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The Vision of Oneness – Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati

|| अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि ||

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.

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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