Always Give Your Best

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

There are times in life when despite our best efforts, we are disappointed with the results, or when our efforts are underappreciated by those we are looking to serve or help. When this happens, we tend to become selective in our efforts basing our performance on the situation or the audience. However, developing the right attitude in life entails always performing to the best of our ability regardless of the circumstances, knowing that everyone deserves our best.

The story of the musicians’ performance

There is a tale about a band of musicians that made their living by traveling from one town to another, performing their music. Times were hard and they were not earning much money. The poor people who used to come to hear them could no longer afford the small fee they charged for their music. Attendance was steadily dropping until only a few people were turning out to hear the performances.

One day, the group met to decide what to do.

One said, “I see no reason for performing tonight with so few people coming.”

Another one noticed that snow had started to fall and said, “Look! Who will come out tonight with the snow falling like this?”

A third added, “Yes, last night we had very few people. If it snows like this tonight, even fewer will come. Let’s return their small fees and cancel.”

The first one agreed and said, “You are right. No one can expect us to keep playing when only a few are in the audience.”

The second one said, “Yes. Who can expect anyone to do their best for just a few people?”

The fourth musician had been sitting silently, listening to the conversation. The others turned to him and said, “What do you think?”

He said, “I know you are discouraged. I am also discouraged. But we have a responsibility to those who come. We will continue to play, and we will do the best job we can. It is not the fault of those who come that others do not come. They should not be punished by our giving less than we can give.”

The other musicians felt encouraged by his words and decided to play that night. They gave one of the best performances of their lives.

When the show was over and everyone had left, the fourth musician called the troupe together and handed them a note. He said, “One of the audience members left this note for us before the doors closed behind him.” He opened the note and it read: “Thank you for a beautiful performance tonight.” The note was signed “Your King.”

Do-your-best-Sant-Rajinder-Singh

The spiritual takeaway

There is an important lesson in this story: the band’s decision to play their best happened to fall on the night that the king surprised them with an appearance. Yet they had decided to give their best to whoever came. This is the attitude with which we should always work.

It is an attitude of realizing that everyone has a king in them. Everyone is important. We all have a soul in us and we are all a part of God. When we work with an attitude that every person deserves the best we can give, we are honoring the God within everyone.

Some people only work hard to please certain people. They may give their best for their boss, or for the rich, or for someone who can do them a favor. But great are the people who do their best for the poor, or for those who have nothing to give them. Great are the people who treat all equally well.

Another lesson we can derive from this story is that we should not be discouraged when it seems that only a few are appreciating our work or benefiting from us. It is said that if we can transform even one life, our life is worth living.

When we make an effort and the expected crowds do not turn up, we are still being of service to those who do show up, even if it is only one or two. We are making a difference in those people’s lives. We should not give up in discouragement. The musicians played for only a few, but one of them turned out to be the king.

When the service is the real reward

Everything we do is seen by God. We should always do and give our best. The reward is in the service, not the fruits of the service. If we live in this way, we will go to bed each night with the satisfaction of knowing that we have given our all. We will be blessed with the joy and bliss from within that come from giving our best to everyone we meet.

article Rajinder meditation end

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji sos.orgSant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is internationally recognized for his work toward promoting inner and outer peace through spirituality and meditation. He is the spiritual head of Science of Spirituality and travels throughout the world teaching people how to meditate on the inner Light and Sound, leading to peace, happiness, and joy.

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji has presented his powerful yet simple technique of meditation to millions of people throughout the world through seminars, retreats, conferences, and multimedia. A best-selling author, his blogs, videos, news releases and inspiring spiritual quotes are featured on the website for Science of Spirituality: www.sos.org. For more details and upcoming public programs see here.

Follow Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj on   Facebook    YouTube      Instagram

 

Want to Learn More?

Making Human Unity a Reality in Today’s World

It is not enough to tell others to practice unity and peace; we must live it ourselves if we want our words to be effective. If we are to become true ambassadors of human unity it must reflect in our dealings with others.

read more

God Sees All

Whether we realize it or not, we are always being watched. By God. Few people go through life conscious of the fact that God is always with us. What we hide from others is an open book to God, as God is All Knowing. What if we knew that God was watching? Would we lead more virtuous lives? Would we be kinder and more loving to others?

read more

Spiritual Lessons From the Stars

When we look up at the night sky and think about how far away all the stars and planets appear, we may feel small and alone. The universe is so large and we are so small. However, our body contains the entire macrocosm; it is the residence of God. God is within us. Thus, we are not alone. Our physical body may be small, but our soul is one with God.

read more

10 Ways to Stay in the Light this Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is upon us! If you’re like most people, you’re feeling a host of emotions about this fact. These emotions may range from joy and excitement about the thought of celebrating with family and friends, and… stress and apprehension about the thought of celebrating with family and friends! Yes, we’ve all been there. So, this year, we thought we’d share our list of ten spiritually-inspired ways to stay calm and grounded, and “in the light” as you take in all that is wondrous about this special time of year.

read more

Meditation: Keep At It

To get the benefits of meditation we need to have patience. We may not see the results right away, but we should do our job and meditate accurately. Then, one day, the results will appear. The seed of our soul will sprout. Suddenly, vistas of Light will open for us within, and we will embark on the inner journey. Through constant effort, prayer, and patience, we will find success in our meditations.

read more

Making Human Unity a Reality in Today’s World

It is not enough to tell others to practice unity and peace; we must live it ourselves if we want our words to be effective. If we are to become true ambassadors of human unity it must reflect in our dealings with others.

read more

God Sees All

Whether we realize it or not, we are always being watched. By God. Few people go through life conscious of the fact that God is always with us. What we hide from others is an open book to God, as God is All Knowing. What if we knew that God was watching? Would we lead more virtuous lives? Would we be kinder and more loving to others?

read more

Spiritual Lessons From the Stars

When we look up at the night sky and think about how far away all the stars and planets appear, we may feel small and alone. The universe is so large and we are so small. However, our body contains the entire macrocosm; it is the residence of God. God is within us. Thus, we are not alone. Our physical body may be small, but our soul is one with God.

read more

10 Ways to Stay in the Light this Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is upon us! If you’re like most people, you’re feeling a host of emotions about this fact. These emotions may range from joy and excitement about the thought of celebrating with family and friends, and… stress and apprehension about the thought of celebrating with family and friends! Yes, we’ve all been there. So, this year, we thought we’d share our list of ten spiritually-inspired ways to stay calm and grounded, and “in the light” as you take in all that is wondrous about this special time of year.

read more

Meditation: Keep At It

To get the benefits of meditation we need to have patience. We may not see the results right away, but we should do our job and meditate accurately. Then, one day, the results will appear. The seed of our soul will sprout. Suddenly, vistas of Light will open for us within, and we will embark on the inner journey. Through constant effort, prayer, and patience, we will find success in our meditations.

read more