Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Insights and Inspirations —Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 2 — Is Life A Battlefield

December 7, 2017

Is Life A Battlefield?

     Is life a battlefield of problems, unhappiness, sorrow? Has whoever created this made it inevitable that we should all be born here to suffer? It doesn't sound logical to me at all - I don't know if it does to you.   There is another way of looking at it - maybe a little unorthodox, but it helps. Is life here miserable or not miserable, or possibly a mixture of both? If it is not miserable there is no problem, so forget it. Now there are these two possibilities: one, that life is inevitably miserable; or two, it's a mixture - sometimes misery, sometimes joy.

    Let's look at the first possibility. If you accept that life is miserable, instantly you become happy. 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? If that expectation is dropped there is happiness, joy, bliss.Now the second possibility: either life is a mixture of happiness or unhappiness, or it depends upon how you approach it. Both these things are possible - you can be happy here and you can be miserable. If you go on repeating this a few times, suddenly you realise, "My God, it depends upon me!"

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