To “do good” is commonly defined as having or showing a concern for the welfare of others. But to do good I must know what the real welfare of others is.
The great spiritual personality , Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who appeared over 500 years ago advised that one “should make his life successful and work for the benefit of all other people”. This success is to rediscovery my real spiritual identity, beyond the temporary and passing labels of my body and mind and awaken the natural and highest state of spiritual love.
He then defined “working for the benefit of others” as follows:
‘It is the duty of every living being to perform welfare activities for the benefit of others with his life, wealth, intelligence and words. By his work, thoughts and words, an intelligent man must perform actions which will be beneficial for all living entities in this life and the next.’ Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta: Ādi-līlā 9.42-43