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What is the object of jnâna yoga?  Freedom.  Freedom from what? Freedom from our imperfections, freedom from the suffering of life.  Why are we unhappy?  We are unhappy because we are enslaved.  And what are we enslaved by?  The enslavement of nature.  Who enslaves us?  We do, ourselves.

We are trying to understand violence as a fact, not as an idea, as a fact which exists in the human being, and the human being is myself.  I must be in a state of mind that demands to see this thing right to the end and at no point stops and says I will go no further.  Now it must be obvious to e that I am a violent human being

Live your own life.  That is to say, where you are, as you are, with what you are, and with who you are . . . Accept the situation in which you find yourself and try, at the same time, to adapt to it.  You cannot escape from it.

If you are in the moment, you are in the infinite.

Life is like a garden.  Quite naturally, leaves wither and flowers fade.  Only if we clear the decay of the past then and there can we really enjoy the beauty of the new leaves and flowers.  Likewise, we must clear the murkiness of past bad experiences from our minds.  Life is remembrance in forgetfulness.  Forgive what ought to be forgiven; forget what ought to be forgotten.  Let us embrace life with renewed vigor . . .   We should be able to face every moment of life with renewed expectation, like a freshly blossomed flower.

We would rather cling to the known than face the unknown – the known being our house, our furniture, our family, our character, our work, our knowledge, our fame, our loneliness, our gods – that little thing that moves around incessantly within itself, with its own limited embittered existence.

Death is extraordinarily like life, when we know how to live.  You cannot live without dying.  You cannot live if you do not die psychologically every minute.

All of our selfish impulses, all of our personal desires, obscure our true vision of the soul, as they only point out our shabby ego.  When we are aware of our soul, we perceive the inner life that surpasses our ego and that has profound affinities with the Whole.

We must refuse to be lifted off our feet.  A drowning man cannot save others.

We should never try to follow another’s path for that is his way, not yours.  When that path is found, you have nothing to do but fold your arms and the tide will carry you to freedom.  Therefore when you find it, never swerve from it.  Your way is the best for you, but that is no sign it is the best for another.

As long as there is division in any form there must be conflict.  You are responsible, not only to your children, but to the rest of humanity.  Unless you deeply understand this, not through words or ideas or the intellect, but feel this in your blood, in your way of looking at life, in your actions, you are supporting organized murder which is called war.

In all religions of the world you will find it claimed that there is unity within us. Being one with divinity, there cannot be any further progress in that sense.  Knowledge means finding this unity.

Every day a man must solve the problem of widening the field of his life and adjusting his burdens.  These are too complex and numerous for him to carry himself, but he knows that by being methodical he can lighten the load.  When the burdens are too complicated and difficult to manage, he must understand the reason: he has not found a system that will put everything in place and distribute the weight he carries more evenly.  The search for this system is actually the search for the whole, for synthesis; it is our effort to create harmony, thanks to an interior adaptation, in the heterogeneous complex of exterior material.

I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed.  I want the cultures of all the lands to blow about my house as freely as possible.  But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

Very few people in this world can reason normally.  There is a terrible tendency to accept all that is said, all that is read, and to accept it without question.  Only he who is ready to question, to think for himself, will find the truth! To understand the current of a river, he who wishes to know the truth must enter the water.

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