Revolt against existence – 2nd answer


 2. Thoughts of despondency and revolt arise in weaker moments. But to the soul difficulties are like challenges and opportunities to extract the best out of us. Even a developed soul chooses them as tonic and bitter medicines to purge the poison of desire from our system. But the ego finds the going tough and laments. The Soul always rejoices in every condition and situation and is always full of gratitude towards the Grace. The solution is not revolt but the finding of the soul. If we apply all our energies in genuine soul searching then the veil and cloud of despondency is lifted from our eyes and we rejoice even in what common hearts fear and dread.

Note. ‘Soul’, here, is taken as different from ‘ego’, the latter being a part of the person-jiva (in advaita ego is rendered indistinctly as ‘mind’, or ‘ego sense’, the other parts  being intellect, memory and spirit). From the empirical perspective jiva is an individual, whereas from the higher one it is none other than Atman, the highest subject, Consciousness itself. This is reflected here in the spelling of ‘soul’ either in small case or capital S.

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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