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A Short History of Religious and Philosophic Thought in by Krishnananda (Swami)

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This part of the biography of Krishna, though referring to the events of the Mahabharata, carefully avoids the details of his public life as a statesman, warrior and teacher, which is so colourfully portrayed in the Epic. The chapters describing the Rasa Lila or the amorous dance of the lasses of Vrindavana with Krishna as a small boy, his childish pranks of earlier days with a divine import hidden behind them; his marvellous feats of strength and valour striking awe upon everyone even while he was an adolescent, have given rise to a vast literature by devout poets in later times and their spirit pulsates through the emotions of ardent lovers of God even till this day.

But man has no freedom to do this. Action is the law of all individual life. One is forced to act by the very nature of one’s being. To maintain equanimity in the midst of such activity, one should work in a spirit of self-sacrifice, self-surrender, self—restraint and self-knowledge. The Universe is a living organism and every element in it tends to fulfil the law of its unitariness. The duty of everyone, therefore, is to be conscious of this organic structure of the cosmos and attune oneself to its way of working.

While doing all actions, he refrains from taking initiatives, for this is the business of God. Equal to friend and foe, in respect and censure, in heat and cold, pleasure and pain, attached to nothing in the world, speaking little, satisfied with anything that comes of its own accord, having nothing to call his own, steady in meditation on God,—he is the sage who is freed for ever. DEATH AND AFTER The Lord assures that one who leaves this world, thinking of Him alone, reaches Him, in the end. One’s future is governed by one’s last thought, at the time of death.

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