Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Rules Don't Apply

April 7, 2021

Rules Don't Apply

      There is one serious difficulty, which we experience in life - solutions come at a time when there are no problems, and problems arise at a time when there are no solutions. That's obvious, isn't it? I lose my temper, blow your brains out, and then sit and meditate, reconstruct the whole thing in a very calm way. If that calmness had been there to begin with, I would not have lost my temper. There was no calmness when I lost my temper, and when the calmness was regained, there was no problem.

      It’s a very serious difficulty. That’s why most lessons that we learn cannot be applied. We've all been told to apply what we have learned to daily life, but this application is like lipstick - from the outside. Growth is from inside, and application from outside. Therefore no application helps us. You've seen people who are heavily made up - if there is a sudden shower of rain, all the application disappears.

     In real life also we are all the time caught in the rain, and the rain falls suddenly. Therefore it is not possible to learn a few rules and simply apply them.

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