Spiritual aspirants will acquire defects of character even in their sojourn in forests.

Till the depths of the mind have been partially pacified, attempts to force them to be calm, by a more or less complete long isolation, will energize them, as Saint Anthony found. Humankind is naturally gregarious; Dr. Shastri said that one who likes to live alone is either a superman or less than human. The …

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The Self must be freed from the world and its attractions, pleasures and illusion

The Self is felt to be entangled in the world; it is entangled because it does not know, vitally and consciously, that the world is illusion. The appearance of bondage is caused equally by attraction – belief that pleasure-in-restriction is real, and by repulsion – certainty that the restriction of pain is real. The entanglement …

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Live under a symbolic illusion, which will one day disappear

The whole world is gradually to be realized as an illusion, but it is not an illusion projected by the Cosmic Self, full of beauty and meaning. That Self is seen at first more clearly in certain forms. When meditated upon with devotion, and finally felt as the inner life, they become radiant, then gradually …

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Political freedom gives chances to express the soul of a people

Political freedom gives chances to express the soul of a people, but, as Dr. Shastri often pointed out, it has also the dangers of self-destruction, when quarrelling parties struggle for power. In such cases, rule by a foreigner can be an advantage, because the foreigner is impartial. For instance, the Italian city-states of the Middle …

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Evil is a much tighter form of bondage; it is inherently narrowing

One reason for this is, that the evil man naturally assumes that most others are like himself, so he suspects everybody. Then he tries to strike first, to double-cross even kill his allies before they can double-cross him. In the end he cannot even trust himself; he sees that in some obscure way he is …

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It is to be released by performance of one’s moral and spiritual duty, without desire.

The word which our teacher here translates as ‘duty’ is dharma, which means what-is-to-be-done according-to-tradition. We cannot extract moral principles by reasoning about them, because ultimate goals are indefinite. In his persistent attempts to do this during his long life, Russell changed his position repeatedly. In fact he held, one after another, all the main …

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Grow wings, and shut your eyes while you are flying spiritually.

The wings are the powers of steadying and concentrating the purified mind; flying is rising above the body-consciousness, and consciousness of time and space, in samadhi meditation. Gita IV… on meditation: sarvaani indriya karmaani praana-karmaani ca-apare aatma samyama yoga-agnau juhvati – jnaana-diipite. All the activities of the senses, and activities of prana (vital currents), Others …

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Strenuous cultivation of dispassionate serenity of the mind under all circumstances

‘Strenuous cultivation’ shows that it cannot be done by just trying to ignore disturbing circumstances. That can be done with minor irritations in a generally favourable situation. Our teacher however stressed that though a start is to be made with small things, the yogin has to come face to face not only with great outer …

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Distress includes physical needs, but in yoga these needs are simple.

It is our duty to relieve distress The distress includes physical needs, but in yoga these needs are simple. The typical examples are food and clothes. Some food is necessary, but to go on to over-eat, or to eat artificial foods to experience refined pleasures of taste, will create illness, and finally kill. In the …

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