Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Vigilance Till The Last Breath

November 8, 2019

Vigilance Till The Last Breath

     We expect great joy, great bliss to follow "freedom from sorrow".  There is a thing called sensual bliss, bliss of meditation, spiritual bliss, infinite bliss. All these are castles in the air constructed in order to satisfy a craving to be happy, to enjoy what you and I regard as the opposite of sorrow.  We do not know what happiness means.  We only know what sorrow means. Even the sage who is godly will still function as a normal human being while on earth. Neither creating nor suffering problems, he watches moment to moment the ordinary things he says and does.

     It needs the toughest "activist" to be really vigilant! When the thorn is in one's foot, one does not resignedly say, "This is not my business; leave it to God."  One does not "accept", as accepting leads to justifying and defending. Facing the cobra one does not stay motionless, but does everything one has to do - except one does not step on it! Similarly with a thorn in the foot. Aware of the thorn, of the venomous snake, one is constantly on guard, one-pointedly. This above all - vigilance till the last breath.

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