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Truth and Conflict

What time and labor would be saved, and from what enormous and unnecessary suffering would humanity save itself, could it but understand this one simple thing: that truth cannot be expressed in our language. Then would men cease to think that they possessed truth, would cease to force others to accept their truth at any cost, would see that others may approach truth from another direction, exactly as they themselves approach it, by a way of their own. How many arguments, how many religious struggles, how much of violence toward the thoughts of others would be rendered unnecessary and impossible if men would only understand that nobody possesses truth, but all are seeking for it, each in his own way.

P D Ouspensky 1878-1947: “Tertium Organum” p262 (Alfred A Knopf edition June 1951)

P D Ouspensky

What is Truth?

The Truth is that which is unknown from moment to moment.

Samael Aun Weor



A problem is what you see when you look up from below.

A solution is what you see when you look down from above.


The Game

First, you are trained to play the game.
Then you join the game, not sure whether you are good enough to play it.

So you pretend, hoping no-one will catch on.

Then you work out you can play it, like the others there.
Then you realise you are good enough to play it as well as the others do.
Then you discover that you are more able than most.
Then you win the game.

Then you realise it’s the wrong game.
There is no game.
There is only you.



If I write with my mind, I write rubbish.


Simple really

If it is not right, do not do it.
If it is not true, do not say it.

Marcus Aurelius

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Dreaming and Awakening

Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung


The New Horizon

The New Horizon

The sense which presents pictures of discord and inharmony, disease and death, is the universal mesmerism which produces the entire dream of human existence. It must be understood that there is no more reality to harmonious human existence than to discordant human conditions. It must be realized that the entire human scene is mesmeric suggestion, and we must rise above the desire for even good human conditions. Understand fully that suggestion, belief or hypnotism is the substance, or fabric, of the whole mortal universe, and that human conditions of both good and evil are dream pictures having no reality or permanence. Be willing for the harmonious as well as the inharmonious conditions of mortal existence to disappear from your experience in order that reality may be known and enjoyed and lived.

Above this sense-life, there is a universe of Spirit governed by Love, peopled with children of God living in the household or temple of Truth. This world is real and permanent: Its substance is eternal Consciousness. In it there is no awareness of discords, or even of temporary and material good.

The first glimpse of Reality—of the Soul-realm—comes with the recognition and realization of the fact that all temporal conditions and experiences are products of self-hypnotism. With the realization that the entire human scene—its good as well as its evil—is illusion, come the first glimpse and taste of the world of God’s creation, and of the sons of God who inhabit the spiritual kingdom.

Now, in this moment of uplifted consciousness, we are able, even though faintly, to see ourselves free of material, mortal, human and legal laws. We behold ourselves separate and apart from the bondage of sense, and in a measure we glimpse the unlimited boundaries of eternal Life and of infinite Consciousness. The fetters of finite existence begin to fall away; the price tags begin to disappear.

We no longer dwell in thought on human happiness or prosperity, nor is there any longer concern about health or home. The “wider, grander view” is coming into focus. The freedom of divine being is becoming apparent.

The experience at first is like watching the world disappear over a horizon and drop down from before us. There is no attachment to this world, no desire to hold onto it—probably because to a great extent the experience does not come until a great measure of our desire for the things of “this world” has been overcome. At first we cannot speak of it. There is a sense of “’Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended”—I am still between two worlds; do not touch me or make me speak of it because it may drag me back. Let me be free to rise; then, when I am completely free of the mesmerism and its pictures, I will tell you of many things which eyes have not seen nor ears heard.”

A universal illusion binds us to earth—to temporal conditions. Realize this, understand this, because only through this understanding can we begin to lessen its hold on us. The more fascinated we are by conditions of human good and the greater our desire for even the good things of the flesh, the more intense is the illusion. In proportion as our thought dwells on God, on things of the Spirit, the greater the freedom from limitation we are gaining. Think neither on the discords nor on the harmonies of this world. Let us not fear the evil nor love the good of human existence. In proportion as we accomplish this is the mesmeric influence lessening in our experience. Earth ties begin to disappear; shackles of limitation fall away; erroneous conditions give place to spiritual harmony; death gives way to eternal life.

The first glimpse into the heaven of here and now is the beginning of the ascension for us. This ascension is understood now as a rising above the conditions and experiences of “this world” and we behold the “many mansions” prepared for us in spiritual consciousness—in the awareness of Reality.

We are not bound by the evidence of the physical senses; we are not limited to the visible supply; we are not circumscribed by visible bonds or bounds; we are not tied by visible concepts of time or space. Our good is flowing from the infinite invisible realm of Spirit, Soul, to our immediate apprehension. Let us not judge of our good by any so-called sensible evidence. Out of the tremendous resources of our Soul comes the instant awareness of all that we can utilize for abundant living. No good thing is withheld from us as we look above the physical evidence to the great Invisible. Look up! Look up! The kingdom of heaven is at hand!

I am breaking the sense of limitation for you as an evidence of My presence and of My influence in your experience. I – the I of you am in the midst of you revealing the harmony and infinity of spiritual existence. I—the I of you—never a personal sense of “I”—never a person—but the I of you—am ever with you. Look up!

The Infinite Way : Chapter 11 – The New Horizon

By Joel Goldsmith


Choiceless Awareness

Real meditation is the highest form of intelligence. It is not a matter of sitting cross-legged in a corner with your eyes shut or standing on your head or whatever it is you do. To meditate is to be completely aware as you are walking, as you are riding in the bus, as you are working in your office or in your kitchen—completely aware of the words you use, the gestures you make, the manner of your talk, the way you eat, and how you push people around. To be choicelessly aware of everything about you and within yourself, is meditation. If you are thus aware of the political and religious propaganda that goes on ceaselessly, aware of the many influences about you, you will see how quickly you understand and are free of every influence as you come into contact with it.

Krishnamurti – Collected Works, Vol. XIII”,323,Individual and Society


Be ruthlessly free of society psychologically

As long as you are acquisitive, envious, ambitious, seeking power, position, prestige, society approves of it; and on that you base your action. That action is considered respectable, moral. But it is not moral at all. Power in any form is evil: the power of the husband over the wife or the wife over the husband, the power of the politicians. The more tyrannical, the more bigoted, the more religious the power, the more evil it is. That is a fact, a provable, observable fact, but society approves of it. You all worship the man in power, and you base your action on that power. So, if you observe that your action is based on acquisitiveness of power, on the desire to succeed, on the desire to be somebody in this rotten world, then facing the fact will bring about a totally different action, and that is true action,not the action which society has imposed upon the individual. So, social morality is not morality at all; it is immoral; it is another form of defending ourselves, and therefore we are being gradually destroyed by society. A man who would understand freedom must be ruthlessly free of society psychologically, not physically. You cannot be free of society physically because, for everything, you do depend on society -the clothes that you wear, money, and so on. Outwardly, nonpsychologically, you depend on society. But to be free of society implies psychological freedom, that is, to be totally free from ambition, from envy, greed, power, position, prestige.

Jiddu Krishnamurti  – Collected Works, Vol. XIII”,110,Individual and Society


Belief is not reality

Belief is not reality. You may believe in God, but your belief has no more reality than that of the man who does not believe in God. Your belief is the result of your background, of your religion, of your fears, and the nonbelief of the communist and others is equally the result of their conditioning. To find out what is true, the mind must be free from belief and nonbelief. I know you smile and agree, but you will still go on believing because it is so much more convenient, so much more respectable and safe. If you did not believe, you might lose your job, you might suddenly find that you are nobody. It is being free of belief that matters, not your smiling and agreeing in this room. 

Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Collected Works, Vol. VIII”,294,Individual and Society


There is no knowledge of tomorrow

Observation implies no accumulation of knowledge, even though knowledge is obviously necessary at a certain level: knowledge as a doctor, knowledge as a scientist, knowledge of history, of all the things that have been. After all, that is knowledge: information about the things that have been. There is no knowledge of tomorrow, only conjecture as to what might happen tomorrow, based on your knowledge of what has been. A mind that observes with knowledge is incapable of following swiftly the stream of thought. It is only by observing without the screen of knowledge that you begin to see the whole structure of your own thinking. And as you observe, which is not to condemn or accept, but simply to watch, you will find that thought comes to an end. Casually to observe an occasional thought leads nowhere, but if you observe the process of thinking and do not become an observer apart from the observed,if you see the whole movement of thought without accepting or condemning it,then that very observation puts an end immediately to thought, and therefore the mind is compassionate, it is in a state of constant mutation.

Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Collected Works, Vol. XIII”,299, Choiceless Awareness


Believe or know?

I don’t believe; I know.

Carl Jung



Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.

Paul Tillich 1886 – 1965,German-American Christian Existential Philosopher and Theologian

Paul Tillich

Life is

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare

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If I had no concept about myself, what would happen to me?

Why have I, who have lived forty, fifty, sixty,or whatever number of years it is that one has lived why have I gathered this store-houseful of what I think, what I feel, what I am, what I should be, this accumulation of experience, knowledge? And if I had not done that, what would happen? Do you understand? If I had no concept about myself, what would happen to me? I would be lost, wouldn’t I? I would be uncertain, terribly frightened of life. So I build an image, a myth, a concept, a conclusion about myself, because without this framework life would become for me utterly meaningless, uncertain, fearful: there would be no security. I may be secure outwardly; I may have a job, a house, and all the rest of it, but inwardly also I want to be completely secure. And it is the desire to be secure that compels me to build this image of myself, which is verbal. Do you understand? It has no reality at all; it is merely a concept, a memory, an idea, a conclusion.

Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Collected Works, Vol. XV”,193,Choiceless Awareness


Urgency and Realisation

If you want Truth as badly as a drowning man wants air,
you will realise it in a split-second.

Quoted from the Upanishads by Irina Tweedie, in Daughter of Fire 1986


Venture to the Interior

We must shut our eyes and turn them inwards, we must look far down into that split between night and day in ourselves until our head reels with the depth of it, and then we must ask: ‘How can I bridge this self? How cross from one to the other?’ … A gulf bridged makes a cross; a split defeated is a cross. A longing for wholeness presupposes a cross, at the foundations of our being, in the heart of our quivering, throbbing, tender, lovely, love-born flesh and blood, and we carry it with us wherever we journey on, on unto all the dimensions of space, time, unfulfilled love, and being-to-be.

That is sign enough … The beating and troubled heart can rest. In the midnight hour of the crashing darkness, on the other side of the night behind the cross of stars, noon is being born.

Laurens van der Post – Venture to the Interior (1979)

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Mind, self and humility

A man who pursues virtue consciously is unvirtuous

I am only conscious of this activity of the ‘me’ when I am opposing, when consciousness is thwarted, when the ‘me’ is desirous of achieving a result. The ‘me’ is active, or I am conscious of that centre, when pleasure comes to an end and I want to have more of that pleasure; then there is resistance, and there is a purposive shaping of the mind to a particular end which will give me a delight, a satisfaction. I am aware of myself and my activities when I am pursuing virtue consciously. That is all we know. A man who pursues virtue consciously is unvirtuous. Humility cannot be pursued, and that is the beauty of humility.

– The Collected Works, Vol. VI”,321,Choiceless Awareness

What is it to be self-centred?

What is it to be self-centred? When are you conscious of being the ‘me’? As I have suggested often during these talks, don’t merely listen to me verbally, but use the words as a mirror in which you see your own mind in operation. If you merely listen to my words, then you are very superficial, and your reactions will be very superficial. But if you can listen, not to understand me or what I am saying, but to see yourself in the mirror of my words, if you use me as a mirror in which you discover your own activity, then it will have a tremendous and profound effect. But if you merely listen as in political or any other talks, then I am afraid you will miss the whole implication of the discovery for yourself of that truth which dissolves the centre of the ‘me’.

– The Collected Works, Vol. VI”,321,Choiceless Awareness

Until the self is abandoned, the mind can never be free

The self must cease through awareness of its own limitation, the falseness of its own existence. However deep, wide, and extensive it may become, the self is always limited, and until it is abandoned, the mind can never be free. The mere perception of that fact is the ending of the self, and only then is it possible for that which is the real to come into being.

– The Collected Works, Vol. VIII”,312,Choiceless Awareness

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Theory and Concept

The hardest part of your spiritual journey is to rise above the concepts of God that you have always accepted. Whether your concept of God has come from a church, from your parents, or from your own experiences in life – regardless of where or how you acquired your particular concept of God and regardless of what that concept may be – it is not God.

There is nothing that you know about God that is God. There is no idea of God that you can entertain that is God. There is no possible thought that you can have about God that is God. It makes no difference what your idea may be or what your concept may be, it remains an idea or a concept, and an idea or a concept is not God. And so every student must eventually realise that he has to rise above all his concepts of God before he can have an experience of God.

Joel S Goldsmith – The Contemplative Life p21-22 (from 1961 letters)


Do not tell me whether you believe in God.
Tell me what you mean by “God”.


An Easter Message

“One must never confuse error and a person who errs….The person who errs is always and above all a human being, and he retains in every case his dignity as a human person, and he must be always regarded and treated in accordance with that lofty dignity…Besides, in every human being there is a need that is congenital to his nature and never becomes extinguished, compelling him to break through the web of error and open his mind to the knowledge of truth.”

Pope John XXIII – Easter Message 1963

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Truth is simpler than you believe. What made it seem so difficult is that the world brought you up in mythology and told you it was truth.

Joel S. Goldsmith – Consciousness Transformed p98 March 31, 1963


I and my mind

“I am your friend,….not the friend of your mind!”

Gangaji – Sydney Satsang (circa 2000)


The Holy Science

The purpose of this book is to show as clearly as possible that there is an essential unity in all religions; that there is no difference in the truths inculcated by the various faiths; that there is but one method by which the world, both external and internal, has evolved; and that there is but one Goal admitted by all scriptures. But this basic truth is one not easily comprehended. The discord existing between the different religions, and the ignorance of men, make it almost impossible to lift the veil and have a look at this grand verity. The creeds foster a spirit of hostility and dissension; ignorance widens the gulf that separates one creed from another. Only a few specially gifted persons can rise superior to the influence of their professed creeds and find absolute unanimity in the truths propagated by all great faiths.

Swami Sri Yukteswar – The Holy Science


Heaven and earth

Heaven is the earth correctly understood.

Joel S. Goldsmith



If you want to argue, find a philosopher.
If you want to know, find a Teacher.



Truth does not argue. It declares.


Absolute Simplicity

“Truth is simple. There are no deep metaphysics or mysterious truths. It is either truth or not truth, but there cannot be deep truth and shallow truth, nor can there be degrees of truth. Truth to be truth must be absolute truth.”

Joel S Goldsmith – The Infinite Way


Science and Health and Albert Einstein

“If everyone realized what is in that book you would not have enough room anywhere to accommodate the people who would be clamouring for it.”

Albert Einstein on the book “Science and Health” by Mary Baker Eddy


Albert Einstein and the mysterious

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man… I am satisfied with the mystery of life’s eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvellous structure of existence — as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.”

Albert Einstein



From the beginning of time, man, in spite of his bodily appetites and desires, in the midst of all his clinging to earthly and impermanent things, has ever been intuitively conscious of the limited, transient, and illusionary nature of his material existence, and in his sane and silent moments has tried to reach out into a comprehension of the Infinite, and has turned with tearful aspiration toward the restful Reality of the Eternal Heart.

While vainly imagining that the pleasures of earth are real and satisfying, pain and sorrow continually remind him of their unreal and unsatisfying nature. Ever striving to believe that complete satisfaction is to be found in material things, he is conscious of an inward and persistent revolt against this belief, which revolt is at once a refutation of his essential mortality, and an inherent and imperishable proof that only in the immortal, the eternal, the infinite can he find abiding satisfaction and unbroken peace.

And here is the common ground of faith; here the root and spring of all religion; here the soul of Brotherhood and the heart of Love,–that man is essentially and spiritually divine and eternal, and that, immersed in mortality and troubled with unrest, he is ever striving to enter into a consciousness of his real nature.

The spirit of man is inseparable from the Infinite, and can be satisfied with nothing short of the Infinite, and the burden of pain will continue to weigh upon man’s heart, and the shadows of sorrow to darken his pathway until, ceasing from his wanderings in the dream-world of matter, he comes back to his home in the reality of the Eternal.

As the smallest drop of water detached from the ocean contains all the qualities of the ocean, so man, detached in consciousness from the Infinite, contains within him its likeness; and as the drop of water must, by the law of its nature, ultimately find its way back to the ocean and lose itself in its silent depths, so must man, by the unfailing law of his nature, at last return to his source, and lose himself in the great ocean of the Infinite.

To re-become one with the Infinite is the goal of man. To enter into perfect harmony with the Eternal Law is Wisdom, Love and Peace. But this divine state is, and must ever be, incomprehensible to the merely personal. Personality, separateness, selfishness are one and the same, and are the antithesis of wisdom and divinity. By the unqualified surrender of the personality, separateness and selfishness cease, and man enters into the possession of his divine heritage of immortality and infinity.

Such surrender of the personality is regarded by the worldly and selfish mind as the most grievous of all calamities, the most irreparable loss, yet it is the one supreme and incomparable blessing, the only real and lasting gain. The mind unenlightened upon the inner laws of being, and upon the nature and destiny of its own life, clings to transient appearances, things which have in them no enduring substantiality, and so clinging, perishes, for the time being, amid the shattered wreckage of its own illusions.

Men cling to and gratify the flesh as though it were going to last for ever, and though they try to forget the nearness and inevitability of its dissolution, the dread of death and of the loss of all that they cling to clouds their happiest hours, and the chilling shadow of their own selfishness follows them like a remorseless spectre.

And with the accumulation of temporal comforts and luxuries, the divinity within men is drugged, and they sink deeper and deeper into materiality, into the perishable life of the senses, and where there is sufficient intellect, theories concerning the immortality of the flesh come to be regarded as infallible truths. When a man’s soul is clouded with selfishness in any or every form, he loses the power of spiritual discrimination, and confuses the temporal with the eternal, the perishable with the permanent, mortality with immortality, and error with Truth. It is thus that the world has come to be filled with theories and speculations having no foundation in human experience. Every body of flesh contains within itself, from the hour of birth, the elements of its own destruction, and by the unalterable law of its own nature must it pass away.

The perishable in the universe can never become permanent; the permanent can never pass away; the mortal can never become immortal; the immortal can never die; the temporal cannot become eternal nor the eternal become temporal; appearance can never become reality, nor reality fade into appearance; error can never become Truth, nor can Truth become error. Man cannot immortalize the flesh, but, by overcoming the flesh, by relinquishing all its inclinations, he can enter the region of immortality. “God alone hath immortality,” and only by realizing the God state of consciousness does man enter into immortality.

All nature in its myriad forms of life is changeable, impermanent, unenduring. Only the informing Principle of nature endures. Nature is many, and is marked by separation. The informing Principle is One, and is marked by unity. By overcoming the senses and the selfishness within, which is the overcoming of nature, man emerges from the chrysalis of the personal and illusory, and wings himself into the glorious light of the impersonal, the region of universal Truth, out of which all perishable forms come.

James Allen – The Way of Peace



Star that of the birth of Vishnu,
Birth of Krishna, Buddha, Jesus,
Told the wise ones, Heavenward looking,
Waiting, watching for thy gleaming
In the darkness of the night-time,
In the starless gloom of midnight;
Shining Herald of the coming
Of the kingdom of the righteous;
Teller of the Mystic story
Of the lowly birth of Godhead
In the stable of the passions,
In the manger of the mind-soul;
Silent singer of the secret
Of compassion deep and holy
To the heart with sorrow burdened,
To the soul with waiting weary:—
Star of all-surpassing brightness,
Thou again dost deck the midnight;
Thou again dost cheer the wise ones
Watching in the creedal darkness,
Weary of the endless battle
With the grinding blades of error;
Tired of lifeless, useless idols,
Of the dead forms of religions;
Spent with watching for thy shining;
Thou hast ended their despairing;
Thou hast lighted up their pathway;
Thou hast brought again the old Truths
To the hearts of all thy Watchers;
To the souls of them that love thee
Thou dost speak of Joy and Gladness,
Of the peace that comes of Sorrow.
Blessed are they that can see thee,
Weary wanderers in the Night-time;
Blessed they who feel the throbbing,
In their bosoms feel the pulsing
Of a deep Love stirred within them
By the great power of thy shining.
Let us learn thy lesson truly;
Learn it faithfully and humbly;
Learn it meekly, wisely, gladly,
Ancient Star of holy Vishnu,
Light of Krishna, Buddha, Jesus.

Quoted from “The Way of Peace” by James Allen (1864-1912)

Commitment and sacrifice

The heights by great men reached and kept
were not attained by sudden flight,
but they, while their companions slept,
were toiling upward in the night.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Imprisoned Splendour

Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whate’er you may believe.
There is an inmost centre in us all,
Where truth abides in fulness; and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
This perfect, clear perception – which is truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error: and to KNOW
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.

From “Paracelsus” by Robert Browning

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Transcending rather than transforming

“All the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insoluble….They can never be solved, but only outgrown. This outgrowth proved on further investigation to require a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest appeared on the patient’s horizon, and through this broadening of his or her outlook the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms but faded when confronted with a new and stronger life urge.”

Carl Jung

Zen Theory of Existential Change

I change not by trying to be something other than I am;
I change by becoming fully aware of who I am.

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“To understand the misery and confusion that exist within ourselves, and so in the world, we must first find clarity within ourselves, and that clarity comes about through right thinking. This clarity is not to be organised, for it cannot be exchanged with another. Organised group thought is merely repetitive. Clarity is not the result of verbal assertion, but of intense self-awareness and right thinking. Right thinking is not the outcome of or mere cultivation of the intellect, nor is it conformity to pattern, however worthy and noble. Right thinking comes with self-knowledge. Without understanding yourself, you have no basis for thought; without self-knowledge, what you think is not true.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti



Just as H. R. Moody defers to “the wise”, so I defer to the words of Harry R. Moody;

“The wise have said that we repair the past and prepare for the future by living in the present. A committed contemplative regimen is what matters now: cultivate attention and mindfulness; give up what has to be pruned, strive without embarrassment or apology to be virtuous; be discerning, choose wisely, struggle; and eventually you will surely find the means you need to live each day in the way you were meant to live it, and to become the person you were meant to be.”

Harry R.Moody – “The Five Stages of the Soul”

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Real Freedom

It cannot be said better than it was said by Jiddu Krishnamurti, so let’s just hear his words:

“Real freedom is not something to be acquired. It is the outcome of intelligence. You cannot go out and buy freedom in the market. You cannot get it by reading a book, or by listening to someone talk. Freedom comes with intelligence.

But what is intelligence? Can there be intelligence when there is fear, or when the mind is conditioned? When your mind is prejudiced, or when you think you are a marvellous human being, or when you are very ambitious or want to climb the ladder of success, worldly or spiritual, can there be intelligence? When you are concerned about yourself, when you follow or worship somebody, can there be intelligence? Surely, intelligence comes when you understand and break away from all this stupidity.

So you have to set about it; and the first thing is to be aware that your mind is not free. You have to observe how your mind is bound by all these things, and then there is the beginning of intelligence, which brings freedom. You have to find the answer for yourself. What is the use of someone else being free when you are not, or of someone else having food when you are hungry?

To be creative, which is to have real initiative, there must be freedom; and for freedom there must be intelligence. So you have to enquire and find out what is preventing intelligence. You have to investigate life, you have to question social values, everything, and not accept anything because you are frightened.”




The Elephant In the Room

Some things are just plain obvious. Our denial of them is simply ludicrous, and this ludicrousness  is the hint that we must examine our belief.

Nothing in the Universe, so far discovered, does not have a source.

Why then do we insist on denying that there is a source from which we have originated – an ultimate source? Is it because we cannot explain it with our intellect? Can the clay understand the potter whose hands form it into a vase? Do we really expect that our limited, conditioned intellects will be able to grasp and describe that from which it has sprung? This surely is hubris at its best!

We may HAVE a form – we call it body. We may have IDENTITY – we call it me. But life is experienced by us by virtue of our being conscious. We are not our forms – we EXPERIENCE our forms. We cannot testify to the independent existence of any thing. We can only testify that we are CONSCIOUS of it. So, in the final analysis, all we can truly, reliably affirm is that we are conscious – nothing else can be independently proven. But that we are conscious does not have to be proven. It is self-evident, by definition. Hence “I AM” is the only reliably true statement that can be made. All other presumed truths rely on this as their foundation. All other truths can be contested, but not the fact of our own individual consciousness.

But what is the source of this consciousness? Surely, we will not continue to deny that the one thing that is incontrovertibly true also has a source. Everything our consciousness observes has proven to have some source. What evidence do we have upon which to base an assumption that our consciousness, then, does not also spring from a source?

A clay pot is made of clay. A river is made of water. A flower comes from a seed which came from a flower. A lemon comes from a lemon tree, not from an apple tree. There is a self-similarity between the thing and its source. So what is the substance that underlies the source from which individual consciousness springs?

The answer is the elephant in the room.

Whatever it is, it must be primal, elementary, self-sustaining and creative. It must also have the characteristics of intelligence, energy and will. There is no point in naming it – that will distort, limit and condition its essential nature. To name something, we must define it. To name something, we must limit it. To name something, we must be saying, “It is this, and not more.” We can name ourselves, but how can we name our source?

The elephant is in the room. Let’s at least acknowledge it is.


The Eternal Will

The Eternal Will

There is no thing we cannot overcome  
Say not thy evil instinct is inherited,
Or that some trait inborn makes thy whole life forlorn,  
And calls down punishment that is not merited.
Back of thy parents and grandparents lies The Great Eternal Will.
That, too, is thine Inheritance; strong, beautiful, divine,
Sure lever of success for one who tries.
Pry up thy faults with this great lever, Will.  
However deeply bedded in propensity,
However firmly set, I tell thee firmer yet  
Is that vast power that comes from Truth’s immensity.
Thou art a part of that strange world, I say.  
Its forces lie within thee, stronger far  
Than all thy mortal sins and frailties are,
Believe thyself divine, and watch, and pray.
There is no noble height thou canst not climb.  
All triumphs may be thine in Time’s futurity,
If whatso’er thy fault, thou dost not faint or halt,  
But lean upon the staff of God’s security.
Earth has no claim the soul can not contest.  
Know thyself part of that Eternal Source,  
And naught can stand before thy spirit’s force.
The soul’s divine inheritance is best.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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