One of my dearest godsisters, who was like a mother to me, was on her deathbed in London. I left from Mumbai to go visit her. By God’s grace I happened to come just the day before she passed away.  She was a very independent, active, dynamic lady who loved to get things done and who was always caring about people, and now she was with cancer, paralyzed, crippled and emaciated. Her husband had to bathe and clean her because she couldn’t even move.

Yet, she said with a smile, “Even though I appear very helpless, I have infinite relevance. I have infinite significance because Krishna loves me, and nothing could ever change that — not disease, not even death. That’s my greatest wealth and that gives me unlimited importance forever — that God loves me.” And then she again smiled and said, “But I have nothing to be proud of over anyone else because God loves everybody.”

To experience God’s love and to actually understand our love for God is the greatest wealth, and this is within us. It simply has to be awakened. And that is what spirituality, what religion,  what yoga, and what true human culture is meant to do—to awaken the divinity that is within us, and to be an instrument of that divinity.   — Radhanath Swami