Jnana-Yoga :2-16.



CHAPTER -2. THE REAL NATURE OF MAN : 16.
(Delivered in London)

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Is it practical ? — is another question.

Can it be practised in modern society?

Truth does not pay homage to any society, ancient or modern.

Society has to pay homage to Truth or die.

Societies should be moulded upon truth, and truth has not to adjust itself to society.

If such a noble truth as unselfishness cannot be practiced in society, it is better for man to give up society and go into the forest.

That is the daring man.

There are two sorts of courage.

One is the courage of facing the cannon.

And the other is the courage of spiritual conviction.

An Emperor who invaded India was told by his teacher to go and see some of the sages there.

After a long search for one, he found a very old man sitting on a block of stone.

The Emperor talked with him a little and became very much impressed by his wisdom.

He asked the sage to go to his country with him. "No," said the sage, "I am quite satisfied with my forest here." Said the Emperor, "I will give you money, position, wealth.

Swami Vivekananda
To be continued  ...


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