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Genius ::: In ancient Rome, the genius (plural in Latin genii) was the guiding spirit or tutelary deity of a person, family (gens), or place (genius loci).[3] The noun is related to the Latin verbs "gignere" (to beget, to give birth to) and "generare" (to beget, to generate, to procreate), and derives directly from the Indo-European stem thereof: "enh" (to produce, to beget, to give birth). Because the achievements of exceptional individuals seemed to indicate the presence of a particularly powerful genius, by the time of Augustus, the word began to acquire its secondary meaning of "inspiration, talent".[4] The term genius acquired its modern sense in the eighteenth century, and is a conflation of two Latin terms: genius, as above, and Ingenium, a related noun referring to our innate dispositions, talents, and inborn nature.[5] Beginning to blend the concepts of the divine and the talented, the Encyclopdie article on genius (gnie) describes such a person as "he whose soul is more expansive and struck by the feelings of all others; interested by all that is in nature never to receive an idea unless it evokes a feeling; everything excites him and on which nothing is lost."[6]

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Tutelary_deity ::: In late Greek and Roman religion, one type of tutelary deity, the genius, functions as the personal deity or daimon of an individual from birth to death. Another form of personal tutelary spirit is the familiar spirit of European folklore.[1]

note-1:From the point of view of action (physical action), it is the will: you must work and build up an unshakable will. From the intellectual point of view, you must work and build up a power of concentration which nothing can shake. And if you have both, concentration and will, you will be a genius and nothing will resist you. - TM, QA 1953

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Genius ::: Genius is one attempt of the universal Energy to so quicken and intensify our intellectual powers that they shall be prepared for those more puissant, direct and rapid faculties which constitute the play of the supra-intellectual or divine mind.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 23-24, Page: 13

Genius, Genii (Latin) [from the verbal root gen birth, innate] Generally an indwelling spiritual or ethereal being, as contrasted with a corporeal being. Genii are the active individualizing beings or elements in the constitution of any entity, although invariably of ethereal or spiritual type. For instance, in the human being, the intellectual genius is the manasaputra in our constitution; likewise our astral genius is the vital-astral monad, or astral person.

Genius: In occult terminology, a nature-spirit; the personification of the indwelling dynamic force which activates an object or phenomenon, gives it energy and determines its effectual and organic existence. Also, a spirit, especially in classical literature, which accompanies a person throughout his entire earthly life as a protective (beneficent genius) or destructive (evil genius) force. (Plural: genii.) The word is frequently, but improperly, used also as a synonym for Jinn (q.v.).

Genius of Bestial Love [Schiekron]

Genius of the Contretemps [Angel of the

Genius: Originally the word applied to a demon such as Socrates' inner voice. During the 17th century it was linked to the Plntonic theory of inspiration and was applied to the rejection of too rigid rules in art. It defined the real artist and distinguished his creative imagination from the logical reasoning of the scientist. In Kant (Critique of Judgment), genius creates its own rules. -- L.V.

Genius (pi. genii)—another name for angel or

Genius, the: As noted above, the Technocratic view of an Avatar.

Genius, the: Capitalized, the Technocratic term for the Avatar.

Genius ::: The consciousness of a form. Usually this can be thought of as the spirit that is the rawest and purest expression of a particular form. The genius of a book, for instance, would be the root of the book's meaning and expression and could be evoked in order to learn more about the work, its purpose, its symbolism, etc. The genius of a human being could be thought of as the Higher Self at a certain level.

genius ::: 1. A tutelary deity or guardian spirit of a person or place. 2. A person with exceptional ability, esp. of a highly original and creative kind.

genius (archangel) of Saturn. [Rf. Christian, The

genius: a term used to describe a person with exceptional ability and creativity within a particular field, for instance intellect (by defining IQS of 140 + as the guideline for genius).

genius :::Genius is one attempt of the universal Energy to so quicken and intensify our intellectual powers that they shall be prepared for those more puissant, direct and rapid faculties which constitute the play of the supra-intellectual or divine mind. It is not, then, a freak, an inexplicable phenomenon, but a perfectly natural next step in the right line of her [Nature’s] evolution.” The Synthesis of Yoga

GENIUS. ::: Genius is one attempt of the universal Energy to so quicken and intensify our intellectual powers that they shall be prepared for those more puissant, direct and rapid faculties which constitute the play of the supra-intellectual or divine mind.

geniuses ::: pl. --> of Genius

genius ::: n. --> A good or evil spirit, or demon, supposed by the ancients to preside over a man&

genius of Mercury; 7. Pi-Joh, genius of the Moon.

genius of Saturn; 2. Pi-Zeus, genius of Jupiter;

genius of the 3rd hour.

genius of the 4th hour of the day.

genius of the 7th hour.

genius of time is Rempha.




3. Ertosi, genius of Mars; 4. Pi-Re, genius of the

According to the Old Testament, the building of the temple was completed, but it was used for its high purposes only briefly. Allegorically this was during the Golden Age of the childhood of the human race — the building was complete only as regards childhood when the gods walked among mankind and were their divine instructors; but humanity was not yet truly human, for manas (mind) had not yet been awakened by the manasaputras of whom Hiram Abif was a type. It is here that Masonic tradition should be studied together with the Biblical account. Then with the awakening of manas, and the eating from the Tree of Knowledge and hence the power to choose between good and evil — in other words, with the beginning of self-directed evolution, the temple was desecrated again and again. “The building of the Temple of Solomon is the symbolical representation of the gradual acquirement of the secret wisdom, or magic; the erection and development of the spiritual from the earthly; the manifestation of the power and splendor of the spirit in the physical world, through the wisdom and genius of the builder. The latter, when he has become an adept, is a mightier king than Solomon himself, the emblem of the sun or Light himself — the light of the real subjective world, shining in the darkness of the objective universe. This is the ‘Temple’ which can be reared without the sound of the hammer, or any tool of iron being heard in the house while it is ‘in building’ ” (IU 2:391).

.. .Aclahaye, genius of gambling [ 7 ]

Aclahaye—genius of gambling; also one of the

Adamic Earth or Adam’s Earth The “original matter” of alchemy; undifferentiated matter on our plane. Called the true oil of gold or the primal element in alchemy, “it is but one remove from the pure homogeneous element” (TG 6). It is the “next-door neighbor to the alkahest, and one of the most important secrets of the alchemists. . . . ‘it would explain the eagles of the alchemists, and how the eagles’ wings are clipped,’ a secret that it took Thomas Vaughan (Eugenius Philalethes) twenty years to learn” (IU 1:51).

Adjuchas—genius of the rocks; also one of the

Aeglun—genius of lightning and one of the

Agathodaemon, Agathodaimon (Greek) The good genius (represented as a youth holding a horn of plenty and a bowl, or a poppy and ears of corn) to whom at Athens a cup of pure wine was drunk at dinner; in one of his many forms, the kosmic Christos, the serpent of eternity — which in the human mind becomes the serpent of Genesis — which after the fall of Mediterranean civilizations became Satan. Brahma, in order to create hierarchies, becomes fourfold and emanates successively daemons, angels, pitris, and men. Agathodaimon refers to the first of these emanations, sons of kosmic darkness, signifying incomprehensible light which is prior to manifested light. Christian theology has recognized this in making Satan’s host the first sons of God, but has unconsciously perverted their descent in order to enlighten man into a rebellion against Almighty Power. Thus in later times Agathodaimon became the enemy of divine goodness. The same has happened in the case of the asuras in India, and of the kosmic serpent. In Gnostic gems it appears under the name Chnouphis or Chnoubis.

a genius who runs down thieves. Levi’s authority

Alecto: In Roman mythology, one of the Furies (q.v.), genius of pestilence, war and vengeance.

All Indian doctrines orient themselves by the Vedas, accepting or rejecting their authority. In ranging from materialism to acosmism and nihilism, from physiologism to spiritualism, realism to idealism, monism to pluralism, atheism and pantheism, Hindus believe they have exhausted all possible philosophic attitudes (cf. darsana), which they feel supplement rather than exclude each other. A unnersal feature is the fusion of religion, metaphysics, ethics and psychology, due to the universal acceptance of a psycho-physicalism, further exemplified in the typical doctrines of karma and samsara (q.v.). Rigorous logic is nevertheless applied in theology where metaphvsics passes into eschatology (cf., e.g., is) and the generally accepted belief in the cyclic nature of the cosmos oscillating between srsti ("throwing out") and pralaya (dissolution) of the absolute reality (cf. abhasa), and in psychology, where epistemology seeks practical outlets in Yoga (q.v.). With a genius for abstraction, thinkers were and are almost invariably hedonistically motivated by the desire to overcome the evils of existence in the hope of attaining liberation (cf. moksa) and everlasting bliss (cf. ananda, nirvana). -- K.F.L.

a lovely luminary characterized as “the immortal one, genius of fertilizing waters.” Offsetting

Alphun—the genius (i.e., angel) of doves. In

Also, one of the seven stellar spirits or genii of the seven sacred planets of the Egyptian Gnostics, Jove corresponding to the genius of the moon, also known as Iao. Again, one of the seven sons of Ialdabaoth who make up the second hepdomad, corresponding to Jehovah (SD 1:449). See also ASTAPHAI

and the evil genius who governs the month of

angel ::: n. --> A messenger.
A spiritual, celestial being, superior to man in power and intelligence. In the Scriptures the angels appear as God&

Angels, then, are members of numerous hierarchies of celestial powers, from the septenary formative host that emanates from the formative Third Logos down to the presiding genius or spirit of an atom, acting as intermediaries or envoys between the divine and the human or terrestrial.

anti-american ::: a. --> Opposed to the Americans, their aims, or interests, or to the genius of American institutions.

aroma ::: n. --> The quality or principle of plants or other substances which constitutes their fragrance; agreeable odor; as, the aroma of coffee.
Fig.: The fine diffusive quality of intellectual power; flavor; as, the subtile aroma of genius.

Ass In the cults of Asia Minor a symbol of Set, Typhon, Satan, Jehovah, or Saturn. Jesus rides into Jerusalem “upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass,” in accordance with the prophecy in Zechariah (9:9). If the ass is Saturn, and its foal the earth (whose physical globe is governed by the genius of Saturn in connection with the moon), this is an apt symbol of the descent of the Christos into the lower worlds. Plutarch relates that Typhon or Set fled on an ass into Palestine and there founded Hierosolymus and Judaeus (De Iside et Osiride, ch 30).

assisted by another genius (i.e., angel) named

Astaphai, Astaphoi (Gnostic) [from Greek astaphaios] With the Egyptian Gnostics, the genius of the planet Mercury, corresponding to the Egyptian Thoth and the Greek Hermes.

astrian genius of fire and chief of the celestial

Athena (Greek) Daughter of Metis (wisdom, wise counsel) and Zeus, said to have sprung fully-formed from her father’s head; with Zeus and Apollo one of a divine triad. Famed for wise counsel both in peace and war, Athena was the strategist, as Homer portrays her in the Iliad. As patron deity of Athens, she was the genius of statesmanship and civic policy. Certain archaic monuments show Athena assisting Prometheus (the intellectual fire-bringer) in shaping the first human body from the plastic stuff of earth. It is equally significant that she was connected with Apollo, the god of the seers and the sun personified, in producing climatic changes due to the shifting of the poles. Athena is to be found, variously named, in every theogony, as one of the kabeiria, those mighty beings “of both sexes, as also terrestrial, celestial and kosmic,” who when incarnated as initiate-teachers or kings, “were also, in the beginning of times, the rulers of mankind,” giving “the first impulse to civilizations” and directing “the mind with which they had endued men to the invention and perfection of all the arts and sciences” (SD 2:363-4).

Avatar: The “inner god” that guides a mage, an Awakened Avatar allows a mage to rework reality. (See Genius, Seeking.)

Bagdal—in Levi, Transcendental Magic, a genius

Baglis—a genius of measure and balance,

Bahak-Zivo bahak-ziwa (Gnostic) According to the Codex Nazaraeus, the genius who called the world into existence out of the dark water. He is also called the father of the genii or aeons. Bahak-Zivo was ordered to construct creatures, but failed to do so because he was ignorant of Orcus (the bottomless pit); so he called to his aid a still purer spirit, Fetahil, who likewise failed in the attempt (cf SD 2:17).

bel-esprit ::: n. --> A fine genius, or man of wit.

Genius ::: Genius is one attempt of the universal Energy to so quicken and intensify our intellectual powers that they shall be prepared for those more puissant, direct and rapid faculties which constitute the play of the supra-intellectual or divine mind.
   Ref: CWSA Vol. 23-24, Page: 13

Genius, Genii (Latin) [from the verbal root gen birth, innate] Generally an indwelling spiritual or ethereal being, as contrasted with a corporeal being. Genii are the active individualizing beings or elements in the constitution of any entity, although invariably of ethereal or spiritual type. For instance, in the human being, the intellectual genius is the manasaputra in our constitution; likewise our astral genius is the vital-astral monad, or astral person.

Genius: In occult terminology, a nature-spirit; the personification of the indwelling dynamic force which activates an object or phenomenon, gives it energy and determines its effectual and organic existence. Also, a spirit, especially in classical literature, which accompanies a person throughout his entire earthly life as a protective (beneficent genius) or destructive (evil genius) force. (Plural: genii.) The word is frequently, but improperly, used also as a synonym for Jinn (q.v.).

"Genius is Nature"s first attempt to liberate the imprisoned god out of her human mould; the mould has to suffer in the process. It is astonishing that the cracks are so few and unimportant.” Essays Divine and Human

Genius is Nature’s first attempt to liberate the imprisoned god out of her human mould; the mould has to suffer in the process. It is astonishing that the cracks are so few and unimportant.” Essays Divine and Human

Genius of Bestial Love [Schiekron]

Genius of the Contretemps [Angel of the

Genius: Originally the word applied to a demon such as Socrates' inner voice. During the 17th century it was linked to the Plntonic theory of inspiration and was applied to the rejection of too rigid rules in art. It defined the real artist and distinguished his creative imagination from the logical reasoning of the scientist. In Kant (Critique of Judgment), genius creates its own rules. -- L.V.

Genius (pi. genii)—another name for angel or

Genius, the: As noted above, the Technocratic view of an Avatar.

Genius, the: Capitalized, the Technocratic term for the Avatar.

Genius ::: The consciousness of a form. Usually this can be thought of as the spirit that is the rawest and purest expression of a particular form. The genius of a book, for instance, would be the root of the book's meaning and expression and could be evoked in order to learn more about the work, its purpose, its symbolism, etc. The genius of a human being could be thought of as the Higher Self at a certain level.

...Butator, genius or spirit of calculations [77]

Butator (or Butatar)—the genius or spirit of

Cahor—genius of deception. In Apollonius of

cendental Magic, the genius governing the zodiacal

Chateaubriand, Francois. Genie du Christianisme (Genius

Christmas customs likewise are derived from various sources: the exchange of gifts or sweets is a common accompaniment of new year celebrations; the tree is a universal symbol of manifested nature, and this appears again as the cross, which however is appropriated to the Friday before Easter. At the winter solstice, the sun enters Capricorn, a house of Saturn — who appears in such figures as Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, and Old Father Christmas; and the spirit of license and good cheer are more appropriate to the genius of Saturn, especially in the form of Silenus or a satyr, than to the mystic birth of the neophyte.

Church of the SubGenius "body, humour" A mutant offshoot of {Discordianism} launched in 1981 as a spoof of fundamentalist Christianity by the "Reverend" Ivan Stang, a brilliant satirist with a gift for promotion. Popular among hackers as a rich source of bizarre imagery and references such as "Bob" the divine drilling-equipment salesman, the Benevolent Space Xists, and the Stark Fist of Removal. Much SubGenius theory is concerned with the acquisition of the mystical substance or quality of {slack}. {(}. (1996-01-02)

Church of the SubGenius ::: (body, humour) A mutant offshoot of Discordianism launched in 1981 as a spoof of fundamentalist Christianity by the Reverend Ivan Stang, a brilliant SubGenius theory is concerned with the acquisition of the mystical substance or quality of slack. . (1996-01-02)

Clement of Alexandria, as an initiated Neoplatonist, knew that Agathodaimon was the kosmic Christos and the true spiritual savior of mankind, like Prometheus — an early form of the Agathodaimon teaching applied to the enlightening of the human race through the influence of an incarnating spiritual power. Opposite to him stands a Kakodaimon, the evil genius or lower serpent, the Satan who bids Christ worship him and “I will give thee all the kingdoms of the earth.” Kakodaimon is the nether or inferior aspect of Agathodaimon, kama-manas the deluder as opposed to buddhi-manas the redeemer.

Cosmiel—the genius who accompanied the

Cuniali—the genius (spirit) of association and

daemonic ::: one"s indwelling spirit, or genius.

demon">Demon In its original Latin form daemon means 'spirit', genie, or 'genius' who provided intuition, insight, and inspiration and allowed humans to converse with gods. In relation to the Greek form daimon, Socrates 'daimon' was his higher consciousness or some divinity connected with him. A demon was never considered to be an evil entity.

demon ::: n. --> A spirit, or immaterial being, holding a middle place between men and deities in pagan mythology.

dental Magic] a genius who opens sealed doors. In

Discordianism ::: (recreation) /dis-kor'di-*n-ism/ The veneration of Eris, also known as Discordia; widely popular among hackers. Discordianism was popularised by Robert anarcho-surrealist partisans of Eris and a malevolent, authoritarian secret society called the Illuminati.See Religion, Church of the SubGenius, and ha ha only serious.[Jargon File] (1997-04-12)

Discordianism "recreation" /dis-kor'di-*n-ism/ The veneration of {Eris}, also known as Discordia; widely popular among hackers. Discordianism was popularised by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson's novel "Illuminatus!" as a sort of self-subverting Dada-Zen for Westerners - it should on no account be taken seriously but is far more serious than most jokes. Consider, for example, the Fifth Commandment of the Pentabarf, from "Principia Discordia": "A Discordian is Prohibited of Believing What he Reads." Discordianism is usually connected with an elaborate conspiracy theory/joke involving millennia-long warfare between the anarcho-surrealist partisans of Eris and a malevolent, authoritarian secret society called the Illuminati. See {Religion}, {Church of the SubGenius}, and {ha ha only serious}. [{Jargon File}] (1997-04-12)

Eistibus—genius of divination, one of the genii

Eloaeos (Gnostic) The spiritual genius of the planet Jupiter; one of the seven stellar or planetary spirits of the Egyptian and other Gnostics, who together form the second or inferior hebdomad. See also ASTAPHAI

Eris ::: /e'ris/ The Greek goddess of Chaos, Discord, Confusion, and Things You Know Not Of; her name was latinised to Discordia and she was worshiped by that name in adherents of Discordianism and has since been a semi-serious subject of veneration in several fringe cultures, including hackerdom.See Church of the SubGenius.[Jargon File] (1994-12-08)

Eris /e'ris/ The Greek goddess of Chaos, Discord, Confusion, and Things You Know Not Of; her name was latinised to Discordia and she was worshiped by that name in Rome. Not a very friendly deity in the Classical original, she was reinvented as a more benign personification of creative anarchy starting in 1959 by the adherents of {Discordianism} and has since been a semi-serious subject of veneration in several "fringe" cultures, including hackerdom. See {Church of the SubGenius}. [{Jargon File}] (1994-12-08)

Erotosi —planetary genius of Mars, invoked in

evil genius of jealousy. [Rf. The Testament of

externism ::: A pseudo-philosophical theory developed by fictitious genius Jára Cimrman. It deals with people's knowledge and learning process.

Finally, intellect and will are brought into meaningful relation (Critique of Judgment, 1789-1793) in the feelings of aesthetic (i.e., "artistic") enjoyment and natural purposiveness. The appreciation of beauty, "aesthetic judgment", arises from the harmony of an object of cognition with the forms of knowledge; the perfect compatibility, in other words, of Nature and freedom, best exemplified in genius. Natural purposiveness, on the other hand, is not necessarily a real attribute of Nature, but an a priori, heuristic principle, an irresistible hypothesis, by which we regard Nature as a supreme end or divine form in order to give the particular contents of Nature meaning and significance.

fnord 1. "convention" A word used in {electronic mail} and {news} messages to tag utterances as surrealist mind-play or humour, especially in connection with {Discordianism} and elaborate conspiracy theories. "I heard that David Koresh is sharing an apartment in Argentina with Hitler. (Fnord.)" "Where can I fnord get the Principia Discordia from?" 2. "programming" A {metasyntactic variable}, commonly used by hackers with ties to {Discordianism} or the {Church of the SubGenius}. The word "fnord" was invented in the "Illuminatus!" trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. [{Jargon File}] (1995-02-28)

fnord ::: 1. (convention) A word used in electronic mail and news messages to tag utterances as surrealist mind-play or humour, especially in connection with sharing an apartment in Argentina with Hitler. (Fnord.) Where can I fnord get the Principia Discordia from?2. (programming) A metasyntactic variable, commonly used by hackers with ties to Discordianism or the Church of the SubGenius.The word fnord was invented in the Illuminatus! trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.[Jargon File] (1995-02-28)

foster ::: v. t. --> To feed; to nourish; to support; to bring up.
To cherish; to promote the growth of; to encourage; to sustain and promote; as, to foster genius.
Relating to nourishment; affording, receiving, or sharing nourishment or nurture; -- applied to father, mother, child, brother, etc., to indicate that the person so called stands in the relation of parent, child, brother, etc., as regards sustenance and nurture, but not by tie of blood.

Gabriel is the “genius of Mysteries.”

Gaon ::: (Heb. Genius). A title bestowed upon the head of the Babylonian Jewish academy and subsequently used to refer to distinguished talmudic scholars in the 6th to 12th centuries.

Gaon (&

Generally speaking, because of their menacing aspects, the term Dweller on the Threshold might be applied to the denizens of kama-loka, specifically to the past kama-lokic or astral remnants of a former incarnation which haunt the new imbodiment of that reincarnating ego. A person who gives way to strongly material impulse and desires forms for himself a kama-rupa which, when the person dies, can persist without undergoing complete dissolution until the quick return of such materially-minded human soul to reincarnation, when the kama-rupa is then strongly attracted to the person thus reimbodied and haunts him as an evil genius, continually instilling by automatic psychomagnetic action thoughts and impulses of evil, temptations, and suggestions of fear and terror — all of which the person himself was responsible for in his last life.

genial ::: a. --> Same as Genian.
Contributing to, or concerned in, propagation or production; generative; procreative; productive.
Contributing to, and sympathizing with, the enjoyment of life; sympathetically cheerful and cheering; jovial and inspiring joy or happiness; exciting pleasure and sympathy; enlivening; kindly; as, she was of a cheerful and genial disposition.
Belonging to one&

genially ::: adv. --> By genius or nature; naturally.
Gayly; cheerfully.

genie ::: n. --> See Genius.

genii ::: pl. --> of Genius

Genii ::: The plural, but more common, form of Genius.

genius ::: 1. A tutelary deity or guardian spirit of a person or place. 2. A person with exceptional ability, esp. of a highly original and creative kind.

genius (archangel) of Saturn. [Rf. Christian, The

genius: a term used to describe a person with exceptional ability and creativity within a particular field, for instance intellect (by defining IQS of 140 + as the guideline for genius).

genius :::Genius is one attempt of the universal Energy to so quicken and intensify our intellectual powers that they shall be prepared for those more puissant, direct and rapid faculties which constitute the play of the supra-intellectual or divine mind. It is not, then, a freak, an inexplicable phenomenon, but a perfectly natural next step in the right line of her [Nature’s] evolution.” The Synthesis of Yoga

GENIUS. ::: Genius is one attempt of the universal Energy to so quicken and intensify our intellectual powers that they shall be prepared for those more puissant, direct and rapid faculties which constitute the play of the supra-intellectual or divine mind.

geniuses ::: pl. --> of Genius

genius ::: n. --> A good or evil spirit, or demon, supposed by the ancients to preside over a man&

genius of Mercury; 7. Pi-Joh, genius of the Moon.

genius of Saturn; 2. Pi-Zeus, genius of Jupiter;

genius of the 3rd hour.

genius of the 4th hour of the day.

genius of the 7th hour.

genius of time is Rempha.

George III, or the Poetic Genius in an age of arid

green lightning [IBM] 1. Apparently random flashing streaks on the face of 3278-9 terminals while a new symbol set is being downloaded. This hardware bug was left deliberately unfixed, as some genius within IBM suggested it would let the user know that "something is happening". That, it certainly does. Later microprocessor-driven IBM colour graphics displays were actually *programmed* to produce green lightning! 2. [proposed] Any bug perverted into an alleged feature by adroit rationalisation or marketing. "Motorola calls the CISC {cruft} in the 88000 architecture "compatibility logic", but I call it green lightning". See also {feature}.

guardian angel or genius and identified with

Haatan —a genius who conceals treasures,

Halacho—genius of sympathies; also one of the

Hatiphas—genius of finery, mentioned in

Heiglot—in transcendental magic, a genius or

  “He is the Second ‘Life’ of the second or manifested trinity ‘the heavenly life and light, and older than the architect of heaven and earth’ (Cod. Naz., Vol. I, p. 145). These trinities are as follows. The Supreme Lord of splendour and of light, luminous and refulgent, before which no other existed, is called Corona (the crown); Lord Ferho, the unrevealed life which existed in the former from eternity; and Lord Jordan — the spirit, the living water of grace (Ibid. II., pp. 45-51). He is the one through whom alone we can be saved. These three constitute the trinity in abscondito. The second trinity is composed of the three lives. The first is the similitude of Lord Ferho, through whom he has proceeded forth; and the second Ferho is the King of Light — Mano. The second life is Ish Amon (Pleroma), the vase of election, containing the visible thought of the Jordanus Maximus — the type (or its intelligible reflection), the prototype of the living water, who is the ‘spiritual Jordan.’ (Ibid. II., p. 211) The third life, which is produced by the other two, is Abatur (Ab, the Parent or Father). This is the mysterious and decrepit ‘Aged of the Aged,’ the Ancient ‘Senem sui obtegentem et grandaevum mundi.’ This latter third Life is the Father of the Demiurge Fetahil, the Creator of the world, whom the Ophites call Ilda-Baoth . . . though Fetahil is the only-begotten one, the reflection of the Father, Abatur, who begets him by looking into the ‘dark water.’ Sophia Achamoth also begets her Son Ilda-Baoth the Demiurge, by looking into the chaos of matter. But the Lord Mano, ‘the Lord of loftiness, the Lord of all genii,’ is higher than the Father, in this kabalistic Codex — one is purely spiritual, the other material. So, for instance, while Abatur’s ‘only-begotten’ one is the genius Fetahil, the Creator of the physical world, Lord Mano, the ‘Lord of Celsitude,’ who is the son of Him, who is ‘the Father of all who preach the Gospel,’ produces also an ‘only-begotten’ one, the Lord Lehdaio, ‘a just Lord.’ He is the Christos, the anointed, who pours out the ‘grace’ of the Invisible Jordan, the Spirit of the Highest Crown . . .” (TG 204-5).

hellenism ::: n. --> A phrase or form of speech in accordance with genius and construction or idioms of the Greek language; a Grecism.
The type of character of the ancient Greeks, who aimed at culture, grace, and amenity, as the chief elements in human well-being and perfection.

hereditarianism ::: The philosophy developed by Francis Galton and expressed in his book Hereditary Genius in 1869 that people inherit mental characteristics from their parents such as personality and intelligence, a component of "nature" in the phrase "nature and nurture." Galton's view was opposed by Lamarckism but the development of human behavior genetics helped confirm hereditarianism as a partial explanation of human individual differences.

hermetics, Pi-Joh is the genius of the moon and

Hizarbin—a genius of the sea and one of the

humorist ::: n. --> One who attributes diseases of the state of the humors.
One who has some peculiarity or eccentricity of character, which he indulges in odd or whimsical ways.
One who displays humor in speaking or writing; one who has a facetious fancy or genius; a wag; a droll.

idiom ::: n. --> The syntactical or structural form peculiar to any language; the genius or cast of a language.
An expression conforming or appropriate to the peculiar structural form of a language; in extend use, an expression sanctioned by usage, having a sense peculiar to itself and not agreeing with the logical sense of its structural form; also, the phrase forms peculiar to a particular author.
Dialect; a variant form of a language.

“In a certain sense all genius comes from Overhead; for genius is the entry or inrush of a greater consciousness into the mind or a possession of the mind by a greater power.” Letters on Poetry and Art

*"In a certain sense all genius comes from Overhead; for genius is the entry or inrush of a greater consciousness into the mind or a possession of the mind by a greater power.”

Individual Psychology: (a) In the widest sense, individual psychology is one of the major departments of psychology, comparable to such other major subdivisions as experimental psychology, abnormal psychology, comparative psychology, etc. It is the branch of psychology devoted to the investigation of mental variations among individuals and includes such topics as: character and temperament (see Characterology) mental types, genius, criminality, intelligence, testing, etc. Attention was frst directed to individual differences by Francis Galton (Hereditary Genius, 1869). Galton's method was applied to mental deficiency by Dugdale (The Jukes, 1877) and Galton himself extended the same type of inquiry to free association and imagery in Inquiries into Human Faculty, 1883. A more recent contribution to individual psychology is Cattell's American Men of Science (1906).

ingenious ::: a. --> Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic.
Proseeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc.
Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply.

In hermetics, Pi-Hermes is the genius of Mercury

In modern usage, genius is exalted intellectual power and creative ability, a remarkable aptitude for some special pursuit, which is the greatest responsiveness of the brain and brain-memory to the higher manas or mind. The bent or especial aptitude along a particular line is due to efforts made along that line in past lives now coming forth in force, and relatively unhindered by the necessity of having to go through every step of the learning stages. It is as though the genius is enabled to tap the garnered treasury of wisdom stored within the reincarnating ego, and it flows forth through his mind unhampered; whereas the average person, except at odd inspirational moments, cannot regularly make the connection with this inner store of wisdom and knowledge. See also JINN

Inner God ::: Mystics of all the ages have united in teaching this fact of the existence and ever-present power of anindividual inner god in each human being, as the first principle or primordial energy governing theprogress of man out of material life into the spiritual. Indeed, the doctrine is so perfectly universal, and isso consistent with everything that man knows when he reflects over the matter of his own spiritual andintellectual nature, that it is small wonder that this doctrine should have acquired foremost place inhuman religious and philosophical consciousness. Indeed, it may be called the very foundation-stone onwhich were builded the great systems of religious and philosophical thinking of the past; and rightly so,because this doctrine is founded on nature herself.The inner god in man, man's own inner, essential divinity, is the root of him, whence flow forth ininspiring streams into the psychological apparatus of his constitution all the inspirations of genius, all theurgings to betterment. All powers, all faculties, all characteristics of individuality, which blossomthrough evolution into individual manifestation, are the fruitage of the working in man's constitution ofthose life-giving and inspiring streams of spiritual energy.The radiant light which streams forth from that immortal center or core of our inmost being, which is ourinner god, lightens the pathway of each one of us; and it is from this light that we obtain idealconceptions. It is by this radiant light in our hearts that we can guide our feet towards an ever largerfulfilling in daily life of the beautiful conceptions which we as mere human beings dimly or clearlyperceive, as the case may be.The divine fire which moves through universal Nature is the source of the individualized divine firecoming from man's inner god.The modern Christians of a mystical bent of mind call the inner god the Christ Immanent, the immanentChristos; in Buddhism it is called the living Buddha within; in Brahmanism it is spoken of as the Brahmain his Brahmapura or Brahma-city, which is the inner constitution.Hence, call it by what name you please, the reflective and mystical mind intuitively realizes that thereworks through him a divine flame, a divine life, a divine light, and that this by whatever name we maycall it, is himself, his essential SELF. (See also God)

In one significance, a genius is an instructing divinity, but not necessarily of the higher classes. In the special sense found in Greek and Roman belief, the genii were personal tutelar deities of human beings, assigned to each one at birth, attending him through life, and conducting him to Hades at death. This genius was honored by rites and sometimes deified. The word is also used, as genius loci, to mean the deity that presides over a locality or over some topographical feature. These are the ethereal, as distinguished from the corporeal, forces in nature.

INSPIRATION—The inbreathing or imparting of an idea, emotion or mental or spiritual influence; the elevating and creative influence of genius.

In the Sephirothal scheme, the Divine Name of the Sephirah of Malchuth was ’Adonai. The Gnostics taught that Iurbo and Adonai were names of Iao-Jehovah, who is an emanation of Ilda Baoth. According to Origen the Gnostics considered Adonai the genius of the sun. Blavatsky writes: “Both Aidoneus and Dionysius [Dionysus] are the bases of Adonai, or ‘Jurbo Adonai,’ as Jehovah is called in Codex Nazaraeus. . . . Baal-Adonis of the sods or Mysteries of the pre-Babylonian Jews became the Adonai by the Massorah, the later-vowelled Jehovah” (SD 1:463). See also ’ADON; IAO; JEHOVAH

In the wider meaning, genius stands for so great a range of beings as to comprise virtually all the hierarchies of dhyan-chohans, operative on all inner planes, including those denoted by god, deva, angel, daimon, etc.

(in Tyana’s Nuctemeron) is described as a “genius of languages.”

inventive ::: a. --> Able and apt to invent; quick at contrivance; ready at expedients; as, an inventive head or genius.

is called the “genius of delusive appearances.” He

Jazar—a genius who “compels love.” Jazar is

jinnee ::: n. --> A genius or demon; one of the fabled genii, good and evil spirits, supposed to be the children of fire, and to have the power of assuming various forms.

Kakodaimon (Greek) [from kakos evil + daimon god, genius] Opposed to agathodaimon, the good genius. This Gnostic term denoted the nether pole of the dual serpent — in one sense Scorpio as contrasted with Virgo, lord of the lower kingdoms, tempter of man, but turned into an aid if he is withstood and overcome.

Kirtabus—genius of languages and one of the

Labezerin—in talismanic magic, the genius

Leg bshad snying po. (Lekshe Nyingpo). In Tibetan, "The Essence of Eloquence," by TSONG KHA PA BLO BZANG GRAGS PA; its full title in Tibetan is Drang nges legs bshad snying po ("Essence of Eloquence on the Provisional and Definitive"). It is the most famous of the five texts that Tsong kha pa wrote on the view of emptiness (suNYATĀ). In it, he explores the categories of the provisional (NEYĀRTHA) and the definitive (NITĀRTHA) as they are presented in the YOGĀCĀRA (CITTAMĀTRA), *SVĀTANTRIKA, and *PRĀSAnGIKA schools. In 1402, at the age of forty-five, he completed LAM RIM CHEN MO, which concludes with a long and complex section on VIPAsYANĀ. Five years later, when he was fifty, he began writing a commentary on NĀGĀRJUNA's MuLAMADHYAMAKAKĀRIKĀ, entitled Rigs pa'i rgya mtsho ("Ocean of Reasoning"), at a hermitage above what would become SE RA monastery on the northern outskirts of LHA SA. While writing his commentary on the first chapter, he foresaw interruptions if he remained there and so moved to another hermitage nearby, called Rwa kha brag ("Goat-face Crag"). At this time, a representative of the Chinese emperor arrived in Lha sa bearing an invitation from the Ming emperor to come to teach the dharma at his court. Tsong kha pa left his hermitage in order to meet with him. Citing his advancing age and the wish to remain in retreat, Tsong kha pa sent images of the Buddha in his stead. Returning to his hermitage, he set aside for the time being his commentary on Nāgārjuna and began writing Legs bshad snying po. After completing it in 1408, he returned to his commentary on Nāgārjuna's text. In 1415, he wrote his medium length LAM RIM text, known as Lam rim 'bring, which contains a substantial exposition of vipasyanā. At the age of sixty-one, one year before his death, he composed a commentary on CANDRAKĪRTI's MADHYAMAKĀVATĀRA. Among his works on Madhyamaka, Legs bshad snying po is considered the most daunting, called his iron bow and iron arrow. Just as it is hard to pull an iron bow to its full extent, but if one can, the arrow will travel far, in the same way, the words-not to mention the meaning-of this text are difficult to understand but, when understood, are said to yield great insight. It has been viewed by generations of Tibetan scholars as a work of genius, known for its often cryptic brevity, but yielding profound insight if pursued with analytical fortitude. (The metaphor of the iron bow may also be a polite allusion to the fact that the book is so abstruse and sometimes apparently self-contradictory that it takes considerable effort to attempt to construct a consistent account of Tsong kha pa's position.) Within the DGE LUGS sect, Legs bshad snying po is regarded as the foremost philosophical tome in the eighteen volumes of Tsong kha pa's collected works, presenting a particular challenge, both as an avenue to approach reality and as an elaborate exercise in constructing his thought.

Librabis—genius of hidden gold and one of the

Magic, Phalgus is the genius of judgment. In

Main works: Tonpsychologie, 2 vols., 1883-90; Die Anfange der Musik, 1911; Empfindung u. Vorstellung, 1918; Gefühl u. Gefühlsempfindung, 1928; Erkenntnislehre, I, 1939. Sturm und Drang: (German, "Storm and Stress"), a period sweeping the German countries about 1770-1785, in which men like Hamann, Herder, the young Goethe, Schiller, Wagner, Christian Schubart, and Friedrich Maximilian Klinger (from whose play the movement got its name) advocated, in a flush of creative enthusiasm, the forces of native talent, the value of emotion, and the power of genius as a conscious reaction against the enlightenment which had spread from France. -- K.F.L.

mammoth ::: n. --> An extinct, hairy, maned elephant (Elephas primigenius), of enormous size, remains of which are found in the northern parts of both continents. The last of the race, in Europe, were coeval with prehistoric man. ::: a. --> Resembling the mammoth in size; very large; gigantic; as,

Mania (Latin) In Latin mythology the mother of lares or dii lares, and likewise the guardian or possibly even the source of the manes; according to Arnobius, the mother of the seven kabiri — Blavatsky remarks that “Mania is the female Manu . . . Ila or Ida, the wife and daughter of Vaivasvata Manu . . . The Manes and Mania of Arnobius are names of Indian origin, appropriated by the Greeks and Latins and disfigured by them” (SD 2:143). Another name for this mysterious divinity was Lara or Larunda. In the human constitution the archaic Latins called the higher manasic element the genius (called in women the juno); the other parts of the human constitution consisted of a manes and a lares, which correspond with the lower and higher human ego.

marriage of contraries.” He is a genius of the 5th

masa (another genius), Vacabiel controls the sign

men. The Zoroastrian genius of fire is Atar ( q.v .).

meron, a genius (angel) with dominion over fruit.

meron, an avenging genius.

meron, Barcus is a genius (i.e., angel) of quintes¬

meron, the genius of bestial love, and one of the

meron, the “genius of irrevocable choice.” He

meron, the genius of therapeutics, and one of the

Messenger ::: In the theosophical sense, an individual who comes with a mandate from the Lodge of the Masters ofWisdom and Compassion to do a certain work in the world.Only real genius -- indeed something more than merely human genius -- only extraordinary spiritual andintellectual capacity, native to the constitution of some lofty human being, could explain the reason forthe choice of such messengers. But, indeed, this is not saying enough; because in addition to genius andto merely native spiritual and intellectual capacity such a messenger must possess through initiatorytraining the capacity of throwing at will the intermediate or psychological nature into a state of perfectquiescence or receptivity for the stream of divine-spiritual inspiration flowing forth from the messenger'sown inner divinity or monadic essence. It is obvious, therefore, that such a combination of rare andunusual qualities is not often found in human beings; and, when found, such a one is fit for the work tobe done by such a messenger of the Association of great ones.The Masters of Wisdom and Compassion and Peace send their envoys continuously into the world ofmen, one after the other, and in consequence these envoys are working in the world among men all thetime. Happy are they whose hearts recognize the footfalls of those crossing the mountaintops of theMystic East. The messengers do not always do public work before the world, but frequently work in thesilences and unknown of men, or relatively unknown. At certain times, however, they are commissionedand empowered and directed to do their work publicly and to make public announcement of theirmission. Such, for instance, was the case of H. P. Blavatsky.

Misran —genius of persecution and one of the

Mizgitari —genius of eagles and one of the

Mizkun —genius of amulets and one of the

monarch ::: n. --> A sole or supreme ruler; a sovereign; the highest ruler; an emperor, king, queen, prince, or chief.
One superior to all others of the same kind; as, an oak is called the monarch of the forest.
A patron deity or presiding genius.
A very large red and black butterfly (Danais Plexippus); -- called also milkweed butterfly.

Nebu (Gnostic-Hebrew) The planetary genius of Mercury in the Ophite Gnostic scheme. The Codex Nazaraeus states that Nebu is “a false Messiah, who will deprave the ancient worship of God,” according to Norberg (preface to his trans.)

Nerig (Gnostic) The planetary genius of Mars, according to the Ophite Gnostic scheme.

Nitibus—a genius of the stars, cited in Levi,

Nitika —a genius of precious stones; he presides

norna ::: n. --> One of the three Fates, Past, Present, and Future. Their names were Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld.
A tutelary deity; a genius.

Nuctemeron, a genius (spirit) who sets prisons open;

of February. He also served as the genius (i.e.,

of the day. Haven is the genius of dignity.

one, genius of fertilizing water and of the fruit¬

order of thrones and genius of time. In hermetics,

other genius, Hadakiel governs the sign of Libra

p. 248, a genius (angel) who is invoked to bring

Phakiel —with another genius named Rahdar,

Phaldor —genius of oracles. [Rf Apollonius of

Pharzuph—genius of fornication, angel of lust.

Pi-Zeus —genius of Jupiter and head of the

planetary genius of Venus. In hermetics he is

Platonic Realism: See Realism. Platonism: The philosophy of Plato marks one of the high points in the development of Greek philosophical genius Platomsm is characterised by a partial contempt for sense knowledge and empirical studies, by a high regard for mathematics and its method, by a longing for another and better world, by a frankly spiritualistic view of life, by its use of a method of discussion involving an accumulation of ever more profound insights rather than the formal logic of Aristotle, and, above all, by an unswerving faith in the capacity of the human mind to attain absolute truth and to use this truth in the rational direction of human life and affairs.

poet ::: n. --> One skilled in making poetry; one who has a particular genius for metrical composition; the author of a poem; an imaginative thinker or writer.

pratibhanam ::: genius, a reflection or luminous response in the mind to higher ideation.

prematurity ::: n. --> The quality or state of being premature; early, or untimely, ripeness; as, the prematurity of genius.

president ::: n. --> Precedent.
One who is elected or appointed to preside; a presiding officer, as of a legislative body.
The chief officer of a corporation, company, institution, society, or the like.
The chief executive officer of the government in certain republics; as, the president of the United States.
A protector; a guardian; a presiding genius.

production ::: n. --> The act or process or producing, bringing forth, or exhibiting to view; as, the production of commodities, of a witness.
That which is produced, yielded, or made, whether naturally, or by the application of intelligence and labor; as, the productions of the earth; the productions of handicraft; the productions of intellect or genius.
The act of lengthening out or prolonging.

Rahdar—with the aid of a brother genius

religion of CHI /ki:/ [Case Western Reserve University] Yet another hackish parody religion (see also {Church of the SubGenius}, {Discordianism}). In the mid-70s, the canonical "Introduction to Programming" courses at CWRU were taught in {ALGOL}, and student exercises were punched on cards and run on a Univac 1108 system using a homebrew operating system named CHI. The religion had no doctrines and but one ritual: whenever the worshipper noted that a digital clock read 11:08, he or she would recite the phrase "It is 11:08; ABS, ALPHABETIC, ARCSIN, ARCCOS, ARCTAN." The last five words were the first five functions in the appropriate chapter of the ALGOL manual; note the special pronunciations /obz/ and /ark'sin/ rather than the more common /ahbz/ and /ark'si:n/. Using an alarm clock to warn of 11:08's arrival was {considered harmful}. [{Jargon File}]

religion of CHI ::: /ki:/ [Case Western Reserve University] Yet another hackish parody religion (see also Church of the SubGenius, Discordianism). In the mid-70s, the canonical the more common /ahbz/ and /ark'si:n/. Using an alarm clock to warn of 11:08's arrival was considered harmful.[Jargon File]

[Rf. Chateaubriand, Genius of Christianity.]

Risnuch—genius of agriculture, according to

Rosabis —genius of metals and one of the genii

Sachluph—a genius in control of plants and

SAINT Emotional genius, man on the highest level of the higher emotional stage, or the stage of culture. The saint has attained the emotional ideal of a loving relationship to all living things. However, it remains to realize the mental ideal - knowledge of reality and the purpose of action - before the self is finished with the human kingdom. (K 1.34.17)

When the self can maintain itself in the highest emotional consciousness (48:2), the individual is what Christian mysticism calls a saint. K 7.17.12

Saissaiel —with Riehol (a brother genius),

Saritaiel (Saritiel)—with a brother genius called

Sataaran—the genius in control of the zodiacal

Schachlil —in transcendental magic, the genius

Semakiel (Semaqiel)—with another genius

Seratiel —with Sagham (another genius or

Sialul— the genius of prosperity. In de Abano,

Sisera —genius of desire; one of the genii to be

Sislau —genius of poisons and one of the genii

slack ::: 1. (operating system) Internal fragmentation. Space allocated to a disk file but not actually used to store useful information.2. (jargon) In the theology of the Church of the SubGenius, a mystical substance or quality that is the prerequisite of all human happiness.Since Unix files are stored compactly, except for the unavoidable wastage in the last block or fragment, it might be said that Unix has no slack.See ha ha only serious.[Jargon File] (1995-03-01)

slack 1. "operating system" Internal fragmentation. Space allocated to a disk file but not actually used to store useful information. 2. "jargon" In the theology of the {Church of the SubGenius}, a mystical substance or quality that is the prerequisite of all human happiness. Since {Unix} files are stored compactly, except for the unavoidable wastage in the last block or fragment, it might be said that "Unix has no slack". See {ha ha only serious}. [{Jargon File}] (1995-03-01)

Speanta Armaiti (Avestan) Spandarmatz (Pahlavi) Spandarmaz (Persian) One of the seven Amesha Spentas, the reflection of the first three male Amesha-Spenta in the supreme world; in man, the link with the source of intellect. She is the life-giving breath of love that embraces the whole. In the enumeration of the ethical qualities attributed in the Avesta to these intelligences, divine piety is watched over by Spenta Armaiti. When personalized, she became the goddess or genius of the earth. The Vendidad refers to her as the fair daughter of Ahura-Mazda. The Amesha Spentas correspond with the cosmocratores, the builders, and the Qabbalistic Sephiroth.

Sri Aurobindo: "Genius is one attempt of the universal Energy to so quicken and intensify our intellectual powers that they shall be prepared for those more puissant, direct and rapid faculties which constitute the play of the supra-intellectual or divine mind. It is not, then, a freak, an inexplicable phenomenon, but a perfectly natural next step in the right line of her [Nature"s] evolution.” *The Synthesis of Yoga

Stupids ::: Term used by samurai for the suits who employ them. Succinctly expresses an attitude at least as common, though usually better disguised, among other like herself, a huge majority of Stupids, and a minority of Tweens, the merely ordinary geniuses.[Jargon File]

Stupids Term used by {samurai} for the {suits} who employ them. Succinctly expresses an attitude at least as common, though usually better disguised, among other subcultures of hackers. There may be intended reference here to an SF story originally published in 1952 but much anthologised since, Mark Clifton's "Star, Bright". In it, a super-genius child classifies humans into a very few "Brights" like herself, a huge majority of "Stupids", and a minority of "Tweens", the merely ordinary geniuses. [{Jargon File}]

Sun; 5. Suroth, genius of Venus; 6. Pi-Hermes,

Suphlatus—genius of dust. [Rf. Apollonius of

Suroth is a planetary genius of Egypt, replaced by

Susabo —genius of voyages and one of the

Tabris —in occult lore, the angel or genius of

Talisman [from Arab from Greek telesma completion, initiation, incantation] A charm made by engraving, for instance, the seal or sigil of a certain planet on a disc of metal corresponding to that planet, the operation being done at a time when the influence of that planet is strong. This, being worn, secured the help or influence of the genius of the planet, and is thought to be protective against one or another evil influence. The application extends beyond the planets, and an indefinite number of signs might be used to propitiate or protect against various genii, evil or good.

Tempha —a planetary genius of Saturn invoked in talismanic magic. [Rf. Waite, “The Occult Sciences” in The Secret Doctrine in Israel]

The beauty and greatness by his genius wrought

The business of this angel or genius is “to bring

The daemon of Socrates stood for his higher and spiritual self, and parallels in this sense the Christian idea of the Guardian Angel. Hesiod designated them as spirits of the golden age appointed to watch over and guard mankind. We often find two daemones accompanying the individual, one prompting to good, the other to evil; while again it may be the same genius, whose influence is defined as at one time good, at another evil.

  “The kabalist is a student of ‘secret science,’ one who interprets the hidden meaning of the Scriptures with the help of the symbolical Kabalah, and explains the real one by these means. The Tanaim were the first kabalists among the Jews; they appeared at Jerusalem about the beginning of the third century before the Christian era. The books of Ezekiel, Daniel, Henoch, and the Revelation of St. John, are purely kabalistical. This secret doctrine is identical with that of the Chaldeans, and includes at the same time much of the Persian wisdom, or ‘magic.’ History catches glimpses of famous kabalists ever since the eleventh century. The Mediaeval ages, and even our own times, have had an enormous number of the most learned and intellectual men who were students of the Kabala . . . The most famous among the former were Paracelsus, Henry Khunrath, Jacob Bohmen, Robert Fludd, the two Van Helmonts, the Abbot John Trithemius, Cornelius Agrippa, Cardinal Nicolao Cusani, Jerome Carden, Pope Sixtus IV., and such Christian scholars as Raymond Lully, Giovanni Pico de la Mirandola, Guillaume Postel, the great John Reuchlin, Dr. Henry More, Eugenius Philalethes (Thomas Vaughan), the erudite Jesuit Athanasius Kircher, Christian Knorr (Baron) von Rosenroth; then Sir Isaac Newton, Leibniz, Lord Bacon, Spinosa, etc., etc., the list being almost inexhaustible. As remarked by Mr. Isaac Myer, in his Qabbalah [p. 170], the ideas of the Kabalists have largely influenced European literature. ‘Upon the practical Qabbalah, the Abbe de Villars (nephew of de Montfaucon) in 1670, published his celebrated satirical novel, “The Count de Gabalis,” upon which Pope based his “Rape of the Lock.” Qabbalism ran through the Mediaeval poems, the “Romance of the Rose,” and permeates the writings of Dante.’ No two of them, however, agreed upon the origin of the Kabala, the Zohar, Sepher Yetzirah, etc. Some show it as coming from the Biblical Patriarchs, Abraham, and even Seth; others from Egypt, others again from Chaldea. The system is certainly very old; but like all the rest of systems, whether religious or philosophical, the Kabala is derived directly from the primeval Secret Doctrine of the East; through the Vedas, the Upanishads, Orpheus and Thales, Pythagoras and the Egyptians. Whatever its source, its substratum is at any rate identical with that of all the other systems from the Book of the Dead down to the later Gnostics” (TG 167-8).

There are, nonetheless, such things as the national genius, which can be metaphysically explained by calling it a minor ray from the logos, to which belong the already relatively highly evolved individual units of the group thus overenlightened. Such a national or racial aggregation of individuals of like karma and character likewise create a vital atmosphere, a manifestation of the genius, which exists in the creative ideation of the planetary spirit, both as an imbodied idea and as an abstract spiritual entity. It is in this sense that such expressions were used in ancient Greek and other mythologies when speaking of nature spirits, genii loci, or denoting families and races by an eponym, ancestor, or the name of a god.

The same idea underlies the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbath, a period of rest), the Lord’s day, and Jehovah in one of its meanings is Saturn, the genius of the Hebrew nation. It was from Saturn that came the teachings revealed to Qutamy in Nabathean Agriculture. Among the many equivalents of Saturn are Chium, Seth, Cain, Ildabaoth among the Egyptian Gnostics, Agruerus, Sydyk (Melchisedec), and Satan — the girdle about the loins of Satan is the rings of the planet Saturn. In the Biblical list of Gnostic emanations, Saturn corresponds to Thrones.

The story of Mel, a Real Programmer "programming, person" A 1983 article by Ed Nather about {hacker} {Mel Kaye}. The full text follows. A recent article devoted to the macho side of programming made the bald and unvarnished statement, "Real Programmers write in FORTRAN". Maybe they do now, in this decadent era of Lite beer, hand calculators and "user-friendly" software but back in the Good Old Days, when the term "software" sounded funny and Real Computers were made out of {drums} and {vacuum tubes}, Real Programmers wrote in {machine code} - not {Fortran}, not {RATFOR}, not even {assembly language} - {Machine Code}, raw, unadorned, inscrutable {hexadecimal} numbers, directly. Lest a whole new generation of programmers grow up in ignorance of this glorious past, I feel duty-bound to describe, as best I can through the generation gap, how a Real Programmer wrote code. I'll call him Mel, because that was his name. I first met Mel when I went to work for {Royal McBee Computer Corporation}, a now-defunct subsidiary of the typewriter company. The firm manufactured the {LGP-30}, a small, cheap (by the standards of the day) {drum}-memory computer, and had just started to manufacture the RPC-4000, a much-improved, bigger, better, faster -- drum-memory computer. Cores cost too much, and weren't here to stay, anyway. (That's why you haven't heard of the company, or the computer.) I had been hired to write a {Fortran} compiler for this new marvel and Mel was my guide to its wonders. Mel didn't approve of compilers. "If a program can't rewrite its own code," he asked, "what good is it?" Mel had written, in {hexadecimal}, the most popular computer program the company owned. It ran on the {LGP-30} and played blackjack with potential customers at computer shows. Its effect was always dramatic. The LGP-30 booth was packed at every show, and the IBM salesmen stood around talking to each other. Whether or not this actually sold computers was a question we never discussed. Mel's job was to re-write the blackjack program for the {RPC-4000}. ({Port}? What does that mean?) The new computer had a one-plus-one addressing scheme, in which each machine instruction, in addition to the {operation code} and the address of the needed {operand}, had a second address that indicated where, on the revolving drum, the next instruction was located. In modern parlance, every single instruction was followed by a {GO TO}! Put *that* in {Pascal}'s pipe and smoke it. Mel loved the RPC-4000 because he could optimize his code: that is, locate instructions on the drum so that just as one finished its job, the next would be just arriving at the "read head" and available for immediate execution. There was a program to do that job, an "optimizing assembler", but Mel refused to use it. "You never know where its going to put things", he explained, "so you'd have to use separate constants". It was a long time before I understood that remark. Since Mel knew the numerical value of every operation code, and assigned his own drum addresses, every instruction he wrote could also be considered a numerical constant. He could pick up an earlier "add" instruction, say, and multiply by it, if it had the right numeric value. His code was not easy for someone else to modify. I compared Mel's hand-optimised programs with the same code massaged by the optimizing assembler program, and Mel's always ran faster. That was because the "{top-down}" method of program design hadn't been invented yet, and Mel wouldn't have used it anyway. He wrote the innermost parts of his program loops first, so they would get first choice of the optimum address locations on the drum. The optimizing assembler wasn't smart enough to do it that way. Mel never wrote time-delay loops, either, even when the balky {Flexowriter} required a delay between output characters to work right. He just located instructions on the drum so each successive one was just *past* the read head when it was needed; the drum had to execute another complete revolution to find the next instruction. He coined an unforgettable term for this procedure. Although "optimum" is an absolute term, like "unique", it became common verbal practice to make it relative: "not quite optimum" or "less optimum" or "not very optimum". Mel called the maximum time-delay locations the "most pessimum". After he finished the blackjack program and got it to run, ("Even the initialiser is optimised", he said proudly) he got a Change Request from the sales department. The program used an elegant (optimised) {random number generator} to shuffle the "cards" and deal from the "deck", and some of the salesmen felt it was too fair, since sometimes the customers lost. They wanted Mel to modify the program so, at the setting of a sense switch on the console, they could change the odds and let the customer win. Mel balked. He felt this was patently dishonest, which it was, and that it impinged on his personal integrity as a programmer, which it did, so he refused to do it. The Head Salesman talked to Mel, as did the Big Boss and, at the boss's urging, a few Fellow Programmers. Mel finally gave in and wrote the code, but he got the test backward, and, when the sense switch was turned on, the program would cheat, winning every time. Mel was delighted with this, claiming his subconscious was uncontrollably ethical, and adamantly refused to fix it. After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it. Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real adventure. I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration, sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius. Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had no test in it. No test. *None*. Common sense said it had to be a closed loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side. It took me two weeks to figure it out. The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an {index register}. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment the index register each time through. Mel never used it. Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head, ready to go. But the loop had no test in it. The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word, was turned on-- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me. He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough, the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the program went happily on its way. I haven't kept in touch with Mel, so I don't know if he ever gave in to the flood of change that has washed over programming techniques since those long-gone days. I like to think he didn't. In any event, I was impressed enough that I quit looking for the offending test, telling the Big Boss I couldn't find it. He didn't seem surprised. When I left the company, the blackjack program would still cheat if you turned on the right sense switch, and I think that's how it should be. I didn't feel comfortable hacking up the code of a Real Programmer." [Posted to {Usenet} by its author, Ed Nather "utastro!nather", on 1983-05-21]. {Jargon File (}. [{On the trail of a Real Programmer (}, 2011-03-25 blog post by "jonno" at Jamtronix] [When did it happen? Did Mel use hexadecimal or octal?] (2003-09-12)

The story of Mel, a Real Programmer ::: (programming, person) An article devoted to the macho side of programming made the bald and unvarnished statement, Real Programmers write in Fortran. language - Machine Code. Raw, unadorned, inscrutable hexadecimal numbers, directly.Lest a whole new generation of programmers grow up in ignorance of this glorious past, I feel duty-bound to describe, as best I can through the generation gap, how a Real Programmer wrote code. I'll call him Mel, because that was his name.I first met Mel when I went to work for Royal McBee Computer Corporation, a now-defunct subsidiary of the typewriter company. The firm manufactured the faster -- drum-memory computer. Cores cost too much, and weren't here to stay, anyway. (That's why you haven't heard of the company, or the computer.)I had been hired to write a Fortran compiler for this new marvel and Mel was my guide to its wonders. Mel didn't approve of compilers.If a program can't rewrite its own code, he asked, what good is it?Mel had written, in hexadecimal, the most popular computer program the company owned. It ran on the LGP-30 and played blackjack with potential customers at every show, and the IBM salesmen stood around talking to each other. Whether or not this actually sold computers was a question we never discussed.Mel's job was to re-write the blackjack program for the RPC-4000. (Port? What does that mean?) The new computer had a one-plus-one addressing scheme, in which drum, the next instruction was located. In modern parlance, every single instruction was followed by a GO TO! Put *that* in Pascal's pipe and smoke it.Mel loved the RPC-4000 because he could optimize his code: that is, locate instructions on the drum so that just as one finished its job, the next would be was a program to do that job, an optimizing assembler, but Mel refused to use it.You never know where its going to put things, he explained, so you'd have to use separate constants.It was a long time before I understood that remark. Since Mel knew the numerical value of every operation code, and assigned his own drum addresses, every pick up an earlier add instruction, say, and multiply by it, if it had the right numeric value. His code was not easy for someone else to modify.I compared Mel's hand-optimised programs with the same code massaged by the optimizing assembler program, and Mel's always ran faster. That was because the they would get first choice of the optimum address locations on the drum. The optimizing assembler wasn't smart enough to do it that way.Mel never wrote time-delay loops, either, even when the balky Flexowriter required a delay between output characters to work right. He just located practice to make it relative: not quite optimum or less optimum or not very optimum. Mel called the maximum time-delay locations the most pessimum.After he finished the blackjack program and got it to run, (Even the initialiser is optimised, he said proudly) he got a Change Request from the Mel to modify the program so, at the setting of a sense switch on the console, they could change the odds and let the customer win.Mel balked. He felt this was patently dishonest, which it was, and that it impinged on his personal integrity as a programmer, which it did, so he refused program would cheat, winning every time. Mel was delighted with this, claiming his subconscious was uncontrollably ethical, and adamantly refused to fix it.After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it. Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real adventure.I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are lovely gems and reading through his code, even in hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had no test in it. No test. *None*. Common sense said it had to be a closed loop, where the it, however, and safely out the other side. It took me two weeks to figure it out.The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used an indexed instruction address of that instruction, so it would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment the index register each time through. Mel never used it.Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified instruction right taken into account -- just as this instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head, ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word, was turned on-- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last datum was instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough, the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the program went happily on its way.I haven't kept in touch with Mel, so I don't know if he ever gave in to the flood of change that has washed over programming techniques since those that I quit looking for the offending test, telling the Big Boss I couldn't find it. He didn't seem surprised.When I left the company, the blackjack program would still cheat if you turned on the right sense switch, and I think that's how it should be. I didn't feel comfortable hacking up the code of a Real Programmer.[Posted to USENET by its author, Ed Nather utastro!nather>, on 1983-05-21]. .[When did it happen? Did Mel use hexadecimal or octal?](2003-09-12)

The symbology suggests that the smith represents a race of humanity which had fallen prey to influences of a totally material age when human genius and craftsmanship were prostituted to unworthy ends. The tale ends with the artisan escaping in a flying device of his own making, leaving the evil king bereft of his sons, his daughter, and his smith.

The word genius is also applicable to the divine instructors of individuals and races; while with the Gnostics it stood for aeons or angels. Atom, in its original sense and not as denoting a particle, is equivalent to genius, for in this original sense it is equivalent to the theosophical term life-atom.

The word is also familiar in its evil side, in the expression evil genius. Human beings hover between the influence of benign and malign powers which have been personified into guardian angels and besetting demons, or good and evil stars. The good and evil genii of the individual are among the karmic conditions which, interacting with free choice, modify his ruling destiny; they are either the heavenly voice of the invisible spiritual prototype, or the lower astral person.

things are derived from their Genius, which by

urus ::: n. --> A very large, powerful, and savage extinct bovine animal (Bos urus / primigenius) anciently abundant in Europe. It appears to have still existed in the time of Julius Caesar. It had very large horns, and was hardly capable of domestication. Called also, ur, ure, and tur.

Values, Hierarchy of: (in Max Scheler) A scale of values and of personal value-types, based on "essences" (saint, genius, hero, leading spirit, and virtuoso of the pleasures of life, in descending scale). -- P.A.S.

versatile ::: a. --> Capable of being turned round.
Liable to be turned in opinion; changeable; variable; unsteady; inconstant; as versatile disposition.
Turning with ease from one thing to another; readily applied to a new task, or to various subjects; many-sided; as, versatile genius; a versatile politician.
Capable of turning; freely movable; as, a versatile anther, which is fixed at one point to the filament, and hence is very

voyage to the planets, accompanied by the genius

with another genius, Sarahiel (Sariel). [Rf. Levi,

wit-starved ::: a. --> Barren of wit; destitute of genius.

yaffle ::: n. --> The European green woodpecker (Picus, / Genius, viridis). It is noted for its loud laughlike note. Called also eccle, hewhole, highhoe, laughing bird, popinjay, rain bird, yaffil, yaffler, yaffingale, yappingale, yackel, and woodhack.

Zahari’il —in Mandaean lore, a genius of

Zamyad Yasht, Zamdat (Avestan) Zamik (Pahlavi) Zami (Persian) [from zam Avestan zam earth + yad that which earth has begot + yasht an act of worship, a Zoroastrian scripture] The 19th Yasht in the extant Zoroastrian scriptures, the Yashts generally being writings in which the Izeds are praised. This Yasht is inscribed to the genius of the earth, Spenta Armaiti. Its third section is devoted to the Amesha Spentas.

Zarobi —in occultism, the spirit (genius) of

Zeirna —genius of infirmities and one of the

Zizuph —genius of mysteries and one of the

Zodiacus vitae (Latin for Zodiac of Life): An old school book by Marcellus Palingenius Stellatus, widely used in England in the 16th century. Its twelve chapters were said by Foster Watson, M.A., Professor of Education in the University College of Wales (in the modern annotated edition published by Philip Wellby in 1908) to “find their parallel in the twelve labours of Hercules,” and thus “to typify the evolution of the human soul through successive stages of mental and spiritual enlightenment.”

Zophas —genius (angel) of pentacles and one of

Zuphlas—in ritual magic, a genius of forests; in the zodiac [Rf. Camfield, A Theological Dis-

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1:Genius is talent set on fire by courage. ~ Henry Van Dyke,
2:To see things in the seed, that is genius. ~ Lao Tzu,
3:Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
   ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
4:The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. ~ Bruce Feirstein
5:Genius lives only one story above madness, ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena,
6:I do believe God gave me a spark of genius, but he quenched it in misery. ~ Edgar Allan Poe,
7:I don't want to be a genius, I have enough problems just trying to be a man. ~ Albert Camus,
8:There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
   ~ Aristotle,
9:As Meander says, "For our mind is God;" and as Heraclitus, "Man's genius is a deity." ~ Plutarch,
10:Genius is patience.
   ~ Anonymous Proverb, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919),
11:No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does." ~ Christopher Morley,
12:The difference between insanity and genius is measured only by success and failure. ~ Masashi Kishimoto,
13:Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer,
14:Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
   ~ Arthur Schopenhauer,
15:The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. ~ Arthur Koestler,
16:Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination... go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
   ~ Mozart,
17:I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity. ~ William Blake,
18:Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius. ~ George Sand,
19:The genius is not something added to oneself. Rather it is a stripping away of excess to reveal the god within.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null,
20:The genius of Japan lies in imitation and improvement, that of India in origination. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram - II, The Asiatic Role,
21:Credence, when mediocrity multiplied
Equals itself with genius. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, Lines on Ireland,
22:A poet's largeness and ease of execution,—succeeds more amply on the inferior levels of his genius. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry, The Poets of the Dawn - II,
23:Genius can preserve its power even when it labours in shackles and refuses to put forth all its resources. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, The Suprarational Beauty,
24:That which distinguishes from others the upright man, is that he never pollutes the genius within him which dwells in his heart. ~ Marcus Aurelius, the Eternal Wisdom
25:In the philosophy of Bertrand Russell, genius entails that an individual possesses unique qualities and talents that make the genius especially valuable to the society in which he or she operates.
   ~ ?,
26:It needs the eye of genius to dispense with the necessity of experience and see truth with a single intuitive glance. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram - I, The Man of the Past and the Man of the Future,
27:Genius, the true creator, is always suprarational in its nature and its instrumentation even when it seems to be doing the work of the reason. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, The Suprarational Beauty,
28:Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
   ~ Plato,
29:A mastering and helpful assimilation of new stuff into an eternal body has always been in the past a peculiar power of the genius of India. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Renaissance in India, "Is India Civilised?" - II,
30:In his revelation, God performs a symphony, and it is impossible to say which is richer: the seamless genius of his composition or the polyphonous orchestra of Creation that he has prepared to play it. ~ Hans Urs von Balthasar, Truth is Symphonic,
31:The genius too receives from some high fount
Concealed in a supernal secrecy
The work that gives him an immortal name. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, Nirvana and the Discovery of the All-Negating Absolute,
32:By far the greatest thing is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others. It is a sign of genius, for a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of similarity among dissimilars.
   ~ Aristotle,
33:The birds have vanished into the sky, and now the last cloud drains away, We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains." ~ Li Po, (701-762), Chinese poet acclaimed as a genius who took traditional poetic forms to new heights, Wikipedia.,
34:77 - Genius discovers a system; average talent stereotypes it till it is shattered by fresh genius. It is dangerous for an army to be led by veterans; for on the other side God may place Napoleon. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human, Jnana,
35:Facing wine, I missed night coming on and falling blossoms filling my robe. Drunk, I rise and wade the midstream moon, birds soon gone, and people scarcer still." ~ Li Bai, (aka Li Po, 701-762), Chinese poet, acclaimed from his own day to the present as a genius, Wikipedia.,
36:There is a genius within every one of us - we don't know it. We must find the way to make it come out - but it is there sleeping, it asks for nothing better than to manifest; we must open the door to it.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1957-1958,
37:The magicians most important invocation is that of his Genius, Daemon, True Will, or Augoeides. This operation is traditionally known as attaining the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. It is sometimes known as the Magnum Opus or Great Work.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null,
38:One who first founds on a large scale and rapidly, needs always as his successor a man with the talent or the genius for organisation rather than an impetus for expansion. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle, The Ancient Cycle of Prenational Empire-Building - The Modern Cycle of Nation-Building,
39:If to thee nothing appears superior to the Genius which dwells in thee and has made itself master of his own tendencies and watches over his own thoughts and if beside him thoufindest that all the rest is petty and of no worth, then to no other thing give lodging. ~ Marcus Aurelius, the Eternal Wisdom
40:There is, however, one form of miracle which certainly happens, the influence of the genius. There is no known analogy in Nature. One cannot even think of a super-dog transforming the world of dogs, whereas in the history of mankind this happens with regularity and frequency.
   ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA,
41:Darken your room, shut the door, empty your mind. Yet you are still in great company - the Numen and your Genius with all their media, and your host of elementals and ghosts of your dead loves - are there! They need no light by which to see, no words to speak, no motive to enact except through your own purely formed desire. ~ Austin Osman Spare, The Logomachy of Zos,
42:Dick Feynman was a genius of visualization (he was also no slouch with equations): he made a mental picture of anything he was working on. While others were writing blackboard-filling formulas to express the laws of elementary particles, he would just draw a picture and figure out the answer. ~ Leonard Susskind, The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design,
43:From the point of view of action (physical action), it is the will: you must work and build up an unshakable will. From the intellectual point of view, you must work and build up a power of concentration which nothing can shake. And if you have both, concentration and will, you will be a genius and nothing will resist you.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953, [T4],
44: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,
45:Because genius is a characteristic of consciousness, genius is also universal. That which is universal is, therefore, theoretically available to every man. The process of creativity and genius are inherent in human consciousness. Inasmuch as every human has within himself the same essence of consciousness, genius is a potential that resides within everyone. It awaits only the right circumstances to express it.
   ~ David R Hawkins,
46:A truly good book is something as natural, and as unexpectedly and unaccountably fair and perfect, as a wild flower discovered on the prairies of the West or in the jungles of the East. Genius is a light which makes the darkness visible, like the lightning's flash, which perchance shatters the temple of knowledge itself,--and not a taper lighted at the hearth-stone of the race, which pales before the light of common day. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
47:Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. It depends on the mood of the man, whether he shall see the sunset or the fine poem. There are always sunsets, and there is always genius; but only a few hours so serene that we can relish nature or criticism. The more or less depends on structure or temperament. Temperament is the iron wire on which the beads are strung. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective store? ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
48:Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~ Apple Inc.,
49:Reading is merely a substitute for one's own thoughts. A man allows his thoughts to be put into leading-strings.

Further, many books serve only to show how many wrong paths there are, and how widely a man may stray if he allows himself to be led by them. But he who is guided by his genius, that is to say, he who thinks for himself, who thinks voluntarily and rightly, possesses the compass wherewith to find the right course. A man, therefore, should only read when the source of his own thoughts stagnates; which is often the case with the best of minds. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer,
50:The real human division is this: the luminous and the shady. To diminish the number of the shady, to augment the number of the luminous,-that is the object. That is why we cry: Education! science! To teach reading, means to light the fire; every syllable spelled out sparkles. However, he who says light does not, necessarily, say joy. People suffer in the light; excess burns. The flame is the enemy of the wing. To burn without ceasing to fly,-therein lies the marvel of genius. 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. ~ Victor Hugo,
51:To do this is to enter the magical world view in its totality. He takes complete responsibility for his present incarnation and must consider every experience, thing, or piece of information which assails him from any source, as a reflection of the way he is conducting his existence. The idea that things happen to one that may or may not be related to the way one acts is an illusion created by our shallow awareness. Keeping a close eye on the walls of the labyrinth, the conditions of his existence, the magician may then begin his invocation. The genius is not something added to oneself. Rather it is a stripping away of excess to reveal the god within.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null,
52:The truth is that Tolstoy, with his immense genius, with his colossal faith, with his vast fearlessness and vast knowledge of life, is deficient in one faculty and one faculty alone. He is not a mystic; and therefore he has a tendency to go mad. Men talk of the extravagances and frenzies that have been produced by mysticism; they are a mere drop in the bucket. In the main, and from the beginning of time, mysticism has kept men sane. The thing that has driven them mad was logic. ...The only thing that has kept the race of men from the mad extremes of the convent and the pirate-galley, the night-club and the lethal chamber, has been mysticism - the belief that logic is misleading, and that things are not what they seem. ~ G K Chesterton, Tolstoy,
53:At the end of the day, there should be an accounting and fresh resolution made. Though every day be a catalog of failure, there should be no sense of sin or guilt. Magic is the raising of the whole individual in perfect balance to the power of Infinity, and such feelings are symptomatic of imbalance.
   If any unnecessary or imbalanced scraps of ego become identified with the genius by mistake, then disaster awaits. The life force flows directly into these complexes and bloats them into grotesque monsters variously known as the demon Choronzon. Some magicians attempting to go too fast with this invocation have failed to banish this demon, and have gone spectacularly insane as a result.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null, Liber LUX, Augeoides [50-51],
54:The Seven Da Vincian Principles are:
   Curiosità - An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.
   Dimostrazione - A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.
   Sensazione - The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience.
   Sfumato (literally "Going up in Smoke") - A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.
   Arte/Scienza - The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination. "Whole-brain" thinking.
   Corporalità - The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.
   Connessione - A recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking.
   ~ Michael J. Gelb, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day,
55: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,
56:A person doing his true will is assisted by the momentum of the universe and seems possessed of amazing good luck. In beginning the great work of obtaining the knowledge and conversation, the magician vows 'to interpret every manifestation of existence as a direct message from the infinite Chaos to himself personally'
   To do this is to enter the magical world view in its totality. He takes complete responsibility for his present incarnation and must consider every experience, thing, or piece of information which assails him from any source, as a reflection of the way he is conducting his existence. The idea that things happen to one that may or may not be related to the way one acts is an illusion created by our shallow awareness.
   Keeping a close eye on the walls of the labyrinth, the conditions of his existence, the magician may then begin his invocation. The genius is not something added to oneself. Rather it is a stripping away of excess to reveal the god within.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null, Liber LUX, Augoeides [49-50],
57:Directly on awakening, preferably at dawn, the initiate goes to the place of invocation. Figuring to himself as he goes that being born anew each day brings with it the chance of greater rebirth, first he banishes the temple of his mind by ritual or by some magical trance. Then he unveils some token or symbol or sigil which represents to him the Holy Guardian Angel. This symbol he will likely have to change during the great work as the inspiration begins to move him. Next he invokes an image of the Angel into his minds eye. It may be considered as a luminous duplicate of ones own form standing in front of or behind one, or simply as a ball of brilliant light above ones head. Then he formulates his aspirations in what manner he will, humbling himself in prayer or exalting himself in loud proclamation as his need be. The best form of this invocation is spoken spontaneously from the heart, and if halting at first, will prove itself in time. He is aiming to establish a set of ideas and images which correspond to the nature of his genius, and at the same time receive inspiration from that source. As the magician begins to manifest more of his true will, the Augoeides will reveal images, names, and spiritual principles by which it can be drawn into greater manifestation.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null,
58:... Every one knew how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas, by his contrivance, the most ignorant person, at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, might write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, laws, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study." He then led me to the frame, about the sides, whereof all his pupils stood in ranks. It was twenty feet square, placed in the middle of the room. The superfices was composed of several bits of wood, about the bigness of a die, but some larger than others. They were all linked together by slender wires. These bits of wood were covered, on every square, with paper pasted on them; and on these papers were written all the words of their language, in their several moods, tenses, and declensions; but without any order. The professor then desired me "to observe; for he was going to set his engine at work." The pupils, at his command, took each of them hold of an iron handle, whereof there were forty fixed round the edges of the frame; and giving them a sudden turn, the whole disposition of the words was entirely changed. He then commanded six-and-thirty of the lads, to read the several lines softly, as they appeared upon the frame; and where they found three or four words together that might make part of a sentence, they dictated to the four remaining boys, who were scribes. This work was repeated three or four times, and at every turn, the engine was so contrived, that the words shifted into new places, as the square bits of wood moved upside down. ~ Jonathan Swift, Gullivers Travels,
59:Concentrating the Attention:
   Whatever you may want to do in life, one thing is absolutely indispensable and at the basis of everything, the capacity of concentrating the attention. If you are able to gather together the rays of attention and consciousness on one point and can maintain the concentration with a presistent will, nothing can resist it - whatever it may be, from the most material physical development to the highest spiritual one. But this discipline must be followed in a constant and, it may be said, imperturbable way; not that you should always be concentrated on the same thing - thats not what I mean, I mean learning to concentrate. And materially, for studies, sports, all physical or mental development, it is absolutely indispensble. And the value of an individual is proportionate to the value of his attention. And from the spiritual point of view it is still more important. There is no spiritual obstacle which can resist a penetrating power of concentration. For instance, the discovery of the psychic being, union with the inner Divine, opening to the higher spheres, all can be obtained by an intense and obstinate power of concentration - but one must learn how to do it. There is nothing in the human or even in the superhuman field, to which the power of concentration is not the key. You can be the best athlete, you can be the best student, you can be an artistic, literary or scientific genius, you can be the greatest saint with that faculty. And everyone has in himself a tiny little beginning of it - it is given to everybody, but people do not cultivate it.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1957-1958,
60:There is one point in particular I would like to single out and stress, namely, the notion of evolution. It is common to assume that one of the doctrines of the perennial philosophy... is the idea of involution-evolution. That is, the manifest world was created as a "fall" or "breaking away" from the Absolute (involution), but that all things are now returning to the Absolute (via evolution). In fact, the doctrine of progressive temporal return to Source (evolution) does not appear anywhere, according to scholars as Joseph Campbell, until the axial period (i.e. a mere two thousand years ago). And even then, the idea was somewhat convoluted and backwards. The doctrine of the yugas, for example, sees the world as proceeding through various stages of development, but the direction is backward: yesterday was the Golden Age, and time ever since has been a devolutionary slide downhill, resulting in the present-day Kali-Yuga. Indeed, this notion of a historical fall from Eden was ubiquitous during the axial period; the idea that we are, at this moment, actually evolving toward Spirit was simply not conceived in any sort of influential fashion.

But sometime during the modern era-it is almost impossible to pinpoint exactly-the idea of history as devolution (or a fall from God) was slowly replaced by the idea of history as evolution (or a growth towards God). We see it explicitly in Schelling (1775-1854); Hegel (1770-1831) propounded the doctrine with a genius rarely equaled; Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) made evolution a universal law, and his friend Charles Darwin (1809-1882) applied it to biology. We find it next appearing in Aurobindo (1872-1950), who gave perhaps its most accurate and profound spiritual context, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) who made it famous in the West.

But here is my point: we might say that the idea of evolution as return-to-Spirit is part of the perennial philosophy, but the idea itself, in any adequate form, is no more than a few hundred years old. It might be 'ancient' as timeless, but it is certainly not ancient as "old."...

This fundamental shift in the sense or form of the perennial philosophy-as represented in, say, Aurobindo, Hegel, Adi Da, Schelling, Teilhard de Chardin, Radhakrishnan, to name a few-I should like to call the "neoperennial philosophy." ~ Ken Wilber, The Eye Of Spirit,
   The magicians most important invocation is that of his Genius, Daemon, True Will, or Augoeides. This operation is traditionally known as attaining the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. It is sometimes known as the Magnum Opus or Great Work.
   The Augoeides may be defined as the most perfect vehicle of Kia on the plane of duality. As the avatar of Kia on earth, the Augoeides represents the true will, the raison detre of the magician, his purpose in existing. The discovery of ones true will or real nature may be difficult and fraught with danger, since a false identification leads to obsession and madness. The operation of obtaining the knowledge and conversation is usually a lengthy one. The magician is attempting a progressive metamorphosis, a complete overhaul of his entire existence. Yet he has to seek the blueprint for his reborn self as he goes along. Life is less the meaningless accident it seems. Kia has incarnated in these particular conditions of duality for some purpose. The inertia of previous existences propels Kia into new forms of manifestation. Each incarnation represents a task, or a puzzle to be solved, on the way to some greater form of completion.
   The key to this puzzle is in the phenomena of the plane of duality in which we find ourselves. We are, as it were, trapped in a labyrinth or maze. The only thing to do is move about and keep a close watch on the way the walls turn. In a completely chaotic universe such as this one, there are no accidents. Everything is signifcant. Move a single grain of sand on a distant shore and the entire future history of the world will eventually be changed. A person doing his true will is assisted by the momentum of the universe and seems possessed of amazing good luck. In beginning the great work of obtaining the knowledge and conversation, the magician vows to interpret every manifestation of existence as a direct message from the infinite Chaos to himself personally.
   To do this is to enter the magical world view in its totality. He takes complete responsibility for his present incarnation and must consider every experience, thing, or piece of information which assails him from any source, as a reflection of the way he is conducting his existence. The idea that things happen to one that may or may not be related to the way one acts is an illusion created by our shallow awareness.
   Keeping a close eye on the walls of the labyrinth, the conditions of his existence, the magician may then begin his invocation. The genius is not something added to oneself. Rather it is a stripping away of excess to reveal the god within.
   Directly on awakening, preferably at dawn, the initiate goes to the place of invocation. Figuring to himself as he goes that being born anew each day brings with it the chance of greater rebirth, first he banishes the temple of his mind by ritual or by some magical trance. Then he unveils some token or symbol or sigil which represents to him the Holy Guardian Angel. This symbol he will likely have to change during the great work as the inspiration begins to move him. Next he invokes an image of the Angel into his minds eye. It may be considered as a luminous duplicate of ones own form standing in front of or behind one, or simply as a ball of brilliant light above ones head. Then he formulates his aspirations in what manner he will, humbling himself in prayer or exalting himself in loud proclamation as his need be. The best form of this invocation is spoken spontaneously from the heart, and if halting at first, will prove itself in time. He is aiming to establish a set of ideas and images which correspond to the nature of his genius, and at the same time receive inspiration from that source. As the magician begins to manifest more of his true will, the Augoeides will reveal images, names, and spiritual principles by which it can be drawn into greater manifestation. Having communicated with the invoked form, the magician should draw it into himself and go forth to live in the way he hath willed.
   The ritual may be concluded with an aspiration to the wisdom of silence by a brief concentration on the sigil of the Augoeides, but never by banishing. Periodically more elaborate forms of ritual, using more powerful forms of gnosis, may be employed. At the end of the day, there should be an accounting and fresh resolution made. Though every day be a catalog of failure, there should be no sense of sin or guilt. Magic is the raising of the whole individual in perfect balance to the power of Infinity, and such feelings are symptomatic of imbalance. If any unnecessary or imbalanced scraps of ego become identified with the genius by mistake, then disaster awaits. The life force flows directly into these complexes and bloats them into grotesque monsters variously known as the demon Choronzon. Some magicians attempting to go too fast with this invocation have failed to banish this demon, and have gone spectacularly insane as a result.
   ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null,
62:Death & Fame

When I die

I don't care what happens to my body throw ashes in the air, scatter 'em in East River bury an urn in Elizabeth New Jersey, B'nai Israel Cemetery

But I want a big funeral St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Mark's Church, the largest synagogue in Manhattan

First, there's family, brother, nephews, spry aged Edith stepmother 96, Aunt Honey from old Newark,

Doctor Joel, cousin Mindy, brother Gene one eyed one ear'd, sister-in-law blonde Connie, five nephews, stepbrothers & sisters their grandchildren, companion Peter Orlovsky, caretakers Rosenthal & Hale, Bill Morgan--

Next, teacher Trungpa Vajracharya's ghost mind, Gelek Rinpoche, there Sakyong Mipham, Dalai Lama alert, chance visiting America, Satchitananda Swami Shivananda, Dehorahava Baba, Karmapa XVI, Dudjom Rinpoche, Katagiri & Suzuki Roshi's phantoms Baker, Whalen, Daido Loorie, Qwong, Frail White-haired Kapleau Roshis, Lama Tarchen --

Then, most important, lovers over half-century Dozens, a hundred, more, older fellows bald & rich young boys met naked recently in bed, crowds surprised to see each other, innumerable, intimate, exchanging memories

"He taught me to meditate, now I'm an old veteran of the thousandday retreat --"

"I played music on subway platforms, I'm straight but loved him he loved me"

"I felt more love from him at 19 than ever from anyone"

"We'd lie under covers gossip, read my poetry, hug & kiss belly to belly arms round each other"

"I'd always get into his bed with underwear on & by morning my skivvies would be on the floor"

"Japanese, always wanted take it up my bum with a master"

"We'd talk all night about Kerouac & Cassady sit Buddhalike then sleep in his captain's bed."

"He seemed to need so much affection, a shame not to make him happy"

"I was lonely never in bed nude with anyone before, he was so gentle my stomach shuddered when he traced his finger along my abdomen nipple to hips-- "

"All I did was lay back eyes closed, he'd bring me to come with mouth & fingers along my waist"

"He gave great head"

So there be gossip from loves of 1948, ghost of Neal Cassady commin-gling with flesh and youthful blood of 1997 and surprise -- "You too? But I thought you were straight!"

"I am but Ginsberg an exception, for some reason he pleased me."

"I forgot whether I was straight gay queer or funny, was myself, tender and affectionate to be kissed on the top of my head, my forehead throat heart & solar plexus, mid-belly. on my prick, tickled with his tongue my behind"

"I loved the way he'd recite 'But at my back allways hear/ time's winged chariot hurrying near,' heads together, eye to eye, on a pillow --"

Among lovers one handsome youth straggling the rear

"I studied his poetry class, 17 year-old kid, ran some errands to his walk-up flat, seduced me didn't want to, made me come, went home, never saw him again never wanted to... "

"He couldn't get it up but loved me," "A clean old man." "He made sure I came first"

This the crowd most surprised proud at ceremonial place of honor--

Then poets & musicians -- college boys' grunge bands -- age-old rock star Beatles, faithful guitar accompanists, gay classical con-ductors, unknown high Jazz music composers, funky trum-peters, bowed bass & french horn black geniuses, folksinger fiddlers with dobro tamborine harmonica mandolin auto-harp pennywhistles & kazoos

Next, artist Italian romantic realists schooled in mystic 60's India, Late fauve Tuscan painter-poets, Classic draftsman Massa-chusets surreal jackanapes with continental wives, poverty sketchbook gesso oil watercolor masters from American provinces

Then highschool teachers, lonely Irish librarians, delicate biblio-philes, sex liberation troops nay armies, ladies of either sex

"I met him dozens of times he never remembered my name I loved him anyway, true artist"

"Nervous breakdown after menopause, his poetry humor saved me from suicide hospitals"

"Charmant, genius with modest manners, washed sink, dishes my studio guest a week in Budapest"

Thousands of readers, "Howl changed my life in Libertyville Illinois"

"I saw him read Montclair State Teachers College decided be a poet-- "

"He turned me on, I started with garage rock sang my songs in Kansas City"

"Kaddish made me weep for myself & father alive in Nevada City"

"Father Death comforted me when my sister died Boston l982"

"I read what he said in a newsmagazine, blew my mind, realized others like me out there"

Deaf & Dumb bards with hand signing quick brilliant gestures

Then Journalists, editors's secretaries, agents, portraitists & photo-graphy aficionados, rock critics, cultured laborors, cultural historians come to witness the historic funeral Super-fans, poetasters, aging Beatnicks & Deadheads, autograph-hunters, distinguished paparazzi, intelligent gawkers

Everyone knew they were part of 'History" except the deceased who never knew exactly what was happening even when I was alive
February 22, 1997
~ Allen Ginsberg,
63:Intuition And The Value Of Concentration :::
   Mother, how can the faculty of intuition be developed?

   ... There are different kinds of intuition, and we carry these capacities within us. They are always active to some extent but we don't notice them because we don't pay enough attention to what is going on in us. Behind the emotions, deep within the being, in a consciousness seated somewhere near the level of the solar plexus, there is a sort of prescience, a kind of capacity for foresight, but not in the form of ideas: rather in the form of feelings, almost a perception of sensations. For instance, when one is going to decide to do something, there is sometimes a kind of uneasiness or inner refusal, and usually, if one listens to this deeper indication, one realises that it was justified. In other cases there is something that urges, indicates, insists - I am not speaking of impulses, you understand, of all the movements which come from the vital and much lower still - indications which are behind the feelings, which come from the affective part of the being; there too one can receive a fairly sure indication of the thing to be done. These are forms of intuition or of a higher instinct which can be cultivated by observation and also by studying the results. Naturally, it must be done very sincerely, objectively, without prejudice. If one wants to see things in a particular way and at the same time practise this observation, it is all useless. One must do it as if one were looking at what is happening from outside oneself, in someone else. It is one form of intuition and perhaps the first one that usually manifests. There is also another form but that one is much more difficult to observe because for those who are accustomed to think, to act by reason - not by impulse but by reason - to reflect before doing anything, there is an extremely swift process from cause to effect in the half-conscious thought which prevents you from seeing the line, the whole line of reasoning and so you don't think that it is a chain of reasoning, and that is quite deceptive. You have the impression of an intuition but it is not an intuition, it is an extremely rapid subconscious reasoning, which takes up a problem and goes straight to the conclusions. This must not be mistaken for intuition. In the ordinary functioning of the brain, intuition is something which suddenly falls like a drop of light. If one has the faculty, the beginning of a faculty of mental vision, it gives the impression of something coming from outside or above, like a little impact of a drop of light in the brain, absolutely independent of all reasoning. This is perceived more easily when one is able to silence one's mind, hold it still and attentive, arresting its usual functioning, as if the mind were changed into a kind of mirror turned towards a higher faculty in a sustained and silent attention. That too one can learn to do. One must learn to do it, it is a necessary discipline.
   When you have a question to solve, whatever it may be, usually you concentrate your attention here (pointing between the eyebrows), at the centre just above the eyes, the centre of the conscious will. But then if you do that, you cannot be in contact with intuition. You can be in contact with the source of the will, of effort, even of a certain kind of knowledge, but in the outer, almost material field; whereas, if you want to contact the intuition, you must keep this (Mother indicates the forehead) completely immobile. Active thought must be stopped as far as possible and the entire mental faculty must form - at the top of the head and a little further above if possible - a kind of mirror, very quiet, very still, turned upwards, in silent, very concentrated attention. If you succeed, you can - perhaps not immediately - but you can have the perception of the drops of light falling upon the mirror from a still unknown region and expressing themselves as a conscious thought which has no connection with all the rest of your thought since you have been able to keep it silent. That is the real beginning of the intellectual intuition.
   It is a discipline to be followed. For a long time one may try and not succeed, but as soon as one succeeds in making a mirror, still and attentive, one always obtains a result, not necessarily with a precise form of thought but always with the sensations of a light coming from above. And then, if one can receive this light coming from above without entering immediately into a whirl of activity, receive it in calm and silence and let it penetrate deep into the being, then after a while it expresses itself either as a luminous thought or as a very precise indication here (Mother indicates the heart), in this other centre.
   Naturally, first these two faculties must be developed; then, as soon as there is any result, one must observe the result, as I said, and see the connection with what is happening, the consequences: see, observe very attentively what has come in, what may have caused a distortion, what one has added by way of more or less conscious reasoning or the intervention of a lower will, also more or less conscious; and it is by a very deep study - indeed, almost of every moment, in any case daily and very frequent - that one succeeds in developing one's intuition. It takes a long time. It takes a long time and there are ambushes: one can deceive oneself, take for intuitions subconscious wills which try to manifest, indications given by impulses one has refused to receive openly, indeed all sorts of difficulties. One must be prepared for that. But if one persists, one is sure to succeed.
   And there comes a time when one feels a kind of inner guidance, something which is leading one very perceptibly in all that one does. But then, for the guidance to have its maximum power, one must naturally add to it a conscious surrender: one must be sincerely determined to follow the indication given by the higher force. If one does that, then... one saves years of study, one can seize the result extremely rapidly. If one also does that, the result comes very rapidly. But for that, it must be done with sincerity and... a kind of inner spontaneity. If one wants to try without this surrender, one may succeed - as one can also succeed in developing one's personal will and making it into a very considerable power - but that takes a very long time and one meets many obstacles and the result is very precarious; one must be very persistent, obstinate, persevering, and one is sure to succeed, but only after a great labour.
   Make your surrender with a sincere, complete self-giving, and you will go ahead at full speed, you will go much faster - but you must not do this calculatingly, for that spoils everything! (Silence) Moreover, whatever you may want to do in life, one thing is absolutely indispensable and at the basis of everything, the capacity of concentrating the attention. If you are able to gather together the rays of attention and consciousness on one point and can maintain this concentration with a persistent will, nothing can resist it - whatever it may be, from the most material physical development to the highest spiritual one. But this discipline must be followed in a constant and, it may be said, imperturbable way; not that you should always be concentrated on the same thing - that's not what I mean, I mean learning to concentrate.
   And materially, for studies, sports, all physical or mental development, it is absolutely indispensable. And the value of an individual is proportionate to the value of his attention.
   And from the spiritual point of view it is still more important.
   There is no spiritual obstacle which can resist a penetrating power of concentration. For instance, the discovery of the psychic being, union with the inner Divine, opening to the higher spheres, all can be obtained by an intense and obstinate power of concentration - but one must learn how to do it. There is nothing in the human or even in the superhuman field, to which the power of concentration is not the key. You can be the best athlete, you can be the best student, you can be an artistic, literary or scientific genius, you can be the greatest saint with that faculty. And everyone has in himself a tiny little beginning of it - it is given to everybody, but people do not cultivate it.
   ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1957-1958,
64: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, *I 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: *I 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, [T0],


1:Giving calls for genius. ~ ovid, @wisdomtrove
2:Eccentricities of genius. ~ charles-dickens, @wisdomtrove
3:Talent imitates, genius steals. ~ t-s-eliot, @wisdomtrove
4:Misfortunes often sharpen the genius. ~ ovid, @wisdomtrove
5:Sticking to it is the genius. ~ thomas-edison, @wisdomtrove
6:Difficulty is what wakes up the genius. ~ ovid, @wisdomtrove
7:Genius is infinite painstaking. ~ michelangelo, @wisdomtrove
8:Talent imitates, but genius steals. ~ t-s-eliot, @wisdomtrove
9:Madness in method, that's genius ~ frank-herbert, @wisdomtrove
10:The lucky person passes for a genius. ~ euripedes, @wisdomtrove
11:Genius, when young, is divine. ~ benjamin-disraeli, @wisdomtrove
12:Taste is the common sense of genius. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
13:A happy genius is the gift of nature. ~ john-dryden, @wisdomtrove
14:Execution is the chariot of genius. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
15:Simplicity is the trademark of GENIUS ~ robin-sharma, @wisdomtrove
16:Sleeping is the height of genius ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
17:To see things in the seed, that is genius. ~ lao-tzu, @wisdomtrove
18:Despair and Genius are too oft connected ~ lord-byron, @wisdomtrove
19:Poverty is the step-mother of genius. ~ josh-billings, @wisdomtrove
20:Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer. ~ ovid, @wisdomtrove
21:Genius is individual, scenius is communal. ~ brian-eno, @wisdomtrove
22:Genius must be born, it can't be taught. ~ john-dryden, @wisdomtrove
23:Adversity is the midwife of genius ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
24:Enthusiasm is the breath of genius. ~ benjamin-disraeli, @wisdomtrove
25:God is the poetic genius in each of us. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
26:Inspiration and genius -one and the same. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
27:Without patience, there can be no genius ~ robin-sharma, @wisdomtrove
28:Truth is the nursing mother of genius. ~ margaret-fuller, @wisdomtrove
29:I have nothing to declare except my genius. ~ oscar-wilde, @wisdomtrove
30:Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. ~ horace, @wisdomtrove
31:Genius must be born, and never can be taught. ~ john-dryden, @wisdomtrove
32:True understanding is the spur of genius ~ ursula-k-le-guin, @wisdomtrove
33:Wit and humor belong to genius alone. ~ miguel-de-cervantes, @wisdomtrove
34:It takes a genius to whine appealingly. ~ f-scott-fitzgerald, @wisdomtrove
35:You don't have to be a genius to invest well ~ warren-buffet, @wisdomtrove
36:Genius never desires what does not exist. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
37:Genius: the ability to prolong one's childhood. ~ h-l-mencken, @wisdomtrove
38:Talent may be in time forgiven, but genius never ~ lord-byron, @wisdomtrove
39:The true genius shudders at incompleteness. ~ edgar-allan-poe, @wisdomtrove
40:What is genius or courage without a heart? ~ oliver-goldsmith, @wisdomtrove
41:Genius is the capacity of avoiding hard work. ~ elbert-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
42:There is no genius where there is not simplicity. ~ leo-tolstoy, @wisdomtrove
43:Works of genius are the first things in the world. ~ john-keats, @wisdomtrove
44:The genius of Shakespeare was an innate university. ~ john-keats, @wisdomtrove
45:You can't get to genius on a platform of excuses. ~ robin-sharma, @wisdomtrove
46:Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. ~ thomas-carlyle, @wisdomtrove
47:Genius is talent provided with ideals. ~ william-somerset-maugham, @wisdomtrove
48:Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. ~ benjamin-disraeli, @wisdomtrove
49:Sanctity and genius are as rebellious as vice. ~ george-santayana, @wisdomtrove
50:Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it. ~ horace, @wisdomtrove
51:America has a genius for the encouragement of fame. ~ g-k-chesterton, @wisdomtrove
52:As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it ~ horace, @wisdomtrove
53:I believe that instinct is what makes a genius a genius. ~ bob-dylan, @wisdomtrove
54:Mechanical excellence is the only vehicle of genius. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
55:Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius. ~ josh-billings, @wisdomtrove
56:Early genius, like early cabbage, does not head well. ~ josh-billings, @wisdomtrove
57:Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense. ~ josh-billings, @wisdomtrove
58:Genius always finds itself a century too early. ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
59:Since when was genius found respectable? ~ elizabeth-barrett-browning, @wisdomtrove
60:A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius. ~ horace, @wisdomtrove
61:A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself. ~ samuel-johnson, @wisdomtrove
62:Genius has to pass over madness and madness over genius ~ salvador-dali, @wisdomtrove
63:Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. ~ elbert-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
64:Genius without education is like silver in the mine. ~ benjamin-franklin, @wisdomtrove
65:It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep. ~ will-rogers, @wisdomtrove
66:Ages are All Equal. / But Genius is Always Above The Age. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
67:Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot. ~ charles-bukowski, @wisdomtrove
68:Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer. ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
69:Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe. ~ benjamin-disraeli, @wisdomtrove
70:Genius is a steed too fiery for the plow or the cart. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
71:Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience. ~ benjamin-franklin, @wisdomtrove
72:Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.   ~ michel-de-montaigne, @wisdomtrove
73:A field of clay touched by the genius of man becomes a castle. ~ og-mandino, @wisdomtrove
74:Genius, like a thunderstorm, comes up against the wind. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
75:Adversity reveals the genius of a general; good fortune conceals it. ~ horace, @wisdomtrove
76:Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities. ~ oscar-wilde, @wisdomtrove
77:Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.   ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
78:Genius can only breathe freely in an atmosphere of freedom. ~ john-stuart-mill, @wisdomtrove
79:Genius: The capacity to see and to express what is simple, simply! ~ bruce-lee, @wisdomtrove
80:As we each express our natural genius, we all elevate our world. ~ robin-sharma, @wisdomtrove
81:Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. ~ benjamin-disraeli, @wisdomtrove
82:The Muse gave the Greeks genius and the art of the well-turned phrase. ~ horace, @wisdomtrove
83:Attention to trifles is inconsistent with great genius of every kind, ~ plotinus, @wisdomtrove
84:Genius defined: of inspiration 1% percent, of perspiration, 99%. ~ thomas-edison, @wisdomtrove
85:The genius of religions is that they structure the inner life. ~ alain-de-botton, @wisdomtrove
86:A person of genius should marry a person of character. ~ oliver-wendell-holmes-jr, @wisdomtrove
87:Genius is what a man invents when he is looking for a way out. ~ jean-paul-sartre, @wisdomtrove
88:Common sense is as rare as genius, - is the basis of genius. ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
90:Be a good craftsman; it won't stop you from being a genius. ~ pierre-auguste-renoir, @wisdomtrove
91:Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. ~ f-scott-fitzgerald, @wisdomtrove
92:I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. ~ oscar-wilde, @wisdomtrove
93:What is pornography to one man is the laughter of genius to another. ~ d-h-lawrence, @wisdomtrove
94:Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm. ~ benjamin-disraeli, @wisdomtrove
95:Anyone can make them cry, but it takes a genius to make them laugh. ~ charlie-chaplan, @wisdomtrove
96:You may have genius. The contrary is, of course, probable. ~ oliver-wendell-holmes-sr, @wisdomtrove
97:Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~ thomas-edison, @wisdomtrove
98:Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. ~ charles-bukowski, @wisdomtrove
99:Talent does things tolerably well; genius does then intolerably better ~ elbert-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
100:Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work. ~ henry-ford, @wisdomtrove
101:Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. ~ elbert-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
102:The gratitude you receive from others is a reflection of your genius. ~ danielle-laporte, @wisdomtrove
103:Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping-stones to genius. ~ elbert-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
104:Genius is that energy which collects, combines, amplifies, and animates. ~ samuel-johnson, @wisdomtrove
105:Genius is the act of solving a problem in a way no one has solved it before. ~ seth-godin, @wisdomtrove
106:Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. ~ thomas-carlyle, @wisdomtrove
107:I don't want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man. ~ albert-camus, @wisdomtrove
108:The applause and the favour of our fellow-men Fan even a spark of genius to a flame. ~ ovid, @wisdomtrove
109:When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head! ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
110:The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ~ albert-einstein, @wisdomtrove
111:What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality? ~ elizabeth-barrett-browning, @wisdomtrove
112:The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." ~ albert-einstein, @wisdomtrove
113:The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth. ~ johann-wolfgang-von-goethe, @wisdomtrove
114:As Meander says, "For our mind is God;" and as Heraclitus, "Man's genius is a deity. ~ plutarch, @wisdomtrove
115:Genius is the ability to hold one's vision steady until it becomes reality. ~ benjamin-franklin, @wisdomtrove
116:If people knew how hard I worked at my art, they would not consider me a genius. ~ michelangelo, @wisdomtrove
117:Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. ~ abraham-lincoln, @wisdomtrove
118:The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
120:The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers. ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
121:Always to see the general in the particular is the very foundation of genius. ~ arthur-schopenhauer, @wisdomtrove
122:Genius is an exaggeration of dimension. So is elephantiasis. Both may be only a disease. ~ ayn-rand, @wisdomtrove
123:Against attempts on my life, I trust in my luck, my good genius, and my guards. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
124:Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
125:The purpose of America is to unleash the full talent and genius of every individual. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
126:The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor. ~ george-bernard-shaw, @wisdomtrove
127:Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
128:Talent is the ability to say things well, but genius is the ability to, well, say things. ~ steve-martin, @wisdomtrove
129:Time was when genius was more precious than gold, but now to have nothing is monstrous barbarism. ~ ovid, @wisdomtrove
130:The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping. ~ virginia-woolf, @wisdomtrove
131:What makes success is not your genius idea, but the execution and follow-through around it ~ robin-sharma, @wisdomtrove
132:The secret to genius is not genetics but daily practice married with relentless perseverance. ~ robin-sharma, @wisdomtrove
133:The words "genius" and "genuine" derive from the same root. The core of genius is authenticity. ~ alan-cohen, @wisdomtrove
134:Passion is the deep, inner drive to reach for what we love.  Passion is the genesis of genius. ~ tony-robbins, @wisdomtrove
135:Genius discovers a system; average talent stereotypes it till it is shattered by fresh genius. ~ sri-aurobindo, @wisdomtrove
136:Blood is a destiny. One's genius descends in the stream from long lines of ancestry. ~ oliver-wendell-holmes-jr, @wisdomtrove
137:Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
138:Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
139:We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates. ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
140:The truth is mightier than eloquence, the Spirit greater than genius, faith more than education. ~ martin-luther, @wisdomtrove
141:Intelligence entails a strong mind, but genius entails a heart of a lion in tune with a strong mind. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
142:The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds. ~ david-hume, @wisdomtrove
143:Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, But Genius must be born; and never can be taught ~ john-dryden, @wisdomtrove
144:No kid is unsmart. Every kid's a genius at something. Our job is to find it. And then encourage it. ~ robin-sharma, @wisdomtrove
145:The genius of the people will ill brook the inquisitive and peremptory spirit of excise laws. ~ alexander-hamilton, @wisdomtrove
146:Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. ~ pablo-picasso, @wisdomtrove
147:Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal. ~ johann-wolfgang-von-goethe, @wisdomtrove
148:What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. ~ johann-wolfgang-von-goethe, @wisdomtrove
149:After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
150:Man for all his genius is but an echo of the original Voice, a reflection of the uncreated Light. ~ aiden-wilson-tozer, @wisdomtrove
151:The role of a leader is not to rule over other people, but to hold a space for their own genius. ~ marianne-williamson, @wisdomtrove
152:A popular author is one who writes what the people think. Genius invites them to think something else. ~ ambrose-bierce, @wisdomtrove
153:Every age has a kind of universal genius, which includes those that live in it to some particular studies ~ john-dryden, @wisdomtrove
154:This is the method of genius, to ripen fruit for the crowd by those rays of whose heat they complain. ~ margaret-fuller, @wisdomtrove
155:And is he honest who resists his genius or conscience only for the sake of present ease or gratification ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
156:Every age has a kind of universal genius, which inclines those that live in it to some particular studies. ~ john-dryden, @wisdomtrove
157:Genius can write on the back of old envelopes but mere talent requires the finest stationery available. ~ dorothy-parker, @wisdomtrove
158:The prophesying business is like writing fugues; it is fatal to every one save the man of absolute genius. ~ h-l-mencken, @wisdomtrove
159:What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. ~ johann-wolfgang-von-goethe, @wisdomtrove
160:You are a potential genius; there is no problem you cannot solve, and no answer you cannot find somewhere. ~ brian-tracy, @wisdomtrove
161:Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent - the power to do the right thing the first time. ~ elbert-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
162:Sometimes [genius] is just the thing that emerges after twenty years of working at your kitchen table. ~ malcolm-gladwell, @wisdomtrove
163:The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction. ~ samuel-johnson, @wisdomtrove
164:I do not need drugs to be a genius, do not take a genius to be human, but I need your smile to be happy. ~ charlie-chaplan, @wisdomtrove
165:The Athanasian Creed is the most splendid ecclesiastical lyric ever poured forth by the genius of man. ~ benjamin-disraeli, @wisdomtrove
166:You are a genius beyond description, so start telling yourself that and become aware of who you really are. ~ rhonda-byrne, @wisdomtrove
167:It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. ~ gertrude-stein, @wisdomtrove
168:People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work. ~ alexander-hamilton, @wisdomtrove
169:The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental. ~ elizabeth-barrett-browning, @wisdomtrove
170:Fortune always will confer an aura of worth, unworthily; and in this world The lucky person passes for a genius. ~ euripedes, @wisdomtrove
171:Artists are people with a genius for finding a new answer, a new connection, or a new way of getting things done. ~ seth-godin, @wisdomtrove
172:But since he had The genius to be loved, why let him have The justice to be honoured in his grave. ~ elizabeth-barrett-browning, @wisdomtrove
173:Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. ~ oscar-wilde, @wisdomtrove
174:Great genius you already have. The super conscious mind is invariably triggered by definition, and by decisiveness. ~ brian-tracy, @wisdomtrove
175:In the hands of a genius, engineering turns to magic, philosophy becomes poetry, and science pure imagination. ~ benjamin-disraeli, @wisdomtrove
176:The qualities of creativity and genius are within you, awaiting your decision to match up with the power of intention. ~ wayne-dyer, @wisdomtrove
177:The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency. ~ margaret-fuller, @wisdomtrove
178:The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources. ~ johann-wolfgang-von-goethe, @wisdomtrove
179:There is one qualification the manager cannot acquire but must bring to the task. It is not genius; it is character. ~ peter-drucker, @wisdomtrove
180:A person with average talent, ambition and education, can outstrip a genius in society, if that person has focused goals. ~ brian-tracy, @wisdomtrove
181:Genius will live and thrive without training, but it does not the less reward the watering pot and the pruning knife. ~ margaret-fuller, @wisdomtrove
182:It is the privilege of true genius, And especially genius who opens up a new path, To make great mistakes with impunity ~ lewis-carroll, @wisdomtrove
183:The genius of evolution lies in the dynamic tension between optimism and pessimism continually correcting each other. ~ martin-seligman, @wisdomtrove
184:Consolation for those moments when you can't tell whether you're the divinest genius or the greatest fool in the world. ~ virginia-woolf, @wisdomtrove
185:Genius - to know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things. ~ ambrose-bierce, @wisdomtrove
186:If you gave your inner genius as much credence as your inner critic, you would be light years ahead of where you now stand. ~ alan-cohen, @wisdomtrove
187:What is a genius? A person who demands little to nothing from others, but is often found extremely difficult to have around. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
188:In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
189:The one who was born a genius can't win against the one who tries, and the one who tries can't win against the one who enjoys. ~ confucius, @wisdomtrove
190:The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius. ~ oliver-wendell-holmes-jr, @wisdomtrove
191:Inner genius is not about being smart. It is about unleashing the infinite creativity of your unique giftedness and passion. ~ aimee-davies, @wisdomtrove
192:Mir Bahadur Ali is, as we have seen, incapable of evading the most vulgar of art's temptations: that of being a genius. ~ jorge-luis-borges, @wisdomtrove
193:In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. ~ ralph-waldo-emerson, @wisdomtrove
194:It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to teach child the chance to fulfil his potential possibilities. ~ maria-montessori, @wisdomtrove
195:It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work. ~ virginia-woolf, @wisdomtrove
196:Now there's a word to lift your hat to... to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that's the genius behind poetry. ~ emily-dickinson, @wisdomtrove
197:The real genius to make a marketplace flourish doesn't come from the government. It comes from the individual genius of its people. ~ jim-rohn, @wisdomtrove
198:Who you really are is a clear-minded, magnificent, good-feeling, brilliant, creative, loving genius. That is who you really are. ~ esther-hicks, @wisdomtrove
199:Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person. ~ immanuel-kant, @wisdomtrove
200:Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded. ~ charlie-chaplan, @wisdomtrove
201:Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone. ~ henry-wadsworth-longfellow, @wisdomtrove
202:Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else. ~ arthur-schopenhauer, @wisdomtrove
203:Talent works for money and fame; the motive which moves genius to productivity is, on the other hand, less easy to determine. ~ arthur-schopenhauer, @wisdomtrove
204:Sensibility alters from generation to generation in everybody, whether we will or no; but expression is only altered by a man of genius. ~ t-s-eliot, @wisdomtrove
205:The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be. ~ edgar-allan-poe, @wisdomtrove
206:probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone. ~ john-f-kennedy, @wisdomtrove
207:There is suffering in the light; in excess it burns. Flame is hostile to the wing. To burn and yet to fly, this is the miracle of genius. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
208:Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color ~ john-f-kennedy, @wisdomtrove
209:Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~ albert-einstein, @wisdomtrove
210:Many have genius, but, wanting art, are forever dumb. The two must go together to form the great poet, painter, or sculptor. ~ henry-wadsworth-longfellow, @wisdomtrove
211:Vivid simplicity is the articulation, the nature of genius. Wisdom is greater than intelligence; intelligence is greater than philosobabble. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
212:If a man can have only one kind of sense, let him have common sense. If he has that and uncommon sense too, he is not far from genius. ~ henry-ward-beecher, @wisdomtrove
213:Organizations cannot make a genius out of an incompetent. On the other hand, disorganization can scarcely fail to result in efficiency. ~ dwight-eisenhower, @wisdomtrove
214:Men of genius are like eagles, they live on what they kill, while men of talents are like crows, they live on what has been killed for them. ~ josh-billings, @wisdomtrove
215:When the creations of a genius collide with the mind of a layman, and produce an empty sound, there is little doubt as to which is at fault. ~ salvador-dali, @wisdomtrove
216:He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. ~ douglas-adams, @wisdomtrove
217:I really cannot know whether I am or am not the Genius you are pleased to call me, but I am very willing to put up with the mistake, if it be one. ~ lord-byron, @wisdomtrove
218:True genius walks along a line, and, perhaps, our greatest pleasure is in seeing it so often near falling, without being ever actually down. ~ oliver-goldsmith, @wisdomtrove
219:All men of genius, and all those who have gained rank in the republic of letters, are brothers, whatever may be the land of their nativity. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
220:Even if there are instances in which it can be mistook by onlookers, never fool yourself into using misunderstood genius as an excuse to be a fool. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
221:To complicate things in new ways, that is really very easy; but to see things in new ways, that is difficult and that is why genius is so rare. ~ gertrude-stein, @wisdomtrove
222:Intelligence is not creative; judgment is not creative. If a sculptor is nothing but skill and mind, his hands will be without genius. ~ antoine-de-saint-exupery, @wisdomtrove
223:The art of land warfare is an art of genius, of inspiration. On the sea nothing is genius or inspiration; everything is positive or empiric. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
224:Humor is one of the elements of genius&
225:No reporter of my generation, whatever his genius, ever really rated spats and a walking stick until he had covered both a lynching and a revolution. ~ h-l-mencken, @wisdomtrove
226:Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning. ~ oliver-goldsmith, @wisdomtrove
227:Curiosity, or the love of knowledge, has a very limited influence, and requires youth, leisure education, genius and example to make it govern any person ~ david-hume, @wisdomtrove
228:Never imitate the eccentricities of genius, but toil after it in its truer flights. They are not so easy to follow, but they lead to higher regions. ~ charles-dickens, @wisdomtrove
229:The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as &
230:There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius. ~ walt-whitman, @wisdomtrove
231:This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. ~ dwight-eisenhower, @wisdomtrove
232:Your genius will shine through, and happiness will fill your life, the instant you discover your higher purpose and direct all your energies towards it. ~ robin-sharma, @wisdomtrove
233:Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster. ~ washington-irving, @wisdomtrove
234:The first method is that of a schemer and leads only to mediocre results; the other method is the path of genius and changes the face of the world. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
235:Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction. ~ albert-einstein, @wisdomtrove
236:Oftentimes in reality, the genius is in the position of the antihero. Neither the good guys nor the bad guys really trust him because his truth is universal. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
237:Expect a most agreeable letter; for not being overburdened with subject (having nothing at all to say) I shall have no check to my Genius from beginning to end. ~ jane-austen, @wisdomtrove
238:Civilization owes to the Islamic world some of its most important tools and achievements... the Muslim genius has added much to the culture of all peoples. ~ dwight-eisenhower, @wisdomtrove
239:For the purposes of life and conduct, and society, a little good sense is surely better than all this genius, and a little good humour than this extreme sensibility. ~ david-hume, @wisdomtrove
240:When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents and influences and genius,  if he dies unloved his life must be a failure to him and his dying a cold horror. ~ john-steinbeck, @wisdomtrove
241:As I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity, I collected some of their Proverbs. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
242:So a military force has no constant formation, water has no constant shape: the ability to gain victory by changing and adapting according to the opponent is called genius. ~ sun-tzu, @wisdomtrove
243:The all importance of clothes has sprung up in the intellect of the dandy without effort, like an instinct of genius; he is inspired with clothes, a poet of clothes. ~ thomas-carlyle, @wisdomtrove
244:To use many words to communicate few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. To gather much thought into few words stamps the man of genius. ~ arthur-schopenhauer, @wisdomtrove
245:Persons of genius, it is true, are, and are always likely to be, a small minority; but in order to have them, it is necessary to preserve the soil in which they grow. ~ john-stuart-mill, @wisdomtrove
246:Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better. ~ carl-jung, @wisdomtrove
247:A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race - and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin. ~ ayn-rand, @wisdomtrove
248:The daily life of a genius, his sleep, his digestion, he ecstasies, his nails, his colds, his blood, his life and death are essentially different from the rest of mankind. ~ salvador-dali, @wisdomtrove
249:I adopted the theory of reincarnation when I was 26. Genius is experience. Some think to seem that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives ~ henry-ford, @wisdomtrove
250:Truth is the nursing mother of genius. No man can be absolutely true to himself, eschewing cant, compromise, servile imitation, and complaisance without becoming original. ~ margaret-fuller, @wisdomtrove
251:I am not sure if women are attracted to genius. Can you imagine the wise wizard winning the woman over the gallant swordsman? It seems rather otherworldly in more ways than one. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
252:In order to share one's true brilliance one initially has to risk looking like a fool: genius is like a wheel that spins so fast, it at first glance appears to be sitting still. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
253:Every single person in the world could be a genius at something, if they practiced it daily for at least ten years (as confirmed by the research of Anders Ericsson and others). ~ robin-sharma, @wisdomtrove
254:It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant. ~ margaret-fuller, @wisdomtrove
255:Genius, that power which constitutes a poet; that quality without which judgment is cold, and knowledge is inert; that energy which collects, combines, amplifies and animates. ~ samuel-johnson, @wisdomtrove
256:Rising genius always shoots forth its rays from among clouds and vapours, but these will gradually roll away and disappear, as it ascends to its steady and meridian lustre. ~ washington-irving, @wisdomtrove
257:Common sense is an instinct given to man and enough of it is genius. Smartness is measured by the level of common sense one has, not by how much educated or knowledgeable he is. ~ josh-billings, @wisdomtrove
258:Genius or fool, you don't live in the world alone. You can hide underground or you can build a wall around yourself, but somebody's going to come along and screw up the works. ~ haruki-murakami, @wisdomtrove
259:The denial of contemporary genius is the rule rather than the exception. No one counts the eagles in the nest, till there is a rush of wings; and lo! they are flown. ~ elizabeth-barrett-browning, @wisdomtrove
260:It is good sense applied with diligence to what was at first a mere accident, and which by great application grew to be called, by the generality of mankind, a particular genius. ~ samuel-johnson, @wisdomtrove
261:have you ever seen a genius out there looking for a job? it's the saddest thing in the world. no one will hire him. there is only one place where he is always welcome- at the bottom. ~ henry-miller, @wisdomtrove
262:Men of genius are far more abundant than is supposed. In fact, to appreciate thoroughly the work of what we call genius, is to possess all the genius by which the work was produced. ~ edgar-allan-poe, @wisdomtrove
263:The real problem is that through our scientific genius we’ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we’ve failed to make of it a brotherhood. ~ martin-luther-king, @wisdomtrove
264:We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other’s people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural channel to open. ~ shakti-gawain, @wisdomtrove
265:But the greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances. ~ aristotle, @wisdomtrove
266:I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
267:I met a genius on the train today about 6 years old, he sat beside me and as the train ran down along the coast we came to the ocean and then he looked at me and said, it’s not pretty. ~ charles-bukowski, @wisdomtrove
268:The genius of poetry must work out its own salvation in a man; it cannot be matured by law and precept, but by sensation and watchfulness in itself. That which is creative must create itself. ~ john-keats, @wisdomtrove
269:A genius may perhaps be a century ahead of his age and hence stands there as a paradox, but in the end, the race will assimilate what was once a paradox, so it is no longer paradoxical. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
270:A genius is simply one who has taken full possession of his own mind and directed it toward objectives of his own choosing, without permitting outside influences to discourage or mislead him. ~ napoleon-hill, @wisdomtrove
271:Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it. ~ johann-wolfgang-von-goethe, @wisdomtrove
272:Homer is one of the men of genius who solve that fine problem of art - the finest of all, perhaps - truly to depict humanity by the enlargement of man: that is, to generate the real in the ideal. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
273:In every idea of genius or in every new human idea, or, more simply still, in every serious human idea born in anyone's brain, there is something that cannot possibly be conveyed to others. ~ fyodor-dostoevsky, @wisdomtrove
274:If you refuse to study anatomy, the arts of drawing and perspective, the mathematics of aesthetics, and the science of color, let me tell you that this is more a sign of laziness than of genius. ~ salvador-dali, @wisdomtrove
275:There seems almost a general wish of descrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them. ~ jane-austen, @wisdomtrove
276:The worship of God is, Honouring his gifts in other men each according to his genius, and loving the greatest men best; those who envy or calumniate great men hate God, for there is no other God. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
277:Do not train children in learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. ~ plato, @wisdomtrove
278:Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores. ~ f-scott-fitzgerald, @wisdomtrove
279:I despair of ever receiving the same degree of pleasure from the most exalted performances of genius which I felt in childhood from pieces which my present judgment regards as trifling and contemptible. ~ edmund-burke, @wisdomtrove
280:Genius is talent provided with ideals. Genius starves while talent wears purple and fine linen. The man of genius of today will infifty years' time be in most cases no more than a man of talent. ~ william-somerset-maugham, @wisdomtrove
281:Thoroughness characterizes all successful men. Genius is the art of taking infinite pains.  All great achievement has been characterized by extreme care, infinite painstaking, even to the minutest detail. ~ elbert-hubbard, @wisdomtrove
282:To be bound by traditional martial art style or styles is the way of the mindless, enslaved martial artist. But to be inspired by the traditional martial art and to achieve further heights is the way of genius. ~ bruce-lee, @wisdomtrove
283:Courage is not having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don't have the strength. Industry and determination can do anything that genius and advantage can do and many things that they cannot. ~ theodore-roosevelt, @wisdomtrove
284:Every nation, every race, has not only its own creative, but its own critical turn of mind; and is even more oblivious of the shortcomings and limitations of its critical habits than of those of its creative genius. ~ t-s-eliot, @wisdomtrove
285:To express himself well, the artist should be hidden. The trouble is that if an artist knows he has genius, he's done for. The only salvation is to work like a labourer, and not have delusions of grandeur. ~ pierre-auguste-renoir, @wisdomtrove
286:An average person who develops the habit of setting clear priorities and getting important tasks completed quickly will run circles around a genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans but gets very little done. ~ brian-tracy, @wisdomtrove
287:There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling. ~ victor-hugo, @wisdomtrove
288:Many studies of research scientists have shown that achievement (at least below the genius level of an Einstein, Bohr, or a Planck) depends less on ability in doing research than on the courage to go after opportunity. ~ peter-drucker, @wisdomtrove
289:The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time. ~ john-stuart-mill, @wisdomtrove
290:Treason implies responsibility for something, control over something, influence upon something, knowledge of something. Treason in our time is a proof of genius. Why, I want to know, are not traitors decorated? ~ antoine-de-saint-exupery, @wisdomtrove
291:Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
292:Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon. ~ oscar-wilde, @wisdomtrove
293:Talent warms-up the given (as they say in cookery) and makes it apparent; genius brings something new. But our time lets talent pass for genius. They want to abolish the genius, deify the genius, and let talent forge ahead. ~ soren-kierkegaard, @wisdomtrove
294:The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust. ~ elizabeth-barrett-browning, @wisdomtrove
295:Freedom of speech is the great bulwark of liberty; they prosper and die together: And it is the terror of traitors and oppressors, and a barrier against them. It produces excellent writers, and encourages men of fine genius. ~ benjamin-franklin, @wisdomtrove
296:In this world, the greatest rewards of success, wealth and happiness are usually obtained not through the exercise of special powers such a genius or intellect but through one's energetic use of simple means and ordinary qualities. ~ og-mandino, @wisdomtrove
297:It was my teacher's genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful. It was because she seized the right moment to impart knowledge that made it so pleasant and acceptable to me. ~ hellen-keller, @wisdomtrove
298:The Persians are called the French of the East; we will call the Arabs Oriental Italians. A gifted noble people; a people of wildstrong feelings, and of iron restraint over these: the characteristic of noblemindedness, of genius. ~ thomas-carlyle, @wisdomtrove
299:And though the philosopher may live remote from business, the genius of philosophy, if carefully cultivated by several, must gradually diffuse itself throughout the whole society, and bestow a similar correctness on every art and calling. ~ david-hume, @wisdomtrove
300:The inquiry in England is not whether a man has talents and genius, but whether he is passive and polite and a virtuous ass and obedient to noblemen's opinions in art and science. If he is, he is a good man. If not, he must be starved. ~ william-blake, @wisdomtrove
301:Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity; it is that which gives value to every character. The ignorant peasant, without fault, is greater than the philosopher with many; for what is genius or courage without a heart? ~ oliver-goldsmith, @wisdomtrove
302:Genius, throughout history, has been found difficult to classify because it varies in amount: It's rare to find a genius in the context of the noun, but most people, if not all, have a bit of genius in them in the context of the adjective. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
303:mankind has no right to employ its genius in the creation of another intelligent species, then treat it like property. If we've come so far that we can create as God creates, then we have to learn to act with the justice and mercy of God. ~ dean-koontz, @wisdomtrove
304:What's genius? I don't know but I do know that the difference between a madman and a professional is that a pro does as well as he can within what he has set out to do and a madman does exceptionally well at what he can't help doing. ~ charles-bukowski, @wisdomtrove
305:The difference between talent and genius is this: while the former usually develops some special branch of our faculties, the latter commands them all. When the former is combined with tact, it is often more than a match for the latter. ~ benjamin-disraeli, @wisdomtrove
306:I know of no teachers so powerful and persuasive as the little army of specialists. They carry no banners, they beat no drums; but where they are men learn that bustle and push are not the equals of quiet genius and serene mastery. ~ oliver-wendell-holmes-jr, @wisdomtrove
307:All the means of action - the shapeless masses - the materials - lie everywhere about us. What we need is the celestial fire to change the flint into the transparent crystal, bright and clear. That fire is genius. ~ henry-wadsworth-longfellow, @wisdomtrove
308:Mr Edison gave America just what was needed at that moment in history. They say that when people think of me, they think of my assembly line. Mr. Edison, you built an assembly line which brought together the genius of invention, science and industry. ~ henry-ford, @wisdomtrove
309:One must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms. Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered. ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
310:The tragedy is that society (your school, your boss, your government, your family) keeps drumming the genius part out. The problem is that our culture has engaged in a Faustian bargain, in which we trade our genius and artistry for apparent stability. ~ seth-godin, @wisdomtrove
311:Libraries remind us that truth isn't about who yells the loudest, but who has the right information. Because even as we're the most religious of people, America's innovative genius has always been preserved because we also have a deep faith in facts. ~ barack-obama, @wisdomtrove
312:A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both high posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of self-illusion. ~ h-l-mencken, @wisdomtrove
313:Every gun that's made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms... is spending the genius of its scientists, the sweat of its laborers, ~ dwight-eisenhower, @wisdomtrove
314:Genius? Nothing! Sticking to it is the genius! Any other bright-minded fellow can accomplish just as much if he will stick like hell and remember nothing that's any good works by itself. You've got to make the damn thing work! I failed my way to success. ~ thomas-edison, @wisdomtrove
315:The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius. ~ e-m-forster, @wisdomtrove
316:Through our scientific and technological genius we've made of this world a neighborhood. And now through our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood. We must all learn to live together as brothers-or we will all perish together as fools. ~ martin-luther-king, @wisdomtrove
317:Language gradually varies, and with it fade away the writings of authors who have flourished their allotted time; otherwise, the creative powers of genius would overstock the world, and the mind would be completely bewildered in the endless mazes of literature. ~ washington-irving, @wisdomtrove
318:Arts and sciences in one and the same century have arrived at great perfection; and no wonder, since every age has a kind of universal genius, which inclines those that live in it to some particular studies; the work then, being pushed on by many hands, must go forward. ~ john-dryden, @wisdomtrove
319:The architects who benefit us most maybe those generous enough to lay aside their claims to genius in order to devote themselves to assembling graceful but predominantly unoriginal boxes. Architecture should have the confidence and the kindness to be a little boring. ~ alain-de-botton, @wisdomtrove
320:The critic is beneath the maker, but is his needed friend. The critic is not a base caviler, but the younger brother of genius. Next to invention is the power of interpreting invention; next to beauty the power of appreciating beauty. And of making others appreciate it. ~ margaret-fuller, @wisdomtrove
321:There is no tyranny so hateful as a vulgar and anonymous tyranny. It is all-permeating, all-thwarting; it blasts every budding novelty and sprig of genius with its omnipresent and fierce stupidity. Such a headless people has the mind of a worm and the claws of a dragon. ~ george-santayana, @wisdomtrove
322:John Bunyan, while he had a surpassing genius, would not condescend to cull his language from the garden of flowers; but he went into the hayfield and the meadow, and plucked up his language by the roots, and spoke out in the words that the people used in their cottages. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
323:Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all of the nations of the world. ~ martin-luther-king, @wisdomtrove
324:There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do. ~ orison-swett-marden, @wisdomtrove
325:What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero. ~ pablo-picasso, @wisdomtrove
326:If I always appear prepared, it is because before entering an undertaking, I have meditated long and have foreseen what might occur. It is not genius which reveals to me suddenly and secretly what I should do in circumstances unexpected by others; it is thought and preparation ~ napoleon-bonaparte, @wisdomtrove
327:Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance... thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste... if a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare. ~ g-k-chesterton, @wisdomtrove
328:Which are you?... competen t, inspiring, passionate, obsessed, provocative, impatient, hungry, driven, adoring, inspired, an artist, a genius, someone who cares... ? With all these remarkable, powerful, important options available to each of us, why do so many of us default to competent? ~ seth-godin, @wisdomtrove
329:Persons of genius are, ex vi termini, more individual than any other people - less capable, consequently, of fitting themselves, without hurtful compression, into any of the small number of moulds which society provides in order to save its members the trouble of forming their character. ~ john-stuart-mill, @wisdomtrove
330:Life's fulfillment finds constant obstacles in its path; but those are necessary for the sake of its advance. The stream is saved from the sluggishness of its current by the perpetual opposition of the soil through which it must cut its way. The spirit of fight belongs to the genius of life. ~ rabindranath-tagore, @wisdomtrove
331:A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid. Give me a choice and I'll take A Midsummer Night's Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh. ~ stephen-king, @wisdomtrove
332:Every creative genius has been a channel. Every masterwork has been created through the channeling process. Great works are not created by the personality alone. They arise from a deep inspiration on the universal level, and are then expressed and brought into form through the individual personality. ~ shakti-gawain, @wisdomtrove
333:No organization can depend on genius; the supply is always scarce and unreliable. It is the test of an organization to make ordinary people perform better than they seem capable of, to bring out whatever strength there is in its members, and to use each person's strength to help all the other members perform. ~ peter-drucker, @wisdomtrove
334:Was there a reason behind it? There would be no point in asking Zaphod, he never appeared to have a reason for anything he did at all: he had turned unfathomability into an art form. He attacked everything in life with a mixture of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence and it was often difficult to tell which was which. ~ douglas-adams, @wisdomtrove
335:In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty men want to be good and want to be loved. Indeed most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love. When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents and influence and genius, if he dies unloved his life must be a failure to him and his dying a cold horror. ~ john-steinbeck, @wisdomtrove
336:It often happens that the universal belief of one age of mankind ‚î a belief from which no one was, nor without an extraordinary effort of genius and courage, could at that time be free ‚î becomes to a subsequent age so palpable an absurdity, that the only difficulty then is to imagine how such a thing can ever have appeared credible. ~ john-stuart-mill, @wisdomtrove
337:I would confide to you perhaps my secret profession of faith - which is ... which is ... that let us say and do what we please and can ... there is a natural inferiority of mind in women - of the intellect ... not by any means, of the moral nature - and that the history of Art and of genius testifies to this fact openly. ~ elizabeth-barrett-browning, @wisdomtrove
338:I have not much patience with a certain class of Christians nowadays who will hear anybody preach so long as they can say, &
339:The advancement of agriculture, commerce and manufactures, by all proper means, will not, I trust, need recommendation. But I cannot forbear intimating to you the expediency of giving effectual encouragement as well to the introduction of new and useful inventions from abroad, as to the exertions of skill and genius in producing them at home. ~ george-washington, @wisdomtrove
340:When an artist is in the strict sense working, he of course takes into account the existing tastes, interests and capacity of his audience. These no less than the language , the marble, the paint, are part of his aw material.; to be used, tamed, sublimated, not ignored or defied. Haughty indifference to them is not genius, it is laziness and incompetence. ~ c-s-lewis, @wisdomtrove
341:You can eat beef on a weekly basis and become a genius intuitive if your energy is in present time. You can consume only organic food while running thirty-five miles a day and om-ing until dawn, but if your spirit is raging about your history and is saturated in regrets and unfinished business, you won't be able to intuit your left hand from your right. ~ caroline-myss, @wisdomtrove
342:Anyone who has the temerity to write about Jane Austen is aware of [two] facts: first, that of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness; second, that there are twenty-five elderly gentlemen living in the neighbourhood of London who resent any slight upon her genius as if it were an insult to the chastity of their aunts. ~ virginia-woolf, @wisdomtrove
343:It would be a mistake to ascribe this creative power to an inborn talent. In art, the genius creator is not just a gifted being, but a person who has succeeded in arranging for their appointed end, a complex of activities, of which the work is the outcome. The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring an effort. Creativity takes courage. ~ henri-matisse, @wisdomtrove
344:You can eat beef on a weekly basis and become a genius intuitive if your energy is in present time.You can consume only organic food while running thirty-five miles a day and om-ing until dawn, but if your spirit is raging about your history and is saturated in regrets and unfinished business, you won't be able to intuit your left hand from your right. ~ norman-vincent-peale, @wisdomtrove
345:I could not but smile to think in what out-of-the-way corners genius produces her bantlings! And the Muses, those capricious dames, who, forsooth, so often refuse to visit palaces, and deny a single smile to votaries in splendid studies, and gilded drawing-rooms&
346:I trust there are none here present, who profess to be followers of Christ who do not also practice prayer in their families. We may have no positive commandment for it, but we believe that it is so much in accord with the genius and spirit of the gospel, and that it is so commended by the example of the saints, that the neglect thereof is a strange inconsistency. ~ charles-spurgeon, @wisdomtrove
347:In order to get one of the greatest inventions of the modern age, in other words, we thought we needed the solitary genius. But if Alexander Graham Bell had fallen into the Grand River and drowned that day back in Brantford, the world would still have had the telephone, the only difference being that the telephone company would have been nicknamed Ma Gray, not Ma Bell. ~ malcolm-gladwell, @wisdomtrove
348:Beauty and art pervade all the business of life like a kindly genius, brightly adorning our surroundings whether interior or exterior, mitigating the seriousness of existence and the complexities of the real life, extinguishing idleness in an entertaining fashion, and, where there is nothing good to be achieved, filling the place of vice better than vice itself. ~ georg-wilhelm-friedrich-hegel, @wisdomtrove
349:Indeed, what is startling about the notion of a victimless crime is that even when the behavior in question is genuinely victimless, its criminality is still affirmed by those who are eager to punish it. It is in such cases that the true genius lurking behind many of our laws stands revealed. The idea of a victimless crime is nothing more than a judicial reprise of the Christian notion of sin. ~ sam-harris, @wisdomtrove
350:For language, as Richard Trench pointed out long ago, is often “wiser, not merely than the vulgar, but even than the wisest of those who speak it. Sometimes it locks up truths which were once well known, but have been forgotten. In other cases it holds the germs of truths which, though they were never plainly discerned, the genius of its framers caught a glimpse of in a happy moment of divination.” ~ aldous-huxley, @wisdomtrove
351:Christianity, like genius, is one of the hardest concepts to forgive. We hear what we want to hear and accept what we want to accept, for the most part, simply because there is nothing more offensive than feeling like you have to re-evaluate your own train of thought and purpose in life. You have to die to an extent in your hunger for faith, for wisdom, and quite frankly, most people aren't ready to die. ~ criss-jami, @wisdomtrove
352:I'd learned enough from life's experiences to understand that destiny's interventions can sometimes be read as invitation for us to address and even surmount our biggest fears. It doesn't take a great genius to recognize that when you are pushed by circumstance to do the one thing you have always most specifically loathed and feared, this can be, at the very least, an interesting growth opportunity. ~ elizabeth-gilbert, @wisdomtrove
353:I really cannot know whether I am or am not the Genius you are pleased to call me, but I am very willing to put up with the mistake, if it be one. It is a title dearly enough bought by most men, to render it endurable, even when not quite clearly made out, which it never can be till the Posterity, whose decisions are merely dreams to ourselves, has sanctioned or denied it, while it can touch us no further. ~ lord-byron, @wisdomtrove
354:The genius of a composer is found in the notes of his music; but analyzing the notes will not reveal his genius. The poet's greatness is contained in his words; yet the study of his words will not disclose his inspiration. God reveals himself in creation; but scrutinize creation as minutely as you wish, you will not find God, any more than you will find the soul through careful examination of your body. ~ anthony-de-mello, @wisdomtrove
355:There are two kinds of success. One is the rare kind that comes to the person who has the power to do what no one else has the power to do. That is genius. But the average person who wins what we call success is not a genius. That person is a man or woman who has merely the ordinary qualities that they share with their fellows, but has developed those ordinary qualities to a more than ordinary degree. ~ theodore-roosevelt, @wisdomtrove
356:I was fortunate enough, after many visits to many wonderful, weird people to come across Burt Rutan, who is a genius in the Mojave Desert. And SpaceShipOne was born and had three flights into space that won something called the X Prize. And from there, we're building SpaceShipTwo, which is ... a beautiful spaceship that is very, very, very nearly completed and will be ready from about next Christmas onwards to start taking people into space. ~ richard-branson, @wisdomtrove
357:beware the average man the average woman beware their love, their love is average seeks average but there is genius in their hatred there is enough genius in their hatred to kill you to kill anybody not wanting solitude not understanding solitude they will attempt to destroy anything that differs from their own not being able to create art they will not understand art they will consider their failure as creators only as a failure of the world ~ charles-bukowski, @wisdomtrove
358:My opinion is that we have, in the person of Da Free John, a Spiritual Master and religious genius of the ultimate degree. I assure you I do not mean that lightly. I am not tossing out high-powered phrases to &
359:Risk is more than is required. Learn more than is normal. Be strong. Show courage. Breathe. Excel. Love. Lead. Speak your truth. Live your values. Laugh. Cry. Innovate. Simplify. Adore mastery. Release mediocrity. Aim for genius. Stay humble. Be kinder than expected. Deliver more than is needed. Exude passion. Shatter your limits. Transcend your fears. Inspire others by your bigness. Dream big but start small. Act now. Don't stop. Change the world. ~ robin-sharma, @wisdomtrove
360:Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. ~ dwight-eisenhower, @wisdomtrove
361:Long ago, Sir Isaac Newton gave us three laws of motion, which were the work of genius. But Sir Isaac's talents didn't extend to investing: He lost a bundle in the South Sea Bubble, explaining later, &
362:We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall - which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people. ~ thomas-carlyle, @wisdomtrove
363:If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
364:Innovators and creators are persons who can to a higher degree than average accept the condition of aloneness. They are more willing to follow their own vision, even when it takes them far from the mainland of the human community. Unexplored places do not frighten them- or not, at any rate, as much as they frighten those around them. This is one of the secrets of their power. That which we call genius has a great deal to do with courage and daring, a great deal to do with nerve. ~ nathaniel-branden, @wisdomtrove
365:As a great democratic society, we have a special responsibility to the arts. For art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color. What freedom alone can bring is the liberation of the human mind and a spirit which finds its greatest flowering in the free society. I see of little more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than the full recognition of the place of the artist. ~ john-f-kennedy, @wisdomtrove
366:There is something at the bottom of every new human thought, every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were explaining one's idea for thirty-five years; there's something left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and remains with you forever; and with it you will die, without communicating to anyone perhaps the most important of your ideas. ~ fyodor-dostoevsky, @wisdomtrove
367:Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~ steve-jobs, @wisdomtrove
368:If nature has been frugal in her gifts and endowments, there is the more need of art to supply her defects. If she has been generous and liberal, know that she still expects industry and application on our part, and revenges herself in proportion to our negligent ingratitude. The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds; and instead of vines and olives for the pleasure and use of man, produces, to its slothful owner, the most abundant crop of poisons. ~ david-hume, @wisdomtrove
369:Our system freed the individual genius of man. Released him to fly as high & as far as his own talent & energy would take him. We allocate resources not by government. decision but by the millions of decisions customers make when they go into the market. place to buy. If something seems too high-priced we buy something else. Thus resources are steered toward those things the people want most at the price they are willing to pay. It may not be a perfect system but it's better than any other that's ever been tried. ~ ronald-reagan, @wisdomtrove
370:America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America's industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages, and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance- and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way. ~ ayn-rand, @wisdomtrove
371:Indeed the worthy housewife was of such a capricious nature, that she not only attained a higher pitch of genius than Macbeth, in respect of her ability to be wise, amazed, temperate and furious, loyal and neutral in an instant, but would sometimes ring the changes backwards and forwards on all possible moods and flights in one short quarter of an hour; performing, as it were, a kind of triple bob major on the peal of instruments in the female belfry, with a skilfulness and rapidity of execution that astonished all who heard her. ~ charles-dickens, @wisdomtrove
372:To write is, indeed, no unpleasing employment, when one sentiment readily produces another, and both ideas and expressions present themselves at the first summons; but such happiness, the greatest genius does not always obtain; and common writers know it only to such a degree, as to credit its possibility. Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements. ~ samuel-johnson, @wisdomtrove
373:Don't be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts, then &
374:Nature seems to delight in disappointing the assuduities of art, with which it would rear dulness to maturity, and to glory in the vigor and luxuriance of her chance productions. She scatters the seeds of genius to the winds, and though some may perish among the stony places of the world, and some may be choked by the thorns and brambles of early adversity, yet others will now and then strike root even in the clefts of the rock, struggle bravely up into sunshine, and spread over their sterile birthplace all the beauties of vegetation. ~ washington-irving, @wisdomtrove
375:The good diarist writes either for himself alone or for a posterity so distant that it can safely hear every secret and justly weigh every motive. For such an audience there is need neither of affectation nor of restraint. Sincerity is what they ask, detail, and volume; skill with the pen comes in conveniently, but brilliance is not necessary; genius is a hindrance even; and should you know your business and do it manfully, posterity will let you off mixing with great men, reporting famous affairs, or having lain with the first ladies in the land. ~ virginia-woolf, @wisdomtrove
376:It appears to general observation, that revolutions create genius and talents; but those events do no more than bring them forward. There is existing in man, a mass of sense lying in a dormant state, and which, unless something excites it to action, will descend with him, in that condition, to the grave. As it is to the advantage of society that the whole of its faculties should be employed, the construction of government ought to be such as to bring forward, by a quiet and regular operation, all that extent of capacity which never fails to appear in revolutions. ~ thomas-paine, @wisdomtrove
377:We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, &
378:Man is more courageous, pugnacious, and energetic than woman, and has a more inventive genius. His brain is absolutely larger, but whether relatively to the larger size of his body, in comparison with that of woman, has not, I believe been fully ascertained. In woman the face is rounder; the jaws and the base of the skull smaller; the outlines of her body rounder, in parts more prominent; and her pelvis is broader than in man; but this latter character may perhaps be considered rather as a primary than a secondary sexual character. She comes to maturity at an earlier age than man. ~ charles-darwin, @wisdomtrove
379:He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together. His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snipe nose, so that it looked like a weather-cock perched upon his spindle neck to tell which way the wind blew. To see him striding along the profile of a hill on a windy day, with his clothes bagging and fluttering about him, one might have mistaken him for the genius of famine descending upon the earth, or some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield. ~ washington-irving, @wisdomtrove
380:I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. Particularly when one can't see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need? And then people tell me about pilgrimages to some dank pesthole in a jungle where they go to do homage to a crumbling temple, to a leering stone monster with a pot belly, created by some leprous savage. Is it beauty and genius they want to see? Do they seek a sense of the sublime? Let them come to New York, stand on the shore of the Hudson, look and kneel. When I see the city from my window - no, I don't feel how small I am - but I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body. ~ ayn-rand, @wisdomtrove

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1:Genius hesitates. ~ Carlo Rovelli,
2:So, am I a genius? ~ John Marsden,
3:Empathy needs no genius. ~ Toba Beta,
4:Genius had its rewards. ~ Mario Puzo,
5:Genius is born-not paid ~ Oscar Wilde,
6:Trust me. I'm a genius. ~ Eoin Colfer,
7:Genius is sorrow's child. ~ John Adams,
8:You have a genius. ~ Marcus Buckingham,
9:Even genius is tied to profit. ~ Pindar,
10:Adrian, you're a genius. ~ Richelle Mead,
11:Genius Des Herbstes
~ Anton Wildgans,
12:Ricky Gervais is a genius. ~ Oscar Nunez,
13:Intelligence and genius ~ Albert Einstein,
14:Patience is eternal genius ~ Michelangelo,
15:Genius is eternal patience. ~ Michelangelo,
16:Genius is full of trash. ~ Herman Melville,
17:Genius is religious. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
18:My genius from a boy ~ George Moses Horton,
19:Out of necessity comes genius. ~ Pam Grier,
20:Sam Hellerman is a genius! ~ Frank Portman,
21:The Great Mystery of Genius ~ Sean Patrick,
22:a genius of savoir faire, ~ Edward St Aubyn,
23:Each man's soul is his genius. ~ Xenocrates,
24:Eccentricities of genius. ~ Charles Dickens,
25:Genius Borrows nobly. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
26:Genius does not excuse evil. ~ Rick Riordan,
27:I'm not a girl. I'm a genius. ~ Joanna Russ,
28:I never said I was a genius. ~ Orson Welles,
29:Talent imitates, genius steals. ~ T S Eliot,
30:You're a Genius all the time ~ Jack Kerouac,
31:Genius hath electric power; ~ Lydia M Child,
32:Genius is a strong aphrodisiac. ~ Erica Jong,
33:Genius is its own end. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
34:Genius is non-conformity. ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
35:Genius: the superhuman in man. ~ Victor Hugo,
36:I'm not a girl. I'm a genius. ~ Joanna Russ,
37:Misfortunes often sharpen the genius. ~ Ovid,
38:Talent borrows, genius steals! ~ Oscar Wilde,
39:You're a genius all the time. ~ Jack Kerouac,
40:Boldness in itself is genius. ~ L Ron Hubbard,
41:Even the genius ask questions. ~ Tupac Shakur,
42:Genius comes from the unusual, ~ Harlan Coben,
43:Genius lasts longer than beauty ~ Oscar Wilde,
44:Genius - the pursuit of madness. ~ Criss Jami,
45:Hunger is the handmaid of genius ~ Mark Twain,
46:I'm a genius. I'm like Prince. ~ Josh Hopkins,
47:I think Pans Labyrinth is genius. ~ Joe Dante,
48:She was a genius, my mother. ~ Sally Kirkland,
49:Difficulty is what wakes up the genius. ~ Ovid,
50:Genius is infinite painstaking. ~ Michelangelo,
51:Genius is the error in the system. ~ Paul Klee,
52:Even a genius has his questions. ~ Tupac Shakur,
53:Genius is intuition on fire. ~ Holbrook Jackson,
54:Man hopes, genius creates ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
55:Passion is the genius of genius. ~ Tony Robbins,
56:Sticking to it is the genius. ~ Thomas A Edison,
57:Talent imitates, but genius steals. ~ T S Eliot,
58:Talent works, genius creates. ~ Robert Schumann,
59:Ambition beats genius 99% of the time ~ Jay Leno,
60:Foolish questions will make you genius ~ Various,
61:Genius is initiative on fire. ~ Holbrook Jackson,
62:Madness in method, that's genius ~ Frank Herbert,
63:Passion is the genesis of genius. ~ Tony Robbins,
64:The genius of life is its variety. ~ Mitch Albom,
65:The iPod is genius. I have 300. ~ Karl Lagerfeld,
66:There's a genius in all of us. ~ Albert Einstein,
67:Awakening Your Inner Genius today. ~ Sean Patrick,
68:Everyone is born a genius. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
69:Gene Roddenberry was a genius. ~ Persis Khambatta,
70:genius accepts genius unconditionally ~ Dan Brown,
71:Google makes everybody a genius. ~ David Baldacci,
72:I am not a genius. But I am nerdy. ~ Claire Danes,
73:I can't take his genius any more. ~ Rita Hayworth,
74:No family is safe when I sashay. ~ Perfume Genius,
75:Only a genius can play a fool. ~ Michael Rapaport,
76:Solitude is the school for genius ~ Edward Gibbon,
77:The lucky person passes for a genius. ~ Euripides,
78:You Can Be a Stock Market Genius, ~ Michael Lewis,
79:a genius of means, barren of ends ~ Perry Anderson,
80:Dandyism is a species of genius. ~ William Hazlitt,
81:Dandyism is a variety of genius. ~ William Hazlitt,
82:Everyone is a genius after the fight. ~ David Haye,
83:Genius is another word for magic. ~ Margot Fonteyn,
84:Genius is childhood recaptured. ~ Jean Baudrillard,
85:Genius, when young, is divine. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
86:Madness in method, that is genius. ~ Frank Herbert,
87:My genius is in my nostrils. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
88:One genius has made many clever artists. ~ Martial,
89:Steady work turns genius to a loom. ~ George Eliot,
90:Stevie Wonder is a musical genius ! ~ Eddie Murphy,
91:Taste is the common sense of genius. ~ Victor Hugo,
92:To see things in the seed, that is genius. ~ Laozi,
93:A happy genius is the gift of nature. ~ John Dryden,
94:Execution is the chariot of genius. ~ William Blake,
95:Genius and taste don't go together. ~ Helmut Newton,
96:Genius appeals to the future. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
97:Genius gives birth, talent delivers. ~ Jack Kerouac,
98:Hitler is a prodigious genius. ~ David Lloyd George,
99:I’m not a genius. I just work hard. ~ Jessie Burton,
100:Necessity is the spur of genius. ~ Honore de Balzac,
101:Passion is like genius: a miracle. ~ Romain Rolland,
102:Passion is the genesis of genius. ~ Galileo Galilei,
103:Talent should minister to genius. ~ Robert Browning,
104:The builder, Daedalus, was a genius. ~ Rick Riordan,
105:To see things in the seed, that is genius. ~ Laozi,
106:Beauty like hers is genius. ~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
107:Every child is born a genius. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
108:Genius is the art of taking pains ~ Claude C Hopkins,
109:Genius, like gold and precious stones, ~ Mark Twain,
110:Mediocrity borrows, genius steals. ~ Igor Stravinsky,
111:Patience is eternal genius ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti,
112:Simplicity is the trademark of GENIUS ~ Robin Sharma,
113:Sleeping is the height of genius ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
114:Sleeping is the height of genius ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
115:The unrecognized genius of our time. ~ William March,
116:To see things in the seed, that is genius. ~ Lao Tzu,
117:Conceit spoils the finest genius. ~ Louisa May Alcott,
118:Despair and Genius are too oft connected ~ Lord Byron,
119:Genius creates, and taste preserves. ~ Alexander Pope,
120:Genius is eternal patience. ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti,
121:It will work. I am a marketing genius. ~ Paris Hilton,
122:Keith, how does it feel to be a genius? ~ Miles Davis,
123:Man is a genius when he is dreaming. ~ Akira Kurosawa,
124:One science only will one genius fit ~ Alexander Pope,
125:The writer Richard Curtis is a genius. ~ Eric Fellner,
126:Don't Mistake Lack of Talent for Genius ~ Peter Steele,
127:Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer. ~ Ovid,
128:Evil genius-ness was like that--showy. ~ Gail Carriger,
129:Genius is a vastly overrated commodity. ~ Stephen King,
130:Genius is individual, scenius is communal. ~ Brian Eno,
131:Genius is mainly an affair of energy. ~ Matthew Arnold,
132:Genius is said to be self-conscious. ~ Charlotte Bront,
133:Genius must be born, it can't be taught. ~ John Dryden,
134:I do not consider myself a literal genius. ~ Lil Wayne,
135:Jim Henson was an absolute genius. ~ Marcus Brigstocke,
136:The only term I won't accept is "genius." ~ Jimmy Page,
137:Adversity is the midwife of genius ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
138:Agony without genius was gaucherie. ~ Hortense Calisher,
139:A good title is a work of a genius! ~ E Haldeman Julius,
140:Enthusiasm is the breath of genius. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
141:Genius involves both envy and calumny. ~ Alexander Pope,
142:Genius is fostered by industry. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero,
143:Genius is intellect constructive. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
144:Genius is said to be self-conscious.  ~ Charlotte Bront,
145:God is the poetic genius in each of us. ~ William Blake,
146:Inspiration and genius -one and the same. ~ Victor Hugo,
147:Inspiration and genius--one and the same. ~ Victor Hugo,
148:It's not my fault so much as my genius, ~ Richelle Mead,
149:It's not my fault so much as my genius. ~ Richelle Mead,
150:Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire. ~ Bernard Williams,
151:The reality is Donald Trump's a genius. ~ Rudy Giuliani,
152:There is no genius without a touch of madness. ~ Seneca,
153:To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius. ~ Joyce Cary,
154:Without patience, there can be no genius ~ Robin Sharma,
155:A genius is the one most like himself. ~ Thelonious Monk,
156:Common sense is as rare as genius. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
157:Consult the Genius of the Place in all. ~ Alexander Pope,
158:Genius is only a superior power of seeing. ~ John Ruskin,
159:if everyone is a genius, then nobody is. I ~ Eric Weiner,
160:Taste is the next gift to genius. ~ James Russell Lowell,
161:There is no off position on the genius ~ David Letterman,
162:Truth is the nursing mother of genius. ~ Margaret Fuller,
163:a lady with such a genius for dreaming! ~ Charles Dickens,
164:A sense of timing is the mark of a genius. ~ Jenny Holzer,
165:Genius is a capacity for taking trouble. ~ Leslie Stephen,
166:Genius is an infinite capacity for pain. ~ Thomas M Disch,
167:Genius is a rising stock market. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith,
168:Genius is talent set on fire by courage. ~ Henry Van Dyke,
169:In his perversity, or his genius, or both, ~ Clive Barker,
170:Necessity is often the spur to genius. ~ Honore de Balzac,
171:Nothing spoils a good party like a genius. ~ Elsa Maxwell,
172:Taste is the feminine of genius. ~ Lord Edward FitzGerald,
173:Towering genius distains a beaten path. ~ Abraham Lincoln,
174:You can't have genius without patience. ~ Margaret Deland,
175:Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. ~ Horace,
176:Everyone is a genius at being themselves ~ Thelonious Monk,
177:genius in love is the yearning to handover ~ Hermann Hesse,
178:Genius is childhood recalled at will. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
179:Genius is talent set on fire by courage. ~ Henry Van Dyke,
180:If I could explain golf, I'd be a genius. ~ Davis Love III,
181:Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius ~ Marilyn Monroe,
182:Rules and models destroy genius and art. ~ William Hazlitt,
183:The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. ~ Pablo Picasso,
184:The persecution of genius fosters its influence. ~ Tacitus,
185:Disorder is more socially accepted than genius. ~ Toba Beta,
186:Every great genius has an admixture of madness. ~ Aristotle,
187:Genius has no taste for weaving sand. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
188:Genius implies originality and independence. ~ Claudia Gray,
189:Genius is always accompanied by enthusiasm. ~ Bryant McGill,
190:Genius is an African who dreams up snow. ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
191:Genius is childhood recovered at will. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
192:Genius is immediate, but talent takes time. ~ Janet Flanner,
193:Genius is talent provided with ideals. ~ W Somerset Maugham,
194:Genius knows where the questions are hidden. ~ Mason Cooley,
195:Genius must be born, and never can be taught. ~ John Dryden,
196:I'd call you a genius, but I'm in the room. ~ David Tennant,
197:I'm equal part genius, equal part buffoon. ~ Noel Gallagher,
198:My only genius talent is inquisitiveness. ~ Albert Einstein,
199:Talent is a flame, but genius is a fire. ~ Honore de Balzac,
200:The mainspring of genius is curiosity. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
201:The towering genius is not apolitical. ~ Richard Brookhiser,
202:True understanding is the spur of genius ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
203:Wit and humor belong to genius alone. ~ Miguel de Cervantes,
204:Any fool can kill. It takes genius to create. ~ Rachel Caine,
205:Common sense is genius in homespun. ~ Alfred North Whitehead,
206:Every true genius is bound to be naive. ~ Friedrich Schiller,
207:Inspiration is the opportunity of genius. ~ Honore de Balzac,
208:It takes a genius to whine appealingly. ~ F Scott Fitzgerald,
209:Marguerite Young is unquestionably a genius. ~ Kurt Vonnegut,
210:The genius thing that we did was, we didn't give up. ~ Jay Z,
211:Time was when genius was more precious than gold, but ~ Ovid,
212:Before I was a genius I was a drudge. ~ Ignacy Jan Paderewski,
213:Genius inspires resentment. A sad fact of life. ~ Eoin Colfer,
214:Genius is always accompanied by enthusiasm. ~ Bryant H McGill,
215:Genius is insanity right up until it works. ~ Forrest Griffin,
216:Genius is the recovery of childhood at will. ~ Arthur Rimbaud,
217:Genius never desires what does not exist. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
218:Genius never desires what does not exist. ~ S ren Kierkegaard,
219:Genius: the ability to prolong one's childhood. ~ H L Mencken,
220:I didn't want to be a genius! That ain't cool. ~ Missy Elliot,
221:I probably have genius. But no talent. ~ Francis Ford Coppola,
222:jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius, ~ L J Shen,
223:Sachin Tendulkar is a genius. I'm a mere mortal. ~ Brian Lara,
224:Talent may be in time forgiven, but genius never ~ Lord Byron,
225:The genius is in making the complex simple. ~ Albert Einstein,
226:The genius is making a way out of no way. ~ Henry Louis Gates,
227:There is a fine line between insanity and genius. ~ Dan Brown,
228:The source of genius is imagination alone. ~ Eugene Delacroix,
229:The true genius shudders at incompleteness. ~ Edgar Allan Poe,
230:What is genius or courage without a heart? ~ Oliver Goldsmith,
231:You don't have to be a genius to invest well ~ Warren Buffett,
232:Difficulty is what wakes up the genius ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb,
233:Genius has no brother. ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton 1st Baron Lytton,
234:Genius is in the idea. Impact comes from action. ~ Simon Sinek,
235:Genius is not a retainer to any emperor. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
236:Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. ~ Cesare Lombroso,
237:Genius is talent exercised with courage. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein,
238:Genius is the capacity of avoiding hard work. ~ Elbert Hubbard,
239:I so owed Arianna, that undead little genius. ~ Kiersten White,
240:Nature alone is the master of true genius. ~ Leonardo da Vinci,
241:There is no genius who hasn't a touch of insanity. ~ Aristotle,
242:There is no great genius without tincture of madness. ~ Seneca,
243:To genius life never grows commonplace. ~ James Russell Lowell,
244:Yes, I think I am a genius, but not a rebel. ~ Mario Balotelli,
245:You are vain and wicked- as a genius should be. ~ G nter Grass,
246:You are vain and wicked- as a genius should be. ~ Gunter Grass,
247:Genius ... is necessarily intolerant of fetters. ~ George Eliot,
248:Genius is power, talent is applicability. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
249:Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use. ~ William Hazlitt,
250:Genius! thou gift of Heav'n! thou Light divine! ~ George Crabbe,
251:I know of no genius but the genius of hard work. ~ J M W Turner,
252:Men of genius are not quick judges of character. ~ Max Beerbohm,
253:Never underestimate spite as a motivator for genius. ~ Sam Kean,
254:No author is a man of genius to his publisher. ~ Heinrich Heine,
255:there is genius, even kindness, in being bold. ~ Keith Ferrazzi,
256:There is no genius where there is not simplicity. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
257:They wouldn't listen to the fact that I was genius. ~ Jim Croce,
258:Works of genius are the first things in the world. ~ John Keats,
259:Accept your genius and say what you think. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
260:A genius is a grownup that remained a kid. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana,
261:Everyone is a genius at least once a year. ~ Georg C Lichtenberg,
262:f fear is too strong, the genius is suppressed ~ Robert Kiyosaki,
263:Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work. ~ Albert Einstein,
264:Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. ~ Thomas A Edison,
265:Genius lives only one storey above madness ~ Arthur Schopenhauer,
266:Genius may be born, but innovation can be learned. ~ Bing Gordon,
267:Imagination is the life force of the genius code. ~ Sean Patrick,
268:It is for truth that God created genius. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine,
269:It takes more than genius to keep me reading a book. ~ E B White,
270:I was never a prodigy. I was never a child genius. ~ Mara Wilson,
271:Longevity is the revenge of talent upon genius. ~ Cyril Connolly,
272:The genius of Shakespeare was an innate university. ~ John Keats,
273:There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. ~ Seneca,
274:There is no great genius without some touch of madness. ~ Seneca,
275:There is no off position on the genius switch. ~ David Letterman,
276:These are the times when a genius wants to live. ~ Abigail Adams,
277:You can't get to genius on a platform of excuses. ~ Robin Sharma,
278:All genius is a conquering of chaos and mystery. ~ Otto Weininger,
279:Art Tatum -- he was a genius. And Einstein, not me. ~ Ray Charles,
280:A true genius admits that he/she knows nothing. ~ Albert Einstein,
281:Boldness is a crucial element of genius. ~ Horace Freeland Judson,
282:By a fatal law, a genius is always an idiot. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
283:Dyslexia is the affliction of a frozen genius. ~ Stephen Richards,
284:Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. ~ Thomas Carlyle,
285:Industry is a better horse to ride than genius. ~ Walter Lippmann,
286:Jenny the junkie now seemed like Jenny the genius. ~ Kate Stewart,
287:Madness is what genius looks like to a small mind ~ Steven Moffat,
288:Nature is full of genius, full of divinity. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
289:Neither birth nor sex forms a limit to genius. ~ Charlotte Bronte,
290:(Never underestimate spite as a motivator for genius.) ~ Sam Kean,
291:Now I am a genius; before that I was a drudge. ~ Niccolo Paganini,
292:Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
293:Sanctity and genius are as rebellious as vice. ~ George Santayana,
294:Sometimes I stagger even myself with my genius. ~ Jeremy Clarkson,
295:The genius must have his freedom and his independence. ~ Ayn Rand,
296:The line between genius and madness is so very thin. ~ Elise Kova,
297:There is no great genius without a mixture of madness ~ Aristotle,
298:There’s a fine line between criminality and genius, ~ Jude Watson,
299:True genius never says he know what he is doing ~ Albert Einstein,
300:A genius is a grown-up that did not grow up. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana,
301:Blaze Foley was a genius and a beautiful loser. ~ Lucinda Williams,
302:Chance created the situation; genius made use of it. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
303:Freedom is the only law which genius knows. ~ James Russell Lowell,
304:Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work... ~ Albert Einstein,
305:Genius is not enough; we need to get the job done. ~ Carol S Dweck,
306:Genius is the talent of a person who is dead. ~ Edmond de Goncourt,
307:Genius sees the answer before the question. ~ J Robert Oppenheimer,
308:Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such, ~ Samuel Johnson,
309:I am the farthest thing from a computer genius. ~ Jonathan Brandis,
310:I'm not a genius. I'm just passionately curious. ~ Albert Einstein,
311:I think every genius person has a bit of insanity. ~ Allyson Felix,
312:No one can resist the idea of a crippled genius. ~ Stephen Hawking,
313:Phantasie ist unser guter Genius oder unser Dämon. ~ Immanuel Kant,
314:Talent shuffles the deck. Genius brings a new deck. ~ Mason Cooley,
315:The essence of genius is to know what to overlook. ~ William James,
316:There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. ~ Aristotle,
317:They misspelled 'party.' How evil genius can they be? ~ Libba Bray,
318:We can be sure of talent: we can only pray for genius. ~ Anonymous,
319:You’re nuts.” “Genius is often described as such. ~ Matthew Mather,
320:Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it. ~ Horace,
321:Ah, a German and a genius ! A prodigy, admit him ! ~ Jonathan Swift,
322:A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression. ~ Ezra Pound,
323:Discretion is deadly to genius; ruinous to talent. ~ Emile M Cioran,
324:Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite. ~ Victor Hugo,
325:genius often really is just persistence in disguise. ~ Ryan Holiday,
326:Hatred is the most clear- sighted, next to genius. ~ Claude Bernard,
327:How often we see the greatest genius buried in obscurity! ~ Plautus,
328:If fear is too strong, the genius is suppressed ~ Robert T Kiyosaki,
329:I gave my genius to my life, but my talent to my art. ~ Oscar Wilde,
330:Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. ~ Fulton J Sheen,
331:Morphy was probably the greatest genius of them all ~ Bobby Fischer,
332:No man can be a genius in slapshoes and a flat hat. ~ Buster Keaton,
333:Talent perceives differences; genius, unity. ~ William Butler Yeats,
334:The art of genius is knowing how far out is too far. ~ Jean Cocteau,
335:There was never a genius without a tincture of madness… ~ Aristotle,
336:You have an extraordinary genius for minutiae, ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
337:a genius who constantly wants to upgrade his genius. ~ Carol S Dweck,
338:Am I crazy or am I a genius? I don't think I'm either. ~ John Lennon,
339:As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it ~ Horace,
340:Bob has never written a bad song. Bob Dylan is a genius. ~ Bob Dylan,
341:Bullshit takes no genius,
even fool senses its' foul. ~ Toba Beta,
342:Common sense is the genius of humanity. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
343:Dare your genius to walk the wildest unknown ways. ~ Bryce Courtenay,
344:Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate. ~ Horace Mann,
345:Genius or fool, you don't live in the world alone. ~ Haruki Murakami,
346:Genius points the way, talent takes it. ~ Marie von Ebner Eschenbach,
347:Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day. ~ Samuel Goldwyn,
348:Great. So he's a genius. Fifty points for Ivanclaw. ~ Margaret Stohl,
349:He [Castro] is a genius. We spoke about everything. ~ Jack Nicholson,
350:I believe that instinct is what makes a genius a genius. ~ Bob Dylan,
351:Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius. ~ Pietro Aretino,
352:Perhaps only a Genius can truly understand Genius. ~ Robert Schumann,
353:sole substance of genius is the daily act of showing up. ~ Anonymous,
354:"To see things in the seed, that is genius." ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching,
355:A woman must be a genius to create a good husband. ~ Honore de Balzac,
356:Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe ~ Jessica James,
357:Genius always finds itself a century too early. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
358:Genius has as many components as the mind itself. ~ Stephen Jay Gould,
359:genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains, ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
360:​Genius is a rising market. —John Kenneth Galbraith ~ Michael Batnick,
361:Genius? Nothing! Sticking to it is the genius! ... ~ Thomas A Edison,
362:Our genius ain't appreciated around here... let's scram! ~ Moe Howard,
363:Since when was genius found respectable? ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
364:The first instrument of a people's genius is its language. ~ Stendhal,
365:There is no doubt that genius lasts longer than beauty. ~ Oscar Wilde,
366:There is no genius without a mixture of madness. ~ Seneca the Younger,
367:The step between genius and insanity is very short. ~ Albert Einstein,
368:We can be sure of tale; We can only pray for genius ~ Arthur C Clarke,
369:A genius is a talented person who does his homework. ~ Thomas A Edison,
370:A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius. ~ Horace,
371:Genius, as an explosive power, beats gunpowder hollow. ~ Thomas Huxley,
372:Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them. ~ Joseph Joubert,
373:Genius hath electric power which earth can never tame. ~ Lydia M Child,
374:Genius is not inspired. Inspiration is perspiration. ~ Thomas A Edison,
375:Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien. ~ Edward Dahlberg,
376:Genius sometimes consists of knowing when to stop. ~ Charles de Gaulle,
377:I put my genius into my life, not into my art. ~ Christopher Isherwood,
378:No enemy is indeed so terrible as a man of genius. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
379:The genius which runs to madness is no longer genius. ~ Otto Weininger,
380:The greatest genius is the most indebted person. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
381:There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
   ~ Aristotle,
382:To fine that light within--that's the genius of poetry. ~ Julie Harris,
383:You have a genius for bringing trouble upon yourself ~ Georgette Heyer,
384:All his genius and he’s wrong. I can stay mad forever. ~ Jennifer Lauck,
385:A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself. ~ Samuel Johnson,
386:Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy. ~ Mirabeau B Lamar,
387:Don't ever do that again, my intoxicating, wicked genius. ~ Tess Oliver,
388:Genius has to pass over madness and madness over genius ~ Salvador Dali,
389:Genius is finding the invisible link between things. ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
390:...genius is no proof against shooting one's own foot. ~ John Batchelor,
391:Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. ~ Elbert Hubbard,
392:If I wait for the genius to come, it just doesn't arrive. ~ Ian Fleming,
393:I'm a creative genius and there's no other way to word it. ~ Kanye West,
394:In the absence of genius there is always craftsmanship. ~ Robert Harris,
395:I put my talent in my work, I save my Genius for my life. ~ Oscar Wilde,
396:It requires more than mere genius to be an author. ~ Jean de la Bruyere,
397:Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
398:Mediocrity is self-inflicted; genius is self-bestowed. ~ Walter Russell,
399:Robert Rodriguez is a genius, and I'm a huge fan of his. ~ Jeremy Piven,
400:There was never a great genius without a touch of madness. ~ Ben Jonson,
401:The rust of the mind is the destruction of genius. ~ Seneca the Younger,
402:They are walking the line between genius and insanity. ~ Madeleine Roux,
403:We can be sure of talent; We can only pray for genius ~ Arthur C Clarke,
404:Boldness has power, magic and genius in it. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
405:Caricature is the tribute which mediocrity pays to genius. ~ Oscar Wilde,
406:Genius doesn’t specialize; genius is reason in itself. ~ Haruki Murakami,
407:Genius doesn't specialize; genius is reason it itself. ~ Haruki Murakami,
408:Genius is a thing that happens, not a kind of person. ~ Jordan Ellenberg,
409:Genius is in the idea. Impact, however, comes from action! ~ Simon Sinek,
410:Genius is merely the capacity for taking infinite pains. ~ Napoleon Hill,
411:Genius without education is like silver in the mine. ~ Benjamin Franklin,
412:Genius worship is the inevitable sign of an uncreative age. ~ Clive Bell,
413:In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous. ~ Robert G Ingersoll,
414:Madness is just what a genius looks like to a tiny mind. ~ Steven Moffat,
415:Man's real genius and knowledge remains preserved in books ~ Albert Pike,
416:No man ever followed his genius til it misled him. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
417:Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness. ~ Michel de Montaigne,
418:Philosophy is the rational expression of genius. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine,
419:The term "genius" gets used far too loosely in rock & roll. ~ Jimmy Page,
420:AB de Villiers is the definition of a Cricketing Genius ~ Michael Vaughan,
421:Ages are All Equal. / But Genius is Always Above The Age. ~ William Blake,
422:Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot. ~ Charles Bukowski,
423:Biomimicry is … the conscious emulation of life’s genius. ~ Janine Benyus,
424:Bobby Fischer is the greatest Chess genius of all time! ~ Alexander Kotov,
425:Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
426:For a genius thief you really are a stupid girl aren't you? ~ Ally Carter,
427:Genius is what makes us forget the master's talent. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein,
428:Genius thinks out of box when leader adjusts the size of box. ~ Toba Beta,
429:Hero, let hostile spirits sleep, and every gentler genius wake: ~ Various,
430:If you learn from your mistakes, you must be freaking genius! ~ Anonymous,
431:Jealousy is the tribute which mediocrity pays to genius. ~ Fulton J Sheen,
432:Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
433:No man ever followed his genius till it misled him. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
434:Only the familiar transformed by genius is truly great. ~ Boris Pasternak,
435:Quite a bit of his swearing was pure nautical genius. ~ Michael G Manning,
436:Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius. ~ Henry Adams,
437:Talent does what it can: Genius does what it must. ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton,
438:The world's been waiting for your genius a long time. ~ Elizabeth Acevedo,
439:They think I'm crazy and maybe I am. But maybe I'm a genius. ~ Mel Gibson,
440:Where some see eccentricity, in Ravenclaw true genius lies. ~ J K Rowling,
441:With the proper training, I could've been an evil genius. ~ George Carlin,
442:Adagio for Strings,’ by Samuel Barber. It’s pure genius. ~ Andrew Peterson,
443:A genius with the IQ of a moron. GORE VIDAL, ON ANDY WARHOL ~ Mardy Grothe,
444:America has a genius for the encouragement of fame. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton,
445:And what fun is it being a genius if no one appreciates you? ~ Brent Weeks,
446:As the great Moltke used to say, Genius is diligence. ~ William T Vollmann,
447:Don’t apologize for your uniqueness. Claim it as your genius. ~ Alan Cohen,
448:Don't be a genius, my son, it isn't good for anybody. ~ William John Locke,
449:Genius is a steed too fiery for the plow or the cart. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
450:Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience. ~ Benjamin Franklin,
451:Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple. ~ C W Ceram,
452:He is gifted with genius who knoweth much by natural inspiration. ~ Pindar,
453:If men of genius only knew what love their works inspire! ~ Hector Berlioz,
454:Mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed. ~ Walter Russell,
455:None of us is born a genius, it self-ignites within us. ~ Stephen Richards,
456:Stay humble; don’t interfere; respect your creative genius, ~ Wayne W Dyer,
457:Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you. ~ Malcolm Cowley,
458:The beginning of genius is being scared shitless. ~ Louis Ferdinand Celine,
459:The beginning of genius is being scared shitless. ~ Louis Ferdinand C line,
460:The greatest form of genius is that which isn’t noticed. ~ Scott Nicholson,
461:There is no genius free from some tincture of madness ~ Seneca the Younger,
462:this woman is a genius in the day time and a beauty at night ~ Oscar Wilde,
463:Todd Rundgren is a genius, and I don't use that word a lot. ~ Jim Steinman,
464:To make the common marvelous is the test of genius. ~ James Russell Lowell,
465:What a genius, that Picasso. It is a pity he doesn't paint. ~ Marc Chagall,
466:... where a man's wound is, that is where his genius will be. ~ Robert Bly,
467:YOU are a genius!... and I am a genius because I married you. ~ Bill Cosby,
468:A field of clay touched by the genius of man becomes a castle. ~ Og Mandino,
469:A genius who does not know that he is a genius is no genius. ~ Mary MacLane,
470:Baby," I said, "I'm a genius but nobody knows it but me. ~ Charles Bukowski,
471:Genius and insanity were often separated only by the results. ~ Evan Currie,
472:Genius declares itself to be a kind of higher masculinity. ~ Otto Weininger,
473:Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. ~ Thomas A Edison,
474:Genius, like a thunderstorm, comes up against the wind. ~ Soren Kierkegaard,
475:I began to be a woman at twelve, or more properly, a genius. ~ Mary MacLane,
476:I consider myself to be a genius who happens to play chess. ~ Bobby Fischer,
477:It is a mark of genius not to astonish but to be astonished. ~ Aubrey Menen,
478:We have barely begun to tap into the genius of our humanity. ~ Jean Houston,
479:What is genius? It is the power to be a boy again at will. ~ James M Barrie,
480:You can do something with talent, but nothing with genius. ~ Margot Asquith,
481:You don't have to be a genius when you're surrounded by morons. ~ Josh Lieb,
482:Art is a point of view, and a genius way of looking at things. ~ Henry James,
483:Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
484:Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one. ~ E B White,
485:Genius is the true mystery, and at its edge--the abyss. ~ Guillermo del Toro,
486:Great eloquence we cannot get, except from human genius. ~ Thomas Starr King,
487:In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
488:mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed. ~ Eric Butterworth,
489:My Swaraj is to keep intact the genius of our civilization. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
490:The genius of Canada remains essentially a deflationary genius. ~ Jan Morris,
491:The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life. ~ Friedrich Schiller,
492:We need a dictator who is a genius, if we are to arise again. ~ David Irving,
493:You're a star -- and so am I. I'm a genius -- and so are you. ~ Rob Brezsny,
494:Adversity reveals the genius of a general; good fortune conceals it. ~ Horace,
495:A genius is one who can do anything except make a living. ~ Joey Lauren Adams,
496:Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an IQ of 60. ~ Gore Vidal,
497:Any fool can write a novel but it takes real genius to sell it. ~ J G Ballard,
498:"Baby," I said. "I'm a genius but nobody knows it but me." ~ Charles Bukowski,
499:Bernard Herrmann was a genius, a great, great composer. ~ Michel Hazanavicius,
500:But is it not a sort of genius to cut always to the heart?  ~ Madeline Miller,
501:Genius begins beautiful works, but only labor finishes them. ~ Joseph Joubert,
502:Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. ~ Robin S Sharma,
503:Genius is talent in which character makes itself heard. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein,
504:Genius is that which forces the inertia of humanity to learn. ~ Henri Bergson,
505:Genius only leaves behind it the monuments of its strength. ~ William Hazlitt,
506:Genius seems to consistent merely in trueness of sight. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
507:Genius serves no one if it never makes it out of your head. ~ Neal Shusterman,
508:Put your talent into your work, but your genius into your life. ~ Oscar Wilde,
509:Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities. ~ Oscar Wilde,
510:Talent may frolic and juggle; genius realizes and adds. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
511:The most tremendous genius raised Mozart above all masters, ~ Richard Wagner,
512:A fine genius in his own country is like gold in the mine. ~ Benjamin Franklin,
513:A genius is always on duty; even his dreams are tax deductible. ~ Edward Abbey,
514:An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please. ~ Andre Malraux,
515:A worker without genius is better than a genius who won't work. ~ Leopold Auer,
516:Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now. ~ Steven Pressfield,
517:Everybody denies I am a genius - but nobody ever called me one! ~ Orson Welles,
518:Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them. ~ Robertson Davies,
519:Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. ~ Seneca the Younger,
520:Genius can only breathe freely in an atmosphere of freedom. ~ John Stuart Mill,
521:Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration. ~ Jocelyn K Glei,
522:Genius is measured not by static volume but by kinetic vision. ~ Rich DiSilvio,
523:Genius, it is said, is the ability to scrutinize the obvious. ~ Dallas Willard,
524:Genius: The capacity to see and to express what is simple, simply! ~ Bruce Lee,
525:It is characteristic of genius to be hopeful and aspiring. ~ Harriet Martineau,
526:It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas. ~ Charles Peguy,
527:It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas. ~ Charles P guy,
528:It turns out that our intuition is a greater genius than we are. ~ Jim Shepard,
529:Martin Lawrence is one of my comedic heroes, and he's a genius. ~ Tracy Morgan,
530:To be bold is to be filled with magick, genius and power... ~ Stephen Richards,
531:Wit is the god of moments, but Genius is the god of ages. ~ Jean de la Bruyere,
532:Anything imagined can be made real ... given sufficient genius. ~ Brian Herbert,
533:As we each express our natural genius, we all elevate our world. ~ Robin Sharma,
534:Before you can tame your genius spirit, you have to find her. ~ Carolyn Elliott,
535:Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
536:Fischer is the greatest genius to descend from the chess heavens. ~ Mikhail Tal,
537:Genius flames and dies, but amiable competence can live forever. ~ James Lileks,
538:Genius is the activity which repairs the decay of things. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
539:Genius may stand on the shoulders of giants, but it stands alone. ~ Tom Robbins,
540:I think genius can have a lot to do with nerve. And permission. ~ Kate Zambreno,
541:One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy. ~ Man Ray,
542:The genius of Proust is the totality of the works of Proust. ~ Jean Paul Sartre,
543:The inconsistency of genius is a consistent theme of creativity. ~ Jonah Lehrer,
544:The Muse gave the Greeks genius and the art of the well-turned phrase. ~ Horace,
545:there is a very fine dividing line between genius and insanity. ~ Leopoldo Gout,
546:There is no element of genius without some form of madness. ~ Leonardo DiCaprio,
547:All who live to a good old age have a genius for sleep. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
548:A man who is a genius and doesn't know it, probably isn't. ~ Stanislaw Jerzy Lec,
549:Artistic genius is an expansion of monkey imitativeness. ~ William Winwood Reade,
550:attention to trifles is inconsistent with great genius of every kind, ~ Plotinus,
551:But it’s a misfortune to be broad without a special genius. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
552:Cicero was nothing if not a genius at character assassination. ~ Anthony Everitt,
553:Every sun casts a shadow, and genius's shadow is Resistance. ~ Steven Pressfield,
554:Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other. ~ Denis Diderot,
555:Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius. ~ Isaac D Israeli,
556:Genius is simply childhood, rediscovered by an act of will. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
557:Genius is the capacity for receiving and improving by discipline. ~ George Eliot,
558:Genius learns from nature, its own nature. Talent learns from art. ~ Oscar Wilde,
559:Genius sees the dynamic purpose first, find reasons afterward. ~ Walter Lippmann,
560:Mania, my dear Mister Bond, is as priceless as genius. Dissipation ~ Ian Fleming,
561:Nancy Mairs writes that calamities “have a genius of their own. ~ Arthur W Frank,
562:Stand aside, and try not to catch fire if I shed sparks of genius. ~ Scott Lynch,
563:The genius of religions is that they structure the inner life. ~ Alain de Botton,
564:The most precious resource in the world economy is human genius. ~ George Gilder,
565:Was he smart? No, not exceptionally. Instead, he was a genius. ~ Walter Isaacson,
566:What is called genius is the abundance of life and health. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
567:With genius, as with beauty -- all, well almost all, is forgiven. ~ Susan Sontag,
568:A person of genius should marry a person of character. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr,
569:Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead. ~ Robert Staughton Lynd,
570:Genius consists of equal parts of natural aptitude and hard work. ~ Andre Maurois,
571:Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience. ~ Paul Cezanne,
572:Genius is what a man invents when he is looking for a way out. ~ Jean Paul Sartre,
573:Genius not only diagnoses the situation but supplies the answers. ~ Robert Graves,
574:If you can be kind to people, you will be a genius in this world. ~ Bryant McGill,
575:I was more of a genius in dreams than life. That is my tragedy. ~ Fernando Pessoa,
576:Like genius itself, creativity is a process, not a providence. The ~ Sean Patrick,
577:Political genius consists in identifying oneself with a principle. ~ Simon Heffer,
578:The critic does his utmost to blight genius in his infancy. ~ Thomas Love Peacock,
579:The future is trapped in a cage opened only by the key of genius. ~ Chloe Thurlow,
580:There's a fine line between criminality and genius."
-Dan Cahill ~ Jude Watson,
581:To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius. ~ Henri Frederic Amiel,
582:True genius does not fulfill expectations; true genius shatters it. ~ Paula Abdul,
583:Critics are notoriously liberal with their use of the term 'genius'. ~ Steve Earle,
584:Genius defined: of inspiration 1% percent, of perspiration, 99%. ~ Thomas A Edison,
585:Someday a political genius will come along and make the Senate work. ~ Robert Caro,
586:The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success ~ Ian Fleming,
587:The most genius ideas are in the minds of children and lunatics. ~ Marilyn Manson,
588:The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality. ~ Robert Schumann,
589:There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. —Aristotle ~ Marty Neumeier,
590:Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater,
591:Wit is the genius to perceive and the metaphor to express.’ Or ~ Patricia Cornwell,
592:You have put yourself at risk to activate your instinctual genius. ~ Bryant McGill,
593:Be a good craftsman; it won't stop you from being a genius. ~ Pierre Auguste Renoir,
594:Every new invention has been a protest of genius against the masses. ~ Adolf Hitler,
595:Feeble verses are those which sin not against rules, but against genius. ~ Voltaire,
596:For me to say I wasn't a genius I'd just be lying to you and to myself ~ Kanye West,
597:Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. ~ F Scott Fitzgerald,
598:How little perhaps can words convey except in the hands of a genius. ~ Iris Murdoch,
599:If you can be kind to people, you will be a genius in this world. ~ Bryant H McGill,
600:If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn't call it genius. ~ Michelangelo,
601:I have put my talent into writing, my genius I have saved for living. ~ Oscar Wilde,
602:in fact,” I told her, “I am a genius but nobody knows it but me. ~ Charles Bukowski,
603:I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. ~ Oscar Wilde,
604:Learning is borrowed knowledge; genius is knowledge innate. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau,
605:Not everyone who has a savant skill I would equate with a genius. ~ Darold Treffert,
606:The man of genius in tune with nature will bend history to his will. ~ Adolf Hitler,
607:The true secret to genius is in creativity, not in technical mechanics. ~ Al Seckel,
608:They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains, ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
609:Two per cent. is genius, and ninety-eight per cent. is hard work. ~ Thomas A Edison,
610:What is pornography to one man is the laughter of genius to another. ~ D H Lawrence,
611:A profound common sense is the best genius for statesmanship. ~ James Russell Lowell,
612:Being sixteen means you have to be a genius conversational editor. ~ Maureen Johnson,
613:Between genius and madness there is often not the thickness of a hair. ~ George Sand,
614:Chaos breeds geniuses. It offers a man something to be a genius about. ~ B F Skinner,
615:Dogs are geniuses of loyalty. And that is a good kind of genius to have. ~ Matt Haig,
616:Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
617:Genius, even, as it is the greatest good, is he greatest harm. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
618:Genius is rarely able to give any account of its own processes. ~ George Henry Lewes,
619:I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
620:In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
621:I was more of a genius in dreams than in life. That is my tragedy. ~ Fernando Pessoa,
622:Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love. ~ Charles Peguy,
623:Make your service systems so strong that everyone looks like a genius. ~ Ron Kaufman,
624:Such is the vastness of his genius that he can outwit even himself. ~ Steven Erikson,
625:The only genius that's worth anything is the genius for hard work. ~ Kathleen Winsor,
626:A genius shoots at something no one else can see, and hits it. ~ Holly Goldberg Sloan,
627:And you know what genius is, Mose? It's endless attention to detail. ~ John Lescroart,
628:Anyone can make them cry, but it takes a genius to make them laugh. ~ Charlie Chaplin,
629:Eggs Benedict is genius. It's eggs covered in eggs. I mean, come on, ~ Wylie Dufresne,
630:Genius has never been accepted without a measure of condonement. ~ Seneca the Younger,
631:genius since the world began; from the era of the Egyptians and ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
632:I believe sincerely that every man has consummate genius within him. ~ Walter Russell,
633:I love Stewart Lee's 'Comedy Vehicle' on BBC2. The guy is a genius. ~ Jez Butterworth,
634:In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
635:I wish I was this dark genius artist - like Richard Pryor or something. ~ Artie Lange,
636:legendary inventor Thomas Edison famously said, “Genius is 1 percent ~ Jocelyn K Glei,
637:People like me are aware of their so-called genius at ten, eight, nine. ~ John Lennon,
638:People of humor are always in some degree people of genius. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
639:slicing down your fluff to the core essentials is how you get to genius. ~ Jeff Goins,
640:Talent does whatever it wants to do. Genius does only what it can. ~ Eugene Delacroix,
641:The incompatibility of aquacity with the erratic originality of genius. ~ James Joyce,
642:The more obscure our tastes, the greater the proof of our genius. ~ Jennifer Donnelly,
643:There's a fine line between genius and insanity, as we all know. ~ Mackenzie Phillips,
644:we live in a world in which courage is in far shorter supply than genius. ~ Anonymous,
645:When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
646:You may have genius. The contrary is, of course, probable. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr,
647:Genius has its limitations.
Insanity...not so much" -Bumper Sticker ~ Darynda Jones,
648:Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~ Thomas A Edison,
649:Genius is rare because the means of becoming one have not been available ~ Victor Hugo,
650:Genius, it is said, is the ability to see the obvious before anyone else.4 ~ Nick Lane,
651:Heaven and earth, advantages and obstacles, conspire to educate genius. ~ Henry Fuseli,
652:I'd love to work with David Lynch. I'm such a big fan. He's a genius. ~ Olga Kurylenko,
653:In the faculty of writing nonsense, stupidity is no match for genius. ~ Walter Bagehot, genius, I am a girl who knows too much to know anything at all... ~ Lauren Groff,
655:One cannot explain the existence of genius. It is better to enjoy it. ~ Ernst Gombrich,
656:One science only will one genius fit, So vast is art, so narrow human wit. ~ Anonymous,
657:The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple. ~ Albert Einstein,
658:The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be. ~ Ada Lovelace,
659:There has never been any great genius without a spice of madness. ~ Seneca the Younger,
660:You must have a genius for charity as well as for anything else. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
661:A genius of comedy His talent brought joy and Laughter to all the world. ~ Oliver Hardy,
662:And there's a thin line between genius and insanity, isn't there? ~ Jacqueline Winspear,
663:EACH OF US IS BORN INTO GENIUS. Sadly, most of us die amid mediocrity. ~ Robin S Sharma,
664:Even the people who have it do not definitely know what genius is. ~ Mary Hunter Austin,
665:Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
   ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
666:Genius is an intellect that has become unfaithful to its destiny. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer,
667:Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will. ~ Charles Baudelaire,
668:Genius is nothing more than an extraordinary manifestation of the body. ~ Arthur Cravan,
669:Genius is of small use to a woman who does not know how to do her hair. ~ Edith Wharton,
670:Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. ~ Jonathan Sacks,
671:Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience. ~ Georges Louis Leclerc Comte de Buffon,
672:Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. ~ Charles Bukowski,
673:Having things organized is for small-minded people. Genius controls chaos. ~ Jens Voigt,
674:Humble birth did not retard his genius, nor high place corrupt his soul. ~ Cass Gilbert,
675:If the poet is not a real genius, I do not know what a genius is. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
676:... nature, who knows nothing of convention, has the audacity of a genius. ~ Lucy Foley,
677:Silence is the genius of fools and one of the virtues of the wise. ~ Pope Boniface VIII,
678:Talent does things tolerably well; genius does then intolerably better ~ Elbert Hubbard,
679:That genius will emerge regardless of circumstance is a widely held belief. ~ Anonymous,
680:The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. ~ Bruce Feirstein,
681:The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. ~ Oscar Wilde,
682:The real people of genius were resolute workers not idle dreamers. ~ George Henry Lewes,
683:The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity. ~ Thomas Huxley,
684:The stigma of oddness is the price a myopic world always exacts of genius. ~ Amy Lowell,
685:Winston Churchill - fifty per cent genius, fifty per cent bloody fool. ~ Clement Attlee,
686:A genius is produced not by a woman’s womb but by a man’s efforts. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana,
687:As an actor, I really like Philip Seymour Hoffman. I think he's a genius. ~ Simon Cowell,
688:Genius is making complex ideas simple, not making simple ideas complex ~ Albert Einstein,
689:Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work. ~ Henry Ford,
690:Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. ~ Elbert Hubbard,
691:It takes no genius to observe that a one-man band never gets very big ~ Charles Garfield,
692:Let us not compare the genius with the clever; ocean with the lake! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
693:Libraries collect the works of genius of every language and every age. ~ George Bancroft,
694:My father was a management genius. But what I really wanted was a dad. ~ Michael Jackson,
695:Order is needed by the ignorant but it takes a genius to master chaos. ~ Albert Einstein,
696:The difference between genius and stupidity is: genius has its limits. ~ Alexandre Dumas,
697:The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ~ Aleron Kong,
698:The genius of the word is that it’s more of an expression than a word. ~ Durga Chew Bose,
699:The proportion of genius to the vulgar is like one to a million. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater,
700:There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. ~ Oscar Levant,
701:You are born into genius but have you resigned yourself to mediocrity ? ~ Robin S Sharma,
702:You may be a genius engineer, but I took Intro to Philosophy and got a B + ~ Audrey Bell,
703:An actor said at one point that evil was a necessity. It was food for genius. ~ Anne Rice,
704:Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius. ~ Elbert Hubbard,
705:Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes. ~ Edgard Varese,
706:First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
707:Genius has no youth, but starts with the ripeness of age and old experience. ~ Mark Twain,
708:Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration, ~ William Poundstone,
709:Genius is simply patience carried to the extreme. ~ Georges Louis Leclerc Comte de Buffon,
710:Genius is that energy which collects, combines, amplifies, and animates. ~ Samuel Johnson,
711:Genius is the act of solving a problem in a way no one has solved it before. ~ Seth Godin,
712:Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one. ~ Ezra Pound,
713:Genius is when an idea and the execution of that idea are simultaneous. ~ Albert Einstein,
714:Genius simply cannot be reduced to a set of rules for anyone to follow. ~ Albert Einstein,
715:Genius will only take you to 'good.' Practice will take you to 'Master. ~ Mercedes Lackey,
716:Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius. ~ Georges Louis Leclerc Comte de Buffon,
717:If I had a brain cell for every time I heard this, I'd be a goddamn genius. ~ Nicola Yoon,
718:Ignorance is not lack of intelligence, nor knowledge a proof of genius. ~ Luc de Clapiers,
719:I have nothing to declare but my genius, and this four-kilo bag of cocaine. ~ Oscar Wilde,
720:Intelligence is to genius as the whole is in proportion to its part. ~ Jean de la Bruyere,
721:It is among men of genius and science that atheism alone is found. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley,
722:It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity. ~ Quintilian,
723:Men of lofty genius sometimes accomplish the most when they work least, ~ Walter Isaacson,
724:Plague might be a social incompetent, but he was unquestionably a genius. ~ Steig Larsson,
725:Plague might be a social incompetent, but he was unquestionably a genius. ~ Stieg Larsson,
726:Surely," he said, "you don't doubt Samuel Rain's genius. Are you a monkey? ~ Nalini Singh,
727:When we are calling forth the depth and genius of the other, then we grow. ~ Jean Houston,
728:Wit is absolutely sociable spirit or aphoristic genius. ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel,
729:A genius is somebody who seemingly just reaches out of nowhere. ~ Vilayanur S Ramachandran,
730:Everyone in the audience is an idiot, but taken together, they're a genius. ~ Billy Wilder,
731:Genius is the capacity for seeing relationships where lesser men see none. ~ William James,
732:Genius, whether locked up in a cell or roaming at large, is always solitary. ~ George Sand,
733:Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. ~ Thomas Carlyle,
734:I don't want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man. ~ Albert Camus,
735:I'm supposed to be a musical genius, but I can't work the car seat that well. ~ Kanye West,
736:Knowledge without labor is profitless. Knowledge with labor is genius. ~ Gordon B Hinckley,
737:Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius. ~ Warren Beatty,
738:Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate. ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,
739:No communication or gift can exhaust genius or impoverish charity. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater,
740:One science only will one genius fit/ So vast is art, so narrow human wit ~ Alexander Pope,
741:Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
742:Some were brilliant bordering on genius. Others, genius bordering on madness ~ Erich Segal,
743:The genius of rock music is that it matched the cultural hysteria around it. ~ Don DeLillo,
744:The genius of Saint Benedict is to find the presence of God in everyday life. ~ Rod Dreher,
745:The man of genius in tune with nature will bend history to his will. (1920) ~ Adolf Hitler,
746:There is a genius in every man and woman, waiting to be brought forth. ~ Wallace D Wattles,
747:Why would you try to kill this guy, Kevin? He's a genius. Nuts to your truce. ~ John Green,
748:You don't have to be a genius to find the hidden potential deep in your mind. ~ Ray Davies,
749:But genius is religious. It is a larger imbibing of the common heart. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
750:Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius ~ Cal Newport,
751:Every complete man has his genius. True virtue is genius. ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel,
752:Genius lives only one story above madness, ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena,
753:I am worthy of being read. I mean, one has to be convinced of one's genius. ~ Kate Zambreno,
754:I do believe God gave me a spark of genius, but he quenched it in misery. ~ Edgar Allan Poe,
755:In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
756:I think if you steal well, you're a genius. If you copy badly, you're a hack. ~ Greg Proops,
757:It requires infinitely a greater genius to make love, than to make war. ~ Ninon de L Enclos,
758:Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. ~ Leonardo da Vinci,
759:No one is obliged to be a genius, but everyone is obliged to participate. ~ Philippe Starck,
760:One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit. ~ Alexander Pope,
761:There is often an inverse correlation between genius and personal hygiene. ~ Helen Simonson,
762:There's something wrong with the young who can't be fascinated by a genius. ~ Julian Barnes,
763:When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head! ~ William Blake,
764:Women have a genius for love; men can only learn the art indifferently. ~ Joseph de Maistre,
765:And thus began BTC, or Boy Toy Corporation. Crazy, right? Crazy fucking genius. ~ Jay McLean,
766:Beerbohm was a genius of the purest kind. He stands at the summit of his art. ~ Evelyn Waugh,
767:Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even shorter supply than genius. ~ Peter Thiel,
768:Consult the genius of the place, that paints as you plant, and as you work. ~ Alexander Pope,
769:could consistently tell me no without making me angry. He was a genius of no. ~ Stephen King,
770:'Genius' which means transcendent capacity of taking trouble, first of all. ~ Thomas Carlyle,
771:idleness is the ideal of genius, and indolence the virtue of the Romantic. ~ Jostein Gaarder,
772:I do believe God gave me a spark of genius, but he quenched it in misery. ~ Edgar Allan Poe,
773:I don't want to be a genius, I have enough problems just trying to be a man. ~ Albert Camus,
774:Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen. ~ John Ciardi,
775:I think the genius of
religions is that they structure the inner life. ~ Alain de Botton,
776:I've always been sensible with my money. I can't say I'm a business genius. ~ Jasper Carrott,
777:Man is a conscious, rational thinker and a supra-conscious creator genius. ~ Pitirim Sorokin,
778:Next to possessing genius one's self is the power of appreciating it in others. ~ Mark Twain,
779:Once genius is submerged by bureaucracy, a nation is doomed to mediocrity. ~ Richard M Nixon,
780:Sometimes she arches away from me and wears a light halo of genius about her. ~ Priya Parmar,
781:The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ~ Albert Einstein,
782:The first thing the world does to a genius is to make him lose all his youth. ~ Clarence Day,
783:There are two things that kill a genius - a fatal disease and contentment. ~ Clarence Darrow,
784:There is no such thing as an evil genius, as evil in it's self is stupidity. ~ David Farland,
785:The words of genius have a wider meaning than the thought that prompted them. ~ George Eliot,
786:Upper berth, lower berth, that's the difference between talent and genius. ~ George Gershwin,
787:What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality? ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
788:Writers ... I think ... live on that fine line between insanity and genius. ~ Nikki Giovanni,
789:Yeah, t hat would be genius-smart , Nick. T hen she can go back on Ellen Abbott— ~ Anonymous,
790:A genius doesn't adjust his treatment of a theme to a tyrant's taste ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,
791:Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple. ~ Woody Guthrie,
792:Books are useful only to such whose genius are suitable to the subject of them ~ Daniel Defoe,
793:Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even shorter supply than genius. ~ Reid Hoffman,
794:Common sense is better than genius, and hence its bestowment is more universal. ~ Horace Mann,
795:Einstein used science to get laid. That guy is a genius. I've been using money. ~ Doug Benson,
796:Every child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer,
797:Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
798:Foaly twitched his tail contentedly. Genius. No point in being humble about it. ~ Eoin Colfer,
799:Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline. ~ George Eliot,
800:I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
801:It's a great loss.[Carrie Fisher] was a comic genius, as far as I'm concerned. ~ Tony Taccone,
802:Many men of genius must arise before a particular man of genius can appear. ~ Isaac D Israeli,
803:Only when Genius is married to Science can the highest results be produced. ~ Herbert Spencer,
804:Solitude is the nurse of enthusiasm, enthusiasm is the true part of genius. ~ Isaac D Israeli,
805:The difference between genius and stupidity is: genius has its limits. ~ Alexandre Dumas fils,
806:The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs. ~ Francis Bacon,
807:The media works in sound bites. They can make you look like a genius or stupid. ~ Kato Kaelin,
808:The moment of recognizing your own lack of talent is a flash of genius. ~ Stanislaw Jerzy Lec,
809:The space involving insanity and genius is calculated only by good results. ~ Bruce Feirstein,
810:Woman is quick to revere genius, but in her secret soul she seldom loves it. ~ Agnes Repplier,
811:You dont have to be a political genius to sniff the smell of blood in the water. ~ Rich Galen,
812:You're an absolute genius! I'm the best Daphne ever!"
"And so humble,too. ~ Kiersten White,
813:A creative genius is just better at connecting the dots than others are. That’s ~ Sean Patrick,
814:A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is only twelve years old. ~ Eoin Colfer,
815:Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. ~ Edward Gibbon,
816:Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius. ~ E O Wilson,
817:Genius is the ability to hold one's vision steady until it becomes reality ~ Benjamin Franklin,
818:I believe that mediocrity is self-inflicted and that genius is self-bestowed. ~ Walter Russell,
819:If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn't call it genius. ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti,
820:I truly miss the genius of the music of John Lennon, as I'm sure everybody does. ~ Peter Fonda,
821:It's a lucky child that knows that they're a genius, unaimed and all that. ~ Diana Wynne Jones,
822:It’s more important that you grow up to be a man,” he said, “than to be a genius. ~ Mario Puzo,
823:Love for our neighbor, being made of creative attention, is analogous to genius. ~ Simone Weil,
824:People like me and Ozu get films made by hard work, but Shimizu is a genius. ~ Kenji Mizoguchi,
825:Spend time in silence. Take time to get to know yourself and your genius in stillness. ~ Jewel,
826:That’s the danger of genius. One way or another, it’s going to destroy the world. ~ Mira Grant,
827:The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
828:We love a genius for what he leaves and mourn him for what he takes away ~ Thomas Gainsborough,
829:A true calling is aimed at the genius qualities already set within each person. ~ Michael Meade,
830:Evil genius! I so admire that in a person. Usually I'm the evil bitch of the group ~ Maya Banks,
831:Follow a trail of bold mistakes and at the end of them you will find a genius. ~ Roy H Williams,
832:Genius does not only pertain to the brain, it belongs above all to the heart. ~ Juliette Drouet,
833:Genius is a gift we are given; mastery is the stewardship of our gifts. ~ Erwin Raphael McManus,
834:Genius is saying what is in your heart, because it's in everyone's heart. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
835:He is a perfect genius, god and devil combined, the greatest marvel of the age. ~ Luo Guanzhong,
836:If people knew how hard I worked at my art, they would not consider me a genius. ~ Michelangelo,
837:I know of no such thing as genius, genius is nothing but labor and diligence. ~ William Hogarth,
838:It is the great triumph of genius to make the common appear novel. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
839:Mike Patton is a genius... It is definitely the hardest music I've ever played. ~ Dave Lombardo,
840:Staff has a genius for sitting on its brains and coming up with perfect hindsight. ~ Leo Gordon,
841:Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln BY DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN ~ Daniel H Pink,
842:They say true genius often strikes in the pale moments between awake and asleep. ~ Sarah Ockler,
843:Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. ~ Abraham Lincoln,
844:Towering genius distains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. ~ Abraham Lincoln,
845:Valkyrie: “You are such a moron.”
Skulduggery: “Don't be jealous of my genius. ~ Derek Landy,
846:As Meander says, "For our mind is God;" and as Heraclitus, "Man's genius is a deity." ~ Plutarch,
847:Genius cannot simply float in the clouds, it must also operate down on earth. ~ Ir ne N mirovsky,
848:Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. ~ William James,
849:Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun. ~ Franz Grillparzer,
850:Human nature has a much greater genius for sameness than for originality. ~ James Russell Lowell,
851:I'm a big fan of '30 Rock,' which I think is the most genius show on television. ~ Anna Kendrick,
852:It is hard to overstate the debt we owe to the men and women of genius. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
853:Men of genius are rarely much annoyed by the company of vulgar people. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
854:Reason is mechanical, wit chemical, and genius organic spirit. ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel,
855:The only difference between genius and insanity is that genius has its limits. ~ Albert Einstein,
856:Vance has a genius in evoking the beauty of strangeness, the strangeness of beauty. ~ Jack Vance,
857:You can create something that is pure genius, but you have to get your timing right. ~ Lang Leav,
858:A guy calls me a genius, and I'm going to renounce? I'm not going to renounce him. ~ Donald Trump,
859:Anybody who can do anything in Leicester but make a jumper has got to be a genius. ~ Brian Clough,
860:As I was walking among the fires of hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius ~ William Blake,
861:As Meander says, "For our mind is God;" and as Heraclitus, "Man's genius is a deity." ~ Plutarch,
862:Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out. ~ J K Rowling,
863:Common sense is a vastly overrated virtue. I myself prefer the spark of genius. ~ Margaret Millar,
864:Conceit spoils the finest genius?and the great charm of all power is modesty. ~ Louisa May Alcott,
865:Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world alters the world. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
866:Genius creates from the heart and when the artifact is broken so is the heart. ~ Elizabeth Goudge,
867:Genius has somewhat of the infantine; but of the childish not a touch or taint. ~ Robert Browning,
868:Genius is not a gift, but the way a person invents in desperate circumstances. ~ Jean Paul Sartre,
869:How genius to call them thumbnails, because what part of the body tells us less? ~ David Levithan,
870:Insanity and genius are two sides of the same hand-knitted tea cosy,’ Drakeforth ~ Paul Mannering,
871:It is characteristic of genius to be aware of the limitations of its own findings ~ Carlo Rovelli,
872:I've always said that the word 'genius,' especially in Hollywood, is way overused. ~ Ted McGinley,
873:Popular in our time, unpopular in his. So runs the stereotype of rejected genius. ~ Robert Hughes,
874:Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see. ~ Michio Kaku,
875:The genius of architecture seems to have shed its maledictions over this land. ~ Thomas Jefferson,
876:Their Love Is Average, Seeks
But There Is Genius In Their Hatred ~ Charles Bukowski,
877:The mark of genius is an incessant activity of mind. Genius is a spiritual greed. ~ V S Pritchett,
878:The Painter who seeks popularity in Art closes the door upon his own genius. ~ Washington Allston,
879:The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated. ~ Criss Jami,
880:To understand Mozart's contradictory qualities would indeed be to understand genius. ~ Lukas Foss,
881:what often distinguished great people of the arts wasn’t genius, but perseverance. ~ Louise Penny,
882:A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man. ~ Carl Sandburg,
883:A genius does what he masters. An ordinary man tries to master what he does. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana,
884:...bow to genius, but to the authority of that genius - not the display of talent... ~ John Geddes,
885:Cronkite is not a genius at anything except being straight, honest, and normal. ~ Douglas Brinkley,
886:Either this guy’s a total idiot, or he’s the biggest genius to hit physics in years! ~ Michio Kaku,
887:Genius is an exceedingly common human quality, probably natural to most of us. ~ John Taylor Gatto,
888:Genius moves to creation, not to destruction. Only a very few have combined both. ~ Edith Hamilton,
889:Good sense is at the bottom of everything: virtue, genius, wit, talent and taste. ~ Joseph Chenier,
890:His genius was not in inventing; rather, it was in inventing a system of invention. ~ Graham Moore,
891:If people are saying you’re wrong that’s probably a good sign that you’re a genius. ~ Steve Stoute,
892:In the work of a writer of genius, we rediscover our own neglected thoughts. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
893:knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius, and ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
894:Manner is all in all, whate'er is writ,The substitute for genius, sense, and wit. ~ William Cowper,
895:Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius. ~ Isaac D Israeli,
896:Run against the grain of a nation's genius and see where you get with your laws. ~ Walter Lippmann,
897:The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
898:There is no greater cruelty than a genius stumbling over something idiotic. ~ Friedrich D rrenmatt,
899:What is Genius?- To aspire to a lofty aim and to will the means to that aim. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
900:You’re a genius,” she said. “Hardly,” he said. “I just show up and pay attention. ~ Stephen Hunter,
901:Your insecurity and neediness is what makes you a big neurotic ball of comedy genius. ~ Marc Maron,
902:A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it. ~ Jean Anouilh,
903:Always to see the general in the particular is the very foundation of genius. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer,
904:Anybody can look like a genius if they have all the answers ahead of time,” Quinn said. ~ Tami Hoag,
905:Any damn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple. ~ Pete Seeger,
906:Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple. ~ Pete Seeger,
907:Aside from a cold appreciation of my own genius I felt that I was a modest man. ~ Robert A Heinlein,
908:Because a lot of people think they’re crazy, but in that craziness we see genius. ~ Walter Isaacson,
909:By the time the clever reaches the clouds, the genius is already on the stars. ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
910:Genius is an exaggeration of dimension. So is elephantiasis. Both may be only a disease. ~ Ayn Rand,
911:I'm a really, really, smart, multi-talented almost-genius, who's very annoying. ~ Tyler The Creator,
912:Inside the mind of 'America's Mad Genius' is not necessarily a place you want to visit. ~ Mike Caro,
913:It's easier to sell junk when you're known than works of genius when you're unknown. ~ Iris Murdoch,
914:Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened. ~ Lawrence Durrell,
915:Modest expression is a beautiful setting to the diamond of talent and genius. ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin,
916:No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversations as a dog does ~ Christopher Morley,
917:One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire. ~ John Foster,
918:Some people without possesing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
919:The continuous capacity of genius to surpass understanding remains a human constant. ~ Denis Dutton,
920:The world needs saints who have genius, just as a plague-stricken town needs doctors. ~ Simone Weil,
921:Against attempts on my life, I trust in my luck, my good genius, and my guards. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
922:A genius is a man who does unique things of which nobody would expect him to be capable. ~ E V Lucas,
923:An evil genius. —ALEX KOVZHUN, on Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, summer 2016 ~ Luke Harding,
924:Every genius thinks INWARDLY toward his Mind instead of outwardly toward his senses ~ Walter Russell,
925:Excellent,” Kronos said, which was the first time an evil genius ever said excellent. ~ Rick Riordan,
926:Genius is a talent only for living, those who possess it have little gift for dying. ~ Janet Flanner,
927:Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes, is but perseverance in disguise. ~ Orison Swett Marden,
928:Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
929:Is there a word for 'total screaming genius' that sounds modest and a tiny bit sexy? ~ Steven Moffat,
930:Literature is an investment of genius which pays dividends to all subsequent times. ~ John Burroughs,
931:M. Zola is determined to show that, if he has not got genius, he can at least be dull. ~ Oscar Wilde,
932:Nothing tempts a young man more than to play the part of a good genius to a woman. ~ Honor de Balzac,
933:The purpose of America is to unleash the full talent and genius of every individual. ~ Ronald Reagan,
934:We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later. ~ Louis Aragon,
935:Where power is absent we may find the robe of genius, but we miss the throne. ~ Walter Savage Landor,
936:An average idea enthusiastically embraced will go farther than a genius idea no one gets. ~ Jay Samit,
937:Any fool can make things complicated, it requires a genius to make things simple ~ Ernst F Schumacher,
938:excessive fear and self-doubt that were the greatest detractors of personal genius. ~ Robert Kiyosaki,
939:Genius is not so much a light as it is a constant awareness of the surrounding gloom. ~ Stanislaw Lem,
940:in Ovid, difficulty is what wakes up the genius (ingenium mala saepe movent), ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb,
941:It is better to be a human without any gifts than a Jinn or a genius with one too many. ~ Ruskin Bond,
942:Keep showing up for your side of the job and give genius a chance to do its part. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
943:Luck is a tag given by the mediocre to account for the accomplishments of genius. ~ Robert A Heinlein,
944:No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does. ~ Christopher Morley,
945:Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
946:Will and energy sometimes prove greater than either genius or talent or temperament. ~ Isadora Duncan,
947:All genius is simple. It involves close observation and a momentous act of self trust. ~ Howell Raines,
948:A sniper is like a genius - it’s not enough to be one, you have to be one at something. ~ Steve Aylett,
949:Democracy is still upon its trial. The civic genius of our people is its only bulwark. ~ William James,
950:Genius unexecuted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks. ~ Orison Swett Marden,
951:I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring. ~ James Whistler,
952:I don't know whether my husband is a genius or not, but he certainly has a dirty mind. ~ Nora Barnacle,
953:It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. ~ Albert Einstein,
954:It would always be my burden, not that I lacked genius, but that I was fully aware of it. ~ Pat Conroy,
955:Talent and genius operate outside the rules, and theory conflicts with practice. ~ Carl von Clausewitz,
956:The endless legacy of the past to the present is the secret source of human genius. ~ Honore de Balzac,
957:The lazy will always attribute genius to some 'inspiration' that comes for mere waiting. ~ Will Durant,
958:The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
959:To have displeased evil and ignorant men is the sure sign of genius and virtue... ~ Francesco Petrarca,
960:To wake the soul by tender strokes of art, To raise the genius, and to mend the heart ~ Alexander Pope,
961:Why have I not genius to start some new thought? Some thing that will surprise the world? ~ John Adams,
962:Any self-realized being has access to the dynamic genius which nature gives all beings. ~ Bryant McGill,
963:Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius. ~ James Russell Lowell,
964:Beauty is a form of genius -- is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. ~ Oscar Wilde,
965:Be sure yourself and your own reach to know How far your genius taste and learning go. ~ Alexander Pope,
966:Excessive fear and self-doubt that were the greatest detractors of personal genius. ~ Robert T Kiyosaki,
967:Faith is the best substitute for genius; in fact, it is closely allied to genius. ~ Orison Swett Marden,
968:For the French, talent excuses much, genius excuses all, and prudishness is inexcusable. ~ David Downie,
969:Genius is patience.
   ~ Anonymous Proverb, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919),
970:gold is power-artemis fowl I liked the artemis fowl series because its about a boy genius ~ Eoin Colfer,
971:The difference between insanity and genius is measured only by success and failure. ~ Masashi Kishimoto,
972:The rule will often be here reiterated: financial genius is before the fall. I ~ John Kenneth Galbraith,
973:Vincent van Gogh was a “tormented genius” the way Jimi Hendrix was a “guitar player.” I ~ Patton Oswalt,
974:Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. ~ William James,
975:I'm a misunderstood genius."
"What's misunderstood?"
"Nobody thinks I'm a genius. ~ Bill Watterson,
976:I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child. ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
977:It is impossible for a dove to catch a swallow, for a clever man to catch a genius. ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
978:Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
979:Montesquieu had the style of a genius; Buffon, the genius of style. ~ Friedrich Melchior Baron von Grimm,
980:Skrillex. The man is a genius and paved a new way for music and it's very inspiring. ~ Christina Grimmie,
981:Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is. ~ James Russell Lowell,
982:Talent is the ability to say things well, but genius is the ability to, well, say things. ~ Steve Martin,
983:The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
– Unknown ~ Jonas Jonasson,
984:The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos. ~ Lydia M Child,
985:The straight roads are the roads of progress, the crooked roads are thee roads of genius. ~ Robert Towne,
986:A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. ~ Steven Pressfield,
987:And yes, again, that was it exactly. A retyper and not a writer. A prodigy and not a genius. ~ John Green,
988:Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. ~ Tim Cook,
989:Beauty and Genius must be kept afar if one would avoid becoming their slave. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
990:For a few minutes of every day, every man becomes a genius. This is the tragedy of life. ~ Jonathan Nolan,
991:Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton 1st Baron Lytton,
992:Genius of the highest kind implies an unusual intensity of the modifying power. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
993:I have no talent for making new friends, but oh such genius for fidelity to old ones. ~ Daphne du Maurier,
994:It appears to me that strong sense and acute sensibility together constitute genius. ~ George Pope Morris,
995:Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
996:Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius, ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
997:Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
998:Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer,
999:Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer,
1000:There is almost no area of British life that isn’t touched with a kind of genius for names. ~ Bill Bryson,
1001:There is doggedness to genius. It is the ability to dig deep and hold on to the dream. ~ Stephen Richards,
1002:There is no such thing as genius, some children are just less damaged than others. ~ R Buckminster Fuller,
1003:The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping. ~ Virginia Woolf,
1004:Thoreau wrote, “Simplify! Simplify!” And, indeed, simplification is one mark of real genius. ~ Dan Ariely,
1005:To be smart, spend carefully. To be wise, save regularly. To be genius, give extravagantly. ~ Chip Ingram,
1006:To wake the soul by tender strokes of art,
To raise the genius, and to mend the heart ~ Alexander Pope,
1007:We owe most of our great inventions and most of the achievements of genius to idleness. ~ Agatha Christie,
1008:What makes success is not your genius idea, but the execution and follow-through around it ~ Robin Sharma,
1009:A judge at common law may be an ordinary man; a good judge of a carpet must be a genius. ~ Edgar Allan Poe,
1010:Find out what people want to do, then tell them to do it. They'll think you're a genius. ~ Connie Brockway,
1011:From haunted spring and dale Edg'd with poplar pale The parting genius is with sighing sent. ~ John Milton,
1012:Genius does not need a special language; it uses newly whatever tongue it finds. ~ Edmund Clarence Stedman,
1013:Genius. It's a word. What does it really mean? If I win I'm a genius. If I don't, I'm not. ~ Bobby Fischer,
1014:Genius. It’s a word. What does it really mean? If I win I’m a genius. If I don’t, I’m not. ~ Bobby Fischer,
1015:It is too well known, that the second George never was an Augustus to learning or genius. ~ Samuel Johnson,
1016:It made him proud that 29 months in the service had not blunted his genius for ineptitude. ~ Joseph Heller,
1017:KING & MAXWELL SERIES Split Second Hour Game Simple Genius First Family The Sixth Man ~ David Baldacci,
1018:Mandelstam was an artistic genius, the sort that any century produces only a handful of. ~ Christian Wiman, of the traits of genius is not to drag its thought through the rut worn by vulgar minds. ~ Stendhal,
1020:There are plenty of clever young writers. But there is too much genius, not enough talent. ~ J B Priestley,
1021:the shlockworks in R&D straddled that razor’s edge between genius and utter crackpot, ~ Pip Ballantine,
1022:A clone of Einstein wouldn't be stupid, but he wouldn't necessarily be any genius, either. ~ James D Watson,
1023:...and youth, strength, genius, thoughts, achievements, simple hearts-all dies...No matter. ~ Joseph Conrad,
1024:But I'm not a saint yet. I'm an alcoholic. I'm a drug addict. I'm homosexual. I'm a genius. ~ Truman Capote,
1025:Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable. ~ Margot Fonteyn,
1026:Genius is the power to labor better and more availably. Deserve thy genius: exalt it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1027:In those rare individual cases where women approach genius they also approach masculinity. ~ Otto Weininger,
1028:Ismail Merchant was just the most seductive, passionate, outrageous, driven, genius of a man. ~ Glenn Close,
1029:I think you're all mad. But that's part and parcel of being an artistic genius, isn't it? ~ Charles de Lint,
1030:My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season. ~ Mary Todd Lincoln,
1031:People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius. ~ Jerry Lewis,
1032:Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. ~ Simone Weil,
1033:Some people have a perfect genius for doing nothing, and doing it assiduously. ~ Thomas Chandler Haliburton,
1034:The genius of art finds sanctuary among children and madmen to survive.That is who we are. ~ Marilyn Manson,
1035:The great-eyed Plato proportioned the lights and shades after the genius of our life. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1036:We mustn't forget how quickly the visions of genius become the canned goods of intellectuals. ~ Saul Bellow,
1037:Whatever you can do, or dream, begin it! For boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. ~ Stephen R Covey,
1038:Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. ~ David Michie,
1039:Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it! ~ Eric Greitens,
1040:Who's the genius who thought replacing Dick Clark with Ryan Seacrest was a good idea? ~ Keith R A DeCandido,
1041:A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce,
1042:A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce,
1043:And then I had my greatest stroke of genius since that ham sandwich with pickles that time. ~ Elizabeth Bear,
1044:As Jung noted, behind one's wound there often lies a person's genius. ~ James Hollis (Under Saturn's Shadow),
1045:But it was only genius if you thought of it first. A teacher told him that. Genius is lonely. ~ Colum McCann,
1046:Fifty percent of Winston is genius, fifty percent bloody fool. He will behave like a child. ~ Clement Attlee,
1047:Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine. ~ Denis Diderot,
1048:Genius is subject to the same laws which regulate the production of cotton and molasses. ~ Thomas B Macaulay,
1049:Genius is the summed production of the many with the names of the few attached for easy recall. ~ E O Wilson,
1050:If we stand for change, we can spark a popular movement with power, influence, magic and genius. ~ Van Jones,
1051:illuminates the path to greatness via a unique, accessible, and practical decoding of genius. ~ Sean Patrick,
1052:Ï'm a genius of infinite potential and highly limited patience. People shouldn't try me so. ~ Seanan McGuire,
1053:Messi always makes the right decision, whether it's a pass or a finish. He's a little genius. ~ Gary Lineker,
1054:My genius is not so frail a thing that it cowers from the dirty fingers of newspapernen. ~ Diane Setterfield,
1055:Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
   ~ Arthur Schopenhauer,
1056:That is the true genius of America-a faith in simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles. ~ Barack Obama,
1057:The man is a genius, and geniuses don’t have to abide by the same rules as the rest of the world. ~ J D Robb,
1058:The most amazing and effective inventions are not those which do most honour to the human genius. ~ Voltaire,
1059:The secret to genius is not genetics but daily practice married with relentless perseverance. ~ Robin Sharma,
1060:Thomas Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~ Wayne W Dyer,
1061:When it fails, they do call it madness, Lazarus. But when it succeeds, they call it genius. ~ Erika Johansen,
1062:Which reminded me...I still owed the gods a debt. "You're a genius," I (Percy) told Annabeth. ~ Rick Riordan,
1063:Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius. ~ Isaac D Israeli,
1064:Genius is not only a what or a who, it is a where. It is grounded in a place every single time. ~ Eric Weiner,
1065:I am a genius of infinite potential and highly limited patience. People shouldn’t try me so. ~ Seanan McGuire,
1066:I'd rather have a genius like Donald Trump running America than someone like Hillary Clinton. ~ Rudy Giuliani,
1067:I have known many chess players, but among them there has been only one genius - Capablanca! ~ Emanuel Lasker,
1068:Man for all his genius is that an echo of the original Voice, a reflection of the uncreated Light ~ A W Tozer,
1069:Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius, and ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
1070:[On Elizabeth Barrett Browning:] Her sweetness of character is even beyond her genius. ~ Mary Russell Mitford,
1071:Sometimes things are nothing on paper, but a genius director turns it into something amazing. ~ Douglas Booth,
1072:The concealment of art by the actor is as great a mark of genius as it is in the painter. ~ Francois Delsarte,
1073:The miracles of genius always rest on profound convictions which refuse to be analyzed. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1074:The role of your genius spirit is to essentially heal, transform, and evolve consciousness. ~ Carolyn Elliott,
1075:The technical brilliance of Lang Lang and the musical genius to create a masterpiece on the spot. ~ Ian Brown,
1076:They have a genius, young ladies, for getting into various kinds of trouble and difficulty. ~ Agatha Christie,
1077:Would I use the word 'genius' to describe myself? No. 'Alive?' Perhaps. 'Befuddled?' Certainly. ~ Sean Gibson,
1078:A genius must never be seen struggling to master his craft. He starts out already accomplished. ~ Edmund White,
1079:Any damn fool can put on a deal, but it takes genius, faith and perseverance to create a brand. ~ David Ogilvy,
1080:Any fool can write a bad advertisement, but it takes a genius to keep his hands off a good one. ~ David Ogilvy,
1081:being a math genius doesn’t necessarily translate to financial gain. Lots of geniuses die poor. ~ Lisa Gardner,
1082:Genius discovers a system; average talent stereotypes it till it is shattered by fresh genius. ~ Sri Aurobindo,
1083:how slim the line is between genius and insanity and between determination and stubbornness. ~ Richard Branson,
1084:If you want to win, drop the past trends. Genius creates new trends and the crowd follows the past. ~ Amit Ray,
1085:My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed. ~ Allen Ginsberg,
1086:Persuading the people to vote against their own best interests has been the awesome genius of the ~ Gore Vidal,
1087:Put a very clever man next to a genius, his brightness will immediately turn to dullness! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
1088:The plan that no one else has thought of may be genius or delusion. Time alone will reveal which. ~ Rod Duncan,
1089:The real wonder is not that one man should be a genius, but that every man should not be. ~ Mary Hunter Austin,
1090:They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains," he remarked with a smile. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
1091:They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains,” he remarked with a smile. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
1092:Blood is a destiny. One's genius descends in the stream from long lines of ancestry. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr,
1093:Buffett’s genius was largely a genius of character—of patience, discipline, and rationality. ~ Roger Lowenstein,
1094:Genius is the power of carrying the feelings of childhood into the powers of manhood. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
1095:I like the idea of taking a true classic written by a true genius and essentially destroying it! ~ Randy Newman,
1096:Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius. ~ William Blake,
1097:I think MacGregor might be a genius. Anyone so oblivious to the horror of the human world must be. ~ Susan Juby,
1098:Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius. ~ Matthew McConaughey,
1099:No woman has ever been an authentic genius of the stature of men, but that does not enrage me ~ Taylor Caldwell,
1100:The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. ~ Arthur Koestler,
1101:The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. ~ Arthur Koestler,
1102:The real axis of evil in America is the genius of our marketing and the gullibility of our people. ~ Bill Maher,
1103:There is genius as well in virtue as in intellect. 'Tis the doctrine of faith over works. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1104:The vulgar call good fortune that which really is produced by the calculations of genius. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1105:We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1106:Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. ~ Joseph Goldstein,
1107:Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. ~ Steven Pressfield,
1108:Which reminded me...I still owed the gods a debt.
"You're a genius," I (Percy) told Annabeth. ~ Rick Riordan,
1109:Your mother has the mind of a genius and the eyes of a child. You won't find better than that. ~ Jessica Khoury,
1110:All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. ~ Alexander H Stephens,
1111:Ferdy, you’re a genius!”
“That’s what all the girls say,” said Ferdy. “Boys, too, actually. ~ Stan Berenstain,
1112:Genius is both the sail and the wind; that’s why he continues his journey without stopping! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
1113:Genius is four parts perspiration and one part having a focused strategic overview. Armando Iannucci ~ Anonymous,
1114:Genius,thou gift of heaven; without whose aid in vain we struggle against the stream of nature. ~ Henry Fielding,
1115:In the land of genius, the sun always shines; in the land of clever, there are many clouds! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
1116:It is quite possible for the vulgar to be funny, but to succeed, it must rise to a certain genius. ~ Roger Ebert,
1117:It seems, regrettably, that not even genius can overcome the debilitating effects of a mild fever. ~ Osamu Dazai,
1118:Like many business men of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. ~ Mario Puzo,
1119:Now, Joyce being Joyce, he has about five different purposes, one not being enough for genius. ~ Thomas C Foster,
1120:Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them. ~ Denis Diderot,
1121:Preparation is - if not the key to genius - then at least the key to sounding like a genius. ~ Winston Churchill,
1122:Talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. ~ Louisa May Alcott,
1123:The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. ~ Arthur Koestler,
1124:There is hardly a more common error than that of taking the man who has one talent, for a genius. ~ Arthur Helps,
1125:There is no more dreary or more repulsive creature than the man who has evaded his genius. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
1126:There's a thin line between genius and insanity - and I always get labelled as being the crazy one. ~ Lisa Lopes,
1127:The truth is mightier than eloquence, the Spirit greater than genius, faith more than education. ~ Martin Luther,
1128:Those braces are a goddamn feat of engineering genius,” he said. “You take after your old man. ~ Jeannette Walls,
1129:Two sorts of writers possess genius: those who think, and those who cause others to think. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1130:You can be as good as Rembrandt, but if no one discovers you, you will only be a genius in theory. ~ Eric Weiner,
1131:A girl who is told repeatedly that she’s no genius ends up winning an award for being one. The ~ Angela Duckworth,
1132:Despite his genius, what Darwin didn't know about sex could fill volumes. This is one of them. ~ Christopher Ryan,
1133:Every work of Genius is tinctured by the feelings, and often originates in the events of times. ~ Isaac D Israeli,
1134:Genius does not have time to stand admiring its reflection; it has too much work to get finished. ~ Benjamin Wood,
1135:If you're a man and you ask questions, you're a genius; if you're a woman, you're difficult. ~ Martine McCutcheon,
1136:I just finished Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," which I think is a work of genius. ~ Alice Hoffman,
1137:Intelligence entails a strong mind, but genius entails a heart of a lion in tune with a strong mind. ~ Criss Jami,
1138:It's not the genius who is 100 years ahead of his time but average man who is 100 years behind it. ~ Robert Musil,
1139:Originality is genius. If you respect and care for it, it will take you on the ride of your life. ~ Barbara Sher,
1140:Skill is fine, and genius is splendid, but the right contacts are more valuable than either. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
1141:So, how close are love and genius, really? We know that they are both mentioned far more than lived. ~ Criss Jami,
1142:There is no greater consolation for mediocrity than that the genius is not immortal. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
1143:The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds. ~ David Hume,
1144:THE THING WAS, William had a kind of genius for not noticing what he didn’t want to notice. ~ Garth Risk Hallberg,
1145:Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. ~ J Mark G Williams,
1146:Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. ~ Katrina Love Senn,
1147:Wit is often a mask. If you tear it you will find either genius irritated or cleverness juggling. ~ Khalil Gibran,
1148:You are Bellman, aren’t you? The genius who sent the sauna ape after me?” Harry nodded toward the Finn. ~ Jo Nesb,
1149:Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. ~ Pablo Picasso,
1150:Genius may be a necessary precondition for creating a masterpiece but it’s never a sufficient one. ~ James Shapiro,
1151:No kid is unsmart. Every kid's a genius at something. Our job is to find it. And then encourage it. ~ Robin Sharma,
1152:PART OF THE GENIUS of genuine Christianity is that each generation has to think it through afresh. ~ Scot McKnight,
1153:Sir, the slowness of genius is hard to bear, but the slowness of mediocrity is insufferable. ~ Henry Thomas Buckle,
1154:The charm of the best courages is that they are inventions, inspirations, flashes of genius. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1155:The genius of life is friendly to the noble, and, in the dark, brings them friends from far. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1156:The genius of the people will ill brook the inquisitive and peremptory spirit of excise laws. ~ Alexander Hamilton,
1157:Todd [Phillips] doesn't care. That's part of his genius as a director, he will say anything to anybody. ~ Ed Helms,
1159:Because Spencer is a certifiable genius, Ford is as ruthless as they come, and I'm an accomplished liar. ~ J A Huss,
1160:Genius disregards the boundaries of propriety. Genius is permitted to shout if shouting is productive. ~ Lois Lowry,
1161:If you do not have persistence then no amount of education, talent or genius can make up for it. ~ Stephen Richards,
1162:If you're not happy, just leave. Don't cheat. Doesn't take a genius to figure that shit out. - Kenji ~ Tahereh Mafi,
1163:Is it not in the most absolute simplicity that real genius plies its pinions the most wonderfully? ~ E T A Hoffmann,
1164:I think without a doubt, that what is called "financial genius" is merely a rising market. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith,
1165:Maybe you can make art out of unredeemed pain, but only if you're a genius -- Dostoyevsky perhaps. ~ Larry McMurtry,
1166:Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
1167:Most analysts are SO SMART and have amazing ideas, but they can't convey their genius ideas to others. ~ Chip Heath,
1168:Music looks very formidable to people outside of it and it looks like it's this realm of spooky genius. ~ Jon Brion,
1169:Nabokov quote: "I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child." ~ Nick Laird,
1170:The great ideas you met on your path are the genius sculptors which shape the shape your mind! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
1171:The new era differs from the old chiefly in that the lash begins to imagine itself possessed of genius. ~ Karl Marx,
1172:The news we hear, for the most part, is not news to our genius. It is the stalest repetition. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
1173:There's a lot of controversy online, some people say i'm a genius and other say i'm hugely talented. ~ Andy Kindler,
1174:Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it— Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. —Goethe ~ James Allen,
1175:When people speak of the borderline between genius and madness, why is it so evident what they mean? ~ James Gleick,
1176:When the wind blows, curtain steps aside; when the genius blows, the intelligent stands aside! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
1177:A Ph.D. big-shot professor. A mother who is a genius. And you shit in plastic bags. Unbelievable ~ Stuart Rojstaczer,
1178:Childhood and genius have the same master organ in common - inquisitiveness. ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton 1st Baron Lytton,
1179:Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy. ~ Havelock Ellis,
1180:Everything Will Ferrell says during scenes is so funny and so natural. I was amazed at his genius. ~ Erick Chavarria,
1181:Genius abhors consensus because when consensus is reached, thinking stops. Stop nodding your head. ~ Albert Einstein,
1182:how futile is man's poor, weak imagination by comparison with Nature's incredible genius. And ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs,
1183:I'm supposed to be this musical genius and everything, but I can't really work the car seat that well. ~ Kris Jenner,
1184:In this world is not the creative act of the genius always a protest against the inertia of the mass? ~ Adolf Hitler,
1185:Lack of genius never held anyone back. Only time wasted on resentment and daydreaming can do that. ~ Dorothy Dunnett,
1186:Messi is much more than being clever. He is a genius who reserves all his expressiveness for football. ~ John Carlin,
1187:Nature is mythical and mystical always, and works with the license and extravagance of genius. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
1188:The genius of the primitive mind is that it can render human helplessness in noble and beautiful ways. ~ Don DeLillo,
1189:The logic is backwards. Genius is the result of doing what you love, not a prerequisite for it. ~ Charles Eisenstein,
1190:True genius is a mind of large general powers accidentally determined in some particular direction. ~ Samuel Johnson,
1191:What distresses me is to see that human genius has limitations, and human stupidity has none. ~ Alexandre Dumas fils,
1192:Women, in general, are not attracted to art at all, nor knowledge, and not at all to genius. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau,
1193:You say I sucked at the Oscars. I was a genius at the Oscars. That was experimental tuxedo sleep art. ~ James Franco,
1194:again, right? But how will they know to save us? Hmm. Yopopa’s supposedly a genius. That’s probably ~ Sarah Mlynowski,
1195:A genius is no more—and no less—than someone who insists on the truth, while others face the other way. ~ Neel Burton,
1196:Genius . . . arises in the natural, aboriginal concern for the conscious unity of all phenomena. ~ Mary Hunter Austin,
1197:George Orwell first noted, the true genius in advertising is to sell you the solution and the problem. ~ Ben Goldacre,
1198:I think the combination of genius and celebrity, in the case of Bobby Fischer, was a dangerous cocktail. ~ Liz Garbus,
1199:It seems to me that even the least of the human race is touched with genius when mad with love. ~ Evalyn Walsh McLean,
1200:Reagan's genius as a communicator lies in his use of ambiguity. ... Ambiguity is the mother of Teflon. ~ Robin Lakoff,
1201:Thank you for that, boy genius! Where did you graduate from? Hogwarts School for the Mentally Unbalanced? ~ Leia Shaw,
1202:The first Matrix genius, the second one, what's up with the dancing? I haven't even seen the third one. ~ Ethan Embry,
1203:The genius of women has always been easy to discount, suppress, or attribute to the nearest man. When ~ Siri Hustvedt,
1204:The young man reveres men of genius, because, to speak truly, they are more himself than he is. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1205:After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte,
1206:A genius is someone who takes a complex thing and makes it look simple. An academic does the opposite. ~ Robert Fanney,
1207:Credence, when mediocrity multiplied
Equals itself with genius. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems, Lines on Ireland,
1208:Follow your genius closely enough, and it will not fail to show you a fresh prospect every hour. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
1209:hard work is the only acceptable practice for those of us who have some talent but little or no genius. ~ Stephen King,
1210:I didn't care if he was a genius or a fucking idiot, he was rotting away, and it wasn't fun to watch. ~ Anthony Kiedis,
1211:I love the beginning of Magnolia, the thing about the dealer. That scene is genius. Brilliantly acted. ~ Patton Oswalt,
1212:It is a distinctive American genius, this ability to transmute subversion into a marketable commodity. ~ George F Will,
1213:It is useless to deny that, unless one has a genius for imparting knowledge, teaching is a drudgery. ~ Margaret Deland,
1214:The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius. ~ Sid Caesar,
1215:The role of a leader is not to rule over other people, but to hold a space for their own genius. ~ Marianne Williamson,
1216:Was U.S. entry into World War I such an act of genius that criticizing it is necessarily perverse? ~ Thomas E Woods Jr, were a genius and a fool. A genius for what you were capable of doing and a fool for what you did. ~ Emma Darcy,
1218:A popular author is one who writes what the people think. Genius invites them to think something else. ~ Ambrose Bierce,
1219:As Fallingwater demonstrates, Wright's genius was always specific, but also always lively, always daring. ~ Jane Smiley,
1220:Being smart doesn’t mean being skilled at social interaction. No one ever said being a genius was easy. ~ Caren Lissner,
1221:Creative people must entertain lots of silly ideas in order to receive the occasional strokes of genius ~ Marshall Cook,
1222:Genius always looks forward, and not only sees what is, but what necessarily will be. ~ Fulke Greville 1st Baron Brooke,
1223:Genius is always sufficiently the enemy of genius by over influence. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar (1837),
1224:Genius is its own passport, and has always been ready to change habitats until the natural one is found. ~ Nikola Tesla,
1225:Halliday’s favorites, like WarGames, Ghostbusters, Real Genius, Better Off Dead, or Revenge of the Nerds ~ Ernest Cline,
1226:Inventive genius requires pleasurable mental activity as a condition for its vigorous exercise ~ Alfred North Whitehead,
1227:It has been my experience that those meant for greatness are normally the least aware of their own genius. ~ Lizzy Ford,
1228:It is less difficult for a woman to obtain celebrity by her genius than to be forgiven for it. ~ Jacques Pierre Brissot,
1229:It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us. ~ James Russell Lowell,
1230:Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work least, for they are thinking out inventions. ~ Leonardo da Vinci,
1231:No man can exactly calculate the capacity of human genius and stupidity, nor the incapacity of will. ~ B H Liddell Hart,
1232:R.I.P. Alexander McQueen, a kind soul and brilliant creative genius. Sad and shocking. You've touched us all. ~ Joe Zee,
1233:Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life (1860),
1234:The creative genius begins in the idle moment, dreaming up the impossible, and later making it come true. ~ V C Andrews,
1235:The future will erase everything—there's no level of fame or genius that allows you to transcend oblivion. ~ John Green,
1236:The hypnagogic state is considered by many to be a genius state, without boundaries or any limitations. ~ Brian L Weiss,
1237:This is the method of genius, to ripen fruit for the crowd by those rays of whose heat they complain. ~ Margaret Fuller,
1238:UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity. ~ Dennis Ritchie,
1239:We stand today united in a belief in beauty, genius, and courage, and that these can transform the world. ~ Jane Addams,
1240:When we allow the genius of simple nature to flow through us we become every genius who has ever lived. ~ Bryant McGill,
1241:And is he honest who resists his genius or conscience only for the sake of present ease or gratification ~ William Blake,
1242:As is the inventor of murder, and the father of art, Cain must have been a man of first-rate genius. ~ Thomas de Quincey,
1243:But the higher a man mounts, the greater may be his fall; all genius is a conquering of chaos, mystery. ~ Otto Weininger,
1244:Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius. ~ Henri Fr d ric Amiel,
1245:Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius. ~ Henri Frederic Amiel,
1246:Every age has a kind of universal genius, which inclines those that live in it to some particular studies. ~ John Dryden,
1247:Few of the great tragedies of history were created by the village idiot, and many by the village genius. ~ Thomas Sowell,
1248:Genius can write on the back of old envelopes but mere talent requires the finest stationery available. ~ Dorothy Parker,
1249:Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again. ~ Jack Kerouac,
1250:Having scored 298 and still hitting a six is something unimaginable and you need to be a genius for that. ~ Waqar Younis,
1251:I hope you didn't bring the Asian kid along thinking he's a computer genius. Because I'm not," Takumi said. ~ John Green,
1252:It is possible that the production of genius is reserved to a limited period of mankind's history. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
1253:Later these tales would be retold and embellished by the genius of Mallory, Spenser, and Tennyson. ~ Winston S Churchill,
1254:Lowell says: "Attention is the stuff that Memory is made of, and Memory is accumulated Genius. ~ William Walker Atkinson,
1255:The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities ~ Cesare Lombroso,
1256:The future will erase everything. There's no level of fame or genius that allows you to transcend oblivion. ~ John Green,
1257:The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It's our great contribution to the arts. ~ Ken Burns,
1258:The prophesying business is like writing fugues; it is fatal to every one save the man of absolute genius. ~ H L Mencken,
1259:The very simple-minded have often the genius to commit an uncomplicated crime and then leave it alone. ~ Agatha Christie,
1260:UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity ~ Dennis M Ritchie,
1261:Woman, in short, has an unconscious life, man a conscious life, and the genius the most conscious life. ~ Otto Weininger,
1262:Anything you can do, or dream you do, begin it: boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
1263:…because talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. ~ Louisa May Alcott,
1264:Genius, apart from natural sensitiveness, is prone equally to unreasoning joy and to bitterest morbidness. ~ Mary MacLane,
1265:Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent - the power to do the right thing the first time. ~ Elbert Hubbard,
1266:Genius lies not in making the great discoveries, but in seeing the connections between the smaller ones... ~ Walker Percy,
1267:Gen, with his genius for languages, was often at a loss for what to say when left with only his own words. ~ Ann Patchett,
1268:His judgement demonstrates that one can be a genius and understand nothing of an art that is not one's own. ~ Victor Hugo,
1269:I think all writers have a bit of genius in them, and a bit of talent. Genius retreats but talent improves. ~ Martin Amis,
1270:[M]en of genius and talents have started out of a class, in which women have never yet been placed. ~ Mary Wollstonecraft,
1271:One of her favorite lines was, "The difference between genius and stupidity s that genius has limits. ~ Kate Karyus Quinn,
1272:Sometimes [genius] is just the thing that emerges after twenty years of working at your kitchen table. ~ Malcolm Gladwell,
1273:The future will erase everything - there's no level of fame or genius that allows you to transcend oblivion. ~ John Green,
1274:The highest, the only reality, is ever at hand, but for the most part invisible. Genius makes it visible. ~ Egon Friedell,
1275:The perfect position for myth is at a crossroads: its genius radiates out in many different directions. ~ Dr. Martin Shaw,
1276:There's a poster with Thomas Edison's quote: GENIUS IS 1 PERCENT INSPIRATION AND 99 PERCENT PERSPIRATION. ~ Lauren Oliver,
1277:The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction. ~ Samuel Johnson,
1278:To forgive is wisdom, to forget is genius. And easier. Because it's true. It's a new world every heart beat. ~ Joyce Cary,
1279:We will have a new Taylor album in October. The record is genius. I can't wait for the fans to hear it. ~ Scott Borchetta,
1280:When you drink coffee, you become very focused, and in fact, the key to creative genius is to be defocused. ~ Eric Weiner,
1281:Which scientific puzzle confounds the genius of Hawking? “Women,” he said. “They are a complete mystery. ~ John M Gottman,
1282:Young men and young women, full of courage, originality, and genius, are everywhere to be met with. ~ Frank Crowninshield,
1283:Genius is an overused word. The world has known only about a half dozen geniuses. I got only fairly near. ~ Fritz Kreisler,
1284:Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but less by assimilation than by friction. ~ Heinrich Heine,
1285:He’s a genius with my Prius,” says the co-owner of Left Bank Books, the town’s independent bookstore. The ~ Michael Finkel,
1286:I do not need drugs to be a genius, do not take a genius to be human, but I need your smile to be happy. ~ Charlie Chaplin,
1287:I said to a Frenchman the other day: “I love genius,” He answered: “A woman gives genius to the man she loves. ~ Ana s Nin,
1288:Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
1289:Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that. ~ Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire,
1290:She could either give birth to a fool who would live long or be blessed with a genius who would die young. ~ Pavan K Varma,
1291:Sometimes I feel that I am a natural born genius in a field of human endeavor that hasn't been invented yet ~ Max Beerbohm,
1292:That's when I heard the sounds of a certified genius spinning around in circles like a dog chasing its tail. ~ Ally Carter,
1293:The Athanasian Creed is the most splendid ecclesiastical lyric ever poured forth by the genius of man. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
1294:The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity. ~ Abraham Lincoln,
1295:The genius of any single man can no more equal learning, than a private purse hold way with the exchequer. ~ Francis Bacon,
1296:The genius of man is hidden in the silent, settled state of mind from where every thought emerges. ~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,
1297:You are a genius beyond description, so start telling yourself that and become aware of who you really are. ~ Rhonda Byrne,
1298:A man of genius is unbearable, unless he possesses at least two things besides: gratitude and purity. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
1299:Genius. Don't you wish you could give it to me, Laurie?" And she slyly smiled in his disappointed face. ~ Louisa May Alcott,
1300:Genius, the Pythian of the beautiful, leaves its large truths a riddle to the dull. ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton 1st Baron Lytton,
1301:He learned from Novalis that every man is potentially hero and genius; that only inertia keeps men mediocre. ~ Colin Wilson,
1302:In a stupid nation the man of genius becomes a god : everybody worships him and nobody does his will. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
1303:It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. ~ Gertrude Stein,
1304:Mad?” said Percy airily. “He’s a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes. Potatoes, Harry? ~ J K Rowling,
1305:One man's insanity is another man's genius; someday the world will recognize the genius in my insanity. ~ Joyce Carol Oates,
1306:People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work. ~ Alexander Hamilton,
1307:The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
1308:The fact that Hitler was a political genius unmasks the nature of politics in general as no other fact can. ~ Wilhelm Reich,
1309:The Vizier is a genius, truly, if he can keep peace among three hundred women. I can’t do so with only one. ~ Loretta Chase,
1310:Whatever you can do, or dream you can, . . . begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. —GOETHE ~ Howard Schultz,
1311:Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton 1st Baron Lytton,
1312:Fortune always will confer an aura of worth, unworthily; and in this world The lucky person passes for a genius. ~ Euripides,
1313:Genius, all over the world, stands hand in hand, and one shock of recognition runs the whole circle round. ~ Herman Melville,
1314:I had great affection for Dana Carvey, and I think we all thought, "Dana's the guy. There's the comic genius." ~ Kurt Fuller,
1315:I'm really compulsive with music. I listen too much, and I can't listen to one thing. I love iTunes Genius. ~ Lady Sovereign,
1316:It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much, doing nothing, really doing nothing. ~ Gertrude Stein,
1317:So we show up on her porch out of the blue, kidnap her, feed her frozen fruit and ask her on a date. Genius ~ Aprilynne Pike,
1318:Such unsubtle escapism! Really, Dr Fara, such folly smacks of genius. A lesser mind would be incapable of it. ~ Isaac Asimov,
1319:The genius of the American system is that we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people. ~ Phil Gramm,
1320:True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. ~ Winston Churchill,
1321:Until one acknowledges the genius within oneself, one will have great difficulty recognizing it in others. ~ David R Hawkins,
1322:VAN HOUTEN!” I shouted. “Are you okay? Was that a cough?” “Kaitlyn, I love you. You are a genius. I have to go. ~ John Green,
1323:But I don't think Art's an Einstein - he likes tugging ears, biting people and burping too much to be a genius. ~ Darren Shan,
1324:Genius is not perfected, it is deepened. It does not so much interpret the world as fertilize itself with it. ~ Andre Malraux,
1325:Genius is not that you are smarter than everyone else. It is that you are ready to receive the inspiration. ~ Albert Einstein,
1326:Grateful to The Kerry Gaynor Method for saving my manager's life. He quit smoking thanks to their genius Method. ~ Steve Aoki,
1327:How did I get here? I'm not rich. Not a mutant. Not a genius. Not a natural. I just try harder. I always have. ~ Chelsea Cain,
1328:In real friendship the judgment, the genius, the prudence of each party become the common property of both. ~ Maria Edgeworth,
1329:It matters only that you manifest your genius; it doesn’t matter when. It’s never too late or too early. ~ Mark Victor Hansen,
1330:It's a pity one can't imagine what one can't compare to anything. Genius is an African who dreams up snow. ~ Vladimir Nabokov,
1331:I went to a French school, so we didn't study Bram Stoker there. I just thought it was a genius thing. ~ Oliver Jackson Cohen,
1332:O liberty, Parent of happiness, celestial born When the first man became a living soul; His sacred genius thou. ~ Edward Dyer,
1333:The concept of genius as akin to madness has been carefully cultivated by the inferiority complex of the public. ~ Ezra Pound,
1334:There is no need to create. Genius comes only to those who know how to use their eyes and their intelligence. ~ Auguste Rodin,
1335:There is no such thing as unfortunate genius; if a man or woman is fit for work, God appoints the field. ~ Adah Isaacs Menken,
1336:To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
1337:We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age. ~ Thomas B Macaulay,
1338:Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. ~ A P J Abdul Kalam,
1339:...a lone genius might create a classic work of art or literature, but he could never create an entire industry. ~ Peter Thiel,
1340:Artists are people with a genius for finding a new answer, a new connection, or a new way of getting things done. ~ Seth Godin,
1341:Everyone around me says, You're a genius! You're great! That's your voice! But I'm not sure if they're right. ~ Dave Chappelle,
1342:I love Seth Rogen's line in which he talks about how you can be both a genius and decent at the same time. ~ Michael Stuhlbarg,
1343:Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. ~ Marilyn Monroe,
1344:No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America. They are rare in the history of the world. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
1345:People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel. ~ William Hazlitt,
1346:Such is the privilege of genius; it perceives, it seizes relations where vulgar eyes see only isolated facts. ~ Francois Arago,
1347:That's the genius of the capitalist system: Either you're rich, or you want to be, or you think you ought to be. ~ John Updike,
1348:The creative genius begins in the idle moment, dreaming up the impossible, and later making it come true. ~ Virginia C Andrews,
1349:The ecological principle in agriculture is to connect the genius of the place, to fit the farming to the farm. ~ Wendell Berry,
1350:The genius of impeachment lay in the fact that it could punish the man without punishing the office. ~ Arthur M Schlesinger Jr,
1351:The man of genius is he and he alone who finds such joy in his art that he will work at it come hell or high water. ~ Stendhal,
1352:The modern spirit is the genius of Greece with the genius of India for its vehicle; Alexander upon the elephant. ~ Victor Hugo,
1353:Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Begin it now. ~ Steven Pressfield,
1354:Whatever you think can’t be done, somebody will come along and do it. A genius is the one most like himself. ~ Thelonious Monk,
1355:A genius is someone who can tolerate the discomfort of uncertainty while generating as many ideas as possible. ~ Marty Neumeier,
1356:An updated notion of genius would have to center around one's mastery of information and its dissemination. ~ Kenneth Goldsmith,
1357:But since he had The genius to be loved, why let him have The justice to be honoured in his grave. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
1358:Everyone is an artist and a genius, I think. If we don't choose to limit ourselves then we are totally accomplished. ~ Yoko Ono,
1359:Genius may be for an hour or a thousand years; its indispensable quality is continuity with the life-push. ~ Mary Hunter Austin,
1360:I hardly suppose Wagner lost sleep worrying whether he’d hurt someone’s feelings. But then he was a genius. ~ Diane Setterfield,
1361:I think Tony Fucile, who did the illustrations [for Bink & Gollie], is an absolute genius. I've never met him. ~ Kate DiCamillo,
1362:It's not like you get up on stage and you're immediately a genius. It takes a long time. So, don't be discouraged. ~ Bill Hader,
1363:The consistent and persistent man of average intelligence is more likely to succeed than an erratic and lazy genius. ~ Om Swami,
1364:The definition of genius, really, should be that that person can do what the rest of us have to learn how to do. ~ James Lipton,
1365:The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm. ~ Aldous Huxley,
1366:Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now. ~ Steven Pressfield,
1367:You're a genius! And the proof is that both common people and intellectuals find your work completely incoherent. ~ Woody Allen,
1368:Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely. ~ Marcus Aurelius,
1369:Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. ~ Oscar Wilde,
1370:I don't know yet what I am capable of doing, but, by God, I have genius -- I know it too well to blush behind it. ~ Thomas Wolfe,
1371:If the birth of a genius resembles that of an idiot, the end of a Havana Corona resembles that of a 5-cent cigar. ~ Sacha Guitry,
1372:I make no claim to being a business genius. You can make so much money in this business that it loses its value. ~ Nat King Cole,
1373:The guy who invented the wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.” —SID CAESAR ~ Daniel H Pink,
1374:The perfection of conversational intercourse is when the breeding of high life is animated by the fervor of genius. ~ Leigh Hunt,
1375:the possession of wealth, and especially the inheritance of wealth, seems almost invariably to sterilize genius. ~ Beatrice Webb,
1376:There was never a genius who was not thought a fool until he disclosed himself; whereas he is a fool then only. ~ Ambrose Bierce,
1377:The world would be a real mess if everybody was a genius. Somebody’s got to keep watch, take care of business. ~ Haruki Murakami,
1378:True genius, in strategy or anywhere, lies in self-control, self-mastery, presence of mind, fluidity of thought. ~ Robert Greene,
1379:We must have recourse to the rules of music when our genius and our ear seem to deny what we are seeking. ~ Jean Philippe Rameau,
1380:Genius is a starry word; but if there ever was a chess player to whom that attribute applied, it was Paul Morphy. ~ Andrew Soltis,
1381:I don't know yet what I am capable of doing, but, by God, I have genius -- I know it too well to blush behind it. ~ Thomas Wolfe,
1382:Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared, but only men of character are trusted. ~ Zig Ziglar,
1383:Milton, Madam, was a genius that could cut a Colossus from a rock; but could not carve heads upon cherry-stones. ~ Samuel Johnson,
1384:My one friend is a screwup—a genius blessed with the most beautiful girl in the world, and he doesn’t even know it. ~ Ned Vizzini,
1385:Nietzsche claimed that his genius was in his nostrils and I think that is a very excellent place for it to be. ~ Federico Fellini,
1386:Now and then genius carries all before it, but not often. We have to climb slowly, with many slips and falls. ~ Louisa May Alcott,
1387:[Rousseau is] the person whom I most revere both for the Force of [his] Genius and the Greatness of [his] mind [...] ~ David Hume,
1388:Spring is the ultimate genius of the existence and the utter ladder of the lovers ascending to the infinity. ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
1389:The greatest genius will not be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
1390:The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category. ~ Adolf Hitler,
1391:The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas. ~ Victor Hugo,
1392:The world thinks eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy. ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton 1st Baron Lytton,
1393:What drives men of genius is their obsession with the idea that what has already been done is not good enough. ~ Eug ne Delacroix,
1394:When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him. ~ Jonathan Swift,
1395:You think, Fuck it. The guy’s a genius. He deserves her. What is a woman, after all? You are alive and in Paris. ~ Francine Prose,
1396:Anyone can be a genius, if they pick just one specific subject and study it diligently just 15 minutes each day. ~ Albert Einstein,
1397:As I applauded, I knew that it would always be my burden, not that I lacked genius, but that I was fully aware of it. ~ Pat Conroy,
1398:Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. ~ Georg C Lichtenberg,
1399:He shook his head. “I can’t decide if it’s genius or madness.”
“Maybe it’s a little bit of both,” said Nancy. ~ Seanan McGuire,
1400:I am not worthy to be on a Mariah Carey record. She's a true artist, so I just step back and watch the genius occur. ~ Nick Cannon,
1401:I have never been able to see how a thirty-year old moron can vote more wisely than a fifteen-year old genius. ~ Robert A Heinlein,
1402:In the hands of a genius, engineering turns to magic, philosophy becomes poetry, and science pure imagination. ~ Benjamin Disraeli,
1403:Learning is the ally, not the adversary of genius... he who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely read too much. ~ William Godwin,
1404:Peter had a genius for imitation; but he lacked true genius, which is creative and makes all from nothing. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau,
1405:Talent, and genius as well, is like a grain of pearl sand shifting about in the creative mind. A valued tormentor. ~ Truman Capote,
1406:The gift of perfume to a flower is a special grace like genius or like beauty, and never becomes common or cheap. ~ John Burroughs,
1407:There is the same difference between talent and genius that there is between a stone mason and a sculptor ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
1408:Whenever he closed his eyes, he still saw her flying, fighting with ferocious genius. He still remembered that kiss. ~ S J Kincaid,
1409:Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue. ~ Andr Breton,
1410:Fortunately for humanity, each man is only himself and only the genius is given the ability to be others as well. ~ Fernando Pessoa,
1411:Genius is neither learned nor acquired. It is knowing without experience. It is risking without fear of failure… ~ Patricia Polacco,
1412:I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering. ~ Albert Einstein,
1413:I'm not a god, I'm not a genius, I'm not a monk, I make non-design for non-consumers. I don't know if I do exist. ~ Philippe Starck,
1414:It needed the genius of the Tang dynasty to emancipate Tea from its crude state and lead to its final idealization. ~ Kakuz Okakura,
1415:Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted. ~ Alfred Adler,
1416:No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence. The perfect enigma remains. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1417:Only a man who has loved a woman of genius can appreciate what happiness there is in loving a fool. ~ Charles Maurice de Talleyrand,
1418:Picasso, Michelangelo, possibly, might be verging on genius, but I don't think a painter like Rembrandt is a genius. ~ Damien Hirst,
1419:Some people might have mistaken this for simplicity. But is it not a sort of genius to cut always to the heart? O ~ Madeline Miller,
1420:The gut-feel of the 55-year old trader is more important than the mathematical elegance of the 25-year old genius. ~ Alan Greenspan,
1421:The qualities of creativity and genius are within you, awaiting your decision to match up with the power of intention. ~ Wayne Dyer,
1422:There’s a scholar, he went on, a creature who earns his bread by footnoting a dead genius or sniping at a living one. ~ Osamu Dazai,
1423:This is the nature of genius, to be able to grasp the knowable even when no one else recognizes that it is present. ~ Deepak Chopra,
1424:When a real genius appeares in this world, you'll know him by the fact that all the fools have allied against him. ~ Jonathan Swift,
1425:Within IBM at that time, growing a beard without getting fired was an indisputable mark of technical genius. In ~ Gerald M Weinberg,
1426:All the truly deep people have at the core of their being the genius to be simple or to know how to seek simplicity ~ Martin E Marty,
1427:A man of genius is inexhaustible only in proportion as he is always renourishing his genius. ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton 1st Baron Lytton,
1428:David Ortiz is a genius. He's incredible to watch. Over and over, he hits home runs that are simply transcendent. ~ Juliana Hatfield,
1429:Genius in general is poetic. Where genius has been active it has been poetically active. The truly moral person is a poet. ~ Novalis,
1430:Graham Yost is a genius, and I know that very well because we worked together on 'Band of Brothers' and 'Boomtown.' ~ Neal McDonough,
1431:He tried to scrub children's vomit from the webbing of the Tongue in a way that suggested deep reservoirs of genius. ~ Karen Russell,
1432:Hunter S. Thompson brings a lunatic genius to ordinary events, and I bring an ordinary sensibility to lunatic events. ~ P J O Rourke,
1433:Marx Marvelous is going to break the genius machine when he grows up. That's what everyone said. He hasn't, of course. ~ Tom Robbins,
1434:Not gifted with genius but honestly holding his experiences deep in his heart, he kept his simplicity and humanity. ~ Kobayashi Issa,
1435:Not nature, but the "genius of mankind," has knotted the hangman's noose with which it can execute itself at any moment. ~ Carl Jung,
1436:Sometimes a book isn't a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. Sometimes it's the only story you know how to tell. ~ Tahereh Mafi,
1437:Talent, will and genius are natural phenomena like the lake, the volcano, the mountain, the wind, the star, the cloud. ~ George Sand,
1438:The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency. ~ Margaret Fuller,
1439:There is one qualification the manager cannot acquire but must bring to the task. It is not genius; it is character. ~ Peter Drucker,
1440:You’ve the presence of a mouse fart in a high wind. Stand aside, and try not to catch fire if I shed sparks of genius. ~ Scott Lynch,
1441:A great composition to me is.. an incarnation of a genius, of all that was ever in him of the slightest consequence. ~ Neville Cardus,
1442:Even if you're a genius and you invent your own language, it doesn't become a language until there are people using it. ~ Eyvind Kang,
1443:Every man who observes vigilantly, and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius. ~ Edward Bulwer Lytton 1st Baron Lytton,
1444:Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly. ~ Alexander Pope,
1445:Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind. There’s no other definition of it. —F. SCOTT FITZGERALD ~ Ryan Holiday,
1446:In talking about a genius, you would not say that he lies; he sees realities with different eyes from ours. ~ Constantin Stanislavski,
1447:It is not for nothing that a man's best friends sigh when he marries, especially if he is a man of genius. ~ Charlotte Perkins Gilman,
1448:It is not genius, nor glory, nor love that reflects the greatness of the human soul; it is kindness. ~ Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire,
1449:Oh! what a superior man," said Candide below his breath. "What a great genius is this Pococurante! Nothing can please him. ~ Voltaire,
1450:Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs. ~ Max Beerbohm,
1451:The Alexander Technique transformed my life. it is the result of an acknowledged genius. I would recommend it to anyone. ~ Tony Buzan,
1452:The deserving are not always blest. That peculiar attribute known as personality is as potent a factor as genius. ~ Walter J Phillips,
1453:WHORES. Necessary in the nineteenth century for the contraction of syphilis, without which no one could claim genius. ~ Julian Barnes,
1454:America’s genius has always been to take something old, familiar and wrinkled and repackage it as new, exciting and smooth. ~ A A Gill,
1455:Any intelligent fool can invent further complications, but it takes a genius to retain, or recapture, simplicity. ~ Ernst F Schumacher,
1456:Elisa Albert in a nutshell: funny, self-aware, and genuinely fearless that she might be a lunatic, or a genius, or both. ~ Emily Gould,
1457:Genius is the ability to see things invisible, to manipulate things intangible, to paint things that have no features ~ Joseph Joubert,
1458:God has placed the genius of women in their hearts, because the works of this genius are always works of love. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine,
1459:He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater,
1460:If you're speaking of a fantasy player, then it has to be Leo Messi as he's so unpredictable. He's an absolute genius. ~ Fabio Capello,
1461:It doesn’t take a genius to plan a perfect assault,” Galloran said. “The trouble tends to show up during the execution. ~ Brandon Mull,
1462:Man is a genius when he dreams. Dream what you are capable of. The harder you dream it, the sooner it will come true. ~ Akira Kurosawa,
1463:No one is entitled to relationships only because their work is genius. Relationships have to be earned, and maintained. ~ Ryan Holiday,
1464:So many of the people who want to be like Steve have the asshole side down. What they’re missing is the genius part. ~ Brent Schlender,
1465:The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action. ~ Denis Diderot,
1466:The power of applying attention, steady and undissipated, to a single object, is the sure mark of superior genius. ~ Lord Chesterfield,
1467:There are few people more convinced of their own genius than those who complain of how stupid they are. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld,
1468:We may be sure that a genius like Mozart, were he born today, would write concertos like Chopin and not like Mozart. ~ Robert Schumann,
1469:We owe most of our great inventions and most of the achievements of genius to idleness either enforced or voluntary. ~ Agatha Christie,
1470:What is a Gallagher Girl? She's a genius, a scientist, a heroine, a spy... a Gallagher Girl is whatever she wants to be. ~ Ally Carter,
1471:Whether it's Dorothy Parker or Oscar Wilde, they're brilliant with genius bon mots. Of course, I find them extraordinary. ~ Duncan Roy,
1472:You don't have to be a genius to recognize one. If you did, Einstein would never have gotten invited to the White House. ~ Tom Robbins,
1473:A country whose security depends on producing a genius in each generation sets itself a task no society has ever met. ~ Henry Kissinger,
1474:But how do you tell someone your genius ex-boyfriend invented microscopic nanobots to retrieve wayward sperm? You don’t. ~ Marta Acosta,
1475:Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way, or even to say a simple thing in a simpler way. ~ Charles Bukowski,
1476:Genius is personal, decided by fate, but it expresses itself by means of system. There is no work of art without system. ~ Le Corbusier,
1477:Genius was being born in her, filling the empty spaces in her bed, her heart, her womb. She needed no-one but herself. ~ Salman Rushdie,
1478:Genius will live and thrive without training, but it does not the less reward the watering pot and the pruning knife. ~ Margaret Fuller,
1479:He was one of those who looked like a genius. I looked like a dishwasher so these types always pissed me just a bit. ~ Charles Bukowski,
1480:He who loves feels love descend into him and if he has wisdom may perceive it from the Poetic Genius which is the Lord. ~ William Blake,
1481:It is the privilege of true genius, And especially genius who opens up a new path, To make great mistakes with impunity ~ Lewis Carroll,
1482:One of my top 10 favorite movies of all time was South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Team America is a work of genius to me. ~ Josh Gad,
1483:Sometimes a book isn't a heartbreaking work of staggering genius.
Sometimes it's the only story you knew how to tell. ~ Tahereh Mafi,
1484:Steve McQueen is a genius. And I think that word is overused, but I think with Steve it's rightly used. He's a genius. ~ Lupita Nyong o,
1485:The American people...have a stake in non-conformity. For they know that the American genius is non-conformist. ~ Henry Steele Commager,
1486:The Anglo-Saxon genius for parliamentary government asserted itself; there was a great deal of talk and no decisive action. ~ H G Wells,
1487:The clever cannot catch the genius; such an attempt is just an act of trying to catch the shadow of a flying bird! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
1488:You do not have to be a genius to recognize one. If you did, Einstein would never have gotten invited to the White House. ~ Tom Robbins,
1489:A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1490:But genius looks forward: the eyes of men are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
1491:Consolation for those moments when you can't tell whether you're the divinest genius or the greatest fool in the world. ~ Virginia Woolf,
1492:Genius awaits him who listens. The messages of genius are for the Soul of man. The senses of man comprehend them not. ~ Walter Russell,
1493:Genius in a person was like weed that takes over the entire garden, that won't allow anything else to grow. (p. 251) ~ Rebecca Goldstein,
1494:Genius is always allowed some leeway, once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the blood has been cleaned up. ~ Terry Pratchett,
1495:It is often said that in Ireland there is an excess of genius unsustained by talent; but there is talent in the tongues. ~ V S Pritchett,
1496:Learn to use the knowledge of the past and you will look like a genius, even when you are really just a clever borrower. ~ Robert Greene,
1497:No estimate is more in danger of erroneous calculations than those by which a man computes the force of his own genius. ~ Samuel Johnson,
1498:The unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it. ~ George Bernard Shaw,
1499:True genius can be identified by the fact that its expression changes the world into something it has never been before. ~ David Gerrold,
1500:What is true genius, if not the perfect balance of inspiration and perseverence? CHEULGU KIM Ancient Truths for a New Age ~ C S Friedman,

IN CHAPTERS [300/403]

  135 Integral Yoga
   88 Poetry
   34 Occultism
   29 Fiction
   23 Philosophy
   16 Philsophy
   12 Christianity
   9 Yoga
   9 Psychology
   4 Mythology
   3 Theosophy
   2 Science
   1 Sufism
   1 Integral Theory
   1 Hinduism
   1 Education
   1 Alchemy

   62 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   57 Sri Aurobindo
   45 The Mother
   22 Aleister Crowley
   21 William Wordsworth
   21 H P Lovecraft
   18 Satprem
   16 Ralph Waldo Emerson
   16 Friedrich Schiller
   10 Percy Bysshe Shelley
   9 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   9 Plato
   9 A B Purani
   6 John Keats
   6 Henry David Thoreau
   5 Swami Krishnananda
   5 Friedrich Nietzsche
   5 Carl Jung
   4 Walt Whitman
   4 Jorge Luis Borges
   4 James George Frazer
   4 Franz Bardon
   3 Swami Vivekananda
   3 Rudolf Steiner
   3 Robert Browning
   3 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   3 Nirodbaran
   3 Jordan Peterson
   3 Aldous Huxley
   2 Sri Ramakrishna
   2 Ovid
   2 Lucretius
   2 Ken Wilber
   2 Joseph Campbell
   2 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
   2 Edgar Allan Poe
   2 Aristotle

   22 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 07
   21 Wordsworth - Poems
   21 Lovecraft - Poems
   16 Schiller - Poems
   16 Emerson - Poems
   15 Magick Without Tears
   15 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01
   10 Shelley - Poems
   9 Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   9 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03
   8 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   8 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02
   8 City of God
   7 Savitri
   7 Questions And Answers 1957-1958
   7 Liber ABA
   6 Walden
   6 The Life Divine
   6 Keats - Poems
   6 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   5 The Study and Practice of Yoga
   5 The Secret Doctrine
   5 Questions And Answers 1953
   5 On Thoughts And Aphorisms
   5 Essays Divine And Human
   4 Whitman - Poems
   4 Twilight of the Idols
   4 The Practice of Magical Evocation
   4 The Human Cycle
   4 The Golden Bough
   3 Twelve Years With Sri Aurobindo
   3 The Perennial Philosophy
   3 Theosophy
   3 The Divine Comedy
   3 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   3 Some Answers From The Mother
   3 Questions And Answers 1950-1951
   3 Maps of Meaning
   3 Letters On Poetry And Art
   3 Labyrinths
   3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04
   3 Browning - Poems
   3 Agenda Vol 03
   3 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah
   2 The Hero with a Thousand Faces
   2 The Future of Man
   2 Talks
   2 Sex Ecology Spirituality
   2 Questions And Answers 1956
   2 Poetics
   2 Of The Nature Of Things
   2 Mysterium Coniunctionis
   2 Metamorphoses
   2 Letters On Yoga II
   2 Faust
   2 Essays On The Gita
   2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 08
   2 Agenda Vol 09
   2 Agenda Vol 07
   2 Agenda Vol 02

00.01 - The Mother on Savitri, #Sweet Mother - Harmonies of Light, #unset, #Zen
  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.

0.00 - THE GOSPEL PREFACE, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  IN THE HISTORY of the arts, Genius is a thing of very rare occurrence. Rarer still, however, are the competent reporters and recorders of that Genius. The world has had many hundreds of admirable poets and philosophers; but of these hundreds only a very few have had the fortune to attract a Boswell or an Eckermann.
  When we leave the field of art for that of spiritual religion, the scarcity of competent reporters becomes even more strongly marked. Of the day-to-day life of the great theocentric saints and contemplatives we know, in the great majority of cases, nothing whatever. Many, it is true, have recorded their doctrines in writing, and a few, such as St. Augustine, Suso and St. Teresa, have left us autobiographies of the greatest value.

0.01 - I - Sri Aurobindos personality, his outer retirement - outside contacts after 1910 - spiritual personalities- Vibhutis and Avatars - transformtion of human personality, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Zen
   The Evening Talks collected here may afford to the outside world a glimpse of his external personality and give the seeker some idea of its richness, its many-sidedness, its uniqueness. One can also form some notion of Sri Aurobindo's personality from the books in which the height, the universal sweep and clear vision of his integral ideal and thought can be seen. His writings are, in a sense, the best representative of his mental personality. The versatile nature of his Genius, the penetrating power of his intellect, his extraordinary power of expression, his intense sincerity, his utter singleness of purpose all these can be easily felt by any earnest student of his works. He may discover even in the realm of mind that Sri Aurobindo brings the unlimited into the limited. Another side of his dynamic personality is represented by the Ashram as an institution. But the outer, if one may use the phrase, the human side of his personality, is unknown to the outside world because from 1910 to 1950 a span of forty years he led a life of outer retirement. No doubt, many knew about his staying at Pondicherry and practising some kind of very special Yoga to the mystery of which they had no access. To some, perhaps, he was living a life of enviable solitude enjoying the luxury of a spiritual endeavour. Many regretted his retirement as a great loss to the world because they could not see any external activity on his part which could be regarded as 'public', 'altruistic' or 'beneficial'. Even some of his admirers thought that he was after some kind of personal salvation which would have very little significance for mankind in general. His outward non-participation in public life was construed by many as lack of love for humanity.
   But those who knew him during the days of the national awakening from 1900 to 1910 could not have these doubts. And even these initial misunderstandings and false notions of others began to evaporate with the growth of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram from 1927 onwards. The large number of books published by the Ashram also tended to remove the idea of the other-worldliness of his Yoga and the absence of any good by it to mankind.

0.01 - Letters from the Mother to Her Son, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  India has far greater Geniuses than these and in the most
  varied fields, scientific, literary, philosophic, spiritual. It is true

0.02 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  You are expecting those who are working with you to be Geniuses. It is not quite fair.
  I have seen your chit for washing soap. You got the last one on

0.02 - The Three Steps of Nature, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Indeed, the increasing effort towards a more intense mental life seems to create, frequently, an increasing disequilibrium of the human elements, so that it is possible for eminent scientists to describe Genius as a form of insanity, a result of degeneration, a pathological morbidity of Nature. The phenomena which are used to justify this exaggeration, when taken not separately, but in connection with all other relevant data, point to a different truth. Genius is one attempt of the universal Energy to so quicken and intensify our intellectual powers that they shall be prepared for those more puissant, direct and rapid faculties which constitute the play of the supra-intellectual or divine mind. It is not, then, a freak, an inexplicable phenomenon, but a perfectly natural next step in the right line of her evolution.
  She has harmonised the bodily life with the material mind, she is harmonising it with the play of the intellectual mentality; for that, although it tends to a depression of the full animal and vital vigour, need not produce active disturbances. And she is shooting yet beyond in the attempt to reach a still higher level.

0.06 - INTRODUCTION, #Dark Night of the Soul, #Saint John of the Cross, #Christianity
  Nowhere else does the Genius of St. John of the Cross for infusing philosophy into
  his mystical dissertations find such an outlet as here. Nowhere else, again, is he

01.02 - Sri Aurobindo - Ahana and Other Poems, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   It is the bare truth, "truth in its own home", as I have said already using a phrase of the ancient sages, that is formulated here without the prop of any external symbolism. There is no veil, no mist, no uncertainty or ambiguity. It is clarity itself, an almost scientific exactness and precision. In all this there is something of the straightness and fullness of vision that characterised the Vedic Rishis, something of their supernal Genius which could mould speech into the very expression of what is beyond speech, which could sublimate the small and the finite into forms of the Vast and the Infinite. Mark how in these aphoristic lines embodying a deep spiritual experience, the inexpressible has been expressed with a luminous felicity:
   Delight that labours in its opposite,

01.02 - The Creative Soul, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The difference between living organism and dead matter is that while the former is endowed with creative activity, the latter has only passive receptivity. Life adds, synthetises, new-createsgives more than what it receives; matter only sums up, gathers, reflects, gives just what it receives. Life is living, glad and green through its creative Genius. Creation in some form or other must be the core of everything that seeks vitality and growth, vigour and delight. Not only so, but a thing in order to be real must possess a creative function. We consider a shadow or an echo unreal precisely because they do not create but merely image or repeat, they do not bring out anything new but simply reflect what is given. The whole of existence is real because it is eternally creative.
   So the problem that concerns man, the riddle that humanity has to solve is how to find out and follow the path of creativity. If we are not to be dead matter nor mere shadowy illusions we must be creative. A misconception that has vitiated our outlook in general and has been the most potent cause of a sterilising atavism in the moral evolution of humanity is that creativity is an aristocratic virtue, that it belongs only to the chosen few. A great poet or a mighty man of action creates indeed, but such a creator does not appear very frequently. A Shakespeare or a Napoleon is a rare phenomenon; they are, in reality, an exception to the general run of mankind. It is enough if we others can understand and follow themMahajano yena gatahlet the great souls initiate and create, the common souls have only to repeat and imitate.
   Let each take cognisance of the godhead that is within him for self is Godand in the strength of the soul-divinity create his universe. It does not matter what sort of universe he- creates, so long as he creates it. The world created by a Buddha is not the same as that created by a Napoleon, nor should they be the same. It does not prove anything that I cannot become a Kalidasa; for that matter Kalidasa cannot become what I am. If you have not the Genius of a Shankara it does not mean that you have no Genius at all. Be and become yourselfma gridhah kasyachit dhanam, says the Upanishad. The fountain-head of creative Genius lies there, in the free choice and the particular delight the self-determination of the spirit within you and not in the desire for your neighbours riches. The world has become dull and uniform and mechanical, since everybody endeavours to become not himself, but always somebody else. Imitation is servitude and servitude brings in grief.
   In one's own soul lies the very height and profundity of a god-head. Each soul by bringing out the note that is his, makes for the most wondrous symphony. Once a man knows what he is and holds fast to it, refusing to be drawn away by any necessity or temptation, he begins to uncover himself, to do what his inmost nature demands and takes joy in, that is to say, begins to create. Indeed there may be much difference in the forms that different souls take. But because each is itself, therefore each is grounded upon the fundamental equality of things. All our valuations are in reference to some standard or other set up with a particular end in view, but that is a question of the practical world which in no way takes away from the intrinsic value of the greatness of the soul. So long as the thing is there, the how of it does not matter. Infinite are the ways of manifestation and all of them the very highest and the most sublime, provided they are a manifestation of the soul itself, provided they rise and flow from the same level. Whether it is Agni or Indra, Varuna, Mitra or the Aswins, it is the same supreme and divine inflatus.

01.02 - The Issue, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The Genius of titanic silences
  Steeping her soul in its wide loneliness

01.03 - Mystic Poetry, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   This is spiritual matter and spiritual manner that can never be improved upon. This is spiritual poetry in its quintessence. I am referring naturally here to the original and not to the translation which can never do full justice, even at its very best, to the poetic value in question. For apart from the individual Genius of the poet, the greatness of the language, the instrument used by the poet, is also involved. It may well be what is comparatively easy and natural in the language of the gods (devabhasha) would mean a tour de force, if not altogether an impossibility, in a human language. The Sanskrit language was moulded and fashioned in the hands of the Rishis, that is to say, those who lived and moved and had their being in the spiritual consciousness. The Hebrew or even the Zend does not seem to have reached that peak, that absoluteness of the spiritual tone which seems inherent in the Indian tongue, although those too breathed and grew in a spiritual atmosphere. The later languages, however, Greek or Latin or their modern descendants, have gone still farther from the source, they are much nearer to the earth and are suffused with the smell and effluvia of this vale of tears.
   Among the ancients, strictly speaking, the later classical Lucretius was a remarkable phenomenon. By nature he was a poet, but his mental interest lay in metaphysical speculation, in philosophy, and unpoetical business. He turned away from arms and heroes, wrath and love and, like Seneca and Aurelius, gave himself up to moralising and philosophising, delving 'into the mystery, the why and the how and the whither of it all. He chose a dangerous subject for his poetic inspiration and yet it cannot be said that his attempt was a failure. Lucretius was not a religious or spiritual poet; he was rather Marxian,atheistic, materialistic. The dialectical materialism of today could find in him a lot of nourishment and support. But whatever the content, the manner has made a whole difference. There was an idealism, a clarity of vision and an intensity of perception, which however scientific apparently, gave his creation a note, an accent, an atmosphere high, tense, aloof, ascetic, at times bordering on the supra-sensual. It was a high light, a force of consciousness that at its highest pitch had the ring and vibration of something almost spiritual. For the basic principle of Lucretius' inspiration is a large thought-force, a tense perception, a taut nervous reactionit is not, of course, the identity in being with the inner realities which is the hallmark of a spiritual consciousness, yet it is something on the way towards that.
   Man's consciousness is further to rise from the mental to over-mental regions. Accordingly, his life and activities and along with that his artistic creations too will take on a new tone and rhythm, a new mould and constitution even. For this transition, the higher mentalwhich is normally the field of philosophical and idealistic activitiesserves as the Paraclete, the Intercessor; it takes up the lower functionings of the consciousness, which are intense in their own way, but narrow and turbid, and gives, by purifying and enlarging, a wider frame, a more luminous pattern, a more subtly articulated , form for the higher, vaster and deeper realities, truths and harmonies to express and manifest. In the old-world spiritual and mystic poets, this intervening medium was overlooked for evident reasons, for human reason or even intelligence is a double-edged instrument, it can make as well as mar, it has a light that most often and naturally shuts off other higher lights beyond it. So it was bypassed, some kind of direct and immediate contact was sought to be established between the normal and the transcendental. The result was, as I have pointed out, a pure spiritual poetry, on the one hand, as in the Upanishads, or, on the other, religious poetry of various grades and denominations that spoke of the spiritual but in the terms and in the manner of the mundane, at least very much coloured and dominated by the latter. Vyasa was the great legendary figure in India who, as is shown in his Mahabharata, seems to have been one of the pioneers, if not the pioneer, to forge and build the missing link of Thought Power. The exemplar of the manner is the Gita. Valmiki's represented a more ancient and primary inspiration, of a vast vital sensibility, something of the kind that was at the basis of Homer's Genius. In Greece it was Socrates who initiated the movement of speculative philosophy and the emphasis of intellectual power slowly began to find expression in the later poets, Sophocles and Euripides. But all these were very simple beginnings. The moderns go in for something more radical and totalitarian. The rationalising element instead of being an additional or subordinate or contri buting factor, must itself give its norm and form, its own substance and manner to the creative activity. Such is the present-day demand.
   The earliest preoccupation of man was religious; even when he concerned himself with the world and worldly things, he referred all that to the other world, thought of gods and goddesses, of after-death and other where. That also will be his last and ultimate preoccupation though in a somewhat different way, when he has passed through a process of purification and growth, a "sea-change". For although religion is an aspiration towards the truth and reality beyond or behind the world, it is married too much to man's actual worldly nature and carries always with it the shadow of profanity.

01.03 - The Yoga of the King - The Yoga of the Souls Release, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  A Genius heightened in his body's cells
  That knew the meaning of his fate-hedged works

01.04 - The Intuition of the Age, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The worship of man as something essentially and exclusively human necessitates as a corollary, the other doctrine, viz the deification of Reason; and vice versa. Humanism and Scientism go together and the whole spirit and mentality of the age that is passing may be summed up in those two words. So Nietzsche says, "All our modern world is captured in the net of the Alexandrine culture and has, for its ideal, the theoretical man, armed with the most powerful instruments of knowledge, toiling in the service of science and whose prototype and original ancestor is Socrates." Indeed, it may be generally asserted that the nation whose prophet and sage claimed to have brought down Philosophia from heaven to dwell upon earth among men was precisely the nation, endowed with a clear and logical intellect, that was the very embodiment of rationality and reasonableness. As a matter of fact, it would not be far, wrong to say that it is the Hellenic culture which has been moulding humanity for ages; at least, it is this which has been the predominating factor, the vital and dynamic element in man's nature. Greece when it died was reborn in Rome; Rome, in its return, found new life in France; and France means Europe. What Europe has been and still is for the world and humanity one knows only too much. And yet, the Hellenic Genius has not been the sole motive power and constituent element; there has been another leaven which worked constantly within, if intermittently without. If Europe represented mind and man and this side of existence, Asia always reflected that which transcends the mind the spirit, the Gods and the Beyonds.
   However, we are concerned more with the immediate past, the mentality that laid its supreme stress upon the human rationality. What that epoch did not understand was that Reason could be overstepped, that there was something higher, something greater than Reason; Reason being the sovereign faculty, it was thought there could be nothing beyond, unless it were draison. The human attribute par excellence is Reason. Exactly so. But the fact is that man is not bound by his humanity and that reason can be transformed and sublimated into other more powerful faculties.

01.04 - The Poetry in the Making, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Is the artist the supreme artist, when he is a Genius, that is to sayconscious in his creation or is he unconscious? Two quite opposite views have been taken of the problem by the best of intelligences. On the one hand, it is said that Genius is Genius precisely because it acts unconsciously, and on the other it is asserted with equal emphasis that Genius is the capacity of taking infinite pains, which means it is absolutely a self conscious activity.
   We take a third view of the matter and say that Genius is neither unconscious or conscious but superconscious. And when one is superconscious, one can be in appearance either conscious or unconscious. Let us at the outset try to explain a little this psychological riddle.
   When we say one is conscious, we usually mean that one is conscious with the mental consciousness, with the rational intelligence, with the light of the brain. But this need not be always so. For one can be conscious with other forms of consciousness or in other planes of consciousness. In the average or normal man the consciousness is linked to or identified with the brain function, the rational intelligence and so we conclude that without this wakeful brain activity there can be no consciousness. But the fact is otherwise. The experiences of the mystic prove the point. The mystic is conscious on a level which we describe as higher than the mind and reason, he has what may be called the overhead consciousness. (Apart from the normal consciousness, which is named jagrat, waking, the Upanishad speaks of three other increasingly subtler states of consciousness, swapna, sushupti and turiya.)And then one can be quite unconscious, as in samadhi that can be sushupti or turiyaorpartially consciousin swapna, for example, the external behaviour may be like that of a child or a lunatic or even a goblin. One can also remain normally conscious and still be in the superconscience. Not only so, the mystic the Yogican be conscious on infraconscious levels also; that is to say, he can enter into and identify with the consciousness involved in life and even in Matter; he can feel and realise his oneness with the animal world, the plant world and finally the world of dead earth, of "stocks and stones" too. For all these strands of existence have each its own type of consciousness and all different from the mode of mind which is normally known as consciousness. When St. Francis addresses himself to the brother Sun or the sister Moon, or when the Upanishad speaks of the tree silhouetted against the sky, as if stilled in trance, we feel there is something of this fusion and identification of consciousness with an infra-conscient existence.
   But the Yogi is a wholly conscious being; a perfect Yogi is he who possesses a conscious and willed control over his instruments, he silences them, as and when he likes, and makes them convey and express with as little deviation as possible truths and realities from the Beyond. Now the question is, is it possible for the poet also to do something like that, to consciously create and not to be a mere unconscious or helpless channel? Conscious artistry, as we have said, means to be conscious on two levels of consciousness at the same time, to be at home in both equally and simultaneously. The general experience, however, is that of "one at a time": if the artist dwells more in the one, the other retires into the background to the same measure. If he is in the over-consciousness, he is only half-conscious in his brain consciousness, or even not conscious at allhe does not know how he has created, the sources or process of his creative activity, he is quite oblivious of them" gone through them all as if per saltum. Such seems to have been the case with the primitives, as they are called, the elemental poetsShakespeare and Homer and Valmiki. In some others, who come very near to them in poetic Genius, yet not quite on a par, the instrumental intelligence is strong and active, it helps in its own way but in helping circumscribes and limits the original impulsion. The art here becomes consciously artistic, but loses something of the initial freshness and spontaneity: it gains in correctness, polish and elegance and has now a style in lieu of Nature's own naturalness. I am thinking of Virgil and Milton and Kalidasa. Dante's place is perhaps somewhere in between. Lower in the rung where the mental medium occupies a still more preponderant place we have intellectual poetry, poetry of the later classical age whose representatives are Pope and Dryden. We can go farther down and land in the domain of versificationalthough here, too, there can be a good amount of beauty in shape of ingenuity, cleverness and conceit: Voltaire and Delille are of this order in French poetry.
   The three or four major orders I speak of in reference to conscious artistry are exampled characteristically in the history of the evolution of Greek poetry. It must be remembered, however, at the very outset that the Greeks as a race were nothing if not rational and intellectual. It was an element of strong self-consciousness that they brought into human culture that was their special gift. Leaving out of account Homer who was, as I said, a primitive, their classical age began with Aeschylus who was the first and the most spontaneous and intuitive of the Great Three. Sophocles, who comes next, is more balanced and self-controlled and pregnant with a reasoned thought-content clothed in polished phrasing. We feel here that the artist knew what he was about and was exercising a conscious control over his instruments and materials, unlike his predecessor who seemed to be completely carried away by the onrush of the poetic enthousiasmos. Sophocles, in spite of his artistic perfection or perhaps because of it, appears to be just a little, one remove, away from the purity of the central inspiration there is a veil, although a thin transparent veil, yet a veil between which intervenes. With the third of the Brotherhood, Euripides, we slide lower downwe arrive at a predominantly mental transcription of an experience or inner conception; but something of the major breath continues, an aura, a rhythm that maintains the inner contact and thus saves the poetry. In a subsequent age, in Theocritus, for example, poetry became truly very much 'sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought', so much of virtuosity and precocity entered into it; in other words, the poet then was an excessively self-conscious artist. That seems to be the general trend of all literature.
   Not only so, the future development of the poetic consciousness seems inevitably to lead to such a consummation in which the creative and the critical faculties will not be separate but form part of one and indivisible movement. Historically, human consciousness has grown from unconsciousness to consciousness and from consciousness to self-consciousness; man's creative and artistic Genius too has moved pari passu in the same direction. The earliest and primitive poets were mostly unconscious, that is to say, they wrote or said things as they came to them spontaneously, without effort, without reflection, they do not seem to know the whence and wherefore and whither of it all, they know only that the wind bloweth as it listeth. That was when man had not yet eaten the fruit of knowledge, was still in the innocence of childhood. But as he grew up and progressed, he became more and more conscious, capable of exerting and exercising a deliberate will and initiating a purposive action, not only in the external practical field but also in the psychological domain. If the earlier group is called "primitives", the later one, that of conscious artists, usually goes by the name of "classicists." Modern creators have gone one step farther in the direction of self-consciousness, a return upon oneself, an inlook of full awareness and a free and alert activity of the critical faculties. An unconscious artist in the sense of the "primitives" is almost an impossible phenomenon in the modern world. All are scientists: an artist cannot but be consciously critical, deliberate, purposive in what he creates and how he creates. Evidently, this has cost something of the old-world spontaneity and supremacy of utterance; but it cannot be helped, we cannot comm and the tide to roll back, Canute-like. The feature has to be accepted and a remedy and new orientation discovered.
   The modern critical self-consciousness in the artist originated with the Romantics. The very essence of Romanticism is curiosity the scientist's pleasure in analysing, observing, experimenting, changing the conditions of our reactions, mental or sentimental or even nervous and physical by way of discovery of new and unforeseen or unexpected modes of "psychoses" or psychological states. Goethe, Wordsworth, Stendhal represented a mentality and initiated a movement which led logically to the age of Hardy, Housman and Bridges and in the end to that of Lawrence and Joyce, Ezra Pound and Eliot and Auden. On the Continent we can consider Flaubert as the last of the classicists married to the very quintessence of Romanticism. A hard, self-regarding, self-critical mentality, a cold scalpel-like gaze that penetrates and upturns the reverse side of things is intimately associated with the poetic Genius of Mallarm and constitutes almost the whole of Valry's. The impassioned lines of a very modern poet like Aragon are also characterised by a consummate virtuosity in chiselled artistry, conscious and deliberate and willed at every step and turn.
   The consciously purposive activity of the poetic consciousness in fact, of all artistic consciousness has shown itself with a clear and unambiguous emphasis in two directions. First of all with regard to the subject-matter: the old-world poets took things as they were, as they were obvious to the eye, things of human nature and things of physical Nature, and without questioning dealt with them in the beauty of their normal form and function. The modern mentality has turned away from the normal and the obvious: it does not accept and admit the "given" as the final and definitive norm of things. It wishes to discover and establish other norms, it strives to bring about changes in the nature and condition of things, envisage the shape of things to come, work for a brave new world. The poet of today, in spite of all his effort to remain a pure poet, in spite of Housman's advocacy of nonsense and not-sense being the essence of true Art, is almost invariably at heart an incorrigible prophet. In revolt against the old and established order of truths and customs, against all that is normally considered as beautiful,ideals and emotions and activities of man or aspects and scenes and movements of Natureagainst God or spiritual life, the modern poet turns deliberately to the ugly and the macabre, the meaningless, the insignificant and the triflingtins and teas, bone and dust and dustbin, hammer and sicklehe is still a prophet, a violent one, an iconoclast, but one who has his own icon, a terribly jealous being, that seeks to pull down the past, erase it, to break and batter and knead the elements in order to fashion out of them something conforming to his heart's desire. There is also the class who have the vision and found the truth and its solace, who are prophets, angelic and divine, messengers and harbingers of a new beauty that is to dawn upon earth. And yet there are others in whom the two strains mingle or approach in a strange way. All this means that the artist is far from being a mere receiver, a mechanical executor, a passive unconscious instrument, but that he is supremely' conscious and master of his faculties and implements. This fact is doubly reinforced when we find how much he is preoccupied with the technical aspect of his craft. The richness and variety of patterns that can be given to the poetic form know no bounds today. A few major rhythms were sufficient for the ancients to give full expression to their poetic inflatus. For they cared more for some major virtues, the basic and fundamental qualitiessuch as truth, sublimity, nobility, forcefulness, purity, simplicity, clarity, straightforwardness; they were more preoccupied with what they had to say and they wanted, no doubt, to say it beautifully and powerfully; but the modus operandi was not such a passion or obsession with them, it had not attained that almost absolute value for itself which modern craftsmanship gives it. As technology in practical life has become a thing of overwhelming importance to man today, become, in the Shakespearean phrase, his "be-all and end-all", even so the same spirit has invaded and pervaded his aesthetics too. The subtleties, variations and refinements, the revolutions, reversals and inventions which the modern poet has ushered and takes delight in, for their own sake, I repeat, for their intrinsic interest, not for the sake of the subject which they have to embody and clothe, have never been dream by Aristotle, the supreme legislator among the ancients, nor by Horace, the almost incomparable craftsman among the ancients in the domain of poetry. Man has become, to be sure, a self-conscious creator to the pith of his bone.
   Genius had to be generally more or less unconscious in the past, because the instrument was not ready, was clogged as it were with its own lower grade movements; the higher inspiration had very often to bypass it, or rob it of its serviceable materials without its knowledge, in an almost clandestine way. Wherever it was awake and vigilant, we have seen it causing a diminution in the poetic potential. And yet even so, it was being prepared for a greater role, a higher destiny it is to fulfil in the future. A conscious and full participation of a refined and transparent and enriched instrument in the delivery of superconscious truth and beauty will surely mean not only a new but the very acme of aesthetic creation. We thus foresee the age of spiritual art in which the sense of creative beauty in man will find its culmination. Such an art was only an exception, something secondary or even tertiary, kept in the background, suggested here and there as a novel strain, called "mystic" to express its unfamiliar nature-unless, of course, it was openly and obviously scriptural and religious.
   I have spoken of the source of inspiration as essentially and originally being a super-consciousness or over-consciousness. But to be more precise and accurate I should add another source, an inner consciousness. As the super-consciousness is imaged as lying above the normal consciousness, so the inner consciousness may be described as lying behind or within it. The movement of the inner consciousness has found expression more often and more largely than that of over-consciousness in the artistic creation of the past : and that was in keeping with the nature of the old-world inspiration, for the inspiration that comes from the inner consciousness, which can be considered as the lyrical inspiration, tends to be naturally more "spontaneous", less conscious, since it does not at all go by the path of the head, it evades that as much as possible and goes by the path of the heart.

01.07 - Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   "The zeal for the Lord hath eaten me up." Such has indeed been the case with Pascal, almost literally. The fire that burned in him was too ardent and vehement for the vehicle, the material instrument, which was very soon used up and reduced to ashes. At twenty-four he was already a broken man, being struck with paralysis and neuras thenia; he died at the comparatively early age of 39, emulating, as it were, the life career of his Lord the Christ who died at 33. The Fire martyrised the body, but kindled and brought forth experiences and realisations that save and truths that abide. It was the Divine Fire whose vision and experience he had on the famous night of 23 November 1654 which brought about his final and definitive conversion. It was the same fire that had blazed up in his brain, while yet a boy, and made him a precocious Genius, a marvel of intellectual power in the exact sciences. At 12 this prodigy discovered by himself the 32nd proposition of Euclid, Book I. At sixteen he wrote a treatise on conic sections. At nineteen he invented a calculating machine which, without the help of any mathematical rule or process, gave absolutely accurate results. At twenty-three he published his experiments with vacuum. At twenty-five he conducted the well-known experiment from the tower of St. Jacques, proving the existence of atmospheric pressure. His studies in infinitesimal calculus were remarkably creative and original. And it might be said he was a pioneer in quite a new branch of mathematics, viz., the mathematical theory of probability. We shall see presently how his preoccupation with the mathematics of chance and probability coloured and reinforced his metaphysics and theology.
   But the pressure upon his dynamic and heated brain the fiery zeal in his mindwas already proving too much and he was advised medically to take complete rest. Thereupon followed what was known as Pascal's mundane lifea period of distraction and dissipation; but this did not last long nor was it of a serious nature. The inner fire could brook no delay, it was eager and impatient to englobe other fields and domains. Indeed, it turned to its own field the heart. Pascal became initiated into the mystery of Faith and Grace. Still he had to pass through a terrible period of dejection and despair: the life of the world had given him no rest or relaxation, it served only to fill his cup of misery to the brim. But the hour of final relief was not long postponed: the Grace came to him, even as it came to Moses or St. Paul as a sudden flare of fire which burnt up the Dark Night and opened out the portals of Morning Glory.
   The process of conversion of the doubting mind, of the dry intellectual reason as propounded and perhaps practised by Pascal is also a characteristic mark of his nature and Genius. It is explained in his famous letter on "bet" or "game of chance" (Le Pari). Here is how he puts the issue to the doubting mind (I am giving the substance, not his words): let us say then that in the world we are playing a game of chance. How do the chances stand? What are the gains and losses if God does not exist? What 'are the gains and losses if God does exist? If God exists, by accepting and reaching him what do we gain? All that man cares forhappiness, felicity. And what do we lose? We lose the world of misery. If, on the other 'hand, God does not exist, by believing him to exist, we lose nothing, we are not more miserable than what we are. If, however, God exists and we do not believe him, we gain this world of misery but we lose all that is worth having. Thus Pascal concludes that even from the standpoint of mere gain and loss, belief in God is more advantageous than unbelief. This is how he applied to metaphysics the mathematics of probability.
   One is not sure if such reasoning is convincing to the intellect; but perhaps it is a necessary stage in conversion. At least we can conclude that Pascal had to pass through such a stage; and it indicates the difficulty his brain had to undergo, the tension or even the torture he made it pass through. It is true, from Reason Pascal went over to Faith, even while giving Reason its due. Still it seems the two were not perfectly synthetised or fused in him. There was a gap between that was not thoroughly bridged. Pascal did not possess the higher, intuitive, luminous mind that mediates successfully between the physical discursive ratiocinative brain-mind and the vision of faith: it is because deep in his consciousness there lay this chasm. Indeed,Pascal's abyss (l' abme de Pascal) is a well-known legend. Pascal, it appears, used to have very often the vision of an abyss about to open before him and he shuddered at the prospect of falling into it. It seems to us to be an experience of the Infinity the Infinity to which he was so much attracted and of which he wrote so beautifully (L'infiniment grand et l'infiniment petit)but into which he could not evidently jump overboard unreservedly. This produced a dichotomy, a lack of integration of personality, Jung would say. Pascal's brain was cold, firm, almost rigid; his heart was volcanic, the faith he had was a fire: it lacked something of the pure light and burned with a lurid glare.

01.09 - The Parting of the Way, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   So the humanity of man consists in his consciousness of the self or ego. Is there no other higher mode of consciousness? Or is self-consciousness the acme, the utmost limit to which consciousness can raise itself? If it is so, then we are bound to conclude that humanity will remain eternally human in its fundamental nature; the only progress, if progress at all we choose to call it, will consist perhaps in accentuating this consciousness of the self and in expressing it through a greater variety of stresses, through a richer combination of its colour and light and shade and rhythm. But also, this may not be sothere may be the possibility of a further step, a transcending of the consciousness of the self. It seems unnatural and improbable that having risen from un-consciousness to self-consciousness through a series of continuous marches, Nature should suddenly stop and consider what she had achieved to be her final end. Has Nature become bankrupt of her creative Genius, exhausted of her upward drive? Has she to remain content with only a clever manipulation, a mere shuffling and re-arranging of the materials already produced?
   As a matter of fact it is not so. The glimpses of a higher form of consciousness we can see even now present in self-consciousness. We have spoken of the different stages of evolution as if they were separate and distinct and incommensurate entities. They may be described as such for the purpose of a logical understanding, but in reality they form a single progressive continuum in which one level gradually fuses into another. And as the higher level takes up the law of the lower and evolves out of it a characteristic function, even so the law of the higher level with its characteristic function is already involved and envisaged in the law of the lower level and its characteristic function. It cannot be asserted positively that because man's special virtue is self-consciousness, animals cannot have that quality on any account. We do see, if we care to observe closely and dispassionately, that animals of the higher order, as they approach the level of humanity, show more and more evident signs of something which is very much akin to, if not identical with the human characteristic of self-consciousness.

0.10 - Letters to a Young Captain, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  But the benign influence of Sri Krishna's political Genius
  Sri Aurobindo is my refuge.

01.11 - The Basis of Unity, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   However, coming to historical times, we see wave after wave of the most heterogeneous and disparate elementsSakas and Huns and Greeks, each bringing its quota of exotic materialenter into the oceanic Indian life and culture, lose their separate foreign identity and become part and parcel of the common whole. Even so,a single unitary body was formed out of such varied and shifting materialsnot in the political, but in a socio-religious sense. For a catholic religious spirit, not being solely doctrinal and personal, admitted and embraced in its supple and wide texture almost an infinite variety of approaches to the Divine, of forms and norms of apprehending the Beyond. It has been called Hinduism: it is a vast synthesis of multiple affiliations. It expresses the characteristic Genius of India and hence Hinduism and Indianism came to be looked upon as synonymous terms. And the same could be defined also as Vedic religion and culture, for its invariable basis the bed-rock on which it stood firm and erectwas the Vedas, the Knowledge seen by the sages. But there had already risen a voice of dissidence and discord that of Buddha, not so much, perhaps, of Buddha as of Buddhism. The Buddhistic enlightenment and discipline did not admit the supreme authority of the Vedas; it sought other bases of truth and reality. It was a great denial; and it meant and worked for a vital schism. The denial of the Vedas by itself, perhaps, would not be serious, but it became so, as it was symptomatic of a deeper divergence. Denying the Vedas, the Buddhistic spirit denied life. It was quite a new thing in the Indian consciousness and spiritual discipline. And it left such a stamp there that even today it stands as the dominant character of the Indian outlook. However, India's synthetic Genius rose to the occasion and knew how to bridge the chasm, close up the fissure, and present again a body whole and entire. Buddha became one of the Avataras: the discipline of Nirvana and Maya was reserved as the last duty to be performed at the end of life, as the culmination of a full-length span of action and achievement; the way to Moksha lay through Dharma and Artha and Kama, Sannyasa had to be built upon Brahmacharya and Garhasthya. The integral ideal was epitomized by Kalidasa in his famous lines about the character of the Raghus:
   They devoted themselves to study in their boyhood, in youth they pursued the objects of life; when old they took to spiritual austerities, and in the end they died united with the higher consciousness.
   Nature, on the whole, has solved the problem of blood fusion and mental fusion of different peoples, although on a smaller scale. India today presents the problem on a larger scale and on a higher or deeper level. The demand is for a spiritual fusion and unity. Strange to say, although the Spirit is the true bed-rock of unitysince, at bottom, it means identityit is on this plane that mankind has not yet been able to really meet and coalesce. India's Genius has been precisely working in the line of a perfect solution of this supreme problem.
   Islam comes with a full-fledged spiritual soul and a mental and vital formation commensurable with that inner being and consciousness. It comes with a dynamic spirit, a warrior mood, that aims at conquering the physical world for the Lord, a temperament which Indian spirituality had not, or had lost long before, if she had anything of it. This was, perhaps, what Vivekananda meant when he spoke graphically of a Hindu soul with a Muslim body. The Islamic dispensation, however, brings with it not only something complementary, but also something contradictory, if not for anything else, at least for the strong individuality which does not easily yield to assimilation. Still, in spite of great odds, the process of assimilation was going on slowly and surely. But of late it appears to have come to a dead halt; difficulties have been presented which seem insuperable.

01.12 - Goethe, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The total eradication of Evil from the world and human nature and the remoulding of a terrestrial life in the substance and pattern of the Highest Good that is beyond all dualities is a conception which it was not for Goe the to envisage. In the order of reality or existence, first there is the consciousness of division, of trenchant separation in which Good is equated with not-evil and evil with not-good. This is the outlook of individualised consciousness. Next, as the consciousness grows and envelops the whole existence, good and evil are both embraced and are found to form a secret and magic harmony. That is the universal or cosmic consciousness. And Goethe's Genius seems to be an outflowering of something of this status of consciousness. But there is still a higher status, the status of transcendence in which evil is not simply embraced but dissolved and even transmuted into a supreme reality of which it is an aberration, a reflection or projection, a lower formulation. That is the mystery of a spiritual realisation to which Goe the aspired perhaps, but had not the necessary initiation to enter into.

0 1961-05-19, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Yes, yes! Actually only one thing would doto have his Genius!
   Yes, we have to rethink it all.

0 1961-08-02, #Agenda Vol 02, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Evolution begins with the Inconscient, complete Inconscience; and from this Inconscient a Subconscient gradually emerges that is, a half or quarter-consciousness. There are two different things here. Consider life on earth (because the process is slightly different in the universe); earth-life begins with total Inconscience and little by little what was involved within it works out and changes this Inconscience into semi-consciousness or subconsciousness. At the same time, there is an individual working that awakens the INDIVIDUAL inconscient to an individual semiconsciousness, and here, of course, the individual has controlalthough its not actually individualized because individualization begins with consciousness. The subconscient of plants or animals, for example, isnt individualized; what we call an animals behavior doesnt arise from individualization but from the Genius of the species. Consequently, the individual subconscient is something already evolved out of the general Subconscient. But when one descends to accomplish a work of transformationto bring Light into the different layers of life, for instanceone descends into a cosmic, terrestrial Subconscient, not an individual Subconscient. And the work of transformation is done within the wholenot through individualization, but through the opposite movement, through a sort of universalization.
   No, what I mean is that as we progress, we automatically become universalized.

0 1962-05-24, #Agenda Vol 03, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   77 Genius discovers a system; average talent stereotypes it till it is shattered by fresh Genius. It is dangerous for an army to be led by veterans; for on the other side God may place Napoleon.
   I dont think we can speak of this one either. No, I dont think so.

0 1962-09-05, #Agenda Vol 03, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   I remember that one of the first things I asked Sri Aurobindo when I came here, after innumerable experiences and innumerable realizations, was, Why am I so mediocre? Everything I do is mediocre, all my realizations are mediocre, theres never anything remarkable or exceptionalits just average. It isnt low, but its not high eithereverything is average. And thats really how I felt. I painted: it wasnt bad painting, but many others could do as well. I played music: it wasnt bad music, but you couldnt say, Oh, what a musical Genius! I wrote: it was perfectly ordinary. My thoughts slightly excelled those of my friends, but nothing exceptional; I had no special gift for philosophy or whatever. Everything I did was like that: my body had its skills, but nothing fantastic; I wasnt ugly, I wasnt beautiful you see, everything was mediocre, mediocre, mediocre, mediocre. Then he told me, It was indispensable.
   All right, so I kept quietand very quickly, within a few weeks, I understood.
   But I had that feeling throughout my childhood. I was a good student, but no Genius. And so on.
   Ever since I was very young, I have always thirsted for the same thing: I have always wanted to be conscious. So what makes me furious is that I am not consciousit infuriates me.
   For a long, long time, that was also the one thing I felt was worth living forConsciousness. When I met Thon and came to understand the mechanism, I also understood why I wasnt conscious at a certain level. I think Ive told you how I spent ten months one year working to connect two layerstwo layers of consciousness; the contact wasnt established and so I couldnt have the spontaneous experience of a whole spectrum of things. Madame Thon told me, Its because theres an undeveloped layer between this part and that part. I was very conscious of all the gradations: Thon had explained it all in the simplest terms, so you didnt need to be, as I said, a Genius to understand. He had made a quadruple division, and each of them was divided into four, and then again into four, making innumerable divisions of the being; but with that mental simplification you could make in-depth psychological studies of your own being. And so by observation and elimination I eventually discovered that between this and that (gesture indicating two levels of Mothers consciousness), there was an undeveloped layerit wasnt conscious. So I worked for ten months on nothing but that: absolutely no results. I didnt care, I kept right on, telling myself, Well, it may take me fifty years to get anywhere, who knows. And then I left for the country (I was living in Paris at the time). I lay down on the grass, and all at once, with the contact of earth and grass, poof! There was a sort of inner explosion the link was established, and full consciousness came, along with all the ensuing experiences. Well, I said to myself, it was worth all the trouble!
   And I am sure thats how the work is done, slowly, imperceptibly, like a chick being formed in the egg: you see the shell, you see only the shell, you dont know whats inside, whether its just an egg or a chick (normally, I meanof course, you could see through with special instruments) and then the beak goes peck-peck! And then cheep! Out comes the chick, just like that. Its the same thing exactly for the contact with the psychic being. For months on end, sometimes years, you may be sitting before a closed door, push, push, pushing, and feeling, feeling the pressure (it hurts!), and theres nothing, no results. Then all at once, you dont know why or how, you sit down and poof! Everything bursts wide open, everything is ready, everything is doneits over, you emerge into a full psychic consciousness and become intimate with your psychic being. Then everything changeseverything changesyour life completely changes, its a total reversal of your whole existence.

0 1962-10-30, #Agenda Vol 03, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   The mans a Genius!
   And he has experiences, too. Weve hardly ever spoken together, but I have seen some letters he wrote. To one person he said, If you want the Taoist experience, all you have to do is come here and live at the Ashramyou will have the REALIZATION of Lao-Tses philosophy.

0 1964-10-14, #Agenda Vol 05, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   I remember, once, they held an exhibition on Germany at the Library. They put up a long quotation from Sri Aurobindo in which he said, Here is what the Germans THINK OF THEMSELVES and there followed a whole quotationoh, what a quotation! Anyway, they are the race of the future, of Geniuses, they will save the world and so on. But they put up the whole thing without the first sentence! So I arrive there (at the time, I could see clearly), and what do I see! I remembered what Sri Aurobindo had written, Here is what the Germans THINK OF THEMSELVES, SO I told them, But you forgot the most important thing, you must add this. You should have seen their faces, mon petit!
   Its this dishonesty thats frightening they cut out and remove all that bothers them and leave only what suits them.

0 1966-06-18, #Agenda Vol 07, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   He is forced to become so narrow in order to make himself understood. You feel you could be sitting in front of a Genius and have no means to communicate, except like this (gesture above the head of a communication on a higher plane).
   They are wondering how to communicate with other solar systems. But our very way of thinking stems from our form, its because we count one-two-three-four-five with our fingers, so we say one-two-three-four-five. Others use other words, but if five objects are put together they understand. But can dolphins count, for instance? They have no hands, no feet(laughing) they only have one-two-three-four-five dolphins!

0 1966-10-26, #Agenda Vol 07, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But once, I had a curious experience with you. Ive never had visions with open eyes, but once (it struck me), many years ago, downstairs, you were telling me a story about cats and talking about the king of the cats you had met, the Genius of the speciesand your face (it was extraordinary) was that of a cat! But a supercat, who was there in front of me! Yet I have no visions, absolutely none, but it was plainly visible. I found it very striking. It was quite extraordinary.
   The bodys appearance had changed.

0 1968-07-27, #Agenda Vol 09, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   The scientific, rationalistic, industrial, pseudo-democratic civilisation of the West is now in process of dissolution and it would be a lunatic absurdity for us at this moment to build blindly on that sinking foundation. When the most advanced minds of the occident are beginning to turn in this red evening of the West for the hope of a new and more spiritual civilisation to the Genius of Asia, it would be strange if we could think of nothing better than to cast away our own self and potentialities and put our trust in the dissolving and moribund past of Europe.2
   I didnt know he had said that.

0 1968-09-07, #Agenda Vol 09, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   I have told you many times, and couldnt repeat it too often, that we are not made of a piece. Within ourselves we have lots of states of being, and each state of being has its own life. All that is gathered together in a single body, as long as you have one, and acts through a single body; thats what gives you the sense of a single person, a single being. But there are many of them, and there are in particular concentrations on different planes: just as you have a physical being, you have a vital being, a mental being, a psychic being, and many others with all possible intermediaries. So when you leave your body, all those beings will scatter. Its only if you are a very advanced yogi and have been capable of unifying your being around the divine center that those beings remain linked together. If you havent been able to unify yourself, then at the time of death, all that will scatter: every being will go back to its own region. With the vital being, for example, your various desires will separate and each of them will go and chase its realization quite independently, because there will no longer be a physical being to hold them together. While if you have united your consciousness to the psychic consciousness, when you die you will remain conscious of your psychic being, and the psychic being will return to the psychic world which is a world of bliss, joy, peace, tranquillity, and growing knowledge. But if you have lived in your vital and all its impulses, each impulse will try to realize itself here and there. For instance, for the miser who was concentrated on his money, when he dies the part of his vital that was concerned with his money will hook on there and will keep watching over the money so no one takes it. People wont see him, but he is there nonetheless, and very unhappy if something happens to his dear money. Now, if you live exclusively in your physical consciousness (which is difficult, because, after all, you have thoughts and feelings), if you live exclusively in your physical, when the physical being disappears, you disappear along with it, its over. There is a spirit of the form: your form has a spirit that lives on for seven days after your death. The doctors have declared you dead, but the spirit of your form is alive, and not only alive but conscious in most cases. It lasts for seven to eight days, and after that, it too dissolves I am not talking about yogis, I am talking about ordinary people. Yogis have no laws, its quite different; for them the world is different. I am talking about ordinary people living an ordinary life; for them its like that. So the conclusion is that if you want to preserve your consciousness, it would be better to center it on a part of your being which is immortal; otherwise it will evaporate like a flame into thin air. And happily so, because if it were otherwise, there might be gods or kinds of superior men who would create hells and heavens as they do in their material imagination, inside which they would shut you up. (Question:) It is said that there is a god of death. Is it true? Yes. As for me, I call him a Genius of death. I know him very well. And its an extraordinary organization. You cant imagine how organized it is! I think there are many of those genii of death, hundreds of them. I met at least two of them. One I met in France, the other in Japan, and they were very different. Which leads me to believe that depending on the mental culture, the education, the countries and beliefs, there must be different genii. But there are genii for all manifestations of Nature: there are genii of fire, genii of air, water, rain, wind; and there are genii of death. Any one Genius of death is entitled to a certain number of dead every day. Its truly a fantastic organization. Its a sort of alliance between the vital forces and the forces of Nature. If, for example, he decided, Here is the number of people I am entitled to, say four or five, or six, or one or two (it varies from day to day), if he decided so many people would die, hell go straight and set himself up near the person whos going to die. But if you (not the person) happen to be conscious, if you see the Genius going to the person but do not want him or her to die, then, if you have a certain occult power, you can tell him, No, I forbid you to take this person. Thats something which happened, not once but several times, in Japan and here. It wasnt the same Genius. Which makes me say there must be many of them. If you can tell him, I forbid you to take this person and have the power to send him away, theres nothing he can do but go away; but he wont give up his due and will go elsewhere there will be a death elsewhere. (Question:) Some people, when they are about to die, are aware of it. Why dont they tell the Genius to go away? Two things are needed. First, nothing in your being, no part of your being, should wish to die. That doesnt often happen. You always have, somewhere in you, a defeatist: something tired or disgusted, which has had enough, something lazy or which doesnt want to fight and says, Ah, well, let it be over, so much the better. Thats enoughyoure dead. But its a fact: if nothing, absolutely nothing in you consents to die, you will not die. For someone to die, there is always a second, if a hundredth part of a second, when he consents. If there isnt that second of consent, he will not die. But who is certain he doesnt have within himself, somewhere, a tiny bit of a defeatist which just yields and says, Oh well? Hence the need to unify oneself. Whatever the path we may follow, the subject we may study, we always reach the same result. The most important thing for an individual is to unify himself around his divine center; that way he becomes a real individual, master of himself and of his destiny. Otherwise, he is a plaything of the forces, which toss him about like a cork in a stream. He goes where he doesnt want to, is made to do what he doesnt want to, and finally he gets lost in a hole without any way to stop himself doing so. But if you are consciously organized, unified around the divine center, governed and led by it, you are the master of your destiny. Its worth trying. At any rate, I find its better to be the master rather than the slave. The feeling of being pulled by strings and being made to do things you may or may not want to do is a rather unpleasant sensation. Its quite irksome. Well, I dont know, I, for one, found it quite irksome even when I was a small child. When I was five, I began finding it wholly intolerable, and I sought a way for it to be otherwisewithout anyone being able to tell me anything. Because I knew no one capable of helping me, and I didnt have the luck you havesomeone who can tell you, Here is what you must do. There was no one to tell me. I had to find it all by myself. I found it. I began at the age of five. And you, its a long time since you were five?
   Well cut out the end.

0 1969-04-09, #Agenda Vol 10, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   You have not stepped into Sri Aurobindo. On the other hand, I quite understand if intellectuals so easily step into Zen! But I do not want to compare merits. With Sri Aurobindo, I am content to see and smile. You have better understood my book, you say it has brought you more than Sri Aurobindo but of course! That does not surprise me, I am afraid: I simply entered the regions of the mentally obvious he neglected, I climbed down a number of degrees. The lines of force you felt are simply the little strings I hung here and there to try and hook people on to the true lines of force that seem to elude them completely, because they see and feel just at the level of the mental slit. But I will tell you again, if you have the least trust in me, that Sri Aurobindo is a tremendous giant and not one word of his is without a full meaning. Some time ago I wanted to have a music lover (a Westerner nurtured on true music like myself, formed in music) listen to a music of Genius composed by an Indian; well, this poor boy could make no sense of it! He could not hear! His musical slit was open at one particular level, and he literally could not hear what was abovea true marvel, immense streams of music flowing straight from the Origin of Music.6 For him, it had no structure, it was shapeless musicwhereas I saw, I could see that marvel, I knew where it was coming from, I could touch that world, and as soon as that high musical tension slackened in the least, I instantly felt that it came down to touch a center on a lower level. It was the same thing in Egypt. For weeks I lived in an ecstatic state in Upper Egypt; I was with people who were looking at ruins, seeing beautiful statueswhile for me those statues were living, those places talked to me, those so-called ruins were full of overflowing life.
   So what to do?
   Unfortunately, this spark of Genius was soon extinguished.

0 1970-03-21, #Agenda Vol 11, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   (Satprem:) Yes, you write to T., Sri Aurobindo had the Genius of humor and one only has to admire and be silent.
   That was my first reply, but after that, T. asked me, Why exactly did Sri Aurobindo put it that way? It depends on the date when it was written.

0 1971-12-11, #Agenda Vol 12, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And Sri Aurobindo gives us the key. It may be that the sense of our own revolution escapes us because we try to prolong that which already exists, to refine it, improve it, sublimate it. But the ape may have made the same mistake amid its revolution that produced man; perhaps it sought to become a super-ape, better equipped to climb trees, hunt and run, a more agile and clever ape. With Nietzsche we too sought a superman who was nothing more than a colossalization of man, and with the spiritualists a super-saint more richly endowed with virtue and wisdom. But human virtue and wisdom are useless! Even when carried to their highest heights they are nothing more than the old poverties gilded over, the obverse of our tenacious misery. Supermanhood, says Sri Aurobindo, is not man climbed to his own natural zenith, not a superior degree of human greatness, knowledge, power, intelligence, will, Genius, saintliness, love, purity or perfection.7 It is SOMETHING ELSE, another vibration of being, another consciousness.
   But if this new consciousness is not to be found on the peaks of the human, where then, are we to find it? Perhaps, quite simply in that which we have most neglected since we entered the mental cycle, in the body. The body is our base, our evolutionary foundation, the old stock to which we always return, and which painfully compels our attention by making us suffer, age and die. In that imperfection, Sri Aurobindo assures us, is the urge towards a higher and more many-sided perfection. It contains the last finite which yet yearns to the Supreme Infinite. God is pent in the mire but the very fact imposes a necessity to break through that prison.8 That is the old, uncured Illness, the unchanged root, the dark matrix of our misery, hardly different now from what it was in the time of Lemuria. It is this physical substance which we must transform, otherwise it will topple, one after another, all the human or superhuman devices we try to graft on it. This body, this physical cellular substance contains almighty powers,9 a dumb consciousness that harbors all the lights and all the infinitudes, just as much as the mental and spiritual immensities do. For, in truth, all is Divine and unless the Lord of all the universe resides in a single little cell he resides nowhere. It is this original, dark cellular Prison which we must break open; for as long as we have not broken it, we will continue to turn vainly in the golden or iron circles of our mental prison. These laws of Nature, says Sri Aurobindo, that you call absolute merely mean an equilibrium established to work in order to produce certain results. But, if you change the consciousness, then the groove also is bound to change.10

0 1972-06-03, #Agenda Vol 13, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   As if I were walking on a very thin and narrow line: on one side, imbecility, and on the other Genius! Thats how I progress (gesture of standing on a ridge).
   What does it depend on? I have no idea.

02.02 - The Kingdom of Subtle Matter, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  His Genius born from an inconscient soil.
  To copy on earth's copies is his art.
  A Genius of creative Immanence,
  Makes all creation deeply intimate:

02.03 - The Shakespearean Word, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Indeed all poets do this, each in his own way. To create beautiful concrete images that stand vivid before the mind's eye is the natural Genius of a poet. Here is a familiar picture, simple and effective, of a material vision:
   Cold blows the blast across the moor

02.13 - On Social Reconstruction, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   In the older order, however, a kindlier treatment was meted out to this class, this class of the creators of values. They had patrons who looked after their physical well-being. They had the necessary freedom and leisure to follow their own bent and urge of creativity. Kings and princes, the court and the nobility, in spite of all the evils ascribed to them, and often very justly, have nevertheless been the nursery of art and culture, of all the art and culture of the ancient times. One remembers Shakespeare reading or enacting his drama before the Great Queen, or the poignant scene of Leonardo dying in the arms of Francis the First. Those were the truly great classical ages, and art or man's creative Genius hardly ever rose to that height ever since. The downward curve started with the advent and growth of the bourgeoisie when the artist or the creative Genius lost their supporters and had to earn their own living by the sweat of their brow. Indeed the greatest tragedies of frustration because of want and privation, occur, not as much among the "lowest" classes who are usually considered as the poorest and the most miserable in society, but in that section from where come the intellectuals, "men of light and leading," to use the epithet they are honoured with. For very few of this group are free to follow their inner trend and urge, but have either to coerce and suppress them or stultify them in the service of lesser alien duties, which mean "forced labour." The punishment for refusing to be drawn away and to falsify oneself is not unoften the withdrawal of the bare necessities of life, in certain cases sheer destitution. A Keats wasting his energies in a work that has no relation to his inner life and light, or a Madhusudan dying in a hospital as a pauper, are examples significant of the nature of the social structure man lives in.
   It is one of the great illusionsor perhaps a show plank for propagandato think or say that the so-called poorer classes are the poorest and the most miserable. It is not so in fact. Really poor are those who have a standard of life commensurate with their inner nature and consciousnessof beauty and orderliness and material sufficiency and yet their actual status and function in society do not provide them with the necessary where-withals and resources. No amount of philanthropic sentimentalising can suppress or wipe off the fact that the poor do not feel the pinch of poverty so much as do those who are poor and yet are to live and move as not poor. It all depends upon one's standard. One is truly rich or poor not in proportion- to one's income, but" in accordance with one's needs and the means to meet them. And all do not have the same needs and requirements. This does not mean that the needs of the princes, the aristocrats, the magnates are greater than those of the mere commoner. No, it means that there are people, there is a section of humanity found more or less in all these classes, but mostly in less fortunate classes, whose needs are intrinsically greater and they require preferential treatment. There should be none poor or miserable in society, well and good. But this should not mean that all the economic resources of the society must be requisitioned only to enrichto pamper the poor. For there is a pampering possible in this matter. We know the nouveaux riches, the parvenus and the kind of life they lead with their fair share boldly seized. A levelling, a formal equalisation of the economic status, although it may mean uplift in certain cases, may involve gross injustice to others. The ideal is not equal distribution but rational distribution of wealth, and that distribution should not depend upon any material function, but upon psychological demands. Is this bourgeois economics? Even if it is so, the truth has to be faced and recognised. You can call truth by the name bourgeois and hang it, but it will revive all the same, like the Phoenix out of the ashes.

02.13 - Rabindranath and Sri Aurobindo, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Characterising Tagore's poetry, in reference to a particular poem, Sri Aurobindo once wrote: "But the poignant sweetness, passion and spiritual depth and mystery of a poem like this, the haunting cadences subtle with a subtlety which is not of technique but of the soul, and the honey-laden felicity of the expression, these are the essential Rabindranath and cannot be imitated because they are things of the spirit and one must have the same sweetness and depth of soul before one can hope to catch any of these desirable qualities." Furthermore: "One of the most remarkable peculiarities of Rabindra Babu's Genius is the happiness and originality with which he has absorbed the whole spirit of Vaishnava poetry and turned it into something essentially the same and yet new and modern. He has given the old sweet spirit of emotional and passionate religion an expression of more delicate and complex richness voiceful of subtler and more penetratingly spiritual shades of feeling than the deep-hearted but simple early age of Bengal could know."
   Certain coincidences and correspondences in their lives may be noticed here. The year 1905 and those that immediately followed found them together on the crest wave of India's first nationalist resurgence. Again both saw in the year 1914 a momentous period marked by events of epochal importance, one of which was the First World War. For Tagore it was yuga-sandhi, the dying of the old age of Night to the dawning of a new with its blood-red sunrise emerging through the travail of death, sorrow and pain". For Sri Aurobindo it was a cataclysm intended by Nature to effect a first break in the old order to usher in the new. The significant year 1914 was also the period when Rabindranath expressed in the magnificent series of poems of the Balaka his visions and experiences of the forces at work on earth, and Sri Aurobindo began revealing through the pages of the Arya the truths of the supramental infinities that were then pouring down into him and through him into the earth's atmosphere.

03.04 - The Other Aspect of European Culture, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Modernism: An Oriental Interpretation The Spiritual Genius of India
   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta The Malady of the Century The Other Aspect of European Culture
   And the secret soul of this Classical culture was not inherited by those who professed to be its champions and adorers the torch-bearers of the New Enlightenment; no, its direct descendants were to be found among the builders of the Christian civilization. Plato and Pythagoras and Heraclitus and the initiates to the Orphic and the Eleusinian mysteries continued to live in and through Plotinus and Anselm and Paracelsus and the long line of Christian savants and sages. The Middle Age had its own spiritual discoveries and achievements founded on the Cult of the Christ; to these it added what it could draw and assimilate from the mystic and spiritual traditions of the Grco-Latin world. The esoteric discipline of the Jewish Kabala also was not without influence in shaping the more secret undercurrents of Europe's creative and formative Genius. The composite culture which they grew and developed had undisputed empire over Europe for some ten or twelve centuries; and it was nothing, if not at heart a spiritual and religious and other-worldly culture.
   Herein lay Europe's soul; and to it turned often and anon the gaze of those who, among a profane humanity, are still the guardians of the Spiritpoets and artistswho, even in the very midst of the maelstrom of Modernism, sought to hark back, back to the rock of the ages. The mediaevalism and archaicism of which a Rossetti or a Morris, for example, is often accused embodies only a defensive reaction on the part of Europe's soul; it is an attempt to return to her more fundamental life-intuition.
   Europe's spiritual soul itself in the last analysis will be found to be only a derivative of Asia's own self. For all the Mysteries and Occult Disciplines the Christian, the Platonic, the Eleusinian and Orphic, the Kabalistic, the Druidicwhich lay imbedded in Europe's spiritual and religious Genius, when traced further up to the very source, will carry us straight into Asia's lap, perhaps India's.
   And Europe in accepting or embracing Asia comes back to the fountain-head of her own inner being and nature.
   Modernism: An Oriental Interpretation The Spiritual Genius of India

03.04 - Towardsa New Ideology, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   India must evolve her own political and social ideology; she must discover and establish in this domain also, as in all others that concern her collective life, her own Genius and rule. This is what Swaraj really means and demands.
   Russia has her Sovietic Communism, Germany, for the present at least, her Nazidom, Italy her totalitarian Fascism, old England her Parliamentarianism and France her Bureaucratism; each nation finds the norm and scheme of self-rule that suits its temperament and character and changes and modifies that also in its own characteristic manner. Even so India must find her own scheme of Swarajya. If she is to live and be great and contri bute something to the enrichment and glory of human civilisation, she must look to herself, enter into herself and know and bring out what lies there buried. It is a grievous blunder to try to transplant a Mussolinian or Leninian or a Hitlerian gospel on an Indian soil. It is not desirable nor is it truly possible.

03.05 - The Spiritual Genius of India, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
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   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta The Malady of the Century The Spiritual Genius of India
   The Spiritual Genius of India
   What is it that we precisely mean when we say that India is spiritual? For, that is how we are accustomed to express India's special Geniusher backbone, as Vivekananda puts it the fundamental note of her culture and nature, which distinguishes her from the rest of the world. What then are the distinguishing marks of spirituality? How does a spiritual collectivity live and movekim sita vrajeta kim? And do we find its characteristic gait and feature exclusively or even chiefly in India?
   Was not Europe also in her theocratic and mediaeval ages as largely spiritual and as fundamentally religious as India? Churches and cathedrals and monasteries grew like mushrooms in every nook and corner, in all the countries of Europe; it was the clergy who, with their almost unbounded influence and power, moulded and guided the life and aspiration of the people; devotion to God and love of prayer and pilgrimage were as much in the nature of the average European of those times as they are in any Indian of today; every family considered it a duty and an honour to rear up one child at least to be consecrated to the service of God and the Church. The internal as well as the external life of the men of mediaeval Europe was steeped through and through in a religious atmosphere.
   The French, for example, have developed as a people a special characteristic and mental turn that has set its pervading impress upon their culture and civilisation, upon their creations and activities; that which distinguishes them is a fine, clear and subtle, rational, logical, artistic and literary mind. France, it has often been said, is the head of modern Europe. The Indians are not in the same way a predominantly intellectual race, in spite of the mighty giants of intellect India has always produced, and still produces. Nor are they a literary race, although a rich and grandiose literature, unrivalled in its own great qualities, is their patrimony. It was the few, a small minority, almost a closed circle, that formed in India the elite whose interest and achievement lay in this field; the characteristic power, the main life-current of the nation, did not flow this way, but followed a different channel. Among the ancients the Greeks, and among the moderns the French alone, can rightfully claim as their special Genius, as the hallmark of their corporate life, a high intellectual and literary culture. It is to this treasure,a serene and yet vigorous and organized rational mind, coupled with a wonderful felicity of expression in speech,that one turns when one thinks of the special gift that modern France and ancient Greece have brought to the heritage of mankind.
   Again, the Japanese, as a people, have developed to a consummate degree the sense of beauty, especially as applied to life and living. No other people, not even the old-world Greeks, possessed almost to a man, as do these children of the Rising Sun, so fine and infallible an sthetic sensibility,not static or abstract, but of the dynamic kinduniformly successful in making out of their work-a-day life, even to its smallest accessories, a flawless object of art. It is a wonder to see in japan how, even an unlettered peasant, away in his rustic environment, chooses with unerring taste the site of his house, builds it to the best advantage, arranges everything about it in a faultless rhythm. The whole motion of the life of a Japanese is almost Art incarnate.
   Or take again the example of the British people. The practical, successful life instinct, one might even call it the business instinct, of the Anglo-Saxon races is, in its general diffusion, something that borders on the miraculous. Even their Shakespeare is reputed to have been very largely endowed with this national virtue. It is a faculty which has very little to do with calculation, or with much or close thinking, or with any laborious or subtle mental operationa quick or active mind is perhaps the last thing with which the British people can be accredited; this instinct of theirs is something spontaneous, almost aboriginal, moving with the sureness, the ruthlessness of nature's unconscious movements,it is a tact, native to the force that is life. It is this attribute which the Englishman draws from the collective Genius of his race that marks him out from among all others; this is his forte, it is this which has created his nation and made it great and strong.
   All other nations have this one, or that other, line of self-expression, special to each; but it is India's characteristic not to have had any such single and definite modus Vivendiwhat was single and definite in her case was a mode not of living but of being. India looked above all to the very self in things; and in all her life-expression it was the soul per se which mattered to her,even as the-great Yajnavalkya said to his wife Maitreyi,tmanastu kmay sarvam priyam bhavati. The expressions of the self had no intrinsic value of their own and mattered only so far as they symbolised or embodied or pointed to the secret reality of the Atman. And perhaps it was on this account that India's creative activities, even in external life, were once upon a time so rich and varied, so stupendous and, full of marvel. Because she was attached and limited to no one dominating power of life, she could create infinite forms, so many channels of power for the soul whose realisation was her end and aim.
   There was no department of life or culture in which it could be said of India that she was not great, or even, in a way, supreme. From hard practical politics touching our earth, to the nebulous regions of abstract metaphysics, everywhere India expressed the power of her Genius equally well. And yet none of these, neither severally nor collectively, constituted her specific Genius; none showed the full height to which she could raise herself, none compassed the veritable amplitude of her innermost reality. It is when we come to the domain of the Spirit, of God-realisation that we find the real nature and stature and Genius of the Indian people; it is here that India lives and moves as in her own home of Truth. The greatest and the most popular names in Indian history are not names of warriors or statesmen, nor of poets who were only poets, nor of mere intellectual philosophers, however great they might be, but of Rishis, who saw and lived the Truth and communed with the gods, of Avataras who brought down and incarnated here below something of the supreme realities beyond.
   The most significant fact in the history of India is the unbroken continuity of the line of her spiritual masters who never ceased to appear even in the midst of her most dark and distressing ages. Even in a decadent and fast disintegrating India, when the whole of her external life was a mass of ruins, when her political and economical and even her cultural life was brought to stagnation and very near to decomposition, this undying Fire in her secret heart was ever alight and called in the inevitable rebirth and rejuvenation. Ramakrishna, with Vivekananda as his emanation in life dynamic and material, symbolises this great secret of India's evolution. The promise that the Divine held out in the Gita to Bharata's descendant finds a ready fulfilment in India, in Bharata's land, more perhaps than anywhere else in the world; for in India has the. Divine taken birth over and over again to save the pure in heart, to destroy the evil-doer and to establish the Right Law of life.

03.06 - Divine Humanism, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The Spiritual Genius of India Some Thoughts on the Unthinkable
   Other Authors Nolini Kanta Gupta The Malady of the CenturyDivine Humanism
   The Spiritual Genius of India Some Thoughts on the Unthinkable

03.08 - The Standpoint of Indian Art, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   India art is not in truth unreal and unnatural, though it may so appear to the eye of the ordinary man or to an eye habituated to the classical tradition of European art. Indian art, too, does hold the mirror up to Nature; but it is a different kind of Nature, not altogether this outward Nature that the mere physical eye envisages. All art is human creation; it is man's review of Nature; but the particular type of art depends upon the particular 'view-point that the artist takes for his survey. The classical artist surveys his field with the physical eye, from a single point of observation and at a definite angle; it is this which gives him the sine qua non of his artistic composition, anatomy and perspective. And the Genius of the artist lies very much in the selection of a vantage ground from which his survey would throw into relief all the different parts of the objective in the order and gradation desired; to this vantage ground the entire construction is organicallyone could even say, in this case, geometricallycorrelated.
   Indian art, too, possesses a perspective and an anatomy; it, too, has a focus of observation which governs and guides the composition, in the ensemble and in detail. Only, it is not the physical eye, but an inner vision, not the angle given by the retina, but the angle of a deeper perception or consciousness. To understand the difference, let us ask ourselves a simple question: when we call back to memory a landscape, how does the picture form itself in the mind? Certainly, it is not an exact photograph of the scenery observed. We cannot, even if we try, re-form in memory the objects in the shape, colour and relative positions they had when they appeared to the physical eye. In the picture represented to the mind's eye, some objects loom large, others are thrown into the background and others again do not figure at all; the whole scenery is reshuffled and rearranged in deference to the stress of the mind's interest. Even the structure and build of each object undergoes a change; it does not faithfully re-copy Nature, but gives the mind's version of it, aggrandizing certain parts, suppressing others, reshaping and recolouring the whole aspect, metamorphosing the very contour into something that may not be "natural" or anatomical figure at all. Only we are not introspective enough to observe this phenomenon of the mind's alchemy; we think we are representing with perfect exactitude in the imagination whatever is presented to the senses, whereas in fact we do nothing of the kind; our idea that we do it is a pure illusion.

03.11 - Modernist Poetry, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   In general, however, and as we come down to more and more recent times we find we have missed the track. As in the material field today, we seek to create and achieve by science and organisation, by a Teutonic regimentation, as in the moral life we try to save our souls by attending to rules and regulations, codes and codicils of conduct, even so a like habit and practice we have brought over into our sthetic world. But we must remember that Napoleon became the invincible military Genius he was, not because he followed the art of war in accordance with laws and canons set down by military experts; neither did Buddha become the Enlightened because of his scrupulous adherence to the edicts which Asoka engraved centuries later on rocks and pillars, nor was Jesus the Christ because of his being an exemplar of the Sermon on the Mount.
   The truth of the matter is that the spirit bloweth where it listeth. It is the soul's realisation and dynamic perception that expresses itself inevitably in a living and au thentic manner in all that the soul creates. Let the modernist possess a soul, let it find out its own inmost being and he will have all the newness and novelty that he needs and seeks. If the soul-consciousness is burdened with a special and unique vision, it will find its play in the most categorically imperative manner.

03.12 - TagorePoet and Seer, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   A great literature seems to have almost invariably a great name attached to it, one name by which it is known and recognised as great. It is the name of the man who releases the inmost potency of that literature, and who marks at the same time the height to which its creative Genius has attained or perhaps can ever attain. Homer and Virgil, Dante and Shakespeare, Goe the and Camoens, Firdausi in Persian and Kalidasa in classical Sanskrit, are such namesnumina, each being the presiding deity, the godhead born full-armed out of the poetic consciousness of the race to which he belongs. Even in the case of France whose language and literature are more a democratic and collective and less an individualistic creation, even there one single Name can be pointed out as the life and soul, the very cream of the characteristic poetic Genius of the nation. I am, of course, referring to Racine, Racine who, in spite of Moliere and Corneille and Hugo, stands as the most representative French poet, the embodiment of French resthesis par excellence.
   Such a great name is Rabindranath Tagore in Bengali literature. We need not forget Bankim Chandra, nor even Madhusudan: still one can safely declare that if Bengali language and literature belonged to any single person as its supreme liberator and fosterer savitand pit is Rabindranath. It was he who lifted that language and literature from what had been after all a provincial and parochial status into the domain of the international and universal. Through him a thing of local value was metamorphosed definitively into a thing of world value.
   I have been laying special stress upon this aspect of Tagore's Genius, because humanity is in great need of it today, because all has gone wrong with the modern world since it lost touch with its soul and was beguiled into a path lighted by false glimmers and will-o'-the-wisps, hires of a superficial and infra-human consciousness, or into the by-ways and backwashes and aberrations of a sophisticated intellectualism.
   Tagore is modern, as modern as reasonably and sensibly one can be; he is a modern, but not a modernist. One is modern when one is inspired and moved by the spirit of the Time, one is modernist when one is bound to the letter, to the external formulas of the law of the Zeit-Geist. You remain modern if the new consciousness enters and dwells in your nature and character, you become modernist as soon as it degenerates into a tic and a mannerism.

03.12 - The Spirit of Tapasya, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Virgil, the great poet of a diviner order in human life, expressed the idea most beautifully and aptly in those well-known lines, one of the characteristic passages showing his Genius at its best:
   . . . superasque evadere ad auras,

03.17 - The Souls Odyssey, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Rarely has a poeta secular poet, I meangiven utterance to deep spiritual and occult truth with such clarity and felicity. It is, however, quite open to doubt whether Wordsworth himself was fully cognisant of the truth he expressed; the words that were put into his mouth carry a significance and a symbolism considerably beyond what his mind seemed to have received and understood. The passage may be taken as one more illustration of Matthew Arnold's characterisation of Wordsworth's Genius at its best, it is then Nature herself that takes up the pen and writes for the poet.
   The deep spiritual truth we are referring to is the Odyssey of the human soul. And it is also an occult phenomenon happening in the world of the inner reality. The Soul's own home is in God, is God; for it is part and parcel of the divine consciousness, it is essentially one in being and nature with the supreme Reality. It is a nucleus, a centre of individuation, a projection in a particular name and form of the infinite and eternal Being and Consciousness and Bliss on this side of manifestation or evolutionary Nature. Being in and with the Divine, merged within it, the Soul has, at the same time, its own proper domain, exclusively its own, and its own inalienable identity. It is the domain where the Soul enjoys its swarjya, its absolute freedom, dwelling in its native light and happiness and glory. But the story changes, the curve of its destiny takes a sudden new direction when it comes down upon earth, when it inhabits a mortal body. Within the body, it no longer occupies its patent frontal position, but withdraws behind a veil, as it were: it takes its stand behind or within the depth of the heart, as spiritual practice experiences it. It hides there, as in a cavern, closed in now by the shades of the prison-house which its own body and life and mind build round it. Yet it is not wholly shut out or completely cut off; for from its secret home it exerts its influence which gradually, slowly, very slowly indeed, filters throughba thes, clarifies, illumines the encasement, makes it transparent and docile in the end. For that is the Soul's ultimate function and fulfilment.

04.01 - The March of Civilisation, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   We are familiar with the phrase "Augustan Age": it is in reference to a particular period in a nation's history when its creative power is at its highest both in respect of quantity and quality, especially in the domain of art and literature, for it is here that the soul of a people finds expression most easily and spontaneously. Indeed, if we look at the panorama that the course of human evolution unfolds, we see epochs of high light in various countries spread out as towering beacons or soaring peaks bathed in sunlight dominating the flat plains or darksome valleys of the usual normal periods. Take the Augustan Age itself which has given the name: it is a very crucial and one of the earlier outflowerings of the human Genius on a considerable scale. We know of the appearance of individuals on the stage of life each with a special mission and role in various ages and various countries. They are great men of action, great men of thought, creative artists or spiritual and religious teachers. In India we call them Vibhutis (we can include the AvatarasDivine Incarnationsalso in the category). Even so, there is a collective manifestation too, an upsurge in which a whole race or nation takes part and is carried and raised to a higher level of living and achievement. There is a tide in the affairs not only of men, but of peoples also: and masses, large collectivities live on the crest of their consciousness, feeling and thinking deeply and nobly, acting and creating powerfully, with breadth of vision and intensity of aspiration, spreading all around something that is new and not too common, a happy guest come from elsewhere.
   Ancient Greece, the fountainhead of European civilisationof the world culture reigning today, one can almost sayfound itself epitomised in the Periclean Age. The lightgrace, harmony, sweet reasonableness that was Greece, reached its highest and largest, its most characteristic growth in that period. Earlier, at the very beginning of her life cycle, there came indeed Homer and no later creation reached a higher or even as high a status of creative power: but it was a solitary peak, it was perhaps an announcement, not the realisation of the national glory. Pericles stood as the guardian, the representative, the emblem and nucleus of a nation-wide efflorescence. Not to speak of the great names associated with the age, even the common peoplemore than what was normally so characteristic of Greecefelt the tide that was moving high and shared in that elevated sweep of life, of thought and creative activity. Greece withdrew. The stage was made clear for Rome. Julius Caesar carried the Roman Genius to its sublimest summit: but it remained for his great nephew to consolidate and give expression to that Genius in its most characteristic manner and lent his name to a characteristic high-water mark of human civilisation.
   Greece and Rome may be taken to represent two types of culture. And accordingly we can distinguish two types of elevation or crest-formation of human consciousness one of light, the other of power. In certain movements one feels the intrusion, the expression of light, that is to say, the play of intelligence, understanding, knowledge, a fresh outlook and consideration of the world and things, a revaluation in other terms and categories of a new consciousness. The greatest, at least, the most representative movement of this kind is that of the Renaissance. It was really a New Illumination: a flood of light poured upon the mind and intellect and understanding of the period. There was a brightness, a brilliance, a happy agility and keenness in the movements of the brain. A largeness of vision, a curious sensibility, a wide and alert consciousness: these are some of the fundamental characteristics of this remarkable New Birth. It is the birth of what has been known as the scientific outlook, in the- broadest sense: it is the threshold of the modern epoch of humanity. All the modern European languages leaped into maturity, as it were, each attaining its definitive form and full-blooded individuality. Art and literature flooded in their magnificent creativeness all nations and peoples of the whole continent. The Romantic Revival, starting somewhere about the beginning of the nineteenth century, is another outstanding example of a similar phenomenon, of the descent of light into human consciousness. The light that descended into human consciousness at the time of the Renaissance captured the higher mind and intelligence the Ray touched as it were the frontal lobe of the brain; the later descent touched the heart, the feelings and emotive sensibility, it evoked more vibrant, living and powerful perceptions, created varied and dynamic sense-complexes, new idealisms and aspirations. The manifestation of Power, the descent or inrush of forcemighty and terriblehas been well recognised and experienced in the great French Revolution. A violence came out from somewhere and seized man and society: man was thrown out of his gear, society broken to pieces. There came a change in the very character and even nature of man: and society had to be built upon other foundations. The past was gone. Divasa gatah. Something very similar has happened again more recently, in Russia. The French Revolution brought in the bourgeois culture, the Russian Revolution has rung in the Proletariate.
   If we look at Europe once again and cast a glance at its origins, we find at the source the Grco-Roman culture. It was pre-eminently a culture based upon the powers of mind and reason: it included a strong and balanced body (both body natural and body politic) under the aegis of mens sana (a sound mind). The light that was Greece was at its zenith a power of the higher mind and intelligence, intuitively dynamic in one the earlierphase through Plato, Pythagoras, Heraclitus and the mystic philosophers, and discursively and scientifically rational through the Aristotelian tradition. The practical and robust Roman did not indulge in the loftier and subtler activities of the higher or intuitive mind; his was applied intelligence and its characteristic turn found expression in law and order and governance. Virgil was a representative poet of the race; finely sensitive and yet very self-consciousearth-bound and mind-boundas a creative artist: a clear and careful intelligence with an idealistic imagination that is yet sober and fancy-free is the very hall mark of his poetic Genius. In the post-Roman age this bias for mental consciousness or the play of reason and intellectual understanding moved towards the superficial and more formal faculties of the brain ending in what is called scholasticism: it meant stagnation and decadence. It is out of this slough that the Renaissance raised the mind of Europe and bathed it with a new light. That movement gave to the mind a wider scope, an alert curiosity, a keener understanding; it is, as I have said, the beginning of that modern mentality which is known as the scientific outlook, that is to say, study of facts and induction from given data, observation and experience and experiment instead of the other scholastic standpoint which goes by a priori theorising and abstraction and deduction and dogmatism.
   We may follow a little more closely the march of the centuries in their undulating movement. The creative intelligence of the Renaissance too belonged to a region of the higher mind, a kind of inspirational mind. It had not the altitude or even the depth of the Greek mind nor its subtler resonances: but it regained and re-established and carried to a new degree the spirit of inquiry and curiosity, an appreciation of human motives and preoccupations, a rational understanding of man and the mechanism of the world. The original intuitive fiat, the imaginative brilliance, the spirit of adventure (in the mental as well as the physical world) that inspired the epoch gradually dwindled: it gave place to an age of consolidation, organisation, stabilisation the classical age. The seventeenth century Europe marked another peak of Europe's civilisation. That is the Augustan Age to which we have referred. The following century marked a further decline of the Intuition and higher imagination and we come to the eighteenth century terre terre rationalism. Great figures still adorned that agestalwarts that either stuck to the prevailing norm and gave it a kind of stagnant nobility or already leaned towards the new light that was dawning once more. Pope and Johnson, Montesquieu and Voltaire are its high-lights. The nineteenth century brought in another crest wave with a special gift to mankind; apparently it was a reaction to the rigid classicism and dry rationalism of the preceding age, but it came burdened with a more positive mission. Its magic name was Romanticism. Man opened his heart, his higher feeling and nobler emotional surge, his subtler sensibility and a general sweep of his vital being to the truths and realities of his own nature and of the cosmic nature. Not the clear white and transparent almost glaring light of reason and logic, of the brain mind, but the rosy or rainbow tint of the emotive and aspiring personality that seeks in and through the cosmic panorama and dreams of

04.02 - The Growth of the Flame, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The self-protecting Genius in our clay
  Divined the goddess in the woman's shape

04.04 - A Global Humanity, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Humanity is evolving and developing the various groupings to manifest fundamental aspects of its cosmic person. Ancient Egypt, for example, brought us in contact with an occult world and a subliminal consciousness. We know also of the nature of the Hebraic Genius, the moral fervour, the serious, almost grim spirit of Righteousness that formed and even now forms a major strain in the European or Christian culture and civilisation. The famous "sweetness and light" of the Hellenic mind supplied the other strain. The Roman Genius for law and government is a well-known commonplace of history. Well-known also India's spirituality. All these modes of consciousness are elementsforces, energies and personalities that build up the godhead of humanity. Peoples and races in the past were the scattered limbs of the godhead-scattered and isolated from one another, because of the original unconsciousness and sharp egocentricity out of which Nature started its course of evolution. The disjecta membra are being collected together by a growing consciousness.
   Such then is the destiny of man and mankindman to rise to higher heights of consciousness beyond mental reason that are not governed by the principle of division, separation, antithesis but by the principle of unity, identity, mutuality and totality. In other words, he will take his seat in the status of his soul, his inner and inmost being, his divine personality where he is one with all beings and with the world. This is a rare and difficult realisation for man as he is today, but tomorrow it will be his normal nature. The individual will live in his total being and therefore in and through other individuals; as a consequence the nature too in each will undergo a divine transmutation, a marvellous sea-change.

04.05 - The Immortal Nation, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   It is true there were periods of decline and almost total disintegration in India, but she survived and revived. And the revival did not mean a negation of her past and of her origins, a complete severance from her essential life and Genius. The spirit and even the fundamental outline of the form in which that spirit moulded itself did not change, they remained constant and the same. It is said the Varna and the Ashrama (roughly translated as caste and order) that give the characteristic structure of Indian society even today characterised also the Vedic society; and the system of village autonomy that survives even today ruled Harappan India also. It has also been pointed out that the administrative system pursued by the British in India was nothing brand new imported from outside, but only a continuation, with minor adaptations, of the system consolidated by the Moguls who again had taken it up from the Mauryas; a system initiated perhaps by still earlier legislators and builders of Indian polity. Mussolini of twentieth century Italy is in no way related to Cato or Julius Caesar of ancient Rome, but Sri Ramakrishna or Sri Aurobindo is a direct descendant of the Vedic Rishis.
   What is the cause of this strange longevity or stability that India or China enjoys? Whence this capacity to renew life, to rejuvenate the past that survives and persists? Before dealing with this question let us turn for a while to another curious phenomenon : which is allied to it and may throw some light upon it.
   Another fact. The Asiatic peoples or nations endured generally longer than their European brethren. I have spoken of India and China, I may now refer to Persia, the old Persia that has a glorious story to tell for more than a thousand years (from Cyrus to the last of the Sassanides) ending or suffering a sea-change with the advent of the Arabs. The Arabs themselves and also the Hebrews were likewise long-lived peoples, although both of them have this especial characteristic that theirs is not a land-locked civilisation, that is to say, they were not peoples wedded to their own land, a mother-country of their own, theirs was a peripatetic Genius which went abroad and sought to make their own or make themselves over to and enter into other countries and other cultures. Perhaps this is their way of securing a long life.
   The reason for a long life must necessarily be in the mode of life itself. The life lived by later nations had a very dominant politico-economic bias. The government, the political, that is to say, administrative power was of outstanding importance, the economic factor being necessarily an indispensable adjunct. On the other hand, in Egypt, in Greece and in all the Eastern countries, the main stream of life ran in another channel; it was cultural and ideative. What remains of Greece or even of Egypt, what the Eastern countries carry still here and there in a living manner is that element that which is immortal in mortality, as the Vedic Rishis say. The stone monuments bear a significance and a message even to us, because they embody and point to what moved, inspired and fashioned the consciousness, the inner life of these races. And it is that that outlives the glories of governments and rulers.
   It may be argued that all nations and peoples are a mixture of various races and foreign strands which are gradually, soldered and unified together in course of time. The British nation, for example, is built upon a base of Celtic blood and culture (the original Briton), to which were added one by one the German (Angles and the Saxon), the Danish, the French. But what is to be noted is that the resultant is at the end some-thing very different from the start something unrecognisable when compared with the original pattern and Genius. The resultant seems to be arrived at not by a gradual evolution and continuous transformation but by disparate echelons or , breaks, as it were, in the line. In France also or in Italy the growth and the unification were achieved through violent revolutions, eruptions and irruptions. In the former, a Gaelic and Iberian base and in the latter an Etruscan were all but swept off by the Roman rule which again saw its end at the hand of the Barbarians. The history of Greece offers a typical picture of the destiny of these peoples. Her life-line is sundered completely at three different epochs giving us not one but three different personalities or peoples: at the outset there was the original classical Greece, then the first and milder although sufficiently serious break came with the Roman conquest; the second catastrophic change was wrought by the Goths and Vandals which was stabilised in the Byzantine Empire and the third avatar appeared with the Turkish regime. At the present time, she is acquiring another life and body.
   Indeed, viewed from this angle, the whole conscious personality of Europe seems to have been cut across by such hiatuses, two or three of them of a serious kind. Upon a primitive and mythologic stratum was laid the Grco-Roman and then there was a strong Hebraic or Old Testament influence, finally the known Christian or New Testament element; to that must be added the modern New Enlightenment, that is to say, of Science and Rationalism and Materialism. These several strands have not been welded or harmonised together very well. They are very often at variance with each other and combating each other. It is this schizophrenia that lies at the bottom of European malady. Europe has not been able to develop a wholly unified or one-pointed spiritual personality. On the other hand, it has developed very well-defined and sharply separated nations in its bosom, a sign and resultant of the lack of complete integration. India has some-times been spoken of as a continent consisting of many and varied nations, and not as a unified nation, she being more like Europe than a particular nation like England or France. We may answer that India possesses a more unified soul than Europe and that is why her sub-nations do not stand out in any intransigent separativeness like the nations in Europe. Even Asia possesses a more unified and integrated soul-personality than Europe; for, as I have said, her peoples stand upon a deeper strand of life and consciousness, something that is in contact with and is inspired by the Spiritual truth and reality. It is more so in India, where one has the very emblem and exemplar of this spiritual unity and the spiritual personality that derives from there.

05.02 - Satyavan, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  And saw in him the Genius of the spot,
  A symbol figure standing mid earth's scenes,

05.07 - The Observer and the Observed, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   Science also declared that it is not the observation of one person, however qualified, that determines the truth or otherwise of a fact, but the observation of many persons and the possibility of observations of all persons converging, coinciding, corroborating. It is only when observation has thus been tested and checked that one can be sure that the personal element has been eliminated. Indeed the ideal condition would be if the observer, the scientist himself, could act as part of the machine for observation: at the most he should be a mere assembler of the parts of the machine that would record itself, impersonally, automatically. The rocket instruments that are sent high up in the sky to record the temperature, pressure or other weather condition in the stratosphere or the deep-sea recording machines are ingenious inventions in that line. The wizard Jagadish Chandra Bose showed his Genius precisely in the way he made the plant itself declare its life-story: it is not what the scientist thinks or feels about the plant, but what the plant has to say of its own accord, as it wereits own tale of growth and decay, of suffering, spasm, swoon, suffocation or death under given conditions. This is the second step that Science took in the direction of impersonal and objective inquiry.
   It was thought for long a very easy matterat least not extraordinarily difficultto eliminate the observer and keep only to the observed. It was always known how the view of the observer that is to say, his observation changed in respect of the observed fact with his change of position. The sun rises and sets to the observer on earth: to an observer on Mars, for example, the sun would rise and set, no doubt, but earth too along with, in the same way as Mars and sun appear to us now, while to an observer on the sun, the sun would seem fixed while the planets would be seen moving round. Again, we all know the observer in a moving train sees things outside the train moving past and himself at stand-still; the same observer would see another train moving alongside in the same direction and with the same speed as stuck to it and at stand-still, but as moving with double the speed if going in a contrary direction: and so on.

05.11 - The Soul of a Nation, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   We do not believe that India was ever completely dead or hopelessly moribund: her soul, although not always in front, was ever present as a living force, presiding over and guiding her destiny. That is why there is a perennial capacity for renewal in her and the capacity to go through dire ordeals. And to live up to her Genius, she too must know how to march with the time, that is to say, not to cling to old and past formsto be faithful to the ancient soul does not mean eternising the external frames and formulas that expressed that soul one time or another. Indeed the soul becomes alive and vigorous when it finds a new disposition of the life plan which can embody and translate a fresh creative activity, a new fulfilment emanating from the depths of the soul.

05.12 - The Soul and its Journey, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   We may try to illustrate by examples, although it is a rather dangerous game and may tend to put into a too rigid and' mathematical formula something that is living and variable. Still it will serve to give a clearer picture of the matter. Napoleon, evidently was a child of Mahakali; and Caesar seems to have been fashioned largely by the principle of Maheshwari; while Christ or Chaitanya are clearly emanations in the line of Mahalakshmi. Constructive Geniuses, on the other hand, like the great statesman Colbert, for example, or Louis XIV, Ie grand monarque, himself belong to a family (or gotra, as we say in India) that originated from Mahasaraswati. Poets and artists again, although generally they belong to the clan of Mahalakshmi, can be regrouped according to the principle that predominates in each, the godhead that presides over the inspiration in each. The large breath in Homer and Valmiki, the high and noble style of their movement, the dignity and vastness that compose their consciousness affiliate them naturally to the Maheshwari line. A Dante, on the other hand, or a Byron has something in his matter and manner that make us think of the stamp of Mahakali. Virgil or Petrarch, Shelley or our Tagore seem to be emanations of Beauty, Harmony, LoveMahalakshmi. And the perfect artisanship of Mahasaraswati has found its especial embodiment in Horace and Racine and our Kalidasa. Michael Angelo in his fury of inspirations seems to have been impelled by Mahakali, while Mahalakshmi sheds her genial favour upon Raphael and Titian; and the meticulous care and the detailed surety in a Tintoretto makes us think of Mahasaraswati's grace. Mahasaraswati too seems to have especially favoured Leonardo da Vinci, although a brooding presence of Maheshwari also seems to be intermixed there.
   For it must be remembered that the human soul after all is not a simple and unilateral being, it is a little cosmos in itself. The soul is not merely a point or a single ray of light come down straight from its divine archetype or from the Divine himself, it is also a developing fire that increases and enriches itself through the multiple experiences of an evolutionary progressionit not only grows in height but extends in wideness also. Even though it may originally emanate from one principle and Personality, it takes in for its development and fulfilment influences and elements from the others also. Indeed, we know that the Four primal personalities of the Divine are not separate and distinct as they may appear to the human mind which cannot understand distinction without disparity. The Vedic gods themselves are so linked together, so interpenetrate one another that finally it is asserted that there is only one existence, only it is given many names. All the divine personalities are aspects of the Divine blended and fused together. Even so the human soul, being a replica of the Divine, cannot but be a complex of many personalities and often it may be difficult and even harmful to find and fix upon a dominant personality. The full flowering of the human soul, its perfect divinisation demands the realisation of a many-aspected personality, the very richness of the Divine within it.

06.02 - The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The beauty and greatness by his Genius wrought
  And the mighty output of a nation's toil.

06.11 - The Steps of the Soul, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   For that you must be absolutely sincere and impartial. You must observe yourself as if you were observing and criticising a third person. You must not start with an idea that this is your life's mission, such is your particular capacity, you are to do this or you are to do that, in this lies your talent or Genius etc. That will carry you away from the right track. It is not the liking or disliking of your external being, your mental or vital or physical choice that determines the true line of your growth. Nor should you take up the opposite attitude and say, I am good for nothing in this matter, I am useless in that other, this is not for me. Neither vanity or arrogance nor self-depreciation or false modesty should move you. As I said, you must be absolutely impartial and unconcerned. You should be like a mirror that reflects the truth and does not judge.
   If you are able to keep such an attitude, if you have this repose and quiet trust in your being and wait for what may be revealed to you, then something like this happens: you are, as it were, in the woods, dark and noiseless; you see in front of you just a sheet of water dark ,and still, hardly visible-a bit of a pond imbedded in the obscurity, and slowly upon it a moonbeam is cast and in the cool dim light emerges the calm liquid surface. That is how your secret truth of being will appear and present itself to you at your first contact with it: there you will see gradually reflected the true qualities of your being, the traits of your divine personality, what you really are and what you are meant to be.

06.25 - Individual and Collective Soul, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   The individual has a soul. Likewise a collection of individuals, a group too has a soul. When persons habitually meet together for a certain purpose, they form a set or society and gradually tend to develop a common consciousness which is the beginning of a soul. At school, they who read together, the class, they who play together, the team, all who live and move together inspired by the same or similar impulses and ideas possess a rudimentary soul. In the same way, a bigger group, the nation has also a soul, each its own according to its nature, tradition and culture. Even a continent has a soul. One can speak of the soul consciousness of Europe, of Asia or of Africa. Indeed each cell of an organism has a consciousness of its own; it may be said to be the unit individual consciousness. Many such cells combine to form the organism, the individual (who in this way may be viewed as a composite or collective being). Many individuals form the familyeach family with its group consciousness (whence the idea of kuladharma, the Genius of the family or the tradition and stamp of a Royal House). Many families formed the tribe, here too each with its particular consciousness. And then families and tribes have formed the modern nation, each one a distinct and almost a well-developed soul. The grouping continues to enlarge and we have the many nations combining to form the human group as a whole; humanity too has its own consciousness and its own soul. There is no limit to the volume or dimension of the group. The earth has its soul consciousness, even as the sun or a star or any other planet. The solar system or a galactic system too is moved by its own secret consciousness.

07.06 - Nirvana and the Discovery of the All-Negating Absolute, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The Genius too receives from some high fount
  Concealed in a supernal secrecy

07.36 - The Body and the Psychic, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   You must note here that when I speak of a formation entering into a living person, the formation does not mean the man himself who is dead, that is to say, his soul or psychic being. I say that it is only a special faculty which continues to remain in the earth atmosphere, even after the death of the man to whom the faculty belonged: it was so well developed, well formed that it continues to retain its independent identity. The soul, the true being of the man is no longer there; I have told you often that after death it goes away as soon as possible to the psychic world, its own world, for rest, assimilation and preparation. Not that it cannot happen otherwise. A soul incarnating as a great musician may incarnate again in or as a great musician, although I said in another connection that a soul usually prefers to vary, even to contrast and contradict its incarnations with each other. Take for example, the great violinist, Isai; he was a Belgian and the most marvellous violinist of his century. I knew him and I am sure he was an incarnation, at least, an emanation, of the soul that was the great Beethoven. It may not have been the whole psychic being that so reincarnated, but the soul in its musical capacity. He had the same appearance, the same head. When I saw him first appearing on the stage I was greatly surprised, I said to myself, he looks so like Beethoven, the very portrait of that great Genius. And then he stood, the bow poised, one stroke and there were in it three or four notes only, but three or four supreme notes, full of power, greatness and grandeur; the entire hall was charged with an atmosphere marvellous and unique. I could recognise very well the musical Genius of Beethoven behind. It may be possible here too the soul of Beethoven in its entirety the whole psychic beingwas not present; the central psychic might have been elsewhere gathering more modest, commonplace experiences, as a shoemaker, for example. But what was left and what manifested itself was something very characteristic of the great musician. He had disciplined his mental and vital being and even his physical being in view of his musical capacity and this formation remained firm and sought to reincarnate. The musical being was originally organised and fashioned around the psychic consciousness and therefore it acquired its peculiar power and its force of persistence, almost an immortality. Such formations, though not themselves the psychic being, have a psychic quality, are independent beings, possess their own life and seek their fulfilment by manifesting and incarnating themselves whenever the occasion presents itself.
   Can a Psychic Being take two bodies at the same time?

07.37 - The Psychic Being, Some Mysteries, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   I did not say it quite like that. The psychic being is not stupid. What happens may be described in this way: for example, suppose the psychic being has had the experience of the life of a writer. The function of the writer is to express himself, his perceptions and observations and judgements in words; he has a certain field, a certain range of associations and circumstances in which to live and move. But there are other fields and ranges beyond and outside of which he has no experience. So he may say to himself: I have lived with my head, I know something of the intellectual reactions to life: now let me live with my heart and experience the reactions of feeling and passion. Indeed, sometimes an overactivity of the intellect impoverishes the capacities of the heart. So the psychic being, in order to have this new kind of experience, abandons his intellectual heights, so to say, and comes down to the vital plane. He is no longer a creative Genius, but an ordinary man, but with a heart enriched or enriching itself with its intense or generous movements. (One can remember in this connection the story of Shankaracharya who being a Sannyasi from boyhood has had no experience of love: he entered the body of a king in order to gather this experience.) It is not rare to see psychic beings that have reached the maximum of their growth in certain directions, take up a very modest and ordinary life in some other new direction or for some other purpose. One who was a king, for example, as I already narrated once, who has had the experiences of power and authority and domination, the imperial heights, may choose to descend to ordinary life, to work as an obscure person without being troubled by the pomps of high position; he may choose very bourgeois surroundings, very humdrum conditions among humdrum men and things, to procure, so to say, a kind of incognito so that he may work in peace and quite. Can you say it is a decline and a fall? It is only facing life, meeting its problems from another angle, another point of view. You must know that for consciousness, the true consciousness the consciousness of the psychicglory and obscurity are the same, success and failure are the same. What is important is the growth of consciousness. Certain conditions which to your human eye appear favourable, may in reality be quiet unfavourable for the growth of consciousness. With your ordinary thoughts and your ordinary reactions you judge everything according to success and failure. But that is the very last way of judging, for it is the most artificial, most superficial and absolutely contrary to truth. In human life, as it is organised at present, it is perhaps only once in a million cases, or even less than that, that truth is given the first place; always there is an element of show mixed up. When a man has success, much success, you may be sure there is mixed up with it as much show.

07.43 - Music Its Origin and Nature, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   There is a graded scale in the source of music. A whole category of music is there that comes from the higher vital, for example: it is very catching, perhaps even a little vulgar, something that twines round your nerves, as it were, and twists them. It catches you somewhere about your loinsnavel centre and charms you in its way. As there is a vital music there is also what can be called psychic music coming from quite a different source; there is further a music which has spiritual origin. In its own region this higher music is very magnificent; it seizes you deeply and carries you away somewhere else. But if you were to express it perfectlyexecute ityou would have to pass this music too through the vital. Your music coming from high may nevertheless fall absolutely flat in the execution, if you do not have that intensity of vital vibration which alone can give it its power and splendour. I knew people who had very high inspiration, but their music turned to be quite commonplace, because their vital did not move. Their spiritual practice put their vital almost completely to sleep; yes, it was literally asleep and did not work at all. Their music thus came straight into the physical. If you could get behind and catch the source, you would see that there was really something marvellous even there, although externally it was not forceful or effective. What came out was a poor little melody, very thin, having nothing of the power of harmony which is there when one can bring into play the vital energy. If one could put all this power of vibration that belongs to that vital into the music of higher origin we would have the music of a Genius. Indeed, for music and for all artistic creation, in fact, for literature, for poetry, for painting, etc. an intermediary is needed. Whatever one does in these domains depends doubtless for its intrinsic value upon the source of the inspiration, upon the plane or the height where one stands. But the value of the execution depends upon the strength of the vital that expresses the inspiration. For a complete Genius both are necessary. The combination is rare, generally it is the one or the other, more often it is the vital that predominates and overshadows.
   When the vital only is there, you have the music of caf concert and cinema. It is extraordinarily clever and at the same time extraordinarily commonplace, even vulgar. Since, however, it is so clever, it catches hold of your brain, haunts your memory, rings in (or wrings) your nerves; it becomes so difficult to get rid of its influence, precisely because it is done so well, so cleverly. It is made vitally with vital vibrations, but what is behind is not, to say the least, wholesome. Now imagine the same vital power of expression joined to the inspiration coming from above, say, the highest possible inspiration when the entire heaven seems to open out, then it is music indeed; Some things in Csar Franck, some in Beethoven, some in Bach, some in some others possess this sovereignty. But after all it is only a moment, it comes for a moment and does not abide. There is not a single artist whose whole work is executed at such a pitch. The inspiration comes like a flash of lightning, most often it lasts just long enough to be grasped and held in a few snatches.

08.02 - Order and Discipline, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   You are sent to school, you are asked to do exercises (both mental and physical); do you think it is just to put you to trouble? No, it is because a surrounding is absolutely necessary where you can learn to form yourself. If you tried by yourself this work of individualisation, integral formation, all alone in one corner, you would be asked nothing till you have done it; but you are not likely to do it, not a single child would do it, he would not even know how to do it or where to begin. If a child is not taught how to live, he would not be able to live, he would not know how to do anything. The most elementary movements it is not able to do unless it is taught. Therefore if every one were to go through the whole experience, unaided, in the matter of forming his individuality, he would be dead long before he could begin to exist even. That is the utility of the experiences of others, accumulated through centuries, of those who have had the experience and who tell you, "If you want to go quick, and learn in a few years what needed centuries to learnwell, do this, do that, this way, that way, read, study, attend to your lessons at school, in the playground." Once you are on the way, you can find your own method if you are a Genius. But in the beginning you must know from others how to stand on your legs and walk. It is not easy to go all by oneself. That is why one needs education.

08.14 - Poetry and Poetic Inspiration, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   If you mean by inspiration that the poet does not think when he writes a poem, that is to say, he has gone beyond all thought, has made his mind silent, silent and immobile, has opened himself to inner or higher regions and writes almost automatically, well, such a thing happens perhaps once a thousand years. It is not a common phenomenon. A Yogi has the power to do that. What you normally mean, however, by an inspired poet is something quite different. People who have some kind of Genius, who have an opening into other and higher regions are called "inspired" ; persons who have made some discovery are also included in that category. Each time you are in relation with a thing belonging to a domain superior to the normal human consciousness, you are inspired. And when you are not totally bound to the very ordinary level you do receive "inspirations" from above. It is the same in the case of a poet. The source of his creation is elsewhere up above the ordinary mind; for that he need not possess an empty vacant mind.

1.00g - Foreword, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
    "One Genius, inspired of the gods, suggested recently that the riddle might be solved somewhat on the old and well-tried lines of 'Dr. Brewer's Guide to Science'; i.e., by having aspirants write to the Master asking questions, the kind of problem that naturally comes into the mind of any sensible enquirer, and getting his answer in the form of a letter. 'What is it?' 'Why should I bother my head about it?' 'What are its principles?' 'What use is it?' 'How do I begin?', and the like.
    "This plan has been put into action; the idea has been to cover the subjects from every possible angle. The style has been colloquial and fluent; technical terms have either been carefully avoided or most carefully explained; and the letter has not been admitted to the series until the querent has expressed satisfaction. Some seventy letters, up to the present have been written, but still there seem to be certain gaps in the demonstration, like those white patches on the map of the World, which looked so tempting fifty years ago.

1.00 - Introduction to Alchemy of Happiness, #The Alchemy of Happiness, #Al-Ghazali, #Sufism
  The remarkable treatise, which I introduce to your notice, is a translation from one of the numerous works of the Arabian Philosopher, Abou Hamid Mohammed ben Mohammed al Ghazzali, who flourished in the eleventh century. He was born about the year A. D. 1056, or 450 of the Mohammedan era, at Tous in Khorasan, and he died in the prime of life in his native country about the year 1011, or 505 A. H. Although educated by Mohammedan parents, he avows that during a considerable period of his life he was a prey to doubts about the truth, and that at times he was an absolute sceptic. While yet comparatively young, his learning and Genius recommended him to the renowned sovereign Nizam ul Mulk, who gave him a professorship in the college which he had founded at Bagdad. His speculative mind still harassing him with doubts, in his enthusiasm to arrive at a solid foundation for knowledge, he resigned his position, visited Mecca and Jerusalem, and finally returned to Khorasan, where he led a life of both monastic study and devotion, and consecrated his pen to writing the results of his meditations.
  Mohammedan scholars of the present day still hold him in such high respect, that his name is never mentioned by them without some such distinctive epithet, as the "Scientific [6] Imaum," or "Chief witness for Islamism." His rank in the eastern world, as a philosopher and a theologian, had naturally given his name some distinction in our histories of philosophy, and it is enumerated in connection with those of Averroes (Abu Roshd) and Avicenna (Abu Sina) as illustrating the intellectual life and the philosophical schools of the Mohammedans. Still his writings were less known than either of the two others. His principal work, The Destruction of the Philosophers, called forth in reply one of the two most important works of Averroes entitled The Destruction of the Destruction. Averroes, in his commentary upon Aristotle, extracts from Ghazzali copiously for the purpose of refuting bis views. A short treatise of his had been published at Cologne, in 1506, and Pocock had given in Latin his interpretation of the two fundamental articles of the Mohammedan creed. Von Hammer printed in 1838, at Vienna, a translation of a moral essay, Eyuha el Weled, as a new year's token for youth.

1.00 - Preliminary Remarks, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  ["Hail, Savior of the Universe."]
  There is, however, one form of miracle which certainly happens, the influence of the Genius. There is no known analogy in Nature. One cannot even think of a super-dog transforming the world of dogs, whereas in the history of mankind this happens with regularity and frequency. Now here are three super-men, all at loggerheads.
  What is there in common between Christ, Buddha, and Mohammed? Is there any one point upon which all three are in accord?
  To sum up, we assert a secret source of energy which explains the phenomenon of Genius. 1 We do not believe in any supernatural explanations, but insist that this source may be reached by the following out of definite rules, the degree of success depending upon the capacity of the seeker, and not upon the favour of any Divine Being. We assert that the critical phenomenon which determines success is an occurrence in the brain characterized essentially be the uniting of subject and object. We propose to discuss this phenomenon, analyse its nature, determine accurately the physical, mental and moral conditions which are favourable to it, to ascertain its cause, and thus to produce it in ourselves, so that we may adequately study its effects.
  1 We have dealt in this preliminary sketch only with examples of religious Genius.
  Other kinds are subject to the same remarks, but the limits of our space forbid disucssion of these.

1.012 - Sublimation - A Way to Reshuffle Thought, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  We are not to bring about a conflict in life, because spirituality is not in favour of any kind of conflict, whether it is inside or outside. So when we are exerting to control ourselves and to educate ourselves in a higher sense, either in society or in our personal lives, we are not creating any kind of split of consciousness, either social or personal. Rather, we are rising to a higher integrated condition where we have grown into a larger personality, so that in no step that we have taken have we lost anything, nor have we created tension anywhere. All stages of spiritual practice are freedoms attained from tension of every kind. A spiritual Genius, even a spiritual seeker, does not create tension anywhere, either externally in society or in one's own self. Whenever we feel tension, we must understand that we have committed a mistake in our practice. What is the mistake.
  The mistake is in believing that something is real, and yet not wanting it on account of a traditional attitude towards it that has been religiously introduced. The tradition of religion tells us that something is wrong, though we do not believe it. This is the difficulty. "My feelings say that something is okay, but religion says it is not okay. So I have a split between myself and the religious values." The religious novitiate then becomes a neurotic, an unhappy person, because in the cloister and the monastery he has a world of his own which is in conflict with the world outside. He has been told by religion that the world outside is wrong and the world inside the monastery is right, but he does not believe it. Oh, this is a horror that we cannot believe it and yet we are told to accept it. This is a kind of tyranny. Religion can become a tyrant; it can become a kind of dictator's order. But religion is far from dictatorship this is an important point to remember. Religion is not a dictator. Spirituality is not a tyrant. It is not asking us to do something because it says so. It is again to be emphasised that it is a process of inward adjustment to higher values by way of a positive education.

1.01 - A NOTE ON PROGRESS, #The Future of Man, #Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, #Christianity
  the forms of life, or the Genius of Man or even his goodness. Thus
  far practical experimentation has failed to modify the fundamental

1.01 - Economy, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  The next year I did better still, for I spaded up all the land which I required, about a third of an acre, and I learned from the experience of both years, not being in the least awed by many celebrated works on husbandry, Arthur Young among the rest, that if one would live simply and eat only the crop which he raised, and raise no more than he ate, and not exchange it for an insufficient quantity of more luxurious and expensive things, he would need to cultivate only a few rods of ground, and that it would be cheaper to spade up that than to use oxen to plough it, and to select a fresh spot from time to time than to manure the old, and he could do all his necessary farm work as it were with his left hand at odd hours in the summer; and thus he would not be tied to an ox, or horse, or cow, or pig, as at present. I desire to speak impartially on this point, and as one not interested in the success or failure of the present economical and social arrangements. I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my Genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment. Beside being better off than they already, if my house had been burned or my crops had failed, I should have been nearly as well off as before.
  I am wont to think that men are not so much the keepers of herds as herds are the keepers of men, the former are so much the freer. Men and oxen exchange work; but if we consider necessary work only, the oxen will be seen to have greatly the advantage, their farm is so much the larger. Man does some of his part of the exchange work in his six weeks of haying, and it is no boys play. Certainly no nation that lived simply in all respects, that is, no nation of philosophers, would commit so great a blunder as to use the labor of animals. True, there never was and is not likely soon to be a nation of philosophers, nor am
  I certain it is desirable that there should be. However, _I_ should never have broken a horse or bull and taken him to board for any work he might do for me, for fear I should become a horse-man or a herds-man merely; and if society seems to be the gainer by so doing, are we certain that what is one mans gain is not anothers loss, and that the stable-boy has equal cause with his master to be satisfied? Granted that some public works would not have been constructed without this aid, and let man share the glory of such with the ox and horse; does it follow that he could not have accomplished works yet more worthy of himself in that case? When men begin to do, not merely unnecessary or artistic, but luxurious and idle work, with their assistance, it is inevitable that a few do all the exchange work with the oxen, or, in other words, become the slaves of the strongest. Man thus not only works for the animal within him, but, for a symbol of this, he works for the animal without him. Though we have many substantial houses of brick or stone, the prosperity of the farmer is still measured by the degree to which the barn overshadows the house. This town is said to have the largest houses for oxen, cows, and horses hereabouts, and it is not behindh and in its public buildings; but there are very few halls for free worship or free speech in this county. It should not be by their architecture, but why not even by their power of abstract thought, that nations should seek to commemorate themselves? How much more admirable the Bhagvat-Geeta than all the ruins of the East! Towers and temples are the luxury of princes. A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince. Genius is not a retainer to any emperor, nor is its material silver, or gold, or marble, except to a trifling extent. To what end, pray, is so much stone hammered? In
  Arcadia, when I was there, I did not see any hammering stone. Nations are possessed with an insane ambition to perpetuate the memory of themselves by the amount of hammered stone they leave. What if equal pains were taken to smooth and polish their manners? One piece of good sense would be more memorable than a monument as high as the moon. I love better to see stones in place. The grandeur of Thebes was a vulgar grandeur. More sensible is a rod of stone wall that bounds an honest mans field than a hundred-gated Thebes that has wandered farther from the true end of life. The religion and civilization which are barbaric and hea thenish build splendid temples; but what you might call
  But all this is very selfish, I have heard some of my townsmen say. I confess that I have hitherto indulged very little in philanthropic enterprises. I have made some sacrifices to a sense of duty, and among others have sacrificed this pleasure also. There are those who have used all their arts to persuade me to undertake the support of some poor family in the town; and if I had nothing to do,for the devil finds employment for the idle,I might try my hand at some such pastime as that. However, when I have thought to indulge myself in this respect, and lay their Heaven under an obligation by maintaining certain poor persons in all respects as comfortably as I maintain myself, and have even ventured so far as to make them the offer, they have one and all unhesitatingly preferred to remain poor. While my townsmen and women are devoted in so many ways to the good of their fellows, I trust that one at least may be spared to other and less humane pursuits. You must have a Genius for charity as well as for any thing else. As for Doing-good, that is one of the professions which are full. Moreover, I have tried it fairly, and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution. Probably I should not consciously and deliberately forsake my particular calling to do the good which society demands of me, to save the universe from annihilation; and I believe that a like but infinitely greater steadfastness elsewhere is all that now preserves it. But I would not stand between any man and his Genius; and to him who does this work, which I decline, with his whole heart and soul and life, I would say,
  Persevere, even if the world call it doing evil, as it is most likely they will.

1.01 - Historical Survey, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  The great Jewish historian, Graetz, too, holds the unhistoric view that Jewish mysticism is a morbid and late growth, foreign to the religious Genius of Israel, and that it has its origin in the speculations of one Isaac the Blind in Spain somewhere between the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Graetz regards the Qabalah, the Zohar in particular, as a " false doctrine which, although new, styled itself a genuine teaching of Israel " ( History of the Jews,
  Vol. Ill, p. 565).

1.01 - THAT ARE THOU, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  That this insight into the nature of things and the origin of good and evil is not confined exclusively to the saint, but is recognized obscurely by every human being, is proved by the very structure of our language. For language, as Richard Trench pointed out long ago, is often wiser, not merely than the vulgar, but even than the wisest of those who speak it. Sometimes it locks up truths which were once well known, but have been forgotten. In other cases it holds the germs of truths which, though they were never plainly discerned, the Genius of its framers caught a glimpse of in a happy moment of divination. For example, how significant it is that in the Indo-European languages, as Darmsteter has pointed out, the root meaning two should connote badness. The Greek prefix dys- (as in dyspepsia) and the Latin dis- (as in dishonorable) are both derived from duo. The cognate bis- gives a pejorative sense to such modern French words as bvue (blunder, literally two-sight). Traces of that second which leads you astray can be found in dubious, doubt and Zweifel for to doubt is to be double-minded. Bunyan has his Mr. Facing-both-ways, and modern American slang its two-timers. Obscurely and unconsciously wise, our language confirms the findings of the mystics and proclaims the essential badness of divisiona word, incidentally, in which our old enemy two makes another decisive appearance.
  Here it may be remarked that the cult of unity on the political level is only an idolatrous ersatz for the genuine religion of unity on the personal and spiritual levels. Totalitarian regimes justify their existence by means of a philosophy of political monism, according to which the state is God on earth, unification under the heel of the divine state is salvation, and all means to such unification, however intrinsically wicked, are right and may be used without scruple. This political monism leads in practice to excessive privilege and power for the few and oppression for the many, to discontent at home and war abroad. But excessive privilege and power are standing temptations to pride, greed, vanity and cruelty; oppression results in fear and envy; war breeds hatred, misery and despair. All such negative emotions are fatal to the spiritual life. Only the pure in heart and poor in spirit can come to the unitive knowledge of God. Hence, the attempt to impose more unity upon societies than their individual members are ready for makes it psychologically almost impossible for those individuals to realize their unity with the divine Ground and with one another.

1.01 - The Corporeal Being of Man, #Theosophy, #Alice Bailey, #Occultism
   physiologist and the anatomist; but that this concentration of the structure increases more and more in the animal, and in man reaches a stage unequaled in any other being, is a fully established fact, a fact which is of the deepest significance in regard to the spiritual evolution of man, of which, indeed, we may frankly say it is a sufficient explanation. Where, therefore, the structure of the brain has not developed properly, where its smallness and poverty show themselves, as in the case of microcephali and idiots, it goes without saying that one can as little expect the appearance of original ideas and of knowledge, as one can expect propagation of species in persons with completely stunted organs of generation. On the other hand, a strong and beautiful construction of the whole person, especially of the brain, will certainly not in itself take the place of Genius, but it will at any rate supply the first and indispensable requirement for higher knowledge." Just as one ascribes to the human body the three forms of existence, mineral, plant, animal, one must now ascribe to it yet a fourth, the distinctively human form. Through his mineral form of existence man
   p. 18

1.01 - What is Magick?, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
    (Illustration: Man has used the idea of God to dictate his personal conduct, to obtain power over his fellows, to excuse his crimes, and for innumerable other purposes, including that of realizing himself as God. He has used the irrational and unreal conceptions of mathematics to help him in the construction of mechanical devices. He has used his moral force to influence the actions even of wild animals. He has employed poetic Genius for political purposes.)
    15. Every force in the Universe is capable of being transformed into any other kind of force by using suitable means. There is thus an inexhaustible supply of any particular kind of force that we may need.

10.24 - Savitri, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   But man in the strength of his ignorance and arrogance does not recognise this Goddess. Human power, we have said, is a reflection, a shadow of the Divine Power but most often it is a deformed, a perverted Divine Power. Man is full of his egoistic vital self-confidence: he believes it is his own will that is realising all, all which is achieved here; whatever he has creater it is through the might of his own merit and whatever new creations will be done in the future will be through the Grace of his own Genius. A mighty vital selfhood obscures his consciousness and he sees nothing else, understands nothing else beyond the reach of that limited vision. This is the Rakshasa, this is the Asura in man. Here is his philosophy of life:
   I climb, a claimant to the throne of heaven.||123.33||

1.02 - MAPS OF MEANING - THREE LEVELS OF ANALYSIS, #Maps of Meaning, #Jordan Peterson, #Psychology
  possibility limited only by the capacity for exploratory Genius exhibited at any particular moment). Simple
  animals perform simple operations, and inhabit a world whose properties are equally constrained (a world
  it is courage and Genius (and the grace of God) that determines which aspect dominates. The uncontrollable
  strength, sexuality and bloodlust of the bull is the power which, when domesticated, serves to foster,
  merely recapitulated Shakespeare. But it was Freuds Genius, despite his manifold errors, to bring what
  Shakespeare portrayed dramatically up one level of abstraction, towards the philosophical (or even the
   Genius, and precondition for Genius, and punishment for fools. His ambivalence is unavoidable, and should
  be recognized, for such recognition serves as effective antidote to naive ideologically-motivated utopian

1.02 - The Descent. Dante's Protest and Virgil's Appeal. The Intercession of the Three Ladies Benedight., #The Divine Comedy, #Dante Alighieri, #Christianity
  O Muses, O high Genius, now assist me!
  O memory, that didst write down what I saw,

1.02 - The Magic Circle, #The Practice of Magical Evocation, #Franz Bardon, #Occultism
  The magician who is also acquainted with Quabbalah can draw another snake-like circle within the inner circle and divide it into 72 fields, giving each of these fields the name of a Genius. These names of genii, together with their analogies, must be drawn magically by pronouncing them correctly. If working with a circle embroidered into a piece of cloth, the names inserted into the various fields must either be in Latin or in Hebrew. I shall give exact details about the genii and their analogies, use and effect in my next work called "The Key to the True Quabbalah". An embroidered circle has the advantage that it can easily be laid out and folded -together again without having to be drawn and charged anew each time it is to be used. The snake presented in the centre is not only the copy of an inner circle, but, above that, it is the symbol of wisdom. Besides this, other meanings may be attributed to this snake-symbol, for example the snake's strength, the power of imagination, etc. It is not possible to give a full description of all this, for this would go far beyond the aim of this book.
  A Buddhist magician drawing his Mandala, putting his five deities in the form of figures or diagrams on top of the relevant emanation, is, at that moment, meditating about each single deity whose influence he is trying to evoke. This magical ceremony, too, is, in our opinion, equivalent to the drawing of a magic circle, although it actually is a genuine prayer to the Buddhist deities. To say more about this matter in this book is quite unnecessary for enough material has already been published in Eastern literature about this kind of magical practice, either in exoteric or in secret manuscripts.

1.02 - The Refusal of the Call, #The Hero with a Thousand Faces, #Joseph Campbell, #Mythology
  Willed introversion, in fact, is one of the classic implements of creative Genius and can be employed as a deliberate device. It drives the psychic energies into depth and activates the lost con tinent of unconscious infantile and archetypal images. The result, of course; may be a disintegration of consciousness more or less complete (neurosis, psychosis: the plight of spellbound Daphne); but on the other hand, if the personality is able to absorb and integrate the new forces, there will be experienced an almost super-human degree of self-consciousness and masterful control.
  This is a basic principle of the Indian disciplines of yoga. It has been the way, also, of many creative spirits in the West. It can not be described, quite, as an answer to any specific call. Rather, it is a deliberate, terrific refusal to respond to anything but the deepest, highest, richest answer to the as yet unknown demand of some waiting void within: a kind of total strike, or rejection of the offered terms of life, as a result of which some power of trans formation carries the problem to a plane of new magnitudes, where it is suddenly and finally resolved.

1.02 - Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks. I got up early and bathed in the pond; that was a religious exercise, and one of the best things which I did. They say that characters were engraven on the bathing tub of king Tching-thang to this effect: Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again. I can understand that. Morning brings back the heroic ages. I was as much affected by the faint hum of a mosquito making its invisible and unimaginable tour through my apartment at earliest dawn, when I was sitting with door and windows open, as I could be by any trumpet that ever sang of fame. It was Homers requiem; itself an Iliad and Odyssey in the air, singing its own wrath and wanderings. There was something cosmical about it; a standing advertisement, till forbidden, of the everlasting vigor and fertility of the world. The morning, which is the most memorable season of the day, is the awakening hour. Then there is least somnolence in us; and for an hour, at least, some part of us awakes which slumbers all the rest of the day and night. Little is to be expected of that day, if it can be called a day, to which we are not awakened by our Genius, but by the mechanical nudgings of some servitor, are not awakened by our own newly-acquired force and aspirations from within, accompanied by the undulations of celestial music, instead of factory bells, and a fragrance filling the airto a higher life than we fell asleep from; and thus the darkness bear its fruit, and prove itself to be good, no less than the light. That man who does not believe that each day contains an earlier, more sacred, and auroral hour than he has yet profaned, has despaired of life, and is pursuing a descending and darkening way. After a partial cessation of his sensuous life, the soul of man, or its organs rather, are reinvigorated each day, and his Genius tries again what noble life it can make. All memorable events, I should say, transpire in morning time and in a morning atmosphere. The Vedas say, All intelligences awake with the morning. Poetry and art, and the fairest and most memorable of the actions of men, date from such an hour. All poets and heroes, like Memnon, are the children of Aurora, and emit their music at sunrise. To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning. It matters not what the clocks say or the attitudes and labors of men. Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me. Moral reform is the effort to throw off sleep.
  Why is it that men give so poor an account of their day if they have not been slumbering? They are not such poor calculators. If they had not been overcome with drowsiness, they would have performed something.

1.035 - The Recitation of Mantra, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  In Indian tradition, we have the mantras which are also associated with certain factors other than merely a combination of words, one aspect of which is what is known as chandas. This a peculiar feature of the formation of a mantra. A chandas is a particular method of combining words according to a rule called ghana shastra, which is known in mystical circles in India. A particular word, when it is combined with another particular word, produces a particular effect. Rhetoricians are well acquainted with this subject. Great novelists and poets in India, especially those endowed with special Genius and charged with divine power, such as Kalidasa, followed this technique of ghana shastra, and knowing the power of words, composed their poems or their works in such a way that they follow the rules of accepted rhetoric. Ordinary literature is not acquainted with this secret of Sanskrit literature. The greatness of a poet can be judged from the way he starts the work. How does he start the work? What is the word that he uses in the beginning? It is the belief among great writers in India that the initial phrases at the commencement of the work tell upon the nature of the entire work that is to follow.
  This system of the combination of particular words with other words of the requisite character is followed in the composition of a mantra, which literally means, 'that which protects a person who thinks of it'. Mananat trayate iti mantrah a mantra is that which protects us when we chant it. It protects us like armour, like a shield that we wear in a war, by generating in us a resisting power against any kind of influence which is extraneous in nature, and which is unwanted for the purpose on hand. Chandas is the peculiar chemical combination of the letters, we may say. Particular chemical substances produce special results or effects when they are combined with certain types of other chemical components. But when they are mixed together, they may create a third force altogether.

1.03 - APPRENTICESHIP AND ENCULTURATION - ADOPTION OF A SHARED MAP, #Maps of Meaning, #Jordan Peterson, #Psychology
  Anyway the fervent hope of every undisciplined person (even an undisciplined Genius) is that his current
  worthlessness and stupidity is someone elses fault. If in the best of cases it is societys fault, then

1.03 - Reading, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  Greek and Latin tongues in the middle ages were not entitled by the accident of birth to _read_ the works of Genius written in those languages; for these were not written in that Greek or Latin which they knew, but in the select language of literature. They had not learned the nobler dialects of Greece and Rome, but the very materials on which they were written were waste paper to them, and they prized instead a cheap contemporary literature. But when the several nations of Europe had acquired distinct though rude written languages of their own, sufficient for the purposes of their rising literatures, then first learning revived, and scholars were enabled to discern from that remoteness the treasures of antiquity. What the Roman and Grecian multitude could not _hear_, after the lapse of ages a few scholars
  _read_, and a few scholars only are still reading it.
  No wonder that Alexander carried the Iliad with him on his expeditions in a precious casket. A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips;not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself. The symbol of an ancient mans thought becomes a modern mans speech. Two thousand summers have imparted to the monuments of Grecian literature, as to her marbles, only a maturer golden and autumnal tint, for they have carried their own serene and celestial atmosphere into all lands to protect them against the corrosion of time. Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind. When the illiterate and perhaps scornful trader has earned by enterprise and industry his coveted leisure and independence, and is admitted to the circles of wealth and fashion, he turns inevitably at last to those still higher but yet inaccessible circles of intellect and Genius, and is sensible only of the imperfection of his culture and the vanity and insufficiency of all his riches, and further proves his good sense by the pains which he takes to secure for his children that intellectual culture whose want he so keenly feels; and thus it is that he becomes the founder of a family.
  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.

1.03 - Spiritual Realisation, The aim of Bhakti-Yoga, #Bhakti-Yoga, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  The vast mass of those whose religion is like this, are conscious or unconscious materialists the end and aim of their lives here and hereafter being enjoyment, which indeed is to them the alpha and the omega of human life, and which is their Ishtpurta; work like street-cleaning and scavengering, intended for the material comfort of man is, according to them, the be-all and end-all of human existence; and the sooner the followers of this curious mixture of ignorance and fanaticism come out in their true colours and join, as they well deserve to do, the ranks of atheists and materialists, the better will it be for the world. One ounce of the practice of righteousness and of spiritual Self-realisation outweighs tons and tons of frothy talk and nonsensical sentiments. Show us one, but one gigantic spiritual Genius growing out of all this dry dust of ignorance and fanaticism; and if you cannot, close your mouths, open the windows of your hearts to the clear light of truth, and sit like children at the feet of those who know what they are talking about the sages of India. Let us then listen attentively to what they say.
  next chapter: 1.04 - The Need of Guru

1.03 - Sympathetic Magic, #The Golden Bough, #James George Frazer, #Occultism
  However, the Genius of the local professors of geomancy, rising to
  the occasion, triumphantly surmounted the difficulty and obviated

1.03 - The Coming of the Subjective Age, #The Human Cycle, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Already in the practical dealing with life there are advanced progressive tendencies which take their inspiration from this profounder subjectivism. Nothing indeed has yet been firmly accomplished, all is as yet tentative initiation and the first feeling out towards a material shape for this new spirit. The dominant activities of the world, the great recent events such as the enormous clash of nations in Europe and the stirrings and changes within the nations which preceded and followed it, were rather the result of a confused half struggle half effort at accommodation between the old intellectual and materialistic and the new still superficial subjective and vitalistic impulses in the West. The latter unenlightened by a true inner growth of the soul were necessarily impelled to seize upon the former and utilise them for their unbridled demand upon life; the world was moving towards a monstrously perfect organisation of the Will-to-live and the Will-to-power and it was this that threw itself out in the clash of War and has now found or is finding new forms of life for itself which show better its governing idea and motive. The Asuric or even Rakshasic character of the recent world-collision was due to this formidable combination of a falsely enlightened vitalistic motive-power with a great force of servile intelligence and reasoning contrivance subjected to it as instrument and the Genius of an accomplished materialistic Science as its Djinn, its giant worker of huge, gross and soulless miracles. The War was the bursting of the explosive force so created and, even though it strewed the world with ruins, its after results may well have prepared the collapse, as they have certainly produced a disintegrating chaos or at least poignant disorder, of the monstrous combination which produced it, and by that salutary ruin are emptying the field of human life of the principal obstacles to a truer development towards a higher goal.
  Behind it all the hope of the race lies in those infant and as yet subordinate tendencies which carry in them the seed of a new subjective and psychic dealing of man with his own being, with his fellow-men and with the ordering of his individual and social life. The characteristic note of these tendencies may be seen in the new ideas about the education and upbringing of the child that became strongly current in the pre-war era. Formerly, education was merely a mechanical forcing of the childs nature into arbitrary grooves of training and knowledge in which his individual subjectivity was the last thing considered, and his family upbringing was a constant repression and compulsory shaping of his habits, his thoughts, his character into the mould fixed for them by the conventional ideas or individual interests and ideals of the teachers and parents. The discovery that education must be a bringing out of the childs own intellectual and moral capacities to their highest possible value and must be based on the psychology of the child-nature was a step forward towards a more healthy because a more subjective system; but it still fell short because it still regarded him as an object to be handled and moulded by the teacher, to be educated. But at least there was a glimmering of the realisation that each human being is a self-developing soul and that the business of both parent and teacher is to enable and to help the child to educate himself, to develop his own intellectual, moral, aesthetic and practical capacities and to grow freely as an organic being, not to be kneaded and pressured into form like an inert plastic material. It is not yet realised what this soul is or that the true secret, whether with child or man, is to help him to find his deeper self, the real psychic entity within. That, if we ever give it a chance to come forward, and still more if we call it into the foreground as the leader of the march set in our front, will itself take up most of the business of education out of our hands and develop the capacity of the psychological being towards a realisation of its potentialities of which our present mechanical view of life and man and external routine methods of dealing with them prevent us from having any experience or forming any conception. These new educational methods are on the straight way to this truer dealing. The closer touch attempted with the psychical entity behind the vital and physical mentality and an increasing reliance on its possibilities must lead to the ultimate discovery that man is inwardly a soul and a conscious power of the Divine and that the evocation of this real man within is the right object of education and indeed of all human life if it would find and live according to the hidden Truth and deepest law of its own being. That was the knowledge which the ancients sought to express through religious and social symbolism, and subjectivism is a road of return to the lost knowledge. First deepening mans inner experience, restoring perhaps on an unprecedented scale insight and self-knowledge to the race, it must end by revolutionising his social and collective self-expression.

1.03 - YIBHOOTI PADA, #Patanjali Yoga Sutras, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  gets the Pratibha, the light of supreme Genius. These
  powers, however, are obstructions to the attainment of the

1.04 - Religion and Occultism, #Words Of The Mother III, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  So far, nobody has been able to read the future correctly. There are three reasons for the failure. First, the astrologers do not know how to read the future properly. Secondly, the horoscope is always incorrectly made unless a man is a mathematical Genius. And even for such a person it is very difficult to make a correct horoscope. Thirdly, when people say that the stars in this or that house at the time of birth rule your life, they are quite wrong. The stars under which you are born are only
  tape-recorders of physical conditions. They do not rule the future of the soul. There is something beyond, which rules the stars themselves and everything else. The soul belongs to this

1.04 - Sounds, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  Follow your Genius closely enough, and it will not fail to show you a fresh prospect every hour. Housework was a pleasant pastime. When my floor was dirty, I rose early, and, setting all my furniture out of doors on the grass, bed and bedstead making but one budget, dashed water on the floor, and sprinkled white sand from the pond on it, and then with a broom scrubbed it clean and white; and by the time the villagers had broken their fast the morning sun had dried my house sufficiently to allow me to move in again, and my meditations were almost uninterupted. It was pleasant to see my whole household effects out on the grass, making a little pile like a gypsys pack, and my three-legged table, from which I did not remove the books and pen and ink, standing amid the pines and hickories. They seemed glad to get out themselves, and as if unwilling to be brought in. I was sometimes tempted to stretch an awning over them and take my seat there. It was worth the while to see the sun shine on these things, and hear the free wind blow on them; so much more interesting most familiar objects look out of doors than in the house. A bird sits on the next bough, life-everlasting grows under the table, and blackberry vines run round its legs; pine cones, chestnut burs, and strawberry leaves are strewn about. It looked as if this was the way these forms came to be transferred to our furniture, to tables, chairs, and bedsteads,because they once stood in their midst.
  My house was on the side of a hill, immediately on the edge of the larger wood, in the midst of a young forest of pitch pines and hickories, and half a dozen rods from the pond, to which a narrow footpath led down the hill. In my front yard grew the strawberry, blackberry, and life-everlasting, johnswort and goldenrod, shrub-oaks and sand-cherry, blueberry and groundnut. Near the end of May, the sand-cherry (_Cerasus pumila_,) adorned the sides of the path with its delicate flowers arranged in umbels cylindrically about its short stems, which last, in the fall, weighed down with good sized and handsome cherries, fell over in wreaths like rays on every side. I tasted them out of compliment to Nature, though they were scarcely palatable. The sumach (_Rhus glabra_,) grew luxuriantly about the house, pushing up through the embankment which I had made, and growing five or six feet the first season. Its broad pinnate tropical leaf was pleasant though strange to look on. The large buds, suddenly pushing out late in the spring from dry sticks which had seemed to be dead, developed themselves as by magic into graceful green and tender boughs, an inch in diameter; and sometimes, as I sat at my window, so heedlessly did they grow and tax their weak joints, I heard a fresh and tender bough suddenly fall like a fan to the ground, when there was not a breath of air stirring, broken off by its own weight. In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke the tender limbs.

1.04 - The Divine Mother - This Is She, #Twelve Years With Sri Aurobindo, #Nirodbaran, #Integral Yoga
  There are several other major activities the Mother started during this time and even participated in. A few of them have taken a premier place in our life and gained world-wide recognition. Though I did not hear the Mother talking about them to Sri Aurobindo as much as the foregoing activities, I saw them growing up under her aegis slowly, and by her power. I might just as well give a short description of some of them by way of illustration of her multitudinous activities, her intensity, drive, boldness and creative Genius. We shall see how some institutions have developed from a nascent stage into banyan trees spreading their branches far and wide, and are inspiring countries with a new vision.
  The two major activities that she took up during this period were the Ashram School and Physical Education which together form the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. Both of them, like the others, were born from tiny chromosomes and out of a compelling necessity, for the Japanese aggression had driven the children of the disciples in affected areas to seek shelter in the protecting arms of the Mother. She had now to devote much of her crowded time to the children who needed a special treatment, since they had not come for Yoga.

1.04 - The Fork in the Road, #On the Way to Supermanhood, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  From this point on, the road forks, and taking one path rather than the other entails far-reaching consequences that can extend over an entire lifetime. Not that one path is true and the other false, for we tend to believe that everything is ultimately true, since it exists, but this is a truth that grows, and falsehood is merely dawdling or persisting in a truth that has outlived its time and usefulness. From the moment we have broken loose from the machine, the outer as well as the inner one (the former is really a reflection or expression of the latter, and once we change inside, we will necessarily change outside; if we cease to mentalize life, it will cease being a mental round and become another life), from that moment on, we literally begin to have a certain latitude. No longer bound to the shadowy little person like a tethered goat, we can choose to move in two distinct directions. We can take the ascending path, that is, subtilize ourselves more and more, cast off the earthly burden, soar off in the enchanted little rocket of light we are beginning to sense, and come upon freer realms of consciousness, explore airy ranges, discover higher mental planes that are like the pure source of everything that takes place, distorted and approximate here, the angel face of what is looking more and more like a caricature.7 It is very tempting, so tempting in fact that all the sages and rather hasty seekers, or even simply those we would today call advanced minds or Geniuses, have taken it it has lasted for thousands of years. But, unfortunately, once we reach those higher strata, it is very difficult to come back down; and even if we wish to come down, moved by some charitable or humanitarian urge, we notice that the ways above are fairly ineffective here. There seems to be an unbridgeable gulf between that light and this darkness, and what we want (or are able) to bring down from up there reaches here diminished, diluted, disfigured, leaden, finally to be lost in the Machine's great morasses.
  But too bright were our heavens, too far away,

1.04 - The Paths, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  Moon, both feminine influences; and Juno, the Greek goddess who watches over the female sex and was regarded as the Genius of womanhood, is its main attri bution.
  Athena as the patroness of both useful and elegant arts (the arts are the astrological characteristics of the native of

1.05 - Solitude, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  I have occasional visits in the long winter evenings, when the snow falls fast and the wind howls in the wood, from an old settler and original proprietor, who is reported to have dug Walden Pond, and stoned it, and fringed it with pine woods; who tells me stories of old time and of new eternity; and between us we manage to pass a cheerful evening with social mirth and pleasant views of things, even without apples or cider,a most wise and humorous friend, whom I love much, who keeps himself more secret than ever did Goffe or Whalley; and though he is thought to be dead, none can show where he is buried. An elderly dame, too, dwells in my neighborhood, invisible to most persons, in whose odorous herb garden I love to stroll sometimes, gathering simples and listening to her fables; for she has a Genius of unequalled fertility, and her memory runs back farther than mythology, and she can tell me the original of every fable, and on what fact every one is founded, for the incidents occurred when she was young. A ruddy and lusty old dame, who delights in all weathers and seasons, and is likely to outlive all her children yet.
  The indescribable innocence and beneficence of Nature,of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter,such health, such cheer, they afford forever! and such sympathy have they ever with our race, that all

1.05 - The Ascent of the Sacrifice - The Psychic Being, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
     How precisely or by what stages this progression and change will take place must depend on the form, need and powers of the individual nature. In the spiritual domain the essence is always one, but there is yet an infinite variety and, at any rate in the integral Yoga, the rigidity of a strict and precise mental rule is seldom applicable; for, even when they walk in the same direction, no two natures proceed on exactly the same lines, in the same series of steps or with quite identical stages of their progress. It may yet be said that a logical succession of the states of progress would be very much in this order. First, there is a large turning in which all the natural mental activities proper to the individual nature are taken up or referred to a higher standpoint and dedicated by the soul in us, the psychic being, the priest of the sacrifice, to the divine service; next, there is an attempt at an ascent of the being and a bringing down of the Light and Power proper to some new height of consciousness gained by its upward effort into the whole action of the knowledge. Here there may be a strong concentration on the inward central change of the consciousness and an abandonment of a large part of the outward-going mental life or else its relegation to a small and subordinate place. At different stages it or parts of it may be taken up again from time to time to see how far the new inner psychic and spiritual consciousness can be brought into its movements, but that compulsion of the temperament or the nature which, in human beings, necessitates one kind of activity or another and makes it seem almost an indispensable portion of the existence, will diminish and eventually no attachment will be left, no lower compulsion or driving force felt anywhere. Only the Divine will matter, the Divine alone will be the one need of the whole being; if there is any compulsion to activity it will be not that of implanted desire or of force of Nature, but the luminous driving of some greater Consciousness-Force which is becoming more and more the sole motive power of the whole existence. On the other hand, it is possible at any period of the inner spiritual progress that one may experience an extension rather than a restriction of the' activities; there may be an opening of new capacities of mental creation and new provinces of knowledge by the miraculous touch of the Yoga-shakti. Aesthetic feeling, the power of artistic creation in one field or many fields together, talent or Genius of literary expression, a faculty of metaphysical thinking, any power of eye or ear or hand or mind-power may awaken where none was apparent before. The Divine within may throw these latent riches out from the depths in which they were hidden or a Force from above may pour down its energies to equip the instrumental nature for the activity or the creation of which it is meant to be a channel or a builder. But, whatever may be the method or the course of development chosen by the hidden Master of the Yoga, the common culmination of this stage is the growing consciousness of him above as the mover, decider, shaper of all the movements of the mind and all the activities of knowledge.
     There are two signs of the transformation of the seeker's mind of knowledge and works of knowledge from the process of the Ignorance to the process of a liberated consciousness working partly, then wholly in the light of the Spirit. There is first a central change of the consciousness and a growing direct experience, vision, feeling of the Supreme and the cosmic existence, the Divine in itself and the Divine in all things; the mind will be taken up into a growing preoccupation with this first and foremost and will feel itself heightening, widening into a more and more illumined means of expression of the one fundamental knowledge. But also the central Consciousness in its turn will take up more and more the outer mental activities of knowledge and turn them into a parcel of itself or an annexed province; it will infuse into them its more au thentic movement and make a more and more spiritualised and illumined mind its instrument in these surface fields, its new conquests, as well as in its own deeper spiritual empire. And this will be the second sign, the sign of a certain completion and perfection, that the Divine himself has become the Knower and all the inner movements, including the activities of what was once a purely human mental action, have become his field of knowledge. There will be less and less individual choice, opinion, preference, less and less of intellectualisation, mental weaving, cerebral galley-slave labour; a Light within will see all that has to be seen, know all that has to be known, develop, create, organise. It will be the inner Knower who will do in the liberated and universalised mind of the individual the works of an all-comprehending knowledge.

1.05 - THE HOSTILE BROTHERS - ARCHETYPES OF RESPONSE TO THE UNKNOWN, #Maps of Meaning, #Jordan Peterson, #Psychology
  confuse the being of the Genius and the stranger, who offer up experience that exists in contrast with
  established belief, with the process of rejection of that experience. This lack of discrimination is both
  endlessly linking Genius, in the popular imagination, with insanity. The Genius and the lunatic are
  separated, however, by their relative position with regards to the unknown: the Genius is the fortunate hero
  who faces the unexpected consequences of his insufficiently adaptive behavior voluntarily, on ground that
  him. The Genius dissolves, is flooded with indeterminate meaning, and is then reconstituted then
  dissolves, floods and reconfigures the social world. The psychotic dissolves, and drowns in the flood.
  suffices to call the Genius, the deed, the great destiny, into the world.547
  The moral presumptions of a society emerge first in procedural form, as a consequence of individual

1.06 - Being Human and the Copernican Principle, #Preparing for the Miraculous, #George Van Vrekhem, #Integral Yoga
  reached a high level of development with figures of Genius
  like Archimedes, Eratos thenes, Aristarchus of Samos, Hip

1.06 - BOOK THE SIXTH, #Metamorphoses, #Ovid, #Poetry
  And mortals your superior Genius own;
  But to the Goddess yield, and humbly meek

1.07 - Savitri, #Twelve Years With Sri Aurobindo, #Nirodbaran, #Integral Yoga
  The next step was to make a fair copy of the entire revised work. I don't know why it was not given straightaway for typing. There was a talk between the Mother and Sri Aurobindo about it; Sri Aurobindo might have said that because of copious additions, typing by another person would not be possible. He himself could not make a fair copy. Then the Mother suggested my name and brought a thick blue ledgerlike book for the purpose. I needed two or three reminders from the Mother before I took up the work in right earnest. Every morning I used to sit on the floor behind the head of the bed, and leaning against the wall, start copying like a student of our old Sanskrit tols. Sri Aurobindo's footstool would serve as my table. The Mother would not fail to cast a glance at my good studentship. Though much of the poetry passed over my head, quite often the solar plexus would thrill at the sheer beauty of the images and expressions. The very first line made me gape with wonder. I don't remember if the copying and revision with Sri Aurobindo proceeded at the same time, or revision followed the entire copying. The Mother would make inquiries from time to time either, I thought, to make me abandon my jog-trot manner or because the newly started Press was clamouring for some publication from Sri Aurobindo. Especially now that people had come to know that after The Life Divine, Sri Aurobindo was busy with Savitri, they were eagerly waiting for it. But they had to wait quite a long time, for after the revision, when the whole book was handed to the Mother, it was passed on to Nolini for being typed out. Then another revision of the typescript before it was ready for the Press! Again, I cannot swear if the typing was completed first before its revision or both went on at the same time. At any rate, the whole process went very slowly, since Sri Aurobindo would not be satisfied with Savitri done less than perfectly. Neither could we give much time to it, not, I think, more than an hour a day, sometimes even less. The Press began to bring it out in fascicules by Cantos from 1946. At all stages of revision, even on Press proofs, alterations, additions never stopped. It may be mentioned that the very first appearance of anything from Savitri in public was in the form of passages quoted in the essay "Sri Aurobindo: A New Age of Mystical Poetry" by Amal, published in the Bombay Circle and later included as Part III in Amal's book: The Poetic Genius of Sri Aurobindo.
  So far the account of the procedure which was followed for working on the three Books seems approximately correct. We have been considerably helped by some dates mentioned before in the account. But in what follows about the rest of the epic, I am afraid that the report cannot claim as much exactness owing to my lapse of memory. I can sum up the position obtained at this stage by quoting Sri Aurobindo's letter to Amal in 1946. After investigating all the documents available, we have come to the following conclusions about the rest of the Books. Book IV, The Book of Birth and Quest, is fairly revised by Sri Aurobindo. Several versions before the end of 1938 have been worked upon these versions are expansions of much older drafts, one of them possibly dating back to Baroda. The revised version was later corrected and amplified with my help as scribe and has been divided into four Cantos. In re-doing Book V, The Book of Love, Sri Aurobindo took up, at a certain point, an earlier version than that of 1936. There are quite a number of versions with various titles before 1936. Here too, originally there were no different Cantos. There are three old versions of The Book of Fate of equal length. They were called Canto II, and fairly short. One of these versions was expanded into enormous length and developed into two Cantos, the very last touches given almost during the final month of Sri Aurobindo's life. An instance of the expansion is the passage "O singer of the ultimate ecstasy... will is Fate." There was no Book of Yoga in the original scheme of the poem. One old version called Book III, Death, has been changed into The Book of Yoga. It was enormously expanded and named Canto I. All the rest of the six Cantos were totally new and dictated. They were all at first divided into Cantos with different titles. Apparently all these Cantos except the first one are entirely new. I could get no trace of any old versions from which they could have been developed. I am now amazed to see that so many lines could have been dictated day after day, like The Book of Everlasting Day. The Book of Death contains three old versions all called Canto III; the final version is constructed from one of these and from another version some lines are taken to be inserted into The Book of Eternal Night, Canto IV, Night, of the early version served as the basis of The Book of Eternal Night. It was revised, lines were added and split into two Cantos. Then in the typescript further revisions took place. Canto I, first called The Passage into the Void of Night, was changed into Towards the Black Void. Book X, The Book of the Double Twilight, called only Twilight, Canto V in the earlier versions of which there are four or five, had no division into Cantos. From these early versions a fair number of lines have been taken and woven into a larger version. The old lines are now not always in their original form. Book XI had three old drafts. One which was larger than the other two has been used for the final version and was enormously expanded; even whole passages running into hundreds of lines have been added, as I have mentioned before. About The Epilogue, except for a few additions, it almost reproduces the single old version.

1.07 - The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, #Sex Ecology Spirituality, #Ken Wilber, #Philosophy
  Numerous psychologists (Bruner, Flavell, Arieti, Cowan, Kramer, Commons, Basseches, Arlin, etc.) have pointed out that there is much evidence for a stage beyond Piaget's formal operational. It has been called "dialectical," "integrative," "creative synthetic," "integral-aperspectival," "postformal," and so forth. I, of course, am using the terms vision-logic or network-logic. But the conclusions are all essentially the same: "Piaget's formal operational is considered to be a problem-solving stage. But beyond this stage are the truly creative scientists and thinkers who define important problems and ask important questions. While Piaget's formal model is adequate to describe the cognitive structures of adolescents and competent adults, it is not adequate to describe the towering intellect of Nobel laureates, great statesmen and stateswomen, poets, and so on."5 True enough. But I would like to give a different emphasis to this structure, for while very few people might actually gain the "towering status of a Nobel laureate," the space of vision-logic (its worldspace or worldview) is available for any who wish to continue their growth and development. In other words, to progress through the various stages of growth does not mean that one has to extraordinarily master each and every stage, and demonstrate a Genius comprehension at that stage before one can progress beyond it. This would be like saying that no individuals can move beyond the oral stage until they become gourmet cooks.
  It is not even necessary to be able to articulate the characteristics of a particular stage (children progress beyond preop without ever being able to define it). It is merely necessary to develop an adequate competence at that stage, in order for it to serve just fine as a platform for the transcendence to the next stage. In order to transcend the verbal, it is not necessary to first become Shakespeare.
  And both of those are distinguished from the actual referent, or whatever it is that the sign is "pointing" to, whether interior or exterior. Thus, the signifier is the word dog, the referent is the real dog, and the signified is what comes to your mind when you read or hear the signifier dog. Saussure's Genius was to point out that the signified is not merely or simply the same as the referent, because "what comes to mind" depends on a whole host of factors other than the real dog, and this is what makes linguistic reality so fascinating.
  Saussure's point-and this is what actually ignited the whole movement of structuralism-is that the sign cannot be understood as an isolated entity, because in and by itself the sign is meaningless (which is why different words can represent the same thing in different languages, and why "meaning" is never a simple matter of a word pointing to a thing, because how could different words represent the same thing?). Rather, signs must be understood as part of a holarchy of differences integrated into meaningful structures. Both the signifiers and the signifieds exist as holons, or whole/parts in a chain of whole/parts, and, as Saussure made clear, it is their relational standing that confers meaning on each (language is a meaningful system of meaningless elements: as always, the regime or structure of the superholon confers meaning on the subholons, meaning which the subholons do not and cannot possess on their own).
  And each represents a form of tomorrow, a shape of our destiny yet to come. Each rode time's arrow ahead of us, as Geniuses always do, and thus, even though looming out of our past, they call to us from our future.

1.07 - THE .IMPROVERS. OF MANKIND, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  become religion and Genius. From this point of view the gospels are
  documents of the highest value; and the Book of Enoch is still more

1.08a - The Ladder, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  4. The experience produces clear-cut results - Genius.
  The experience produces art and Genius in every field of endeavour, because therein all forms seem to speak, and there is gained an immediate intuition of form. One becomes a close and willing observer of Life itself rather than of the externals used by life, and from the Beatific
  Vision one reads the meaning of existence, and by these pictures one trains oneself for life and its appreciation in expression as Genius.
  The psychological and spiritual phenomena of Medita- tion and Magick, as a whole, need to be analysed scientific- ally from a purely analytical viewpoint, and the conditions

1.08 - Attendants, #Twelve Years With Sri Aurobindo, #Nirodbaran, #Integral Yoga
  Often forgetting his gravity, Purani becomes a child and joins us in a plot, when there is nothing to talk about, to draw out Sri Aurobindo who might himself be waiting for the occasion. The ball is set rolling by Purani reporting for instance, "Nirod says that his mind is getting dull and stupid!" On other occasions he starts serious discussions on modern painting, modern poetry, philosophy, politics, history, science and what not. There is hardly any subject on which he cannot say something a versatile man indeed, and a very interesting personality. Once in the evening the Guru and the shishya had a long talk, for more than an hour, on an old legal case (Bapat case?) that must have taken place during Sri Aurobindo's stay in Baroda, and must have been famous for Purani to remember it and discuss it with Sri Aurobindo. He was lying on one side and Purani was sitting on the floor leaning against a couch opposite. It had the air of a very homely talk, as between father and son. Anybody who had seen the Master only during the Darshan could never conceive of this Sri Aurobindo who had put off his mantle of majesty and high impersonality. I stood for a while to listen to the discussion, but found it so dull that I began wondering how they could drag on ad infinitum! It was Purani's versatility that enriched much in our talks with the Master. If, however, by any chance you stepped on his toes, the old lion growled and roared! But wherever Sri Aurobindo's interest was involved, he would not spare himself. The Guru's name acted on him like a Mantra. The Aurobindonians are ever grateful to him for his yeoman service in bringing out so many valuable documents on Sri Aurobindo's early life in England and for trying to get his Genius recognised by the English intellectual circle.
  One other casual attendant whose name I should include was Dr. Sanyal. He was an eminent surgeon in Calcutta and his active service was called for when Sri Aurobindo's condition became critical in the first week of December, 1950. He was sent an urgent wire to come immediately. Before this he had Sri Aurobindo's private darshan twice. The first occasion was when I consulted him in the beginning about Sri Aurobindo's illness. Next year, when again he visited the Ashram, his contact with Sri Aurobindo was renewed for the same reason. Each time he stayed for about a week and every day he had the Guru's darshan. He would come dressed in simple white dhoti and punjabi with a big bouquet of lotuses or roses and offer his pranam to the Guru in quiet devotion. Then, as Sri Aurobindo sat on the bed, he, kneeling on the floor, massaged his leg and held long talks with him at the same time. Sri Aurobindo's manner was affable and engaging, bearing a smile that egged on the speaker. Once I heard from a distance the Mother talking to Sri Aurobindo about him. From a few words that caught my ear it seemed she was very much impressed by his deportment and physiognomy. I felt that she had already marked him as one of her future instruments. All these paved the way to his last service to his Lord and permanent service to the Mother.

1.08 - BOOK THE EIGHTH, #Metamorphoses, #Ovid, #Poetry
  And Genius fitted for the finest arts.
  This soon appear'd; for when the spiny bone
  The quickness of his Genius, once so fleet,
  Still in his wings remains, and in his feet:

1.08 - Psycho therapy Today, #The Practice of Psycho therapy, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  view. Paracelsus, who was above all a physician of Genius, emphasized
  that nobody could be a doctor who did not understand the art of

1.08 - RELIGION AND TEMPERAMENT, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  All knowledge, as we have seen, is a function of being. Or, to phrase the same idea in scholastic terms, the thing known is in the knower according to the mode of the knower. In the Introduction reference was made to the effect upon knowledge of changes of being along what may be called its vertical axis, in the direction of sanctity or its opposite. But there is also variation in the horizontal plane. Congenitally by psychophysical constitution, each one of us is born into a certain position on this horizontal plane. It is a vast territory, still imperfectly explored, a continent stretching all the way from imbecility to Genius, from shrinking weakness to aggressive strength, from cruelty to Pickwickian kindliness, from self-revealing sociability to taciturn misanthropy and love of solitude, from an almost frantic lasciviousness to an almost untempted continence. From any point on this huge expanse of possible human nature an individual can move almost indefinitely up or down, towards union with the divine Ground of his own and all other beings, or towards the last, the infernal extremes of separateness and selfhood. But where horizontal movement is concerned there is far less freedom. It is impossible for one kind of physical constitution to transform itself into another kind; and the particular temperament associated with a given physical constitution can be modified only within narrow limits. With the best will in the world and the best social environment, all that anyone can hope to do is to make the best of his congenital psycho-physical make-up; to change the fundamental patterns of constitution and temperament is beyond his power.
  In the course of the last thirty centuries many attempts have been made to work out a classification system in terms of which human differences could be measured and described. For example, there is the ancient Hindu method of classifying people according to the psycho-physico-social categories of caste. There are the primarily medical classifications associated with the name of Hippocrates, classifications in terms of two main habits the phthisic and the apoplecticor of the four humours (blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile) and the four qualities (hot, cold, moist and dry). More recently there have been the various physiognomic systems of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; the crude and merely psychological dichotomy of introversion and extraversion; the more complete, but still inadequate, psycho-physical classifications proposed by Kretschmer, Stockard, Viola and others; and finally the system, more comprehensive, more flexibly adequate to the complex facts than all those which preceded it, worked out by Dr. William Sheldon and his collaborators.

1.08 - Summary, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
    What is Genius, and how is it produced?
    Let us take several specimens of the species, and try to find some one thing common to all which is not found in other species.
    Yes: all Geniuses have the habit of concentration of thought, and usually need long periods of solitude to acquire this habit. In particular the greatest religious Geniuses have all retired from the world at one time or another in their lives, and begun to preach immediately on their return.
    Of what advantage is such a retirement? One would expect that a man who so acted would find himself on his return out of touch with his civilization, and in every way less capable than when he left.

1.08 - The Depths of the Divine, #Sex Ecology Spirituality, #Ken Wilber, #Philosophy
  :::A man is the facade of a temple wherein all wisdom and all good abide. What we commonly call man [as an "individual person" or ego], the eating, drinking, counting man, does not, as we know him, represent himself, but misrepresents himself. Him we do not respect, but the soul, whose organ he is, if he would let it appear through his action, would make our knees bend. When it breathes through his intellect, it is Genius; when it breathes through his will, it is virtue; when it flows through his affection, it is love. And the blindness of the intellect begins when it would be something of itself [be its "own person"]. The weakness of the will begins when the individual would be something of himself. All reform aims in some one particular to let the soul have its way through us. . . .3
  And those persons through whom the soul shines, through whom the "soul has its way," are not therefore weak characters, timid personalities, meek presences among us. They are personal plus, not personal minus. Precisely because they are no longer exclusively identified with the individual personality, and yet because they still preserve the personality, then through that personality flows the force and fire of the soul. They may be soft-spoken and often remain in silence, but it is a thunderous silence that veritably drowns out the egos chattering loudly all around them. Or they may be animated and very outgoing, but their dynamism is magnetic, and people are drawn somehow to the presence, fascinated. Make no mistake: these are strong characters, these souls, sometimes wildly exaggerated characters, sometimes world-historical, precisely because their personalities are plugged into a universal source that rumbles through their veins and rudely rattles those around them.
  :::Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. . . . The magnetism which all original action exerts is explained when we inquire the reason of self-trust. Who is the Trustee? What is the aboriginal Self, on which a universal reliance may be grounded? . . . The inquiry leads us to that source, at once the essence of Genius, of virtue, and of life. . . . In that deep force, the last fact behind which analysis cannot go, all things find their common origin.
  :::For the sense of being which in calm hour arises, we know not how, in the Soul, is not diverse from things, from space, from light, from time, from man, but one with them and proceeds obviously from the same source whence their life and being also proceed. . . . Here is the fountain of action and of thought. Here are the lungs of that inspiration which giveth man wisdom. . . . We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes us receivers of its truth and organs of its activity. When we discern justice, when we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves, but allow a passage to its beams. . . .

1.08 - The Plot must be a Unity., #Poetics, #Aristotle, #Philosophy
  Unity of plot does not, as some persons think, consist in the Unity of the hero. For infinitely various are the incidents in one man's life which cannot be reduced to unity; and so, too, there are many actions of one man out of which we cannot make one action. Hence, the error, as it appears, of all poets who have composed a Heracleid, a Theseid, or other poems of the kind. They imagine that as Heracles was one man, the story of Heracles must also be a unity. But Homer, as in all else he is of surpassing merit, here too--whether from art or natural Genius--seems to have happily discerned the truth. In composing the Odyssey he did not include all the adventures of Odysseus--such as his wound on Parnassus, or his feigned madness at the mustering of the host--incidents between which there was no necessary or probable connection: but he made the
  Odyssey, and likewise the Iliad, to centre round an action that in our sense of the word is one. As therefore, in the other imitative arts, the imitation is one when the object imitated is one, so the plot, being an imitation of an action, must imitate one action and that a whole, the structural union of the parts being such that, if any one of them is displaced or removed, the whole will be disjointed and disturbed. For a thing whose presence or absence makes no visible difference, is not an organic part of the whole.

1.094 - Understanding the Structure of Things, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  The true state of affairs is that any particular form that is visible or tangible in any other manner to the senses is a representation of a particular condition, or avastha, of prakriti, which has as its background the laksana, or the pattern which is in its mind, or which is its motive just as an artist has a particular pattern present in his mind before he paints a picture with ink on a canvas. The ink can take any shape. He can paint a cow, or a horse, or a human being with the same ink. The substance is the same. Three colours are given to a painter, and the painter can paint anything. Any shape can be taken by the same substance. Likewise, the painter is only prakriti who painted these pictures of varieties out of a basic substance which is common to all forms, and the mind is not to be deluded into the belief that this variety is really there. There are only three inks sattva, rajas and tamas out of which all this wonderful painting has been presented before the senses. The master Genius, who is prakriti, is the artist.
  Now we come to the point of practice of yoga, which is the intention in this sutra: etena bhtendriyeu dharma lakaa avasth parim vykhyt (III.13). Just as there are the parinamas, or transformations, of the mind known as nirodha parinama, samadhi parinama and ekagrata parinama, there are the dharma, laksana and avastha parinamas of everything. In fact, dharma, laksana and avastha are only other names for these three parinamas mentioned already namely, nirodha, samadhi and ekagrata.

1.098 - The Transformation from Human to Divine, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  Every progress is a progress in communion. It is not a progress merely in thought and clarity of understanding which are all very great things, no doubt, in the world, but they are nothing before yoga. We are not here for intensifying our analytic understanding or logical deductive knowledge of things, or for any kind of worldly Genius. All that we regard as great in this world becomes nothing before this master technique of yoga, which is the precise reason why some cannot grasp even the first stage of yoga properly, because the very first step itself is a complete turning upside-down of the way of thinking. It is not continuing our present way of thinking that is called yoga. It is a complete transformation, a right-about turn of the entire attitude. This has to be grasped at the very outset. We are not becoming better and better human beings in yoga; we are becoming transformed and transfigured into a newer quality of being. It is not that the human nature continues, the human valuation continues and the human assessment of things continues nothing of the kind. There is a transfiguration of the human character altogether into a newer type of perception and experience. This is what is effected by communion.
  Hence, the usual mistaken idea people may carry with them into the field of yoga that what they achieve in the higher stages of yoga is only an expanded, or perhaps a more intensified form of worldly happiness, worldly authority, worldly power or worldly acquisition is a great mistake, and nothing can be worse than that. We are not going to have enjoyments of a worldly kind in the progress of yoga, nor are we going to exercise power as we exercise it in the world of sense and ego. There is such a change as can be compared with the change from an animal to a human being, which cannot be regarded as merely a continuation of the animal species. When we rise from the animal kingdom of consciousness to the human level, we have not simply become better animals; that is not what has happened to us. We have become something quite different from animals. Are we only advanced animals just because we have evolved from the animal state? No. There is a change in intrinsic character. There is a transformation of quality. The human is different from the animal in the intrinsic structure itself, and not merely in the extrinsic expansion of sensory perception or egoistic affirmation.

1.099 - The Entry of the Eternal into the Individual, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  Even here, in this world, we find people of various calibres. Some children are born with special endowments, with precocious capacities Genius seen at a very early age. It does not mean that all this happens by a fantastic freak of nature. They are the result of a very systematic development of causes and effects. The causes are unseen; only the effects are seen. But it does not follow thereby that the causes do not exist. In a similar manner, Patanjali tells us that in some cases it will appear as if the perfections manifest from the very time of birth itself. Also, there are cases where certain powers are acquired by the use of medicinal herbs which are spoken about in the yoga scriptures. We have, in India especially, some Himalayan herbs known as Sanjivini, etc., which are supposed to enliven even a corpse. Other herbs create certain vibrations in the system and stimulate the nerves, and allow the concentration of the mind. This is a very peculiar way of stimulating energy in ones system, and is the most artificial of all methods, because these vibrations are artificial results that follow from artificial causes. They are outside oneself and, therefore, they have a beginning and an end. Therefore, they are useless. Anyhow, Patanjali tells us that these herbs are also one of the ways of stirring up certain energies in the system. The effects will be there as long as the causes are there. When the causes subside, the effects also subside.
  But, greater means than this is the power of mantras. The continuous recitation of certain mantras, or spiritual formulae, may create internal vibrations which enable a person to exercise supernormal powers. And the effects that follow from this practice are more lasting than the use of medicinal herbs. If a mantra is recited continuously, for a very long period, with deep concentration of mind, it sets up certain vibrations which release energy from the body and the entire system. Then, what works in ones system is the mantra itself. The deity of the mantra begins to operate. Thus, the aphorism tells us that this also is one of the ways of acquiring powers by yoga.

1.09 - Civilisation and Culture, #The Human Cycle, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The first results of this momentous change have been inspiriting to our desire of movement, but a little disconcerting to the thinker and to the lover of a high and fine culture; for if it has to some extent democratised culture or the semblance of culture, it does not seem at first sight to have elevated or streng thened it by this large accession of the half-redeemed from below. Nor does the world seem to be guided any more directly by the reason and intelligent will of her best minds than before. Commercialism is still the heart of modern civilisation; a sensational activism is still its driving force. Modern education has not in the mass redeemed the sensational man; it has only made necessary to him things to which he was not formerly accustomed, mental activity and occupations, intellectual and even aesthetic sensations, emotions of idealism. He still lives in the vital substratum, but he wants it stimulated from above. He requires an army of writers to keep him mentally occupied and provide some sort of intellectual pabulum for him; he has a thirst for general information of all kinds which he does not care or has not time to coordinate or assimilate, for popularised scientific knowledge, for such new ideas as he can catch, provided they are put before him with force or brilliance, for mental sensations and excitation of many kinds, for ideals which he likes to think of as actuating his conduct and which do give it sometimes a certain colour. It is still the activism and sensationalism of the crude mental being, but much more open and free. And the cultured, the intelligentsia find that they can get a hearing from him such as they never had from the pure Philistine, provided they can first stimulate or amuse him; their ideas have now a chance of getting executed such as they never had before. The result has been to cheapen thought and art and literature, to make talent and even Genius run in the grooves of popular success, to put the writer and thinker and scientist very much in a position like that of the cultured Greek slave in a Roman household where he has to work for, please, amuse and instruct his master while keeping a careful eye on his tastes and preferences and repeating trickily the manner and the points that have caught his fancy. The higher mental life, in a word, has been democratised, sensationalised, activised with both good and bad results. Through it all the eye of faith can see perhaps that a yet crude but an enormous change has begun. Thought and Knowledge, if not yet Beauty, can get a hearing and even produce rapidly some large, vague, yet in the end effective will for their results; the mass of culture and of men who think and strive seriously to appreciate and to know has enormously increased behind all this surface veil of sensationalism, and even the sensational man has begun to undergo a process of transformation. Especially, new methods of education, new principles of society are beginning to come into the range of practical possibility which will create perhaps one day that as yet unknown phenomenon, a race of mennot only a classwho have to some extent found and developed their mental selves, a cultured humanity.

1.09 - SKIRMISHES IN A WAY WITH THE AGE, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  psychologist he is a Genius of slander; inexhaustively rich in means
  to this end; no one understands better than he how to introduce a
  of life itself. He interpreted Art, heroism, Genius, beauty, great
  sympathy, knowledge, the will to truth, and tragedy, one after the
  must communicate, provided he is an artist and a Genius in the art of
  communication A courageous and free spirit, in the presence of a mighty
  pressure, which are called Geniuses.
  _The Immoralist speaks._--Nothing is more distasteful to true
  _My concept of Genius._--Great men, like great ages, are explosive
  material, in which a stupendous amount of power is accumulated;
  longer for them. The relation of a Genius to his age is that which
  exists between strength and weakness and between maturity and youth:
  the Genius and the "great man": either _democratically_ in the style
  of Buckle, or religiously after the manner of Carlyle.--The danger
  an end. The Genius--in work and in deed,--is necessarily a squanderer:
  the fact that he spends himself constitutes his greatness. The instinct
  semi-sepulchral atmosphere: the man of science, the artist, the Genius,
  the free spirit, the actor, the business man, and the great explorer.
  every Genius knows the "Catilinarian life" as one of the stages in his
  development, a feeling of hate, revenge and revolt against everything
  pains: like Genius it is the final result of the accumulated work
  of generations. Great sacrifices must have been made on the altar

1.1.05 - The Siddhis, #Essays Divine And Human, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Siddhis, but recognised them as a part, though not the most important part of Yogic accomplishment, and used them with an abundant and unhesitating vigour. They are recognised in our sacred books, formally included in Yoga by so devotional a Purana as the Bhagawat, noted and some of their processes carefully tabled by Patanjali. Even in the midnight of the Kali great Siddhas and saints have used them more sparingly, but with power and effectiveness. It would be difficult for many of them to do otherwise than use the siddhis since by the very fact of their spiritual elevation, these powers have become not exceptional movements, but the ordinary processes of their thought and action. It is by the use of the siddhis that the Siddhas sitting on the mountains help the world out of the heart of their solitude and silence. Jesus Christ made the use of the siddhis a prominent feature of his pure, noble and spiritual life, nor did he hesitate to communicate them to his disciples - the laying of hands, the healing of the sick, the ashirvada, the abhishap, the speaking with many tongues were all given to them. The day of Pentecost is still kept holy by the Christian Church. Joan of Arc used her siddhis to liberate France. Socrates had his siddhis, some of them of a very material nature. Men of great Genius are usually born with some of them and use them unconsciously. Even in natures far below the power and clarity of Genius we see their occasional or irregular operation. The West, always avid of knowledge, is struggling, sadly hampered by misuse and imposture, to develop them and gropes roughly for the truth about them in the phenomena of hypnotism, clairvoyance, telepathy, vouched for by men and women of great intellectuality and sincerity. Returning
  Eastwards, where only their right practice has been understood, the lives of our saints northern and southern are full of the record of Siddhis. Sri Ramakrishna, whose authority is quoted against

1.10 - Farinata and Cavalcante de' Cavalcanti. Discourse on the Knowledge of the Damned., #The Divine Comedy, #Dante Alighieri, #Christianity
  Prison thou goest by loftiness of Genius,
  Where is my son? and why is he not with thee?"

1.10 - THE FORMATION OF THE NOOSPHERE, #The Future of Man, #Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, #Christianity
  stroke of Genius on the part of Life, and in accord with the grand
  phenomenon of phyletic coiling, heredity, hitherto primarily chro- - Self-criticism, #Letters On Poetry And Art, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  It is precisely the people who are careful, self-critical, anxious for perfection who have interrupted visits from the Muse. Those who dont mind what they write, trusting to their Genius, vigour or fluency to carry it off are usually the abundant writers. There are exceptions, of course. The poetic part caught in the mere mind is an admirable explanation of the phenomenon of interruption. Fluent poets are those who either do not mind if they do not always write their very best or whose minds are sufficiently poetic to make even their not best verse pass muster or make a reasonably good show. Sometimes you write things that are good enough, but not your best, but both your insistence and mine for I think it essential for you to write your best always, at least your level bestmay have curbed the fluency a good deal.
  The check and diminution forced on your prose was compensated by the much higher and maturer quality to which it attained afterwards. It would be so, I suppose, with the poetry; a new level of consciousness once attained, there might well be a new fluency. So there is not much justification for the fear.

1.11 - Higher Laws, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  If one listens to the faintest but constant suggestions of his Genius, which are certainly true, he sees not to what extremes, or even insanity, it may lead him; and yet that way, as he grows more resolute and faithful, his road lies. The faintest assured objection which one healthy man feels will at length prevail over the arguments and customs of mankind. No man ever followed his Genius till it misled him. Though the result were bodily weakness, yet perhaps no one can say that the consequences were to be regretted, for these were a life in conformity to higher principles. If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal,that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist.
  We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.
  I owed a mental perception to the commonly gross sense of taste, that I have been inspired through the palate, that some berries which I had eaten on a hill-side had fed my Genius. The soul not being mistress of herself, says Thseng-tseu, one looks, and one does not see; one listens, and one does not hear; one eats, and one does not know the savor of food. He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. A puritan may go to his brown-bread crust with as gross an appetite as ever an alderman to his turtle. Not that food which entereth into the mouth defileth a man, but the appetite with which it is eaten. It is neither the quality nor the quantity, but the devotion to sensual savors; when that which is eaten is not a viand to sustain our animal, or inspire our spiritual life, but food for the worms that possess us. If the hunter has a taste for mud-turtles, muskrats, and other such savage tid-bits, the fine lady indulges a taste for jelly made of a calfs foot, or for sardines from over the sea, and they are even. He goes to the mill-pond, she to her preserve-pot. The wonder is how they, how you and I, can live this slimy, beastly life, eating and drinking.
  Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never an instants truce between virtue and vice. Goodness is the only investment that never fails. In the music of the harp which trembles round the world it is the insisting on this which thrills us. The harp is the travelling patterer for the Universes Insurance Company, recommending its laws, and our little goodness is all the assessment that we pay. Though the youth at last grows indifferent, the laws of the universe are not indifferent, but are forever on the side of the most sensitive. Listen to every zephyr for some reproof, for it is surely there, and he is unfortunate who does not hear it. We cannot touch a string or move a stop but the charming moral transfixes us. Many an irksome noise, go a long way off, is heard as music, a proud sweet satire on the meanness of our lives.
  We are conscious of an animal in us, which awakens in proportion as our higher nature slumbers. It is reptile and sensual, and perhaps cannot be wholly expelled; like the worms which, even in life and health, occupy our bodies. Possibly we may withdraw from it, but never change its nature. I fear that it may enjoy a certain health of its own; that we may be well, yet not pure. The other day I picked up the lower jaw of a hog, with white and sound teeth and tusks, which suggested that there was an animal health and vigor distinct from the spiritual. This creature succeeded by other means than temperance and purity. That in which men differ from brute beasts, says Mencius, is a thing very inconsiderable; the common herd lose it very soon; superior men preserve it carefully. Who knows what sort of life would result if we had attained to purity? If I knew so wise a man as could teach me purity I would go to seek him forthwith. A comm and over our passions, and over the external senses of the body, and good acts, are declared by the Ved to be indispensable in the minds approximation to God. Yet the spirit can for the time pervade and control every member and function of the body, and transmute what in form is the grossest sensuality into purity and devotion. The generative energy, which, when we are loose, dissipates and makes us unclean, when we are continent invigorates and inspires us. Chastity is the flowering of man; and what are called Genius, Heroism, Holiness, and the like, are but various fruits which succeed it. Man flows at once to God when the channel of purity is open. By turns our purity inspires and our impurity casts us down. He is blessed who is assured that the animal is dying out in him day by day, and the divine being established. Perhaps there is none but has cause for shame on account of the inferior and brutish nature to which he is allied. I fear that we are such gods or demigods only as fauns and satyrs, the divine allied to beasts, the creatures of appetite, and that, to some extent, our very life is our disgrace.
     How happys he who hath due place assigned

1.11 - Powers, #Raja-Yoga, #Swami Vivkenanda, #unset
  To the Yogi knowledge of the enjoyments of the world comes by the junction of the Purusha and the mind. If he wants to make Samyama on the knowledge that they are two different things, nature and soul, he gets knowledge of the Purusha. From that arises discrimination. When he has got that discrimination, he gets the Pratibha, the light of supreme Genius. These powers, however, are obstructions to the attainment of the highest goal, the knowledge of the pure Self, and freedom. These are, as it were, to be met in the way; and if the Yogi rejects them, he attains the highest. If he is tempted to acquire these, his further progress is barred.

1.11 - The Master of the Work, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
     There are gradations in this last integralising movement; for it cannot be done at once or without long approaches that bring it progressively nearer and make it at last possible. The first attitude to be taken is to cease to regard ourselves as the worker and firmly to realise that we are only one instrument of the cosmic Force. At first it is not the one Force but many cosmic forces that seem to move us; but these may be turned into feeders of the ego and this vision liberates the mind but not the rest of the nature. Even when we become aware of all as the working of one cosmic Force and of the Divine behind it, that too need not liberate. If the egoism of the worker disappears, the egoism of the instrument may replace it or else prolong it in a disguise. The life of the world has been full of instances of egoism of this kind and it can be more engrossing and enormous than any other; there is the same danger in Yoga. A man becomes a leader of men or eminent in a large or lesser circle and feels himself full of a power that he knows to be beyond his own ego-Force; he may be aware of a Fate acting through him or a Will mysterious and unfathomable or a Light within of great brilliance. There are extraordinary results of his thoughts, his actions or his creative Genius. He effects some tremendous destruction that clears the path for humanity or some great construction that becomes its momentary resting-place. He is a scourge or he is a bringer of light and healing, a creator of beauty or a messenger of knowledge. Or, if his work and its effects are on a lesser scale and have a limited field, still they are attended by the strong sense that he is an instrument and chosen for his mission or his labour. Men who have this destiny and these powers come easily to believe and declare themselves to be mere instruments in the hand of God or of Fate: but even in tile declaration we can see that there can intrude or take refuge an intenser and more exaggerated egoism than ordinary men have the courage to assert or the strength to house within them. And often if men of this kind speak of God, it is to erect all image of him which is really nothing but a huge shadow of themselves or their own nature, a sustaining Deific Essence of their own type of will and thought and quality and force. This magnified image of their ego is the Master whom they serve. This happens only too often in Yoga to strong but crude vital natures or minds too easily exalted when they allow ambition, pride or the desire of greatness to enter into their spiritual seeking and vitiate its purity of motive; a magnified ego stands between them and their true being and grasps for its own personal purpose the strength from a greater unseen Power, divine or undivine, acting through them of which they become vaguely or intensely aware. An intellectual perception or vital sense of a Force greater than ours and of ourselves as moved by it is not sufficient to liberate from the ego.
     This perception, this sense of a greater Power in us or above and moving us, is not a hallucination or a megalomania. Those who thus feel and see have a larger sight than ordinary men and have advanced a step beyond the limited physical intelligence, but theirs is riot the plenary vision or the direct experience. For, because they are not clear in mind and aware in the soul, because their awakening is more in the vital parts than into the spiritual substance of Self, they cannot be the conscious instruments of the Divine or come face to face with the Master, but are used through their fallible arid imperfect nature. The most they see of the Divinity is a Fate or a cosmic Force or else they give his name to a limited Godhead or, worse, to a titanic or demoniac Power that veils him. Even certain religious founders have erected the image of the God of a sect or a national God or a Power of terror and punishment or a Numen of sattwic love and mercy and virtue and seem not to have seen the One and Eternal. The Divine accepts the image they make of him and does his work in them through that medium, but, since the one Force is felt and acts in their imperfect nature but more intensely than in others, the motive principle of egoism too can be more intense in them than in others. An exalted rajasic or sattwic ego still holds them and stands between them and the integral Truth. Even this is something, a beginning, although far from the true and perfect experience. A much worse thing may befall those who break something of the human bonds but have not purity and have not -- the knowledge, for they may become instruments, but not of the Divine; too often, using his name, they serve unconsciously his masks and black Contraries, the Powers of Darkness. Our nature must house the cosmic Force but not in its lower aspect or in its rajasic or sattwic movement; it must serve the universal Will, but in the light of a greater liberating knowledge. There must be no egoism of any kind in the attitude of the instrument, even when we are fully conscious of the greatness of the Force within us. Every man is knowingly or unknowingly the instrument of a universal Power and, apart from the inner Presence, there is no such essential difference between one action and another, one kind of instrumentation and another as would warrant the folly of an egoistic pride. The difference between knowledge and ignorance is a grace of the Spirit; the breath of divine Power blows where it lists and fills today one and tomorrow another with the word or the puissance. If the potter shapes one pot more perfectly than another, the merit lies not in the vessel but the maker. The attitude of our mind must not be "This is my strength" or "Behold God's power in me", but rather "A Divine Power works in this mind and body and it is the same that works in all men and in the animal, in the plant and in the metal, in conscious and living things and in things appearing to be inconscient arid inanimate." This large view of the One working in all and of the whole world as the equal instrument of a divine action and gradual self-expression, if it becomes our entire experience, will help to eliminate all rajasic egoism out of us and even the sattwic ego-sense will begin to pass away from our nature.

1.1.2 - Commentary, #Kena and Other Upanishads, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  this which constitutes the phenomenon of Genius, - the second
  process also becomes more and more easy, spontaneous, rapid

1.12 - The Left-Hand Path - The Black Brothers, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Perhaps his error was so deeply rooted, from the very beginning, that it was his Evil Genius that he evoked.
  In such cases the man's policy is of course to break off all relations with the Supernal Triad, and to replace it by inventing a false crown, Dath. To them Knowledge will be everything, and what is Knowledge but the very soul of Illusion?

1.12 - The Sacred Marriage, #The Golden Bough, #James George Frazer, #Occultism
  of it, till the soul or Genius (_oki_) of the net appeared to them
  in the likeness of a tall well-built man, who said to them in a

1.12 - The Superconscient, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  Along with its beauty, we are also discovering the limits of the illumined mind: illumined poetry produces streams of images and revelatory words (because vision, and even hearing, often open at this stage), almost an avalanche of luxuriant, sometimes incoherent images, as if the consciousness were hard put to contain the flood of light and unaccustomed intensity; it is overwhelmed. Enthusiasm easily changes into exhilaration, and if the rest of the being has not been sufficiently prepared and purified, any of the lower parts can seize hold of the descending light and force and use them for their own ends; this is a frequent snare. Whenever the lower parts of the being, especially the vital, seize upon the luminous flood, they harden it, dramatize it, distort it. There is still power, but compelling and hard while the essence of the illumined mind is joy. Here we could cite the names of many poets and creative Geniuses. 193 Furthermore, the substance of the illumined mind is not truly transparent, but only translucent; its light is diffused, somewhat as if it could feel the truth everywhere without concretely touching it; hence the frequent instances of incoherence and vagueness. It is only the beginning of a new birth. Before going higher, more purification is necessary, and above all more peace, more natural equilibrium, and more silence. The higher we ascend in consciousness, the sturdier the equilibrium required.
  191 - Letters, 3rd Series, 124

1.13 - Gnostic Symbols of the Self, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  it because it was an old-established symbol for the "good" Genius
  loci, the Agathodaimon, and also for their beloved Nous. Both

1.13 - System of the O.T.O., #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Such cases I have known. Let me recount briefly one rather conspicuous disaster. The young man was a Genius and it was his bane. He got hold of a talisman of enormous power which happened to be exactly what he wanted to fulfill his heart's dearest wish. He knew also the correct way of getting it to work; but this way seemed to him far too long and difficult. So he cast about for a short cut. By using actual violence to the talisman, he saw how he could force it to carry out his design; he used a formula entirely alien to the spirit of the whole operation; it was rather like extracting information from a prisoner by torture, when patient courtesy would have been the proper method. So he crashed the gate and got what he wanted. But the nectar turned to poison even as he drained the cup, and his previous anguish developed into absolute despair. Then came the return of the current, and they brought it in "while of unsound mind." A most accurate diagnosis!
  I do beg you to mark well, dear sister, that a true Magical Operation is never "against Nature." It must go smoothly and serenely according to Her laws. One can bring in alien energies and compel an endothermic reaction; but "Pike's Peak or bust?" The answer will always be BUST!

1.14 - The Secret, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  Something radically different is needed another type of consciousness. All the poets and creative Geniuses have known these swings of consciousness. Even as he experienced his Illuminations, Rimbaud visited strange realms that struck him with "terror"; he, too, went through the law of dark inversion. But instead of being unconsciously tossed from one extreme to another, of ascending without knowing how and descending against his will, the integral seeker works methodically, consciously, without ever losing his balance, and, above all, with a growing confidence in the Consciousness-Force, which never initiates more resistance than he can meet, and never unveils more light than he can bear. After living long enough from one crisis to the next, we will ultimately discern a pattern in the action of the Force, and will notice that each time we seem to leave the ascending curve or even lose something we had achieved, we ultimately retrieve the same realization, but on a higher, more expanded level, made richer by the part that our "fall" has added; had we not "fallen," this lower part would never have become integrated into our higher ones. Perhaps it was the same collective process that brought about Athens' fall, so that some old barbarians, too, might be exposed to Plato. The integral yoga does not follow a straight line rising higher and higher out of sight, toward a smaller and smaller point, but, according to Sri Aurobindo, a spiral that slowly and methodically annexes all the parts of our being in an ever vaster opening based upon an ever deeper foundation. Not only will we observe a pattern behind this Force, or rather this Consciousness-Force, but also regular cycles and a rhythm as certain as that of the tides and the moons. The more we progress, the wider the cycles, and the closer their relationship with the cosmic movement itself until the day when we can perceive in our own descents the periodical descents of consciousness on earth, and in our own difficulties all the turmoil, resistance and revolt of the earth. Eventually, everything will become so intimately interconnected that we will be able to read in the tiniest things, the most insignificant events of daily life or the objects nearby, the signs of vaster depressions that will sweep over all men and compel their ascent or descent within the same evolutionary wave.
  Then we will understand that we are unfailingly being guided toward a Goal, that everything has a meaning, even the slightest thing nothing moves without moving everything and that we are on our way to a far greater adventure than we had ever imagined. Soon, a second paradox will strike us, which is perhaps the very same one.

1.14 - The Suprarational Beauty, #The Human Cycle, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  But again this is true only in restricted bounds or, if anywhere entirely true, then only on a middle plane of our aesthetic seeking and activity. Where the greatest and most powerful creation of beauty is accomplished and its appreciation and enjoyment rise to the highest pitch, the rational is always surpassed and left behind. The creation of beauty in poetry and art does not fall within the sovereignty or even within the sphere of the reason. The intellect is not the poet, the artist, the creator within us; creation comes by a suprarational influx of light and power which must work always, if it is to do its best, by vision and inspiration. It may use the intellect for certain of its operations, but in proportion as it subjects itself to the intellect, it loses in power and force of vision and diminishes the splendour and truth of the beauty it creates. The intellect may take hold of the influx, moderate and repress the divine enthusiasm of creation and force it to obey the prudence of its dictates, but in doing so it brings down the work to its own inferior level, and the lowering is in proportion to the intellectual interference. For by itself the intelligence can only achieve talent, though it may be a high and even, if sufficiently helped from above, a surpassing talent. Genius, the true creator, is always suprarational in its nature and its instrumentation even when it seems to be doing the work of the reason; it is most itself, most exalted in its work, most sustained in the power, depth, height and beauty of its achievement when it is least touched by, least mixed with any control of the mere intellectuality and least often drops from its heights of vision and inspiration into reliance upon the always mechanical process of intellectual construction. Art-creation which accepts the canons of the reason and works within the limits laid down by it, may be great, beautiful and powerful; for Genius can preserve its power even when it labours in shackles and refuses to put forth all its resources: but when it proceeds by means of the intellect, it constructs, but does not create. It may construct well and with a good and faultless workmanship, but its success is formal and not of the spirit, a success of technique and not the embodiment of the imperishable truth of beauty seized in its inner reality, its divine delight, its appeal to a supreme source of ecstasy, Ananda.
  There have been periods of artistic creation, ages of reason, in which the rational and intellectual tendency has prevailed in poetry and art; there have even been nations which in their great formative periods of art and literature have set up reason and a meticulous taste as the sovereign powers of their aesthetic activity. At their best these periods have achieved work of a certain greatness, but predominantly of an intellectual greatness and perfection of technique rather than achievements of a supreme inspired and revealing beauty; indeed their very aim has been not the discovery of the deeper truth of beauty, but truth of ideas and truth of reason, a critical rather than a true creative aim. Their leading object has been an intellectual criticism of life and nature elevated by a consummate poetical rhythm and diction rather than a revelation of God and man and life and nature in inspired forms of artistic beauty. But great art is not satisfied with representing the intellectual truth of things, which is always their superficial or exterior truth; it seeks for a deeper and original truth which escapes the eye of the mere sense or the mere reason, the soul in them, the unseen reality which is not that of their form and process but of their spirit. This it seizes and expresses by form and idea, but a significant form, which is not merely a faithful and just or a harmonious reproduction of outward Nature, and a revelatory idea, not the idea which is merely correct, elegantly right or fully satisfying to the reason and taste. Always the truth it seeks is first and foremost the truth of beauty,not, again, the formal beauty alone or the beauty of proportion and right process which is what the sense and the reason seek, but the soul of beauty which is hidden from the ordinary eye and the ordinary mind and revealed in its fullness only to the unsealed vision of the poet and artist in man who can seize the secret significances of the universal poet and artist, the divine creator who dwells as their soul and spirit in the forms he has created.

1.15 - In the Domain of the Spirit Beings, #The Practice of Magical Evocation, #Franz Bardon, #Occultism
  Just the same as the not yet fully developed magician in the physical world uses a spiritual guide for his training and likes to be taught by him, either by passive communication or automatic writing etc., a not yet perfect human being too will find his guides in the astral world. These guides will teach him from time to time and assist him whenever necessary. Highly developed spiritual beings of the zone girdling the earth condense themselves in their appropriate astral sphere and thus become the guides of individuals, or of groups of individuals, and initiate the astral beings of lower perfection into the higher laws. Such guides must never be compelled to do their work in the astral world; they are commissioned by Divine Providence to offer assistance to any astral being, depending on its maturity and state of perfection. In the astral world, the guide, one may also call him Genius loci, not only teaches his protege the laws, but assists him in his whole development. It sometimes happens that an astral man wants to do something at his own accord, but is warned at the critical moment by his guide or Genius not to do anything arbitrarily. The Genius will intervene especially in those cases where an astral human being with a low degree of development is about to do something contrary to the laws of Divine Providence. The guide informs his protege about the laws of the physical world and prepares him for his rebirth. This clearly shows how necessary it is that the magical development of a human being during his time in the physical world leads him towards perfection in order to be prepared for life in a higher sphere.
  All blows of fate that are apt to purify a man's spirit in the physical world and that will help him to get the kind of experience necessary for his spiritual development are already prepared and determined by Divine Providence in the astral world for each individual according to his maturity and degree of development. The human being knows before his embodiment about the matter of teaching in the physical world and not only agrees to it, but even longs to get through it. At the moment of his rebirth he loses his knowledge about everything that Divine
  Every man can reach perfection, for the evolution of the whole of mankind leads towards it. The spiritual guide designated to each individual by Divine Providence for his initiation into the astral world leads and controls the spiritual development of his protege and in many cases carries on with his commission after his protege has re-incarnated in the physical world. The magician should therefore try at the very beginning of his development to get into contact with his Genius. How this is achieved has already been told in "Initiation into Hermetics". It sometimes happens that people who have already reached a high degree of perfection here on earth are able to continue their spiritual development in the astral world up to perfection, but these are selected by Divine
  Providence to fulfill one or more missions on earth. Such spiritual leaders are then magicians or initiates by birth who at a certain phase of the physical development of their human bodies, usually shortly after the period of puberty, become suddenly aware of their state, their degree of spiritual development, and just need a little more to be mature enough for their divine mission. Such missions need not always be of a magical or spiritual nature, they may also have to do with other aspects of this world.

1.15 - Sex Morality, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  As all true Art is spontaneous, is Genius, is utterly beyond all conscious knowledge or control, so also is sex. Indeed, one might class it as deeper still than Art; for Art does at least endeavour to find an intelligible means of expression. That is much nearer to sanity than the blind lust of the sex-impulse. The maddest Genius does look from Chokmah not only to Binah, but to the fruit of that union in Da'ath and the Ruach; the sex-impulse has no use for Binah to understand, to interpret, to transmit. It wants no more than an instrument which will destroy it.
  "Here, I say, Master, have a heart!"

1.15 - The Possibility and Purpose of Avatarhood, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  For to the modern mind Avatarhood is one of the most difficult to accept or to understand of all the ideas that are streaming in from the East upon the rationalised human consciousness. It is apt to take it at the best for a mere figure for some high manifestation of human power, character, Genius, great work done for the world or in the world, and at the worst to regard it as a superstition, - to the hea then a foolishness and to the Greeks a stumbling-block. The materialist, necessarily, cannot even look at it, since he does not believe in God; to the rationalist or the
  Deist it is a folly and a thing of derision; to the thoroughgoing dualist who sees an unbridgeable gulf between the human and the divine nature, it sounds like a blasphemy. The rationalist objects that if God exists, he is extracosmic or supracosmic and does not intervene in the affairs of the world, but allows them to be governed by a fixed machinery of law, - he is, in fact, a sort of far-off constitutional monarch or spiritual King Log, at the best an indifferent inactive Spirit behind the activity of

1.15 - The Suprarational Good, #The Human Cycle, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  In the outward history of our ascent this does not at first appear clearly, does not appear perhaps at all: there the evolution of man in society may seem to be the determining cause of his ethical evolution. For ethics only begins by the demand upon him of something other than his personal preference, vital pleasure or material self-interest; and this demand seems at first to work on him through the necessity of his relations with others, by the exigencies of his social existence. But that this is not the core of the matter, is shown by the fact that the ethical demand does not always square with the social demand, nor the ethical standard always coincide with the social standard. On the contrary, the ethical man is often called upon to reject and do battle with the social demand, to break, to move away from, to reverse the social standard. His relations with others and his relations with himself are both of them the occasions of his ethical growth; but that which determines his ethical being is his relations with God, the urge of the Divine upon him whether concealed in his nature or conscious in his higher self or inner Genius. He obeys an inner ideal, not an outer standard; he answers to a divine law in his being, not to a social claim or a collective necessity. The ethical imperative comes not from around, but from within him and above him.
  It has been felt and said from of old that the laws of right, the laws of perfect conduct are the laws of the gods, eternal beyond, laws that man is conscious of and summoned to obey. The age of reason has scouted this summary account of the matter as a superstition or a poetical imagination which the nature and history of the world contradict. But still there is a truth in this ancient superstition or imagination which the rational denial of it misses and the rational confirmations of it, whether Kants categorical imperative or another, do not altogether restore. If mans conscience is a creation of his evolving nature, if his conceptions of ethical law are mutable and depend on his stage of evolution, yet at the root of them there is something constant in all their mutations which lies at the very roots of his own nature and of world-nature. And if Nature in man and the world is in its beginnings infra-ethical as well as infrarational, as it is at its summit supra-ethical as well as suprarational, yet in that infraethical there is something which becomes in the human plane of being the ethical, and that supra-ethical is itself a consummation of the ethical and cannot be reached by any who have not trod the long ethical road. Below hides that secret of good in all things which the human being approaches and tries to deliver partially through ethical instinct and ethical idea; above is hidden the eternal Good which exceeds our partial and fragmentary ethical conceptions.

1.16 - Advantages and Disadvantages of Evocational Magic, #The Practice of Magical Evocation, #Franz Bardon, #Occultism
  If a magician is sent by Divine Providence to the earth-zone or into our physical world to fulfill a certain task as a human being, he starts longing for a sphere set above him. Should a magician, after having been allied to a Genius in a certain zone, be incarnated in our physical world, then such a former alliance becomes obvious by the magician's special ability either in the field of hermetic science or in any other cultural field such as art, literature etc. This shows that the procedure is the same, no matter whether it is a positive or negative one, and a genuine magician will never be hindered in his development by any pact with a Genius or an angel, but will advance in his development unimpeded. By an equal affection for all beings the magician will always remain conscious of his desire to become a perfect human being, created as the true image of God, and true divinity will be reflected in him. He is not influenced by any sphere, therefore he can reach true perfection, providing that no one element is prevailing within him and that he has been able to develop within himself the absolute equilibrium of all forces and powers and to maintain the standard of this development in future.
  The higher spheres are the place where it is decided whether a magician is willing to reach the highest perfection possible or likes to become a saint. A magician desirous of the highest degree of perfection may become the greatest and highest lord of creation, for he fully symbolises the true and complete image of God in all his aspects. A saint, however, remains under one aspect only and reaches perfection therein. He becomes a part of that aspect, and finally, when he has reached perfection in this aspect, he loses his individuality. The highest degree of perfection that man is ever able to reach is that of becoming a true sovereign, a true magician, thus actually representing a true and complete image of God, whereby he never loses or is forced to give up his individuality.

1.16 - MARTHAS GARDEN, #Faust, #Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, #Poetry
  She feels that surely I'm a Genius now,
  Perhaps the very Devil, indeed!

1.17 - The Spiritus Familiaris or Serving Spirits, #The Practice of Magical Evocation, #Franz Bardon, #Occultism
  From the hermetic point of view, the serving spirit must not be taken for the so-called family spirits of the primitive peoples of antiquity. These family spirits were, in most cases, the deceased of a tribe, its ancestors and pre-ancestors, heroes etc. with whom a type of necromancy was practised similar to a more primitive kind of fetish-worsphip by keeping up a permanent contact with these deceased. This kind of necromancy may be compared with the spiritism of our own days. Since every initiate knows about the practices, cult operation etc. necessary for getting into contact with an ancestor, with a family spirit, I will desist from writing again about this matter. Not only had each family their family or house ghost; there were also numerous tribes having their own Genius, as is known from history. The true magician is able to tell the difference, from the hermetic standpoint, between an actual spiritus familiaris and a family or ancestral spirit.
  The attitude a genuine magician takes towards getting into contact with a head, i. e. a higher being, a higher intelligence, is quite different to that of a sorcerer or black-magician. The latter wants to get beings under his power without any special effort and without the appropriate preparatory operations and magical development, in order to make these being serve him and help him to realize all his desires. Unfortunately, a sorcerer is likely to forget that by doing so he is debiting his Karma and that he is doing this at the costs of his evolution, and above all, to the costs of his magical development. Beings serving a sorcerer never work without reward. From the material point of view such services may only be regarded as loans. Actually, the sorcerer becomes the slave of the relevant being, for after their contract has expired, the sorcerer must, as already pointed 'out before, pay back everything. The beings are fully aware of this fact, and their devotion towards the magician, which is to ensure him that they are always willing to serve him and to fulfill any of his desires, often delude a sorcerer to the erroneous opinion that he has become master over the beings. His desires, his claims towards these beings increase during the course of the alliance, and the sorcerer eventually develops into a glutton. Only shortly before the expiration date of the contract, the sorcerer realizes what he has done and what Karmic responsibilities he has taken upon his shoulders. But at that point it is usually too late, and all advice and instructions to shake off the bondages of such a contract are, from the hermetic point of view, useless and impracticable, andin the eyes of a true magician sheer ridiculous. Negative effects that have once been set at work, no matter in which way, must, due to the law of cause and effect, have their due clear off and adjustment.

1.17 - The Transformation, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  intelligence, will, character, Genius, dramatic force, saintliness, love,
  purity or perfection. Supermind is something beyond mental man and his limits.342 Driven to the extreme, Mind can only harden man, not divinize him or even simply give him joy, for the Mind is an instrument of division, and all its hierarchies are inevitably based upon domination, whether religious, moral, political, economic, or emotional, since by its very constitution it is incapable of embracing the totality of human truths and even when it is capable of embracing, it is still incapable of implementation. Ultimately, if collective evolution had nothing better to offer than a pleasant mixture of human and social "greatness," Saint Vincent de Paul and Mahatma Gandhi with a dash of Marxism-Leninism and paid vacations thrown in, then we could not help concluding that such a goal would be even more insipid than the millions of "golden birds" or the string quartets at the summit of individual mental evolution. If so many thousands of years of suffering and striving culminated only in this sort of truncated earthly parade, then Pralaya or any of the other cosmic disintegrations promised by the ancient traditions might not be so bad after all.

1.2.03 - The Interpretation of Scripture, #Essays Divine And Human, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  They forget that Shankara and Sayana are themselves moderns, separated from ourselves by some hundreds of years only, but the Vedas are many thousands of years old. The commentator ought to be studied, but instead we put him in place of the text. Good commentaries are always helpful even when they are wrong, but the best cannot be allowed to fetter inquiry. Sayana's commentary on the Veda helps me by showing what a man of great erudition some hundreds of years ago thought to be the sense of the Scripture. But I cannot forget that even at the time of the Brahmanas the meaning of the Veda had become dark to the men of that prehistoric age. Shankara's commentary on the Upanishads helps me by showing what a man of immense metaphysical Genius and rare logical force after arriving at some fundamental realisations thought to be the sense of the Vedanta.
  But it is evident that he is often at a loss and always prepossessed by the necessity of justifying his philosophy. I find that Shankara had grasped much of Vedantic truth, but that much was dark to him. I am bound to admit what he realised; I am not bound to exclude what he failed to realise. Aptavakyam, authority, is one kind of proof; it is not the only kind: pratyaksha is more important.

1.20 - Talismans - The Lamen - The Pantacle, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  The late Philip Haseltine, a young composer of Genius, used one of these squares to get his wife to return to him. He engraved it neatly on his arm. I don't know how he proceeded to set to work; but his wife came back all right, and a very short time afterwards he killed himself.
  Then there are the Elemental Tablets of Sir Edward Kelly and Dr. John Dee. From these you can extract a square to perform almost any conceivable operation, if you understand the virtue of the various symbols which they manifest. They are actually an expansion of the Tarot. (Obviously, the Tarot itself as a whole is a universal Pantacle forgive the pleonasm! Each card, especially is this true of the Trumps, is a talisman; and the whole may also be considered as the Lamen of Mercury. It is evidently an Idea far too vast for any human mind to comprehend in its entirety. For it is "the Wisdom whereby He created the worlds.")

1.20 - TANTUM RELIGIO POTUIT SUADERE MALORUM, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Choosing Luther and Calvin instead of the spiritual reformers who were their contemporaries, Protestant Europe got the kind of theology it liked. But it also got, along with other unanticipated by-products, the Thirty Years War, capitalism and the first rudiments of modern Germany. If we wish, Dean Inge has recently written, to find a scapegoat on whose shoulders we may lay the miseries which Germany has brought upon the world I am more and more convinced that the worst evil Genius of that country is not Hitler or Bismarck or Frederick the Great, but Martin Luther It (Lutheranism) worships a God who is neither just nor merciful The Law of Nature, which ought to be the court of appeal against unjust authority, is identified (by Luther) with the existing order of society, to which absolute obe thence is due. And so on. Right belief is the first branch of the Eightfold Path leading to deliverance; the root and primal cause of bondage is wrong belief, or ignorancean ignorance, let us remember, which is never completely invincible, but always, in the last analysis, a matter of will. If we dont know, it is because we find it more convenient not to know. Original ignorance is the same thing as original sin.
  next chapter: 1.21 - IDOLATRY - Genius, #Letters On Poetry And Art, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object: - Genius
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  I never heard of anyone getting Genius by effort. One can increase ones talent by training and labour, but Genius is a gift of Nature. By sadhana it is different, one can do it; but that is not the fruit of effort, but either of an inflow or by an opening or liberation of some impersonal power or manifestation of unmanifested power. No rule can be made in such things; it depends on persons and circumstances how far the manifestation of Genius by Yoga will go or what shape it will take or to what degree or height it will rise.
  28 July 1938
  Of course it is quite possible to be an idiot and a Genius at the same time one can, that is to say, be the medium of a specialised and specific force which leaves the rest of the being brute stuff, unchanged and undeveloped. Genius is a phenomenon sui generis and many anomalies occur in its constitution by Nature.
  13 February 1936

1.22 - OBERON AND TITANIA's GOLDEN WEDDING, #Faust, #Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, #Poetry
  The proper folks one's talents laud:

1.22 - (Poetic Diction continued.) How Poetry combines elevation of language with perspicuity., #Poetics, #Aristotle, #Philosophy
  This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of Genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances.
  Of the various kinds of words, the compound are best adapted to

1.240 - Talks 2, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  The so-called Genius is one who worked hard in his past births and acquired knowledge and kept it in store as samskaras. He now concentrates his mind until it merges in the subject. In that stillness the submerged ideas flash out. That requires favourable conditions also.
  6th April, 1937

1.24 - Necromancy and Spiritism, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Why? Let me remind you of the sublimity of the man's Genius, and the extent of his attainment. Apollonius must certainly have made the closest links between his Ruach and his Supernal Triad, and this would have gone seeking a new incarnation elsewhere. All the available Ruach left floating around in the Akasha must have been comparatively worthless odds and ends, true Qlippoth or "Shells of the Dead" just those parts of him, in a word, which Apollonius would have deliberately discarded at his death.
  So what use would they be to Lvi? Even if there were among them a few such elements as would serve his purpose, they would have been devitalized and frittered away by the mere lapse of the centuries, since they had lost connection with the reality of the Sage. Alternatively, they might have been caught up and adopted by some wandering Entity, quite probably some malignant demon.

1.26 - The Eighth Bolgia Evil Counsellors. Ulysses and Diomed. Ulysses' Last Voyage., #The Divine Comedy, #Dante Alighieri, #Christianity
  And more my Genius curb than I am wont,
  That it may run not unless virtue guide it;

1.28 - Supermind, Mind and the Overmind Maya, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  4:But when we look more closely, we perceive that this normality is deceptive and that in fact there are several directions in which human mind reaches beyond itself, tends towards selfexceeding; these are precisely the necessary lines of contact or veiled or half-veiled passages which connect it with higher grades of consciousness of the self-manifesting Spirit. First, we have noted the place Intuition occupies in the human means of knowledge, and Intuition is in its very nature a projection of the characteristic action of these higher grades into the mind of Ignorance. It is true that in human mind its action is largely hidden by the interventions of our normal intelligence; a pure intuition is a rare occurrence in our mental activity: for what we call by the name is usually a point of direct knowledge which is immediately caught and coated over with mental stuff, so that it serves only as an invisible or a very tiny nucleus of a crystallisation which is in its mass intellectual or otherwise mental in character; or else the flash of intuition is quickly replaced or intercepted, before it has a chance of manifesting itself, by a rapid imitative mental movement, insight or quick perception or some swift-leaping process of thought which owes its appearance to the stimulus of the coming intuition but obstructs its entry or covers it with a substituted mental suggestion true or erroneous but in either case not the au thentic intuitive movement. Nevertheless, the fact of this intervention from above, the fact that behind all our original thinking or au thentic perception of things there is a veiled, a halfveiled or a swift unveiled intuitive element is enough to establish a connection between mind and what is above it; it opens a passage of communication and of entry into the superior spiritranges. There is also the reaching out of mind to exceed the personal ego limitation, to see things in a certain impersonality and universality. Impersonality is the first character of cosmic self; universality, non-limitation by the single or limiting point of view, is the character of cosmic perception and knowledge: this tendency is therefore a widening, however rudimentary, of these restricted mind areas towards cosmicity, towards a quality which is the very character of the higher mental planes, - towards that superconscient cosmic Mind which, we have suggested, must in the nature of things be the original mind-action of which ours is only a derivative and inferior process. Again, there is not an entire absence of penetration from above into our mental limits. The phenomena of Genius are really the result of such a penetration, - veiled no doubt, because the light of the superior consciousness not only acts within narrow limits, usually in a special field, without any regulated separate organisation of its characteristic energies, often indeed quite fitfully, erratically and with a supernormal or abnormal irresponsible governance, but also in entering the mind it subdues and adapts itself to mind substance so that it is only a modified or diminished dynamis that reaches us, not all the original divine luminosity of what might be called the overhead consciousness beyond us.
  Still the phenomena of inspiration, of revelatory vision or of intuitive perception and intuitive discernment, surpassing our less illumined or less powerful normal mind-action, are there and their origin is unmistakable. Finally, there is the vast and multitudinous field of mystic and spiritual experience, and here the gates already lie wide open to the possibility of extending our consciousness beyond its present limits, - unless, indeed, by an obscurantism that refuses to inquire or an attachment to our boundaries of mental normality we shut them or turn away from the vistas they open before us. But in our present investigation we cannot afford to neglect the possibilities which these domains of mankind's endeavour bring near to us, or the added knowledge of oneself and of the veiled Reality which is their gift to human mind, the greater light which arms them with the right to act upon us and is the innate power of their existence.

1.300 - 1.400 Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  The so-called Genius is one who worked hard in his past births and acquired knowledge and kept it in store as samskaras. He now concentrates his mind until it merges in the subject. In that stillness the submerged ideas flash out. That requires favourable conditions also.

13.01 - A Centurys Salutation to Sri Aurobindo The Greatness of the Great, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 05, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
   In the scheme and pattern of human existence in the hierarchy that is collective life, Sri Aurobindo sought to express the play of the supreme Truth, express materially that which works always in secret and behind the veil. The Supreme Reality is not merely the supreme awareness and consciousness, but it is a power and a force; and it holds still a secret source that has not yet been touched,touched consciously by the human consciousness and utilised for world existence. Man's Genius has contacted today in the material world material forces which are almost immaterial the extra-galactic radiation, the laser beams and other energies of that category which are powerful in an unbelievable unheard of 'degree. Even so in the consciousness, there is a mode of force which is not only a force that knows but creates, not only creates but transforms. That force at its intrinsic optimum can enter into dull matter and transforming it, transform into radiant matter, radiant not only with the physical, the solar light but the light of the supreme Spirit.
   This is the force which Sri Aurobindo has disclosed and put at the disposal of mankind. This is the force he has set free that is creating a new world,reorganising and remoulding, through a great travail indeed, our ancient sphere that will cradle the earth of the golden age. - Man and the Supermind, #Essays Divine And Human, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Superman is not man climbed to his own natural zenith, not a superior degree of human greatness, knowledge, power, intelligence, will, character, Genius, dynamic force, saintliness, love, purity or perfection. Supermind is something beyond mental man and his limits, a greater consciousness than the highest consciousness proper to human nature.
  Man is a being from the mental worlds whose mentality works here involved, obscure and degraded in a physical brain, shut off from its own divinest powers and impotent to change life beyond certain narrow and precarious limits. Even in the highest of his kind it is baulked of its luminous possibilities of supreme force and freedom by this dependence. Most often and in most men it is only a servitor, a purveyor of amusements, a caterer of needs and interests to the life and the body. But the superman will be a gnostic king of Nature; supermind in him even in its evolutionary beginnings will appear as a ray of the eternal omniscience and omnipotence. Sovereign and irresistible

1.35 - The Tao 2, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  It is therefore not altogether without confidence that I present this translation of the Tao Teh King to the public. I hope and believe that careful study of the text, as elucidated by my commentary, will enable serious aspirants to the hidden Wisdom to understand (with fair accuracy) what Lao Tze taught. It must however be laid to heart that the essence of his system will inevitably elude intellectual apprehension, unless it be illuminated from above by actual living experience of the truth. Such experience is only to be attained by unswerving application to the practices which he advocates. Nor must the aspirant content himself with the mere attainment of spiritual enlightenment, however sublime. All such achievements are barren unless they be regarded as the means rather than the end of spiritual progress; allowed to infiltrate every detail of the life, not only of the spirit, but of the senses. The Tao can never be known until it interprets the most trivial actions of every day routine. It is a fatal mistake to discriminate between the spiritual importance of meditation and playing golf. To do so is to create an internal conflict. "Let there be no difference made among you between any one thing & any other thing; for thereby there cometh hurt." He who knows the Tao knows it to be the source of all things soever; the most exalted spiritual ecstasy and the most trivial internal impression are from our point of view equally illusions, worthless masks, which hide, with grotesque painted pasteboard false and lifeless, the living face of truth. Yet, from another point of view, they are equally expressions of the ecstatic Genius of truth natural images of the reaction between the essence of one's self and one's particular environment at the moment of their occurrence. They are equally tokens of the Tao by whom, in whom, and of whom, they are. To value them for themselves is to deny the Tao and to be lost in delusion. To despise them is to deny the omnipresence of the Tao, and to suffer the illusion of sorrow. To discriminate between them is to set up the accursed dyad, to surrender to the insanity of intellect, to overwhelm the intuition of truth, and to create civil war in the consciousness.
  From 1905 to 1918 the Tao Teh King was my continual study. I constantly recommended it to my friends as the supreme masterpiece of initiated wisdom, and I was as constantly disappointed when they declared that it did not impress them, especially as my preliminary descriptions of the book had aroused their keenest interest. I thus came to see that the fault lay with Legge's translation, and I felt myself impelled to undertake the task of presenting Lao Tze in language informed by the sympathetic understanding which initiation and spiritual experience had conferred on me. During my Great Magical Retirement on Aesopus Island in the Hudson River during the summer of 1918, I set myself to this work, but I discovered immediately that I was totally incompetent. I therefore appealed to an Adept named Amalantrah, which whom I was at that time in almost daily communication. He came readily to my aid, and exhibited to me a codex of the original, which conveyed to me with absolute certitude the exact significance of the text. I was able to divine without hesitation or doubt the precise manner in which Legge had been deceived. He had translated the Chinese with singular fidelity, yet in almost every verse the interpretation was altogether misleading. There was no need to refer to the text from the point of view of scholarship. I had merely to paraphrase his translation in the light of actual knowledge of the true significance of the terms employed. Any one who cares to take the trouble to compare the two versions will be astounded to see how slight a remodeling of a paragraph is sufficient to disperse the obstinate obscurity of prejudice, and let loose a fountain and a flood of living light; to kindle the gnarled prose of stolid scholarship into the burgeoning blossom of lyrical flame.

1.4.02 - The Divine Force, #Letters On Yoga II, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Leave aside the question of Divine or undivine, no spiritual man who acts dynamically is limited to physical contact - the idea that physical contact through writing, speech, meeting is indispensable to the action of the spiritual force is self-contradictory, for then it would not be a spiritual force. The spirit is not limited by physical things or by the body. If you have the spiritual force, it can act on people thousands of miles away who do not know and never will know that you are acting on them or that they are being acted upon - they only feel that there is a force enabling them to do things and may very well suppose it is their own great energy and Genius.
  The fact that you don't feel a force does not prove that it is not there. The steam-engine does not feel a force moving it, but the force is there. A man is not a steam-engine? He is very little better, for he is conscious only of some bubbling on the surface which he calls himself and is absolutely unconscious of all the subconscient, subliminal, superconscient forces moving him. (This is a fact which is being more and more established by modern psychology though it has got hold only of the lower forces and not the higher, so you need not turn up your rational nose at it.)

1.44 - Demeter and Persephone, #The Golden Bough, #James George Frazer, #Occultism
  few myths in which the sunshine and clarity of the Greek Genius are
  crossed by the shadow and mystery of death--when we trace its origin

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.
  There is only one logical conclusion of these premises. We know (a) the Book means more than it appears to mean, (b) this inner meaning may modify, or even reverse, the outer meaning, (c) what we do understand convinces us that the Author of the Book is indeed what he claims to be; and, therefore, we must accept the Book as the Canon of Truth, seeking patiently for further enlightenment.

1.48 - The Corn-Spirit as an Animal, #The Golden Bough, #James George Frazer, #Occultism
  But, according to another view, the corn-spirit is the Genius or
  deity, not of the corn of one farm only, but of all the corn. Hence

1.52 - Family - Public Enemy No. 1, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Then, think what horrid images it evokes from the mind. Not only Victorian; wherever the family has been strong, it has always been an engine of tyranny. Weak members or weak neighbours: it is the mob spirit crushing Genius, or overwhelming opposition by brute arithmetic. Of course, one must be of good family to do anything much that is worth doing; but what is one to say when the question of the Great Work is posed?
  Bless you, the whole strength of the family is based on the fact that it cares for the family only: therefore its magical formula thus concentrated is of necessity hostile to so exclusively individual an aim as Initiation.

1.55 - Money, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Very well, then! The First Great Power is Yod, the Father. Fire, the Wand, the Flame of Creative Genius. The Second is H, the Mother, Water, the Cup, the Sea to which all things tend; it is the gift of pleasing, of absorbing, of drawing all things to oneself.
  The Third is Vau, the Son, the Sword, the moving, penetrating element, double in nature. For it is intellect, but also the result of Genius absorbed, interpreted, transmuted and applied through the virtue of the Cup to expand, to explain, to bring into conscious existence.
  And the Fourth is the H final, the Daughter, Earth, the Disk, Pantacle, or Coin the Coin on which is stamped the effigy of the Word that begat it with the aid of the other forms of Energy. It is the Princess of the Tarot of whom it is written: "Great indeed is her power when thus firmly established."
  It is a trite, and not quite true, saying that money can buy nothing worth having. But it can comm and service, the real measure of power, and leisure; without these two advantages the most brilliant Genius is practically paralysed. It can do much to secure health, or to restore it. The truth is that money is only troublesome when one begins to count it.
  (This epigram is copyright in Basutoland, the United States of America, the Republic of San Marino, the Sanjak of Novibazar, Arabia Petraea, and the Scandinavian countries.)

1.69 - Original Sin, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  We do progress; but how? Not by the tinkering of the meliorist; not by the crushing of initiative; not by laws and regulations which hamstring the racehorse, and handcuff the boxer; but by the innovations of the eccentric, by the phantasies of the hashish-dreamer of philosophy, by the aspirations of the idealist to the impossible, by the imagination of the revolutionary, by the perilous adventure of the pioneer. Progress is by leaps and bounds, but breaking from custom, by working on untried experiments; in short, by the follies and crimes of men of Genius, only recognizable as wisdom and virtue after they have been tortured to death, and their murderers reap gloatingly the harvest of the seeds they sowed at midnight.
  Damn it! All this is so trite that I am half ashamed to write it; and yet everyone acquiesces with a smile, and goes off to vote another set of fetters for his feet!

1.75 - The AA and the Planet, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  I shall take exception only by showing that these principles are secondary: oil in Texas, nitrates on the Pacific slope of the Andes, suphur in Louisiana (which put Etna's nose out of joint by making it cheaper for the burgers of Messina to import it from four thousand miles away instead of digging it out of their own back garden), even coal and timber, upset very few apple-carts until individual Genius had found for these commodities such uses as our grandfa thers never dreamed.
  The technical developments of almost every form of wealth are the forebears of Big Business; and Big Business, directly or indirectly, is the immediate cause of War.
   Genius or Initiation, which implies the liberation and development of the Genius latent in us all (is not one of names of the "Holy Guardian Angel" the Genius?) is practically the monopoly of the "crazy adventurer," as the official mind will most certainly rate him. Then why do not the Masters oppose all forms of organization tooth-and-nail?
  It depends, surely, on the stage which a society has reached on its fall to the servile state. Civilization of course, implies organization up to a certain point. The freedom of any function is built upon system; and so long as Law and Order make it easier for a man to do his True Will, they are admirable. It is when system is adored for its own sake, or as a means of endowing mediocrities with power as such, that the "critical temperature" is attained.

1.76 - The Gods - How and Why they Overlap, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  For, as I have explained in a previous letter, Gods are people: macrocosms, not mere collocations of the elements, planets and signs as are most of the angels, intelligences and spirits. It is interesting to note that Gabriel in particular seems to be more than one of these; he enjoys the divine privilege of being himself. Between you and me and the pylon, I suspect that Gabriel who gave the Q'uran to Mohammed was in reality a "Master" or messenger of some such person, more or less as Aiwass describes himself as "...the minister of Hoor-paar-kraat." (AL I, 7) His name implies some such function; for G.B.R. is Mercury between the Two Greater Lights, Sol and Luna. This seems to mean that he is something more than a lunar or terrestrial archangel; as he would appear to be from 777. (There now! That was my private fiend again the Demon of Digression. Back to our Gods!) 777 itself, to say nothing of The Golden Bough and the Good Lord knows how many other similar monuments of lexicography (for really they are little more), is our text-book. We are bound to note at once that the Gods sympathise, run into one another, coalesce much more closely than any other of the Orders of Being. There is not really much in common between a jackal and a beetle, or between a wolf and an owl, although they are grouped under Pisces or Aries respectively. But Adonis, Attis, Osiris, Melcarth, Mithras, Marsyas  a whole string of them comes tripping off the tongue. They all have histories; their birth, their life, their death, their subsequent career; all goes naturally with them exactly as if they were (say) a set of warriors, painters, anything superbly human. We feel instinctively that we know them, or at least know of them in the same sense that we know of our fellow men and women; and that is a sense which never so much as occurs to us when we discuss Archangels. The great exception is the Holy Guardian Angel; and this as I have shewn in another letter is for exactly the same reason; He is a Person, a macrocosmic Individual. (We do not know about his birth and so on; but that is because he is, so to speak, a private God; he only appears to the world at all through some reference to him by his client; for instance, the Genius or Augoeides of Socrates).
  Let us see how this works in practice. Consider Zeus, Jupiter, Amon- Ra, Indra, etc., we can think of them as the same identical people known and described by Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Hindus; they differ as Mont Cervin differs from Monte Silvio and the Matterhorn.

1.79 - Progress, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Nature is not so easily beaten; a few boys and girls will somehow escape, and either by instinct or by observation, have the sense to keep secret. Now whatever their own peculiar Genius may select as their line, they will realise that nothing is possible in any way while the accursed system stands. Their first duty is Revolt. And presently some one will come along with the wit and the will and the weapon, and blow the whole most damnable bag of tricks sky-high.
  We had better busy ourselves about this while it is still possible to get back to freedom without universal bloodshed.
  An Utopia to end Utopias? Very good, so I will. Education, to begin with; well, you've had all that in another letter. The main thing to remember is that I want every individual taught as such, according to his own special qualities. Then, teach them both sides of every question: history, for example, as the play of economic forces, also, as due to the intervention of Divine Providence, or of "Sports" of Genius: and so for the rest. Train them to doubt and to dare!
  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.
  I thought that modern physiology, with its great recent advances in knowledge of the specialized functions of the brain, might quite possibly succeed in producing Genius.
  You would not surprise me if you told me that something of the sort is being tried in Russia, with its Communism modelled so closely on that of Ivan the Terrible at the moment, war or no war! Qui vivra verra.

1951-01-15 - Sincerity - inner discernment - inner light. Evil and imbalance. Consciousness and instruments., #Questions And Answers 1950-1951, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  The man of Genius may use anything at all and make something beautiful because he has Genius; but give this Genius a perfect instrument and he will make something wonderful. Take a great musician; well, even with a wretched piano and missing notes, he will produce something beautiful; but give him a good piano, well-tuned, and he will do something still more beautiful. The consciousness is the same in either case but for expression it needs a good instrumenta body with mental, vital, psychic and physical capacities.
  If physically you are badly built, badly set up, it will be difficult for you, even with good training, to do gymnastics as well as one with a beautiful well-built body. It is the same with the mindone who has a well-organised mind, complex, complete, refined, will express himself much better than one who has a rather mediocre or badly organised mind. First of all, you must educate your consciousness, become conscious of yourself, organise your consciousness according to your ideal, but at the same time do not neglect the instruments which are in your body.

1951-02-26 - On reading books - gossip - Discipline and realisation - Imaginary stories- value of - Private lives of big men - relaxation - Understanding others - gnostic consciousness, #Questions And Answers 1950-1951, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Dont you think there are enough ugly things in the world without ones giving a picture of them in books? This is something which always used to surprise me, even when I was a childlife is so ugly, so full of mean, miserable, even at times repulsive things, what is the use of imagining yet worse things than are already there? If you imagined something more beautiful, a more beautiful life, that would be worth the trouble. People who take pleasure in writing ugly things show a great poverty of mindit is always a sign of a poverty of mind. It is infinitely more difficult to tell a story beautiful from beginning to end than to write a story ending with a sensational event or a catastrophe. Many authors, if they had to write a story which ends happily, beautifully, would not be able to do itthey do not have enough imagination for that. Very few stories have an uplifting ending, almost all end in a failure for a very simple reason, it is much more easy to fall than to rise. It is much more difficult to end ones story on a note of greatness and splendour, to make ones hero a Genius seeking to transcend himself, because for that one must be a Genius oneself, and this is not given to everybody.
   When one reads ordinary books, one has the impression of entering into the mind of the author and that is not always pleasant. I have also noticed that when one talks about business or work with an outsider, the conversation can be good and interesting, but as soon as one talks with the same person about his private life, the conversation immediately becomes painful.

1951-04-09 - Modern Art - Trend of art in Europe in the twentieth century - Effect of the Wars - descent of vital worlds - Formation of character - If there is another war, #Questions And Answers 1950-1951, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   I have known artists who were great artists, who had worked hard and produced remarkable things, classical, that is, not ultramodern. But they were not in fashion because, precisely, one had not to be classical. When a brush was put in the hands of an individual who had never touched a brush, and when a brush was put on a palette of colours and the man had never touched a palette before, then if this individual had in front of him a bit of canvas on an easel and he had never done a picture before, naturally he daubed anything at all; he took the colours and threw them in a haphazard way; then everybody cried out Admirable, Marvellous, It is the expression of your soul, How well this reveals the truth of things, etc! This was the fashion and people who knew nothing were very successful. The poor men who had worked, who knew their art well, were not asked for their pictures any longer; people said, Oh! This is old-fashioned, you will never find customers for such things. But, after all, they were hungry, you see, they had to pay their rent and buy their colours and all the rest, and that is costly. Then what could they do? When they had received rebuffs from the picture dealers who all told them the same thing, But try to be modern, my friend; look here, you are behind the times, as they were very hungry, what could they do? I knew a painter, a disciple of Gustav Moreau; he was truly a very fine artist, he knew his work quite well, and then he was starving, he did not know how to make both ends meet and he used to lament. One day, a friend intending to help him, sent a picture-dealer to see him. When the merchant entered his studio, this poor man told himself, At last! Heres my chance, and he showed him all the best work he had done. The art dealer made a face, looked around, turned over things and began rummaging in all the corners; and suddenly he found. Ah! I must explain this to you, you are not familiar with these things: a painter, after his days work has at times some mixed colours left on his palette; he cannot keep them, they dry up in a day; so he always has with him some pieces of canvas which are not well prepared and which he daubs with what are called the scrapings of palettes (with supple knives he scrapes all the colours from the palette and applies them on the canvases) and as there are many mixed colours, this makes unexpected designs. There was in a corner a canvas like that on which he used to put his palette-scrapings. The merchant suddenly falls upon that and exclaims, Here you are! My friend, you are a Genius, this is a miracle, it is this you should show! Look at this richness of tones, this variety of forms, and what an imagination! And this poor man who was starving said shyly, But sir, these are my palette-scrapings! And the art-dealer caught hold of him: Silly fool, this is not to be told! Then he said, Give me this, I undertake to sell it. Give me as many of these as you like; ten, twenty, thirty a month, I shall sell them all for you and I shall make you famous. Then, as I told you, his stomach was protesting; he was not happy, but he said, All right, take it, I shall see. Then the landlord comes to demand his rent, the colour-man comes demanding payment of the old bill; the purse is quite empty, and what is to be done? So though he did not make pictures with palette-scrapings, he did something which gave the imagination free play, where the forms were not too precise, the colours were all mixed and brilliant, and one could not know overmuch what one was seeing; and as people did not know very much what they saw, those who understood nothing about it exclaimed, How beautiful it is! And he supplied this to his art-dealer. He never made a name for himself with his real painting, which was truly very fine (it was really very fine, he was a very good painter), but he won a world reputation with these horrors! And this was just at the beginning of modern painting, this goes back to the Universal Exhibition of 1900; if I were to tell you his name, you would all recognise it. Now, of course, they have gone far beyond, they have done much better. However, he had the sense of harmony and beauty and his colours were beautiful. But at present, as soon as there is the least beauty, it wont do at all, it has to be outrageously ugly, then that, that is modern!
   The story began with the man who used to do still-life and whose plates were never round Czanne! It was he who began it; he said that if plates were painted round that would not be living; that when one looks at things spontaneously, never does one see plates round: one sees them like this (gesture). I dont know why, but he said that it is only the mind that makes us see plates as round, because one knows they are round, otherwise one does not see them round. It is he who began. He painted a still-life which was truly a very beautiful thing, note that; a very beautiful thing, with an impression of colour and form truly surprising (I could show you reproductions one day, I must be having them, but they are not colour reproductions unfortunately; the beauty is really in the colour). But, of course, his plate was not round. He had friends who told him just this, But after all, why dont you make your plate round? He replied, My dear fellow, you are altogether mental, you are not an artist; it is because you think that you make your plates round: if you only see, you will do it like this (gesture). It is in accordance with the impression that the plate ought to be painted; it gives you an impact, you translate the impact, and it is this which is truly artistic. It is like this that modern art began. And note that he was right. His plates were not round, but he was right in principle.

1953-05-27, #Questions And Answers 1953, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   There are different levels. There is a whole category of music that comes from the higher vital, which is very catching, somewhat (not to put it exactly) vulgar, it is something that twists your nerves. This music is not necessarily unpleasant, but generally it seizes you there in the nervous centres. So there is one type of music which has a vital origin. There is music which has a psychic originit is altogether different. And then there is music which has a spiritual origin: it is very bright and it carries you away, captures you entirely. But if you want to execute this music correctly you must be able to make it come through the vital passage. Your music coming from above may become externally quite flat if you do not possess that intensity of vital vibration which gives it its splendour and strength. I knew people who had truly a very high inspiration and it became quite flat, because the vital did not stir. I must admit that by their spiritual practices they had put to sleep their vital completelyit was literally asleep, it did not act at alland the music came straight into the physical, and if one were connected with the origin of that music, one could see that it was something wonderful, but externally it had no force, it was a little melody, very poor, very thin; there was none of the strength of harmony. When you can bring the vital into play, then all the strength of vibration is there. If you draw into it this higher origin, it becomes the music of a Genius.
   For music it is very special; it is difficult, it needs an intermediary. And it is like that for all other things, for literature also, for poetry, for painting, for everything one does. The true value of ones creation depends on the origin of ones inspiration, on the level, the height where one finds it. But the value of the execution depends on the vital strength which expresses it. To complete the Genius both must be there. This is very rare. Generally it is the one or the other, more often the vital. And then there are those other kinds of music we have the music of the caf-concert, of the cinemait has an extraordinary skill, and at the same time an exceptional platitude, an extraordinary vulgarity. But as it has an extraordinary skill, it seizes you in the solar plexus and it is this music that you remember; it grasps you at once and holds you and it is very difficult to free yourself from it, for it is well-made music, music very well made. It is made vitally with vital vibrations, but what is behind is frightful.
   But imagine this same vital power of expression, with the inspiration coming from far above the highest inspiration possible, when all the heavens open before us then that becomes wonderful. There are certain passages of Csar Franck, certain passages of Beethoven, certain passages of Bach, there are pieces by others also which have this inspiration and power. But it is only a moment, it comes as a moment, it does not last. You cannot take the entire work of an artist as being on that level. Inspiration comes like a flash; sometimes it lasts sufficiently long, when the work is sustained; and when that is there, the same effect is produced, that is, if you are attentive and concentrated, suddenly that lifts you up, lifts up all your energies, it is as though someone opened out your head and you were flung into the air to tremendous heights and magnificent lights. It produces in a few seconds results that are obtained with so much difficulty through so many years of yoga. Only, in general, one may fall down afterwards, because the consciousness is not there as the basis; one has the experience and afterwards does not even know what has happened. But if you are prepared, if you have indeed prepared your consciousness by yoga and then the thing happens, it is almost definitive.

1953-06-24, #Questions And Answers 1953, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Essentially, from the general point of view, particularly from the intellectual viewpoint, the most important thing is the capacity of attention and concentration, it is that which one must work at and develop. From the point of view of action (physical action), it is the will: you must work and build up an unshakable will. From the intellectual point of view, you must work and build up a power of concentration which nothing can shake. And if you have both, concentration and will, you will be a Genius and nothing will resist you.

1953-09-02, #Questions And Answers 1953, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   And then since she possesses (as you see) a wonderful ingenuity and a truly fantastic imagination. You have only to look at animals or to photograph them. If you look at that and compare the little mouse with the giraffe or the elephant with the cat, all those animals that were once there and all the animals that still have extraordinary and queer formswhat an imagination, what a tremendous imagination! If you had to create all the animals that are on earth, you would have found it rather difficult! Now that you see them, it appears to you quite natural. I saw the other day a picture representing simply a giraffe picking fruits from far up a tree. I said: One must have some imagination to find that, an animal having a neck long enough to reach the top of a tree so that it may eat the fruit! It is wonderful. And everything is like that. It appears to us quite natural because we have always lived with it, but one must truly have a Genius.
   So, the person who has the Genius as well as the power to realise whatever she imagines, does not like very much people meddling in her affairs! She says: Are you capable of doing what I do?
   You must convince her that you dont want to upset anything she is doing, but that you wish simply to bring in something more. There is only one way to convince her: to do it. So long as it is an aspiration, she smiles, she looks on, she says: Let us see, let us see, what are you going to do?

1953-09-16, #Questions And Answers 1953, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   No, it is not the same thing. It is not the whole being, it is the special faculty which remains in the earth atmosphere, does not leave it and go away, which remains in the earth atmosphere in order to continue manifesting itself. But the psychic being can very well return to the psychic world and it is the psychic being which takes a body again. I explained to you the other day that before leaving the physical body, the psychic being decides most often what its next rebirth will be, the environment in which it will take birth and what its occupation will be, because it needs a certain field for its experience. So it may happen that very big writers and very big musicians take birth another time in somebody quite imbecile. And you say: What! it is not possible! Naturally it does not always happen like that, but it may. There was a case in which the contrary happened: it was a violin player, the most wonderful of the century. (Mother tries to remember.) Just wait, I knew his name and it is goneit came back and is gone again. What was his name? Ysay! he was a Belgian and a violinist, truly the most wonderful violinist of the epoch. Well, that man had most certainly in him a reincarnation of Beethoven. Not perhaps a reincarnation of his entire psychic being, but in any case, that of his musical capacity. He had the appearance, the head of Beethoven, I saw him, I heard him (I did not know him, I knew nothing, I was at a concert in Paris and they were giving the concerto in D major), I saw him coming on the stage to play and I said: Strange! How much this man looks like Beethoven, he is the very portrait of Beethoven! Then it just started with a stroke of the bow, three, four notes. Everything changed, the atmosphere was changed. All became absolutely wonderful. Three notes started off with such power, such grandeur, so wonderful it was, nothing stirred, all waited. And he played that from beginning to end in an absolutely unique manner with an understanding I have not met with in any other executant. And then I saw that the musical Genius of Beethoven was in him. But perhaps Beethovens psychic being had taken body in a shoemaker or anybody else, one does not know! It wanted to have another kind of experience.
   For what I saw in this man was a formation belonging to an earthly plane, it was mental-vital; and as Beethoven had disciplined his whole mental, vital and physical being around his musical capacity, that had remained in form, it was a living thing, and had incarnated in that man, just as it was, but not necessarily Beethovens psychic being. In his former life it was the psychic being of Beethoven that had shaped all those other beings, the psychic being that had disciplined them around musical creation; but after his death, it cannot at all be said whether the psychic being remained there; it must have returned to the psychic world as is the usual rule. That however had been formed, had its own life, independent and existing in itself. It was formed for a certain manifestation and it remained to manifest itself. And as soon as it found a fit instrument, it entered there to manifest itself.
   I do not understand! The hands were what remained in the earth atmosphere of the dead pianist. So these hands which had been absolutely formed, had become like conscious, living and independent entities, entered the material hands, for they wanted to play actually on a piano. But when they played, they played through the hands of the other person, who might have been a good pianist but became a Genius whilst those hands were there.
   I thought that the other one was alive!
   No, I spoke a little briefly, but it is not that. His psychic being is not stupid! Granting, for example, that the psychic being has had the experience of a man who was a writer and could translate his experience through books and speeches; thus he covered a particular field of experience due to the associations and circumstances in which this being lived. But there is a field of experience he misses. For example, he says: I have lived with my brain, with the reactions of an intellectual to life, now I want to live with my feeling. For usually this over-activity of the intellect in ordinary life diminishes very much the capacity of feeling. Therefore in order to have another field of experience, of development, he renounces his intellectual height; he is no longer a Genius, a writer of Genius, he becomes an ordinary man, but with a remarkable heart, very kind, very generous. I said idiot, but it is a question of comparison. It is not rare, for example, that a psychic being which has reached its maximum growth, after having enjoyed the experiences of a ruling authority (of all that the life of an emperor or king may bring) may want to be able to work in an obscure life, without being fettered all the time by governmental pomps, and may very well choose to be born in quite an ordinary environment, an ordinary bourgeois family, in the most mediocre conditions, so as to have that kind of incognito which will allow it to work without being hampered by all the necessities of governmental display that are binding on one who is at the head of a country. So if you look at the thing from one point of view, you say: How is it? what is this downfall? It is not a downfall. It is meeting the problem from another angle, from another point of view. For the consciousness (I mean the true consciousness, the divine consciousness) success or failure are the same, glory or mediocrity are the same. What is important is the growth of the consciousness. And certain conditions that appear very favourable to human beings can be very unfavourable for the growth of the consciousness. You may look at yourself. Naturally, if you are careful to be always at the height of your being, you do not fall into this error. But with ordinary thought, with ordinary reaction, you judge everything by success or failure, but that is the last way of judging, for it is the most artificial, the most external, that which is the very contrary of truth. In human life as it is at present organised, not once in a million can one find the true value in the forefront, recognised. Usually a little cabotinage is always necessary. When a man gets success, great success, whatever it is, in whatever domain it may be, you can be sure that somewhere there is some cabotinage.
   What does cabotinage mean?

1953-10-07, #Questions And Answers 1953, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   But solidarity does not stop there. There is a vital solidarity and a mental solidarity which you cannot prevent. There is, after all (though men are much more individualised than animals), there is a spirit of the species. There are collective suggestions which dont need to be expressed in words. There are atmospheres one cannot escape. It is certain (for I know this by experience), it is certain that there is a degree of individual perfection and transformation which cannot be realised without the whole of humanity having made a particular progress. And this happens by successive steps. There are things in Matter which cannot be transformed unless the whole of Matter has undergone transformation to a certain degree. One cannot isolate oneself completely. It is not possible. One can do the work, one can choose: there are people who have chosen to go into solitude and try to realise in themselves the ideal they sawusually they reached a certain point, then stopped there, they could go no further. It has been thus historically. I was saying the other day: There are perhaps people upon earth whom I dont know who have realised extraordinary things but precisely because they have isolated themselves from the earth, the earth does not know them. This is just to say that nothing is impossible. It seems doubtful, is all that I can say. But it is impossible, even if one isolates oneself physically, to do so vitally and mentally. There is the vast terrestrial atmosphere in which one is born, and there is a sort of spirit or Genius of the human race; well, this Genius must have reached a certain degree of perfection for anyone to be able to go farther. It is not that one has to wait till all have done it, no; but it is as though all had to reach a certain level for one to be able to take ones spring and go farther. Surely the individual will always be ahead of the mass, theres no doubt about that, but there will always be a proportion and a relation.
   On what plane are men most united?

1954-07-28 - Money - Ego and individuality - The shadow, #Questions And Answers 1954, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  You think that you are sent to school, that you are made to do exercises, all this just for the pleasure of vexing you? Oh, no! It is because its indispensable for you to have a frame in which you can learn how to form yourself. If you did your work of individualisation, of total formations, by yourself, all alone in a corner, nothing at all would be asked of you. But you dont do it, you wouldnt do it, theres not a single child who would do it, he wouldnt even know how to do it, where to begin. If a child were not taught how to live, he could not live, he wouldnt know how to do anything, anything. I dont want to speak about disgusting details, but even the most elementary things he would not do properly if he were not taught how to do them. Therefore, one must, step by step That is to say, if everyone had to go through the whole experience needed for the formations of an individuality, he would be long dead before having begun to live! This is the contri butionaccumulated through centuriesof those who have had the experience and tell you, Well, if you want to go quickly, to know in a few years what has been learnt through centuries, do this! Read, learn, study and then, in the material field, you will be taught to do this in this way, that in that way, this again in this way (gestures). Once you know a little, you can find your own method, if you have the Genius for it! But first one must stand on ones own feet and know how to walk. It is very difficult to learn it all alone. Its like that for everyone. One must form oneself. Therefore, one needs education. There we are!
  (To a child) Do you have something to ask? No? Is there anyone who has something to ask?

1955-10-26 - The Divine and the universal Teacher - The power of the Word - The Creative Word, the mantra - Sound, music in other worlds - The domains of pure form, colour and ideas, #Questions And Answers 1955, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  The human voice when absolutely pure is of all instruments the one which expresses it best; but it is still it has a sound which seems so harsh, so gross compared with that. When one has been in that region, one truly knows what music is. And it has so perfect a clarity that at the same time as the sound one has the full understanding of what is said. That is, one has the principle of the idea, without words, simply with the sound and all the inflexions of the one cant call it sensations, nor feelings what seems to be closest would be some kind of soul-states or states of consciousness. All these inflexions are clearly perceptible through the nuances of the sound. And certainly, those who were great musicians, Geniuses from the point of view of music, must have been more or less consciously in contact with that. The physical world as we have it today is an absolutely gross world; it looks like a caricature.
  Its the same thing with painting: all the pictures we know today look like daubings when one has seen the domain of form and colour, the source of the things expressed through the painting.

1956-01-18 - Two sides of individual work - Cheerfulness - chosen vessel of the Divine - Aspiration, consciousness, of plants, of children - Being chosen by the Divine - True hierarchy - Perfect relation with the Divine - India free in 1915, #Questions And Answers 1956, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  In plants there is a great vital force. And this vital force has a considerable action. And there is also the Genius of the species, which is a consciousness. There is already an active consciousness at work in plants.
  And in the Genius of the species there is a beginningquite embryonic, but stillthere is a beginning of response to the psychic influence, and certain flowers are clearly the expression of a psychic attitude and aspiration in the plant, not very conscious of itself, but existing like a spontaneous impetus.
  It is quite certain, for instance, that if you have a special affection for a plant, if, in addition to the material care you give it, you love it, if you feel close to it, it feels this; its blossoming is much more harmonious and happy, it grows better, it lives longer. All this means a response in the plant itself. Consequently, there is the presence there of a certain consciousness; and surely the plant has a vital being.

1956-06-13 - Effects of the Supramental action - Education and the Supermind - Right to remain ignorant - Concentration of mind - Reason, not supreme capacity - Physical education and studies - inner discipline - True usefulness of teachers, #Questions And Answers 1956, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  But that does not mean that anybody at all, at any moment and in any way, is suddenly going to become a supramental Genius. That is not to be expected.
  I was going to say, if one only noticed that one was a little less stupid than before, that would already be something!
  Before seven there are Geniuses there are always Geniuses, everywhere but as a general rule the child is not conscious of itself and doesnt know why or how to do things. That is the time to cultivate its attention, teach it to concentrate on what it does, give it a small basis sufficient for it not to be entirely like a little animal, but to belong to the human race through an elementary intellectual development.
  After that, there is a period of seven years during which it must be taught to chooseto choose what it wants to be. If it chooses to have a rich, complex, well-developed brain, powerful in its functioning, well, it must be taught to work; for it is by work, by reflection, study, analysis and so on that the brain is formed. At fourteen you are readyor ought to be readyto know what you want to be.
  Now, if you believe that by abstaining from all effort and all study, you will become Geniuses, and supramental Geniuses at that, dont have any illusions, it wont happen to you. For even if you touch a higher light, through an inner aspiration or by a divine grace, you will have nothing in there, in your brain, to be able to express it. So it will remain quite nebulous and wont in any way change your outer life. But if it pleases you to be like this, nobody has the right to compel you to be otherwise. You must wait till you are sufficiently conscious to be able to choose.
  Of course, there are people who at fourteen are yet like children of five. But thesetheres little hope for them. Especially those who have lived here.

1957-03-27 - If only humanity consented to be spiritualised, #Questions And Answers 1957-1958, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
    The hand of the divine Artist works often as if it were unsure of its Genius and its material. It seems to touch test and leave, to pick up and throw away and pick up again, to labour and fail and botch and repiece together. Surprises and disappointments are the order of his work before all things are ready. What was selected, is cast away into the abyss of reprobation; what was rejected, becomes the cornerstone of a mighty edifice. But behind all this is the sure eye of a knowledge which surpasses our reason and the slow smile of an infinite ability.
    God has all time before him and does not need to be always in a hurry. He is sure of his aim and success cares not if he break his work a hundred times to bring it nearer perfection. Patience is our first great necessary lesson, but not the dull slowness to move of the timid, the sceptical, the weary, the slothful, the unambitious or the weakling; a patience of a calm and gathering strength which watches and prepares itself for the hour of swift great strokes, few but enough to change destiny.

1957-04-24 - Perfection, lower and higher, #Questions And Answers 1957-1958, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  And the lower perfection is to be able to make the human being in his present form and in his body, in his relation with all terrestrial things, do the utmost he can. This is the case of all great men of Genius: artistic Genius, literary Genius, Genius in organisation, the great rulers, those who have carried physical capacities to their maximum perfection, human development to the limit of its possibilities; and, for instance, all those who have complete control over their bodies and succeed in doing miraculous things, as we saw, for example, during the war, with the airmen: they made their bodies do things which at first sight seemed quite impossible, they obtained from them an endurance, a skill, a power which were almost unthinkable. And from every point of view: from the point of view of physical strength, of intellectual realisation, of the physical qualities of energy and courage, of disinterestedness, goodness, charity; all human qualities carried to their utmost limits. That is the lower perfection.
  The higher perfection is spiritual and super-human. The lower perfection is human perfection carried to its maximum limits, and this may be quite independent of all spiritual life, all spiritual aspiration. One can be a Genius without having any spiritual aspiration. One can have all the most extraordinary moral qualities without having any spiritual life. And even, usually, those who have a very great power of human realisation are satisfiedmore or less satisfiedwith their condition. They feel they are self-sufficient, that they carry in themselves the source of their realisation and their joy, and it is usually very difficult to make them understand and feel that they are not the creators of their own creations, whatever they may be. Most of them, with very rare exceptions, if they were told, You are not the originator of this work you are doing, it is a force higher than you and you are only its instrument, they would dislike it very much and they will send you about your business! Therefore, these two perfections are really divergent in ordinary life. It was said in the old yoga that the first condition for doing yoga was to be disgusted with life. But those who have realised this human perfection are very rarely disgusted with life, unless they have met with personal difficulties such as the ingratitude of people around them, the lack of understanding of their Genius which was not sufficiently appreciatedso all this disgusts them, but92@ otherwise, so long as they are in their period of success and creation, they are perfectly satisfied. So, as they are satisfiedabove all, self-satisfied they dont need to seek anything else.
  It is not essentially true, but this is usually how things happen, and unless there is in this Genius a soul which is perfectly conscious of itself and has come to accomplish a specific work on earth, he may very well be born, grow up and die without knowing that there is anything other than this earthly life. And above all it is this, you see, this feeling of having achieved the utmost realisation which gives a satisfaction that keeps one from needing anything else. If they have a soul thats fully conscious of itself and fully conscious of its purpose in the physical world, there could be a vague feeling that all this is pretty hollow, that all these achievements are a little too superficial and that something is lacking; but that comes only to those who are predestined, and after all, in the mass of humanity, there are not very many of them.
  Only those who are predestined can combine these two perfections and realise something integral. This is quite rare. The great spiritual leaders have very rarely been great realisers in the physical world. It has happened, but it is very rare. Only those who are conscious incarnations of the Divine naturally carry in themselves the possibility of the two perfections, but this is exceptional. People who had a spiritual life, a great spiritual realisation, were able at certain exceptional moments to have a capacity for outward realisation; this also was exceptional, but it was intermittent and never had the integrality, the totality, the perfection of those who concentrated on material realisation. And this is why those who live only in the external consciousness, for whom the earthly material life is all that really exists, concrete and tangible, perceptible to all, always feel that spiritual life is something hazy, something almost mediocre from the material point of view.
  I have met many peoplemany, well, quite a numberwho wanted to demonstrate that spiritual powers gave a great capacity for outer realisation and who tried, in certain exceptional spiritual states or conditions, to paint or to compose music or write poetry; well, everything that they produced was thoroughly second-rate and could not be compared with the works of the great Geniuses who had mastered material nature and this of course gave the materialists a good opening: You see, your so-called power is nothing at all. But this was because in their external life they were ordinary men; for the greatest spiritual power, if it enters material thats not educated, will produce a result far superior to what that individual would have been able to achieve in his ordinary state, but far inferior to what a Genius who has mastered matter can produce. It is not enough that the Spirit bloweth, the instrument must also be capable of manifesting it.
  I believe that is one of the things Sri Aurobindo is going to explain: why it is necessary to give to the physical, external being, its full development, the capacity of controlling matter directly; then you put at the disposal of the Spirit an instrument capable of manifesting it, otherwise Yes, I knew several people who in their ordinary state could not write three lines without making a mistake, not only spelling mistakes but mistakes of language, that is, who could not express one thought clearlywell, in their moments of spiritual inspiration, they used to write very beautiful things, but all the same these very beautiful things were not so beautiful as the works of the greatest writers. These things seemed remarkable in comparison with what they could do in their ordinary state; it was true, their present possibilities were used to the maximum, it was something that gave a value to what otherwise would have had none at all. But supposing you take a real Geniusa musician or artist or writer of Geniuswho has fully mastered his instrument, who can use it to produce works that express the utmost human possibility, if you add to this a spiritual consciousness, the supramental force, then you will have something truly divine.
  And this is precisely the key to the effort Sri Aurobindo wanted us to make.

1957-05-01 - Sports competitions, their value, #Questions And Answers 1957-1958, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
    In the admission of an activity such as sports and physical exercises into the life of the Ashram it is evident that the methods and the first objects to be attained must belong to what we have called the lower end of the being. Originally they have been introduced for the physical education and bodily development of the children of the Ashram School and these are too young for a strictly spiritual aim or practice to enter into their activities. Yet what can be attained within the human boundaries can be something very considerable and sometimes immense: what we call Genius is part of the development of the human range of being and its achievements, especially in things of the mind and will, can carry us halfway to the divine. Even what the mind and will can do with the body in the field proper to the body and its life, in the way of physical achievement, bodily endurance, feats of prowess of all kinds, a lasting activity refusing fatigue or collapse and continuing beyond what seems at first to be possible, courage and refusal to succumb under an endless and murderous physical suffering, these and other victories of many kinds sometimes approaching or reaching the miraculous are seen in the human field and must be reckoned as a part of our concept of a total perfection.
    The body, we have said, is a creation of the Inconscient and itself inconscient or at least subconscient in parts of itself and much of its hidden action; but what we call the Inconscient is an appearance, a dwelling place, an instrument of a secret Consciousness or a Superconscient which has created the miracle we call the universe. Matter is the field and the creation of the Inconscient and the perfection of the operations of inconscient Matter, their perfect adaptation of means to an aim and end, the wonders they perform and the marvels of beauty they create, testify, in spite of all the ignorant denial we can oppose, to the presence and power of consciousness of this Superconscience in every part and movement of the material universe. It is there in the body, has made it and its emergence in our consciousness is the secret aim of evolution and the key to the mystery of our existence.

1958-07-23 - How to develop intuition - Concentration, #Questions And Answers 1957-1958, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  You can be the best athlete, you can be the best student, you can be an artistic, literary or scientific Genius, you can be the greatest saint with that faculty. And everyone has in himself a tiny little beginning of itit is given to everybody, but people do not cultivate it.

1958-09-03 - How to discipline the imagination - Mental formations, #Questions And Answers 1957-1958, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Some people, through a special faculty, are in contact with these domains, take up one formation or other that is there, draw them to themselves and give them an expression. This power of expression is different in different people, but those who can open themselves to these domains, to see things there, to draw these forms towards themselves and express themei ther in literature or in painting or music or in action or scienceare, according to the degree of their power of expression either very highly talented beings or else Geniuses.
  There are higher Geniuses still. They are people who can open to a higher region, a higher force which, passing through the mental layers, comes and takes a form in a human mind and reveals itself in the world as new truths, new philosophical systems, new spiritual teachings, which are the works and at the same time the actions of the great beings who come to take birth on earth. That is an imagination which can be called Truth-imagination. These higher forces, when they come down into the earth-atmosphere, take living, active, powerful forms, spread throughout the world and prepare a new age.
  These two kinds of imagination are what could be called higher imaginations.

1958-09-10 - Magic, occultism, physical science, #Questions And Answers 1957-1958, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  There is a Genius within everyone of uswe dont know it. We must find the way to make it come out but it is there sleeping, it asks for nothing better than to manifest; we must open the door to it.

1958-09-24 - Living the truth - Words and experience, #Questions And Answers 1957-1958, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
    The means by which this need [of intellectual understanding] can be satisfied and with which our nature of mind has provided us is philosophy, and in this field it must be a spiritual philosophy. Such systems have arisen in numbers in the East; for almost always, wherever there has been a considerable spiritual development, there has arisen from it a philosophy justifying it to the intellect. The method was at first an intuitive seeing and an intuitive expression, as in the fathomless thought and profound language of the Upanishads, but afterwards there was developed a critical method, a firm system of dialectics, a logical organisation. The later philosophies were an intellectual account1 or a logical justification of what had been found by inner realisation; or they provided themselves with a mental ground or a systematised method for realisation and experience.2 In the West where the syncretic tendency of the consciousness was replaced by the analytic and separative, the spiritual urge and the intellectual reason parted company almost at the outset; philosophy took from the first a turn towards a purely intellectual and ratiocinative explanation of things. Nevertheless, there were systems like the Pythagorean, Stoic, and Epicurean, which were dynamic not only for thought but for conduct of life and developed a discipline, an effort at inner perfection of the being; this reached a higher spiritual plane of knowledge in later Christian or Neo-pagan thought-structures where East and West met together. But later on the intellectualisation became complete and the connection of philosophy with life and its energies or spirit and its dynamism was either cut or confined to the little that the metaphysical idea can impress on life and action by an abstract and secondary influence. Religion has supported itself in the West not by philosophy but by a credal theology; sometimes a spiritual philosophy emerges by sheer force of individual Genius, but it has not been as in the East a necessary adjunct to every considerable line of spiritual experience and endeavour. It is true that a philosophic development of spiritual thought is not entirely indispensable; for the truths of spirit can be reached more directly and completely by intuition and by a concrete inner contact. It must also be said that the critical control of the intellect over spiritual experience can be hampering and unreliable, for it is an inferior light turned upon a field of higher illumination; the true controlling power is an inner discrimination, a psychic sense and tact, a superior intervention of guidance from above or an innate and luminous inner guidance. But still this line of development too is necessary, because there must be a bridge between the spirit and the intellectual reason: the light of a spiritual or at least a spiritualised intelligence is necessary for the fullness of our total inner evolution, and without it, if another deeper guidance is lacking, the inner movement may be erratic and undisciplined, turbid and mixed with unspiritual elements or one-sided or incomplete in its catholicity. For the transformation of the Ignorance into the integral Knowledge the growth in us of a spiritual intelligence ready to receive a higher light and canalise it for all the parts of our nature is an intermediate necessity of great importance.
    The Life Divine, SABCL, Vol. 19, pp. 878-80

1962 10 06, #On Thoughts And Aphorisms, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   77 Genius discovers a system; average talent stereotypes it till it is shattered by fresh Genius. It is dangerous for an army to be led by veterans; for on the other side God may place Napoleon.
   78When knowledge is fresh in us, then it is invincible; when it is old, it loses its virtue. This is because God moves always forward.

1969 12 05, #On Thoughts And Aphorisms, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   214There is always something abnormal and eccentric about men of Genius. And why not? For Genius itself is an abnormal birth and out of mans ordinary centre.
   215 Genius is Natures first attempt to liberate the imprisoned god out of her human mould; the mould has to suffer in the process. It is astonishing that the cracks are so few and unimportant.

1970 01 23, #On Thoughts And Aphorisms, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   It is certain that in the present state of the physical world, appearances are still very deceptive; physical beauty is not always the sign of a beautiful soul, and an ugly or grotesque body may conceal a Genius or a resplendent soul.
   But for one who has more inner sensitivity, appearances are no longer deceptive and he can perceive the ugliness hidden beneath a pretty face and the beauty concealed beneath a mask of ugliness.

1970 03 19?, #On Thoughts And Aphorisms, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   Sri Aurobindo had a Genius for humour and all we can do is admire and remain silent.
   20 March 1970

1970 04 02, #On Thoughts And Aphorisms, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
   In his writings, Sri Aurobindo had a Genius for expressing the most extraordinary experiences in the most ordinary words, thus giving the impression that his experiences are simple and obvious.
   2 April 1970

1.A - ANTHROPOLOGY, THE SOUL, #Philosophy of Mind, #unset, #Zen
   405 (aa) Though the sensitive individuality is undoubtedly a monadic individual, it is, because immediate, not yet as its self, not a true subject reflected into itself, and is therefore passive. Hence the individuality of its true self is a different subject from it - a subject which may even exist as another individual. By the self-hood of the latter it - a substance, which is only a non-independent predicate - is then set in vibration and controlled without the least resistance on its part. This other subject by which it is so controlled may be called its Genius.
  In the ordinary course of nature this is the condition of the child in its mother's womb: - a condition neither merely bodily nor merely mental, but psychical - a correlation of soul to soul. Here are two individuals, yet in undivided psychic unity: the one as yet no self, as yet nothing impenetrable, incapable of resistance: the other is its actuating subject, the single self of the two. The mother is the Genius of the child; for by Genius we commonly mean the total mental self-hood, as it has existence of its own, and constitutes the subjective substantiality of some one else who is only externally treated as an individual and has only a nominal independence. The underlying essence of the Genius is the sum total of existence, of life, and of character, not as a mere possibility, or capacity, or virtuality, but as efficiency and realized activity, as concrete subjectivity.
  If we look only to the spatial and material aspects of the child's existence as an embryo in its special integuments, and as connected with the mother by means of umbilical cord, placenta, etc., all that is presented to the senses and reflection are certain anatomical and physiological facts - externalities and instrumentalities in the sensible and material which are insignificant as regards the main point, the psychical relationship. What ought to be noted as regards this psychical tie are not merely the striking effects communicated to and stamped upon the child by violent emotions, injuries, etc., of the mother, but the whole psychical judgement (partition) of the underlying nature, by which the female (like the monocotyledons among vegetables) can suffer disruption in twain, so that the child has not merely got communicated to it, but has originally received morbid dispositions as well as other predispositions of shape, temper, character, talent, idiosyncrasies, etc.
  The total sensitivity has its self here in a separate subjectivity, which, in the case cited of this sentient life in the ordinary course of nature, is visibly present as another and a different individual. But this sensitive totality is meant to elevate its self-hood out of itself to subjectivity in one and the same individual: which is then its indwelling consciousness, self-possessed, intelligent, and reasonable. For such a consciousness the merely sentient life serves as an underlying and only implicitly existent material; and the self-possessed subjectivity is the rational, self-conscious, controlling Genius thereof.
  But this sensitive nucleus includes not merely the purely unconscious, congenital disposition and temperament, but within its enveloping simplicity it acquires and retains also (in habit, as to which see later) all further ties and essential relationships, fortunes, principles - everything in short belonging to the character, and in whose elaboration self-conscious activity has most effectively participated. The sensitivity is thus a soul in which the whole mental life is condensed. The total individual under this concentrated aspect is distinct from the existing and actual play of his consciousness, his secular ideas, developed interests, inclinations, etc. As contrasted with this looser aggregate of means and methods the more intensive form of individuality is termed the Genius, whose decision is ultimate whatever may be the show of reasons, intentions, means, of which the more public consciousness is so liberal. This concentrated individuality also reveals itself under the aspect of what is called the heart and soul of feeling. A man is said to be heartless and unfeeling when he looks at things with self-possession and acts according to his permanent purposes, be they great substantial aims or petty and unjust interests: a good-hearted man, on the other hand, means rather one who is at the mercy of his individual sentiment, even when it is of narrow range and is wholly made up of particularities. Of such good nature or goodness of heart it may be said that it is less the Genius itself than the indulgere genio.
   406 (bb) The sensitive life, when it becomes a form or state of the self-conscious, educated, selfpossessed human being is a disease. The individual in such a morbid state stands in direct contact with the concrete contents of his own self, whilst he keeps his self-possessed consciousness of self and of the causal order of things apart as a distinct state of mind. This morbid condition is seen in magnetic somnambulism and cognate states.
  This totality forms his actuality, in the sense that it lies in fact immanent in him; it has already been called his Genius. This Genius is not the free mind which wills and thinks: the form of sensitivity, in which the individual here appears innnersed, is, on the contrary, a surrender of his self-possessed intelligent existence. The first conclusion to which these considerations lead, with reference to the contents of consciousness in the somnambulist stage, is that it is only the range of his individually
   moulded world (of his private interests and narrow relationships) which appear there. Scientific theories and philosophic conceptions or general truths require a different soil - require an intelligence which has risen out of the inarticulate mass of mere sensitivity to free consciousness. It is foolish therefore to expect revelations about the higher ideas from the somnambulist state.
  (c) But when all that occupies the waking consciousness, the world outside it and its relationship to that world, is under a veil, and the soul is thus sunk in sleep (in magnetic sleep, in catalepsy, and other diseases, for example, those connected with female development, or at the approach of death, etc.), then that immanent actuality of the individual remains the same substantial total as before, but now as a purely sensitive life with an inward vision and an inward consciousness. And because it is the adult, formed, and developed consciousness which is degraded into this state of sensitivity, it retains along with its content a certain nominal self-hood, a formal vision and awareness, which, however, does not go so far as the conscious judgement or discernment by which its contents, when it is healthy and awake, exist for it as an outward objectivity. The individual is thus a monad which is inwardly aware of its actuality - a Genius which beholds itself. The characteristic point in such knowledge is that the very same facts (which for the healthy consciousness are an objective practical reality, and to know which, in its sober moods, it needs the intelligent chain of means and conditions in all their real expansion) are now immediately known and perceived in this immanence. This perception is a sort of clairvoyance; for it is a consciousness living in the undivided substantiality of the Genius, and finding itself in the very heart of the interconnection, and so can dispense with the series of conditions, external one to another, which lead up to the result - conditions which cool reflection has in succession to traverse and in so doing feels the limits of its own external individuality. But such clairvoyance - just because its dim and turbid vision does not present the facts in a rational interconnection - is for that very reason at the mercy of every private contingency of feeling and fancy, etc. - not to mention that foreign suggestions (see later) intrude into its vision. It is thus impossible to make out whether what the clairvoyants really see preponderates over what they deceive themselves in. - But it is absurd to treat this visionary state as a sublime mental phase and as a truer state, capable of conveying general truths.[5]
  [5] Plato had a better idea of the relation of prophecy generally to the state of sober consciousness than many moderns, who supposed that the Platonic language on the subject of enthusiasm authorized their belief in the sublimity of the revelations of somnambulistic vision. Plato says in the Timaeus (p. 71),
  (d) An essential feature of this sensitivity, with its absence of intelligent and volitional personality, is this, that it is a state of passivity, like that of the child in the womb. The patient in this condition is accordingly made, and continues to be, subject to the power of another person, the magnetizer; so that when the two are thus in psychical rapport, the selfless individual, not really a 'person', has for his subjective consciousness the consciousness of the other. This latter self-possessed individual is thus the effective subjective soul of the former, and the Genius which may even supply him with a train of ideas.
  That the somnambulist perceives in himself tastes and smells which are present in the person with whom he stands en rapport, and that he is aware of the other inner ideas and present perceptions of the latter as if they were his own, shows the substantial identity which the soul (which even in its concreteness is also truly immaterial) is capable of holding with another. When the substance of both is thus made one, there is only one subjectivity of consciousness: the patient has a sort of individuality, but it is empty, not on the spot, not actual: and this nominal self accordingly derives its whole stock of ideas from the sensations and ideas of the other, in whom it sees, smells, tastes, reads, and hears. It is further to be noted on this point that the somnambulist is thus brought into rapport with two genii and a twofold set of ideas, his own and that of the magnetizer. But it is impossible to say precisely which sensations and which visions he, in this nominal perception, receives, beholds, and brings to knowledge from his own inward self, and which from the suggestions of the person with whom he stands in relation. This uncertainty may be the source of many deceptions, and accounts among other things for the diversity that inevitably shows itself among sonmambulists from different countries and under rapport with persons of different education, as regards their views on morbid states and the methods of cure, or medicines for them, as well as on scientific and intellectual topics.
  The self-possessed and healthy subject has an active and present consciousness of the ordered whole of his individual world, into the system of which he subsumes each special content of sensation, idea, desire, inclination, etc., as it arises, so as to insert them in their proper place, He is the dominant Genius over these particularities. Between this and insanity the difference is like that between waking and dreaming: only that in insanity the dream falls within the waking limits, and so makes part of the actual self- feeling. Error and that sort of thing is a proposition consistently admitted to a place in the objective interconnection of things. In the concrete, however, it is often difficult to say where it begins to become derangement. A violent, but groundless and senseless outburst of hatred, etc., may, in contrast to a presupposed higher self-possession and stability of character, make its victim seem to be beside himself with frenzy. But the main point in derangement is the contradiction which a feeling with a fixed corporeal embodiment sets up against the whole mass of adjustments forming the concrete consciousness. The mind which is in a condition of mere being, and where such being is not rendered fluid in its consciousness, is diseased. The contents which are set free in this reversion to mere nature are the self-seeking affections of the heart, such as vanity, pride, and the rest of the passions - fancies and hopes - merely personal love and hatred. When the influence of self-possession and of general principles, moral and theoretical, is relaxed, and ceases to keep the natural temper under lock and key, the, earthly elements are set free - that evil which is always latent in the heart, because the heart as immediate is natural and selfish. It is the evil Genius of man which gains the upper hand in insanity, but in distinction from and contrast to the better and more intelligent part, which is there also. Hence this state is mental derangement and distress. The right psychical treatment therefore keeps in view the truth that insanity is not an abstract loss of reason (neither in the point of intelligence nor of will and its responsibility), but only derangement, only a contradiction in a still subsisting reason; - just as physical disease is not an abstract, i.e. mere and total, loss of health (if it were that, it would be death), but a contradiction in it. This humane treatment, no less benevolent than reasonable (the services of Pinel towards which deserve the highest acknowledgement), presupposes the patient's rationality, and in that assumption has the sound basis for dealing with him on this side - just as in the case of bodily disease the physician bases his treatment on the vitality which as such still contains health.
  (c) Habit[7]

1f.lovecraft - A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   Fellow despite his comick Genius. Mr. Gibbon was none too well likd,
   for he had an odious sneering Way which offended even those of us who

1f.lovecraft - Beyond the Wall of Sleep, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   lurking spark of Genius? How could any backwoods dullard have gained so
   much as an idea of those glittering realms of supernal radiance and

1f.lovecraft - Deaf, Dumb, and Blind, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   author-poet from Boston, the Genius who had gone into the war with
   every nerve and sense alert and had come out as he was now; still

1f.lovecraft - Discarded Draft of, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   designs seemed to my eye indicative of a profound and exotic Geniusa
   Genius so spectacular and bizarre that one could not help wondering
   whence the inspiration had come. It was easy to credit the boast of one

1f.lovecraft - Medusas Coil, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   that had unlocked his inmost stronghold of Genius.
   The thing almost stunned me when I pulled aside the hangingsstunned
   Marsh knew, or whether the Genius in him painted it without his
   knowing, none could say. But Denis and his father could not have known
   foundationwas faintly, subtly, yet to the eyes of Genius unmistakably
   the scion of Zimbabwes most primal grovellers. No wonder she owned a

1f.lovecraft - Old Bugs, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   subjects connected with belles lettres, and always shewing a Genius so
   remarkable that it seemed as if the public must sometime pardon him for
   litry Genius. He wants to see life as she iswants to know what the
   real lightnin juice tastes likeso jus remember hes me friend an

1f.lovecraft - Pickmans Model, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   Genius Pickman had I feel it an honour to know him, no matter what
   direction his work takes. Boston never had a greater painter than

1f.lovecraft - The Call of Cthulhu, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   near that institution. Wilcox was a precocious youth of known Genius
   but great eccentricity, and had from childhood excited attention
   and at once conceded from the specimens scattered about that his Genius
   is indeed profound and authentic. He will, I believe, some time be
   willing enough now to admit both his Genius and his honesty. I took
   leave of him amicably, and wish him all the success his talent

1f.lovecraft - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   him a Genius or a leader had it not been twisted into strange and
   grotesque forms. Dr. Willett, who was Wards family physician, affirms

1f.lovecraft - The Diary of Alonzo Typer, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   down there againand yet some evil Genius urges me to try it at night
   if I would learn what is to be learned.

1f.lovecraft - The Electric Executioner, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   nobody has any right to know. He was really an inventive Genius, and
   that battery must have been the genuine stuff. I heard later how he had

1f.lovecraft - The Horror in the Museum, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   mountebank. There was imaginationeven a kind of diseased Geniusin
   some of this stuff.
   was a work of sheer, infernal Genius, and Jones wondered how the public
   would react when it was placed on exhibition. So hideous a thing had no
   and all his uncanny sculptural Genius. The thing was incredibleand yet
   the photograph proved that it existed.
   fellow-feeling of one artist for another. There was so much Genius in
   Rogers that he deserved every possible chance to be helped quietly out
   loathsome to think of the waxen masterpiece of abnormal Genius which
   must at this very moment be lurking close at hand in the blackness

1f.lovecraft - The Last Test, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   savoured of conscious destiny and the self-sufficiency of Genius.
   Secure in the ties of a constancy rare even then, he had worked and
   Careless of worldly affairs with the negligence of Genius, he depended
   vastly on the care and management of his sister, and was secretly
   starward-bound Genius who had been his youths closest comrade. He told
   Georgina how greatness can never be exempted from the shafts of envy,
   evil Genius. Walking away with a firm step, Dalton resolved to be
   watchful, and to act at the first sign of trouble.
   left himthe strange, moonstruck, star-reading Genius she had mothered
   so longand the picture she carried away was a very merciful one.

1f.lovecraft - The Music of Erich Zann, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   highly original Genius. The longer I listened, the more I was
   fascinated, until after a week I resolved to make the old mans
   conceive as produced by one player. Certainly, Erich Zann was a Genius
   of wild power. As the weeks passed, the playing grew wilder, whilst the
   qualities of supreme Genius which I knew this strange old man
   possessed. I recognised the airit was a wild Hungarian dance popular

1f.lovecraft - The Shadow out of Time, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   size, poised with mathematical Genius and bound with cements of
   incredible toughness, had combined to form a mass as firm as the

1f.lovecraft - The Shadow over Innsmouth, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   each morning would be enough to stamp me as a madman or a Genius if
   ever I dared write it down. Some frightful influence, I felt, was

1f.lovecraft - The Shunned House, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   horror the wildest phantasy of the Genius who so often passed it
   unknowingly, and stands starkly leering as a symbol of all that is

1f.lovecraft - The Thing on the Doorstep, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   suffered no lessening. Young Derbys odd Genius developed remarkably,
   and in his eighteenth year his collected nightmare-lyrics made a real

1f.lovecraft - Through the Gates of the Silver Key, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   Border which no man has crossed since Shaddad with his terrific Genius
   built and concealed in the sands of Arabia Petraea the prodigious domes

1.fs - Columbus, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
  With Genius Nature ever stands in solemn union still,
  And ever what the one foretells the other shall fulfil.

1.fs - Geniality, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
  How does the Genius make itself known? In the way that in nature
   Shows the Creator himself,e'en in the infinite whole.

1.fs - Genius, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
  object:1.fs - Genius
  author class:Friedrich Schiller

1.fs - Honor To Woman, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
  The mighty dominion of Genius and lore,
   And the infinite circle of song.

1.fs - Melancholy -- To Laura, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
  And Genius, still the more it glows,
  But wastes the lamp whose life bestows
  And thou, young Genius, with the brows of gloom,
   Quench thou life's torch, while yet the flame is strong!

1.fs - Resignation, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
   A Genius hid from sight exclaimed.
  "Two flowers," he cried, "ye mortals, mark the sign,

1.fs - The Alpine Hunter, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
  Steps the Mountain Genius old.
  With his hand the Deity

1.fs - The Artists, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
   Inventive Genius never ceased to rise:
  Creations from creations had their birth,

1.fs - The Bards Of Olden Time, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
   That which the Genius for him, plastic and breathing, then formed.
   With the glow of the song were inflamed the listener's senses,

1.fs - The Difficult Union, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
  Why are taste and Genius so seldom met with united?
     Taste of strength is afraid, Genius despises the rein.

1.fs - The Genius With The Inverted Torch, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
  object:1.fs - The Genius With The Inverted Torch
  author class:Friedrich Schiller

1.fs - The German Art, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
  That man's Genius did create her,
   From man's worth alone.

1.fs - The Gods Of Greece, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
   And the mute graceful Genius lowered a torch.
  The judgment-balance of the realms below,

1.fs - The Ideal And The Actual Life, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
   The kindling Genius, some great sculptor glows;
  Behold him straining, every nerve intent

1.fs - The Imitator, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
   But the Genius has power good from the bad to evoke.
  'Tis the conceived alone, that thou, imitator, canst practise;

1.fs - The Invincible Armada, #Schiller - Poems, #Friedrich Schiller, #Poetry
  What should'st thou thank?Thy Genius and thy steel!
  Behold the hidden and the giant fires!

1.jk - Otho The Great - Act IV, #Keats - Poems, #John Keats, #Poetry
  Wretched impediment! Evil Genius!
  A glue upon my wings, that cannot spread,

1.jk - Sonnet III. Written On The Day That Mr. Leigh Hunt Left Prison, #Keats - Poems, #John Keats, #Poetry
  To regions of his own his Genius true
  Took happy flights. Who shall his fame impair

1.jk - Sonnet To Chatterton, #Keats - Poems, #John Keats, #Poetry
  Whence Genius mildly falsh'd, and high debate.
  How soon that voice, majestic and elate,

1.jk - Sonnet XIII. Addressed To Haydon, #Keats - Poems, #John Keats, #Poetry
  Of steadfast Genius, toiling gallantly!
  What when a stout unbending champion awes

1.jk - The Cap And Bells; Or, The Jealousies - A Faery Tale .. Unfinished, #Keats - Poems, #John Keats, #Poetry
  Who should indulge his Genius, if he has any,
  Not, like a subject, foolish matters mince.

1.jk - To George Felton Mathew, #Keats - Poems, #John Keats, #Poetry
  Over the Genius loving heart, a feeling
  Of all that's high, and great, and good, and healing.
  Of Genius, to flap away each sting
  Thrown by the pitiless world. We next could tell

1.lovecraft - Arcadia, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  Here every bard is a Genius,
  And artists are Raphaels,

1.lovecraft - Tosh Bosh, #Lovecraft - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  Here every bard is a Genius,
   And artists are Raphaels,

1.pbs - Alastor - or, the Spirit of Solitude, #Shelley - Poems, #Percy Bysshe Shelley, #Fiction
  The child of grace and Genius. Heartless things    
  Are done and said i' the world, and many worms

1.pbs - From The Original Draft Of The Poem To William Shelley, #Shelley - Poems, #Percy Bysshe Shelley, #Fiction
  But Genius is omnipotent
  To hallow...

1.pbs - Hellas - A Lyrical Drama, #Shelley - Poems, #Percy Bysshe Shelley, #Fiction
  The renovated Genius of our race,
  Proud umpire of the impious game, descends,

1.pbs - Oedipus Tyrannus or Swellfoot The Tyrant, #Shelley - Poems, #Percy Bysshe Shelley, #Fiction
  Nay, it might hide the blood, which the sad Genius
  Of the Green Isle has fixed, as by a spell,

1.pbs - Peter Bell The Third, #Shelley - Poems, #Percy Bysshe Shelley, #Fiction
   'Is it my Genius, like the moon,
  Sets those who stand her face inspecting,
  I need scarcely observe that nothing personal to the author of Peter Bell is intended in this poem. No man ever admired Wordsworth's poetry more; -- he read it perpetually, and taught others to appreciate its beauties. This poem is, like all others written by Shelley, ideal. He conceived the idealism of a poet -- a man of lofty and creative Genius -- quitting the glorious calling of discovering and announcing the beautiful and good, to support and propagate ignorant prejudices and pernicious errors; imparting to the unenlightened, not that ardour for truth and spirit of toleration which Shelley looked on as the sources of the moral improvement and happiness of mankind, but false and injurious opinions, that evil was good, and that ignorance and force were the best allies of purity and virtue. His idea was that a man gifted, even as transcendently as the author of Peter Bell, with the highest qualities of Genius, must, if he fostered such errors, be infected with dulness. This poem was written as a warning -- not as a narration of the reality. He was unaquainted personally with Wordsworth or with Coleridge (to whom he alludes in the fifth part of the poem), and therefore, I repeat, his poem is purely ideal; -- it contains something of criticism on the compositions of those great poets, but nothing injurious to the men themselves.
  No poem contains more of Shelley's peculiar views with regard to the errors into which many of the wisest have fallen, and the pernicious effects of certain opinions on society. Much of it is beautifully written: and, though, like the burlesque drama of Swellfoot, it must be looked on as a plaything, it has so much merit and poetry -- so much of himself in it -- that it cannot failt to interest greatly, and by right belongs to the world for those whose instruction and benefit it was written.'

1.pbs - Prometheus Unbound, #Shelley - Poems, #Percy Bysshe Shelley, #Fiction
  Like Genius, or like joy which riseth up
  As from the earth, clothing with golden clouds
  And call truth, virtue, love, Genius, or joy,
  That maddening wine of life, whose dregs they drain

1.pbs - Queen Mab - Part III., #Shelley - Poems, #Percy Bysshe Shelley, #Fiction
   Bane of all Genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
   Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame

1.pbs - Queen Mab - Part VII., #Shelley - Poems, #Percy Bysshe Shelley, #Fiction
   Of purity, with radiant Genius bright
   Or lit with human reason's earthly ray?

1.pbs - Rosalind and Helen - a Modern Eclogue, #Shelley - Poems, #Percy Bysshe Shelley, #Fiction
     With Genius, had the marble warmed
     With that pathetic life. This tale

1.pbs - The Revolt Of Islam - Canto I-XII, #Shelley - Poems, #Percy Bysshe Shelley, #Fiction
   Genius beholds it rise, his native home,
    Girt by the deserts of the Universe;
   Yet melt in tenderness! what Genius wild
  Yet mighty, was enclosed within one simple child!
    Of thy strong Genius, Laon, which foresaw
   This hope, compels all spirits to obey,
    The brightest woof of Genius, still was seen
    One who, methought, had gone from the world's scene,
   The light of Genius; its still shadow hid
  Far ships: to know its height the morning mists forbid!
    For Freedom. Genius is made strong to rear
   The monuments of man beneath the dome
    The better Genius of this world's estate.
   His realm around one mighty Fane is spread,

1.poe - Eureka - A Prose Poem, #Poe - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  And now we have reached a point at which the intellect is forced, again, to struggle against its propensity for analogical inference against its monomaniac grasping at the infinite. Moons have been seen revolving about planets; planets about stars; and the poetical instinct of humanity -its instinct of the symmetrical, if the symmetry be but a symmetry of surface: -this instinct, which the Soul, not only of Man but of all created beings, took up, in the beginning, from the geometrical basis of the Universal irradiation -impels us to the fancy of an endless extension of this system of cycles. Closing our eyes equally to de duction and in duction, we insist upon imagining a revolution of all the orbs of the Galaxy about some gigantic globe which we take to be the central pivot of the whole. Each cluster in the great cluster of clusters is imagined, of course, to be similarly supplied and constructed; while, that the "analogy" may be wanting at no point, we go on to conceive these clusters themselves, again, as revolving about some still more august sphere; -this latter, still again, with its encircling clusters, as but one of a yet more magnificent series of agglomerations, gyrating about yet another orb central to them -some orb still more unspeakably sublime -some orb, let us rather say, of infinite sublimity endlessly multiplied by the infinitely sublime. Such are the conditions, continued in perpetuity, which the voice of what some people term "analogy" calls upon the Fancy to depict and the Reason to contemplate, if possible, without becoming dissatisfied with the picture. Such, in general, are the interminable gyrations beyond gyration which we have been instructed by Philosophy to comprehend and to account for, at least in the best manner we can. Now and then, however, a philosopher proper one whose frenzy takes a very determinate turn -whose Genius, to speak more reverentially, has a strongly-pronounced washer-womanish bias, doing every thing up by the dozen -enables us to see precisely that point out of sight, at which the revolutionary processes in question do, and of right ought to, come to an end.
  It is hardly worth while, perhaps, even to sneer at the reveries of Fourrier -but much has been said, latterly, of the hypothesis of Madler -that there exists, in the centre of the Galaxy, a stupendous globe about which all the systems of the cluster revolve. The period of our own, indeed, has been stated -117 millions of years.

1.rb - Fra Lippo Lippi, #Browning - Poems, #Robert Browning, #Poetry
  of rare Genius were as forms of light and not beasts of burden."

1.rb - Pauline, A Fragment of a Question, #Browning - Poems, #Robert Browning, #Poetry
  "Of Genius, seen so gay when working forth
  "Some trusted end, grows sad when all proves vain

1.rb - Sordello - Book the Second, #Browning - Poems, #Robert Browning, #Poetry
  Himself, these fancies! He, no Genius rare,
  Transfiguring in fire or wave or air
  Of Genius-hauntershow shall I describe
  What grubs or nips or rubs or ripsyour louse - Alphonso Of Castile, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  Of Genius the sterility,
  Mighty projects countermanded, - Celestial Love, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  After their own Genius, clearly,
  Without a false humility; - Dmonic Love, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  To and fro the Genius hies,
  A gleam which plays and hovers - Fate, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  The Genius from its cloudy throne.
  For the prevision is allied
  Is the same Genius that creates.
   by owner. provided at no charge for educational purposes - Guy, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  It seemed his Genius discreet
  Worked on the Maker's own receipt, - In Memoriam, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  His Genius beamed with joy again.
  O'er thy rich dust the endless smile
  That Genius goes and Folly stays.
  What matters how, or from what ground, - May-Day, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  The summer dells, by Genius haunted,
  One arctic moon had disenchanted.
  Since Genius too has bound and term,
  There is no bard in all the choir,
  With grace, with Genius, well attired,
  And then as now from far admired,
  Thy Genius, wiles, and blandishment?
  There is no orator prevails - Musketaquid, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  Are touched with Genius. Yonder ragged cliff
  Has thousand faces in a thousand hours. - Quatrains, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  For still the craft of Genius is
  To mask a king in weeds. - Solution, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  England's Genius filled all measure
  Of heart and soul, of strength and pleasure, - Tact, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  Has for Genius no mercy,
  For speeches no heed, - The Adirondacs, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  On for a thousand years of Genius more.'
  The holidays were fruitful, but must end; - The Days Ration, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  Brings book or starbright scroll of Genius,
  The tiny cup will hold not a bead more, - The World-Soul, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
   Of Genius sire and son;
  And his will is not thwarted, - Threnody, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  A Genius of so fine a strain,
  Who gazed upon the sun and moon
  Nor see the Genius of the whole
  Ascendant in the private soul, - Woodnotes, #Emerson - Poems, #Ralph Waldo Emerson, #Philosophy
  When the Genius of God doth flow;
  The wind may alter twenty ways,

1.whitman - A Riddle Song, #Whitman - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  How much of Genius boldly staked and lost for it!
  What countless stores of beauty, love, ventur'd for it!

1.whitman - As I Ponderd In Silence, #Whitman - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  The Genius of poets of old lands,
  As to me directing like flame its eyes,

1.whitman - Says, #Whitman - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  And I say that Genius need never more be turned to romances,
   (For facts properly told, how mean appear all romances.)

1.whitman - Song Of The Redwood-Tree, #Whitman - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   I see the Genius of the Modern, child of the Real and Ideal,
   Clearing the ground for broad humanity, the true America, heir of the

1.ww - A Jewish Family In A Small Valley Opposite St. Goar, Upon The Rhine, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
       Genius of Raphael! if thy wings
        Might bear thee to this glen,

1.ww - Book Eighth- Retrospect--Love Of Nature Leading To Love Of Man, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  Entered, with Shakspeare's Genius, the wild woods
  Of Arden--amid sunshine or in shade
  Or Genius, under Nature, under God,
  Presiding; and severest solitude            

1.ww - Book Seventh [Residence in London], #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
   Genius of Burke! forgive the pen seduced
  By specious wonders, and too slow to tell
  Whose Genius spangled o'er a gloomy theme
  With fancies thick as his inspiring stars,

1.ww - Book Third [Residence at Cambridge], #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
  The glory of my youth. Of Genius, power,        
  Creation and divinity itself

1.ww - Book Thirteenth [Imagination And Taste, How Impaired And Restored Concluded], #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
  Hence Genius, born to thrive by interchange
  Of peace and excitation, finds in her
  And that the Genius of the Poet hence
  May boldly take his way among mankind

1.ww - Dion [See Plutarch], #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
    Of Plato's Genius, from its lofty sphere,
   Fell round him in the grove of Academe,

1.ww - Epitaphs Translated From Chiabrera, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  And his pure native Genius, lead him back
  To wait upon the bright and gracious Muses,

1.ww - From The Dark Chambers Of Dejection Freed, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  Thy Genius forward like a winged steed.
  Though bold Bellerophon (so Jove decreed

1.ww - Hint From The Mountains For Certain Political Pretenders, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  When the wings of Genius rise,
  Their ability to measure

1.ww - Inscriptions For A Seat In The Groves Of Coleorton, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  With which his Genius shook the buskined stage.
  Communities are lost, and Empires die,

1.ww - Lines Left Upon The Seat Of A Yew-Tree,, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  Which Genius did not hallow; 'gainst the taint
  Of dissolute tongues, and jealousy, and hate,

1.ww - Ruth, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  With hues of Genius on his cheek
  In finest tones the Youth could speak:
  His Genius and his moral frame
  Were thus impaired, and he became

1.ww - September, 1819, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  Of Genius from the dust:
  What Horace gloried to behold,

1.ww - The Excursion- VII- Book Sixth- The Churchyard Among the Mountains, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
   "Yes," said the Priest, "the Genius of our hills--
  Who seems, by these stupendous barriers cast

1.ww - The Excursion- X- Book Ninth- Discourse of the Wanderer, and an Evening Visit to the Lake, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  As if some friendly Genius had ordained
  That, as the day thus far had been enriched

1.ww - The Fairest, Brightest, Hues Of Ether Fade, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  Such strains of rapture as the Genius played
  In his still haunt on Bagdad's summit high;

1.ww - The Farmer Of Tilsbury Vale, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  The Genius of plenty preserved him from harm:        
  At length, what to most is a season of sorrow,

1.ww - The Two Thieves- Or, The Last Stage Of Avarice, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  O NOW that the Genius of Bewick were mine,
  And the skill which he learned on the banks of the Tyne.

1.ww - The Wishing Gate Destroyed, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  The local Genius ne'er befriends
  Desires whose course in folly ends,

1.ww - To The Poet, John Dyer, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
  BARD of the Fleece, whose skilful Genius made
  That work a living landscape fair and bright;

1.ww - Written In A Blank Leaf Of Macpherson's Ossian, #Wordsworth - Poems, #unset, #Zen
       Whose lofty Genius could survive
       Privation, under sorrow thrive;

2.01 - Proem, #Of The Nature Of Things, #Lucretius, #Poetry
  Rivals in Genius, or emulous in rank,
  Pressing through days and nights with hugest toil

2.02 - Meeting With the Goddess, #The Hero with a Thousand Faces, #Joseph Campbell, #Mythology
  Only Geniuses capable of the highest realization can support
  the full revelation of the sublimity of this goddess. For lesser

2.02 - On Letters, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Zen
   A letter from Subhas Chandra Bose to Dilip Kumar Roy that appeared in the Prabartak of Chandernagore was read out. Subhas remarked in it that though he had great respect for Vivekananda he considered Sri Aurobindo more gabhr deeper than the former. He accepted Sri Aurobindo as a Genius and a great Dhyani, but thought that too long remaining away from 'active life' tends to onesided development and may help some few to become Supermen, but for the generality of men he would prefer the path of service and work.
   Sri Aurobindo heard the contents of the letter and was glad that it was short.

2.02 - The Circle, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  7:The size of the whole figure is determined by the size of one square of the Tau. And the size of this square is that of the base of the Altar, which is placed upon Malkuth. It will follow then that, in spite of the apparent freedom of the Magician to do anything he likes, he is really determined absolutely; for as the Altar must have a base proportionate to its height, and as that height must be convenient for the Magician, the size of the whole will depend upon his own stature. It is easy to draw a moral lesson from these considerations. We will merely indicate this one, that the scope of any man's work depends on his own original Genius. Even the size of the weapons must be determined by necessary proportion. The exceptions to this rule are the Lamp, which hangs form the roof, above the centre of the Circle, above the square of Tiphereth; and the Oil, whose phial is so small that it will suit any altar.
  8:On the Circle are inscribe the Names of God; the Circle is of green, and the names are in flaming vermilion, of the same colour as the Tau. Without the Circle are nine pentagrams equidistant,1 in the centre of each of which burns a small Lamp; these are the "Fortresses upon the Frontiers of the Abyss." See the eleventh thyr, Liber 418 ("Equinox V"). They keep off those forces of darkness which might otherwise break in.

2.03 - Karmayogin A Commentary on the Isha Upanishad, #Isha Upanishad, #unset, #Zen
  by side with the development of Genius or exceptional mental
  & spiritual powers in family or individual. Man has not yet
  free rein, there is an immense outburst of Genius, talent, origination, invention or of splendid personal force and activity.
  Periods such as the revolutionary epoch in France when the

2.03 - THE ENIGMA OF BOLOGNA, #Mysterium Coniunctionis, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  [69] Of the numerous interpretations made by the commentators I would like to mention one which seems to me worth rescuing from oblivion. This is the view expressed by the two friends of Malvasius (see n. 127), namely that Lucius Agatho was a real person, but that Aelia was a fictitious woman, or perhaps an evil Genius in female form or an ungodly spirit, who in the opinion of one of them flies about in the air, and according to the other dwells in the earth and was enclosed and affixed in a Junonian oak; a sylvan sprite, nymph, or hamadryad who, when the oak was cut down and burnt, was obliged to seek another dwelling-place and so was found, as if dead, in this sarcophagus. Thus it was that she was praised, described, and commemorated by the loved and loving Agatho.176
  [70] According to this interpretation, Aelia is Agathos anima, projected into a Junonian oak. The oak is the tree of Jupiter, but it is also sacred to Juno.177 In a metaphorical sense, as the feminine carrier of the anima projection, it is Jupiters spouse and Agathos beloved. Mythologically, nymphs, dryads, etc. are nature- and tree-numina, but psychologically they are anima projections,178 so far as masculine statements are concerned.

2.05 - The Cosmic Illusion; Mind, Dream and Hallucination, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Shankara. There have been, intermediate or later in time, other philosophies of considerable importance, some of them widely accepted, formulated with much acumen of thought by men of Genius and spiritual insight, which disputed with more or less force and success the conclusions of these two great metaphysical systems, but none has been put forward with an equal force of presentation or drive of personality or had a similar massive effect. The spirit of these two remarkable spiritual philosophies
  - for Shankara in the historical process of India's philosophical mind takes up, completes and replaces Buddha, - has weighed with a tremendous power on her thought, religion and general mentality: everywhere broods its mighty shadow, everywhere is the impress of the three great formulas, the chain of Karma, escape from the wheel of rebirth, Maya. It is necessary therefore to look afresh at the Idea or Truth behind the negation of cosmic existence and to consider, however briefly, what is the value of its main formulations or suggestions, on what reality they stand, how far they are imperative to the reason or to experience. For the present it will be enough to throw a regard on the principal ideas which are grouped around the conception of the great cosmic Illusion, Maya, and to set against them those that are proper to our own line of thought and vision; for both proceed from the conception of the One Reality, but one line leads to a universal Illusionism, the other to a universal Realism, - an unreal or real-unreal universe reposing on a transcendent Reality or a real universe reposing on a Reality at once universal and transcendent or absolute.

2.07 - On Congress and Politics, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Zen
   Sri Aurobindo: It was so; the king had a continuity of policy from father to son and he could not infringe on the rights of the communes; and if these rights were interfered with the people at once made themselves felt. That was the form which the Genius of the race had evolved. You think that this parliamentary government is the best form of government. In fact, that form has been a success nowhere except in England. In France, it is worse, in America, in spite of their being an Anglo-Saxon race, it has not succeeded.
   Disciple: In Japan, is it the European form?
   The parliamentary form would be hardly suitable for our people. Of course, it is not necessary that you should have today the same old forms. But you can take the line of evolution and follow the bent of the Genius of the race.
   29 JUNE 1926

2.08 - God in Power of Becoming, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   in every direction, million-bodied, myriad-minded, manifest in each existence; we see his faces on all sides of us. Dhata 'ham visvato-mukhah.. For simultaneously in all these many million persons and things, sarva-bhutes.u, there works the mystery of his self and thought and force and his divine Genius of creation and his marvellous art of formation and his impeccable ordering of relations and possibilities and inevitable consequences.
  He appears to us too in the universe as the universal spirit of

2.0 - Reincarnation and Karma, #Theosophy, #Alice Bailey, #Occultism
   from the little mother the joyous disposition and the love of romance." Genius, of course, he did not receive from either. In this way we are shown what part of a man's soul qualities he hands over, as it were, to the line of physical heredity.
  The matter and forces of the physical body are in the whole external physical nature around us. They are continually being taken from it and given back to it. In the space of a few years the matter which composes our physical body is entirely renewed. That this matter takes the form of the human body, and that it always renews itself again within this body, is due to the fact that it is held together by the ether-body. And the form of the latter is not determined by events between birth-or conception-and death alone, but is dependent on the laws of heredity which extend beyond birth and death. That soul qualities also can be transmitted by heredity, that is, that the process of physical heredity receives an infusion from the soul, is due to the fact that the soul-body can be influenced by the sentient-soul.
   spiritual man? Surely only from capacities of one kind or another which the human being brings with him when he begins his earthly life. These capacities, in certain respects, resemble exactly those which we can also acquire for ourselves during life. Take the case of a Genius. It is known that Mozart, when a boy, could write out from memory a long musical composition after hearing it only once. He was able to do this only because he could survey the whole at one glance. Within certain limits a man is also able during life to increase his capacity of rapid survey, of grasping combinations to such an extent that he then possesses new faculties. Lessing, indeed, has said of himself that by means of a talent for critical observation he had acquired for himself something that came near to being Genius. One has either to regard such abilities founded on innate capacities with wonder as miracles, or one must consider them as fruits of experiences which the spirit-self has had through a soul. They have been graven on the spirit-self. And since they have not been implanted in this life, they have been in a former one. The human spirit is
   p. 78

2.0 - THE ANTICHRIST, #Twilight of the Idols, #Friedrich Nietzsche, #Philosophy
  become Genius, bad to invent _another_ world, from the standpoint
  of which that _Yea-saying_ to life appeared as _the_ most evil and
  histrionic Genius, they have known how to set themselves at the head
  of all decadent movements (St Paul and Christianity for instance), in
  upon error, but inventive and showing signs of Genius only in those
  errors which are dangerous and which poison life and the human
  he is the Genius in hatred, in the standpoint of hatred, and in the
  relentless logic of hatred. And alas what did this dysangelist not
  amounts to Genius, and which has never been even approximately achieved
  elsewhere either by books or by men, this fraud in word and pose
  the eternal Jew _par excellence,_ become flesh and Genius. ... What
  he divined was, how, by the help of the small sectarian Christian
  example: St Paul's Genius consisted in his discovery of this. In this
  matter his instinct was so certain, that, regardless of doing violence
  the Genius of organisation and administration, faith, the _will_ to
  the future of mankind, the great _yea_ to all things materialised
  but also _did._ What? Must a German in the first place be a Genius, a
  free-spirit, in order to have _decent_ feelings? I cannot understand

2.12 - On Miracles, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Zen
   Disciple: Is there any such thing as the evil Genius of a nation?
   Sri Aurobindo: This idea is akin to the Christian conception of good and evil always counterbalancing each other and it corresponds to the old idea of good and evil spirits. But there is no such rule that wherever there is a good spirit there must be the evil spirit.

2.13 - Exclusive Concentration of Consciousness-Force and the Ignorance, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   himself up to this exclusive concentration in a part of himself for the time being, but his success in the action very largely depends on the completeness with which he can thus put aside the rest of himself and live only in his immediate work. Yet all the time we can see that it is the whole man who is really doing the action and not merely this particular part of him; what he does, the way he does it, the elements he brings into it, the stamp he gives to his work depends on his whole character, mind, information, Genius, all that the past of him has made him, - and not his past in this life only, but in other lives, and again not only his past, but the past, the present and the predestined future both of himself and the world around him are the determinants of his work.
  The present actor, poet or soldier in him is only a separative determination of his Tapas; it is his force of being organised for a particular kind of action of its energy, a separative movement of Tapas which is able - and this ability is not a weakness, a deficiency, but a great power of the consciousness - to absorb itself in that particular working to the temporary self-oblivion of the rest of itself, even though that rest is present all the time at the back of the consciousness and in the work itself and is active or has its influence in the shaping of the work. This active self-oblivion of the man in his work and the part he plays, differs from the other, the deeper self-oblivion, in that the wall of separation is less phenomenally and not at all enduringly complete; the mind can dissolve its concentration and go back from its work at any time to the consciousness of the larger self of which this was a partial action. The superficial or apparent man cannot so go back at will to the real man within him; he can only do it to some extent abnormally or supernormally in exceptional conditions of his mentality or, more permanently and completely, as the fruit of a long and arduous self-training, self-deepening, self-heightening, self-expansion. Still he can go back; therefore the difference is phenomenal only, not essential: it is, in essence, in both cases the same movement of exclusive concentration, of absorption in a particular aspect of himself, action, movement of force, though with different circumstances and another manner of working.

2.13 - On Psychology, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Zen
   All men of Genius have got that capacity a sort of half-supramentalised vital being, which makes them always do the right thing, the thing that ought to be done. They don't commit mistakes in their actions. Generally they don't reason. In fact they can't give reasons. But yet they do the right thing and succeed.
   As I said, the vital being is a very necessary part of the being. When it is changed it becomes an instrument in the hands of the Higher Power. Then there is no longer desire but the Higher Force which acts through it. In order that it may be able to do it, it has to open itself to the Truth above the mind. - Languages, #On Education, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  There are many words which cannot be translated. Sri Aurobindos humour and irony cannot be translated into French. English humour when translated into French sounds stupid and flat; French humour when translated into English becomes cruel and meaningless. These two languages seem to be so similar and yet their Genius is quite apart.
  4 July 1956

2.15 - On the Gods and Asuras, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Zen
   Sri Aurobindo: Yes, these beings, as I have said, have got a free intelligence and they are not limited by the laws of the physical plane, they have not what we call physical prudence; they have an objective in view and a great force to carry it out. They simply press down for their own realisation. It is these kinds of forces that are behind revolutions and great movements; they do not care how much is broken in the process. We see in history some men of Genius who have been able to hold these beings in themselves. Sometimes when everything is broken and destroyed, the mind comes and presses down and tries to put things together and organise some kind of harmony.
   Therefore the man who wants to hold them ought to have a sound physical mind which knows the contingencies of the physical plane and also has got the light of the Supermind. If the Supermind itself came, it would be a different thing, because it knows everything, and if you put the force under the light of the Supermind you can use it as an instrument.

2.15 - Reality and the Integral Knowledge, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  But it is evident that this solution cannot be accepted in its rigour, as it has no integrality in it but looks at only one side of existence, even only one province or district of existence, and leaves all the rest unexplained, without inherent reality, without significance. If pushed to its extreme, it would give to a stone or a plum-pudding a greater reality and to thought, love, courage, Genius, greatness, the human soul and mind facing an obscure and dangerous world and getting mastery over it an inferior dependent reality or even an unsubstantial and evanescent reality. For in this view these things so great to our subjective vision are valid only as the reactions of an objective material being to an objective material existence; they are valid only in so far as they deal with objective realities and make themselves effective upon them: the soul, if it exists, is only a circumstance of an objectively real world-Nature. But it could be held, on the contrary, that the objective assumes value only as it has a relation to the soul; it is a field, an occasion, a means for the soul's progression in Time: the objective is created as a ground of manifestation for the subjective. The objective world is only an outward form of becoming of the Spirit; it is here a first form, a basis, but it is not the essential thing, the main truth of being. The subjective and objective are two necessary sides of the manifested Reality and of equal value, and in the range of the objective itself the supraphysical object of consciousness has as much right to acceptance as the physical objectivity; it cannot be a priori set aside as a subjective delusion or hallucination.
  In fact, subjectivity and objectivity are not independent realities, they depend upon each other; they are the Being, through consciousness, looking at itself as subject on the object and the same Being offering itself to its own consciousness as object to the subject. The more partial view concedes no substantive reality to anything which exists only in the consciousness, or, to put it more accurately, to anything to which the inner consciousness or sense bears testimony but which the outer physical senses do not provide with a ground or do not substantiate. But the outer senses can bear a reliable evidence only when they refer their version of the object to the consciousness and that consciousness gives a significance to their report, adds to its externality its own internal intuitive interpretation and justifies it by a reasoned adherence; for the evidence of the senses is always by itself imperfect, not altogether reliable and certainly not final, because it is incomplete and constantly subject to error. Indeed, we have no means of knowing the objective universe except by our subjective consciousness of which the physical senses themselves are instruments; as the world appears not only to that but in that, so it is to us. If we deny reality to the evidence of this universal witness for subjective or for supraphysical objectivities, there is no sufficient reason to concede reality to its evidence for physical objectivities; if the inner or the supraphysical objects of consciousness are unreal, the objective physical universe has also every chance of being unreal. In each case understanding, discrimination, verification are necessary; but the subjective and the supraphysical must have another method of verification than that which we apply successfully to the physical and external objective. Subjective experience cannot be referred to the evidence of the external senses; it has its own standards of seeing and its inner method of verification: so also supraphysical realities by their very nature cannot be referred to the judgment of the physical or sense mind except when they project themselves into the physical, and even then that judgment is often incompetent or subject to caution; they can only be verified by other senses and by a method of scrutiny and affirmation which is applicable to their own reality, their own nature.

2.17 - December 1938, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Zen
   Sri Aurobindo: Surely not! India is now going towards European Socialism which is dangerous for her; while we were trying to evolve the true Genius of the race along Indian lines and all working for independence.
   Take the Bengal [Swadeshi] movement. The whole race was awakened within a short time. People who were such cowards and trembled before the sight of a revolver were in a short period so much changed that police officials used to say "That insolent Barisal look". It was the soul of the race that woke up throwing up very fine personalities. The leaders of the movement were either yogis or disciples of yogis, e.g., Monoranjan Guha Thakurata was a disciple of Bejoy Goswami.
   Even so during the last war the Germans could not throw up any remarkable military Genius like the French General Foch. If Foch had been made the Commander-in-Chief of the Allies sooner, the war would have ended much earlier.
   The Balkan people and the Turks are also good fighters.


--- Overview of noun genius

The noun genius has 5 senses (first 3 from tagged texts)
1. (2) genius, mastermind, brain, brainiac, Einstein ::: (someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality; "Mozart was a child genius"; "he's smart but he's no Einstein")
2. (2) brilliance, genius ::: (unusual mental ability)
3. (1) ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz ::: (someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field)
4. genius, wizardry ::: (exceptional creative ability)
5. flair, genius ::: (a natural talent; "he has a flair for mathematics"; "he has a genius for interior decorating")

--- Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun genius

5 senses of genius                          

Sense 1
genius, mastermind, brain, brainiac, Einstein
   => intellectual, intellect
     => person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul
       => organism, being
         => living thing, animate thing
           => whole, unit
             => object, physical object
               => physical entity
                 => entity
       => causal agent, cause, causal agency
         => physical entity
           => entity

Sense 2
brilliance, genius
   => intelligence
     => ability, power
       => cognition, knowledge, noesis
         => psychological feature
           => abstraction, abstract entity
             => entity

Sense 3
ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz
   => expert
     => person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, soul
       => organism, being
         => living thing, animate thing
           => whole, unit
             => object, physical object
               => physical entity
                 => entity
       => causal agent, cause, causal agency
         => physical entity
           => entity

Sense 4
genius, wizardry
   => creativity, creativeness, creative thinking
     => ability, power
       => cognition, knowledge, noesis
         => psychological feature
           => abstraction, abstract entity
             => entity

Sense 5
flair, genius
   => endowment, gift, talent, natural endowment
     => natural ability
       => aptitude
         => ability, power
           => cognition, knowledge, noesis
             => psychological feature
               => abstraction, abstract entity
                 => entity

--- Hyponyms of noun genius

3 of 5 senses of genius                        

Sense 1
genius, mastermind, brain, brainiac, Einstein
   => prodigy

Sense 2
brilliance, genius
   => coruscation
   => pyrotechnics
   => scintillation

Sense 3
ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz
   => track star

--- Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun genius

5 senses of genius                          

Sense 1
genius, mastermind, brain, brainiac, Einstein
   => intellectual, intellect

Sense 2
brilliance, genius
   => intelligence

Sense 3
ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz
   => expert

Sense 4
genius, wizardry
   => creativity, creativeness, creative thinking

Sense 5
flair, genius
   => endowment, gift, talent, natural endowment

--- Coordinate Terms (sisters) of noun genius

5 senses of genius                          

Sense 1
genius, mastermind, brain, brainiac, Einstein
  -> intellectual, intellect
   => anomalist
   => exponent
   => alchemist
   => aphorist
   => bel esprit
   => clever Dick, clever clogs
   => decoder, decipherer
   => egghead
   => expositor, expounder
   => genius, mastermind, brain, brainiac, Einstein
   => highbrow
   => mentor, wise man
   => scholar, scholarly person, bookman, student
   => skeptic, sceptic, doubter
   => specifier
   => subjectivist
   => synthesist, synthesizer, synthesiser
   => theorist, theoretician, theorizer, theoriser, idealogue
   => thinker, creative thinker, mind
   => thinker
   => visionary, illusionist, seer
   => wonderer

Sense 2
brilliance, genius
  -> intelligence
   => brain, brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality, wit
   => breadth, comprehensiveness, largeness
   => mind, intellect
   => nonverbal intelligence
   => verbal intelligence
   => mental quickness, quickness, quick-wittedness
   => nimbleness, mental dexterity
   => brilliance, genius
   => precociousness, precocity
   => acuteness, acuity, sharpness, keenness
   => brightness, cleverness, smartness
   => shrewdness, astuteness, perspicacity, perspicaciousness
   => wits, marbles

Sense 3
ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz
  -> expert
   => ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz
   => agronomist
   => all-rounder, all arounder
   => analyst
   => analyst
   => anatomist
   => antiquary, antiquarian, archaist
   => arbiter, supreme authority