Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Balance

August 1, 2020


      Appropriate action — not right action, not wrong action, but appropriate action — is also what is called balance. Balance is to match my effort with the challenge in front of me. If I meet a thousand challenges every day, I must exert myself in the corrective proportion, just to the extent of balancing the challenge — neither too much nor too little.

      But how much is too much? How little is too little? How do I know? In order to answer the question, "How do I know?" And in order to solve all these problems, I have to be awake all the time, I don't have to adopt a certain pattern of life, but I must be alert and vigilant all the time. If I'm alert, I might discover — I might discover, it is not an automatic process, that most of my foolish action spring from either my brain, which is all the time calculating, or my emotions.

      There is a reason behind on my actions and all my reasons are calculated toward some gain or the fulfillment of some expectation. If I love someone, whatever he does is all right but if I hate someone, I don't mind if he is killed. These two constantly lead me into some kind of mess or other. I'm watching — these are not appropriate actions.

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