Every young man should aim at independence and should prepare himself for a vocation; above all, he should so manage his life that the steps of his progress are taken without improper aids; that he calls no one master, that he does not win or deserve the reputation of being a tool of others, and that if called to public service he may assume its duties with the satisfaction of knowing that he is free to rise to the height of his opportunity.
He has loved us without being loved. . . . We are bound to Him, and not He to us, because before He was loved, He loved us. . . . There it is, then: we cannot . . . love Him with this first love. Yet I say that God demands of us, that as He has loved us with out any second thoughts, so He should be loved by us. In what way can we do this, then? . . . I tell you, through a means which he has established, by which we can love Him freely; . . . that is, we can be useful, not to Him - which is impossible - but to our neighbor. . . . To show the love that we have for Him, we ought to serve and love every rational creature and extend our charity to good and bad - as much to one who does us ill service and criticizes us as to one who serves us. For, His charity extends over just men and sinners.
Some realize the Self within them through the practice of meditation, some by the path of wisdom, and others by selfless service. Others may not know these paths; but hearing and following the instructions of an illumined teacher, they too go beyond death.
I don't think any change in the world has been more significant than the change in the status of women. . . . A woman's world was her home, her family, and perhaps a little community service. Today, a woman's world is as broad as the universe.
In or orchestra we have many nationalities, types, and temperaments. We have learned to forget individual likes, dislikes, and differences of temperament for the sake of music to which we have dedicated our lives. I often wonder if we could not solve the world's problems on a similar basis of harmony. Think what a single individual in a symphony orchestra can accomplish by giving up his individual traits and ambitions in the service of music. . . . Suppose that in life you had the same all-embracing love for the whole of mankind and for your neighbor in particular. Only when every one of us and every nation learns the secret of love for all mankind will the world become a great orchestra, following the beat of the Greatest Conductor of all.