What makes a student humane?
Today, students suffer from two bad qualities which are undermining their humanness. These are asuya (envy) and dhvesham (hatred). These two are partners in evil. They are twin pests. A beautiful tree with rich foliage can be destroyed by a pest operating at its roots. Envy is such a pest. It converts even a happy, affluent person into a miserable being consumed by envy. In the Mahabharatha, Krishna described to Arjuna how the Kauravas were consumed by envy towards the Pandavas even though they were enjoying the kingdom. The demon of envy had seized hold of a good royal family and was ruining it. Envy is a self-consuming malady. It is incurable.
Divine Discourse 14 Jan 1997
What is the cause of Envy?
The truth is that people merely call themselves devotees. It is a delusion. They should examine whether they have the qualities of devotees. Everyone seeks to know what good he can derive from other individuals or from society. No one asks himself what good or benefit society derives from him. Start with rendering benefit to society.
Divine Discourse 7 April 1997