1966 Birthday Message
On February sixth, I enter the seventy-third year of my earthly pilgrimage. I love and respect all communities, all countries, all religions and races. I am a servant of the poor, the lowly, and the lost, and continue to labour in the Vineyard of the Lord in all humility.
I lay before you one programme of life:
- Love of humanity,
- Service of the poor.
Learn to offer all your work unto God and grow in humility. Such bands of worshippers are needed for the service of mankind. What is needed is not numbers but quality and character of the workers.
I want group Satsangs of individuals who become centres of life, the new life of the spirit and not organization of power which imprisons the fundamental values and stifles the living inspiration.
Be ye lamps unto yourself and reform yourself in order to serve the people.
I wish you to lead a life of absolute unselfishness, simplicity, true judgement and love of the poor and the needy; for
Love is the root, Love is the fruit of the Tree of life.
Guru Nanak says:
Oh Man! Love God as the fish loveth water.
The more than water, the more joyous is the fish, as without water, the fish liveth not for a moment. God knoweth its heartaches.
May I be a fish and living in the water know the secret of life.
2 February 1966