Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 2 - Pray with Sincerity and Wisdom

October 18, 2020

 Pray with Sincerity and Wisdom

 Swami Venkatesananda Vidya 03     There is an interesting episode in the last section of the Durga Saptashati. Two mighty demons drive all the gods away from heaven and take charge of it. The gods who were driven out suddenly remember a boon granted to them by the Divine Mother: "Whenever you are in trouble think of me and I'll come to your help." It's an interesting boon which guarantees that you'll get into trouble! Remembering this boon they start offering a prayer and the prayer is very interesting: "We salute that Divine Mother who is intelligence, power, energy, sleep, the creative energy, craving, thought, memory, patience, peace, confusion or madness in all beings."

      It is a very interesting thought that wherever there is conjunction of consciousness and energy, there is the Divine. All that you can think of is the conjunction of consciousness and energy; the two are inseparable. You cannot have consciousness without its inherent energy. Whether you call it a good thought or a bad thought, both are thoughts. Good fortune or misfortune, both are fortune. It depends which end of the stick you are holding. When you lose, somebody else gains. There is nothing other than just a movement of energy in consciousness.

      If we think "Ah, that's a beautiful philosophy. I can do what I like". There is the snag. You may say that there is no difference between kindness and cruelty, except that kindness will beget kindness and cruelty will beget cruelty. Are you prepared to treat what you receive in the same spirit in which you give? If you are cruel to others, are you prepared to receive cruelty from others in the same spirit in which you gave it?

     Only when the inner vision of sameness arises does this philosophy make sense. Prematurely applying this philosophy is useless. It is words without sense or meaning. The inner vision is necessary and if the inner vision is not there, whatever you do, however much meditation or worship you do, all is 'water off a duck's back'. It doesn't touch anything.

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