"I shall not cease to inspire" – Swami Vivekananda.
Inspiration = in Spirit.
Inspiration is living in spirit at all times and catching ourselves when we find ourselves disconnected from the spirit, from which all of us emanated.
Motivation is getting hold of an idea and carrying through to its logical conclusion. Inspiration is getting hold of you and taking you to where you originally intended to go.
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds (bonds = thoughts that keep you separated from your source). Your mind transcends limitation. Your consciousness expands in every direction. You find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents come alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be”.- Patanjali.
When you are connected with your source-The Spirit, you are inspired and when you are disconnected from your source you are not inspired. When you are separated from your source you have your EGO. Ego is all about the illusory identity we build about ourselves, around ourselves. It is an unreal, non-existent barrier that separates us from our true self, the Spirit. It is a barrier that keeps us in bondage. The ego is nothing but the absence of awareness. To struggle to kill the ego is like struggling to push the darkness(simply the absence of light) out of a room. Instead of focusing on the ego focus on bringing a lamp of awareness into your being.
Ego means Edging God Out. There is no inspiration or joy in your ego state. But an average person cannot be convinced of this. He equates inspiration and joyful living with his ego. How can he be convinced that this is not what inspiration is about? The truth remains that none can find inspiration in the ego state.
The following example can perhaps help you examine the veracity of the statement. You sit outside in your garden on a full moon night. You ‘enjoy’ the beautiful moonlight. Just think. Does the moon actually produce light? Does it have light in it per se? No, not at all. Yet some believe that the light comes from the moon. Educated as you are, you know that there is no light in the moon. It only reflects the light of the sun. whatever arguments you put forth, the ignoramuses can never accept that there is no light in the moon. They see the light coming from the moon. They experience it. They enjoy it. So it becomes impossible for them to conceive that the moon has no light in it. Similarly, many lack the wisdom to accept the truth that there is no inspiration content in the ego. You may likewise hold on your views but just ponder over the moonlight example.