1. Give as the rose gives perfume, because it is its own nature, utterly unconsciousness of giving.
2. Ask, therefore, nothing in return; but the more you give, the more will come to you.
3. When you give life, you will have life.
4. Do not criticize others, for all doctrines and all dogmas are good; but show them by your lives that religion is no matter of books and beliefs, but of spiritual realization.
Only those who have seen it will understand this; but such spirituality can be given to others, even though they be unconscious of the gift.
Only those who have attained to this power are amongst the great teachers of mankind. They are the powers of light.
5. There is no higher virtue than charity. The lowest man is he whose hand draws in receiving; and he is the highest man whose hand goes out in giving. The hand was made to give always. Give the last bit of bread you have, even if you are starving. You will be perfect, you will become God.
6. If you have, then give.
7. Yet have the power to give: give, and there it ends. Learn that the whole life is giving, that nature will force you to give. So, give willingly.
8. Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you----------------but do not think of that now. It will come back multiplied----------------a thousand fold. But the attention must not be on that. You have the power to give and there it ends.
9. In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no conditions and none will be imposed. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us.
10. Give to the weak, for there all the gift is needed.
11. In the presence of my Master I found out that man could be perfect, even in this body. Those lips never cursed anyone, those eyes never criticized anyone. Those eyes were beyond the possibility of seeing evil, that mind had lost the power of thinking evil. He saw nothing but good. That tremendous purity, that tremendous renunciation is the one secret of spirituality. "Neither through wealth, nor through progeny, but through renunciation alone, is immortality to be reached," say the Vedas. "Sell all that thou hast and give to the poor, and follow Me," says the Christ. So all great saints and prophets have expressed it, and have carried it out in their lives. How can great spirituality come without that renunciation? Renunciation is the background of all religious thought wherever it be, and you will always find that as this idea of renunciation lessens, the more will the senses creep into the field of religion, and spirituality will decrease in the same ratio.
12. We get caught. How? Not by what we give but by what we expect. We get misery in return for our love; not from the fact that we love, but from the fact that we want love in return. There is no misery where there is no want.
13. The first of everything should go to the poor; we have only a right to what remains.
14. Giving alone is the one work in this Kali Yuga; of all the gifts, giving spiritual life is the highest gifts possible.
15. Give as the rose gives perfume, because it is its own nature, utterly unconscious of giving.
16. The gift of knowledge is the highest gift in the world.
17. Instead of begging, the religious man should give.