What is merit (punya)?
Worldly people consider merit as giving things in charity and helping others. But it is not its true meaning. Its true meaning is paropakara. ‘Para’ means divine, ‘upa’ means proximity, and ‘kara’ means doing. Those deeds that take us near God are paropakara. Proximity to God is paropakara.
Divine Discourse 27 April 1997
What is a good action?
What is a good action? An action guided by discrimination between the eternal and the ephemeral is a good action.
Divine Discourse 28 April 1997