Vedanta Philosophy; lecture by Swami Abhedananda Philosophy of Good and Evil

Aug 26, 2012 by

This is a classic not easily found, but we found it for you!  VEDANTA PHILOSOPHY OF GOOD AND EVIL  – a lecture by Swami Abhedananda was originally published in 1900.  I love to find gems like this, a reproduction made from an actual copy of the original book published in 1900.  When I read a reproduction like this, I can be assured it is the actual text from that publication in 1900!

Here are a few paragraphs to give you a feel, these paragraphs are all about self control:

” A true Yogi is one who has perfect control over himself, and who has acquired self-knowledge. The science of Yoga explains what self-control is, how It can be acquired, as well as explains the nature of self- knowledge. A Yogi therefore reaches the Ultimate goal of religion and spiritual perfection without wasting his energy in the practice of non-essentials. The non-essentials of religion are like a huge heap of husks, under which lies hidden the kernel of the essential truth; wherever there is too ‘much of non- essentials, there prevail religious corruption, superstition, and false theology, the main object of which is to convince the Ignorant masses that the heap of non-essential dogmas, doctrines, ceremonies, and rituals must be observed by all who wish to be religious.
But the science of Yoga, being free from dogmas, ceremonies, and rituals, suiters neither from corruption nor from superstition, nor does it need any theology. It is pure, and simple. It welcomes to Its fold all sincere and earnest souls who are searching for higher truth and spiritual life, and seeks to make them spiritual by giving the essentials of religion as their highest ideal. It teaches them the method by which self-control and knowledge of the Supreme Self can be acquired. Self-control means the control of the lower self, or the animal nature of man, by developing the higher powers that are latent in the Individual soul. Having ascended the grades of evolution from the lower animals, man lives at first on the animal plane, and, as he rises higher and higher, the latent powers of the  soul gradually begin to manifest and overcome his animal tendencies. Self-control is not manifested in the character of any man who ignorantly obeys the dictates of the senses, and blindly serves the internal masters of passion, anger, greed, self-delusion, pride, and egotism.
Those who can control themselves, or check the mad rush of the mind toward the objects of senses, and who cease to obey those animal impulses which are standing like fierce enemies in the path of spiritual progress, enjoy undisturbed peace as long as they live, thus reaching the highest goal of freedom; but those who are constantly guided by sudden waves of passion, anger, pride, jealousy, and hatred, are always disturbed in their minds; they are restless and unhappy. How can persons who are slaves of their senses expect happiness? Happiness comes in the state of perfect freedom, and not in slavery; that freedom again can be acquired only through the practice of self-control; therefore those who desire to enjoy unbounded happiness and peace of mind on this earth should struggle for freedom by learning to practice self-control. The attainment of self-control is easy for those who have learned to study their own minds, and who, after discovering their weaknesses, try to reform their own characters. Like the lower animals, the natural tendency of human beings is to seek pleasure, and to avoid pain. As long as man lives in the darkness of ignorance, and cannot trace the causes which make him happy or unhappy; as long as he does not undersoul gradually begin to manifest and overcome his animal tendencies.” 



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