Our consciousness and our motivations in life are like spectacles having different colors, which make everything appear tainted. Association of saintly people and regular spiritual practices give us the vision and the philosophical ideal which help us see the world clearly.
Wherever we find the teachings, the association, and the inspiration to purify our lives, to lead a life of integrity and humility, and to live in a spirit of selfless service—that’s where we are going to find the deepest experience of God.
Be whoever you want to be, but don’t be motivated by greed, egoism, lust, envy, anger and pride; rather, be motivated by your own inherent nature, as an instrument of God’s compassion. - Radhanath Swami
The purpose of saintly people is to teach society how to utilize their talents, their gifts and their particular position to become liberated rather than become entangled, and how they can do great benefit for the world, rather than add to the world’s problems.