Profound sentiment to God
excessive attachment/infatuation to material world
which is at the root of all griefs always fight like mongoose and snake,
the two most known enemies.
The body itself is a field, a ring or an arena.
The forces that clash on this field are twofold, the godly and the ungodly,
the divine and the devilish,
the forces that are congenial to the essentially divine character of the Self and
those which offend and demean it.
The clue to the mystery of the conflict between the opposed impulses begins to be seen when one turns for enlightenment to an exalted sage
who has enriched himself with worship and meditation.
This field belongs to one who realizes its essence,
and the war fought on it is the only real war.
History is crowded with wars of the world,
but the victors in these wars have but sought in vain
for a permanent conquest.
These wars were nothing beyond acts of retribution.
True victory lies in subduing matter and in perceiving,
as well as becoming one with,
the Supreme Spirit that transcends it.
This is the only conquest in which there is no prospect of defeat.
This is true salvation after which there are no fetters of birth and death.
The mind lying in the abyss of ignorance perceives through one
who has mastered the mind and the senses,
and thus knows what has transpired on the battlefield,
where fighters include even those who have known its reality.
Vision is ever in proportion to mastery of the mind and the senses.