” Be unattached, expect nothing in return, attachment comes only where we expect a return, love shines in freedom alone ”, Extolled by Swami Vivekananda.
I read this when I was in school and was too young to understand what it really meant. When we do a deep analysis of it, we all want to help and be kind to others without expecting anything in return.
Just to give an example, when we find somebody dropping a pen or paper(s) on the street while walking, we invariably pick it up and give it to them. I think this is a natural tendency amongst all of us, to be helpful, and expressing kindness habitually comes to us. And we do feel better when we help somebody without expecting anything in return. This is the first part of the story.
On the other side, the other person who received help knowing fully well that the person helped didn’t expect anything in return will also feel good from inside. And perhaps will do the same act of kindness to someone else. This is the second part of the story.
A bystander who is watching this whole selfless act of kindness will also feel good and again, perhaps will do something similar to someone at some point in his life. This is the third part of the story.