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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Three Forces of Men

In every man there are these three forces. Sometimes tames succeed. We become lazy, we cannot move, we are motionless, bound down by certain ideas or by sheer dullness. At other times activity prevails, and at still other times that calm harmonizing of both. Again, in different men, one of these forces is generally prevalent. The characteristic of one man is inactivity, dullness, and indolence; that of another, activity, power we find the sweetness, calmness, and gentleness which are due to the balancing of both are due to the balancing of both action and inaction. So in animals, plants, and men-we find the more or less typical manifestation of all these different forces.

Karma-yoga and its factors

Karma-yoga has specially to deal with these three factors. By teaching what they are and how to occupy them, it helps us to do our work better. Human society is a ranking organization. We all know about duty, but at the same time we find that in different countries the significance of morality varies greatly. What is considered as moral in any country, for oyster is painstaking perfectly immoral. For instance, in one country cousins may marry; in another, it is thought to be very immoral in one , men may marry their sisters-in – law in another, it is regarded as immoral in one country people may marry only once in another, many times and so forth. Similarly, in all other departments of morality we find the standard varies greatly yet we have the idea that there must be a universal standard of morality.

So it is with sense of duty. The idea of duty varies much among different nations. In one country if a man does not certain things, people will say he has acted wrongly, while if he does those very things in another country, people will say that he did not act rightly – and yet we know that there must be some universal idea of duty in the same way, one class of society thinks that certain things are among its duty, while another class thinks quite the opposite and would be horror-struck if it had to do those things. Two ways are left open to us – the way of the ignorant who think that there is only one way to truth and that all the rest are wrong, and the way of the wise who admit that, according to our mental constitution or the different planes of existence in which we are , duty and morality may vary . The important thing is to know that there are gradations of duty of morality that the duty of one state of life, in one set of circumstances, will not and cannot be that of another. 

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