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Karma-Yoga : Ch-8. Part-16.





The American Indians were in this country for thousands of years, and a few handfuls of your ancestors came to their land.

What difference they have caused in the appearance of the country!

Why did not the Indians make improvements and build cities, if all were equal?

With your ancestors a different sort of brain power came into the land, different bundles of past impressions came, and they worked out and manifested themselves.

 Absolute non-differentiation is death.

So long as this world lasts, differentiation there will and must be, and the millennium of perfect equality will come only when a cycle of creation comes to its end.

Before that, equality cannot be.

Yet this idea of realising the millennium is a great motive power. Just as inequality is necessary for creation itself, so the struggle to limit it is also necessary.

If there were no struggle to become free and get back to God, there would be no creation either.

It is t…

Karma-Yoga : Ch-8. Part-15.





Absolute equality, that which means a perfect balance of all the struggling forces in all the planes, can never be in this world.

Before you attain that state, the world will have become quite unfit for any kind of life, and no one will be there.

We find, therefore, that all these ideas of the millennium and of absolute equality are not only impossible but also that, if we try to carry them out, they will lead us surely enough to the day of destruction.

What makes the difference between man and man?

It is largely the difference in the brain.

Nowadays no one but a lunatic will say that we are all born with the same brain power.

We come into the world with unequal endowments; we come as greater men or as lesser men, and there is no getting away from that prenatally determined condition.

Swami Vivekananda
To be continued  ...

Karma-Yoga : Ch-8. Part-14.





By struggling, competition, conflict.

Suppose that all the particles of matter were held in equilibrium,

would there be then any process of creation?

We know from science that it is impossible.

Disturb a sheet of water,

and there you find every particle of the water trying to become calm again,

one rushing against the other;

and in the same way all the phenomena which we call the universe —

all things therein —

are struggling to get back to the state of perfect balance.

Again a disturbance comes,

and again we have combination and creation.

Inequality is the very basis of creation.

At the same time the forces struggling to obtain equality are as much a necessity of creation as those which destroy it.

Swami Vivekananda
To be continued  ...

Karma-Yoga : Ch-8. Part-13.





Christianity was preached just on the basis of the fascination of this fanaticism, and that is what made it so attractive to the Greek and the Roman slaves.

They believed that under the millennial religion there would be no more slavery, that there would be plenty to eat and drink; and, therefore, they flocked round the Christian standard.

Those who preached the idea first were of course ignorant fanatics, but very sincere.

In modern times this millennial aspiration takes the form of equality — of liberty, equality, and fraternity.

This is also fanaticism. True equality has never been and never can be on earth.

How can we all be equal here?

This impossible kind of equality implies total death.

What makes this world what it is?

Lost balance.

In the primal state, which is called chaos, there is perfect balance.

How do all the formative forces of the universe come then?

Swami Vivekananda
To be continued  ...

Karma-Yoga : Ch-8. Part-12.





When a boy is going to school and his father and mother are taking care of him, everything seems blessed to him; his wants are simple, he is a great optimist.

But the old man, with his varied experience, becomes calmer and is sure to have his warmth considerably cooled down.

So, old nations, with signs of decay all around them, are apt to be less hopeful than new nations.

There is a proverb in India: "A thousand years a city, and a thousand years a forest."

This change of city into forest and vice versa is going on everywhere, and it makes people optimists or pessimists according to the side they see of it.

The next idea we take up is the idea of equality.

These millennium ideas have been great motive powers to work.

Many religions preach this as an element in them — that God is coming to rule the universe, and that then there will be no difference at all in conditions.

The people who preach this doctrine are mere fan…

Karma-Yoga : Ch-8. Part-11.





We cannot add happiness to this world; similarly, we cannot add pain to it either.

The sum total of the energies of pleasure and pain displayed here on earth will be the same throughout.

We just push it from this side to the other side, and from that side to this, but it will remain the same, because to remain so is its very nature.

This ebb and flow, this rising and falling, is in the world's very nature; it would be as logical to hold otherwise as to say that we may have life without death.

This is complete nonsense, because the very idea of life implies death and the very idea of pleasure implies pain.

The lamp is constantly burning out, and that is its life.

If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it.

Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the same wave, and the two form one whole.

One looks at the &q…

Karma-Yoga : Ch-8. Part-10.





We can only play at driving the ball from one place to another.

We take away pain from the physical plane, and it goes to the mental one.

It is like that picture in Dante's hell where the misers were given a mass of gold to roll up a hill.

Every time they rolled it up a little, it again rolled down.

All our talks about the millennium are very nice as school-boys' stories, but they are no better than that.

All nations that dream of the millennium also think that, of all peoples in the world, they will have the best of it then for themselves.

This is the wonderfully unselfish idea of the millennium!

Swami Vivekananda
To be continued  ...

Karma-Yoga : Ch-8. Part-9.





In the ocean we cannot raise a wave without causing a hollow somewhere else.

The sum total of the good things in the world has been the same throughout in its relation to man's need and greed.

It cannot be increased or decreased.

Take the history of the human race as we know it today.

Do we not find the same miseries and the same happiness, the same pleasures and pains, the same differences in position?

Are not some rich, some poor, some high, some low, some healthy, some unhealthy?

All this was just the same with the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans in ancient times as it is with the Americans today.

So far as history is known, it has always been the same; yet at the same time we find that, running along with all these incurable differences of pleasure and pain, there has ever been the struggle to alleviate them.

Every period of history has given birth to thousands of men and women who have worked hard to smooth the pa…