Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Cell ...Soul

April 3, 2024

Cell ... Soul

      Right from infancy we have been bombarded with concepts that have created divisions in our consciousness. The infant's vision is pure. Perhaps even the notion that there is an object external to itself has not arisen in it: because its own ego sense is not been developed. The notions of 'I' and 'you' arise simultaneously. In the little infant these are absent. The parents strive to condition the infant's mind and call it "training". The child is prevented from seeking to find its true identity by being forced to identify itself with this or that.

      "I" am constantly pressurized into accepting it as an incontrovertible fact that I am a man, an Indian, and a Brahmin; it hardly ever occurs to me that I am even a human being, leave alone the purest truth that the spirit alone is real and "I" am but a cell in the cosmic body of the spirit, which is the universe. This cell is what we call the soul.

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