If I were to blame one thing for stopping me from a lot of actions, it would be this. I am not sure if it is only me, I am not even sure if it is the first stock response I have in my mind when a situation or an opportunity arises. But something that I have consciously observed is that this question arises!
I guess that is the beauty of thoughts, we don’t have control on all of them, sometimes they come out without us wanting to either. I am aware that this very thought makes me appear as an incredibly selfish person, but that doesn’t make it untrue, it is there, it is existent. The action has happened, the thought has appeared. The question now is what to do about it. Do we try and analyse all the possibilities and scenarios to see if there is a way this could benefit us or just do it cos the gut says so. I guess there have been instances where I have done both of them and without realizing, these actions have ended up benefiting me more than I had even imagined. Maybe that is the beauty of actions without many expectations. If I were a firm believer in Karmayoga and life as a full circle, the actions we do must have repercussions. All the good we do must somehow find a way to help us in the end. Well, let me not try and be philosophical here, but even looking at the moment, the very prospect of helping someone else brings us a wealth of joy inside, even if it doesn’t have much to do with us. It makes us happy, and the very realization that we have done it without any expectations makes us even happier. I believe that is a good enough reason for us to start working on that front, whether it gives us a direct advantage or not.
I am not saying that we should go out of our way to help others, probably that is not needed, but if that is something in our way, something which we can do without sacrificing a lot, I guess there is no harm in sharing the tab!