Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — No Motivation, No Goal

June 30, 2020

No Motivation, No Goal

      Yoga is the realization of God's omnipresence. Is it not real now? It is and so we say "God is omnipresent". But these are words, not the reality. The actions of one to whom that statement is real are Karma Yoga. But karma yoga is often confused with laudable social service. One who lives (and more often dies) for a cause or another person is said to be a Karma Yogi. One who does his duty as defined by some others is regarded as a Karma Yogi.

      In God or cosmic consciousness there is inherent energy of life. There is motion or activity. Natural motion arises in its source, moves in it and merges into it. It has no motivation, no goal. In it therefore there is no sorrow. But why is our own life haunted by sorrow all the time?


      "I am not what I want to be".

      How do you know what you want to be? If you are not in the refrigerator you will not know how cold it is!

      You are what you want to be already.

      Because of the opening and closing of the refrigerator door, the interstate is disturbed. Identifying yourself with the distraction, you feel you are not what you want to be. That is all.

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