Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Maturity

March 14, 2018

 Maturity

    The question no longer arises, “Am I my brother's keeper?” Conscience demands, “Am I not my brother's keeper?” - and does not wait for an answer.  Love is the spontaneous manifestation of the seeing, of the realization of this unity in which we are all knit - whatever our religion, caste, nationality or social status. But love knows no distinctions, nor does distance matter. Love flows where it is needed, spontaneously, just as water flows from high to low ground.

     The holy Veda declares: “This my hand is God”. The word for both hand and abundance is the same and the meaning of this is abundantly clear! Only an immature person looks to another to maintain him.

    A mature person, on the other hand, understands his interdependent relationship with all living beings and thus avoids the pitfall of selfishness into which he might otherwise fall. Interdependence, like love, is natural, mutual dependence of two or more persons who are psychologically independent and free. Society composed of such persons who is capable of maintaining itself and flourishing.

    Only such progress and prosperity as achieved by such mutual love and service are true and lasting. And, they are within your arms' reach!

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