The fool reacts outwardly and emotionally under all circumstances, while there is no
reaction in the sage. If at all the latter acts, such actions are not reactions to any immediate
action, but are born out of the sage’s Satsankalpa to serve humanity. Secondly, in all situations,
the fool places himself first but finds himself last, while the wise man places himself last but
finds himself first. Thirdly, the wise man retires silently as soon as he has done his work, but the
fool remains to ear others praise him, and in some cases, if nothing like it is coming forward, he
shamelessly asks for it.
Kindly read also the Second Chapter of the Gita, wherein you will find a nice description
of the Sthitaprajna.

From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda
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  • Pranam Swamiji,
    I prostrate at your feet with all humility and humbleness as I myself slip into reality while reading your wise and inspiring revelations on human nature. The 'wise' always try to learn from others whilst 'fools' consider themselves as if they are the epitome of 'perfection' but are true 'hypocrytes'. I am an avid reader of your blogs. While going through your blogs I used to pen down your 'wise sayings' hoping it would enlighten, inspire and guide me through my life.

    I remain with respect and love.
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