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What standards should be adopted to measure true greatness?

The true greatness of man is to be measured not by the amount of wealth nor by the
number of bungalows which are had or by the exercise of personal influence, but by the degree of
selflessness, all-embracive outlook, generosity, liberal views, cosmic benefaction, self-sacrifice,
egoless, self-effacing nature, grade of perception of unity in diversity, humanitarian services, etc.
A truly great man is pious, spiritually elevated, magnanimous and noble-hearted. He can never
have a thought for himself and he ever prefers the welfare of humanity casting aside all petty,
selfish and personal interests. He ever prays for the welfare of humanity. Where there is an
open, unconstricted, expansive and large heart, there lies true greatness.
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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