Friday, July 5, 2013


There is a conflict in Arjuna's heart between his emotionalism and his duty. The nearer we are to [ beasts and ] birds, the more we are in the hells of emotion. We call it love. It is self - hypnotization. We are under the control of our [ ...emotions ] like animals. A cow can sacrifice its life for its young. Every animal can. What of that ? It is not blind, bird like emotion that leads to perfection....[ To reach ] the eternal consciousness, that is the goal of man! There emotion has no place, nor sentimentalism, nor anything that belongs to the senses - only the light of pure reason. [ There ] man stands as spirit.

- Swami Vivekananda

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