Thursday, January 11, 2018

Maya of Sense-Pleasures

The senses drag the human soul out. 
Man is seeking for pleasure and for happiness where it can never be found. 

For countless ages we are all taught that this is futile and vain, there is no happiness here. But we cannot learn; it is impossible for us to do so, except through our own experiences. 
We try them, and a blow comes. 

Do we learn then? Not even then. 

Like moths hurling themselves against the flame, we are hurling ourselves again and again into sense-pleasures, hoping to find satisfaction there. We return again and again with freshened energy; thus we go on, till crippled and cheated we die. And this is Maya. 

        - Swami Vivekananda, Jnana-Yoga, London

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