Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Insights & Inspirations (Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 2) — Serious Obstacles

August 6, 2022

Serious Obstacles

Insights & Inspirations      There are two serious obstacles to a religious life. The first and foremost is the assumption 'This is the answer'. Such an assumption signifies that there is inattention or laziness which tempt the investigation to be abandoned in favour of pretended certainty. This assumption is very different from the clarity of an uncluttered mind which blossoms in enlightenment - and enlightenment is not its description.

The other obstacle is a tricky motivation. Indeed, it is the sorrow, death and destruction that one observes in life in the world (whether this is one's own experience or one's observation) that triggers the investigation. But, if this motivation is allowed to dominate the investigation, it might lead to strange results. However, if there is energetic and single-minded investigation, one will soon realise that pain is inextricably related to the pursuit of pleasure, and that death and destruction exist inextricably related to life and construction.  In other words, sorrow, death and destruction are 'life seen in fragments'.  If, by the Grace of God (for here there is no help, not even self-help), one is sustained beyond this understanding, Life reveals its meaning. What that revelation is, is a great secret, known only to you.

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