Monday, October 21, 2019

Bliss Absolute

All hatred is "killing the self by the self"; therefore, love is the law of life. To rise to this is to be perfect; but the more "perfect" we are, the less work can we do. 

The Sattvika see and know that all this world is mere child's play and do not trouble themselves about that. We are not much disturbed when we see two puppies fighting and biting each other. We know it is not a serious matter. 
The perfect one knows that this world is Maya. 

Life is called Samsara -- it is the result of the conflicting forces acting upon us. 
Materialism says, "The voice of freedom is a delusion." 
Idealism says, "The voice that tells of bondage is but a dream." 
Vedanta says, "We are free and not free at the same time." That means that we are never free on the earthly plane, but ever free on the spiritual side. 

The Self is beyond both freedom and bondage. We are Brahman, we are immortal knowledge beyond the senses, we are Bliss Absolute. 

                 - Swami Vivekananda, 
                     Discourses on Jnana-Yoga, US

Truth, Purity, and Unselfishness

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Four Yogas

Every man must develop according to his own nature. 
As every science has its methods, so has every religion. The methods of attaining the end of religion are called Yoga by us, and the different forms of Yoga that we teach, are adapted to the different natures and temperaments of men. 
We classify them in the following way, under four heads:

(1) Karma-yoga -- the manner in which a man realizes his own divinity through works and duty.
(2) Bhakti-yoga -- the realisation of the divinity through devotion to, and love of, a Personal God.
(3) Raja-yoga -- the realisation of the divinity through the control of mind.
(4) Jnana-yoga -- the realisation of a man's own divinity through knowledge.  

                 - Swami Vivekananda, 
                    The Goal and Methods of Realisation, 
                     Notes from Lectures and Discourses 

Graveyard of Infinite Past

Saturday, October 19, 2019

God Doesn't Need Help!

It is in ignorance that struggle remains, because we are all really atheists. Real theists cannot work. 
We are atheists more or less. We do not see God or believe in Him. He is g-o-d to us, and nothing more. 
There are moments when we think He is near, but then we fall down again. … … 

The next time you see these silly phrases about the world and how we must all help God and do this or that for Him, remember this. Do not think such thoughts; they are too selfish. All the work you do is subjective, is done for your own benefit. God has not fallen into a ditch for you and me to help Him out by building a hospital or something of that sort. 

He allows you to work. He allows you to exercise your muscles in this great gymnasium, not in order to help Him but that you may help yourself. 
Do you think even an ant will die for want of your help? 
Most arrant blasphemy!

                      - Swami Vivekananda, 
                         Work is Worship, 
                         Notes from Lectures and Discourses 

Pure and Heroic Action

Thursday, October 17, 2019

All MySelf

There is another way of looking at the truth we have been discussing: the Hindu way. 
We claim that Buddha's great doctrine of selflessness can be better understood if it is looked at in our way. 

In the Upanishads there is already the great doctrine of the Atman and the Brahman. The Atman, Self, is the same as Brahman, the Lord. This Self is all that is; It is the only reality. Maya, delusion, makes us see It as different. 
There is one Self, not many. That one Self shines in various forms. 

Man is man's brother because all men are one. A man is not only my brother, say the Vedas, he is myself. Hurting any part of the universe, I only hurt myself. I am the universe. 
It is a delusion that I think I am Mr. So-and-so -- that is the delusion.  

                        - Swami Vivekananda, 
                           ‘Buddha’s Message to the World’, 
                            Talk at San Francisco   

Glass of Different Colors and Thickness