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O Man, Give Up Your Vanity! - By Swami Chinmayananda!

If the world was not there, we could not survive upon the surface of the globe for even a moment. When I say the world, it includes everything - the sun, the moon, the stars, the plant and animal kingdom, the earth itself, and the rivers and the oceans. The entire world is necessary for us to exist. This is why in the scriptural narration of creation, all religions declare that the world was created first and then the man was introduced, and not the other way around.

     Christianity relates the story of how Adam was formed in the Garden of Eden. In ancient Hinduism also the world was created first and the last masterpiece of creation was a man.

     These are not just stories; it is true. The world is necessary for our existence. To that extent, we are slaves to the world. If the sun, the moon, and the stars were not there, if the gravitational or phenomenal forces, the air in the atmosphere, or water was not there, we could not exist. All of nature is necessary for us to survive and enjoy life. The entire world is given to us as a gift from the Creator, the Lord.

     Are the sun, the moon, the stars, and the oxygen not free? If these are not there, of what use is our technology? Not only the outer world, but the equipment to contact that world - our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, mind, and intellect - are also gifts.

     When a gift is received, the recipient is a slave and the giver is the master. We, the entire humanity, are slaves, recipients, in the sense that the Lord is the giver - the Master. An employee who receives a monthly salary from her employer is a recipient, and in spite of what the labor law says, is a slave to her employer.

     Yet, in our vanity, we think that we are achieving certain things, but we could not achieve anything if it were not all these gifts. Therefore, our achievements are also ultimately only gifts. When we start thinking deeply about these ideas, their logic becomes self-evident.
Prosperity is like wine that goes to the head and makes a man forget his Creator. Adversity, on the contrary, sobers him and reminds him of God and His glory.

With Prem and OM
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