Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Unnecessary Burdens

April 18, 2019

Unnecessary Burdens

      We endeavour to cover up our present sorrow with hope in a distant future.  Hope does not eradicate sorrow. It is accompanied by fear that the hope may be in vain. It leads to progressively worsening frustration as life inevitably unveils facets and changes that are the direct contradictions of our hope and expectations. 

     We do not look at life itself. If we do, we shall at once realize that it is sufficient unto itself. We shall realize that it is indistinguishably one with the intelligence that is beyond the grasp of our intellect. Life is inherent in this intelligence which is known by different names - cosmic consciousness, atman, Brahman, God, etc.

    When that intelligence becomes as real to you as this paper - [or computer screen]-, in that light you will see that selfishness (which was but a shadow) has disappeared, taking with it the unnecessary burdens known as hope and fear, recollection of the past and despair. You are enlightened: that is, you travel through life, treading softly, without unnecessary weight or burnden.

    Winters come and go: the spring is here again.

    Cyclones come and go: flowers bloom again.

 

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