Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 - In The Face of Pessimism

January 14, 2022

     I am by nature an optimist, but I am realistic enough to be pessimistic when it comes to mass acceptance of any doctrine, thought, or ideology. "Brain washing" can be done by leaders of two or more camps, all aspiring for some sort of power. They can all find convincing arguments to convince the converted - the latter usually being shareholders in the spoils. Such a procedure may be unnecessary in a totalitarian society; but in such a society the doctrine or ideology is not really accepted by the people - fear silences the inner opposition, which waits for an opportunity to burst into a counter-revolution. At each stage someone quotes some scripture or advances altruistic arguments. All this becomes clear when we reflect on the state of the world we live in - a world trodden by the blessed Feet of Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Gandhi, not to mention thousands of saints and sages. 

     The majority of the people of the world will always be worldly. As Krishna declared, "One in thousands strives for spiritual perfection." Yet, it is possible to visualize that around the great Ones mentioned above, there gathered a band of devoted followers and apostles. The majority of them were of course spiritual giants. This is possible; and this is the root of my optimism.

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