Excerpts from Swami Venkatesananda's writings

today/vandaag is
October 31 oktober
Much of the evil in the world is horn of ignorance, for very few people know what to do and what to refrain from.
They are ignorant.
Among materialists, you will find many spiritual beings.
Among atheists you will find devotees of God.
Among the superstitious you will find highly intelligent beings.
Among fanatics you will find those who are full of love and tolerance.
The fact that they exist surrounded by the opposites makes them more valuable and precious: oases in deserts.
A holy Man came to a very simple and beautiful understanding - sorrow is 's-o-r-r-o-w', nothing more than the word.
If the word were not there, and if the mind that gave value to that word were not there, where would sorrow be?
This Holy Man discovered that "as you think, so you become".
This does not mean what it is generally regarded to mean.
It only means this: I am thinking of sorrow and at that moment I experience sorrow.
In exactly the same way, happiness is nothing but 'h-a-p-p-i-n-e-s-s', the word and the corresponding concept that seems to arise in the mind.
Once the concept has arisen in the mind, the mind itself experiences the same concept.
What is it that gives rise to that concept?
When you directly enquire into this, you come face to face, not with sorrow, not with happiness, but with the content of these, which is the same - the spirit of the mind.

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