What is Viveka?


When you are fully aware of the magnitude of human sufferings in this miserable, relative world, you will naturally begin to discriminate between what is real and what is unreal. Soul is real and World is unreal. This is Viveka. Then sincerity will develop. Then aspiration or keen longing to realize God will be felt. Then you will have to remember the Truth constantly. Then you will have to assert constantly: “Aham Brahmasmi – I am Soul”. By incessant practice, Name, Form and Thoughts will vanish and you will realize Soul. This is a spiritual practice. Discrimination, sincerity, aspiration, remembering Truth always, assertion and then Realization are the various stages or means for realisation of Soul.

Viveka or power of discrimination is only awakened by constant touch with good company. Those who have done countless virtuous Karmas in their previous births will have the fortune through the grace of God to have company of great individuals, Yogis, and Wise men.

Benefits of Viveka

Mind wants repetition of a pleasure once enjoyed. Memory of pleasure arises in the mind. Memory induces imagination and thinking. In this way, attachment arises. Through repetition, a habit is formed. Habit causes strong craving. Mind then exercises its rule over poor, helpless, weak-willed worldlings. As soon as discrimination arises, the power of the mind becomes weakened. The mind tries to recede, to retrace its steps to its original home.the heart. Its poisonous fangs are extracted by discrimination. It cannot do anything in the presence of discrimination. It gets dethroned. The will becomes stronger and stronger when discrimination is awakened. Thanks to Viveka which enables us to get out of this miserable cycle.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

Author: Ganesh

A soul in the search of eternal peace... "Be True, Love All, Help Others Selflessly, Live in Harmony and Rest in Peace"

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