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EXTROVERTEDNESS, OUR UNDOING

We must reverse this downfall

By: Swami Chidananda

Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit – in the Biblical parlance – and that was their undoing, their ruin. The ancient Upanishads declare that our ceaseless search for happiness “outside” in the realm of sense objects is the cause of our downfall. As a consequence, we face all kinds of limitations, being ignorant of our true nature that is divine! Expressed in the language of mystical poetry, the mantra also supplies the ‘way out’. We must learn to look inward.

The Self-born Supreme Lord made the sense organs extrovert and thus injured every one of us!

 parānchi khāni vyatrinat svayam-bhooh  

Katha Upanishad – 2.1.1

(Chapter 2, Valli 1, mantra 1)

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