Month: November 2007

Halley’s Comet, snowball of the Gods

Looking up at that night sky we could scarcely believe what we saw. Some of them men are saying it is the angels coming down from the heavens to help us. Others say that it is the end times. Looking at it I have no fear, only confidence. I look at that sky and where others see disaster I see only mourning. The face of the weeping mother. She weeps for all of her sons that would give their lives. I know she is here to watch over us and that is why I know we will win the war.

To imagine being back a 1000 years ago before any modern comforts, or most scientific discoveries at all is truly amazing. It is another thing entirely when one takes into consideration the things we as a modern people take for granted today. 1066 Is the earliest known record of such a monumentous occasion. 1066 was the first recorded sighting of the comet Halley, the mourning mother.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda

CHAPTER I
KARMA IN ITS EFFECT ON CHARACTER

The word Karma is derived from the Sanskrit Kri, to do; all action is Karma. Technically, this word also means the effects of actions. In connection with metaphysics, it sometimes means the effects, of which our past actions were the causes. But in Karma-Yoga we have simply to do with the word Karma as meaning work. The goal of mankind is knowledge. That is the one ideal placed before us by Eastern philosophy. Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to an end. It is a mistake to suppose that pleasure is the goal. The cause of all the miseries we have in the world is that men foolishly think pleasure to be the ideal to strive for. After a time man finds that it is not happiness, but knowledge, towards which he is going, and that both pleasure and pain are great teachers, and that he learns as much from evil as from good. As pleasure and pain pass before his soul they have upon it different pictures, and the result of these combined impressions is what is called man’s “character”. If you take the character of any man, it really is but the aggregate of tendencies, the sum total of the bent of his mind; you will find that misery and happiness are equal factors in the formation of that character. Good and evil have an equal share in moulding character, and in some instances misery is a greater teacher than happiness.