Chapter 3: The Need for Integral Knowledge -2
2. THE GOAL OF LIFE-2.
"Not, verily, for the love of the all is the all dear, but for the love of the Self is the all dear." —Brih. Up., II. 4. 5.
All actions are done for the sake of the Self, not for external persons and things.
It is not the existence of joy in the object as such that brings pleasure to the individual enjoying it, but the cooling of the fire of craving that is brought about by its contact with a particular object which is specially demanded by that special mode of desire generated in the ego-consciousness.
The satiation is caused by a temporary turning back of the mind to the Self.
The whole of the happiness of the world is, thus, purely negative, an avoiding of the unpleasant, and not the acquirement of any real, positive joy.
This positive bliss is found only in the Self, the root of existence.
The bustle of life's activity is a struggle to respond to the cry of the anxious ego which has lost itself in the wilderness of its separation from the Eternal Principle.
The grieving self bound by fetters in the prison of life is ransomed by the knowledge of the non-dual nature of Existence.
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To be continued .....