Arise awake and stop not till the goal is reached — Swami Vivekananda

“Upon the same tree there are two birds of beautiful plumage, most friendly to each other , one eating the fruits, the other sitting there calm and silent without eating — the one on the lower branch eating sweet and bitter fruits in turn and becoming happy and unhappy, but the other one on the top, calm and majestic; he eats neither sweet nor bitter fruits, cares neither for happiness nor misery, immersed in his own glory. This is the picture of human soul. Man is eating the sweet and bitter fruits of this life, pursuing gold , pursuing his senses, pursuing the vanities of life — hopelessly, madly careering he goes. Yet in the life of everyone there come golden moments; in the midst of the deepest sorrows, and even deepest joys, there comes moments when a part of the cloud that hides

the sunlight moves away as it were, and we catcha  glimpse, in spite of ourselves of something beyond — away , away beyond the life of the senses; away, away beyond its vanities, its joys and its sorrow; away, away beyond nature, or our imaginations of happiness here or hearafter; away beyond all thirst for gold or for fame, or for name, or for prosperity. Man stops for a moment at this glimpse and sees the other bird calm and majestic, eating neither sweet nor bitter fruits, but immersed in his own glory. Self content, self satisfied. Man catches a glimpse and then he forgets and goes on eating the sweet and bitter fruits of life; perhaps after a time he catches another glimpse, and the lower bird goes nearer and nearer to the higher bird as blows after blows are received. If he be fortunate to receive hard knocks, then he comes nearer and nearer to his companion, the other bird, his life, his friend; and as he approaches him, he finds that the light from the higher bird is playing around his own plumage; and as he comes nearer and nearer, lo! the transformation is going on. The nearer and nearer he comes , he finds himself melting away, as it were, until he has entirely disappeared. He did not really exist; it was but the reflection of the other bird who was there calm and majestic amidst the moving leaves. It was all his glory , that upper bird’s. He then becomes fearless, perfectly satisfied, calmly serene. ”

I find this very very stirring in a spiritual way. Swami Vivekanda’s words while discussing the vedas. Who does not want to feel completely uninhibited, who does not want to not feel pain and suffering anymore, who does not want to feel complete on his own, who does not want to be covered with serene bliss, who does not want to tear away all of society’s shackles. I do…


~ by sreesudhir on January 19, 2008.

5 Responses to “Arise awake and stop not till the goal is reached — Swami Vivekananda”

  1. who doesn’t? yet we cling on desperately to this materialistic desires hoping to derive bliss…May be some day we will realize, we are not the finite body, but the infinite soul…

  2. Swami Vivekananda’s words are relevant to both worldly and spiritual seekers. These have been of immense use to human resources development managers to motivate the people at their levels. But their spiritual relevance is immense. Swami Vivekananda’s call keeps the yogis on correct path and enables them to strive and strive till they realize their goal of Sachithanandam.

  3. What a philosophy, i like it very much..:-)

  4. This words will give courages to us. These words are the best way to get the winner in our life.

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