'Be' with Swami Venkatesananda

Opportunities

We often complain of lack of opportunities. We blame our fate and curse our neighbours. We are displeased with everyone else, men and gods! But we fail to realize that not they but our own spiritual ignorance and delusion are our real enemies. So long as this delusion is not removed and the ignorance overcome, we shall refuse to utilize the opportunity even if the Lord Himself offers it to us.

In the darkness of self-imposed ignorance the foes seem to be friends, the closed eyes refuse to see the inner light and we continue to be the slaves of the tyrant known as egoism, weeping and wailing, unwilling to give up the sources of our sorrows and unable to endure their torment.

If we have the right attitude of surrender to God, and if we prayerfully approach Him, He will, without the least delay and in a pleasant way, impart the highest wisdom to us, dispelling ignorance and delusion once and for all. He is the Light within each one of us.