Saturday, January 13, 2018

Walking on Razor's Edge

Religion begins with a tremendous dissatisfaction with the present state of things, with our lives, and a hatred, an intense hatred, for this patching up of life, an unbounded disgust for fraud and lies. 

He alone can be religious who dares say, as the mighty Buddha once said under the Bo–tree … … 
"Death is better than a vegetating ignorant life; it is better to die on the battle-field than to live a life of defeat." 

This is the basis of religion. … 
Those who dare, therefore, to struggle for victory, for truth, for religion, are in the right way; and that is what the Vedas preach: Be not in despair; the way is very difficult, like walking on the edge of a razor; yet despair not, arise, awake, and find the ideal, the goal. 

            - Swami Vivekananda, Jnana-Yoga, London

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