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Volume 7, Inspired Talks

After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains — one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states and states must ever change; but the nature of the Soul is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it.

Stand upon the Self, then only can we truly love the world. Take a very, very high stand; knowing out universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world. It is but baby's play, and we know that, so cannot be disturbed by it. If the mind is pleased with praise, it will be displeased with blame. All pleasures of the senses or even of the mind are evanescent but within ourselves is the one true unrelated pleasure, dependent upon nothing. It is perfectly free, it is bliss. The more our bliss is within, the more spiritual we are. The pleasure of the Self is what the world calls religion.

There is no possibility of ever having pleasure without pain, good without evil; for living itself is just the lost equilibrium. What we want is freedom, not life, nor pleasure, nor good. Creation is infinite, without beginning and without end — the ever-moving ripple in an infinite lake. There are yet unreached depths and others where the equilibrium has been regained; but the ripple is always progressing, the struggle to regain the balance is eternal. Life and death are only different names for the same fact, the two sides of the one coin. Both are Maya, the inexplicable state of striving at one time to live, and a moment later to die. Beyond this is the true nature, the Atman. While we recognise a God, it is really only the Self which we have separated ourselves from and worship as outside of us; but it is our true Self all the time — the one and only God.

Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes. It is liberty(Freedom of Choice) to be affected by nothing; do not merely endure, be unattached. Remember the story of the bull. A mosquito sat long on the horn of a certain bull. Then his conscience troubled him, and he said, "Mr. Bull, I have been sitting here a long time, perhaps I annoy you. I am sorry, I will go away." But the bull replied, "Oh no, not at all! Bring your whole family and live on my horn; what can you do to me?"



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Re: Swami Vivekananda says Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2010, 11:29:00 AM »

Dear prasanth,

Guru Vachaka Kovai verse 572 says:

That which manifests in his current worldly life as an abundance
of pleasure and pain, and also as friends and powerful enemies
who cause them to happen, is only the good and bad karmas that
a person has performed in the past. 

          [Tr. David Godman]

In Conscious Immortality, it is said:

Bhagavan:  When anything happens, we are prone to attribute the
same for something or someone else.  However, the fact is our experiences have already been created by ourselves and nothing
happens which is more or less than we deserve.  What can others
do to us?

Others are not responsible for what happens to us.  They are only
instruments for what would happen to us some way or other.  Let
us be strong in faith and not succumb to fear.  Whatever happens,
happens according to our prarabdha. Let it exhaust itself.  Evil
intentions and evil actions will not affect us simply because they
desire it. One is required not to think of oneself, so why should
there be anxiety regarding others?

Kaivalya Navaneetam, Verses 2.55, 2.56, 2.57 say:

The creation of the Almighty Lord and of the individual Jiva
are different.  The Almighty's creation is cosmic, and consists
pf all that is mobile and immobile.  The unworthy Jiva's creation
which consists of attachments, passions, desires and the like,
pertains to the ego, and is certainly not of the Almighty.

The creations of the Almighty Lord, who functions three fold,
may constitute the means for liberation, whereas those of the Jivas
are the maladies which cause them successive reincarnations.
Liability to birth does no end for anyone, even if creation comes
to an end, but it ends on the giving up of one's passions and the

Whoever got free from rebirths at the time of the dissolution of the Lord's creation?  No one.  Despite the persistence of time, space
and bodies, people have been liberated, even here, by destroying
the illusion of the individual creation, and gaining knowledge.  Therefore, bondage and liberation are clearly of the Jiva's own
making and not of the Lord's.

Arunachala Siva.