What makes a great man or woman? Is it money? Fame? Talent?
What distinguishes a great person from a person with a great bank account, great fame or great talent? In his book Sadhana–The Path to Enlightenment, Swami Rama says, “The difference between a great man and one who is not great is this: A great man does everything selflessly for others; a small, petty man, who lives like a creature in this world, does all things for himself.”
Swami Rama’s definition of greatness seems spot-on. When I thought of the people in history who were great, the three who came to mind were Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Mother Teresa. These people lived to serve rather than tending to their own comfort, and they laid down their lives to help others.
So, when we think about who is great and who isn’t, let’s be clear what this means.