A spiritual teacher once said, “When you place flowers on the altar to offer them to a deity, you do not take them back. You place them there for worship. Similarly, when you take your desires and attachments, as flowers, and offer them to God, then you should not take them back. Again, you should not keep your desires and attachments once you have decided to offer them. But what do you do? You offer them and then you take them back. Here is where you make your mistake. Attachments and desires, like flowers, should be offered to God unconditionally. Do not take them back.
Do not ask for the return of your offering
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol. 8, No. 7, February 1973.First published by AUM Centre Press in 1973.
This is the 9075th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.