Rotary Club invited Swamiji as Chief Guest for their annual event. This year’s goal for Rotary Club is ‘మైత్రి’ / ‘Friendship’.
When one truly wants to achieve ever-lasting friendship, one must expand their ‘self’ to include their ‘friends’. The more you include in your‘self’, the more you are loved. This is very evident in everyday life. A child first considers their body to be their ‘self’. Later the child grows to a teenager, and begins to include his friends as part of ‘himself’. As he or she grows, the self should expand and include all beings as part of their self. Ultimately, isn’t everything and everyone part of one Supreme entity? So, there is an essential connection between all of us.
Until one understands how to increase the scope of selfishness in practice, it becomes impossible to make ‘మైత్రి’ / ‘Friendship’ that flourishes.