Excerpts from Swami Venkatesananda's writings

today/vandaag is
 
December 7 december
Would it not be better to face the situation and either die, or live happily?
We should not throw away life by valuing life itself more than the living of it.
If you realise that this world is one of incessant and unending misery, then living in this world you are not miserable - you have understood that this is indeed the nature of the world, so why be unhappy about it?
Once you know this you do not expect anything other than that - which means that all your unhappiness springs from expectation of something that is not.
Why does the mind expect to gain something that the world does not possess?
Ordinary human beings weep with the sorrowful, and laugh with the joyous.
But the yogi knows that whether those experiences seem to be pleasant or unpleasant, the content of those experiences is the same pure experiencing that arises in the one undivided, indivisible intelligence.
The yogi behaves in exactly the same way as you and I do, seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, tasting etc.
But he knows that all these actions or expressions of his own senses, of the mind, of the intellect, arise in that intelligence,

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