“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – The Gospel of Matthew, 5:16

If we are inspired to feed the hungry, we must first grow and harvest some crops. If we are inspired to give money to the poor, we must first earn the money.

The same applies to inner wealth: peace, love, happiness and satisfaction­. We must first find and cultivate these qualities before we can offer and share them with the world at large.

Many feel a calling to save the world. There is so much suffering, unhappiness, ignorance, anger, fear, stress and despair.

To save the world, we have only to serve the world.

To serve the world, we must first access our inner wealth. When we meditate, the peace, light and bliss within comes to the fore and radiates the way that fragrance emanates from a flower. We do not have to announce, demonstrate or prove anything: it is self-evident.

Just as many candles can be lit from a single flame, so spiritual qualities are communicated directly from one heart to another. When you see someone with a huge smile, immediately your own face lights up in a smile. This is the heart’s inner communication: one heart instantly recognises and claims the joy of another as its own. Among receptive hearts, all spiritual qualities are contagious.

When we have meditated in the morning, we exude a deeper peace and more authentic joy than when we have not meditated.

Therefore to feed the world’s most urgent needs, whatever outer activities we may be engaged in, our first and foremost task is to meditate.

Our morning meditation is the single most precious service we can offer the world.