A string of jewels, a string of pearls, is an image used in the Gita. The fact is that if pearls individually and scattered all over the place in dusty corners, have no beauty. They are of no ornamental value, and of little other value. But when they are brought together in a string they make a most beautiful necklace. They can be strung together in various ways. If you see black pearls they are very valuable especially the big ones, but they look horrible. They look like ordinary pearls rinsed in ink, but they are very valuable. Sometimes the necklace has a big black pearl and two or three ordinary pearls and another black pearl, sometimes all the black pearls are put together and are arranged in gradation of size. There are many such ways of arranging them on a string to make a necklace. In the same way, the spiritual inspirations and revelations can be put together and rearranged in a new pattern. Our teacher rearranged some of them to bring out new aspects of truth. Take for example the treatment of Action. Action is the teaching of the karma yoga, which depends on the living experience of …
You can learn by instruction, by hearing. You can learn by seeing others, by observation. You can learn by inference. And you can learn by experience yourself.
If we study what has been worked out by experiment and confirmed by the classical yogis of the past and in the subsequent centuries, we start with an advantage
Illusions are of two kinds, and it is quite important to remember the distinction between them. One of them has no actual basis and the other has a basis of substratum. For no actual basis, think of Father Christmas. This is a concept, an idea, which we teach to very small
There is a heart but the heart is not visible. We know about the heart from the pulse. And if religion doesn’t have a pulse, doesn’t have a throb, in our lives, the form may be perfect but it will be like a marble statue – without a living heart.
The Buddha faces inward and makes the heart-essence (hon-shin) shine forth. The ordinary man faces outward, and is concerned with the ten thousand things.
If there’s a God who is interested and takes part in our world, people feel one ought to be able to see a tiny little finger now and then intervening in affairs, One has to think carefully about this: where is this God?