We can’t give what we don’t have, but in giving we can have

Suppose we were tormented by thirst, being lost in a desert; and some relief workers came, gave us some water and invited us to their hometown, an oasis with abundant water resources.

We all are lost in the desert of material existence, thirsting for happiness. Spiritual teachers come and provide us knowledge of the soul and the Supreme Soul, Krishna, whose parts we are. They also teach bhakti-yoga to help us access spiritual happiness. When we thus rise from material consciousness to spiritual consciousness, we come out of the desert to the oasis – to the spiritual world where life is eternal and ecstatic.

While passing out of the desert of material consciousness, we can inform others about the oasis of spiritual consciousness and the process for getting there. But we have to be careful not to get so caught in informing others that we go deep into the desert, get lost and find ourselves without any water. As neophyte seekers, we are prone to such shortsightedness because this world doesn’t look like a desert – it is filled with sensual pleasures that are often incredibly seductive, and we aren’t yet convinced that those pleasures are mirages.

Still, we needn’t be hyper-cautious and delay sharing spiritual knowledge infinitely. While practicing bhakti-yoga diligently, we can share whatever knowledge we have. By such sharing, we won’t lose what we have, for knowledge is not an exhaustible external asset like water. Rather, in striving to share spiritual knowledge, we will contemplate it more seriously, thereby assimilating it better.

Moreover, the Bhagavad-gita (18.68) declares that those who share Krishna’s message endear themselves to him. So, when we share his message, he mercifully reveals his all-attractiveness, flooding our heart with happiness.

Thus, sharing deepens spiritual knowledge through both intellectual assimilation and divine revelation.

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