Excerpts from Swami Venkatesananda's writings

today/vandaag is
November 11 november
Ascetic, such practices as standing in freezing water or sitting on burning sands are against nature.
As Krishna says here, they "torture the body and me also who dwells in the body."
Instead of purifying the self, they strengthen the ego
There is not much that you do not know.
Moreover, when you hear something new, especially what your selective mental receptor disapproves of, you do not listen.
There is danger here, for when you do not listen you distort and destroy or destructively use what you hear.
This danger can only be avoided when you are mature enough to be sincere, to realise that Self-knowledge is not the product of external prod but inward sight, and you have the courage to face up to your own weakness.
We all enjoy a calm mind in sleep, but since we are unaware of that calmness, it is of no use to us.
The yogi tries deliberately to reproduce, create this calmness, while he is awake.

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