Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Awakening

July 21, 2021

Awakening

    It is often the inner tyrant (the self) that demands freedom from external authority, and determines what that freedom means. True freedom is freedom from self, which is realized to be non-existent in the light of the inner reality, which is the Guru. It is the awakened intelligence that realizes this inner reality. This awakening of the inner intelligence, or chit-shakti is shaktipat. The Guru brings about this awakening or, one who does this is known as the Guru. It is easy for the Guru, for He is the light.

    It is impossible for the self, for the self is the shadow of ignorance. However, this shaktipata does not take place unless there is self-surrender, until the disciple has come to the end of his own resources, and is able humbly to approach the Guru in total devotion (which is of the heart and not of the intellect), and to establish a channel of direct communication, by means of loving and devoted service to the Guru.

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