So work, says the Vedanta, putting God in everything and knowing Him to be in everything. Work
incessantly, holding life as something defied, as God Himself, and knowing that this is all we have to do, this is all we should ask for. God is is in everything, where else shall we go to find Him? He is already in every work, in
every thought, in every feeling. Thus knowing, we must work - this is the only way, there is no other. Thus the effects of work will not bind us. We have seen how false desires are the cause of all the misery and evil we
suffer, but when they are thus defied, purified, through God, they bring no evil, they bring no misery. Those who have not learnt this secret will have to live in a demoniacal world until they discover it. Many do not know what an
infinite mine off bliss is in them, around them, everywhere; they have not yet discovered it. What is a demoniacal world? The Vedanta says, ignorance.
We are dying of thirst sitting on the banks of the mightiest river. We
are dying of hunger sitting near heaps of food. Here is the blissful universe, yet we do not find it. We are in it all the time, and we are always mistaking it. Religion proposes to find this out for us. The longing for this
blissful universe is in all hearts. It has been the search of all nations, it is one goal of religion, and this ideal is expressed in various languages that makes all these apparent divergences. One expresses a thought in one way,
another a little differently, yet perhaps each is meaning exactly what the other is expressing in a different language.
[Source: The Complete Works of Swamy Vivekananda Vol. III]
[Excellent Living - Vol. 23 No.10 - October 2009]