Thursday, February 12, 2009

Desire God and You Shall Have God

Desire God and You Shall Have God
Of course you must understand, there is a difference between desire and desire.
The master said, "My child, if you desire after God, God shall come to you." The disciple did not understand his master fully. One day both went to bathe in a river, and the master said, "Plunge in", and the boy did so. In a moment the master was upon him, holding him down. He would not let the boy come up. When the boy struggled and was exhausted, he let him go. "Yes, my child, how did you feel there;" "Oh, the desire for a breath of air!" "Do you have that kind of desire for God?" "No, sir." "Have that kind of desire for God and you shall have God."
-Swami Vivekananda.
(Notes from a lecture 'Sadhanas or preparations for higher life')

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