Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Restless Mind

June 13, 2018

Restless Mind

      One has to come to the end of one's own tether. One must come to the understanding, the insight that enough fish has been eaten, enough chicken has been swallowed. Leave them free to swim in the ocean or run around in the courtyard. Enough alcohol has been tasted and enough cigarettes have been smoked. The same thing has been repeated again and again — it has become boring. Let us forget it and try something else. Here is yoga, here is meditation. Even if it leads nowhere else, at least it does not cause the destruction of all those living things and the intoxication of the body.

      We want to have pleasures — be it chocolate, food or sexual enjoyments. But why is it that this pleasure compels me to indulge in it? Who is the boss? Pleasures, not we, are the real enjoyers, and at our expense. Natural appetites are not cravings. We have to eat in order to live. The natural progression of starvation is towards death. But a craving is a perversity. It makes the whole mind restless, and anything that makes the mind restless is harmful.

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