February 15, 2010

Swami Vivekananda 1.2.6

  • The Ideal of Karma-Yoga
    • To achieve goal could be through work, psychology, knowledge and love as they bind into one another.
    • Every activity is a struggle for freedom from the atom to the man. Our Earth is struggling away from the Sun as the moon tries to struggle away from the Earth.
    • Unselfishness is the goal which would take him to infinite. That is why it is said: That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral. If he only thinks of others and not of himself, it would be removed.
    • We can only change the world for some time, not everlasting. Neither can we add happiness or pain to the world just as energy is never lost neither created. Such way, life and death are the same as they are part of the same cycle, so one shall not think of life better than death. The proverb: A thousand years a city, and a thousand years a forest shows that optimism and pessimism are two sides of the same place.
    • Where there is lost balance of equality, the primal state is called chaos which is the perfect balance which can never be in the world. Thus, absolute non-differentiation is death.
    • When one reaches for rest while doing work, he is taken into another as he is part of the machine. To get out of it, he could give up all the concerns of the machine and the other is to go inside the machinery and do proper work to come out.
    • Again he talks about doing good for good's sake. We are the self, eternally at rest and peace.
    • Buddha is the only man in Earth who did not care to know any various theories of God. "Do good and be good" and this will take you to freedom. Buddha had said, "Believe not because some old manuscripts are produced, believe not because it is your national belief, because you have been made to believe it from your childhood; but reason it all out, and after you have analyzed it, then, if you find that it will do good to one and all, believe it, live up to it, and help others to live up to it." Buddha represents the very highest idea of Karma-Yoga.

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