Excerpts from Swami Venkatesananda's writings

today/vandaag is
October 9 oktober
Pleasure and pain are in a way part of this world-process, samsara, like day and night.
They may be there in the world, but one must free oneself from their sway.
Surrender must happen in its own good time.
First you were bad, then you struggled hard and you became good.
Then you struggled harder and you became better.
Completely free of all evil qualities, you were the embodiment of all good qualities - and immediately you became worse because you were full of vanity.
That is the time to surrender, and from there on surrender flows.
I am a man, and as long as there is life, as long as there is consciousness, I know that I am a man, not a woman or a dog.
Can I also say, in the same way, that I am irritated all the time?
Few of us can say that.

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