Excerpts from Swami Venkatesananda's writings

today/vandaag is
February 18 februari
Heat and cold, rain and sun, night and day are necessary for plant growth, and for the growth of our vital 'vegetable' nature.
Pleasure and pain, success and failure, honour and dishonour, are necessary for the growth of our 'mental' nature, the psychological aspect which should thus be purified of its dross and cleared of misunderstanding to arrive at the saner stability of mental equilibrium.
No-one has so far really defined 'happiness' and even if somebody has tried, that definition is not accepted by everyone - which means that happiness is a myth created by the self in order to make itself miserable!
Humanweal, peace and happiness (at both the individual and the collective levels) flow from renunciation and not from acquisition.
These are but words until one experiences them as living truths.

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