What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 6


In order to free the mind from the pitfalls of unquestioning faith, rationalization, and emotionalism, rigorous disciplines of self-mastery are prescribed so that the seeker may well be grounded in his sincerity of purpose, commitment to the goal, and absolute detachment from blind loyalty to his pet concepts, fanciful ideas, and various mental fixations.

Direct perception is called darshana, meaning ‘to see.’ Both reason and faith play vital roles in this regard. One is incomplete without the other.

The ultimate realization of Truth may be intuitive, but the validity of such realization must be judged by reason.

Faith insists on acceptance; reason asks for scrutiny. If each is followed sincerely, faith and reason join at the moment of final realization.

Faith without reason tends to be dictatorial, while reason when not inspired by faith degenerates into endless intellectual speculation. Religious emotion becomes cheap sentimentalism if not strengthened by the scrutiny of reason.

… to be continued.


SWAMI ADISWARANANDA, in Meditation and Its Practices, Introduction, xi-xv                     (emphases, if any, are mine. – nytanaya)

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