Excerpts from Swami Venkatesananda's writings

today/vandaag is
 
November 9 november
Faith exists in everyone in three stages: belief, faith and conviction.
You believe in your neighbor's words; you have faith in what the guru says; but you are convinced of your own personal experience.
But faith exists in the hearts of all.
If you love me you do all sorts of things and you are prepared to undergo any amount of privation, suffering and expense.
You love me because you think I am your friend or your brother.
That relationship - my so and so, whatever it may be - makes you do all sorts of good things.
This is a reason why this irrational, stupid idea of a relationship is very jealously guarded and maintained by society.
But the unfortunate factor is that it is not goodness alone that flows out of this 'mine'.
You care only for people whom you regard as 'my' people.
Are these people really mine?
Perhaps "breathing" was intended more to bring about relaxation of the nerves and calming the mind, than just ventilating the lungs.

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