classes ::: city, Game_Dev, place, the_Infinite_Building,
children ::: 1929-05-12 - Beings of vital world (vampires) - Money power and vital beings - Capacity for manifestation of will - Entry into vital world - Body, a protection - Individuality and the vital world
branches ::: capacity, City, incapacity, the Temple-City
see also ::: Auroville, the_Crossroads, the_Game, the_World

Instances - Classes - See Also - Object in Names
Definitions - Quotes - Chapters


object:City
object:the City
class:city
subject class:Game Dev
class:place
class:the Infinite Building

--- DESC


--- NEW PARTS


--- QUESTIONS
  What type of town is this? is it a ocean side town?
  is this the King's Town?
  is it a town with a school?
  is it surrounded by dark lands or peace?
  near water or mountains or forests?
  city walls? and guards?

--- NOTES
  It would be very very nice to have a map editor where I can draw with sprites.

  places relate to people, professions, services. and the essence of the craft.


--- OLD PARTS
  the Priests Temple (in Town center?)
  the Wizards Tower

  the Academy
  the Academy Library

  the King's Castle
  the Arena

  Shops?
  Merchants Market?

  the Blacksmith?
  the Alchemist?
  the Scribe?
  the Technomancer?

  Guilds?
  Underground?
  Inn?

--- NOTES 2
favorite Towns in games?

see also ::: the World, the Crossroads, the Game, Auroville












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--- OBJECT INSTANCES [23]

TOPICS


AUTH


BOOKS


CHAPTERS

BOOK_I._-_Augustine_censures_the_pagans,_who_attri_buted_the_calamities_of_the_world,_and_especially_the_sack_of_Rome_by_the_Goths,_to_the_Christian_religion_and_its_prohibition_of_the_worship_of_the_gods
BOOK_II._-_A_review_of_the_calamities_suffered_by_the_Romans_before_the_time_of_Christ,_showing_that_their_gods_had_plunged_them_into_corruption_and_vice
BOOK_III._-_The_external_calamities_of_Rome
BOOK_IV._-_That_empire_was_given_to_Rome_not_by_the_gods,_but_by_the_One_True_God
BOOK_IX._-_Of_those_who_allege_a_distinction_among_demons,_some_being_good_and_others_evil
BOOK_VIII._-_Some_account_of_the_Socratic_and_Platonic_philosophy,_and_a_refutation_of_the_doctrine_of_Apuleius_that_the_demons_should_be_worshipped_as_mediators_between_gods_and_men
BOOK_VII._-_Of_the_select_gods_of_the_civil_theology,_and_that_eternal_life_is_not_obtained_by_worshipping_them
BOOK_VI._-_Of_Varros_threefold_division_of_theology,_and_of_the_inability_of_the_gods_to_contri_bute_anything_to_the_happiness_of_the_future_life
BOOK_V._-_Of_fate,_freewill,_and_God's_prescience,_and_of_the_source_of_the_virtues_of_the_ancient_Romans
BOOK_XI._-_Augustine_passes_to_the_second_part_of_the_work,_in_which_the_origin,_progress,_and_destinies_of_the_earthly_and_heavenly_cities_are_discussed.Speculations_regarding_the_creation_of_the_world
BOOK_XIII._-_That_death_is_penal,_and_had_its_origin_in_Adam's_sin
BOOK_XII._-_Of_the_creation_of_angels_and_men,_and_of_the_origin_of_evil
BOOK_XIV._-_Of_the_punishment_and_results_of_mans_first_sin,_and_of_the_propagation_of_man_without_lust
BOOK_XIX._-_A_review_of_the_philosophical_opinions_regarding_the_Supreme_Good,_and_a_comparison_of_these_opinions_with_the_Christian_belief_regarding_happiness
BOOK_X._-_Porphyrys_doctrine_of_redemption
BOOK_XVIII._-_A_parallel_history_of_the_earthly_and_heavenly_cities_from_the_time_of_Abraham_to_the_end_of_the_world
BOOK_XVII._-_The_history_of_the_city_of_God_from_the_times_of_the_prophets_to_Christ
BOOK_XVI._-_The_history_of_the_city_of_God_from_Noah_to_the_time_of_the_kings_of_Israel
BOOK_XV._-_The_progress_of_the_earthly_and_heavenly_cities_traced_by_the_sacred_history
BOOK_XXII._-_Of_the_eternal_happiness_of_the_saints,_the_resurrection_of_the_body,_and_the_miracles_of_the_early_Church
BOOK_XXI._-_Of_the_eternal_punishment_of_the_wicked_in_hell,_and_of_the_various_objections_urged_against_it
BOOK_XX._-_Of_the_last_judgment,_and_the_declarations_regarding_it_in_the_Old_and_New_Testaments
City_of_God_-_BOOK_I

--- PRIMARY CLASS


book
chapter
city
City_of_God
place
the_Infinite_Building

--- SEE ALSO


Auroville
the_Crossroads
the_Game
the_World

--- SIMILAR TITLES [4]


1.02 - BEFORE THE CITY-GATE
1.08 - Phlegyas. Philippo Argenti. The Gate of the City of Dis.
1.09 - The Furies and Medusa. The Angel. The City of Dis. The Sixth Circle Heresiarchs.
1.2.01 - The Call and the Capacity
1.20 - Death, Desire and Incapacity
1.24 - On meekness, simplicity, guilelessness which come not from nature but from habit, and about malice.
1929-05-12 - Beings of vital world (vampires) - Money power and vital beings - Capacity for manifestation of will - Entry into vital world - Body, a protection - Individuality and the vital world
1955-07-06 - The psychic and the central being or jivatman - Unity and multiplicity in the Divine - Having experiences and the ego - Mental, vital and physical exteriorisation - Imagination has a formative power - The function of the imagination
1956-02-01 - Path of knowledge - Finding the Divine in life - Capacity for contact with the Divine - Partial and total identification with the Divine - Manifestation and hierarchy
1956-06-13 - Effects of the Supramental action - Education and the Supermind - Right to remain ignorant - Concentration of mind - Reason, not supreme capacity - Physical education and studies - inner discipline - True usefulness of teachers
1956-12-12 - paradoxes - Nothing impossible - unfolding universe, the Eternal - Attention, concentration, effort - growth capacity almost unlimited - Why things are not the same - will and willings - Suggestions, formations - vital world
1.bs - I have got lost in the city of love
1f.lovecraft - The Nameless City
1.jk - Sonnet X. To One Who Has Been Long In City Pent
1.jlb - Simplicity
1.lb - Leaving White King City
1.lb - The City of Choan
1.lovecraft - The City
1.poe - The City In The Sea
1.poe - The City Of Sin
1.tm - Aubade -- The City
1.whitman - City Of Orgies
1.whitman - City Of Ships
1.whitman - Once I Passd Through A Populous City
1.whitman - The City Dead-House
1.whitman - The Great City
BOOK XVII. - The history of the city of God from the times of the prophets to Christ
BOOK XVI. - The history of the city of God from Noah to the time of the kings of Israel
capacity
Choosing Simplicity A Commentary On The Bhikshuni Pratimoksha
City
City of God
City of God - BOOK I
City on the Port
Fearless Simplicity The Dzogchen Way of Living Freely in a Complex World
incapacity
System of a Down - Toxicity
the Central City
the City of the Pyramids
the City of Towers
the Divine Multiplicity
the Temple-City
select ::: Being, God, injunctions, media, place, powers, subjects,
favorite ::: cwsa, everyday, grade, mcw, memcards (table), project, project 0001, Savitri, the Temple of Sages, three js, whiteboard,
temp ::: consecration, experiments, knowledge, meditation, psychometrics, remember, responsibility, temp, the Bad, the God object, the Good, the most important, the Ring, the source of inspirations, the Stack, the Tarot, the Word, top priority, whiteboard,

--- DICTIONARIES (in Dictionaries, in Quotes, in Chapters)


city ::: n. --> A large town.
A corporate town; in the United States, a town or collective body of inhabitants, incorporated and governed by a mayor and aldermen or a city council consisting of a board of aldermen and a common council; in Great Britain, a town corporate, which is or has been the seat of a bishop, or the capital of his see.
The collective body of citizens, or inhabitants of a city.

CityScape
A re-seller of {Internet} connections to the {PIPEX}
{backbone}.
E-Mail: .
Address: CityScape Internet Services, 59 Wycliffe Rd.,
Cambridge, CB1 3JE, England. Telephone: +44 (1223) 566 950.
(1994-11-08)

city ::: n. --> A large town.
A corporate town; in the United States, a town or collective body of inhabitants, incorporated and governed by a mayor and aldermen or a city council consisting of a board of aldermen and a common council; in Great Britain, a town corporate, which is or has been the seat of a bishop, or the capital of his see.
The collective body of citizens, or inhabitants of a city.

City of God. See HOLY CITY

City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1956.

CityScape ::: (company) A re-seller of Internet connections to the PIPEX backbone.E-Mail: .Address: CityScape Internet Services, 59 Wycliffe Rd., Cambridge, CB1 3JE, England. Telephone: +44 (1223) 566 950. (1994-11-08)


--- QUOTES [186 / 186 - 500 / 29709] (in Dictionaries, in Quotes, in Chapters)



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1:I sell mirrors in the city of the blind. ~ Kabir,
2:Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo Da Vinci,
3:All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose. ~ Howard Gardner,
4:I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity. ~ Edgar Allan Poe,
5:Your capacity to say No determines your capacity to say Yes to greater things. ~ Stanley Jones,
6:All men have the capacity of knowing themselves and acting with moderation. ~ Heraclitus,
7:The past cannot bind the future. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II 1.2.01 - The Call and the Capacity,
8:It is the essentials alone that matter. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II 1.2.01 - The Call and the Capacity,
9:Receptivity is the capacity of admitting and retaining the Divine Workings. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
10:The Yogi knows by his capacity for a containing or dynamic identity with things and persons and forces. ~ The Mother,
11:If I tell you something, you will stick to it and limit your own capacity to find out for yourself. ~ Shunryu Suzuki,
12:Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible. ~ Edward Vernon Rickenbacker,
13:When the velocity of progress increases beyond a certain point, it becomes indistinguishable from crisis. ~ Owen Barfield,
14:...the only simplicity to be trusted is the simplicity to be found on the far side of complexity. ~ Alfred North Whitehead,
15:A city of ancient IgnoranceFounded upon a soil that knew not Light. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.07 - The Descent into Night,
16:To each his own difficulties seem enormous and radical. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II 1.2.01 - The Call and the Capacity,
17:Oneness and multiplicity are poles of the same Reality. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 2.07 - The Knowledge and the Ignorance,
18:A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study. ~ Mary Shelley,
19:Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. ~ Franz Kafka,
20:The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. ... Seek simplicity and distrust it. ~ Alfred North Whitehead,
21:Aiming at simplicity and lucidity is a moral duty of all intellectuals: lack of clarity is a sin, pretentiousness is a crime. ~ Karl Popper,
22:Look at the simplicity of the Truth with a straight and simple gaze. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - IV Depression and Despondency,
23:All is one Being, one Consciousness, one even in infinite multiplicity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 2.06 - Reality and the Cosmic Illusion,
24:The Absolute is beyond stability and movement as it is beyond unity and multiplicity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 1.09 - The Pure Existent,
25:When an institution, organization, or nation loses its capacity to inspire high individual performance, its great days are over. ~ Howard Gardner,
26:Even oneness is a representation and exists in relation to multiplicity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Isha Upanishad: Brahman Oneness of God and the World,
27:Everything is leaf, and through this simplicity the greatest diversity becomes possible. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Goethe's Botancial Writing p. 7,
28:Since all things are God, in all things thou seest just so much of God as thy capacity affordeth thee. ~ Aleister Crowley, The Vision and the Voice ,
29:What paralyzes life is lack of faith and lack of audacity. The difficulty lies not in solving problems but identifying them. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,
30:By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo,
31:To work for the Divine is very good, it is a delight. But to work with the Divine is a felicity infintely deeper and sweeter still. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
32:A present incapacity, however heavy may seem its pressure, is only a trial of faith and a temporary difficulty. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga Faith and Shakti,
33:One ought not to settle down into a fixed idea of one’s own incapacity or allow it to become an obsession. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II 1.2.01 - The Call and the Capacity,
34:Behind the sorrow and lonliness, behind the emptiness and the feeling of incapacity, there is the golden light of the Divine Presence shining soft and warm. ~ The Mother, White Roses ,
35:We ought to be in a constant state of aspiration, but when we cannot aspire let us pray with the simplcity of a child. With my blessings. ~ The Mother, Mantras Of The Mother 25 July,
36:Oneness constitutes and upholds the multiplicity, multiplicity does not constitute and uphold the oneness. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Isha Upanishad: Brahman Oneness of God and the World,
37:The truth is always the One at work on itself, at play with itself, infinite in unity, infinite in multiplicity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.09 - The Release from the Ego,
38:The Purusha has that capacity; for the spirit within can always change and perfect the working of its nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 4.14 - The Power of the Instruments,
39:Felt its honey of felicityFlow through his veins like the rivers of Paradise,Made body a nectar-cup of the Absolute. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.09 - The Paradise of the Life-Gods,
40:The unity is the greater truth, the multiplicity is the lesser truth, though both are a truth and neither of them is an illusion. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita 2.01 - The Two Natures,
41:Life is too complex to admit of the arbitrary ideal simplicity which the moralising theorist loves. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Renaissance in India A Rationalistic Critic on Indian Culture - V,
42:The Absolute is beyond the distinction of unity and multiplicity, and yet it is the One and the innumerable Many in all the universes. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.01 - The Object of Knowledge,
43:These ideas of incapacity are absurd, they are the negation of the truth of progress - what cannot be done today, will be done another day, if the aspiration is there. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
44:The city is redundant: it repeats itself so that something will stick in the mind....Memory is redundant: it repeats signs so that the city can begin to exist. ~ Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities ,
45:By virtue alone man cannot attain to the highest, but by virtue he can develop a first capacity for attaining to it, adhikāra. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita 2.02 - The Synthesis of Devotion and Knowledge,
46:There is only one logic in spiritual things: when a demand is there for the Divine, a sincere call, it is bound one day to have its fulfilment. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II 1.2.01 - The Call and the Capacity,
47:By readiness I did not mean capacity but willingness. If there is the will within to face all difficulties and go through, no matter how long it takes, then the path can be taken. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II ,
48:In an outburst of heavenly joy and easeLife yields to the divinity withinAnd gives the rapture-offering of its all,And the soul opens to felicity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.12 - The Heavens of the Ideal,
49:Length of time is no proof of an ultimate incapacity to arrive—it is only a sign that there is something in oneself which has to be overcome. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II 1.4.01 - The Divine Grace and Guidance,
50:Enlightened individual power: limited in its action but of a very high capacity.*Mentalised power: power becomes utilisable.*Dynamic power: indispensable for progress. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
51:Where there is a soul that has once become awake, there is surely a capacity within that can outweigh all surface defects and can in the end conquer. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II 1.2.01 - The Call and the Capacity,
52:Unity utter and absolute is the goal, but this absoluteness has to be brought to its highest term by including in it the whole infinite multiplicity of things. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Isha Upanishad Conclusion and Summary,
53:In the sealed hermetic heart, the happy core,Unmoved behind this outer shape of deathThe eternal Entity prepares withinIts matter of divine felicity, ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.05 - The Godheads of the Little Life,
54:It is by the Grace of the Divine and the aid of a Force greater than your own, not by personal capacity and worth that you can attain the goal of the sadhana. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II 1.2.01 - The Call and the Capacity,
55:By interiorizing its awareness, it is no longer merely buffeted by the immediate fluctuations in the environment: its relative autonomy-its capacity to remain stable in the midst of shifting circumstances-increases. ~ Ken Wilber, SES ,
56:A love that bore the cross of pain with joyEudaemonised the sorrow of the world,Made happy the weight of long unending Time,The secret caught of God’s felicity. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 03.02 - The Adoration of the Divine Mother,
57:It is not one’s personal fitness and worthiness that makes one succeed, but the Mother’s grace and power and the consent of the soul to her grace and the workings of her Force. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II 1.2.01 - The Call and the Capacity,
58:Feet (Mother's)A giant drop of the Bliss unknowableOverwhelmed his limbs and round his soul becameA fiery ocean of felicity;He foundered drowned in sweet and burning vasts: ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.09 - The Paradise of the Life-Gods,
59:Then first appeared the malady of mind,Its pang of thought, its quest for the aim of life.It twisted into forms of good and illThe frank simplicity of the animal’s acts; ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 06.02 - The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain,
60:A smile came rippling out in her wide eyes,Its confident felicity’s messengerAs if the first beam of the morning sunRippled along two wakened lotus-pools. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri The Eternal Day,
61:Magnitude: A mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself; Electricity supply; Possession of controlling influence; Possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done ~ Def,
62:True time does not curve space; it is open and opens space through its capacity of rendering it transparent, and thereby supersedes nihilistic "emptiness," re-attaining openness in an intensified consciousness structure spoken of in Part I of our inquiry. ~ Jean Gebser,
63:Do not accept any of my words on faith, believing them just because I said them. Be like an analyst buying gold, who cuts, burns, and critically examines his product for authenticity. Only accept what passes the test by proving useful and beneficial in your life. ~ Buddha,
64:Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission. ~ Robert Anton Wilson,
65:In this cup, therefore, though all things are placed, by virtue of this dew all lose their identity. And therefore this Cup is in the hand of BABALON, the Lady of the City of Pyramids, wherein no one can be distinguished from any other, wherein no one may sit until he has lost his name. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA 2.07 - The Cup,
66:There is an old, old story about a theologian who was asked to reconcile the Doctrine of Divine Mercy with the doctrine of infant damnation. 'The Almighty,' he explained, 'finds it necessary to do things in His official and public capacity which in His private and personal capacity He deplores. ~ Robert Heinlein, Methuselah's Children. ,
67:To be humble means for the mind, the vital and the body never to forget that without the Divine they know nothing, are nothing and can do nothing; without the Divine they are nothing but ignorance, chaos and impotence. The Divine alone is Truth, Life, Power, Love, Felicity. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II Purity and Humility,
68:The goal of yoga is always hard to reach, but this one is more difficult than any other, and it is only for those who have the call, the capacity, the willingness to face everything and every risk, even the risk of failure, and the will to progress towards an entire selflessness, desirelessness and surrender. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II ,
69:Here even the highest rapture Time can giveIs a mimicry of ungrasped beatitudes,A mutilated statue of ecstasy,A wounded happiness that cannot live,A brief felicity of mind or senseThrown by the World-Power to her body-slave,Or a simulacr ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri The Yoga of the King,
70:Where you are? In the Mother's presence here and close to me. Where you are going? Towards union with the Divine through dedication and service. What you are doing here? Service and self-giving to the Divine. The rest depends, as the Mother writes to you, on the simplicity and fullness with which you give yourself and serve. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV ,
71:As individual egos we dwell in the Ignorance and judge everything by a broken, partial and personal standard of knowledge; we experience everything according to the capacity of a limited consciousness and force and are therefore unable to give a divine response or set the true value upon any part of cosmic experience. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 396,
72:Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection - or compassionate action. ~ Daniel Goleman,
73:Have I the capacity and are there potentialities in me to follow this path? This is not the question, the question is whether you have the necessary aspiration, determination and perseverance and whether you can by the intensity and persistence of your aspiration make all the parts of your being answer to the call and become one in the consecration. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
74:The priestess of Artemis took hold of her almost with the violence of a lover, and whisked her away into a languid ecstasy of reverie. She communicated her own enthusiasm to the girl, and kept her mind occupied with dreams, faery-fervid, of uncharted seas of glory on which her galleon might sail, undiscovered countries of spice and sweetness, Eldorado and Utopia and the City of God. ~ Aleister Crowley,
75:Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding... ~ William Gibson,
76:...the conception of a Truth-consciousness supramental and divine, the invocation of the gods as powers of the Truth to raise man out of the falsehoods of the mortal mind, the attainment in and by this Truth of an immortal state of perfect good and felicity and the inner sacrifice and offering of what one has and is by the mortal to the Immortal as the means of the divine consummation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Secret Of The Veda Agenda Vol 8,
77:powers of freedom from subjection to the body ::: By a similar process the habit by which the bodily nature associates certain forms and degrees of activity with strain, fatigue, incapacity can be rectified and the power, freedom, swiftness, effectiveness of the work whether physical or mental which can be done with this bodily instrument marvelously increased, doubled, tripled, decupled. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.05 - Renunciation,
78:SRI AUROBINDO'S SYMBOL [facsimile] The descending triangle represents Sat-Chit-Ananda. The ascending triangle represents the aspiring answer from matter under the form of life, light and love. The junction of both - the central square - is the perfect manifestation having at its centre the Avatar of the Supreme - the lotus. The water - inside the square - represents the multiplicity, the creation. 4 April 1958 ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother I ,
79:Our sense by its incapacity has invented darkness. In truth there is nothing but Light, only it is a power of light either above or below our poor human vision's limited range.For do not imagine that light is created by the Suns. The Suns are only physical concentrations of Light, but the splendour they concentrate for us is self-born and everywhere.God is everywhere and wherever God is, there is Light. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human ,
80:Detaching oneself from the ignorant actions of the mind and vital and from any kind of ambition, and allowing the Divine Mother to work according to Her own will, one can have inner as well as outer peace and happiness; and this, I think, is the way one can serve the Mother gratefully and sincerely. Is this not so? Certainly, action without ambition and egoistic calculation is the condition of peace and felicity - both inner and outer. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
81:The basis of internal peace is samata, the capacity of receiving with a calm and equal mind all the attacks and appearances of outward things, whether pleasant or unpleasant, ill-fortune and good-fortune, pleasure and pain, honour and ill-repute, praise and blame, friendship and enmity, sinner and saint, or, physically, heat and cold etc. There are two forms of samata, passive and active, samata in reception of the things of the outward world and samata in reaction to them. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Record Of Yoga ,
82:Here first she crawled out from her cabin of mudWhere she had lain inconscient, rigid, mute:Its narrowness and torpor held her still,A darkness clung to her uneffaced by Light.There neared no touch redeeming from above:The upward look was alien to her sight,Forgotten the fearless godhead of her walk;Renounced was the glory and felicity,The adventure in the dangerous fields of Time:Hardly she availed, wallowing, to bear and live. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.04 - The Kingdoms of the Little Life,
83:So long as the contact with the Divine is not in some considerable degree established, so long as there is not some measure of sustained identity, sayujya, the element of personal effort must normally predominate. But in proportion as this contact establishes itself, the sadhaka must become conscious that a force other than his own, a force transcending his egoistic endeavour and capacity, is at work in him and to this Power he learns progressively to submit himself and delivers up to it the charge of his Yoga. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
84:It is the foundation of the pure spiritual consciousness that is the first object in the evolution of the spiritual man, and it is this and the urge of that consciousness towards contact with the Reality, the Self or the Divine Being that must be the first and foremost or even, till it is perfectly accomplished, the sole preoccupation of the spiritual seeker. It is the one thing needful that has to be done by each on whatever line is possible to him, by each according to the spiritual capacity developed in his nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 892,
85:When you only have sensations, perceptions, and impulses, the world is archaic. When you add the capacity for images and symbols, the world appears magical. When you add concepts, rules, and roles, the world becomes mythic. When formal-reflexive capacities emergy, the rational world comes into view. With vision-logic, the existential world stands forth. When the subtle emerges, the world becomes divine. When the causal emerges, the self becomes divine. When the nondual emerges, world and self are realized to be one Spirit. ~ Ken Wilber, Integral Psychology 119,
86:What is needed is perseverance-to go on without discouragement, recognising that the process of the nature and the action of the Mother's force is working through the difficulty even and will do all that is needed. Our incapacity does not matter-there is no human being who is not in his parts of nature incapable-but the Divine Force is also there. If one puts one's trust in that, incapacity will be changed into capacity. Difficulty and struggle themselves then become a means towards the achievement. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother The Mother With Letters On The Mother,
87:And in a recent unique example, in the life of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, we see a colossal spiritual capacity first driving straight to the divine realisation, taking, as it were, the kingdom of heaven by violence, and then seizing upon one Yogic method after another and extracting the substance out of it with an incredible rapidity, always to return to the heart of the whole matter, the realisation and possession of God by the power of love, by the extension of inborn spirituality into various experience and by the spontaneous play of an intuitive knowledge. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
88:8. Now let us turn at last to our castle with its many mansions. You must not think of a suite of rooms placed in succession, but fix your eyes on the keep, the court inhabited by the King.23' Like the kernel of the palmito,24' from which several rinds must be removed before coming to the eatable part, this principal chamber is surrounded by many others. However large, magnificent, and spacious you imagine this castle to be, you cannot exaggerate it; the capacity of the soul is beyond all our understanding, and the Sun within this palace enlightens every part of it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle ,
89:There are only three fundamental obstacles that can stand in the way: (1) Absence of faith or insufficient faith. (2) Egoism - the mind clinging to its own ideas, the vital preferring its own desires to a true surrender, the physical adhering to its own habits. (3) Some inertia or fundamental resistance in the consciousness, not willing to change because it is too much of an effort or because it does not want to believe in its own capacity or the power of the Divine - or for some other more subconscient reason. You have to see for yourself which of these it is. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - III Difficulties of the Path,
90:Hence the strong attraction which magic and science alike have exercised on the human mind; hence the powerful stimulus that both have given to the pursuit of knowledge. They lure the weary enquirer, the footsore seeker, on through the wilderness of disappointment in the present by their endless promises of the future: they take him up to the top of an exceeding high mountain and show him, beyond the dark clouds and rolling mists at his feet, a vision of the celestial city, far off, it may be, but radiant with unearthly splendour, bathed in the light of dreams. ~ James George Frazer, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion Volume 1,
91:It is said that the faculty of concentrated attention is at the source of all successful activity. Indeed the capacity and value of a man can be measured by his capacity of concentrated attention.[2] In order to obtain this concentration, it is generally recommended to reduce one's activities, to make a choice and confine oneself to this choice alone, so as not to disperse one's energy and attention. For the normal man, this method is good, sometimes even indispensable. But one can imagine something better. [2] Generally it comes through interest and a special attraction for a subject - Mother's note. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
92:the individual is a self-expression of the universal and the transcendent,-it is not a contradiction or something quite other than it, it is the universal concentrated and selective, it is one with the Transcendent in its essence of being and its essence of nature. In the view of this unitarian comprehensive seeing there is nothing contradictory in a formless Essence of being that carries a multitude of forms, or in a status of the Infinite supporting a kinesis of the Infinite, or in an infinite Oneness expressing itself in a multiplicity of beings and aspects and powers and movements, for they are beings and aspects and powers and movements of the One. ~ SATM?,
93:But if human mind can become capable of the glories of the divine Light, human emotion and sensibility can be transformed into the mould and assume the measure and movement of the supreme Bliss, human action not only represent but feel itself to be the motion of a divine and non-egoistic Force and the physical substance of our being suffiently partake of the purity of the supernal essence, suffiently unify plasticity and durable constancy to support and prolong these highest experiences and agencies, then all the long labour of Nature will end in a crowning justification and her evolutions reveal their profound significance. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
94:Krishna:::At last I find a meaning of soul's birthInto this universe terrible and sweet,I who have felt the hungry heart of earthAspiring beyond heaven to Krishna's feet.I have seen the beauty of immortal eyes,And heard the passion of the Lover's flute,And known a deathless ecstasy's surpriseAnd sorrow in my heart for ever mute.Nearer and nearer now the music draws,Life shudders with a strange felicity;All Nature is a wide enamoured pauseHoping her lord to touch, to clasp, to be.For this one moment lived the ages past;The world now throbs fulfilled in me at last. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems ,
95:There is always some tendency to looseness, forgetfulness and inattention in the physical consciousness. One has to be very vigilant and careful to prevent this tendency having its way. There are many [defects of the physical consciousness] - but mainly obscurity, inertia, tamas, a passive acceptance of the play of wrong forces, inability to change, attachment to habits, lack of plasticity, forgetfulness, loss of experiences or realisations gained, unwillingness to accept the Light or to follow it, incapacity (through tamas or through attachment or through passive reaction to accustomed forces) to do what it admits to be the Right and the Best. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV ,
96:Nobility and RefinementNobility: the incapacity for any pettiness either of sentiments or of action.*Aristocracy: incapable of baseness and pettiness, it asserts itself with dignity and authority.*Dignity affirms its worth, but demands nothing.*Dignity of the emotions: not to permit one's emotions to contradict the inner Divinity.*Dignity in the physical: above all bargaining.*Psychic dignity refuses to accept anything that lowers or debases.*Refinement: gradually grossness is eliminated from the being.*Sensitivity: one of the results of the refinement of the being.*Gentleness: always gracious and wishing to give pleasure. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
97:A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and the corners he'd cut in Night City, and still he'd see the matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void.... The Sprawl was a long strange way home over the Pacific now, and he was no console man, no cyberspace cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But the dreams came on in the Japanese night like live wire voodoo and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, his hands clawed into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers, trying to reach the console that wasn't there. ~ William Gibson, Neuromancer ,
98:But his most important capacity is that of developing the powers of the higher principles in himself, a greater power of life, a purer light of mind, the illumination of supermind, the infinite being, consciousness and delight of spirit. By an ascending movement he can develop his human imperfection towards that greater perfection. But whatever his aim, however exalted his aspiration, he has to begin from the law of his present imperfection, to take full account of it and see how it can be converted to the law of a possible perfection. This present law of his being starts from the inconscience of the material universe, an involution of the soul in form and subjection to material nature; and ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Psychology Of Perfection,
99:Similarly, the existence of Allah has multiplicity and the many Names. It is this or that according to what appears from it of the universe which demands the realities of the Divine Names by its development. They are doubled by it and stand in opposition to the unity of multiplicity. It is one by source in respect to its essence, as the primal substance (hayûla) is a single source in respect to its essence, while it has many forms which it supports by its essence. It is the same with Allah through the forms of tajalli which are manifested from Him. So the locii of the tajalli are the forms of the universe, in spite of the intelligible unity (ahadiyya). Look at the excellence of this divine instruction which Allah gives by granting its recognition to whoever He wishes among His slaves. ~ Ibn Arabi,
100:For throughout its life, without knowing it or with some presentiment of it, it was Thou whom it was seeking; in all its passions, all its enthusiasms, all its hopes and disillusionments, all its sufferings and all its joys, it was Thou whom it ardently wanted. And now that it has found Thee, now that it possesses Thee in a supreme Peace and Felicity, it wonders that it should have needed so many sensations, emotions, experiences to discover Thee. But all this, which was a struggle, a turmoil, a perpetual effort, has become through the sovereign grace of Thy conscious Presence, a priceless fortune which the being rejoices to offer as its gift to Thee. The purifying flame of Thy illumination has turned it into jewels of price laid down as a living holocaust on the altar of my heart. ~ The Mother, Prayers And Meditations 322,
101:But, apart from all these necessities, there is the one fundamental necessity of the nature and object of embodied life itself, which is to seek infinite experience on a finite basis; and since the form, the basis by its very organisation limits the possibility of experience, this can only be done by dissolving it and seeking new forms. For the soul, having once limited itself by concentrating on the moment and the field, is driven to seek its infinity again by the principle of succession, by adding moment to moment and thus storing up a Time-experience which it calls its past; in that Time it moves through successive fields, successive experiences or lives, successive accumulations of knowledge, capacity, enjoyment, and all this it holds in subconscious or superconscious memory as its fund of past acquisition in Time. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine ,
102:The heaven-hints that invade our earthly lives, The dire imaginations dreamed by Hell, Which if enacted and experienced here Our dulled capacity soon would cease to feel Or our mortal frailty could not long endure, Were set in their sublime proportions there. There lived out in their self-born atmosphere, They resumed their topless pitch and native power; Their fortifying stress upon the soul Bit deep into the ground of consciousness The passion and purity of their extremes, The absoluteness of their single cry And the sovereign sweetness or violent poetry Of their beautiful or terrible delight. All thought can know or widest sight perceive And all that thought and sight can never know, All things occult and rare, remote and strange Were near to heart's contact, felt by spirit-sense. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.01 - The World-Stair,
103:But it was enough if, in my own bed, my sleep was deep and allowed my mind to relax entirely; then it would let go of the map of the place where I had fallen asleep and, when I woke in the middle of the night, since I did not know where I was, I did not even understand in the first moment who I was; all I had, in its original simplicity, was the sense of existence as it may quiver in the depths of an animal; I was more bereft than a caveman; but then the memory - not yet of the place where I was, but of several of those where I had lived and where I might have been - would come to me like help from on high to pull me out of the void from which I could not have got out on my own; I passed over centuries of civilization in one second, and the image confusedly glimpsed of oil lamps, then of wing-collar shirts, gradually recomposed my self's original features. ~ Marcel Proust,
104:The power to do nothing, which is quite different from indolence, incapacity or aversion to action and attachment to inaction, is a great power and a great mastery; the power to rest absolutely from action is as necessary for the Jnanayogin as the power to cease absolutely from thought, as the power to remain indefinitely in sheer solitude and silence and as the power of immovable calm. Whoever is not willing to embrace these states is not yet fit for the path that leads towards the highest knowledge; whoever is unable to draw towards them, is as yet unfit for its acquisition....Still, periods of absolute calm, solitude and cessation from works are highly desirable and should be secured as often as possible for that recession of the soul into itself which is indispensable to knowledge. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Freedom from Subjection to the Being,
105:He found the vast Thought with seven heads that is born of the Truth; he created some fourth world and became universal. . . .The Sons of Heaven, the Heroes of the Omnipotent, thinking the straight thought, giving voice to the Truth, founded the plane of illumination and conceived the first abode of the Sacrifice. . . . The Master of Wisdom cast down the stone defences and called to the Herds of Light, . . . the herds that stand in the secrecy on the bridge over the Falsehood between two worlds below and one above; desiring Light in the darkness, he brought upward the Ray-Herds and uncovered from the veil the three worlds; he shattered the city that lies hidden in ambush, and cut the three out of the Ocean, and discovered the Dawn and the Sun and the Light and the Word of Light. Rig Veda.2 ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 2.19 - Out of the Sevenfold Ignorance towards the Sevenfold Knowledge,
106:It is no good asking for a simple religion. After all, real things are not simple. They look simple, but they are not. The table I am sitting at looks simple: but ask a scientist to tell you what it is really made of-all about the atoms and how the light waves rebound from them and hit my eye and what they do to the optic nerve and what it does to my brain-and, of course, you find that what we call "seeing a table" lands you in mysteries and complications which you can hardly get to the end of. A child saying a child's prayer looks simple. And if you are content to stop there, well and good. But if you are not--and the modern world usually is not--if you want to go on and ask what is really happening, then you must be prepared for something difficult. If we ask for something more than simplicity, it is silly then to complain that the something more is not simple. ~ C S Lewis, Mere Christianity ,
107:At first cautiously, later indifferently, at last desperately, I wandered up the stairs and along the pavement of the inextricable palace. (Afterwards I learned that the width and height of the steps were not constant, a fact which made me understand the singular fatigue they produced). 'This palace is a fabrication of the gods,' I thought at the beginning. I explored the uninhabited interiors and corrected myself: ' The gods who built it have died.' I noted its peculiarities and said: 'The gods who built it were mad.' I said it, I know, with an incomprehensible reprobation which was almost remorse, with more intellectual horror than palpable fear... ...'This City' (I thought) 'is so horrible that its mere existence and perdurance, though in the midst of a secret desert, contaminates the past and the future and in some way even jeopardizes the stars. ~ Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths Selected Stories and Other Writings,
108:... if we conceive of a being whose faculties are so sharpened that he can follow every molecule in its course, such a being, whose attributes are as essentially finite as our own, would be able to do what is impossible to us. For we have seen that molecules in a vessel full of air at uniform temperature are moving with velocities by no means uniform, though the mean velocity of any great number of them, arbitrarily selected, is almost exactly uniform. Now let us suppose that such a vessel is divided into two portions, A and B, by a division in which there is a small hole, and that a being, who can see the individual molecules, opens and closes this hole, so as to allow only the swifter molecules to pass from A to B, and only the slower molecules to pass from B to A. He will thus, without expenditure of work, raise the temperature of B and lower that of A, in contradiction to the second law of thermodynamics. ~ James Clerk Maxwell,
109:Every human acheivement, be it a scientific discovery, a picture, a statue, a temple, a home or a bridge, has to be conceived in the mind first-the plan thought out-before it can be made a reality, and when anything is to be attempted that involves any number of individuals-methods of coordination have to be considered-the methods have to be the best suited for such undertakings are engineering methods-the engineering of an idea towards a complete realization. Every engineer has to know the materials with which he has to work and the natural laws of these materials, as discovered by observation and experiment and formulated by mathematics and mechanics else he can not calculate the forces at his disposal; he can not compute the resistance of his materials; he can not determine the capacity and requirements of his power plant; in short, he can not make the most profitable use of his resources. ~ Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity ,
110:A silence, an entry into a wide or even immense or infinite emptiness is part of the inner spiritual experience; of this silence and void the physical mind has a certain fear, the small superficially active thinking or vital mind a shrinking from it or dislike, - for it confuses the silence with mental and vital incapacity and the void with cessation or non-existence: but this silence is the silence of the spirit which is the condition of a greater knowledge, power and bliss, and this emptiness is the emptying of the cup of our natural being, a liberation of it from its turbid contents so that it may be filled with the wine of God; it is the passage not into non-existence but to a greater existence. Even when the being turns towards cessation, it is a cessation not in non-existence but into some vast ineffable of spiritual being or the plunge into the incommunicable superconscience of the Absolute. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 2.28 - The Divine Life,
111:To be able to receive the Divine Power and let act through you in the things of the outward life, there are three necessary conditions: (i) Quietude, equality - not to be disturbed by anything that happens, to keep the mind still and firm, seeing the play of forces, but itself tranquil. (ii) Absolute faith - faith that what is for the best will happen, but also that if one can make oneself a true instrument, the fruit will be that which one's will guided by the Divine Light sees as the thing to be done - kartavyam karma. (iii) Receptivity - the power to receive the Divine Force and to feel its presence and the presence of the Mother in it and allow it to work, guiding one's sight and will and action. If this power and presence can be felt and this plasticity made the habit of the consciousness in action, - but plasticity to the Divine force alone without bringing in any foreign element, - the eventual result is sure. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II ,
112:The hell I won't talk that way! Peter, an eternity here without her is not an eternity of bliss; it is an eternity of boredom and loneliness and grief. You think this damned gaudy halo means anything to me when I know--yes, you've convinced me!--that my beloved is burning in the Pit? I didn't ask much. Just to be allowed to live with her. I was willing to wash dishes forever if only I could see her smile, hear her voice, touch her hand! She's been shipped on a technicality and you know it! Snobbish, bad-tempered angels get to live here without ever doing one lick to deserve it. But my Marga, who is a real angel if one ever lived, gets turned down and sent to Hell to everlasting torture on a childish twist in the rules. You can tell the Father and His sweet-talking Son and that sneaky Ghost that they can take their gaudy Holy City and shove it! If Margrethe has to be in Hell, that's where I want to be! ~ Robert Heinlein, Alexander Hergensheimer in Job: A Comedy of Justice (1984).,
113:This last figure, the White Magician, symbolizes the self-transcending element in the scientist's motivational drive and emotional make-up; his humble immersion into the mysteries of nature, his quest for the harmony of the spheres, the origin of life, the equations of a unified field theory. The conquistadorial urge is derived from a sense of power, the participatory urge from a sense of oceanic wonder. 'Men were first led to the study of natural philosophy', wrote Aristotle, 'as indeed they are today, by wonder.' Maxwell's earliest memory was 'lying on the grass, looking at the sun, and wondering'. Einstein struck the same chord when he wrote that whoever is devoid of the capacity to wonder, 'whoever remains unmoved, whoever cannot contemplate or know the deep shudder of the soul in enchantment, might just as well be dead for he has already closed his eyes upon life'.This oceanic feeling of wonder is the common source of religious mysticism, of pure science and art for art's sake; it is their common denominator and emotional bond. ~ Arthur Koestler,
114:From the twilight of day till the twilight of evening, a leopard, in the last years of the thirteenth century, would see some wooden planks, some vertical iron bars, men and women who changed, a wall and perhaps a stone gutter filled with dry leaves. He did not know, could not know, that he longed for love and cruelty and the hot pleasure of tearing things to pieces and the wind carrying the scent of a deer, but something suffocated and rebelled within him and God spoke to him in a dream: ""You live and will die in this prison so that a man I know of may see you a certain number of times and not forget you and place your figure and symbol in a poem which has its precise place in the scheme of the universe. You suffer captivity, but you will have given a word to the poem. God, in the dream, illumined the animal's brutishness and the animal understood these reasons and accepted his destiny, but, when he awoke, there was in him only an obscure resignation, a valorous ignorance, for the machinery of the world is much too complex for the simplicity of a beast. ~ Jorge Luis Borges,
115:Three things you must have, - consciousness, - plasticity and - unreserved surrender. For you must be conscious in your mind and soul and heart and life and the very cells of your body, aware of the Mother and her Powers and their working; for although she can and does work in you even in your obscurity and your unconscious parts and moments, it is not the same thing as when you are in an awakened and living communion with her. All your nature must be plastic to her touch, - not questioning as the self-sufficient ignorant mind questions and doubts and disputes and is the enemy of its enlightenment and change; not insisting on its own movements as the vital in the man insists and persistently opposes its refractory desires and ill-will to every divine influence; not obstructing and entrenched in incapacity, inertia and tamas as man's physical consciousness obstructs and clinging to the pleasure in smallness and darkness cries out against each touch that disturbs it soulless routine or it dull sloth or its torpid slumber. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother Agenda Vol 8,
116:To enlarge the sense-faculties without the knowledge that would give the old sense-values their right interpretation from the new standpoint might lead to serious disorders and incapacities, might unfit for practical life and for the orderly and disciplined use of the reason. Equally, an enlargement of our mental consciousness out of the experience of the egoistic dualities into an unregulated unity with some form of total consciousness might easily bring about a confusion and incapacity for the active life of humanity in the established order of the world's relativities. This, no doubt, is the root of the injunction imposed in the Gita on the man who has the knowledge not to disturb the life-basis and thought-basis of the ignorant; for, impelled by his example but unable to comprehend the principle of his action, they would lose their own system of values without arriving at a higher foundation. Such a disorder and incapacity may be accepted personally and are accepted by many great souls as a temporary passage or as the price to be paid for the entry into a wider existence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine ,
117:Four Powers Of The Mother In talking about the four powers of the Mother, it helps to know that in India, traditionally, the evolutionary principle of creation is approached, and adored, as the great Mother. Sri Aurobindo distinguishes four main powers and personalities through which this evolutionary force manifests. Maheshwari - One is her personality of calm wideness and comprehending wisdom and tranquil benignity and inexhaustible compassion and sovereign and surpassing majesty and all-ruling greatness. Mahakali - Another embodies her power of splendid strength and irresistible passion, her warrior mood, her overwhelming will, her impetuous swiftness and world-shaking force. Mahalakshmi - A third is vivid and sweet and wonderful with her deep secret of beauty and harmony and fine rhythm, her intricate and subtle opulence, her compelling attraction and captivating grace. Mahasaraswati - The fourth is equipped with her close and profound capacity of intimate knowledge and careful flawless work and quiet and exact perfection in all things. ~ , https://www.auroville.com/silver-ring-mother-s-symbol.html ,
118:What do you think of the essence of Hell? Hell is when the depths come to you with all that you no longer are or are not yet capable of. Hell is when you can no longer attain what you could attain. Hell is when you must think and feel and do everything that you know you do not want. Hell is when you know that your having to is also a wanting to, and that you yourself are responsible for it. Hell is when you know that everything serious that you have planned with yourself is also laughable, that everything fine is also brutal, that everything good is also bad, that everything high is also low, and that everything pleasant is also shameful.But the deepest Hell is when you realize that Hell is also no Hell, but a cheerful Heaven, not a Heaven in itself, but in this respect a Heaven, and in that respect a Hell.That is the ambiguity of the God: he is born from a dark ambiguity and rises to a bright ambiguity. Unequivocalness is simplicity and leads to death. But ambiguity is the way of life. If the left foot does not move, then the right one does, and you move. The God wills this. ~ Carl Jung, The Red Book ,
119:But for the knowledge of the Self it is necessary to have the power of a complete intellectual passivity, the power of dismissing all thought, the power of the mind to think not at all which the Gita in one passage enjoins. This is a hard saying for the occidental mind to which thought is the highest thing and which will be apt to mistake the power of the mind not to think, its complete silence for the incapacity of thought. But this power of silence is a capacity and not an incapacity, a power and not a weakness. It is a profound and pregnant stillness. Only when the mind is thus entirely still, like clear, motionless and level water, in a perfect purity and peace of the whole being and the soul transcends thought, can the Self which exceeds and originates all activities and becomings, the Silence from which all words are born, the Absolute of which all relativities are partial reflections manifest itself in the pure essence of our being. In a complete silence only is the Silence heard; in a pure peace only is its Being revealed. Therefore to us the name of That is the Silence and the Peace. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 2.03 - The Purified Understanding,
120:God reveals himself everywhere, beneath our groping efforts, as a universal milieu, only because he is the ultimate point upon which all realities converge. Each element of the world, whatever it may be, only subsists, hic et nunc, in the manner of a cone whose generatrices meet in God who draws them together-(meeting at .the term of their individual perfection and at the term of the general perfection of the world which contains them). It follows that all created things, every one of them, cannot be looked at, in their nature and action, without the same reality being found in their innermost being-like sunlight in the fragments of a broken mirror-one beneath its multiplicity, unattainable beneath its proximity, and spiritual beneath its materiality. No object can influence us by its essence without our being touched by the radiance of the focus of the universe. Our minds are incapable of grasping a reality, our hearts and hands of seizing the essentially desirable in it, without our being compelled by the very structure of things to go back to the first source of its perfections. This focus, this source, is thus everywhere. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu ,
121:witness and non-dual states ::: The Witness and Non-Dual states are everpresent capacities which hold the special relationship to the other states. The Witness state, or Witnessing, is the capacity to observe, see or witness phenomenon arising in the other states. Meaning for example, its the capacity to hold unbroken attention in the gross states, and the capacity to witness the entire relative world of form arise as object viewed by the pure witness, the pure subject that is never itself a seen object but always the pure seer or pure Self, that is actually no-self. Next we have Non-Dual which refers to both the suchness and is-ness of reality right now. It is the not-two-ness or everpresent unity of subject and object, form and emptiness, heaven and earth, relative and absolute. When the Witness dissolves and pure seer and all that is seen become not seperate or not two, the Non-Duality of absolute emptiness and relative form or the luminous identity of unqualifiable spirit and all of its manifestations appear as play of radiant natural and spontaneous and present love. Absolute and relative are already always not-two but nor are they one, nor both nor neither. ~ Essential Integral, L5-18 ,
122:My sweet mother, The more I look into myself, the more discouraged I am, and I don't know whether there is any chance of my making any progress. It seems that all the obscurities and falsehoods are rising up on every side, inside and outside, and want to swallow me up. There are times when I cannot distinguish truth from falsehood and I am then on the verge of losing my mind. Still, there is something in me which says very weakly that all will be well; but this voice is so feeble that I cannot rely on it.1 My faults are so numerous and so great that I think I shall fail. On the other hand, I have neither the inclination nor the capacity for the ordinary life. And I know that I shall never be able to leave this life. This is my situation right now. The struggle is getting more and more acute, and worst of all I cannot lie to you. What should I do? Do not torment yourself, my child, and remain as quiet as you can; do not yield to the temptation to give up the struggle and let yourself fall into darkness. Persist, and one day you will realise that I am close to you to console you and help you, and then the hardest part will be over. With all my love and blessings. 25 September 1947 ~ The Mother, Some Answers From The Mother ,
123:The pure existent is then a fact and no mere concept; it is the fundamental reality. But, let us hasten to add, the movement, the energy, the becoming are also a fact, also a reality. The supreme intuition and its corresponding experience may correct the other, may go beyond, may suspend, but do not abolish it. We have therefore two fundamental facts of pure existence and of worldexistence, a fact of Being, a fact of Becoming. To deny one or the other is easy; to recognise the facts of consciousness and find out their relation is the true and fruitful wisdom.Stability and movement, we must remember, are only our psychological representations of the Absolute, even as are oneness and multitude. The Absolute is beyond stability and movement as it is beyond unity and multiplicity. But it takes its eternal poise in the one and the stable and whirls round itself infinitely, inconceivably, securely in the moving and multitudinous. World-existence is the ecstatic dance of Shiva which multiplies the body of the God numberlessly to the view: it leaves that white existence precisely where and what it was, ever is and ever will be; its sole absolute object is the joy of the dancing. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 1.09 - The Pure Existent,
124:All advance in thought is made by collecting the greatest possible number of facts, classifying them, and grouping them. The philologist, though perhaps he only speaks one language, has a much higher type of mind than the linguist who speaks twenty. This Tree of Thought is exactly paralleled by the tree of nervous structure. Very many people go about nowadays who are exceedingly "well-informed," but who have not the slightest idea of the meaning of the facts they know. They have not developed the necessary higher part of the brain. Induction is impossible to them. This capacity for storing away facts is compatible with actual imbecility. Some imbeciles have been able to store their memories with more knowledge than perhaps any sane man could hope to acquire. This is the great fault of modern education - a child is stuffed with facts, and no attempt is made to explain their connection and bearing. The result is that even the facts themselves are soon forgotten. Any first-rate mind is insulted and irritated by such treatment, and any first-rate memory is in danger of being spoilt by it. No two ideas have any real meaning until they are harmonized in a third, and the operation is only perfect when these ideas are contradictory. This is the essence of the Hegelian logic. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA Book 4,
125:Part 1 - Departure1. The Call to Adventure ::: This first stage of the mythological journey-which we have designated the "call to adventure"-signifies that destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his spiritual center of grav­ ity from within the pale of his society to a zone unknown. This fateful region of both treasure and danger may be variously represented: as a distant land, a forest, a kingdom underground, beneath the waves, or above the sky, a secret island, lofty mountaintop, or profound dream state; but it is always a place of strangely fluid and polymorphous beings, unimaginable torments, superhuman deeds, and impossible delight. The hero can go forth of his own volition to accomplish the adventure, as did Theseus when he arrived in his father's city, Athens, and heard the horrible history of the Minotaur; or he may be carried or sent abroad by some benign or malignant agent, as was Odysseus, driven about the Mediterranean by the winds of the angered god, Poseidon. The adventure may begin as a mere blunder, as did that of the princess of the fairy tale; or still again, one may be only casually strolling, when some passing phenomenon catches the wandering eye and lures one away from the frequented paths of man. Examples might be multiplied, ad infinitum, from every corner of the world. ~ Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces ,
126:When I was a child of about thirteen, for nearly a year every night as soon as I had gone to bed it seemed to me that I went out of my body and rose straight up above the house, then above the city, very high above. Then I used to see myself clad in a magnificent golden robe, much longer than myself; and as I rose higher, the robe would stretch, spreading out in a circle around me to form a kind of immense roof over the city. Then I would see men, women, children, old men, the sick, the unfortunate coming out from every side; they would gather under the outspread robe, begging for help, telling of their miseries, their suffering, their hardships. In reply, the robe, supple and alive, would extend towards each one of them individually, and as soon as they had touched it, they were comforted or healed, and went back into their bodies happier and stronger than they had come out of them. Nothing seemed more beautiful to me, nothing could make me happier; and all the activities of the day seemed dull and colourless and without any real life, beside this activity of the night which was the true life for me. Often while I was rising up in this way, I used to see at my left an old man, silent and still, who looked at me with kindly affection and encouraged me by his presence. This old man, dressed in a long dark purple robe, was the personification-as I came to know later-of him who is called the Man of Sorrows. ~ The Mother, Prayers And Meditations ,
127:Mother, aren't these entities afraid of you?Ah, my child, terribly afraid! (Laughter) All those which are ill-willed try to hide, and usually do you know what they do? They gather together behind the head of the one who comes (laughter) in order not to be seen. But this is useless, because, just think, I have the capacity to see through. (Laughter) Otherwise - they always do this, instinctively. When they can manage to get in, they try to get in. But then... I intervene with greater force, because that is nasty. These are people who have the instinct to hide, you see. So I pursue them, there inside. With others very little is needed, very little; but there are some - there are such people, you know, they themselves have told me - when they are about to come to me, it is as though there were something which pulled them back, which told them: "No, no, no, it's not worthwhile, why go there? There are so many people for Mother to see, why add one more?" And they draw back, like that, so that they don't come. So I always tell them what it is: 'It would be better not to listen to that, for it's not something with a very good conscience.' Some people cannot bear it. There have been instances like this, of people who were obliged to run away, because they themselves were too attached to their own formations and did not want to get rid of them. Naturally there is only one way, to run away! There we are! We shall stop now for today. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1954 ,
128:Life clung to its seat with cords of gasping breath; Lapped was his body by a tenebrous tongue. Existence smothered travailed to survive; Hope strangled perished in his empty soul, Belief and memory abolished died And all that helps the spirit in its course. There crawled through every tense and aching nerve Leaving behind its poignant quaking trail A nameless and unutterable fear. As a sea nears a victim bound and still, The approach alarmed his mind for ever dumb Of an implacable eternity Of pain inhuman and intolerable. This he must bear, his hope of heaven estranged; He must ever exist without extinction's peace In a slow suffering Time and tortured Space, An anguished nothingness his endless state. A lifeless vacancy was now his breast, And in the place where once was luminous thought, Only remained like a pale motionless ghost An incapacity for faith and hope And the dread conviction of a vanquished soul Immortal still but with its godhead lost, Self lost and God and touch of happier worlds. But he endured, stilled the vain terror, bore The smothering coils of agony and affright; Then peace returned and the soul's sovereign gaze. To the blank horror a calm Light replied: Immutable, undying and unborn, Mighty and mute the Godhead in him woke And faced the pain and danger of the world. He mastered the tides of Nature with a look: He met with his bare spirit naked Hell. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.07 - The Descent into Night,
129:In terms of energy - there are three characteristic ways in which the energy manifests - Dang, Rolpa, and rTsal (gDang, rol pa, and rTsal). Dang is the energy in which 'internal' and 'external' are not divided from that which manifests. It is symbolised by the crystal sphere which becomes the colour of whatever it is placed upon. Rolpa is the energy which manifests internally as vision. It is symbolised by the mirror. The image of the reflection always appears as if it is inside the mirror. rTsal is externally manifested energy which radiates. It is symbolised by the refractive capacity of the faceted crystal. For a realised being, this energy is inseparable in its manifestation from the dimension of manifest reality. Dang, Rolpa, and rTsal are not divided.Dang, Rolpa and rTsal are not divided and neither are the ku-sum (sKu gSum - the trikaya) the three spheres of being. Cho-ku (chos sKu - Dharmakaya), the sphere of unconditioned potentiality, is the creative space from which the essence of the elements arises as long-ku (longs sKu - Sambhogakaya) the sphere of intangible appearances - light and rays, non material forms only perceivable by those with visionary clarity. Trülku (sPrul sKu - Nirmanakaya), the sphere of realised manifestation, is the level of matter in apparently solid material forms. The primordial base manifests these three distinct yet indivisible modes. ~ Sam Van Schaik, Approaching the Great Perfection: Simultaneous and Gradual Methods of Dzogchen Practice in the Longchen Nyingtig ,
130:need for the soul's spiritualization ::: And yet even the leading of the inmost psychic being is not found sufficient until it has succeeded in raising itself out of this mass of inferior Nature to the highest spiritual levels and the divine spark and flame descended here have rejoined themselves to their original fiery Ether. For there is there no longer a spiritual consciousness still imperfect and half lost to itself in the thick sheaths of human mind, life and body, but the full spiritual consciousness in its purity, freedom and intense wideness. There, as it is the eternal Knower that becomes the Knower in us and mover and user of all knowledge, so it is the eternal All-Blissful who is the Adored attracting to himself the eternal divine portion of his being and joy that has gone out into the play of the universe, the infinite Lover pouring himself out in the multiplicity of his own manifested selves in a happy Oneness. All Beauty in the world is there the beauty of the Beloved, and all forms of beauty have to stand under the light of that eternal Beauty and submit themselves to the sublimating and transfiguring power of the unveiled Divine Perfection. All Bliss and Joy are there of the All-Blissful, and all inferior forms of enjoyment, happiness or pleasure are subjected to the shock of the intensity of its floods or currents and either they are broken to pieces as inadequate things under its convicting stress or compelled to transmute themselves into the forms of the Divine Ananda. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 2,
131:Concentrating the Attention: Whatever you may want to do in life, one thing is absolutely indispensable and at the basis of everything, the capacity of concentrating the attention. If you are able to gather together the rays of attention and consciousness on one point and can maintain the concentration with a presistent will, nothing can resist it - whatever it may be, from the most material physical development to the highest spiritual one. But this discipline must be followed in a constant and, it may be said, imperturbable way; not that you should always be concentrated on the same thing - thats not what I mean, I mean learning to concentrate. And materially, for studies, sports, all physical or mental development, it is absolutely indispensble. And the value of an individual is proportionate to the value of his attention. And from the spiritual point of view it is still more important. There is no spiritual obstacle which can resist a penetrating power of concentration. For instance, the discovery of the psychic being, union with the inner Divine, opening to the higher spheres, all can be obtained by an intense and obstinate power of concentration - but one must learn how to do it. There is nothing in the human or even in the superhuman field, to which the power of concentration is not the key. You can be the best athlete, you can be the best student, you can be an artistic, literary or scientific genius, you can be the greatest saint with that faculty. And everyone has in himself a tiny little beginning of it - it is given to everybody, but people do not cultivate it. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1957-1958 ,
132:The Lord has veiled himself and his absolute wisdom and eternal consciousness in ignorant Nature-Force and suffers her to drive the individual being, with its complicity, as the ego; this lower action of Nature continues to prevail, often even in spite of man's half-lit imperfect efforts at a nobler motive and a purer self-knowledge. Our human effort at perfection fails, or progresses very incompletely, owing to the force of Nature's past actions in us, her past formations, her long-rooted associations; it turns towards a true and high-climbing success only when a greater Knowledge and Power than our own breaks through the lid of our ignorance and guides or takes up our personal will. For our human will is a misled and wandering ray that has parted from the supreme Puissance. The period of slow emergence out of this lower working into a higher light and purer force is the valley of the shadow of death for the striver after perfection; it is a dreadful passage full of trials, sufferings, sorrows, obscurations, stumblings, errors, pitfalls. To abridge and alleviate this ordeal or to penetrate it with the divine delight faith is necessary, an increasing surrender of the mind to the knowledge that imposes itself from within and, above all, a true aspiration and a right and unfaltering and sincere practice. "Practise unfalteringly," says the Gita, "with a heart free from despondency," the Yoga; for even though in the earlier stage of the path we drink deep of the bitter poison of internal discord and suffering, the last taste of this cup is the sweetness of the nectar of immortality and the honey-wine of an eternal Ananda. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 1.08 - The Supreme Will,
133:science of consciousness, the soul and objective matter ::: When the ancient thinkers of India set themselves to study the soul of man in themselves and others, they, unlike any other nation or school of early thought, proceeded at once to a process which resembles exactly enough the process adopted by modern science in its study of physical phenomena. For their object was to study, arrange and utilise the forms, forces and working movements of consciousness, just as the modern physical Sciences study, arrange and utilize the forms, forces and working movements of objective Matter. The material with which they had to deal was more subtle, flexible and versatile than the most impalpable forces of which the physical Sciences have become aware; its motions were more elusive, its processes harder to fix; but once grasped and ascertained, the movements of consciousness were found by Vedic psychologists to be in their process and activity as regular, manageable and utilisable as the movements of physical forces. The powers of the soul can be as perfectly handled and as safely, methodically and puissantly directed to practical life-purposes of joy, power and light as the modern power of electricity can be used for human comfort, industrial and locomotive power and physical illumination; but the results to which they give room and effect are more wonderful and momentous than the results of motorpower and electric luminosity. For there is no difference of essential law in the physical and the psychical, but only a difference and undoubtedly a great difference of energy, instrumentation and exact process. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human Towards a True Scientific Psychology,
134:But if somewhere in your being - either in your body or even in your vital or mind, either in several parts or even in a single one - there is an incapacity to receive the descending Force, this acts like a grain of sand in a machine. You know, a fine machine working quite well with everything going all right, and you put into it just a little sand (nothing much, only a grain of sand), suddenly everything is damaged and the machine stops. Well, just a little lack of receptivity somewhere, something that is unable to receive the Force, that is completely shut up (when one looks at it, it becomes as it were a little dark spot somewhere, a tiny thing hard as a stone: the Force cannot enter into it, it refuses to receive it - either it cannot or it will not) and immediately that produces a great imbalance; and this thing that was moving upward, that was blooming so wonderfully, finds itself sick, and sometimes just when you were in the normal equilibrium; you were in good health, everything was going on well, you had nothing to complain about. One day when you grasped a new idea, received a new impulse, when you had a great aspiration and received a great force and had a marvellous experience, a beautiful experience opening to you inner doors, giving you a knowledge you did not have before; then you were sure that everything was going to be all right.... The next day, you are taken ill. So you say: "Still that? It is impossible! That should not happen." But it was quite simply what I have just said: a grain of sand. There was something that could not receive; immediately it brings about a disequilibrium. Even though very small it is enough, and you fall ill. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953 Talks 151-175,
135:the second aid, the need for effort and aspiration, utsaha ::: The development of the experience in its rapidity, its amplitude, the intensity and power of its results, depends primarily, in the beginning of the path and long after, on the aspiration and personal effort of the sadhaka. The process of Yoga is a turning of the human soul from the egoistic state of consciousness absorbed in the outward appearances and attractions of things to a higher state in which the Transcendent and Universal can pour itself into the individiual mould and transform it. The first determining element in the siddhi is, therefore, the intensity of the turning, the force which directs the soul inward. The power of aspiration of the heart, the force of the will, the concentration of the mind, the perseverance and determination of the applied energy are the measure of that intensity. The ideal sadhaka should be able to say in the Biblical phrase, 'My zeal for the Lord has eaten me up.' It is this zeal for the Lord, -utsaha, the zeal of the whole nature for its divine results, vyakulata, the heart's eagerness for the attainment of the Divine, - that devours the ego and breaks up the petty limitations ... So long as the contact with the Divine is not in some considerable degree established, so long as there is not some measure of sustained identity, sayujya, the element of personal effort must normally predominate. But in proportion as this contact establishes itself, the sadhaka must become conscious that a force other than his own, a force transcending his egoistic endeavour and capacity, is at work in him and to this Power he learns progressively to submit himself and delivers up to it the charge of his Yoga. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 1.01 - The Four Aids,
136:But this is only one side of the force that works for perfection. The process of the integral Yoga has three stages, not indeed sharply distinguished or separate, but in a certain measure successive. There must be, first, the effort towards at least an initial and enabling self-transcendence and contact with the Divine; next, the reception of that which transcends, that with which we have gained communion, into ourselves for the transformation of our whole conscious being; last, the utilisation of our transformed humanity as a divine centre in the world. So long as the contact with the Divine is not in some considerable degree established, so long as there is not some measure of sustained identity, sayujya, the element of personal effort must normally predominate. But in proportion as this contact establishes itself, the sadhaka must become conscious that a force other than his own, a force transcending his egoistic endeavour and capacity, is at work in him and to this Power he learns progressively to submit himself and delivers up to it the charge of his Yoga. In the end his own will and force become one with the higher Power; he merges them in the divineWill and its transcendent and universal Force. He finds it thenceforward presiding over the necessary transformation of his mental, vital and physical being with an impartial wisdom and provident effectivity of which the eager and interested ego is not capable. It is when this identification and this self-merging are complete that the divine centre in the world is ready. Purified, liberated, plastic, illumined, it can begin to serve as a means for the direct action of a supreme Power in the larger Yoga of humanity or superhumanity, of the earth's spiritual progression or its transformation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
137:Sweet Mother, Sri Aurobindo is speaking about occult endeavour here and says that those who don't have the capacity must wait till it is given to them. Can't they get it through practice? No. That is, if it is latent in someone, it can be developed by practice. But if one doesn't have occult power, he may try for fifty years, he won't get anywhere. Everybody cannot have occult power. It is as though you were asking whether everybody could be a musician, everybody could be a painter, everybody could... Some can, some can't. It is a question of temperament. What is the difference between occultism and mysticism? They are not at all the same thing. Mysticism is a more or less emotive relation with what one senses to be a divine power - that kind of highly emotional, affective, very intense relation with something invisible which is or is taken for the Divine. That is mysticism. Occultism is exactly what he has said: it is the knowledge of invisible forces and the power to handle them. It is a science. It is altogether a science. I always compare occultism with chemistry, for it is the same kind of knowledge as the knowledge of chemistry for material things. It is a knowledge of invisible forces, their different vibrations, their interrelations, the combinations which can be made by bringing them together and the power one can exercise over them. It is absolutely scientific; and it ought to be learnt like a science; that is, one cannot practise occultism as something emotional or something vague and imprecise. You must work at it as you would do at chemistry, and learn all the rules or find them if there is nobody to teach you. But it is at some risk to yourself that you can find them. There are combinations here as explosive as certain chemical combinations. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1954 ,
138:There is, indeed, a higher form of the buddhi that can be called the intuitive mind or intuitive reason, and this by its intuitions, its inspirations, its swift revelatory vision, its luminous insight and discrimination can do the work of the reason with a higher power, a swifter action, a greater and spontaneous certitude. It acts in a self-light of the truth which does not depend upon the torch-flares of the sense-mind and its limited uncertain percepts; it proceeds not by intelligent but by visional concepts: It is a kind of truth-vision, truth-hearing, truth-memory, direct truth-discernment. This true and authentic intuition must be distinguished from a power of the ordinary mental reason which is too easily confused with it, that power of Involved reasoning that reaches its conclusion by a bound and does not need the ordinary steps of the logical mind. The logical reason proceeds pace after pace and tries the sureness of each step like a marl who is walking over unsafe ground and has to test by the hesitating touch of his foot each span of soil that he perceives with his eye. But this other supralogical process of the reason is a motion of rapid insight or swift discernment; it proceeds by a stride or leap, like a man who springs from one sure spot to another point of sure footing, -- or at least held by him to be sure. He sees this space he covers in one compact and flashing view, but he does not distinguish or measure either by eye or touch its successions, features and circumstances. This movement has something of the sense of power of the intuition, something of its velocity, some appearance of its light and certainty, arid we always are apt to take it for the intuition. But our assumption is an error and, if we trust to it, it may lead us into grievous blunders. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
139:principle of Yogic methods ::: Yogic methods have something of the same relation to the customary psychological workings of man as has the scientific handling of the force of electricity or of steam to their normal operations in Nature. And they, too, like the operations of Science, are formed upon a knowledge developed and confirmed by regular experiment, practical analysis and constant result. All Rajayoga, for instance, depends on this perception and experience that our inner elements, combinations, functions, forces can be separated or dissolved, can be new-combined and set to novel and formerly impossible workings or can be transformed and resolved into a new general synthesis by fixed internal processes. Hathayoga similarly depends on this perception and experience that the vital forces and function to which our life is normally subjected and whose ordinary operations seem set and indispensable, can be mastered and the operations changed or suspended with results that would otherwise be impossible and that seem miraculous to those who have not seized the raionale of their process. And if in some other of its forms this character of Yoga is less apparent, because they are more intuitive and less mechanical, nearer, like the Yoga of Devotion, to a supernal ecstasy or, like the Yoga of Knowledge, to a supernal infinity of consciousness and being, yet they too start from the use of some principal faculty in us by ways and for ends not contemplated in its everyday spontaneous workings. All methods grouped under the common name of Yoga are special psychological processes founded on a fixed truth of Nature and developing, out of normal functions, powers and results which were always latent but which her ordinary movements do not easily or do not often manifest. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga Introduction - The Conditions of the Synthesis,
140:To analyse the classes of life we have to consider two very different kinds of phenomena: the one embraced under the collective name-Inorganic chemistry-the other under the collective nameOrganic chemistry, or the chemistry of hydro-carbons. These divisions are made because of the peculiar properties of the elements chiefly involved in the second class. The properties of matter are so distributed among the elements that three of them- Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Carbon-possess an ensemble of unique characteristics. The number of reactions in inorganic chemistry are relatively few, but in organic chemistry-in the chemistry of these three elements the number of different compounds is practically unlimited. Up to 1910, we knew of more than 79 elements of which the whole number of reactions amounted to only a few hundreds, but among the remaining three elements-Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen-the reactions were known to be practically unlimited in number and possibilities; this fact must have very far reaching consequences. As far as energies are concerned, we have to take them as nature reveals them to us. Here more than ever, mathematical thinking is essential and will help enormously. The reactions in inorganic chemistry always involve the phenomenon of heat, sometimes light, and in some instances an unusual energy is produced called electricity. Until now, the radioactive elements represent a group too insufficiently known for an enlargement here upon this subject. The organic compounds being unlimited in number and possibilities and with their unique characteristics, represent of course, a different class of phenomena, but being, at the same time, chemical they include the basic chemical phenomena involved in all chemical reactions, but being unique in many other respects, they also have an infinitely vast field of unique characteristics. ~ Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity Questions And Answers 1953,
141:True love has no need of reciprocation; there can be no reciprocation because there is only one Love, the Love, which has no other aim than to love. It is in the world of division that one feels the need of reciprocation - because one lives in the illusion of the multiplicity of Love; but in fact there is only One Love and it is always this sole love which, so to say, responds to itself. 19 April 1967*Indeed, there is only one Love, universal and eternal, as there is only one Consciousness, universal and eternal.All the apparent differences are colorations given by individualisation and personification. But these alterations are purely superficial. And the "nature" of Love, as of Consciousness, is unalterable. 20 April 1967*When one has found divine Love, it is the Divine that one loves in all beings. There is no longer any division. 1 May 1967*Once one has found divine Love, all other loves, which are nothing but disguises, can lose their deformities and become pure - then it is the Divine that one loves in everyone and everything. 6 May 1967*True love, that which fulfils and illumines, is not the love one receives but the love one gives.And the supreme Love is a love without any definite object - the love which loves because it cannot do other than to love. 15 May 1968*There is only one love - the Divine's Love; and without that Love there would be no creation. All exists because of that Love and it is when we try to find our own love which does not exist that we do not feel the Love, the only Love, the Divine's Love which permeates all existence. 5 March 1970*When the psychic loves it loves with the Divine Love.When you love, you love with the Divine's love diminished and distorted by your ego, but in its essence still the Divine's love.It is for the facility of the language that you say the love of this one or that one, but it is all the same one Love manifested ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
142:Why are some people intelligent and others not? Why can some people do certain things while others can't?"It is as though you asked why everybody was not the same! Then it would mean that there would only be one single thing, one single thing indefinitely repeated which would constitute the whole universe.... I don't know, but it seems to me that it wouldn't be worth the trouble having a universe for that, it would be enough to have just one thing!But the moment one admits the principle of multiplicity and that no two things are alike in the universe, how can you ask why they are not the same! It is just because they are not, because no two things are alike.Behind that there is something else which one is not conscious of, but which is very simple and very childish. It is this: "Since there is an infinite diversity, since some people are of one kind and others of a lesser kind, well" - here of course one doesn't say this to oneself but it is there, hidden in the depths of the being, in the depths of the ego - "why am I not of the best kind?" There we are. In fact it amounts to complaining that perhaps one is not of the best kind! If you look attentively at questions like this: "Why do some have much and others little?" "Why are some wise and not others? Why are some intelligent and not others?" etc., behind that there is "Why don't I have all that can be had and why am I not all that one can be?..." Naturally, one doesn't say this to oneself, because one would feel ridiculous, but it is there.There then. Now has anyone anything to add to what we have just said?... Have you all understood quite well? Everything I have said? Nobody wants to say...(A teacher) Our daily routine seems a little "impossible" to us.Well, wait a century or two and it will become possible! (Laughter)You are told that today's impossibility is the possibility of tomorrow - but these are very great tomorrows! ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers Volume-8,
143:middle vision logic or paradigmatic ::: (1:25) Cognition is described as middle-vision logic, or paradigmatic in that it is capable of co-ordinating the relations between systems of systems, unifying them into principled frameworks or paradigms. This is an operation on meta-systems and allows for the view described above, a view of human development itself. Self-sense at teal is called Autonomous or Strategist and is characterized by the emergent capacity to acknowledge and cope with inner conflicts in needs, ... and values. All of which are part of a multifacted and complex world. Teal sees our need for autonomy and autonomy itself as limited because emotional interdependence is inevitable. The contradictory aspects of self are weaved into an identity that is whole, integrated and commited to generating a fulfilling life.Additionally, Teal allows individuals to link theory and practice, perceive dynamic systems interactions, recognize and strive for higher principles, understand the social construction of reality, handle paradox and complexity, create positive-sum games and seek feedback from others as a vital source for growth. Values embrace magnificence of existence, flexibility, spontaneioty, functionality, the integration of differences into interdependent systems and complimenting natural egalitarianism with natural ranking. Needs shift to self-actualization, and morality is in both terms of universal ethical principles and recognition of the developmental relativity of those universals. Teal is the first wave that is truly able to see the limitations of orange and green morality, it is able to uphold the paradox of universalism and relativism. Teal in its decision making process is able to see ... deep and surface features of morality and is able to take into consideration both those values when engaging in moral action. Currently Teal is quite rare, embraced by 2-5% of the north american and european population according to sociological research. ~ Essential Integral, L4.1-53 Middle Vision Logic,
144:The capacity for visions, when it is sincere and spontaneous, can put you in touch with events which you are not capable of knowing in your outer consciousness.... There is a very interesting fact, it is that somewhere in the terrestrial mind, somewhere in the terrestrial vital, somewhere in the subtle physical, one can find an exact, perfect, automatic recording of everything that happens. It is the most formidable memory one could imagine, which misses nothing, forgets nothing, records all. And if you are able to enter into it, you can go backward, you can go forward, and in all directions, and you will have the "memory" of all things - not only of things of the past, but of things to come. For everything is recorded there. In the mental world, for instance, there is a domain of the physical mind which is related to physical things and keeps the memory of physical happenings upon earth. It is as though you were entering into innumerable vaults, one following another indefinitely, and these vaults are filled with small pigeon-holes, one above another, one above another, with tiny doors. Then if you want to know something and if you are conscious, you look, and you see something like a small point - a shining point; you find that this is what you wish to know and you have only to concentrate there and it opens; and when it opens, there is a sort of an unrolling of something like extremely subtle manuscripts, but if your concentration is sufficiently strong you begin to read as though from a book. And you have the whole story in all its details. There are thousands of these little holes, you know; when you go for a walk there, it is as though you were walking in infinity. And in this way you can find the exact facts about whatever you want to know. But I must tell you that what you find is never what has been reported in history - histories are always planned out; I have never come across a single "historical" fact which is like history. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1950-1951 109,
145:It is not very easy for the customary mind of man, always attached to its past and present associations, to conceive of an existence still human, yet radically changed in what are now our fixed circumstances.We are in respect to our possible higher evolution much in the position of the original Ape of the Darwinian theory. It would have been impossible for that Ape leading his instinctive arboreal life in primeval forests to conceive that there would be one day an animal on the earth who would use a new faculty called reason upon the materials of his inner and outer existence, who would dominate by that power his instincts and habits, change the circumstances of his physical life, build for himself houses of stone, manipulate Nature's forces, sail the seas, ride the air, develop codes of conduct, evolve conscious methods for his mental and spiritual development. And if such a conception had been possible for the Ape-mind, it would still have been difficult for him to imagine that by any progress of Nature or long effort of Will and tendency he himself could develop into that animal. Man, because he has acquired reason and still more because he has indulged his power of imagination and intuition, is able to conceive an existence higher than his own and even to envisage his personal elevation beyond his present state into that existence. His idea of the supreme state is an absolute of all that is positive to his own concepts and desirable to his own instinctive aspiration,-Knowledge without its negative shadow of error, Bliss without its negation in experience of suffering, Power without its constant denial by incapacity, purity and plenitude of being without the opposing sense of defect and limitation. It is so that he conceives his gods; it is so that he constructs his heavens. But it is not so that his reason conceives of a possible earth and a possible humanity. His dream of God and Heaven is really a dream of his own perfection; but he finds the same difficulty in accepting its practical realisation here for his ultimate aim as would the ancestral Ape if called upon to believe in himself as the future Man. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 1.07 - The Ego and the Dualities,
146:Many Blows are Needed:Mother, even when one tries to think that one is powerless, there is something which believes one is powerful. So?Ah, yes, ah yes! Ah, it is very difficult to be sincere.... That is why blows multiply and sometimes become terrible, because that's the only thing which breaks your stupidity. This is the justification of calamities. Only when you are in an acutely painful situation and indeed before something that affects you deeply, then that makes the stupidity melt away a little. But as you say, even when there is something that melts, there is still a little something which remains inside. And that is why it lasts so long... How many blows are needed in life for one to know to the very depths that one is nothing, that one can do nothing, that one does not exist, that one is nothing, that there is no entity without the divine Consciousness and the Grace. From the moment one knows it, it is over; all difficulties have gone. When one knows it integrally and there is nothing which resists... but till that moment... And it takes very long. Why doesn't the blow come all at once? Because that would kill you. For if the blow is strong enough to cure you, it would simply crush you, it would reduce you to pulp. It is only by proceeding little by little, little by little, very gradually, that you can continue to exist. Naturally this depends on the inner strength, the inner sincerity, and on the capacity for progress, for profiting by experience and, as I said a while ago, on not forgetting. If one is lucky enough not to forget, then one goes much faster. One can go very fast. And if at the same time one has that inner moral strength which, when the red-hot iron is at hand, does not extinguish it by trying to pour water over it, but instead goes to the very core of the abscess, then in this case things go very fast also. But not many people are strong enough for this. On the contrary, they very quickly do this (gesture), like this, like this, in order to hide, to hide from themselves. How many pretty little explanations one gives oneself, how many excuses one piles up for all the foolishnesses one has committed. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1954 ,
147:And therefore, all of those for whom authentic transformation has deeply unseated their souls must, I believe, wrestle with the profound moral obligation to shout form the heart-perhaps quietly and gently, with tears of reluctance; perhaps with fierce fire and angry wisdom; perhaps with slow and careful analysis; perhaps by unshakable public example-but authentically always and absolutely carries a a demand and duty: you must speak out, to the best of your ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine your headlights into the eyes of the complacent. You must let that radical realization rumble through your veins and rattle those around you. Alas, if you fail to do so, you are betraying your own authenticity. You are hiding your true estate. You don't want to upset others because you don't want to upset your self. You are acting in bad faith, the taste of a bad infinity. Because, you see, the alarming fact is that any realization of depth carries a terrible burden: those who are allowed to see are simultaneously saddled with the obligation to communicate that vision in no uncertain terms: that is the bargain. You were allowed to see the truth under the agreement that you would communicate it to others (that is the ultimate meaning of the bodhisattva vow). And therefore, if you have seen, you simply must speak out. Speak out with compassion, or speak out with angry wisdom, or speak out with skillful means, but speak out you must. And this is truly a terrible burden, a horrible burden, because in any case there is no room for timidity. The fact that you might be wrong is simply no excuse: You might be right in your communication, and you might be wrong, but that doesn't matter. What does matter, as Kierkegaard so rudely reminded us, is that only by investing and speaking your vision with passion, can the truth, one way or another, finally penetrate the reluctance of the world. If you are right, or if you are wrong, it is only your passion that will force either to be discovered. It is your duty to promote that discovery-either way-and therefore it is your duty to speak your truth with whatever passion and courage you can find in your heart. You must shout, in whatever way you can. ~ Ken Wilber, One Taste ,
148:The Absolute is beyond personality and beyond impersonality, and yet it is both the Impersonal and the supreme Person and all persons. The Absolute is beyond the distinction of unity and multiplicity, and yet it is the One and the innumerable Many in all the universes. It is beyond all limitation by quality and yet it is not limited by a qualityless void but is too all infinite qualities. It is the individual soul and all souls and more of them; it is the formless Brahman and the universe. It is the cosmic and the supracosmic spirit, the supreme Lord, the supreme Self, the supreme Purusha and supreme shakti, the Ever Unborn who is endlessly born, the Infinite who is innumerably finite, the multitudinous One, the complex Simple, the many-sided Single, the Word of the Silence Ineffable, the impersonal omnipresent Person, the Mystery, translucent in highest consciousness to its own spirit, but to a lesser consciousness veiled in its own exceeding light and impenetrable for ever. These things are to the dimensional mind irreconcilable opposites, but to the constant vision and experience of the supramental Truth-Consciousness they are so simply and inevitably the intrinsic nature of each other that even to think of them as contraries is an unimaginable violence. The walls constructed by the measuring and separating Intellect have disappeared and the Truth in its simplicity and beauty appears and reduces all to terms of its harmony and unity and light. Dimensions and distinctions remain but as figures for use, not a separative prison for the self-forgetting Spirit.2:In the ordinary Yoga of knowledge it is only necessary to recognise two planes of our consciousness, the spiritual and the materialised mental; the pure reason standing between these two views them both, cuts through the illusions of the phenomenal world, exceeds the materialised mental plane, sees the reality of the spiritual; and then the will of the individual Purusha unifying itself with this poise of knowledge rejects the lower and draws back to the supreme plane, dwells there, loses mind and body, sheds life from it and merges itself in the supreme Purusha, is delivered from individual existence. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga 2.01 - The Object of Knowledge,
149:formal-operational ::: The orange altitude emerged a few hundred years ago with the European Rennisance. Its modern, rational view grew in prominance through the Age of Enlightenment and came to its fullest expression during the Industrial Revolution.Fueling this age of reason and science was the emergence of formal operational cognition, or the ability to operate on thoughts themselves. No longer limited to reflection on concrete objects, cognition moves from representations to abstractions and can now operate on a range of non-tangiable propositions that may not reflect the concrete world. This is the basis of scientific reasoning through hypothesis. Orange also brings multiplistic thinking, or the realization that there are several possible ways of approaching a situation, even though one is still considered most right. Self-sense at orange features two shifts, first to expert and then to achiever, these moves feature an increase in self-awareness and appreciation for multiple possibilities in a given situation. Recognition that one doesnt always live up to idealized social expectations is fueled by an awareness that begins to penetrate the inner world of subjectivity. This is the beginning of introspection. An objectifiable self-sense and the capacity to take a third person perspective. Needs shift from belonging to self-esteem. And values land on pragmatic utiliarian approaches to life that rely on ... and thinking to earn progress, prosperity and self-reliance. Morality at orange sees right defined by universal ethical principles. The emergence of formal operational thinking at orange enables a world-centric care for universal human rights and the right of each individual for autonomy and the pursuit of happiness. A desire for individual dignity and self-respect are also driving forces behind orange morality. A significant number of the founding fathers of the United States harbored orange values. ...Faith at orange is called Individual Reflective and so far as identity and world-view are differentiated from others, and faith takes on an essence of critical thought. Demythologizing symbols into conceptual meanings. At orange we see the emergence of rational deism and secularism. ~ Essential Integral, 4.1-51 Formal Operational,
150:If we analyse the classes of life, we readily find that there are three cardinal classes which are radically distinct in function. A short analysis will disclose to us that, though minerals have various activities, they are not "living." The plants have a very definite and well known function-the transformation of solar energy into organic chemical energy. They are a class of life which appropriates one kind of energy, converts it into another kind and stores it up; in that sense they are a kind of storage battery for the solar energy; and so I define THE PLANTS AS THE CHEMISTRY-BINDING class of life. The animals use the highly dynamic products of the chemistry-binding class-the plants-as food, and those products-the results of plant-transformation-undergo in animals a further transformation into yet higher forms; and the animals are correspondingly a more dynamic class of life; their energy is kinetic; they have a remarkable freedom and power which the plants do not possess-I mean the freedom and faculty to move about in space; and so I define ANIMALS AS THE SPACE-BINDING CLASS OF LIFE. And now what shall we say of human beings? What is to be our definition of Man? Like the animals, human beings do indeed possess the space-binding capacity but, over and above that, human beings possess a most remarkable capacity which is entirely peculiar to them-I mean the capacity to summarise, digest and appropriate the labors and experiences of the past; I mean the capacity to use the fruits of past labors and experiences as intellectual or spiritual capital for developments in the present; I mean the capacity to employ as instruments of increasing power the accumulated achievements of the all-precious lives of the past generations spent in trial and error, trial and success; I mean the capacity of human beings to conduct their lives in the ever increasing light of inherited wisdom; I mean the capacity in virtue of which man is at once the heritor of the by-gone ages and the trustee of posterity. And because humanity is just this magnificent natural agency by which the past lives in the present and the present for the future, I define HUMANITY, in the universal tongue of mathematics and mechanics, to be the TIME-BINDING CLASS OF LIFE. ~ Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity ,
151:This is the real sense and drive of what we see as evolution: the multiplication and variation of forms is only the means of its process. Each gradation contains the possibility and the certainty of the grades beyond it: the emergence of more and more developed forms and powers points to more perfected forms and greater powers beyond them, and each emergence of consciousness and the conscious beings proper to it enables the rise to a greater consciousness beyond and the greater order of beings up to the ultimate godheads of which Nature is striving and is destined to show herself capable. Matter developed its organised forms until it became capable of embodying living organisms; then life rose from the subconscience of the plant into conscious animal formations and through them to the thinking life of man. Mind founded in life developed intellect, developed its types of knowledge and ignorance, truth and error till it reached the spiritual perception and illumination and now can see as in a glass dimly the possibility of supermind and a truthconscious existence. In this inevitable ascent the mind of Light is a gradation, an inevitable stage. As an evolving principle it will mark a stage in the human ascent and evolve a new type of human being; this development must carry in it an ascending gradation of its own powers and types of an ascending humanity which will embody more and more the turn towards spirituality, capacity for Light, a climb towards a divinised manhood and the divine life. In the birth of the mind of Light and its ascension into its own recognisable self and its true status and right province there must be, in the very nature of things as they are and very nature of the evolutionary process as it is at present, two stages. In the first, we can see the mind of Light gathering itself out of the Ignorance, assembling its constituent elements, building up its shapes and types, however imperfect at first, and pushing them towards perfection till it can cross the border of the Ignorance and appear in the Light, in its own Light. In the second stage we can see it developing itself in that greater natural light, taking its higher shapes and forms till it joins the supermind and lives as its subordinate portion or its delegate. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays In Philosophy And Yoga 5.08 - Supermind and Mind of Light,
152:complexity of the human constitution ::: There is another direction in which the ordinary practice of Yoga arrives at a helpful but narrowing simplification which is denied to the Sadhaka of the integral aim. The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being, the stimulating but also embarrassing multiplicity of our personality, the rich endless confusion of Nature. To the ordinary man who lives upon his own waking surface, ignorant of the self's depths and vastnesses behind the veil, his psychological existence is fairly simple. A small but clamorous company of desires, some imperative intellectual and aesthetic cravings, some tastes, a few ruling or prominent ideas amid a great current of unconnected or ill-connected and mostly trivial thoughts, a number of more or less imperative vital needs, alternations of physical health and disease, a scattered and inconsequent succession of joys and griefs, frequent minor disturbances and vicissitudes and rarer strong searchings and upheavals of mind or body, and through it all Nature, partly with the aid of his thought and will, partly without or in spite of it, arranging these things in some rough practical fashion, some tolerable disorderly order, -- this is the material of his existence. The average human being even now is in his inward existence as crude and undeveloped as was the bygone primitive man in his outward life. But as soon as we go deep within ourselves, -- and Yoga means a plunge into all the multiple profundities of' the soul, -- we find ourselves subjectively, as man in his growth has found himself objectively, surrounded by a whole complex world which we have to know and to conquer. The most disconcerting discovery is to find that every part of us -- intellect, will, sense-mind, nervous or desire self, the heart, the body-has each, as it were, its own complex individuality and natural formation independent of the rest; it neither agrees with itself nor with the others nor with the representative ego which is the shadow cast by some central and centralising self on our superficial ignorance. We find that we are composed not of one but many personalities and each has its own demands and differing nature. Our being is a roughly constituted chaos into which we have to introduce the principle of a divine order. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 1.02 - Self-Consecration,
153:As far as heaven, as near as thought and hope,Glimmered the kingdom of a griefless life.Above him in a new celestial vaultOther than the heavens beheld by mortal eyes,As on a fretted ceiling of the gods,An archipelago of laughter and fire,Swam stars apart in a rippled sea of sky.Towered spirals, magic rings of vivid hueAnd gleaming spheres of strange felicityFloated through distance like a symbol world.On the trouble and the toil they could not share,On the unhappiness they could not aid,Impervious to life's suffering, struggle, grief,Untarnished by its anger, gloom and hate,Unmoved, untouched, looked down great visioned planesBlissful for ever in their timeless right.Absorbed in their own beauty and content,Of their immortal gladness they live sure.Apart in their self-glory plunged, remoteBurning they swam in a vague lucent haze,An everlasting refuge of dream-light,A nebula of the splendours of the godsMade from the musings of eternity.Almost unbelievable by human faith,Hardly they seemed the stuff of things that are.As through a magic television's glassOutlined to some magnifying inner eyeThey shone like images thrown from a far sceneToo high and glad for mortal lids to seize.But near and real to the longing heartAnd to the body's passionate thought and senseAre the hidden kingdoms of beatitude.In some close unattained realm which yet we feel,Immune from the harsh clutch of Death and Time,Escaping the search of sorrow and desire,In bright enchanted safe peripheriesFor ever wallowing in bliss they lie.In dream and trance and muse before our eyes,Across a subtle vision's inner field,Wide rapturous landscapes fleeting from the sight,The figures of the perfect kingdom passAnd behind them leave a shining memory's trail.Imagined scenes or great eternal worlds,Dream-caught or sensed, they touch our hearts with their depths;Unreal-seeming, yet more real than life,Happier than happiness, truer than things true,If dreams these were or captured images,Dream's truth made false earth's vain realities.In a swift eternal moment fixed there liveOr ever recalled come back to longing eyesCalm heavens of imperishable Light,Illumined continents of violet peace,Oceans and rivers of the mirth of GodAnd griefless countries under purple suns. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.03 - The Glory and the Fall of Life,
154:The ExaminersThe integral yoga consists of an uninterrupted series of examinations that one has to undergo without any previous warning, thus obliging you to be constantly on the alert and attentive. Three groups of examiners set us these tests. They appear to have nothing to do with one another, and their methods are so different, sometimes even so apparently contradictory, that it seems as if they could not possibly be leading towards the same goal. Nevertheless, they complement one another, work towards the same end, and are all indispensable to the completeness of the result. The three types of examination are: those set by the forces of Nature, those set by spiritual and divine forces, and those set by hostile forces. These last are the most deceptive in their appearance and to avoid being caught unawares and unprepared requires a state of constant watchfulness, sincerity and humility. The most commonplace circumstances, the events of everyday life, the most apparently insignificant people and things all belong to one or other of these three kinds of examiners. In this vast and complex organisation of tests, those events that are generally considered the most important in life are the easiest examinations to undergo, because they find you ready and on your guard. It is easier to stumble over the little stones in your path, because they attract no attention. Endurance and plasticity, cheerfulness and fearlessness are the qualities specially needed for the examinations of physical nature. Aspiration, trust, idealism, enthusiasm and generous self-giving, for spiritual examinations. Vigilance, sincerity and humility for the examinations from hostile forces. And do not imagine that there are on the one hand people who undergo the examinations and on the other people who set them. Depending on the circumstances and the moment we are all both examiners and examinees, and it may even happen that one is at the same time both examiner and examinee. And the benefit one derives from this depends, both in quality and in quantity, on the intensity of one's aspiration and the awakening of one's consciousness. To conclude, a final piece of advice: never set yourself up as an examiner. For while it is good to remember constantly that one may be undergoing a very important examination, it is extremely dangerous to imagine that one is responsible for setting examinations for others. That is the open door to the most ridiculous and harmful kinds of vanity. It is the Supreme Wisdom which decides these things, and not the ignorant human will. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II ,
155:The last sentence: "...in the Truth-Creation the law is that of a constant unfolding without any Pralaya." What is this constant unfolding?The Truth-Creation... it is the last line? (Mother consults the book) I think we have already spoken about this several times. It has been said that in the process of creation, there is the movement of creation followed by a movement of preservation and ending in a movement of disintegration or destruction; and even it has been repeated very often: "All that begins must end", etc., etc.In fact in the history of our universe there have been six consecutive periods which began by a creation, were prolonged by a force of preservation and ended by a disintegration, a destruction, a return to the Origin, which is called Pralaya; and that is why this tradition is there. But it has been said that the seventh creation would be a progressive creation, that is, after the starting-point of the creation, instead of its being simply followed by a preservation, it would be followed by a progressive manifestation which would express the Divine more and more completely, so that no disintegration and return to the Origin would be necessary. And it has been announced that the period we are in is precisely the seventh, that is, it would not end by a Pralaya, a return to the Origin, a destruction, a disappearance, but that it would be replaced by a constant progress, because it would be a more and more perfect unfolding of the divine Origin in its creation.And this is what Sri Aurobindo says. He speaks of a constant unfolding, that is, the Divine manifests more and more completely; more and more perfectly, in a progressive creation. It is the nature of this progression which makes the return to the Origin, the destruction no longer necessary. All that does not progress disappears, and that is why physical bodies die, it's because they are not progressive; they are progressive up to a certain moment, then there they stop and most often they remain stable for a certain time, and then they begin to decline, and then disappear. It's because the physical body, physical matter as it is at present is not plastic enough to be able to progress constantly. But it is not impossible to make it sufficiently plastic for the perfecting of the physical body to be such that it no longer needs disintegration, that is, death.Only, this cannot be realised except by the descent of the Supermind which is a force higher than all those which have so far manifested and which will give the body a plasticity that will allow it to progress constantly, that is, to follow the divine movement in its unfolding. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1955 207-209,
156:What is the difference between meditation and concentration? Meditation is a purely mental activity, it interests only the mental being. One can concentrate while meditating but this is a mental concentration; one can get a silence but it is a purely mental silence, and the other parts of the being are kept immobile and inactive so as not to disturb the meditation. You may pass twenty hours of the day in meditation and for the remaining four hours you will be an altogether ordinary man because only the mind has been occupied-the rest of the being, the vital and the physical, is kept under pressure so that it may not disturb. In meditation nothing is directly done for the other parts of the being. Certainly this indirect action can have an effect, but... I have known in my life people whose capacity for meditation was remarkable but who, when not in meditation, were quite ordinary men, even at times ill-natured people, who would become furious if their meditation was disturbed. For they had learnt to master only their mind, not the rest of their being. Concentration is a more active state. You may concentrate mentally, you may concentrate vitally, psychically, physically, and you may concentrate integrally. Concentration or the capacity to gather oneself at one point is more difficult than meditation. You may gather together one portion of your being or consciousness or you may gather together the whole of your consciousness or even fragments of it, that is, the concentration may be partial, total or integral, and in each case the result will be different. If you have the capacity to concentrate, your meditation will be more interesting and easieR But one can meditate without concentrating. Many follow a chain of ideas in their meditation - it is meditation, not concentration. Is it possible to distinguish the moment when one attains perfect concentration from the moment when, starting from this concentration, one opens oneself to the universal Energy? Yes. You concentrate on something or simply you gather yourself together as much as is possible for you and when you attain a kind of perfection in concentration, if you can sustain this perfection for a sufficiently long time, then a door opens and you pass beyond the limit of your ordinary consciousness-you enter into a deeper and higher knowledge. Or you go within. Then you may experience a kind of dazzling light, an inner wonder, a beatitude, a complete knowledge, a total silence. There are, of course, many possibilities but the phenomenon is always the same. To have this experience all depends upon your capacity to maintain your concentration sufficiently long at its highest point of perfection. ~ The Mother,
157:The preliminary movement of Rajayoga is careful self-discipline by which good habits of mind are substituted for the lawless movements that indulge the lower nervous being. By the practice of truth, by renunciation of all forms of egoistic seeking, by abstention from injury to others, by purity, by constant meditation and inclination to the divine Purusha who is the true lord of the mental kingdom, a pure, clear state of mind and heart is established. This is the first step only. Afterwards, the ordinary activities of the mind and sense must be entirely quieted in order that the soul may be free to ascend to higher states of consciousness and acquire the foundation for a perfect freedom and self-mastery. But Rajayoga does not forget that the disabilities of the ordinary mind proceed largely from its subjection to the reactions of the nervous system and the body. It adopts therefore from the Hathayogic system its devices of asana and pranayama, but reduces their multiple and elaborate forms in each case to one simplest and most directly effective process sufficient for its own immediate object. Thus it gets rid of the Hathayogic complexity and cumbrousness while it utilises the swift and powerful efficacy of its methods for the control of the body and the vital functions and for the awakening of that internal dynamism, full of a latent supernormal faculty, typified in Yogic terminology by the kundalini, the coiled and sleeping serpent of Energy within. This done, the system proceeds to the perfect quieting of the restless mind and its elevation to a higher plane through concentration of mental force by the successive stages which lead to the utmost inner concentration or ingathered state of the consciousness which is called Samadhi. By Samadhi, in which the mind acquires the capacity of withdrawing from its limited waking activities into freer and higher states of consciousness, Rajayoga serves a double purpose. It compasses a pure mental action liberated from the confusions of the outer consciousness and passes thence to the higher supra-mental planes on which the individual soul enters into its true spiritual existence. But also it acquires the capacity of that free and concentrated energising of consciousness on its object which our philosophy asserts as the primary cosmic energy and the method of divine action upon the world. By this capacity the Yogin, already possessed of the highest supracosmic knowledge and experience in the state of trance, is able in the waking state to acquire directly whatever knowledge and exercise whatever mastery may be useful or necessary to his activities in the objective world. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Conditions of the Synthesis,
158:the process of unification, the perfecting our one's instrumental being, the help one needs to reach the goal ::: If we truly want to progress and acquire the capacity of knowing the truth of our being, that is to say, what we are truly created for, what we can call our mission upon earth, then we must, in a very regular and constant manner, reject from us or eliminate in us whatever contradicts the truth of our existence, whatever is opposed to it. In this way, little by little, all the parts, all the elements of our being can be organised into a homogeneous whole around our psychic centre. This work of unification requires much time to be brought to some degree of perfection. Therefore, in order to accomplish it, we must arm ourselves with patience and endurance, with a determination to prolong our life as long as necessary for the success of our endeavor. As you pursue this labor of purification and unification, you must at the same time take great care to perfect the external and instrumental part of your being. When the higher truth manifests, it must find in you a mind that is supple and rich enough to be able to give the idea that seeks to express itself a form of thought which preserves its force and clarity. This thought, again, when it seeks to clothe itself in words, must find in you a sufficient power of expression so that the words reveal the thought and do not deform it. And the formula in which you embody the truth should be manifested in all your feelings, all your acts of will, all your actions, in all movements of your being. Finally, these movements themselves should, by constant effort, attain their highest perfection. ... It is therefore of capital importance to become conscious of its presence in us [the psychic being], to concentrate on this presence until it becomes a living fact for us and we can identify ourselves with it. In various times and places many methods have been prescribed for attaining this perfection and ultimately achieving this identification. Some methods are psychological, some religious, some even mechanical. In reality, everyone has to find the one which suits him best, and if one has an ardent and steadfast aspiration, a persistent and dynamic will, one is sure to meet, in one way or another - outwardly through reading and study, inwardly through concentration, meditation, revelation and experience - the help one needs to reach the goal. Only one thing is absolutely indispensable: the will to discover and to realize. This discovery and realization should be the primary preoccupation of our being, the pearl of great price which we must acquire at any cost. Whatever you do, whatever your occupations and activities, the will to find the truth of your being and to unite with it must be always living and present behind all that you do, all that you feel, all that you think. ~ The Mother, On Education ,
159:Our culture, the laws of our culture, are predicated on the idea that people are conscious. People have experience; people make decisions, and can be held responsible for them. There's a free will element to it. You can debate all that philosophically, and fine, but the point is that that is how we act, and that is the idea that our legal system is predicated on. There's something deep about it, because you're subject to the law, but the law is also limited by you, which is to say that in a well-functioning, properly-grounded democratic system, you have intrinsic value. That's the source of your rights. Even if you're a murderer, we have to say the law can only go so far because there's something about you that's divine.Well, what does that mean? Partly it means that there's something about you that's conscious and capable of communicating, like you're a whole world unto yourself. You have that to contribute to everyone else, and that's valuable. You can learn new things, transform the structure of society, and invent a new way of dealing with the world. You're capable of all that. It's an intrinsic part of you, and that's associated with the idea that there's something about the logos that is necessary for the absolute chaos of the reality beyond experience to manifest itself as reality. That's an amazing idea because it gives consciousness a constitutive role in the cosmos. You can debate that, but you can't just bloody well brush it off. First of all, we are the most complicated things there are, that we know of, by a massive amount. We're so complicated that it's unbelievable. So there's a lot of cosmos out there, but there's a lot of cosmos in here, too, and which one is greater is by no means obvious, unless you use something trivial, like relative size, which really isn't a very sophisticated approach.Whatever it is that is you has this capacity to experience reality and to transform it, which is a very strange thing. You can conceptualize the future in your imagination, and then you can work and make that manifest-participate in the process of creation. That's one way of thinking about it. That's why I think Genesis 1 relates the idea that human beings are made in the image of the divine-men and women, which is interesting, because feminists are always criticizing Christianity as being inexorably patriarchal. Of course, they criticize everything like that, so it's hardly a stroke of bloody brilliance. But I think it's an absolute miracle that right at the beginning of the document it says straightforwardly, with no hesitation whatsoever, that the divine spark which we're associating with the word, that brings forth Being, is manifest in men and women equally. That's a very cool thing. You got to think, like I said, do you actually take that seriously? Well, what you got to ask is what happens if you don't take it seriously, right? Read Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. That's the best investigation into that tactic that's ever been produced. ~ Jordan Peterson, Biblical Series 1,
160:Something happened to you before you were born, and this is what it was: STAGE ONE: THE CHIKHAI The events of the 49-day Bardo period are divided into three major stages, the Chikhai, the Chonyid, and the Sidpa (in that order). Immediately following physical death, the soul enters the Chikhai, which is simply the state of the immaculate and luminous Dharmakaya, the ultimate Consciousness, the BrahmanAtman. This ultimate state is given, as a gift, to all individuals: they are plunged straight into ultimate reality and exist as the ultimate Dharmakaya. "At this moment," says the Bardo Thotrol, "the first glimpsing of the Bardo of the Clear Light of Reality, which is the Infallible Mind of the Dharmakaya, is experienced by all sentient beings.''110 Or, to put it a different way, the Thotrol tells us that "Thine own consciousness, shining, void, and inseparable from the Great Body of Radiance, hath no birth, nor death, and is the Immutable Light-Buddha Amitabha. Knowing this is sufficient. Recognizing the voidness of thine own intellect to be Buddhahood ... is to keep thyself in the Divine Mind."110 In short, immediately following physical death, the soul is absorbed in and as the ultimate-causal body (if we may treat them together). Interspersed with this brief summary of the Bardo Thotrol, I will add my commentaries on involution and on the nature of the Atman project in involution. And we begin by noting that at the start of the Bardo experience, the soul is elevated to the utter heights of Being, to the ultimate state of Oneness-that is, he starts his Bardo career at the top. But, at the top is usually not where he remains, and the Thotrol tells us why. In Evans-Wentz's words, "In the realm of the Clear Light [the highest Chikhai stage] the mentality of a person . . . momentarily enjoys a condition of balance, of perfect equilibrium, and of [ultimate] oneness. Owing to unfamiliarity with such a state, which is an ecstatic state of non-ego, of [causal] consciousness, the . . . average human being lacks the power to function in it; karmic propensities becloud the consciousness-principle with thoughts of personality, of individualized being, of dualism, and, losing equilibrium, the consciousness-principle falls away from the Clear Light." The soul falls away from the ultimate Oneness because "karmic propensities cloud consciousness"-"karmic propensities'' means seeking, grasping, desiring; means, in fact, Eros. And as this Erosseeking develops, the state of perfect Oneness starts to "break down" (illusorily). Or, from a different angle, because the individual cannot stand the intensity of pure Oneness ("owing to unfamiliarity with such a state"), he contracts away from it, tries to ''dilute it," tries to extricate himself from Perfect Intensity in Atman. Contracting in the face of infinity, he turns instead to forms of seeking, desire, karma, and grasping, trying to "search out" a state of equilibrium. Contraction and Eros-these karmic propensities couple and conspire to drive the soul away from pure consciousness and downwards into multiplicity, into less intense and less real states of being. ~ Ken Wilber, The Atman Project ,
161:28 August 1957Mother, Sri Aurobindo says here: "Whether the whole of humanity would be touched [by the Supramental influence] or only a part of it ready for the change would depend on what was intended or possible in the continued order of the universe."The Supramental Manifestation, SABCL, Vol. 16, p. 56What is meant by "what was intended or possible"? The two things are different. So far you have said that if humanity changes, if it wants to participate in the new birth...It is the same thing. But when you look at an object on a certain plane, you see it horizontally, and when you look at the same object from another plane, you see it vertically. (Mother shows the cover and the back of her book.) So, if one looks from above, one says "intended"; if one looks from below, one says "possible".... But it is absolutely the same thing, only the point of view is different.But in that case, it is not our incapacity or lack of will to change that makes any difference.We have already said this many a time. If you remain in a consciousness which functions mentally, even if it is the highest mind, you have the notion of an absolute determinism of cause and effect and feel that things are what they are because they are what they are and cannot be otherwise.It is only when you come out of the mental consciousness completely and enter a higher perception of things - which you may call spiritual or divine - that you suddenly find yourself in a state of perfect freedom where everything is possible.(Silence)Those who have contacted that state or lived in it, even if only for a moment, try to describe it as a feeling of an absolute Will in action, which immediately gives to the human mentality the feeling of being arbitrary. And because of that distortion there arises the idea - which I might call traditional - of a supreme and arbitrary God, which is something most unacceptable to every enlightened mind. I suppose that this experience badly expressed is at the origin of this notion. And in fact it is incorrect to express it as an absolute Will: it is very, very, very different. It is something else altogether. For, what man understands by "Will" is a decision that is taken and carried out. We are obliged to use the word "will", but in its truth the Will acting in the universe is neither a choice nor a decision that is taken. What seems to me the closest expression is "vision". Things are because they are seen. But of course "seen", not seen as we see with these eyes.(Mother touches her eyes...) All the same, it is the nearest thing.It is a vision - a vision unfolding itself.The universe becomes objective as it is progressively seen.And that is why Sri Aurobindo has said "intended or possible". It is neither one nor the other. All that can be said is a distortion.(Silence)Objectivisation - universal objectivisation - is something like a projection in space and time, like a living image of what is from all eternity. And as the image is gradually projected on the screen of time and space, it becomes objective:The Supreme contemplating His own Image. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1957-1958 ,
162:Sweet Mother, here it is written: "It is part of the foundation of Yoga to become conscious of the great complexity of our nature, see the different forces that move it and get over it a control of directing knowledge." Are these forces different for each person?Yes. The composition is completely different, otherwise everybody would be the same. There are not two beings with an identical combination; between the different parts of the being and the composition of these parts the proportion is different in each individual. There are people, primitive men, people like the yet undeveloped races or the degenerated ones whose combinations are fairly simple; they are still complicated, but comparatively simple. And there are people absolutely at the top of the human ladder, the e ́lite of humanity; their combinations become so complicated that a very special discernment is needed to find the relations between all these things.There are beings who carry in themselves thousands of different personalities, and then each one has its own rhythm and alternation, and there is a kind of combination; sometimes there are inner conflicts, and there is a play of activities which are rhythmic and with alternations of certain parts which come to the front and then go back and again come to the front. But when one takes all that, it makes such complicated combinations that some people truly find it difficult to understand what is going on in themselves; and yet these are the ones most capable of a complete, coordinated, conscious, organised action; but their organisation is infinitely more complicated than that of primitive or undeveloped men who have two or three impulses and four or five ideas, and who can arrange all this very easily in themselves and seem to be very co-ordinated and logical because there is not very much to organise. But there are people truly like a multitude, and so that gives them a plasticity, a fluidity of action and an extraordinary complexity of perception, and these people are capable of understanding a considerable number of things, as though they had at their disposal a veritable army which they move according to circumstance and need; and all this is inside them. So when these people, with the help of yoga, the discipline of yoga, succeed in centralising all these beings around the central light of the divine Presence, they become powerful entities, precisely because of their complexity. So long as this is not organised they often give the impression of an incoherence, they are almost incomprehensible, one can't manage to understand why they are like that, they are so complex. But when they have organised all these beings, that is, put each one in its place around the divine centre, then truly they are terrific, for they have the capacity of understanding almost everything and doing almost everything because of the multitude of entities they contain, of which they are constituted. And the nearer one is to the top of the ladder, the more it is like that, and consequently the more difficult it is to organise one's being; because when you have about a dozen elements, you can quickly compass and organise them, but when you have thousands of them, it is difficult. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1955 215-216,
163:But there's a reason. There's a reason. There's a reason for this, there's a reason education sucks, and it's the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It's never gonna get any better. Don't look for it. Be happy with what you got. Because the owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now, the real owners, the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don't want: They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them. Thats against their interests. Thats right. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table to figure out how badly they're getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don't want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they're coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They'll get it. They'll get it all from you, sooner or later, 'cause they own this fucking place. It's a big club, and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club. And by the way, it's the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head in their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged, and nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people -- white collar, blue collar, it doesn't matter what color shirt you have on -- good honest hard-working people continue -- these are people of modest means -- continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don't give a fuck about them. They don't give a fuck about you. They don't give a fuck about you. They don't care about you at all -- at all -- at all. And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. That's what the owners count on; the fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that's being jammed up their assholes everyday. Because the owners of this country know the truth: it's called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it. ~ George Carlin,
164:It is thus by an integralisation of our divided being that the Divine Shakti in the Yoga will proceed to its object; for liberation, perfection, mastery are dependent on this integralisation, since the little wave on the surface cannot control its own movement, much less have any true control over the vast life around it. The Shakti, the power of the Infinite and the Eternal descends within us, works, breaks up our present psychological formations, shatters every wall, widens, liberates, presents us with always newer and greater powers of vision, ideation, perception and newer and greater life-motives, enlarges and newmodels increasingly the soul and its instruments, confronts us with every imperfection in order to convict and destroy it, opens to a greater perfection, does in a brief period the work of many lives or ages so that new births and new vistas open constantly within us. Expansive in her action, she frees the consciousness from confinement in the body; it can go out in trance or sleep or even waking and enter into worlds or other regions of this world and act there or carry back its experience. It spreads out, feeling the body only as a small part of itself, and begins to contain what before contained it; it achieves the cosmic consciousness and extends itself to be commensurate with the universe. It begins to know inwardly and directly and not merely by external observation and contact the forces at play in the world, feels their movement, distinguishes their functioning and can operate immediately upon them as the scientist operates upon physical forces, accept their action and results in our mind, life, body or reject them or modify, change, reshape, create immense new powers and movements in place of the old small functionings of the nature. We begin to perceive the working of the forces of universal Mind and to know how our thoughts are created by that working, separate from within the truth and falsehood of our perceptions, enlarge their field, extend and illumine their significance, become master of our own minds and active to shape the movements of Mind in the world around us. We begin to perceive the flow and surge of the universal life-forces, detect the origin and law of our feelings, emotions, sensations, passions, are free to accept, reject, new-create, open to wider, rise to higher planes of Life-Power. We begin to perceive too the key to the enigma of Matter, follow the interplay of Mind and Life and Consciousness upon it, discover more and more its instrumental and resultant function and detect ultimately the last secret of Matter as a form not merely of Energy but of involved and arrested or unstably fixed and restricted consciousness and begin to see too the possibility of its liberation and plasticity of response to higher Powers, its possibilities for the conscious and no longer the more than half-inconscient incarnation and self-expression of the Spirit. All this and more becomes more and more possible as the working of the Divine Shakti increases in us and, against much resistance or labour to respond of our obscure consciousness, through much struggle and movement of progress and regression and renewed progress necessitated by the work of intensive transformation of a half-inconscient into a conscious substance, moves to a greater purity, truth, height, range. All depends on the psychic awakening in us, the completeness of our response to her and our growing surrender. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 2,
165:"The beings who were always appearing and speaking to Jeanne d'Arc would, if seen by an Indian, have quite a different appearance; for when one sees, one projects the forms of one's mind.... You have the vision of one in India whom you call the Divine Mother; the Catholics say it is the Virgin Mary, and the Japanese call it Kwannon, the Goddess of Mercy; and others would give other names. It is the same force, the same power, but the images made of it are different in different faiths." Questions and Answers 1929 - 1931 (21 April 1929)And then? You are not very talkative today! Is that all? You say that "each person has his own world of dreamimagery peculiar to himself." Ibid.Each individual has his own way of expressing, thinking, speaking, feeling, understanding. It is the combination of all these ways of being that makes the individual. That is why everyone can understand only according to his own nature. As long as you are shut up in your own nature, you can know only what is in your consciousness. All depends upon the height of the nature of your consciousness. Your world is limited to what you have in your consciousness. If you have a very small consciousness, you will understand only a few things. When your consciousness is very vast, universal, only then will you understand the world. If the consciousness is limited to your little ego, all the rest will escape you.... There are people whose brain and consciousness are smaller than a walnut. You know that a walnut resembles the brain; well these people look at things and don't understand them. They can understand nothing else except what is in direct contact with their senses. For them only what they taste, what they see, hear, touch has a reality, and all the rest simply does not exist, and they accuse us of speaking fancifully! "What I cannot touch does not exist", they say. But the only answer to give them is: "It does not exist for you, but there's no reason why it shouldn't exist for others." You must not insist with these people, and you must not forget that the smaller they are the greater is the audacity in their assertions. One's cocksureness is in proportion to one's unconsciousness; the more unconscious one is, the more is one sure of oneself. The most foolish are always the most vain. Your stupidity is in proportion to your vanity. The more one knows... In fact, there is a time when one is quite convinced that one knows nothing at all. There's not a moment in the world which does not bring something new, for the world is perpetually growing. If one is conscious of that, one has always something new to learn. But one can become conscious of it only gradually. One's conviction that one knows is in direct proportion to one's ignorance and stupidity. Mother, have the scientists, then, a very small consciousness? Why? All scientists are not like that. If you meet a true scientist who has worked hard, he will tell you: "We know nothing. What we know today is nothing beside what we shall know tomorrow. This year's discoveries will be left behind next year." A real scientist knows very well that there are many more things he doesn't know than those he knows. And this is true of all branches of human activity. I have never met a scientist worthy of the name who was proud. I have never met a man of some worth who has told me: "I know everything." Those I have seen have always confessed: "In short, I know nothing." After having spoken of all that he has done, all that he has achieved, he tells you very quietly: "After all, I know nothing." ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953 ,
166:Reading list (1972 edition)[edit]1. Homer - Iliad, Odyssey2. The Old Testament3. Aeschylus - Tragedies4. Sophocles - Tragedies5. Herodotus - Histories6. Euripides - Tragedies7. Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War8. Hippocrates - Medical Writings9. Aristophanes - Comedies10. Plato - Dialogues11. Aristotle - Works12. Epicurus - Letter to Herodotus; Letter to Menoecus13. Euclid - Elements14.Archimedes - Works15. Apollonius of Perga - Conic Sections16. Cicero - Works17. Lucretius - On the Nature of Things18. Virgil - Works19. Horace - Works20. Livy - History of Rome21. Ovid - Works22. Plutarch - Parallel Lives; Moralia23. Tacitus - Histories; Annals; Agricola Germania24. Nicomachus of Gerasa - Introduction to Arithmetic25. Epictetus - Discourses; Encheiridion26. Ptolemy - Almagest27. Lucian - Works28. Marcus Aurelius - Meditations29. Galen - On the Natural Faculties30. The New Testament31. Plotinus - The Enneads32. St. Augustine - On the Teacher; Confessions; City of God; On Christian Doctrine33. The Song of Roland34. The Nibelungenlied35. The Saga of Burnt Njal36. St. Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica37. Dante Alighieri - The Divine Comedy;The New Life; On Monarchy38. Geoffrey Chaucer - Troilus and Criseyde; The Canterbury Tales39. Leonardo da Vinci - Notebooks40. Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince; Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy41. Desiderius Erasmus - The Praise of Folly42. Nicolaus Copernicus - On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres43. Thomas More - Utopia44. Martin Luther - Table Talk; Three Treatises45. François Rabelais - Gargantua and Pantagruel46. John Calvin - Institutes of the Christian Religion47. Michel de Montaigne - Essays48. William Gilbert - On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies49. Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote50. Edmund Spenser - Prothalamion; The Faerie Queene51. Francis Bacon - Essays; Advancement of Learning; Novum Organum, New Atlantis52. William Shakespeare - Poetry and Plays53. Galileo Galilei - Starry Messenger; Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences54. Johannes Kepler - Epitome of Copernican Astronomy; Concerning the Harmonies of the World55. William Harvey - On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals; On the Circulation of the Blood; On the Generation of Animals56. Thomas Hobbes - Leviathan57. René Descartes - Rules for the Direction of the Mind; Discourse on the Method; Geometry; Meditations on First Philosophy58. John Milton - Works59. Molière - Comedies60. Blaise Pascal - The Provincial Letters; Pensees; Scientific Treatises61. Christiaan Huygens - Treatise on Light62. Benedict de Spinoza - Ethics63. John Locke - Letter Concerning Toleration; Of Civil Government; Essay Concerning Human Understanding;Thoughts Concerning Education64. Jean Baptiste Racine - Tragedies65. Isaac Newton - Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy; Optics66. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz - Discourse on Metaphysics; New Essays Concerning Human Understanding;Monadology67.Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe68. Jonathan Swift - A Tale of a Tub; Journal to Stella; Gulliver's Travels; A Modest Proposal69. William Congreve - The Way of the World70. George Berkeley - Principles of Human Knowledge71. Alexander Pope - Essay on Criticism; Rape of the Lock; Essay on Man72. Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu - Persian Letters; Spirit of Laws73. Voltaire - Letters on the English; Candide; Philosophical Dictionary74. Henry Fielding - Joseph Andrews; Tom Jones75. Samuel Johnson - The Vanity of Human Wishes; Dictionary; Rasselas; The Lives of the Poets ~ Mortimer J Adler,
167:DarknessI had a dream, which was not all a dream.The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the starsDid wander darkling in the eternal space,Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earthSwung blind and blackening in the moonless air;Morn came and went-and came, and brought no day,And men forgot their passions in the dreadOf this their desolation; and all heartsWere chill'd into a selfish prayer for light:And they did live by watchfires-and the thrones,The palaces of crowned kings-the huts,The habitations of all things which dwell,Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum'd,And men were gather'd round their blazing homesTo look once more into each other's face;Happy were those who dwelt within the eyeOf the volcanos, and their mountain-torch:A fearful hope was all the world contain'd;Forests were set on fire-but hour by hourThey fell and faded-and the crackling trunksExtinguish'd with a crash-and all was black.The brows of men by the despairing lightWore an unearthly aspect, as by fitsThe flashes fell upon them; some lay downAnd hid their eyes and wept; and some did restTheir chins upon their clenched hands, and smil'd;And others hurried to and fro, and fedTheir funeral piles with fuel, and look'd upWith mad disquietude on the dull sky,The pall of a past world; and then againWith curses cast them down upon the dust,And gnash'd their teeth and howl'd: the wild birds shriek'dAnd, terrified, did flutter on the ground,And flap their useless wings; the wildest brutesCame tame and tremulous; and vipers crawl'dAnd twin'd themselves among the multitude,Hissing, but stingless-they were slain for food.And War, which for a moment was no more,Did glut himself again: a meal was boughtWith blood, and each sate sullenly apartGorging himself in gloom: no love was left;All earth was but one thought-and that was deathImmediate and inglorious; and the pangOf famine fed upon all entrails-menDied, and their bones were tombless as their flesh;The meagre by the meagre were devour'd,Even dogs assail'd their masters, all save one,And he was faithful to a corse, and keptThe birds and beasts and famish'd men at bay,Till hunger clung them, or the dropping deadLur'd their lank jaws; himself sought out no food,But with a piteous and perpetual moan,And a quick desolate cry, licking the handWhich answer'd not with a caress-he died.The crowd was famish'd by degrees; but twoOf an enormous city did survive,And they were enemies: they met besideThe dying embers of an altar-placeWhere had been heap'd a mass of holy thingsFor an unholy usage; they rak'd up,And shivering scrap'd with their cold skeleton handsThe feeble ashes, and their feeble breathBlew for a little life, and made a flameWhich was a mockery; then they lifted upTheir eyes as it grew lighter, and beheldEach other's aspects-saw, and shriek'd, and died-Even of their mutual hideousness they died,Unknowing who he was upon whose browFamine had written Fiend. The world was void,The populous and the powerful was a lump,Seasonless, herbless, treeless, manless, lifeless-A lump of death-a chaos of hard clay.The rivers, lakes and ocean all stood still,And nothing stirr'd within their silent depths;Ships sailorless lay rotting on the sea,And their masts fell down piecemeal: as they dropp'dThey slept on the abyss without a surge-The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,The moon, their mistress, had expir'd before;The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,And the clouds perish'd; Darkness had no needOf aid from them-She was the Universe. ~ George Gordon Byron,
168:Allow the Lord to Do Everything ::: Now, when I start looking like this (Mother closes her eyes), two things are there at the same time: this smile, this joy, this laughter are there, and such peace! Such full, luminous, total peace, in which there are no more conflicts, no more contradictions. There are no more conflicts. It is one single luminous harmony - and yet everything we call error, suffering, misery, everything is there. It eliminates nothing. It is another way of seeing.(long silence) There can be no doubt that if you sincerely want to get out of it, it is not so difficult after all: you have nothing to do, you only have to allow the Lord to do everything. And He does everything. He does everything. It is so wonderful, so wonderful! He takes anything, even what we call a very ordinary intelligence and he simply teaches you to put this intelligence aside, to rest: "There, be quiet, don't stir, don't bother me, I don't need you." Then a door opens - you don't even feel that you have to open it; it is wide open, you are tkane over to the other side. All that is done by Someone else, not you. And then the other way becomes impossible. All this... oh, this tremendous labour of hte mind striving to understand, toiling and giving itself headaches!... It is absolutely useless, absolutely useless, no use at all, it merely increases the confusion. You are faced with a so-called problem: what should you say, what should you do, how should you act? There is nothing to do, nothing, you only have to say to the Lord, "There, You see, it is like that" - that's all. And then you stay very quiet. And then quite spontaneously, without thinking about it, without reflection, without calculation, nothing, nothing, without the slightest effect - you do what has to be done. That is to say, the Lord does it, it is no longer you. He does it. He arranges the circumstances, He arranges the people, He puts the words into your mouth or your pen - He does everything, everything, everything, everything; you have nothing more to do but allow yourself to live blissfully. I am more and more convinced that people do not really want it.But clearing the ground is difficult, the work of clearing the ground before hand.But you don't even need to do it! He does it for you.But they are constantly breaking in: the old consciousness, the old thoughts....Yes, they try to come in again, by habit. You only have to say, "Lord, You see, You see, You see, it is like that" - that's all. "Lord, You see, You see this, You see that, You see this fool" - and it is all over immediately. And it changes automatically, my child, without the slightest effort. Simply to be sincere, that is to say, to truly want everything to be right. You are perfectly conscious that you can do nothing about it, that you have no capacity.... But there is always something that wants to do it by itself; that's the trouble, otherwise... No, you may be full of an excellent goodwill and then you want to do it. That's what complicated everything. Or else you don't have faith, you believe that the Lord will not be able to do it and that you must do it yourself, because He does not know! (Mother laughs.) This, this kind of stupidity is very common. "How can He see things? We live in a world of Falsehood, how can He see Falsehood and see..." But He sees the thing as it is! Exactly! I am not speaking of people of no intelligence, I am speaking of people who are intelligent and try - there is a kind of conviction, like that, somewhere, even in people who know that we live in a world of Ignorance and Falsehood and that there is a Lord who is All-Truth. They say, "Precisely because He is All-Truth, He does not understand. (Mother laughs.) He does not understand our falsehood, I must deal with it myself." That is very strong, very common. Ah! we make complications for nothing. ~ The Mother,
169:I have never been able to share your constantly recurring doubts about your capacity or the despair that arises in you so violently when there are these attacks, nor is their persistent recurrence a valid ground for believing that they can never be overcome. Such a persistent recurrence has been a feature in the sadhana of many who have finally emerged and reached the goal; even the sadhana of very great Yogis has not been exempt from such violent and constant recurrences; they have sometimes been special objects of such persistent assaults, as I have indeed indicated in Savitri in more places than one - and that was indeed founded on my own experience. In the nature of these recurrences there is usually a constant return of the same adverse experiences, the same adverse resistance, thoughts destructive of all belief and faith and confidence in the future of the sadhana, frustrating doubts of what one has known as the truth, voices of despondency and despair, urgings to abandonment of the Yoga or to suicide or else other disastrous counsels of déchéance. The course taken by the attacks is not indeed the same for all, but still they have strong family resemblance. One can eventually overcome if one begins to realise the nature and source of these assaults and acquires the faculty of observing them, bearing, without being involved or absorbed into their gulf, finally becoming the witness of their phenomena and understanding them and refusing the mind's sanction even when the vital is still tossed in the whirl or the most outward physical mind still reflects the adverse suggestions. In the end these attacks lose their power and fall away from the nature; the recurrence becomes feeble or has no power to last: even, if the detachment is strong enough, they can be cut out very soon or at once. The strongest attitude to take is to regard these things as what they really are, incursions of dark forces from outside taking advantage of certain openings in the physical mind or the vital part, but not a real part of oneself or spontaneous creation in one's own nature. To create a confusion and darkness in the physical mind and throw into it or awake in it mistaken ideas, dark thoughts, false impressions is a favourite method of these assailants, and if they can get the support of this mind from over-confidence in its own correctness or the natural rightness of its impressions and inferences, then they can have a field day until the true mind reasserts itself and blows the clouds away. Another device of theirs is to awake some hurt or rankling sense of grievance in the lower vital parts and keep them hurt or rankling as long as possible. In that case one has to discover these openings in one's nature and learn to close them permanently to such attacks or else to throw out intruders at once or as soon as possible. The recurrence is no proof of a fundamental incapacity; if one takes the right inner attitude, it can and will be overcome. The idea of suicide ought never to be accepted; there is no real ground for it and in any case it cannot be a remedy or a real escape: at most it can only be postponement of difficulties and the necessity for their solution under no better circumstances in another life. One must have faith in the Master of our life and works, even if for a long time he conceals himself, and then in his own right time he will reveal his Presence. I have tried to dispel all the misconceptions, explain things as they are and meet all the points at issue. It is not that you really cannot make progress or have not made any progress; on the contrary, you yourself have admitted that you have made a good advance in many directions and there is no reason why, if you persevere, the rest should not come. You have always believed in the Guruvada: I would ask you then to put your faith in the Guru and the guidance and rely on the Ishwara for the fulfilment, to have faith in my abiding love and affection, in the affection and divine goodwill and loving kindness of the Mother, stand firm against all attacks and go forward perseveringly towards the spiritual goal and the all-fulfilling and all-satisfying touch of the All-Blissful, the Ishwara. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV ,
170:STAGE TWO: THE CHONYID The Chonyid is the period of the appearance of the peaceful and wrathful deities-that is to say, the subtle realm, the Sambhogakaya. When the Clear Light of the causal realm is resisted and contracted against, then that Reality is transformed into the primordial seed forms of the peaceful deities (ishtadevas of the subtle sphere), and these in turn, if resisted and denied, are transformed into the wrathful deities. The peaceful deities appear first: through seven successive substages, there appear various forms of the tathagatas, dakinis, and vidyadharas, all accompanied by the most dazzlingly brilliant colors and aweinspiring suprahuman sounds. One after another, the divine visions, lights, and subtle luminous sounds cascade through awareness. They are presented, given, to the individual openly, freely, fully, and completely: visions of God in almost painful intensity and brilliance. How the individual handles these divine visions and sounds (nada) is of the utmost significance, because each divine scenario is accompanied by a much less intense vision, by a region of relative dullness and blunted illuminations. These concomitant dull and blunted visions represent the first glimmerings of the world of samsara, of the six realms of egoic grasping, of the dim world of duality and fragmentation and primitive forms of low-level unity. According to the Thotrol. most individuals simply recoil in the face of these divine illuminations- they contract into less intense and more manageable forms of experience. Fleeing divine illumination, they glide towards the fragmented-and thus less intense-realm of duality and multiplicity. But it's not just that they recoil against divinity-it is that they are attracted to the lower realms, drawn to them, and find satisfaction in them. The Thotrol says they are actually "attracted to the impure lights." As we have put it, these lower realms are substitute gratifications. The individual thinks that they are just what he wants, these lower realms of denseness. But just because these realms are indeed dimmer and less intense, they eventually prove to be worlds without bliss, without illumination, shot through with pain and suffering. How ironic: as a substitute for God, individuals create and latch onto Hell, known as samsara, maya, dismay. In Christian theology it is said that the flames of Hell are God's love (Agape) denied. Thus the message is repeated over and over again in the Chonyid stage: abide in the lights of the Five Wisdoms and subtle tathagatas, look not at the duller lights of samsara. of the six realms, of safe illusions and egoic dullness. As but one example: Thereupon, because of the power of bad karma, the glorious blue light of the Wisdom of the Dharmadhatu will produce in thee fear and terror, and thou wilt wish to flee from it. Thou wilt begat a fondness for the dull white light of the devas [one of the lower realms]. At this stage, thou must not be awed by the divine blue light which will appear shining, dazzling, and glorious; and be not startled by it. That is the light of the Tathagata called the Light of the Wisdom of the Dharmadhatu. Be not fond of the dull white light of the devas. Be not attached to it; be not weak. If thou be attached to it, thou wilt wander into the abodes of the devas and be drawn into the whirl of the Six Lokas. The point is this: ''If thou are frightened by the pure radiances of Wisdom and attracted by the impure lights of the Six Lokas [lower realms], then thou wilt assume a body in any of the Six Lokas and suffer samsaric miseries; and thou wilt never be emancipated from the Ocean of Samsara, wherein thou wilt be whirled round and round and made to taste the sufferings thereof." But here is what is happening: in effect, we are seeing the primal and original form of the Atman project in its negative and contracting aspects. In this second stage (the Chonyid), there is already some sort of boundary in awareness, there is already some sort of subject-object duality superimposed upon the original Wholeness and Oneness of the Chikhai Dharmakaya. So now there is boundary-and wherever there is boundary, there is the Atman project. ~ Ken Wilber, The Atman Project 129,
171:Although a devout student of the Bible, Paracelsus instinctively adopted the broad patterns of essential learning, as these had been clarified by Pythagoras of Samos and Plato of Athens. Being by nature a mystic as well as a scientist, he also revealed a deep regard for the Neoplatonic philosophy as expounded by Plotinus, Iamblichus, and Proclus. Neo­platonism is therefore an invaluable aid to the interpretation of the Paracelsian doctrine. Paracelsus held that true knowledge is attained in two ways, or rather that the pursuit of knowledge is advanced by a two-fold method, the elements of which are completely interdependent. In our present terminology, we can say that these two parts of method are intuition and experience. To Paracelsus, these could never be divided from each other. The purpose of intuition is to reveal certain basic ideas which must then be tested and proven by experience. Experience, in turn, not only justifies intuition, but contributes certain additional knowledge by which the impulse to further growth is strengthened and developed. Paracelsus regarded the separation of intuition and experience to be a disaster, leading inevitably to greater error and further disaster. Intuition without experience allows the mind to fall into an abyss of speculation without adequate censorship by practical means. Experience without intuition could never be fruitful because fruitfulness comes not merely from the doing of things, but from the overtones which stimulate creative thought. Further, experience is meaningless unless there is within man the power capable of evaluating happenings and occurrences. The absence of this evaluating factor allows the individual to pass through many kinds of experiences, either misinterpreting them or not inter­ preting them at all. So Paracelsus attempted to explain intuition and how man is able to apprehend that which is not obvious or apparent. Is it possible to prove beyond doubt that the human being is capable of an inward realization of truths or facts without the assistance of the so-called rational faculty? According to Paracelsus, intuition was possible because of the existence in nature of a mysterious substance or essence-a universal life force. He gave this many names, but for our purposes, the simplest term will be appropriate. He compared it to light, further reasoning that there are two kinds of light: a visible radiance, which he called brightness, and an invisible radiance, which he called darkness. There is no essential difference between light and darkness. There is a dark light, which appears luminous to the soul but cannot be sensed by the body. There is a visible radiance which seems bright to the senses, but may appear dark to the soul. We must recognize that Paracelsus considered light as pertaining to the nature of being, the total existence from which all separate existences arise. Light not only contains the energy needed to support visible creatures, and the whole broad expanse of creation, but the invisible part of light supports the secret powers and functions of man, particularly intuition. Intuition, therefore, relates to the capacity of the individual to become attuned to the hidden side of life. By light, then, Paracelsus implies much more than the radiance that comes from the sun, a lantern, or a candle. To him, light is the perfect symbol, emblem, or figure of total well-being. Light is the cause of health. Invisible light, no less real if unseen, is the cause of wisdom. As the light of the body gives strength and energy, sustaining growth and development, so the light of the soul bestows understanding, the light of the mind makes wisdom possible, and the light of the spirit confers truth. Therefore, truth, wisdom, understanding, and health are all manifesta­ tions or revelations ot one virtue or power. What health is to the body, morality is to the emotions, virtue to the soul, wisdom to the mind, and reality to the spirit. This total content of living values is contained in every ray of visible light. This ray is only a manifestation upon one level or plane of the total mystery of life. Therefore, when we look at a thing, we either see its objective, physical form, or we apprehend its inner light Everything that lives, lives in light; everything that has an existence, radiates light. All things derive their life from light, and this light, in its root, is life itself. This, indeed, is the light that lighteth every man who cometh into the world. ~ Manly P Hall, Paracelsus ,
172:Coded LanguageWhereas, breakbeats have been the missing link connecting the diasporic community to its drum woven pastWhereas the quantised drum has allowed the whirling mathematicians to calculate the ever changing distance between rock and stardom.Whereas the velocity of the spinning vinyl, cross-faded, spun backwards, and re-released at the same given moment of recorded history, yet at a different moment in time's continuum has allowed history to catch up with the present.We do hereby declare reality unkempt by the changing standards of dialogue.Statements, such as, "keep it real", especially when punctuating or anticipating modes of ultra-violence inflicted psychologically or physically or depicting an unchanging rule of events will hence forth be seen as retro-active and not representative of the individually determined is.Furthermore, as determined by the collective consciousness of this state of being and the lessened distance between thought patterns and their secular manifestations, the role of men as listening receptacles is to be increased by a number no less than 70 percent of the current enlisted as vocal aggressors.Motherfuckers better realize, now is the time to self-actualizeWe have found evidence that hip hops standard 85 rpm when increased by a number as least half the rate of it's standard or decreased at ¾ of it's speed may be a determining factor in heightening consciousness.Studies show that when a given norm is changed in the face of the unchanging, the remaining contradictions will parallel the truth.Equate rhyme with reason, Sun with seasonOur cyclical relationship to phenomenon has encouraged scholars to erase the centers of periods, thus symbolizing the non-linear character of cause and effectReject mediocrity!Your current frequencies of understanding outweigh that which as been given for you to understand.The current standard is the equivalent of an adolescent restricted to the diet of an infant.The rapidly changing body would acquire dysfunctional and deformative symptoms and could not properly mature on a diet of apple sauce and crushed pearsLight years are interchangeable with years of living in darkness.The role of darkness is not to be seen as, or equated with, Ignorance, but with the unknown, and the mysteries of the unseen.Thus, in the name of:ROBESON, GOD'S SON, HURSTON, AHKENATON, HATHSHEPUT, BLACKFOOT, HELEN,LENNON, KHALO, KALI, THE THREE MARIAS, TARA, LILITHE, LOURDE, WHITMAN,BALDWIN, GINSBERG, KAUFMAN, LUMUMBA, Gandhi, GIBRAN, SHABAZZ, SIDDHARTHA,MEDUSA, GUEVARA, GUARDSIEFF, RAND, WRIGHT, BANNEKER, TUBMAN, HAMER, HOLIDAY,DAVIS, COLTRANE, MORRISON, JOPLIN, DUBOIS, CLARKE, SHAKESPEARE, RACHMNINOV,ELLINGTON, CARTER, GAYE, HATHOWAY, HENDRIX, KUTL, DICKERSON, RIPPERTON,MARY, ISIS, THERESA, PLATH, RUMI, FELLINI, MICHAUX, NOSTRADAMUS, NEFERTITI,LA ROCK, SHIVA, GANESHA, YEMAJA, OSHUN, OBATALA, OGUN, KENNEDY, KING, FOURLITTLE GIRLS, HIROSHIMA, NAGASAKI, KELLER, BIKO, PERONE, MARLEY, COSBY,SHAKUR, THOSE STILL AFLAMED, AND THE COUNTLESS UNNAMEDWe claim the present as the pre-sent, as the hereafter.We are unraveling our navels so that we may ingest the sun.We are not afraid of the darkness, we trust that the moon shall guide us.We are determining the future at this very moment.We now know that the heart is the philosophers' stoneOur music is our alchemyWe stand as the manifested equivalent of 3 buckets of water and a hand full of minerals, thus realizing that those very buckets turned upside down supply the percussion factor of forever.If you must count to keep the beat then count.Find you mantra and awaken your subconscious.Curve you circles counterclockwiseUse your cipher to decipher, Coded Language, man made laws.Climb waterfalls and trees, commune with nature, snakes and bees.Let your children name themselves and claim themselves as the new day for today we are determined to be the channelers of these changing frequencies into songs, paintings, writings, dance, drama, photography, carpentry, crafts, love, and love.We enlist every instrument: Acoustic, electronic.Every so-called race, gender, and sexual preference.Every per-son as beings of sound to acknowledge their responsibility to uplift the consciousness of the entire fucking World.Any utterance will be un-aimed, will be disclaimed - two rappers slainAny utterance will be un-aimed, will be disclaimed - two rappers slain ~ Saul Williams,
173:The ancient Mesopotamians and the ancient Egyptians had some very interesting, dramatic ideas about that. For example-very briefly-there was a deity known as Marduk. Marduk was a Mesopotamian deity, and imagine this is sort of what happened. As an empire grew out of the post-ice age-15,000 years ago, 10,000 years ago-all these tribes came together. These tribes each had their own deity-their own image of the ideal. But then they started to occupy the same territory. One tribe had God A, and one tribe had God B, and one could wipe the other one out, and then it would just be God A, who wins. That's not so good, because maybe you want to trade with those people, or maybe you don't want to lose half your population in a war. So then you have to have an argument about whose God is going to take priority-which ideal is going to take priority.What seems to happen is represented in mythology as a battle of the gods in celestial space. From a practical perspective, it's more like an ongoing dialog. You believe this; I believe this. You believe that; I believe this. How are we going to meld that together? You take God A, and you take God B, and maybe what you do is extract God C from them, and you say, 'God C now has the attributes of A and B.' And then some other tribes come in, and C takes them over, too. Take Marduk, for example. He has 50 different names, at least in part, of the subordinate gods-that represented the tribes that came together to make the civilization. That's part of the process by which that abstracted ideal is abstracted. You think, 'this is important, and it works, because your tribe is alive, and so we'll take the best of both, if we can manage it, and extract out something, that's even more abstract, that covers both of us.'I'll give you a couple of Marduk's interesting features. He has eyes all the way around his head. He's elected by all the other gods to be king God. That's the first thing. That's quite cool. They elect him because they're facing a terrible threat-sort of like a flood and a monster combined. Marduk basically says that, if they elect him top God, he'll go out and stop the flood monster, and they won't all get wiped out. It's a serious threat. It's chaos itself making its comeback. All the gods agree, and Marduk is the new manifestation. He's got eyes all the way around his head, and he speaks magic words. When he fights, he fights this deity called Tiamat. We need to know that, because the word 'Tiamat' is associated with the word 'tehom.' Tehom is the chaos that God makes order out of at the beginning of time in Genesis, so it's linked very tightly to this story. Marduk, with his eyes and his capacity to speak magic words, goes out and confronts Tiamat, who's like this watery sea dragon. It's a classic Saint George story: go out and wreak havoc on the dragon. He cuts her into pieces, and he makes the world out of her pieces. That's the world that human beings live in.The Mesopotamian emperor acted out Marduk. He was allowed to be emperor insofar as he was a good Marduk. That meant that he had eyes all the way around his head, and he could speak magic; he could speak properly. We are starting to understand, at that point, the essence of leadership. Because what's leadership? It's the capacity to see what the hell's in front of your face, and maybe in every direction, and maybe the capacity to use your language properly to transform chaos into order. God only knows how long it took the Mesopotamians to figure that out. The best they could do was dramatize it, but it's staggeringly brilliant. It's by no means obvious, and this chaos is a very strange thing. This is a chaos that God wrestled with at the beginning of time.Chaos is half psychological and half real. There's no other way to really describe it. Chaos is what you encounter when you're blown into pieces and thrown into deep confusion-when your world falls apart, when your dreams die, when you're betrayed. It's the chaos that emerges, and the chaos is everything it wants, and it's too much for you. That's for sure. It pulls you down into the underworld, and that's where the dragons are. All you've got at that point is your capacity to bloody well keep your eyes open, and to speak as carefully and as clearly as you can. Maybe, if you're lucky, you'll get through it that way and come out the other side. It's taken people a very long time to figure that out, and it looks, to me, that the idea is erected on the platform of our ancient ancestors, maybe tens of millions of years ago, because we seem to represent that which disturbs us deeply using the same system that we used to represent serpentile, or other, carnivorous predators. ~ Jordan Peterson, Biblical Series 1,
174:CHAPTER XIIIOF THE BANISHINGS: AND OF THE PURIFICATIONS.Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and had better come first. Purity means singleness. God is one. The wand is not a wand if it has something sticking to it which is not an essential part of itself. If you wish to invoke Venus, you do not succeed if there are traces of Saturn mixed up with it.That is a mere logical commonplace: in magick one must go much farther than this. One finds one's analogy in electricity. If insulation is imperfect, the whole current goes back to earth. It is useless to plead that in all those miles of wire there is only one-hundredth of an inch unprotected. It is no good building a ship if the water can enter, through however small a hole.That first task of the Magician in every ceremony is therefore to render his Circle absolutely impregnable. If one littlest thought intrude upon the mind of the Mystic, his concentration is absolutely destroyed; and his consciousness remains on exactly the same level as the Stockbroker's. Even the smallest baby is incompatible with the virginity of its mother. If you leave even a single spirit within the circle, the effect of the conjuration will be entirely absorbed by it.> {101}The Magician must therefore take the utmost care in the matter of purification, "firstly", of himself, "secondly", of his instruments, "thirdly", of the place of working. Ancient Magicians recommended a preliminary purification of from three days to many months. During this period of training they took the utmost pains with diet. They avoided animal food, lest the elemental spirit of the animal should get into their atmosphere. They practised sexual abstinence, lest they should be influenced in any way by the spirit of the wife. Even in regard to the excrements of the body they were equally careful; in trimming the hair and nails, they ceremonially destroyed> the severed portion. They fasted, so that the body itself might destroy anything extraneous to the bare necessity of its existence. They purified the mind by special prayers and conservations. They avoided the contamination of social intercourse, especially the conjugal kind; and their servitors were disciples specially chosen and consecrated for the work.In modern times our superior understanding of the essentials of this process enables us to dispense to some extent with its external rigours; but the internal purification must be even more carefully performed. We may eat meat, provided that in doing so we affirm that we eat it in order to strengthen us for the special purpose of our proposed invocation.> {102}By thus avoiding those actions which might excite the comment of our neighbours we avoid the graver dangers of falling into spiritual pride.We have understood the saying: "To the pure all things are pure", and we have learnt how to act up to it. We can analyse the mind far more acutely than could the ancients, and we can therefore distinguish the real and right feeling from its imitations. A man may eat meat from self-indulgence, or in order to avoid the dangers of asceticism. We must constantly examine ourselves, and assure ourselves that every action is really subservient to the One Purpose.It is ceremonially desirable to seal and affirm this mental purity by Ritual, and accordingly the first operation in any actual ceremony is bathing and robing, with appropriate words. The bath signifies the removal of all things extraneous to antagonistic to the one thought. The putting on of the robe is the positive side of the same operation. It is the assumption of the fame of mind suitable to that one thought.A similar operation takes place in the preparation of every instrument, as has been seen in the Chapter devoted to that subject. In the preparation of theplace of working, the same considerations apply. We first remove from that place all objects; and we then put into it those objects, and only those {103} objects, which are necessary. During many days we occupy ourselves in this process of cleansing and consecration; and this again is confirmed in the actual ceremony.The cleansed and consecrated Magician takes his cleansed and consecrated instruments into that cleansed and consecrated place, and there proceeds to repeat that double ceremony in the ceremony itself, which has these same two main parts. The first part of every ceremony is the banishing; the second, the invoking. The same formula is repeated even in the ceremony of banishing itself, for in the banishing ritual of the pentagram we not only command the demons to depart, but invoke the Archangels and their hosts to act as guardians of the Circle during our pre-occupation with the ceremony proper.In more elaborate ceremonies it is usual to banish everything by name. Each element, each planet, and each sign, perhaps even the Sephiroth themselves; all are removed, including the very one which we wished to invoke, for that force ... ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA ,
175:Death & FameWhen I dieI don't care what happens to my body throw ashes in the air, scatter 'em in East River bury an urn in Elizabeth New Jersey, B'nai Israel CemeteryBut I want a big funeral St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Mark's Church, the largest synagogue in ManhattanFirst, there's family, brother, nephews, spry aged Edith stepmother 96, Aunt Honey from old Newark,Doctor Joel, cousin Mindy, brother Gene one eyed one ear'd, sister-in-law blonde Connie, five nephews, stepbrothers & sisters their grandchildren, companion Peter Orlovsky, caretakers Rosenthal & Hale, Bill Morgan--Next, teacher Trungpa Vajracharya's ghost mind, Gelek Rinpoche, there Sakyong Mipham, Dalai Lama alert, chance visiting America, Satchitananda Swami Shivananda, Dehorahava Baba, Karmapa XVI, Dudjom Rinpoche, Katagiri & Suzuki Roshi's phantoms Baker, Whalen, Daido Loorie, Qwong, Frail White-haired Kapleau Roshis, Lama Tarchen --Then, most important, lovers over half-century Dozens, a hundred, more, older fellows bald & rich young boys met naked recently in bed, crowds surprised to see each other, innumerable, intimate, exchanging memories"He taught me to meditate, now I'm an old veteran of the thousandday retreat --""I played music on subway platforms, I'm straight but loved him he loved me""I felt more love from him at 19 than ever from anyone""We'd lie under covers gossip, read my poetry, hug & kiss belly to belly arms round each other""I'd always get into his bed with underwear on & by morning my skivvies would be on the floor""Japanese, always wanted take it up my bum with a master""We'd talk all night about Kerouac & Cassady sit Buddhalike then sleep in his captain's bed.""He seemed to need so much affection, a shame not to make him happy""I was lonely never in bed nude with anyone before, he was so gentle my stomach shuddered when he traced his finger along my abdomen nipple to hips-- ""All I did was lay back eyes closed, he'd bring me to come with mouth & fingers along my waist""He gave great head"So there be gossip from loves of 1948, ghost of Neal Cassady commin-gling with flesh and youthful blood of 1997 and surprise -- "You too? But I thought you were straight!""I am but Ginsberg an exception, for some reason he pleased me.""I forgot whether I was straight gay queer or funny, was myself, tender and affectionate to be kissed on the top of my head, my forehead throat heart & solar plexus, mid-belly. on my prick, tickled with his tongue my behind""I loved the way he'd recite 'But at my back allways hear/ time's winged chariot hurrying near,' heads together, eye to eye, on a pillow --"Among lovers one handsome youth straggling the rear"I studied his poetry class, 17 year-old kid, ran some errands to his walk-up flat, seduced me didn't want to, made me come, went home, never saw him again never wanted to... ""He couldn't get it up but loved me," "A clean old man." "He made sure I came first"This the crowd most surprised proud at ceremonial place of honor--Then poets & musicians -- college boys' grunge bands -- age-old rock star Beatles, faithful guitar accompanists, gay classical con-ductors, unknown high Jazz music composers, funky trum-peters, bowed bass & french horn black geniuses, folksinger fiddlers with dobro tamborine harmonica mandolin auto-harp pennywhistles & kazoosNext, artist Italian romantic realists schooled in mystic 60's India, Late fauve Tuscan painter-poets, Classic draftsman Massa-chusets surreal jackanapes with continental wives, poverty sketchbook gesso oil watercolor masters from American provincesThen highschool teachers, lonely Irish librarians, delicate biblio-philes, sex liberation troops nay armies, ladies of either sex"I met him dozens of times he never remembered my name I loved him anyway, true artist""Nervous breakdown after menopause, his poetry humor saved me from suicide hospitals""Charmant, genius with modest manners, washed sink, dishes my studio guest a week in Budapest"Thousands of readers, "Howl changed my life in Libertyville Illinois""I saw him read Montclair State Teachers College decided be a poet-- ""He turned me on, I started with garage rock sang my songs in Kansas City""Kaddish made me weep for myself & father alive in Nevada City""Father Death comforted me when my sister died Boston l982""I read what he said in a newsmagazine, blew my mind, realized others like me out there"Deaf & Dumb bards with hand signing quick brilliant gesturesThen Journalists, editors's secretaries, agents, portraitists & photo-graphy aficionados, rock critics, cultured laborors, cultural historians come to witness the historic funeral Super-fans, poetasters, aging Beatnicks & Deadheads, autograph-hunters, distinguished paparazzi, intelligent gawkersEveryone knew they were part of 'History" except the deceased who never knew exactly what was happening even when I was aliveFebruary 22, 1997 ~ Allen Ginsberg,
176:Education THE EDUCATION of a human being should begin at birth and continue throughout his life. Indeed, if we want this education to have its maximum result, it should begin even before birth; in this case it is the mother herself who proceeds with this education by means of a twofold action: first, upon herself for her own improvement, and secondly, upon the child whom she is forming physically. For it is certain that the nature of the child to be born depends very much upon the mother who forms it, upon her aspiration and will as well as upon the material surroundings in which she lives. To see that her thoughts are always beautiful and pure, her feelings always noble and fine, her material surroundings as harmonious as possible and full of a great simplicity - this is the part of education which should apply to the mother herself. And if she has in addition a conscious and definite will to form the child according to the highest ideal she can conceive, then the very best conditions will be realised so that the child can come into the world with his utmost potentialities. How many difficult efforts and useless complications would be avoided in this way! Education to be complete must have five principal aspects corresponding to the five principal activities of the human being: the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual. Usually, these phases of education follow chronologically the growth of the individual; this, however, does not mean that one of them should replace another, but that all must continue, completing one another until the end of his life. We propose to study these five aspects of education one by one and also their interrelationships. But before we enter into the details of the subject, I wish to make a recommendation to parents. Most parents, for various reasons, give very little thought to the true education which should be imparted to children. When they have brought a child into the world, provided him with food, satisfied his various material needs and looked after his health more or less carefully, they think they have fully discharged their duty. Later on, they will send him to school and hand over to the teachers the responsibility for his education. There are other parents who know that their children must be educated and who try to do what they can. But very few, even among those who are most serious and sincere, know that the first thing to do, in order to be able to educate a child, is to educate oneself, to become conscious and master of oneself so that one never sets a bad example to one's child. For it is above all through example that education becomes effective. To speak good words and to give wise advice to a child has very little effect if one does not oneself give him an example of what one teaches. Sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self-control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches. Parents, have a high ideal and always act in accordance with it and you will see that little by little your child will reflect this ideal in himself and spontaneously manifest the qualities you would like to see expressed in his nature. Quite naturally a child has respect and admiration for his parents; unless they are quite unworthy, they will always appear to their child as demigods whom he will try to imitate as best he can. With very few exceptions, parents are not aware of the disastrous influence that their own defects, impulses, weaknesses and lack of self-control have on their children. If you wish to be respected by a child, have respect for yourself and be worthy of respect at every moment. Never be authoritarian, despotic, impatient or ill-tempered. When your child asks you a question, do not give him a stupid or silly answer under the pretext that he cannot understand you. You can always make yourself understood if you take enough trouble; and in spite of the popular saying that it is not always good to tell the truth, I affirm that it is always good to tell the truth, but that the art consists in telling it in such a way as to make it accessible to the mind of the hearer. In early life, until he is twelve or fourteen, the child's mind is hardly open to abstract notions and general ideas. And yet you can train it to understand these things by using concrete images, symbols or parables. Up to quite an advanced age and for some who mentally always remain children, a narrative, a story, a tale well told teach much more than any number of theoretical explanations. Another pitfall to avoid: do not scold your child without good reason and only when it is quite indispensable. A child who is too often scolded gets hardened to rebuke and no longer attaches much importance to words or severity of tone. And above all, take good care never to scold him for a fault which you yourself commit. Children are very keen and clear-sighted observers; they soon find out your weaknesses and note them without pity. When a child has done something wrong, see that he confesses it to you spontaneously and frankly; and when he has confessed, with kindness and affection make him understand what was wrong in his movement so that he will not repeat it, but never scold him; a fault confessed must always be forgiven. You should not allow any fear to come between you and your child; fear is a pernicious means of education: it invariably gives birth to deceit and lying. Only a discerning affection that is firm yet gentle and an adequate practical knowledge will create the bonds of trust that are indispensable for you to be able to educate your child effectively. And do not forget that you have to control yourself constantly in order to be equal to your task and truly fulfil the duty which you owe your child by the mere fact of having brought him into the world. Bulletin, February 1951 ~ The Mother, On Education ,
177:Mother, when one imagines something, does it not exist?When you imagine something, it means that you make a mental formation which may be close to the truth or far from the truth - it also depends upon the quality of your formation. You make a mental formation and there are people who have such a power of formation that they succeed in making what they imagine real. There are not many of these but there are some. They imagine something and their formation is so well made and so powerful that it succeeds in being realised. These are creators; there are not many of them but there are some. If one thinks of someone who doesn't exist or who is dead?Ah! What do you mean? What have you just said? Someone who doesn't exist or someone who is dead? These are two absolutely different things. I mean someone who is dead.Someone who is dead! If this person has remained in the mental domain, you can find him immediately. Naturally if he is no longer in the mental domain, if he is in the psychic domain, to think of him is not enough. You must know how to go into the psychic domain to find him. But if he has remained in the mental domain and you think of him, you can find him immediately, and not only that, but you can have a mental contact with him and a kind of mental vision of his existence. The mind has a capacity of vision of its own and it is not the same vision as with these eyes, but it is a vision, it is a perception in forms. But this is not imagination. It has nothing to do with imagination. Imagination, for instance, is when you begin to picture to yourself an ideal being to whom you apply all your conceptions, and when you tell yourself, "Why, it should be like this, like that, its form should be like this, its thought like that, its character like that," when you see all the details and build up the being. Now, writers do this all the time because when they write a novel, they imagine. There are those who take things from life but there are those who are imaginative, creators; they create a character, a personage and then put him in their book later. This is to imagine. To imagine, for example, a whole concurrence of circumstances, a set of events, this is what I call telling a story to oneself. But it can be put down on paper, and then one becomes a novelist. There are very different kinds of writers. Some imagine everything, some gather all sorts of observations from life and construct their book with them. There are a hundred ways of writing a book. But indeed some writers imagine everything from beginning to end. It all comes out of their head and they construct even their whole story without any support in things physically observed. This truly is imagination. But as I say, if they are very powerful and have a considerable capacity for creation, it is possible that one day or other there will be a physical human being who realises their creation. This too is true. What do you suppose imagination is, eh? Have you never imagined anything, you? And what happens? All that one imagines.You mean that you imagine something and it happens like that, eh? Or it is in a dream... What is the function, the use of the imagination?If one knows how to use it, as I said, one can create for oneself his own inner and outer life; one can build his own existence with his imagination, if one knows how to use it and has a power. In fact it is an elementary way of creating, of forming things in the world. I have always felt that if one didn't have the capacity of imagination he would not make any progress. Your imagination always goes ahead of your life. When you think of yourself, usually you imagine what you want to be, don't you, and this goes ahead, then you follow, then it continues to go ahead and you follow. Imagination opens for you the path of realisation. People who are not imaginative - it is very difficult to make them move; they see just what is there before their nose, they feel just what they are moment by moment and they cannot go forward because they are clamped by the immediate thing. It depends a good deal on what one calls imagination. However... Men of science must be having imagination!A lot. Otherwise they would never discover anything. In fact, what is called imagination is a capacity to project oneself outside realised things and towards things realisable, and then to draw them by the projection. One can obviously have progressive and regressive imaginations. There are people who always imagine all the catastrophes possible, and unfortunately they also have the power of making them come. It's like the antennae going into a world that's not yet realised, catching something there and drawing it here. Then naturally it is an addition to the earth atmosphere and these things tend towards manifestation. It is an instrument which can be disciplined, can be used at will; one can discipline it, direct it, orientate it. It is one of the faculties one can develop in himself and render serviceable, that is, use it for definite purposes. Sweet Mother, can one imagine the Divine and have the contact?Certainly if you succeed in imagining the Divine you have the contact, and you can have the contact with what you imagine, in any case. In fact it is absolutely impossible to imagine something which doesn't exist somewhere. You cannot imagine anything at all which doesn't exist somewhere. It is possible that it doesn't exist on the earth, it is possible that it's elsewhere, but it is impossible for you to imagine something which is not already contained in principle in the universe; otherwise it could not occur. Then, Sweet Mother, this means that in the created universe nothing new is added?In the created universe? Yes. The universe is progressive; we said that constantly things manifest, more and more. But for your imagination to be able to go and seek beyond the manifestation something which will be manifested, well, it may happen, in fact it does - I was going to tell you that it is in this way that some beings can cause considerable progress to be made in the world, because they have the capacity of imagining something that's not yet manifested. But there are not many. One must first be capable of going beyond the manifested universe to be able to imagine something which is not there. There are already many things which can be imagined. What is our terrestrial world in the universe? A very small thing. Simply to have the capacity of imagining something which does not exist in the terrestrial manifestation is already very difficult, very difficult. For how many billions of years hasn't it existed, this little earth? And there have been no two identical things. That's much. It is very difficult to go out from the earth atmosphere with one's mind; one can, but it is very difficult. And then if one wants to go out, not only from the earth atmosphere but from the universal life! To be able simply to enter into contact with the life of the earth in its totality from the formation of the earth until now, what can this mean? And then to go beyond this and enter into contact with universal life from its beginnings up to now... and then again to be able to bring something new into the universe, one must go still farther beyond. Not easy! That's all? (To the child) Convinced? ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1955 ,
178:The Supermind [Supramental consciousness] is in its very essence a truth-consciousness, a consciousness always free from the Ignorance which is the foundation of our present natural or evolutionary existence and from which nature in us is trying to arrive at self-knowledge and world-knowledge and a right consciousness and the right use of our existence in the universe. The Supermind, because it is a truth-consciousness, has this knowledge inherent in it and this power of true existence; its course is straight and can go direct to its aim, its field is wide and can even be made illimitable. This is because its very nature is knowledge: it has not to acquire knowledge but possesses it in its own right; its steps are not from nescience or ignorance into some imperfect light, but from truth to greater truth, from right perception to deeper perception, from intuition to intuition, from illumination to utter and boundless luminousness, from growing widenesses to the utter vasts and to very infinitude. On its summits it possesses the divine omniscience and omnipotence, but even in an evolutionary movement of its own graded self-manifestation by which it would eventually reveal its own highest heights, it must be in its very nature essentially free from ignorance and error: it starts from truth and light and moves always in truth and light. As its knowledge is always true, so too its will is always true; it does not fumble in its handling of things or stumble in its paces. In the Supermind feeling and emotion do not depart from their truth, make no slips or mistakes, do not swerve from the right and the real, cannot misuse beauty and delight or twist away from a divine rectitude. In the Supermind sense cannot mislead or deviate into the grossnesses which are here its natural imperfections and the cause of reproach, distrust and misuse by our ignorance. Even an incomplete statement made by the Supermind is a truth leading to a further truth, its incomplete action a step towards completeness. All the life and action and leading of the Supermind is guarded in its very nature from the falsehoods and uncertainties that are our lot; it moves in safety towards its perfection. Once the truth-consciousness was established here on its own sure foundation, the evolution of divine life would be a progress in felicity, a march through light to Ananda. Supermind is an eternal reality of the divine Being and the divine Nature. In its own plane it already and always exists and possesses its own essential law of being; it has not to be created or to emerge or evolve into existence out of involution in Matter or out of non-existence, as it might seem to the view of mind which itself seems to its own view to have so emerged from life and Matter or to have evolved out of an involution in life and Matter. The nature of Supermind is always the same, a being of knowledge, proceeding from truth to truth, creating or rather manifesting what has to be manifested by the power of a pre-existent knowledge, not by hazard but by a self-existent destiny in the being itself, a necessity of the thing in itself and therefore inevitable. Its -manifestation of the divine life will also be inevitable; its own life on its own plane is divine and, if Supermind descends upon the earth, it will bring necessarily the divine life with it and establish it here. Supermind is the grade of existence beyond mind, life and Matter and, as mind, life and Matter have manifested on the earth, so too must Supermind in the inevitable course of things manifest in this world of Matter. In fact, a supermind is already here but it is involved, concealed behind this manifest mind, life and Matter and not yet acting overtly or in its own power: if it acts, it is through these inferior powers and modified by their characters and so not yet recognisable. It is only by the approach and arrival of the descending Supermind that it can be liberated upon earth and reveal itself in the action of our material, vital and mental parts so that these lower powers can become portions of a total divinised activity of our whole being: it is that that will bring to us a completely realised divinity or the divine life. It is indeed so that life and mind involved in Matter have realised themselves here; for only what is involved can evolve, otherwise there could be no emergence. The manifestation of a supramental truth-consciousness is therefore the capital reality that will make the divine life possible. It is when all the movements of thought, impulse and action are governed and directed by a self-existent and luminously automatic truth-consciousness and our whole nature comes to be constituted by it and made of its stuff that the life divine will be complete and absolute. Even as it is, in reality though not in the appearance of things, it is a secret self-existent knowledge and truth that is working to manifest itself in the creation here. The Divine is already there immanent within us, ourselves are that in our inmost reality and it is this reality that we have to manifest; it is that which constitutes the urge towards the divine living and makes necessary the creation of the life divine even in this material existence. A manifestation of the Supermind and its truth-consciousness is then inevitable; it must happen in this world sooner or lateR But it has two aspects, a descent from above, an ascent from below, a self-revelation of the Spirit, an evolution in Nature. The ascent is necessarily an effort, a working of Nature, an urge or nisus on her side to raise her lower parts by an evolutionary or revolutionary change, conversion or transformation into the divine reality and it may happen by a process and progress or by a rapid miracle. The descent or self-revelation of the Spirit is an act of the supreme Reality from above which makes the realisation possible and it can appear either as the divine aid which brings about the fulfilment of the progress and process or as the sanction of the miracle. Evolution, as we see it in this world, is a slow and difficult process and, indeed, needs usually ages to reach abiding results; but this is because it is in its nature an emergence from inconscient beginnings, a start from nescience and a working in the ignorance of natural beings by what seems to be an unconscious force. There can be, on the contrary, an evolution in the light and no longer in the darkness, in which the evolving being is a conscious participant and cooperator, and this is precisely what must take place here. Even in the effort and progress from the Ignorance to Knowledge this must be in part if not wholly the endeavour to be made on the heights of the nature, and it must be wholly that in the final movement towards the spiritual change, realisation, transformation. It must be still more so when there is a transition across the dividing line between the Ignorance and the Knowledge and the evolution is from knowledge to greater knowledge, from consciousness to greater consciousness, from being to greater being. There is then no longer any necessity for the slow pace of the ordinary evolution; there can be rapid conversion, quick transformation after transformation, what would seem to our normal present mind a succession of miracles. An evolution on the supramental levels could well be of that nature; it could be equally, if the being so chose, a more leisurely passage of one supramental state or condition of things to something beyond but still supramental, from level to divine level, a building up of divine gradations, a free growth to the supreme Supermind or beyond it to yet undreamed levels of being, consciousness and Ananda. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays In Philosophy And Yoga 558,
179:How to MeditateDeep meditation is a mental procedure that utilizes the nature of the mind to systematically bring the mind to rest. If the mind is given the opportunity, it will go to rest with no effort. That is how the mind works.Indeed, effort is opposed to the natural process of deep meditation. The mind always seeks the path of least resistance to express itself. Most of the time this is by making more and more thoughts. But it is also possible to create a situation in the mind that turns the path of least resistance into one leading to fewer and fewer thoughts. And, very soon, no thoughts at all. This is done by using a particular thought in a particular way. The thought is called a mantra.For our practice of deep meditation, we will use the thought - I AM. This will be our mantra.It is for the sound that we will use I AM, not for the meaning of it.The meaning has an obvious significance in English, and I AM has a religious meaning in the English Bible as well. But we will not use I AM for the meaning - only for the sound. We can also spell it AYAM. No meaning there, is there? Only the sound. That is what we want. If your first language is not English, you may spell the sound phonetically in your own language if you wish. No matter how we spell it, it will be the same sound. The power of the sound ...I AM... is great when thought inside. But only if we use a particular procedure. Knowing this procedure is the key to successful meditation. It is very simple. So simple that we will devote many pages here to discussing how to keep it simple, because we all have a tendency to make things more complicated. Maintaining simplicity is the key to right meditation.Here is the procedure of deep meditation: While sitting comfortably with eyes closed, we'll just relax. We will notice thoughts, streams of thoughts. That is fine. We just let them go by without minding them. After about a minute, we gently introduce the mantra, ...I AM...We think the mantra in a repetition very easily inside. The speed of repetition may vary, and we do not mind it. We do not intone the mantra out loud. We do not deliberately locate the mantra in any particular part of the body. Whenever we realize we are not thinking the mantra inside anymore, we come back to it easily. This may happen many times in a sitting, or only once or twice. It doesn't matter. We follow this procedure of easily coming back to the mantra when we realize we are off it for the predetermined time of our meditation session. That's it.Very simple.Typically, the way we will find ourselves off the mantra will be in a stream of other thoughts. This is normal. The mind is a thought machine, remember? Making thoughts is what it does. But, if we are meditating, as soon as we realize we are off into a stream of thoughts, no matter how mundane or profound, we just easily go back to the mantra.Like that. We don't make a struggle of it. The idea is not that we have to be on the mantra all the time. That is not the objective. The objective is to easily go back to it when we realize we are off it. We just favor the mantra with our attention when we notice we are not thinking it. If we are back into a stream of other thoughts five seconds later, we don't try and force the thoughts out. Thoughts are a normal part of the deep meditation process. We just ease back to the mantra again. We favor it.Deep meditation is a going toward, not a pushing away from. We do that every single time with the mantra when we realize we are off it - just easily favoring it. It is a gentle persuasion. No struggle. No fuss. No iron willpower or mental heroics are necessary for this practice. All such efforts are away from the simplicity of deep meditation and will reduce its effectiveness.As we do this simple process of deep meditation, we will at some point notice a change in the character of our inner experience. The mantra may become very refined and fuzzy. This is normal. It is perfectly all right to think the mantra in a very refined and fuzzy way if this is the easiest. It should always be easy - never a struggle. Other times, we may lose track of where we are for a while, having no mantra, or stream of thoughts either. This is fine too. When we realize we have been off somewhere, we just ease back to the mantra again. If we have been very settled with the mantra being barely recognizable, we can go back to that fuzzy level of it, if it is the easiest. As the mantra refines, we are riding it inward with our attention to progressively deeper levels of inner silence in the mind. So it is normal for the mantra to become very faint and fuzzy. We cannot force this to happen. It will happen naturally as our nervous system goes through its many cycles ofinner purification stimulated by deep meditation. When the mantra refines, we just go with it. And when the mantra does not refine, we just be with it at whatever level is easy. No struggle. There is no objective to attain, except to continue the simple procedure we are describing here.When and Where to MeditateHow long and how often do we meditate? For most people, twenty minutes is the best duration for a meditation session. It is done twice per day, once before the morning meal and day's activity, and then again before the evening meal and evening's activity.Try to avoid meditating right after eating or right before bed.Before meal and activity is the ideal time. It will be most effective and refreshing then. Deep meditation is a preparation for activity, and our results over time will be best if we are active between our meditation sessions. Also, meditation is not a substitute for sleep. The ideal situation is a good balance between meditation, daily activity and normal sleep at night. If we do this, our inner experience will grow naturally over time, and our outer life will become enriched by our growing inner silence.A word on how to sit in meditation: The first priority is comfort. It is not desirable to sit in a way that distracts us from the easy procedure of meditation. So sitting in a comfortable chair with back support is a good way to meditate. Later on, or if we are already familiar, there can be an advantage to sitting with legs crossed, also with back support. But always with comfort and least distraction being the priority. If, for whatever reason, crossed legs are not feasible for us, we will do just fine meditating in our comfortable chair. There will be no loss of the benefits.Due to commitments we may have, the ideal routine of meditation sessions will not always be possible. That is okay. Do the best you can and do not stress over it. Due to circumstances beyond our control, sometimes the only time we will have to meditate will be right after a meal, or even later in the evening near bedtime. If meditating at these times causes a little disruption in our system, we will know it soon enough and make the necessary adjustments. The main thing is that we do our best to do two meditations every day, even if it is only a short session between our commitments. Later on, we will look at the options we have to make adjustments to address varying outer circumstances, as well as inner experiences that can come up.Before we go on, you should try a meditation. Find a comfortable place to sit where you are not likely to be interrupted and do a short meditation, say ten minutes, and see how it goes. It is a toe in the water.Make sure to take a couple of minutes at the end sitting easily without doing the procedure of meditation. Then open your eyes slowly. Then read on here.As you will see, the simple procedure of deep meditation and it's resulting experiences will raise some questions. We will cover many of them here.So, now we will move into the practical aspects of deep meditation - your own experiences and initial symptoms of the growth of your own inner silence. ~ Yogani, Deep Meditation ,
180:Intuition And The Value Of Concentration ::: Mother, how can the faculty of intuition be developed? ... There are different kinds of intuition, and we carry these capacities within us. They are always active to some extent but we don't notice them because we don't pay enough attention to what is going on in us. Behind the emotions, deep within the being, in a consciousness seated somewhere near the level of the solar plexus, there is a sort of prescience, a kind of capacity for foresight, but not in the form of ideas: rather in the form of feelings, almost a perception of sensations. For instance, when one is going to decide to do something, there is sometimes a kind of uneasiness or inner refusal, and usually, if one listens to this deeper indication, one realises that it was justified. In other cases there is something that urges, indicates, insists - I am not speaking of impulses, you understand, of all the movements which come from the vital and much lower still - indications which are behind the feelings, which come from the affective part of the being; there too one can receive a fairly sure indication of the thing to be done. These are forms of intuition or of a higher instinct which can be cultivated by observation and also by studying the results. Naturally, it must be done very sincerely, objectively, without prejudice. If one wants to see things in a particular way and at the same time practise this observation, it is all useless. One must do it as if one were looking at what is happening from outside oneself, in someone else. It is one form of intuition and perhaps the first one that usually manifests. There is also another form but that one is much more difficult to observe because for those who are accustomed to think, to act by reason - not by impulse but by reason - to reflect before doing anything, there is an extremely swift process from cause to effect in the half-conscious thought which prevents you from seeing the line, the whole line of reasoning and so you don't think that it is a chain of reasoning, and that is quite deceptive. You have the impression of an intuition but it is not an intuition, it is an extremely rapid subconscious reasoning, which takes up a problem and goes straight to the conclusions. This must not be mistaken for intuition. In the ordinary functioning of the brain, intuition is something which suddenly falls like a drop of light. If one has the faculty, the beginning of a faculty of mental vision, it gives the impression of something coming from outside or above, like a little impact of a drop of light in the brain, absolutely independent of all reasoning. This is perceived more easily when one is able to silence one's mind, hold it still and attentive, arresting its usual functioning, as if the mind were changed into a kind of mirror turned towards a higher faculty in a sustained and silent attention. That too one can learn to do. One must learn to do it, it is a necessary discipline. When you have a question to solve, whatever it may be, usually you concentrate your attention here (pointing between the eyebrows), at the centre just above the eyes, the centre of the conscious will. But then if you do that, you cannot be in contact with intuition. You can be in contact with the source of the will, of effort, even of a certain kind of knowledge, but in the outer, almost material field; whereas, if you want to contact the intuition, you must keep this (Mother indicates the forehead) completely immobile. Active thought must be stopped as far as possible and the entire mental faculty must form - at the top of the head and a little further above if possible - a kind of mirror, very quiet, very still, turned upwards, in silent, very concentrated attention. If you succeed, you can - perhaps not immediately - but you can have the perception of the drops of light falling upon the mirror from a still unknown region and expressing themselves as a conscious thought which has no connection with all the rest of your thought since you have been able to keep it silent. That is the real beginning of the intellectual intuition. It is a discipline to be followed. For a long time one may try and not succeed, but as soon as one succeeds in making a mirror, still and attentive, one always obtains a result, not necessarily with a precise form of thought but always with the sensations of a light coming from above. And then, if one can receive this light coming from above without entering immediately into a whirl of activity, receive it in calm and silence and let it penetrate deep into the being, then after a while it expresses itself either as a luminous thought or as a very precise indication here (Mother indicates the heart), in this other centre. Naturally, first these two faculties must be developed; then, as soon as there is any result, one must observe the result, as I said, and see the connection with what is happening, the consequences: see, observe very attentively what has come in, what may have caused a distortion, what one has added by way of more or less conscious reasoning or the intervention of a lower will, also more or less conscious; and it is by a very deep study - indeed, almost of every moment, in any case daily and very frequent - that one succeeds in developing one's intuition. It takes a long time. It takes a long time and there are ambushes: one can deceive oneself, take for intuitions subconscious wills which try to manifest, indications given by impulses one has refused to receive openly, indeed all sorts of difficulties. One must be prepared for that. But if one persists, one is sure to succeed. And there comes a time when one feels a kind of inner guidance, something which is leading one very perceptibly in all that one does. But then, for the guidance to have its maximum power, one must naturally add to it a conscious surrender: one must be sincerely determined to follow the indication given by the higher force. If one does that, then... one saves years of study, one can seize the result extremely rapidly. If one also does that, the result comes very rapidly. But for that, it must be done with sincerity and... a kind of inner spontaneity. If one wants to try without this surrender, one may succeed - as one can also succeed in developing one's personal will and making it into a very considerable power - but that takes a very long time and one meets many obstacles and the result is very precarious; one must be very persistent, obstinate, persevering, and one is sure to succeed, but only after a great labour. Make your surrender with a sincere, complete self-giving, and you will go ahead at full speed, you will go much faster - but you must not do this calculatingly, for that spoils everything! (Silence) Moreover, whatever you may want to do in life, one thing is absolutely indispensable and at the basis of everything, the capacity of concentrating the attention. If you are able to gather together the rays of attention and consciousness on one point and can maintain this concentration with a persistent will, nothing can resist it - whatever it may be, from the most material physical development to the highest spiritual one. But this discipline must be followed in a constant and, it may be said, imperturbable way; not that you should always be concentrated on the same thing - that's not what I mean, I mean learning to concentrate. And materially, for studies, sports, all physical or mental development, it is absolutely indispensable. And the value of an individual is proportionate to the value of his attention. And from the spiritual point of view it is still more important. There is no spiritual obstacle which can resist a penetrating power of concentration. For instance, the discovery of the psychic being, union with the inner Divine, opening to the higher spheres, all can be obtained by an intense and obstinate power of concentration - but one must learn how to do it. There is nothing in the human or even in the superhuman field, to which the power of concentration is not the key. You can be the best athlete, you can be the best student, you can be an artistic, literary or scientific genius, you can be the greatest saint with that faculty. And everyone has in himself a tiny little beginning of it - it is given to everybody, but people do not cultivate it. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1957-1958 ,
181:Can a Yogi attain to a state of consciousness in which he can know all things, answer all questions, relating even to abstruse scientific problems, such as, for example, the theory of relativity?Theoretically and in principle it is not impossible for a Yogi to know everything; all depends upon the Yogi. But there is knowledge and knowledge. The Yogi does not know in the way of the mind. He does not know everything in the sense that he has access to all possible information or because he contains all the facts of the universe in his mind or because his consciousness is a sort of miraculous encyclopaedia. He knows by his capacity for a containing or dynamic identity with things and persons and forces. Or he knows because he lives in a plane of consciousness or is in contact with a consciousness in which there is the truth and the knowledge. If you are in the true consciousness, the knowledge you have will also be of the truth. Then, too, you can know directly, by being one with what you know. If a problem is put before you, if you are asked what is to be done in a particular matter, you can then, by looking with enough attention and concentration, receive spontaneously the required knowledge and the true answer. It is not by any careful application of theory that you reach the knowledge or by working it out through a mental process. The scientific mind needs these methods to come to its conclusions. But the Yogi's knowledge is direct and immediate; it is not deductive. If an engineer has to find out the exact position for the building of an arch, the line of its curve and the size of its opening, he does it by calculation, collating and deducing from his information and data. But a Yogi needs none of these things; he looks, has the vision of the thing, sees that it is to be done in this way and not in another, and this seeing is his knowledge. Although it may be true in a general way and in a certain sense that a Yogi can know all things and can answer all questions from his own field of vision and consciousness, yet it does not follow that there are no questions whatever of any kind to which he would not or could not answer. A Yogi who has the direct knowledge, the knowledge of the true truth of things, would not care or perhaps would find it difficult to answer questions that belong entirely to the domain of human mental constructions. It may be, he could not or would not wish to solve problems and difficulties you might put to him which touch only the illusion of things and their appearances. The working of his knowledge is not in the mind. If you put him some silly mental query of that character, he probably would not answer. The very common conception that you can put any ignorant question to him as to some super-schoolmaster or demand from him any kind of information past, present or future and that he is bound to answer, is a foolish idea. It is as inept as the expectation from the spiritual man of feats and miracles that would satisfy the vulgar external mind and leave it gaping with wonder. Moreover, the term "Yogi" is very vague and wide. There are many types of Yogis, many lines or ranges of spiritual or occult endeavour and different heights of achievement, there are some whose powers do not extend beyond the mental level; there are others who have gone beyond it. Everything depends on the field or nature of their effort, the height to which they have arrived, the consciousness with which they have contact or into which they enter. Do not scientists go sometimes beyond the mental plane? It is said that Einstein found his theory of relativity not through any process of reasoning, but through some kind of sudden inspiration. Has that inspiration anything to do with the Supermind?The scientist who gets an inspiration revealing to him a new truth, receives it from the intuitive mind. The knowledge comes as a direct perception in the higher mental plane illumined by some other light still farther above. But all that has nothing to do with the action of Supermind and this higher mental level is far removed from the supramental plane. Men are too easily inclined to believe that they have climbed into regions quite divine when they have only gone above the average level. There are many stages between the ordinary human mind and the Supermind, many grades and many intervening planes. If an ordinary man were to get into direct contact even with one of these intermediate planes, he would be dazzled and blinded, would be crushed under the weight of the sense of immensity or would lose his balance; and yet it is not the Supermind. Behind the common idea that a Yogi can know all things and answer all questions is the actual fact that there is a plane in the mind where the memory of everything is stored and remains always in existence. All mental movements that belong to the life of the earth are memorised and registered in this plane. Those who are capable of going there and care to take the trouble, can read in it and learn anything they choose. But this region must not be mistaken for the supramental levels. And yet to reach even there you must be able to silence the movements of the material or physical mind; you must be able to leave aside all your sensations and put a stop to your ordinary mental movements, whatever they are; you must get out of the vital; you must become free from the slavery of the body. Then only you can enter into that region and see. But if you are sufficiently interested to make this effort, you can arrive there and read what is written in the earth's memory. Thus, if you go deep into silence, you can reach a level of consciousness on which it is not impossible for you to receive answers to all your questions. And if there is one who is consciously open to the plenary truth of the supermind, in constant contact with it, he can certainly answer any question that is worth an answer from the supramental Light. The queries put must come from some sense of the truth and reality behind things. There are many questions and much debated problems that are cobwebs woven of mere mental abstractions or move on the illusory surface of things. These do not pertain to real knowledge; they are a deformation of knowledge, their very substance is of the ignorance. Certainly the supramental knowledge may give an answer, its own answer, to the problems set by the mind's ignorance; but it is likely that it would not be at all satisfactory or perhaps even intelligible to those who ask from the mental level. You must not expect the supramental to work in the way of the mind or demand that the knowledge in truth should be capable of being pieced together with the half-knowledge in ignorance. The scheme of the mind is one thing, but Supermind is quite another and it would no longer be supramental if it adapted itself to the exigencies of the mental scheme. The two are incommensurable and cannot be put together. When the consciousness has attained to supramental joys, does it no longer take interest in the things of the mind?The supramental does not take interest in mental things in the same way as the mind. It takes its own interest in all the movements of the universe, but it is from a different point of view and with a different vision. The world presents to it an entirely different appearance; there is a reversal of outlook and everything is seen from there as other than what it seems to the mind and often even the opposite. Things have another meaning; their aspect, their motion and process, everything about them, are watched with other eyes. Everything here is followed by the supermind; the mind movements and not less the vital, the material movements, all the play of the universe have for it a very deep interest, but of another kind. It is about the same difference as that between the interest taken in a puppet-play by one who holds the strings and knows what the puppets are to do and the will that moves them and that they can do only what it moves them to do, and the interest taken by another who observes the play but sees only what is happening from moment to moment and knows nothing else. The one who follows the play and is outside its secret has a stronger, an eager and passionate interest in what will happen and he gives an excited attention to its unforeseen or dramatic events; the other, who holds the strings and moves the show, is unmoved and tranquil. There is a certain intensity of interest which comes from ignorance and is bound up with illusion, and that must disappear when you are out of the ignorance. The interest that human beings take in things founds itself on the illusion; if that were removed, they would have no interest at all in the play; they would find it dry and dull. That is why all this ignorance, all this illusion has lasted so long; it is because men like it, because they cling to it and its peculiar kind of appeal that it endures. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931 93?
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182:The whole question. The whole question? And now, do you understand?... Not quite? I told you that you did not understand because it was muddled up; in one question three different ideas were included. So naturally it created a confusion. But taken separately they are what I explained to you just now, most probably; that is to say, one has this altogether ignorant and obliterated consciousness and is convinced that he is the cause and effect, the origin and result of himself, separate from all others, separate with a limited power to act upon others and a little greater capacity to be set in movement by others or to react to others' influence. That is how people think usually, something like that, isn't that so? How do you feel, you? What effect do you have upon yourself? And you? And you?... You have never thought about it? You have never looked into yourself to see what effect you exercise upon yourself? Never thought over it? No? How do you feel? Nobody will tell me? Come, you tell me that. Never tried to understand how you feel? Yes? No? How strange! Never sought to understand how, for example, decisions take place in you? From where do they come? What makes you decide one thing rather than another? And what is the relation between a decision of yours and your action? And to what extent do you have the freedom of choice between one thing and another? And how far do you feel you are able to, you are free to do this or that or that other or nothing at all?... You have pondered over that? Yes? Is there any one among the students who has thought over it? No? Nobody put the question to himself? You? You?... Even if one thinks over it, perhaps one is not able to answer! One cannot explain? No. It is difficult to explain? Even this simple little thing, to see where in your consciousness the wills that come from outside meet your will (which you call yours, which comes from within), at what place the two join together and to what extent the one from outside acts upon that from within and the one from within acts upon that from outside? You have never tried to find this out? It has never seemed to you unbearable that a will from outside should have an action upon your will? No? I do not know. Oh! I am putting very difficult problems! But, my children, I was preoccupied with that when I was a child of five!... So I thought you must have been preoccupied with it since a long time. In oneself, there are contradictory wills. Yes, many. That is one of the very first discoveries. There is one part which wants things this way; and then at another moment, another way, and a third time, one wants still another thing! Besides, there is even this: something that wants and another which says no. So? But it is exactly that which has to be found if you wish in the least to organise yourself. Why not project yourself upon a screen, as in the cinema, and then look at yourself moving on it? How interesting it is! This is the first step. You project yourself on the screen and then observe and see all that is moving there and how it moves and what happens. You make a little diagram, it becomes so interesting then. And then, after a while, when you are quite accustomed to seeing, you can go one step further and take a decision. Or even a still greater step: you organise - arrange, take up all that, put each thing in its place, organise in such a way that you begin to have a straight movement with an inner meaning. And then you become conscious of your direction and are able to say: "Very well, it will be thus; my life will develop in that way, because that is the logic of my being. Now, I have arranged all that within me, each thing has been put in its place, and so naturally a central orientation is forming. I am following this orientation. One step more and I know what will happen to me for I myself am deciding it...." I do not know, I am telling you this; to me it seemed terribly interesting, the most interesting thing in the world. There was nothing, no other thing that interested me more than that. This happened to me.... I was five or six or seven years old (at seven the thing became quite serious) and I had a father who loved the circus, and he came and told me: "Come with me, I am going to the circus on Sunday." I said: "No, I am doing something much more interesting than going to the circus!" Or again, young friends invited me to attend a meeting where we were to play together, enjoy together: "No, I enjoy here much more...." And it was quite sincere. It was not a pose: for me, it was like this, it was true. There was nothing in the world more enjoyable than that. And I am so convinced that anybody who does it in that way, with the same freshness and sincerity, will obtain most interesting results.... To put all that on a screen in front of yourself and look at what is happening. And the first step is to know all that is happening and then you must not try to shut your eyes when something does not appear pleasant to you! You must keep them wide open and put each thing in that way before the screen. Then you make quite an interesting discovery. And then the next step is to start telling yourself: "Since all that is happening within me, why should I not put this thing in this way and then that thing in that way and then this other in this way and thus wouldn't I be doing something logical that has a meaning? Why should I not remove that thing which stands obstructing the way, these conflicting wills? Why? And what does that represent in the being? Why is it there? If it were put there, would it not help instead of harming me?" And so on. And little by little, little by little, you see clearer and then you see why you are made like that, what is the thing you have got to do - that for which you are born. And then, quite naturally, since all is organised for this thing to happen, the path becomes straight and you can say beforehand: "It is in this way that it will happen." And when things come from outside to try and upset all that, you are able to say: "No, I accept this, for it helps; I reject that, for that harms." And then, after a few years, you curb yourself as you curb a horse: you do whatever you like, in the way you like and you go wherever you like. It seems to me this is worth the trouble. I believe it is the most interesting thing. ...You must have a great deal of sincerity, a little courage and perseverance and then a sort of mental curiosity, you understand, curious, seeking to know, interested, wanting to learn. To love to learn: that, one must have in one's nature. To find it impossible to stand before something grey, all hazy, in which nothing is seen clearly and which gives you quite an unpleasant feeling, for you do not know where you begin and where you end, what is yours and what is not yours and what is settled and what is not settled - what is this pulp-like thing you call yourself in which things get intermingled and act upon one another without even your being aware of it? You ask yourself: "But why have I done this?" You know nothing about it. "And why have I felt that?" You don't know that, either. And then, you are thrown into a world outside that is only fog and you are thrown into a world inside that is also for you another kind of fog, still more impenetrable, in which you live, like a cork thrown upon the waters and the waves carry it away or cast it into the air, and it drops and rolls on. That is quite an unpleasant state. I do not know, but to me it appears unpleasant. To see clearly, to see one's way, where one is going, why one is going there, how one is to go there and what one is going to do and what is the kind of relation with others... But that is a problem so wonderfully interesting - it is interesting - and you can always discover things every minute! One's work is never finished. There is a time, there is a certain state of consciousness when you have the feeling that you are in that condition with all the weight of the world lying heavy upon you and besides you are going in blinkers and do not know where you are going, but there is something which is pushing you. And that is truly a very unpleasant condition. And there is another moment when one draws oneself up and is able to see what is there above, and one becomes it; then one looks at the world as though from the top of a very very high mountain and one sees all that is happening below; then one can choose one's way and follow it. That is a more pleasant condition. This then is truly the truth, you are upon earth for that, surely. All individual beings and all the little concentrations of consciousness were created to do this work. It is the very reason for existence: to be able to become fully conscious of a certain sum of vibrations representing an individual being and put order there and find one's way and follow it. And so, as men do not know it and do not do it, life comes and gives them a blow here: "Oh! that hurts", then a blow there: "Ah! that's hurting me." And the thing goes on like that and all the time it is like that. And all the time they are getting pain somewhere. They suffer, they cry, they groan. But it is simply due to that reason, there is no other: it is that they have not done that little work. If, when they were quite young, there had been someone to teach them to do the work and they had done it without losing time, they could have gone through life gloriously and instead of suffering they would have been all-powerful masters of their destiny. This is not to say that necessarily all things would become pleasant. It is not at all that. But your reaction towards things becomes the true reaction and instead of suffering, you learn; instead of being miserable, you go forward and progress. After all, I believe it is for this that you are here - so that there is someone who can tell you: "There, well, try that. It is worth trying." ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953 199,
183:[The Gods and Their Worlds] [...] According to traditions and occult schools, all these zones of realities, these planes of realities have got different names; they have been classified in a different way, but there is an essential analogy, and if you go back far enough into the traditions, you see only the words changing according to the country and the language. Even now, the experiences of Western occultists and those of Eastern occultists offer great similarities. All who set out on the discovery of these invisible worlds and make a report of what they saw, give a very similar description, whether they be from here or there; they use different words, but the experience is very similar and the handling of forces is the same. This knowledge of the occult worlds is based on the existence of subtle bodies and of subtle worlds corresponding to those bodies. They are what the psychological method calls "states of consciousness", but these states of consciousness really correspond to worlds. The occult procedure consists then in being aware of these various inner states of being or subtle bodies and in becoming sufficiently a master of them so as to be able to go out of them successively, one after another. There is indeed a whole scale of subtleties, increasing or decreasing according to the direction in which you go, and the occult procedure consists in going out of a denser body into a subtler body and so on again, up to the most ethereal regions. You go, by successive exteriorisations, into bodies or worlds more and more subtle. It is somewhat as if every time you passed into another dimension. The fourth dimension of the physicists is nothing but the scientific transcription of an occult knowledge. To give another image, one can say that the physical body is at the centre - it is the most material, the densest and also the smallest - and the inner bodies, more subtle, overflow more and more the central physical body; they pass through it, extending themselves farther and farther, like water evaporating from a porous vase and forming a kind of steam all around. And the greater the subtlety, the more the extension tends to unite with that of the universe: one ends by universalising oneself. And it is altogether a concrete process which gives an objective experience of invisible worlds and even enables one to act in these worlds. There are, then, only a very small number of people in the West who know that these gods are not merely subjective and imaginary - more or less wildly imaginary - but that they correspond to a universal truth. All these regions, all these domains are filled with beings who exist, each in its own domain, and if you are awake and conscious on a particular plane - for instance, if on going out of a more material body you awake on some higher plane, you have the same relation with the things and people of that plane as you had with the things and people of the material world. That is to say, there exists an entirely objective relation that has nothing to do with the idea you may have of these things. Naturally, the resemblance is greater and greater as you approach the physical world, the material world, and there even comes a time when the one region has a direct action upon the other. In any case, in what Sri Aurobindo calls the overmental worlds, you will find a concrete reality absolutely independent of your personal experience; you go back there and again find the same things, with the differences that have occurred during your absence. And you have relations with those beings that are identical with the relations you have with physical beings, with this difference that the relation is more plastic, supple and direct - for example, there is the capacity to change the external form, the visible form, according to the inner state you are in. But you can make an appointment with someone and be at the appointed place and find the same being again, with certain differences that have come about during your absence; it is entirely concrete with results entirely concrete. One must have at least a little of this experience in order to understand these things. Otherwise, those who are convinced that all this is mere human imagination and mental formation, who believe that these gods have such and such a form because men have thought them to be like that, and that they have certain defects and certain qualities because men have thought them to be like that - all those who say that God is made in the image of man and that he exists only in human thought, all these will not understand; to them this will appear absolutely ridiculous, madness. One must have lived a little, touched the subject a little, to know how very concrete the thing is. Naturally, children know a good deal if they have not been spoilt. There are so many children who return every night to the same place and continue to live the life they have begun there. When these faculties are not spoilt with age, you can keep them with you. At a time when I was especially interested in dreams, I could return exactly to a place and continue a work that I had begun: supervise something, for example, set something in order, a work of organisation or of discovery, of exploration. You go until you reach a certain spot, as you would go in life, then you take a rest, then you return and begin again - you begin the work at the place where you left off and you continue it. And you perceive that there are things which are quite independent of you, in the sense that changes of which you are not at all the author, have taken place automatically during your absence. But for this, you must live these experiences yourself, you must see them yourself, live them with sufficient sincerity and spontaneity in order to see that they are independent of any mental formation. For you can do the opposite also, and deepen the study of the action of mental formation upon events. This is very interesting, but it is another domain. And this study makes you very careful, very prudent, because you become aware of how far you can delude yourself. So you must study both, the dream and the occult reality, in order to see what is the essential difference between the two. The one depends upon us; the other exists in itself; entirely independent of the thought that we have of it. When you have worked in that domain, you recognise in fact that once a subject has been studied and something has been learnt mentally, it gives a special colour to the experience; the experience may be quite spontaneous and sincere, but the simple fact that the subject was known and studied lends a particular quality. Whereas if you had learnt nothing about the question, if you knew nothing at all, the transcription would be completely spontaneous and sincere when the experience came; it would be more or less adequate, but it would not be the outcome of a previous mental formation. Naturally, this occult knowledge or this experience is not very frequent in the world, because in those who do not have a developed inner life, there are veritable gaps between the external consciousness and the inmost consciousness; the linking states of being are missing and they have to be constructed. So when people enter there for the first time, they are bewildered, they have the impression they have fallen into the night, into nothingness, into non-being! I had a Danish friend, a painter, who was like that. He wanted me to teach him how to go out of the body; he used to have interesting dreams and thought that it would be worth the trouble to go there consciously. So I made him "go out" - but it was a frightful thing! When he was dreaming, a part of his mind still remained conscious, active, and a kind of link existed between this active part and his external being; then he remembered some of his dreams, but it was a very partial phenomenon. And to go out of one's body means to pass gradually through all the states of being, if one does the thing systematically. Well, already in the subtle physical, one is almost de-individualised, and when one goes farther, there remains nothing, for nothing is formed or individualised. Thus, when people are asked to meditate or told to go within, to enter into themselves, they are in agony - naturally! They have the impression that they are vanishing. And with reason: there is nothing, no consciousness! These things that appear to us quite natural and evident, are, for people who know nothing, wild imagination. If, for example, you transplant these experiences or this knowledge to the West, well, unless you have been frequenting the circles of occultists, they stare at you with open eyes. And when you have turned your back, they hasten to say, "These people are cranks!" Now to come back to the gods and conclude. It must be said that all those beings who have never had an earthly existence - gods or demons, invisible beings and powers - do not possess what the Divine has put into man: the psychic being. And this psychic being gives to man true love, charity, compassion, a deep kindness, which compensate for all his external defects. In the gods there is no fault because they live according to their own nature, spontaneously and without constraint: as gods, it is their manner of being. But if you take a higher point of view, if you have a higher vision, a vision of the whole, you see that they lack certain qualities that are exclusively human. By his capacity of love and self-giving, man can have as much power as the gods and even more, when he is not egoistic, when he has surmounted his egoism. If he fulfils the required condition, man is nearer to the Supreme than the gods are. He can be nearer. He is not so automatically, but he has the power to be so, the potentiality. If human love manifested itself without mixture, it would be all-powerful. Unfortunately, in human love there is as much love of oneself as of the one loved; it is not a love that makes you forget yourself. - 4 November 1958 ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III 355
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184:The Science of Living To know oneself and to control oneself AN AIMLESS life is always a miserable life. Every one of you should have an aim. But do not forget that on the quality of your aim will depend the quality of your life. Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested; this will make your life precious to yourself and to others. But whatever your ideal, it cannot be perfectly realised unless you have realised perfection in yourself. To work for your perfection, the first step is to become conscious of yourself, of the different parts of your being and their respective activities. You must learn to distinguish these different parts one from another, so that you may become clearly aware of the origin of the movements that occur in you, the many impulses, reactions and conflicting wills that drive you to action. It is an assiduous study which demands much perseverance and sincerity. For man's nature, especially his mental nature, has a spontaneous tendency to give a favourable explanation for everything he thinks, feels, says and does. It is only by observing these movements with great care, by bringing them, as it were, before the tribunal of our highest ideal, with a sincere will to submit to its judgment, that we can hope to form in ourselves a discernment that never errs. For if we truly want to progress and acquire the capacity of knowing the truth of our being, that is to say, what we are truly created for, what we can call our mission upon earth, then we must, in a very regular and constant manner, reject from us or eliminate in us whatever contradicts the truth of our existence, whatever is opposed to it. In this way, little by little, all the parts, all the elements of our being can be organised into a homogeneous whole around our psychic centre. This work of unification requires much time to be brought to some degree of perfection. Therefore, in order to accomplish it, we must arm ourselves with patience and endurance, with a determination to prolong our life as long as necessary for the success of our endeavour. As you pursue this labour of purification and unification, you must at the same time take great care to perfect the external and instrumental part of your being. When the higher truth manifests, it must find in you a mind that is supple and rich enough to be able to give the idea that seeks to express itself a form of thought which preserves its force and clarity. This thought, again, when it seeks to clothe itself in words, must find in you a sufficient power of expression so that the words reveal the thought and do not deform it. And the formula in which you embody the truth should be manifested in all your feelings, all your acts of will, all your actions, in all the movements of your being. Finally, these movements themselves should, by constant effort, attain their highest perfection. All this can be realised by means of a fourfold discipline, the general outline of which is given here. The four aspects of the discipline do not exclude each other, and can be followed at the same time; indeed, this is preferable. The starting-point is what can be called the psychic discipline. We give the name "psychic" to the psychological centre of our being, the seat within us of the highest truth of our existence, that which can know this truth and set it in movement. It is therefore of capital importance to become conscious of its presence in us, to concentrate on this presence until it becomes a living fact for us and we can identify ourselves with it. In various times and places many methods have been prescribed for attaining this perception and ultimately achieving this identification. Some methods are psychological, some religious, some even mechanical. In reality, everyone has to find the one which suits him best, and if one has an ardent and steadfast aspiration, a persistent and dynamic will, one is sure to meet, in one way or another - outwardly through reading and study, inwardly through concentration, meditation, revelation and experience - the help one needs to reach the goal. Only one thing is absolutely indispensable: the will to discover and to realise. This discovery and realisation should be the primary preoccupation of our being, the pearl of great price which we must acquire at any cost. Whatever you do, whatever your occupations and activities, the will to find the truth of your being and to unite with it must be always living and present behind all that you do, all that you feel, all that you think. To complement this movement of inner discovery, it would be good not to neglect the development of the mind. For the mental instrument can equally be a great help or a great hindrance. In its natural state the human mind is always limited in its vision, narrow in its understanding, rigid in its conceptions, and a constant effort is therefore needed to widen it, to make it more supple and profound. So it is very necessary to consider everything from as many points of view as possible. Towards this end, there is an exercise which gives great suppleness and elevation to the thought. It is as follows: a clearly formulated thesis is set; against it is opposed its antithesis, formulated with the same precision. Then by careful reflection the problem must be widened or transcended until a synthesis is found which unites the two contraries in a larger, higher and more comprehensive idea. Many other exercises of the same kind can be undertaken; some have a beneficial effect on the character and so possess a double advantage: that of educating the mind and that of establishing control over the feelings and their consequences. For example, you must never allow your mind to judge things and people, for the mind is not an instrument of knowledge; it is incapable of finding knowledge, but it must be moved by knowledge. Knowledge belongs to a much higher domain than that of the human mind, far above the region of pure ideas. The mind has to be silent and attentive to receive knowledge from above and manifest it. For it is an instrument of formation, of organisation and action, and it is in these functions that it attains its full value and real usefulness. There is another practice which can be very helpful to the progress of the consciousness. Whenever there is a disagreement on any matter, such as a decision to be taken, or an action to be carried out, one must never remain closed up in one's own conception or point of view. On the contrary, one must make an effort to understand the other's point of view, to put oneself in his place and, instead of quarrelling or even fighting, find the solution which can reasonably satisfy both parties; there always is one for men of goodwill. Here we must mention the discipline of the vital. The vital being in us is the seat of impulses and desires, of enthusiasm and violence, of dynamic energy and desperate depressions, of passions and revolts. It can set everything in motion, build and realise; but it can also destroy and mar everything. Thus it may be the most difficult part to discipline in the human being. It is a long and exacting labour requiring great patience and perfect sincerity, for without sincerity you will deceive yourself from the very outset, and all endeavour for progress will be in vain. With the collaboration of the vital no realisation seems impossible, no transformation impracticable. But the difficulty lies in securing this constant collaboration. The vital is a good worker, but most often it seeks its own satisfaction. If that is refused, totally or even partially, the vital gets vexed, sulks and goes on strike. Its energy disappears more or less completely and in its place leaves disgust for people and things, discouragement or revolt, depression and dissatisfaction. At such moments it is good to remain quiet and refuse to act; for these are the times when one does stupid things and in a few moments one can destroy or spoil the progress that has been made during months of regular effort. These crises are shorter and less dangerous for those who have established a contact with their psychic being which is sufficient to keep alive in them the flame of aspiration and the consciousness of the ideal to be realised. They can, with the help of this consciousness, deal with their vital as one deals with a rebellious child, with patience and perseverance, showing it the truth and light, endeavouring to convince it and awaken in it the goodwill which has been veiled for a time. By means of such patient intervention each crisis can be turned into a new progress, into one more step towards the goal. Progress may be slow, relapses may be frequent, but if a courageous will is maintained, one is sure to triumph one day and see all difficulties melt and vanish before the radiance of the truth-consciousness. Lastly, by means of a rational and discerning physical education, we must make our body strong and supple enough to become a fit instrument in the material world for the truth-force which wants to manifest through us. In fact, the body must not rule, it must obey. By its very nature it is a docile and faithful servant. Unfortunately, it rarely has the capacity of discernment it ought to have with regard to its masters, the mind and the vital. It obeys them blindly, at the cost of its own well-being. The mind with its dogmas, its rigid and arbitrary principles, the vital with its passions, its excesses and dissipations soon destroy the natural balance of the body and create in it fatigue, exhaustion and disease. It must be freed from this tyranny and this can be done only through a constant union with the psychic centre of the being. The body has a wonderful capacity of adaptation and endurance. It is able to do so many more things than one usually imagines. If, instead of the ignorant and despotic masters that now govern it, it is ruled by the central truth of the being, you will be amazed at what it is capable of doing. Calm and quiet, strong and poised, at every minute it will be able to put forth the effort that is demanded of it, for it will have learnt to find rest in action and to recuperate, through contact with the universal forces, the energies it expends consciously and usefully. In this sound and balanced life a new harmony will manifest in the body, reflecting the harmony of the higher regions, which will give it perfect proportions and ideal beauty of form. And this harmony will be progressive, for the truth of the being is never static; it is a perpetual unfolding of a growing perfection that is more and more total and comprehensive. As soon as the body has learnt to follow this movement of progressive harmony, it will be possible for it to escape, through a continuous process of transformation, from the necessity of disintegration and destruction. Thus the irrevocable law of death will no longer have any reason to exist. When we reach this degree of perfection which is our goal, we shall perceive that the truth we seek is made up of four major aspects: Love, Knowledge, Power and Beauty. These four attributes of the Truth will express themselves spontaneously in our being. The psychic will be the vehicle of true and pure love, the mind will be the vehicle of infallible knowledge, the vital will manifest an invincible power and strength and the body will be the expression of a perfect beauty and harmony. Bulletin, November 1950 ~ The Mother, On Education ,
185:Mental EducationOF ALL lines of education, mental education is the most widely known and practised, yet except in a few rare cases there are gaps which make it something very incomplete and in the end quite insufficient. Generally speaking, schooling is considered to be all the mental education that is necessary. And when a child has been made to undergo, for a number of years, a methodical training which is more like cramming than true schooling, it is considered that whatever is necessary for his mental development has been done. Nothing of the kind. Even conceding that the training is given with due measure and discrimination and does not permanently damage the brain, it cannot impart to the human mind the faculties it needs to become a good and useful instrument. The schooling that is usually given can, at the most, serve as a system of gymnastics to increase the suppleness of the brain. From this standpoint, each branch of human learning represents a special kind of mental gymnastics, and the verbal formulations given to these various branches each constitute a special and well-defined language. A true mental education, which will prepare man for a higher life, has five principal phases. Normally these phases follow one after another, but in exceptional individuals they may alternate or even proceed simultaneously. These five phases, in brief, are: (1) Development of the power of concentration, the capacity of attention. (2) Development of the capacities of expansion, widening, complexity and richness. (3) Organisation of one's ideas around a central idea, a higher ideal or a supremely luminous idea that will serve as a guide in life. (4) Thought-control, rejection of undesirable thoughts, to become able to think only what one wants and when one wants. (5) Development of mental silence, perfect calm and a more and more total receptivity to inspirations coming from the higher regions of the being. It is not possible to give here all the details concerning the methods to be employed in the application of these five phases of education to different individuals. Still, a few explanations on points of detail can be given. Undeniably, what most impedes mental progress in children is the constant dispersion of their thoughts. Their thoughts flutter hither and thither like butterflies and they have to make a great effort to fix them. Yet this capacity is latent in them, for when you succeed in arousing their interest, they are capable of a good deal of attention. By his ingenuity, therefore, the educator will gradually help the child to become capable of a sustained effort of attention and a faculty of more and more complete absorption in the work in hand. All methods that can develop this faculty of attention from games to rewards are good and can all be utilised according to the need and the circumstances. But it is the psychological action that is most important and the sovereign method is to arouse in the child an interest in what you want to teach him, a liking for work, a will to progress. To love to learn is the most precious gift that one can give to a child: to love to learn always and everywhere, so that all circumstances, all happenings in life may be constantly renewed opportunities for learning more and always more. For that, to attention and concentration should be added observation, precise recording and faithfulness of memory. This faculty of observation can be developed by varied and spontaneous exercises, making use of every opportunity that presents itself to keep the child's thought wakeful, alert and prompt. The growth of the understanding should be stressed much more than that of memory. One knows well only what one has understood. Things learnt by heart, mechanically, fade away little by little and finally disappear; what is understood is never forgotten. Moreover, you must never refuse to explain to a child the how and the why of things. If you cannot do it yourself, you must direct the child to those who are qualified to answer or point out to him some books that deal with the question. In this way you will progressively awaken in the child the taste for true study and the habit of making a persistent effort to know. This will bring us quite naturally to the second phase of development in which the mind should be widened and enriched. You will gradually show the child that everything can become an interesting subject for study if it is approached in the right way. The life of every day, of every moment, is the best school of all, varied, complex, full of unexpected experiences, problems to be solved, clear and striking examples and obvious consequences. It is so easy to arouse healthy curiosity in children, if you answer with intelligence and clarity the numerous questions they ask. An interesting reply to one readily brings others in its train and so the attentive child learns without effort much more than he usually does in the classroom. By a choice made with care and insight, you should also teach him to enjoy good reading-matter which is both instructive and attractive. Do not be afraid of anything that awakens and pleases his imagination; imagination develops the creative mental faculty and through it study becomes living and the mind develops in joy. In order to increase the suppleness and comprehensiveness of his mind, one should see not only that he studies many varied topics, but above all that a single subject is approached in various ways, so that the child understands in a practical manner that there are many ways of facing the same intellectual problem, of considering it and solving it. This will remove all rigidity from his brain and at the same time it will make his thinking richer and more supple and prepare it for a more complex and comprehensive synthesis. In this way also the child will be imbued with the sense of the extreme relativity of mental learning and, little by little, an aspiration for a truer source of knowledge will awaken in him. Indeed, as the child grows older and progresses in his studies, his mind too ripens and becomes more and more capable of forming general ideas, and with them almost always comes a need for certitude, for a knowledge that is stable enough to form the basis of a mental construction which will permit all the diverse and scattered and often contradictory ideas accumulated in his brain to be organised and put in order. This ordering is indeed very necessary if one is to avoid chaos in one's thoughts. All contradictions can be transformed into complements, but for that one must discover the higher idea that will have the power to bring them harmoniously together. It is always good to consider every problem from all possible standpoints so as to avoid partiality and exclusiveness; but if the thought is to be active and creative, it must, in every case, be the natural and logical synthesis of all the points of view adopted. And if you want to make the totality of your thoughts into a dynamic and constructive force, you must also take great care as to the choice of the central idea of your mental synthesis; for upon that will depend the value of this synthesis. The higher and larger the central idea and the more universal it is, rising above time and space, the more numerous and the more complex will be the ideas, notions and thoughts which it will be able to organise and harmonise. It goes without saying that this work of organisation cannot be done once and for all. The mind, if it is to keep its vigour and youth, must progress constantly, revise its notions in the light of new knowledge, enlarge its frame-work to include fresh notions and constantly reclassify and reorganise its thoughts, so that each of them may find its true place in relation to the others and the whole remain harmonious and orderly. All that has just been said concerns the speculative mind, the mind that learns. But learning is only one aspect of mental activity; the other, which is at least equally important, is the constructive faculty, the capacity to form and thus prepare action. This very important part of mental activity has rarely been the subject of any special study or discipline. Only those who want, for some reason, to exercise a strict control over their mental activities think of observing and disciplining this faculty of formation; and as soon as they try it, they have to face difficulties so great that they appear almost insurmountable. And yet control over this formative activity of the mind is one of the most important aspects of self-education; one can say that without it no mental mastery is possible. As far as study is concerned, all ideas are acceptable and should be included in the synthesis, whose very function is to become more and more rich and complex; but where action is concerned, it is just the opposite. The ideas that are accepted for translation into action should be strictly controlled and only those that agree with the general trend of the central idea forming the basis of the mental synthesis should be permitted to express themselves in action. This means that every thought entering the mental consciousness should be set before the central idea; if it finds a logical place among the thoughts already grouped, it will be admitted into the synthesis; if not, it will be rejected so that it can have no influence on the action. This work of mental purification should be done very regularly in order to secure a complete control over one's actions. For this purpose, it is good to set apart some time every day when one can quietly go over one's thoughts and put one's synthesis in order. Once the habit is acquired, you can maintain control over your thoughts even during work and action, allowing only those which are useful for what you are doing to come to the surface. Particularly, if you have continued to cultivate the power of concentration and attention, only the thoughts that are needed will be allowed to enter the active external consciousness and they then become all the more dynamic and effective. And if, in the intensity of concentration, it becomes necessary not to think at all, all mental vibration can be stilled and an almost total silence secured. In this silence one can gradually open to the higher regions of the mind and learn to record the inspirations that come from there. But even before reaching this point, silence in itself is supremely useful, because in most people who have a somewhat developed and active mind, the mind is never at rest. During the day, its activity is kept under a certain control, but at night, during the sleep of the body, the control of the waking state is almost completely removed and the mind indulges in activities which are sometimes excessive and often incoherent. This creates a great stress which leads to fatigue and the diminution of the intellectual faculties. The fact is that like all the other parts of the human being, the mind too needs rest and it will not have this rest unless we know how to provide it. The art of resting one's mind is something to be acquired. Changing one's mental activity is certainly one way of resting; but the greatest possible rest is silence. And as far as the mental faculties are concerned a few minutes passed in the calm of silence are a more effective rest than hours of sleep. When one has learned to silence the mind at will and to concentrate it in receptive silence, then there will be no problem that cannot be solved, no mental difficulty whose solution cannot be found. When it is agitated, thought becomes confused and impotent; in an attentive tranquillity, the light can manifest itself and open up new horizons to man's capacity. Bulletin, November 1951 ~ The Mother, On Education ,
186:It does not matter if you do not understand it - Savitri, read it always. You will see that every time you read it, something new will be revealed to you. Each time you will get a new glimpse, each time a new experience; things which were not there, things you did not understand arise and suddenly become clear. Always an unexpected vision comes up through the words and lines. Every time you try to read and understand, you will see that something is added, something which was hidden behind is revealed clearly and vividly. I tell you the very verses you have read once before, will appear to you in a different light each time you re-read them. This is what happens invariably. Always your experience is enriched, it is a revelation at each step. But you must not read it as you read other books or newspapers. You must read with an empty head, a blank and vacant mind, without there being any other thought; you must concentrate much, remain empty, calm and open; then the words, rhythms, vibrations will penetrate directly to this white page, will put their stamp upon the brain, will explain themselves without your making any effort. Savitri alone is sufficient to make you climb to the highest peaks. If truly one knows how to meditate on Savitri, one will receive all the help one needs. For him who wishes to follow this path, it is a concrete help as though the Lord himself were taking you by the hand and leading you to the destined goal. And then, every question, however personal it may be, has its answer here, every difficulty finds its solution herein; indeed there is everything that is necessary for doing the Yoga.*He has crammed the whole universe in a single book.* It is a marvellous work, magnificent and of an incomparable perfection. You know, before writing Savitri Sri Aurobindo said to me, WIKI am impelled to launch on a new adventure; I was hesitant in the beginning, but now I am decided. Still, I do not know how far I shall succeed. I pray for help.* And you know what it was? It was - before beginning, I warn you in advance - it was His way of speaking, so full of divine humility and modesty. He never... *asserted Himself*. And the day He actually began it, He told me: WIKI have launched myself in a rudderless boat upon the vastness of the Infinite.* And once having started, He wrote page after page without intermission, as though it were a thing already complete up there and He had only to transcribe it in ink down here on these pages. In truth, the entire form of Savitri has descended "en masse" from the highest region and Sri Aurobindo with His genius only arranged the lines - in a superb and magnificent style. Sometimes entire lines were revealed and He has left them intact; He worked hard, untiringly, so that the inspiration could come from the highest possible summit. And what a work He has created! Yes, it is a true creation in itself. It is an unequalled work. Everything is there, and it is put in such a simple, such a clear form; verses perfectly harmonious, limpid and eternally true. My child, I have read so many things, but I have never come across anything which could be compared with Savitri. I have studied the best works in Greek, Latin, English and of course French literature, also in German and all the great creations of the West and the East, including the great epics; but I repeat it, I have not found anywhere anything comparable with Savitri. All these literary works seems to me empty, flat, hollow, without any deep reality - apart from a few rare exceptions, and these too represent only a small fraction of what Savitri is. What grandeur, what amplitude, what reality: it is something immortal and eternal He has created. I tell you once again there is nothing like in it the whole world. Even if one puts aside the vision of the reality, that is, the essential substance which is the heart of the inspiration, and considers only the lines in themselves, one will find them unique, of the highest classical kind. What He has created is something man cannot imagine. For, everything is there, everything. It may then be said that Savitri is a revelation, it is a meditation, it is a quest of the Infinite, the Eternal. If it is read with this aspiration for Immortality, the reading itself will serve as a guide to Immortality. To read Savitri is indeed to practice Yoga, spiritual concentration; one can find there all that is needed to realise the Divine. Each step of Yoga is noted here, including the secret of all other Yogas. Surely, if one sincerely follows what is revealed here in each line one will reach finally the transformation of the Supramental Yoga. It is truly the infallible guide who never abandons you; its support is always there for him who wants to follow the path. Each verse of Savitri is like a revealed Mantra which surpasses all that man possessed by way of knowledge, and I repeat this, the words are expressed and arranged in such a way that the sonority of the rhythm leads you to the origin of sound, which is OM. My child, yes, everything is there: mysticism, occultism, philosophy, the history of evolution, the history of man, of the gods, of creation, of Nature. How the universe was created, why, for what purpose, what destiny - all is there. You can find all the answers to all your questions there. Everything is explained, even the future of man and of the evolution, all that nobody yet knows. He has described it all in beautiful and clear words so that spiritual adventurers who wish to solve the mysteries of the world may understand it more easily. But this mystery is well hidden behind the words and lines and one must rise to the required level of true consciousness to discover it. All prophesies, all that is going to come is presented with the precise and wonderful clarity. Sri Aurobindo gives you here the key to find the Truth, to discover the Consciousness, to solve the problem of what the universe is. He has also indicated how to open the door of the Inconscience so that the light may penetrate there and transform it. He has shown the path, the way to liberate oneself from the ignorance and climb up to the superconscience; each stage, each plane of consciousness, how they can be scaled, how one can cross even the barrier of death and attain immortality. You will find the whole journey in detail, and as you go forward you can discover things altogether unknown to man. That is Savitri and much more yet. It is a real experience - reading Savitri. All the secrets that man possessed, He has revealed, - as well as all that awaits him in the future; all this is found in the depth of Savitri. But one must have the knowledge to discover it all, the experience of the planes of consciousness, the experience of the Supermind, even the experience of the conquest of Death. He has noted all the stages, marked each step in order to advance integrally in the integral Yoga. All this is His own experience, and what is most surprising is that it is my own experience also. It is my sadhana which He has worked out. Each object, each event, each realisation, all the descriptions, even the colours are exactly what I saw and the words, phrases are also exactly what I heard. And all this before having read the book. I read Savitri many times afterwards, but earlier, when He was writing He used to read it to me. Every morning I used to hear Him read Savitri. During the night He would write and in the morning read it to me. And I observed something curious, that day after day the experiences He read out to me in the morning were those I had had the previous night, word by word. Yes, all the descriptions, the colours, the pictures I had seen, the words I had heard, all, all, I heard it all, put by Him into poetry, into miraculous poetry. Yes, they were exactly my experiences of the previous night which He read out to me the following morning. And it was not just one day by chance, but for days and days together. And every time I used to compare what He said with my previous experiences and they were always the same. I repeat, it was not that I had told Him my experiences and that He had noted them down afterwards, no, He knew already what I had seen. It is my experiences He has presented at length and they were His experiences also. It is, moreover, the picture of Our joint adventure into the unknown or rather into the Supermind. These are experiences lived by Him, realities, supracosmic truths. He experienced all these as one experiences joy or sorrow, physically. He walked in the darkness of inconscience, even in the neighborhood of death, endured the sufferings of perdition, and emerged from the mud, the world-misery to breathe the sovereign plenitude and enter the supreme Ananda. He crossed all these realms, went through the consequences, suffered and endured physically what one cannot imagine. Nobody till today has suffered like Him. He accepted suffering to transform suffering into the joy of union with the Supreme. It is something unique and incomparable in the history of the world. It is something that has never happened before, He is the first to have traced the path in the Unknown, so that we may be able to walk with certitude towards the Supermind. He has made the work easy for us. Savitri is His whole Yoga of transformation, and this Yoga appears now for the first time in the earth-consciousness. And I think that man is not yet ready to receive it. It is too high and too vast for him. He cannot understand it, grasp it, for it is not by the mind that one can understand Savitri. One needs spiritual experiences in order to understand and assimilate it. The farther one advances on the path of Yoga, the more does one assimilate and the better. No, it is something which will be appreciated only in the future, it is the poetry of tomorrow of which He has spoken in The Future Poetry. It is too subtle, too refined, - it is not in the mind or through the mind, it is in meditation that Savitri is revealed. And men have the audacity to compare it with the work of Virgil or Homer and to find it inferior. They do not understand, they cannot understand. What do they know? Nothing at all. And it is useless to try to make them understand. Men will know what it is, but in a distant future. It is only the new race with a new consciousness which will be able to understand. I assure you there is nothing under the blue sky to compare with Savitri. It is the mystery of mysteries. It is a *super-epic,* it is super-literature, super-poetry, super-vision, it is a super-work even if one considers the number of lines He has written. No, these human words are not adequate to describe Savitri. Yes, one needs superlatives, hyperboles to describe it. It is a hyper-epic. No, words express nothing of what Savitri is, at least I do not find them. It is of immense value - spiritual value and all other values; it is eternal in its subject, and infinite in its appeal, miraculous in its mode and power of execution; it is a unique thing, the more you come into contact with it, the higher will you be uplifted. Ah, truly it is something! It is the most beautiful thing He has left for man, the highest possible. What is it? When will man know it? When is he going to lead a life of truth? When is he going to accept this in his life? This yet remains to be seen. My child, every day you are going to read Savitri; read properly, with the right attitude, concentrating a little before opening the pages and trying to keep the mind as empty as possible, absolutely without a thought. The direct road is through the heart. I tell you, if you try to really concentrate with this aspiration you can light the flame, the psychic flame, the flame of purification in a very short time, perhaps in a few days. What you cannot do normally, you can do with the help of Savitri. Try and you will see how very different it is, how new, if you read with this attitude, with this something at the back of your consciousness; as though it were an offering to Sri Aurobindo. You know it is charged, fully charged with consciousness; as if Savitri were a being, a real guide. I tell you, whoever, wanting to practice Yoga, tries sincerely and feels the necessity for it, will be able to climb with the help of Savitri to the highest rung of the ladder of Yoga, will be able to find the secret that Savitri represents. And this without the help of a Guru. And he will be able to practice it anywhere. For him Savitri alone will be the guide, for all that he needs he will find Savitri. If he remains very quiet when before a difficulty, or when he does not know where to turn to go forward and how to overcome obstacles, for all these hesitations and incertitudes which overwhelm us at every moment, he will have the necessary indications, and the necessary concrete help. If he remains very calm, open, if he aspires sincerely, always he will be as if lead by the hand. If he has faith, the will to give himself and essential sincerity he will reach the final goal. Indeed, Savitri is something concrete, living, it is all replete, packed with consciousness, it is the supreme knowledge above all human philosophies and religions. It is the spiritual path, it is Yoga, Tapasya, Sadhana, in its single body. Savitri has an extraordinary power, it gives out vibrations for him who can receive them, the true vibrations of each stage of consciousness. It is incomparable, it is truth in its plenitude, the Truth Sri Aurobindo brought down on the earth. My child, one must try to find the secret that Savitri represents, the prophetic message Sri Aurobindo reveals there for us. This is the work before you, it is hard but it is worth the trouble. - 5 November 1967 ~ The Mother, Sweet Mother The Mother to Mona Sarkar,

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1:mayor of Dead City. ~ James Ponti
2:whosyourcity.com ~ Richard Florida
3:Every city is a war. ~ Sam J Miller
4:catholicity ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
5:L.A. is my American city. ~ Tom Ford
6:That’s the city of Oops. ~ L R W Lee
7:To Toronto City Council: ~ Geddy Lee
8:Minnesota's a great city. ~ Ray Allen
9:Simplicity is complex. ~ Jayce O Neal
10:Truth defies simplicity. ~ John Green
11:Night falling on the city ~ David Gray
12:Truth resists simplicity. ~ John Green
13:A city built upon mud; ~ Louis MacNeice
14:Always more audacity. ~ Candice Millard
15:If you yearn for holy felicity, ~ Rumi
16:I see a city in the desert lies ~ Sting
17:Not I, but the city teaches. ~ Socrates
18:one city too strong for us; ~ Anonymous
19:Purity, simplicity, love. ~ Kate Morton
20:phenotypic plasticity, ~ Edward O Wilson
21:Simplicity makes me happy. ~ Alicia Keys
22:Simplicity, very rare in our age. ~ Ovid
23:Bless thy simplicity, Tess ~ Thomas Hardy
24:It's a holy city for music. ~ Hugh Laurie
25:Simplicity is freedom. ~ Richard J Foster
26:Simplicity is really hard. ~ Jonathan Ive
27:Simplicity, patience, compassion. ~ Laozi
28:with static electricity ~ Debbie Macomber
29:Authenticity is the best route ~ Joel Comm
30:Blame the city I'm a product of it ~ Drake
31:I always go for simplicity. ~ David Bailey
32:Simplicity is a jewel rarely found. ~ Ovid
33:The truth resists simplicity. ~ John Green
34:a poem is a city burning ~ Charles Bukowski
35:Berlin is my favourite city. ~ Logan Lerman
36:but is simplicity enough? ~ James C Collins
37:Duplicity thy name is woman! ~ Wilbur Smith
38:I love this city [Tel Aviv]! ~ Missy Elliot
39:I've always lived in a city. ~ Ana Gasteyer
40:Nature is a petrified magic city. ~ Novalis
41:Our mantra was simplicity. ~ Donna Dubinsky
42:Reciprocity is not mandatory. ~ David Lubar
43:Simplicity is the key to success. ~ Pitbull
44:Yet, when the city sleeps; ~ Lionel Johnson
45:City wits, country humorists. ~ Mason Cooley
46:I'm not a huge jewelry fan. ~ Felicity Jones
47:In abundance prepare for scarcity. ~ Mencius
48:True simplicity is elegant. ~ E L Konigsburg
49:You can't fake authenticity. ~ Mark Schaefer
50:A city of harelipped ghosts ~ Khaled Hosseini
51:In simplicity there is truth. ~ River Phoenix
52:I've always liked simplicity. ~ Marissa Mayer
53:Luck is tenacity of purpose. ~ Elbert Hubbard
54:...pursue ultimate simplicity... ~ Marie Kond
55:Simplicity is always a virtue. ~ Edward Abbey
56:The badge of honesty is simplicity. ~ Novalis
57:True refinement seeks simplicity. ~ Bruce Lee
58:where perspicacity is weakened, ~ John Brooks
59:You make velocity look good. ~ Melissa Cutler
60:Every city is a living body. ~ Saint Augustine
61:Libraries are the pride of the city. ~ Amy Tan
62:None destroys a city like Queek ~ David Guymer
63:Synchronicity? Or bullshit? ~ Megan McCafferty
64:The City that knows how. ~ William Howard Taft
65:The cool, grey city of love. ~ George Sterling
66:The people are the city. ~ William Shakespeare
67:There are no rules for felicity. ~ Victor Hugo
68:The whole city is my missing her. ~ Max Porter
69:All publicity works upon anxiety. ~ John Berger
70:Authenticity is hard to fake ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
71:Beggars market their incapacity. ~ Mason Cooley
72:Cultivate simplicity, Coleridge. ~ Charles Lamb
73:day until all the bread in the city ~ Anonymous
74:Fighting men are the city's fortress. ~ Alcaeus
75:I don't stage my own publicity. ~ Lauren Conrad
76:I was raised in the city, shitty ~ Tupac Shakur
77:Life always refused simplicity. ~ Julian Barnes
78:My city love me like Mac Dre in the Bay ~ Drake
79:New York is the last true city. ~ Toni Morrison
80:Prosperity depends on ferocity. ~ Anthony Doerr
81:Simplicity is a state of mind. ~ Charles Wagner
82:simplicity is the key of elegance ~ Coco Chanel
83:Simplicity requires ruthlessness. ~ Tim Ferriss
84:The art of art... is simplicity. ~ Walt Whitman
85:A lamb in a city of wolves. ~ Karen Marie Moning
86:Animism is reciprocity. ~ S Kelley Harrell M Div
87:Electricity comes from other planets. ~ Lou Reed
88:Hue had become a city of the dead. ~ Mark Bowden
89:I sell mirrors in the city of the blind. ~ Kabir
90:Let me tell you, first, of a city. ~ N K Jemisin
91:live with freedom and simplicity. ~ Wayne W Dyer
92:Mysterious affair, electricity. ~ Samuel Beckett
93:Simplicity is the key to brilliance. ~ Bruce Lee
94:that underlay the city of Chicago. ~ Jim Butcher
95:duplicity, and deviousness—toward ~ Thupten Jinpa
96:I guess I'm a bit of a romantic. ~ Felicity Jones
97:I sell mirrors in the city of the blind. ~ Kabir,
98:It’s an eternal city, like Rome. ~ O Neil de Noux
99:London; a nation, not a city. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
100:New York is my favorite city. ~ Walter Dean Myers
101:Publicity is the engine of politics. ~ H W Brands
102:scarcity is often contextual. ~ Peter H Diamandis
103:Simplicity is a matter of taste ~ Stephen Hawking
104:Simplicity is a strict taskmaster. ~ Mason Cooley
105:With publicity comes humiliation. ~ Tama Janowitz
106:and the intellectual capacity ~ Daniel James Brown
107:As a memoirist, I strive for veracity. ~ Mary Karr
108:City of memories, city of mirrors. ~ Justin Cronin
109:City of Thieves by David Benioff ~ Timothy Ferriss
110:Eyes mark the shape of the city. ~ Haruki Murakami
111:In the beginning was simplicity. ~ Richard Dawkins
112:New York City is my playground. ~ Bethenny Frankel
113:Out of clutter, find simplicity. ~ Albert Einstein
114:simplicity is a matter of taste. ~ Stephen Hawking
115:Simplicity is a most complex form ~ Duke Ellington
116:There is a majesty in simplicity. ~ Alexander Pope
117:To gain freedom is to gain simplicity. ~ Joan Miro
118:Veracity is the heart of morality. ~ Thomas Huxley
119:Always be skeptical about simplicity. ~ David Byrne
120:I came to this city to escape. ~ Jeanette Winterson
121:I don't crave publicity, you know. ~ Jack Kevorkian
122:...imagine it drinking electricity... ~ James Joyce
123:Kids don't lack capacity, only teachers. ~ Jim Rohn
124:Money is a way of creating scarcity. ~ Peter Coyote
125:Nature is pleased with simplicity ~ Walter Isaacson
126:No work of art can compare to a city. ~ Woody Allen
127:Oh Rome! My country! City of the soul! ~ Lord Byron
128:Simplicity is not a simple thing. ~ Charlie Chaplin
129:Simplicity is the key to what I do. ~ Lionel Richie
130:Some people call me a publicity hound. ~ Joe Arpaio
131:Tenacity got me over the brick wall. ~ Randy Pausch
132:The art of publicity is a black art. ~ Learned Hand
133:The city that has speed has success. ~ Le Corbusier
134:This is the city of disguises. ~ Jeanette Winterson
135:We’ll have to go down into Dead City. ~ James Ponti
136:A City that parlies is half gotten. ~ George Herbert
137:Atlanta is an incredibly cool city. ~ Andrew Lincoln
138:Eccentricity is developed monomania. ~ Bayard Taylor
139:Every city began as a campsite - pg. 25 ~ Chris Ware
140:I am the way into the city of woe. ~ Dante Alighieri
141:I have an abnormal capacity for passion. ~ Ana s Nin
142:Los Angeles can be a really sad city. ~ Adam Lambert
143:Nature loves simplicity and unity. ~ Johannes Kepler
144:New York is the only real city-city. ~ Truman Capote
145:New York is truly a city of baked goods. ~ Jenny Han
146:Out of the clutter find Simplicity ~ Albert Einstein
147:Simplicity is the trademark of GENIUS ~ Robin Sharma
148:Some nights, we were a city of two. ~ Jerry Spinelli
149:Specificity is the soul of narrative. ~ John Hodgman
150:The city is all right. To live in one ~ Robert Frost
151:There's no such thing as bad publicity. ~ P T Barnum
152:The Universe responds to specificity. ~ Romany Malco
153:Can an entire city be haunted? Haunted ~ Stephen King
154:Damn truth, always resisting simplicity. ~ John Green
155:Eccentricity is what's sexy in people. ~ Rachel Weisz
156:Give me simplicity, that I may live, ~ George Herbert
157:I don't have talent, I have tenacity. ~ Henry Rollins
158:I don't have talent. I have tenacity. ~ Henry Rollins
159:I like doing business in a black city. ~ Yaphet Kotto
160:I love not having to rely on anyone. ~ Felicity Jones
161:None meets harm who knows his capacity. ~ Idries Shah
162:Out of complexity, find simplicity! ~ Albert Einstein
163:Simplicity is the glory of expression. ~ Walt Whitman
164:Sparks fly, it's like electricity. ~ Miranda Cosgrove
165:Success is the child of audacity. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
166:Yoga is your mind control capacity. ~ K Pattabhi Jois
167:A little reciprocity goes a long way. ~ Malcolm Forbes
168:Audacity, audacity, always audacity. ~ George S Patton
169:Authenticity empowers communication. ~ James L Nicodem
170:Authenticity is essential to the soul! ~ Brian Houston
171:Because audacity is a young man’s sword. ~ Brent Weeks
172:Because simplicity speaks the loudest. ~ Tarryn Fisher
173:Don't dismiss Simplicity, simple is solid. ~ Liu Cixin
174:Don't let the wicked city get you down. ~ Sylvia Plath
175:I cannot stand beer. But I love wine. ~ Felicity Jones
176:I love driving in the city at night. ~ Waris Ahluwalia
177:I think of New York City lost in stars ~ Gregory Corso
178:My eccentricity became direction. ~ Jean Paul Gaultier
179:Never overlook the power of simplicity. ~ Robin Sharma
180:psychedelics enhance neuroplasticity. ~ Michael Pollan
181:Red sky at night, the city's alight. ~ Terry Pratchett
182:Simplicity can intensify the emotion. ~ Emmylou Harris
183:Simplicity is not the same as stupidity ~ Steve Jordan
184:Simplicity is the final achievement. ~ Frederic Chopin
185:Simplicity, wit, and good typography. ~ Michael Bierut
186:Stupid truth, always resisting simplicity ~ John Green
187:The city drowned in memories. ~ Gabriel Garc a M rquez
188:the city,” he said diplomatically. ~ Victoria Thompson
189:The city is a device for measuring time. ~ Don DeLillo
190:The five C's of expanding your capacity. ~ Sheila Heen
191:The mythic city of al-Qahira. Cairo. ~ Franck Thilliez
192:The sewer is the conscience of the city. ~ Victor Hugo
193:What is the city but the people? ~ William Shakespeare
194:Ambition is the capacity for unhappiness. ~ Manu Joseph
195:but such is the wisdom of simplicity! ~ Charles Dickens
196:Cleveland, city of light! City of magic! ~ Randy Newman
197:Cooking is the showy side of domesticity. ~ Adam Gopnik
198:Every human has the capacity to love, ~ Debbie Macomber
199:Every one of us has the capacity to lead. ~ Simon Sinek
200:Evil angels make the best boyfriends. ~ Felicity Heaton
201:Hell is a city much like London. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
202:I admire your capacity for admiring. ~ Jonathan Franzen
203:I don't like Moscow. It's not my city. ~ Oleg Deripaska
204:I have suffered the atrocity of sunsets. ~ Sylvia Plath
205:I love New York City; I've got a gun. ~ Charles Barkley
206:I'm a staple in my city, you can never ruin me. ~ Drake
207:My strength lies solely in my tenacity. ~ Louis Pasteur
208:never overlook the power of simplicity ~ Robin S Sharma
209:Paris isn't a city, it's a world. ~ Francis I of France
210:Receive all with simplicity that happens to you ~ Rashi
211:Simplicity and complexity need each other. ~ John Maeda
212:simplicity and surrender to the universe. ~ Mitch Albom
213:Simplicity is complexity resolved ~ Constantin Brancusi
214:Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Ken Segall
215:10. Manage for abundance, not scarcity. ~ Chris Anderson
216:Acknowledge the elegance of simplicity. ~ Giorgio Armani
217:Audacity is the currency for authoritarians. ~ Van Jones
218:Emperor, city, you, boot. Got it, sir. ~ Lindsay Buroker
219:I don't like when I look too cluttered. ~ Felicity Jones
220:I had a good friend in New York City. ~ Hank Williams Jr
221:In everything, love simplicity. ~ Saint Francis de Sales
222:It's hard to be a saint in the city. ~ Bruce Springsteen
223:It's no city at all, owned by one man alone. ~ Sophocles
224:Never overlook the power of simplicity, ~ Robin S Sharma
225:No great city has an abundance of parking. ~ Yves Engler
226:Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired. ~ Plautus
227:Oh, yeah. Those eyes were heartbreak city. ~ Jus Accardo
228:recognize the beauty in truth and tenacity. ~ Bren Brown
229:Seek simplicity, then distrust. ~ Alfred North Whitehead
230:Simplicity is not the absence of clutter. ~ Jonathan Ive
231:Simplicity of approach is always best. ~ Charlie Chaplin
232:Tell me, at what velocity does joy travel? ~ Clint Smith
233:Used every man according to his capacity. ~ Mary Stewart
234:Vivacity is the health of the spirit. ~ Honore de Balzac
235:You need simplicity to create complexity ~ Tarryn Fisher
236:you was to scour the City of London! By ~ Winston Graham
237:Artistry is to a large degree simplicity. ~ L Ron Hubbard
238:Each city has its own culinary landscape. ~ Padma Lakshmi
239:Eccentricity is not a psychiatric disorder. ~ Bill Dedman
240:Genius is a capacity for taking trouble. ~ Leslie Stephen
241:Genius is an infinite capacity for pain. ~ Thomas M Disch
242:I am as true as truth's simplicity, ~ William Shakespeare
243:I can never turn my back on a city that made me. ~ Eminem
244:I'm a Blackmoore, Felicity. I get what I want. ~ T A Grey
245:I've never lost my capacity to be shocked. ~ Kathy Reichs
246:Maybe the secret to happiness is simplicity. ~ Amy Harmon
247:Seek simplicity but distrust it. ~ Alfred North Whitehead
248:simplicity is the best sophistication ~ Leonardo da Vinci
249:Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus. ~ Ann Voskamp
250:Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! ~ Henry David Thoreau
251:The great seal of truth is simplicity. ~ Herman Boerhaave
252:The hard rain nailed the night to the city. ~ Dean Koontz
253:This isn't a fairy tale. It's New York City. ~ Alex Flinn
254:This is the entrance
To the city of you... ~ Mark Doty
255:We aim at simplicity and hope for truth. ~ Nelson Goodman
256:Without electricity, there can be no art. ~ Nam June Paik
257:Audacity, more audacity, always audacity. ~ Georges Danton
258:Domesticity and all that isn't really for me. ~ Jimmy Page
259:Honesty will get you killed in this city. ~ Jennifer Estep
260:I'm a creature of the New York City streets. ~ Woody Allen
261:just another anonymous girl in the city. ~ Greer Hendricks
262:New York is not a city to return to in defeat. ~ Moss Hart
263:New York, the world’s largest Jewish city. ~ Michael Wolff
264:Prayer begins where human capacity ends. ~ Marian Anderson
265:Seek simplicity, and distrust it. ~ Alfred North Whitehead
266:Took over my city and I never asked permission to. ~ Drake
267:What's the orbital velocity of the moon? ~ Terry Pratchett
268:Ampere was the Newton of Electricity. ~ James Clerk Maxwell
269:And simple truth miscalled simplicity ~ William Shakespeare
270:As is our confidence, so is our capacity. ~ William Hazlitt
271:Careful, city girl. I’ll want to keep you. ~ Melanie Harlow
272:City diversity represents accident and chaos. ~ Jane Jacobs
273:City lights shine bright on my complexion, ~ Action Bronson
274:Cunning proceeds from want of capacity. ~ Benjamin Franklin
275:Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity. ~ Marianne Moore
276:I don't like publicity, being in the limelight. ~ Paul Ince
277:I love Japan, and Tokyo is my favorite city. ~ Barry Eisler
278:I play to lift a city, and raise a banner. ~ Prince Fielder
279:I stood within the city disinterred; ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
280:It is men who make a city, not walls or ships. ~ Thucydides
281:New York is my favorite city in the world. ~ Liam Gallagher
282:Parents sometimes show love through velocity. ~ Joseph Fink
283:Simplicity is the essence of universality. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
284:Simplicity is the first cousin of contentment. ~ John Stott
285:Simplicity is the pursuit of the essential. ~ Mark Sheppard
286:The expression of truth is simplicity. ~ Seneca the Younger
287:The only abnormality is the incapacity to love. ~ Anais Nin
288:The only abnormality is the incapacity to love. ~ Ana s Nin
289:The truth lies in poverty and simplicity. ~ Henning Mankell
290:We must err , do so on the side of audacity ~ Sue Monk Kidd
291:When I had no roof I made audacity my roof. ~ Robert Pinsky
292:Where does a city begin? Where does it end? ~ J M McDermott
293:Women have a greater verbal capacity. ~ Geoffrey S Fletcher
294:an entire city swallowed by the earth...After ~ Rick Riordan
295:At Dresden on the Elbe, that handsome city, ~ Heinrich Heine
296:Brave men are a city's strongest tower of defence. ~ Alcaeus
297:Brunettes are full of electricity. ~ Villiers de L Isle Adam
298:Diversity gives our city a competitive edge. ~ Thomas Menino
299:Electricity is scarce but smiles are not. ~ Victoria Aveyard
300:Elegant as simplicity, and warm As ecstasy. ~ William Cowper
301:Embrace simplicity. Put others first. Desire little. ~ Laozi
302:Frankly, I'm getting a lot of great publicity. ~ Ann Coulter
303:How dismal is progress without publicity. ~ Theodore Dreiser
304:I recommend to you holy simplicity. ~ Saint Francis de Sales
305:I've always treated my city like some shoulder pads. ~ Drake
306:I was a bouncer for ten years in New York City. ~ Vin Diesel
307:I was born in Mexico, I am from Mexico City. ~ Paulina Rubio
308:I won the city scoring championship as a senior. ~ Bob Cousy
309:Motherhood has been an exercise in guilt. ~ Felicity Huffman
310:plague in the city, Master Azereos, the Counsels ~ Anonymous
311:Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. ~ Susan Sontag
312:Real artists offer authenticity, not just money. ~ Rhymefest
313:Real film is light; digital is electricity. ~ Aki Kaurismaki
314:Revelation is always measured by capacity. ~ Margaret Barber
315:She tooled around the city in an electric car. ~ Erik Larson
316:Shopping, true feminine felicity! ~ Letitia Elizabeth Landon
317:Simplicity! He is as simple as a spider's web. ~ Karen Essex
318:Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Brent Schlender
319:Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Walter Isaacson
320:The best way to know a city is to eat it. ~ Scott Westerfeld
321:The city’s insurance company assumed that ~ William G Tapply
322:The point of cities is multiplicity of choice. ~ Jane Jacobs
323:To live in a city is to be forever flinching. ~ Jenny Offill
324:Washington isn't a city, it's an abstraction. ~ Dylan Thomas
325:Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think. ~ Ayn Rand
326:When the music changes, the walls of the city shake. ~ Plato
327:When you clean up a city, you destroy it. ~ Charles Bukowski
328:Years as a detective on the Kansas City police ~ S W Hubbard
329:All I care about is money and the city that I'm from. ~ Drake
330:All publicity is good publicity. ~ Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
331:a pleasant city,
Famous for oranges and women ~ Lord Byron
332:A soulless city creates soulless people! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan
333:Authenticity is the language of visionaries. ~ Andrena Sawyer
334:Bold simplicity is the keynote to good design. ~ Sailor Jerry
335:Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity. ~ Tacitus
336:Ev'rythin's up to date in Kansas City. ~ Oscar Hammerstein II
337:Good morning, the city says. Fuck you. ~ Marie Helene Bertino
338:How are you managing the velocity of change? ~ Jim Blasingame
339:If we want authenticity we have to initiate it. ~ Travis Rice
340:I'll get out of this city alive, even if it kills me! ~ Homer
341:In my dreams of this city I am always lost. ~ Margaret Atwood
342:In New York City, everybody goes into therapy. ~ Claire Danes
343:in the heart of the city? Mr. Gordon Creighton, ~ John A Keel
344:Is Sullivan at Bay City Central right now? ~ Richard K Morgan
345:I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps ~ Frank Sinatra
346:My city too turnt up, Ill take a fine for that. ~ Masai Ujiri
347:Never underestimate your own capacity to care. ~ Neil Strauss
348:New York is the best food city in the world. ~ Joe Bastianich
349:Perfection is the antithesis of authenticity. ~ Willie Garson
350:Simplicity is a bliss that makes one comprehend. ~ Criss Jami
351:Simplicity is a difficult thing to achieve. ~ Charlie Chaplin
352:Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. ~ Edsger Dijkstra
353:Simplicity is the greatest adornment of art. ~ Albrecht Durer
354:Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. ~ Coco Chanel
355:Simplicity is the peak of civilization. ~ Henry David Thoreau
356:The city is recruited from the country. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
357:The Dip creates scarcity; scarcity creates value ~ Seth Godin
358:We were nobodies, or else, somehow, a city. ~ David Chariandy
359:A city full of art is a city full of wit! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan
360:Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear. ~ Publilius Syrus
361:Eccentricity gives misfits a way of fitting in. ~ Mason Cooley
362:Eccentricity is originality that leads nowhere. ~ Mason Cooley
363:Eccentricity is the universal trait of humanity. ~ Dean Koontz
364:Electricity is really just organized lightning ~ George Carlin
365:Every child has the capacity to be everything. ~ Doris Lessing
366:Genius is the capacity of avoiding hard work. ~ Elbert Hubbard
367:Growing up as a city kid is a joyous time! ~ Theophilus London
368:He hit terminal velocity and kept accelerating, ~ Lev Grossman
369:Hollywood, of course, is the city of illusion. ~ Curtis Hanson
370:If simplicity were easy, we would see more of it. ~ Tom Kelley
371:I like simplicity; I don't need luxury. ~ Francis Ford Coppola
372:I love Toronto, It's the best city. ~ Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
373:I'm the young city bandit, hold myself down singlehanded ~ Nas
374:In city planning, there is no limit to be fixed. ~ Willis Polk
375:I relish simplicity as an all-comprehensive value. ~ Ela Bhatt
376:I see your capacity for addition has improved, ~ John Flanagan
377:It's nice to be wanted in almost any capacity. ~ Kevin Costner
378:It won't take much of a city to be a city for me ~ John Irving
379:Multiplicity without strife is joy. ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
380:One's capacity to forget absolutely is immense. ~ Iris Murdoch
381:Simplicity is a great element of good breeding. ~ Fanny Kemble
382:Simplicity is not so simple to attain. ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb
383:Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Clare Boothe Luce
384:Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
385:Taste has never been corrupted by simplicity. ~ Joseph Joubert
386:that great condenser of moral chaos, The City. ~ Robert Hughes
387:The capacity of passion is both cruel and divine ~ George Sand
388:The city needs a car like a fish needs a bicycle. ~ Dean Kamen
389:The Dip creates scarcity; scarcity creates value. ~ Seth Godin
390:The human capacity for self-delusion is limitless ~ Sarah Fine
391:There's a fine line between audacity and idiocy. ~ Jim Butcher
392:A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity. ~ Honore de Balzac
393:As usual she had a deceptive air of perspicacity. ~ Ngaio Marsh
394:A taste for simplicity cannot last for long. ~ Eugene Delacroix
395:audacity is of all qualities the most youthful. ~ Ellen Glasgow
396:Consciousness allows you the capacity to plan. ~ Gerald Edelman
397:Electricity is really just organized lightning. ~ George Carlin
398:Her idea had a beautiful simplicity at first. ~ Cammie McGovern
399:If you must err, do so on the side of audacity. ~ Sue Monk Kidd
400:I'm keen to have balance, as much as possible. ~ Felicity Jones
401:...it is simplicity that is difficult to make. ~ Bertolt Brecht
402:La Paz, Bolivia, is the most extraordinary city. ~ Phil Keoghan
403:Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you. ~ Rashi
404:She doesn’t have the capacity to undo metaphors. ~ Amber Sparks
405:Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. ~ Edsger W Dijkstra
406:Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo Da Vinci,
407:The city was radiant and I felt untouchable. ~ Stephanie Danler
408:There is no genius where there is not simplicity. ~ Leo Tolstoy
409:The sweet simplicity of the three percents. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
410:You have the emotional capacity of a garden gnome. ~ Lex Martin
411:You know you can set fire to the capacity to say. ~ Neil Gaiman
412:Your greatest power is your capacity to choose. ~ Joseph Murphy
413:A city which belongs to just one man is no true city ~ Sophocles
414:A New York plate that said you die. (Dark City Lights) ~ Ed Park
415:A tavern chair is the throne of human felicity. ~ Samuel Johnson
416:But there is no death in the City of the Dead. ~ Hannu Rajaniemi
417:Capacity for joy Admits temptation. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
418:cold city girls—their hearts are hard and pale ~ Caroline Kepnes
419:Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus. ~ Edward de Bono
420:Ideology always paves the way toward atrocity. ~ Terence McKenna
421:I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity. ~ David Bowie
422:I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca. ~ Malcolm X
423:In the City of God there will be a great thunder, ~ Nostradamus
424:It weaved through the city like a spooked snake, ~ Wayne Simmons
425:I was raised in the city by a one-eyed mother... ~ Gillian Flynn
426:Long live imagined animals, the need, the capacity. ~ Max Porter
427:Never underestimate your own capacity to care. “I ~ Neil Strauss
428:New Crobuzon was a city unconvinced by gravity. ~ China Mi ville
429:New Orleans is the city we all live to love in. ~ O Neil de Noux
430:New York City had a short memory for violence, ~ Douglas Preston
431:No one tells me what to do -- in any capacity. ~ Chelsea Handler
432:Perfect simplicity is unconsciously audacious. ~ George Meredith
433:Scarcity appears when wealth cannot flow. Elsewhere ~ Lewis Hyde
434:She took in the city – I took in her. ~ James Russell Lingerfelt
435:Simplicity should not be identified with bareness. ~ Felix Adler
436:Survival...is an infinite capacity for suspicion. ~ John le Carr
437:The capacity for passion is both cruel and divine. ~ George Sand
438:The essence of profound insight is simplicity. ~ James C Collins
439:The future of computer power is pure simplicity. ~ Douglas Adams
440:The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity. ~ Bruce Lee
441:The multiplicity of ideas is what Im interested in. ~ Thom Mayne
442:The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity. ~ Tony Hoare
443:The way towards simplicity is through outrage. ~ William Golding
444:Thou shalt not transgress the carrying capacity ~ Garrett Hardin
445:To consume is to be consumed by inauthenticity, ~ Raoul Vaneigem
446:We need to return to the simplicity that God is love. ~ Rob Bell
447:You can’t take a city without shedding blood. ~ Bernard Cornwell
448:Adults should choose dignity over authenticity. ~ Svend Brinkmann
449:Brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel. ~ Acts, XXII. 3.
450:By the time I left school, I had a lot of tenacity. ~ Halle Berry
451:Elegant writers depict intricacy with simplicity. ~ Coco J Ginger
452:Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. ~ Thomas Carlyle
453:Hell isn’t fire and brimstone. It’s New York City. ~ Karina Halle
454:Honesty and authenticity are a big deal for me. ~ Scarlett Thomas
455:I dwell in the city and the city dwells in me. ~ Juhani Pallasmaa
456:I once took a city with five men and a lame goat. ~ Ilona Andrews
457:leaving Sobriety City on the Alcohol Express). She ~ Stephen King
458:Love, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity ~ William Shakespeare
459:My parents come from old money in Kansas City. They ~ Alexa Riley
460:Never underestimate the stimulation of eccentricity. ~ Neil Simon
461:Our ordeals never exceed our capacity of resistance. ~ The Mother
462:Play the flute of felicity! You, yourself, are the melody. ~ Rumi
463:Promise is the capacity for letting people down. ~ Cyril Connolly
464:Push your mayor and city council for police reform. ~ Ijeoma Oluo
465:She loved this city. She just didn’t like it much. ~ Faith Martin
466:Simplicity. Ah, that I can offer in abundance. ~ Philippa Gregory
467:Simplicity is the most difficult of all concepts. ~ Brian Herbert
468:Simplicity is the whole secret of well-being. ~ Peter Matthiessen
469:Simplicity, without variety, is wholly insipid. ~ William Hogarth
470:Survival...is an infinite capacity for suspicion. ~ John le Carre
471:Tell me who I've got to be, to get some reciprocity ~ Lauryn Hill
472:The city of Atlanta has always had a good spirit. ~ Ivan Allen Jr
473:The design of a city is like a strange archeology. ~ Jaime Lerner
474:The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary. ~ Kenneth Branagh
475:The Emerald City has been ruled by men long enough ~ L Frank Baum
476:The first quality that is needed is audacity. ~ Winston Churchill
477:There can be no success in sales without tenacity. ~ Chris Murray
478:Without publicity a terrible thing happens: nothing. ~ P T Barnum
479:A city is judged by the beauty of the children's parks. ~ Amit Ray
480:After watching Watford against Manchester City last night ~ Eamon
481:Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring. ~ Nelson Algren
482:Congress never loses its capacity to disappoint you. ~ John Oliver
483:Fulfilling absolute decree in casual simplicity. ~ Emily Dickinson
484:God is the electricity and we are the lamps. ~ Marianne Williamson
485:Hades is evolved to the highest state of simplicity. ~ J M Ledgard
486:he sparks enough electricity within me to power a city ~ Rupi Kaur
487:I always had a very strong sense of independence. ~ Felicity Jones
488:I like to go out and see what a city's all about. ~ Estella Warren
489:I only achieve simplicity with enormous effort ~ Clarice Lispector
490:I would describe my look as 'ladylike rock chick. ~ Felicity Jones
491:...looking at him was like watching a city burn. ~ Cassandra Clare
492:Love, though added emotion, is substracted capacity ~ Thomas Hardy
493:Monsieur Franqulin, inventor of electricity. This ~ Ambrose Bierce
494:Most war and strife come from a belief in scarcity. ~ Sanaya Roman
495:Never underestimate the human capacity for delusion. ~ Roger Cohen
496:New York City is a phoenix rising from the ashes. ~ Rebecca McNutt
497:New York is the true City of Light in any season. ~ Charles Kuralt
498:Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man. ~ Hesiod
499:On the long dusty ribbon of the long city street, ~ John Masefield
500:Pshaw, my dear boy! it was simplicity itself. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle

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10

  248 Poetry
  127 Integral Yoga
   90 Fiction
   75 Occultism
   44 Christianity
   33 Philosophy
   22 Psychology
   14 Mythology
   12 Mysticism
   9 Philsophy
   5 Sufism
   4 Yoga
   3 Integral Theory
   2 Buddhism
   1 Zen
   1 Theosophy
   1 Kabbalah
   1 Hinduism
   1 Education
   1 Alchemy


   68 H P Lovecraft
   55 The Mother
   54 Sri Aurobindo
   47 Walt Whitman
   40 Satprem
   33 James George Frazer
   32 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   30 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   29 William Wordsworth
   28 Percy Bysshe Shelley
   24 Aleister Crowley
   19 Carl Jung
   16 Robert Browning
   14 Li Bai
   11 Plato
   11 Jorge Luis Borges
   10 Ovid
   10 John Keats
   9 Ralph Waldo Emerson
   8 Plotinus
   7 A B Purani
   6 Sri Ramakrishna
   6 Rainer Maria Rilke
   6 Kabir
   6 Anonymous
   5 William Butler Yeats
   5 Saint John of Climacus
   5 Friedrich Schiller
   4 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   4 Joseph Campbell
   3 Swami Vivekananda
   3 Lucretius
   3 Jordan Peterson
   3 George Van Vrekhem
   3 Friedrich Nietzsche
   3 Aldous Huxley
   2 Thomas Merton
   2 Saint Hildegard von Bingen
   2 Rabindranath Tagore
   2 Jorge Luis Borges
   2 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
   2 Jalaluddin Rumi
   2 Italo Calvino
   2 H. P. Lovecraft
   2 Hafiz
   2 Edgar Allan Poe
   2 Bokar Rinpoche


   46 Whitman - Poems
   33 The Golden Bough
   29 Wordsworth - Poems
   28 Shelley - Poems
   21 City of God
   17 Magick Without Tears
   16 Browning - Poems
   14 Li Bai - Poems
   13 The Divine Comedy
   11 Record of Yoga
   10 Metamorphoses
   10 Keats - Poems
   10 Collected Poems
   9 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   9 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
   9 Mysterium Coniunctionis
   9 Emerson - Poems
   9 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 07
   8 Words Of Long Ago
   8 The Bible
   8 Savitri
   8 Liber ABA
   8 Labyrinths
   8 5.1.01 - Ilion
   7 Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   7 Agenda Vol 08
   6 The Secret Doctrine
   6 Rilke - Poems
   6 Lovecraft - Poems
   6 Anonymous - Poems
   6 Agenda Vol 09
   5 Yeats - Poems
   5 The Ladder of Divine Ascent
   5 The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
   5 Songs of Kabir
   5 Schiller - Poems
   5 Questions And Answers 1950-1951
   5 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   5 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02
   5 Agenda Vol 11
   5 Agenda Vol 03
   4 The Life Divine
   4 The Hero with a Thousand Faces
   4 On Thoughts And Aphorisms
   4 On the Way to Supermanhood
   4 Kena and Other Upanishads
   4 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 08
   4 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 05
   4 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01
   4 Aion
   3 Walden
   3 The Perennial Philosophy
   3 Preparing for the Miraculous
   3 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 02
   3 Of The Nature Of Things
   3 Maps of Meaning
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03
   3 Borges - Poems
   3 Agenda Vol 07
   2 Writings In Bengali and Sanskrit
   2 Twilight of the Idols
   2 The Phenomenon of Man
   2 The Lotus Sutra
   2 The Interior Castle or The Mansions
   2 The Human Cycle
   2 The Castle of Crossed Destinies
   2 Tara - The Feminine Divine
   2 Talks
   2 Tagore - Poems
   2 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   2 Selected Fictions
   2 Questions And Answers 1957-1958
   2 Questions And Answers 1955
   2 Prayers And Meditations
   2 Poe - Poems
   2 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 04
   2 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 01
   2 Isha Upanishad
   2 Hymn of the Universe
   2 Faust
   2 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   2 Essays Divine And Human
   2 Crowley - Poems
   2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04
   2 Book of Certitude
   2 Bhakti-Yoga
   2 Agenda Vol 10
   2 Agenda Vol 02
   2 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah


01.03_-_Mystic_Poetry, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
  
   is just on the borderland: it has succeeded in leaving behind the mystic domain, but has not yet entered the City of the Spiritat the most, it has turned the corner and approached the gate. Listen now,
  

01.04_-_The_Secret_Knowledge, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  He goes or, armed with her fiat, to discover
  A new mind and body in the City of God
  And enshrine the Immortal in his glory's house

02.05_-_Federated_Humanity, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
  
   The original unit of the human aggregate is the family; it is like the original cell which lies at the back of the entire system that is called the human body or, for that matter, any organic body. A living and stable nucleus is needed round which a crystallisation and growth can occur. The family furnished such a nucleus in the early epochs of humanity. But with the growth of human life there came a time when, for a better and more efficient organization in collective life, larger units were needed. The original unit had to be enlarged in order to meet the demands of a wider and more complex growth. Also it is to be noted that the living body is not merely a conglomeration of cells, all more or less equal and autonomous something like a democratic or an anarchic organization; but it consists of a grouping of such cells in spheres or regions or systems according to differing functions. And as we rise in the scale of evolution the grouping becomes more and more complex, well-defined and hierarchical. Human collectivity also shows a similar development in organization. The original, the primitive unit the familywas first taken up into a larger unit, the clan; the clan, in its turn, gave place to the tribe and finally the tribe merged into the nation. A similar widening of the unit can also be noticed in man's habitat, in his geographical environment. The primitive man was confined to the village; the village gradually grew into the township and the City state. Then came the regional unit and last of all we arrived at the country.
  

02.06_-_The_Kingdoms_and_Godheads_of_the_Greater_Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Of creatures and their doings and events,
  A City of the traffic of bound souls,
  A market of creation and her wares,

02.07_-_The_Descent_into_Night, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
    It had no ruler, only groups that strove.
    He saw a City of ancient Ignorance
    Founded upon a soil that knew not Light.

02.11_-_The_Kingdoms_and_Godheads_of_the_Greater_Mind, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  It still remembers its exalted sphere
  And the high City of its splendid birth.
  A memory steals in from lost heavens of Truth,

02.12_-_Mysticism_in_Bengali_Poetry, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
  
   One great characteristic of these mystics, particularly the older ones, is the conception of the spiritual or divine being asa human being the soul, "the man there within this man here," is a human person and the human form has a significant charm which none other possesses. The Spirit, the Divine individualised and concretised in an earth-made man is a blazing experience with the Siddhacharyas and the experience continues down to our days. The Siddhacharyas themselves have added a peculiar, rather strange form to the conception. The soul, the inmost divine being is a woman whom one loves and seeks: she is an outcaste maid who dwells beyond the walls of the City; one, that is to say, the conscient being in us, loves her all the more passionately because she is so. The City means this normally flourishing confine of outer consciousness where we dwell usually; the Divine is kept outside the pale of this inferior nature. To our consciousness that which is beyond it is an obscure, valueless, worthless, miserable non -entity; but to the consciousness of the sage-poet, that is the only thing valuable and adorable. These mystics further say that the true person, the divinity that lies neglected and even despised in our secular life is truly the idol of all worship and when she is accepted, when she puts off her beggarly robes, the obscurities of our mind and heart and senses, then she becomes the mistress of the house, the queen whom none thenceforth can disobeyall the limbs become her willing servitors and adorers. The divine Law rules even the external personality.
  

02.12_-_The_Ideals_of_Human_Unity, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
  
   Various other regional and parochial units also developed: baronies, kingdoms and princedoms, City states, all seeking to further extend and enrich the denotation of the social unit. A critical stage was reached when, out of the welter of all these various types of social unities, yet another type, of momentous consequences, emerged, called the nation. The nation absorbed all other lesser unities and soon grew into an extremely composite and yet living unity: its strong cohesiveness, in spite of a diversity of the component elements, no less than its ardent aggressiveness, is a remarkable characteristic attending the phenomenon. It looks as thoughat least it looked so till the other dayall the other previous attempts at a larger unity, since the formation of the original family unit, had one purpose in view, viz., the bringing forth of the national unit. Next to the family, the nation seems to be the stable unit, the other intervening ones were unstable comparatively and had only a temporary and contri butory function.
  

03.01_-_Humanism_and_Humanism, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
  
   The Graeco-Latin culture was essentially and predominantly humanistic. Even so, the mediaeval culture also, in spite of its theological stress, had a strong basis in humanism. For the religion itself, as has been pointed out, is deeply humanistic, in the sense that it brought salvation and heaven close to the level of human frailtythrough the miracle of Grace and the humanity of Christand that it envisaged a kingdom of heaven or City of God the body of Christformed of the brotherhood of the human race in its solidarity.
  

03.02_-_The_Philosopher_as_an_Artist_and_Philosophy_as_an_Art, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
  
   The poet-philosopher or the philosopher-poet, whichever way we may put it, is a new formation of the human consciousness that is coming upon us. A wide and rationalising (not rationalistic) intelligence deploying and marshalling out a deep intuitive and direct Knowledge that is the pattern of human mind developing in the new age. Bergson's was a harbinger, a definite landmark on the way. Sri Aurobindo's The Life Divine arrives and opens the very portals of the marvellous temple City of a dynamic integral knowledge.
  

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Across 110th Street (1972) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 1h 42min | Action, Crime, Drama | 23 March 1973 (Finland) -- Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war. Director: Barry Shear Writers: Luther Davis (screenplay), Wally Ferris (novel)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987) ::: 7.0/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 42min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 3 July 1987 (USA) -- A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after. Director: Chris Columbus Writer: David Simkins
A King in New York (1957) ::: 7.1/10 -- G | 1h 45min | Comedy, Drama | 23 September 1957 (Sweden) -- A recently-deposed European monarch seeks shelter in New York City, where he becomes an accidental television celebrity and is later wrongly accused of being a Communist. Director: Charles Chaplin Writer: Charles Chaplin Stars:
All or Nothing: Manchester City -- Not Rated | 50min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport | TV Series (2018 ) ::: Legendary coach Pep Guardiola leads his premiership football team through the 2017/18 season. Stars: Sergio Agero, Txiqui Beguiristain, Claudio Bravo | See full cast &
Alphaville (1965) ::: 7.1/10 -- Alphaville, une trange aventure de Lemmy Caution (original title) -- Alphaville Poster -- A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler. Director: Jean-Luc Godard Writer:
American Gangster (2007) ::: 7.8/10 -- R | 2h 37min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 2 November 2007 (USA) -- An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film. Director: Ridley Scott Writers:
American Psycho (2000) ::: 7.6/10 -- R | 1h 41min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 14 April 2000 (USA) -- A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. Director: Mary Harron Writers:
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) ::: 6.4/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 56min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 14 May 1999 (USA) -- Lovers' lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love. Director: Michael Hoffman Writers: William Shakespeare (play), Michael Hoffman (screenplay) Stars:
A Most Violent Year (2014) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 2h 5min | Action, Crime, Drama | 30 January 2015 (USA) -- In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history. Director: J.C. Chandor Writer:
A Passage to India (1984) ::: 7.3/10 -- PG | 2h 44min | Adventure, Drama, History | 1 February 1985 (USA) -- Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator. Director: David Lean Writers:
Appleseed (1988) ::: 6.4/10 -- Appurushîdo (original title) -- Appleseed Poster -- In a vast futuristic city, built on the ashes of the third world war, a police officer and her cyborg partner fight terrorism. Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama Writers:
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Atlantic City (1980) ::: 7.3/10 -- R | 1h 44min | Crime, Drama, Romance | 3 April 1981 (USA) -- In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs and danger. Director: Louis Malle Writer:
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Bad Boys for Life (2020) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 2h 4min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 17 January 2020 (USA) -- Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett must face off against a mother-and-son pair of drug lords who wreak vengeful havoc on their city. Directors: Adil El Arbi (as Adil), Bilall Fallah (as Bilall) Writers:
Bad Lieutenant (1992) ::: 7.1/10 -- NC-17 | 1h 36min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 17 December 1992 -- Bad Lieutenant Poster -- While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness and redemption. Director: Abel Ferrara Writers:
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Barefoot in the Park (1967) ::: 7.0/10 -- G | 1h 46min | Comedy, Romance | 25 May 1967 (USA) -- Paul, a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie. Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment. Director: Gene Saks Writers:
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Batman (1989) ::: 7.5/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 6min | Action, Adventure | 23 June 1989 (USA) -- The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes the clownishly homicidal Joker. Director: Tim Burton Writers:
Batman Begins (2005) ::: 8.2/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 20min | Action, Adventure | 15 June 2005 (USA) -- After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption. Director: Christopher Nolan Writers: Bob Kane (characters), David S. Goyer (story) | 2 more credits
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 1h 18min | Animation, Action, Adventure | 23 January 2018 (USA) -- In an alternative Victorian Age Gotham City, Batman begins his war on crime while he investigates a new series of murders by Jack the Ripper. Director: Sam Liu Writers: James Krieg (as Jim Krieg), Brian Augustyn (graphic novel: "Gotham by Gaslight") | 5 more credits Stars:
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Batman: The Animated Series ::: TV-PG | 23min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (19921995) -- The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl. Creators: Bob Kane, Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm | 2 more credits
Batman ::: TV-G | 25min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | TV Series (19661968) -- The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City. Creators: Lorenzo Semple Jr., William Dozier
Battleground (1949) ::: 7.4/10 -- Approved | 1h 58min | Action, Drama, History | 20 January 1950 (USA) -- True tale about a squad of the 101st Airborne Division coping with being trapped by the Germans in the besieged city of Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. Director: William A. Wellman Writer: Robert Pirosh (story and screenplay) Stars:
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Blackboard Jungle (1955) ::: 7.4/10 -- Approved | 1h 41min | Crime, Drama | 25 March 1955 (USA) -- A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty. Director: Richard Brooks Writers:
Bless This Mess ::: TV-PG | 30min | Comedy | TV Series (20192020) -- A newlywed couple's plan to leave the big city for a quieter life in Nebraska doesn't go as expected. Creators: Lake Bell, Elizabeth Meriwether
Blindness (2008) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 2h 1min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 3 October 2008 (USA) -- A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness. Director: Fernando Meirelles Writers: Jos Saramago (novel), Don McKellar (screenplay)
Boardwalk Empire ::: TV-MA | 55min | Crime, Drama, History | TV Series (20102014) -- An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era. Creator: Terence Winter
Bomb City (2017) ::: 6.9/10 -- TV-MA | 1h 38min | Crime, Drama | 31 March 2017 (USA) -- Bomb City is a crime-thriller, about the cultural aversion of a group of punk rockers in a conservative Texas town. Their ongoing battle with a rival, more-affluent clique leads to a ... See full summary Director: Jameson Brooks (as Jamie Brooks) Writers:
Bonding ::: TV-MA | 1h 47min | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2018 ) -- A New York City grad student moonlighting as a dominatrix enlists her gay BFF from high school to be her assistant. Creator: Rightor Doyle
Bon Voyage (2003) ::: 6.7/10 -- Bon voyage (original title) -- Bon Voyage Poster -- An actress, a writer, a student, and a government worker band together in an effort to escape Paris as the Nazis move into the city. Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau Writers:
Boy Wonder (2010) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 33min | Action, Crime, Drama | 12 August 2010 (USA) -- A traumatized boy grows into a shy, determined teenager who patrols the mean streets of New York City, helping those in need and dishing out severe punishment to remorseless thugs. Director: Michael Morrissey Writer:
Breaking News (2004) ::: 6.7/10 -- Dai si gin (original title) -- Breaking News Poster After a disastrous failure to stop a robber gang, the police attempt to redeem themselves through a series of publicity stunts and shootouts. Director: Johnnie To Writers: Hing-Ka Chan (as Chan Hing Kai), Tin-Shing Yip (as Ip Tin Shing) Stars:
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 44min | Comedy, Drama | 24 October 2019 (Argentina) -- A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon. Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo Writer: Paul Downs Colaizzo
Broad City ::: TV-14 | 22min | Comedy | TV Series (20142019) -- Broad City follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time. Creators:
Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 ::: TV-MA | 29min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi | TV Series (1998- ) Episode Guide 26 episodes Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 Poster -- Set in 2039-2040, This series is set in Megalo City, a city built over the ruins of Tokyo. Boomers, a line of android workers created by the Genom Corporation, perform dozens of tasks, from... See full summary » Stars:
Burden of Truth ::: TV-PG | 1h | Drama | TV Series (2018 ) -- Big city lawyer Joanna Hanley returns to her hometown to take the case of a group of girls suffering from a mysterious illness. Creator: Brad Simpson
Carnival Row ::: TV-MA | 56min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy | TV Series (2019 ) -- A human detective and a fairy rekindle a dangerous affair in a Victorian fantasy world, where the city's uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals an unimaginable monster. Creators:
Castle ::: TV-14 | 43min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Series (20092016) -- After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes. Creator:
Castlevania ::: TV-MA | 23min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (2017 ) -- A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly creatures controlled by Dracula. Creator: Warren Ellis
Castlevania ::: TV-MA | 23min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (2017- ) Episode Guide 22 episodes Castlevania Poster -- A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly creatures controlled by Dracula. Creator: Warren Ellis
Catfish: The TV Show ::: TV-14 | 1h | Reality-TV | TV Series (2012 ) -- Nev Schulman and Max Joseph help people who have fallen in love online test the authenticity of their lovers' identities. Creators: Max Joseph, Ariel Schulman, Nev Schulman
CBGB (2013) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 1h 42min | Crime, Drama, Music | 11 October 2013 (USA) -- A look at the New York City punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub, CBGB. Director: Randall Miller Writers: Jody Savin, Randall Miller
Changing Lanes (2002) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 38min | Drama, Thriller | 12 April 2002 (USA) -- The story of what happens one day in New York City, when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive, and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud. Director: Roger Michell Writers:
Chicago (2002) ::: 7.2/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 53min | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 24 January 2003 (USA) -- Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention. Director: Rob Marshall Writers: Bill Condon (screenplay), Bob Fosse (book) | 2 more credits
Chicago Justice ::: TV-14 | 42min | Crime, Drama | TV Series (2017) -- The State's Attorney's dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigates heated city politics and controversy head-on, while fearlessly pursuing justice. Creators:
Chicago Med ::: TV-14 | 43min | Drama | TV Series (2015 ) -- The city's most highly skilled medical team saves lives, while navigating their unique interpersonal relationships. Creators: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Matt Olmstead | 1 more credit
Chowder ::: TV-Y7-FV | 11min | Animation, Short, Adventure | TV Series (20072010) -- In Marzipan City, the young, excitable food-loving Chowder is the apprentice of Mung Daal, a very old chef who runs a catering company with his wife, Truffles and assistant, Shnitzel. Creator:
City Hunter (2018) ::: 6.5/10 -- Nicky Larson et le parfum de Cupidon (original title) -- City Hunter Poster -- Nicky Larson, the best private investigator in the business, is called for a high-risk mission: to recover the perfume of Cupid, a perfume that would make irresistible the one who uses it. Director: Philippe Lacheau Writers:
City Island (2009) ::: 7.4/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 44min | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 2010 (USA) -- Prison guard Vince tells Molly from acting class, that one inmate is his 24 y.o. love child. Vince takes him home to stay with his family - straight A son with fat girl fetish, college dropout/stripper daughter and cute wife. Director: Raymond De Felitta Writer:
City Lights (1931) ::: 8.5/10 -- G | 1h 27min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 March 1931 (USA) -- With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. Director: Charles Chaplin Writer: Charles Chaplin Stars:
City of Angels (1998) ::: 6.7/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 54min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 10 April 1998 (USA) -- An angel on Earth, a doctor unable to believe, a patient with a secret, a love story made in Heaven. Director: Brad Silberling Writers: Wim Wenders (screenplay "Der Himmel ber Berlin"), Peter Handke (screenplay "Der Himmel ber Berlin") | 2 more credits Stars:
City of Ember (2008) ::: 6.5/10 -- PG | 1h 30min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 10 October 2008 (USA) -- For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Director: Gil Kenan Writers:
City of Joy (1992) ::: 6.5/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 12min | Drama | 17 April 1992 (USA) -- An American doctor, a British nurse and an illiterate Indian farmer join together to transform a Calcutta ghetto in this uplifting, inspirational movie starring Patrick Swayze and Pauline Collins. Director: Roland Joff Writers:
City of Lies (2018) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 52min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 19 March 2021 (USA) -- Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. Director: Brad Furman Writers: Randall Sullivan (based on the non-fiction book by), Christian
City of Life and Death (2009) ::: 7.7/10 -- Nanjing! Nanjing! (original title) -- City of Life and Death Poster -- In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone. Director: Chuan Lu Writer:
City on a Hill ::: TV-MA | 1h | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Series (2019 ) Season 2 Premiere Sunday, March 28 -- In early 1990s Boston, ADA Decourcy Ward forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rohr. Together, they take on a case that changes the city's entire criminal justice system.
City on Fire (1987) ::: 7.1/10 -- Lung foo fung wan (original title) -- City on Fire Poster An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store. Director: Ringo Lam Writers: Ringo Lam (story), Sai-Shing Shum (scriptwriter) (as Tommy Sham) | 1 more credit
City Slickers (1991) ::: 6.8/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 53min | Comedy, Western | 7 June 1991 (USA) -- On the verge of turning 40, an unhappy Manhattan yuppie is roped into joining his two friends on a cattle drive in the southwest. Director: Ron Underwood Writers: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
Class of 1984 (1982) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 1h 38min | Action, Crime, Drama | 20 August 1982 (USA) -- A new teacher at a troubled inner-city high school soon ends up clashing with the delinquent leader of a punk posse that runs the school. Director: Mark L. Lester (as Mark Lester) Writers:
Coffy (1973) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 30min | Action, Crime, Thriller | 11 May 1973 (USA) -- A sexy black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim. Director: Jack Hill Writer: Jack Hill
Constantine: City of Demons -- R | 6min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror | TV Series (20182019) ::: An animated series centering on the adventures of supernatural detective John Constantine. Stars: Matt Ryan, Damian O'Hare, Laura Bailey | See full cast & crew
Constantine: City of Demons - The Movie (2018) ::: 7.4/10 -- Constantine: City of Demons (original title) -- Constantine: City of Demons - The Movie Poster A decade after a tragic mistake, Chas Chandler and occult investigator, John Constantine, set out to cure Chas's daughter, Trish, from a demonically induced coma. With the help of the ... See full summary Director: Doug Murphy Writers: J.M. DeMatteis, Steve Bissette (Constantine co-created by) | 7 more credits
Constantine: City of Demons - The Movie (2018) ::: 7.4/10 -- Constantine: City of Demons (original title) -- Constantine: City of Demons - The Movie Poster A decade after a tragic mistake, Chas Chandler and occult investigator, John Constantine, set out to cure Chas's daughter, Trish, from a demonically induced coma. With the help of the ... See full summary Director: Doug Murphy Writers: J.M. DeMatteis, Steve Bissette (Constantine co-created by) | 7 more credits
Containment ::: TV-14 | 1h | Drama | TV Series (2016) -- The series follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, leaving the large city quarantined and those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives. Creator:
Content Cop ::: TV-MA | 20min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime | TV Series (2015 ) In an effort to bring justice to the YouTube community, former police officer Ian Carter takes on the title of "Content Cop". Using his old police uniform and raw wit, Ian sets out to stop the creators that bring nothing but discord to his online city. Stars: Ian Carter, Calvin Vail, Bryan Le | See full cast & crew (BUTTON)
Coogan's Bluff (1968) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 33min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 10 October 1968 (Canada) -- Arizona Deputy Sheriff Coogan (Clint Eastwood) is sent to New York City to escort an escaped fugitive back for trial. Director: Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel) Writers: Herman Miller (screenplay), Dean Riesner (screenplay) | 2 more
Cooley High (1975) ::: 7.2/10 -- PG | 1h 47min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 5 July 1978 (France) -- In 1964 on Chicago's Near-North Side, the lives of four carefree high school seniors and best friends, including an aspiring playwright and an all-city basketball champion, takes a tragic turn. Director: Michael Schultz Writer:
Cop Land (1997) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 1h 45min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 15 August 1997 (USA) -- The Sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community, populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption. Director: James Mangold Writer:
Copper ::: TV-MA | 42min | Action, Drama | TV Series (20122013) -- In the 1860s, an Irish-American Civil War veteran joins the New York City police force. Creators: Tom Fontana, Will Rokos
Crocodile Dundee (1986) ::: 6.6/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 37min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 26 September 1986 (USA) -- An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City. Director: Peter Faiman Writers: Paul Hogan (original story), Paul Hogan (screenplay) | 2 more credits
Crown for Christmas (2015) ::: 6.9/10 -- TV-G | 1h 26min | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Movie 27 November 2015 -- After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, Allie reluctantly accepts a temporary gig as the governess to a young girl who is part of a powerful family in Europe that lives in a castle. Director: Alex Zamm Writers:
Cruising (1980) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 42min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 15 February 1980 (USA) -- A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men. Director: William Friedkin Writers:
CSI: NY ::: TV-14 | 43min | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Series (20042013) -- CSI head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes using forensic science in New York City. Creators: Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker
Cyber City Oedo 808 -- Saiba shiti Oedo 808 (original title) Not Rated | 2h | Animation, Action, Crime | TV Mini-Series (1990-1991) Episode Guide 3 episodes Cyber City Oedo 808 Poster ::: In the city of Oedo 2808 A.D., three Cyber criminals are given two choices, to either rot in jail or to join a special force of the Cyber Police to get possibly one more chance at freedom ... See full summary »
Dangerous Beauty (1998) ::: 7.2/10 -- R | 1h 51min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 20 February 1998 (USA) -- A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft. Director: Marshall Herskovitz Writers: Margaret Rosenthal (book), Jeannine Dominy
Dangerous Minds (1995) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 1h 39min | Biography, Drama | 11 August 1995 (USA) -- An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school. Director: John N. Smith Writers: LouAnne Johnson (book), Ronald Bass (screenplay)
Dark City (1998) ::: 7.6/10 -- R | 1h 40min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 27 February 1998 (USA) -- A man struggles with memories of his past, which include a wife he cannot remember and a nightmarish world no one else ever seems to wake up from. Director: Alex Proyas Writers:
Dash & Lily ::: TV-14 | Comedy, Drama, Romance | TV Series (2020 ) -- A whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. Stars:
Daydream Nation (2010) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 38min | Drama, Romance | 11 November 2010 (Lithuania) -- A city girl who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school teacher and a stoner classmate. Director: Michael Goldbach (as Mike Goldbach) Writers: Michael Goldbach (as Mike Goldbach), Jacob Tierney (story editor)
Dead End (1937) ::: 7.3/10 -- Approved | 1h 33min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 August 1937 (USA) -- The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum. Director: William Wyler Writers: Lillian Hellman (screen play), Sidney Kingsley (based upon the play by)
Dead Man Down (2013) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 58min | Action, Crime, Drama | 8 March 2013 (USA) -- In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution. Director: Niels Arden Oplev Writer: J.H. Wyman
Death Wish (1974) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 1h 33min | Action, Crime, Drama | 24 July 1974 (USA) -- A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark. Director: Michael Winner Writers:
Defending Your Life (1991) ::: 7.2/10 -- PG | 1h 52min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 5 April 1991 (USA) -- In an afterlife way station resembling a major city, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting. Director: Albert Brooks Writer: Albert Brooks
Defendor (2009) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 41min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 13 May 2010 (Brazil) -- Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as "Defendor", combs the city streets at night, in search of his archenemy, Captain Industry. Director: Peter Stebbings Writer:
Defiance ::: TV-MA | 43min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Series (20132015) -- Life in the city of Defiance, in a near future after the arrival of different alien lifeforms to Earth. Creators: Kevin Murphy, Rockne S. O'Bannon, Michael Taylor
Detroit Rock City (1999) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 1h 35min | Comedy, Music | 13 August 1999 (USA) -- In 1978, four rebellious teenagers try to scam their way into a KISS concert. Director: Adam Rifkin Writer: Carl V. Dupr
Dhaka Attack (2017) ::: 7.8/10 -- 14A | 2h 27min | Action, Thriller | 20 October 2017 (USA) -- An anonymous criminal gang plot a series attack in Dhaka City and three young police officers work on this. Director: Dipankar Dipon Writers: Sunny Sanwar (script), Abhimanyu Mukherjee (screenplay) | 4 more
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) ::: 7.6/10 -- Die Hard: With a Vengeance (original title) -- Die Hard with a Vengeance Poster -- John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building. Director: John McTiernan Writers:
Difficult People ::: TV-MA | 30min | Comedy | TV Series (20152017) -- Julie and Billy, two jaded aspiring comedians who live together in New York City, navigate through their thirties while dealing with their individual careers and personal relationships. Creator:
Dirty Harry (1971) ::: 7.7/10 -- R | 1h 42min | Action, Crime, Thriller | 23 December 1971 (USA) -- When a madman calling himself "the Scorpio Killer" menaces the city, tough-as-nails San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. Director: Don Siegel Writers:
Dirty Sexy Money ::: TV-PG | 45min | Drama | TV Series (20072009) -- A lawyer is forced to take care of one of New York City's wealthiest families. Creator: Craig Wright
District 13: Ultimatum (2009) ::: 6.5/10 -- Banlieue 13: Ultimatum (original title) -- District 13: Ultimatum Poster -- Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city's secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem. Director: Patrick Alessandrin
Dodge City (1939) ::: 7.1/10 -- Approved | 1h 44min | Action, Drama, Romance | 8 April 1939 (USA) -- A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up. Director: Michael Curtiz Writer: Robert Buckner (original screen play)
Dolores Claiborne (1995) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 2h 12min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 March 1995 (USA) -- A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid. Director: Taylor Hackford Writers:
Don't Think Twice (2016) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 1h 32min | Comedy, Drama | 22 July 2016 (USA) -- When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets a huge break, the rest of the group - all best friends - start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all. Director: Mike Birbiglia Writer:
Dredd (2012) ::: 7.1/10 -- R | 1h 35min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 21 September 2012 (USA) -- In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. Director: Pete Travis Writers:
Due South ::: TV-PG | 46min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | TV Series (19941999) -- The adventures of an impossibly upright Royal Canadian Mounted Police constable and his American colleagues in the city of Chicago. Creator: Paul Haggis
Elementary ::: TV-14 | 1h | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (20122019) -- A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City. Creator: Robert Doherty
Emerald City ::: TV-14 | 1h | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | TV Series (20162017) -- A modern reimagining of the stories that led to 'The Wizard of Oz'. Creators: Matthew Arnold, Josh Friedman
Emerald City ::: TV-14 | 1h | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | TV Series (2016-2017) Episode Guide 10 episodes Emerald City Poster -- A modern reimagining of the stories that led to 'The Wizard of Oz'. Creators: Matthew Arnold, Josh Friedman
Enchanted (2007) ::: 7.0/10 -- PG | 1h 47min | Animation, Comedy, Family | 21 November 2007 (USA) -- A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil Queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer. Director: Kevin Lima Writer:
Ergo Proxy ::: TV-14 | 25min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (2006) Episode Guide 23 episodes Ergo Proxy Poster In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer's life. Stars: Kôji Yusa, Akiko Yajima, Rachel Hirschfeld | See full cast & crew » Watch on Funimation Go to funimation.com (BUTTON)
Erin Brockovich (2000) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 2h 11min | Biography, Drama | 17 March 2000 (USA) -- An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. Director: Steven Soderbergh Writer:
Erin Brockovich (2000) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 2h 11min | Biography, Drama | 17 March 2000 (USA) -- An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) ::: 6.9/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 9min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery | 20 January 2012 (USA) -- A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Director: Stephen Daldry Writers:
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 2h 39min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 16 July 1999 (USA) -- A New York City doctor embarks on a harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife reveals a painful secret to him. Director: Stanley Kubrick Writers:
Fat City (1972) ::: 7.3/10 -- PG | 1h 36min | Drama, Sport | 26 July 1972 (USA) -- Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum. Director: John Huston Writers: Leonard Gardner (screenplay), Leonard Gardner (novel) Stars:
Fear City: A Family-Style Comedy (1994) ::: 7.6/10 -- La cit de la peur (original title) -- Fear City: A Family-Style Comedy Poster -- A second-class horror movie has to be shown at Cannes Film Festival, but, before each screening, the projectionist is killed by a mysterious fellow, with hammer and sickle, just as it happens in the film to be shown. Director: Alain Berbrian
Felicity ::: TV-14 | 1h | Drama, Romance | TV Series (19982002) -- A young fresh out of high school girl follows her high school crush to college to be near him. Creators: J.J. Abrams, Matt Reeves
Finding Your Feet (2017) ::: 6.7/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 51min | Comedy, Drama, Family | 30 March 2018 (USA) -- On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate. Director: Richard Loncraine Writers:
Flight of the Conchords ::: TV-MA | 28min | Comedy, Music, Musical | TV Series (20072009) -- Bret and Jemaine are Flight of the Conchords, a folk-rock band from New Zealand living in New York City in search of stardom. Creators: James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie
Flu (2013) ::: 6.6/10 -- Gamgi (original title) -- Korea) Flu Poster -- Chaos ensues when a lethal, airborne virus infects the population of a South Korean city less than 20 kilometers from Seoul. Director: Sung-su Kim Writers:
Footloose (1984) ::: 6.6/10 -- PG | 1h 47min | Drama, Music, Romance | 17 February 1984 (USA) -- A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. Director: Herbert Ross Writer: Dean Pitchford
Forbidden City Cop (1996) ::: 7.0/10 -- Daai laap mat taam Ling Ling Fat (original title) -- Forbidden City Cop Poster A wild and hilariously anachronistic tale of an imperial guard of the Forbidden City who has no martial arts abilities but a talent for making futuristic machines and must save the kidnapped emperor. Directors: Stephen Chow (as Chiau Sing Chi), Vincent Kok (as Kok Tak Chiu) Writers: Stephen Chow (as Chiau Sing Chi), Vincent Kok (as Kok Tak Chiu) | 1 more credit
Forever ::: TV-PG | 43min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy | TV Series (20142015) -- A 200-year-old man works in the New York City Morgue trying to find a key to unlock the curse of his immortality. Creator: Matthew Miller
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 2h 5min | Crime, Drama | 6 February 1981 (USA) -- In New York City, South Bronx's main police precinct is nicknamed Fort Apache by its employees who feel like troopers surrounded by hostiles in a wild west isolated outpost. Director: Daniel Petrie Writers: Heywood Gould, Thomas Mulhearn (suggested by the experiences of) | 1 more credit
Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) ::: 6.5/10 -- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (original title) -- Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Poster -- Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants. Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez Writers:
From Paris with Love (2010) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 32min | Action, Crime, Thriller | 5 February 2010 (USA) -- In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city. Director: Pierre Morel Writers: Adi Hasak (screenplay), Luc Besson (story)
Gangs of New York (2002) ::: 7.5/10 -- R | 2h 47min | Crime, Drama | 20 December 2002 (USA) -- In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. Director: Martin Scorsese Writers: Jay Cocks (story), Jay Cocks (screenplay) | 2 more credits
Gangs of New York (2002) ::: 7.5/10 -- R | 2h 47min | Crime, Drama | 20 December 2002 (USA) -- In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
Gangster Squad (2013) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 1h 53min | Action, Crime, Drama | 11 January 2013 (USA) -- It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city. Director: Ruben Fleischer Writers:
Gargoyles ::: TV-Y7 | 30min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (19941996) -- A clan of heroic night creatures pledge to protect modern New York City as they did in Scotland one thousand years earlier. Creator: Greg Weisman
Gen: Lock ::: TV-PG | 30min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (2019- ) Episode Guide 8 episodes Gen: Lock Poster -- Earth, 2068. City by city, free society is being forcibly absorbed into a vast autocracy. One military force holds the line. One pilot could turn the tide. Creators:
Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 2 - Ghost Whisper (2013) ::: 7.3/10 -- TV-MA | 57min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi | November 2013 (USA) -- Witness the formation of the legendary Public Security Section 9. When a clandestine organization hacks every car in the city, Kusanagi recruits a lethal team of cyber operatives to clamp down on the chaos and make the city safe again. Directors: Atsushi Takeuchi, Kazuchika Kise Writers: Shirow Masamune (manga) (as Masamune Shirow), Tow Ubukata (screenplay)
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015) ::: 6.7/10 -- Kkaku Kidtai Shin Gekijban (original title) -- Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie Poster -- Newport-City 2029: Major, an advanced female cyborg, is in charge of the anti-terrorism etc. unit reporting directly to the government. Taking out terrorists and freeing hostages at an embassy doesn't go smoothly. Major investigates why. Directors: Kazuchika Kise, Kazuya Nomura
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015) ::: 6.7/10 -- Kôkaku Kidôtai Shin Gekijôban (original title) -- Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie Poster -- Newport-City 2029: Major, an advanced female cyborg, is in charge of the anti-terrorism etc. unit reporting directly to the government. Taking out terrorists and freeing hostages at an embassy doesn't go smoothly. Major investigates why. Directors: Kazuchika Kise, Kazuya Nomura
Good Time (2017) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 1h 42min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 25 August 2017 (USA) -- After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld to get his brother Nick out of jail. Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie Writers:
Gotham ::: TV-14 | 42min | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Series (2014-2019) Episode Guide 100 episodes Gotham Poster -- The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival. Creator: Bruno Heller
Gotham ::: TV-14 | 42min | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Series (20142019) -- The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival. Creator: Bruno Heller
Go West (1925) ::: 7.2/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 9min | Comedy, Western | 1 November 1925 (USA) -- With little luck at keeping a job in the city a New Yorker tries work in the country and eventually finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast. Director: Buster Keaton Writers: Buster Keaton, Lex Neal (assistant writer) | 1 more credit Stars:
Great Expectations (1998) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 1h 51min | Drama, Romance | 30 January 1998 (USA) -- Modernization of Charles Dickens' classic story finds the hapless Finn as a painter in New York City pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love. Director: Alfonso Cuarn Writers:
Green Acres ::: TV-G | 30min | Comedy, Family | TV Series (19651971) -- A New York City attorney and his wife attempt to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville. Creator: Jay Sommers
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) ::: 6.4/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 46min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 15 June 1990 (USA) -- The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper. Directors: Joe Dante, Chuck Jones (uncredited) Writers: Chris Columbus (characters), Charles S. Haas (as Charlie Haas)
Gyangusuta ::: TV-MA | 24min | Animation, Action, Drama | TV Series (2015) Episode Guide 13 episodes Gyangusuta Poster In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to ... See full summary » Stars: Mamiko Noto, Felecia Angelle, Jun'ichi Suwabe | See full cast & crew » Watch on Funimation Go to funimation.com (BUTTON)
Half Nelson (2006) ::: 7.2/10 -- R | 1h 46min | Drama | 22 September 2006 (USA) -- An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. Director: Ryan Fleck Writers:
Hallam Foe (2007) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 1h 35min | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 31 August 2007 (UK) -- Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love. Director: David Mackenzie Writers:
Harley Quinn ::: TV-MA | 23min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (2019 ) -- The series focuses on a single Harley Quinn, who sets off to make it on her own in Gotham City. Creators: Justin Halpern, Dean Lorey, Patrick Schumacker
Harriet (2019) ::: 6.6/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 5min | Action, Biography, Drama | 1 November 2019 (USA) -- The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Director: Kasi Lemmons Writers:
Hello, Dolly! (1969) ::: 7.1/10 -- G | 2h 26min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical | 16 December 1969 (USA) -- Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way. Director: Gene Kelly Writers:
Hey Arnold! ::: TV-Y7 | 15min | Animation, Comedy, Drama | TV Series (19962004) -- The everyday life of Arnold, a fourth-grader in a nameless city that resembles Brooklyn, New York, who lives in a multi-racial boarding house with his grandparents and a motley assortment of friends and neighbors. Creators:
Hill Street Blues ::: TV-14 | 1h | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (19811987) -- The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct. Creators: Steven Bochco, Michael Kozoll
Hollywood Shuffle (1987) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 1h 18min | Comedy | 20 March 1987 (USA) -- An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood. Director: Robert Townsend Writers: Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) ::: 6.8/10 -- PG | 2h | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 20 November 1992 (USA) -- One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind. Director: Chris Columbus Writers:
Home Before Dark ::: TV-14 | 45min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (2020 ) -- A young girl from the big city uncovers clues to an unsolved cold case while visiting her father's small lakeside town. Creators: Dana Fox, Dara Resnik
Hot in Cleveland ::: TV-PG | 30min | Comedy | TV Series (20102015) -- Three 40-something best friends from Los Angeles are flying to Paris when their plane makes an emergency landing in Cleveland. Realizing that all the norms from Los Angeles don't apply anymore, they decide to celebrate a city that values real women and stay where they're still considered hot.
House of Good and Evil (2013) ::: 6.5/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 48min | Thriller | 1 October 2013 (USA) -- After a family tragedy in the chaotic city, Chris and Maggie Conley, in a last-ditch effort to save their dying marriage, purchase an isolated home in the deepest woods, to which they quickly discover evil has a key. Director: David Mun Writer:
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 50min | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 3 October 2008 (USA) -- A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York City. Director: Robert B. Weide Writers: Peter Straughan (screenplay), Toby Young (book)
How to Make It in America -- 30min | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (20102011) ::: A group of 20 somethings living in New York City. Ben and Cameron work on starting a fashion company, while enjoying their lives in the greatest city in the world. Creator:
Hungry Hearts (2014) ::: 6.4/10 -- Unrated | 1h 49min | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 15 January 2015 (Italy) -- The relationship of a couple who meet by chance in New York City is put to the test when they encounter a life-or-death circumstance. Director: Saverio Costanzo Writers: Saverio Costanzo, Marco Franzoso (novel) | 1 more credit
Hunters ::: TV-MA | 1h | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (2020 ) -- In 1977, in New York City, a troubled young Jewish man bent on revenge is taken in by a secret group of Nazi hunters fighting a clandestine war against the cabal of high-ranking Nazi officials in hiding who work to create the Fourth Reich. Creator:
I Am Legend (2007) ::: 7.2/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 41min | Action, Adventure, Drama | 14 December 2007 (USA) -- Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. Director: Francis Lawrence Writers:
I'm Alan Partridge ::: TV-MA | 29min | Comedy | TV Series (19972002) Alan Partridge, a failed television presenter, is now presenting a programme on local radio in Norwich. He desperately tries to revive his broadcasting career. Stars: Steve Coogan, Simon Greenall, Felicity Montagu | See full cast & crew Available on Amazon (BUTTON)
In Cold Blood (1967) ::: 7.9/10 -- R | 2h 14min | Biography, Crime, Drama | 15 December 1967 (USA) -- After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity. Director: Richard Brooks Writers:
Inside Out (2015) ::: 8.1/10 -- PG | 1h 35min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 19 June 2015 (USA) -- After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen (co-director) Writers:
Into the Night ::: TV-MA | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Series (2020 ) -- When radiation from the sun causes a global disaster on Earth, survivors on an overnight flight from Brussels race from city to city trying to stay ahead of the sun's rays by remaining in the cover of night. Creator:
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ::: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (original tit ::: TV-14 | 24min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (2015 ) -- Commonly known as the "Dungeon," the city of Orario possesses a huge labyrinth in the underground. Its strange name attracts excitement, illusions of honor, and hopes of romance with a ... See full summary
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ::: Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (original tit ::: TV-14 | 24min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (2015- ) Episode Guide 41 episodes Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Poster -- Commonly known as the "Dungeon," the city of Orario possesses a huge labyrinth in the underground. Its strange name attracts excitement, illusions of honor, and hopes of romance with a ... See full summary »
Jack Goes Boating (2010) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 29min | Drama, Romance | 29 December 2010 (France) -- A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman Writers: Robert Glaudini (screenplay) (as Bob Glaudini), Robert Glaudini (play)
James and the Giant Peach (1996) ::: 6.7/10 -- PG | 1h 19min | Animation, Adventure, Family | 12 April 1996 (USA) -- An orphan who lives with his two cruel aunts befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City. Director: Henry Selick Writers: Roald Dahl (based on the book by), Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay) | 2 more credits
Jessica Jones ::: TV-MA | 56min | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Series (20152019) -- Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City. Creator:
Joker (2019) ::: 8.4/10 -- R | 2h 2min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 4 October 2019 (USA) -- In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker. Director: Todd Phillips Writers:
Jude (1996) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 2h 3min | Drama, Romance | 18 October 1996 (USA) -- In late 1800s England, Jude plans to go to the city and attend university but marries early and becomes a stonemason. When his wife leaves, he moves to the city, where he befriends his liberal cousin Sue. Director: Michael Winterbottom Writers: Hossein Amini (screenplay), Thomas Hardy (novel)
Juice (1992) ::: 7.1/10 -- R | 1h 35min | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 January 1992 (USA) -- Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice". Director: Ernest R. Dickerson Writers: Ernest R. Dickerson (story), Gerard Brown (screenplay) | 1 more
Kansas City (1996) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 56min | Crime, Drama, Music | 16 August 1996 (USA) -- A pair of kidnappings expose the complex power dynamics within the corrupt and unpredictable workings of 1930s Kansas City. Director: Robert Altman Writers: Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt
Kansas City Confidential (1952) ::: 7.4/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 39min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 November 1952 (USA) -- An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits. Director: Phil Karlson Writers: George Bruce (screenplay), Harry Essex (screenplay) | 2 more credits Stars:
Keane (2004) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 1h 40min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 21 September 2005 (France) -- A disheveled man desperately searches New York City for his young daughter. Director: Lodge Kerrigan Writer: Lodge Kerrigan Stars:
Kids (1995) ::: 7.1/10 -- Unrated | 1h 31min | Drama | 1 September 1995 (USA) -- A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking and deflowering virgins. Director: Larry Clark Writers: Harmony Korine, Larry Clark (story by) | 1 more credit
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) ::: 6.7/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 6min | Action, Adventure, Drama | 12 May 2017 (USA) -- Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not. Director: Guy Ritchie Writers:
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) ::: 7.2/10 -- R | 2h 24min | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 May 2005 (USA) -- Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. Director: Ridley Scott Writer:
King Kong (1933) ::: 7.9/10 -- Passed | 1h 40min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 April 1933 (USA) -- A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. Directors: Merian C. Cooper (uncredited), Ernest B. Schoedsack (uncredited) Writers:
Kino's Journey ::: Kino no tabi (original tit ::: TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Drama | TV Series (2003) Episode Guide 14 episodes Kino's Journey Poster -- Young world-weary sharpshooter girl Kino and her talking inquisitive motorcycle Hermes travel around her unusual world, visiting various city-states for three days each to learn about their culture, history and ruling philosophy.
Kitchen Confidential ::: TV-14 | 22min | Comedy, Romance | TV Series (20052006) -- A bad-boy chef runs wild in his New York City eatery. Creator: David Hemingson
Late Show with David Letterman -- 1h | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show | TV Series (19932015) ::: The Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk-show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. Creator:
Lean on Me (1989) ::: 7.5/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 48min | Drama | 3 March 1989 (USA) -- The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school he is determined to improve by any and all means. Director: John G. Avildsen Writer:
Life Itself (2018) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 57min | Drama, Romance | 21 September 2018 (USA) -- As a young New York City couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes. Director: Dan Fogelman Writer:
Life of a King (2013) ::: 6.9/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 40min | Drama | 22 June 2013 (USA) -- Ex-felon, Eugene Brown, establishes a Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C. Director: Jake Goldberger Writers: Jake Goldberger, David Scott | 1 more credit
Little Caesar (1931) ::: 7.2/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 19min | Action, Crime, Drama | 25 January 1931 (USA) -- A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune. Director: Mervyn LeRoy Writers: W.R. Burnett (novel), Francis Edward Faragoh (as Francis Edwards Faragoh) | 2 more credits
Little Manhattan (2005) ::: 7.5/10 -- PG | 1h 30min | Comedy, Family, Romance | 5 January 2006 (Puerto Rico) -- A 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl find love in New York City. Director: Mark Levin Writer: Jennifer Flackett
Love, Victor ::: TV-14 | 30min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | TV Series (2020 ) -- Victor is a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. Creators:
Lower City (2005) ::: 6.6/10 -- Cidade Baixa (original title) -- Lower City Poster -- Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho, who own a small steaming boat in Bahia, meet strip-dancer Karinna. Both men fall for her and their friendship is deeply shattered. Director: Srgio Machado Writers:
Lucifer ::: TV-14 | 42min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy | TV Series (2016- ) Episode Guide 93 episodes Lucifer Poster -- Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels. Creator:
Lucifer ::: TV-14 | 42min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy | TV Series (2016 ) -- Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels. Creator:
Lucky Number Slevin (2006) ::: 7.7/10 -- R | 1h 50min | Action, Crime, Drama | 7 April 2006 (USA) -- A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses. Under constant surveillance by Detective Brikowski and assassin Goodkat, he must get them before they get him. Director: Paul McGuigan Writer:
Luke Cage ::: TV-MA | 55min | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Series (20162018) -- When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city. Creator:
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) ::: 6.6/10 -- PG | 1h 29min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 7 November 2008 (USA) -- The Madagascar animals fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African nature reserve, where they meet others of their own kind, and Alex especially discovers his royal heritage as prince of a lion pride. Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath Writers:
Madigan (1968) ::: 6.5/10 -- TV-14 | 1h 41min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 29 March 1968 (USA) -- In New York City's Spanish Harlem, detectives Madigan and Bonaro are given 72 hours by their superior to capture a hoodlum wanted for homicide in Brooklyn. Director: Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel) Writers:
Magic City ::: TV-MA | 50min | Crime, Drama | TV Series (20122013) -- Centers on Miami mobsters and other characters from Miami Beach in the late 1950s. Creator: Mitch Glazer
Magnum Force (1973) ::: 7.2/10 -- R | 2h 4min | Action, Crime, Mystery | 25 December 1973 (USA) -- San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is on the trail of vigilante Police Officers who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables. Director: Ted Post Writers:
Maniac (1980) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 27min | Crime, Drama, Horror | 6 March 1981 (USA) -- A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? Director: William Lustig Writers:
Man on Fire (2004) ::: 7.7/10 -- R | 2h 26min | Action, Crime, Drama | 23 April 2004 (USA) -- In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect. Director: Tony Scott Writers:
Men in Black: The Series ::: TV-Y7 | 25min | Animation, Action, Comedy | TV Series (19972001) The continuing adventures of Agents K and J as they deal with problems with extraterrestrials in New York City. Creators: Duane Capizzi, Jeff Kline, Richard Raynis Stars:
Metropolis (1927) ::: 8.3/10 -- Not Rated | 2h 33min | Drama, Sci-Fi | 13 March 1927 (USA) -- In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working-class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. Director: Fritz Lang Writers:
MFKZ (2017) ::: 6.7/10 -- Mutafukaz (original title) -- MFKZ Poster -- In Dark Meat City, a young man develops supernatural powers after an otherwise uneventful scooter accident. Directors: Shjir Nishimi (as Shojiro Nishimi), Guillaume Renard (as Guillaume 'Run' Renard) Writers:
Miami Bici (2020) ::: 6.4/10 -- 1h 38min | Comedy, Crime | 21 February 2020 (Romania) -- Miami Bici is the story of Ion and Ilie, two young people from a small dark city in Romania who go to Miami in the middle of winter, to live both the "American Dream" and the Romanian dream of "getting rich quick". Director: Jess del Cerro Stars: Matei Dima, Codin Maticiuc, Letitia Vladescu | See full cast & crew (BUTTON)
Midnight Cowboy (1969) ::: 7.8/10 -- R | 1h 53min | Drama | 25 May 1969 (USA) -- A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process. Director: John Schlesinger Writers: Waldo Salt (screenplay), James Leo Herlihy (based on the novel by)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 2h 35min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 21 November 1997 (USA) -- A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends. Director: Clint Eastwood Writers: John Berendt (book), John Lee Hancock (screenplay)
Midnight Madness (1980) ::: 6.5/10 -- PG | 1h 52min | Comedy | 8 February 1980 (USA) -- Leon picks college students to participate in his all night scavenger hunt. Five teams receive clues to solve leading them to the next clue site hidden in the city. Directors: Michael Nankin, David Wechter Writers: David Wechter, Michael Nankin Stars:
Miracle Mile (1988) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 1h 27min | Action, Drama, Romance | 19 May 1989 (USA) -- A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes. Director: Steve De Jarnatt Writer: Steve De Jarnatt Stars:
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir ::: TV-Y7 | 20min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (2015 ) -- Marinette and Adrien, two normal teens, transform into superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir when an evil threatens their city. Stars: Cristina Valenzuela, Bryce Papenbrook, Mela Lee | See full cast &
Mission Hill ::: TV-14 | 30min | Animation, Comedy, Drama | TV Series (19992002) The misadventures of a group of disparate roomates who live in a hip neighborhood in a major city. Creators: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein Stars:
Mission Hill ::: TV-14 | 30min | Animation, Comedy, Drama | TV Series (19992002) The misadventures of a group of disparate roomates who live in a hip neighborhood in a major city.
Mob City ::: TV-MA | 1h | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (2013) -- 1947, Los Angeles. Cop Joe Teague walks the line between the LAPD, led by William Parker, and the mob, led by Bugsy Siegel. Creator: Frank Darabont
Monsters, Inc. (2001) ::: 8.1/10 -- G | 1h 32min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 2 November 2001 (USA) -- In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they
Monsters, Inc. (2001) ::: 8.1/10 -- G | 1h 32min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 2 November 2001 (USA) -- In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think. Directors: Pete Docter, David Silverman (co-director) | 1 more credit Writers:
Mosul (2019) ::: 7.1/10 -- TV-MA | 1h 41min | Action, Drama, War | 26 November 2020 (USA) -- A police unit from Mosul fight to liberate the Iraqi city from thousands of ISIS militants. Director: Matthew Michael Carnahan Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan
Mozart in the Jungle ::: TV-MA | 29min | Comedy, Drama, Music | TV Series (20142018) -- Love, money, ambition and music intertwine in Mozart in the Jungle, a half hour comedic drama that looks at finding yourself and finding love while conquering New York City. A brash new maestro Rodrigo stirs up the New York Symphony as young oboist Hailey hopes for her big chance. Creators:
Ms .45 (1981) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 20min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 24 April 1981 (USA) -- A timid and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York City after dark and randomly shoots men with a .45 caliber pistol. Director: Abel Ferrara Writer:
Murdoch Mysteries ::: TV-PG | 48min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (2008 ) -- In the 1890s, William Murdoch uses radical forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders. Creators:
Museo (2018) ::: 6.9/10 -- 2h 8min | Crime, Drama | 26 October 2018 (Mexico) -- In 1985, a group of criminals mock the security of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City to extract 140 pre-Hispanic pieces from their showcases. Directors: Alonso Ruizpalacios (as Alonso Ruiz Palacios), Alonso Ruizpalacios Writers:
Music of the Heart (1999) ::: 6.8/10 -- PG | 2h 4min | Drama, Music | 29 October 1999 (USA) -- Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids. Director: Wes Craven Writer: Pamela Gray Stars:
Naked (1993) ::: 7.8/10 -- Not Rated | 2h 12min | Comedy, Drama | 4 February 1994 (USA) -- Parallel tales of two sexually obsessed men, one hurting and annoying women physically and mentally, one wandering around the city talking to strangers and experiencing dimensions of life. Director: Mike Leigh Writer:
Natural City (2003) ::: 5.7/10 -- Naechureol siti (original title) -- Natural City Poster In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in... See full summary » Director: Byung-chun Min Writers: Jae-rim Han (screenplay adaptation), Byung-chun Min
NCIS: New Orleans ::: TV-14 | 42min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (20142021) -- A spin-off of NCIS (2003) about the local field office of NCIS that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Special Agent Dwayne Pride's team is at its best.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) ::: 7.4/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 41min | Drama | 3 April 2020 (USA) -- A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy. Director: Eliza Hittman Writer: Eliza Hittman
New Jack City (1991) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 1h 37min | Action, Crime, Drama | 8 March 1991 (USA) -- A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him. Director: Mario Van Peebles Writers: Thomas Lee Wright (story), Thomas Lee Wright (screenplay) | 1 more
Newsies (1992) ::: 7.0/10 -- PG | 2h 1min | Drama, Family, History | 10 April 1992 (USA) -- A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business. Director: Kenny Ortega Writers:
New York (2009) ::: 6.8/10 -- Not Rated | 2h 33min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 26 June 2009 (India) -- A contemporary story of 3 friends discovering a new world set against the larger than life New York City. But one day the world around them changed. Director: Kabir Khan Writers:
Night and the City (1950) ::: 7.9/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 36min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 28 June 1950 -- Night and the City Poster A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter. Director: Jules Dassin Writers: Jo Eisinger (screenplay), Gerald Kersh (novel)
No Guns Life ::: TV-14 | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi | TV Series (2019- ) Episode Guide 24 episodes No Guns Life Poster With no memory of his previous life-or who replaced his head with a giant gun-Juzo Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver. Stars: Jun'ichi Suwabe, Manami Numakura, Daiki Yamashita | See full cast & crew » Watch on Funimation Go to funimation.com
North by Northwest (1959) ::: 8.3/10 -- Approved | 2h 16min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller | 18 December 1959 -- North by Northwest Poster -- A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies. Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writer:
Nurse Jackie ::: TV-MA | 27min | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (20092015) -- A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas. Creators:
Ocean's Eight (2018) ::: 6.8/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 50min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 8 June 2018 (USA) -- Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala. Director: Gary Ross Writers: Gary Ross (screenplay by), Olivia Milch (screenplay by) | 3 more
Oliver & Company (1988) ::: 6.7/10 -- G | 1h 14min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 18 November 1988 (USA) -- A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York City. Director: George Scribner Writers: Jim Cox (animation screenplay), Tim Disney (animation screenplay) (as
On Dangerous Ground (1951) ::: 7.3/10 -- Approved | 1h 22min | Drama, Film-Noir | 1952 (UK) -- Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case. Directors: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino (uncredited) Writers:
One Fine Day (1996) ::: 6.5/10 -- PG | 1h 48min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 December 1996 (USA) -- The lives of two strangers and their young children unexpectedly intersect on one hectic, stressful day in New York City. Director: Michael Hoffman Writers: Terrel Seltzer, Ellen Simon
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003) ::: 7.2/10 -- Ong-bak (original title) -- Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior Poster -- When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it. Director: Prachya Pinkaew Writers:
On My Block ::: TV-14 | 30min | Comedy | TV Series (2018 ) -- A coming-of-age story about four bright, street-savvy friends navigating their way through high school in the gritty inner city of South Central Los Angeles. Dealing with the danger of getting their friend out of a gang and friends turning into romance, danger is constant.
On the Town (1949) ::: 7.4/10 -- Passed | 1h 38min | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 30 December 1949 (USA) -- Three sailors wreak havoc as they search for love during a whirlwind 24-hour leave in New York City. Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly Writers: Adolph Green (screenplay), Betty Comden (screenplay) | 3 more credits
Out of the Past (1947) ::: 8.0/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 37min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | December 1947 (USA) -- A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. Director: Jacques Tourneur Writers:
Panic in Year Zero (1962) ::: 6.7/10 -- Approved | 1h 33min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 5 July 1962 (USA) -- A family leaves L.A. for a camping trip - just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As the city descends into chaos, the father must fight to keep his family alive. Director: Ray Milland Writers: Jay Simms (screenplay), John Morton (screenplay) | 1 more credit Stars:
Parks and Recreation ::: TV-14 | 22min | Comedy | TV Series (20092020) -- The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. Creators: Greg Daniels, Michael Schur
Patriots Day (2016) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 2h 13min | Action, Crime, Drama | 13 January 2017 (USA) -- The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible. Director: Peter Berg Writers: Peter Berg (screenplay), Matt Cook (screenplay by) | 5 more credits
Pecker (1998) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 27min | Comedy, Drama | 9 October 1998 (Canada) -- A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame. Director: John Waters Writer:
Permanent Vacation (1980) ::: 6.4/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 15min | Comedy, Drama | 25 April 1984 (France) -- A young man wanders New York City searching for some meaning in life and encounters many idiosyncratic characters. Director: Jim Jarmusch Writer: Jim Jarmusch
Personal Velocity (2002) ::: 6.5/10 -- Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (original title) -- Personal Velocity Poster -- Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom. Director: Rebecca Miller Writers:
Planescape: Torment (1999) ::: 9.4/10 -- Adventure, Fantasy | Video game released 12 December 1999 -- In the city of Sigil, the only place from which all realities of the Planescape universe can be reached, an immortal amnesiac, the Nameless One, must uncover his past, the mystery of his immortality as well as who's trying to kill him. Writers: Chris Avellone, Colin McComb Stars: Michael T. Weiss, Rob Paulsen, Jennifer Hale | See full cast & crew » (BUTTON)
Please Give (2010) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 1h 27min | Comedy, Drama | 18 June 2010 (USA) -- In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns. Director: Nicole Holofcener Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Plebs ::: TV-14 | 25min | Comedy | TV Series (2013 ) -- PLEBS follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs, and climb the social ladder in the big city - a city that happens to be Ancient Rome. Stars:
Pope Joan (2009) ::: 6.7/10 -- Die Ppstin (original title) -- Pope Joan Poster -- A woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim in the ninth century disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks. Director: Snke Wortmann Writers:
Power ::: TV-MA | 50min | Crime, Drama | TV Series (20142020) -- James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York night club owner who has it all, catering to the city's elite and dreaming big, lives a double life as a drug kingpin. Creator:
Precious (2009) ::: 7.3/10 -- R | 1h 50min | Drama | 20 November 2009 (USA) -- In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. Director: Lee Daniels Writers:
Premium Rush (2012) ::: 6.5/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 31min | Action, Crime, Thriller | 24 August 2012 (USA) -- In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. Director: David Koepp Writers: David Koepp, John Kamps
Prime Cut (1972) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 28min | Action, Crime, Drama | 1972 (Portugal) -- A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out. Director: Michael Ritchie Writer: Robert Dillon
Prince Avalanche (2013) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 34min | Comedy, Drama | 19 September 2013 (Netherlands) -- Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. Director: David Gordon Green Writers:
Prince of the City (1981) ::: 7.5/10 -- R | 2h 47min | Crime, Drama | 26 August 1981 (USA) -- A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption, and soon realises he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted. Director: Sidney Lumet Writers:
Queer Eye ::: TV-14 | 45min | Reality-TV | TV Series (2018 ) -- A new Fab Five set out to Atlanta to help some of the city's people refine their wardrobes, grooming, diet, cultural pursuits, and home dcor. Stars:
Quick Change (1990) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 29min | Comedy, Crime | 13 July 1990 (USA) -- Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible. Directors: Howard Franklin, Bill Murray Writers: Jay Cronley (book), Howard Franklin (screenplay)
Rachel, Rachel (1968) ::: 7.3/10 -- Approved | 1h 41min | Drama, Romance | 26 August 1968 (USA) -- Rachel is a lonely school teacher who lives with her mother. When a man from the big city asks her out, she starts thinking about where she wants her life to go. Director: Paul Newman Writers:
Ragtime (1981) ::: 7.3/10 -- PG | 2h 35min | Drama | 25 December 1981 (USA) -- A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City. Director: Milos Forman Writers: E.L. Doctorow (based on the novel by), Michael Weller (screenplay) Stars:
Reckless -- 1h | Crime, Drama | TV Series (2014) ::: In sultry Charleston, where summer is long and secrets simmer behind every door, sex and crime walk hand in hand as two adversaries, a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a southern City Attorney... See full summary Creator:
Reign Over Me (2007) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 2h 4min | Drama | 23 March 2007 (USA) -- A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief. Director: Mike Binder Writer:
Renaissance (2006) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 1h 45min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi | 15 March 2006 (France) -- In 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting a shadow over everything is the city's largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export, youth and beauty. In this world of stark contrasts and rigid laws, the populace is kept in line and accounted for. Director: Christian Volckman
Rent (2005) ::: 6.9/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 15min | Drama, Musical, Romance | 23 November 2005 (USA) -- This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America. Director: Chris Columbus Writers:
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008) ::: 8.1/10 -- Not Rated | 2h 45min | Drama, Musical, Romance | TV Movie 24 September -- Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway Poster -- Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera RENT tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love,"... See full summary Director: Michael John Warren
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) ::: 5.5/10 -- R | 1h 47min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 January 2017 (USA) -- Alice returns to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. Director: Paul W.S. Anderson Writer:
Roadies ::: TV-MA | 1h | Comedy, Drama, Music | TV Series (2016) -- A road crew helps with a rock band's major multi-city tour. Creator: Cameron Crowe
Road to Morocco (1942) ::: 7.1/10 -- Passed | 1h 22min | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 8 April 1943 (Mexico) -- Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar. Director: David Butler Writers: Frank Butler (original screenplay), Don Hartman (original screenplay) Stars:
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) ::: 6.5/10 -- Approved | 2h 3min | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 24 June 1964 (USA) -- In Prohibition-era Chicago, two rival gangs compete for control of the city's rackets. Director: Gordon Douglas Writer: David R. Schwartz
Roma (2018) ::: 7.7/10 -- R | 2h 15min | Drama | 21 November 2018 (USA) -- A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Director: Alfonso Cuarn Writer: Alfonso Cuarn
Rubicon ::: 45min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (2010) Will Travers is an analyst at a New York City-based federal intelligence agency who is thrown into a story where nothing is as it appears to be. Creator: Jason Horwitch Stars:
Rumble in the Bronx (1995) ::: 6.8/10 -- Hung fan kui (original title) -- Rumble in the Bronx Poster -- A young man visiting and helping his uncle in New York City finds himself forced to fight a street gang and the mob with his martial art skills. Director: Stanley Tong Writers:
Russian Doll ::: TV-MA | 30min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2019 ) -- A cynical young woman in New York City keeps dying and returning to the party that's being thrown in her honor on that same evening. She tries to find a way out of this strange time loop. Creators:
Russian Doll ::: TV-MA | 30min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2019- ) Episode Guide 16 episodes Russian Doll Poster -- A cynical young woman in New York City keeps dying and returning to the party that's being thrown in her honor on that same evening. She tries to find a way out of this strange time loop. Creators:
Safety Last! (1923) ::: 8.1/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 14min | Action, Comedy, Thriller | 1 April 1923 (USA) -- A boy leaves his small country town and heads to the big city to get a job. As soon as he makes it big his sweetheart will join him and marry him. His enthusiasm to get ahead leads to some interesting adventures. Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Neymeyer), Sam Taylor Writers: Hal Roach (story), Sam Taylor (story) | 2 more credits Stars:
Samson and Delilah (2009) ::: 7.0/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 41min | Drama, Romance | 7 May 2009 (Australia) -- A glue-sniffing boy and his girlfriend escape the government-controlled no-hope Aboriginal community they live in and go to the city, Alice Springs, looking for a better life. Director: Warwick Thornton Writers: Warwick Thornton, Beck Cole (co writer) Stars:
Saving Grace ::: TV-MA | 1h | Drama, Fantasy | TV Series (20072010) -- An angel offers a jaded Oklahoma City police detective the chance to redeem her life. Creator: Nancy Miller
Secret City ::: TV-MA | 49min | Mystery, Thriller | TV Series (20162019) -- Beneath the placid facade of Canberra, amidst rising tension between China and America, senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley uncovers a secret city of interlocked conspiracies, putting innocent lives in danger including her own. Stars:
Seinfeld ::: TV-PG | 22min | Comedy | TV Series (1989-1998) Episode Guide 173 episodes Seinfeld Poster -- The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends. Creators: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld
Sesame Street ::: TV-Y | 55min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | TV Series (1969 ) -- On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs. Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney | See full cast & crew
Set It Off (1996) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 2h 3min | Action, Crime, Drama | 6 November 1996 (USA) -- Desperation drives four inner-city women to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting each other. Director: F. Gary Gray Writers: Takashi Bufford (story), Takashi Bufford (screenplay) | 1 more credit
Sex and the City ::: TV-MA | 30min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | TV Series (19982004) -- Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the late 1990s. Creator: Darren Star
Shadows (1958) ::: 7.3/10 -- PG | 1h 27min | Drama, Romance | 14 October 1960 (UK) -- Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City. Director: John Cassavetes Writer: John Cassavetes
Shall We Dance (1937) ::: 7.5/10 -- Approved | 1h 49min | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 May 1937 (USA) -- A ballet dancer and a showgirl fake a marriage for publicity purposes, then fall in love. Director: Mark Sandrich Writers: Allan Scott (screen play), Ernest Pagano (screen play) | 3 more
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) ::: 7.3/10 -- PG | 1h 25min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 5 August 2015 (USA) -- When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. Directors: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Shor in the City (2010) ::: 7.2/10 -- 1h 52min | Crime, Drama | 28 April 2011 (India) -- Various residents and career-criminals face challenges in crime-laden Mumbai. Directors: Krishna D.K. (as Krishna DK), Raj Nidimoru Writers: Krishna D.K. (story & screenplay), Raj Nidimoru (story & screenplay) |
Sin City (2005) ::: 8.0/10 -- R | 2h 4min | Crime, Thriller | 1 April 2005 (USA) -- A movie that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. Directors: Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino | 1 more credit Writers:
Sing (2016) ::: 7.1/10 -- PG | 1h 48min | Animation, Comedy, Family | 21 December 2016 (USA) -- In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same. Directors: Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet (co-director) Writer:
Six Degrees of Separation (1993) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 52min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 8 December 1993 (USA) -- An affluent New York City couple finds their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is. Director: Fred Schepisi Writers:
Skate Kitchen (2018) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 46min | Drama | 10 August 2018 (USA) -- A teenaged skateboarder makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City. Director: Crystal Moselle Writers: Crystal Moselle (story), Crystal Moselle | 2 more credits
Sky Blue (2003) ::: 6.7/10 -- Wonderful Days (original title) -- Korea) Sky Blue Poster -- 2142: Pollution and climate change wiped out most of Earth's population. Ecoban city is built to withstand this. Suppression results in revolt. A childhood couple find each other as adults on opposing sides. Director: Moon-saeng Kim
SLC Punk! (1998) ::: 7.5/10 -- R | 1h 37min | Comedy, Drama, Music | 16 April 1999 (USA) -- In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City. Director: James Merendino Writer: James Merendino
Sound of Noise (2010) ::: 7.2/10 -- R | 1h 42min | Comedy, Crime, Music | 9 March 2012 (USA) -- A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city. Directors: Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjrne Nilsson Writers: Ola Simonsson (screenplay), Johannes Stjrne Nilsson (screenplay) | 3
South of Nowhere ::: 22min | Drama, Romance | TV Series (20052008) A family moves from Ohio to Los Angeles, where they find themselves unprepared for the city's fast pace, and the overcrowded public school that their three teenagers will attend. Creator: Tommy Lynch Stars:
Speed (1994) ::: 7.2/10 -- R | 1h 56min | Action, Adventure, Thriller | 10 June 1994 (USA) -- A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph. Director: Jan de Bont Writer: Graham Yost
Speedy (1928) ::: 7.6/10 -- Passed | 1h 25min | Action, Comedy, Family | 7 April 1928 (USA) -- Harold "Speedy" Swift, a fan of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, saves from extinction the city's last horse-drawn trolley, operated by his girlfriend's grandfather. Director: Ted Wilde Writers: John Grey (story), Lex Neal (story) | 1 more credit Stars:
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) ::: 7.4/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 13min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 7 July 2017 (USA) -- Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. Director: Jon Watts Writers:
Spider-Man: The Animated Series ::: Spider-Man (original tit ::: TV-Y | 23min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (19941998) -- A young man with spider-like abilities fights crime as a superhero in New York City while trying to have a normal personal life. Creators:
Spider-Man ::: TV-PG | 21min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (2003) -- A young man with spider like abilities fights crime as a superhero in New York City while trying to have a normal personal life. Creators: Steve Ditko, Stan Lee
Spin City ::: TV-14 | 30min | Comedy | TV Series (19962002) -- Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York City, and his team of half-wits must constantly save the Mayor from embarrassment and the media. Mike is later succeeded by Charlie Crawford. Creators:
Static Shock ::: TV-Y7 | 30min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (20002004) In the city of Dakota, a teenage boy with electricity based powers, with the help of his inventive friend, fights crime as a superhero. Creators: Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, Derek Dingle | 2 more credits Stars:
Steven Universe: The Movie (2019) ::: 7.8/10 -- TV-PG | 1h 22min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Movie 2 September -- Steven Universe: The Movie Poster -- Steven thinks his time defending the Earth is over, but when a new threat comes to Beach City, Steven faces his biggest challenge yet. Directors: Rebecca Sugar, Joseph D. Johnston (co-director) | 1 more credit Writers:
Strings (2004) ::: 7.0/10 -- PG | 1h 31min | Animation, Adventure, Drama | 27 May 2005 (UK) -- A Prince leaves his city and sets off to avenge his father, not aware his father wasn't murdered, and in reality, committed suicide, and soon learns the truth about his people from a warrior woman. Director: Anders Rnnow Klarlund Writers: Naja Marie Aidt, Anders Rnnow Klarlund (story) Stars:
Stronger (2017) ::: 6.9/10 -- R | 1h 59min | Biography, Drama | 29 September 2017 (USA) -- Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Director: David Gordon Green Writers:
Suburgatory ::: TV-PG | 22min | Comedy | TV Series (20112014) Tessa Altman is used to the big city but when her dad moves her away, she has to adapt to her new suburban life in Chatswin. Creator: Emily Kapnek Stars:
Suddenly (1954) ::: 6.8/10 -- Unrated | 1h 17min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 17 September 1954 (USA) -- In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA. Director: Lewis Allen Writer:
Suits ::: TV-14 | 44min | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (20112019) -- On the run from a drug deal gone bad, brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, finds himself working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers. Creator:
Summer of Sam (1999) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 2h 22min | Crime, Drama, Romance | 2 July 1999 (USA) -- Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another. Director: Spike Lee Writers:
Switchblade Sisters (1975) ::: 6.6/10 -- The Jezebels (original title) -- Switchblade Sisters Poster The leader of an inner city girl gang is challenged when a new girl moves into the neighbourhood. Director: Jack Hill Writers: Jack Hill (story), F.X. Maier (screenplay) | 2 more credits Stars:
Synecdoche, New York (2008) ::: 7.6/10 -- R | 2h 4min | Drama | 5 February 2009 (Netherlands) -- A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. Director: Charlie Kaufman Writer:
Take Me Home (2011) ::: 6.8/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 37min | Comedy, Romance | 4 October 2013 (Turkey) -- Soon after Thom starts operating as an illegal taxi driver in New York City, Claire hires him to drive her to California after her estranged father suffers a heart attack. Director: Sam Jaeger Writer:
Tales of the City ::: TV-MA | 1h | Drama | TV Series (2019) -- A middle-aged Mary Ann returns to San Francisco and reunites with the eccentric friends she left behind. "Tales of the City" focuses primarily on the people who live in a boardinghouse turned apartment complex owned by Anna Madrigal at 28 Barbary Lane, all of whom quickly become part of what Maupin coined a "logical family". It's no longer a secret that Mrs. Madrigal is transgender. Instead, she ... See full
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ::: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (original tit ::: TV-Y7-FV | 24min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (20122017) -- Four ninja turtles, mutated by a mysterious alien substance, must rise up out of the sewers and defend their city against evil forces from both the past and present. Creators:
Taxi Driver (1976) ::: 8.2/10 -- R | 1h 54min | Crime, Drama | 9 February 1976 (USA) -- A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute. Director: Martin Scorsese Writer:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) ::: 6.8/10 -- PG | 1h 33min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 30 March 1990 (USA) -- Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas. Director: Steve Barron Writers: Kevin Eastman (characters), Peter Laird (characters) | 3 more credits
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006) ::: 7.1/10 -- TV-Y7 | 1h 15min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Movie 15 September -- Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Poster After a battle with a high-tech villain named, Saiko-Tek, the Teen Titans travel to the city of Tokyo where they find themselves embroiled in a conflict with an ancient enemy. Directors: Michael Chang, Ben Jones | 1 more credit Writer: David Slack
Teen Titans ::: TV-Y7-FV | 23min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (20032006) -- A team of five teenaged superheroes save the world from many villains around their city while experiencing things normal teens face today. Creators: David Slack, Bob Haney, Bruno Premiani | 4 more credits
Texhnolyze ::: Tekunoraizu (original tit ::: TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Series (2003) Episode Guide 22 episodes Texhnolyze Poster In a man-made underground society, descendants of a banished generation vie for control of the crumbling city of Lux. Ichise, an orphan turned prize fighter, loses a leg and an arm to ... See full summary » Stars: Michael Forest, Justin Gross, Satoshi Haga | See full cast & crew » Watch on Funimation Go to funimation.com
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) ::: 6.9/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 16min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 3 July 2012 (USA) -- After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to save the city from the machinations of a mysterious reptilian foe. Director: Marc Webb Writers:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) ::: 6.6/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 22min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 2 May 2014 (USA) -- When New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect as well as his loved ones. Director: Marc Webb Writers: Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Roberto Orci (screenplay) | 7 more
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) ::: 6.7/10 -- Approved | 1h 20min | Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 June 1953 (USA) -- A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. Director: Eugne Louri Writers: Lou Morheim (screenplay), Fred Freiberger (screenplay) | 1 more
The Beautiful Country (2004) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 2h 5min | Drama | 13 March 2004 (Norway) -- After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American father is said to live. Director: Hans Petter Moland Writers:
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) ::: 7.3/10 -- Unrated | 2h 6min | Drama | 21 February 1946 (Sweden) -- At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building. Director: Leo McCarey Writers:
The Blood of Heroes (1989) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 30min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport | 23 February 1990 (USA) -- In a future where most of mankind and technology is wiped out, six people travel from place to place playing a brutal form of football with a dog skull. They hope one day to play in the league in a city. Director: David Webb Peoples (as David Peoples) Writer: David Webb Peoples (as David Peoples) Stars:
The Bone Collector (1999) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 1h 58min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 5 November 1999 (USA) -- A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City. Director: Phillip Noyce Writers: Jeffery Deaver (book), Jeremy Iacone (screenplay)
The Brave Little Toaster (1987) ::: 7.3/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 30min | Animation, Adventure, Family | 10 July 1987 -- The Brave Little Toaster Poster A group of dated appliances embark on a journey to the city to find their master after being abandoned in a cabin in the woods. Director: Jerry Rees Writers: Thomas M. Disch (based on the novella by), Jerry Rees (screenplay by) | 4 more credits
The Brave One (2007) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 2h 2min | Action, Crime, Drama | 14 September 2007 (USA) -- Struggling to recover emotionally from a brutal assault that killed her fianc and left her in a coma, a radio personality begins a quest for vengeance against the perpetrators that leaves a bloody trail across New York City. Director: Neil Jordan Writers:
The Bubble (2006) ::: 7.3/10 -- Ha-Buah (original title) -- The Bubble Poster The movie follows a group of young friends in the city of Tel Aviv and is as much a love song to the city as it is an exploration of the claim that people in Tel Aviv are isolated from the ... See full summary Director: Eytan Fox Writers: Gal Uchovsky (screenplay), Eytan Fox (screenplay) | 1 more credit
The Castle (1997) ::: 7.7/10 -- R | 1h 25min | Comedy, Drama | 7 May 1999 (USA) -- A working-class family from Melbourne, Australia fights city hall after being told they must vacate their beloved family home to allow for infrastructural expansion. Director: Rob Sitch Writers:
The Citizen (2012) ::: 7.0/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 39min | Drama | 27 September 2013 (USA) -- An Arab immigrant wins the American green card lottery, arriving in New York City on September 10, 2001. Director: Sam Kadi Writers: Jazmen Darnell Brown (as Jazmen Brown), Sam Kadi (story) | 2 more
The City of the Dead (1960) ::: 6.8/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 16min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 12 September 1962 (USA) -- A young college student arrives in a sleepy Massachusetts town to research witchcraft; during her stay at an eerie inn, she discovers a startling secret about the town and its inhabitants. Director: John Llewellyn Moxey (as John Moxey) Writers:
The Closer ::: TV-14 | 46min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (20052012) -- Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases. Creator:
The Current War: Director's Cut (2017) ::: 6.5/10 -- The Current War (original title) -- The Current War: Director's Cut Poster -- The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas A. Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world. Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Writer:
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) ::: 8.4/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 44min | Action, Adventure | 20 July 2012 (USA) -- Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. Director: Christopher Nolan Writers:
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) ::: 6.4/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 4min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 28 May 2004 (USA) -- Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. Director: Roland Emmerich Writers:
The Defenders ::: TV-MA | 50min | Action, Adventure, Crime | TV Mini-Series (2017) Episode Guide 8 episodes The Defenders Poster -- Set a few months after the events of the second season of Daredevil, and a month after the events of Iron Fist, the vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy: The Hand. Creators:
The Deuce ::: TV-MA | 1h | Drama | TV Series (20172019) -- A look at life in New York City during the 1970s and '80s when porn and prostitution were rampant in Manhattan. Creators: George Pelecanos, David Simon
The Devils (1971) ::: 7.8/10 -- R | 1h 51min | Biography, Drama, History | 16 July 1971 (USA) -- In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. Director: Ken Russell Writers: Ken Russell (screenplay), John Whiting (based on the play by) | 1 more credit
The Devil's Advocate (1997) ::: 7.5/10 -- R | 2h 24min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 17 October 1997 (USA) -- An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date. Director: Taylor Hackford Writers:
The Dream Team (1989) ::: 6.6/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 53min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 7 April 1989 (USA) -- Four mental patients on a field trip in New York City must save their caring chaperon, who ends up being taken to a hospital in a coma after accidentally witnessing a murder, before the killers can find him and finish the job. Director: Howard Zieff Writers: Jon Connolly, David Loucka
The Drowning Pool (1975) ::: 6.5/10 -- PG | 1h 48min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 18 July 1975 (USA) -- Harper's a big-city PI, who travels to Louisiana to help an old girlfriend who's worried her husband will find out she's been cheating on him. Director: Stuart Rosenberg Writers:
The Flash ::: TV-PG | 43min | Action, Adventure, Drama | TV Series (2014 ) -- After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he's been given the power of super speed, becoming the next Flash, fighting crime in Central City. Creators:
The Godfather: Part II (1974) ::: 9.0/10 -- R | 3h 22min | Crime, Drama | 18 December 1974 (USA) -- The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. Director: Francis Ford Coppola Writers:
The Good Lie (2014) ::: 7.4/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 50min | Biography, Drama | 7 November 2014 (South Africa) -- A group of Sudanese refugees, given the chance to resettle in the U.S., arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives. Director: Philippe Falardeau Writer:
The Hangover (2009) ::: 7.7/10 -- R | 1h 40min | Comedy | 5 June 2009 (USA) -- Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. Director: Todd Phillips Writers:
The Hard Way (1991) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 51min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 8 March 1991 (USA) -- An action movie star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York City policeman, who finds him superficial and irritating. Director: John Badham Writers:
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) ::: 7.6/10 -- G | 2h 3min | Drama | 31 July 1968 (USA) -- When deaf mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady's sensitive 16-year-old daughter. Director: Robert Ellis Miller Writers:
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) ::: 7.5/10 -- R | 1h 48min | Drama | 25 January 2013 (USA) -- A coming-of-age story about two inner city boys who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities. Director: George Tillman Jr. Writer:
The Jerk (1979) ::: 7.2/10 -- R | 1h 34min | Comedy | 14 December 1979 (USA) -- A simpleminded, sheltered country boy suddenly decides to leave his family home to experience life in the big city, where his naivete is both his best friend and his worst enemy. Director: Carl Reiner Writers:
The Judge (2014) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 2h 21min | Crime, Drama | 10 October 2014 (USA) -- Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. Director: David Dobkin Writers:
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) ::: 7.3/10 -- R | 2h 1min | Drama | 7 June 2019 (USA) -- A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind. Director: Joe Talbot Writers: Jimmie Fails (story), Joe Talbot (story) | 5 more credits
The Last Dragon (1985) ::: 6.9/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 49min | Action, Comedy, Drama | 22 March 1985 (USA) -- In New York City, a young man searches for a Master to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the Glow. Director: Michael Schultz Writer: Louis Venosta
The Laundromat (2019) ::: 6.3/10 -- R | 1h 35min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 27 September 2019 (USA) -- A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system. Director: Steven Soderbergh Writers: Jake Bernstein (book), Scott Z. Burns (screenplay)
The Legend of Korra ::: TV-Y7-FV | 23min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (20122014) -- Avatar Korra fights to keep Republic City safe from the evil forces of both the physical and spiritual worlds. Creators: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
The Lego Batman Movie (2017) ::: 7.3/10 -- PG | 1h 44min | Animation, Action, Comedy | 10 February 2017 (USA) -- A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick. Director: Chris McKay Writers:
The Leopard Man (1943) ::: 6.9/10 -- Approved | 1h 6min | Horror, Thriller | 25 June 1943 (USA) -- A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy New Mexico town. Director: Jacques Tourneur Writers: Ardel Wray (screenplay), Edward Dein (additional dialogue) | 1 more
The Lobster (2015) ::: 7.2/10 -- R | 1h 59min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 16 October 2015 (Ireland) -- In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Writers:
The Lost City (2005) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 2h 24min | Drama, Romance | 26 May 2006 (USA) -- A wealthy Havana club owner and his family are torn apart by the violent sociopolitical upheaval brought about by the transition from the dictatorial regime of Batista to the Marxist revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1950s Cuba. Director: Andy Garcia Writer:
The Lost City of Z (2016) ::: 6.6/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 21min | Adventure, Biography, Drama | 21 April 2017 (USA) -- A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Major Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s. Director: James Gray Writers:
The Major and the Minor (1942) ::: 7.4/10 -- Passed | 1h 40min | Comedy, Romance | 24 December 1942 (Mexico) -- A frustrated city girl disguises herself as a youngster in order to get a cheaper train ticket home. But little "Sue Sue" finds herself in a whole heap of grown-up trouble when she hides out in a compartment with a handsome Major. Director: Billy Wilder Writers:
The Matador (2005) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 1h 36min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 27 January 2006 (USA) -- A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected. Director: Richard Shepard Writer:
The Matrix Revolutions (2003) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 2h 9min | Action, Sci-Fi | 5 November 2003 (USA) -- The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith. Directors: Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers) Writers:
The Meddler (2015) ::: 6.3/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 43min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 June 2016 (Spain) -- An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away. Director: Lorene Scafaria Writer: Lorene Scafaria
The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) ::: 6.9/10 -- The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (original title) -- The Meyerowitz Stories Poster -- An estranged family gathers together in New York City for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. Director: Noah Baumbach Writer:
The Mosquito Coast (1986) ::: 6.6/10 -- PG | 1h 57min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 26 November 1986 (USA) -- An inventor spurns his city life and moves his family into the jungles of Central America to make a utopia. Director: Peter Weir Writers: Paul Theroux (novel), Paul Schrader (screenplay)
The Mummy (1999) ::: 7.0/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 4min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 7 May 1999 (USA) -- At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreak havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love. Director: Stephen Sommers Writers:
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) ::: 6.9/10 -- G | 1h 34min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 13 July 1984 (USA) -- Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated. Director: Frank Oz Writers: Tom Patchett (story by), Jay Tarses (story by) | 3 more credits
The Mysteries of Laura -- 42min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | TV Series (20142016) ::: A New York City homicide Detective cracks case after case while raising wild twin boys and locking horns with her less than helpful Police Detective ex-husband. Creator:
The Naked City (1948) ::: 7.6/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 36min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 March 1948 (USA) -- A step-by-step look at a murder investigation on the streets of New York. Director: Jules Dassin Writers: Albert Maltz (screenplay), Malvin Wald (screenplay) | 1 more credit Stars:
The Night Before (2015) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 41min | Comedy, Fantasy | 20 November 2015 (USA) -- On Christmas Eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. Director: Jonathan Levine Writers: Jonathan Levine (screenplay), Kyle Hunter (screenplay) | 3 more
The Originals ::: TV-14 | 45min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | TV Series (20132018) -- A family of power-hungry thousand-year-old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong. Creator:
The Originals ::: TV-14 | 45min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | TV Series (2013-2018) Episode Guide 92 episodes The Originals Poster -- A family of power-hungry thousand-year-old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong. Creator:
The Other Guys (2010) ::: 6.7/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 47min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 6 August 2010 (USA) -- Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops, whom they idolize, only things don't quite go as planned. Director: Adam McKay Writers:
The Out of Towners (1970) ::: 7.1/10 -- G | 1h 41min | Comedy | 28 May 1970 (USA) -- An Ohio sales executive accepts a higher position within the company and travels to New York City with his wife for his job interview but things go wrong from the start. Director: Arthur Hiller Writer:
The Panic in Needle Park (1971) ::: 7.1/10 -- PG | 1h 50min | Drama | 1 June 1971 (France) -- Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City. Director: Jerry Schatzberg Writers: James Mills (book), Joan Didion (screenplay) | 1 more credit Stars:
The Paper (1994) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 1h 52min | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 1994 (USA) -- New York City tabloid editor Henry's faced with tough decisions while he faces several serious life challenges, and a tempting job offer. Director: Ron Howard Writers: David Koepp, Stephen Koepp
The PJs ::: TV-14 | 30min | Animation, Comedy | TV Series (19992001) The lives of occupants of an inner-city housing project. Creators: Eddie Murphy, Steve Tompkins, Larry Wilmore Stars: Loretta Devine, Ja'net DuBois, Michele Morgan | See full cast & crew
The Powerpuff Girls ::: TV-Y7-FV | 30min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (19982005) -- Three super-powered little girls constantly save the world (or at least the city of Townsville) from monsters, would-be conquerers and a few other gross things. Creators:
The Road to El Dorado (2000) ::: 6.9/10 -- PG | 1h 29min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 31 March 2000 (USA) -- Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado. Directors: Bibo Bergeron (as Eric 'Bibo' Bergeron), Don Paul | 1 more credit » Writers: Terry Rossio (screenplay), Ted Elliott (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
The Road to El Dorado (2000) ::: 6.9/10 -- PG | 1h 29min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 31 March 2000 (USA) -- Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado. Directors: Bibo Bergeron (as Eric 'Bibo' Bergeron), Don Paul | 1 more credit Writers: Terry Rossio (screenplay), Ted Elliott (screenplay) | 2 more credits
The Saddest Music in the World (2003) ::: 7.2/10 -- R | 1h 40min | Comedy, Musical | 12 May 2005 (Portugal) -- A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize. Director: Guy Maddin Writers:
The Second Renaissance Part II (2003) ::: 8.1/10 -- 10min | Animation, Sci-Fi, Short | 1 June 2003 (UK) -- With the robot city isolated and it's ambassadors ejected form the United Nations, a trade war begins to protect the human economy from superior products. When the trade war escalates into ... See full summary » Director: Mahiro Maeda Writers: Lana Wachowski (as Larry Wachowski), Lilly Wachowski (as Andy Wachowski)
The Seven-Ups (1973) ::: 6.9/10 -- PG | 1h 43min | Action, Crime, Drama | 14 December 1973 (USA) -- A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money. Director: Philip D'Antoni Writers: Albert Ruben (screenplay), Alexander Jacobs (screenplay) | 1 more credit
The Siege (1998) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 56min | Action, Thriller | 6 November 1998 (USA) -- The secret U.S. abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York City, which leads to the declaration of martial-law. Director: Edward Zwick Writers:
The Simpsons ::: TV-PG | 22min | Animation, Comedy | TV Series (1989 ) Next Episode Sunday, March 14 -- The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield. Creators:
The Strain ::: TV-MA | 43min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | TV Series (20142017) -- A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York. Creators: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
The Sunset Limited (2011) ::: 7.4/10 -- TV-MA | 1h 31min | Drama | TV Movie 12 February 2011 -- Through a chance encounter, two men of opposing ideologies deliberate spiritual, philosophical, and profound matters in a New York City apartment. Director: Tommy Lee Jones Writers:
The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 46min | Action, Crime, Thriller | 12 June 2009 (USA) -- Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime. Director: Tony Scott Writers:
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) ::: 7.5/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 46min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 25 December 1940 -- The Thief of Bagdad Poster -- After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves. Directors: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell | 4 more credits Writers:
The Third Half (2012) ::: 7.8/10 -- Treto poluvreme (original title) -- North Macedonia) The Third Half Poster -- Determined to build the best football club in the country, Dimitry hires the German coach, Rudolph Spitz, to galvanize his rag tag team but - when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and Rebecca, the beautiful daughter of a local banker, elopes with his star player, all Dimitry's plans must change. Director:
The Tick ::: TV-MA | 29min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | TV Series (20162019) -- In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with no superpowers comes to realize his city is owned by a super villain. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. Creator:
The Tick ::: TV-Y7 | 30min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Series (19941997) -- 1 -- An invulnerable, somewhat dim, superhero protects The City from all manner of evil-doers. Creator: Ben Edlund
The Visitor (2007) ::: 7.6/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 44min | Drama | 23 May 2008 (USA) -- A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. Director: Tom McCarthy Writer: Tom McCarthy
The Wackness (2008) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 1h 39min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 August 2008 (USA) -- It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter. Director: Jonathan Levine
The Warriors (1979) ::: 7.6/10 -- R | 1h 32min | Action, Crime, Thriller | 9 February 1979 (USA) -- In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down. Director: Walter Hill Writers:
The World of Henry Orient (1964) ::: 6.7/10 -- Approved | 1h 46min | Comedy, Drama | 20 March 1964 (Canada) -- A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him. Director: George Roy Hill Writers:
Third Watch ::: TV-14 | 44min | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Series (19992005) -- The exploits of a group of men and women who serve New York City as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct. Creators:
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) ::: 7.0/10 -- R | 1h 44min | Drama | 5 July 2002 (USA) -- In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability. Director: Jill Sprecher Writers:
This Is the End (2013) ::: 6.6/10 -- R | 1h 47min | Comedy | 12 June 2013 (USA) -- Six Los Angeles celebrities are stuck in James Franco's house after a series of devastating events just destroyed the city. Inside, the group not only have to face the apocalypse, but themselves. Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen Writers:
This Must Be the Place (2011) ::: 6.7/10 -- R | 1h 58min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 24 August 2011 (France) -- Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during W.W.II. Director: Paolo Sorrentino Writers:
Threads (1984) ::: 8.0/10 -- TV-MA | 1h 52min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War | TV Movie 23 September 1984 -- The effects of a nuclear holocaust on the working class city of Sheffield, England and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization. Director: Mick Jackson Writer:
Thunder Road (1958) ::: 6.7/10 -- Approved | 1h 32min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 10 May 1958 (USA) -- A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who are trying to take over the business and the police who are trying to put him in prison. Director: Arthur Ripley Writers: James Atlee Phillips (screenplay), Walter Wise (screenplay) | 1 more credit
Tokyo Story (1953) ::: 8.2/10 -- Tky monogatari (original title) -- Tokyo Story Poster -- An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city, but receive little attention. Director: Yasujir Ozu Writers:
Trade (2007) ::: 7.3/10 -- R | 2h | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 18 October 2007 (Germany) -- Adriana, 13, is kidnapped in Mexico City by Russian sex traffickers. Her criminal 17 y.o. brother starts looking for her. Across the border in Texas, he gets help from a cop. Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner Writers:
Tru Calling -- 14A | 43min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | TV Series (20032005) ::: A university graduate working in the city morgue is able to repeat the same day over again to prevent murders or other disasters. Creator: Jon Harmon Feldman
Ugly Americans ::: TV-14 | 30min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy | TV Series (20102012) Take New York City, add every horrifying beast, science-fiction freak, and fantasy faerie, shake thoroughly, and you've got Ugly Americans. Creators: Devin Clark, David M. Stern Stars:
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ::: TV-14 | 30min | Comedy | TV Series (20152019) -- A woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City. Creators: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey
Uncut Gems (2019) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 2h 15min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 25 December 2019 (USA) -- With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive. Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie Writers:
Unstoppable (2010) ::: 6.8/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 38min | Action, Thriller | 12 November 2010 (USA) -- With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe. Director: Tony Scott Writer:
Valami Amerika (2002) ::: 6.9/10 -- 1h 55min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 31 January 2002 (Hungary) -- Tams is a young, Budapest-based director of video clips and commercials who dreams of directing his first feature film with the title 'The Guilty City'. He has already written the script ... See full summary Director: Gbor Herendi Writers: Gbor Herendi, Gyula Mrton
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) ::: 6.5/10 -- PG-13 | 2h 16min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 21 July 2017 (USA) -- A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. Director: Luc Besson Writers:
Valley Girl (1983) ::: 6.4/10 -- R | 1h 39min | Comedy, Romance | 29 April 1983 (USA) -- Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends. Director: Martha Coolidge Writers:
Vigilante (1982) ::: 6.5/10 -- R | 1h 30min | Action, Crime, Thriller | 4 March 1983 (USA) -- After his wife and son are brutalized by thugs and a corrupt criminal justice system puts the perpetrators back on the street, a New York City factory worker turns vigilante to find some measure of bloody justice. Director: William Lustig Writer:
Vinyl ::: TV-MA | 1h | Drama, Music | TV Series (2016) -- A New York music executive in the 1970s hustles to make a career out of the city's diverse music scene. Creators: Rich Cohen, Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese | 1 more credit
Walkabout (1971) ::: 7.6/10 -- GP | 1h 40min | Adventure, Drama | 1 July 1971 (USA) -- Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe. Director: Nicolas Roeg Writers:
Washington Square (1997) ::: 6.7/10 -- PG | 1h 55min | Drama, Romance | 10 October 1997 (USA) -- In this adaptation of the Henry James novel set in 19th-century New York City, a wealthy spinster with an overbearing father is pursued by a handsome fortune hunter who may be only after her money. Director: Agnieszka Holland Writers: Henry James (novel), Carol Doyle (screenplay) Stars:
Welcome to Sweden ::: TV-PG | 30min | Comedy | TV Series (20142015) -- New York City accountant Bruce moves to Sweden in Northern Europe, after falling in love with a Swedish woman. Creators: Greg Poehler, Josephine Bornebusch, Niclas Carlsson | 2 more credits
We Own the Night (2007) ::: 6.8/10 -- R | 1h 57min | Action, Crime, Drama | 12 October 2007 (USA) -- A New York City nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian Mafia hitmen. Director: James Gray Writer: James Gray
West Side Story (1961) ::: 7.5/10 -- Approved | 2h 33min | Crime, Drama, Musical | 18 October 1961 (USA) -- Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise Writers: Ernest Lehman (screenplay by), Arthur Laurents (book) | 1 more credit
What About Brian ::: TV-PG | 1h | Comedy, Drama, Romance | TV Series (20062007) -- From the producers of Lost and Alias and the screenwriter of City of Angels and For Love of the Game comes a contemporary, heartwarming ensemble show about a group of supportive friends in ... See full summary Creator:
Whatever Works (2009) ::: 7.1/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 33min | Comedy, Romance | 3 July 2009 (USA) -- A middle-aged, misanthropic divorce from New York City surprisingly enters a fulfilling, Pygmalion-type relationship with a much younger, unsophisticated Southern girl. Director: Woody Allen Writer:
What I Like About You ::: TV-PG | 30min | Comedy | TV Series (20022006) -- When Holly's father is transferred to Japan, she is sent to live with her big sister Valerie in New York City, turning Valerie's life upside down. Creators:
What Maisie Knew (2012) ::: 7.4/10 -- R | 1h 39min | Drama | 3 May 2013 (USA) -- In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle. Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel Writers: Nancy Doyne (screenplay by), Carroll Cartwright (screenplay by) | 1
What's Happening!! -- Not Rated | 24min | Comedy | TV Series (19761979) ::: A trio of black youths learn about life, love, friendship, credit cards, gambling, and a variety of other things while growing up in an inner city. Stars:
Wheels (2014) ::: 8.6/10 -- R | 1h 55min | Drama | 1 February 2017 (USA) -- Two suicidal paraplegic junkies hustle their way through the city streets trying to find a reason to live. Directors: Tim Gagliardo (co-director), Donavon Warren (co-director) Writer: Donavon Warren
When Calls the Heart ::: TV-G | 43min | Drama, Romance | TV Series (2014 ) -- Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west. Stars:
While the City Sleeps (1956) ::: 7.0/10 -- Not Rated | 1h 40min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 30 May 1956 (USA) -- A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the first of his senior executives who can get the earliest scoops on the case. Director: Fritz Lang Writers:
Wicked City (1987) ::: 6.8/10 -- Yj toshi (original title) -- (USA) Wicked City Poster Two agents, a lady-killer human and a voluptuous demon, attempt to protect a signatory to a peace treaty between the human world and the demon world from radicalized demons. Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri Writers: Hideyuki Kikuchi (novel) (as Hideyuki Kikuti), Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Will & Grace ::: TV-14 | 22min | Comedy, Romance | TV Series (19982020) -- Gay lawyer Will and straight interior designer Grace share a New York City apartment. Their best friends are gleeful and proud gay Jack and charismatic, filthy-rich, amoral socialite Karen. Creators:
Won't Back Down (2012) ::: 6.5/10 -- PG | 2h 1min | Drama | 28 September 2012 (USA) -- Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. Director: Daniel Barnz Writers:
Wyatt Earp (1994) ::: 6.7/10 -- PG-13 | 3h 11min | Adventure, Biography, Crime | 24 June 1994 (USA) -- From Wichita to Dodge City to the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, a man becomes a myth in this thrilling journey of romance, adventure and desperate, heroic action. Director: Lawrence Kasdan Writers:
Yip Man (2008) ::: 8.0/10 -- R | 1h 46min | Action, Biography, Drama | 12 December 2008 (China) -- During the Japanese invasion of China, a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home when his city is occupied. With little means of providing for themselves, Ip Man and the remaining members of the city must find a way to survive. Director: Wilson Yip Writers:
Zootopia (2016) ::: 8.0/10 -- PG | 1h 48min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 4 March 2016 (USA) -- In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore | 1 more credit Writers: Byron Howard (story by), Rich Moore (story by) | 7 more credits
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