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Swamiji talks about the essence of the Upanishads which is the source of the whole Vedanta pursuit. Similar to the Einstein equation, both sides of the equation must be fully understood in order to appreciate what the ‘equals’ actually means. Therefore when the Upanishad says, “You Are That or That Thou Art”, what is the real meaning of the ‘you’ and the ‘that’ referred to here? Since all the Upanishads have this equation in one form or another, these insights by Swamiji are not only most profound, but are essential in the further studies of Vedanta.
Meditation & Meditative Life
Books and masters, systems and disciplines, are there to guide you when you grope, correct you when you err, enthuse you when you despair. But it is you that should get guided, corrected and enthused. Therefore, freedom lies in your hands, does it not? It does.
When a person recognises Brahman, who is in the form of cause and effect, the binding knot of ignorance in his heart resolves, his doubts are cleared and all his karmas are exhausted.” (2.2.9) “Every upanisad is a word mirror which reveals that the one who is looking at it, is the only one who makes things happen, exist and resolve.
I do not believe that anyone can be happy in today’s world without Vedanta. It is not possible because our society is born of competition, nurtured in competition. The competition starts from the cradle! Naturally, our lot is very complex. There is a need for a cognitive change. We need Vedanta to be sane and we have to solve the problem fundamentally. That is the only way; there is no other way. Humanity has driven itself into a corner from where it has no other solution except to know ‘I am the whole.’ It is what Vedanta is.
If non-fulfilment of desires does not bother you, you are on top of them. If non-fulfilment bothers you, then the desires have got you! They are no longer a privilege. They become pressure generators. Bringing the required change to make desiring a privilege is personal reorganisation.