Excerpts from Swami Venkatesananda's writings

today/vandaag is
December 14 december
The due performance of one's own duties, even mechanically, will gain for the man a natural promotion on the path of evolution.
But a wise performance of the same duties, ascribing them to nature, whilst the seeker stands by as witness-consciousness, will secure self-realization for him.
The animal and the tree always do what they have to do, what nature meant them to do.
But the human being tries to do what he wants to do.
There is a desire motivation here.
Very soon he discovers that he cannot always do that and immediately there is conflict, because he does not know whether he should do something or whether he should even wish to do it, wish not to do it, or wish to do something else.
So he chooses between the path of wisdom and that of non-wisdom.
That is where the problem lies.
In animal existence there is no choice, but in human existence there is an illusion that there is choice.
It is the ego that thinks it has the choice and that it has to make choices.
All preconceived notions of what is right and wrong, good and evil, righteous and unrighteous, all these dualities are the creation of the ego, which is the creation of Maya.
These may be approved by society - you have a sort of stupid satisfaction, because your conduct is approved by people and you are respected by them.
When you look within yourself, you must be able to see this vanity.
You must see the uselessness of this kind of life.
It is then that you arrive at the precipice - this is all you can get to, the only point you can reach.

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