THE IDEAL OF KARMA-YOGA
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 "fall" side and becomes a pessimist another looks at the "rise" side and becomes an optimist.
To be continued ...