September 13, 2017
Someone described Vedanta as a 'no nonsense religion'; the following thoughts occurred in consequence.
You (the human being) help trees grow. You give them of your substance, which is their nourishment. You cut them down and turn them into pulp and paper. You 'consume' them in many ways. You and they are parts of a beginning-less endless cycle.
You use this paper to convey a message. You author the message — you (another) assimilate it. (Your) mind makes the message. The message makes (another's) mind up. There is this cycle of interchange everywhere all the time. An end which is a beginning of another end.
You read this message, where does the knowledge go? If it stays with you, undigested or ill digested it will be thrown up — either rejected or repeated. when it is well digested (assimilated), it ceases to be knowledge — it ceases to be non-self (in terms of immunology) — and it becomes Self-knowledge or knowledge which is self. That is vedanta! Veda (knowledge) comes to anta (end). It puts to an end all your ideas. It challenges your confusion which gives rise to the basic ideas, which are 'This I am’ (meaning the body) and 'This is mine' (the objects related to that body).
Vedanta is religion without an article (a, an, the) limiting it. It is not a religion "for discussion at a club," in the words of Gurudev Swami Sivananda, but it is religion of the heart, religion of love.
God, love and Vedanta are beyond the reach of the senses and the mind.
You can be virtuous only if you (a) see the danger in non-virtue and (b) you observe the non-virtue without emotional involvement (thus avoiding self-pity and self-justification), and see the utter foolishness of it.