The Great Sword of Discrimination #295
Viveka equates to a special type of discernment by which the spiritual aspirant makes his or her way through the difficult and ephemeral world of constant changes. Without this unique spiritual discrimination, all the confusion that such shifting circumstances throw in the way of human progress tend to threaten peace of mind and destroy religious and spiritual life. Even the beneficial yogas of devotion, meditation, and selfless service are rendered less effective without viveka — which when sharpened by sadhana and utilized to cut away ignorance and delusion, leave the soul in a perpetually ennobled and inspired condition of mind, as it should be. This dharma chart explains how viveka operates using the symbol of a sword and it parts, so that the aspiring seeker can wield it to cut away darkness and delusion.