INDIVIDUALITY – VIVEKANANDA

INDIVIDUALITY – VIVEKANANDA

 

Which state is my individuality?

 

When I was a baby sprawling on the floor trying to swallow my thumb? Was that the individuality I should be sorry to lose? Fifty years hence I shall look upon this present state and laugh, just as I now look upon the baby state.

 

Which aspects of my individuality do I want to keep?

If we are inseparable from God,

have we no individuality?

 

His answer is that:

 

Oh, yes: that is God. Our individuality is God.

 

This is not the individuality you have now; you are coming towards that. Individuality means what cannot be divided.

 

How can you call this individuality?

One hour you are thinking one way, and the next hour another way, and two hours after, another way.

 

Individuality is that which changes not –

is beyond all things, changeless.

 

Of course, he means out real individuality, not what most consider such.

 

It would be tremendously dangerous for this state to remain in eternity, because then the thief would always remain a thief and the blackguard a blackguard. If a baby died, he would have to remain a baby.

 

The real individuality is that which never changes and will never change;

and that is the God within us.

 

What is there in you that never changes?

 

– Ask yourself also:

 

Why do you feel that you need any individuality at all

when you can be one with the Divine?

 

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