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Transcend The Dvandvas

by Swami Sivananda

Misery and happiness, pleasure and pain, gain and loss, victory and defeat, life and death, good and evil are the obverse and reverse of the same coin. Evil cannot exist without good. Life cannot exist without death. They are relative terms. Ignorant people want absolute happiness in this world. This is simply impossible and puerile. They want life without death, happiness without misery, gain without any loss. If you do not want death, give up life in the sensual plane. If you do not want pain, give up sensual pleasure. Pain and pleasure, life and death are linked together inseparably. Evil exists to glorify good. To glorify love there is the existence of hatred. Falsehood exists to glorify truth. A vagabond exists to glorify a saint. A prostitute exists to glorify a chaste Pativrata woman. A drunkard exists to glorify a teetotaler. This world is a very big and marvellous museum. If saints, honest people and sober men only exist in this world, it will look like a prison-house. Variety in manifestation is the Svabhava of Prakriti to keep up the charm of this world. Transcend the pairs of opposites or Dvandvas and rest in the non-dual and absolute Brahman. There alone you will find absolute good, absolute bliss and absolute knowledge.

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