The ideal of gratitude has been handed down the ages as a heritage in India. A man without this supreme virtue of gratitude is worse than a cruel animal. Having received his wealth, education and skills from society, if he will not serve the cause of society, his wealth, education and skills are a sheer waste. Man is deriving innumerable benefits from Nature, and enjoying the amenities provided by Nature in various ways. But what is the gratitude he is showing to Nature? What gratitude is he offering to the Divine? He is forgetting the Divine who is the provider of everything. That is the reason for his becoming a prey to various difficulties and calamities. While he is receiving countless benefits from providence, he is offering nothing in return to Nature or God. This shows how unnatural and heartless is the behaviour of man. When we enjoin to return good for evil, how unbecoming is it to fail even to return good for good? Man is not learning the great lesson Nature is teaching him. The foremost lesson is doing service with no expectation of return.
- Baba -