Excerpts from Swami Venkatesananda's writings

today/vandaag is
 
September 21 september
Without love, knowledge is hypocrisy, for true knowledge brings complete understanding and understanding engenders love.
On the other hand, love, even of God, without knowledge may perhaps lead us to superstition, not to God-realisation.
Vichara is the light that illumines all that we do in our life - all the thoughts, words and deeds.
There is guidance as to what should be done and what should not be done, what should be renounced and what should not be renounced, without attachment.
In that light one realises what one's own unique position in life is, without comparing, without feeling superior or inferior to others.
Thought becomes inspiration or inspiration becomes thought, and emotion becomes devotion.
The vision is freed from division, diversity is seen as identical with unity and unity with diversity.
I remain I, without feeling somehow that I am different from you.
I am what I am meant to be, I do what I am meant to do, but without distinguishing myself from you.
When we really and sincerely pray, we see the whole life in a completely different light - that there is immortality without any metaphysical connotation.
And then birth, death, old age, pain, and what is called suffering, are all seen as part of the ever-flowing stream, ever changing and yet never changing.
All our prayer is meant to awaken ourselves to this truth.

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