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englishable ::: a. --> Capable of being translated into, or expressed in, English.

englished ::: imp. & p. p. --> of English

english ::: a. --> Of or pertaining to England, or to its inhabitants, or to the present so-called Anglo-Saxon race.
See 1st Bond, n., 8. ::: n. --> Collectively, the people of England; English people or persons.

englishing ::: p. pr. & vb. n. --> of English

englishism ::: n. --> A quality or characteristic peculiar to the English.
A form of expression peculiar to the English language as spoken in England; an Anglicism.

englishman ::: n. --> A native or a naturalized inhabitant of England.

englishmen ::: pl. --> of Englishman

englishry ::: n. --> The state or privilege of being an Englishman.
A body of English or people of English descent; -- commonly applied to English people in Ireland.

englishwoman ::: n. --> Fem. of Englishman.

englishwomen ::: pl. --> of Englishwoman

The official name of the {database} language used by
the {Pick} {operating system}, actually a sort of {crufty},
brain-damaged {SQL} with delusions of grandeur. The name permits
{marketroids} to say "Yes, and you can program our computers in
English!" to ignorant {suits} without quite running afoul of the
truth-in-advertising laws.
["Exploring the Pick Operating System", J.E. Sisk et al,
Hayden 1986].
[{Jargon File}]

English shellcode
A kind of {malware} that is embedded in ordinary
English sentences. English shellcode attempts to avoid
detection by {antivirus software} by making the code resemble,
e.g. {e-mail} text or {Wikipedia} entries. It was first
revealed by researchers at {Johns Hopkins}.

englishable ::: a. --> Capable of being translated into, or expressed in, English.

englished ::: imp. & p. p. --> of English

english ::: a. --> Of or pertaining to England, or to its inhabitants, or to the present so-called Anglo-Saxon race.
See 1st Bond, n., 8. ::: n. --> Collectively, the people of England; English people or persons.

englishing ::: p. pr. & vb. n. --> of English

englishism ::: n. --> A quality or characteristic peculiar to the English.
A form of expression peculiar to the English language as spoken in England; an Anglicism.

englishman ::: n. --> A native or a naturalized inhabitant of England.

englishmen ::: pl. --> of Englishman

englishry ::: n. --> The state or privilege of being an Englishman.
A body of English or people of English descent; -- commonly applied to English people in Ireland.

englishwoman ::: n. --> Fem. of Englishman.

englishwomen ::: pl. --> of Englishwoman

English Anglo-Saxon Scandinavian Greek Latin

English. The report found general acceptance

English speaking angel, more like an automaton,

English from Greek by J. D. A., 1724. Sections in

English Literature.” Comparative Literature, vol.

English ::: 1. (Obsolete) The source code for a program, which may be in any language, as opposed to the linkable or executable binary produced from it by a compiler. The favourite programming language is at least as readable as English. Usage: mostly by old-time hackers, though recognisable in context.2. The official name of the database language used by the Pick operating system, actually a sort of crufty, brain-damaged SQL with delusions of grandeur. The English! to ignorant suits without quite running afoul of the truth-in-advertising laws.[Exploring the Pick Operating System, J.E. Sisk et al, Hayden 1986].[Jargon File]

English sonnet: Another term for a Shakespearean sonnet.

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   72 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
   32 Voltaire
   32 Ralph Waldo Emerson
   26 Robert Heinlein
   22 Ibn Arabi
   16 Haruki Murakami
   13 Sri Aurobindo
   10 Leo Tolstoy
   9 George Bernard Shaw
   7 Vicktor Hugo
   7 Ernest Hemingway
   6 Hermann Hesse
   5 Neil Gaiman
   5 George Orwell
   5 Aldous Huxley
   4 William S Burroughs
   4 Lewis Carroll
   4 Arthur Koestler
   1 Yogani
   1 Wikipedia
   1 The Mother
   1 Terry Brooks
   1 Stephen King
   1 Satprem
   1 R W Emerson
   1 Mortimer J Adler
   1 Jorge Luis Borges
   1 Goethe
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   1 Aleister Crowley
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   7 George Bernard Shaw
   6 Mahatma Gandhi
   6 Antonio de Castro Alves
   5 Jules Verne
   5 Friedrich Nietzsche
   4 E M Forster
   3 Winston S Churchill
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   3 William Shakespeare
   3 Stephanie Perkins
   3 Salman Rushdie
   3 Pat Conroy
   3 H L Mencken
   3 George W Bush
   3 Bill Bryson
   3 Anonymous
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   2 Susanna Clarke
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   2 Stendhal
   2 S I Hayakawa
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   2 Romain Duris
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   2 Peter Greenaway
   2 Oscar Wilde
   2 Oliver Goldsmith
   2 Michael Caine
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   2 Martin Amis
   2 Lytton Strachey
   2 Leo Tolstoy
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   2 Jeffrey Archer
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1:Love truth but pardon error. ~ Voltaire,
2:To hold a pen is to be at war. ~ Voltaire,
3:I will be Chateaubriand or nothing. ~ Vicktor Hugo,
4:Its a long road that has no turning. ~ English Proverb,
5:There is no friend as loyal as a book. ~ Ernest Hemingway,
6:One great use of words is to hide our thoughts. ~ Voltaire,
7:To enjoy life we must touch much of it lightly. ~ Voltaire,
8:He wears a mask and his face grows to fit it. ~ George Orwell,
9:Wisdom is only found in truth. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
10:As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust First Part,
11:We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
12:If I love you, what business is it of yours? ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
13:A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust First Part,
14:Common people do not pray, they only beg. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
15:In heaven an angel is no one in particular. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
16:Self-trust is the first secret of success. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
17:Show the readers everything, tell them nothing. ~ Ernest Hemingway,
18:He wanted to imprison his nameless misery in words. ~ Aldous Huxley,
19:If you cannot concentrate, you are not so happy. ~ Haruki Murakami,
20:Deliver us, O Allah, from the Sea of Names. ~ Ibn Arabi,
21:It is said that the present is pregnant with the future. ~ Voltaire,
22:The man who knows how will always have a job. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
23:The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
24:We're all kind of weird and twisted and drowning. ~ Haruki Murakami,
25:All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle. ~ R W Emerson,
26:It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. ~ Voltaire,
27:Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. ~ Vicktor Hugo,
28:No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. ~ Voltaire,
29:I love those who yearn for the impossible. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
30:When you cut into the present, the future leaks out. ~ William S Burroughs,
31:Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life. ~ Haruki Murakami,
32:Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. ~ Vicktor Hugo,
33:There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times. ~ Voltaire,
34:If God did not exist, it would be necessary for us to invent Him. ~ Voltaire,
35:In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
36:Nature is the living, visible garment of God. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
37:The eye could never see the sun,If it had not a sun-like nature ~ Goethe,
38:Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause. ~ Voltaire,
39:Oh, Lord, nourish me not with love, but with the desire for love. ~ Ibn Arabi,
40:To believe in God is impossible not to believe in Him is absurd. ~ Voltaire,
41:Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it. ~ Voltaire,
42:The best is the enemy of the good. (Le mieux est lennemi du bien.) ~ Voltaire,
43:What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
44:A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
45:I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do. ~ Haruki Murakami,
46:To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth. ~ Voltaire,
47:Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
48:God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere. ~ Voltaire,
49:If you would create something, you must be something. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
50:In all things it is better to hope than to despair. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
51:In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
52:Guard your own spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
53:Where the light is brightest, the shadows are deepest. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
54:All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
55:A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
56:Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
57:How can the heart travel to God, when it is chained by its desires? ~ Ibn Arabi,
58:The smallest fact is a window through which the infinite may be seen. ~ Aldous Huxley,
59:Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one. ~ Voltaire,
60:Insist on yourself; never imitate... Every great man is unique. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
61:God is our name for the last generalization to which we can arrive. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
62:I'm afraid I can't explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see? ~ Lewis Carroll,
63:Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable. ~ Voltaire,
64:Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood. ~ George Orwell, 1984 ,
65:The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
66:What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
67:One needs a vision of the promised land in order to have the strength to move. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
68:The super-ego is that part of the personality which is soluble in alcohol ~ Arthur Koestler,
69:Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
70:If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize. ~ Voltaire,
71:God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man. ~ Ibn Arabi,
72:I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times but somehow I am still in love with life. ~ Voltaire,
73:The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it. ~ George Orwell,
74:Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest. ~ Voltaire,
75:Everything in the world can be endured, except continual prosperity. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
76:There is no better way to exercise the imagination than the study of the law. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
77:The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. ~ Ernest Hemingway,
78:Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. ~ Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden ,
79:He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
80:If there were no suffering, man would not know his limitations, would not know himself. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
81:Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world. ~ Voltaire,
82:You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
83:All men are born with a nose and five fingers, but no one is born with a knowledge of God. ~ Voltaire,
84:If you want people to believe in God, let people see what God can make you like. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
85:Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
86:Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to get rid of it. Oh, the destiny of man ! ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther ,
87:We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
88:More light! ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
89:Tis Lilith. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
90:We see only what we know. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
91:Writing is busy idleness. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
92:Do not hurry; do not rest. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
93:Time itself is an element. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
94:Doubt grows with knowledge. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
95:I will be lord over myself. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
96:Beware of a man of one book. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
97:Collectors are happy people. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
98:Architecture is frozen music. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
99:Leap and the net will appear. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
100:Only law can give us freedom. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
101:Duty is the demand of the hour. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
102:All our knowledge is symbolic. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
103:What is fruitful alone is true. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
104:Love can do much, but duty more. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
105:The present is a powerful deity. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
106:The present moment is a powerful goddess. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
107:An unused life is an early death. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
108:Every second is of infinite value. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
109:Faith is hidden household capital. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
110:Miracle is the pet child of faith. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
111:One must keep repeating the Truth. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
112:Willing is not enough, we must do. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
113:All understanding begins in wonder! ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
114:Mastery is often taken for egotism. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
115:Mystery is truth's dancing partner. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
116:Nature has neither kernel Nor shell ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
117:The eternal female draws us onward. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
118:The unnatural, that too is natural. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
119:Unrest and uncertainty are our lot. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
120:Colors are light's suffering and joy ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
121:Doubt can only be removed by action. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
122:Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
123:Chess is the touchstone of intellect. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
124:Plunge boldly into the thick of life! ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
125:To have more, you must first be more. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
126:Wishes are premonitions of abilities. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
127:Colour itself is a degree of darkness. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
128:Every form correctly seen is beautiful ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
129:Thou shalt abstain, Renounce, refrain. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
130:Nothing is worse than active ignorance. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
131:The rogue has everywhere the advantage. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
132:Nothing is more dangerous than solitude. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
133:Beauty can never really understand itself. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
134:It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. ~ Voltaire,
135:Rhythm is the subtle soul of poetry. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry Recent English Poetry - I,
136:The desires of this world are like sea water. The more you drink of them, the more you thirst. ~ Ibn Arabi,
137:None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
138:When I start to write, I don't have any plan at all. I just wait for the story to come. ~ Haruki Murakami,
139:Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. ~ William S Burroughs,
140:All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. ~ Ernest Hemingway,
141:Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
142:All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
143:It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it. ~ Voltaire,
144:The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. ~ Arthur Koestler,
145:When you know yourself, your 'I'ness vanishes and you know that you and Allah are one and the same. ~ Ibn Arabi,
146:Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the mind. ~ Vicktor Hugo,
147:Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ~ , 1 Corinthians 13:7,
148:The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. ~ Aldous Huxley,
149:To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
150:Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
151:Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
152:If anything could stand still, it would be crushed and dissipated by the torrent it resisted. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
153:If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
154:We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. ~ George Orwell,
155:Whores perform the same function as priests, but far more thoroughly. ~ Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (1973). ,
156:I had no ambition to be a writer because the books I read were too good, my standards were too high. ~ Haruki Murakami,
157:Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Quotations and Originality ,
158:This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
159:Our first mistake is the belief that the circumstance gives the joy which we give to the circumstance. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
160:People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
161:The lyric which is poetry’s native expression. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry The Course of English Poetry - II,
162:Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grew. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude ,
163:Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with your might. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
164:Religious Faith strikes me as intellectual laziness. ~ Robert Heinlein, Jubal Hershaw in Stranger in a Strange Land,
165:I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it. ~ Voltaire,
166:When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics. ~ Voltaire,
167:Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
168:Faith, Princess, the Prism Cat repeated. It is a highly underrated weapon against the dark things in this world. ~ Terry Brooks,
169:You are 27 or 28 right? It is very tough to live at that age. When nothing is sure. I have sympathy with you. ~ Haruki Murakami,
170:We all walk in mysteries. We are surrounded by an atmosphere about which we still know nothing at all. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
171:Rhythm is the most potent, founding element of poetic expression. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry Recent English Poetry - II,
172:It was Aomame's firm belief that the human body was a temple, to be kept as strong and beautiful and clean as possible. ~ Haruki Murakami,
173:There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self. ~ Ernest Hemingway,
174:A man must be considered as a tool of a higher world-order, a vessel found worth to receive divine influence. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
175:If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us. ~ Hermann Hesse,
176:The Will is mightier than any law, fate or force. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Isha Upanishad The Ishavasyopanishad with a Commentary in English,
177:The English Bible is a translation, but it ranks among the finest pieces of literature in the world. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Poetry and Art ,
178:The nice thing about citing god as an authority is that you can prove anything you set out to prove. ~ Robert Heinlein, from If This Goes On. ,
179:This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
180:Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
181:The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but before bread, one must have the ideal. ~ Vicktor Hugo,
182:In all very great drama the true movement and result is psychological. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry The Course of English Poetry - II,
183:Everything is leaf, and through this simplicity the greatest diversity becomes possible. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Goethe's Botancial Writing p. 7,
184:I am in love with no other than myself, and my very separation is my union... I am my beloved and my lover; I am my knight and my maiden. ~ Ibn Arabi,
185:Only by falling back on our better thought, by yielding to the spirit of prophecy which is innate in every man, can we know what that wisdom saith. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
186:Don't think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone. France is alone. God is alone. And the loneliness of God is His strength. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
187:If you find it complicated to answer someone's question, do not answer it, for his container is already full and does not have room for the answer ~ Ibn Arabi,
188:If you pray hard enough, you can make water run uphill. How hard? Why, hard enough to make water run uphill, of course! ~ Robert Heinlein, Expanded Universe. ,
189:Alone. Yes, that's the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn't hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym. ~ Stephen King,
190:The nature of poetry is to soar on the wings of the inspiration to the highest intensities. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry Recent English Poetry - I,
191:Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. ~ Robert Heinlein, JOB: A Comedy of Justice (1984).,
192:Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing. ~ Voltaire,
193:The ignorant one does not see his ignorance as he basks in its darkness; nor does the knowledgeable one see his own knowledge, for he basks in its light ~ Ibn Arabi,
194:When you shall have learned to know, and to love, you will still suffer. The day is born in tears. The luminous weep, if only over those in darkness. ~ Vicktor Hugo,
195:Drama is the poet’s vision of some part of the world-act in the life of the human soul. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry The Course of English Poetry - II,
196:We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest. ~ Voltaire,
197:Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game. ~ Voltaire,
198:The Bible is such a gargantuan collection of conflicting values that anyone can prove anything from it. ~ Robert Heinlein, Dr. Jacob Burroughs in The Number of the Beast. ,
199:The nature of art is to strive after a nobler beauty and more sustained perfection than life can give. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry Recent English Poetry - I,
200:I have to create a circle of reading for myself: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Lao-Tzu, Buddha, Pascal, The New Testament. This is also necessary for all people. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
201:Self-knowledge is best learned not by contemplation, but actions. Strive to do your duty, and you will soon discover of what stuff you are made. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
202:It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. ~ Voltaire,
203:Aberrations of the human mind are to a large extent due to the obsessional pursuit of some part-truth, treated as if it were a whole truth. ~ Arthur Koestler, Ghost in the Machine ,
204:Know that that which is referred to as other-than-Allah, or the universe, is related to Allah as the shadow is related to the person. The universe is the shadow of Allah. ~ Ibn Arabi,
205:Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
206:What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature. ~ Voltaire,
207:When My Beloved Appears ::: When my Beloved appears,With what eye do I see Him?With His eye, not with mine,For none sees Him except Himself. ~ Ibn Arabi,
208:You evidently do not suffer from "quotation-hunger" as I do! I get all the dictionaries of quotations I can meet with, as I always want to know where a quotation comes from. ~ Lewis Carroll,
209:Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
210:Anyone who can worship a trinity and insist that his religion is a monotheism can believe anything... just give him time to rationalize it. ~ Robert Heinlein, JOB: A Comedy of Justice (1984).,
211:Practice is the act of rehearsing a behavior over and over, or engaging in an activity again and again, for the purpose of improving or mastering it, as in the phrase practice makes perfect. ~ ,
212:Personality, force, temperament can do unusual miracles, but the miracle cannot always be turned into a method or a standard. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry Recent English Poetry - I,
213:Whenever I write a novel, I have a strong sense that I am doing something I was unable to do before. With each new work, I move up a step and discover something new inside me. ~ Haruki Murakami,
214:Word-ArmorForward steps are made by giving up old armor because words are built into you - in the soft typewriter of the womb you do not realize the word-armor you carry. ~ William S Burroughs,
215:Stories lie deep in our souls. Stories lie so deep at the bottom of our hearts that they can bring people together on the deepest level. When I write a novel, I go into such depths. ~ Haruki Murakami,
216:Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a superior to themselves. Most Gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child. ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long from Time Enough for Love (1973).,
217:It's difficult for me to feel that a solid page without the breakups of paragraphs can be interesting. I break mine up perhaps sooner than I should in terms of the usage of the English language. ~ A E van Vogt,
218:One man's theology is another man's belly laugh. ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long from Time Enough for Love (1973). This is sometimes misquoted as One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.,
219:Revolutions are distracting things, but they are often good for the human soul; for they bring a rapid unrolling of new horizons. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry The Character of English Poetry - II,
220:Intuition and inspiration are not only spiritual in their essence, they are the characteristic means of all spiritual vision and utterance. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry The Course of English Poetry - V,
221:Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other sins are invented nonsense. (Hurting yourself is not sinful--just stupid.) ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long from Time Enough for Love (1973).,
222:For me, writing a novel is like having a dream. Writing a novel lets me intentionally dream while I'm still awake. I can continue yesterday's dream today, something you can't normally do in everyday life. ~ Haruki Murakami,
223:God split himself into a myriad parts that he might have friends. This may not be true, but it sounds good, and is no sillier than any other theology. ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long from Time Enough for Love (1973).,
224:Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you; to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
225:A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
226:The Ten Commandments are for lame brains. The first five are solely for the benefit of the priests and the powers that be; the second five are half truths, neither complete nor adequate. ~ Robert Heinlein, Ira Johnson in To Sail Beyond the Sunset. ,
227:I've never understood how God could expect His creatures to pick the one true religion by faith - it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe. ~ Robert Heinlein, Jubal Harshaw in Stranger in a Strange Land (1961).Quotes About Religion & Theology,
228:Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
229:No one can attain to truth by himself. Only by laying stone on stone with the cooperation of all, by the millions of generations from our forefather Adam to our own times, is that temple reared which is to be a worthy dwelling place of the Great God. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
230:I have this strange feeling that I'm not myself anymore. It's hard to put into words, but I guess it's like I was fast asleep, and someone came, disassembled me, and hurriedly put me back together again. That sort of feeling. ~ Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart ,
231:Of all the strange crimes that humanity has legislated out of nothing, blasphemy is the most amazing - with obscenity and indecent exposure fighting it out for second and third place. ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long from Time Enough for Love (1973).,
232:Children are nowhere taught, in any systematic way, to distinguish true from false, or meaningful from meaningless, statements. Why is this so? Because their elders, even in the democratic countries, do not want them to be given this kind of education. ~ Aldous Huxley,
233:The moments of déjà vu were coming more frequently, now. Moments would stutter and hiccup and falter and repeat. Sometimes whole mornings would repeat. Once I lost a day. Time seemed to be breaking down entirely. ~ Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders ,
234:It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature. ~ Ibn Arabi,
235:But I contend that the disgusting behavior of many of their alleged 'holy men' relieves us of any intellectual obligation to take the stuff seriously. No amount of sanctimonious rationalization can make such behavior anything but pathological. ~ Robert Heinlein, Tramp Royale. ,
236:You have to be practical. So every time I say, if you want to write a novel you have to be practical, people get bored. They are disappointed. They are expecting a more dynamic, creative, artistic thing to say. What I want to say is: you have to be practical. ~ Haruki Murakami,
237:Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you - indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself a matter for all forms of belief, for God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one belief rather than another. ~ Ibn Arabi,
238:The perfect dictatorship would have the appearance of a democracy, but would basically be a prison without walls in which the prisoners would not even dream of escaping. It would essentially be a system of slavery where, through consumption and entertainment, the slaves would love their servitudes. ~ Aldous Huxley,
239:May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. ~ Neil Gaiman,
240:Whoever builds his faith exclusively on demonstrative proofs and deductive arguments, builds a faith on which it is impossible to rely. For he is affected by the negativities of constant objections. Certainty(al-yaqin) does not derive from the evidences of the mind but pours out from the depths of the heart. ~ Ibn Arabi,
241:I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace. ~ Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha ,
242:Someday you'll find the right person, and you'll learn to have a lot more confidence in yourself. That's what I think. So don't settle for anything less. In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It's important to combine the two in just the right amount. ~ Haruki Murakami,
243:God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent - it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills. ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long from Time Enough for Love (1973).,
244: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. ,
245:It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics. ~ Robert Heinlein, Postscript to Revolt in 2100. ,
246:One of the gnostics was hungry and wept. Someone who had no tasting (dhawq) in that area censured him for that. The gnostic said, "But Allah makes me hungry so that I might weep. He tests me by affliction so that I might ask Him to remove it from me. This does not lessen my being patient." We know that patience is holding the self back from complaint to other-than-Allah. ~ Ibn Arabi,
247:I know how Gods begin, Roger. We start as Dreams. Then we walk out of Dreams into the Land. We are worshiped and loved, and take power to ourselves.And then, one day, there's no one left to worship us.And in the end, each little God and Goddess takes its last journey back into Dreams... and what comes after, not even WE know.I'm going to dance now, I'm afraid. ~ Neil Gaiman,
248:Sometimes, looking at the many books I have at home, I feel I shall die before I come to the end of them, yet I cannot resist the temptation of buying new books. Whenever I walk into a bookstore and find a book on one of my hobbies - for example, Old English or Old Norse poetry - I say to myself, "What a pity I can't buy that book, for I already have a copy at home. ~ Jorge Luis Borges,
249:Insofar as he makes use of his healthy senses, man himself is the best and most exact scientific instrument possible. The greatest misfortune of modern physics is that its experiments have been set apart from man, as it were, physics refuses to recognize nature in anything not shown by artificial instruments, and even uses this as a measure of its accomplishments. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
250:My lie has been miserable and difficult, and yet to others and sometimes to myself, it has seemed rich and wonderful. Man's life seems to me like a long, weary night that would be intolerable if there were not occasionally flashes of light, the sudden brightness of which is so comforting and wonderful, that the moments of their appearance cancel out and justify the years of darkness. ~ Hermann Hesse,
251:History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it. ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks of Lazarus Long from Time Enough for Love (1973).,
252:The gods we worship write their names on our faces, be sure of that. And a man will worship something have no doubt about that, either. He may think that his tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of his heart, but it will out. That which dominates will determine his life and character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
253:The book, the college, the school of art, the institution of any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius. . . . They look backward and not forward. But genius looks forward: the eyes of man are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates. Whatever talents may be, if the man create not, the pure efflux of the Deity is not his; - cinders and smoke there may be, but not yet flame. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
254:When we are young, we spend much time and pains in filling our note-books with all definitions of Religion, Love, Poetry, Politics, Art, in the hope that, in the course of a few years, we shall have condensed into our encyclopaedia the net value of all the theories at which the world has yet arrived. But year after year our tables get no completeness, and at last we discover that our curve is a parabola, whose arcs will never meet. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
255:A hundred times I wanted to kill myself, but still I loved life. This ridiculous weakness for living is perhaps one of our most fatal tendencies. For can anything be sillier than to insist on carrying a burden one would continually much rather throw to the ground? Sillier than to feel disgust at one's own existence and yet cling to it? Sillier, in short, than to clasp to our bosom the serpent that devours us until it has gnawed away our heart? ~ Voltaire, Candide ,
256:You only know the universe according to the amount you know the shadows, and you are ignorant of the Real according to what you do not know of the person on which that shadow depends. Inasmuch as He has a shadow, He is known, and inasmuch as one is ignorant of what is in the essence of the shadow of the form which projects the shadow, he is ignorant of Allah. For that reason, we say that Allah is known to us from one aspect and not known to us from another aspect. ~ Ibn Arabi,
257:A religion is sometime a source of happiness, and I would not deprive anyone of happiness. But it is a comfort appropriate for the weak, not for the strong. The great trouble with religion - any religion - is that a religionist, having accepted certain propositions by faith, cannot thereafter judge those propositions by evidence. One may bask at the warm fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak certainty of reason- but one cannot have both. ~ Robert Heinlein, from Friday. ,
258:Why does an apple fall when it is ripe? Is it brought down by the force of gravity? Is it because its stalk withers? Because it is dried by the sun, because it grows too heavy, or because the boy standing under the tree wants to eat it? None of these is the cause.... Every action of theirs, that seems to them an act of their own freewill is in the historical sense not free at all but is bound up with the whole course of history and preordained from all eternity. ~ Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace ,
259:The faith in which I was brought up assured me that I was better than other people; I was saved, they were damned ...Our hymns were loaded with arrogance -- self-congratulation on how cozy we were with the Almighty and what a high opinion he had of us, what hell everybody else would catch come Judgment Day. ~ Robert Heinlein, from Laurence J. Peter Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time,
260:The Real made me contemplate the light of the veils as the star of strong backing rose, and He said to me, "Do you know how many veils I have veiled you with?""No", I replied.He said, "With seventy veils. Even if you raise them you will not see Me, and if you do not raise them you will not see Me.""If you raise them you will see Me and if you do not raise them you will see Me.""Take care of burning yourself!""You are My sight, so have faith. You are My Face, so veil yourself" ~ Ibn Arabi,
261:The most preposterous notion that H. Sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all of history. ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks Of Lazarus Long from Time Enough for Love (1973).,
262:Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS (/ˈtjʊərɪŋ/; 23 June 1912 - 7 June 1954) was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist. He was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer.[2][3][4] Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.[5] ~ Wikipedia,
263:I would say that my most interesting experience with the earlier techniques was the realization that when you make cut-ups you do not get simply random juxtapositions of words, that they do mean something, and often that these meanings refer to some future event. I've made many cut-ups and then later recognized that the cut-up referred to something that I read later in a newspaper or a book, or something that happened... Perhaps events are pre-written and pre-recorded and when you cut word lines the future leaks out. ~ William S Burroughs,
264:Don't appeal to mercy to God the Father up in the sky, little man, because he's not at home and never was at home, and couldn't care less. What you do with yourself, whether you are happy or unhappy-- live or die-- is strictly your business and the universe doesn't care. In fact you may be the universe and the only cause of all your troubles. But, at best, the most you can hope for is comradeship with comrades no more divine (or just as divine) as you are. So quit sniveling and face up to it-- 'Thou art God!' ~ Robert Heinlein, Oct. 21 1960.,
265:If a man finds himself haunted by evil desires and unholy images, which will generally be at periodical hours, let him commit to memory passages of Scripture, or passages from the best writers in verse or prose. Let him store his mind with these, as safeguards to repeat when he lies awake in some restless night, or when despairing imaginations, or gloomy, suicidal thoughts, beset him. Let these be to him the sword, turning everywhere to keep the way of the Garden of Life from the intrusion of profaner footsteps. ~ Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno ,
266:The Prophet related that when Allah loves the voice of His slave when he makes supplication to Him, He delays the answer to his supplication so that the slave will repeat the supplication. This comes from His love for the slave, not because He has turned away from him. For that reason, the Prophet mentioned the name of the Wise, and the Wise is the one who puts everything in its proper place, and who does not turn away from the qualities which their realities necessitate and demand; so the Wise is the One who knows the order of things. ~ Ibn Arabi,
267:When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you may not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything--you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. ~ Robert Heinlein, If This Goes On (1940).,
268:When a nation which has long groaned under the intolerable yoke of a tyrant rises at last and throws off its chains, do you call that weakness? The man who, to rescue his house from the flames, finds his physical strength redoubled, so that he lifts burdens with ease which in the absence of excitement he could scarcely move; he who under the rage of an insult attacks and puts to flight half a score of his enemies,-are such persons to be called weak? My good friend, if resistance be strength, how can the highest degree of resistance be a weakness? ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
269:Narrow minds devoid of imagination. Intolerance, theories cut off from reality, empty terminology, usurped ideals, inflexible systems. Those are the things that really frighten me. What I absolutely fear and loathe. Of course it's important to know what's right and what's wrong. Individual errors in judgment can usually be corrected. As long as you have the courage to admit mistakes, things can be turned around. But intolerant, narrow minds with no imagination are like parasites that transform the host, change form and continue to thrive. They're a lost cause. ~ Haruki Murakami,
270:The profession of shaman has many advantages. It offers high status with a safe livelihood free of work in the dreary, sweaty sense. In most societies it offers legal privileges and immunities not granted to other men. But it is hard to see how a man who has been given a mandate from on High to spread tidings of joy to all mankind can be seriously interested in taking up a collection to pay his salary; it causes one to suspect that the shaman is on the moral level of any other con man. But it is a lovely work if you can stomach it. ~ Robert Heinlein, Notebooks Of Lazarus Long from Time Enough for Love (1973).,
271:This light of history is pitiless; it has a strange and divine quality that, luminous as it is, and precisely because it is luminous, often casts a shadow just where we saw a radiance; out of the same man it makes two different phantoms, and the one attacks and punishes the other, the darkness of the despot struggles with the splendor of the captain. Hence a truer measure in the final judgment of the nations. Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form. ~ Vicktor Hugo,
272:I had forgotten what fiction was to me as a boy, forgotten what it was like in the library: fiction was an escape from the intolerable, a doorway into impossibly hospitable worlds where things had rules and could be understood; stories had been a way of learning about life without experiencing it, or perhaps of experiencing it as an eighteenth-century poisoner dealt with poisons, taking them in tiny doses, such that the poisoner could cope with ingesting things that would kill someone who was not inured to them. Sometimes fiction is a way of coping with the poison of the world in a way that lets us survive it. ~ Neil Gaiman,
273:ASTROLOGER. Greet reverentially this star-blest hour!Let magic loose the tyranny of ReasonAnd Fantasy, fetched from afar, display her power, 6620 For it belongs to her, this great occasion.What all here boldly asked to see, now see it!A thing impossible-therefore believe it.[Faust mounts the proscenium from the other side.]In priestly robes, head wreathed, the wonder-working manNow confidently consummates what he began.A tripod from the depths accompanied his ascent,Incense is burning in the bowl, I smell the scent,Next comes the invocation, all's prepared; ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust ,
274:Inside the temple Richard found a life waiting for him, all ready to be worn and lived, and inside that life, another. Each life he tried on, he slipped into and it pulled him farther in, farther away from the world he came from; one by one, existence following existence, rivers of dreams and fields of stars, a hawk with a sparrow clutched in its talons flies low above the grass, and here are tiny intricate people waiting for him to fill their heads with life, and thousands of years pass and he is engaged in strange work of great importance and sharp beauty, and he is loved, and he is honored, and then a pull, a sharp tug, and it's... ~ Neil Gaiman,
275:The Names of Allah are endless because they are known by what comes from them, and what comes from them is endless, even though they can be traced back to the limited roots which are the matrices of the Names or the presences of the Names. In reality, there is but one of the Names or the presences of the Names. In reality, there is but One Reality which assumes all these relations and aspects which are designated by the Divine Names. The Reality grants that each of the Names, which manifest themselves without end, has a reality by which it is distinguished from another Name. It is that reality by which it is distinguished which is the Name itself - not that which it shares. ~ Ibn Arabi,
276:It is ignorance if, when Allah afflicts someone by what gives him pain, he does not call on Allah to remove that painful matter from him. The one who has realization must supplicate and ask Allah to remove that from him. For that gnostic who possesses unveiling, that removal comes from the presence of Allah. Allah describes Himself as "hurt", so He said, "those who hurt Allah and His Messenger." (33:57) What hurt is greater than that Allah test you with affliction in your heedlessness of Him or a divine station which you do not know so that you return to Him with your complaint so that He can remove it from you? Thus the need which is your reality will be proven. The hurt is removed from Allah by your asking Him to repel it from you, since you are His manifest form. ~ Ibn Arabi,
277: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,
278:To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself -- that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink. ~ George Orwell, 1984 ,
279:Then the matter is as we have confirmed. So know that you are imagination and that which you perceive and of which you say, "It is not me" is also imagination. All of existence is imagination within imagination. True existence is Allah, the Real, in particular in respect to essence and source, not in respect to His Names, because the Names have two meanings. One meaning is His source which is the same as the "Named", and the other meaning is what it indicates and that by which the Name is separate from this other Name, and so distinct. The Ever-Forgiving is separate from the Manifest and the Hidden, and the First is distinct from the Last. Thus it is clear to you that each Name is the same as the other Name, and yet it is not the other Name. Inasmuch as the Name is the same, it is the Real, and inasmuch as it is not it, it is the imaginary Real which we discussed. ~ Ibn Arabi,
280:Often he went to the workshop, to encourage the assistant Erich, who continued working at the altar and eagerly awaited his master's return. Sometimes the Abbot unlocked Goldmund's room, where the Mary figure stood, lifted the cloth from the figure carefully and stayed with her awhile. He knew nothing of the figure's origin; Goldmund had never told him Lydia's story. But he felt everything; he saw that the girl's form had long lived in Goldmund's heart. Perhaps he had seduced her, perhaps betrayed and left heR But, truer than the most faithful husband, he had taken her along in his soul, preserving her image until finally, perhaps after many years in which he had never seen her again, he had fashioned this beautiful, touching statue of a girl and captured in her face, her bear­ ing, her hands all the tenderness, admiration, and longing of their love. ~ Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund ,
281:When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through. ~ Ernest Hemingway,
282:Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend, the cold, obscure shelter where moult the wings which will bear it farther than suns and stars. He who should inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions. "In the morning, - solitude;" said Pythagoras; that Nature may speak to the imagination, as she does never in company, and that her favorite may make acquaintance with those divine strengths which disclose themselves to serious and abstracted thought. 'Tis very certain that Plato, Plotinus, Archimedes, Hermes, Newton, Milton, Wordsworth, did not live in a crowd, but descended into it from time to time as benefactors: and the wise instructor will press this point of securing to the young soul in the disposition of time and the arrangements of living, periods and habits of solitude. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
283: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).,
284: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,
285:The Transcendent Mother and the Higher Hemisphere "At the summit of this manifestation of which we are a part there are worlds of infinite existence, consciousness, force and bliss over which the Mother stands as the unveiled eternal Power."1 The Transcendent Mother thus stands above the Ananda plane.There are then four steps of the Divine Shakti: (1) The Transcendent Mahashakti who stands above the Ananda plane and who bears the Supreme Divine in her eternal consciousness. (2) The Mahashakti immanent in the worlds of SatChit-Ananda where all beings live and move in an ineffable completeness. (3) The Supramental Mahashakti immanent in the worlds of Supermind. (4) The Cosmic Mahashakti immanent in the lower hemisphere. Yes; that is all right. One speaks often however of all above the lower hemisphere as part of the transcendence. This is because the Supermind and Ananda are not manifested in our universe at present, but are planes above it. For us the higher hemisphere is pr [para], the Supreme Transcendence is prA(pr [paratpara]. The Sanskrit terms are here clearer than the English. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Mother With Letters On The Mother Three Aspects of the Mother,
286:Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really oveR But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about. ~ Haruki Murakami,
287:Who could have thought that this tanned young man with gentle, dreamy eyes, long wavy hair parted in the middle and falling to the neck, clad in a common coarse Ahmedabad dhoti, a close-fitting Indian jacket, and old-fashioned slippers with upturned toes, and whose face was slightly marked with smallpox, was no other than Mister Aurobindo Ghose, living treasure of French, Latin and Greek?" Actually, Sri Aurobindo was not yet through with books; the Western momentum was still there; he devoured books ordered from Bombay and Calcutta by the case. "Aurobindo would sit at his desk," his Bengali teacher continues, "and read by the light of an oil lamp till one in the morning, oblivious of the intolerable mosquito bites. I would see him seated there in the same posture for hours on end, his eyes fixed on his book, like a yogi lost in the contemplation of the Divine, unaware of all that went on around him. Even if the house had caught fire, it would not have broken this concentration." He read English, Russian, German, and French novels, but also, in ever larger numbers, the sacred books of India, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana, although he had never been in a temple except as an observer. "Once, having returned from the College," one of his friends recalls, "Sri Aurobindo sat down, picked up a book at random and started to read, while Z and some friends began a noisy game of chess. After half an hour, he put the book down and took a cup of tea. We had already seen him do this many times and were waiting eagerly for a chance to verify whether he read the books from cover to cover or only scanned a few pages here and there. Soon the test began. Z opened the book, read a line aloud and asked Sri Aurobindo to recite what followed. Sri Aurobindo concentrated for a moment, and then repeated the entire page without a single mistake. If he could read a hundred pages in half an hour, no wonder he could go through a case of books in such an incredibly short time." But Sri Aurobindo did not stop at the translations of the sacred texts; he began to study Sanskrit, which, typically, he learned by himself. When a subject was known to be difficult or impossible, he would refuse to take anyone's word for it, whether he were a grammarian, pandit, or clergyman, and would insist upon trying it himself. The method seemed to have some merit, for not only did he learn Sanskrit, but a few years later he discovered the lost meaning of the Veda. ~ Satprem, Sri Aurobindo Or The Adventure of Consciousness ,
288:Workshops, churches, and palaces were full of these fatal works of art; he had even helped with a few himself. They were deeply disappointing be­ cause they aroused the desire for the highest and did not fulfill it. They lacked the most essential thing-mystery. That was what dreams and truly great works of art had in common : mystery. Goldmund continued his thought: It is mystery I love and pursue. Several times I have seen it beginning to take shape; as an artist, I would like to capture and express it. Some day, perhaps, I'll be able to. The figure of the universal mother, the great birthgiver, for example. Unlike other fi gures, her mystery does not consist of this or that detail, of a particular voluptuousness or sparseness, coarseness or delicacy, power or gracefulness. It consists of a fusion of the greatest contrasts of the world, those that cannot otherwise be combined, that have made peace only in this figure. They live in it together: birth and death, tenderness and cruelty, life and destruction. If I only imagined this fi gure, and were she merely the play of my thoughts, it would not matter about her, I could dismiss her as a mistake and forget about heR But the universal mother is not an idea of mine; I did not think her up, I saw her! She lives inside me. I've met her again and again. She appeared to me one winter night in a village when I was asked to hold a light over the bed of a peasant woman giving birth: that's when the image came to life within me. I often lose it; for long periods it re­ mains remote; but suddenly it Hashes clear again, as it did today. The image of my own mother, whom I loved most of all, has transformed itself into this new image, and lies encased within the new one like the pit in the cherry. As his present situation became clear to him, Goldmund was afraid to make a decision. It was as difficult as when he had said farewell to Narcissus and to the cloister. Once more he was on an impor­ tant road : the road to his mother. Would this mother-image one day take shape, a work of his hands, and become visible to all? Perhaps that was his goal, the hidden meaning of his life. Perhaps; he didn't know. But one thing he did know : it was good to travel toward his mother, to be drawn and called by her. He felt alive. Perhaps he'd never be able to shape her image, perhaps she'd always remain a dream, an intuition, a golden shimmer, a sacred mystery. At any rate, he had to follow her and submit his fate to her. She was his star. And now the decision was at his fingertips; everything had become clear. Art was a beautiful thing, but it was no goddess, no goal-not for him. He was not to follow art, but only the call of his mother. ~ Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund ,
289:On that spring day in the park I saw a young woman who attracted me. She was tall and slender, elegantly dressed, and had an intelligent and boyish face. I liked her at once. She was my type and began to fill my imagination. She probably was not much older than I but seemed far more mature, well-defined, a full-grown woman, but with a touch of exuberance and boyishness in her face, and this was what I liked above all . I had never managed to approach a girl with whom I had fallen in love, nor did I manage in this case. But the impression she made on me was deeper than any previous one had been and the infatuation had a profound influence on my life. Suddenly a new image had risen up before me, a lofty and cherished image. And no need, no urge was as deep or as fervent within me as the craving to worship and admire. I gave her the name Beatrice, for, even though I had not read Dante, I knew about Beatrice from an English painting of which I owned a reproduction. It showed a young pre-Raphaelite woman, long-limbed and slender, with long head and etherealized hands and features. My beautiful young woman did not quite resemble her, even though she, too, revealed that slender and boyish figure which I loved, and something of the ethereal, soulful quality of her face. Although I never addressed a single word to Beatrice, she exerted a profound influence on me at that time. She raised her image before me, she gave me access to a holy shrine, she transformed me into a worshiper in a temple. From one day to the next I stayed clear of all bars and nocturnal exploits. I could be alone with myself again and enjoyed reading and going for long walks. My sudden conversion drew a good deal of mockery in its wake. But now I had something I loved and venerated, I had an ideal again, life was rich with intimations of mystery and a feeling of dawn that made me immune to all taunts. I had come home again to myself, even if only as the slave and servant of a cherished image. I find it difficult to think back to that time without a certain fondness. Once more I was trying most strenuously to construct an intimate "world of light" for myself out of the shambles of a period of devastation; once more I sacrificed everything within me to the aim of banishing darkness and evil from myself. And, furthermore, this present "world of light" was to some extent my own creation; it was no longer an escape, no crawling back to -nether and the safety of irresponsibility; it was a new duty, one I had invented and desired on my own, with responsibility and self-control. My sexuality, a torment from which I was in constant flight, was to be transfigured nto spirituality and devotion by this holy fire. Everything :brk and hateful was to be banished, there were to be no more tortured nights, no excitement before lascivious picures, no eavesdropping at forbidden doors, no lust. In place of all this I raised my altar to the image of Beatrice, :.. and by consecrating myself to her I consecrated myself to the spirit and to the gods, sacrificing that part of life which I withdrew from the forces of darkness to those of light. My goal was not joy but purity, not happiness but beauty, and spirituality. This cult of Beatrice completely changed my life. ~ Hermann Hesse, Demian ,
290: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,
291:SECTION 1. Books for Serious Study Liber CCXX. (Liber AL vel Legis.) The Book of the Law. This book is the foundation of the New Æon, and thus of the whole of our work. The Equinox. The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation. Liber ABA (Book 4). A general account in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers. In four parts: (1) Mysticism (2) Magical (Elementary Theory) (3) Magick in Theory and Practice (this book) (4) The Law. Liber II. The Message of the Master Therion. Explains the essence of the new Law in a very simple manner. Liber DCCCXXXVIII. The Law of Liberty. A further explanation of The Book of the Law in reference to certain ethical problems. Collected Works of A. Crowley. These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the Robe of sublimest poesy. The Yi King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XVI], Oxford University Press.) The "Classic of Changes"; give the initiated Chinese system of Magick. The Tao Teh King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XXXIX].) Gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism. Tannhäuser, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the Soul; the Tannhäuser story slightly remodelled. The Upanishads. (S. B. E. Series [vols. I & XV.) The Classical Basis of Vedantism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism. The Bhagavad-gita. A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ", expounds a system of Attainment. The Voice of the Silence, by H.P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O.M. Frater O.M., 7°=48, is the most learned of all the Brethren of the Order; he has given eighteen years to the study of this masterpiece. Raja-Yoga, by Swami Vivekananda. An excellent elementary study of Hindu mysticism. His Bhakti-Yoga is also good. The Shiva Samhita. An account of various physical means of assisting the discipline of initiation. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices. The Hathayoga Pradipika. Similar to the Shiva Samhita. The Aphorisms of Patanjali. A valuable collection of precepts pertaining to mystical attainment. The Sword of Song. A study of Christian theology and ethics, with a statement and solution of the deepest philosophical problems. Also contains the best account extant of Buddhism, compared with modern science. The Book of the Dead. A collection of Egyptian magical rituals. Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, by Eliphas Levi. The best general textbook of magical theory and practice for beginners. Written in an easy popular style. The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. The best exoteric account of the Great Work, with careful instructions in procedure. This Book influenced and helped the Master Therion more than any other. The Goetia. The most intelligible of all the mediæval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favourite Invocation of the Master Therion. Erdmann's History of Philosophy. A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind. The Spiritual Guide of [Miguel de] Molinos. A simple manual of Christian Mysticism. The Star in the West. (Captain Fuller). An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley. The Dhammapada. (S. B. E. Series [vol. X], Oxford University Press). The best of the Buddhist classics. The Questions of King Milinda. (S. B. E. Series [vols. XXXV & XXXVI].) Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated bydialogues. Liber 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticæ Viæ Explicandæ, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicam Sanctissimorum Scientiæ Summæ. A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, reprinted with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language. Varieties of Religious Experience (William James). Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment. Kabbala Denudata, von Rosenroth: also The Kabbalah Unveiled, by S.L. Mathers. The text of the Qabalah, with commentary. A good elementary introduction to the subject. Konx Om Pax [by Aleister Crowley]. Four invaluable treatises and a preface on Mysticism and Magick. The Pistis Sophia [translated by G.R.S. Mead or Violet McDermot]. An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism. The Oracles of Zoroaster [Chaldæan Oracles]. An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical. The Dream of Scipio, by Cicero. Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy. The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, by Fabre d'Olivet. An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master. The Divine Pymander, by Hermes Trismegistus. Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy. The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians, reprint of Franz Hartmann. An invaluable compendium. Scrutinium Chymicum [Atalanta Fugiens]¸ by Michael Maier. One of the best treatises on alchemy. Science and the Infinite, by Sidney Klein. One of the best essays written in recent years. Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus [A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus &c. &c. &c.], by Richard Payne Knight [and Thomas Wright]. Invaluable to all students. The Golden Bough, by J.G. Frazer. The textbook of Folk Lore. Invaluable to all students. The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition. Rivers of Life, by General Forlong. An invaluable textbook of old systems of initiation. Three Dialogues, by Bishop Berkeley. The Classic of Subjective Idealism. Essays of David Hume. The Classic of Academic Scepticism. First Principles by Herbert Spencer. The Classic of Agnosticism. Prolegomena [to any future Metaphysics], by Immanuel Kant. The best introduction to Metaphysics. The Canon [by William Stirling]. The best textbook of Applied Qabalah. The Fourth Dimension, by [Charles] H. Hinton. The best essay on the subject. The Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley. Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA Appendix I: Literature Recommended to Aspirants,
292: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 ,
293: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,
294:One little picture in this book, the Magic Locket, was drawn by 'Miss Alice Havers.' I did not state this on the title-page, since it seemed only due, to the artist of all these (to my mind) wonderful pictures, that his name should stand there alone.The descriptions, of Sunday as spent by children of the last generation, are quoted verbatim from a speech made to me by a child-friend and a letter written to me by a lady-friend.The Chapters, headed 'Fairy Sylvie' and 'Bruno's Revenge,' are a reprint, with a few alterations, of a little fairy-tale which I wrote in the year 1867, at the request of the late Mrs. Gatty, for 'Aunt Judy's Magazine,' which she was then editing.It was in 1874, I believe, that the idea first occurred to me of making it the nucleus of a longer story.As the years went on, I jotted down, at odd moments, all sorts of odd ideas, and fragments of dialogue, that occurred to me--who knows how?--with a transitory suddenness that left me no choice but either to record them then and there, or to abandon them to oblivion. Sometimes one could trace to their source these random flashes of thought--as being suggested by the book one was reading, or struck out from the 'flint' of one's own mind by the 'steel' of a friend's chance remark but they had also a way of their own, of occurring, a propos of nothing --specimens of that hopelessly illogical phenomenon, 'an effect without a cause.' Such, for example, was the last line of 'The Hunting of the Snark,' which came into my head (as I have already related in 'The Theatre' for April, 1887) quite suddenly, during a solitary walk: and such, again, have been passages which occurred in dreams, and which I cannot trace to any antecedent cause whatever. There are at least two instances of such dream-suggestions in this book--one, my Lady's remark, 'it often runs in families, just as a love for pastry does', the other, Eric Lindon's badinage about having been in domestic service.And thus it came to pass that I found myself at last in possession of a huge unwieldy mass of litterature--if the reader will kindly excuse the spelling --which only needed stringing together, upon the thread of a consecutive story, to constitute the book I hoped to write. Only! The task, at first, seemed absolutely hopeless, and gave me a far clearer idea, than I ever had before, of the meaning of the word 'chaos': and I think it must have been ten years, or more, before I had succeeded in classifying these odds-and-ends sufficiently to see what sort of a story they indicated: for the story had to grow out of the incidents, not the incidents out of the story I am telling all this, in no spirit of egoism, but because I really believe that some of my readers will be interested in these details of the 'genesis' of a book, which looks so simple and straight-forward a matter, when completed, that they might suppose it to have been written straight off, page by page, as one would write a letter, beginning at the beginning; and ending at the end.It is, no doubt, possible to write a story in that way: and, if it be not vanity to say so, I believe that I could, myself,--if I were in the unfortunate position (for I do hold it to be a real misfortune) of being obliged to produce a given amount of fiction in a given time,--that I could 'fulfil my task,' and produce my 'tale of bricks,' as other slaves have done. One thing, at any rate, I could guarantee as to the story so produced--that it should be utterly commonplace, should contain no new ideas whatever, and should be very very weary reading!This species of literature has received the very appropriate name of 'padding' which might fitly be defined as 'that which all can write and none can read.' That the present volume contains no such writing I dare not avow: sometimes, in order to bring a picture into its proper place, it has been necessary to eke out a page with two or three extra lines : but I can honestly say I have put in no more than I was absolutely compelled to do.My readers may perhaps like to amuse themselves by trying to detect, in a given passage, the one piece of 'padding' it contains. While arranging the 'slips' into pages, I found that the passage was 3 lines too short. I supplied the deficiency, not by interpolating a word here and a word there, but by writing in 3 consecutive lines. Now can my readers guess which they are?A harder puzzle if a harder be desired would be to determine, as to the Gardener's Song, in which cases (if any) the stanza was adapted to the surrounding text, and in which (if any) the text was adapted to the stanza.Perhaps the hardest thing in all literature--at least I have found it so: by no voluntary effort can I accomplish it: I have to take it as it come's is to write anything original. And perhaps the easiest is, when once an original line has been struck out, to follow it up, and to write any amount more to the same tune. I do not know if 'Alice in Wonderland' was an original story--I was, at least, no conscious imitator in writing it--but I do know that, since it came out, something like a dozen storybooks have appeared, on identically the same pattern. The path I timidly explored believing myself to be 'the first that ever burst into that silent sea'--is now a beaten high-road: all the way-side flowers have long ago been trampled into the dust: and it would be courting disaster for me to attempt that style again.Hence it is that, in 'Sylvie and Bruno,' I have striven with I know not what success to strike out yet another new path: be it bad or good, it is the best I can do. It is written, not for money, and not for fame, but in the hope of supplying, for the children whom I love, some thoughts that may suit those hours of innocent merriment which are the very life of Childhood; and also in the hope of suggesting, to them and to others, some thoughts that may prove, I would fain hope, not wholly out of harmony with the graver cadences of Life.If I have not already exhausted the patience of my readers, I would like to seize this opportunity perhaps the last I shall have of addressing so many friends at once of putting on record some ideas that have occurred to me, as to books desirable to be written--which I should much like to attempt, but may not ever have the time or power to carry through--in the hope that, if I should fail (and the years are gliding away very fast) to finish the task I have set myself, other hands may take it up.First, a Child's Bible. The only real essentials of this would be, carefully selected passages, suitable for a child's reading, and pictures. One principle of selection, which I would adopt, would be that Religion should be put before a child as a revelation of love--no need to pain and puzzle the young mind with the history of crime and punishment. (On such a principle I should, for example, omit the history of the Flood.) The supplying of the pictures would involve no great difficulty: no new ones would be needed : hundreds of excellent pictures already exist, the copyright of which has long ago expired, and which simply need photo-zincography, or some similar process, for their successful reproduction. The book should be handy in size with a pretty attractive looking cover--in a clear legible type--and, above all, with abundance of pictures, pictures, pictures!Secondly, a book of pieces selected from the Bible--not single texts, but passages of from 10 to 20 verses each--to be committed to memory. Such passages would be found useful, to repeat to one's self and to ponder over, on many occasions when reading is difficult, if not impossible: for instance, when lying awake at night--on a railway-journey --when taking a solitary walk-in old age, when eyesight is failing or wholly lost--and, best of all, when illness, while incapacitating us for reading or any other occupation, condemns us to lie awake through many weary silent hours: at such a time how keenly one may realise the truth of David's rapturous cry "O how sweet are thy words unto my throat: yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!"I have said 'passages,' rather than single texts, because we have no means of recalling single texts: memory needs links, and here are none: one may have a hundred texts stored in the memory, and not be able to recall, at will, more than half-a-dozen--and those by mere chance: whereas, once get hold of any portion of a chapter that has been committed to memory, and the whole can be recovered: all hangs together.Thirdly, a collection of passages, both prose and verse, from books other than the Bible. There is not perhaps much, in what is called 'un-inspired' literature (a misnomer, I hold: if Shakespeare was not inspired, one may well doubt if any man ever was), that will bear the process of being pondered over, a hundred times: still there are such passages--enough, I think, to make a goodly store for the memory.These two books of sacred, and secular, passages for memory--will serve other good purposes besides merely occupying vacant hours: they will help to keep at bay many anxious thoughts, worrying thoughts, uncharitable thoughts, unholy thoughts. Let me say this, in better words than my own, by copying a passage from that most interesting book, Robertson's Lectures on the Epistles to the Corinthians, Lecture XLIX. "If a man finds himself haunted by evil desires and unholy images, which will generally be at periodical hours, let him commit to memory passages of Scripture, or passages from the best writers in verse or prose. Let him store his mind with these, as safeguards to repeat when he lies awake in some restless night, or when despairing imaginations, or gloomy, suicidal thoughts, beset him. Let these be to him the sword, turning everywhere to keep the way of the Garden of Life from the intrusion of profaner footsteps."Fourthly, a "Shakespeare" for girls: that is, an edition in which everything, not suitable for the perusal of girls of (say) from 10 to 17, should be omitted. Few children under 10 would be likely to understand or enjoy the greatest of poets: and those, who have passed out of girlhood, may safely be left to read Shakespeare, in any edition, 'expurgated' or not, that they may prefer: but it seems a pity that so many children, in the intermediate stage, should be debarred from a great pleasure for want of an edition suitable to them. Neither Bowdler's, Chambers's, Brandram's, nor Cundell's 'Boudoir' Shakespeare, seems to me to meet the want: they are not sufficiently 'expurgated.' Bowdler's is the most extraordinary of all: looking through it, I am filled with a deep sense of wonder, considering what he has left in, that he should have cut anything out! Besides relentlessly erasing all that is unsuitable on the score of reverence or decency, I should be inclined to omit also all that seems too difficult, or not likely to interest young readers. The resulting book might be slightly fragmentary: but it would be a real treasure to all British maidens who have any taste for poetry.If it be needful to apologize to any one for the new departure I have taken in this story--by introducing, along with what will, I hope, prove to be acceptable nonsense for children, some of the graver thoughts of human life--it must be to one who has learned the Art of keeping such thoughts wholly at a distance in hours of mirth and careless ease. To him such a mixture will seem, no doubt, ill-judged and repulsive. And that such an Art exists I do not dispute: with youth, good health, and sufficient money, it seems quite possible to lead, for years together, a life of unmixed gaiety--with the exception of one solemn fact, with which we are liable to be confronted at any moment, even in the midst of the most brilliant company or the most sparkling entertainment. A man may fix his own times for admitting serious thought, for attending public worship, for prayer, for reading the Bible: all such matters he can defer to that 'convenient season', which is so apt never to occur at all: but he cannot defer, for one single moment, the necessity of attending to a message, which may come before he has finished reading this page,' this night shalt thy soul be required of thee.'The ever-present sense of this grim possibility has been, in all ages, 1 an incubus that men have striven to shake off. Few more interesting subjects of enquiry could be found, by a student of history, than the various weapons that have been used against this shadowy foe. Saddest of all must have been the thoughts of those who saw indeed an existence beyond the grave, but an existence far more terrible than annihilation--an existence as filmy, impalpable, all but invisible spectres, drifting about, through endless ages, in a world of shadows, with nothing to do, nothing to hope for, nothing to love! In the midst of the gay verses of that genial 'bon vivant' Horace, there stands one dreary word whose utter sadness goes to one's heart. It is the word 'exilium' in the well-known passageOmnes eodem cogimur, omniumVersatur urna serius ociusSors exitura et nos in aeternumExilium impositura cymbae.Yes, to him this present life--spite of all its weariness and all its sorrow--was the only life worth having: all else was 'exile'! Does it not seem almost incredible that one, holding such a creed, should ever have smiled?And many in this day, I fear, even though believing in an existence beyond the grave far more real than Horace ever dreamed of, yet regard it as a sort of 'exile' from all the joys of life, and so adopt Horace's theory, and say 'let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.'We go to entertainments, such as the theatre--I say 'we', for I also go to the play, whenever I get a chance of seeing a really good one and keep at arm's length, if possible, the thought that we may not return alive. Yet how do you know--dear friend, whose patience has carried you through this garrulous preface that it may not be your lot, when mirth is fastest and most furious, to feel the sharp pang, or the deadly faintness, which heralds the final crisis--to see, with vague wonder, anxious friends bending over you to hear their troubled whispers perhaps yourself to shape the question, with trembling lips, "Is it serious?", and to be told "Yes: the end is near" (and oh, how different all Life will look when those words are said!)--how do you know, I say, that all this may not happen to you, this night?And dare you, knowing this, say to yourself "Well, perhaps it is an immoral play: perhaps the situations are a little too 'risky', the dialogue a little too strong, the 'business' a little too suggestive.I don't say that conscience is quite easy: but the piece is so clever, I must see it this once! I'll begin a stricter life to-morrow." To-morrow, and to-morrow, and tomorrow!"Who sins in hope, who, sinning, says,'Sorrow for sin God's judgement stays!'Against God's Spirit he lies; quite stops Mercy with insult; dares, and drops,Like a scorch'd fly, that spins in vainUpon the axis of its pain,Then takes its doom, to limp and crawl,Blind and forgot, from fall to fall."Let me pause for a moment to say that I believe this thought, of the possibility of death--if calmly realised, and steadily faced would be one of the best possible tests as to our going to any scene of amusement being right or wrong. If the thought of sudden death acquires, for you, a special horror when imagined as happening in a theatre, then be very sure the theatre is harmful for you, however harmless it may be for others; and that you are incurring a deadly peril in going. Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die.But, once realise what the true object is in life--that it is not pleasure, not knowledge, not even fame itself, 'that last infirmity of noble minds'--but that it is the development of character, the rising to a higher, nobler, purer standard, the building-up of the perfect Man--and then, so long as we feel that this is going on, and will (we trust) go on for evermore, death has for us no terror; it is not a shadow, but a light; not an end, but a beginning!One other matter may perhaps seem to call for apology--that I should have treated with such entire want of sympathy the British passion for 'Sport', which no doubt has been in by-gone days, and is still, in some forms of it, an excellent school for hardihood and for coolness in moments of danger.But I am not entirely without sympathy for genuine 'Sport': I can heartily admire the courage of the man who, with severe bodily toil, and at the risk of his life, hunts down some 'man-eating' tiger: and I can heartily sympathize with him when he exults in the glorious excitement of the chase and the hand-to-hand struggle with the monster brought to bay. But I can but look with deep wonder and sorrow on the hunter who, at his ease and in safety, can find pleasure in what involves, for some defenceless creature, wild terror and a death of agony: deeper, if the hunter be one who has pledged himself to preach to men the Religion of universal Love: deepest of all, if it be one of those 'tender and delicate' beings, whose very name serves as a symbol of Love--'thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women'--whose mission here is surely to help and comfort all that are in pain or sorrow!'Farewell, farewell! but this I tellTo thee, thou Wedding-Guest!He prayeth well, who loveth wellBoth man and bird and beast.He prayeth best, who loveth bestAll things both great and small;For the dear God who loveth us,He made and loveth all.' ~ Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno ,

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1:English jargon. ~ Delilah Marvelle,
2:I like English parks. ~ Jean Nouvel,
3:Sitting in an English ~ John Lennon,
5:My English is very bad. ~ Vladimir Putin,
6:What is love? In English. ~ Karina Halle,
7:I think my English is bad. ~ Stephen Chow,
8:He is the English Horace, ~ Alexander Pope,
9:Can I press one for English? ~ Jerry Lawler,
10:Ah, yes, beautiful English bones. ~ Anne Rice,
11:I really like acting in English. ~ Romain Duris,
12:I was an English major in college! ~ Maggie Siff,
13:And Englishmen like posing as gods. ~ E M Forster,
14:I'm too tired to speak in English. ~ David Ginola,
15:My English is not very good-looking. ~ Celia Cruz,
16:Old, Middle, and New or Modern English. ~ Various,
17:English literature is a flying fish. ~ E M Forster,
18:English - Votre signet à lʼemplacement ~ Anonymous,
19:In English every word can be verbed. ~ Alan Perlis,
20:But I'm English. We don't do uplifting. ~ Tony Judt,
21:I grew up listening to English music. ~ Ryan Tedder,
22:I'm sorry, I don't speak English. ~ Francesco Totti,
23:I read good. I was an English major. ~ P J O Rourke,
24:Me fail English? That's unpossible. ~ Matt Groening,
25:We're not savages. We're English. ~ William Golding,
26:Englishmen must have an island. ~ F Scott Fitzgerald,
27:I'm an Englishman. What more can I say? ~ Alan Sugar,
28:Newcomers don't want to learn English. ~ Mary Pipher,
29:Correct English is the slang of prigs. ~ George Eliot,
30:I'm just the last English twit, really. ~ Colin Firth,
31:Murder Inc.: The Story of the Syndicate, ~ T J English,
32:Perhaps it doesn't understand English, ~ Lewis Carroll,
33:To read makes our speaking English good. ~ Joss Whedon,
34:Englishmen have always loved Moliere. ~ Lytton Strachey,
35:He is Englishness carried to perfection ~ Susanna Clarke,
36:Lust and the English make no sense to me. ~ Paul Monette,
37:The English as a race are not worth saving! ~ Jack Straw,
38:The last great Englishman is low. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson,
39:Animals cannot speak and understand English ~ Michio Kaku,
40:I excelled in English while I was at school. ~ Jamie Bell,
41:No Englishman is ever fairly beaten ~ George Bernard Shaw,
42:Three English bulldogs count for one kid. ~ Troy Polamalu,
43:Americans are suckers for an English accent. ~ John Irving,
44:I was not born with English in my pocket. ~ Santosh Kalwar,
45:English culture is highly literary-based. ~ Peter Greenaway,
46:Even his Englishness was a well-kept secret. ~ John le Carr,
47:how can a man who doesn't speak English lie ~ Michael Lewis,
48:Never trust a man willing to eat your dog. ~ Sheila English,
49:You cannot sing African music in proper English ~ Fela Kuti,
50:... gloom never forsakes the English... ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
51:I finally reached a person that spoke English. ~ Brad Taylor,
52:In school [I wanted] to be an English teacher. ~ Nancy Grace,
53:I am the last Englishman to rule in India. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru,
54:My master's degree was in English literature. ~ Sylvia Browne,
55:Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors. ~ Alice Walker,
56:The English peace is the peace of the grave. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
57:We Indians are one as no two Englishmen are. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
58:Christiano knows English, Messi knows football ~ Fabio Capello,
59:Here, whatever is not boring is not English. ~ Frederic Chopin,
60:He speaks English, Spanish, and he's bilingual too. ~ Don King,
61:How come you forget English when you swear? ~ Scott Westerfeld,
62:Not only England, but every Englishman is an island. ~ Novalis,
63:she likes the sound of languages other than English. ~ Ken Liu,
64:Always I am speaking English on behalf of fools ~ Michael Pitre,
65:Forget all feuds, and shed one English tear ~ Thomas B Macaulay,
66:He was a good average Englishman who had slipped. ~ E M Forster,
67:I came to New York to study ballet and English. ~ Penelope Cruz,
68:It's wild how chefs have become like rock stars. ~ Todd English,
69:Most English talk is a quadrille in a sentry-box. ~ Henry James,
70:Samassi Abou don’t speak the English too good. ~ Harry Redknapp,
71:The fight against bad English is not frivolous. ~ George Orwell,
72:These Americans cannot speak English ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
73:An Englishman fears contempt more than death. ~ Oliver Goldsmith,
74:Bay of Biscay and so down the English Channel ~ Barbara Cartland,
75:Bene!” And in English, “Well! What now, Dom? ~ Kristen Heitzmann,
76:Cookie monster speaks better English than you. ~ Brian K Vaughan,
77:He may be dead; or he may be teaching English. ~ Cormac McCarthy,
78:I don't have any friends in English Departments. ~ Jerry A Fodor,
79:I'm English. Our dentistry is not world famous. ~ Christian Bale,
80:Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun. ~ Noel Coward,
81:Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican. ~ George W Bush,
82:Regret; The saddest word in the English language. ~ Tonya Hurley,
83:Englishmen do like to get in a dress, any excuse. ~ Noel Fielding,
84:Hanging on in Quiet Desperation is the English Way ~ Roger Waters,
85:I don't like English bands. They're too structured. ~ Tommy Bolin,
86:I know my own heart to be entirely English. ~ Anne Princess Royal,
87:My English teacher, he's like, he's like Mr. Bu-fu. ~ Frank Zappa,
88:The English think soap is civilization. ~ Heinrich von Treitschke,
89:Abbrevs is to English as English is to Olde English. ~ The Betches,
90:Duty is the sublimest work in the English language. ~ Robert E Lee,
91:Englishmen must learn to be Brahmins, not banias. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
92:I didn't speak English until I came to Pittsburgh. ~ Mario Lemieux,
93:I was a terrible dancer. I dance like an Englishman. ~ John Cleese,
94:The English are a nation of consummate cant. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
95:The English are the biggest snobs on earth Harry. ~ Jeffrey Archer,
96:The English contribution to world cuisine: the chip. ~ John Cleese,
97:The English took the eagle and Austrians the eaglet. ~ Victor Hugo,
98:They had nothing in common but the English language. ~ E M Forster,
99:Those English and Scottish know how to do accents. ~ Joey McIntyre,
100:Writing in English is like throwing mud at a wall. ~ Joseph Conrad,
101:English physicians kill you, the French let you die. ~ Charles Lamb,
102:exaggeration is the octopus of the English language ~ Matthew Pearl,
103:I am more English than the English.- Rudolf de Vitt ~ Kate Williams,
104:I never had much education in English poetry as such. ~ Anne Carson,
105:My favorite pudding is good old English apple pie. ~ Jeremy Bulloch,
106:Pffft, English. Who needs that? I'm never going to England. ~ Homer,
107:Remember, I have a Ph.D. in English literature. ~ Henry Louis Gates,
108:The English feel schadenfreude even about themselves. ~ Martin Amis,
109:The moment one learns English, complications set in. ~ Felipe Alfau,
110:We dragged English guitar music out of the gutter. ~ Noel Gallagher,
111:Well-bred English people never have imagination. ~ Dorothy L Sayers,
112:An English man does not travel to see English men. ~ Laurence Sterne,
113:English is my second language. Laughter is my first. ~ Paul Krassner,
114:English? Who needs that? I'm never going to England. ~ Matt Groening,
115:Every heart has its own skeletons, as the English say. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
116:Fernando Torres' English seems to be coming on good. ~ Andy Townsend,
117:French sounds flat. In English, you can play with pitch. ~ Eva Green,
118:If his Russian was music, his English was murder. ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
119:If only…the saddest words in the English language. ~ Kristan Higgins,
120:I translated Beatles songs for my English class. ~ Christian Lacroix,
121:My heritage is English, so I'm proud to be back here. ~ Nicholas Lea,
122:Pure herring oil is the port wine of English cats ~ Honore de Balzac,
123:The English are the people of consummate cant. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
124:Decaf. The single worst word in the English language. ~ Lauren Oliver,
125:English is the easiest language to speak badly. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
126:How the English love playing at being naughty boys! ~ Robert Gottlieb,
127:I can't do anything! I can't even have an English muffin! ~ Dane Cook,
128:I learned how to speak English watching television. ~ Azita Ghanizada,
129:I was born in Wales but I'm not Welsh - I'm English. ~ Christian Bale,
130:Life is many things, but most of all, it is disturbing. ~ T J English,
131:The understatement is the English contribution to comedy. ~ Jim Davis,
132:Tis the hard grey weather Breeds hard English men. ~ Charles Kingsley,
133:Distance lends enchantment to the view. English proverb ~ Laura Frantz,
134:English, our common language, binds our diverse people. ~ S I Hayakawa,
135:Every German child learns to speak English in school. ~ Cornelia Funke,
136:My folks were English . . . we were too poor to be British. ~ Bob Hope,
137:The English are potentially very aggressive, very violent ~ Jack Straw,
138:The English never draw a line without blurring it. ~ Winston Churchill,
139:The English wouldn't give you the steam of their piss. ~ Frank McCourt,
140:The most powerful words in English are, "Tell me a story. ~ Pat Conroy,
141:I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death. ~ John Keats,
142:My Geordie is probably just about as bad as my English. ~ George W Bush,
143:Since I learned English, I've become a motormouth! ~ Ana Beatriz Barros,
144:The most powerful words in English are, 'Tell me a story.' ~ Pat Conroy,
145:When in doubt about who's to blame. Blame the English. ~ Craig Ferguson,
146:English approval: 8/00 ~ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints,
147:I am going to have a cup of tea, like any good Englishman. ~ Brian Jones,
148:I grew up in New York in an English-speaking environment. ~ Erik Estrada,
149:The English have a proverb, 'Conscience makes cowboys of us all'. ~ Saki,
150:The English language is not always the President's friend. ~ George Will,
151:The English winter - ending in July to recommence in August ~ Lord Byron,
152:The most original novelist now writing in English. ~ Ivy Compton Burnett,
153:Americans admire success. Englishmen admire heroic failure ~ Anne Fadiman,
154:Canada is the linchpin of the English-speakin g world ~ Winston Churchill,
155:Dude, do you even English? That defining job is hella bad. ~ Kory Stamper,
156:English muffins with avocado is one of my favorite breakfasts. ~ Mia Hamm,
157:I speak better English than this villain, Bush. ~ Mohammed Saeed al Sahaf,
158:The Americans are the illegitimate children of the English. ~ H L Mencken,
159:The English nation is never so great as in adversity. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
160:The English patrician bloomed in his natural climate. ~ Barbara W Tuchman,
161:The permutations of English corruption in India were endless ~ Paul Scott,
162:The way I see it is, I am a boon to the English language. ~ George W Bush,
163:To Englishmen, life is a topic, not an activity. ~ William Henry Harrison,
164:Would be simpler
if English
and life
were logical ~ Thanhha Lai,
165:You can always depend on an Englishman to play the game ~ Agatha Christie,
166:A hero is a man who is afraid to run away. —English proverb ~ Guy Kawasaki,
167:Can anything be more boring than an upper-class Englishman? ~ Alice Walker,
168:Go home, Johann — Walpurgis-nacht doesn’t concern Englishmen. ~ E F Benson,
169:I have an English family and I've lived in England for years. ~ Daryl Hall,
170:I have learnt to appreciate the clarity of English language. ~ Erich Fromm,
171:Silence can be defined as conversation with an Englishman ~ Heinrich Heine,
172:So she did the English thing. She changed the subject. ~ Steve Hockensmith,
173:Whoever invented English
should have learned
to spell. ~ Thanhha Lai,
174:Why can't the English teach their children how to speak? ~ Alan Jay Lerner,
175:An Englishmans way of speaking absolutely classifies him. ~ Alan Jay Lerner,
176:Each of us has his skeletons in his soul, as the English say. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
177:I tend to curse in French more often than I do in English. ~ Alaina Huffman,
178:Mobi7 English B00849YKWI Mobi8 English B004Z9AR5A Topaz English ~ Anonymous,
179:old-fashioned flowers, it looked like an English garden. ~ Melanie Benjamin,
180:Religion is compulsory in English schools, you know. ~ Christopher Hitchens,
181:Tell me, is it true there's no word for Schadenfreude in English? ~ Amos Oz,
182:Which demomstrates the sad poverty of English launguage... ~ Susanna Clarke,
183:Yeah, me too
are now my three favorite words in English. ~ Jasmine Warga,
184:Anyone who doesn't speak English isn't worth speaking to ~ Bernie Ecclestone,
185:English has borrowed from everywhere and now goes everywhere. ~ Mason Cooley,
186:English is clipped in speech. Texas is exactly the opposite. ~ Michael Caine,
187:First time my master’s in English literature ever proved useful. ~ Anne Rice,
188:I found English to be a sort of Thomas Hardy aversion therapy. ~ Neil Gaiman,
189:If the French were really intelligent, they'd speak English. ~ Wilfrid Sheed,
190:I think every English actor is nervous of a Newcastle accent. ~ Alan Rickman,
191:Opera in English, is about as sensible as baseball in Italian. ~ H L Mencken,
192:She was English, with all the characteristics that word implies. ~ Susan Kay,
193:The English yokel is not at his best when he makes love. ~ Daphne du Maurier,
194:The most important word in the English language is hope. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt,
195:Unable to love each other, the English turn naturally to dogs ~ J R Ackerley,
196:What he must have suffered, in his lovely English privacy. ~ Sebastian Barry,
197:Even an Englishman was niver improved by bein' blown up. ~ Finley Peter Dunne,
198:I did try to go to college and try to be an English major. ~ Hamish Linklater,
199:If you must kill English officials, why not kill me instead? ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
200:If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan. ~ Alan Perlis,
201:I loved the [English] countryside. I went to John Bonham's grave. ~ Bill Burr,
202:I'm bilingual. I speak English and I speak educationese. ~ Shirley Hufstedler,
203:I'm sure this Jesus will not do Either for Englishman or Jew. ~ William Blake,
204:I'm very English, and we don't talk about emotions publicly. ~ Marcus Mumford,
205:Really, I speak a few myself, I’m proud to say. English, Spanish, ~ Ryk Brown,
206:She was a stubborn English lass, but he was a clever Scot. ~ Victoria Roberts,
207:The English have a miraculous power of turning wine into water. ~ Oscar Wilde,
208:To translate a poem from thinking into English takes all night. ~ Grace Paley,
209:We first make our habits, then our habits make us. ENGLISH POET. ~ Sean Covey,
210:A carefully preserved English accent also upped the fear factor. ~ Zadie Smith,
211:...but he laughed as the English do at the end of his teeth. ~ Alexandre Dumas,
212:English, I know you ... you are German with a license to kill. ~ Leonard Cohen,
213:Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
214:Those are the two best words in English, 'Bidding' and 'war'. ~ Evan Daugherty,
215:An Englishman, being flattered, is a lamb; threatened, a lion. ~ George Chapman,
216:An Englishman's never so natural as when he's holding his tongue. ~ Henry James,
217:Do you know what 'meteorologist' means in English? It means liar. ~ Lewis Black,
218:English majors understand human nature better than economists do. ~ Jane Smiley,
219:George Moore wrote brilliant English until he discovered grammar. ~ Oscar Wilde,
220:I don't like innuendo in these deafening English whispers. ~ F Scott Fitzgerald,
221:I'm sorry.' The two most inadequate words in the English language. ~ Beth Revis,
222:Indeed. See you then. Cheerio, dream girl.” “Cheereos, Englishman. ~ Elle Casey,
223:I think English film is very embarrassed by patriotism, generally. ~ Tom Hooper,
224:I would never describe a cloud as 'fluffy'—in Chinese or in English. ~ Yiyun Li,
225:Lots of English people say exactly the opposite of what they mean. ~ Leon Krier,
226:The English are busy; they don't have time to be polite. ~ Baron de Montesquieu,
227:The only people who should play for England are English people. ~ Jack Wilshere,
228:This is the sort of English up with which I will not put. ~ Winston S Churchill,
229:verschränkung’, later translated into English as ‘entanglement’, ~ Manjit Kumar,
230:Whoa, lady, I only speak two languages, English and bad English. ~ Bruce Willis,
231:All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. ~ Gordie Howe,
232:Although my father is English, I was brought up in Australia. ~ Adelaide Clemens,
233:English artists are usually entirely ruined by residence in Italy. ~ John Ruskin,
234:Fluency in English is something that I'm often not accused of. ~ George H W Bush,
235:French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused. ~ Stephanie Perkins,
236:He mobilised the English language and sent it into battle. ~ Winston S Churchill,
237:I long for sleep, and for soft English rain. But they do not come. ~ Michael Cox,
238:I only saw one English-speaking person all the way across Siberia. ~ Ian Frazier,
239:My least favorite phrase in the English language is 'I don't care.' ~ James Caan,
240:My mother's English, and she always was fascinated by the desert. ~ Arizona Muse,
241:The most beautiful words in the English language are 'not guilty'. ~ Maxim Gorky,
242:The nice thing about England is that they actually speak English. ~ Isaac Hanson,
243:We are English, and I expect you to behave as such. No more crying. ~ Libba Bray,
244:When a tiger changes his nature, Englishmen will change theirs. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
245:A famous man is Robin Hood, The English ballad-singer's joy. ~ William Wordsworth,
246:Do you speak English?" "Certainly. And I understand American. ~ Robert A Heinlein,
247:Hey, Mr English guy! I think your egg is hatching. - Jacob Kowalski ~ J K Rowling,
248:His winning opener: ‘Hello, English cycleman friend! I have 67 years. ~ Tim Moore,
249:How you ought properly to spell 'fish' in English: 'goti' . ~ George Bernard Shaw,
250:If he'd been English or Swedish, he'd have walked the England job. ~ Brian Clough,
251:I'm English. And I don't have tan skin or blond hair or green eyes. ~ Sam Claflin,
252:I speak English, so I am no longer cute. My tongue itches for French. ~ Anna Held,
253:I've written so many songs about Englishmen, I have to go elsewhere. ~ Ray Davies,
254:My children are English, and both of their mothers were English. ~ Salman Rushdie,
255:Next time, he thinks. The two best words in the English language. ~ Gregg Hurwitz,
256: O Navio Negreiro Part 2 (With English Translation)
~ Antonio de Castro Alves,
257: O Navio Negreiro Part 5 (With English Translation)
~ Antonio de Castro Alves,
258: O Navio Negreiro Part 6 (With English Translation)
~ Antonio de Castro Alves,
259:Takes more than beer in your blood to take the English out of you. ~ Nancy Holder,
260:the English and the Americans were divided by a common language. ~ Jeffrey Archer,
261:The old culture had come out of poverty, out of English customs. ~ Charlie Munger,
262:There is the English language and then there's the Trump language. ~ David Brooks,
263:You speak English beautifully, which means you can't be English. ~ Robert Aickman,
264:You've never heard of an English lover. Only an English patient. ~ James D Watson,
265:An Englishman does not joke about such an important matter as a bet. ~ Jules Verne,
266:English sense has toiled, but Hindoo wisdom never perspired. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
267:How on earth does she make the English language float and float? ~ Lytton Strachey,
268:Humanity does not strive for happiness; only the English do. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
269:I don't want to play only Latin women. I want to have roles in English. ~ Paz Vega,
270:I really like writing in English, and it's the best job I've ever had. ~ Nell Zink, Pakistan, America is, after all, a former English colony... ~ Mohsin Hamid,
272: O Navio Negreiro Part 1. (With English Translation)
~ Antonio de Castro Alves,
273: O Navio Negreiro Part 3. (With English Translation)
~ Antonio de Castro Alves,
274: O Navio Negreiro Part 4. (With English Translation)
~ Antonio de Castro Alves,
275:Possibly the two saddest words in the English language: if only. ~ Sharon J Bolton,
276:Temper, temper, wee English. ’Tis truly most becoming to you. ~ Karen Marie Moning,
277:The English (it must be owned) are rather a foul-mouthed nation. ~ William Hazlitt,
278:You are Englishmen; mind your privileges, give not away your right. ~ William Penn,
279:You're speaking English but I still don't get it,” Tinker muttered. ~ Bella Street,
280:...and a bottom which was the Platonic ideal of all English bottomry. ~ Zadie Smith,
281:Being an English major prepares you for impersonating authority. ~ Garrison Keillor,
282:English, no longer an English language, now grows from many roots. ~ Salman Rushdie,
283:I go from English to Spanish, and I feel I have some cool songs. ~ Enrique Iglesias,
284:I learned English, my sixth language at this point, quite quickly. ~ Roald Hoffmann,
285:I'm English, definitely. I don't feel like I'm American in any way. ~ Sienna Miller,
286:Simple English is no one’s mother tongue. It has to be worked for. ~ Jacques Barzun,
287:The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau,
288:The English think that incompetence is the same thing as sincerity. ~ Quentin Crisp,
289:The four sweetest words in the English language — 'You wore me down.' ~ Aziz Ansari,
290:The second-sweetest set of three words in English is 'I don't know.' ~ Carol Tavris,
291:An Englishman is content to say nothing when he has nothing to say. ~ Samuel Johnson,
292:A person who speaks good English in New York sounds like a foreigner. ~ Jackie Mason,
293:I am Welsh by birth, English by education, and European by nature. ~ Peter Greenaway,
294:I ended up majoring in English, which I'm not particularly fluent in. ~ Ellie Kemper,
295:If an Englishman gets run down by a truck he apologizes to the truck. ~ Jackie Mason,
296:If the thing is feasible, the first to do it ought to be an Englishman ~ Jules Verne,
297:I like costumes. I am always dressing up - I'm very English like that. ~ Lou Doillon,
298:I like English, and I like writing essays, and that kind of stuff. ~ Abigail Breslin,
299:I like everything to be dependable, heavy, English furniture. ~ Mikhail Khodorkovsky,
300:I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read. ~ Jack Prelutsky,
301:I think in many ways Johnny English is a more believable character. ~ Rowan Atkinson,
302:It is terrible to see someone being beaten up by the English language. ~ Martin Amis,
303:No people in the world can make you feel so small as the English. ~ Robertson Davies,
304:The English country house is certainly an icon of British culture. ~ Julian Fellowes,
305:The English understand the nuance of insult better than any other race ~ Helen Bryan,
306:[The play] is like to be a very conceited scurvy one, in plain English. ~ Ben Jonson,
307:Who would ever think of learning to live out of an English novel? ~ Anthony Trollope,
308:American English is the greatest influence of English everywhere. ~ Robert Burchfield,
309:An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
310:Everything is possible for an eccentric, especially when he is English. ~ Jules Verne,
311:Fatherhood is helping your children learn English as a foreign language. ~ Bill Cosby,
312:He might as well have been talking English, for all Mae understood him. ~ Geoff Ryman,
313:I began reading in French. I didn't read in English until high school. ~ Laila Lalami,
314:I board with a poor Scotchman: his wife can talk scarce any English. ~ David Brainerd,
315:If the thing is feasible, the first to do it ought to be an Englishman. ~ Jules Verne,
316:I know more English than Spanish, but I'm always a little embarrassed. ~ Romain Duris,
317:In a war the last thing the English know is how to practice fair play. ~ Adolf Hitler,
318:In spite of their hats being very ugly, Goddam! I love the English. ~ Bertrand Barere,
319:I visit English country churchyards where historical figures are buried. ~ Robin Gibb,
320:Just remember if we get caught, you're deaf and I don't speak English. ~ Rick Riordan,
321:My scary strange English shall only be counted as my English problem. ~ M F Moonzajer,
322:One of the drawbacks of English is you can't spell things by hearing them. ~ Bill Nye,
323:The English are, I think the most obtuse and barbarous people in the world ~ Stendhal,
324:The English certainly and fiercely pride themselves in never praising ~ Wyndham Lewis,
325:The English have no exaulted sentiments. They can all be bought. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
326:The English summer is never far away; it's just above the clouds. ~ Benny Bellamacina,
327:the English will forgive a king anything, until he tries to tax them. ~ Hilary Mantel,
328:I first adventure, follow me who list And be the second English satirist ~ Joseph Hall,
329:I love Evensong. There's something sad and essentially English about it. ~ Barbara Pym,
330:In 1763 the English were the most powerful nation in the world. ~ Albert Bushnell Hart,
331:It's funny how a film about a murderous old English toff can help you. ~ Jim Broadbent,
332:...seeing the way his trousers clung to those most English parts. ~ Seth Grahame Smith,
333:That wasn't English she was speaking: it was the language of diplomacy. ~ Kevin Hearne,
334:The English truly understand the dynamic between buildings and land. ~ Nicholas Haslam,
335:The two more useless words in the English language - Don't worry. ~ Mary Higgins Clark,
336:Too late, old boy, too late. The saddest words in the English language. ~ Evelyn Waugh,
337:Yeah. Calm down. Two of the most useless words in the English language. ~ Lili St Crow,
338:An English gentleman is someone who knows exactly when to stop being one. ~ Maya Rodale,
339:If the English can survive their food, they can survive anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
340:I grew up on North American sports teams as well as English soccer clubs. ~ Ian Astbury,
341:I have both English bulldog determination and Bengal tiger strength. ~ Bikram Choudhury,
342:I have yet to meet an English teacher who assigned a book to damage a kid. ~ Pat Conroy,
343:In these latter days, knighthood was an honor few Englishmen escaped. ~ Arthur C Clarke,
344:Is calling English our national language racist? Are we at that point? ~ Tucker Carlson,
345:Man does not strive for happiness; only the Englishman does that. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
346:My English teacher said that a writer is the worst judge of his own work. ~ Ilsa J Bick,
347:Our English teacher, Dr. Boring (I’m not kidding; that’s his real name), ~ Rick Riordan,
348:The English doctrine that all power is a trust for the public good. ~ Thomas B Macaulay,
349:The English like eccentrics. They just don't like them living next door. ~ Julian Clary,
350:The most disgusting four letter word in the English language is 'cage'. ~ Philip Wollen,
351:an English girl might well believe
that time is how you spend your love. ~ Nick Laird,
352:A true Englishman never jokes when he has a stake depending on the matter. ~ Jules Verne,
353:English was what people who didn’t know what to major in majored in. ~ Jeffrey Eugenides,
354:Even if I think in English, it's more a language of acting than French. ~ Sophie Marceau,
355:Gorgeous' you say in English and he likes that word tasting it like wine. ~ Laura Fraser,
356:I cannot be a traitor, since I never swore fealty to the English king. ~ William Wallace,
357:I'm happy in English studios. I just feel like there's no pressure anywhere. ~ Jeff Beck,
358:I was an English major in college with minors in Fine Arts and Humanities. ~ Sue Grafton,
359:Red lips are not so red as the stained stones kissed by the English dead. ~ Wilfred Owen,
360:She had another English word. She carried it all the way down the corridor. ~ Monica Ali,
361:Sovereignty rests with me as an English MP and that's the way it will stay. ~ Tony Blair,
362:The average Englishman has no idea of the dynamism in the music scene here. ~ Kabir Bedi,
363:The English Language is my bitch. Or I don't speak it very well. Whatever. ~ Joss Whedon,
364:The Frenchman invented the ruffle; the Englishman added the shirt. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
365:The N-word is one of the most contentious words in the English language. ~ Judy Woodruff,
366:The one great principle of English law is to make business for itself. ~ Charles Dickens,
367:There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job. ~ J K Simmons,
368:There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel. ~ Anthony Trollope,
369:There is nothing so beautiful, lovable and moving as the English countryside. ~ Stendhal,
370:This is my book and I’ll perpetuate abuse of the English language if I want to.) ~ Stoya,
371:We English have sex on the brain. Not the best place for it, actually. ~ Laurence Harvey,
372:We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English. ~ Winston Churchill,
373:You know I am too English to get up a vehement friendship all at once. ~ Charlotte Bront,
374:As one of our neighbors put it back then: the English never riot in winter. ~ Emma Newman,
375:English coffee tastes like water that has been squeezed out of a wet sleeve. ~ Fred Allen,
376:Find a priest who understands English and doesn't look like Rasputin. ~ Aristotle Onassis,
377:If only... the two most miserable words in the English language. If only. ~ Douglas Clegg,
378:In the sixteenth century, English was established as a language of record; ~ Kory Stamper,
379:I speak English, a language not spoken by my ancestors a hundred years ago. ~ David Reich,
380:I will love you, my English rose, and you will fill my French dreams ~ Melissa de la Cruz,
381:My English is a mixture between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Archbishop Tutu. ~ Billy Wilder,
382:Shakespeare I love, but for an English graduate, I'm incredibly badly read. ~ Samuel West,
383:The English never abolish anything. They put it in cold storage. ~ Alfred North Whitehead,
384:An English gentleman never shines his shoes, but then nor does a lazy bastard. ~ Will Self,
385:He was thrown from his horse, and Englishman never falls off. ( roughly) ~ R F Delderfield,
386:I hate the English--they are coarse, like every nation that swills beer. ~ Alexandre Dumas,
387:I love to laugh, it's my main thing. I love to abuse the English language. ~ Dan Fogelberg,
388:Much is said about English severity, but not a word about Irish provocation. ~ Robert Peel,
389:Oh, God, I don't know what's more difficult, life or the English language. ~ Jonathan Ames,
390:Put your trust in god are the most dangerous words in the English language. ~ Hemant Mehta,
391:She saw poetry where other writers merely saw failure to cope with English. ~ Alice Walker,
392:The English are busy folk; they have no time in which to be polite. ~ Baron de Montesquieu,
393:The English invented cricket to make other human endeavors look interesting. ~ Bill Bryson,
394:The English love an insult. It's their only test of a man's sincerity. ~ Benjamin Franklin,
395:The English winter is long, cold and wet, just like the English summer ~ Benny Bellamacina,
396:To Americans, English manners are far more frightening than none at all. ~ Randall Jarrell,
397:Wasabi. Now hoiteys. Seriously, you’d think I really didn’t know English. ~ Simone Elkeles,
398:We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English. ~ Winston S Churchill,
399:As you are aware, E is the most common letter in the English alphabet, ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
400:Enemies! People these days don't have enemies! Not English people! ~ Agatha Christie,
401:English is a really wonderful language and I urge you all to investigate it ~ Werner Herzog,
402:Every Englishman is an average Englishman: it is a national characteristic. ~ E M Delafield,
403:Here will be an old abusing of God's patience and the king's English. ~ William Shakespeare,
404:Here will be an old abusing of God’s patience and the king’s English. ~ William Shakespeare,
405:He was a sleaze, a nobody, a former graduate student of English studies. ~ Jonathan Franzen,
406:It is difficult to express the reality of Ibo society in classical English. ~ Chinua Achebe,
407:Let the teachers learn the kids English. Ol' Diz will learn the kids baseball. ~ Dizzy Dean,
408:Mankind does not strive for happiness; only the Englishman does that. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
409:more students of English in China than there are people in the United States. ~ Bill Bryson,
410:No English director would've cast me as an officer, I promise you. Not one. ~ Michael Caine,
411:The Founding Fathers were nothing more than a bunch of snobby English shits. ~ Donald Freed,
412:The poor silly-clever Irishman takes off his hat to God's Englishman. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
413:The real future of the Hispanic targeted media and advertising is in English. ~ David Morse,
414:The three most dreaded words in the English language are 'negative cash flow'. ~ David Tang,
415:The two most beautiful words in the English language are 'cheque enclosed. ~ Dorothy Parker,
416:Things they don't understand always cause a sensation among the English. ~ Alfred de Musset,
417:We both speak Dutch and English. But we never could speak the same language. ~ Gayle Forman,
418:A foreigner could be excused for thinking that to know set is to know English. ~ Bill Bryson,
419:Elvis is English, and climbs the hills. Can't tell the bullshit from the lies. ~ David Bowie,
420:French: why does this language even exist? Everyone there speaks english anyway. ~ Meg Cabot,
421:If the King's English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me! ~ Marilyn Ferguson,
422:If you want to kill off a child's interest in music, get them a recorder. ~ Lawrence English,
423:I hate editors, for they make me abandon a lot of perfectly good English words. ~ Mark Twain,
424:I'm a little distracted by this English French American Boy Masterpiece. ~ Stephanie Perkins,
425:I speak English, Portuguese, and French. One day I'd love to learn Italian. ~ Izabel Goulart,
426:I think yes is the most beautiful and necessary word in the English language. ~ Sally Potter,
427:I've shot films in Africa. I've shot in America - English is not my language. ~ Sergio Leone,
428:Lady Jane held the English view that visitors like to be left to themselves. ~ P G Wodehouse,
429:Memories help make us who we are.(Taken from novel...A Very English Affair) ~ Faith Mortimer,
430:My dad's Russian. My mother's English. I would say my bottom half is Russian. ~ Helen Mirren,
431:My father could swear in Gaelic and English, by the way, ladies and gentlemen. ~ Denis Leary,
432:Sometimes I forget when I read a book that it didn't exist in English first. ~ Ali Liebegott,
433:The best models of English writing are Shakespeare and the Old Testament. ~ Aleister Crowley,
434:The English language is the one thing the Commonwealth still has in common. ~ Niall Ferguson,
435:The English talked with inflected phrases. One phrase to mean everything. ~ Ernest Hemingway,
436:The lyrics, in English, were meaningless to him, the bass line irresistible. ~ Katherine Boo,
437:Then I mouthed the sweetest four words in the English language: I told you so. ~ Sue Grafton,
438:Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his diaries in perfect English. ~ Roald Dahl,
439:To cultivate an English accent is already a departure away from what you are. ~ Sean Connery,
440:Try to stay calm. The four most useless words in the English language. ~ Jennifer Beckstrand,
441:What every Englishman thinks about patriotism, the last refuge of a scoundrel. ~ Coco Chanel,
442:Because I am an Englishman I spent most of my life in a state of embarrassment. ~ Colin Firth,
443:He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. ~ English proverb ~ Farnoosh Brock,
444:If you want to be happy, live discreetly. Does that make sense in English? ~ Olivier Martinez,
445:I have English family in Northhampton and have been to England numerous times. ~ Steve Kanaly,
446:I speak a number of languages, but none are more beautiful to me than English. ~ Maya Angelou,
447:It was not English arms, but the English Constitution, that conquered Ireland. ~ Edmund Burke,
448:Nothing like it exists in the English language. It’s Portuguese. Saudade. ~ Alexandra Bracken,
449:The Americans, like the English, probably make love worse than any other race. ~ Walt Whitman,
450:The Roman name for Paris was Lutetia, which translates into English as ‘Slough’. ~ John Lloyd,
451:They [the English] amuse themselves sadly as in the custom of their country. ~ Jean Froissart,
452:You can't even communicate in English. Real life is not a series of levels. ~ Sophie Kinsella,
453:An Englishman will fairly drink as much As will maintain two families of Dutch. ~ Daniel Defoe,
454:An Old English word for library is bochord, which literally means “book hoard. ~ Angela Pepper,
455:English : Don't pity if you don't help!
Indonesia: Usah kasihan jika tak bantu! ~ Toba Beta,
456:English is the key to full participation in the opportunities of American life. ~ S I Hayakawa,
457:English? Who needs to spend time learning that? I'm never going to England! ~ Dan Castellaneta,
458:I can fluently speak five languages: English, emoji, sexting, sarcasm and sass. ~ Tyler Oakley,
459:If we sang in English, we would have global No. 1s, and no one would say anything. ~ Nicky Jam,
460:I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine. ~ Peter Ustinov,
461:I'm English. We're about as tactful as a hot poker up the bum, most of the time. ~ L H Thomson,
462:It does not matter what you write in English nobody has understood it anyway. ~ Santosh Kalwar,
463:I was an English-literature major, and that's all about stories and narratives. ~ Rachel Weisz,
464:I wouldn't say no to being in a film with Jude Law. I love English actors. ~ Catherine Deneuve,
465:My mind speaks English, my heart speaks Russian, and my ear prefers French. ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
466:Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian. ~ H L Mencken,
467:The English are a dumb people. They can do great acts, but not describe them. ~ Thomas Carlyle,
468:The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue. ~ Oliver Goldsmith,
469:The Englishman respects your opinions, but he never thinks of your feelings. ~ Wilfrid Laurier,
470:The words are the words of English, but the sense is the sense of confusion. ~ Zenna Henderson,
471:Though grammatically perfect, a French accent stretches his English out of shape. ~ Stacey Lee,
472:To get rid of the infatuation for English is one of the essentials of Swaraj. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
473:Writing is hard. I learned how to work hard from wrestling, not English courses. ~ John Irving,
474:You never find an Englishman among the under-dogs except in England, of course. ~ Evelyn Waugh,
475:An Englishman without an umbrella is less than half a man,” he said. Matteo ~ Katherine Rundell,
476:Awake, awake, English nobility! Let not sloth dim your horrors new-begot. ~ William Shakespeare,
477:English is becoming a universal language such as humans have never had before. ~ Minae Mizumura,
478:Englishmen were rained on too often to come up with anything that imaginative. ~ Natasha Pulley,
479:If something goes wrong at the plant, blame the guy who can't speak English. ~ Dan Castellaneta,
480:I'm English and as such I crave disappointment. That's why I buy Kinder Surprise. ~ Bill Bailey,
481:Obviously they had no autonomy, but as they say in English, fuck autonomy. ~ Michel Houellebecq,
482:Seriously, I don't know any American girl who can resist an English accent. ~ Stephanie Perkins,
483:The English are probably the most tolerant, least religious people on earth. ~ David E Goldberg,
484:The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn. ~ D H Lawrence,
485:We can't restructure our society without restructuring the English language. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
486:William the Conqueror, it is said, began by eating a mouthful of English sand. ~ Salman Rushdie,
487:A Frenchman may possibly be clean; an Englishman is conscientiously clean. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
488:A “Kemp” was a wrestler—from cempa, the old English word for “champion” or “warrior. ~ Anonymous,
489:All messages from Satan are played forward and are in standard American English. ~ George Carlin,
490:Being English, I always laugh at anything to do with the lavatory or bottoms. ~ Elizabeth Hurley,
491:Englishmen are not usually softened by appeals to the memory of their mothers. ~ Rudyard Kipling,
492:For example, there are twice as many English speakers in India than in England, and ~ Sean Platt,
493:From every Englishman emanates a kind of gas, the deadly choke-damp of boredom. ~ Heinrich Heine,
494:I do not speak the English so good, but then I speak the driving very well. ~ Emerson Fittipaldi,
495:I'd pay more just to hear proper English and have everyone keep their clothes on ~ Lauren Graham,
496:I'm 5'9" and have the body of an English person that doesn't know how to diet. ~ Olivia Williams,
497:John Locke invented common sense, and only Englishmen have had it ever since! ~ Bertrand Russell,
498:People like Shakira shouldnt have record contracts. She cant even speak English. ~ Avril Lavigne,
499:Some Englishman once said marriage is a long dull meak with pudding served first ~ Julian Barnes,
500:sometimes i want to say it. and there is nothing in english. that will say it. ~ Nayyirah Waheed,

--- IN CHAPTERS (in Dictionaries, in Quotes, in Chapters)


   43 Occultism
   16 Philosophy
   7 Integral Yoga
   5 Yoga
   2 Kabbalah
   2 Hinduism
   2 Buddhism
   1 Integral Theory
   1 Christianity

   42 Aleister Crowley
   16 Sri Ramakrishna
   12 The Mother
   9 Aldous Huxley
   8 Sri Aurobindo
   7 Satprem
   6 Friedrich Nietzsche
   5 Carl Jung
   4 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   4 Jorge Luis Borges
   3 Thubten Chodron
   3 Swami Vivekananda
   2 Swami Krishnananda
   2 Lewis Carroll
   2 Jorge Luis Borges
   2 Bokar Rinpoche

   29 Magick Without Tears
   19 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   16 Liber ABA
   11 The Mothers Agenda
   9 The Perennial Philosophy
   7 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   6 The Secret Doctrine
   6 Talks
   5 Twilight of the Idols
   5 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   5 Aion
   5 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah
   4 Walden
   4 The Hero with a Thousand Faces
   4 The Bible
   3 How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator
   2 Words Of Long Ago
   2 The Study and Practice of Yoga
   2 Tara - The Feminine Divine
   2 Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   2 Sex Ecology Spirituality
   2 Selected Fictions
   2 Raja-Yoga
   2 Letters On Yoga I
   2 Isha Upanishad
   2 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   2 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   2 Alice in Wonderland
   2 Agenda Vol 1

00.01_-_The_Mother_on_Savitri, #Sweet Mother - Harmonies of Light, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  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.

0.02_-_The_Three_Steps_of_Nature, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The only approximate terms in the English language have other associations and their use may lead to many and even serious inaccuracies. The terminology of Yoga recognises besides the status of our physical and vital being, termed the gross body and doubly composed of the food sheath and the vital vehicle, besides the status of our mental being, termed the subtle body and singly composed of the mind sheath or mental vehicle,5 a third, supreme and divine status of supra-mental being, termed the causal body and composed of a fourth and a fifth vehicle6 which are described as those of knowledge and bliss. But this knowledge is not a systematised result of mental questionings and reasonings, not a temporary arrangement of conclusions and opinions in the terms of the highest probability, but rather a pure self-existent and self-luminous Truth. And this bliss is not a supreme pleasure of the heart and sensations with the experience of pain and sorrow as its background, but a delight also selfexistent and independent of objects and particular experiences, a self-delight which is the very nature, the very stuff, as it were, of a transcendent and infinite existence.

0.04_-_1951-1954, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Undated 1951
  (This note, originally written in English, was meant for the officials who had wanted to present
  Mother with the Nobel Peace Prize proposed for Sri Aurobindo in 1951)
  1In an 'official' version, Mother had omitted 'and the behavior of Sri Aurobindo's disciples.'
  2Original English. In another version, Mother wrote, 'a ray of the Consciousness.'
  I met a man (I was perhaps 20 or 21 at the time), an Indian who had come to Europe and who told me of the Gita. There was a French translation of it (a rather poor one, I must say) which he advised me to read, and then he gave me the key (HIS key, it was his key). He said, 'Read the
  Gita ...' (this translation of the Gita which really wasn't worth much but it was the only one available at the time - in those days I wouldn't have understood anything in other languages; and besides, the English translations were just as bad and ... well, Sri Aurobindo hadn't done his yet!).

0.06_-_1956, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  22The following text was given by Mother in both French and English.
  29Original English.
  30Original English.
  33Note written by Mother in English.

1.00a_-_Introduction, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
    Note: In the "explanatory figures" referred to (omitted in the printed edition) Crowley spelt out the various Greek and Hebrew words mentioned with the numbers by each letter to indicate how they added to these values. Where this edition, following the printed version, gives the names of Hebrew letters in English transliteration, the original had the actual Hebrew letters.

1.00_-_Gospel, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  In 1757 English traders laid the foundation of British rule in India. Gradually the Government was systematized and lawlessness suppressed. The Hindus were much impressed by the military power and political acumen of the new rulers. In the wake of the merchants came the English educators, and social reformers, and Christian missionaries - all bearing a culture completely alien to the Hindu mind. In different parts of the country educational institutions were set up and Christian churches established.
  The first effect of the draught on the educated Hindus was a complete effacement from their minds of the time-honoured beliefs and traditions of Hindu society. They came to believe that there was no transcendental Truth. The world perceived by the senses was all that existed. God and religion were illusions of the untutored mind. True knowledge could be derived only from the analysis of nature. So atheism and agnosticism became the fashion of the day. The youth of India, taught in English schools, took malicious delight in openly breaking the customs and traditions of their society. They would do away with the caste-system and remove the discriminatory laws about food. Social reform, the spread of secular education, widow remarriage, abolition of early marriage -
  By far the ablest leader of the Brhmo movement was Keshab Chandra Sen (1838-1884). Unlike Rj Rmmohan Roy and Devendranth Tgore, Keshab was born of a middle-class Bengli family and had been brought up in an English school. He did not know Sanskrit and very soon broke away from the popular Hindu religion. Even at an early age he came under the spell of Christ and professed to have experienced the special favour of John the Baptist, Christ, and St. Paul. When he strove to introduce Christ to the Brhmo Samj, a rupture became inevitable with Devendranth. In 1868
  Keshab possessed a complex nature. When passing through a great moral crisis, he spent much of his time in solitude and felt that he heard the voice of God. When a devotional form of worship was introduced into the Brhmo Samj, he spent hours in singing kirtan with his followers. He visited England in 1870 and impressed the English people with his musical voice, his simple English, and his spiritual fervour. He was entertained by Queen Victoria. Returning to India, he founded centres of the Brhmo Samj in various parts of the country. Not unlike a professor of comparative religion in a European university, he began to discover, about the time of his first contact with Sri Ramakrishna, the harmony of religions. He became sympathetic toward the Hindu gods and goddesses, explaining them in a liberal fashion. Further, he believed that he was called by God to dictate to the world God's newly revealed law, the New Dispensation, the Navavidhn.
  In 1878 a schism divided Keshab's Samj. Some of his influential followers accused him of infringing the Brhmo principles by marrying his daughter to a wealthy man before she had attained the marriageable age approved by the Samj. This group seceded and established the Sdhran Brhmo Samj, Keshab remaining the leader of the Navavidhn. Keshab now began to be drawn more and more toward the Christ ideal, though under the influence of Sri Ramakrishna his devotion to the Divine Mother also deepened. His mental oscillation between Christ and the Divine Mother of Hinduism found no position of rest. In Bengl and some other parts of India the Brhmo movement took the form of Unitarian Christianity, scoffed at Hindu rituals, and preached a crusade against image worship. Influenced by Western culture, it declared the supremacy of reason, advocated the ideals of the French Revolution, abolished the caste-system among, its own members, stood for the emancipation of women, agitate for the abolition of early marriage, sanctioned the remarriage of widows, and encouraged various educational and social-reform movements. The immediate effect of the Brhmo movement in Bengl was the checking of the proselytising activities of the Christian missionaries. It also raised Indian culture in the estimation of its English masters. But it was an intellectual and eclectic religious ferment born of the necessity of the time. Unlike Hinduism, it was not founded on the deep inner experiences of sages and prophets. Its influence was confined to a comparatively few educated men and women of the country, and the vast masses of the Hindus remained outside it. It sounded monotonously only one of the notes in the rich gamut of the Eternal Religion of the Hindus.
  Suresh Mitra, a beloved disciple whom the Master often addressed as Surendra, had received an English education and held an important post in an English firm. Like many other educated young men of the time, he prided himself on his atheism and led a Bohemian life. He was addicted to drinking. He cherished an exaggerated notion about man's free will. A victim of mental depression, he was brought to Sri Ramakrishna by Rmchandra Dutta. When he heard the Master asking a disciple to practise the virtue of self-surrender to God, he was impressed. But though he tried thenceforth to do so, he was unable to give up his old associates and his drinking. One day the Master said in his presence, "Well, when a man goes to an undesirable place, why doesn't he take the Divine Mother with him?" And to Surendra himself Sri Ramakrishna said: "Why should you drink wine as wine? Offer it to Kli, and then take it as Her Prasd, as consecrated drink. But see that you don't, become intoxicated; you must not reel and your thoughts must not wander. At first you will feel ordinary excitement, but soon you will experience spiritual exaltation." Gradually Surendra's entire life was changed. The Master designated him as one of those commissioned by the Divine Mother to defray a great part of his expenses. Surendra's purse was always open for the Master's comfort.
  He claimed to have been initiated by Totpuri and used to say that he had been following the path of knowledge according to his guru's instructions. He possessed a large library of English and Sanskrit books. But though he pretended to have read them, most of the leaves were uncut. The Master knew all his limitations, yet enjoyed listening to him recite from the Vedas and other scriptures. He would always exhort Mahim to meditate on the meaning of the scriptural texts and to practise spiritual discipline.
  Sri Ramakrishna said sharply. "You dare to slight in these terms renunciation and piety, which our scriptures describe as the greatest of all virtues! After reading two pages of English you think you have come to know the world! You appear to think you are omniscient. Well, have you seen those tiny crabs that are born in the Ganges just when the rains set in? In this big universe you are even less significant than one of those small creatures. How dare you talk of helping the world? The Lord will look to that. You haven't the power in you to do it." After a pause the Master continued: "Can you explain to me how you can work for others? I know what you mean by helping them. To feed a number of persons, to treat them when they are sick, to construct a road or dig a well - Isn't that all? These are good deeds, no doubt, but how trifling in comparison with the vastness of the universe! How far can a man advance in this line? How many people can you save from famine? Malaria has ruined a whole province; what could you do to stop its onslaught? God alone looks after the world. Let a man first realize Him. Let a man get the authority from God and be endowed with His power; then, and then alone, may he think of doing good to others. A man should first be purged of all egotism. Then alone will the Blissful Mother ask him to work for the world." Sri Ramakrishna mistrusted philanthropy that presumed to pose as charity. He warned people against it. He saw in most acts of philanthropy nothing but egotism, vanity, a desire for glory, a barren excitement to kill the boredom of life, or an attempt to soothe a guilty conscience. True charity, he taught, is the result of love of God - service to man in a spirit of worship.

1.00_-_Gospel_Preface, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna is the English translation of the Sri Sri Rmakrishna Kathmrita, the conversations of Sri Ramakrishna with his disciples, devotees, and visitors, recorded by Mahendranth Gupta, who wrote the book under the pseudonym of "M." The conversations in Bengali fill five volumes, the first of which was published in 1897 and the last shortly after M.'s death in 1932. Sri Ramakrishna Math, Madras, has published in two volumes an English translation of selected chapters from the monumental Bengali work. I have consulted these while preparing my translation.
  They therefore have the value of almost stenographic records. In Appendix A are given several conversations which took place in the absence of M., but of which he received a first-hand record from persons concerned. The conversations will bring before the reader's mind an intimate picture of the Master's eventful life from March 1882 to April 24, 1886, only a few months before his passing away. During this period he came in contact chiefly with English-educated Benglis; from among them he selected his disciples and the bearers of his message, and with them he shared his rich spiritual experiences.
  I have made a literal translation, omitting only a few pages of no particular interest to English-speaking readers. Often literary grace has been sacrificed for the sake of literal translation. No translation can do full justice to the original. This difficulty is all the more felt in the present work, whose contents are of a deep mystical nature and describe the inner experiences of a great seer. Human language is an altogether inadequate vehicle to express supersensuous perception. Sri Ramakrishna was almost illiterate. He never clothed his thoughts in formal language. His words sought to convey his direct realization of Truth. His conversation was in a village patois. Therein lies its charm. In order to explain to his listeners an abstruse philosophy, he, like Christ before him, used with telling effect homely parables and illustrations, culled from his observation of the daily life around him.
  I have thought it necessary to write a rather lengthy Introduction to the book. In it I have given the biography of the Master, descriptions of people who came in contact with him, short explanations of several systems of Indian religious thought intimately connected with Sri Ramakrishna's life, and other relevant matters which, I hope, will enable the reader better to understand and appreciate the unusual contents of this book. It is particularly important that the Western reader, unacquainted with Hindu religious thought, should first read carefully the introductory chapter, in order that he may fully enjoy these conversations. Many Indian terms and names have been retained in the book for want of suitable English equivalents. Their meaning is given either in the Glossary or in the foot-notes. The Glossary also gives explanations of a number of expressions unfamiliar to Western readers. The diacritical marks are explained under Notes on Pronunciation.
  In the life of the great Saviours and Prophets of the world it is often found that they are accompanied by souls of high spiritual potency who play a conspicuous part in the furtherance of their Master's mission. They become so integral a part of the life and work of these great ones that posterity can think of them only in mutual association. Such is the case with Sri Ramakrishna and M., whose diary has come to be known to the world as the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna in English and as Sri Rmakrishna Kathmrita in the original Bengali version.
  Sri Mahendra Nath Gupta, familiary known to the readers of the Gospel by his pen name M., and to the devotees as Master Mahashay, was born on the 14th of July, 1854 as the son of Madhusudan Gupta, an officer of the Calcutta High Court, and his wife, Swarnamayi Devi. He had a brilliant scholastic career at Hare School and the Presidency College at Calcutta. The range of his studies included the best that both occidental and oriental learning had to offer. English literature, history, economics, western philosophy and law on the one hand, and Sanskrit literature and grammar, Darsanas, Puranas, Smritis, Jainism, Buddhism, astrology and Ayurveda on the other were the subjects in which he attained considerable proficiency.
  He was an educationist all his life both in a spiritual and in a secular sense. After he passed out of College, he took up work as headmaster in a number of schools in succession Narail High School, City School, Ripon College School, Metropolitan School, Aryan School, Oriental School, Oriental Seminary and Model School. The causes of his migration from school to school were that he could not get on with some of the managements on grounds of principles and that often his spiritual mood drew him away to places of pilgrimage for long periods. He worked with some of the most noted public men of the time like Iswar Chandra Vidysgar and Surendranath Banerjee. The latter appointed him as a professor in the City and Ripon Colleges where he taught subjects like English, philosophy, history and economics. In his later days he took over the Morton School, and he spent his time in the staircase room of the third floor of it, administering the school and preaching the message of the Master. He was much respected in educational circles where he was usually referred to as Rector Mahashay. A teacher who had worked under him writes thus in warm appreciation of his teaching methods: "Only when I worked with him in school could I appreciate what a great educationist he was. He would come down to the level of his students when teaching, though he himself was so learned, so talented. Ordinarily teachers confine their instruction to what is given in books without much thought as to whether the student can accept it or not. But M., would first of all gauge how much the student could take in and by what means. He would employ aids to teaching like maps, pictures and diagrams, so that his students could learn by seeing. Thirty years ago (from 1953) when the question of imparting education through the medium of the mother tongue was being discussed, M. had already employed Bengali as the medium of instruction in the Morton School." (M The Apostle and the Evangelist by Swami Nityatmananda Part I. P. 15.)
  From the mental depression of the modem Vysa, the world has obtained the Kathmrita (Bengali Edition) the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna in English.
  After the Master's demise, M. went on pilgrimage several times. He visited Banras, Vrindvan, Ayodhy and other places. At Banras he visited the famous Trailinga Swmi and fed him with sweets, and he had long conversations with Swami Bhaskarananda, one of the noted saintly and scholarly Sannysins of the time. In 1912 he went with the Holy Mother to Banras, and spent about a year in the company of Sannysins at Banras, Vrindvan, Hardwar, Hrishikesh and Swargashram. But he returned to Calcutta, as that city offered him the unique opportunity of associating himself with the places hallowed by the Master in his lifetime. Afterwards he does not seem to have gone to any far-off place, but stayed on in his room in the Morton School carrying on his spiritual ministry, speaking on the Master and his teachings to the large number of people who flocked to him after having read his famous Kathmrita known to English readers as The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.
  During the Master's lifetime M. does not seem to have revealed the contents of his diary to any one. There is an unconfirmed tradition that when the Master saw him taking notes, he expressed apprehension at the possibility of his utilising these to publicise him like Keshab Sen; for the Great Master was so full of the spirit of renunciation and humility that he disliked being lionised. It must be for this reason that no one knew about this precious diary of M. for a decade until he brought out selections from it as a pamphlet in English in 1897 with the Holy Mother's blessings and permission. The Holy Mother, being very much pleased to hear parts of the diary read to her in Bengali, wrote to M.: "When I heard the Kathmrita, (Bengali name of the book) I felt as if it was he, the Master, who was saying all that." ( Ibid Part I. P 37.)
  The two pamphlets in English entitled the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna appeared in October and November 1897. They drew the spontaneous acclamation of Swami Vivekananda, who wrote on 24th November of that year from Dehra Dun to M.:"Many many thanks for your second leaflet. It is indeed wonderful. The move is quite original, and never was the life of a Great Teacher brought before the public untarnished by the writer's mind, as you are doing. The language also is beyond all praise, so fresh, so pointed, and withal so plain and easy. I cannot express in adequate terms how I have enjoyed them. I am really in a transport when I read them. Strange, isn't it? Our Teacher and Lord was so original, and each one of us will have to be original or nothing.
  And Swamiji added a post script to the letter: "Socratic dialogues are Plato all over you are entirely hidden. Moreover, the dramatic part is infinitely beautiful. Everybody likes it here or in the West." Indeed, in order to be unknown, Mahendranath had used the pen-name M., under which the book has been appearing till now. But so great a book cannot remain obscure for long, nor can its author remain unrecognised by the large public in these modern times. M. and his book came to be widely known very soon and to meet the growing demand, a full-sized book, Vol. I of the Gospel, translated by the author himself, was published in 1907 by the Brahmavadin Office, Madras. A second edition of it, revised by the author, was brought out by the Ramakrishna Math, Madras in December 1911, and subsequently a second part, containing new chapters from the original Bengali, was published by the same Math in 1922. The full English translation of the Gospel by Swami Nikhilananda appeared first in 1942.
  About twenty-seven years of his life he spent in this way in the heart of the great city of Calcutta, radiating the Master's thoughts and ideals to countless devotees who flocked to him, and to still larger numbers who read his Kathmrita (English Edition : The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna), the last part of which he had completed before June 1932 and given to the press. And miraculously, as it were, his end also came immediately after he had completed his life's mission. About three months earlier he had come to stay at his home at 13/2 Gurdasprasad Chaudhuary Lane at Thakur Bari, where the Holy Mother had herself installed the Master and where His regular worship was being conducted for the previous 40 years. The night of 3rd June being the Phalahrini Kli Pooja day, M.

1.00_-_Preface, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  BASED on the versicle in the Song of Songs, " Thy plants are an orchard of Pomegranates ", a book entitled Pardis Rimonim came to be written by Rabbi Moses Cordovero in the sixteenth century. By some authorities this philosopher is considered as the greatest lamp in post-Zoharic days of that spiritual Menorah, the Qabalah, which, with so rare a grace and so profuse an irradiation of the Supernal Light, illuminated the literature and religious philosophy of the Jewish people as well as their immediate and subsequent neighbours in the Dias- pora. The English equivalent of Pardis Rimonim - A Garden of Pomegranates - I have adopted as the title of my own modest work, although I am forced to confess that this latter has but little connection either in actual fact or in historicity with that of Cordovero. In the golden harvest of purely spiritual intimations which the Holy Qabalah brings, I truly feel that a veritable garden of the soul may be builded ; a garden of immense magnitude and lofty significance, wherein may be discovered by each one of us all manner and kind of exotic fruit and gracious flower of exquisite colour. The pomegranate, may I add, has always been for mystics everywhere a favourable object for recon- dite symbolism. The garden or orchard has likewise pro- duced in that book named The Book of Splendour an almost inexhaustible treasury of spiritual imagery of superb and magnificent taste.

1.00_-_The_way_of_what_is_to_come, #The Red Book Liber Novus, #unset, #Philosophy
    I was in a remote English land. 17 It was necessary that I return to my homeland with a fast ship as speedily as possible. 18 I reached home quickly 19 In my homeland I found that in the middle of summer a terrible cold had fallen from space, which had turned every living thing into ice. There stood a leaf-bearing but fruitless tree, whose leaves had turned into sweet grapes full of healing juice through the working of the frost. 20 I picked some grapes and gave them to a great waiting throng. 21

1.013_-_Defence_Mechanisms_of_the_Mind, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  Our physical body is not our total personality. We have many things inside us which we cannot see with our eyes. Internal to the body is the vital principle, called the prana in Sanskrit. The prana is not the breath. The breath is only the external function of an energy principle called prana. It cannot be translated into English. Prana is a very subtle, ethereal principle, subtler even than electricity. It is pranic energy that enables the physical body to function, including the functions of breathing, digesting, and the circulation of blood. Everything is controlled by the movement of the pranic energy. It is also this prana which acts as the motive power behind the action of the senses. If the pranas are withheld, the senses become weak in their action. So, the pranas are something like the electric force generated by the dynamo of the individual within, to project the senses externally towards objects. And the mind, which is the synthesising principle of all sense activities, passes judgement of a tentative character upon the reports brought in by the senses. Finally, there is the supreme judge, which is the intellect.

1.01_-_An_Accomplished_Westerner, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  Historically, it appears that the birth of a new world is often preceded by periods of trial and destruction, but perhaps this is simply a misreading: it may be because the new seeds are already alive that the forces of subversion (or clearing away) are raging. In any event,
  Europe was at the peak of its glory; the game seemed to be played in the West. This is how it appeared to Dr. Krishnadhan Ghose, Sri Aurobindo's father, who had studied medicine in England, and had returned to India completely anglicized. He did not want his three sons, of whom Sri Aurobindo was the youngest, to be in the least contaminated by the "steamy and retrograde" mysticism in which his country seemed to be running to ruin. He did not even want them to know anything of the traditions and languages of India. Sri Aurobindo was therefore provided not only with an English first name, Akroyd,
  but also with an English governess, Miss Pagett, and then sent off at the age of five to an Irish convent school in Darjeeling among the sons of British administrators. Two years later, the three Ghose boys would leave for England. Sri Aurobindo was seven. Not until the age of twenty would he learn his mother tongue, Bengali. He would never see his father again, who died just before his return to India, and barely his mother, who was ill and did not recognize him on his return. Hence, this is a child who grew up outside every influence of family, country, and tradition a free spirit. The first lesson Sri Aurobindo gives us is perhaps, precisely, a lesson of freedom.
  Sri Aurobindo and his two brothers were entrusted to an Anglican clergyman of Manchester, with strict instruction that they should not be allowed the acquaintance of any Indian or undergo any Indian influence.4 Dr. Ghose was indeed a peculiar man. He also ordered Pastor Drewett not to give his sons any religious instruction, so they could choose a religion themselves, if they so wished, when they came of age. He then left them to their fate for thirteen years. He believed his children should become men of character. Dr. Ghose may appear to have been a hardhearted man, but he was nothing of the kind; not only did he donate his services as a doctor but also gave his money to poor Bengali villagers (while his sons had hardly anything to eat or wear in London), and he died of shock when he was mistakenlyinformed that his favorite son, Aurobindo, had died in a shipwreck.
  The first few years in Manchester were of some importance to Sri Aurobindo because this is where he learned French (English was his "mother tongue") and discovered a spontaneous affinity for France:
  There was an attachment to English and European thought and literature, but not to England as a country; I had no ties there. . . . If there was attachment to a European land as a second country, it was intellectually and emotionally to one not seen or lived in in this life,
  not England, but France.5 The poet had begun to awaken in him; he was already listening to the footsteps of invisible things, as he put it in one of his early poems; his inner window had already opened,
  When he began his life in London, at the age of twelve, Sri Aurobindo knew Latin and French thoroughly. The headmaster of St.
  Paul's School, where he had enrolled, was so surprised at the aptitude of his young student that he personally coached him in Greek. Three years later, Sri Aurobindo could skip half his classes and spend most of his time engrossed in his favorite occupation:reading. Nothing seemed to escape this voracious adolescent (except cricket, which held as little interest for him as Sunday school.) Shelley and "Prometheus Unbound," the French poets, Homer, Aristophanes, and soon all of European thought for he quickly came to master enough German and Italian to read Dante and Goethe in the original peopled a solitude of which he has said nothing. He never sought to form relationships, while Manmohan, the second brother, roamed through London in the company of his friend Oscar Wilde and would make a name for himself in English poetry. Each of the three brothers led his separate life. However, there was nothing austere about Sri Aurobindo, and certainly nothing of the puritan (the prurient,8 as he called it); it was just that he was "elsewhere," and his world was 6
  but what we might call with Mother, who would later continue Sri Aurobindo's work, a third position, a "something else" we desperately need, we who are neither narrow-minded materialists nor exclusive spiritualists.
  Thus, he became secretary of the "Indian Majlis," an association of Indian students at Cambridge, delivered revolutionary speeches, cast off his English first name, and joined a secret society called "Lotus and Dagger" (!) (Though, in this case, romanticism could lead one straight to the gallows.) Ultimately, he attracted the attention of the authorities, and his name was put on Whitehall's blacklist.
  Nonetheless, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, only to fail to attend the graduation ceremony, as if that were enough of that. In the same casual way, he took the celebrated Indian Civil Service examination, which would have opened the doors of the government of India to him among the ranks of the British administrators; he passed brilliantly, but neglected to appear for the horsemanship test,

1.01_-_Asana, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
    footnote: Yoga is the general name for that form of meditation which aims at the uniting of subject and object, for "yog" is the root from which are derived the Latin word "Jugum" and the English word "Yoke."

1.01_-_Economy, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  I cannot believe that our factory system is the best mode by which men may get clothing. The condition of the operatives is becoming every day more like that of the English; and it cannot be wondered at, since, as far as I have heard or observed, the principal object is, not that mankind may be well and honestly clad, but, unquestionably, that corporations may be enriched. In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.
  However, if one designs to construct a dwelling house, it behooves him to exercise a little Yankee shrewdness, lest after all he find himself in a workhouse, a labyrinth without a clue, a museum, an almshouse, a prison, or a splendid mausoleum instead. Consider first how slight a shelter is absolutely necessary. I have seen Penobscot Indians, in this town, living in tents of thin cotton cloth, while the snow was nearly a foot deep around them, and I thought that they would be glad to have it deeper to keep out the wind. Formerly, when how to get my living honestly, with freedom left for my proper pursuits, was a question which vexed me even more than it does now, for unfortunately I am become somewhat callous, I used to see a large box by the railroad, six feet long by three wide, in which the laborers locked up their tools at night, and it suggested to me that every man who was hard pushed might get such a one for a dollar, and, having bored a few auger holes in it, to admit the air at least, get into it when it rained and at night, and hook down the lid, and so have freedom in his love, and in his soul be free. This did not appear the worst, nor by any means a despicable alternative. You could sit up as late as you pleased, and, whenever you got up, go abroad without any landlord or house-lord dogging you for rent. Many a man is harassed to death to pay the rent of a larger and more luxurious box who would not have frozen to death in such a box as this. I am far from jesting. Economy is a subject which admits of being treated with levity, but it cannot so be disposed of. A comfortable house for a rude and hardy race, that lived mostly out of doors, was once made here almost entirely of such materials as Nature furnished ready to their hands. Gookin, who was superintendent of the Indians subject to the Massachusetts Colony, writing in 1674, says, The best of their houses are covered very neatly, tight and warm, with barks of trees, slipped from their bodies at those seasons when the sap is up, and made into great flakes, with pressure of weighty timber, when they are green.... The meaner sort are covered with mats which they make of a kind of bulrush, and are also indifferently tight and warm, but not so good as the former.... Some I have seen, sixty or a hundred feet long and thirty feet broad.... I have often lodged in their wigwams, and found them as warm as the best English houses. He adds, that they were commonly carpeted and lined within with well-wrought embroidered mats, and were furnished with various utensils. The Indians had advanced so far as to regulate the effect of the wind by a mat suspended over the hole in the roof and moved by a string. Such a lodge was in the first instance constructed in a day or two at most, and taken down and put up in a few hours; and every family owned one, or its apartment in one.
  No doubt they can ride at last who shall have earned their fare, that is, if they survive so long, but they will probably have lost their elasticity and desire to travel by that time. This spending of the best part of ones life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it, reminds me of the
  Englishman who went to India to make a fortune first, in order that he might return to England and live the life of a poet. He should have gone up garret at once. What! exclaim a million Irishmen starting up from all the shanties in the land, is not this railroad which we have built a good thing? Yes, I answer, _comparatively_ good, that is, you might have done worse; but I wish, as you are brothers of mine, that you could have spent your time better than digging in this dirt.

1.01_-_Foreward, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  manageable in the Sanskrit language where one word often bears
  several different meanings, but not easy to render in an English
  translation and very often impossible. Thus the word for cow,
  Veda or of a large part of it with a word by word construing
  in Sanskrit and English, notes explanatory of important points
  in the text and justifying the interpretation both of separate
  in a prose translation and in so different a language. The turn
  of phrase and the syntax of English and Vedic Sanskrit are poles
  asunder; to achieve some sense of style and natural writing one
  has constantly to turn the concentrated speech of the Veda into
  a looser, more diluted English form. Another stumbling-block
  for the translator is the ubiquitous double entendre marking in
  sense, but varied the translation according to the needs of the
  passage. Often I have been unable to find an adequate English
  word which will convey the full connotation or colour of the

1.01_-_Historical_Survey, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
   principles of the Qabalah, devoid of the theological accre- tions and hysterical superstitions which were deposited on this venerable arcane philosophy during the Middle Ages.
  W. Wynn Westcott, who translated the Sepher Yetsirah into English and wrote An Introduction to the Study of the
  Kaballah ; S. L. McGregor Mathers, the translator of por- tions of the Zohar and The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the

1.01_-_MAXIMS_AND_MISSILES, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  can take care of itself. Man does not aspire to happiness; only the
  Englishman does that.
  reflect their age, but they are heard with more respect. In plain
  English: we are never understood--hence our authority.

1.01_-_SAMADHI_PADA, #Patanjali Yoga Sutras, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  perception, inference, and the words of an Apta. I cannot
  translate this word into English. It is not the word inspired,
  because that comes from outside, while this comes from
  the religious aspiration of the vast majority of human beings.
  Take, for instance, the English word God. It conveys only a
  limited function, and if you go beyond it, you have to add

1.01_-_Tara_the_Divine, #Tara - The Feminine Divine, #Bokar Rinpoche, #Buddhism
  educated woman, a lawyer, who could speak and
  write fluently in English even better than in Tibetan,
  which she could write phonetically when needed.

1.01_-_THAT_ARE_THOU, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Between the Catholic mystics of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and the Quakers of the seventeenth there yawns a wide gap of time made hideous, so far as religion is concerned, with interdenominational wars and persecutions. But the gulf was bridged by a succession of men, whom Rufus Jones, in the only accessible English work devoted to their lives and teachings, has called the Spiritual Reformers. Denk, Franck, Castellio, Weigel, Everard, the Cambridge Platonistsin spite of the murdering and the madness, the apostolic succession remains unbroken. The truths that had been spoken in the Theologia Germanicathat book which Luther professed to love so much and from which, if we may judge from his career, he learned so singularly littlewere being uttered once again by Englishmen during the Civil War and under the Cromwellian dictatorship. The mystical tradition, perpetuated by the Protestant Spiritual Reformers, had become diffused, as it were, in the religious atmosphere of the time when George Fox had his first great opening and knew by direct experience.

1.02_-_Meditating_on_Tara, #How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator, #Thubten Chodron, #unset
  osb, an English Catholic priest who organized the John Main Seminar in
  which His Holiness spoke about the Gospels to Christian monastics, met in

1.02_-_Prana, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Again, we know that motion which has become latent can be brought back to manifestation. By hard work and practice certain motions of the body which are most dormant can be brought back under perfect control. Reasoning thus we find there is no impossibility, but, on the other hand. every probability that each part of the body can be brought under perfect control. This the Yogi does through Pranayama. Perhaps some of you have read that in Pranayama, when drawing in the breath, you must fill your whole body with Prana. In the English translations Prana is given as breath, and you are inclined to ask how that is to be done. The fault is with the translator. Every part of the body can be filled with Prana, this vital force, and when you are able to do that, you can control the whole body. All the sickness and misery felt in the body will be perfectly controlled; not only so, you will be able to control another's body. Everything is infectious in this world, good or bad. If your body be in a certain state of tension, it will have a tendency to produce the same tension in others. If you are strong and healthy, those that live near you will also have the tendency to become strong and healthy, but if you are sick and weak, those around you will have the tendency to become the same. In the case of one man trying to heal another, the first idea is simply transferring his own health to the other. This is the primitive sort of healing. Consciously or unconsciously, health can be transmitted. A very strong man, living with a weak man, will make him a little stronger, whether he knows it or not. When consciously done, it becomes quicker and better in its action. Next come those cases in which a man may not be very healthy himself, yet we know that he can bring health to another. The first man, in such a case, has a little more control over the Prana, and can rouse, for the time being, his Prana, as it were, to a certain state of vibration, and transmit it to another person.

1.02_-_THE_POOL_OF_TEARS, #Alice in Wonderland, #Lewis Carroll, #Fiction
  "Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice (she was so much surprised that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). "Now I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-by, feet! Oh, my poor little feet, I wonder who will put on your shoes and stockings for you now, dears? I shall be a great deal too far off to trouble myself about you."
  Just at this moment her head struck against the roof of the hall; in fact, she was now rather more than nine feet high, and she at once took up the little golden key and hurried off to the garden door.
  Everything is so out-of-the-way down here that I should think very likely it can talk; at any rate, there's no harm in trying." So she began, "O Mouse, do you know the way out of this pool? I am very tired of swimming about here, O Mouse!" The Mouse looked at her rather inquisitively and seemed to her to wink with one of its little eyes, but it said nothing.
  "Perhaps it doesn't understand English," thought Alice. "I dare say it's a French mouse, come over with William the Conqueror." So she began again: "Ou est ma chatte?" which was the first sentence in her French lesson-book. The Mouse gave a sudden leap out of the water and seemed to quiver all over with fright. "Oh, I beg your pardon!" cried Alice hastily, afraid that she had hurt the poor animal's feelings. "I quite forgot you didn't like cats."
  "Not like cats!" cried the Mouse in a shrill, passionate voice. "Would

1.02_-_The_Three_European_Worlds, #The Ever-Present Origin, #Jean Gebser, #Integral
  This deepening of space by illumination is achieved by perspective, the eighth art. In the Western languages, the n-less "eight," an unconscious expression of wakefulness and illumination, stands in opposition to the n-possessing and consequently negatively-stressed "night." There are numerous examples: German acht-Nacht; French huit-nuit; English eightnight; Italian otto-notte; Spanish ocho-noche; Latinocto-nox (noctu); Greekochto-nux (nukto).

1.02_-_The_Ultimate_Path_is_Without_Difficulty, #The Blue Cliff Records, #Yuanwu Keqin, #Zen
  words,' these terms produce, individually and together, an effect
  which cannot be rendered conveniently in a single English ex

1.031_-_Intense_Aspiration, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  Another peculiar attribute which Patanjali uses is samvega. It is very difficult to translate it into English tivra samvega. Tivra is intense, very forceful, vehement. Samvega is impetuosity, if we would like to put it into English. We know what impetuous movement is it is turbulent, uncontrollable, vehement, powerful, revolting such is the kind of asking that is implied in this sutra. That is samvega like a violent tempest, a forceful wind that is blowing, uprooting all trees and blowing buildings. We know how forcefully the wind can blow off even the top of buildings. That kind of aspiration is called samvegatva, where we do not care for anything else. Let heaven go to hell or hell go to heaven, it makes no difference. The soul is simply revolting against any kind of limitation which has been imposed upon it by any factor whatsoever, even if it is a so-called virtuous factor of the traditional world. Everything is broken to pieces, cast to the winds, crushed under the feet, and the soul simply asks and asks and asks. This is the tivra samvegatva that Patanjali is referring to in the seeking of the great Reality, which is the object of our quest.

1.03_-_A_CAUCUS-RACE_AND_A_LONG_TALE, #Alice in Wonderland, #Lewis Carroll, #Fiction
  At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of some authority among them, called out, "Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! _I'll_ soon make you dry enough!" They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse in the middle.
  "Ahem!" said the Mouse with an important air. "Are you all ready? This is the driest thing I know. Silence all 'round, if you please! 'William the Conqueror, whose cause was favored by the pope, was soon submitted to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the Earls of
  Mercia and Northumbria'--"
  "In that case," said the Dodo solemnly, rising to its feet, "I move that the meeting adjourn, for the immediate adoption of more energetic remedies--"
  "Speak English!" said the Eaglet. "I don't know the meaning of half those long words, and, what's more, I don't believe you do either!"
  "What I was going to say," said the Dodo in an offended tone, "is that the best thing to get us dry would be a Caucus-race."

1.03_-_Hieroglypics_Life_and_Language_Necessarily_Symbolic, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  But let me furthermore ask you to reflect on the formation of language itself. Except in the case of onomatopoeic words and a few others, there is no logical connection between a thing and the sound of our name for it. "Bow-wow" is a more rational name than "dog", which is a mere convention agreed on by the English, while other nations prefer chien, hund, cane, kalb, kutta and so on. All symbols, you see, my dear child, and it's no good your kicking!

1.03_-_PERSONALITY,_SANCTITY,_DIVINE_INCARNATION, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  IN English, words of Latin origin tend to carry overtones of intellectual, moral and aesthetic classiness"overtones which are not carried, as a rule, by their Anglo-Saxon equivalents. Maternal, for instance, means the same as motherly, intoxicated as drunkbut with what subtly important shades of difference! And when Shakespeare needed a name for a comic character, it was Sir Toby Belch that he chose, not Cavalier Tobias Eructation.
  The word personality is derived from the Latin, and its upper partials are in the highest degree respectable. For some odd philological reason, the Saxon equivalent of personality is hardly ever used. Which is a pity. For if it were usedused as currently as belch is used for eructationwould people make such a reverential fuss about the thing connoted as certain English-speaking philosophers, moralists and theologians have recently done? Personality, we are constantly being assured, is the highest form of reality, with which we are acquainted. But surely people would think twice about making or accepting this affirmation if, instead of personality, the word employed had been its Teutonic synonym, selfness. For selfness, though it means precisely the same, carries none of the high-class overtones that go with personality. On the contrary, its primary meaning comes to us embedded, as it were, in discords, like the note of a cracked bell. For, as all exponents of the Perennial Philosophy have constantly insisted, mans obsessive consciousness of, and insistence on being, a separate self is the final and most formidable obstacle to the unitive knowledge of God. To be a self is, for them, the original sin, and to the to self, in feeling, will and intellect, is the final and all-inclusive virtue. It is the memory of these utterances that calls up the unfavourable overtones with which the word selfness is associated. The all too favourable overtones of personality are evoked in part by its intrinsically solemn Latinity, but also by reminiscences of what has been said about the persons of the Trinity. But the persons of the Trinity have nothing in common with the flesh-and-blood persons of our everyday acquaintancenothing, that is to say, except that indwelling Spirit, with which we ought and are intended to identify ourselves, but which most of us prefer to ignore in favour of our separate selfness. That this God-eclipsing and anti-spiritual selfness, should have been given the same name as is applied to the God who is a Spirit, is, to say the least of it, unfortunate. Like all such mistakes it is probably, in some obscure and subconscious way, voluntary and purposeful. We love our selfness; we want to be justified in our love; therefore we christen it with the same name as is applied by theologians to Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

1.03_-_Reading, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  Those who have not learned to read the ancient classics in the language in which they were written must have a very imperfect knowledge of the history of the human race; for it is remarkable that no transcript of them has ever been made into any modern tongue, unless our civilization itself may be regarded as such a transcript. Homer has never yet been printed in English, nor schylus, nor Virgil evenworks as refined, as solidly done, and as beautiful almost as the morning itself; for later writers, say what we will of their genius, have rarely, if ever, equalled the elaborate beauty and finish and the lifelong and heroic literary labors of the ancients. They only talk of forgetting them who never knew them. It will be soon enough to forget them when we have the learning and the genius which will enable us to attend to and appreciate them. That age will be rich indeed when those relics which we call Classics, and the still older and more than classic but even less known Scriptures of the nations, shall have still further accumulated, when the Vaticans shall be filled with Vedas and
  Zendavestas and Bibles, with Homers and Dantes and Shakespeares, and all the centuries to come shall have successively deposited their trophies in the forum of the world. By such a pile we may hope to scale heaven at last.
  What does our Concord culture amount to? There is in this town, with a very few exceptions, no taste for the best or for very good books even in English literature, whose words all can read and spell. Even the college-bred and so called liberally educated men here and elsewhere have really little or no acquaintance with the English classics; and as for the recorded wisdom of mankind, the ancient classics and Bibles, which are accessible to all who will know of them, there are the feeblest efforts any where made to become acquainted with them. I know a woodchopper, of middle age, who takes a French paper, not for news as he says, for he is above that, but to keep himself in practice, he being a Canadian by birth; and when I ask him what he considers the best thing he can do in this world, he says, beside this, to keep up and add to his English. This is about as much as the college bred generally do or aspire to do, and they take an English paper for the purpose. One who has just come from reading perhaps one of the best
  English books will find how many with whom he can converse about it? Or suppose he comes from reading a Greek or Latin classic in the original, whose praises are familiar even to the so called illiterate; he will find nobody at all to speak to, but must keep silence about it. Indeed, there is hardly the professor in our colleges, who, if he has mastered the difficulties of the language, has proportionally mastered the difficulties of the wit and poetry of a Greek poet, and has any sympathy to impart to the alert and heroic reader; and as for the sacred Scriptures, or Bibles of mankind, who in this town can tell me even their titles? Most men do not know that any nation but the Hebrews have had a scripture. A man, any man, will go considerably out of his way to pick up a silver dollar; but here are golden words, which the wisest men of antiquity have uttered, and whose worth the wise of every succeeding age have assured us of;and yet we learn to read only as far as Easy Reading, the primers and class-books, and when we leave school, the Little Reading, and story books, which are for boys and beginners; and our reading, our conversation and thinking, are all on a very low level, worthy only of pygmies and manikins.

1.03_-_.REASON._IN_PHILOSOPHY, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  forms of psychology: if we try to conceive of the first conditions of
  the metaphysics of language, _i.e._ in plain English, of reason, we
  immediately find ourselves in the midst of a system of fetichism. For

1.03_-_The_End_of_the_Intellect, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  professor of French, then taught English at the state college, where he soon became vice-principal. He worked also as private secretary to the Prince. Between the court and the college he was busy enough, but in truth, it was the destiny of India that preoccupied him. He traveled many times to Calcutta, familiarizing himself with the political situation and writing several articles that created a scandal, for he didn't just refer to the Queen-Empress of India as an old lady so called by way of courtesy,21 but he urged his countrymen to shake off the British yoke, and attacked the mendicant policy in the Indian Congress party: no reforms, no collaboration. His aim was to gather and organize all the energies of the nation toward revolutionary action. This must have required some courage, considering the year was 1893, when the British ruled over three-fourths of the world. But Sri Aurobindo had a very special way of dealing with the problem; he did not lay any blame on the English, but on the Indians themselves:
  Our actual enemy is not any force exterior to ourselves, but our own crying weaknesses, our cowardice, our purblind sentimentalism. 22
  his Bengali teacher continues, "and read by the light of an oil lamp till one in the morning, oblivious of the intolerable mosquito bites. I
  would see him seated there in the same posture for hours on end, his eyes fixed on his book, like a yogi lost in the contemplation of the Divine, unaware of all that went on around him. Even if the house had caught fire, it would not have broken this concentration." He read English, Russian, German, and French novels, but also, in ever larger numbers, the sacred books of India, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana, although he had never been in a temple except as an observer. "Once, having returned from the College," one of his friends recalls, "Sri Aurobindo sat down, picked up a book at random and started to read, while Z and some friends began a noisy game of chess. After half an hour, he put the book down and took a cup of tea.
  We had already seen him do this many times and were waiting eagerly for a chance to verify whether he read the books from cover to cover or only scanned a few pages here and there. Soon the test began. Z

1.04_-_Body,_Soul_and_Spirit, #Theosophy, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
  an "occurrence taking place only in the veiled holy of holies of a man," for with his "I" man is quite alone. And this "I" is the man himself. That justifies him in regarding his ego as his true being. He may, therefore, describe his body and his soul as the "sheaths" or "veils" within which he lives; and he may describe them as his tools through which he acts. In the course of his evolution he learns to regard these tools ever more and more as the servants of his ego. The little word "I" (German ich) as it is used, for example, in the English and German languages, is a name which differs from all other names. Anyone who reflects in an appropriate manner on the nature of this name will find that it forms an avenue to the understanding of the human being in the deeper sense. Any other name can be applied to its corresponding object by all men in the same way. Anybody can call a table "table" or a chair "chair," but this is not so with the name I. No one can use it in referring to another person; each one can call only himself "I." Never can the name "I" reach my ears from outside when it refers to me. Only from
  an I and living as I will be called spirit-self, because it manifests as the I, or ego, or "self" of man. ("Spirit-self" signifies the same as that which in theosophical literature is called "Higher manas." The Sanscrit word "manas" is related to the English word "man," and the German word "Mensch," and signifies the human being in so far as he is a spiritual being.) The difference between the "spirit-self" and the "consciousness-soul" can be made clear in the following way. The consciousness-soul is the bearer of the self-existent truth which is independent of all antipathy and sympathy, the spirit-self bears within it the same truth, but taken up into and enclosed by the I, individualized by the latter and absorbed into the independent being of the man. It is through the eternal truth becoming thus individualized and bound up into one being with the I, that the I itself attains to eternity.

1.04_-_Homage_to_the_Twenty-one_Taras, #How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator, #Thubten Chodron, #unset
  commentary is necessary to elucidate the meaning. Because various commentaries have different interpretations of phrases or verses, the translations into
  English will vary accordingly, as will the explanation of the meaning in Tibetan.
  The following is a translation of the Homage to the Twenty-one Taras
  in a form that may be chanted in English.3 Chanting the Homage out loud
  at a brisk speed gives us a lot of energy; contemplating its meaning increases

1.04_-_Of_other_imperfections_which_these_beginners_are_apt_to_have_with_respect_to_the_third_sin,_which_is_luxury., #Dark Night of the Soul, #Saint John of the Cross, #Christianity
  32 [The word nmina, translated 'token,' and normally meaning list, or 'roll,' refers to a relic on which were written the names of saints. In modern Spanish it can denote a medal or amulet used superstitiously.]
  33 [No doubt a branch of palm, olive or rosemary, blessed in church on Palm Sunday, like the English palm crosses of to-day. 'Palm Sunday' is in Spanish Domingo de ramos: 'Branch Sunday.']

1.04_-_Sounds, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  They are proof-sheets which need no correction. Here goes lumber from the Maine woods, which did not go out to sea in the last freshet, risen four dollars on the thousand because of what did go out or was split up; pine, spruce, cedar,first, second, third, and fourth qualities, so lately all of one quality, to wave over the bear, and moose, and caribou. Next rolls Thomaston lime, a prime lot, which will get far among the hills before it gets slacked. These rags in bales, of all hues and qualities, the lowest condition to which cotton and linen descend, the final result of dress,of patterns which are now no longer cried up, unless it be in Milwaukie, as those splendid articles,
  English, French, or American prints, ginghams, muslins, &c., gathered from all quarters both of fashion and poverty, going to become paper of one color or a few shades only, on which forsooth will be written tales of real life, high and low, and founded on fact! This closed car smells of salt fish, the strong New England and commercial scent, reminding me of the Grand Banks and the fisheries. Who has not seen a salt fish, thoroughly cured for this world, so that nothing can spoil it, and putting the perseverance of the saints to the blush? with which you may sweep or pave the streets, and split your kindlings, and the teamster shelter himself and his lading against sun wind and rain behind it,and the trader, as a Concord trader once did, hang it up by his door for a sign when he commences business, until at last his oldest customer cannot tell surely whether it be animal, vegetable, or mineral, and yet it shall be as pure as a snowflake, and if it be put into a pot and boiled, will come out an excellent dun fish for a Saturdays dinner.

1.04_-_The_Crossing_of_the_First_Threshold, #The Hero with a Thousand Faces, #Joseph Campbell, #Mythology
  forest-, field-, and water-spirits is based on Hanus Mchal's comprehensive
  Nkres slovanskho bjeslovi (Prague, 1891), an English abridgment of which
  will be found in Mchal's Slavic Mythology (The Mythology of All Races,

1.04_-_The_Paths, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  When the dogish is omitted, the Gimel has a soft sound, similar to the English J.

1.05_-_Adam_Kadmon, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  English of
  Column VIII

1.05_-_Buddhism_and_Women, #Tara - The Feminine Divine, #Bokar Rinpoche, #Buddhism
  and boys-and various buddhist disciplines are taught
  as well as Sanskrit and English languages. But few
  young Tibetans show deep interest in the dharma.

1.05_-_CHARITY, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  By a kind of philological accident (which is probably no accident at all, but one of the more subtle expressions of mans deep-seated will to ignorance and spiritual darkness), the word charity has come, in modern English, to be synonymous with almsgiving, and is almost never used in its original sense, as signifying the highest and most divine form of love. Owing to this impoverishment of our, at the best of times, very inadequate vocabulary of psychological and spiritual terms, the word love has had to assume an added burden. God is love, we repeat glibly, and that we must love our neighbours as ourselves; but love, unfortunately, stands for everything from what happens when, on the screen, two close-ups rapturously collide to what happens when a John Woolman or a Peter Claver feels a concern about Negro slaves, because they are temples of the Holy Spiritfrom what happens when crowds shout and sing and wave flags in the Sport-Palast or the Red Square to what happens when a solitary contemplative becomes absorbed in the prayer of simple regard. Ambiguity in vocabulary leads to confusion of thought; and, in this matter of love, confusion of thought admirably serves the purpose of an unregenerate and divided human nature that is determined to make the best of both worldsto say that it is serving God, while in fact it is serving Mammon, Mars or Priapus.

1.05_-_Christ,_A_Symbol_of_the_Self, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  42 Summa theologica, I, q. 48, ad 1 (trans, by the Fathers of the English Dominican
  Province, II, p. 264). 43 Ibid., I, q. 48, ad 3 (trans., p. 268).
  44". . . Quod autem conveniens est alicui est illi bonum. Ergo omne agens agit
  propter bonum" (Summa contra Gentiles, III, ch. 3, trans, by the English
  Dominican Fathers, vol. Ill, p. 7).
  64 Bereshith Rabba XII, 15 (Midrash Rabbah translated into English, ed. by
  H. Freedman and M. Simon, I, p. 99; slightly modified).

1.06_-_The_Sign_of_the_Fishes, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  Graf von Wackerbarth (Merkwiirdige Geschichte der weltberuhmten Gog
  und Magog, p. 19) relates from an English "History of the World," which came
  out in German in 1760, that the Arab writers say the "Yajui" were "of more
  adept in alchemy (as also was Albertus); Roger Bacon (c. 1214-c.
  1294), the English forerunner of inductive science; and finally
  Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1327), the independent religious

1.06_-_Wealth_and_Government, #Words Of The Mother III, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Words of the Mother III
   the medium of instruction, (2) Sanskrit should be the national language, (3) English should be the international language.

1.07_-_A_Song_of_Longing_for_Tara,_the_Infallible, #How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator, #Thubten Chodron, #unset
  We request because when we ask for something, it means that we sincerely want it; were intent on this. Some years ago my friend was teaching
  English to one of the little rinpoches in Dharamsala. When the monks in
  for them. But attachment that thinks Ive got to have them or Ill be miserable is a distorted mental state.
  The English word desire can be confusing, because some translators
  use it for the same term that Im translating as attachment. But the English
  word desire can have multiple meanings, not all of which are negative. For

1.07_-_Samadhi, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  2:The most reasonable statement, of any acknowledged authority, is that of Vajna Valkya, who says: "By Pranayama impurities of the body are thrown out; by Dharana the impurities of the mind; by Pratyahara the impurities of attachment; and by Samadhi is taken off everything that hides the lordship of the soul." There is a modest statement in good literary form. If we can only do as well as that!
  3:In the first place, what is the meaning of the term? Etymologically, "Sam" is the Greek {in Greek alphabet: sigma-upsilon-nu-} the English prefix "syn-" meaning "together with." "Adhi" means "Lord," and a reasonable translation of the whole word would be "Union with God," the exact term used by Christian mystics to describe their attainment.
  4:Now there is great confusion, because the Buddhists use the word Samadhi to mean something entirely different, the mere faculty of attention. Thus, with them, to think of a cat is to "make Samadhi" on that cat. They use the word Jhana to describe mystic states. This is excessively misleading, for as we saw in the last section, Dhyana is a preliminary of Samadhi, and of course Jhana is merely the wretched plebeian Pali corruption of it. footnote: The vulgarism and provincialism of the Buddhist cannon is infinitely repulsive to all nice minds; and the attempt to use the terms of an ego-centric philosophy to explain the details of a psychology whose principal doctrine is the denial of the ego, was the work of a mischievous idiot. Let us unhesitatingly reject these abominations, these nastinesses of the beggars dressed in rags that they have snatched from corpses, and follow the etymological signification of the word as given above!

1.07_-_The_Farther_Reaches_of_Human_Nature, #Sex Ecology Spirituality, #Ken Wilber, #Philosophy
  If I want to know whether it is raining or not, I go to the window and look out, and sure enough, rain. But perhaps I am mistaken, or perhaps my eyesight is poor. Would you check? You go to the window and yes, rain.
  That is a very simplified form of the three strands of any valid knowledge quest (whether of the Left- or RightHand path).15 The first is injunction, which is always of the form, "If you want to know this, do this." If you want to know if a cell has a nucleus, then get a microscope, learn to take histological sections, stain the cell, put it under the microscope, and look. If you want to know the meaning of Hamlet, then learn English, get the book, and read. If you want to know whether 2 + 2 is really 4, then learn arithmetic theory, take the theorems, run them through your mind, and check the results.
  The various injunctions, in other words, lead to or disclose or open up the possibility of an illumination, an apprehension, an intuition, or a direct experiencing of the domain addressed by the injunction. You "see" the meaning of Hamlet, or whether it is raining, or why 2 + 2 really is 4. This is the second strand, the illumination or apprehension. You see or apprehend, via a direct experience, the disclosed data of the domain.16

1.07_-_The_Three_Schools_of_Magick_2, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Adepts of the White School regard their brethren of the Black very much as the aristocratic English Sahib (of the days when England was a nation) regarded the benighted Hindu. Nietzsche expresses the philosophy of this School to that extent with considerable accuracy and vigour. The man who denounces life merely defines himself as the man who is unequal to it. The brave man rejoices in giving and taking hard knocks, and the brave man is joyous. The Scandinavian idea of Valhalla may be primitive, but it is manly. A heaven of popular concert, like the Christian; of unconscious repose, like the Buddhist; or even of sensual enjoyment, like the Moslem, excites his nausea and contempt. He understands that the only joy worth while is the joy of continual victory, and victory itself would become as tame as croquet if it were not spiced by equally continual defeat.

1.08_-_The_Depths_of_the_Divine, #Sex Ecology Spirituality, #Ken Wilber, #Philosophy
  I believe, for example, that it was precisely this fire and force that allowed Emerson, more than any other person in American history, to actually define the intellectual character of America itself. One of his essays, "The American Scholar," had, as one historian put it, "an influence greater than that of any single work in the nineteenth century."
  Oliver Wendell Holmes called it "our intellectual Declaration of Independence." James Russell Lowell explained: "The Puritan revolt had made us ecclesiastically, and the Revolution politically independent, but we were still socially and intellectually moored to English thought, till Emerson cut the cable and gave us a chance at the dangers and the glories of blue water. . . ."
  And the message, this ringing Declaration of Independence? The Soul is tied to no individual, no culture, no tradition, but rises fresh in every person, beyond every person, and grounds itself in a truth and glory that bows to nothing in the world of time and place and history. We all must be, and can only be, "a light unto ourselves."4

1.09_-_Concentration_-_Its_Spiritual_Uses, #Raja-Yoga, #Swami Vivkenanda, #unset
  When two of our perceptions do not contradict each other, we call it proof. I hear something, and if it contradicts something already perceived, I begin to fight it out, and do not believe it. There are also three kinds of proof. Pratyaksha, direct perception; whatever we see and feel, is proof, if there has been nothing to delude the senses. I see the world; that is sufficient proof that it exists. Secondly, Anumna, inference; you see a sign, and from the sign you come to the thing signified. Thirdly, ptavkya, the direct evidence of the Yogis, of those who have seen the truth. We are all of us struggling towards knowledge. But you and I have to struggle hard, and come to knowledge through a long tedious process of reasoning, but the Yogi, the pure one, has gone beyond all this. Before his mind, the past, the present, and the future are alike, one book for him to read; he does not require to go through the tedious processes for knowledge we have to; his words are proof, because he sees knowledge in himself. These, for instance, are the authors of the sacred scriptures; therefore the scriptures are proof. If any such persons are living now their words will be proof. Other philosophers go into long discussions about Aptavakya and they say, "What is the proof of their words?" The proof is their direct perception. Because whatever I see is proof, and whatever you see is proof, if it does not contradict any past knowledge. There is knowledge beyond the senses, and whenever it does not contradict reason and past human experience, that knowledge is proof. Any madman may come into this room and say he sees angels around him; that would not be proof. In the first place, it must be true knowledge, and secondly, it must not contradict past knowledge, and thirdly, it must depend upon the character of the man who gives it out. I hear it said that the character of the man is not of so much importance as what he may say; we must first hear what he says. This may be true in other things. A man may be wicked, and yet make an astronomical discovery, but in religion it is different, because no impure man will ever have the power to reach the truths of religion. Therefore we have first of all to see that the man who declares himself to be an pta is a perfectly unselfish and holy person; secondly, that he has reached beyond the senses; and thirdly, that what he says does not contradict the past knowledge of humanity. Any new discovery of truth does not contradict the past truth, but fits into it. And fourthly, that truth must have a possibility of verification. If a man says, "I have seen a vision," and tells me that I have no right to see it, I believe him not. Everyone must have the power to see it for himself. No one who sells his knowledge is an Apta. All these conditions must be fulfilled; you must first see that the man is pure, and that he has no selfish motive; that he has no thirst for gain or fame. Secondly, he must show that he is superconscious. He must give us something that we cannot get from our senses, and which is for the benefit of the world. Thirdly, we must see that it does not contradict other truths; if it contradicts other scientific truths reject it at once. Fourthly, the man should never be singular; he should only represent what all men can attain. The three sorts of proof are, then, direct sense-perception, inference, and the words of an Apta. I cannot translate this word into English. It is not the word "inspired", because inspiration is believed to come from outside, while this knowledge comes from the man himself. The literal meaning is "attained".
  Every idea that you have in the mind has a counterpart in a word; the word and the thought are inseparable. The external part of one and the same thing is what we call word, and the internal part is what we call thought. No man can, by analysis, separate thought from word. The idea that language was created by men certain men sitting together and deciding upon words, has been proved to be wrong. So long as man has existed there have been words and language. What is the connection between an idea and a word? Although we see that there must always be a word with a thought, it is not necessary that the same thought requires the same word. The thought may be the same in twenty different countries, yet the language is different. We must have a word to express each thought, but these words need not necessarily have the same sound. Sounds will vary in different nations. Our commentator says, "Although the relation between thought and word is perfectly natural, yet it does not mean a rigid connection between one sound and one idea." These sounds vary, yet the relation between the sounds and the thoughts is a natural one. The connection between thoughts and sounds is good only if there be a real connection between the thing signified and the symbol; until then that symbol will never come into general use. A symbol is the manifester of the thing signified, and if the thing signified has already an existence, and if, by experience, we know that the symbol has expressed that thing many times, then we are sure that there is a real relation between them. Even if the things are not present, there will be thousands who will know them by their symbols. There must be a natural connection between the symbol and the thing signified; then, when that symbol is pronounced, it recalls the thing signified. The commentator says the manifesting word of God is Om. Why does he emphasise this word? There are hundreds of words for God. One thought is connected with a thousand words; the idea "God" is connected with hundreds of words, and each one stands as a symbol for God. Very good. But there must be a generalization among all time words, some substratum, some common ground of all these symbols, and that which is the common symbol will be the best, and will really represent them all. In making a sound we use the larynx and the palate as a sounding board. Is there any material sound of which all other sounds must be manifestations, one which is the most natural sound? Om (Aum) is such a sound, the basis of all sounds. The first letter, A, is the root sound, the key, pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate; M represents the last sound in the series, being produced by the closed lips, and the U rolls from the very root to the end of the sounding board of the mouth. Thus, Om represents the whole phenomena of sound-producing. As such, it must be the natural symbol, the matrix of all the various sounds. It denotes the whole range and possibility of all the words that can be made. Apart from these speculations, we see that around this word Om are centred all the different religious ideas in India; all the various religious ideas of the Vedas have gathered themselves round this word Om. What has that to do with America and England, or any other country? Simply this, that the word has been retained at every stage of religious growth in India, and it has been manipulated to mean all the various ideas about God. Monists, dualists, mono-dualists, separatists, and even atheists took up this Om. Om has become the one symbol for the religious aspiration of the vast majority of human beings. Take, for instance, the English word God. It covers only a limited function, and if you go beyond it, you have to add adjectives, to make it Personal, or Impersonal, or Absolute God. So with the words for God in every other language; their signification is very small. This word Om, however, has around it all the various significances. As such it should be accepted by everyone.

1.09_-_SKIRMISHES_IN_A_WAY_WITH_THE_AGE, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  school of racing--after women.--George Sand, or _lactea ubertas,_
  in plain English: the cow with plenty of beautiful milk.--Michelet,
  or enthusiasm in its shirt sleeves.--Carlyle, or Pessimism after
  think it all the more incumbent upon them to hold tight to Christian
  morality: this is an English way of reasoning; but let us not take it
  ill in moral females _ la_ Eliot. In England, every man who indulges
  morality. This is not by any means self-evident and in defiance of
  English shallow-pates the point must be made ever more and more plain.
  Christianity is a system, a complete outlook upon the world, conceived
  it is true only on condition that God is truth,--it stands or falls
  with the belief in God. If the English really believe that they know
  intuitively, and of their own accord, what is good and evil; if,
  dominion of Christian valuations, and a proof of the strength and
  profundity of this dominion. It only shows that the origin of English
  morality has been forgotten, and that its exceedingly relative right to
  exist is no longer felt. For Englishmen morality is not yet a problem.
  remains interesting.--Of course, in England he is admired precisely
  on account of his honesty. Well, that is English; and in view of the
  fact that the English are the nation of consummate cant, it is not only
  comprehensible but also very natural. At bottom, Carlyle is an English
  atheist who makes it a point of honour not to be one.
  strong--simply because they are the majority, and because they are also
  the more crafty. Darwin forgot the intellect (--that is English!), the
  weak have more intellect. In order to acquire intellect, one must be in
  the unconscious effect of _decadence_ has begun to dominate even the
  ideals of the various sciences. My objection to the whole of English
  and French sociology still continues to be this, that it knows only
  them the gregarious animal invariably triumphs. Liberalism, or, in
  plain English, the _transformation of mankind into cattle._ The
  same institutions, so long as they are fought for, produce quite
  contemptible kind of comfort which tea-grocers, Christians, cows,
  women, Englishmen and other democrats worship in their dreams. The
  free man is a _warrior._--How is freedom measured in individuals
  they agree upon "certain truths."--"Thou shalt not lie"--in plain
  English:--_Beware,_ Mr Philosopher, of speaking the truth....
  sign. In England too the same belief prevails: but nobody will be
  surprised at that. The Englishman knows only two ways of understanding
  the genius and the "great man": either _democratically_ in the style
  [1] The German word _Rausch_ as used by Nietzsche here, suggests a
  blend of our two English words "intoxication" and "elation."--TR.

1.10_-_The_Revolutionary_Yogi, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  Such are the mental, vital, physical and psychic discoveries that Sri Aurobindo pursued alone, step by step, between the ages of twenty and thirty, simply by following the thread of consciousness. The remarkable thing is that he practiced yoga in circumstances and places where one would usually not do yoga: while giving his lectures in French or English at the State College of Baroda, during his work at the court of the Maharaja, and more and more in the midst of his secret revolutionary activities. The hours of the night that were not devoted to studying his mother tongue or Sanskrit or to political work were spent writing poetry. "Aurobindo had the habit of writing poetry till late into the night," his Bengali teacher recalls, "and consequently he did not get up very early in the morning. . . . He would concentrate for a minute before starting, then the poetry would flow from his pen like a stream." From writing poetry, Sri Aurobindo would pass to his experimental sleep. In 1901, at the age of twenty-nine, he married Mrinalini Devi and tried to share his spiritual life with her. I am experiencing all the signs and symptoms, he wrote to her in a letter found in the archives of the British police. I should like to take you with me along this path. But Mrinalini did not understand him, and Sri Aurobindo would remain alone. We could search Sri Aurobindo's life in vain for those moving or miraculous anecdotes that adorn the lives of great sages and mystics, in vain for sensational yogic methods;
  everything seemed so ordinary, apparently, that nothing attracted one's attention, just as in life itself. Perhaps he had found more miracles in the ordinary than in the extraordinary: With me all is different, all is uncommon, he wrote in a letter to Mrinalini. All is deep and strange to the eyes that see.103 And perhaps that is what he wants us to discover through his example, his work, his yoga all those unknown riches beneath the ordinary crust. Our lives [are] a deeper mystery than we 103
  Nirvana In 1906 Sri Aurobindo left Baroda to plunge into the heart of political turmoil in Calcutta. The blunders of Lord Curzon, the governor of Bengal, had led to student unrest; the time was ripe. With another great nationalist, Bepin Pal, Sri Aurobindo launched an English daily,
  Bande Mataram ("I bow to Mother India"), the first newspaper to publicly advocate the goal of total independence, which would become a powerful instrument of India's awakening. He founded an Extremist Party and drew up a national action program boycott of British goods, boycott of British courts, boycott of British schools and universities. He became the principal of the first "National College" in Calcutta and created so much commotion that less than a year later a warrant was issued for his arrest. Unfortunately for the British, Sri Aurobindo's articles and speeches were legally unassailable; he neither preached racial hatred, nor even attacked the government of Her Majesty; he simply proclaimed the right of all nations to 111
  independence. The charge against him was dismissed for lack of evidence; only the printer, who didn't know a word of English, was sentenced to six months in jail. This aborted arrest made Sri Aurobindo famous; he was henceforth the recognized leader of the nationalist party; he came out from behind the scenes, where he would have preferred to remain. I do not care a button about having my name in any blessed place, he wrote later; I was never ardent about fame even in my political days; I preferred to remain behind the curtain, push people without their knowing it and get things done. 113
  But it would be wrong to imagine Sri Aurobindo as a fanatic; all his contemporaries were struck by this "calm young man who with a single word could silence a tumultuous meeting." It was in the midst of this external turmoil, between political meetings and the newspaper to get out every morning (and under constant threat from the secret police) that, on December 30, 1907, Sri Aurobindo met a yogi by the name of Vishnu Bhaskar Lele, who was to bring a paradoxical experience into his already paradoxical life.

1.10_-_The_Scolex_School, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  One pretty good plan is to take a masterpiece, pick out a page at random, translate it into French or German or whatever language you like best, walk around your chair three times (so as to forget the English) and then translate it back again.

1.10_-_The_Yoga_of_the_Intelligent_Will, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   out of these the power which seizes the discriminations of objects, sense-mind or Manas, - we must record the Indian names because the corresponding English words are not real equivalents. As a tertiary evolution out of sense-mind we have the specialising organic senses, ten in number, five of perception, five of action; next the powers of each sense of perception, sound, form, scent, etc., which give their value to objects for the mind and make things what they are to our subjectivity, - and, as the substantial basis of these, the primary conditions of the objects of sense, the five elements of ancient philosophy or rather elementary conditions of Nature, panca bhuta, which constitute objects by their various combination.

1.11_-_GOOD_AND_EVIL, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  The answers to these questions will be given to a great extent in the words of that most surprising product of the English eighteenth century, William Law. (How very odd our educational system is! Students of English literature are forced to read the graceful journalism of Steele and Addison, are expected to know all about the minor novels of Defoe and the tiny elegances of Matthew Prior. But they can pass all their examinations summa cum laude without having so much as looked into the writings of a man who was not only a master of English prose, but also one of the most interesting thinkers of his period and one of the most endearingly saintly figures in the whole history of Anglicanism.) Our current neglect of Law is yet another of the many indications that twentieth-century educators have ceased to be concerned with questions of ultimate truth or meaning and (apart from mere vocational training) are interested solely in the dissemination of a rootless and irrelevant culture, and the fostering of the solemn foolery of scholarship for scholarships sake.

1.11_-_Higher_Laws, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  They mistake who assert that the Yankee has few amusements, because he has not so many public holidays, and men and boys do not play so many games as they do in England, for here the more primitive but solitary amusements of hunting fishing and the like have not yet given place to the former. Almost every New England boy among my contemporaries shouldered a fowling piece between the ages of ten and fourteen; and his hunting and fishing grounds were not limited, like the preserves of an English nobleman, but were more boundless even than those of a savage. No wonder, then, that he did not oftener stay to play on the common. But already a change is taking place, owing, not to an increased humanity, but to an increased scarcity of game, for perhaps the hunter is the greatest friend of the animals hunted, not excepting the Humane Society.

1.1.2_-_Commentary, #Kena and Other Upanishads, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  which they are formed and by which they are controlled.
  The English word life does duty for many very different
  shades of meaning; but the word Prana familiar in the Upanishad

1.12_-_The_Superconscient, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  This luminous flood will translate differently in different people (one is always too quick to give it a form instead of letting it quietly permeate the being and do its work of clarification). For some, there will be a sudden poetic blossoming, others will see new architectural forms, others will pursue new scientific discoveries, while still others will worship their God. Generally, the access to this new consciousness is accompanied by a spontaneous flowering of creative energies, particularly in the poetic field. It is interesting to note the number of poets of all languages Chinese, Indian, English, etc. among Sri Aurobindo's disciples, as if poetry and art were the first practical result of his yoga: I have seen both in myself and others a sudden flowering of capacities in every kind of activity come by the opening of consciousness, so that one who laboured long without the least success to express himself in rhythm becomes a master of poetic language and cadences in a day. It is a question of the right silence in the mind and the right openness to the Word that is trying to express itself for the Word is there ready formed in those inner planes where all artistic forms take birth, but it is the transmitting mind that must change and become a perfect channel and not an obstacle.192

1.12_-_TIME_AND_ETERNITY, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Passing now from theory to historical fact, we find that the religions, whose theology has been least preoccupied with events in time and most concerned with eternity, have been consistently the least violent and the most humane in political practice. Unlike early Judaism, Christianity and Mohammedanism (all of them obsessed with time), Hinduism and Buddhism have never been persecuting faiths, have preached almost no holy wars and have refrained from that proselytizing religious imperialism, which has gone hand in hand with the political and economic oppression c the coloured peoples. For four hundred years, from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth, most of the Christian nations of Europe have spent a good part of their time and energy in attacking, conquering and exploiting their non-Christian neighbours in other continents. In the course of these centuries many individual churchmen did their best to mitigate the consequences of such iniquities; but none of the major Christian churches officially condemned them. The first collective protest against the slave system, introduced by the English and the Spaniards into the New World, was made in 1688 by the Quaker Meeting of Germantown. This fact is highly significant. Of all Christian sects in the seventeenth century, the Quakers were the least obsessed with history, the least addicted to the idolatry of things in time. They believed that the inner light was in all human beings and that salvation came to those who lived in conformity with that light and was not dependent on the profession of belief in historical or pseudo-historical events, nor on the performance of certain rites, nor on the support of a particular ecclesiastical organization. Moreover their eternity-philosophy preserved them from the materialistic apocalypticism of that progress-worship which in recent times has justified every kind of iniquity from war and revolution to sweated labour, slavery and the exploitation of savages and childrenhas justified them on the ground that the supreme good is in future time and that any temporal means, however intrinsically horrible, may be used to achieve that good. Because Quaker theology was a form of eternity-philosophy, Quaker political theory rejected war and persecution as means to ideal ends, denounced slavery and proclaimed racial equality. Members of other denominations had done good work for the African victims of the white mans rapacity. One thinks, for example, of St. Peter Claver at Cartagena. But this heroically charitable slave of the slaves never raised his voice against the institution of slavery or the criminal trade by which it was sustained; nor, so far as the extant documents reveal, did he ever, like John Woolman, attempt to persuade the slave-owners to free their human chattels. The reason, presumably, was that Claver was a Jesuit, vowed to perfect obedience and constrained by his theology to regard a certain political and ecclesiastical organization as being the mystical body of Christ. The heads of this organization had not pronounced against slavery or the slave trade. Who was he, Pedro Claver, to express a thought not officially approved by his superiors?

1.13_-_Under_the_Auspices_of_the_Gods, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  When he came out of the Alipore jail, Sri Aurobindo found the political scene purged by the executions and mass deportations of the British government. He resumed his work, however, starting a Benagli weekly and another in English, the Karmayogin, with the Gita's very symbolic motto: "Yoga is skill in works." At the risk of a new imprisonment, Sri Aurobindo affirmed once again the ideal of complete independence from and noncooperation with the British
  except that now it was not only India's destiny that preoccupied him,

1.14_-_Bibliography, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  Bereshith Rabba. See: Midrash Rabbah translated into English.
  Edited by H. Freedman and Maurice Simon. London, 1951. 10
  Charles, R. H. (ed.). The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the
  Old Testament in English. Oxford, 1913. 2 vols.
  Clement of Rome, Saint (Pope Clement I) . Second Epistle to the
  Corinthians. In: The Apostolic Fathers. With an English transla-
  tion by Kirsopp Lake. (Loeb Classical Library.) London and New
  Hermas. The Shepherd. In: The Apostolic Fathers. With an English
  translation by Kirsopp Lake. (Loeb Classical Library.) London
  / Ching, or Book of Changes. The Richard Wilhelm [German] trans-
  lation rendered into English by Cary F. Baynes. New York
  (Bollingen Series XII) 1950; London, 1951. 2 vols.
  Josephus, Flavius. Contra Apionem. In: Josephus. With an English
  translation by H. St. J. Thackeray and R. Marcus. (Loeb Classical
  Talmud. The Babylonian Talmud. Translated into English under
  the editorship of Isidore Epstein. London, 1935-52. 35 vols.
  Thomas Aquinas, Saint. Summa contra Gentiles. Translated by the
  English Dominican Fathers. London, 1924-29. 5 vols.
  . Summa theologica. Translated by the Fathers of the English

1.15_-_Conclusion, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  1 The outstanding example in Swiss literature is Spitteler's Imago. [In English
  literature, perhaps Rider Haggard's She.- Editors.]

1.15_-_Index, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  Oxford English Dictionary, 25
  A he publication of the first complete edition, in English, of the works
  of C. G. Jung was undertaken by Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd., in
  scious, which is now entitled Symbols of Transformation; works originally
  written in English, such as Psychology and Religion; works not previously
  translated, such as Aion; and, in general, new translations of virtually all
  Prefatory Note to the English Edition ([1951?] added 1967)
  Introduction to the Religious and Psychological Problems of Alchemy
  previously translated, and works originally written in
  English. In general, it will present new translations of
  the major body of Jung's writings. The entire edition

1.15_-_Sex_Morality, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  As a matter of fact, your proposal is not so outrageous as it sounds at first; for as far as the English language goes, there is really hardly anything worth reading. 98.138 per cent of it is what Frances Ridley Ravergal used to call "fiddlesticks, blah, boloney, Bull-shit, and the bunk."

1.15_-_The_Supramental_Consciousness, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  because it is not an epitome of human consciousness, but another type of consciousness. We might try to approach it by distinguishing two aspects, one of consciousness or vision, and one of power. But this means becoming caught in the mental trap again, because these two aspects are inseparable; this consciousness is power, an active vision.
  Often, when Sri Aurobindo and Mother tried to describe their experience, their remarks would echo one another in English and in French: Another language would be needed, une autre langue.

1.16_-_Man,_A_Transitional_Being, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  The Written Works The highlight of those first years of exile was his reading of the Veda in the original Sanskrit. Until then, Sri Aurobindo had read only English or Indian translations and, along with the Sanskrit scholars, he had seen in the Veda only rather obscure, ritualistic texts . . . of small value or importance for the history of thought or for a living spiritual 294

1.201_-_Socrates, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  That is quite a long story, she said, but I will tell you all the same. When Aphrodite was born,156 all the gods held a feast. One of those present was Poros157 (Resource), whose mother was Metis158 (Cleverness). When the feast was over, Penia (Poverty) came begging, as happens on these occasions, and she stood by the door. Poros got drunk on the nectar in those days wine did not exist and having wandered into the garden of Zeus was overcome with drink and went to sleep. Then Penia, because she herself had no resource, thought of a scheme to have a child by Poros, and accordingly she lay down beside him and became pregnant with a son, Love. Because Love was conceived during Aphrodites birthday feast and also because he is by his daimon (the source of English demon), which can mean a god but often denotes a lesser or local deity. Here Diotima characterises Love as a lesser deity, something between a god and a human. The Greeks of Platos day would usually have thought of Love simply as a god, but not one of the most important, Olympian, deities. See Gods and Love in Glossary of names. daimonios, a man of the spirit, spiritual; see footnote 151 above. techne. 154 cheirourgia. 155 banausos (English banausic).
  The words in brackets are not in the Greek but are needed in the translation because modern
  English has no word equivalent to Greek poiesis, which means both poetry and creation. poietai; see poiesis. 173 eudaimonein.
  Apparently a poetic quotation, from a source unknown to us.

1.20_-_The_Hound_of_Heaven, #The Secret Of The Veda, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  So runs this hymn of Parashara, translated with the utmost possible literalness even at the cost of some uncouthness in the
  English. It is clear at the very first glance that it is throughout a hymn of knowledge, of the Truth, of a divine Flame which is hardly distinguishable from the supreme Deity, of immortality, of the ascent of the gods, the divine powers, by the sacrifice to their godhead, to their supreme names, to their proper forms, to

1.22_-_EMOTIONALISM, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  What is true of the sweet emotions is equally true of the bitter. For as some people enjoy bad health, so others enjoy a bad conscience. Repentance is metanoia, or change of mind; and without it there cannot be even a beginning of the spiritual lifefor the life of the spirit is incompatible with the life of that old man, whose acts, whose thoughts, whose very existence are the obstructing evils which have to be repented. This necessary change of mind is normally accompanied by sorrow and self-loathing. But these emotions are not to be persisted in and must never be allowed to become a settled habit of remorse. In Middle English remorse is rendered, with a literalness which to modern readers is at once startling and stimulating, as again-bite. In this cannibalistic encounter, who bites whom? Observation and self-analysis provide the answer: the creditable aspects of the self bite the discreditable and are themselves bitten, receiving wounds that fester with incurable shame and despair. But, in Fenelons words, it is mere self-love to be inconsolable at seeing ones own imperfections. Self-reproach is painful; but the very pain is a reassuring proof that the self is still intact; so long as attention is fixed on the delinquent ego, it cannot be fixed upon God and the ego (which lives upon attention and thes only when that sustenance is withheld) cannot be dissolved in the divine Light.

1.240_-_1.300_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  Mr. G. V. Subbaramiah, a lecturer in English in Nellore, asked:
  Brahman is the one by whom all this is pervaded (yena sarvamidam thatham). But then how does Sri Krishna specify the vibhutis in

1.240_-_Talks_2, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Talk 270.
  Mr. G. V. Subbaramiah, a lecturer in English in Nellore, asked:
  Brahman is the one by whom all this is pervaded (yena sarvamidam thatham). But then how does Sri Krishna specify the vibhutis in
  During the visit of the Royal Family of Travancore, Her Highness appeared very cultured, vivacious and conversant with Malayalam,
  Tamil and English. Most of the questions were put by Her Highness.
  One of the questions was:
  While speaking of the Brain and the Heart Sri Bhagavan recalled an incident of old days as follows:Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni once argued that the brain was the most important centre and Sri Bhagavan maintained that the Heart was even more so. There were others watching the discourse. A few days after
  Sri Bhagavan received a letter containing a short poem in English on that discourse from a young boy, N. S. Arunachalam, who had not yet matriculated.
  Mr. Thomas, Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oxford, had presided over the Oriental Conference in Trivandrum and on his way to Calcutta he visited Sri Bhagavan. He is an elderly gentleman with a broad forehead and a quiet manner. He speaks softly and slowly. He evinces great interest in oriental literature, especially Sanskrit. He had heard of the richness of
  Tamil. He desired to know which of the English translations of Srimad
  Bhagavad Gita was the best. The hall was crowded and a few of them mentioned, with each his own opinion, Thibauts, Mahadeva Sastris,
  M.: Ahamkar is limited, whereas the Self is beyond it.
  D.: There is much literature in English relating to Eastern philosophy and religion. There are different exponents. The system of
  Ramanuja is well presented. Prof. Radhakrishnan expounds the advaitic system. He lays more stress on experience than on evidence. Sankara shows a highly developed mind.
  A group of them sat down and two among them asked as follows:
  D.: Do you know English?
  Prompted to ask questions, he continued:

1.24_-_Necromancy_and_Spiritism, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  In that case what about poor Tiny Aleister? Do please allow me the happy young Eagles of the Old Testament; what clearer prophecy of psychoanalysis, it's only the English for Freud and Jung and Adler!

1.24_-_RITUAL,_SYMBOL,_SACRAMENT, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  IN OTHER words, rites, sacraments, and ceremonials are valuable to the extent that they remind those who take part in them of the true Nature of Things, remind them of what ought to be and (if only they would be docile to the immanent and transcendent Spirit) of what actually might be their own relation to the world and its divine Ground. Theoretically any ritual or sacrament is as good as any other ritual or sacrament, provided always that the object symbolized be in fact some aspect of divine Reality and that the relation between symbol and fact be clearly defined and constant. In the same way, one language is theoretically as good as another. Human experience can be thought about as effectively in Chinese as in English or French. But in practice Chinese is the best language for those brought up in China, English for those brought up in England and French for those brought up in France. It is, of course, much easier to learn the order of a rite and to understand its doctrinal significance than to master the intricacies of a foreign language. Nevertheless what has been said of language is true, in large measure, of religious ritual. For persons who have been brought up to think of God by means of one set of symbols, it is very hard to think of Him in terms of other and, in their eyes, unhallowed sets of words, ceremonies and images.

1.25_-_SPIRITUAL_EXERCISES, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Benet of Canfield, the English Capuchin who wrote The Rule of Perfection and was the spiritual guide of Mme. Acarie and Cardinal Brulle, hints in his treatise at a method by which concentration on an image may be made to lead up to imageless contemplation, blind beholding, love of the pure divinity. The period of mental prayer is to begin with intense concentration on a scene of Christs passion; then the mind is, as it were, to abolish this imagination of the sacred humanity and to pass from it to the formless and attributeless Godhead which that humanity incarnates. A strikingly similar exercise is described in the Bardo Thdol or Tibetan Book of the Dead (a work of quite extraordinary profundity and beauty, now fortunately available in translation with a valuable introduction and notes by Dr. Evans-Wentz).

1.27_-_Structure_of_Mind_Based_on_that_of_Body, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  It may be no more than a personal fancy, but I think Allan Bennett's translation of the term, "Recollection," is as near as one can get in English. One can strain the meaning slightly to include Re-collection, to imply the ranging of one's facts, and the fitting of them into an organized structure. The term "sati" suggests an identification of Being with Knowledge see The Soldier and the Hunchback: ! and ? (Equinox I, 1). So far as it applies to the Magical Memory, it lays stress on some such expedient, very much as is explained in Liber Thisarb (Magick, pp. 415 - 422).

1.28_-_Need_to_Define_.God.,_.Self.,_etc., #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  * [AC33] Crippen was a famous English poisoner who was caught and hung.

1.300_-_1.400_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  During the visit of the Royal Family of Travancore, Her Highness appeared very cultured, vivacious and conversant with Malayalam,
  Tamil and English. Most of the questions were put by Her Highness.

1.32_-_How_can_a_Yogi_ever_be_Worried?, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  * [AC36] An English poet.

1.35_-_The_Tao_2, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  My friend and climbing companion, Oscar Eckenstein, gave me my first instructions in learning the control of the mind early in 1901, in Mexico City. Shri Parananda, Solicitor General of Ceylon, an eminent writer upon, and teacher of, Yoga from the orthodox Shaivite standpoint, and Bhikkhu Ananda Metteya, (Allan Bennett) the great English Adept, who was one of my earliest instructors in Magick, and joined the Sangha in Burma in 1902, gave me my first groundings in mystical theory and practice. I spent some months of 1901 in Kandy, Ceylon with the latter, until success crowned my work.
  This achievement broke the back of my Sphinx. Having once reduced Lao Tze to Qabalistic form, it was easy to translate the result into the language of philosophy. I had already done much to create a new language based on English with the assistance of a few technical terms borrowed from Asia, and above all by the use of a novel conception of the idea of Number and of algebraic and arithmetical procedure to convey the results of spiritual experience to intelligent students.

1.37_-_Death_-_Fear_-_.Magical_Memory., #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Of the Mary Queen of Scots persuasion was old Lady Caithness, who seems moreover to have had a sense of humour into the bargain, for she gave a dinner-party in Paris to twelve other ladies, each of whom had also been the luckless victim of Henry VIII's failure to produce of his own loins a durable male succession. (His marriages were so many desperate efforts to save England from a second innings of the devastation of the Wars of the Roses, from which his father, who was not a miser, but a sound financier and economist, had rescued the country. You must understand this if English History is to be at all intelligible to you. The tragedy began with the early death of the Black Prince; the second blow, that of Henry V coupled with the futility of his son and the murder of Prince Edward at Tewkesbury.)

1.39_-_Prophecy, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
    An Englishman, a Jew, an Indian, a Negro, a Malayan no, it's not one of those saloon-bar jokes assembled on the Embankment, by Cleopatra's Needle, soon after 6 a.m. yesterday.
    Representative of the "black" race was a dancing-girl. Indian was a non-English speaking Bengali Muslim, who seemed rather puzzled by the whole business.

1.400_-_1.450_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  While speaking of the Brain and the Heart Sri Bhagavan recalled an incident of old days as follows:Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni once argued that the brain was the most important centre and Sri Bhagavan maintained that the Heart was even more so. There were others watching the discourse. A few days after
  Sri Bhagavan received a letter containing a short poem in English on that discourse from a young boy, N. S. Arunachalam, who had not yet matriculated.
  Mr. Thomas, Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oxford, had presided over the Oriental Conference in Trivandrum and on his way to Calcutta he visited Sri Bhagavan. He is an elderly gentleman with a broad forehead and a quiet manner. He speaks softly and slowly. He evinces great interest in oriental literature, especially Sanskrit. He had heard of the richness of
  Tamil. He desired to know which of the English translations of Srimad
  Bhagavad Gita was the best. The hall was crowded and a few of them mentioned, with each his own opinion, Thibaut's, Mahadeva Sastri's,
  D.: There is much literature in English relating to Eastern philosophy and religion. There are different exponents. The system of
  Ramanuja is well presented. Prof. Radhakrishnan expounds the advaitic system. He lays more stress on experience than on evidence. Sankara shows a highly developed mind.
  A group of them sat down and two among them asked as follows:
  D.: Do you know English?
  Prompted to ask questions, he continued:

1.41_-_Are_we_Reincarnations_of_the_Ancient_Egyptians?, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  I do wish you would understand that all these speculations are not only idle and senseless because you cannot possibly verify their accuracy, but a deadly You ask if we, meaning, I suppose, the English, are now reincarnating the Egyptians. When I was a boy it was the Romans, while the French undertook the same thankless office for the Greeks. I say "deadly poison;" because when you analyse you see at once that this is a device for flattering yourself. You have a great reverence for the people who produced Luxor and the Pyramids; and it makes you feel nice and comfortable inside if you think that you were running around in those days as Rameses II or a high priest in Thebes or something equally congenial.

1.42_-_This_Self_Introversion, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  The English is very un-English, and the context hardly helpful. But the meaning is clear enough; the idea is to dismiss, curtly and rudely, the entire body of doctrine which insists on altruism as a condition of spiritual progress.

1.439, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  Talk 487.
  An English lady, a young woman, came here dressed in a Muslim sari.
  She had evidently been in North India and met Dr. G. H. Mees.
  Talk 490.
  The English lady desired to have a private talk with Sri Bhagavan.
  She began, I am returning to England. I leave this place this evening. I want to have the happiness of Self-Realisation in my home. Of course it is not easy in the West. But I shall strive for it.
  Major Chadwick had translated Na karmana na prajaya ... into
  English. Sri Bhagavan was explaining its meaning. Brahmaloka may be interpreted subjectively or objectively. The latter meaning requires faith in the sastras which speak of such lokas, whereas the former meaning is purely of experience and requires no external authority. Brahmaloka would mean Brahma jnana (Knowledge of
  Brahman) or Self-Realisation (Atma-Sakshatkara). Parantakala as opposed to aparantakala. In the latter the jivas pass into oblivion to take other births. Their oblivion is enveloped in ignorance (avidya).
  Talk 550.
  Somerset Maugham, a well-known English author, was on a visit to
  Sri Bhagavan. He also went to see Maj. Chadwick in his room and there he suddenly became unconscious. Maj. Chadwick requested Sri
  Talk 625.
  Miss Merston, an English lady visitor: I have read Who am I? While
  inquiring who the I is, I cannot hold it for any length of time.
  Talk 651.
  A. W. Chadwick is copying the English translation of the Tamil Kaivalya
  Navaneeta. When he came across some technical terms in it and felt

1.450_-_1.500_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  An English lady, a young woman, came here dressed in a Muslim sari.
  The English lady desired to have a private talk with Sri Bhagavan.

1.48_-_Morals_of_AL_-_Hard_to_Accept,_and_Why_nevertheless_we_Must_Concur, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  The Book's meaning is "...not only in the English..." etc. (AL I, 36; I, 46; I, 54, 55; II, 76; III, 16; III, 39; III, 47; III, 63-68; and III, 73). These passages make it clear that there is a secret interpretation, which, being hidden as it is hidden, is presumably of even graver importance than the text as it stands. Such passages as I have been able to decipher confirm this view; so also does the discovery of the key number 31 by Frater Achad.[93] We must also expect a genius to arise who will accomplish all this work for us. Again we know that much information of the utmost value has been given through the Hebrew, the Greek and very probably the Arabic Qabalah.

1.50_-_A.C._and_the_Masters;_Why_they_Chose_him,_etc., #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  As to Part IV, The Book of the Law section, the idea was that the volume should comply with the instructions given in AL III,39: "All this and a book to say how thou didst come hither and a reproduction of this ink and paper for ever for in it is the word secret & not only in the English and thy comment upon this The Book of the Law shall be printed beautifully in red ink and black upon beautiful paper made by hand; and to each man and woman that thou meetest, were it but to dine or to drink at them, it is the Law to give. Then they shall chance to abide in this bliss or no; it is no odds. Do this quickly!" I mistook "Comment" for "Commentary" a word-by-word exposition of every verse (and much of it I loathed with all my heart!) including the Qabalistic interpretation, a task obviously endless.

1.54_-_On_Meanness, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Next day, the same thing, rather worse. The day after, worse still; and we saw that they were disputing about the coins that we had handed over. Finally, about 20 miles from Madrid, they wouldn't take our money at all! Instead, the pointed out that we were English gentlemen, and they would be eternally honoured and grateful if we would send the money from Madrid!

1.550_-_1.600_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  Somerset Maugham, a well-known English author, was on a visit to
  Sri Bhagavan. He also went to see Maj. Chadwick in his room and there he suddenly became unconscious. Maj. Chadwick requested Sri

1.58_-_Do_Angels_Ever_Cut_Themselves_Shaving?, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  A very witty way to put it! "Do angels ever cut themselves shaving?" Rem acu tetigisti,[113] again. (English: you big tease?)

1.60_-_Knack, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  It reminds me of the story of the Psychologist who wanted to judge the difference in temperament between an Englishman, as Scotsman and an Irishman, in judging the amount of Whisky in a bottle in the next room. They had to go in, report, and come back, and tell him what they thought about it. He filled it 50% with great accuracy.
  Then the Englishman had his turn. He came in all over smiles, rubbing his hands, and said: "There's not a drop left, so that's that."
  Moral Be English!

1.65_-_Man, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  This figure shows the name of the Sephiroth and the letters of the Paths in English, Hebrew and transliterated Hebrew. In the original edition the information on this and the above were combined into a single diagram which thus became unreadable in places.

1.68_-_The_God-Letters, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  But that comes later: meanwhile, practise pronouncing these names, as also English words such as Do, Deed, Dare, Drive, Doubt, Dig, Dog, Dive, Duck, Dub while exploring the Abyss of your mind, and see whether you do not soon associate the D-sound with a swift, hard, definite, fertile and completed act. For a fair test, take only the oldest and simplest words, words which might naturally be wanted in the Stone Age.

1.69_-_Original_Sin, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
    The qualities which have made a man, a race, a city, a caste, must be thrown off; death is the penalty of failure. As it is written: In the hour of success sacrifice that which is dearest to thee unto the Infernal gods!
    The Englishmen lives upon the excrement of his forefathers.
    All moral codes are worthless in themselves; yet in every new code there is hope. Provided always that the code is not changed because it is too hard but because it is fulfilled.

1.70_-_Morality_1, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  So we have the law of supply and demand at work as uncomplainingly as usual: the Holy Man prays for the threatened Dynasty, blesses the Barren Queen; and they all live happy ever after. This is not an Arabian Night's Tale of Antiquity; it is the same today: there are very few Englishmen who have spent any time in India who have not been approached with proposals of this character.

1.72_-_Education, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  2. It must be printed in big black type in the Dictionary chosen for reference. (Nuttall's is fairly good, though some very well-known words are omitted. The Oxford Pocket Dictionary is useless; it is for morons, illiterates, wallowers in "Basic English" and [I suppose] Oxonians. No proper names, however well-known, unless used as common: e.g. Bobby, a flatfoot, a beetlecrusher, a harness bull; or Xantippe, a shrew, a lady. X-rays is given in the plural only: ditto "Rontgen-rays", and they give "Rontgenogram". "You never can tell!" Participles, plurals and the like are not "words" unless printed as such in big black type. E.g. Nuttall's "Juttingly" is a word; "jutting" is not, being in smaller type. "Soaking" is in small type, but also in big type as a noun; so it is a word.)

1.74_-_Obstacles_on_the_Path, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Commonly, the first tests of the young Aspirant refer to cash "that's God's sol solid in this world." The proper magical attitude is very hard to describe. (I'm not talking of that black hen's egg any more; that is simple.) Very sorry to have to say it, but it is not unlike that of the spendthrift. Money must circulate, or it loses its true value. A banker in New York once told me that the dollar circulated nine times as fast as the English equivalent, so that people seemed to themselves to be nine times as rich. (I told you about the 100 note in a special letter on Money). But here I am stressing the spiritual effect; what happens is that anxiety vanishes; one feel that as it goes out, so it comes in. This view is not incompatible with thrift and prudence, and all that lot of virtues, far from it, it tucks in with them quite easily. You must practise this; there's a knack in it. Success in this leads to a very curious result indeed; not only does the refusal to count (Fourpen'north or Yoga, please miss, and Mum says can I have a penny if I bring back the bottle!), bring about the needlessness of counting, but also one acquires the power to command!

1.76_-_The_Gods_-_How_and_Why_they_Overlap, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  But upon certain points the identity is bound to transpire; even when we read of his crushing and classic defeat at Waterloo by the Belgians, the man is detected. Transferring the analogy to the Gods, it is then open to us to suppose that Tahuti, Thoth, Hermes, Mercury, Loki, Hanuman and the rest are identical, and that the diversity of the name and the series of exploits is due merely to the accidents of time and space. But it is at least equally plausible to suggest that these Gods are different individuals, although of the identical Order of Being, characteristics and function. Very much as if one took Drake, Frobisher, Raleigh, Hood, Blake, Rodney and Nelson, as seen through the mists of history, tradition, legend and plain mythopoeia. Add a few names not English, and our position is closely parallel. Personally, I incline to the latter hypothesis; but it would be hard to say why, unless that it is because I feel that to identify them completely would be to reduce their stature to that of personifications of various cosmic energies.

1.78_-_Sore_Spots, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  I remember sailing happily in to breakfast at Camberwell Vicarage, and saying cheerfully, in absolute good faith: "A fine morning, Mr. Kelly!" I was astounded at the reply. The dear old gentleman and he really was one of the best! half choked, then gobbled at me like a turkey! "You're a very insolent young man!" Poor, tiny Aleister! How was I to know that his son had driven it well home that the hallmark of English stupidity was that the only safe topic of conversation was the weather. And so my greeting was instantly construed as a deliberate insult!

1.79_-_Progress, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Then, somehow, as large a number of the most promising rebels should be selected to lead a life of luxury and leisure. Let every country, by dint of honouring its old traditions, be as different as possible from every other. Restore the "Grand tour," or rather, the roving Englishman of the Nineteenth Century. Entrust them with the secrets of discipline, of authority, or power. Hardship and danger in full measure: and responsibility.

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