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Patience::: In a more deep and spiritual sense a concrete realisation is that which makes the thing realised more real, dynamic, intimately present to the consciousness than any physical thing can be. Such a realisation of the personal Divine or of the impersonal Brahman or of the Self does not usually come at the beginning of a sadhana or in the first years or for many years. It comes so to a very few. Most would say that a slow development is the best one can hope for in the first years and only when the nature is ready and fully concentrated towards the Divine can the definitive experience come. To some rapid preparatory experiences can come at a comparatively early stage, but even they cannot escape the labour of the consciousness which will make these experiences culminate in the realisation that is enduring and complete. It is a matter of fact and truth and experience, not of liking or disliking.
Ref: CWSA Vol. 35, Page: 240-41
patience ::: n. The quality of being able calmly to endure suffering, toil, delay, vexation, or any similar condition.
patience ::: n. --> The state or quality of being patient; the power of suffering with fortitude; uncomplaining endurance of evils or wrongs, as toil, pain, poverty, insult, oppression, calamity, etc.
The act or power of calmly or contentedly waiting for something due or hoped for; forbearance.
Constancy in labor or application; perseverance.
A kind of dock (Rumex Patientia), less common in America
PATIENCE. ::: The capacity to wait steadily for the realisa- tion to come.
patience to develop. For instance, the neutral quiet so dissatis- fying to five vital eagerness of the sadhaka is the first step towards the peace that passeth all understanding, the small current or thrill of inner delight the first trickling of the ocean of Ananda, the play of tights or colours the key of the doors of the inner vision and experience, the descent that stifTens the body into a concentrated stillness that first touch of something at the end of which is the presence of the Divine.
19 Sri Aurobindo
14 The Mother
1 Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
1 Saint Benedict of Nursia
1 Lewis Carroll
1 Leo Tolstoy
1 Jetsun Milarepa
1 Jean Gebser
1 Jalaluddin Rumi
1 Imam al-Ghazali
1 Ibn Arabi
1 Chinese Proverb
1 Chamtrul Rinpoche
1 Arthur C Clarke
1 Anonymous Proverb
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12 Allan Lokos
8 William Shakespeare
6 Mokokoma Mokhonoana
6 Dalai Lama
6 Benjamin Franklin
5 Mahatma Gandhi
5 Leo Tolstoy
5 Gustave Flaubert
3 Ursula K Le Guin
3 Thomas a Kempis
3 The Mother
3 Swami Vivekananda
3 Simon Sinek
3 Richelle E Goodrich
3 Rainer Maria Rilke
3 Paulo Coelho
3 Patience Jonathan
1:The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
~ Leo Tolstoy,
2:With patience any difficulty can be overcome.
~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
3:Desire makes slaves out of kings, while patience makes kings out of slaves. ~ Imam al-Ghazali,
4:In true courage there is no impatience and no rashness. ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
5:Genius is patience.
~ Anonymous Proverb, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919),
6:With patience one arrives always.
~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Will and Perserverance, Patience,
7:Doubt is the mind’s persistent assailant. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Patience and Perseverance,
8:Perseverance: the decision to go to the very end ... [and] is patience in action
~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
9:The root cause of the lower realms is anger, therefore practice patience, even at the cost of your life. ~ Jetsun Milarepa,
10:As the darkness disappears, the inner doors too will open. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Patience and Perseverance,
11:Everything will come in its time; keep a confident patience and all will be all right.
~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, [T5],
12:Accomplishment is without any doubt the fruit of patience.
~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Will and Perserverance, PATIENCE ,
13:One must persist however long it takes, so only one can achieve. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Patience and Perseverance,
14:With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin. With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
~ Chinese Proverb,
15:If one wants to do a divine work upon earth, one must come with tons of patience and endurance.
~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1954, [T5],
16:By having patience under all kinds of pressure you lay the foundations of peace. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Patience and Perseverance,
17:All grief, revolt, impatience, trouble is a violence against the Master of the being. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Action of Equality,
18:With sincerity, make an effort for progress, and with patience, know how to await the result of your effort.
~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II, Patience,
19:What is needed is care; a great deal of patience; and the laying aside of many preconceived opinions, wishful dreams, and the blind sway of demands. ~ Jean Gebser,
20:In the long and difficult integral Yoga there must be an integral faith and an unshakable patience. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Master of the Work,
21:312. Each man of us has a million lives yet to fulfil upon this earth. Why then this haste and clamour and impatience?
~ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine And Human, Karma,
22:One has to go on till the struggle is over and there is the straight and open and thornless way before us. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Patience and Perseverance,
23:Small beginnings are of the greatest importance and have to be cherished and allowed with great patience to develop. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - III, The Value of Experiences,
24:The very first lesson in this Yoga is to face life and its trials with a quiet mind, a firm courage and an entire reliance on the Divine Shakti. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Patience and Perseverance,
25:Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
26:One who has not the courage to face patiently and firmly life and its difficulties will never be able to go through the still greater inner difficulties of the sadhana. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga - II, Patience and Perseverance,
27:Just as light destroys darkness,
Generosity destroys miserliness,
Discipline destroys harmfulness.
Patience destroys intolerance,
Perseverance destroys laziness,
Concentration destroys distraction,
Wisdom destroys ignorance. ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche,
28:There’s a rhythm
Will shatter hardest stone; each thing in nature
Has its own point where it has done with patience
And starts in pieces; below that point play on it,
Nor overpitch the music. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Plays and Stories, Act III,
29:patience or resoluteness? :::
The power needed in yoga is the power to go through effort, difficulty or trouble without getting fatigued, depressed, discouraged or impatient and without breaking off the effort or giving up one's aim or resolution. ~ ?, Collaboration Journal, Vol 41 No 2,
30:Almighty God, give me wisdom to perceive You, intelligence to understand You, diligence to seek You, patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate upon You and life to proclaim You, through the power of the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. ~ Saint Benedict of Nursia,
31:A certain amount of purification is necessary before there can be any realisation of the Divine and that is what has been going on in you. It is after all not a very long time since the real purification began and it is never an easy work. So the impatience may be natural, but it is not exactly reasonable. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - II, Purity,
32:In fact, however, the divine Strength, often unobserved and behind the veil, substitutes itself for our weakness and supports us through all our failings of faith, courage and patience. It makes the blind to see and the lame to stride over the hills.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Conditions of the Synthesis, The Synthesis of the Systems, 46,
33:One of the gnostics was hungry and wept. Someone who had no tasting (dhawq) in that area censured him for that. The gnostic said, "But Allah makes me hungry so that I might weep.
He tests me by affliction so that I might ask Him to remove it from me. This does not lessen my being patient." We know that patience is holding the self back from complaint to other-than-Allah. ~ Ibn Arabi,
34:In the growth into a divine life the spirit must be our first preoccupation; until we have revealed and evolved it in our self out of its mental, vital, physical wrappings and disguises, extricated it with patience from our own body, as the Upanishad puts it, until we have built up in ourselves an inner life of the spirit, it is obvious that no outer divine living can become possible. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, 2.28 - The Divine Life,
35:The ego cannot see where it is being led; it revolts against the leading, loses confidence, loses courage. These failings would not matter; for the divine Guide within is not offended by our revolt, not discouraged by our want of faith or repelled by our weakness; he has the entire love of the mother and the entire patience of the teacheR But by withdrawing our assent from the guidance we lose the consciousness, though not all the actuality-not, in any case, the eventuality -of its benefit. And we withdraw our assent because we fail to distinguish our higher Self from the lower through which he is preparing his self-revelation.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Four Aids, 64,
36:Do not be over-eager for experience, - for experiences you can always get, having once broken the barrier between the physical mind and the subtle planes. What you have to aspire for most is the improved quality of the recipient consciousness in you - discrimination in the mind, the unattached impersonal Witness look on all that goes on in you and around you, purity in the vital, calm equanimity, enduring patience, absence of pride and the sense of greatness - and more especially, the development of the psychic being in you - surrender, self-giving, psychic humility, devotion. It is a consciousness made up of these things, cast in this mould that can bear without breaking, stumbling or deviation into error the rush of lights, powers and experiences from the supraphysical planes. An entire perfection in these respects is hardly possible until the whole nature from the highest mind to the subconscient physical is made one in the light that is greater than Mind; but a sufficient foundation and a consciousness always self-observant, vigilant and growing in these things is indispensable
- for perfect purification is the basis of the perfect siddhi. ~ ?,
37:the fourth aid, time, kala :::
The sadhaka who has all these aids is sure of his goal. Even a fall will be for him only a means of rising and death a passage towards fulfilment. For once on this path, birth and death become only processes in the development of his being and the stages of his journey.
Time is the remaining aid needed for the effectivity of the process. Time presents itself to human effort as an enemy or a friend, as a resistance, a medium or an instrument. But always it is really the instrument of the soul.
Time is a field of circumstances and forces meeting and working out a resultant progression whose course it measures. To the ego it is a tyrant or a resistance, to the Divine an instrument. Therefore, while our effort is personal, Time appears as a resistance, for it presents to us all the obstruction of the forces that conflict with our own. When the divine working and the personal are combined in our consciousness, it appears as a medium and a condition. When the two become one, it appears as a servant and instrument.
The ideal attitude of the sadhaka towards Time is to have an endless patience as if he had all eternity for his fulfilment and yet to develop the energy that shall realise now and with an ever-increasing mastery and pressure of rapidity till it reaches the miraculous instantaneousness of the supreme divine Transformation.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Four Aids,
38:At first, needing the companionship of the human voice, he had listened to classical plays especially the works of Shaw, Ibsen, and Shakespeare - or poetry readings from Discovery's enormous library of recorded sounds. The problems they dealt with, however, seemed so remote, or so easily resolved with a little common sense, that after a while he lost patience with them.
So he switched to opera - usually in Italian or German, so that he was not distracted even by the minimal intellectual content that most operas contained. This phase lasted for two weeks before he realized that the sound of all these superbly trained voices was only exacerbating his loneliness. But what finally ended this cycle was Verdi's Requiem Mass, which he had never heard performed on Earth. The "Dies Irae," roaring with ominous appropriateness through the empty ship, left him completely shattered; and when the trumpets of Doomsday echoed from the heavens, he could endure no more.
Thereafter, he played only instrumental music. He started with the romantic composers, but shed them one by one as their emotional outpourings became too oppressive. Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, lasted a few weeks, Beethoven rather longer. He finally found peace, as so many others had done, in the abstract architecture of Bach, occasionally ornamented with Mozart. And so Discovery drove on toward Saturn, as often as not pulsating with the cool music of the harpsichord, the frozen thoughts of a brain that had been dust for twice a hundred years. ~ Arthur C Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey,
39:the process of unification, the perfecting our one's instrumental being, the help one needs to reach the goal :::
If we truly want to progress and acquire the capacity of knowing the truth of our being, that is to say, what we are truly created for, what we can call our mission upon earth, then we must, in a very regular and constant manner, reject from us or eliminate in us whatever contradicts the truth of our existence, whatever is opposed to it. In this way, little by little, all the parts, all the elements of our being can be organised into a homogeneous whole around our psychic centre. This work of unification requires much time to be brought to some degree of perfection. Therefore, in order to accomplish it, we must arm ourselves with patience and endurance, with a determination to prolong our life as long as necessary for the success of our endeavor.
As you pursue this labor of purification and unification, you must at the same time take great care to perfect the external and instrumental part of your being. When the higher truth manifests, it must find in you a mind that is supple and rich enough to be able to give the idea that seeks to express itself a form of thought which preserves its force and clarity. This thought, again, when it seeks to clothe itself in words, must find in you a sufficient power of expression so that the words reveal the thought and do not deform it. And the formula in which you embody the truth should be manifested in all your feelings, all your acts of will, all your actions, in all movements of your being. Finally, these movements themselves should, by constant effort, attain their highest perfection. ... It is therefore of capital importance to become conscious of its presence in us [the psychic being], to concentrate on this presence until it becomes a living fact for us and we can identify ourselves with it.
In various times and places many methods have been prescribed for attaining this perfection and ultimately achieving this identification. Some methods are psychological, some religious, some even mechanical. In reality, everyone has to find the one which suits him best, and if one has an ardent and steadfast aspiration, a persistent and dynamic will, one is sure to meet, in one way or another - outwardly through reading and study, inwardly through concentration, meditation, revelation and experience - the help one needs to reach the goal. Only one thing is absolutely indispensable: the will to discover and to realize. This discovery and realization should be the primary preoccupation of our being, the pearl of great price which we must acquire at any cost. Whatever you do, whatever your occupations and activities, the will to find the truth of your being and to unite with it must be always living and present behind all that you do, all that you feel, all that you think.
~ The Mother, On Education, [T1],
40:3. Conditions internal and external that are most essential for meditation. There are no essential external conditions, but solitude and seculsion at the time of meditation as well as stillness of the body are helpful, sometimes almost necessary to the beginning. But one should not be bound by external conditions. Once the habit of meditation is formed, it should be made possible to do it in all circumstances, lying, sitting, walking, alone, in company, in silence or in the midst of noise etc.
The first internal condition necessary is concentration of the will against the obstacles to meditation, i.e. wandering of the mind, forgetfulness, sleep, physical and nervous impatience and restlessness etc. If the difficulty in meditation is that thoughts of all kinds come in, that is not due to hostile forces but to the ordinary nature of the human mind. All sadhaks have this difficulty and with many it lasts for a very long time. There are several was of getting rid of it. One of them is to look at the thoughts and observe what is the nature of the human mind as they show it but not to give any sanction and to let them run down till they come to a standstill - this is a way recommended by Vivekananda in his Rajayoga. Another is to look at the thoughts as not one's own, to stand back as the witness Purusha and refuse the sanction - the thoughts are regarded as things coming from outside, from Prakriti, and they must be felt as if they were passers-by crossing the mind-space with whom one has no connection and in whom one takes no interest. In this way it usually happens that after the time the mind divides into two, a part which is the mental witness watching and perfectly undisturbed and quiet and a part in which the thoughts cross or wander. Afterwards one can proceed to silence or quiet the Prakriti part also. There is a third, an active method by which one looks to see where the thoughts come from and finds they come not from oneself, but from outside the head as it were; if one can detect them coming, then, before enter, they have to be thrown away altogether. This is perhaps the most difficult way and not all can do it, but if it can be done it is the shortest and most powerful road to silence. It is not easy to get into the Silence. That is only possible by throwing out all mental-vital activities. It is easier to let the Silence descend into you, i.e., to open yourself and let it descend. The way to do this and the way to call down the higher powers is the same. It is to remain quiet at the time of efforts to pull down the Power or the Silence but keeping only a silent will and aspiration for them. If the mind is active one has to learn to look at it, drawn back and not giving sanction from within, until its habitual or mechanical activities begin to fall quiet for want of support from within. if it is too persistent, a steady rejection without strain or struggle is the one thing to be done.
~ Sri Aurobindo, Autobiographical Notes,
THE EDUCATION of a human being should begin at birth and continue throughout his life.
Indeed, if we want this education to have its maximum result, it should begin even before birth; in this case it is the mother herself who proceeds with this education by means of a twofold action: first, upon herself for her own improvement, and secondly, upon the child whom she is forming physically. For it is certain that the nature of the child to be born depends very much upon the mother who forms it, upon her aspiration and will as well as upon the material surroundings in which she lives. To see that her thoughts are always beautiful and pure, her feelings always noble and fine, her material surroundings as harmonious as possible and full of a great simplicity - this is the part of education which should apply to the mother herself. And if she has in addition a conscious and definite will to form the child according to the highest ideal she can conceive, then the very best conditions will be realised so that the child can come into the world with his utmost potentialities. How many difficult efforts and useless complications would be avoided in this way!
Education to be complete must have five principal aspects corresponding to the five principal activities of the human being: the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual. Usually, these phases of education follow chronologically the growth of the individual; this, however, does not mean that one of them should replace another, but that all must continue, completing one another until the end of his life.
We propose to study these five aspects of education one by one and also their interrelationships. But before we enter into the details of the subject, I wish to make a recommendation to parents. Most parents, for various reasons, give very little thought to the true education which should be imparted to children. When they have brought a child into the world, provided him with food, satisfied his various material needs and looked after his health more or less carefully, they think they have fully discharged their duty. Later on, they will send him to school and hand over to the teachers the responsibility for his education.
There are other parents who know that their children must be educated and who try to do what they can. But very few, even among those who are most serious and sincere, know that the first thing to do, in order to be able to educate a child, is to educate oneself, to become conscious and master of oneself so that one never sets a bad example to one's child. For it is above all through example that education becomes effective. To speak good words and to give wise advice to a child has very little effect if one does not oneself give him an example of what one teaches. Sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self-control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches. Parents, have a high ideal and always act in accordance with it and you will see that little by little your child will reflect this ideal in himself and spontaneously manifest the qualities you would like to see expressed in his nature. Quite naturally a child has respect and admiration for his parents; unless they are quite unworthy, they will always appear to their child as demigods whom he will try to imitate as best he can.
With very few exceptions, parents are not aware of the disastrous influence that their own defects, impulses, weaknesses and lack of self-control have on their children. If you wish to be respected by a child, have respect for yourself and be worthy of respect at every moment. Never be authoritarian, despotic, impatient or ill-tempered. When your child asks you a question, do not give him a stupid or silly answer under the pretext that he cannot understand you. You can always make yourself understood if you take enough trouble; and in spite of the popular saying that it is not always good to tell the truth, I affirm that it is always good to tell the truth, but that the art consists in telling it in such a way as to make it accessible to the mind of the hearer. In early life, until he is twelve or fourteen, the child's mind is hardly open to abstract notions and general ideas. And yet you can train it to understand these things by using concrete images, symbols or parables. Up to quite an advanced age and for some who mentally always remain children, a narrative, a story, a tale well told teach much more than any number of theoretical explanations.
Another pitfall to avoid: do not scold your child without good reason and only when it is quite indispensable. A child who is too often scolded gets hardened to rebuke and no longer attaches much importance to words or severity of tone. And above all, take good care never to scold him for a fault which you yourself commit. Children are very keen and clear-sighted observers; they soon find out your weaknesses and note them without pity.
When a child has done something wrong, see that he confesses it to you spontaneously and frankly; and when he has confessed, with kindness and affection make him understand what was wrong in his movement so that he will not repeat it, but never scold him; a fault confessed must always be forgiven. You should not allow any fear to come between you and your child; fear is a pernicious means of education: it invariably gives birth to deceit and lying. Only a discerning affection that is firm yet gentle and an adequate practical knowledge will create the bonds of trust that are indispensable for you to be able to educate your child effectively. And do not forget that you have to control yourself constantly in order to be equal to your task and truly fulfil the duty which you owe your child by the mere fact of having brought him into the world.
Bulletin, February 1951
~ The Mother, On Education,
42:Depression, unless one has a strong will, suggests, "This is not worth while, one may have to wait a lifetime." As for enthusiasm, it expects to see the vital transformed overnight: "I am not going to have any difficulty henceforth, I am going to advance rapidly on the path of yoga, I am going to gain the divine consciousness without any difficulty." There are some other difficulties.... One needs a little time, much perseverance. So the vital, after a few hours - perhaps a few days, perhaps a few months - says to itself: "We haven't gone very far with our enthusiasm, has anything been really done? Doesn't this movement leave us just where we were, perhaps worse than we were, a little troubled, a little disturbed? Things are no longer what they were, they are not yet what they ought to be. It is very tiresome, what I am doing." And then, if one pushes a little more, here's this gentleman saying, "Ah, no! I have had enough of it, leave me alone. I don't want to move, I shall stay in my corner, I won't trouble you, but don't bother me!" And so one has not gone very much farther than before.
This is one of the big obstacles which must be carefully avoided. As soon as there is the least sign of discontentment, of annoyance, the vital must be spoken to in this way, "My friend, you are going to keep calm, you are going to do what you are asked to do, otherwise you will have to deal with me." And to the other, the enthusiast who says, "Everything must be done now, immediately", your reply is, "Calm yourself a little, your energy is excellent, but it must not be spent in five minutes. We shall need it for a long time, keep it carefully and, as it is wanted, I shall call upon your goodwill. You will show that you are full of goodwill, you will obey, you won't grumble, you will not protest, you will not revolt, you will say 'yes, yes', you will make a little sacrifice when asked, you will say 'yes' wholeheartedly."
So we get started on the path. But the road is very long. Many things happen on the way. Suddenly one thinks one has overcome an obstacle; I say "thinks", because though one has overcome it, it is not totally overcome. I am going to take a very obvious instance, of a very simple observation. Someone has found that his vital is uncontrollable and uncontrolled, that it gets furious for nothing and about nothing. He starts working to teach it not to get carried away, not to flare up, to remain calm and bear the shocks of life without reacting violently. If one does this cheerfully, it goes quite quickly. (Note this well, it is very important: when you have to deal with your vital take care to remain cheerful, otherwise you will get into trouble.) One remains cheerful, that is, when one sees the fury rise, one begins to laugh. Instead of being depressed and saying, "Ah! In spite of all my effort it is beginning all over again", one begins to laugh and says, "Well, well! One hasn't yet seen the end of it. Look now, aren't you ridiculous, you know quite well that you are being ridiculous! Is it worthwhile getting angry?" One gives it this lesson cheerfully. And really, after a while it doesn't get angry again, it is quiet - and one relaxes one's attention. One thinks the difficulty has been overcome, one thinks a result has at last been reached: "My vital does not trouble me any longer, it does not get angry now, everything is going fine." And the next day, one loses one's temper. It is then one must be careful, it is then one must not say, "Here we are, it's no use, I shall never achieve anything, all my efforts are futile; all this is an illusion, it is impossible." On the contrary, one must say, "I wasn't vigilant enough." One must wait long, very long, before one can say, "Ah! It is done and finished." Sometimes one must wait for years, many years....
I am not saying this to discourage you, but to give you patience and perseverance - for there is a moment when you do arrive. And note that the vital is a small part of your being - a very important part, we have said that it is the dynamism, the realising energy, it is very important; but it is only a small part. And the mind!... which goes wandering, which must be pulled back by all the strings to be kept quiet! You think this can be done overnight? And your body?... You have a weakness, a difficulty, sometimes a small chronic illness, nothing much, but still it is a nuisance, isn't it? You want to get rid of it. You make efforts, you concentrate; you work upon it, establish harmony, and you think it is finished, and then.... Take, for instance, people who have the habit of coughing; they can't control themselves or almost can't. It is not serious but it is bothersome, and there seems to be no reason why it should ever stop. Well, one tells oneself, "I am going to control this." One makes an effort - a yogic effort, not a material one - one brings down consciousness, force, and stops the cough. And one thinks, "The body has forgotten how to cough." And it is a great thing when the body has forgotten, truly one can say, "I am cured." But unfortunately it is not always true, for this goes down into the subconscient and, one day, when the balance of forces is not so well established, when the strength is not the same, it begins again. And one laments, "I believed that it was over! I had succeeded and told myself, 'It is true that spiritual power has an action upon the body, it is true that something can be done', and there! it is not true. And yet it was a small thing, and I who want to conquer immortality! How will I succeed?... For years I have been free from this small thing and here it is beginning anew!" It is then that you must be careful. You must arm yourself with an endless patience and endurance. You do a thing once, ten times, a hundred times, a thousand times if necessary, but you do it till it gets done. And not done only here and there, but everywhere and everywhere at the same time. This is the great problem one sets oneself. That is why, to those who come to tell me very light-heartedly, "I want to do yoga", I reply, "Think it over, one may do the yoga for a number of years without noticing the least result. But if you want to do it, you must persist and persist with such a will that you should be ready to do it for ten lifetimes, a hundred lifetimes if necessary, in order to succeed." I do not say it will be like that, but the attitude must be like that. Nothing must discourage you; for there are all the difficulties of ignorance of the different states of being, to which are added the endless malice and the unbounded cunning of the hostile forces in the world.... They are there, do you know why? They have been.... ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1950-1951,
Why do we forget our dreams?
Because you do not dream always at the same place. It is not always the same part of your being that dreams and it is not at the same place that you dream. If you were in conscious, direct, continuous communication with all the parts of your being, you would remember all your dreams. But very few parts of the being are in communication.
For example, you have a dream in the subtle physical, that is to say, quite close to the physical. Generally, these dreams occur in the early hours of the morning, that is between four and five o'clock, at the end of the sleep. If you do not make a sudden movement when you wake up, if you remain very quiet, very still and a little attentive - quietly attentive - and concentrated, you will remember them, for the communication between the subtle physical and the physical is established - very rarely is there no communication.
Now, dreams are mostly forgotten because you have a dream while in a certain state and then pass into another. For instance, when you sleep, your body is asleep, your vital is asleep, but your mind is still active. So your mind begins to have dreams, that is, its activity is more or less coordinated, the imagination is very active and you see all kinds of things, take part in extraordinary happenings.... After some time, all that calms down and the mind also begins to doze. The vital that was resting wakes up; it comes out of the body, walks about, goes here and there, does all kinds of things, reacts, sometimes fights, and finally eats. It does all kinds of things. The vital is very adventurous. It watches. When it is heroic it rushes to save people who are in prison or to destroy enemies or it makes wonderful discoveries. But this pushes back the whole mental dream very far behind. It is rubbed off, forgotten: naturally you cannot remember it because the vital dream takes its place. But if you wake up suddenly at that moment, you remember it. There are people who have made the experiment, who have got up at certain fixed hours of the night and when they wake up suddenly, they do remember. You must not move brusquely, but awake in the natural course, then you remember.
After a time, the vital having taken a good stroll, needs to rest also, and so it goes into repose and quietness, quite tired at the end of all kinds of adventures. Then something else wakes up. Let us suppose that it is the subtle physical that goes for a walk. It starts moving and begins wandering, seeing the rooms and... why, this thing that was there, but it has come here and that other thing which was in that room is now in this one, and so on. If you wake up without stirring, you remembeR But this has pushed away far to the back of the consciousness all the stories of the vital. They are forgotten and so you cannot recollect your dreams. But if at the time of waking up you are not in a hurry, you are not obliged to leave your bed, on the contrary you can remain there as long as you wish, you need not even open your eyes; you keep your head exactly where it was and you make yourself like a tranquil mirror within and concentrate there. You catch just a tiny end of the tail of your dream. You catch it and start pulling gently, without stirring in the least. You begin pulling quite gently, and then first one part comes, a little later another. You go backward; the last comes up first. Everything goes backward, slowly, and suddenly the whole dream reappears: "Ah, there! it was like that." Above all, do not jump up, do not stir; you repeat the dream to yourself several times - once, twice - until it becomes clear in all its details. Once that dream is settled, you continue not to stir, you try to go further in, and suddenly you catch the tail of something else. It is more distant, more vague, but you can still seize it. And here also you hang on, get hold of it and pull, and you see that everything changes and you enter another world; all of a sudden you have an extraordinary adventure - it is another dream. You follow the same process. You repeat the dream to yourself once, twice, until you are sure of it. You remain very quiet all the time. Then you begin to penetrate still more deeply into yourself, as though you were going in very far, very far; and again suddenly you see a vague form, you have a feeling, a sensation... like a current of air, a slight breeze, a little breath; and you say, "Well, well...." It takes a form, it becomes clear - and the third category comes. You must have a lot of time, a lot of patience, you must be very quiet in your mind and body, very quiet, and you can tell the story of your whole night from the end right up to the beginning.
Even without doing this exercise which is very long and difficult, in order to recollect a dream, whether it be the last one or the one in the middle that has made a violent impression on your being, you must do what I have said when you wake up: take particular care not even to move your head on the pillow, remain absolutely still and let the dream return.
Some people do not have a passage between one state and another, there is a little gap and so they leap from one to the other; there is no highway passing through all the states of being with no break of the consciousness. A small dark hole, and you do not remember. It is like a precipice across which one has to extend the consciousness. To build a bridge takes a very long time; it takes much longer than building a physical bridge.... Very few people want to and know how to do it. They may have had magnificent activities, they do not remember them or sometimes only the last, the nearest, the most physical activity, with an uncoordinated movement - dreams having no sense.
But there are as many different kinds of nights and sleep as there are different days and activities. There are not many days that are alike, each day is different. The days are not the same, the nights are not the same. You and your friends are doing apparently the same thing, but for each one it is very different. And each one must have his own procedure.
Why are two dreams never alike?
Because all things are different. No two minutes are alike in the universe and it will be so till the end of the universe, no two minutes will ever be alike. And men obstinately want to make rules! One must do this and not that.... Well! we must let people please themselves.
You could have put to me a very interesting question: "Why am I fourteen years old today?" Intelligent people will say: "It is because it is the fourteenth year since you were born." That is the answer of someone who believes himself to be very intelligent. But there is another reason. I shall tell this to you alone.... I have drowned you all sufficiently well! Now you must begin to learn swimming!
~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953, 36?,
44:The Science of Living
To know oneself and to control oneself
AN AIMLESS life is always a miserable life.
Every one of you should have an aim. But do not forget that on the quality of your aim will depend the quality of your life.
Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested; this will make your life precious to yourself and to others.
But whatever your ideal, it cannot be perfectly realised unless you have realised perfection in yourself.
To work for your perfection, the first step is to become conscious of yourself, of the different parts of your being and their respective activities. You must learn to distinguish these different parts one from another, so that you may become clearly aware of the origin of the movements that occur in you, the many impulses, reactions and conflicting wills that drive you to action. It is an assiduous study which demands much perseverance and sincerity. For man's nature, especially his mental nature, has a spontaneous tendency to give a favourable explanation for everything he thinks, feels, says and does. It is only by observing these movements with great care, by bringing them, as it were, before the tribunal of our highest ideal, with a sincere will to submit to its judgment, that we can hope to form in ourselves a discernment that never errs. For if we truly want to progress and acquire the capacity of knowing the truth of our being, that is to say, what we are truly created for, what we can call our mission upon earth, then we must, in a very regular and constant manner, reject from us or eliminate in us whatever contradicts the truth of our existence, whatever is opposed to it. In this way, little by little, all the parts, all the elements of our being can be organised into a homogeneous whole around our psychic centre. This work of unification requires much time to be brought to some degree of perfection. Therefore, in order to accomplish it, we must arm ourselves with patience and endurance, with a determination to prolong our life as long as necessary for the success of our endeavour.
As you pursue this labour of purification and unification, you must at the same time take great care to perfect the external and instrumental part of your being. When the higher truth manifests, it must find in you a mind that is supple and rich enough to be able to give the idea that seeks to express itself a form of thought which preserves its force and clarity. This thought, again, when it seeks to clothe itself in words, must find in you a sufficient power of expression so that the words reveal the thought and do not deform it. And the formula in which you embody the truth should be manifested in all your feelings, all your acts of will, all your actions, in all the movements of your being. Finally, these movements themselves should, by constant effort, attain their highest perfection.
All this can be realised by means of a fourfold discipline, the general outline of which is given here. The four aspects of the discipline do not exclude each other, and can be followed at the same time; indeed, this is preferable. The starting-point is what can be called the psychic discipline. We give the name "psychic" to the psychological centre of our being, the seat within us of the highest truth of our existence, that which can know this truth and set it in movement. It is therefore of capital importance to become conscious of its presence in us, to concentrate on this presence until it becomes a living fact for us and we can identify ourselves with it.
In various times and places many methods have been prescribed for attaining this perception and ultimately achieving this identification. Some methods are psychological, some religious, some even mechanical. In reality, everyone has to find the one which suits him best, and if one has an ardent and steadfast aspiration, a persistent and dynamic will, one is sure to meet, in one way or another - outwardly through reading and study, inwardly through concentration, meditation, revelation and experience - the help one needs to reach the goal. Only one thing is absolutely indispensable: the will to discover and to realise. This discovery and realisation should be the primary preoccupation of our being, the pearl of great price which we must acquire at any cost. Whatever you do, whatever your occupations and activities, the will to find the truth of your being and to unite with it must be always living and present behind all that you do, all that you feel, all that you think.
To complement this movement of inner discovery, it would be good not to neglect the development of the mind. For the mental instrument can equally be a great help or a great hindrance. In its natural state the human mind is always limited in its vision, narrow in its understanding, rigid in its conceptions, and a constant effort is therefore needed to widen it, to make it more supple and profound. So it is very necessary to consider everything from as many points of view as possible. Towards this end, there is an exercise which gives great suppleness and elevation to the thought. It is as follows: a clearly formulated thesis is set; against it is opposed its antithesis, formulated with the same precision. Then by careful reflection the problem must be widened or transcended until a synthesis is found which unites the two contraries in a larger, higher and more comprehensive idea.
Many other exercises of the same kind can be undertaken; some have a beneficial effect on the character and so possess a double advantage: that of educating the mind and that of establishing control over the feelings and their consequences. For example, you must never allow your mind to judge things and people, for the mind is not an instrument of knowledge; it is incapable of finding knowledge, but it must be moved by knowledge. Knowledge belongs to a much higher domain than that of the human mind, far above the region of pure ideas. The mind has to be silent and attentive to receive knowledge from above and manifest it. For it is an instrument of formation, of organisation and action, and it is in these functions that it attains its full value and real usefulness.
There is another practice which can be very helpful to the progress of the consciousness. Whenever there is a disagreement on any matter, such as a decision to be taken, or an action to be carried out, one must never remain closed up in one's own conception or point of view. On the contrary, one must make an effort to understand the other's point of view, to put oneself in his place and, instead of quarrelling or even fighting, find the solution which can reasonably satisfy both parties; there always is one for men of goodwill.
Here we must mention the discipline of the vital. The vital being in us is the seat of impulses and desires, of enthusiasm and violence, of dynamic energy and desperate depressions, of passions and revolts. It can set everything in motion, build and realise; but it can also destroy and mar everything. Thus it may be the most difficult part to discipline in the human being. It is a long and exacting labour requiring great patience and perfect sincerity, for without sincerity you will deceive yourself from the very outset, and all endeavour for progress will be in vain. With the collaboration of the vital no realisation seems impossible, no transformation impracticable. But the difficulty lies in securing this constant collaboration. The vital is a good worker, but most often it seeks its own satisfaction. If that is refused, totally or even partially, the vital gets vexed, sulks and goes on strike. Its energy disappears more or less completely and in its place leaves disgust for people and things, discouragement or revolt, depression and dissatisfaction. At such moments it is good to remain quiet and refuse to act; for these are the times when one does stupid things and in a few moments one can destroy or spoil the progress that has been made during months of regular effort. These crises are shorter and less dangerous for those who have established a contact with their psychic being which is sufficient to keep alive in them the flame of aspiration and the consciousness of the ideal to be realised. They can, with the help of this consciousness, deal with their vital as one deals with a rebellious child, with patience and perseverance, showing it the truth and light, endeavouring to convince it and awaken in it the goodwill which has been veiled for a time. By means of such patient intervention each crisis can be turned into a new progress, into one more step towards the goal. Progress may be slow, relapses may be frequent, but if a courageous will is maintained, one is sure to triumph one day and see all difficulties melt and vanish before the radiance of the truth-consciousness.
Lastly, by means of a rational and discerning physical education, we must make our body strong and supple enough to become a fit instrument in the material world for the truth-force which wants to manifest through us.
In fact, the body must not rule, it must obey. By its very nature it is a docile and faithful servant. Unfortunately, it rarely has the capacity of discernment it ought to have with regard to its masters, the mind and the vital. It obeys them blindly, at the cost of its own well-being. The mind with its dogmas, its rigid and arbitrary principles, the vital with its passions, its excesses and dissipations soon destroy the natural balance of the body and create in it fatigue, exhaustion and disease. It must be freed from this tyranny and this can be done only through a constant union with the psychic centre of the being. The body has a wonderful capacity of adaptation and endurance. It is able to do so many more things than one usually imagines. If, instead of the ignorant and despotic masters that now govern it, it is ruled by the central truth of the being, you will be amazed at what it is capable of doing. Calm and quiet, strong and poised, at every minute it will be able to put forth the effort that is demanded of it, for it will have learnt to find rest in action and to recuperate, through contact with the universal forces, the energies it expends consciously and usefully. In this sound and balanced life a new harmony will manifest in the body, reflecting the harmony of the higher regions, which will give it perfect proportions and ideal beauty of form. And this harmony will be progressive, for the truth of the being is never static; it is a perpetual unfolding of a growing perfection that is more and more total and comprehensive. As soon as the body has learnt to follow this movement of progressive harmony, it will be possible for it to escape, through a continuous process of transformation, from the necessity of disintegration and destruction. Thus the irrevocable law of death will no longer have any reason to exist.
When we reach this degree of perfection which is our goal, we shall perceive that the truth we seek is made up of four major aspects: Love, Knowledge, Power and Beauty. These four attributes of the Truth will express themselves spontaneously in our being. The psychic will be the vehicle of true and pure love, the mind will be the vehicle of infallible knowledge, the vital will manifest an invincible power and strength and the body will be the expression of a perfect beauty and harmony.
Bulletin, November 1950
~ The Mother, On Education,
45:The Supreme Discovery
IF WE want to progress integrally, we must build within our conscious being a strong and pure mental synthesis which can serve us as a protection against temptations from outside, as a landmark to prevent us from going astray, as a beacon to light our way across the moving ocean of life.
Each individual should build up this mental synthesis according to his own tendencies and affinities and aspirations. But if we want it to be truly living and luminous, it must be centred on the idea that is the intellectual representation symbolising That which is at the centre of our being, That which is our life and our light.
This idea, expressed in sublime words, has been taught in various forms by all the great Instructors in all lands and all ages.
The Self of each one and the great universal Self are one. Since all that is exists from all eternity in its essence and principle, why make a distinction between the being and its origin, between ourselves and what we place at the beginning?
The ancient traditions rightly said:
"Our origin and ourselves, our God and ourselves are one."
And this oneness should not be understood merely as a more or less close and intimate relationship of union, but as a true identity.
Thus, when a man who seeks the Divine attempts to reascend by degrees towards the inaccessible, he forgets that all his knowledge and all his intuition cannot take him one step forward in this infinite; neither does he know that what he wants to attain, what he believes to be so far from him, is within him.
For how could he know anything of the origin until he becomes conscious of this origin in himself?
It is by understanding himself, by learning to know himself, that he can make the supreme discovery and cry out in wonder like the patriarch in the Bible, "The house of God is here and I knew it not."
That is why we must express that sublime thought, creatrix of the material worlds, and make known to all the word that fills the heavens and the earth, "I am in all things and all beings."When all shall know this, the promised day of great transfigurations will be at hand. When in each atom of Matter men shall recognise the indwelling thought of God, when in each living creature they shall perceive some hint of a gesture of God, when each man can see God in his brother, then dawn will break, dispelling the darkness, the falsehood, the ignorance, the error and suffering that weigh upon all Nature. For, "all Nature suffers and laments as she awaits the revelation of the Sons of God."
This indeed is the central thought epitomising all others, the thought which should be ever present to our remembrance as the sun that illumines all life.
That is why I remind you of it today. For if we follow our path bearing this thought in our hearts like the rarest jewel, the most precious treasure, if we allow it to do its work of illumination and transfiguration within us, we shall know that it lives in the centre of all beings and all things, and in it we shall feel the marvellous oneness of the universe.
Then we shall understand the vanity and childishness of our meagre satisfactions, our foolish quarrels, our petty passions, our blind indignations. We shall see the dissolution of our little faults, the crumbling of the last entrenchments of our limited personality and our obtuse egoism. We shall feel ourselves being swept along by this sublime current of true spirituality which will deliver us from our narrow limits and bounds.
The individual Self and the universal Self are one; in every world, in every being, in every thing, in every atom is the Divine Presence, and man's mission is to manifest it.
In order to do that, he must become conscious of this Divine Presence within him. Some individuals must undergo a real apprenticeship in order to achieve this: their egoistic being is too all-absorbing, too rigid, too conservative, and their struggles against it are long and painful. Others, on the contrary, who are more impersonal, more plastic, more spiritualised, come easily into contact with the inexhaustible divine source of their being.But let us not forget that they too should devote themselves daily, constantly, to a methodical effort of adaptation and transformation, so that nothing within them may ever again obscure the radiance of that pure light.
But how greatly the standpoint changes once we attain this deeper consciousness! How understanding widens, how compassion grows!
On this a sage has said:
"I would like each one of us to come to the point where he perceives the inner God who dwells even in the vilest of human beings; instead of condemning him we would say, 'Arise, O resplendent Being, thou who art ever pure, who knowest neither birth nor death; arise, Almighty One, and manifest thy nature.'"
Let us live by this beautiful utterance and we shall see everything around us transformed as if by miracle.
This is the attitude of true, conscious and discerning love, the love which knows how to see behind appearances, understand in spite of words, and which, amid all obstacles, is in constant communion with the depths.
What value have our impulses and our desires, our anguish and our violence, our sufferings and our struggles, all these inner vicissitudes unduly dramatised by our unruly imagination - what value do they have before this great, this sublime and divine love bending over us from the innermost depths of our being, bearing with our weaknesses, rectifying our errors, healing our wounds, bathing our whole being with its regenerating streams?
For the inner Godhead never imposes herself, she neither demands nor threatens; she offers and gives herself, conceals and forgets herself in the heart of all beings and things; she never accuses, she neither judges nor curses nor condemns, but works unceasingly to perfect without constraint, to mend without reproach, to encourage without impatience, to enrich each one with all the wealth he can receive; she is the mother whose love bears fruit and nourishes, guards and protects, counsels and consoles; because she understands everything, she can endure everything, excuse and pardon everything, hope and prepare for everything; bearing everything within herself, she owns nothing that does not belong to all, and because she reigns over all, she is the servant of all; that is why all, great and small, who want to be kings with her and gods in her, become, like her, not despots but servitors among their brethren.
How beautiful is this humble role of servant, the role of all who have been revealers and heralds of the God who is within all, of the Divine Love that animates all things....
And until we can follow their example and become true servants even as they, let us allow ourselves to be penetrated and transformed by this Divine Love; let us offer Him, without reserve, this marvellous instrument, our physical organism. He shall make it yield its utmost on every plane of activity.
To achieve this total self-consecration, all means are good, all methods have their value. The one thing needful is to persevere in our will to attain this goal. For then everything we study, every action we perform, every human being we meet, all come to bring us an indication, a help, a light to guide us on the path.
Before I close, I shall add a few pages for those who have already made apparently fruitless efforts, for those who have encountered the pitfalls on the way and seen the measure of their weakness, for those who are in danger of losing their self-confidence and courage. These pages, intended to rekindle hope in the hearts of those who suffer, were written by a spiritual worker at a time when ordeals of every kind were sweeping down on him like purifying flames.
You who are weary, downcast and bruised, you who fall, who think perhaps that you are defeated, hear the voice of a friend. He knows your sorrows, he has shared them, he has suffered like you from the ills of the earth; like you he has crossed many deserts under the burden of the day, he has known thirst and hunger, solitude and abandonment, and the cruellest of all wants, the destitution of the heart. Alas! he has known too the hours of doubt, the errors, the faults, the failings, every weakness.
But he tells you: Courage! Hearken to the lesson that the rising sun brings to the earth with its first rays each morning. It is a lesson of hope, a message of solace.
You who weep, who suffer and tremble, who dare not expect an end to your ills, an issue to your pangs, behold: there is no night without dawn and the day is about to break when darkness is thickest; there is no mist that the sun does not dispel, no cloud that it does not gild, no tear that it will not dry one day, no storm that is not followed by its shining triumphant bow; there is no snow that it does not melt, nor winter that it does not change into radiant spring.
And for you too, there is no affliction which does not bring its measure of glory, no distress which cannot be transformed into joy, nor defeat into victory, nor downfall into higher ascension, nor solitude into radiating centre of life, nor discord into harmony - sometimes it is a misunderstanding between two minds that compels two hearts to open to mutual communion; lastly, there is no infinite weakness that cannot be changed into strength. And it is even in supreme weakness that almightiness chooses to reveal itself!
Listen, my little child, you who today feel so broken, so fallen perhaps, who have nothing left, nothing to cover your misery and foster your pride: never before have you been so great! How close to the summits is he who awakens in the depths, for the deeper the abyss, the more the heights reveal themselves!
Do you not know this, that the most sublime forces of the vasts seek to array themselves in the most opaque veils of Matter? Oh, the sublime nuptials of sovereign love with the obscurest plasticities, of the shadow's yearning with the most royal light!
If ordeal or fault has cast you down, if you have sunk into the nether depths of suffering, do not grieve - for there indeed the divine love and the supreme blessing can reach you! Because you have passed through the crucible of purifying sorrows, the glorious ascents are yours.
You are in the wilderness: then listen to the voices of the silence. The clamour of flattering words and outer applause has gladdened your ears, but the voices of the silence will gladden your soul and awaken within you the echo of the depths, the chant of divine harmonies!
You are walking in the depths of night: then gather the priceless treasures of the night. In bright sunshine, the ways of intelligence are lit, but in the white luminosities of the night lie the hidden paths of perfection, the secret of spiritual riches.
You are being stripped of everything: that is the way towards plenitude. When you have nothing left, everything will be given to you. Because for those who are sincere and true, from the worst always comes the best.
Every grain that is sown in the earth produces a thousand. Every wing-beat of sorrow can be a soaring towards glory.
And when the adversary pursues man relentlessly, everything he does to destroy him only makes him greater.
Hear the story of the worlds, look: the great enemy seems to triumph. He casts the beings of light into the night, and the night is filled with stars. He rages against the cosmic working, he assails the integrity of the empire of the sphere, shatters its harmony, divides and subdivides it, scatters its dust to the four winds of infinity, and lo! the dust is changed into a golden seed, fertilising the infinite and peopling it with worlds which now gravitate around their eternal centre in the larger orbit of space - so that even division creates a richer and deeper unity, and by multiplying the surfaces of the material universe, enlarges the empire that it set out to destroy.
Beautiful indeed was the song of the primordial sphere cradled in the bosom of immensity, but how much more beautiful and triumphant is the symphony of the constellations, the music of the spheres, the immense choir that fills the heavens with an eternal hymn of victory!
Hear again: no state was ever more precarious than that of man when he was separated on earth from his divine origin. Above him stretched the hostile borders of the usurper, and at his horizon's gates watched jailers armed with flaming swords. Then, since he could climb no more to the source of life, the source arose within him; since he could no more receive the light from above, the light shone forth at the very centre of his being; since he could commune no more with the transcendent love, that love offered itself in a holocaust and chose each terrestrial being, each human self as its dwelling-place and sanctuary.
That is how, in this despised and desolate but fruitful and blessed Matter, each atom contains a divine thought, each being carries within him the Divine Inhabitant. And if no being in all the universe is as frail as man, neither is any as divine as he!
In truth, in truth, in humiliation lies the cradle of glory! 28 April 1912 ~ The Mother, Words Of Long Ago, The Supreme Discovery,
46:One little picture in this book, the Magic Locket, was drawn by 'Miss Alice Havers.' I did not state this on the title-page, since it seemed only due, to the artist of all these (to my mind) wonderful pictures, that his name should stand there alone.
The descriptions, of Sunday as spent by children of the last generation, are quoted verbatim from a speech made to me by a child-friend and a letter written to me by a lady-friend.
The Chapters, headed 'Fairy Sylvie' and 'Bruno's Revenge,' are a reprint, with a few alterations, of a little fairy-tale which I wrote in the year 1867, at the request of the late Mrs. Gatty, for 'Aunt Judy's Magazine,' which she was then editing.
It was in 1874, I believe, that the idea first occurred to me of making it the nucleus of a longer story.
As the years went on, I jotted down, at odd moments, all sorts of odd ideas, and fragments of dialogue, that occurred to me--who knows how?--with a transitory suddenness that left me no choice but either to record them then and there, or to abandon them to oblivion. Sometimes one could trace to their source these random flashes of thought--as being suggested by the book one was reading, or struck out from the 'flint' of one's own mind by the 'steel' of a friend's chance remark but they had also a way of their own, of occurring, a propos of nothing --specimens of that hopelessly illogical phenomenon, 'an effect without a cause.' Such, for example, was the last line of 'The Hunting of the Snark,' which came into my head (as I have already related in 'The Theatre' for April, 1887) quite suddenly, during a solitary walk: and such, again, have been passages which occurred in dreams, and which I cannot trace to any antecedent cause whatever. There are at least two instances of such dream-suggestions in this book--one, my Lady's remark, 'it often runs in families, just as a love for pastry does', the other, Eric Lindon's badinage about having been in domestic service.
And thus it came to pass that I found myself at last in possession of a huge unwieldy mass of litterature--if the reader will kindly excuse the spelling --which only needed stringing together, upon the thread of a consecutive story, to constitute the book I hoped to write. Only! The task, at first, seemed absolutely hopeless, and gave me a far clearer idea, than I ever had before, of the meaning of the word 'chaos': and I think it must have been ten years, or more, before I had succeeded in classifying these odds-and-ends sufficiently to see what sort of a story they indicated: for the story had to grow out of the incidents, not the incidents out of the story I am telling all this, in no spirit of egoism, but because I really believe that some of my readers will be interested in these details of the 'genesis' of a book, which looks so simple and straight-forward a matter, when completed, that they might suppose it to have been written straight off, page by page, as one would write a letter, beginning at the beginning; and ending at the end.
It is, no doubt, possible to write a story in that way: and, if it be not vanity to say so, I believe that I could, myself,--if I were in the unfortunate position (for I do hold it to be a real misfortune) of being obliged to produce a given amount of fiction in a given time,--that I could 'fulfil my task,' and produce my 'tale of bricks,' as other slaves have done. One thing, at any rate, I could guarantee as to the story so produced--that it should be utterly commonplace, should contain no new ideas whatever, and should be very very weary reading!
This species of literature has received the very appropriate name of 'padding' which might fitly be defined as 'that which all can write and none can read.' That the present volume contains no such writing I dare not avow: sometimes, in order to bring a picture into its proper place, it has been necessary to eke out a page with two or three extra lines : but I can honestly say I have put in no more than I was absolutely compelled to do.
My readers may perhaps like to amuse themselves by trying to detect, in a given passage, the one piece of 'padding' it contains. While arranging the 'slips' into pages, I found that the passage was 3 lines too short. I supplied the deficiency, not by interpolating a word here and a word there, but by writing in 3 consecutive lines. Now can my readers guess which they are?
A harder puzzle if a harder be desired would be to determine, as to the Gardener's Song, in which cases (if any) the stanza was adapted to the surrounding text, and in which (if any) the text was adapted to the stanza.
Perhaps the hardest thing in all literature--at least I have found it so: by no voluntary effort can I accomplish it: I have to take it as it come's is to write anything original. And perhaps the easiest is, when once an original line has been struck out, to follow it up, and to write any amount more to the same tune. I do not know if 'Alice in Wonderland' was an original story--I was, at least, no conscious imitator in writing it--but I do know that, since it came out, something like a dozen storybooks have appeared, on identically the same pattern. The path I timidly explored believing myself to be 'the first that ever burst into that silent sea'--is now a beaten high-road: all the way-side flowers have long ago been trampled into the dust: and it would be courting disaster for me to attempt that style again.
Hence it is that, in 'Sylvie and Bruno,' I have striven with I know not what success to strike out yet another new path: be it bad or good, it is the best I can do. It is written, not for money, and not for fame, but in the hope of supplying, for the children whom I love, some thoughts that may suit those hours of innocent merriment which are the very life of Childhood; and also in the hope of suggesting, to them and to others, some thoughts that may prove, I would fain hope, not wholly out of harmony with the graver cadences of Life.
If I have not already exhausted the patience of my readers, I would like to seize this opportunity perhaps the last I shall have of addressing so many friends at once of putting on record some ideas that have occurred to me, as to books desirable to be written--which I should much like to attempt, but may not ever have the time or power to carry through--in the hope that, if I should fail (and the years are gliding away very fast) to finish the task I have set myself, other hands may take it up.
First, a Child's Bible. The only real essentials of this would be, carefully selected passages, suitable for a child's reading, and pictures. One principle of selection, which I would adopt, would be that Religion should be put before a child as a revelation of love--no need to pain and puzzle the young mind with the history of crime and punishment. (On such a principle I should, for example, omit the history of the Flood.) The supplying of the pictures would involve no great difficulty: no new ones would be needed : hundreds of excellent pictures already exist, the copyright of which has long ago expired, and which simply need photo-zincography, or some similar process, for their successful reproduction. The book should be handy in size with a pretty attractive looking cover--in a clear legible type--and, above all, with abundance of pictures, pictures, pictures!
Secondly, a book of pieces selected from the Bible--not single texts, but passages of from 10 to 20 verses each--to be committed to memory. Such passages would be found useful, to repeat to one's self and to ponder over, on many occasions when reading is difficult, if not impossible: for instance, when lying awake at night--on a railway-journey --when taking a solitary walk-in old age, when eyesight is failing or wholly lost--and, best of all, when illness, while incapacitating us for reading or any other occupation, condemns us to lie awake through many weary silent hours: at such a time how keenly one may realise the truth of David's rapturous cry "O how sweet are thy words unto my throat: yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!"
I have said 'passages,' rather than single texts, because we have no means of recalling single texts: memory needs links, and here are none: one may have a hundred texts stored in the memory, and not be able to recall, at will, more than half-a-dozen--and those by mere chance: whereas, once get hold of any portion of a chapter that has been committed to memory, and the whole can be recovered: all hangs together.
Thirdly, a collection of passages, both prose and verse, from books other than the Bible. There is not perhaps much, in what is called 'un-inspired' literature (a misnomer, I hold: if Shakespeare was not inspired, one may well doubt if any man ever was), that will bear the process of being pondered over, a hundred times: still there are such passages--enough, I think, to make a goodly store for the memory.
These two books of sacred, and secular, passages for memory--will serve other good purposes besides merely occupying vacant hours: they will help to keep at bay many anxious thoughts, worrying thoughts, uncharitable thoughts, unholy thoughts. Let me say this, in better words than my own, by copying a passage from that most interesting book, Robertson's Lectures on the Epistles to the Corinthians, Lecture XLIX. "If a man finds himself haunted by evil desires and unholy images, which will generally be at periodical hours, let him commit to memory passages of Scripture, or passages from the best writers in verse or prose. Let him store his mind with these, as safeguards to repeat when he lies awake in some restless night, or when despairing imaginations, or gloomy, suicidal thoughts, beset him. Let these be to him the sword, turning everywhere to keep the way of the Garden of Life from the intrusion of profaner footsteps."
Fourthly, a "Shakespeare" for girls: that is, an edition in which everything, not suitable for the perusal of girls of (say) from 10 to 17, should be omitted. Few children under 10 would be likely to understand or enjoy the greatest of poets: and those, who have passed out of girlhood, may safely be left to read Shakespeare, in any edition, 'expurgated' or not, that they may prefer: but it seems a pity that so many children, in the intermediate stage, should be debarred from a great pleasure for want of an edition suitable to them. Neither Bowdler's, Chambers's, Brandram's, nor Cundell's 'Boudoir' Shakespeare, seems to me to meet the want: they are not sufficiently 'expurgated.' Bowdler's is the most extraordinary of all: looking through it, I am filled with a deep sense of wonder, considering what he has left in, that he should have cut anything out! Besides relentlessly erasing all that is unsuitable on the score of reverence or decency, I should be inclined to omit also all that seems too difficult, or not likely to interest young readers. The resulting book might be slightly fragmentary: but it would be a real treasure to all British maidens who have any taste for poetry.
If it be needful to apologize to any one for the new departure I have taken in this story--by introducing, along with what will, I hope, prove to be acceptable nonsense for children, some of the graver thoughts of human life--it must be to one who has learned the Art of keeping such thoughts wholly at a distance in hours of mirth and careless ease. To him such a mixture will seem, no doubt, ill-judged and repulsive. And that such an Art exists I do not dispute: with youth, good health, and sufficient money, it seems quite possible to lead, for years together, a life of unmixed gaiety--with the exception of one solemn fact, with which we are liable to be confronted at any moment, even in the midst of the most brilliant company or the most sparkling entertainment. A man may fix his own times for admitting serious thought, for attending public worship, for prayer, for reading the Bible: all such matters he can defer to that 'convenient season', which is so apt never to occur at all: but he cannot defer, for one single moment, the necessity of attending to a message, which may come before he has finished reading this page,' this night shalt thy soul be required of thee.'
The ever-present sense of this grim possibility has been, in all ages, 1 an incubus that men have striven to shake off. Few more interesting subjects of enquiry could be found, by a student of history, than the various weapons that have been used against this shadowy foe. Saddest of all must have been the thoughts of those who saw indeed an existence beyond the grave, but an existence far more terrible than annihilation--an existence as filmy, impalpable, all but invisible spectres, drifting about, through endless ages, in a world of shadows, with nothing to do, nothing to hope for, nothing to love! In the midst of the gay verses of that genial 'bon vivant' Horace, there stands one dreary word whose utter sadness goes to one's heart. It is the word 'exilium' in the well-known passage
Omnes eodem cogimur, omnium
Versatur urna serius ocius
Sors exitura et nos in aeternum
Exilium impositura cymbae.
Yes, to him this present life--spite of all its weariness and all its sorrow--was the only life worth having: all else was 'exile'! Does it not seem almost incredible that one, holding such a creed, should ever have smiled?
And many in this day, I fear, even though believing in an existence beyond the grave far more real than Horace ever dreamed of, yet regard it as a sort of 'exile' from all the joys of life, and so adopt Horace's theory, and say 'let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.'
We go to entertainments, such as the theatre--I say 'we', for I also go to the play, whenever I get a chance of seeing a really good one and keep at arm's length, if possible, the thought that we may not return alive. Yet how do you know--dear friend, whose patience has carried you through this garrulous preface that it may not be your lot, when mirth is fastest and most furious, to feel the sharp pang, or the deadly faintness, which heralds the final crisis--to see, with vague wonder, anxious friends bending over you to hear their troubled whispers perhaps yourself to shape the question, with trembling lips, "Is it serious?", and to be told "Yes: the end is near" (and oh, how different all Life will look when those words are said!)--how do you know, I say, that all this may not happen to you, this night?
And dare you, knowing this, say to yourself "Well, perhaps it is an immoral play: perhaps the situations are a little too 'risky', the dialogue a little too strong, the 'business' a little too suggestive.
I don't say that conscience is quite easy: but the piece is so clever, I must see it this once! I'll begin a stricter life to-morrow." To-morrow, and to-morrow, and tomorrow!
"Who sins in hope, who, sinning, says,
'Sorrow for sin God's judgement stays!'
Against God's Spirit he lies; quite stops Mercy with insult; dares, and drops,
Like a scorch'd fly, that spins in vain
Upon the axis of its pain,
Then takes its doom, to limp and crawl,
Blind and forgot, from fall to fall."
Let me pause for a moment to say that I believe this thought, of the possibility of death--if calmly realised, and steadily faced would be one of the best possible tests as to our going to any scene of amusement being right or wrong. If the thought of sudden death acquires, for you, a special horror when imagined as happening in a theatre, then be very sure the theatre is harmful for you, however harmless it may be for others; and that you are incurring a deadly peril in going. Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die.
But, once realise what the true object is in life--that it is not pleasure, not knowledge, not even fame itself, 'that last infirmity of noble minds'--but that it is the development of character, the rising to a higher, nobler, purer standard, the building-up of the perfect Man--and then, so long as we feel that this is going on, and will (we trust) go on for evermore, death has for us no terror; it is not a shadow, but a light; not an end, but a beginning!
One other matter may perhaps seem to call for apology--that I should have treated with such entire want of sympathy the British passion for 'Sport', which no doubt has been in by-gone days, and is still, in some forms of it, an excellent school for hardihood and for coolness in moments of danger.
But I am not entirely without sympathy for genuine 'Sport': I can heartily admire the courage of the man who, with severe bodily toil, and at the risk of his life, hunts down some 'man-eating' tiger: and I can heartily sympathize with him when he exults in the glorious excitement of the chase and the hand-to-hand struggle with the monster brought to bay. But I can but look with deep wonder and sorrow on the hunter who, at his ease and in safety, can find pleasure in what involves, for some defenceless creature, wild terror and a death of agony: deeper, if the hunter be one who has pledged himself to preach to men the Religion of universal Love: deepest of all, if it be one of those 'tender and delicate' beings, whose very name serves as a symbol of Love--'thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women'--whose mission here is surely to help and comfort all that are in pain or sorrow!
'Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.' ~ Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno,
47:To have a restful or peaceful life in God is good; to bear a life of pain in patience is better; but to have peace in the midst of pain is the best of all. ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
48:There are periods in the history of the world when the unseen Power that guides its destinies seems to be filled with a consuming passion for change and a strong impatience of the old. The Great Mother, the Adya Shakti, has resolved to take the nations into Her hand and shape them anew. These are periods of rapid destruction and energetic creation, filled with the sound of cannon and the trampling of armies, the crash of great downfalls, and the turmoil of swift and violent revolutions; the world is thrown into the smelting pot and comes out in a new shape and with new features. They are periods when the wisdom of the wise is confounded and the prudence of the prudent turned into a laughing-stock.... ~ Sri Aurobindo, in a statement of 16 April 1907, as published in India's Rebirth : A Selection from Sri Aurobindo's Writings, Talks and Speeches 3rd Edition (2000)
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1:Patience, grasshoper ~ John Green
2:Patience, grasshopper ~ John Green
3:Patience is the key to joy. ~ Rumi
4:Strategy was patience. ~ E J Swift
5:Patience is all. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
6:Patience is God's nature. ~ Tertullian
7:God always has patience. ~ Pope Francis
8:I have no patience at all. ~ Alan Sugar
9:Patience takes Patience! ~ Kevin McLeod
10:Be the patience you seek ~ Bryant McGill
11:Coaching takes patience. ~ Kevin Garnett
12:Patience wins the race. ~ Bernard Barton
13:Patience is eternal genius ~ Michelangelo
14:Patience to the spider ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon
15:Simplicity, patience, compassion. ~ Laozi
16:Genius is eternal patience. ~ Michelangelo
17:Possess your souls in patience. ~ St. Paul
18:Patience, increasing patience ~ Sri Chinmoy
19:Patience is indeed a virtue. ~ Rolf Dobelli
20:Science demands patience. ~ Arthur C Clarke
21:Talent is long patience. ~ Gustave Flaubert
22:God grant us patience! ~ William Shakespeare
23:Greatness comes with patience. ~ Suzy Kassem
24:Patience is the best medicine. ~ John Florio
25:Some have patience. I do not. ~ Karina Halle
26:Humility is attentive patience. ~ Simone Weil
27:I'm terrible with patience. ~ Katherine Heigl
28:Talent is a long patience. ~ Gustave Flaubert
29:Abused patience turns to fury. ~ Thomas Fuller
30:Be patient with your impatience. ~ Roy Masters
31:Patience and gentleness is power. ~ Leigh Hunt
32:Possess your soul with patience. ~ John Dryden
33:Have patience, and endure ~ William Shakespeare
34:My worst quality is impatience. ~ Emma Thompson
35:Patience is sorrow's salve. ~ Winston Churchill
36:Patience is the key to solutions. ~ Jean Sasson
37:Patience is the mother of will. ~ G I Gurdjieff
38:Patience means self-suffering. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
39:Skill is the child of patience. ~ Charles Soule
40:You’d test the patience of a saint. ~ Ken Bruen
41:He needs both patience and speed. ~ Paulo Coelho
42:Hope is patience with the lamp lit. ~ Tertullian
43:Patience is a power unto itself. ~ Robyn Wideman
44:Patience is emotional diligence. ~ Stephen Covey
45:Patience is the art of hoping. ~ Luc de Clapiers
46:Patience is the road to wisdom. ~ Kao Kalia Yang
47:There is no life without patience. ~ Philip Roth
48:This flour of wifly patience. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
49:Paper has more patience than people. ~ Anne Frank
50:Patience and love can do anything. ~ Nancy Farmer
51:Patience has all the time it needs. ~ Allan Lokos
52:Patience is not learned in safety. ~ Pema Ch dr n
53:Patience is not learned in safety. ~ Pema Chodron
54:Patience was not my strong point. ~ Lauren Bacall
55:The companion of patience is silence. ~ T F Hodge
56:The greatest prayer is patience. ~ Gautama Buddha
57:Careful patience is the fastest way! ~ Ajahn Brahm
58:I hate patience. Slows everything down. ~ J D Robb
59:Patience is a key element of success. ~ Bill Gates
60:Patience is also a form of action. ~ Auguste Rodin
61:Patience protects you from deception ~ A R Bernard
62:In the NBA, it's about patience. ~ Chauncey Billups
63:Patience comes to those who wait. ~ Shannon Wheeler
64:Patience is a conquering virtue. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
65:Patience is the art of caring slowly. ~ John Ciardi
66:Endurance is patience concentrated. ~ Thomas Carlyle
67:Impatience for victory guarantees defeat ~ Louis XIV
68:Impatience kills quickly. ~ Katerina Stoykova Klemer
69:Lord, give me patience. And I want it now. ~ Unknown
70:Patience is eternal genius ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti
71:Patience is real self-mastery. ~ Richelle E Goodrich
72:Patience is the food of understanding. ~ Idries Shah
73:Patience is the highest asceticism. ~ Gautama Buddha
74:Patience is the key to any battle. ~ Ieyasu Tokugawa
75:Patience obtains everything. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila
76:Genius is eternal patience. ~ Michelangelo Buonarroti
77:God of the joystick, give me patience. ~ Kennedy Ryan
78:I haven't got a lot of patience. ~ Jeffrey Katzenberg
79:I've said my patience is not infinite. ~ Darrell Issa
80:Nonviolence requires great patience. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
81:Patience and shuffle the cards. ~ Miguel de Cervantes
82:Patience is grossly underestimated. ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
83:Patience is the slow road to success ~ Kao Kalia Yang
84:Patience mimics the power of infinity. ~ Brandon Mull
85:The reward of patience Is patience. ~ Saint Augustine
86:The secret of losing weight is patience. ~ Jane Fonda
87:War is, among other things, impatience. ~ Brian Zahnd
88:I lose my patience, and I own it too, ~ Alexander Pope
89:Impatience is a mark of immaturity. ~ Warren W Wiersbe
90:Patience is the companion of wisdom. ~ Saint Augustine
91:Patience is the key of content. ~ Mehmed the Conqueror
92:She had no patience with foreign accents. ~ Anne Tyler
93:Thy peace shall be in much patience. ~ Thomas a Kempis
94:You have to have a patience for college. ~ Simon Sinek
95:I've never had the patience of a teacher. ~ Josh Turner
96:Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ~ Aristotle
97:Patience lightens the burthen we cannot avert. ~ Horace
98:Patience s bitter, but it's fruit is sweet. ~ Aristotle
99:Practice humility and patience. ~ Saint Vincent de Paul
100:Talent is nothing but long patience. ~ Gustave Flaubert
101:Time is really just a test of patience. ~ Lauren Oliver
102:Without patience, there can be no genius ~ Robin Sharma
103:With patience bear what pains you have deserved, ~ Ovid
104:You have to have a patience for exercise. ~ Simon Sinek
105:But patience had to be learned alone. ~ Alan Dean Foster
106:Infinite Patience brings Immediate Results. ~ Wayne Dyer
107:Patience and time conquer all things. ~ Pierre Corneille
108:Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. ~ Plautus
109:To lose patience is to lose the battle. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
110:All you need is patience and a bit of nous. ~ M L Stedman
111:Impatience never commanded success. ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin
112:Impatience often makes us patients. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana
113:Patience, friend. They're coming for you. ~ Marissa Meyer
114:Patience has never been my strong suit. ~ Michael Chiklis
115:Patience is the direct antithesis of anger. ~ Allan Lokos
116:Patience is the greatest of all virtues. ~ Cato the Elder
117:You can't have genius without patience. ~ Margaret Deland
118:You have to have patience in this field. ~ Walter Schloss
119:You mistake patience for forbearance. ~ George R R Martin
120:He began to develop an obstinate patience. ~ William Steig
121:Immortality must grant endless patience. ~ Stephenie Meyer
122:Infinite patience produces immediate results. ~ Wayne Dyer
123:O Dear Lord, Discharge Patience Upon Me. ~ Ibrahim Ibrahim
124:patience is acquired through exercise”. ~ Jonathan Renshaw
125:Patience is bitter, but bears a sweet fruit. ~ Idries Shah
126:Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet, ~ Ellery Queen
127:Patience is everything. RAINER MARIA RILKE ~ Sue Monk Kidd
128:Patience. I will become what I know I am. ~ Michael Jordan
129:Time, that aged nurse, rocked me to patience. ~ John Keats
130:I don't have the patience to sit and write. ~ Jesse Ventura
131:The principle part of faith is patience. ~ George MacDonald
132:Acquire a firm will and the utmost patience. ~ Anandamayi Ma
133:I don't have much patience with sick people. ~ Maura Tierney
134:Impatience makes even the strong weak. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana
135:In your patience ye are strong. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
136:It takes patience to nurture patience. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana
137:Patience is a virtue. Too bad I’ve never had one ~ V F Mason
138:Patience, passion and perseverance equals success. ~ Pitbull
139:The best thing Jay-Z ever taught me was patience. ~ Rita Ora
140:You have to have a patience for relationships. ~ Simon Sinek
141:At times like these, patience came at a premium. ~ Tessa Dare
142:Extreme patience and persistence are required, ~ John Ashbery
143:For patience, sov'reign o'er transmuted ill. ~ Samuel Johnson
144:If your dream requires patience, give it. ~ M Russell Ballard
145:just patience is needed and nothing is permanent.” And ~ Osho
146:Our patience will achieve more than our force. ~ Edmund Burke
147:Patience is a garment which has never worn out. ~ Idries Shah
148:Patience is a virtue but I don't have the time. ~ David Byrne
149:Patience is seeking help only from Allah. ~ Dhul Nun al Misri
150:Patience, obedience, submission, grace. She ~ Claire Thompson
151:Patience ornaments the woman and proves the man. ~ Tertullian
152:Sad Patience, too near neighbour to despair. ~ Matthew Arnold
153:What may not be altered is made lighter by patience. ~ Horace
154:Without patience I could never have succeeded. ~ Jane Goodall
155:You need to learn patience, you grasshopper ~ Nicholas Sparks
156:A little patience, and all will be over. ~ Mary Wollstonecraft
157:Heaven grant us patience with a man in love. ~ Rudyard Kipling
158:He that has patience may compass anything. ~ Francois Rabelais
159:Infinite patience gets you immediate results. ~ James Altucher
160:Instruct thyself for time and patience favor all. ~ Pythagoras
161:Patience and time are my warriors, my champions, ~ Leo Tolstoy
162:Patience is the remedy for every misfortune. ~ Publilius Syrus
163:Penny had little patience for a man who poured ~ Mary Connealy
164:Rule by patience, Laughing Water! ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
165:Thank God my parents had an abundance of patience. ~ Lexa Doig
166:With love and patience, nothing is impossible. ~ Daisaku Ikeda
167:Your peace shall be in a great patience. ~ Imitation of Christ
168:From adversity we can learn the value of patience. ~ Dalai Lama
169:Have patience. Stocks don't go up immediately. ~ Walter Schloss
170:If Vengeance has a mother, her name is Patience. ~ Jay Kristoff
171:I need to develop some patience - immediately. ~ Demetri Martin
172:Patience is a gift you have to work for. ~ Benjamin Alire S enz
173:Patience is not a virtue. It is an achievement. ~ Vera Nazarian
174:Patience is the companion of wisdom. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo
175:Patience may be a virtue, but quitting is an art. ~ Evan Harris
176:Patience was a virtue I found pointless ~ Jennifer L Armentrout
177:"The greatest patience is humility." ~ Atiśa Dīpa kara Śrījñāna
178:The very important thing you should have is patience. ~ Jack Ma
179:What is a woman's greatest virtue?
Patience. ~ India Edghill
180:With love and patience, nothing is impossible. ~ Daisaku Ikeda
181:You're enough to try the patience of an oyster! ~ Lewis Carroll
182:End of Construction - Thank you for your patience. ~ Ruth Graham
183:Impatience is only another form of resistance. It ~ Louise L Hay
184:Impatience is racing at misery full speed. ~ Richelle E Goodrich
185:Love teaches you humility—patience—understanding. ~ Charles Todd
186:Patience and fortitude conquer all things. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
187:Patience is being at peace with the process of life ~ Louise Hay
188:patience is the art of courting the future. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
189:Patience means restraining one's inclinations. ~ Ieyasu Tokugawa
190:Patience often gets the credit that belongs to fatigue. ~ Adi Da
191:The twin killers of success are impatience and greed. ~ Jim Rohn
192:Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience, ~ Preeti Shenoy
193:An alternative to love is not hate but patience. ~ Santosh Kalwar
194:Being the first born gives you great patience. ~ Abraham Verghese
195:Call it not patience, Gaunt; it is despair: ~ William Shakespeare
196:For a scavenger, patience is the key to the pantry. ~ Delia Owens
197:"From adversity we can learn the value of patience." ~ Dalai Lama
198:Have patience. Everything is difficult before it is easy. ~ Saadi
199:Headlong is my natural state, not prudent patience. ~ Ann Aguirre
200:I think patience is a skill and I wish I had it. ~ David Duchovny
201:I’ve been gifted with patience and perseverance. ~ Starla Huchton
202:Kindness and patience were always called for. ~ Flannery O Connor
203:Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
204:Patience is the art of concealing your impatience. ~ Guy Kawasaki
205:Patience, time and money accommodate all things. ~ George Herbert
206:True patience is grounded in wisdom and compassion. ~ Allan Lokos
207:Becoming requires equal parts patience and rigor. ~ Michelle Obama
208:but quietly, soberly, and without impatience, ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
209:Fortify courage with the true rampart of patience. ~ Philip Sidney
210:Hopelessness has surprised me with patience. ~ Margaret J Wheatley
211:I will rather kill myself than commit suicide. ~ Patience Jonathan
212:Patience and perseverance can overcome mountains. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
213:Patience and practice are what will get me there. This ~ Chris Fox
214:Patience in Market, is worth Pounds in a year. ~ Benjamin Franklin
215:Patience is not my dominant virtue. --D'Artagnan ~ Alexandre Dumas
216:Patience was a virtue he possessed in abundance. ~ Sylvain Reynard
217:Possess your soul in patience - you will see! ~ Tennessee Williams
218:The khadi spirit means also an infinite patience. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
219:WHAT DO WE WANT?! PATIENCE! WHEN DO WE WANT IT?! NOW! ~ Al Franken
220:Your patience will be both appreciated and rewarded ~ Randy Pausch
221:Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity. ~ Sammy Davis Jr
222:Enlightenment is probably antithetical to impatience. ~ Erik Naggum
223:He who can have patience can have what he will. ~ Benjamin Franklin
224:Homeland of patience, land of the Russian people. ~ Fyodor Tyutchev
225:Listen, I don’t have the time or patience for this, ~ Chetan Bhagat
226:One problem with age is that patience begins to ebb. ~ Carl Hiaasen
227:Patience is a crucial but rare investment commodity. ~ David Dreman
228:Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau
229:Patience is the art of finding something else to do. ~ Groucho Marx
230:The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. ~ Leo Tolstoy
231:True patience is grounded in wisdom & compassion. ~ Allan Lokos
232:Your patience will be both appreciated and rewarded. ~ Randy Pausch
233:All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer. ~ Thomas Fuller
234:But my patience isn't limitless... unlike my authority. ~ Dan Abnett
235:But there are times when patience proves at fault. ~ Robert Browning
236:By March, 70 percent of women would be employed. ~ Patience Jonathan
237:He that can have patience can have what he will. ~ Benjamin Franklin
238:Indifference is an excellent substitute for patience. ~ Mason Cooley
239:I think patience is the best thing to try to embrace. ~ Alessia Cara
240:long, Catiline, will you go on abusing our patience?’), ~ Mary Beard
241:Many people think that patience is a sign of weakness. ~ Dalai Lama
242:Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains. ~ William Penn
243:Patience and time do more than force and rage. ~ Jean de La Fontaine
244:Peace is a product of both patience and persistence. ~ Camron Wright
245:Without patience, you will never conquer endurance. ~ Yiannis Kouros
246:A little impatience (carefully applied and infused with ~ Dusty White
247:If God were not to test us, there would be no patience. ~ John Calvin
248:Impatience can cause wise people to do foolish things. ~ Janette Oke
249:in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience. ~ Various
250:Manhood is patience. Mastery is nine time patience ~ Ursula K Le Guin
251:Misfortune may become fortune through patience. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
252:Patience can be bitter but her fruit is always sweet. ~ Habeeb Akande
253:Patience is an invincible breast-plate. ~ Chinese Buddhist Scriptures
254:Talent is less important in filmmaking than patience. ~ Terry Gilliam
255:the impatience of the old is the worst impatience of all. ~ L T Meade
256:All human power is a compound of time and patience. ~ Honore de Balzac
257:Patience is indispensable in the life of the Muslim. ~ Na ima B Robert
258:Romance says, ' I want it now!'. Wisdom urges patience ~ Joshua Harris
259:The immediate result of your infinite patience is peace ~ Wayne W Dyer
260:The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
~ Leo Tolstoy,
261:With patience and perseverance all prayers get fulfilled. ~ The Mother
262:Your greatest mistakes will happen because of impatience. ~ T B Joshua
263:Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
264:I have not the smarts or patience for political office. ~ Henry Rollins
265:Manhood is patience. Mastery is nine times patience. ~ Ursula K Le Guin
266:So much saintlike patience cannot be good for anyone. ~ Cassandra Clare
267:Talent is nothing but long impatience. ~ Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
268:The patience is in the living. Time opens out to you. ~ Claudia Rankine
269:At the end of the way is freedom. Until then, patience. ~ Gautama Buddha
270:Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. ~ Saadi
271:Impatience is the mark of independence, not of bondage. ~ Marianne Moore
272:Like Patience gazing on kings' graves, and smiling ~ William Shakespeare
273:Only infinite patience produces immediate results. ~ Marianne Williamson
274:Patience is a virtue, but impatience gets things done. ~ Chelsea Clinton
275:Patience is the only way you can endure the gray periods. ~ Teri Hatcher
276:There is no patience so terrible as that of the deranged. ~ Sarah Waters
277:To learn patience is not to rebel against every hardship. ~ Henri Nouwen
278:A/C is for people who don’t have the patience to be hot. ~ Mark Childress
279:I have no patience for anybody who doubts me, none at all. ~ Tupac Shakur
280:Industry and patience are the surest means of plenty. ~ Benjamin Franklin
281:It is an easy thing to talk of patience to the afflicted. ~ William Blake
282:I was short on patience and long on not-in-the-fucking-mood. ~ N R Walker
283:I work with patience, which is almost power. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
284:Patience accomplishes its object, while hurry speeds to its ruin. ~ Saadi
285:Patience and time do more than strength or passion. ~ Jean de La Fontaine
286:Patience is the essence of clicking great Photographs!! ~ Abhijeet Sawant
287:Patience, more patience; tolerance, more tolerance! ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
288:Practice the art of patience for nature never acts in haste. ~ Og Mandino
289:Set not thyself to attain much rest, but much patience. ~ Thomas a Kempis
290:Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod. ~ William Shakespeare
291:With patience everything comes in due season. ~ Edouard Rene de Laboulaye
292:With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes satin. ~ Persian Proverb
293:A high hope for a low heaven: God grant us patience! ~ William Shakespeare
294:Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty. ~ John Ruskin
295:Fear and impatience demagnetize. Poise magnetizes. ~ Florence Scovel Shinn
296:Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience. ~ Benjamin Franklin
297:Have patience; the lovers will suffer lovers always suffer. ~ Clive Barker
298:Hee that hath patience hath fatt thrushes for a farthing. ~ George Herbert
299:I have no patience for people without any common sense, ~ Elle Christensen
300:Impatience is even more unfortunate in the talented. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana
301:My patience, like my time in this world, grows shorter. ~ Rabih Alameddine
302:never to pray for patience without being prepared for war. ~ Debra Clopton
303:Nothing comes of so many things, if you have patience. ~ Joyce Carol Oates
304:Patience is the greatest of virtues in a woodsman. ~ James Fenimore Cooper
305:patience with him either, always at him to hurry up and ~ Ursula K Le Guin
306:The enemy is the necessary condition for practicing patience. ~ Dalai Lama
307:The world had little patience or concern for innocence. ~ Gillian Anderson
308:Tolerance is nothing more than patience with boundaries. ~ Shannon L Alder
309:Biding one's time is a very different thing from patience. ~ E L Konigsburg
310:Impatience dries the blood sooner than age or sorrow. ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin
311:Impatience is a poor substitute for a well-considered plan. ~ David Eddings
312:Patience is the parent of success, Stolicus wrote. ~ Joe Abercrombie
313:L’homme sans patience, c’est comme une lampe sans huile. ~ Alfred de Musset
314:Patience – A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue. ~ Ambrose Bierce
315:Patience is both the tool for and the result of, our efforts. ~ Allan Lokos
316:Patience is supported & nurtured by a quality of forgiveness. ~ Allan Lokos
317:Patience, young grasshopper. Now's not the time to make a scene ~ K L Kreig
318:the process of coming to clarity takes patience and candor. In ~ Ed Catmull
319:First thing about being a patient-you have to learn patience. ~ Oliver Sacks
320:Give me patience.
Give me control.
Flash. ~ Chuck Palahniuk
321:God is patient, and with the young, always patience is needed. ~ Julie Berry
322:His impatience for sleep often frightened that very sleep away. ~ Hugh Howey
323:Hungry men are not known for their patience or their kindness. ~ Karen Essex
324:I don't have the time or patience to not be a real priority ~ Steph Campbell
325:If kindness is beauty, patience is disarming elegance. ~ Richelle E Goodrich
326:I have many questions, but no patience to think them through. ~ Maira Kalman
327:I know you have the patience of a rapidly decomposing turd. ~ Mary E Pearson
328:Impatience and stupidity claim more victims than any weapon. ~ Michael Scott
329:Impatience is always a mistake,it does not help but hinders. ~ Sri Aurobindo
330:Inigo's impatience was beginning to bubble beyond control. ~ William Goldman
331:Not problems so much. Just opportunities to learn patience. ~ Margaret Daley
332:One must work, nothing but work, and one must have patience. ~ Auguste Rodin
333:Patience is one of the most valuable attributes in investing. ~ Martin Zweig
334:Patience is the courage of virtue. ~ Jacques Henri Bernardin de Saint Pierre
335:Patience, the beggar's virtue, shall find no harbor here. ~ Philip Massinger
336:Something draws you... An impatience with your own ignorance. ~ Richard Ford
337:The opposite of patience is not impatience, but unbelief. ~ Jackie Pullinger
338:The strongest of all warriors are these two-time and patience. ~ Leo Tolstoy
339:This faith in time’s infinite patience triggers procrastination. ~ Anonymous
340:Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. ~ Dalai Lama
341:been provoked into disrespect and impatience against her better ~ Jane Austen
342:Buhari is a child crawling at 72, he has nothing to offer ~ Patience Jonathan
343:Force I will meet with gentleness; impatience with patience. ~ Walter Russell
344:I am sick; help me to give You honor by patience. I ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
345:I have patience in all things - as far as the antechamber. ~ Gustave Flaubert
346:I have patience in all things – as far as the antechamber. ~ Gustave Flaubert
347:I'm not a vintage/thrift shop girl. I don't have the patience. ~ Robin Givhan
348:I worked with patience which means almost power. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
349:La solitude rend impatient, c'est l'impatience qui tue l'enfance. ~ Marc Levy
350:Need to put footstep of courage into stirrup of patience. ~ Ernest Shackleton
351:Never a tear bedims the eye that time and patience will not dry. ~ Bret Harte
352:Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
353:Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue. ~ Ambrose Bierce
354:Procrastination is hardly more evil than grasping impatience. ~ Immanuel Kant
355:Then it shall be a fruit that will ripen with time and patience. ~ Elise Kova
356:The price of success: hard work, patience, and a few sacrifices. ~ Edward Bok
357:Time and patience would bring a snail to America,' he repeated. ~ Colm T ib n
358:Tout pouvoir humain est un composé de patience et de temps. ~ Honor de Balzac
359:But he’s genuine twenty-first-century and only faking patience. ~ Skyler White
360:By diligence and patience, the mouse bit in two the cable. ~ Benjamin Franklin
361:How shall thy patience be crowned, if it is never tried? ~ Imitation of Christ
362:I'm learning new levels of patience, perseverance and desire. ~ Kevin Jorgeson
363:Impatience leading swiftly to boredom is my vice, not panic. ~ Martha Gellhorn
364:In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience. ~ William Prescott
365:Never mistake rashness for courage,nor indifference for patience. ~ The Mother
366:Patience, attention, and restraint are the keys to good cooking. ~ Eddie Huang
367:Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice. ~ George Jackson
368:Patience is always rewarded and romance is always round the corner! ~ Ayn Rand
369:Patience leads to power; but eagerness in greed leads to loss. ~ H P Blavatsky
370:Politics takes patience, time, listening and endless meetings. ~ Dick Gephardt
371:Reacher had no patience for people who claimed that y was a vowel. ~ Lee Child
372:The enemy is the necessary condition for practicing patience. ~ Dalai Lama XIV
373:The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience. ~ Leo Tolstoy
374:time is the best teacher; patience is the best lesson ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
375:Too often we pray to have patience, but we want it right now! ~ Robert D Hales
376:All's well in the end, if you've only the patience to wait. ~ Francois Rabelais
377:All things pass... Patience attains all it strives for. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila
378:A lot of energy is used up in the name of this false patience. ~ Joan Borysenko
379:Impatience can teach us the lessons of patience better ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
380:industry, compassion, humility, patience, honesty and courage. ~ Robin S Sharma
381:I've accrued a kind of patience, I believe, loosely like change. ~ Lorrie Moore
382:Know full well that patience is the best means of succeeds. ~ Swami Vivekananda
383:Never mistake rashness for courage, nor indifference for patience. ~ The Mother
384:Patience is a virtue best left to the dead, who can afford it, ~ Jack L Chalker
385:Patience is supported & nurtured by a quality of forgiveness. ~ Allan Lokos
386:there is nothing stronger than those two: patience and time, they ~ Leo Tolstoy
387:True restoration takes patience, subtlety, skill, and grace. ~ Paul David Tripp
388:Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul. ~ Francis Bacon
389:Active patience is taking the time to set something up correctly. ~ Ronda Rousey
390:I know one of the reasons God gave me kids was to test my patience. ~ Faith Hill
391:Impatience destroys at least 98% of hard work’s potential. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana
392:Love has the patience to endure the fault it sees but cannot cure. ~ Edgar Guest
393:Love is ever evolving and it takes compromise, work and patience. ~ Jessica Alba
394:Patience and propriety. It was the only graceful thing to do. ~ Patrick Rothfuss
395:Patience is a virtue, and Americans have it in short supply. ~ Ann McLane Kuster
396:Patience requires a slowing down, a spaciousness, a sense of ease. ~ Allan Lokos
397:... patience ... the principal requirement in the art of timing. ~ Robert Greene
398:"Simplicity, patience, compassion. These are your greatest treasures." ~ Lao Tzu
399:The biggest challenge, I think for any new artist, is patience. ~ Brett Eldredge
400:There is no sin like hostility. There is no austerity like patience. ~ Anonymous
401:An open beginner's mind is a powerful tool for developing patience. ~ Allan Lokos
402:Arm the obdured breast with stubborn patience as with triple steel. ~ John Milton
403:Chewing and barking do not make you a dog, you need the patience. ~ M F Moonzajer
404:Defeat the warriors of patience and time with Cosmic Ordering. ~ Stephen Richards
405:I'd say my greatest weakness is impatience. I don't suffer fools well. ~ Jeb Bush
406:Patience is a virtue, and I'm learning patience. It's a tough lesson. ~ Elon Musk
407:Patience is idling your motor when you feel like stripping a gear. ~ Bill Gothard
408:Patience is just a thoughtful excuse for those too lazy to take action. ~ Various
409:Patience! patience! You are always in a hurry, but God is not. ~ Charles Spurgeon
410:The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. —Leo Tolstoy ~ Andrew Watts
411:The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. —LEO TOLSTOY ~ Rorke Denver
412:The ultimate mysteries are opened only to those who have immense patience. ~ Osho
413:The very moment I admitted we were flirting, I lost patience for it. ~ Susan Choi
414:Time is the best of critics; and patience the best of teachers. ~ Frederic Chopin
415:Why is patience so important?" "Because it makes us pay attention. ~ Paulo Coelho
416:Amnesia constrains ambition and inoculates against patience. Still, ~ Noam Chomsky
417:Any artwork needs time and patience and needs above a quiet mind. ~ Flora Thompson
418:Be the Worst You Can Be: Life's Too Long for Patience and Virtue ~ Charles Saatchi
419:But if we hope for what we do not see, we a wait for it with patience. ~ Anonymous
420:Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance. ~ Abigail Adams
421:Have patience with all things. But, first of all with yourself. ~ Francis de Sales
422:Humility and patience are the surest proofs of the increase of love. ~ John Wesley
423:Is is said that those who study the ways of ambition learn patience. ~ Jean Plaidy
424:Then came the waiting, a test of patience for even the tenured. ~ Philip E Tetlock
425:Where hopes burn bright,” he said, “patience is quickly consumed. ~ R Scott Bakker
426:Don't be patience. Don't ever be. This is the way a new world begins. ~ N K Jemisin
427:Endurance is the free companion of Sorrow, and Patience her master. ~ H P Blavatsky
428:Great patience is called for on the hard path that I have entered on. ~ Edgar Degas
429:Impatience will get you killed almost as quickly as fear, boy.” I ~ Zoraida C rdova
430:Instincts were great, but there was a lot to be said for patience, too. ~ T R Ragan
431:Integrity, humor, and patience were the three words for Atticus Finch. ~ Harper Lee
432:It is hard! But what can not be removed, becomes lighter through patience. ~ Horace
433:Patience and tranquility of mind contribute more to cure ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
434:Patience is the Gnostic's scale and the humble the garden's door. ~ Samael Aun Weor
435:Patience patience quotes is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau
436:Procrastination and impatience form a system of checks and balances. ~ Mason Cooley
437:Use whatever has come to awaken patience, understanding, and love. ~ Jack Kornfield
438:Your dream is only possible through a clear intention and patience. ~ Bryant McGill
439:25But if we hope for what we do not see, we a wait for it with patience. ~ Anonymous
440:All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it. ~ Thomas a Kempis
441:GTis not a tree in heaven higher than the tree of patience ~ Christopher Paul Curtis
442:I've done an awful lot of stuff that's a monument to public patience. ~ Tyrone Power
443:No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing. ~ William Shakespeare
444:One must have the patience of radium buried beneath a Himalayan peak. ~ Henry Miller
445:Patience and foresight are the two most important qualities in business ~ Henry Ford
446:Patience is only a virtue when there is something worth waiting for. ~ Lauren Willig
447:Patience, then, believer, eternity will right the wrongs of time. ~ Charles Spurgeon
448:Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. ~ Lao Tzu
449:The biggest pitfall as you make your way through life is impatience. ~ Susan Jeffers
450:Time is a beast who has the immense patience to swallow everything. ~ Octavian Paler
451:Tis not a tree in heaven higher than the tree of patience. ~ Christopher Paul Curtis
452:Why is patience so important?"
"Because it makes us pay attention. ~ Paulo Coelho
453:Desires make slaves out of kings and patience makes kings out of slaves. ~ Al Ghazali
454:endless patience will never be enough the only hope is to be the daylight ~ Anonymous
455:Have patience and endure; this unhappiness will one day be beneficial. ~ Ellery Queen
456:He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience. ~ William Golding
457:He who says patience, says courage, endurance, strength. ~ Marie von Ebner Eschenbach
458:If we want spiritual development, the practice of patience is essential. ~ Dalai Lama
459:I learned a lot about humility and patience, keeping my mouth shut. ~ Madonna Ciccone
460:Inner Peace can be seen as the ultimate benefit of practicing patience. ~ Allan Lokos
461:[She] lost her patience, a thing she was all too prone to misplacing. ~ Gail Carriger
462:With patience any difficulty can be overcome.
~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother II,
463:Don't run, please-have a little faith in me and a little patience. Please. ~ E L James
464:Don’t run, please—have a little faith in me and a little patience. Please. ~ E L James
465:I wait, with some impatience in my pulse, but no doubt in my breast. ~ Charlotte Bront
466:Patience, coexistence, restraint, that's my advice for single women. ~ Samael Aun Weor
467:Patience is the mother of all virtues and the godmother of madness ~ Carlos Ruiz Zaf n
468:The baker has to have not only strength and fortitude, but patience too. ~ Luisa Weiss
469:You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience. ~ Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
470:Your ignorance keeps dismembering every piece of patience I have left. ~ Andrea Gibson
471:All in good time sweetheart. Haven't you ever heard patience is a virtue? ~ Emily McKee
472:Any methodology for developing patience requires a multi-tiered approach. ~ Allan Lokos
473:Courage, energy and patience are the virtues which appeal to my heart. ~ Fritz Kreisler
474:Energy and patience in business are two indispensable elements of success. ~ P T Barnum
475:Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience. ~ Georges Louis Leclerc Comte de Buffon
476:I have no patience with people who go around blowing up innocent people. ~ Barack Obama
477:Lingerer, my brain is on fire with impatience; and you tarry so long! ~ Charlotte Bront
478:Patience, he told himself. Get yourself at least one virtue, anyway. ~ Richard Matheson
479:Patience is not the ability to wait but how you act while you're waiting. ~ Joyce Meyer
480:Patience is sottish, and impatience does become a dog that's mad. ~ William Shakespeare
481:Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. ~ Elisabeth Elliot
482:Suddenly I become filled with a consuming impatience to be gone. ~ Erich Maria Remarque
483:Through patience and certainty, leadership in the religion is obtained. ~ Ibn Taymiyyah
484:. . . Wait, my child, wait and work on. Patience, patience. . . . . ~ Swami Vivekananda
485:But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience. —GALATIANS 5:22 ~ Sarah Young
486:Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience. ~ Evelyn Underhill
487:Eating seeds is at times a sign of shortsightedness or impatience. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana
488:Every God-given vision will become real if we will only have patience. ~ Oswald Chambers
489:For the person who loves God, worship is the daily bread of patience. ~ Honore de Balzac
490:Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. ~ Saint Francis de Sales
491:Have patience with all things. But, first of all with yourself. ~ Saint Francis de Sales
492:Learn a little patience. You never know what might be around the corner. ~ Chris d Lacey
493:Never have you patience frankly to speak forth to me the thing that you purpose. ~ Homer
494:Nothing else is necessary but these - love, sincerity, and patience. ~ Swami Vivekananda
495:Patience in the mind and dynamism in action is the right formula. ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
496:The man mistook American patience and attempts at diplomacy for weakness. ~ Joseph Badal
497:Though God take the sunne out of the Heaven, yet we must have patience. ~ George Herbert
498:When we teach a child patience we offer them the gift of a dignified life. ~ Allan Lokos
499:Carry the burden smilingly and cheerfully, because patience is the key to victory. ~ Rumi
500:Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? ~ Lao Tzu
164 Integral Yoga
2 Integral Theory
112 The Mother
71 Sri Aurobindo
16 William Wordsworth
15 Nolini Kanta Gupta
12 Saint John of Climacus
12 Saint Augustine of Hippo
11 Carl Jung
9 Percy Bysshe Shelley
8 Robert Browning
8 Aldous Huxley
7 H P Lovecraft
6 John Keats
6 Friedrich Nietzsche
5 Rudolf Steiner
5 Rabindranath Tagore
5 Aleister Crowley
4 Thubten Chodron
4 Saint Teresa of Avila
4 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
4 A B Purani
3 William Butler Yeats
3 Swami Vivekananda
3 Sri Ramakrishna
3 James George Frazer
3 Jalaluddin Rumi
2 Walt Whitman
2 Swami Sivananda Saraswati
2 Saint Francis of Assisi
2 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
17 Letters On Yoga IV
16 Wordsworth - Poems
14 Questions And Answers 1950-1951
12 The Ladder of Divine Ascent
11 Letters On Yoga II
10 City of God
9 Shelley - Poems
9 Agenda Vol 13
8 The Perennial Philosophy
8 Browning - Poems
7 Words Of Long Ago
7 The Practice of Psycho therapy
7 Prayers And Meditations
7 Lovecraft - Poems
6 The Synthesis Of Yoga
6 Some Answers From The Mother
6 Questions And Answers 1957-1958
6 On Education
6 Keats - Poems
6 Agenda Vol 10
5 Twelve Years With Sri Aurobindo
5 The Secret Doctrine
5 Tagore - Poems
5 Questions And Answers 1954
5 On Thoughts And Aphorisms
5 Agenda Vol 09
5 Agenda Vol 08
5 Agenda Vol 04
5 Agenda Vol 03
5 Agenda Vol 01
4 The Mother With Letters On The Mother
4 The Life Divine
4 Magick Without Tears
4 Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
4 How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator
4 Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo
4 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
3 Yeats - Poems
3 Words Of The Mother II
3 Twilight of the Idols
3 Thus Spoke Zarathustra
3 The Way of Perfection
3 The Golden Bough
3 The Bible
3 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
3 Rumi - Poems
3 Questions And Answers 1956
3 Questions And Answers 1953
3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 07
3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04
3 Collected Poems
3 Agenda Vol 11
3 Agenda Vol 07
3 Agenda Vol 06
2 Whitman - Poems
2 The Human Cycle
2 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
2 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
2 The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
2 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
2 Record of Yoga
2 Questions And Answers 1955
2 Liber ABA
2 Letters On Yoga III
2 Dark Night of the Soul
2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03
2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01
2 Book of Certitude
2 Amrita Gita
2 Agenda Vol 05
2 5.1.01 - Ilion
0.01 - Introduction, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
Day after day, for seventeen years, She sat with us to tell us of her impossible odyssey. Ah, how well we now understand why She needed such an 'outlaw' and an incorrigible heretic like us to comprehend a little bit of her impossible odyssey into 'nothing.' And how well we now understand her infinite Patience with us, despite all our revolts, which ultimately were only the revolts of the old species against itself. The final revolt. 'It is not a revolt against the British government which any one can easily do. It is, in fact, a revolt against the whole universal Nature!' Sri Aurobindo had proclaimed fifty years earlier. She listened to our grievances, we went away and we returned. We wanted no more of it and we wanted still more. It was infernal and sublime, impossible and the sole possibility in this old, asphyxiating world. It was the only place one could go to in this barbedwired, mechanized world, where Cincinnati is just as crowded and polluted as Hong Kong. The new species is the last free place in the general Prison. It is the last hope for the earth. How we listened to her little faltering voice that seemed to return from afar, afar, after having crossed spaces and seas of the mind to let its little drops of pure, crystalline words fall upon us, words that make you see. We listened to the future, we touched the other thing. It was incomprehensible and yet filled with another comprehension. It eluded us on all sides, and yet it was dazzlingly obvious. The 'other species' was really radically other, and yet it was vibrating within, absolutely recognizable, as if it were THAT we had been seeking from age to age, THAT we had been invoking through all our illuminations, one after another, in Thebes as in Eleusis as everywhere we have toiled and grieved in the skin of a man. It was for THAT we were here, for that supreme Possible in the skin of a man at last. And then her voice grew more and more frail, her breath began gasping as though She had to traverse greater and greater distances to meet us. She was so alone to beat against the walls of the old prison. Many claws were out all around. Oh, we would so quickly have cut ourself free from all this fiasco to fly away with Her into the world's future. She was so tiny, stooped over, as if crushed beneath the 'spiritual' burden that all the old surrounding species kept heaping upon her. They didn't believe, no. For them, She was ninety-five years old + so many days. Can someone become a new species all alone? They even grumbled at Her: they had had enough of this unbearable Ray that was bringing their sordid affairs into the daylight. The Ashram was slowly closing over Her. The old world wanted to make a new, golden little Church, nice and quiet. No, no one wanted TO
BECOME. To worship was so much easier. And then they bury you, solemnly, and the matter is settled - the case is closed: now, no one need bother any more except to print some photographic haloes for the pilgrims to this brisk little business. But they are mistaken. The real business will take place without them, the new species will fly up in their faces - it is already flying in the face of the earth, despite all its isms in black and white; it is exploding through all the pores of this battered old earth, which has had enough of shams - whether illusory little heavens or barbarous little machines.
0.02 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
words that good work gets done.
In any event, calm and Patience are absolutely necessary —
and you ought to have them since my blessings are with you.
0.03 - Letters to My little smile, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
My dear little smile,
You must not lose Patience or courage; everything will turn
out all right.
also get tired and then one no longer has the sure hand or the
precise movement, one loses one’s Patience and calm and the
work one does is no longer neat and trim; everything becomes
0.05 - Letters to a Child, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
Mother, let me open to you and to no one else,
always, always. Give me Patience.
I don’t think it would be good for you to live completely retired
I send you much Patience and all my love.
2 May 1934
and can only be solved with much endurance in the will and
For on the one hand you want to consecrate yourself to the
0.05 - The Synthesis of the Systems, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
In psychological fact this method translates itself into the progressive surrender of the ego with its whole field and all its apparatus to the Beyond-ego with its vast and incalculable but always inevitable workings. Certainly, this is no short cut or easy sadhana. It requires a colossal faith, an absolute courage and above all an unflinching Patience. For it implies three stages of which only the last can be wholly blissful or rapid, - the attempt of the ego to enter into contact with the Divine, the wide, full and therefore laborious preparation of the whole lower Nature by the divine working to receive and become the higher Nature, and the eventual transformation. In fact, however, the divine
Strength, often unobserved and behind the veil, substitutes itself for our weakness and supports us through all our failings of faith, courage and Patience. It "makes the blind to see and the lame to stride over the hills." The intellect becomes aware of a Law that beneficently insists and a succour that upholds; the heart speaks of a Master of all things and Friend of man or a universal Mother who upholds through all stumblings. Therefore this path is at once the most difficult imaginable and yet, in comparison with the magnitude of its effort and object, the most easy and sure of all.
0.06 - Letters to a Young Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
times, especially when it is waged against the hostile forces.
That is why one must be armed with Patience and keep faith in
the final victory.
have their books.
One must have a lot of Patience with young children, and repeat
the same thing to them several times, explaining it to them in
01.04 - The Secret Knowledge, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
They turn not to the moment's busy tramp,
But listen with the still Patience of the Unborn
For the slow footsteps of far Destiny
01.08 - Walter Hilton: The Scale of Perfection, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Here is the Augustinian mantra taken as the motto of The Scale of Perfection: We ascend the ascending grades in our heart and we sing the song of ascension1. The journey's end is heavenly Jerusalem, the House of the Lord. The steps of this inner ascension are easily visible, not surely to the outer eye of the sense-burdened man, but to the "ghostly seeing" of the aspirant which is hazy in the beginning but slowly clears as he advances. The first step is the withdrawal from the outer senses and looking and seeing within. "Turn home again in thyself, and hold thee within and beg no more without." The immediate result is a darkness and a restless darknessit is a painful night. The outer objects of attraction and interest have been discarded, but the inner attachments and passions surge there still. If, however, one continues and persists, refuses to be drawn out, the turmoil settles down and the darkness begins to thin and wear away. One must not lose heart, one must have Patience and perseverance. So when the outward world is no more-there and its call also no longer awakes any echo in us, then comes the stage of "restful darkness" or "light-some darkness". But it is still the dark Night of the soul. The outer light is gone and the inner light is not yet visible: the night, the desert, the great Nought, stretches between these two lights. But the true seeker goes through and comes out of the tunnel. And there is happiness at the end. "The seeking is travaillous, but the finding is blissful." When one steps out of the Night, enters into the deepest layer of the being, one stands face to face to one's soul, the very image of God, the perfect God-man, the Christ within. That is the third degree of our inner ascension, the entry into the deepest, purest and happiest statein which one becomes what he truly is; one finds the Christ there and dwells in love and union with him. But there is still a further step to take, and that is real ascension. For till now it has been a going within, from the outward to the inner and the inmost; now one has to go upward, transcend. Within the body, in life, however deep you may go, even if you find your soul and your union with Jesus whose tabernacle is your soul, still there is bound to remain a shadow of the sinful prison-house; the perfect bliss and purity without any earthly taint, the completeness and the crowning of the purgation and transfiguration can come only when you go beyond, leaving altoge ther the earthly form and worldly vesture and soar into Heaven itself and be in the company of the Trinity. "Into myself, and after... above myself by overpassing only into Him." At the same time it is pointed out, this mediaeval mystic has the common sense to see that the going in and going above of which one speaks must not be understood in a literal way, it is a figure of speech. The movement of the mystic is psychological"ghostly", it is saidnot physical or carnal.
0.10 - Letters to a Young Captain, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
It is best for each person to find his own path, but for this
the aspiration must be ardent, the will unshakable, the Patience
this must be accompanied by a sustained, ardent, persevering
aspiration and a boundless Patience.
Happy New Year
0.14 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
It is only in the last category — if one has chosen it in all
sincerity and pursued it with an unfailing Patience — that one
finds the certitude of total fulfilment and a constant luminous
03.02 - Yogic Initiation and Aptitude, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Needless to say that these tests and ordeals are mere externals; at any rate, they have no place in our sadhana. Such or similar virtues many people possess or may possess, but that is no indication that they have an opening to the true spiritual life, to the life divine that we seek. Just as accomplishments on the mental plane,keen intellect, wide studies, profound scholarship even in the scriptures do not entitle a man to the possession of the spirit, even so capacities on the vital plane,mere self-control, Patience and forbearance or endurance and perseverance do not create a claim to spiritual realisation, let alone physical austerities. In conformity with the Upanishadic standard, one may not be an unworthy son or an unworthy disciple, one may be strong, courageous, patient, calm, self-possessed, one may even be a consummate master of the senses and be endowed with other great virtues. Yet all this is no assurance of one's success in spiritual sadhana. Even one may be, after Shankara, a mumuksu, that is to say, have an ardent yearning for liberation. Still it is doubtful if that alone can give him liberation into the divine life.
05.01 - Man and the Gods, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Man possesses characters that mark him as an entity sui generis and give him the value that is his. First, toil and suffering and more failures than success have given him the quality of endurance and Patience, of humility and quietness. That is the quality of earth-natureearth is always spoken of by the poets and seers as all-bearing and all-forgiving. She never protests under any load put upon her, never rises in revolt, never in a hurry or in worry, she goes on with her appointed labour silently, steadily, calmly, unflinchingly. Human consciousness can take infinite pains, go through the infinite details of execution, through countless repetitions and mazes: Patience and perseverance are the very badge and blazon of the tribe. Ribhus, the artisans of immortalitychildren of Mahasaraswatiwere originally men, men who have laboured into godhood. Human nature knows to wait, wait infinitely, as it has all the eternity before it and can afford and is prepared to continue and persist life after life. I do not say that all men can do it and are of this nature; but there is this essential capacity in human nature. The gods, who are usually described as the very embodiment of calmness and firmness, of a serene and concentrated will to achieve, nevertheless suffer ill any delay or hindrance to their work. Man has not perhaps the even tenor, the steadiness of their movement, even though intense and fast flowing; but what man possesses is persistence through ups and downshis path is rugged with rise and fall, as the poet says. The steadiness or the staying power of the gods contains something of the nature of indifference, something hard in its grain, not unlike a crystal or a diamond. But human Patience, when it has formed and taken shape, possesses a mellowness, an understanding, a sweet reasonableness and a resilience all its own. And because of its intimacy with the tears of things, because of its long travail and calvary, human consciousness is suffused with a quality that is peculiarly human and humane that of sympathy, compassion, comprehension, the psychic feeling of closeness and oneness. The gods are, after all, egoistic; unless in their supreme supramental status where they are one and identical with the Divine himself; on the lower levels, in their own domains, they are separate, more or less immiscible entities, as it were; greater stress is laid here upon their individual functioning and fulfilment than upon their solidarity. Even if they have not the egoism of the Asuras that sets itself in revolt and antagonism to the Divine, still they have to the fullest extent the sense of a separate mission that each has to fulfil, which none else can fulfil and so each is bound rigidly to its own orbit of activity. There is no mixture in their workingsna me thate, as the Vedas say; the conflict of the later gods, the apple of discord that drove each to establish his hegemony over the rest, as narrated in the mythologies and popular legends, carry the difference to a degree natural to the human level and human modes and reactions. The egoism of the gods may have the gait of aristocracy about it, it has the aloofness and indifference and calm nonchalance that go often with nobility: it has a family likeness to the egoism of an ascetic, of a saintit is sttwic; still it is egoism. It may prove even more difficult to break and dissolve than the violent and ebullient rjasicpride of a vital being. Human failings in this respect are generally more complex and contain all shades and rhythms. And yet that is not the whole or dominant mystery of man's nature. His egoism is thwarted at every stepfrom outside, by, the force of circumstances, the force of counter-egoisms, and from inside, for there is there the thin little voice that always cuts across egoism's play and takes away from it something of its elemental blind momentum. The gods know not of this division in their nature, this schizophrenia, as the malady is termed nowadays, which is the source of the eternal strain of melancholy in human nature of which Matthew Arnold speaks, of the Shelleyan saddest thoughts: Nietzsche need not have gone elsewhere in his quest for the origin and birth of Tragedy. A Socrates discontented, the Christ as the Man of Sorrows, and Amitabha, the soul of pity and compassion are peculiarly human phenomena. They are not merely human weaknesses and failings that are to be brushed aside with a godlike disdain; but they contain and yield a deeper sap of life and out of them a richer fulfilment is being elaborated.
05.02 - Gods Labour, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
It is a long dredging process, tedious and arduous, requiring the utmost Patience and perseverance, even to the absolute degree. For Inconscience, in essence, although a contingent reality, local and temporal, and therefore transient, is nonetheless the hardest, most obdurate and resistant reality: it lies thick and heavy upon the human vehicle. It is massed layer upon layer. Its first formation in the higher altitudes of the mind is perhaps like a thin fluid deposit; it begins as anindividualised separative consciousness stressing more and more its exclusiveness. Through the lower ranges of the mind and the vitality it crystallises and condenses gradually; in the worlds of thinking and feeling, enjoying and dynamic activity, it has still a malleable and mixed consistency, but when it reaches and possesses the physical being, it becomes the impervious solid obscurity that Matter presents.
05.10 - Children and Child Mentality, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
There are two failings which a teacher must guard againstto which he is usually proneif he wishes to secure respect and obedience and trust from children: (I) telling a lie and (2) losing temper. A child can easily find out whether you are spinning a long yarn or not. He is inquisitive, irrepressively curious and, above all, he has his own manner and angle of looking at things. He puts questions about all things and subjects and in all ways that seem queer to an adult view. His answers too to questions, his solutions of problems are very unorthodox, bizarre. But it is all the more the task of the elder not only to put up with all these vagaries, but also with great sympathy and Patience to appreciate and understand what the child attempts to express. If you get irritated or angry and try to snub or brush him away, it would mean the end of all cordial relation between you and him. Or, again, if you try to hoodwink him, give a false answer to hide your ignorance, in that case too the child will not be deceived, he will find you out and lose all respect for you. It is far better to own your ignorance, saying you do not know than to pose as a knowing man; although that may affect to some extent his sense of hero-worship and he may not entertain any longer the unspoilt awe and esteem with which he was accustomed to look up to you, still you will not lose his affection and confidence. Infinite Patience and a temper that is never frayed or ruffled are demanded of the teacher and the parent who wish to guide and control successfully and happily a child. With that you can mould in the end the most refractory child, without that you will fail even with a child of goodwill.
08.05 - Will and Desire, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
It is not a solution. The task is hard, demanding sustained effort and unshakable Patience. There are people, a good many, who, although no longer children, yet continue to be so all their life: they too do not understand reason. If you tell them, they are not reasonable and that it is not possible to be continually satisfying their desires, they simply think: "These people are quite unpleasant, they are not amiable." That is all.
What one may try, in respect of a child, is to turn the direction of his desires, let him desire better things, better because more true and also more difficult to obtain. For example, when you see a child full of desires, put into him a desire of higher quality, that is to say, instead of desiring purely material objects which can give only a temporary satisfaction, one could awaken in him the desire to know, to learn, to become great and so on. That would indeed be a very good beginning. As these things are more difficult to secure, it will serve to develop, to streng then his will. Even if the difficulty is of a physical kind, if, for example, you give the child a doll to prepare, a Chinese puzzle to solve or a game of Patience, the effort helps in the development of concentration, perseverance, a certain clarity of ideas etc. You can in this way divert the child's will from wrong pursuits to right ones. True, it needs constant attendance and application on your part, but that seems to be the surest way. It is not easy, but it is the most effective.
09.13 - On Teachers and Teaching, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
They who are successful here as teachers,I do not mean an external, artificial and superficial success,they who become truly good teachers, are exactly those who are capable of making an inner progress towards impersonalisation, capable of eliminating their egoism, becoming masters of their movements, possessing insight, comprehension of others and a Patience, proof against all test and trial.
1.00 - Main, #Book of Certitude, #Baha u llah, #Baha i
It hath been decreed by God that, should any one of His servants intend to travel, he must fix for his wife a time when he will return home. If he return by the promised time, he will have obeyed the bidding of his Lord and shall be numbered by the Pen of His behest among the righteous; otherwise, if there be good reason for delay, he must inform his wife and make the utmost endeavour to return to her. Should neither of these eventualities occur, it behoveth her to wait for a period of nine months, after which there is no impediment to her taking another husband; but should she wait longer, God, verily, loveth those women and men who show forth Patience. Obey ye My commandments, and follow not the ungodly, they who have been reckoned as sinners in God's Holy Tablet. If, during the period of her waiting, word should reach her from her husband, she should choose the course that is praiseworthy. He, of a truth, desireth that His servants and His handmaids should be at peace with one another; take heed lest ye do aught that may provoke intransigence amongst you. Thus hath the decree been fixed and the promise come to pass. If, however, news should reach her of her husband's death or murder, and be confirmed by general report, or by the testimony of two just witnesses, it behoveth her to remain single; then, upon completion of the fixed number of months, she is free to adopt the course of her choosing. Such is the bidding of Him Who is mighty and powerful in His command.
Should resentment or antipathy arise between husb and and wife, he is not to divorce her but to bide in Patience throughout the course of one whole year, that perchance the fragrance of affection may be renewed between them. If, upon the completion of this period, their love hath not returned, it is permissible for divorce to take place. God's wisdom, verily, hath encompassed all things. The Lord hath prohibited, in a Tablet inscribed by the Pen of His command, the practice to which ye formerly had recourse when thrice ye had divorced a woman. This He hath done as a favour on His part, that ye may be accounted among the thankful. He who hath divorced his wife may choose, upon the passing of each month, to remarry her when there is mutual affection and consent, so long as she hath not taken another husband. Should she have wed again, then, by this other union, the separation is confirmed and the matter is concluded unless, clearly, her circumstances change. Thus hath the decree been inscribed with majesty in this glorious Tablet by Him Who is the Dawning-place of Beauty.
1.01 - The First Steps, #Raja-Yoga, #Swami Vivkenanda, #unset
This world has a good many of these demoniac natures, but there are some gods too. If one proposes to teach any science to increase the power of sense-enjoyment, one finds multitudes ready for it. If one undertakes to show the supreme goal, one finds few to listen to him. Very few have the power to grasp the higher, fewer still the Patience to attain to it. But there are a few also who know that even if the body can be made to live for a thousand years, the result in the end will be the same. When the forces that hold it together go away, the body must fall. No man was ever born who could stop his body one moment from changing. Body is the name of a series of changes. "As in a river the masses of water are changing before you every moment, and new masses are coming, yet taking similar form, so is it with this body." Yet the body must be kept strong and healthy. It is the best instrument we have.
1.01 - The Four Aids, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
24:The surest way towards this integral fulfilment is to find the Master of the secret who dwells within us, open ourselves constantly to the divine Power which is also the divine Wisdom and Love and trust to it to effect the conversion. But it is difficult for the egoistic consciousness to do this at all at the beginning. And, if done at all, it is still difficult to do it perfectly and in every strand of our nature. It is difficult at first because our egoistic habits of thought, of sensation, of feeling block up the avenues by which we can arrive at the perception that is needed. It is difficult afterwards because the faith, the surrender, the courage requisite in this path are not easy to the ego-clouded soul. The divine working is not the working which the egoistic mind desires or approves; for it uses error in order to arrive at truth, suffering in order to arrive at bliss, imperfection in order to arrive at perfection. The ego cannot see where it is being led; it revolts against the leading, loses confidence, loses courage. These failings would not matter; for the divine Guide within is not offended by our revolt, not discouraged by our want of faith or repelled by our weakness; he has the entire love of the mother and the entire Patience of the teacher. But by withdrawing our assent from the guidance we lose the consciousness, though not all the actuality-not, in any case, the eventuality -- of its benefit. And we withdraw our assent because we fail to distinguish our higher Self from the lower through which he is preparing his self-revelation. As in the world, so in ourselves, we cannot see God because of his workings and, especially, because he works in us through our nature and not by a succession of arbitrary miracles. Man demands miracles that he may have faith; he wishes to be dazzled in order that he may see. And this im Patience, this ignorance may turn into a great danger and disaster if, in our revolt against the divine leading, we call in another distorting Force more satisfying to our impulses and desires and ask it to guide us and give it the Divine Name.
39:The ideal attitude of the Sadhaka towards Time is to have an endless Patience as if he had all eternity for his fulfilment and yet to develop the energy that shall realise now and with an ever-increasing mastery and pressure of rapidity till it reaches the miraculous instantaneousness of the supreme divine Transformation.
1.01 - The Science of Living, #On Education, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
unification requires much time to be brought to some degree of perfection. Therefore, in order to accomplish it, we
must arm ourselves with Patience and endurance, with a determination to prolong our life as long as necessary for
the success of our endeavour.
set everything in motion, build and realise; but it can also destroy and mar everything. Thus it may be the most
difficult part to discipline in the human being. It is a long and exacting labour requiring great Patience and
perfect sincerity, for without sincerity you will deceive yourself from the very outset, and all endeavour for
the consciousness of the ideal to be realised. They can, with the help of this consciousness, deal with their vital
as one deals with a rebellious child, with Patience and perseverance, showing it the truth and light, endeavouring
to convince it and awaken in it the goodwill which has been veiled for a time. By means of such patient intervention
1.01 - Who is Tara, #How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator, #Thubten Chodron, #unset
qualities, such as equanimity, love, compassion, joy, and the six far-reaching
attitudesgenerosity, ethical discipline, Patience, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom.
Tara, like Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani, and others, is a Buddha.
In this story, we again see Tara as a person, one with a miraculous birth.
This legend can inspire us not to lose faith in the arduous process of beneting beings. Such Patience and perseverance are necessary for as we know,
ignorant beings such as we are at present often do the opposite of what
Each deity is a manifestation of the same enlightened qualitieslove,
compassion, joy, equanimity, generosity, ethical discipline, Patience, enthusiasm, concentration, wisdom, and so forthalthough each manifestation
may emphasize a particular quality. For example, Tara symbolizes enlightened activity, while Avalokiteshvara embodies compassion. Among the
anklets, earrings, and tiara indicate that the six far-reaching attitudes or
paramitasgenerosity, ethics, Patience, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdomare fully integrated in her being and decorate her every activity.
Tara is also adorned with three syllables: om at her crown chakra, ah at her
10.23 - Prayers and Meditations of the Mother, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Ta 'voix est si modeste, si impartiale, si sublime de Patience et de misricorde qu' elle ne se fait entendre avec aucune autorit, aucune puissance de volont, mais comme une brise frache, douce et pure, comme un murmure cristallin qui donne la note d' harmonic dans le concert discordant. Seulement, pour celui qui sait couter la note, respirer la brise, elle contient de tels trsors de beaut, un tel parfum de pure srnit et de noble grandeur, que toutes les folles illusions s' vanouissent ou se transforment dans une joyeuse acceptation de la merveilleuse vrit entrevue.7
Thy voice is so modest, impartial, sublime in its Patience and its mercy that it does not make itself heard with any authority, any potency of will; it is like a cool, soft and pure breeze; it is like a crystalline murmur that imparts a note of harmony to a discordant concert. Only for him who knows how to listen to that note, how to brea the that breeze, it contains such a treasure of beauty and such a perfume of pure serenity and noble grandeur, that all extravagant illusions vanish or are transformed into a joyful acceptance of the marvellous truth that has been glimpsed.
1.02 - Education, #On Education, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
There are other parents who know that their children must be educated and who try to do what they can. But very few, even among those who are most serious and sincere, know that the first thing to do, in order to be able to educate a child, is to educate oneself, to become conscious and master of oneself so that one never sets a bad example to ones child. For it is above all through example that education becomes effective. To speak good words and to give wise advice to a child has very little effect if one does not oneself give him an example of what one teaches. Sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, Patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self-control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches. Parents, have a high ideal and always act in accordance with it and you will see that little by little your child will reflect this ideal in himself and spontaneously manifest the qualities you would like to see expressed in his nature. Quite naturally a child has respect and admiration for his parents; unless they are quite unworthy, they will always appear to their child as demigods whom he will try to imitate as best he can.
1.02 - Meditating on Tara, #How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator, #Thubten Chodron, #unset
to care about him. Hes a jerk; therefore, I should be mean to him. I should
punish him and be rude to him. Or, if were practicing Patience, instead
of saying something nasty to him, we just ignore him. We easily react in this
1.02 - On detachment, #The Ladder of Divine Ascent, #Saint John of Climacus, #unset
8. Let us pay close attention to ourselves so that we are not deceived into thinking that we are following the strait and narrow way when in actual fact we are keeping to the wide and broad way. The following will show you what the narrow way means: mortification of the stomach, all-night standing, water in moderation, short rations of bread, the purifying draught of dishonour, sneers, derision, insults, the cutting out of ones own will, Patience in annoyances, unmurmuring endurance of scorn, disregard of insults, and the habit, when wronged, of bearing it sturdily; when slandered, of not being indignant; when humiliated, not to be angry; when condemned, to be humble. Blessed are they who follow the way we have just described, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.4
1.02 - SADHANA PADA, #Patanjali Yoga Sutras, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
bound by laws, Nature never had a bond for you. That is what
the Yogi tells you; have Patience to learn it. And the Yogi
shows how, by junction with this nature, and identifying itself
1.02 - The Age of Individualism and Reason, #The Human Cycle, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
They found and held it with enthusiasm in the discoveries of physical Science. The triumphant domination, the all-shattering and irresistible victory of Science in nineteenth-century Europe is explained by the absolute perfection with which it at least seemed for a time to satisfy these great psychological wants of the Western mind. Science seemed to it to fulfil impeccably its search for the two supreme desiderata of an individualistic age. Here at last was a truth of things which depended on no doubtful Scripture or fallible human authority but which Mother Nature herself had written in her eternal book for all to read who had Patience to observe and intellectual honesty to judge. Here were laws, principles, fundamental facts of the world and of our being which all could verify at once for themselves and which must therefore satisfy and guide the free individual judgment, delivering it equally from alien compulsion and from erratic self-will. Here were laws and truths which justified and yet controlled the claims and desires of the individual human being; here a science which provided a standard, a norm of knowledge, a rational basis for life, a clear outline and sovereign means for the progress and perfection of the individual and the race. The attempt to govern and organise human life by verifiable Science, by a law, a truth of things, an order and principles which all can observe and verify in their ground and fact and to which therefore all may freely and must rationally subscribe, is the culminating movement of European civilisation. It has been the fulfilment and triumph of the individualistic age of human society; it has seemed likely also to be its end, the cause of the death of individualism and its putting away and burial among the monuments of the past.
1.02 - The Stages of Initiation, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
Enlightenment proceeds from very simple processes. Here, too, it is a matter of developing certain feelings and thoughts which slumber in every human being and must be awakened. It is only when these simple processes are carried out with unfailing Patience, continuously and conscientiously, that they can lead to the perception of the inner light-forms. The first step is taken by observing different natural objects in a particular way; for instance, a transparent and beautifully formed stone (a crystal), a plant, and an animal. The student should endeavor, at first, to direct his whole attention to a comparison of the stone with the animal in the following manner. The thoughts here mentioned should pass through his soul accompanied by vivid feelings, and no other thought, no other feeling, must mingle with them and disturb what should be an intensely
should become known, in order to prevent error causing great harm. No harm can come to anyone following the way here described, so long as he does not force matters. Only, one thing should be noted: no student should spend more time and strength upon these exercises than he can spare with due regard to his station in life and to his duties; nor should he change anything, for the time being, in the external conditions of his life through taking this path. Without Patience no genuine results can be attained. After doing an exercise for a few minutes, the student must be able to stop and continue quietly his daily work, and no thought of these exercises should mingle with the day's work. No one is of use as an esoteric student or will ever attain results of real value who has not learned to wait in the highest and best sense of the word.
thought. He must never cease repeating to himself that he may have made quite considerable progress after a certain interval of time, though it may not be apparent to him in the way he perhaps expected; otherwise he can easily lose heart and abandon all attempts after a short time. The powers and faculties to be developed are of a most subtle kind, and differ entirely in their nature from the conceptions previously formed by the student. He had been accustomed to occupy himself exclusively with the physical world; the world of spirit and soul had been concealed from his vision and concepts. It is therefore not surprising if he does not immediately notice the powers of soul and spirit now developing in him. In this respect there is a possibility of discouragement for those setting out on the path to higher knowledge, if they ignore the experience gathered by responsible investigators. The teacher is aware of the progress made by his pupil long before the latter is conscious of it He knows how the delicate spiritual eyes begin to form themselves long before the pupil is aware of this, and a great part of what he has to say is couched in such terms as to prevent the pupil from losing Patience
time. The attempt will most likely fail hundreds and hundreds of times. It is just a question of not losing Patience. After many attempts you will succeed in experiencing a feeling In your soul corresponding to the state of soul of the person observed, and you will begin to notice that through this feeling a power grows in your soul that leads to spiritual insight into the state of soul of the other. A picture experienced as luminous appears in your field of vision. This spiritually luminous picture is the so-called astral embodiment of the desire observed in that soul. Again the impression of this picture may be described as flame-like, yellowish-red in the center, and reddish-blue or lilac at the edges. Much depends on treating such spiritual experiences with great delicacy. The best thing is not to speak to anyone about them except to your teacher, if you have one. Attempted descriptions of such experiences in inappropriate words usually only lead to gross self-deception. Ordinary terms are employed which are not intended for such things, and are therefore too gross and clumsy. The consequence is that in the attempt to clo the the experience in words we are misled into blending the actual experience
1.02 - The Virtues, #Words Of Long Ago, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
And around Charity thronged a shining escort, Kindness, Patience, Gentleness, Solicitude, and many others.
1.03 - Questions and Answers, #Book of Certitude, #Baha u llah, #Baha i
ANSWER: Should he have omitted to fix a time for his return despite being aware of the stipulation of the Kitab-i-Aqdas in this regard, his wife should wait for one full year, after which she shall be free either to adopt the course that is praiseworthy, or to choose for herself another husband. If, however, he be unaware of this stipulation, she should abide in Patience until such time as God shall please to disclose to her his fate. By the course that is praiseworthy in this connection is meant the exercise of Patience.
11. QUESTION: If intercourse take place between a couple during their year of Patience, and they become estranged again thereafter, must they recommence their year of Patience, or may the days preceding the intercourse be included in the reckoning of the year? And once divorce hath taken place, is it necessary that a further period of waiting be observed?
ANSWER: Should affection be renewed between the couple during their year of Patience, the marriage tie is valid, and what is commanded in the Book of God must be observed; but once the year of Patience hath been completed and that which is decreed by God taketh place, a further period of waiting is not required. Sexual intercourse between husb and and wife is forbidden during their year of Patience, and whoso committeth this act must seek God's forgiveness, and, as a punishment, render to the House of Justice a fine of nineteen mithqals of gold.
12. QUESTION: Should antipathy develop between a couple after the Marriage Verses have been read and the dowry paid, may divorce take place without observance of the year of Patience?
ANSWER: Divorce may legitimately be sought after the reading of the Marriage Verses and payment of the dowry, but before the consummation of the marriage. In such circumstances there is no need for observance of a year of Patience, but recovery of the dowry payment is not permissible.
19. QUESTION: Should a person plan to migrate from his country, and his wife be opposed and the disagreement culminate in divorce, and should his preparations for the journey extend until a year hath passed, may this period be counted as the year of Patience, or should the day the couple part be regarded as the starting-point of that year?
38. QUESTION: Concerning divorce, which must be preceded +F1 The vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere by a year of Patience: if only one of the parties is inclined toward conciliation, what is to be done?
40. QUESTION: If during the year of Patience the fragrance of affection be renewed, only to be succeeded by antipathy, and the couple waver between affection and aversion throughout the year, and the year endeth in antipathy, can divorce take place or not?
ANSWER: In each case at any time antipathy occurreth, the year of Patience beginneth on that day, and the year must run its full course.
73. QUESTION: If, upon completion of the year of Patience, the husb and refuseth to allow divorce, what course should be adopted by the wife?
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Dirty Harry(1971) - The downfall of societal coddling of criminals is the theme of the debut of Inspector Harry Callahan, who has no patience for criminals and less of such for revolving-door justice as well as politicians who wilt under the pressure of a deranged hippie who uses a sniper rifle to kill several innocent...
G.i.joe: Arise Serpentor Arise(1986) - yet another defeat inflicted by G.I. Joe, the immediate subordinates of Cobra's leader, Cobra Commander, have finally come to the end of their patience with his apparent incompetence and his inability to achieve real victories. The leader of the research and interrogations wing, Dr. Mindbender, rec...
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Juubee Ninpuuchou -- -- Madhouse -- 1 ep -- Original -- Adventure Historical Horror Supernatural Romance Samurai Fantasy Shounen -- Juubee Ninpuuchou Juubee Ninpuuchou -- Jubei Kibagami wanders feudal Japan as an itinerant swordsman-for-hire. After a past betrayal left him masterless, he has no more patience for warring political factions and their schemes. Unfortunately, both past and political intrigue collide when he meets and saves a female ninja named Kagero from a man with the ability to make his body as hard as stone. -- -- The sole survivor of a ninja clan, Kagero continues her team's last mission: investigate a mysterious plague that wiped out an entire village. Jubei wants nothing to do with this, but the stone-like man's allies, a group of ninja with supernatural powers known as the Devils of Kimon, make that option difficult. To make matters worse, a government spy poisons Jubei, promising him an antidote if he can unravel the true intentions of the Devils of Kimon and their connection to the plague. The trail leads to shadow leaders, a plot to overthrow the government, and a man that Jubei thought he would never see again. -- -- Licensor: -- Manga Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks -- Movie - Jun 5, 1993 -- 104,294 7.61
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