causing trouble to another’s mind, he may be said to have performed a part of his duty.
This is a negative aspect of one’s duty to one’s neighbours, but there is also the positive aspect.
One should do as much as one can to promote real happiness in one’s neighbours.
Giving solace to the afflicted and serving the sick, etc., constitute some of the positive aspects of one’s duty.
Now it may be asked why one should help another.
The answer is that one has already received help from many others from childhood and that at least for the purpose of returning the obligation one should help the others as much as one can.
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Sri Swami Sadananda
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