March 21, 2020

Swami Vivekananda: "Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge"ー Eastern Philosophy

Modern life is going more through technically and thinking more like machines than human touch, using smiley and away from the real touch writing on electronic devices than pen and paper.

Swami Vivekananda—pic credit Google Search
The senses of humans would gradually no longer be in use. Still, the modern man feels that when they acquired a luxury life then they think that we are modern with huge knowledge, thinking this way is completely wrong. Swami Vivekananda has manifested it with a representation of good examples in his lectures, Swami’s lectures were transcribed by his stenographer, Joseph Josiah Goodwin, in one of his books, Karma Yoga.

Swami Vivekananda Indian Monk—Wikipedia
The lectures were conducted and delivered in his rented rooms at 228 W 39th Street in December 1895 NYC with his friends and supporters. In this book he covered the concept of Karma and Yoga. Swami said that Karma and character are interlinked together, the word Karma born from Sanskrit word Kriー his lectures were based on Karma and how its effect on the human body. What is Karma? and how it relates to our character and how positive and negative life goes that purely depend upon our Karma.
It is simply defined as doing all the action is Karma, our body language, tone and anger. Our thoughts travel through and give a product that is called action. The action simply states equal to work. The pleasure and happiness have an end, it is always temporary and the end has already decided.

Vivekananda said, pleasure and pain pass through the soul and the result of these combined impressions is man’s character. Some bend the turn of his mind; you will find misery and happiness are equal factors forming the character and in most the cases the misery is a greater teacher than happiness. He provided us with a good example that how misery plays a crucial role in human’s life,

Poverty taught more than wealth; it's only blows that brought out their inner fire more than praise.What he used to believe that, ‘knowledge is inherent, no knowledge comes from outside. It is all inside. 

The man with his all the efforts whatever he knows he comes out with a definition, people call that and label it with discovery or unveil, what man learns what he discovered by taking actually infinite mine of knowledge by giving an example of Newton’s force of gravitation. Here is below which is very simple to understand, 

Was it sitting anywhere in a corner waiting for it? It was in his own mind; the time came and he found it out. All knowledge that the world has even received comes from the mind. The infinite library of the universe is in your own mind. The external world is simply the suggestion, the occasion which sets you to study your own mind. The falling of an apple gave the suggestion to Newton and he studied his own mind. He rearranged all the previous links of the thoughts in his mind and discovered a new link among them, which we call the law of gravitation, it was not in the apple nor in anything in the center of the earth.

He used to only believe that the mind is the only mine of human intelligence and perfect time brings it up. All humans are doing Karma all the time, talking, listening, breathing, waking, and everything on the planet earth people are doing. That is Karma and that leaves its mark on humans. Small work aggregates into a big one. Swami’s fine example as followed, 

If we stand near the seashore and hear the waves dashing against the single, we think it is such a great noise and yet we do not catch it. It is the only big aggregate that we hear.

He also said in his lectures that to know one real character of a man, do not look at his big achievement, look at his small work, a fool person can also become a hero someday or another that does not mean his Karma is good. Swami Vivekananda said, 

There is a huge power in the universe and it is only man that attracts the power toward himself and that power sends off with a big current after fusing in the center and such center is a real man and the almighty and draws the whole universe toward him.

The virus like Corona is you can simply assume the product of a human action and I call it black fruit of Karma which is now harming the universe.

The secret of Karma yoga which is to perform action without fruitive desire taught by Krishna in Bhagwat GitaーSwami Vivekananda

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