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Re: Ain't It A Small Universe

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  • Swami Ganga-Puri Kaliuttamananda-Giri
    ... wisdom, ... ( Doing ), even ... yourself ... Every ... Simplicity has ... dying of ... is ... One ... bewilderment; it ... a ... the ... austerities ...
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 15, 2003
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      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com,
      medit8ionsociety <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > Just as Sandeep treats us with beautiful and out of the box
      wisdom,
      > the Sivananda reading of the day points in the same direction,
      > although coming from 180 degrees of another direction
      ("Doing"), even
      > including the Vasishta reference. Enjoy!
      >
      > SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA DAILY READING FOR 15 OCTOBER
      >
      > THE RIDDLE OF THE WORLD
      >
      > You yourself have made your life complex. You have entangled
      yourself
      > in this quagmire. You have multiplied your wants and desires.
      Every
      > day you are forging new links in the chain of bondage.
      Simplicity has
      > vanished. Luxurious habits are daily developed. People are
      dying of
      > starvation; there is depression and unrest everywhere. There
      is
      > devastation by earthquake. The divorce courts are increasing.
      One
      > nation is afraid of another nation. Life has become a matter of
      > uncertainty. It has become a mass of confusion and
      bewilderment; it
      > has become stormy and boisterous.
      >
      > You can escape from these troubles and difficulties if you lead
      a
      > life of dispassion, self-restraint, purity and selfless service,
      > if you develop cosmic love, if you make a habit of developing
      the
      > right point of view, right thinking, right feeling, right action,
      > with the right mental attitude and if you practise meditation and
      > devotion.
      >
      > If you have no sustained vairagya (dispassion) you will find no
      > improvement or progress in spirituality. Vows, energy,
      austerities
      > and meditation will leak out like water from a cracked pot. You
      have
      > spent eight hours in sleep and the rest in idle gossiping,
      telling
      > lies and deceiving others. How can you expect spiritual good or
      > immortality if you do not spend even half an hour in the service
      of
      > God, in singing his name and in divine contemplation?
      >
      > Is there pain or pleasure in this world? If there is pleasure then
      > why do young educated men retire into the forests? If there is
      pain
      > why do young men run after wealth, position and women?
      Mysterious is
      > maya (illusion)! Mysterious is moha (delusion)! Try to
      understand the
      > riddle of life and the riddle of the universe. Acquire viveka
      > (wisdom). Have satsanga (holy company). Enquire into the
      nature of
      > the atman. Study the Yoga Vasishta and the Upanishads. Then
      you will
      > have a comprehensive understanding of the problems of life.
      There is
      > not one iota of happiness in this world.
      >
      > Real freedom is from birth and death. Real freedom is
      freedom from
      > the trammels of flesh and mind. Real freedom - is freedom
      from the
      > bonds of karma. Real freedom is freedom from attachment to
      the body,
      > etc. Real freedom is freedom from desires and from egoism.



      SG: Excellent piece......
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