The Vision of Oneness (Samatva-Dristi)
Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati
The vision of oneness, presented by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gītā, is both the goal of life and the means for attaining that goal. The significance of this vision is understood only when we understand the conflicts and stresses that accompany a belief in the reality of duality.
We see duality or differences everywhere in creation. We do not see equality of any two things in this world. In fact, we find variety in terms of looks, nature, strength, function and other special features amongst all – sentient and insentient.
The variety in the nature of all beings, sentient and insentient, is sought to be explained by the different proportion of gunas of sattva, rajas and tamas, which are the qualities of prkriti, or primordial nature, of which they are made up. Consequently, there is variety in the karma (actions)…
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Very insightful thoughts by a renowned teacher of Advaita Vedanta. This article was published in Arsha Vidya Newsletter – January 2016, excerpted by Dr. V. Swaminathan from talks given by Swamiji on June 19-21, 2015 in New Jersey, USA.
The topic, graceful acceptance, is nothing but acceptance of the realities of life. To every situation that one confronts, both the individual, जीव and the Lord ईश्वर, contribute. जीव’s contribution is in the form of पुरुषाथर्, appropriate self-effort. Appropriate self-effort includes देश and काल, time and place. Time is not only the time of the effort but the right duration over which the effort is made. ईश्वर’s role is referred to as दैवम् or the grace of the देवता. This is what we call as destiny, fate, or luck. In other words, this is प्रारब्ध. Thus, both these factors, पुरुषाथर् and प्रारब्ध, are working in every situation.
Despite one’s effort…
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