But the fact is, Joseph, that the more we demand of ourselves, or the more our task at any given time demands of us, the more dependent we are on meditation as a wellspring of energy, as the ever-renewing concord of mind and soul. And – I could if I wished give you quite a few more examples of this – the more intensively a task requires our energies, arousing and exalting us at one time, tiring and depressing us at another, the more easily we may come to neglect this wellspring, just as when we are carried away by some intellectual work we easily forget to attend to the body. The really great men in the history of the world have all either known how to meditate or have unconsciously found their way to the place to which meditation leads us. Even the most vigorous and gifted among the others all failed and were defeated in the end because their task or their ambitious dream seized hold of them, made them into persons so possessed that they lost the capacity for liberating themselves from present things, and attaining perspective. Well, you know all this; it’s taught during the first exercises, of course. But it is inexorably true. How inexorably true it is, one realizes only after having gone astray.
Magister Ludi (The Glass Bead Game), by Hermann Hesse
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Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age.
Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
~ Tom Wilson (chosen by DC Vision)
The aim of evolution is to make all things One.
Love makes One — therefore, it is truly said, God is Love.
Whosoever loves, however dim may be his concept of Love, is manifesting a Unification, and unification is the goal of evolution.
Whosoever expresses Love brings Spirit, which is One, into manifestation. To be loving is to be Good.
Whosoever expresses hate brings separateness into manifestation. To be separate is to be dead.
Therefore, choose Love, and live.”
Influences of the Manifested Universe, The Cosmic Doctrine, dictated by Dion Fortune
Swamiji points out a truth that is so obvious it is easy to overlook – the subtle inner voice that chatters negatively in the mind. There is no doubt that this voice is the single most disempowering and destructive phenomenon in life. This is truly a breakthrough insight. He calls this negative voice “tearing thoughts.”
Happy For No Good Reason, by Swami Shankarananda, p14.
He is speaking of his own teacher, Baba Muktananda
The secret of happiness lies in forgetting [the personal] self, and any slight diversion, business or amusement which brings this end, brings a proportioned happiness; but the happiness which comes from a willful and conscious forgetfulness of [the personal] self exceeds all others, and brings a state of consciousness in which time is lost.
Brother of the Third Degree, by Will L. Garver
Remember that if in the course of a meditation you succeed in quietening an agitated mind, or improving its condition slightly, you have achieved a formidable spiritual triumph. It will greatly strengthen your inner resources.
Happy for No Good Reason- Swami Shankarananda
A fishmonger does not bother to keep a lid on the crab bucket because “any that tries to get out gets pulled back”(Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals).
The protagonist comes to realize that her social status results not from external repression, but from her own low expectations of herself: “The worst of it is, the crab that mostly keeps you down is you.”
Crab Mentality, Wikepidia (as on May 2013)
Even though the nagging feeling remained in me that by trying to make myself perfectly unattached I was in fact acting out the ultimate in self- aggrandizement, because I was setting out to try to turn myself into a god, and what is that if not self-aggrandizement?
I remember how my Preceptor smiled as I told him all that. Obviously he had been down the same path himself. It was, he said, the paradox of striving toward unstrivingness, a circular trap, and there was no way out of it except right through the middle of it.
Scheme as hard as you can to free yourself of the need for scheming.
Drive yourself ever onward toward liberation from the slavery of goals.
Exert merciless self-discipline in the pursuit of freedom from compulsive achievement.
Starborne: Robert Silverberg
Opinions are the curse of the unenlightened.
Opinions are a dead-weight dragging the unenlightened deeper and deeper into the illusion of separate and independent existence.
Towards Effortless Activity: the advanced guide to enlightenment