When a man is deprived of the foundation that provides him everything, his poverty loses its best virtue, simplicity, to become no more than disgraceful and sordid. His wealth is no longer splendid, but becomes merely extravagant. His appetites no longer remain within natural limits; they no longer have the one goal of meeting the needs of his life; they become an end in themselves, setting fire to his existence, and dancing madly by the light of the flames.
June 27, 2011 by admin
As long as you pursue pleasure, you are attached to the sources of pleasure; and as long as you are attached to the sources of pleasure, you cannot escape pain and sorrow. The soul shines in the hearts of all living beings. When you see the soul in others, you forget your own desires and fears, and lose yourself in the service of others. The soul shines equally in people on the farthest island, and in people close at hand.
The spiritual can never be attained, until the material has been extinguished.
The absurd denial of the truth in natural in man. Man does not want to be, but appear to be. He does not want to see what he is, but tries only to see himself as the person other people take him for, when they talk about him.
As an individual, a specific entity, you have physical, mental, and nervous limits, among others. If you know you own limits and try to stay within these limits, you are free.
June 20, 2011 by admin
When a man has an idea of what he must be and how he must act, and undermines this by not ceasing to act in the opposite way, he must realize that his principles, his beliefs, his ideals, will inevitably fall prey to hypocrisy and dishonesty. It is the ideal that begets the opposite of itself.
Freedom is a state of mind – not freedom from something.
This craving for position, for prestige, for power, to be recognized by society as being outstanding in some way, is a wish to dominate others, and this wish to dominate is a form of aggression. And what is the reason for this aggressiveness? It is fear isn’t it?
You must learn how to be lucid in all your actions; that is, you must not only be aware of the time, the place, and the circumstances, in which the action takes place, but also of yourself, the player, of your body and what is happening at any moment. It is not only a question of seeing things as they are, but of seeing yourself at the same time, and the reactions that take place within you. In other words, you absorb the whole thing within you and you become complete.
June 13, 2011 by admin
How is this dream to be broken, how shall we wake up from this dream that we are little mean and women, and all such things?
The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness.
Fear is man’s greatest enemy, and it manifests itself in forms as diverse as shame, jealousy, anger, insolence, arrogance… What causes fear? Lack of confidence in oneself.
Fear is one of the greatest problems in life. A mind that is caught in fear lives in confusion, in conflict, and therefore must be violent, distorted and aggressive.
First of all, accept yourself. When you do not accept yourself and imagine yourself to be someone different, a conflict arises between what you believe you are and what you really are.
Everyone is but a manifestation of the Impersonal, the basis of all being, and misery consist in thinking of ourselves as different from this Infinite, Impersonal Being; and liberation consists in knowing our unity with this wonderful impersonality.