February 13, 2010

Swami Vivekananda 1.2.4

  • Non-Attachment Is Complete Self-Abnegation
    • Our actions can act on others as their actions affects us as of when in a musical room, when one instrument is played, all the others also play according to it. That is the similar way when our good and bad deeds affect the world around us. As of when one does good, all the others around also comes to the same force, and such creates the tension greater or less.
    • Also possible that the world around us is full of both good and bad thoughts which come by us, to the open minds first and a evil doer's action will continueously be doing evil.To do work without evil, thus would mean by non-attachment and to know that whatever that you are doing is not for your good but for it's own. When one is successful as non-attachment, he will neither finding good or evil in any work. One who has found neither happiness neither sadness from any work will continue at any condition his own work.
    • We create two-fold world, first we open ourselves to all the evil influences in the world and secondly, we create create those evil which affects others. There are four types of men; one who does good for the world, one who does good until it does not injure them, one who do good to themselves and injure other and the fourth kind is the ones injure others for injury's sake.
    • No action is entirely good nor is it entirely evil. Thus one who can seek to find both good and evil in work has found the secret of work.
    • Life itself is a continuous struggle which means that a perfect life is the reverse of a coin. The struggle between internal and external world is what life is. As one strives for happiness, he ought to find that the only way to achieve happiness is without selfish activities and that he can only make himself happy.
    • The highest ideal in Jnana, Bhakti and Karma is eternal and entire self-abnegation (self denial). Even men who had never reached towards the words of philosophy or religion will come up to the point to say self-sacrifice. The worshipper, by keeping constantly before him the idea of God and a surrounding of good, comes to the same point at last and says, "Thy will be done," and keeps nothing to himself. That is self-abnegation. The philosopher, with his knowledge, sees that the seeming self is a delusion and easily gives it up. It is self-abnegation.
    • Pravritti means revoulving towards and Nivritti means to revolve away.  Revolving towards is 'I and mine', by power, fame, name, money and more of 'me' and 'myself'. But when this breaks, Nivritti comes up when you are willing to sacrifice for others.
    • Neither the world is created for us or the animal's. The world is for us so that we could be for the world's sake. Such way is neither men is needed for the world or the animal as one dead does not stop time as time flows on. 
    • Be unattached, so that you are like your children's nurse who is ready to go whenever time is called.  Thus think that everything of yours is actually his. No one soul is helped by us but by the nature.
    • The great sage of India named Vyasa sent his son Suka to teach Janaka Videha, the kind of Janaka who is without his body. Then in the door to the kingdom, he is neither noticed by the guards who does not take him into notice for three days. Soon comes the ministers of the kind who take him into wonderful rooms, fragnant baths and gives him wonderful dresses for eight days and still did not change his look. Then he came up to the king who gave him a bowl of milk and told him to walk through all the singing and dancing with the bowl which he does successfully. Thus the king tells him that he could only repeat what his father had taught him because he had known the Truth.
    • For every Yoga, you have to hear, think and then practice. First comes feeling, then the willing, from which comes the force to work. The fools might say that work and philosophy are different but the learned say that they lead to the goal of human perfection.

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