As desire increases, so increases the power of pleasure, so the power of pain.
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Quotes bySwami Vivekananda
Annapurna R.Sowja A.
Despite the infrastructure provided inreligious literature to get over the problemsin life, there still lurk doubts among eventhose who hold to God’s feet, as why theyare being subjected to grief though theyoffer worship and prayers to God. Thesufferings and pleasures are related to thepast actions. People have to experience theconsequences. We adore the rose and enjoyits fragrance. But the rose comes with thethorns. If we want the rose we have to acceptthe thorns. It comes as a package.Adopting devotional exercises will certainlyenable us to gain moral strength. The grief will be mitigated. Seeking the company of the pious, devout and selfless people is oneof the methods of developing devotion. Thereason is that they don’t indulge in idlegossip. Their thoughts are always pinned toGod. They will not hanker after materialbenefits. As such, in their midst, we will alsobe acquiring the traits which make us eligibleto approach God. It is equally important tochoose friends who will be in a position togive us only genuine and proper guidance,when we need it badly. Friendship so secured,after due discrimination, should remaineverlasting like a treaty made in good faith.The best example is that of the rain water.It pours down on different surfaces of theearth but when dug out, it bears thecharacteristics of the soil through which itflowed. Human mind has the tendency tochange in accordance with the traits of companions. Keeping good company isessential for facing the currents bravely.
This is the one central idea in the Gita: work incessantly, but benot attached to it.
There was a beautiful girl in a smallvillage. She always had to go to theforest to get firewood. One day whenshe was collecting firewood, fouryoungsters caught and tried tophysically assault her. She was boldand courageous and put up a fight butin front of four devils she was helpless.One passerby who was young,energetic and handsome saw thisoccurrence and fought with those guysand saved her life. She thanked thatgentleman for saving her life. Thenhe said "It is getting dark and my houseis nearby so come with me, spend thenight in my house and tomorrow I shalldrop you at your house". She had noother option than to accept hisproposal as it was getting dark and hervillage was quite far away.When they reached his house heoffered tea and asked her to take abath. He gave his clothes too. Whileshe was taking bath he prepareddinner. Then they both had dinnertogether. After dinner when it wastime to go to bed, he caught herhands and in a gentle voice asked herif she can share the bed with him. Shewas stunned and shocked. Thatmoment she felt that she had lost herinner strength. She felt as if somebodyis pouring hot oil in her ears. She feltthose are not the helping hands of asavior’s but the shackles which willcreate a permanent mark on her.Tears started rolling down her cheeks.The sameyoung girl whowas able tofight againstfour devils wasnot able tofight againstone devil. Inthat verymoment everything started flashing infront of her eyes and she rememberedhow her mother brought her up andshown the path of divinity…how shenurtured and shaped her while goingthrough the turmoil of life…how shestarved and fed her…how she used to tellthe stories of Ma Sita, Savitri and Kuntiand tried to infuse tender values…howshe taught her to fight againstcorruption, wrong act and gave her tighthugs whenever she was in distress…andtoday…?No matter how knowledgeable we are,we feel helpless in such situations. Actiondevoid of good intention will alwaysdamage the very purpose of life. Thereare people who can guide and mould if needed, but before that it is importantfor every human being to understand theintention. Situations are bound to bethere with or without good intentions.Hence it is time for the beautiful girlhidden in every human being to decidethe course of life, to reorganize innerstrength and thrash if it is wrong or acceptif it is right.