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         12 class:plane

       20 class:thing
         46 class:media
           22 class:short story
           16 class:videogames
           12 class:anime
           11 class:text
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           10 class:movie
            22 class:list
              42 class:reading list
         23 class:concept

     32 word class:verb
     24 word class:adjective
     9 word class:adverb

  68 class:subject
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    137 class:Philosophy
    79 class:Integral Yoga
    77 class:Zen
    58 class:Occultism
    42 class:Christianity
    30 class:Integral Theory
    29 class:Game Dev

  276 class:author
    22 class:The Mother
    22 class:Sri Aurobindo

  634 class:book
    57 class:The Life Divine
    28 class:Words Of The Mother II

  480 class:chapter

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  634 book
  480 chapter
  276 author
  224 Buddhism
  140 Philosophy
   83 noun
   82 Integral Yoga
   80 Zen
   68 subject
   65 person
   59 The Life Divine
   58 Occultism
   55 place
   49 media
   45 reading list
   45 programming
   42 concept
   42 Christianity
   38 ZXA
   35 The Divine Comedy
   34 verb
   34 Poetry
   33 Fiction
   30 Integral Theory
   30 class
   30 archetype
   29 Game Dev
   28 Words Of The Mother II
   28 power
   28 God
   27 Poetics
   27 injunction
   26 Psychology
   26 Liber ABA
   26 Education
   26 adjective
   25 The Mother
   25 list
   24 Sri Aurobindo
   24 short story
   23 time
   23 map
   22 thing
   22 attribute
   20 project
   20 object
   20 Anonymous
   19 temple
   18 videogames
   18 josh
   18 difficulties
   17 grammer
   16 videogame
   16 question
   16 meta
   16 mental
   16 collection
   15 path
   14 Science Fiction
   14 plane
   14 knowledge
   14 Bertrand Russell
   14 anime
   13 text
   13 poem
   13 Deity
   13 Dalai Lama XIV
   12 movie
   12 Hinduism
   12 console
   11 Yoga
   11 website
   11 Plato
   11 Computer Science
   11 adverb
   10 The Hero with a Thousand Faces
   10 Talks
   10 Rudolf Steiner
   10 physical
   10 movement
   10 main
   10 Ken Wilber
   10 Jianzhi Sengcan
   10 fictional character
   10 database
   10 Dark Night of the Soul
   9 world
   9 The Blue Cliff Records
   9 space
   9 library
   9 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   9 game
   9 Friedrich Nietzsche
   9 conjunction
   8 Words Of The Mother III
   8 transcript
   8 theory
   8 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   8 RPG
   8 Physics
   8 Mythology
   8 Master Choa Kok Sui
   8 everyday
   8 Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki
   8 city
   8 capacity
   7 tv show
   7 tower
   7 The Gateless Gate
   7 Taoism
   7 summary
   7 program
   7 places
   7 Interrogative
   7 dictionary
   7 Collected Poems
   7 canon
   7 Aristotle
   6 Tibetan Buddhism
   6 things
   6 survey
   6 Saint
   6 racket
   6 note
   6 movements
   6 method
   6 keywords
   6 garden
   6 financial
   6 experiment
   6 entry
   6 element
   6 Dilgo Khyentse
   5 types
   5 Theological Fiction
   5 The Diamond Sutra
   5 Storytelling
   5 short story
   5 poems
   5 Mysticism
   5 meditation
   5 Longchen Rabjam
   5 links
   5 language
   5 Karma Yoga
   5 injunction
   5 H G Tudor
   5 Hermann Hesse
   5 G. W. F. Hegel
   5 Epictetus
   5 English
   5 Elas Capriles
   5 Dungeons and Dragons
   5 drugs
   5 Bhikkhu Bodhi
   5 analysis
   4 William Shakespeare
   4 William Blake
   4 wiki
   4 verbs
   4 training
   4 Thubten Chodron
   4 The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
   4 The Lotus Sutra
   4 the Ignorance
   4 template
   4 Serial Experiments Lain
   4 Science
   4 Satprem
   4 questions
   4 Psychotherapy
   4 pronoun
   4 programming language
   4 powers
   4 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
   4 philosopher
   4 persons
   4 new
   4 needs
   4 Music
   4 Mathematics
   4 Manly P Hall
   4 lyrics
   4 log
   4 Kim Michaels
   4 Ken McLeod
   4 journal
   4 Joseph Campbell
   4 Heraclitus
   4 Henri Bergson
   4 genre
   4 gateway
   4 favorite
   4 exclamation
   4 drug
   4 directory
   4 determiner
   4 Cybernetics
   4 C S Lewis
   4 commands
   4 Beating the Cloth Drum Letters of Zen Master Hakuin
   4 Aleister Crowley
   4 Albert Camus
   3 Zen Master
   3 Yogi
   3 Ursula K Le Guin
   3 Tulku Urgyen
   3 Thubten Yeshe
   3 Thich Nhat Hanh
   3 the Book
   3 Thch Nht Hnh
   3 Tabletop role-playing game
   3 sutra
   3 Soren Kierkegaard
   3 Sigmund Freud
   3 Shunryu Suzuki
   3 Shramana Zhiyi
   3 Seneca
   3 Sage
   3 Rumi
   3 QWA
   3 Quantum Physics
   3 Prayer
   3 Plotinus
   3 Peter J Carroll
   3 Noun
   3 Montesquieu
   3 Monk
   3 mile Durkheim
   3 Masao Abe
   3 Martin Luther
   3 Martin Heidegger
   3 Lewis Carroll
   3 Karl Marx
   3 Karl Brunnholzl
   3 Julius Evola
   3 John Dewey
   3 Jiddu Krishnamurti
   3 Jean-Paul Sartre
   3 Jamgn Mipham
   3 Italo Calvino
   3 Immanuel Kant
   3 Ikkyu
   3 Gilles Deleuze
   3 Genre
   3 Gampopa
   3 Fyodor Dostoyevsky
   3 Eliphas Levi
   3 Edmund Husserl
   3 Don Quixote
   3 Dogen
   3 Discord
   3 Dana Morningstar
   3 Confucius
   3 Confucianism
   3 Comedy
   3 Carl Jung
   3 Bhakti Yoga
   3 Bhakti
   3 Bah'u'llh
   3 Baha u llah author
   3 Ayn Rand
   3 Augustine of Hippo
   3 attributes
   3 Arthur Schopenhauer
   3 Alfred Korzybski
   3 Alan W. Watts
   3 Ajahn Chah
   2 wordlist
   2 the Temple of Remembrance
   2 string
   2 Sri Aurobindo" | grep "class
   2 podcast
   2 Neil Harbisson - I Listen to Color
   2 Moon Ribas - Earthbeat

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clash ::: n. 1. A loud, harsh noise, such as that made by two metal objects in collision. 2. An encounter between hostile forces; a battle or skirmish. 3. A conflict, as between opposing or irreconcilable ideas. v. 4. To engage in a physical conflict or contest, as in a game or a battle (often followed by with). 5. To come into conflict; be in opposition. clashes, clashed, clashing. :::

clasp ::: n. 1. A grip or grasp of the hand, also reciprocal. 2. Union. 3. An embrace or hug. Also fig. v. 4. To seize, grasp, or grip with the hand. **5. To hold in a tight embrace. clasps, clasped, clasping.** :::

classed ::: arranged, grouped, or rated according to qualities or characteristics; assigned to a class; classified. :::

clash ::: v. i. --> To make a noise by striking against something; to dash noisily together.
To meet in opposition; to act in a contrary direction; to come onto collision; to interfere. ::: v. t. --> To strike noisily against or together.

clashed ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Clash

clashing ::: p. pr. & vb. n. --> of Clash

clashingly ::: adv. --> With clashing.

clasp ::: v. t. --> To shut or fasten together with, or as with, a clasp; to shut or fasten (a clasp, or that which fastens with a clasp).
To inclose and hold in the hand or with the arms; to grasp; to embrace.
To surround and cling to; to entwine about. ::: n.

clasped ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Clasp

clasper ::: n. --> One who, or that which, clasps, as a tendril.
One of a pair of organs used by the male for grasping the female among many of the Crustacea.
One of a pair of male copulatory organs, developed on the anterior side of the ventral fins of sharks and other elasmobranchs. See Illust. of Chimaera.

claspered ::: a. --> Furnished with tendrils.

clasping ::: p. pr. & vb. n. --> of Clasp

class ::: n. --> A group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics; as, the different classes of society; the educated class; the lower classes.
A number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies.
A comprehensive division of animate or inanimate objects, grouped together on account of their common characteristics, in any classification in natural science, and subdivided into orders,

classed ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Class

classes ::: pl. --> of Classis

classible ::: a. --> Capable of being classed.

classical ::: n. --> Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, esp. to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds.
Conforming to the best authority in literature and art;

classicalism ::: n. --> A classical idiom, style, or expression; a classicism.
Adherence to what are supposed or assumed to be the classical canons of art.

classicalist ::: n. --> One who adheres to what he thinks the classical canons of art.

classicality ::: n. --> Alt. of Classicalness

classically ::: adv. --> In a classical manner; according to the manner of classical authors.
In the manner of classes; according to a regular order of classes or sets.

classicalness ::: n. --> The quality of being classical.

classic ::: n. --> Alt. of Classical
A work of acknowledged excellence and authority, or its author; -- originally used of Greek and Latin works or authors, but now applied to authors and works of a like character in any language.
One learned in the literature of Greece and Rome, or a student of classical literature.

classicism ::: n. --> A classic idiom or expression; a classicalism.

classicist ::: n. --> One learned in the classics; an advocate for the classics.

classifiable ::: a. --> Capable of being classified.

classification ::: n. --> The act of forming into a class or classes; a distibution into groups, as classes, orders, families, etc., according to some common relations or affinities.

classificatory ::: a. --> Pertaining to classification; admitting of classification.

classific ::: a. --> Characterizing a class or classes; relating to classification.

classified ::: imp. & pp. --> of Classify

classifier ::: n. --> One who classifies.

classify ::: v. t. --> To distribute into classes; to arrange according to a system; to arrange in sets according to some method founded on common properties or characters.

classifying ::: p. pr. & vb. n. --> of Classify

classing ::: p. pr. & vb. n. --> of Class

classis ::: n. --> A class or order; sort; kind.
An ecclesiastical body or judicatory in certain churches, as the Reformed Dutch. It is intermediate between the consistory and the synod, and corresponds to the presbytery in the Presbyterian church.

classman ::: n. --> A member of a class; a classmate.
A candidate for graduation in arts who is placed in an honor class, as opposed to a passman, who is not classified.

classmate ::: n. --> One who is in the same class with another, as at school or college.

classmen ::: pl. --> of Classman

clastic ::: a. --> Pertaining to what may be taken apart; as, clastic anatomy (of models).
Fragmental; made up of brok/ fragments; as, sandstone is a clastic rock.

Classical Conditioning ::: The behavioral technique of pairing a naturally occurring stimulus and response chain with a different stimulus in order to produce a response which is not naturally occurring.

Class: or set, or aggregate (in most connections the words are used synonymously) can best be described by saying that classes are associated with monadic propositional functions (in intension -- i.e., properties) in such a way that two propositional functions determine the same class if and only if they are formally equivalent. A class thus differs from a propositional function in extension only in that it is not usual to employ the notation of application of function to argument in the case of classes (see the article Propositional function). Instead, if a class a is determined by a propositional function A, we say that x is a member of a (in symbols x∈a) if and only if A(x).

Class: (Socio-economic) Central in Marxian social theory (see Historical materialism) the term class signifies a group of persons having, in respect to the means of production, such a common economic relationship as brings them into conflict with other groups having a different economic relationship to these means. For example, slaves and masters, serfs and lords, proletariat and capitalists are considered pairs of classes basic respectively to ancient, medieval and modern economies. At the same time many subordinate classes or sub-classes are distinguished besides or within such primary ones. In "'Revolution and Counter-Revolution" for instance, Marx applies the term class to the following groups, feudal nobility, wealthy bourgeoisie, petty bourgeoisie, small farmers, proletariat, agricultural laborers, subdividing the class of small farmers into two further "classes", peasant free-holders and feudal tenants. The conflict of interests involved has many manifestations, both economic and non-economic, all of which are considered part of the class struggle (q.v.) -- J.M.S.

Class concept: A monadic propositional function, thought of as determining a class (q.v.). -- A.C.

Class consciousness: The consciousness on the part of an individual of his membership in a given economic class (q.v.). -- J.M.S.

Class struggle: Fundamental in Marxian social thought, this term signifies the conflict between classes (q.v.) which, according to the theory of historical materialism (see the entry, Dialectical materialism) may and usually does take place in all aspects of social life, and which has existed ever since the passing of primitive communism (q.v.). The class struggle is considered basic to the dynamics of history in the sense that a widespread change in technics, or a fuller utilization of them, which necessitates changes in economic relations and, in turn, in the social superstructure, is championed and carried through by classes which stand to gain from the change. The economic aspects of the class struggle under capitalism manifest themselves most directly, Marx held, in disputes over amount of wages, rate of profits, rate of interest, amount of rent, length of working day, conditions of work and like matters. The Marxist position is that the class struggle enters into philosophy, politics, law, morals, art, religion and other cultural institutions and fields in various ways, either directly or indirectly, and, in respect to the people involved, consciously or unconsciously, willingly or unwillingly. In any case the specific content of any such field or institution at a given time it held to have a certain effect upon a given class in its conflicts with other classes, weakening or aiding it. Marxists believe that certain kinds of literature or art may inspire people with a lively sense of the need and possibility of a radical change in social relations, or, on the contrary, with a sense of lethargy or complacency, and that various moral, religious or philosophical doctrines may operate to persuade a given class that it should accept its lot without complaint or its privileges without qualms, or may operate to persuade it of the contrary. The Marxist view is that every field or institution has a history, an evolution, and that this evolution is the result of the play of conflicting forces entering into the field, which forces are connected, in one way or another, with class conflicts. While it is thus held that the class struggle involves all cultural fields, it is not held that any cultural production or phenomenon, selected or delimited at random, can be correlated in a one-to-one fashion with an equally delimited class interest. -- J.M.S.

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   2 Peter J Carroll
   2 Howard Gardner
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   1 Walt Whitman
   1 Voltaire
   1 Thomas Keating
   1 Saul Williams
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   1 Joseph Goodman
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   1 James Clerk Maxwell
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1:Happiness is a mediorce sin for a middle class existence. ~ Saul Williams,
2:There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. ~ Plato,
3:A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans. ~ Italo Calvino,
4:At last the soul turns to eternal things, In every shrine it cries for the clasp of God ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 10.03 - The Debate of Love and Death,
5:At last the soul turns to eternal things,In every shrine it cries for the clasp of God. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 10.03 - The Debate of Love and Death,
6:All advance in thought is made by collecting the greatest possible number of facts, classifying them, and grouping them. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA Book 4,
7:The enemy of all real religion, is human egoism, the egoism of the individual, the egoism of class and nation. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle The Religion of Humanity,
8:Expansion and contraction’s mystic actCreated touch and friction in the void,Into abstract emptiness brought clash and clasp: ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.05 - The Godheads of the Little Life,
9:A touch supreme surprised his hurrying heart,The clasp was remembered of the Wonderful,And hints leaped down of white beatitudes. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.09 - The Paradise of the Life-Gods,
10:A certain class of minds shrink from aggressiveness as if it were a sin. Their temperament forbids them to feel the delight of battle and they look on what they cannot understand as something monstrous and sinful. ~ Sri Aurobindo,
11:Broke into the cave where coiled World-Energy sleepsAnd smote the thousand-hooded serpent ForceThat blazing towered and clasped the World-Self above. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 10.04 - The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real,
12:The great social ideal for religion is that it should be the common basis for the unity of civilization. In that way it justifies its insight beyond the transient clash of brute forces ~ Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures In Ideas ,
13:Identified with silence and boundlessnessMy spirit widens clasping the universe    Till all that seemed becomes the Real,        One in a mighty and single vastness. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems Ocean Oneness,
14:The deathless Two-in-One,A single being in two bodies clasped,A diarchy of two united souls,Seated absorbed in deep creative joy;Their trance of bliss sustained the mobile world. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.14 - The World-Soul,
15:There meet and clasp the eternal opposites,There pain becomes a violent fiery joy;Evil turns back to its original good,And sorrow lies upon the breasts of Bliss. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 06.02 - The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain,
16:Classification, broadly defined, is the act of organizing the universe of knowledge into some systematic order. It has been considered the most fundamental activity of the human mind. ~ LOIS MAI CHAN, CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION: AN INTRODUCTION ,
17:And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history-money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery-the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. ~ C S Lewis,
18:Gregory the Great (sixth century), summarizing the Christian contemplative tradition, expressed it as "resting in God." This was the classical meaning of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian tradition for the first sixteen centuries. ~ Thomas Keating, On Prayer ,
19:Then Spring, an ardent lover, leaped through leavesAnd caught the earth-bride in his eager clasp;His advent was a fire of irised hues,His arms were a circle of the arrival of joy. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 04.01 - The Birth and Childhood of the Flame,
20:The war of thoughts that fathers the universe,The clash of forces struggling to prevailIn the tremendous shock that lights a starAs in the building of a grain of dust, ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri The Yoga of the King,
21:The thousand-hooded serpent ForceThat blazing towered and clasped the World-Self above,Joined Matter’s dumbness to the Spirit’s hushAnd filled earth’s acts with the Spirit’s silent power. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 10.04 - The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real,
22:She knew herself the Beloved of the Supreme:These Gods and Goddesses were he and she:The Mother was she of Beauty and Delight,The Word in Brahma’s vast creating clasp,The World-Puissance on almighty Shiva’s lap, ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 07.05 - The Finding of the Soul,
23:The illusionist sub-class sprang from my reading. So many spellworkers in fable and fiction used only the illusory, not "real magic" that had actual substance and effect, that I thought it would be fun to include such an option in the game. ~ Gary Gygax, ENWorld Q&A with Gary Gygax part 1,
24:The "memorize then fire and forget" principal for casting spells Jack Vance assumed in his fantasy stories seemed perfect to me for use by D&D magic-users. IT required forethought by the player and limited the power of the class all at once. ~ Gary Gygax, ENWorld Q&A with Gary Gygax part 13,
25:Because there are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, the third is useless. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince ,
26:These Gods and Goddesses were he and she:The Mother was she of Beauty and Delight,The Word in Brahma’s vast creating clasp,The World-Puissance on almighty Shiva’s lap,—The Master and the Mother of all livesWatching the worlds their twin reg ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 07.05 - The Finding of the Soul,
27:God's TreadOnce we have chosen to be as the gods, we must follow that motion.Knowledge must grow in us, might like a Titan’s, bliss like an ocean,Calmness and purity born of the spirit’s gaze on the Real,Rapture of his oneness embracing the soul in a clasp ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems 5.1.02 - Ahana,
28:Napoleon’s mind was swift and bold and vast,His heart was calm and stormy like the sea,His will dynamic in its grip and clasp.His eye could hold a world within its graspAnd see the great and small things sovereignly.A movement of gigantic d ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems The Dwarf Napoleon,
29:O Death, if thou couldst touch the Truth supremeThou wouldst grow suddenly wise and cease to be.If our souls could see and love and clasp God's Truth,Its infinite radiance would seize our hearts,Our being in God's image be remadeAnd earthly life become the life divine. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 10.04 - The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real,
30:In a staggering display of power, the caster causes all portals within 1 mile to blast open in a violent burst. [...] Moreover, normal fasteners and stoppers are loosened or dislodged, such that wine corks fizz open, lids fall off dinner pots, shoelaces unlace, snaps loosen, belts unbuckle, and so on. ~ Joseph Goodman, Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game ,
31:As comes a goddess to a mortal's breastAnd fills his days with her celestial clasp,She stooped to make her home in transient shapes;In Matter's womb she cast the Immortal's fire,In the unfeeling Vast woke thought and hope,Smote with her charm and beauty flesh and nerveAnd forced delight on earth's insensible frame. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.03 - The Glory and the Fall of Life,
32:Q: In your opinion, what literary figures would be the appropriate archetype example for the Illusionist class? Gary: I believe that the best examples of illusion magic are found in L. Sprague de Camp's "Haorld Shea" stories, with various practitioners using it, the Finnish wizards most generally. there are plenty of others found in fairy tales such as those of Andrew Lang. ~ Gary Gygax, Dragonsfoot Q&A with Gary Gygax,
33:The Last InvocationAt the last, tenderly,From the walls of the powerful, fortress'd house,From the clasp of the knitted locks-from the keep of the well-closed doors,Let me be wafted.Let me glide noiselessly forth;With the key of softness unlock the locks-with a whisper,Set ope the doors, O Soul!Tenderly! be not impatient!(Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh!Strong is your hold, O love.) ~ Walt Whitman,
34:A hundred times I wanted to kill myself, but still I loved life. This ridiculous weakness for living is perhaps one of our most fatal tendencies. For can anything be sillier than to insist on carrying a burden one would continually much rather throw to the ground? Sillier than to feel disgust at one's own existence and yet cling to it? Sillier, in short, than to clasp to our bosom the serpent that devours us until it has gnawed away our heart? ~ Voltaire, Candide ,
35:The new D&D is too rule intensive. It's relegated the Dungeon Master to being an entertainer rather than master of the game. It's done away with the archetypes, focused on nothing but combat and character power, lost the group cooperative aspect, bastardized the class-based system, and resembles a comic-book superheroes game more than a fantasy RPG where a player can play any alignment desired, not just lawful good. ~ Gary Gygax, GameSpy interview Pt. 2 (16 August 2004),
36:If Confucius can serve as the Patron Saint of Chinese education, let me propose Socrates as his equivalent in a Western educational context - a Socrates who is never content with the initial superficial response, but is always probing for finer distinctions, clearer examples, a more profound form of knowing. Our concept of knowledge has changed since classical times, but Socrates has provided us with a timeless educational goal - ever deeper understanding. ~ Howard Gardner,
37:We do not fight against any creed, any religion. We do not fight against any form of government. We do not fight against any caste, any social class. We do not fight against any nation or civilisation. We are fighting division, unconsciousness, ignorance, inertia and falsehood. We are endeavouring to establish upon earth union, knowledge, consciousness, truth; and we fight whatever opposes the advent of this new creation of Light, Peace, Truth and Love. ~ The Mother, Agenda Vol 6 Satprem,
38:To read great books does not mean one becomes 'bookish'; it means that something of the terrible insight of Dostoevsky, of the richly-charged imagination of Shakespeare, of the luminous wisdom of Goethe, actually passes into the personality of the reader; so that in contact with the chaos of ordinary life certain free and flowing outlines emerge, like the forms of some classic picture, endowing both people and things with a grandeur beyond what is visible to the superficial glance. ~ John Cowper Powys,
39:MESSAGES FOR CENTRES AND ORGANISATIONS (Suggested programme for a study group) 1. Prayer (Sri Aurobindo, Mother - grant us your help in our endeavour to understand your teaching.) 2. Reading of Sri Aurobindo's book. 3. A moment of silence. 4. One question can be put by whoever wants to put a question on what has been read. 5. Answer to the question. 6. No general discussion. This is not the meeting of a group but simply a class for studying Sri Aurobindo's books. 31 October 1942 ~ The Mother,
40:The object of the theoretical (as separate from the practical) Qabalah, insofar as this thesis is concerned, is to enable the student to do three main things: First, to analyze every idea in terms of the Tree of Life. Second, to trace a necessary connection and relation between every and any class of ideas by referring them to this standard of comparison. Third, to translate any unknown system of symbolism into terms of any known one by its means. ~ Israel Regardie, A Garden Of Pomegranates: Skrying On The Tree Of Life ,
41:It thunders, howls, roars, hisses, whistles, blusters, hums, growls, rumbles, squeaks, groans, sings, crackles, cracks, rattles, flickers, clicks, snarls, tumbles, whimpers, whines, rustles, murmurs, crashes, clucks, to gurgle, tinkles, blows, snores, claps, to lisp, to cough, it boils, to scream, to weep, to sob, to croak, to stutter, to lisp, to coo, to breathe, to clash, to bleat, to neigh, to grumble, to scrape, to bubble. These words, and others like them, which express sounds are more than mere symbols: they are a kind of hieroglyphics for the ear. ~ Georg C Lichtenberg,
42:Any limiting categorization is not only erroneous but offensive, and stands in opposition to the basic human foundations of the therapeutic relationship. In my opinion, the less we think (during the process of psychotherapy) in terms of diagnostic labels, the better. (Albert Camus once described hell as a place where one's identity was eternally fixed and displayed on personal signs: Adulterous Humanist, Christian Landowner, Jittery Philosopher, Charming Janus, and so on.8 To Camus, hell is where one has no way of explaining oneself, where one is fixed, classified-once and for all time.) ~ Irvin D Yalom,
43:Bride of the Fire ::: Bride of the Fire, clasp me now close, -Bride of the Fire!I have shed the bloom of the earthly rose,I have slain desire.Beauty of the Light, surround my life, -Beauty of the Light!I have sacrificed longing and parted from grief,I can bear thy delight.Image of Ecstasy, thrill and enlace, -Image of Bliss!I would see only thy marvellous face,Feel only thy kiss.Voice of Infinity, sound in my heart, -Call of the One!Stamp there thy radiance, never to part,O living sun. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems ,
44:Her mortal members fell back from her soul.A moment of a secret body's sleep,Her trance knew not of sun or earth or world;Thought, time and death were absent from her grasp:She knew not self, forgotten was Savitri.All was the violent ocean of a willWhere lived captive to an immense caress,Possessed in a supreme identity,Her aim, joy, origin, Satyavan alone.Her sovereign prisoned in her being's core,He beat there like a rhythmic heart, - herselfBut different still, one loved, enveloped, clasped,A treasure saved from the collapse of space. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri ,
45:Krishna:::At last I find a meaning of soul's birthInto this universe terrible and sweet,I who have felt the hungry heart of earthAspiring beyond heaven to Krishna's feet.I have seen the beauty of immortal eyes,And heard the passion of the Lover's flute,And known a deathless ecstasy's surpriseAnd sorrow in my heart for ever mute.Nearer and nearer now the music draws,Life shudders with a strange felicity;All Nature is a wide enamoured pauseHoping her lord to touch, to clasp, to be.For this one moment lived the ages past;The world now throbs fulfilled in me at last. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems ,
46:Einstein's breakthrough was classic in that it sought to unify the elements of a physical analysis, and it placed the older examples and principles within a broader framework. But it was revolutionary in that, ever afterward, we have thought differently about space and time, matter and energy. Space and time-no more absolute-have become forms of intuition that cannot be divorced from perspective or consciousness, anymore than can the colors of the world or the length of a shadow. As the philosopher Ernst Cassirer commented, in relativity, the conception of constancy and absoluteness of the elements is abandoned to give permanence and necessity to the laws instead. ~ Howard Gardner,
47:The wand weapon similarily appears in a profusion of forms. As an instrument to assist the projection of the magical will onto the aetheric and material planes, it could be a general purpose sigil, an amulet, a ring, an enchanting mantra, or even an act or gesture one performs. As with the pentacle, there is a virtue in having a small, portable, and permanent device of this class, for power accrues to it with use. As with the cup, the power of the wand is partly to fascinate the surface functions of the mind and channel the forces concealed in the depths. Like the sword, the wand is manipulated in such a way as to describe vividly to the will and subconscious what is required of them. ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null ,
48:The physical form of a magical weapon is no more than a convenient handle or anchor for its aetheric form.The Sword and Pentacle are weapons of analysis and synthesis respectively. Upon the pentacle aetheric forms, images, and powers are assembled when the magical will and perception vitalize the imagination. The magician may create hundreds of pentacles in the course of his sorceries, yet there is a virtue in having a general purpose weapon of this class, for its power increases with use, and it can be employed as an altar for the consecration of lesser pentacles. For many operations of an evocatory type, the pentacle is placed on the cup and the conjuration performed with the wand. ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null ,
49:Theres another class of people and I would say this is one of the pathologies of being creative so if your a high open person and you have all those things its not going to be enough. you are going to have to pick another domain where you are working on something positive and revolutiony because like the creative impulse for someone who is open we know it is a fundamental personallity dimension, ... and if the ones who are high in openness arent doing something creative they are like dead sticks adn cant live properly. And I think those are the people who benefit particularly from depth psychological approaches, especially Jungian approaches. ~ Jordan Peterson, Narrative.php">015_Maps_of_Meaning.php">_Narrative Neuropsychology & Mythology II / Part 1,
50:Sweet Mother,One day in class you said, with your hands wide open, that we should give you everything, even our defects and vices and all the dirt in us. Is this the only way to get rid of them, and how can one do it?One keeps one's defects because one hangs on to them as if they were something precious; one clings to one's vices as one clings to a part of one's body, and pulling out a bad habit hurts as much as pulling out a tooth. That is why one does not progress. Whereas if one generously makes an offering of one's defect, vice or bad habit, then one has the joy of making an offering and one receives in exchange the force to replace what has been given, by a better and truer vibration. 13 June 1960 ~ The Mother, Some Answers From The Mother ,
51:If you develop steady study habits, regular reviews will help you avoid cramming for exams. It will also help you avoid test anxiety and make you more effective. Reviewing your notes on a regular basis may seem like empty repetition. Arguably, at its best, it is a ritual for thinking, it is an opportunity to make connections, it affords time to absorb information and a methodically means for reflecting on what it all means. Read difficult stuff two, three, or more times until you understand the material. If you understand the material you can explain it to Mom or a stranger, to the resident specialist or the village idiot. If you are having problems, get help immediately. Meet with your instructor after class, find an alternate text to supplement required readings, or hire a tutor. ~ Dr Robert A Hatch, How to Study ,
52:But it is evident that all analogies of this kind depend on principles of a more fundamental nature; and that, if we had a true mathematical classification of quantities, we should be able at once to detect the analogy between any system of quantities presented to us and other systems of quantities in known sciences, so that we should lose no time in availing ourselves of the mathematical labors of those who had already solved problems essentially the same. [...] At the same time, I think that the progress of science, both in the way of discovery, and in the way of diffusion, would be greatly aided if more attention were paid in a direct way to the classification of quantities. ~ James Clerk Maxwell, Remarks on the mathematical classification of physical quantities Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society,
53:Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which they express by snoring. Sometimes we are inclined to class those who are once-and-a-half witted with the half-witted, because we appreciate only a third part of their wit. Some would find fault with the morning-red, if they ever got up early enough. “They pretend,” as I hear, “that the verses of Kabir have four different senses; illusion, spirit, intellect, and the exoteric doctrine of the Vedas;” but in this part of the world it is considered a ground for complaint if a man’s writings admit of more than one interpretation. While England endeavors to cure the potato-rot, will not any endeavor to cure the brain-rot, which prevails so much more widely and fatally? ~ Henry David Thoreau,
54:5. When in Doubt ::: Read the Syllabus - Read Ahead - Ask Questions: Read the correlated readings (designed to mesh with that lecture) before you come to class. The whole point of correlated readings is to prepare you for the lecture. If the readings are completed at the appropriate time you will have a 'Big Picture' framed by a general narrative and suspended by an ongoing line of argument. These readings should help you establish a set of expectations as well as some unsettling questions. The lectures should help you connect ideas you have read about and, with any luck, they should help you call key issues into question. Your job is to arrive at an understanding you call your own and can defend to a critical audience. Beginning to end, you are the center of your education. You know where to begin. ~ Dr Robert A Hatch, How to Study ,
55:All advance in thought is made by collecting the greatest possible number of facts, classifying them, and grouping them. The philologist, though perhaps he only speaks one language, has a much higher type of mind than the linguist who speaks twenty. This Tree of Thought is exactly paralleled by the tree of nervous structure. Very many people go about nowadays who are exceedingly "well-informed," but who have not the slightest idea of the meaning of the facts they know. They have not developed the necessary higher part of the brain. Induction is impossible to them. This capacity for storing away facts is compatible with actual imbecility. Some imbeciles have been able to store their memories with more knowledge than perhaps any sane man could hope to acquire. This is the great fault of modern education - a child is stuffed with facts, and no attempt is made to explain their connection and bearing. The result is that even the facts themselves are soon forgotten. Any first-rate mind is insulted and irritated by such treatment, and any first-rate memory is in danger of being spoilt by it. No two ideas have any real meaning until they are harmonized in a third, and the operation is only perfect when these ideas are contradictory. This is the essence of the Hegelian logic. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA Book 4,
56:Integral Psychology presents a very complex picture of the individual. As he did previously in The Atman Project, at the back of the book Wilber has included numerous charts showing how his model relates to the work of a hundred or so different authors from East and West.5757. Wilber compares the models of Huston Smith, Plotinus, Buddhism, Stan Grof, John Battista, kundalini yoga, the Great Chain of Being, James Mark Baldwin, Aurobindo, the Kabbalah, Vedanta, William Tiller, Leadbeater, Adi Da, Piaget, Commons and Richards, Kurt Fisher, Alexander, Pascual-Leone, Herb Koplowitz, Patricia Arlin, Gisela Labouvie-Vief, Jan Sinnot, Michael Basseches, Jane Loevinger, John Broughton, Sullivan, Grant and Grant, Jenny Wade, Michael Washburn, Erik Erikson, Neumann, Scheler, Karl Jaspers, Rudolf Steiner, Don Beck, Suzanne Cook-Greuter, Clare Graves, Robert Kegan, Kohlberg, Torbert, Blanchard-Fields, Kitchener and King, Deirdre Kramer, William Perry, Turner and Powell, Cheryl Armon, Peck, Howe, Rawls, Piaget, Selman, Gilligan, Hazrat Inayat Khan, mahamudra meditation, Fowler, Underhill, Helminiak, Funk, Daniel Brown, Muhyddin Ibn 'Arabi, St. Palamas, classical yoga, highest tantra yoga, St Teresa, Chirban, St Dionysius, Patanjali, St Gregory of Nyssa, transcendental meditation, Fortune, Maslow, Chinen, Benack, Gardner, Melvin Miller, Habermas, Jean Houston, G. Heard, Lenski, Jean Gebser, A. Taylor, Jay Early, Robert Bellah, and Duane Elgin. ~ Frank Visser, Ken Wilber Thought as Passion ,
57:The scientists, all of them, have their duties no doubt, but they do not fully use their education if they do not try to broaden their sense of responsibility toward all mankind instead of closing themselves up in a narrow specialization where they find their pleasure. Neither engineers nor other scientific men have any right to prefer their own personal peace to the happiness of mankind; their place and their duty are in the front line of struggling humanity, not in the unperturbed ranks of those who keep themselves aloof from life. If they are indifferent, or discouraged because they feel or think that they know that the situation is hopeless, it may be proved that undue pessimism is as dangerous a "religion" as any other blind creed. Indeed there is very little difference in kind between the medieval fanaticism of the "holy inquisition," and modern intolerance toward new ideas. All kinds of intellect must get together, for as long as we presuppose the situation to be hopeless, the situation will indeed be hopeless. The spirit of Human Engineering does not know the word "hopeless"; for engineers know that wrong methods are alone responsible for disastrous results, and that every situation can be successfully handled by the use of proper means. The task of engineering science is not only to know but to know how. Most of the scientists and engineers do not yet realize that their united judgment would be invincible; no system or class would care to disregard it. ~ Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity ,
58:1st row Homer, Shakespeare, Valmiki2nd row Dante, Kalidasa, Aeschylus, Virgil, Milton3rd row Goethe...I am not prepared to classify all the poets in the universe - it was the front bench or benches you asked for. By others I meant poets like Lucretius, Euripides, Calderon, Corneille, Hugo. Euripides (Medea, Bacchae and other plays) is a greater poet than Racine whom you want to put in the first ranks. If you want only the very greatest, none of these can enter - only Vyasa and Sophocles. Vyasa could very well claim a place beside Valmiki, Sophocles beside Aeschylus. The rest, if you like, you can send into the third row with Goethe, but it is something of a promotion about which one can feel some qualms. Spenser too, if you like; it is difficult to draw a line.Shelley, Keats and Wordsworth have not been brought into consideration although their best work is as fine poetry as any written, but they have written nothing on a larger scale which would place them among the greatest creators. If Keats had finished Hyperion (without spoiling it), if Shelley had lived, or if Wordsworth had not petered out like a motor car with insufficient petrol, it might be different, but we have to take things as they are. As it is, all began magnificently, but none of them finished, and what work they did, except a few lyrics, sonnets, short pieces and narratives, is often flawed and unequal. If they had to be admitted, what about at least fifty others in Europe and Asia? ~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Poetry And Art ,
59: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, classic example). ~ M Alan Kazlev, Kheper planes/subtle,
61:Here lies the whole importance of the part of the Yoga of Knowledge which we are now considering, the knowledges of those essential principles of Being, those essential modes of self-existence on which the absolute Divine has based its self-manifestation. If the truth of our being is an infinite unity in which alone there is perfect wideness, light, knowledge, power, bliss, and if all our subjection to darkness, ignorance, weakness, sorrow, limitation comes of our viewing existence as a clash of infinitely multiple separate existences, then obviously it is the most practical and concrete and utilitarian as well as the most lofty and philosophical wisdom to find a means by which we can get away from the error and learn to live in the truth. So also, if that One is in its nature a freedom from bondage to this play of qualities which constitute our psychology and if from subjection to that play are born the struggle and discord in which we live, floundering eternally between the two poles of good and evil, virtue and sin, satisfaction and failure, joy and grief, pleasure and pain, then to get beyond the qualities and take our foundation in the settled peace of that which is always beyond them is the only practical wisdom. If attachment to mutable personality is the cause of our self-ignorance, of our discord and quarrel with ourself and with life and with others, and if there is an impersonal One in which no such discord and ignorance and vain and noisy effort exist because it is in eternal identity and harmony with itself, then to arrive in our souls at that impersonality and untroubled oneness of being is the one line and object of human effort to which our reason can consent to give the name of practicality. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
62:Humanity is a peculiar class of life which, in some degree, determines its own destinies; therefore in practical life words and ideas become facts-facts, moreover, which bring about important practical consequences. For instance, many millions of human beings have defined a stroke of lightning as being the "punishment of God" of evil men; other millions have defined it as a "natural, casual, periodical phenomenon"; yet other millions have defined it as an "electric spark." What has been the result of these "non-important" definitions in practical life? In the case of the first definition, when lightning struck a house, the population naturally made no attempt to save the house or anything in it, because to do so would be against the "definition" which proclaims the phenomenon to be a "punishment for evil," any attempt to prevent or check the destruction would be an impious act; the sinner would be guilty of "resisting the supreme law" and would deserve to be punished by death. Now in the second instance, a stricken building is treated just as any tree overturned by storm; the people save what they can and try to extinguish the fire. In both instances, the behavior of the populace is the same in one respect; if caught in the open by a storm they take refuge under a tree-a means of safety involving maximum danger but the people do not know it. Now in the third instance, in which the population have a scientifically correct definition of lightning, they provide their houses with lightning rods; and if they are caught by a storm in the open they neither run nor hide under a tree; but when the storm is directly over their heads, they put themselves in a position of minimum exposure by lying flat on the ground until the storm has passed. ~ Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity ,
63:The obsession clouds all reason, impairs the ability to act, makes anything secondary to it seem unimportant. It's a double-bind tug o'war. The desire to maintain the fantasy may be stronger than the desire to make it real. In classical occult terms I am describing a thought-form, a monster bred from the darker reccesses of mind, fed by psychic energy, clothed in imagination and nurtured by umbilical cords which twist through years of growth. we all have our personal Tunnels of Set; set in our ways through habit and patterns piling on top of each other. The thought-form rides us like a monkey; it's tail wrapped firmly about the spine of a self lost to us years ago; an earlier version threshing blindly in a moment of fear, pain, or desire. Thus we are formed; and in a moment of loss we feel the monster's hot breath against our backs, it's claws digging into muscle and flesh. we dance to the pull of strings that were woven years ago, and in a lightning flash of insight, or better yet, the gentle admonitions of a friend, we may see the lie; the program. it is first necessary to see that there is a program. To say perhaps, this creature is mine, but not wholly me. What follows then is that the prey becomes the hunter, pulling apart the obsession, naming its parts, searching for fragments of understanding in its entrails. Shrinking it, devouring it, peeling the layers of onion-skin. This is in itself a magick as powerful as any sorcery. Unbinding the knots that we have tied and tangled; sorting out the threads of experience and colour-coding the chains of chance. It may leave us freer, more able to act effectively and less likely to repeat old mistakes. The thing has a chinese puzzle-like nature. We can perceive only the present, and it requires intense sifting through memory to see the scaffolding beneath. ~ Phil Hine, Oven Ready Chaos ,
64:To analyse the classes of life we have to consider two very different kinds of phenomena: the one embraced under the collective name-Inorganic chemistry-the other under the collective nameOrganic chemistry, or the chemistry of hydro-carbons. These divisions are made because of the peculiar properties of the elements chiefly involved in the second class. The properties of matter are so distributed among the elements that three of them- Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Carbon-possess an ensemble of unique characteristics. The number of reactions in inorganic chemistry are relatively few, but in organic chemistry-in the chemistry of these three elements the number of different compounds is practically unlimited. Up to 1910, we knew of more than 79 elements of which the whole number of reactions amounted to only a few hundreds, but among the remaining three elements-Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen-the reactions were known to be practically unlimited in number and possibilities; this fact must have very far reaching consequences. As far as energies are concerned, we have to take them as nature reveals them to us. Here more than ever, mathematical thinking is essential and will help enormously. The reactions in inorganic chemistry always involve the phenomenon of heat, sometimes light, and in some instances an unusual energy is produced called electricity. Until now, the radioactive elements represent a group too insufficiently known for an enlargement here upon this subject. The organic compounds being unlimited in number and possibilities and with their unique characteristics, represent of course, a different class of phenomena, but being, at the same time, chemical they include the basic chemical phenomena involved in all chemical reactions, but being unique in many other respects, they also have an infinitely vast field of unique characteristics. ~ Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity Questions And Answers 1953,
65:If we analyse the classes of life, we readily find that there are three cardinal classes which are radically distinct in function. A short analysis will disclose to us that, though minerals have various activities, they are not "living." The plants have a very definite and well known function-the transformation of solar energy into organic chemical energy. They are a class of life which appropriates one kind of energy, converts it into another kind and stores it up; in that sense they are a kind of storage battery for the solar energy; and so I define THE PLANTS AS THE CHEMISTRY-BINDING class of life. The animals use the highly dynamic products of the chemistry-binding class-the plants-as food, and those products-the results of plant-transformation-undergo in animals a further transformation into yet higher forms; and the animals are correspondingly a more dynamic class of life; their energy is kinetic; they have a remarkable freedom and power which the plants do not possess-I mean the freedom and faculty to move about in space; and so I define ANIMALS AS THE SPACE-BINDING CLASS OF LIFE. And now what shall we say of human beings? What is to be our definition of Man? Like the animals, human beings do indeed possess the space-binding capacity but, over and above that, human beings possess a most remarkable capacity which is entirely peculiar to them-I mean the capacity to summarise, digest and appropriate the labors and experiences of the past; I mean the capacity to use the fruits of past labors and experiences as intellectual or spiritual capital for developments in the present; I mean the capacity to employ as instruments of increasing power the accumulated achievements of the all-precious lives of the past generations spent in trial and error, trial and success; I mean the capacity of human beings to conduct their lives in the ever increasing light of inherited wisdom; I mean the capacity in virtue of which man is at once the heritor of the by-gone ages and the trustee of posterity. And because humanity is just this magnificent natural agency by which the past lives in the present and the present for the future, I define HUMANITY, in the universal tongue of mathematics and mechanics, to be the TIME-BINDING CLASS OF LIFE. ~ Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity ,
66:meta-systemic operations ::: As the 1950's and 60s begin to roll around the last stage of first tier emerged as a cultural force. With the Green Altitude we see the emergence of Pluralistic, Multicultural, Post-Modern world-views.Cognition is starting to move beyond formal-operations into the realm of co-ordinating systems of abstractions, in what is called Meta-systemic Cognition. While formal-operations acted upon the classes and relations between members of classes. Meta-systemic operations start at the level of relating systems to systems. The focus of these investigations is placed upon comparing, contrasting, transforming and synthesizing entire systems, rather than components of one system. This emergent faculty allows self-sense to focus around a heightened sense of individuality and an increased ability for emotional resonance. The recognition of individual differences, the ability to tolerate paradox and contradiction, and greater conceptual complexity all provide for an understanding of conflict as being both internally and externally caused. Context plays a major role in the creation of truth and individual perspective. With each being context dependent and open to subjective interpretation, meaning each perspective and truth are rendered relative and are not able to be judged as better or more true than any other. This fuels a value set that centers on softness over cold rationality. Sensitivity and preference over objectivity.Along with a focus on community harmony and equality which drives the valuing of sensitivity to others, reconcilation, consensus, dialogue, relationship, human development, bonding, and a seeking of a peace with the inner-self. Moral decisions are based on rights, values, or principles that are agreeable to all individuals composing a society based on fair and beneficial practices. All of this leads to the Equality movements and multiculturalism. And to the extreme form of relativitism which we saw earlier as context dependant nature of all truth including objective facts.Faith at the green altitude is called Conjunctive, and allows the self to integrate what was unrecognized by the previous stages self-certainty and cognitive and affective adaptation to reality. New features at this level of faith include the unification of symbolic power with conceptual meaning, an awareness of ones social unconscious, a reworking of ones past, and an opening to ones deeper self. ~ Essential Integral, 4.1-52 Meta-systemic Operations,
67:reading ::: 50 Spiritual Classics: List of Books Covered: Muhammad Asad - The Road To Mecca (1954) St Augustine - Confessions (400) Richard Bach - Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) Black Elk Black - Elk Speaks (1932) Richard Maurice Bucke - Cosmic Consciousness (1901) Fritjof Capra - The Tao of Physics (1976) Carlos Castaneda - Journey to Ixtlan (1972) GK Chesterton - St Francis of Assisi (1922) Pema Chodron - The Places That Scare You (2001) Chuang Tzu - The Book of Chuang Tzu (4th century BCE) Ram Dass - Be Here Now (1971) Epictetus - Enchiridion (1st century) Mohandas Gandhi - An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth (1927) Al-Ghazzali - The Alchemy of Happiness (1097) Kahlil Gibran - The Prophet (1923) GI Gurdjieff - Meetings With Remarkable Men (1960) Dag Hammarskjold - Markings (1963) Abraham Joshua Heschel - The Sabbath (1951) Hermann Hesse - Siddartha (1922) Aldous Huxley - The Doors of Perception (1954) William James - The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) Carl Gustav Jung - Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1955) Margery Kempe - The Book of Margery Kempe (1436) J Krishnamurti - Think On These Things (1964) CS Lewis - The Screwtape Letters (1942) Malcolm X - The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1964) Daniel C Matt - The Essential Kabbalah (1994) Dan Millman - The Way of the Peaceful Warrior (1989) W Somerset Maugham - The Razor's Edge (1944) Thich Nhat Hanh - The Miracle of Mindfulness (1975) Michael Newton - Journey of Souls (1994) John O'Donohue - Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom (1998) Robert M Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) James Redfield - The Celestine Prophecy (1994) Miguel Ruiz - The Four Agreements (1997) Helen Schucman & William Thetford - A Course in Miracles (1976) Idries Shah - The Way of the Sufi (1968) Starhawk - The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (1979) Shunryu Suzuki - Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (1970) Emanuel Swedenborg - Heaven and Hell (1758) Teresa of Avila - Interior Castle (1570) Mother Teresa - A Simple Path (1994) Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now (1998) Chogyam Trungpa - Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (1973) Neale Donald Walsch - Conversations With God (1998) Rick Warren - The Purpose-Driven Life (2002) Simone Weil - Waiting For God (1979) Ken Wilber - A Theory of Everything (2000) Paramahansa Yogananda - Autobiography of a Yogi (1974) Gary Zukav - The Seat of the Soul (1990) ~ Tom Butler-Bowdon, 50 Spirital Classics (2017 Edition) ,
68:reading ::: 50 Philosophy Classics: List of Books Covered: 1. Hannah Arendt - The Human Condition (1958) 2. Aristotle - Nicomachean Ethics (4th century BC) 3. AJ Ayer - Language, Truth and Logic (1936) 4. Julian Baggini - The Ego Trick (2011) 5. Jean Baudrillard - Simulacra and Simulation (1981) 6. Simone de Beauvoir - The Second Sex (1952) 7. Jeremy Bentham - Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789) 8. Henri Bergson - Creative Evolution (1911) 9. David Bohm - Wholeness and the Implicate Order (1980) 10. Noam Chomsky - Understanding Power (2002) 11. Cicero - On Duties (44 BC) 12. Confucius - Analects (5th century BC) 13. Rene Descartes - Meditations (1641) 14. Ralph Waldo Emerson - Fate (1860) 15. Epicurus - Letters (3rd century BC) 16. Michel Foucault - The Order of Things (1966) 17. Harry Frankfurt - On Bullshit (2005) 18. Sam Harris - Free Will (2012) 19. GWF Hegel - Phenomenology of Spirit (1803) 20. Martin Heidegger - Being and Time (1927) 21. Heraclitus - Fragments (6th century) 22. David Hume - An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748) 23. William James - Pragmatism (1904) 24. Daniel Kahneman - Thinking: Fast and Slow (2011) 25. Immanuel Kant - Critique of Pure Reason (1781) 26. Soren Kierkegaard - Fear and Trembling (1843) 27. Saul Kripke - Naming and Necessity (1972) 28. Thomas Kuhn - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) 29. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz - Theodicy (1710) 30. John Locke - An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690) 31. Marshall McLuhan - The Medium is the Massage (1967) 32. Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince (1532) 33. John Stuart Mill - On Liberty (1859) 34. Michel de Montaigne - Essays (1580) 35. Iris Murdoch - The Sovereignty of Good (1970) 36. Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil (1886) 37. Blaise Pascal - Pensees (1670) 38. Plato - The Republic (4th century BC) 39. Karl Popper - The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1934) 40. John Rawls - A Theory of Justice (1971) 41. Jean-Jacques Rousseau - The Social Contract (1762) 42. Bertrand Russell - The Conquest of Happiness (1920) 43. Michael Sandel - Justice (2009) 44. Jean Paul Sartre - Being and Nothingness (1943) 45. Arthur Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Representation (1818) 46. Peter Singer - The Life You Can Save (2009) 47. Baruch Spinoza - Ethics (1677) 48. Nassim Nicholas - Taleb The Black Swan (2007) 49. Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations (1953) 50. Slavoj Zizek - Living In The End Times (2010) ~ Tom Butler-Bowdon, 50 Philosophy Classics ,
69:"Without conscious occult powers, is it possible to help or protect from a distance somebody in difficulty or danger? If so, what is the practical procedure?" Then a sub-question: "What can thought do?" We are not going to speak of occult processes at all; although, to tell the truth, everything that happens in the invisible world is occult, by definition. But still, practically, there are two processes which do not exclude but complete each other, but which may be used separately according to one's preference. It is obvious that thought forms a part of one of the methods, quite an important part. I have already told you several times that if one thinks clearly and powerfully, one makes a mental formation, and that every mental formation is an entity independent of its fashioner, having its own life and tending to realise itself in the mental world - I don't mean that you see your formation with your physical eyes, but it exists in the mental world, it has its own particular independent existence. If you have made a formation with a definite aim, its whole life will tend to the realisation of this aim. Therefore, if you want to help someone at a distance, you have only to formulate very clearly, very precisely and strongly the kind of help you want to give and the result you wish to obtain. That will have its effect. I cannot say that it will be all-powerful, for the mental world is full of innumerable formations of this kind and naturally they clash and contradict one another; hence the strongest and the most persistent will have the best of it. Now, what is it that gives strength and persistence to mental formations? - It is emotion and will. If you know how to add to your mental formation an emotion, affection, tenderness, love, and an intensity of will, a dynamism, it will have a much greater chance of success. That is the first method. It is within the scope of all those who know how to think, and even more of those who know how to love. But as I said, the power is limited and there is great competition in that world. Therefore, even if one has no knowledge at all but has trust in the divine Grace, if one has the faith that there is something in the world like the divine Grace, and that this something can answer a prayer, an aspiration, an invocation, then, after making one's mental formation, if one offers it to the Grace and puts one's trust in it, asks it to intervene and has the faith that it will intervene, then indeed one has a chance of success. Try, and you will surely see the result. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1956 253,
70:Sweet Mother, can the psychic express itself without the mind, the vital and the physical?It expresses itself constantly without them. Only, in order that the ordinary human being may perceive it, it has to express itself through them, because the ordinary human being is not in direct contact with the psychic. If it was in direct contact with the psychic it would be psychic in its manifestation - and all would be truly well. But as it is not in contact with the psychic it doesn't even know what it is, it wonders all bewildered what kind of a being it can be; so to reach this ordinary human consciousness it must use ordinary means, that is, go through the mind, the vital and the physical.One of them may be skipped but surely not the last, otherwise one is no longer conscious of anything at all. The ordinary human being is conscious only in his physical being, and only in relatively rare moments is he conscious of his mind, just a little more frequently of his vital, but all this is mixed up in his consciousness, so much so that he would be quite unable to say "This movement comes from the mind, this from the vital, this from the physical." This already asks for a considerable development in order to be able to distinguish within oneself the source of the different movements one has. And it is so mixed that even when one tries, at the beginning it is very difficult to classify and separate one thing from another.It is as when one works with colours, takes three or four or five different colours and puts them in the same water and beats them up together, it makes a grey, indistinct and incomprehensi- ble mixture, you see, and one can't say which is red, which blue, which green, which yellow; it is something dirty, lots of colours mixed. So first of all one must do this little work of separating the red, blue, yellow, green - putting them like this, each in its corner. It is not at all easy.I have met people who used to think themselves extremely intelligent, by the way, who thought they knew a lot, and when I spoke to them about the different parts of the being they looked at me like this (gesture) and asked me, "But what are you speaking about?" They did not understand at all. I am speaking of people who have the reputation of being intelligent. They don't understand at all. For them it is just the consciousness; it is the consciousness-"It is my consciousness" and then there is the neighbour's consciousness; and again there are things which do not have any consciousness. And then I asked them whether animals had a consciousness; so they began to scratch their heads and said, "Perhaps it is we who put our consciousness in the animal when we look at it," like that... ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1955 ,
71:reading ::: 50 Psychology Classics: List of Books Covered: Alfred Adler - Understanding Human Nature (1927) Gordon Allport - The Nature of Prejudice (1954) Albert Bandura - Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control (1997) Gavin Becker - The Gift of Fear (1997) Eric Berne - Games People Play (1964) Isabel Briggs Myers - Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type (1980) Louann Brizendine - The Female Brain (2006) David D Burns - Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (1980) Susan Cain - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (2012) Robert Cialdini - Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (1984) Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Creativity (1997) Carol Dweck - Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2006) Albert Ellis & Robert Harper - (1961) A Guide To Rational Living(1961) Milton Erickson - My Voice Will Go With You (1982) by Sidney Rosen Eric Erikson - Young Man Luther (1958) Hans Eysenck - Dimensions of Personality (1947) Viktor Frankl - The Will to Meaning (1969) Anna Freud - The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense (1936) Sigmund Freud - The Interpretation of Dreams (1901) Howard Gardner - Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983) Daniel Gilbert - Stumbling on Happiness (2006) Malcolm Gladwell - Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005) Daniel Goleman - Emotional Intelligence at Work (1998) John M Gottman - The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work (1999) Temple Grandin - The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed (2013) Harry Harlow - The Nature of Love (1958) Thomas A Harris - I'm OK - You're OK (1967) Eric Hoffer - The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (1951) Karen Horney - Our Inner Conflicts (1945) William James - Principles of Psychology (1890) Carl Jung - The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (1953) Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011) Alfred Kinsey - Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953) RD Laing - The Divided Self (1959) Abraham Maslow - The Farther Reaches of Human Nature (1970) Stanley Milgram - Obedience To Authority (1974) Walter Mischel - The Marshmallow Test (2014) Leonard Mlodinow - Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior (2012) IP Pavlov - Conditioned Reflexes (1927) Fritz Perls - Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality (1951) Jean Piaget - The Language and Thought of the Child (1966) Steven Pinker - The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (2002) VS Ramachandran - Phantoms in the Brain (1998) Carl Rogers - On Becoming a Person (1961) Oliver Sacks - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1970) Barry Schwartz - The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less (2004) Martin Seligman - Authentic Happiness (2002) BF Skinner - Beyond Freedom & Dignity (1953) Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen - Difficult Conversations (2000) William Styron - Darkness Visible (1990) ~ Tom Butler-Bowdon, 50 Psychology Classics ,
72:Can it be said in justification of one's past that whatever has happened in one's life had to happen?The Mother: Obviously, what has happened had to happen; it would not have been, if it had not been intended. Even the mistakes that we have committed and the adversities that fell upon us had to be, because there was some necessity in them, some utility for our lives. But in truth these things cannot be explained mentally and should not be. For all that happened was necessary, not for any mental reason, but to lead us to something beyond what the mind imagines. But is there any need to explain after all? The whole universe explains everything at every moment and a particular thing happens because the whole universe is what it is. But this does not mean that we are bound over to a blind acquiescence in Nature's inexorable law. You can accept the past as a settled fact and perceive the necessity in it, and still you can use the experience it gave you to build up the power consciously to guide and shape your present and your future.Is the time also of an occurrence arranged in the Divine Plan of things?The Mother: All depends upon the plane from which one sees and speaks. There is a plane of divine consciousness in which all is known absolutely, and the whole plan of things foreseen and predetermined. That way of seeing lives in the highest reaches of the Supramental; it is the Supreme's own vision. But when we do not possess that consciousness, it is useless to speak in terms that hold good only in that region and are not our present effective way of seeing things. For at a lower level of consciousness nothing is realised or fixed beforehand; all is in the process of making. Here there are no settled facts, there is only the play of possibilities; out of the clash of possibilities is realised the thing that has to happen. On this plane we can choose and select; we can refuse one possibility and accept another; we can follow one path, turn away from another. And that we can do, even though what is actually happening may have been foreseen and predetermined in a higher plane.The Supreme Consciousness knows everything beforehand, because everything is realised there in her eternity. But for the sake of her play and in order to carry out actually on the physical plane what is foreordained in her own supreme self, she moves here upon earth as if she did not know the whole story; she works as if it was a new and untried thread that she was weaving. It is this apparent forgetfulness of her own foreknowledge in the higher consciousness that gives to the individual in the active life of the world his sense of freedom and independence and initiative. These things in him are her pragmatic tools or devices, and it is through this machinery that the movements and issues planned and foreseen elsewhere are realised here.It may help you to understand if you take the example of an actor. An actor knows the whole part he has to play; he has in his mind the exact sequence of what is to happen on the stage. But when he is on the stage, he has to appear as if he did not know anything; he has to feel and act as if he were experiencing all these things for the first time, as if it was an entirely new world with all its chance events and surprises that was unrolling before his eyes. 28th April ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1929-1931 ,
73:There's an idea in Christianity of the image of God as a Trinity. There's the element of the Father, there's the element of the Son, and there's the element of the Holy Spirit. It's something like the spirit of tradition, human beings as the living incarnation of that tradition, and the spirit in people that makes relationship with the spirit and individuals possible. I'm going to bounce my way quickly through some of the classical, metaphorical attributes of God, so that we kind of have a cloud of notions about what we're talking about, when we return to Genesis 1 and talk about the God who spoke chaos into Being.There's a fatherly aspect, so here's what God as a father is like. You can enter into a covenant with it, so you can make a bargain with it. Now, you think about that. Money is like that, because money is a bargain you make with the future. We structured our world so that you can negotiate with the future. I don't think that we would have got to the point where we could do that without having this idea to begin with. You can act as if the future's a reality; there's a spirit of tradition that enables you to act as if the future is something that can be bargained with. That's why you make sacrifices. The sacrifices were acted out for a very long period of time, and now they're psychological. We know that you can sacrifice something valuable in the present and expect that you're negotiating with something that's representing the transcendent future. That's an amazing human discovery. No other creature can do that; to act as if the future is real; to know that you can bargain with reality itself, and that you can do it successfully. It's unbelievable.It responds to sacrifice. It answers prayers. I'm not saying that any of this is true, by the way. I'm just saying what the cloud of ideas represents. It punishes and rewards. It judges and forgives. It's not nature. One of the things weird about the Judeo-Christian tradition is that God and nature are not the same thing, at all. Whatever God is, partially manifest in this logos, is something that stands outside of nature. I think that's something like consciousness as abstracted from the natural world. It built Eden for mankind and then banished us for disobedience. It's too powerful to be touched. It granted free will. Distance from it is hell. Distance from it is death. It reveals itself in dogma and in mystical experience, and it's the law. That's sort of like the fatherly aspect.The son-like aspect. It speaks chaos into order. It slays dragons and feeds people with the remains. It finds gold. It rescues virgins. It is the body and blood of Christ. It is a tragic victim, scapegoat, and eternally triumphant redeemer simultaneously. It cares for the outcast. It dies and is reborn. It is the king of kings and hero of heroes. It's not the state, but is both the fulfillment and critic of the state. It dwells in the perfect house. It is aiming at paradise or heaven. It can rescue from hell. It cares for the outcast. It is the foundation and the cornerstone that was rejected. It is the spirit of the law.The spirit-like aspect. It's akin to the human soul. It's the prophetic voice. It's the still, small voice of conscience. It's the spoken truth. It's called forth by music. It is the enemy of deceit, arrogance, and resentment. It is the water of life. It burns without consuming. It's a blinding light.That's a very well-developed set of poetic metaphors. These are all...what would you say...glimpses of the transcendent ideal. That's the right way of thinking about it. They're glimpses of the transcendent ideal, and all of them have a specific meaning. In part, what we're going to do is go over that meaning, as we continue with this series. What we've got now is a brief description, at least, of what this is. ~ Jordan Peterson, Biblical Series 1,
74:::: As an inner equality increases and with it the sense of the true vital being waiting for the greater direction it has to serve, as the psychic call too increases in all the members of our nature, That to which the call is addressed begins to reveal itself, descends to take possession of the life and its energies and fills them with the height, intimacy, vastness of its presence and its purpose. In many, if not most, it manifests something of itself even before the equality and the open psychic urge or guidance are there. A call of the veiled psychic element oppressed by the mass of the outer ignorance and crying for deliverance, a stress of eager meditation and seeking for knowledge, a longing of the heart, a passionate will ignorant yet but sincere may break the lid that shuts off that Higher from this Lower Nature and open the floodgates. A little of the Divine Person may reveal itself or some Light, Power, Bliss, Love out of the Infinite. This may be a momentary revelation, a flash or a brief-lived gleam that soon withdraws and waits for the preparation of the nature; but also it may repeat itself, grow, endure. A long and large and comprehensive working will then have begun, sometimes luminous or intense, sometimes slow and obscure. A Divine Power comes in front at times and leads and compels or instructs and enlightens; at others it withdraws into the background and seems to leave the being to its own resources. All that is ignorant, obscure, perverted or simply imperfect and inferior in the being is raised up, perhaps brought to its acme, dealt with, corrected, exhausted, shown its own disastrous results, compelled to call for its own cessation or transformation or expelled as worthless or incorrigible from the nature. This cannot be a smooth and even process; alternations there are of day and night, illumination and darkness, calm and construction or battle and upheaval, the presence of the growing Divine Consciousness and its absence, heights of hope and abysses of despair, the clasp of the Beloved and the anguish of its absence, the overwhelming invasion, the compelling deceit, the fierce opposition, the disabling mockery of hostile Powers or the help and comfort and communion of the Gods and the Divine Messengers. A great and long revolution and churning of the ocean of Life with strong emergences of its nectar and its poison is enforced till all is ready and the increasing Descent finds a being, a nature prepared and conditioned for its complete rule and its all-encompassing presence. But if the equality and the psychic light and will are already there, then this process, though it cannot be dispensed with, can still be much lightened and facilitated: it will be rid of its worst dangers; an inner calm, happiness, confidence will support the steps through all the difficulties and trials of the transformation and the growing Force profiting by the full assent of the nature will rapidly diminish and eliminate the power of the opposing forces. A sure guidance and protection will be present throughout, sometimes standing in front, sometimes working behind the veil, and the power of the end will be already there even in the beginning and in the long middle stages of the great endeavour. For at all times the seeker will be aware of the Divine Guide and Protector or the working of the supreme Mother-Force; he will know that all is done for the best, the progress assured, the victory inevitable. In either case the process is the same and unavoidable, a taking up of the whole nature, of the whole life, of the internal and of the external, to reveal and handle and transform its forces and their movements under the pressure of a diviner Life from above, until all here has been possessed by greater spiritual powers and made an instrumentation of a spiritual action and a divine purpose. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Ascent of the Sacrifice - 2,
75:"There is a true movement of the intellect and there is a wrong movement: one helps, the other hinders." Questions and Answers 1929 - 1931 (5 May 1929) What is the true movement of the intellect? What exactly do you understand by intellect? Is it a function of the mind or is it a part of the human being? How do you understand it? A function of the mind. A function of the mind? Then it is that part of the mind which deals with ideas; is that what you mean? Not ideas, Mother. Not ideas? What else, then? Ideas, but... There is a part of the mind which receives ideas, ideas that are formed in a higher mind. Still, I don't know, it is a question of definition and one must know what exactly you mean to say. It is intellect that puts ideas in the form of thoughts, gathering and organising the thoughts at the same time. There are great ideas which lie beyond the ordinary human mentality, which can put on all possible forms. These great ideas tend to descend, they want to manifest themselves in precise forms. These precise forms are the thoughts; and generally it is this, I believe, that is meant by intellect: it is this that gives thought-form to the ideas. And then, there is also the organisation of the thoughts among themselves. All that has to be put in a certain order, otherwise one becomes incoherent. And after that, there is the putting of these thoughts to use for action; that is still another movement. To be able to say what the true movement is, one must know first of all which movement is being spoken about. You have a body, well, you don't expect your body to walk on its head or its hands nor to crawl flat on its belly nor indeed that the head should be down and the legs up in the air. You give to each limb a particular occupation which is its own. This appears to you quite natural because that is the habit; otherwise, the very little ones do not know what to do, neither with their legs nor with their hands nor with their heads; it is only little by little that they learn that. Well, it is the same thing with the mind's functions. You must know which part of the mind you are speaking about, what its own function is, and then only can you say what its true movement is and what is not its true movement. For example, for the part which has to receive the master ideas and change them into thought, its true movement is to be open to the master ideas, receive them and change them into as exact, as precise, as expressive a thought as possible. For the part of the mind which has the charge of organising all these thoughts among themselves so that they might form a coherent and classified whole, not a chaos, the true movement is just to make the classification according to a higher logic and in a thoroughly clear, precise and expressive order which may be serviceable each time a thought is referred to, so that one may know where to look for it and not put quite contradictory things together. There are people whose mind does not work like that; all the ideas that come into it, without their being even aware of what the idea is, are translated into confused thoughts which remain in a kind of inner chaos. I have known people who, from the philosophical point of view - although there is nothing philosophical in it - could put side by side the most contradictory things, like ideas of hierarchic order and at the same time ideas of the absolute independence of the individual and of anarchism, and both were accepted with equal sympathy, knocked against each other in the head in the midst of a wild disorder, and these people were not even aware of it!... You know the saying: "A question well put is three-fourths solved." So now, put your question. What do you want to speak about? I am stretching out a helping hand, you have only to catch it. What is it you are speaking about, what is it that you call intellect? Do you know the difference between an idea and a thought? ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953 107,
76:The ancient Mesopotamians and the ancient Egyptians had some very interesting, dramatic ideas about that. For example-very briefly-there was a deity known as Marduk. Marduk was a Mesopotamian deity, and imagine this is sort of what happened. As an empire grew out of the post-ice age-15,000 years ago, 10,000 years ago-all these tribes came together. These tribes each had their own deity-their own image of the ideal. But then they started to occupy the same territory. One tribe had God A, and one tribe had God B, and one could wipe the other one out, and then it would just be God A, who wins. That's not so good, because maybe you want to trade with those people, or maybe you don't want to lose half your population in a war. So then you have to have an argument about whose God is going to take priority-which ideal is going to take priority.What seems to happen is represented in mythology as a battle of the gods in celestial space. From a practical perspective, it's more like an ongoing dialog. You believe this; I believe this. You believe that; I believe this. How are we going to meld that together? You take God A, and you take God B, and maybe what you do is extract God C from them, and you say, 'God C now has the attributes of A and B.' And then some other tribes come in, and C takes them over, too. Take Marduk, for example. He has 50 different names, at least in part, of the subordinate gods-that represented the tribes that came together to make the civilization. That's part of the process by which that abstracted ideal is abstracted. You think, 'this is important, and it works, because your tribe is alive, and so we'll take the best of both, if we can manage it, and extract out something, that's even more abstract, that covers both of us.'I'll give you a couple of Marduk's interesting features. He has eyes all the way around his head. He's elected by all the other gods to be king God. That's the first thing. That's quite cool. They elect him because they're facing a terrible threat-sort of like a flood and a monster combined. Marduk basically says that, if they elect him top God, he'll go out and stop the flood monster, and they won't all get wiped out. It's a serious threat. It's chaos itself making its comeback. All the gods agree, and Marduk is the new manifestation. He's got eyes all the way around his head, and he speaks magic words. When he fights, he fights this deity called Tiamat. We need to know that, because the word 'Tiamat' is associated with the word 'tehom.' Tehom is the chaos that God makes order out of at the beginning of time in Genesis, so it's linked very tightly to this story. Marduk, with his eyes and his capacity to speak magic words, goes out and confronts Tiamat, who's like this watery sea dragon. It's a classic Saint George story: go out and wreak havoc on the dragon. He cuts her into pieces, and he makes the world out of her pieces. That's the world that human beings live in.The Mesopotamian emperor acted out Marduk. He was allowed to be emperor insofar as he was a good Marduk. That meant that he had eyes all the way around his head, and he could speak magic; he could speak properly. We are starting to understand, at that point, the essence of leadership. Because what's leadership? It's the capacity to see what the hell's in front of your face, and maybe in every direction, and maybe the capacity to use your language properly to transform chaos into order. God only knows how long it took the Mesopotamians to figure that out. The best they could do was dramatize it, but it's staggeringly brilliant. It's by no means obvious, and this chaos is a very strange thing. This is a chaos that God wrestled with at the beginning of time.Chaos is half psychological and half real. There's no other way to really describe it. Chaos is what you encounter when you're blown into pieces and thrown into deep confusion-when your world falls apart, when your dreams die, when you're betrayed. It's the chaos that emerges, and the chaos is everything it wants, and it's too much for you. That's for sure. It pulls you down into the underworld, and that's where the dragons are. All you've got at that point is your capacity to bloody well keep your eyes open, and to speak as carefully and as clearly as you can. Maybe, if you're lucky, you'll get through it that way and come out the other side. It's taken people a very long time to figure that out, and it looks, to me, that the idea is erected on the platform of our ancient ancestors, maybe tens of millions of years ago, because we seem to represent that which disturbs us deeply using the same system that we used to represent serpentile, or other, carnivorous predators. ~ Jordan Peterson, Biblical Series 1,
77:Death & FameWhen I dieI don't care what happens to my body throw ashes in the air, scatter 'em in East River bury an urn in Elizabeth New Jersey, B'nai Israel CemeteryBut I want a big funeral St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Mark's Church, the largest synagogue in ManhattanFirst, there's family, brother, nephews, spry aged Edith stepmother 96, Aunt Honey from old Newark,Doctor Joel, cousin Mindy, brother Gene one eyed one ear'd, sister-in-law blonde Connie, five nephews, stepbrothers & sisters their grandchildren, companion Peter Orlovsky, caretakers Rosenthal & Hale, Bill Morgan--Next, teacher Trungpa Vajracharya's ghost mind, Gelek Rinpoche, there Sakyong Mipham, Dalai Lama alert, chance visiting America, Satchitananda Swami Shivananda, Dehorahava Baba, Karmapa XVI, Dudjom Rinpoche, Katagiri & Suzuki Roshi's phantoms Baker, Whalen, Daido Loorie, Qwong, Frail White-haired Kapleau Roshis, Lama Tarchen --Then, most important, lovers over half-century Dozens, a hundred, more, older fellows bald & rich young boys met naked recently in bed, crowds surprised to see each other, innumerable, intimate, exchanging memories"He taught me to meditate, now I'm an old veteran of the thousandday retreat --""I played music on subway platforms, I'm straight but loved him he loved me""I felt more love from him at 19 than ever from anyone""We'd lie under covers gossip, read my poetry, hug & kiss belly to belly arms round each other""I'd always get into his bed with underwear on & by morning my skivvies would be on the floor""Japanese, always wanted take it up my bum with a master""We'd talk all night about Kerouac & Cassady sit Buddhalike then sleep in his captain's bed.""He seemed to need so much affection, a shame not to make him happy""I was lonely never in bed nude with anyone before, he was so gentle my stomach shuddered when he traced his finger along my abdomen nipple to hips-- ""All I did was lay back eyes closed, he'd bring me to come with mouth & fingers along my waist""He gave great head"So there be gossip from loves of 1948, ghost of Neal Cassady commin-gling with flesh and youthful blood of 1997 and surprise -- "You too? But I thought you were straight!""I am but Ginsberg an exception, for some reason he pleased me.""I forgot whether I was straight gay queer or funny, was myself, tender and affectionate to be kissed on the top of my head, my forehead throat heart & solar plexus, mid-belly. on my prick, tickled with his tongue my behind""I loved the way he'd recite 'But at my back allways hear/ time's winged chariot hurrying near,' heads together, eye to eye, on a pillow --"Among lovers one handsome youth straggling the rear"I studied his poetry class, 17 year-old kid, ran some errands to his walk-up flat, seduced me didn't want to, made me come, went home, never saw him again never wanted to... ""He couldn't get it up but loved me," "A clean old man." "He made sure I came first"This the crowd most surprised proud at ceremonial place of honor--Then poets & musicians -- college boys' grunge bands -- age-old rock star Beatles, faithful guitar accompanists, gay classical con-ductors, unknown high Jazz music composers, funky trum-peters, bowed bass & french horn black geniuses, folksinger fiddlers with dobro tamborine harmonica mandolin auto-harp pennywhistles & kazoosNext, artist Italian romantic realists schooled in mystic 60's India, Late fauve Tuscan painter-poets, Classic draftsman Massa-chusets surreal jackanapes with continental wives, poverty sketchbook gesso oil watercolor masters from American provincesThen highschool teachers, lonely Irish librarians, delicate biblio-philes, sex liberation troops nay armies, ladies of either sex"I met him dozens of times he never remembered my name I loved him anyway, true artist""Nervous breakdown after menopause, his poetry humor saved me from suicide hospitals""Charmant, genius with modest manners, washed sink, dishes my studio guest a week in Budapest"Thousands of readers, "Howl changed my life in Libertyville Illinois""I saw him read Montclair State Teachers College decided be a poet-- ""He turned me on, I started with garage rock sang my songs in Kansas City""Kaddish made me weep for myself & father alive in Nevada City""Father Death comforted me when my sister died Boston l982""I read what he said in a newsmagazine, blew my mind, realized others like me out there"Deaf & Dumb bards with hand signing quick brilliant gesturesThen Journalists, editors's secretaries, agents, portraitists & photo-graphy aficionados, rock critics, cultured laborors, cultural historians come to witness the historic funeral Super-fans, poetasters, aging Beatnicks & Deadheads, autograph-hunters, distinguished paparazzi, intelligent gawkersEveryone knew they were part of 'History" except the deceased who never knew exactly what was happening even when I was aliveFebruary 22, 1997 ~ Allen Ginsberg,
78:SECTION 1. Books for Serious Study Liber CCXX. (Liber AL vel Legis.) The Book of the Law. This book is the foundation of the New Æon, and thus of the whole of our work. The Equinox. The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation. Liber ABA (Book 4). A general account in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers. In four parts: (1) Mysticism (2) Magical (Elementary Theory) (3) Magick in Theory and Practice (this book) (4) The Law. Liber II. The Message of the Master Therion. Explains the essence of the new Law in a very simple manner. Liber DCCCXXXVIII. The Law of Liberty. A further explanation of The Book of the Law in reference to certain ethical problems. Collected Works of A. Crowley. These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the Robe of sublimest poesy. The Yi King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XVI], Oxford University Press.) The "Classic of Changes"; give the initiated Chinese system of Magick. The Tao Teh King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XXXIX].) Gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism. Tannhäuser, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the Soul; the Tannhäuser story slightly remodelled. The Upanishads. (S. B. E. Series [vols. I & XV.) The Classical Basis of Vedantism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism. The Bhagavad-gita. A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ", expounds a system of Attainment. The Voice of the Silence, by H.P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O.M. Frater O.M., 7°=48, is the most learned of all the Brethren of the Order; he has given eighteen years to the study of this masterpiece. Raja-Yoga, by Swami Vivekananda. An excellent elementary study of Hindu mysticism. His Bhakti-Yoga is also good. The Shiva Samhita. An account of various physical means of assisting the discipline of initiation. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices. The Hathayoga Pradipika. Similar to the Shiva Samhita. The Aphorisms of Patanjali. A valuable collection of precepts pertaining to mystical attainment. The Sword of Song. A study of Christian theology and ethics, with a statement and solution of the deepest philosophical problems. Also contains the best account extant of Buddhism, compared with modern science. The Book of the Dead. A collection of Egyptian magical rituals. Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, by Eliphas Levi. The best general textbook of magical theory and practice for beginners. Written in an easy popular style. The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. The best exoteric account of the Great Work, with careful instructions in procedure. This Book influenced and helped the Master Therion more than any other. The Goetia. The most intelligible of all the mediæval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favourite Invocation of the Master Therion. Erdmann's History of Philosophy. A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind. The Spiritual Guide of [Miguel de] Molinos. A simple manual of Christian Mysticism. The Star in the West. (Captain Fuller). An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley. The Dhammapada. (S. B. E. Series [vol. X], Oxford University Press). The best of the Buddhist classics. The Questions of King Milinda. (S. B. E. Series [vols. XXXV & XXXVI].) Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated bydialogues. Liber 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticæ Viæ Explicandæ, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicam Sanctissimorum Scientiæ Summæ. A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, reprinted with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language. Varieties of Religious Experience (William James). Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment. Kabbala Denudata, von Rosenroth: also The Kabbalah Unveiled, by S.L. Mathers. The text of the Qabalah, with commentary. A good elementary introduction to the subject. Konx Om Pax [by Aleister Crowley]. Four invaluable treatises and a preface on Mysticism and Magick. The Pistis Sophia [translated by G.R.S. Mead or Violet McDermot]. An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism. The Oracles of Zoroaster [Chaldæan Oracles]. An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical. The Dream of Scipio, by Cicero. Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy. The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, by Fabre d'Olivet. An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master. The Divine Pymander, by Hermes Trismegistus. Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy. The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians, reprint of Franz Hartmann. An invaluable compendium. Scrutinium Chymicum [Atalanta Fugiens]¸ by Michael Maier. One of the best treatises on alchemy. Science and the Infinite, by Sidney Klein. One of the best essays written in recent years. Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus [A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus &c. &c. &c.], by Richard Payne Knight [and Thomas Wright]. Invaluable to all students. The Golden Bough, by J.G. Frazer. The textbook of Folk Lore. Invaluable to all students. The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition. Rivers of Life, by General Forlong. An invaluable textbook of old systems of initiation. Three Dialogues, by Bishop Berkeley. The Classic of Subjective Idealism. Essays of David Hume. The Classic of Academic Scepticism. First Principles by Herbert Spencer. The Classic of Agnosticism. Prolegomena [to any future Metaphysics], by Immanuel Kant. The best introduction to Metaphysics. The Canon [by William Stirling]. The best textbook of Applied Qabalah. The Fourth Dimension, by [Charles] H. Hinton. The best essay on the subject. The Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley. Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA Appendix I: Literature Recommended to Aspirants,
79:[The Gods and Their Worlds] [...] According to traditions and occult schools, all these zones of realities, these planes of realities have got different names; they have been classified in a different way, but there is an essential analogy, and if you go back far enough into the traditions, you see only the words changing according to the country and the language. Even now, the experiences of Western occultists and those of Eastern occultists offer great similarities. All who set out on the discovery of these invisible worlds and make a report of what they saw, give a very similar description, whether they be from here or there; they use different words, but the experience is very similar and the handling of forces is the same. This knowledge of the occult worlds is based on the existence of subtle bodies and of subtle worlds corresponding to those bodies. They are what the psychological method calls "states of consciousness", but these states of consciousness really correspond to worlds. The occult procedure consists then in being aware of these various inner states of being or subtle bodies and in becoming sufficiently a master of them so as to be able to go out of them successively, one after another. There is indeed a whole scale of subtleties, increasing or decreasing according to the direction in which you go, and the occult procedure consists in going out of a denser body into a subtler body and so on again, up to the most ethereal regions. You go, by successive exteriorisations, into bodies or worlds more and more subtle. It is somewhat as if every time you passed into another dimension. The fourth dimension of the physicists is nothing but the scientific transcription of an occult knowledge. To give another image, one can say that the physical body is at the centre - it is the most material, the densest and also the smallest - and the inner bodies, more subtle, overflow more and more the central physical body; they pass through it, extending themselves farther and farther, like water evaporating from a porous vase and forming a kind of steam all around. And the greater the subtlety, the more the extension tends to unite with that of the universe: one ends by universalising oneself. And it is altogether a concrete process which gives an objective experience of invisible worlds and even enables one to act in these worlds. There are, then, only a very small number of people in the West who know that these gods are not merely subjective and imaginary - more or less wildly imaginary - but that they correspond to a universal truth. All these regions, all these domains are filled with beings who exist, each in its own domain, and if you are awake and conscious on a particular plane - for instance, if on going out of a more material body you awake on some higher plane, you have the same relation with the things and people of that plane as you had with the things and people of the material world. That is to say, there exists an entirely objective relation that has nothing to do with the idea you may have of these things. Naturally, the resemblance is greater and greater as you approach the physical world, the material world, and there even comes a time when the one region has a direct action upon the other. In any case, in what Sri Aurobindo calls the overmental worlds, you will find a concrete reality absolutely independent of your personal experience; you go back there and again find the same things, with the differences that have occurred during your absence. And you have relations with those beings that are identical with the relations you have with physical beings, with this difference that the relation is more plastic, supple and direct - for example, there is the capacity to change the external form, the visible form, according to the inner state you are in. But you can make an appointment with someone and be at the appointed place and find the same being again, with certain differences that have come about during your absence; it is entirely concrete with results entirely concrete. One must have at least a little of this experience in order to understand these things. Otherwise, those who are convinced that all this is mere human imagination and mental formation, who believe that these gods have such and such a form because men have thought them to be like that, and that they have certain defects and certain qualities because men have thought them to be like that - all those who say that God is made in the image of man and that he exists only in human thought, all these will not understand; to them this will appear absolutely ridiculous, madness. One must have lived a little, touched the subject a little, to know how very concrete the thing is. Naturally, children know a good deal if they have not been spoilt. There are so many children who return every night to the same place and continue to live the life they have begun there. When these faculties are not spoilt with age, you can keep them with you. At a time when I was especially interested in dreams, I could return exactly to a place and continue a work that I had begun: supervise something, for example, set something in order, a work of organisation or of discovery, of exploration. You go until you reach a certain spot, as you would go in life, then you take a rest, then you return and begin again - you begin the work at the place where you left off and you continue it. And you perceive that there are things which are quite independent of you, in the sense that changes of which you are not at all the author, have taken place automatically during your absence. But for this, you must live these experiences yourself, you must see them yourself, live them with sufficient sincerity and spontaneity in order to see that they are independent of any mental formation. For you can do the opposite also, and deepen the study of the action of mental formation upon events. This is very interesting, but it is another domain. And this study makes you very careful, very prudent, because you become aware of how far you can delude yourself. So you must study both, the dream and the occult reality, in order to see what is the essential difference between the two. The one depends upon us; the other exists in itself; entirely independent of the thought that we have of it. When you have worked in that domain, you recognise in fact that once a subject has been studied and something has been learnt mentally, it gives a special colour to the experience; the experience may be quite spontaneous and sincere, but the simple fact that the subject was known and studied lends a particular quality. Whereas if you had learnt nothing about the question, if you knew nothing at all, the transcription would be completely spontaneous and sincere when the experience came; it would be more or less adequate, but it would not be the outcome of a previous mental formation. Naturally, this occult knowledge or this experience is not very frequent in the world, because in those who do not have a developed inner life, there are veritable gaps between the external consciousness and the inmost consciousness; the linking states of being are missing and they have to be constructed. So when people enter there for the first time, they are bewildered, they have the impression they have fallen into the night, into nothingness, into non-being! I had a Danish friend, a painter, who was like that. He wanted me to teach him how to go out of the body; he used to have interesting dreams and thought that it would be worth the trouble to go there consciously. So I made him "go out" - but it was a frightful thing! When he was dreaming, a part of his mind still remained conscious, active, and a kind of link existed between this active part and his external being; then he remembered some of his dreams, but it was a very partial phenomenon. And to go out of one's body means to pass gradually through all the states of being, if one does the thing systematically. Well, already in the subtle physical, one is almost de-individualised, and when one goes farther, there remains nothing, for nothing is formed or individualised. Thus, when people are asked to meditate or told to go within, to enter into themselves, they are in agony - naturally! They have the impression that they are vanishing. And with reason: there is nothing, no consciousness! These things that appear to us quite natural and evident, are, for people who know nothing, wild imagination. If, for example, you transplant these experiences or this knowledge to the West, well, unless you have been frequenting the circles of occultists, they stare at you with open eyes. And when you have turned your back, they hasten to say, "These people are cranks!" Now to come back to the gods and conclude. It must be said that all those beings who have never had an earthly existence - gods or demons, invisible beings and powers - do not possess what the Divine has put into man: the psychic being. And this psychic being gives to man true love, charity, compassion, a deep kindness, which compensate for all his external defects. In the gods there is no fault because they live according to their own nature, spontaneously and without constraint: as gods, it is their manner of being. But if you take a higher point of view, if you have a higher vision, a vision of the whole, you see that they lack certain qualities that are exclusively human. By his capacity of love and self-giving, man can have as much power as the gods and even more, when he is not egoistic, when he has surmounted his egoism. If he fulfils the required condition, man is nearer to the Supreme than the gods are. He can be nearer. He is not so automatically, but he has the power to be so, the potentiality. If human love manifested itself without mixture, it would be all-powerful. Unfortunately, in human love there is as much love of oneself as of the one loved; it is not a love that makes you forget yourself. - 4 November 1958 ~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III 355
80:Mental EducationOF ALL lines of education, mental education is the most widely known and practised, yet except in a few rare cases there are gaps which make it something very incomplete and in the end quite insufficient. Generally speaking, schooling is considered to be all the mental education that is necessary. And when a child has been made to undergo, for a number of years, a methodical training which is more like cramming than true schooling, it is considered that whatever is necessary for his mental development has been done. Nothing of the kind. Even conceding that the training is given with due measure and discrimination and does not permanently damage the brain, it cannot impart to the human mind the faculties it needs to become a good and useful instrument. The schooling that is usually given can, at the most, serve as a system of gymnastics to increase the suppleness of the brain. From this standpoint, each branch of human learning represents a special kind of mental gymnastics, and the verbal formulations given to these various branches each constitute a special and well-defined language. A true mental education, which will prepare man for a higher life, has five principal phases. Normally these phases follow one after another, but in exceptional individuals they may alternate or even proceed simultaneously. These five phases, in brief, are: (1) Development of the power of concentration, the capacity of attention. (2) Development of the capacities of expansion, widening, complexity and richness. (3) Organisation of one's ideas around a central idea, a higher ideal or a supremely luminous idea that will serve as a guide in life. (4) Thought-control, rejection of undesirable thoughts, to become able to think only what one wants and when one wants. (5) Development of mental silence, perfect calm and a more and more total receptivity to inspirations coming from the higher regions of the being. It is not possible to give here all the details concerning the methods to be employed in the application of these five phases of education to different individuals. Still, a few explanations on points of detail can be given. Undeniably, what most impedes mental progress in children is the constant dispersion of their thoughts. Their thoughts flutter hither and thither like butterflies and they have to make a great effort to fix them. Yet this capacity is latent in them, for when you succeed in arousing their interest, they are capable of a good deal of attention. By his ingenuity, therefore, the educator will gradually help the child to become capable of a sustained effort of attention and a faculty of more and more complete absorption in the work in hand. All methods that can develop this faculty of attention from games to rewards are good and can all be utilised according to the need and the circumstances. But it is the psychological action that is most important and the sovereign method is to arouse in the child an interest in what you want to teach him, a liking for work, a will to progress. To love to learn is the most precious gift that one can give to a child: to love to learn always and everywhere, so that all circumstances, all happenings in life may be constantly renewed opportunities for learning more and always more. For that, to attention and concentration should be added observation, precise recording and faithfulness of memory. This faculty of observation can be developed by varied and spontaneous exercises, making use of every opportunity that presents itself to keep the child's thought wakeful, alert and prompt. The growth of the understanding should be stressed much more than that of memory. One knows well only what one has understood. Things learnt by heart, mechanically, fade away little by little and finally disappear; what is understood is never forgotten. Moreover, you must never refuse to explain to a child the how and the why of things. If you cannot do it yourself, you must direct the child to those who are qualified to answer or point out to him some books that deal with the question. In this way you will progressively awaken in the child the taste for true study and the habit of making a persistent effort to know. This will bring us quite naturally to the second phase of development in which the mind should be widened and enriched. You will gradually show the child that everything can become an interesting subject for study if it is approached in the right way. The life of every day, of every moment, is the best school of all, varied, complex, full of unexpected experiences, problems to be solved, clear and striking examples and obvious consequences. It is so easy to arouse healthy curiosity in children, if you answer with intelligence and clarity the numerous questions they ask. An interesting reply to one readily brings others in its train and so the attentive child learns without effort much more than he usually does in the classroom. By a choice made with care and insight, you should also teach him to enjoy good reading-matter which is both instructive and attractive. Do not be afraid of anything that awakens and pleases his imagination; imagination develops the creative mental faculty and through it study becomes living and the mind develops in joy. In order to increase the suppleness and comprehensiveness of his mind, one should see not only that he studies many varied topics, but above all that a single subject is approached in various ways, so that the child understands in a practical manner that there are many ways of facing the same intellectual problem, of considering it and solving it. This will remove all rigidity from his brain and at the same time it will make his thinking richer and more supple and prepare it for a more complex and comprehensive synthesis. In this way also the child will be imbued with the sense of the extreme relativity of mental learning and, little by little, an aspiration for a truer source of knowledge will awaken in him. Indeed, as the child grows older and progresses in his studies, his mind too ripens and becomes more and more capable of forming general ideas, and with them almost always comes a need for certitude, for a knowledge that is stable enough to form the basis of a mental construction which will permit all the diverse and scattered and often contradictory ideas accumulated in his brain to be organised and put in order. This ordering is indeed very necessary if one is to avoid chaos in one's thoughts. All contradictions can be transformed into complements, but for that one must discover the higher idea that will have the power to bring them harmoniously together. It is always good to consider every problem from all possible standpoints so as to avoid partiality and exclusiveness; but if the thought is to be active and creative, it must, in every case, be the natural and logical synthesis of all the points of view adopted. And if you want to make the totality of your thoughts into a dynamic and constructive force, you must also take great care as to the choice of the central idea of your mental synthesis; for upon that will depend the value of this synthesis. The higher and larger the central idea and the more universal it is, rising above time and space, the more numerous and the more complex will be the ideas, notions and thoughts which it will be able to organise and harmonise. It goes without saying that this work of organisation cannot be done once and for all. The mind, if it is to keep its vigour and youth, must progress constantly, revise its notions in the light of new knowledge, enlarge its frame-work to include fresh notions and constantly reclassify and reorganise its thoughts, so that each of them may find its true place in relation to the others and the whole remain harmonious and orderly. All that has just been said concerns the speculative mind, the mind that learns. But learning is only one aspect of mental activity; the other, which is at least equally important, is the constructive faculty, the capacity to form and thus prepare action. This very important part of mental activity has rarely been the subject of any special study or discipline. Only those who want, for some reason, to exercise a strict control over their mental activities think of observing and disciplining this faculty of formation; and as soon as they try it, they have to face difficulties so great that they appear almost insurmountable. And yet control over this formative activity of the mind is one of the most important aspects of self-education; one can say that without it no mental mastery is possible. As far as study is concerned, all ideas are acceptable and should be included in the synthesis, whose very function is to become more and more rich and complex; but where action is concerned, it is just the opposite. The ideas that are accepted for translation into action should be strictly controlled and only those that agree with the general trend of the central idea forming the basis of the mental synthesis should be permitted to express themselves in action. This means that every thought entering the mental consciousness should be set before the central idea; if it finds a logical place among the thoughts already grouped, it will be admitted into the synthesis; if not, it will be rejected so that it can have no influence on the action. This work of mental purification should be done very regularly in order to secure a complete control over one's actions. For this purpose, it is good to set apart some time every day when one can quietly go over one's thoughts and put one's synthesis in order. Once the habit is acquired, you can maintain control over your thoughts even during work and action, allowing only those which are useful for what you are doing to come to the surface. Particularly, if you have continued to cultivate the power of concentration and attention, only the thoughts that are needed will be allowed to enter the active external consciousness and they then become all the more dynamic and effective. And if, in the intensity of concentration, it becomes necessary not to think at all, all mental vibration can be stilled and an almost total silence secured. In this silence one can gradually open to the higher regions of the mind and learn to record the inspirations that come from there. But even before reaching this point, silence in itself is supremely useful, because in most people who have a somewhat developed and active mind, the mind is never at rest. During the day, its activity is kept under a certain control, but at night, during the sleep of the body, the control of the waking state is almost completely removed and the mind indulges in activities which are sometimes excessive and often incoherent. This creates a great stress which leads to fatigue and the diminution of the intellectual faculties. The fact is that like all the other parts of the human being, the mind too needs rest and it will not have this rest unless we know how to provide it. The art of resting one's mind is something to be acquired. Changing one's mental activity is certainly one way of resting; but the greatest possible rest is silence. And as far as the mental faculties are concerned a few minutes passed in the calm of silence are a more effective rest than hours of sleep. When one has learned to silence the mind at will and to concentrate it in receptive silence, then there will be no problem that cannot be solved, no mental difficulty whose solution cannot be found. When it is agitated, thought becomes confused and impotent; in an attentive tranquillity, the light can manifest itself and open up new horizons to man's capacity. Bulletin, November 1951 ~ The Mother, On Education ,
81:It does not matter if you do not understand it - Savitri, read it always. You will see that every time you read it, something new will be revealed to you. Each time you will get a new glimpse, each time a new experience; things which were not there, things you did not understand arise and suddenly become clear. Always an unexpected vision comes up through the words and lines. Every time you try to read and understand, you will see that something is added, something which was hidden behind is revealed clearly and vividly. I tell you the very verses you have read once before, will appear to you in a different light each time you re-read them. This is what happens invariably. Always your experience is enriched, it is a revelation at each step. But you must not read it as you read other books or newspapers. You must read with an empty head, a blank and vacant mind, without there being any other thought; you must concentrate much, remain empty, calm and open; then the words, rhythms, vibrations will penetrate directly to this white page, will put their stamp upon the brain, will explain themselves without your making any effort. Savitri alone is sufficient to make you climb to the highest peaks. If truly one knows how to meditate on Savitri, one will receive all the help one needs. For him who wishes to follow this path, it is a concrete help as though the Lord himself were taking you by the hand and leading you to the destined goal. And then, every question, however personal it may be, has its answer here, every difficulty finds its solution herein; indeed there is everything that is necessary for doing the Yoga.*He has crammed the whole universe in a single book.* It is a marvellous work, magnificent and of an incomparable perfection. You know, before writing Savitri Sri Aurobindo said to me, WIKI am impelled to launch on a new adventure; I was hesitant in the beginning, but now I am decided. Still, I do not know how far I shall succeed. I pray for help.* And you know what it was? It was - before beginning, I warn you in advance - it was His way of speaking, so full of divine humility and modesty. He never... *asserted Himself*. And the day He actually began it, He told me: WIKI have launched myself in a rudderless boat upon the vastness of the Infinite.* And once having started, He wrote page after page without intermission, as though it were a thing already complete up there and He had only to transcribe it in ink down here on these pages. In truth, the entire form of Savitri has descended "en masse" from the highest region and Sri Aurobindo with His genius only arranged the lines - in a superb and magnificent style. Sometimes entire lines were revealed and He has left them intact; He worked hard, untiringly, so that the inspiration could come from the highest possible summit. And what a work He has created! Yes, it is a true creation in itself. It is an unequalled work. Everything is there, and it is put in such a simple, such a clear form; verses perfectly harmonious, limpid and eternally true. My child, I have read so many things, but I have never come across anything which could be compared with Savitri. I have studied the best works in Greek, Latin, English and of course French literature, also in German and all the great creations of the West and the East, including the great epics; but I repeat it, I have not found anywhere anything comparable with Savitri. All these literary works seems to me empty, flat, hollow, without any deep reality - apart from a few rare exceptions, and these too represent only a small fraction of what Savitri is. What grandeur, what amplitude, what reality: it is something immortal and eternal He has created. I tell you once again there is nothing like in it the whole world. Even if one puts aside the vision of the reality, that is, the essential substance which is the heart of the inspiration, and considers only the lines in themselves, one will find them unique, of the highest classical kind. What He has created is something man cannot imagine. For, everything is there, everything. It may then be said that Savitri is a revelation, it is a meditation, it is a quest of the Infinite, the Eternal. If it is read with this aspiration for Immortality, the reading itself will serve as a guide to Immortality. To read Savitri is indeed to practice Yoga, spiritual concentration; one can find there all that is needed to realise the Divine. Each step of Yoga is noted here, including the secret of all other Yogas. Surely, if one sincerely follows what is revealed here in each line one will reach finally the transformation of the Supramental Yoga. It is truly the infallible guide who never abandons you; its support is always there for him who wants to follow the path. Each verse of Savitri is like a revealed Mantra which surpasses all that man possessed by way of knowledge, and I repeat this, the words are expressed and arranged in such a way that the sonority of the rhythm leads you to the origin of sound, which is OM. My child, yes, everything is there: mysticism, occultism, philosophy, the history of evolution, the history of man, of the gods, of creation, of Nature. How the universe was created, why, for what purpose, what destiny - all is there. You can find all the answers to all your questions there. Everything is explained, even the future of man and of the evolution, all that nobody yet knows. He has described it all in beautiful and clear words so that spiritual adventurers who wish to solve the mysteries of the world may understand it more easily. But this mystery is well hidden behind the words and lines and one must rise to the required level of true consciousness to discover it. All prophesies, all that is going to come is presented with the precise and wonderful clarity. Sri Aurobindo gives you here the key to find the Truth, to discover the Consciousness, to solve the problem of what the universe is. He has also indicated how to open the door of the Inconscience so that the light may penetrate there and transform it. He has shown the path, the way to liberate oneself from the ignorance and climb up to the superconscience; each stage, each plane of consciousness, how they can be scaled, how one can cross even the barrier of death and attain immortality. You will find the whole journey in detail, and as you go forward you can discover things altogether unknown to man. That is Savitri and much more yet. It is a real experience - reading Savitri. All the secrets that man possessed, He has revealed, - as well as all that awaits him in the future; all this is found in the depth of Savitri. But one must have the knowledge to discover it all, the experience of the planes of consciousness, the experience of the Supermind, even the experience of the conquest of Death. He has noted all the stages, marked each step in order to advance integrally in the integral Yoga. All this is His own experience, and what is most surprising is that it is my own experience also. It is my sadhana which He has worked out. Each object, each event, each realisation, all the descriptions, even the colours are exactly what I saw and the words, phrases are also exactly what I heard. And all this before having read the book. I read Savitri many times afterwards, but earlier, when He was writing He used to read it to me. Every morning I used to hear Him read Savitri. During the night He would write and in the morning read it to me. And I observed something curious, that day after day the experiences He read out to me in the morning were those I had had the previous night, word by word. Yes, all the descriptions, the colours, the pictures I had seen, the words I had heard, all, all, I heard it all, put by Him into poetry, into miraculous poetry. Yes, they were exactly my experiences of the previous night which He read out to me the following morning. And it was not just one day by chance, but for days and days together. And every time I used to compare what He said with my previous experiences and they were always the same. I repeat, it was not that I had told Him my experiences and that He had noted them down afterwards, no, He knew already what I had seen. It is my experiences He has presented at length and they were His experiences also. It is, moreover, the picture of Our joint adventure into the unknown or rather into the Supermind. These are experiences lived by Him, realities, supracosmic truths. He experienced all these as one experiences joy or sorrow, physically. He walked in the darkness of inconscience, even in the neighborhood of death, endured the sufferings of perdition, and emerged from the mud, the world-misery to breathe the sovereign plenitude and enter the supreme Ananda. He crossed all these realms, went through the consequences, suffered and endured physically what one cannot imagine. Nobody till today has suffered like Him. He accepted suffering to transform suffering into the joy of union with the Supreme. It is something unique and incomparable in the history of the world. It is something that has never happened before, He is the first to have traced the path in the Unknown, so that we may be able to walk with certitude towards the Supermind. He has made the work easy for us. Savitri is His whole Yoga of transformation, and this Yoga appears now for the first time in the earth-consciousness. And I think that man is not yet ready to receive it. It is too high and too vast for him. He cannot understand it, grasp it, for it is not by the mind that one can understand Savitri. One needs spiritual experiences in order to understand and assimilate it. The farther one advances on the path of Yoga, the more does one assimilate and the better. No, it is something which will be appreciated only in the future, it is the poetry of tomorrow of which He has spoken in The Future Poetry. It is too subtle, too refined, - it is not in the mind or through the mind, it is in meditation that Savitri is revealed. And men have the audacity to compare it with the work of Virgil or Homer and to find it inferior. They do not understand, they cannot understand. What do they know? Nothing at all. And it is useless to try to make them understand. Men will know what it is, but in a distant future. It is only the new race with a new consciousness which will be able to understand. I assure you there is nothing under the blue sky to compare with Savitri. It is the mystery of mysteries. It is a *super-epic,* it is super-literature, super-poetry, super-vision, it is a super-work even if one considers the number of lines He has written. No, these human words are not adequate to describe Savitri. Yes, one needs superlatives, hyperboles to describe it. It is a hyper-epic. No, words express nothing of what Savitri is, at least I do not find them. It is of immense value - spiritual value and all other values; it is eternal in its subject, and infinite in its appeal, miraculous in its mode and power of execution; it is a unique thing, the more you come into contact with it, the higher will you be uplifted. Ah, truly it is something! It is the most beautiful thing He has left for man, the highest possible. What is it? When will man know it? When is he going to lead a life of truth? When is he going to accept this in his life? This yet remains to be seen. My child, every day you are going to read Savitri; read properly, with the right attitude, concentrating a little before opening the pages and trying to keep the mind as empty as possible, absolutely without a thought. The direct road is through the heart. I tell you, if you try to really concentrate with this aspiration you can light the flame, the psychic flame, the flame of purification in a very short time, perhaps in a few days. What you cannot do normally, you can do with the help of Savitri. Try and you will see how very different it is, how new, if you read with this attitude, with this something at the back of your consciousness; as though it were an offering to Sri Aurobindo. You know it is charged, fully charged with consciousness; as if Savitri were a being, a real guide. I tell you, whoever, wanting to practice Yoga, tries sincerely and feels the necessity for it, will be able to climb with the help of Savitri to the highest rung of the ladder of Yoga, will be able to find the secret that Savitri represents. And this without the help of a Guru. And he will be able to practice it anywhere. For him Savitri alone will be the guide, for all that he needs he will find Savitri. If he remains very quiet when before a difficulty, or when he does not know where to turn to go forward and how to overcome obstacles, for all these hesitations and incertitudes which overwhelm us at every moment, he will have the necessary indications, and the necessary concrete help. If he remains very calm, open, if he aspires sincerely, always he will be as if lead by the hand. If he has faith, the will to give himself and essential sincerity he will reach the final goal. Indeed, Savitri is something concrete, living, it is all replete, packed with consciousness, it is the supreme knowledge above all human philosophies and religions. It is the spiritual path, it is Yoga, Tapasya, Sadhana, in its single body. Savitri has an extraordinary power, it gives out vibrations for him who can receive them, the true vibrations of each stage of consciousness. It is incomparable, it is truth in its plenitude, the Truth Sri Aurobindo brought down on the earth. My child, one must try to find the secret that Savitri represents, the prophetic message Sri Aurobindo reveals there for us. This is the work before you, it is hard but it is worth the trouble. - 5 November 1967 ~ The Mother, Sweet Mother The Mother to Mona Sarkar,
82:One little picture in this book, the Magic Locket, was drawn by 'Miss Alice Havers.' I did not state this on the title-page, since it seemed only due, to the artist of all these (to my mind) wonderful pictures, that his name should stand there alone.The descriptions, of Sunday as spent by children of the last generation, are quoted verbatim from a speech made to me by a child-friend and a letter written to me by a lady-friend.The Chapters, headed 'Fairy Sylvie' and 'Bruno's Revenge,' are a reprint, with a few alterations, of a little fairy-tale which I wrote in the year 1867, at the request of the late Mrs. Gatty, for 'Aunt Judy's Magazine,' which she was then editing.It was in 1874, I believe, that the idea first occurred to me of making it the nucleus of a longer story.As the years went on, I jotted down, at odd moments, all sorts of odd ideas, and fragments of dialogue, that occurred to me--who knows how?--with a transitory suddenness that left me no choice but either to record them then and there, or to abandon them to oblivion. Sometimes one could trace to their source these random flashes of thought--as being suggested by the book one was reading, or struck out from the 'flint' of one's own mind by the 'steel' of a friend's chance remark but they had also a way of their own, of occurring, a propos of nothing --specimens of that hopelessly illogical phenomenon, 'an effect without a cause.' Such, for example, was the last line of 'The Hunting of the Snark,' which came into my head (as I have already related in 'The Theatre' for April, 1887) quite suddenly, during a solitary walk: and such, again, have been passages which occurred in dreams, and which I cannot trace to any antecedent cause whatever. There are at least two instances of such dream-suggestions in this book--one, my Lady's remark, 'it often runs in families, just as a love for pastry does', the other, Eric Lindon's badinage about having been in domestic service.And thus it came to pass that I found myself at last in possession of a huge unwieldy mass of litterature--if the reader will kindly excuse the spelling --which only needed stringing together, upon the thread of a consecutive story, to constitute the book I hoped to write. Only! The task, at first, seemed absolutely hopeless, and gave me a far clearer idea, than I ever had before, of the meaning of the word 'chaos': and I think it must have been ten years, or more, before I had succeeded in classifying these odds-and-ends sufficiently to see what sort of a story they indicated: for the story had to grow out of the incidents, not the incidents out of the story I am telling all this, in no spirit of egoism, but because I really believe that some of my readers will be interested in these details of the 'genesis' of a book, which looks so simple and straight-forward a matter, when completed, that they might suppose it to have been written straight off, page by page, as one would write a letter, beginning at the beginning; and ending at the end.It is, no doubt, possible to write a story in that way: and, if it be not vanity to say so, I believe that I could, myself,--if I were in the unfortunate position (for I do hold it to be a real misfortune) of being obliged to produce a given amount of fiction in a given time,--that I could 'fulfil my task,' and produce my 'tale of bricks,' as other slaves have done. One thing, at any rate, I could guarantee as to the story so produced--that it should be utterly commonplace, should contain no new ideas whatever, and should be very very weary reading!This species of literature has received the very appropriate name of 'padding' which might fitly be defined as 'that which all can write and none can read.' That the present volume contains no such writing I dare not avow: sometimes, in order to bring a picture into its proper place, it has been necessary to eke out a page with two or three extra lines : but I can honestly say I have put in no more than I was absolutely compelled to do.My readers may perhaps like to amuse themselves by trying to detect, in a given passage, the one piece of 'padding' it contains. While arranging the 'slips' into pages, I found that the passage was 3 lines too short. I supplied the deficiency, not by interpolating a word here and a word there, but by writing in 3 consecutive lines. Now can my readers guess which they are?A harder puzzle if a harder be desired would be to determine, as to the Gardener's Song, in which cases (if any) the stanza was adapted to the surrounding text, and in which (if any) the text was adapted to the stanza.Perhaps the hardest thing in all literature--at least I have found it so: by no voluntary effort can I accomplish it: I have to take it as it come's is to write anything original. And perhaps the easiest is, when once an original line has been struck out, to follow it up, and to write any amount more to the same tune. I do not know if 'Alice in Wonderland' was an original story--I was, at least, no conscious imitator in writing it--but I do know that, since it came out, something like a dozen storybooks have appeared, on identically the same pattern. The path I timidly explored believing myself to be 'the first that ever burst into that silent sea'--is now a beaten high-road: all the way-side flowers have long ago been trampled into the dust: and it would be courting disaster for me to attempt that style again.Hence it is that, in 'Sylvie and Bruno,' I have striven with I know not what success to strike out yet another new path: be it bad or good, it is the best I can do. It is written, not for money, and not for fame, but in the hope of supplying, for the children whom I love, some thoughts that may suit those hours of innocent merriment which are the very life of Childhood; and also in the hope of suggesting, to them and to others, some thoughts that may prove, I would fain hope, not wholly out of harmony with the graver cadences of Life.If I have not already exhausted the patience of my readers, I would like to seize this opportunity perhaps the last I shall have of addressing so many friends at once of putting on record some ideas that have occurred to me, as to books desirable to be written--which I should much like to attempt, but may not ever have the time or power to carry through--in the hope that, if I should fail (and the years are gliding away very fast) to finish the task I have set myself, other hands may take it up.First, a Child's Bible. The only real essentials of this would be, carefully selected passages, suitable for a child's reading, and pictures. One principle of selection, which I would adopt, would be that Religion should be put before a child as a revelation of love--no need to pain and puzzle the young mind with the history of crime and punishment. (On such a principle I should, for example, omit the history of the Flood.) The supplying of the pictures would involve no great difficulty: no new ones would be needed : hundreds of excellent pictures already exist, the copyright of which has long ago expired, and which simply need photo-zincography, or some similar process, for their successful reproduction. The book should be handy in size with a pretty attractive looking cover--in a clear legible type--and, above all, with abundance of pictures, pictures, pictures!Secondly, a book of pieces selected from the Bible--not single texts, but passages of from 10 to 20 verses each--to be committed to memory. Such passages would be found useful, to repeat to one's self and to ponder over, on many occasions when reading is difficult, if not impossible: for instance, when lying awake at night--on a railway-journey --when taking a solitary walk-in old age, when eyesight is failing or wholly lost--and, best of all, when illness, while incapacitating us for reading or any other occupation, condemns us to lie awake through many weary silent hours: at such a time how keenly one may realise the truth of David's rapturous cry "O how sweet are thy words unto my throat: yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!"I have said 'passages,' rather than single texts, because we have no means of recalling single texts: memory needs links, and here are none: one may have a hundred texts stored in the memory, and not be able to recall, at will, more than half-a-dozen--and those by mere chance: whereas, once get hold of any portion of a chapter that has been committed to memory, and the whole can be recovered: all hangs together.Thirdly, a collection of passages, both prose and verse, from books other than the Bible. There is not perhaps much, in what is called 'un-inspired' literature (a misnomer, I hold: if Shakespeare was not inspired, one may well doubt if any man ever was), that will bear the process of being pondered over, a hundred times: still there are such passages--enough, I think, to make a goodly store for the memory.These two books of sacred, and secular, passages for memory--will serve other good purposes besides merely occupying vacant hours: they will help to keep at bay many anxious thoughts, worrying thoughts, uncharitable thoughts, unholy thoughts. Let me say this, in better words than my own, by copying a passage from that most interesting book, Robertson's Lectures on the Epistles to the Corinthians, Lecture XLIX. "If a man finds himself haunted by evil desires and unholy images, which will generally be at periodical hours, let him commit to memory passages of Scripture, or passages from the best writers in verse or prose. Let him store his mind with these, as safeguards to repeat when he lies awake in some restless night, or when despairing imaginations, or gloomy, suicidal thoughts, beset him. Let these be to him the sword, turning everywhere to keep the way of the Garden of Life from the intrusion of profaner footsteps."Fourthly, a "Shakespeare" for girls: that is, an edition in which everything, not suitable for the perusal of girls of (say) from 10 to 17, should be omitted. Few children under 10 would be likely to understand or enjoy the greatest of poets: and those, who have passed out of girlhood, may safely be left to read Shakespeare, in any edition, 'expurgated' or not, that they may prefer: but it seems a pity that so many children, in the intermediate stage, should be debarred from a great pleasure for want of an edition suitable to them. Neither Bowdler's, Chambers's, Brandram's, nor Cundell's 'Boudoir' Shakespeare, seems to me to meet the want: they are not sufficiently 'expurgated.' Bowdler's is the most extraordinary of all: looking through it, I am filled with a deep sense of wonder, considering what he has left in, that he should have cut anything out! Besides relentlessly erasing all that is unsuitable on the score of reverence or decency, I should be inclined to omit also all that seems too difficult, or not likely to interest young readers. The resulting book might be slightly fragmentary: but it would be a real treasure to all British maidens who have any taste for poetry.If it be needful to apologize to any one for the new departure I have taken in this story--by introducing, along with what will, I hope, prove to be acceptable nonsense for children, some of the graver thoughts of human life--it must be to one who has learned the Art of keeping such thoughts wholly at a distance in hours of mirth and careless ease. To him such a mixture will seem, no doubt, ill-judged and repulsive. And that such an Art exists I do not dispute: with youth, good health, and sufficient money, it seems quite possible to lead, for years together, a life of unmixed gaiety--with the exception of one solemn fact, with which we are liable to be confronted at any moment, even in the midst of the most brilliant company or the most sparkling entertainment. A man may fix his own times for admitting serious thought, for attending public worship, for prayer, for reading the Bible: all such matters he can defer to that 'convenient season', which is so apt never to occur at all: but he cannot defer, for one single moment, the necessity of attending to a message, which may come before he has finished reading this page,' this night shalt thy soul be required of thee.'The ever-present sense of this grim possibility has been, in all ages, 1 an incubus that men have striven to shake off. Few more interesting subjects of enquiry could be found, by a student of history, than the various weapons that have been used against this shadowy foe. Saddest of all must have been the thoughts of those who saw indeed an existence beyond the grave, but an existence far more terrible than annihilation--an existence as filmy, impalpable, all but invisible spectres, drifting about, through endless ages, in a world of shadows, with nothing to do, nothing to hope for, nothing to love! In the midst of the gay verses of that genial 'bon vivant' Horace, there stands one dreary word whose utter sadness goes to one's heart. It is the word 'exilium' in the well-known passageOmnes eodem cogimur, omniumVersatur urna serius ociusSors exitura et nos in aeternumExilium impositura cymbae.Yes, to him this present life--spite of all its weariness and all its sorrow--was the only life worth having: all else was 'exile'! Does it not seem almost incredible that one, holding such a creed, should ever have smiled?And many in this day, I fear, even though believing in an existence beyond the grave far more real than Horace ever dreamed of, yet regard it as a sort of 'exile' from all the joys of life, and so adopt Horace's theory, and say 'let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die.'We go to entertainments, such as the theatre--I say 'we', for I also go to the play, whenever I get a chance of seeing a really good one and keep at arm's length, if possible, the thought that we may not return alive. Yet how do you know--dear friend, whose patience has carried you through this garrulous preface that it may not be your lot, when mirth is fastest and most furious, to feel the sharp pang, or the deadly faintness, which heralds the final crisis--to see, with vague wonder, anxious friends bending over you to hear their troubled whispers perhaps yourself to shape the question, with trembling lips, "Is it serious?", and to be told "Yes: the end is near" (and oh, how different all Life will look when those words are said!)--how do you know, I say, that all this may not happen to you, this night?And dare you, knowing this, say to yourself "Well, perhaps it is an immoral play: perhaps the situations are a little too 'risky', the dialogue a little too strong, the 'business' a little too suggestive.I don't say that conscience is quite easy: but the piece is so clever, I must see it this once! I'll begin a stricter life to-morrow." To-morrow, and to-morrow, and tomorrow!"Who sins in hope, who, sinning, says,'Sorrow for sin God's judgement stays!'Against God's Spirit he lies; quite stops Mercy with insult; dares, and drops,Like a scorch'd fly, that spins in vainUpon the axis of its pain,Then takes its doom, to limp and crawl,Blind and forgot, from fall to fall."Let me pause for a moment to say that I believe this thought, of the possibility of death--if calmly realised, and steadily faced would be one of the best possible tests as to our going to any scene of amusement being right or wrong. If the thought of sudden death acquires, for you, a special horror when imagined as happening in a theatre, then be very sure the theatre is harmful for you, however harmless it may be for others; and that you are incurring a deadly peril in going. Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare to live in any scene in which we dare not die.But, once realise what the true object is in life--that it is not pleasure, not knowledge, not even fame itself, 'that last infirmity of noble minds'--but that it is the development of character, the rising to a higher, nobler, purer standard, the building-up of the perfect Man--and then, so long as we feel that this is going on, and will (we trust) go on for evermore, death has for us no terror; it is not a shadow, but a light; not an end, but a beginning!One other matter may perhaps seem to call for apology--that I should have treated with such entire want of sympathy the British passion for 'Sport', which no doubt has been in by-gone days, and is still, in some forms of it, an excellent school for hardihood and for coolness in moments of danger.But I am not entirely without sympathy for genuine 'Sport': I can heartily admire the courage of the man who, with severe bodily toil, and at the risk of his life, hunts down some 'man-eating' tiger: and I can heartily sympathize with him when he exults in the glorious excitement of the chase and the hand-to-hand struggle with the monster brought to bay. But I can but look with deep wonder and sorrow on the hunter who, at his ease and in safety, can find pleasure in what involves, for some defenceless creature, wild terror and a death of agony: deeper, if the hunter be one who has pledged himself to preach to men the Religion of universal Love: deepest of all, if it be one of those 'tender and delicate' beings, whose very name serves as a symbol of Love--'thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women'--whose mission here is surely to help and comfort all that are in pain or sorrow!'Farewell, farewell! but this I tellTo thee, thou Wedding-Guest!He prayeth well, who loveth wellBoth man and bird and beast.He prayeth best, who loveth bestAll things both great and small;For the dear God who loveth us,He made and loveth all.' ~ Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno ,

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1:go-first-class ~ David J Schwartz,
2:clashed constantly? ~ Irene Hannon,
3:procrastination, ~ George S Clason,
4:The class war is over. ~ Tony Blair,
5:Wear it if it clashes. ~ Henry Beard,
6:class b tooecause ~ Alyssa B Sheinmel,
7:Dinah had all the class. ~ Lorna Luft,
8:I feel classy as fuck. ~ Suzanne Young,
9:Class is classlessness. ~ James Merrill,
10:I've got more class than most. ~ Dr Dre,
11:Yeah, I cut class...I got a D. ~ Mike G,
12:Youth has become a class. ~ Roger Vadim,
13:A first-class storyteller ~ Rachel Caine,
14:Class envy is dangerous. ~ Jack Abramoff,
15:I'm a classical Christian. ~ Bill Bright,
16:The missing class gerbils. ~ Mary Burton,
17:including their classification, ~ Collins,
18:I was born out of classical music. ~ Mika,
19:Truth is always simple. ~ George S Clason,
20:classical Hohmann orbit— ~ Arthur C Clarke,
21:Class is material consumed. ~ John Trudell,
22:I played classical as a kid. ~ John Legend,
23:I took tap classes growing up. ~ Jon M Chu,
24:A Compiled Clash of Clans Guide ~ Anonymous,
25:masses follow the classes. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
26:Every class is unfit to govern. ~ Lord Acton,
27:HAMPTON HILLS CLASSES ~ Rachel Ren e Russell,
28:I'm a working class lad. ~ Rob James Collier,
29:I'm painfully middle class. ~ Valerie Harper,
30:I really wasn't a class clown. ~ Kevin James,
31:Love is a clash of lightnings ~ Pablo Neruda,
32:Mr. Briggs’s chemistry class ~ Jessica Brody,
33:Be classy. Anything but trashy. ~ Coco Chanel,
34:Freedom for the working class! ~ Mother Jones,
35:Culture clash is terrific drama. ~ Ken Follett,
36:Marriage is the classic betrayal ~ Joan Didion,
37:the clasp of the gold chain ~ Ernest Hemingway,
38:The mass media are class media. ~ Michael Pare,
39:Be classy, not flashy. - Kailin Gow ~ Kailin Gow,
40:Bow, bow, ye lower middle classes! ~ W S Gilbert,
41:I'm a huge fan of classic sci-fi. ~ Grant Bowler,
42:It's fucking hard to be classy ~ Janet Evanovich,
43:I was at the foot of my class. ~ Thomas A Edison,
44:Parineeta is a classic love story. ~ Sanjay Dutt,
45:Race makes class hurt more. ~ Michael Eric Dyson,
46:working-class people to afford. ~ Michelle Obama,
47:Works (Golden Deer Classics) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
48:Always be classy. Never be crazy. ~ Greg Behrendt,
49:I am a classic 'Star Trek' fanatic. ~ Rachel Cohn,
50:I love the classroom. ~ Stephanie Herseth Sandlin,
51:No dark sarcasm, in the classroom. ~ Roger Waters,
52:Robots are the new middle class. ~ James Altucher,
53:The Ruling Class by Peter Barnes. ~ Andrew Klavan,
54:through his veins like class-five ~ Melinda Leigh,
55:Classes? Classes are for asses. ~ Charles Bukowski,
56:classic bit of understated Paterno ~ Joe Posnanski,
57:I'm a warrior for the middle class. ~ Barack Obama,
58:The perfect classroom is Paris. ~ Letitia Baldrige,
60:Women are still second-class citizens. ~ Joan Jett,
61:Ah! What avails the classic bent ~ Rudyard Kipling,
62:Full classrooms, but uncertain outcomes ~ Anonymous,
63:Hunger justifies the middle classes. ~ Julien Torma,
64:I read my porn, like a classy person. ~ Lila Monroe,
65:Four personalities are bound to clash. ~ John Deacon,
66:I class myself as a manual laborer. ~ Theodore White,
67:Law and the Classes of Society, Judge ~ Stephen King,
68:No doubt the clash between Islam and the ~ Anonymous,
69:O hard, when love and duty clash! ~ Alfred the Great,
70:There's money, and then there's class. ~ Kate Jacobs,
71:This is not class warfare. It’s math. ~ Barack Obama,
72:Comfort came in with the middle classes. ~ Clive Bell,
73:Even geniuses can be A class assholes. ~ Justina Chen,
74:Girls learn sexiness, women teach class. ~ Mac Lethal,
75:I try to be classic without being mumsy. ~ Jane Asher,
76:Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) ~ W Chan Kim,
77:Theology is Classified Superstition. ~ Elbert Hubbard,
78:An antique is anything old with class. ~ John Bartlett,
79:A temperate style is alone classical. ~ Joseph Joubert,
80:A working class hero is something to be. ~ John Lennon,
81:Her eyes are classic novels and poetry. ~ Isaac Marion,
82:I listen mostly to classical music. ~ Alexandra Fuller,
83:My mom pushed me to take drama class. ~ Michael Steger,
84:Work is the curse of the drinking class. ~ Oscar Wilde,
85:always asks how her nursing classes ~ Heather Gudenkauf,
86:A part of all I earn is mine to keep! ~ George S Clason,
87:A part of all I earn is mine to keep. ~ George S Clason,
88:(chaque classe sociale a sa pathologie) ~ Marcel Proust,
89:Every director should take an acting class. ~ Paul Feig,
90:I love listening to classical music. ~ Katharine McPhee,
91:I want to be seen as a classic model. ~ Reeva Steenkamp,
92:to leave the classroom when he ~ Barbara Claypole White,
93:You can pay for school, but you can't buy class ~ Jay Z,
94:A country's middle class is its bedrock. ~ Philip Kotler,
95:A Socrates in every classroom. ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold,
96:I go to an acting class every Sunday. ~ Paz de la Huerta,
97:This case deserves to be a classic. ~ Arthur Conan Doyle,
98:Work is the curse of the drinking classes. ~ Oscar Wilde,
99:You meet a better class of person in pubs. ~ Oliver Reed,
100:every class struggle is a political struggle. ~ Karl Marx,
101:I made a living out of being a class clown ~ Shannon Hoon,
102:Levels are the classic story-ordering device. ~ Anonymous,
103:management classic High Output Management, ~ Ben Horowitz,
104:Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think and Grow Rich, ~ Hal Elrod,
105:SUNY gives you a world-class education. ~ William Baldwin,
106:The classics can console. But not enough. ~ Derek Walcott,
107:This here be my class.-Sheila "One Child ~ Torey L Hayden,
108:To every class we have a school assign'd, ~ George Crabbe,
109:When classes lose cohesion, split them! ~ Robert C Martin,
110:When two people clash, two series collide. ~ Jamie Begley,
111:Alimony is the curse of the writing class. ~ Norman Mailer,
112:Angst is the indulgence of the middle class. ~ Joey W Hill,
114:Congress: America's only true criminal class. ~ Mark Twain,
115:Hay ... tantas clases de amor como corazones ~ Leo Tolstoy,
116:I make films about working class people. ~ Taylor Hackford,
117:Only 10 percent were middle class. The ~ Tom Butler Bowdon,
118:We classify too much and enjoy too little. ~ Kakuz Okakura,
119:America’s middle class was under attack. ~ Elizabeth Warren,
120:Donde hay educación no hay distinción de clases ~ Confucius,
121:Don’t you hate when class messes with college? ~ Drew Hayes,
122:Everyone has class, one class or another. ~ Francesca Annis,
123:grievances of the lowest classes mingled with ~ Howard Zinn,
124:I believe the middle class game is dead. ~ Cliff Bleszinski,
125:I owe my allegiance to the working class. ~ Seamus Costello,
126:Let students use technologies in the classroom. ~ Weili Dai,
127:What you call a infinite brawl, eternal souls clashin ~ Nas,
128:WHERE CHAOS BEGINS, classical science stops. ~ James Gleick,
129:you put yourself in the important class. ~ David J Schwartz,
130:Art class was my thing, but not any other class. ~ Dan Colen,
131:As for time, all men have it in abundance. ~ George S Clason,
132:Classical slap-stick rappers need Chapstick. ~ Daniel Dumile,
133:everything is a “first class” object in Python — ~ Mark Lutz,
134:God doesn't want his people to go second-class. ~ Jim Bakker,
135:I love cars, I have two classic cars of my own. ~ Aaron Paul,
136:Not everybody has things that become classics. ~ Gary Wright,
137:On day after class he asked me to wait behind. ~ Steve Toltz,
138:Partisan politics has no place in the classroom. ~ Juan Cole,
139:The classy gangster is a Hollywood invention. ~ Orson Welles,
140:Treat each class as if it were your first. ~ Suzanne Farrell,
141:You know, learning doesn't end in the classroom. ~ E C Myers,
142:A drunkard clasp his teeth and not undo 'em, ~ Cyril Tourneur,
144:Dreamers are to be classified as weapons. ~ Maggie Stiefvater,
145:I actually studied Indian classical vocal music. ~ Jill Stein,
146:In his classic book Only the Paranoid Survive, ~ Ben Horowitz,
147:It was cliche, he knew, but he meant it classic. ~ S E Hinton,
148:Laws and machines are shaped to fit the classes. ~ Rod McKuen,
149:Middle class jobs prevent crime and violence. ~ Michael Moore,
150:Normally for work I will fly business class. ~ David Harewood,
151:Obliqueness is the curse of the reading class. ~ Stephen King,
152:Our acts can be no wiser than our thoughts. ~ George S Clason,
153:Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. ~ John F Kerry,
154:Sight is subjective. We learned that in class. ~ Taiye Selasi,
155:teacher’s class in his all-boys’ high school ~ John Lescroart,
156:The poor and middle class work for money, ~ Robert T Kiyosaki,
157:The taxpayer is the new permanent underclass. ~ Andrew Wilkow,
158:We clasp the hands of those who go before us. ~ Wendell Berry,
159:You’ve got the makings of a first-class dwarf! ~ Markus Heitz,
160:Afternoon classes - that evil invention! ~ John Gresham Machen,
161:Cigarettes are a classy way to commit suiside. ~ Kurt Vonnegut,
162:He clasps the crag with crooked hands; ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson,
163:I'll take Classic 69 and semen-swapping for $300 ~ Damon Suede,
164:mix-in classes are the class equivalent of modules ~ Mark Lutz,
165:My name is Jayden Van Rijn, sergeant second class. ~ Dan Wells,
166:Neurosis is just a high-class word for whining. ~ Albert Ellis,
167:Ooh, the staring at threads class. My favorite. ~ Frank Beddor,
168:The day I went into physics class it was death. ~ Sylvia Plath,
169:Violence is like Coca-Cola and the Bible. A classic. ~ Jo Nesb,
170:was cheaper in the long run to go first class. ~ W E B Griffin,
171:Wealth, like a tree, grows from a tiny seed. ~ George S Clason,
172:A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. ~ Coco Chanel,
173:Every woman is after a kind of classy image. ~ Evangeline Lilly,
174:Gas tax holiday is a classic Washington gimmick. ~ Barack Obama,
175:He likes to flirt with all the boys in the class. ~ Frank Zappa,
176:I am classified as an idol in Hong Kong and in Asia. ~ Andy Lau,
177:I usually listen to classic rock and roll. ~ Caleb Landry Jones,
178:Let the ideas clash, let the swords sleep! ~ Mehmet Murat ildan,
179:Of course, in the art class, I was the model. ~ Suzanne Farrell,
180:She used to be a teacher but she has no class now. ~ Fred Allen,
181:The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom. ~ Lady Bird Johnson,
182:The middle class in America has been devastated. ~ Donald Trump,
183:The people are fed up with the political class. ~ Carly Fiorina,
184:There is no alternative to class struggle. ~ Vyacheslav Molotov,
185:They classify my motivational speeches as rants... ~ Kanye West,
186:Wealth that comes quickly goeth the same way. ~ George S Clason,
187:a classic children’s book from Catherynne Valente. ~ John Scalzi,
188:A lean purse is easier to cure than to endure. ~ George S Clason,
189:Britain's is traditionally a rigid class society. ~ Robert Reich,
190:Class supremacy can rest only on class degradation ~ Jack London,
191:Democrats don't relate to middle-class people. ~ Charles Schumer,
192:Don't be defeatist, dear, it's very middle class. ~ Maggie Smith,
193:I am, as they say, the classic starving artist. ~ Cheryl Strayed,
194:I'm a working-class person, working with class. ~ Karl Lagerfeld,
195:in the class that Jamison and I attend is peppy ~ Lauren Blakely,
196:I really was more sexual than my classmates. ~ Emily Ratajkowski,
197:I think I am the greatest fighter in any class. ~ Conor McGregor,
198:I was like I was in science class: I was curious. ~ Alice Sebold,
199:Keep it classy, never trashy, just a lil nasty. ~ Marilyn Monroe,
200:Oh, the Germans classify, but the French arrange. ~ Willa Cather,
201:own company, reading a classic British novel, curled ~ E L James,
202:The least of learning is done in the classrooms. ~ Thomas Merton,
203:There are Plebes in all classes. ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel,
204:The Titans were gone. They had clashed their last. ~ Jane Gardam,
205:The working class is revolutionary or it is nothing. ~ Karl Marx,
206:Todo lo que sabe un hombre puede ser enseñado. ~ George S Clason,
207:Wealth that comes quickly, goeth the same way. ~ George S Clason,
208:We don't have a lot of class-conscious filmmaking. ~ Roger Ebert,
209:You're looking at a middle-class guy. I am who I am. ~ Joe Biden,
210:Art is rarely intelligible to the criminal classes. ~ Oscar Wilde,
211:For each ten coins I put in, to spend but nine. ~ George S Clason,
212:I absolutely love Oscar. So classic. So timeless. ~ Nicole Richie,
213:I grew up sort of middle class, safe and suburban. ~ Colum McCann,
214:I'm going to have classical piano lessons next. ~ Colin Greenwood,
215:I'm telling you, it's fu**ing hard to be classy ~ Janet Evanovich,
216:I strongly support tax relief for the middle class. ~ Rick Larsen,
217:I was made for the library, not the classroom. ~ Ta Nehisi Coates,
218:Jazz will be the classical music of the future. ~ Dizzy Gillespie,
219:the middle child’s classic tendency to withdraw. ~ Megan Marshall,
220:Truth emerges from the clash of adverse ideas. ~ John Stuart Mill,
221:Um" he said. "You mean, like in *chemistry class?* ~ Andrew Smith,
222:Yo creo que sólo hay una clase de personas. Personas ~ Harper Lee,
223:A student of life considers the world a classroom. ~ Harvey Mackay,
224:A versatile Bohemianism had rendered him classless. ~ Iris Murdoch,
225:'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read. ~ Mark Twain,
226:Electroclash is good because it's stayed underground. ~ Chris Lowe,
227:In teaching there should be no distinction of classes. ~ Confucius,
228:I want to be stereotyped. I want to be classified. ~ Milo Aukerman,
229:like a kid kicked out of class. humiliated and free. ~ Janet Fitch,
230:Many of the members of the class had never held ice. ~ Dave Eggers,
231:Michael Cusumano, taking a break from classes at MIT’s ~ Anonymous,
232:M. Scott Peck’s classic book People of the Lie. ~ Charles J Chaput,
233:No use going to class unless you go to the library. ~ Ray Bradbury,
234:The classified cat watches from the kitchen window. ~ John le Carr,
235:To be made invisible as a class is an invalidation. ~ Sarah Smarsh,
236:Where the Determination is, the Way Can Be Found ~ George S Clason,
237:A classic is something with a human situation. ~ Patricia Highsmith,
238:All great men come out of the middle classes. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
239:Being an asshole? Or quoting classic literature? ~ Julie Ann Walker,
240:′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read. ~ Mark Twain,
241:Classics are books everyone knows but no has read. ~ G K Chesterton,
242:I don't believe in balance, not in the classic way. ~ Marissa Mayer,
243:I grew up playing classical piano and percussion. ~ Janina Gavankar,
244:I'm a proud product of the American middle class. ~ Hillary Clinton,
245:I’m sorry. The KGB did not have classes in cracker. ~ Larry Correia,
246:I play piano and trumpet. I studied classical guitar. ~ Mike Figgis,
247:I was encouraged to read aloud in class and vocalize. ~ Bob Edwards,
248:Men of action are favored by the Goddess of luck. ~ George S Clason,
249:monomachy? Impossible. I'm not of the contending class ~ Gene Wolfe,
250:My mom put me in dance classes when I was 5 years old. ~ Danny Pudi,
251:North America Industry Classification Standard (NAICS) ~ W Chan Kim,
252:Schools should be integrated by race and by class. ~ Nikki Giovanni,
253:Scotland consistently produces world-class writers. ~ Sara Sheridan,
254:There is only one class of men, the privileged class ~ Albert Camus,
255:They had money, but don’t you go talking about class. ~ Kate Morton,
256:Where the determination is, the way can be found. ~ George S Clason,
257:you stupid, selfish, philandering coach-class jackass. ~ Kate Klise,
258:A family is classified as loyal, wavering or hostile, ~ Hyeonseo Lee,
259:And I've been taking acting classes since I was 7. ~ Elizabeth Olsen,
260:Before there were unions, there was no middle class. ~ Michael Moore,
261:Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class. ~ Al Capone,
262:class was like watered down porn today. Vee said ~ Becca Fitzpatrick,
263:Good luck can be enticed by accepting opportunity. ~ George S Clason,
264:He's a werewolf! That's why he's been missing classes! ~ J K Rowling,
265:I always treat all the jobs I do as an acting class. ~ Kyle Chandler,
266:I came from a real working-class show business family. ~ Sally Field,
267:I fit into the quirky, character class type of actor. ~ Debra Wilson,
268:I invited myself. Thought this table needed some class. ~ Libba Bray,
269:I love Audrey Hepburn. I thought she was very classy. ~ Emily Osment,
270:I'm tired of being treated like a second-class citizen. ~ Rosa Parks,
271:I translated Beatles songs for my English class. ~ Christian Lacroix,
272:I walked out of class one day and I never went back ~ Burt Lancaster,
273:I wish they taught green screen acting classes. ~ Hayden Christensen,
274:Nothing worth knowing can ever be taught in a classroom. ~ Chip Kidd,
275:Romance classically has tragic underpinnings to it. ~ Ronald D Moore,
276:Taste classifies, and it classifies the classifier ~ Pierre Bourdieu,
277:The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes. ~ Henry Ward Beecher,
278:There is only one class of men, the privileged class. ~ Albert Camus,
279:the very bad men come from the class of those who have power ~ Plato,
280:Word 'Classy' is not for commons. Try to be classy! ~ Anamika Mishra,
281:Andreotti had style and class; Berlusconi does not ~ Paolo Sorrentino,
282:Angst is for the Middle Class" - Marcus in Rough Canvas ~ Joey W Hill,
283:Can peace be gained until I clasp my wombat? ~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
284:Classless society is the dream of people with no class. ~ Robert Zend,
285:Class was like watered down porn today." Vee said ~ Becca Fitzpatrick,
286:Government can only reign over a classes-divided society. ~ Toba Beta,
287:I also like Western classical music and jazz. ~ Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan,
288:I knew Elmo should represent love. Kissing and hugging. ~ Kevin Clash,
289:I'm a teacher still, but with a much larger classroom. ~ Rick Riordan,
290:In my writing classes, I don't outlaw any genre writing. ~ Leni Zumas,
291:I trained as a classical guitarist but that was it. ~ Colin Greenwood,
292:Morgan Freeman is so class. He's so cool. He's so scary. ~ Jim Carrey,
293:My mum and I do cardio kickboxing classes together. ~ Vanessa Hudgens,
294:The state is the executive committee of the ruling class. ~ Karl Marx,
295:You can be a warrior and be full of grace and class. ~ Drew Barrymore,
296:380 knots was a bit optimistic for a nuclear class ~ Michael C Grumley,
297:«Ama a quien quieras pero cásate con los de tu clase» era ~ Harper Lee,
298:Anyone who wears jeans and slip-on shoes is a class enemy. ~ Maxim Leo,
299:A portrait of the führer glowers over every classroom. ~ Anthony Doerr,
300:Books may be classed from the Faculties of the mind ~ Thomas Jefferson,
301:Class is a stronger social adhesive than nationality. ~ Elly Griffiths,
302:Confuse not the necessary expenses with thy desires. ~ George S Clason,
303:Connection" was the cement of the governing class. ~ Barbara W Tuchman,
304:I come from a working-class background in Queens, New York. ~ Amy Ryan,
305:If you talking 'bout classics, do my name get brought up? ~ Kanye West,
306:I loved school. I studied like crazy. I was a Class A nerd. ~ Maya Lin,
307:In gay culture hookups are a way of escaping your class. ~ Hank Azaria,
308:I think there should be holy war against yoga classes. ~ Werner Herzog,
309:I took classical piano lessons from the age of five. ~ Eddie Van Halen,
310:I travel third-class because there is no fouth-class. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
311:It was like a class project in the structure of reality. ~ Don DeLillo,
312:Sport must be accessible to working class youth. ~ Pierre de Coubertin,
313:The classes that wash most are those that work least. ~ G K Chesterton,
314:Their gazes met, clashed, those gorgeous blues begging. ~ Avril Ashton,
315:Vulnerability is the curse of the thinking classes. ~ John D MacDonald,
316:War cannot be abolished unless classes are abolished. ~ Vladimir Lenin,
317:You're a classic case of oppositional defiant disorder. ~ Angie Thomas,
318:Don't classify me, read me. I'm a writer, not a genre. ~ Carlos Fuentes,
319:Don't ruin it by saying something. Now. Go to class. ~ Rachel Van Dyken,
320:Home is a child's first and most important classroom. ~ Hillary Clinton,
321:If you belong to the underclass, you are already guilty. ~ Mason Cooley,
322:I like hard rock, and classic rock, and even metal. ~ Frances McDormand,
323:I love classical music. It has left a major mark on my playing. ~ Slash,
324:I'm really a classicist at heart - with a bit of madness! ~ Phillip Lim,
325:In the strength of thine on desires is a magic power. ~ George S Clason,
326:I tend to listen to the classical composers: Rachmaninov, Satie. ~ Enya,
327:Just don't take any class where you have to read BEOWULF. ~ Woody Allen,
329:The most important emotion in classrooms is surprise. ~ Andy Hargreaves,
330:Will make Delhi a corruption-free , world class city. ~ Arvind Kejriwal,
331:a la prepotencia del macho se sumaba el abuso de clase. ~ Isabel Allende,
332:All classicism presupposes a romanticism that went before. ~ Paul Val ry,
333:But that was war. Where ignorant armies clash by night. ~ Marius Gabriel,
334:Classifying and judging people promotes violence. ~ Marshall B Rosenberg,
335:Everything I've ever worked on has been hard to classify. ~ Drew Goddard,
336:her book. Ngaio Marsh. Myrna was re-reading the classics. ~ Louise Penny,
337:I dropped out of school and I never took acting classes. ~ Alice Englert,
338:I enjoy all forms of music - pop, classical and opera. ~ Stephen Hawking,
339:In the U.K., there is a sort of obsession with class. ~ Laura Carmichael,
340:I try to get in one, one-hour spinning class per week. ~ Robert Herjavec,
341:Life is a classroom and boredom is the monitor. ~ Louis Ferdinand C line,
342:[Los Angeles] the world's biggest third-class city... ~ John D MacDonald,
343:Men of Action are Favored by the goddess of Good Luck. ~ George S Clason,
344:Race and class are the easiest divisions. It's very stupid ~ Lynda Barry,
345:The best anti-poverty program is a world-class education. ~ Barack Obama,
346:The least of the work of learning is done in classrooms. ~ Thomas Merton,
347:[There] is no class so dangerous as the idle educated. ~ Anthony Daniels,
348:was generally agreed that Mildred had managed a déclassé ~ Susan Howatch,
349:Wealth is power. With wealth many things are possible. ~ George S Clason,
350:we wail, batten, sport, clip, clasp, sunder, dwindle, die: ~ James Joyce,
351:Action will lead you forward to the success you desire. ~ George S Clason,
352:Alcohol decimated the working class and so many people. ~ Martin Scorsese,
353:Antireligious bigotry is not confined to the classroom. ~ Ralph E Reed Jr,
354:Anybody can be a rapper, but not anybody can be a classical artist. ~ Nas,
355:Big government doesn't help the middle class, it buries it. ~ Marco Rubio,
356:Even world class performers can benefit from walk breaks. ~ Jeff Galloway,
357:Everything we do is music." (Classical Composer)(From: 4'33") ~ John Cage,
358:he was coming while in the elementary school classroom, ~ Haruki Murakami,
359:I like a lot of old-school R&B, soul, and classic rock. ~ Wiz Khalifa,
360:I love gentle, gorgeous classical music such as Mozart. ~ Felicity Kendal,
361:I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith. ~ Denzel Washington,
362:It costs nothing to ask wise advice from a good friend. ~ George S Clason,
363:I've never been a classic Gaulist! Not a Gaulist at all. ~ Helmut Schmidt,
364:I was dyslexic, so I was put in the silly class at school. ~ David Bailey,
365:No one ever stops being a student in the classroom of life ~ Chris Colfer,
366:No one ever stops being a student in the classroom of live ~ Chris Colfer,
367:The best men in all ages keep classic traditions alive ~ George Santayana,
368:The mile has a classic symmetry....It's a play in four acts. ~ John Landy,
369:The working class must control the factories and the country ~ Alan Woods,
370:Abstraction and luxury are the guard dogs of the upper class. ~ Jeff Koons,
371:A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again. ~ W E B Du Bois,
372:But of all footmen the lowest class is literary footmen. ~ William Hazlitt,
373:Can anything be more boring than an upper-class Englishman? ~ Alice Walker,
374:Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz. ~ Unknown,
375:Head of Disney Studios, clashed with Eisner and resigned ~ Walter Isaacson,
376:If ever a player was out of his class that night it was me. ~ Eamon Dunphy,
377:I like to listen to classical music... I like mainline jazz. ~ Herb Alpert,
378:I'm far too middle-class to morally object to a paying job. ~ Greta Gerwig,
379:I might have skipped class, but I didn't miss any lessons. ~ Michael J Fox,
380:In England, Rooney is a world-class footballer in the world. ~ Paul Merson,
381:I started taking gymnastic classes when I was 3 years old. ~ Shawn Johnson,
382:like all of her, wrong sex, wrong class, wrong attitude... ~ Melissa Scott,
383:Okay, this bitch had style and class but she was whacked. ~ Kristen Ashley,
384:Our leadership class's real accomplishment is résumé padding. ~ Mark Steyn,
385:Second class travel is better than third class walking. ~ Stephen Richards,
386:The Beatles are a classical group because they're classic. ~ Nigel Kennedy,
387:The best men in all ages keep classic traditions alive. ~ George Santayana,
388:The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist. ~ Guy Debord,
389:The scab is a traitor to his God, his mother, and his class. ~ Jack London,
390:Well, I have chlamydia. Thanks for this, Mom. Good class. ~ Liam Hemsworth,
391:We need to build computers for the masses, not the classes. ~ Jack Tramiel,
392:A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. ~ Heather Vogel Frederick,
393:An Englishmans way of speaking absolutely classifies him. ~ Alan Jay Lerner,
394:Class, she reminded herself, was the real marker in America. ~ Paul Russell,
395:Emmett and I met at a tantric sex education class a year ago, ~ Mary Calmes,
396:I enjoy classics, but classics are classics for a reason. ~ Gugu Mbatha Raw,
397:I hate being predictable.” “I believe they call that classy. ~ Ariel Lawhon,
398:In blues, classical and jazz, you get more revered with age. ~ Bonnie Raitt,
399:I was interested in both Western and Indian classical music. ~ Satyajit Ray,
400:Judges, like the criminal classes, have their lighter moments ~ Oscar Wilde,
401:Life is classified. There is always so much that goes unsaid. ~ Ally Carter,
402:No iconoclast can possibly escape the severest criticism. ~ Clarence Darrow,
403:Olaf Stapledon’s classic work of science fiction, Star Maker: ~ Michio Kaku,
404:Punctuation is no more a class issue than the air we breathe. ~ Lynne Truss,
405:The classes of problems which are respectively known and not ~ Jack Edmonds,
406:(“A classic is a book that remains in print”—Mark Van Doren) ~ Thomas Merton,
407:Art is a weapon in the struggle of ideas, the class struggle. ~ Amiri Baraka,
408:Classicism is health, romanticisim is sickness. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
409:I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half. ~ Jay Gould,
410:I love Adele and Lykke Li. I also listen to classical music as well. ~ Birdy,
411:I love making observations. That one is a classic example. ~ Stephen Colbert,
412:I may be middle class, but I'm hard. 'Al dente', you could say. ~ Jimmy Carr,
413:I need to go to my yoga class - I love hot yoga! ~ Kimberly Williams Paisley,
414:I never did go back to acting class. I was too busy working. ~ Kirstie Alley,
415:I think we've got outstanding teaching in Michigan classrooms. ~ John Engler,
416:I was... the loser of my class. I had absolutely no friends. ~ Neve Campbell,
417:La clase de hombre que, tirando una piedra al suelo, fallaría. ~ Idries Shah,
418:Most goat-related military activity is still highly classified. ~ Jon Ronson,
419:My influences are with Irish music, church music and classical music. ~ Enya,
420:My sympathies have always been for working-class people. ~ Christa McAuliffe,
421:Never fear being vulgar, just boring, middle class or dull. ~ Diana Vreeland,
422:Science is the systematic classification of experience. ~ George Henry Lewes,
423:The classes that wash most are those that work least. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton,
424:The commercial work of today is the classics of tomorrow. ~ Orson Scott Card,
425:The internet is just a world passing notes around a classroom. ~ Jon Stewart,
426:We are more apt to change our minds when right than wrong. ~ George S Clason,
427:When I was really young, my mom enrolled me in dance classes. ~ Jeff Bridges,
428:Without wisdom, gold is quickly lost by those who have it. ~ George S Clason,
429:You can’t kill me today,” she called back. “I’m late for class. ~ V E Schwab,
430:you can't know the meaning of the lesson until class is over! ~ Pearl Cleage,
431:A "classic" is a book that everybody praises but nobody has read ~ Mark Twain,
432:Ah, the 'I told you so'", Jace said. "Always a classy move. ~ Cassandra Clare,
433:Curt Flood, of course, was in a class by himself, a true hero. ~ W P Kinsella,
434:Each new user of a new system uncovers a new class of bugs. ~ Brian Kernighan,
435:Emoticons as a new class of oversignifying precision grammar. ~ Steven Kotler,
436:I'm living my dream job! My dream job is to be in the classroom. ~ Jenna Bush,
437:I take classified materials very seriously and always have. ~ Hillary Clinton,
438:It takes a certain amount of guts to go to your class reunions. ~ Dick Cavett,
439:La mejor clase de amor es el que no se supone que deba pasar. ~ Tarryn Fisher,
440:Luce recognized her from European history class. Amy Something. ~ Lauren Kate,
441:My parents were determined to move into the middle class. ~ Martin Lewis Perl,
442:Speak up without self-judgment in your next meeting or class. ~ Valerie Young,
443:The school had a big problem with drugs... especially Class A. ~ Milton Jones,
444:The world is divided into two classes - invalids and nurses. ~ James Whistler,
445:This was not an Indiana Jones classic holovid; it was real life. ~ Karen Lord,
446:Truths may clash without contradicting each other. ~ Antoine de Saint Exupery,
447:Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future. ~ Ayn Rand,
448:With classical ballet you are literally injuring yourself. ~ Marina Abramovic,
449:Women in Jesus' day were less than second-class citizens. ~ Madeleine L Engle,
450:You got style, you got class, you got the lips to kiss my ass. ~ Stephen King,
451:Blaming the middle-class for problems created by the upper-class ~ Citizen One,
452:Classical art stands for form; romantic art for content. ~ Robin G Collingwood,
453:Classisch ist das Gesunde, romantisch das Kranke. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
454:Do not mistake a crowd of big wage earners for the leisure class. ~ Clive Bell,
455:got involved in class-action suits that went on for years. He ~ Danielle Steel,
456:Hay dos clases de valentía: la del valiente y la del cobarde ~ Arthur Koestler,
457:High interest rates focus on the revenue of a parasitic class. ~ Linda McQuaig,
458:Home is a child's first and most important classroom. ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton,
459:I did get a degree in theater and took some voice-over classes. ~ Grey DeLisle,
460:I love many kinds of music: world music, jazz, classical, pop. ~ Anita Diament,
461:I started performing at school and drama classes when I was 7. ~ Delta Goodrem,
462:I've done classical theaters. I played Hamlet myself and Romeo. ~ Damian Lewis,
463:I've got to be high class... Which is sad, because I like bars. ~ Daniel Craig,
464:I was classically trained in operetta from about age 4, I think. ~ Clare Bowen,
465:I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement. ~ Elia Kazan,
466:Men as a class appear to be "at risk," maybe even at high risk. ~ Richard Rohr,
467:Moral excellence has no regard to classes and professions. ~ Harriet Martineau,
468:My heart's in really great shape thanks to spinning classes. ~ Christine Lahti,
469:My son has been a class clown and it sort of ran in the family. ~ Robert Klein,
470:No disputes, no quarrels—the sweetness of a life without clashes. ~ The Mother,
471:party politics and religion now substituting for class conflict. ~ Howard Zinn,
472:Pitiless class warfare formed the core of Lenin’s thought—the ~ Stephen Kotkin,
473:Sin may be clasped so close, we cannot see its face. ~ Richard Chenevix Trench,
474:Stanley was pleased that his classmates, who still remembered his ~ Jeff Brown,
475:The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas. ~ Karl Marx,
476:The middle class male thinks he has a monopoly on objectivity. ~ Grayson Perry,
477:There’s a large class of men who can’t endure humor in a woman. ~ Maria Hummel,
478:They put me in the drama class, and that's the path I've taken. ~ Joe Mantegna,
479:Unrivalled not only in its class, but in a class by itself. ~ Gordon R Dickson,
480:You have to know the classics if you want to cook modern food. ~ Tom Colicchio,
481:America is a country that would rather talk about race than class. ~ Bell Hooks,
To be beyond any existing classification has always pleased me. ~ Boyd Rice,
483:Classrooms and educations need to be places of infectious passion ~ Adam Bellow,
484:Every man is himself a class; every hour carries its new challenge. ~ W B Yeats,
485:I didn't take a single business class. I learned on the job. ~ Julie Smolyansky,
486:I don't usually fly in first class, but I fart in first class. ~ Demetri Martin,
487:I have unclasp'd to thee the book even of my secret soul. ~ William Shakespeare,
488:Imitation is flattery, and The Hills Have Eyes is a classic. ~ Michael Berryman,
489:i'm sorry young man but the classes you chose are filled up. ~ Luis J Rodr guez,
490:I’m telling you, it’s fucking hard to be classy,” she said. T ~ Janet Evanovich,
491:I ran for ninth grade class president. Came in a close second. ~ Kristin Lehman,
492:It isn't what you earn but how spend it that fixes your class. ~ Sinclair Lewis,
493:I was just a quiet kid, really. I wasn't the class clown at all. ~ Greg Kinnear,
494:My father was a classical musician and my mother was a writer. ~ John Sebastian,
495:Sem a classe ociosa, a humanidade nunca teria emergido da barbárie. ~ Anonymous,
496:Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes. ~ Oswald Spengler,
497:That’s, like, the ONLY reason I’m not failing her class! ~ Rachel Ren e Russell,
498:The economic owning class is always the political ruling class. ~ Eugene V Debs,
499:The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom. ~ Jon Stewart,
500:The middle class, that prisoner of the barbarian 20th century. ~ Sinclair Lewis,

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


  125 Occultism
   84 Yoga
   47 Philosophy
   33 Kabbalah
   30 Integral Yoga
   14 Christianity
   12 Hinduism
   6 Buddhism
   2 Integral Theory

  155 Sri Aurobindo
  115 Aleister Crowley
   37 Swami Vivekananda
   37 Swami Krishnananda
   29 Aldous Huxley
   21 Sri Ramakrishna
   20 Saint Teresa of Avila
   19 Satprem
   17 The Mother
   14 Friedrich Nietzsche
   14 Carl Jung
   12 Swami Sivananda Saraswati
   12 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   10 Lewis Carroll
   9 Jorge Luis Borges
   6 Thubten Chodron
   6 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   6 Bokar Rinpoche
   5 Patanjali
   2 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   2 Kahlil Gibran
   2 Jorge Luis Borges
   2 Jean Gebser
   2 Italo Calvino
   2 H. P. Lovecraft

  100 Letters On Yoga III
   85 Magick Without Tears
   78 Collected Poems
   75 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   56 The Life Divine
   54 Liber ABA
   49 Savitri
   37 The Study and Practice of Yoga
   34 The Divine Comedy
   32 General Principles of Kabbalah
   32 Essays Divine And Human
   30 Essays On The Gita
   29 The Perennial Philosophy
   28 Words Of The Mother II
   27 Letters On Yoga I
   26 Poetics
   25 Letters On Yoga II
   25 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   24 Words Of Long Ago
   24 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   20 Bhakti-Yoga
   19 The Way of Perfection
   19 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   15 Isha Upanishad
   14 The Secret Of The Veda
   14 The Mother With Letters On The Mother
   14 Aion
   13 Twilight of the Idols
   13 Theosophy
   13 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
   12 Raja-Yoga
   11 The Mothers Agenda
   11 Talks
   11 Kena and Other Upanishads
   11 Dark Night of the Soul
   10 The Problems of Philosophy
   10 The Interior Castle or The Mansions
   10 The Integral Yoga
   10 Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
   10 Amrita Gita
   10 Alice in Wonderland
   10 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah
   9 The Hero with a Thousand Faces
   9 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   8 Words Of The Mother III
   8 The Blue Cliff Records
   8 The Bible
   7 Walden
   7 On Education
   7 Liber Null
   7 Agenda Vol 1
   6 The Secret Doctrine
   6 The Red Book Liber Novus
   6 The Gateless Gate
   6 Tara - The Feminine Divine
   6 How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator
   5 Sefer Yetzirah The Book of Creation In Theory and Practice
   5 Patanjali Yoga Sutras
   4 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
   4 Beating the Cloth Drum Letters of Zen Master Hakuin
   3 The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
   3 The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
   3 The Lotus Sutra
   3 Sex Ecology Spirituality
   2 Thus Spoke Zarathustra
   2 The Prophet
   2 The Ever-Present Origin
   2 The Castle of Crossed Destinies
   2 Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   2 Selected Fictions
   2 Notes On The Way
   2 God Exists
   2 Book of Certitude
   2 Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2E

00.01_-_The_Mother_on_Savitri, #Sweet Mother - Harmonies of Light, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  author class:The Mother
  author:Mona Sarkar
  In truth, the entire form of Savitri has descended "en masse" from the highest region and Sri Aurobindo with His genius only arranged the lines - in a superb and magnificent style. Sometimes entire lines were revealed and He has left them intact; He worked hard, untiringly, so that the inspiration could come from the highest possible summit. And what a work He has created! Yes, it is a true creation in itself. It is an unequalled work. Everything is there, and it is put in such a simple, such a clear form; verses perfectly harmonious, limpid and eternally true. My child, I have read so many things, but I have never come across anything which could be compared with Savitri. I have studied the best works in Greek, Latin, English and of course French literature, also in German and all the great creations of the West and the East, including the great epics; but I repeat it, I have not found anywhere anything comparable with Savitri. All these literary works seems to me empty, flat, hollow, without any deep reality - apart from a few rare exceptions, and these too represent only a small fraction of what Savitri is. What grandeur, what amplitude, what reality: it is something immortal and eternal He has created. I tell you once again there is nothing like in it the whole world. Even if one puts aside the vision of the reality, that is, the essential substance which is the heart of the inspiration, and considers only the lines in themselves, one will find them unique, of the highest classical kind. What He has created is something man cannot imagine. For, everything is there, everything.

0.01_-_Introduction, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.01 - Introduction
  Perhaps this AGENDA is really an endeavor to solve the mystery in the company of a certain
   number of fraternal iconoclasts.

0.01_-_Life_and_Yoga, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.01 - Life and Yoga
  class:The Synthesis Of Yoga

0.02_-_The_Three_Steps_of_Nature, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.02 - The Three Steps of Nature
  class:The Synthesis Of Yoga
  Certainly, the mental life is not a finished evolution of Nature; it is not yet firmly founded in the human animal. The sign is that the fine and full equilibrium of vitality and matter, the sane, robust, long-lived human body is ordinarily found only in races or classes of men who reject the effort of thought, its disturbances, its tensions, or think only with the material mind.
  Moreover the whole trend of modern thought and modern endeavour reveals itself to the observant eye as a large conscious effort of Nature in man to effect a general level of intellectual equipment, capacity and farther possibility by universalising the opportunities which modern civilisation affords for the mental life. Even the preoccupation of the European intellect, the protagonist of this tendency, with material Nature and the externalities of existence is a necessary part of the effort. It seeks to prepare a sufficient basis in man's physical being and vital energies and in his material environment for his full mental possibilities. By the spread of education, by the advance of the backward races, by the elevation of depressed classes, by the multiplication of labour-saving appliances, by the movement
   towards ideal social and economic conditions, by the labour of Science towards an improved health, longevity and sound physique in civilised humanity, the sense and drift of this vast movement translates itself in easily intelligible signs. The right or at least the ultimate means may not always be employed, but their aim is the right preliminary aim, - a sound individual and social body and the satisfaction of the legitimate needs and demands of the material mind, sufficient ease, leisure, equal opportunity, so that the whole of mankind and no longer only the favoured race, class or individual may be free to develop the emotional and intellectual being to its full capacity. At present the material and economic aim may predominate, but always, behind, there works or there waits in reserve the higher and major impulse.
  But what then constitutes this higher or highest existence to which our evolution is tending? In order to answer the question we have to deal with a class of supreme experiences, a class of unusual conceptions which it is difficult to represent accurately in any other language than the ancient Sanskrit tongue in which alone they have been to some extent systematised.

0.02_-_Topographical_Note, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.02 - Topographical Note

0.03_-_1951-1957._Notes_and_Fragments, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.03 - 1951-1957. Notes and Fragments

0.03_-_The_Threefold_Life, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.03 - The Threefold Life
  class:The Synthesis Of Yoga
  He can subordinate this aim, but only to physical Nature's other instincts, the reproduction of the individual and the conservation of the type in the family, class or community. Self, domesticity, the accustomed order of the society and of the nation are the constituents of the material existence. Its immense importance in the economy of Nature is self-evident, and commensurate is the importance of the human type which represents it. He assures her of the safety of the framework she has made and of the orderly continuance and conservation of her past gains.

0.04_-_1951-1954, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.04 - 1951-1954
  ' ... There are other great Personalities of the Divine Mother, but they were more difficult to bring
  8The following text is an extract from a 'Wednesday class,' when every Wednesday Mother would answer questions raised by the disciples and children at the Ashram Playground.

0.04_-_The_Systems_of_Yoga, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.04 - The Systems of Yoga
  class:The Synthesis Of Yoga

0.05_-_1955, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.05 - 1955
  Furthermore, instead of helping me draw nearer to the divine consciousness, my work in the
  Ashram (the very fact of working - for to change work, even if I felt like it, would not change the overall situation), diverts me from this divine consciousness, or at least keeps me in a superficial consciousness from which I am unable to 'unglue' myself as long as I am busy writing letters, doing translations, corrections or classes.16 I know it's my own fault, that I 'should' know how to be detached from my work and do it by relying upon a deeper consciousness, but what can be done?
  Unless I receive the grace, I cannot 'remember' the essential thing as long as the outer part of my being is active.
  Mother, this is not a vital desire seeking to divert me from the sadhana, for my life has no other meaning than to seek the divine, but it seems to be the only solution that could bring about some
  16For a long time, Satprem took care of the correspondence with the outside, along with Pavitra not to mention editing the Ashram Bulletin as well as Mother's writings and talks translating Sri Aurobindo's works Unto French, and conducting classes at the Ashram's 'International Centre of Education.'
  17Every evening at the Playground, the disciples passed before Mother one by one to receive symbolically some food.

0.05_-_The_Synthesis_of_the_Systems, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.05 - The Synthesis of the Systems
  class:The Synthesis Of Yoga

0.06_-_1956, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.06 - 1956
  On March 19 during the translation class the inner voice said:
  'Hold yourself straight' and the body sat up and held itself absolutely straight during the entire class.
  24Note written by Mother in French At this period, Mother's back was already bent. This straightening of her back seems to be the first physiological effect of the 'Supramental Manifestation' of February 29, which is perhaps the reason why Mother noted down the experience under the name 'Agenda of the Supramental Action on Earth.' It was the first time Mother gave a title to what would become this fabulous document of 13 volumes. The experience took place during a 'translation class' when, twice a week, Mother would translate the works of Sri Aurobindo into French before a group of disciples.
  Then I felt that I was beginning to mentalize things. In a way, I was afraid of recording too well what was happening, and I held myself out to you in silence and in love, for it seemed to me that the experience could be an obstacle, a stopping place, whereas one must always go farther. Then it seemed that you were there - I did not see you exactly, but I felt, I felt that you were smiling at me as from behind a veil. The distribution ended all too soon, and then I had a class. But even this morning, a kind of joyous confidence in my heart remains with me, and the need to express my infinite gratitude, my love. I belong to you, Mother, with my body, my life, my mind.
  May 2, 1956
  (Extract from the Wednesday class)
  Sweet Mother, you said, 'The Supramental has come down on earth.' What does this mean, exactly? You also said, 'The things that were promised are fulfilled.' What are these things?
  September 12, 195635
  (During the Wednesday class)
  ... A supramental entity had entirely possessed me.

0.06_-_INTRODUCTION, #Dark Night of the Soul, #Saint John of the Cross, #Christianity
  object:0.06 - INTRODUCTION

0.07_-_1957, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  object:0.07 - 1957
  July 3, 1957
  (Extract from the Wednesday class)
  I have been asked if we are doing a collective yoga and what are the conditions of a collective yoga.
  But that does not mean remembering in a mental way. Those who claim to have been this or that baron in the Middle Ages or such and such a person who lived at such and such a place during such and such a time are fantasizing; they are simply victims of their own mental fancies. For what remains of past lives are not beautiful illustrated classics in which you see yourself as a great lord in a castle or a victorious general at the head of his army - all that is fiction. What remains is the memory of the INSTANTS when the psychic being emerged from the depths of your being and revealed itself to you, or in other words, the memory of those moments when you were fully conscious. The growth of the consciousness is effected progressively through evolution, and the memory of past lives is generally limited to the critical moments of this evolution, to the great, decisive turning points that have marked some progress in your consciousness.

0.07_-_DARK_NIGHT_OF_THE_SOUL, #Dark Night of the Soul, #Saint John of the Cross, #Christianity
  object:0.07 - DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

01.01_-_The_One_Thing_Needful, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:01.01 - The One Thing Needful

01.01_-_The_Symbol_Dawn, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:01.01 - The Symbol Dawn
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga

01.02_-_The_Issue, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:01.02 - The Issue
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga

01.02_-_The_Object_of_the_Integral_Yoga, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:01.02 - The Object of the Integral Yoga

01.03_-_The_Yoga_of_the_King_The_Yoga_of_the_Souls_Release, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:01.03 - The Yoga of the King The Yoga of the Souls Release
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  And knew all thought and word as its own voice.
  There unity is too close for search and clasp
  And love is a yearning of the One for the One,
  The war of thoughts that fathers the universe,
  The clash of forces struggling to prevail
  In the tremendous shock that lights a star

01.03_-_Yoga_and_the_Ordinary_Life, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:01.03 - Yoga and the Ordinary Life

01.04_-_Motives_for_Seeking_the_Divine, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:01.04 - Motives for Seeking the Divine

01.04_-_The_Secret_Knowledge, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:01.04 - The Secret Knowledge
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga

01.05_-_The_Yoga_of_the_King_The_Yoga_of_the_Spirits_Freedom_and_Greatness, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:01.05 - The Yoga of the King The Yoga of the Spirits Freedom and Greatness
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga

02.01_-_Metaphysical_Thought_and_the_Supreme_Truth, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.01 - Metaphysical Thought and the Supreme Truth

02.01_-_The_World-Stair, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.01 - The World-Stair
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga

02.02_-_The_Kingdom_of_Subtle_Matter, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.02 - The Kingdom of Subtle Matter
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  Like lovers in a lonely secret place:
  In the clasp of a passion not yet unfortunate
  They join their strength and sweetness and delight
  Overleaping the fixed hurdles set by Time,
  The rapid net of an intuitive clasp
  Captures the fugitive happiness we desire.

02.03_-_The_Glory_and_the_Fall_of_Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.03 - The Glory and the Fall of Life
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  Of one who walks in the shadow of earth-pain.
  Although he once had felt the Eternal's clasp,
  Too near to suffering worlds his nature lived,
  As comes a goddess to a mortal's breast
  And fills his days with her celestial clasp,
  She stooped to make her home in transient shapes;

02.04_-_The_Kingdoms_of_the_Little_Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.04 - The Kingdoms of the Little Life
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  Thought was withheld and nothing now she knew,
  But all the unknown was hers to feel and clasp.
  Obeying the push of unborn things towards birth
  Heedless of every motion but their own
  And, darkling, clashed with darker than themselves,
  Free in a world of settled anarchy.
  Planned so to start her slow aeonic game.
  A blindfold search and wrestle and fumbling clasp
  Of a half-seen Nature and a hidden Soul,
  And tears and laughter and the need called love.
  In war and clasp these life-wants joined the All-Life,
  Wrestlings of a divided unity

02.05_-_The_Godheads_of_the_Little_Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.05 - The Godheads of the Little Life
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  Created touch and friction in the void,
  Into abstract emptiness brought clash and clasp:
  Parent of an expanding universe
  Compelling, incarnate in a human form
  And breathing in limbs that one can touch and clasp,
  Its Knowledge to rescue an ancient Ignorance,

02.06_-_The_Integral_Yoga_and_Other_Yogas, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.06 - The Integral Yoga and Other Yogas

02.06_-_The_Kingdoms_and_Godheads_of_the_Greater_Life, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.06 - The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Greater Life
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  Thought looked at thought and had no need of speech;
  Emotion clasped emotion in two hearts,
  They felt each other's thrill in the flesh and nerves
  In her green wildernesses and lurking depths,
  In her thickets of joy where danger clasps delight,
  He glimpsed the hidden wings of her songster hopes,
  Her hooded energy moves an ignorant world
  To look for a joy her own strong clasp puts off:
  In her embrace it cannot turn to its source.
  A wrestle of eternal opposites
  In a clasped antagonism's close-locked embrace,
  A play without denouement or idea,

02.07_-_The_Descent_into_Night, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.07 - The Descent into Night
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
    Each friend might turn an enemy or spy,
    The hand one clasped ensleeved a dagger's stab
    And an embrace could be Doom's iron cage.
    And forced the soul to abandon right or die.
    Amid her clashing creeds and warring sects
    Religion sat upon a blood-stained throne.

02.08_-_The_World_of_Falsehood,_the_Mother_of_Evil_and_the_Sons_of_Darkness, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.08 - The World of Falsehood, the Mother of Evil and the Sons of Darkness
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga

02.09_-_The_Paradise_of_the_Life-Gods, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.09 - The Paradise of the Life-Gods
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  It needed not to curb its passionate beats;
  Thrilled by the clasp of the warm satisfied sense
  And the swift wonder-rush and flame and cry
  A touch supreme surprised his hurrying heart,
  The clasp was remembered of the Wonderful,
  And hints leaped down of white beatitudes.

02.10_-_The_Kingdoms_and_Godheads_of_the_Little_Mind, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.10 - The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Little Mind
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  And soon collapsed or without sanction lived;
  All grew a chaos, a heave and clash and strife.
  Ideas warring and fierce leaped upon life;
  And heard afar the voices of the Gods.
  Iconoclast and shatterer of Time's forts,
  Overleaping limit and exceeding norm,

02.11_-_The_Kingdoms_and_Godheads_of_the_Greater_Mind, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.11 - The Kingdoms and Godheads of the Greater Mind
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  She attests his right divine to lead and rule.
  Or as a lover clasps his one beloved,
  Godhead of his life's worship and desire,
  The sunlit sweetness of her secrecies.
  Incarnating her beauty in his clasp
  She gave for a brief kiss her immortal lips

02.12_-_The_Heavens_of_the_Ideal, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.12 - The Heavens of the Ideal
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga

02.13_-_In_the_Self_of_Mind, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.13 - In the Self of Mind
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  Who gathers to her bosom her children's lives,
  Her clasp that takes the world into her arms
  In the fathomless rapture of the Infinite,

02.14_-_The_World-Soul, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.14 - The World-Soul
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga
  Into a passage dim and tremulous
  That clasped him in from day and night's pursuit,
  He travelled led by a mysterious sound.
  The figure of the deathless Two-in-One,
  A single being in two bodies clasped,
  A diarchy of two united souls,

02.15_-_The_Kingdoms_of_the_Greater_Knowledge, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:02.15 - The Kingdoms of the Greater Knowledge
  author class:Sri Aurobindo
  subject:Integral Yoga

03.01_-_The_Evolution_of_Consciousness, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:03.01 - The Evolution of Consciousness

03.01_-_The_Pursuit_of_the_Unknowable, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:03.01 - The Pursuit of the Unknowable
  object:programs (Computer Science)
  class:Computer Science

03.02_-_The_Adoration_of_the_Divine_Mother, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:03.02 - The Adoration of the Divine Mother
  In her miraculous rapture we shall dwell,
  Her clasp shall turn to ecstasy our pain.
  Our self shall be one self with all through her.

03.02_-_The_Gradations_of_Consciousness_The_Gradation_of_Planes, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:03.02 - The Gradations of Consciousness The Gradation of Planes

03.03_-_The_House_of_the_Spirit_and_the_New_Creation, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:03.03 - The House of the Spirit and the New Creation
  The marriage of evil with good within one breast,
  The clash of strife in the very clasp of love,
  The dangerous pain of life's experiment
  And its omniscient and omnipotent peace.
  Thought clashes not with thought and truth with truth,
  There is no war of right with rival right;
  It needed not a sheath of Ignorance.
  Then from the trance of that tremendous clasp
  And from the throbbings of that single Heart
  And follows the rhythmic meanings of the heart,
  A touch that needs not hands to feel, to clasp,
  Were there the native means of consciousness
  Its bodies woven by a divine sense
  Prolonged the nearness of soul's clasp with soul;
  Its warm play of external sight and touch

03.03_-_The_Inner_Being_and_the_Outer_Being, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:03.03 - The Inner Being and the Outer Being

03.04_-_The_Vision_and_the_Boon, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:03.04 - The Vision and the Boon

04.01_-_The_Birth_and_Childhood_of_the_Flame, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:04.01 - The Birth and Childhood of the Flame
  A Maenad of the cycles of desire
  Then Spring, an ardent lover, leaped through leaves
  And caught the earth-bride in his eager clasp;
  His advent was a fire of irised hues,

04.02_-_The_Growth_of_the_Flame, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:04.02 - The Growth of the Flame
  A land of mountains and wide sun-beat plains
  As earth claims light for its lone separate need
  Demanding her for their sole jealous clasp,
  They asked from her movements bounded like their own

04.03_-_The_Call_to_the_Quest, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:04.03 - The Call to the Quest

04.04_-_The_Quest, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:04.04 - The Quest
  At rest from its blind outwardness of will,
  The unwearied clasp of her mute patient love
  And know for a soul the mother of our forms.
  And with the glory of the noons were one.
  Some deeper plunged; from life's external clasp
  Beckoned into a fiery privacy
  Plastic and firm beneath the eternal hand,
  Met Nature with a bold and friendly clasp
  And served in her the Power that shapes her works.

05.01_-_The_Destined_Meeting-Place, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:05.01 - The Destined Meeting-Place

05.02_-_Satyavan, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:05.02 - Satyavan

05.03_-_Satyavan_and_Savitri, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:05.03 - Satyavan and Savitri
  I lay in the wide bare embrace of heaven,
  The sunlight's radiant blessing clasped my brow,
  The moonbeams' silver ecstasy at night
  I felt a covert touch, I heard a call,
  But could not clasp the body of my God
  Or hold between my hands the World-Mother s feet.
  An inexhaustible joy made his alone,
  He gathered all Savitri into his clasp.

06.01_-_The_Word_of_Fate, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:06.01 - The Word of Fate
  Of bodies made divine and life made bliss,
  Immortal sweetness clasping immortal might,
  Heart sensing heart, thought looking straight at thought,
  Only with their own beauty and the thrill
  Of a remembered clasp, and in thee glows
  A heavenly jar, thy firm deep-honied heart,
  The beating of one vast heart in the flame of things,
  My eternity clasped by his eternity
  And, tireless of the sweet abysms of Time,

06.02_-_The_Way_of_Fate_and_the_Problem_of_Pain, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:06.02 - The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain
  There meet and clasp the eternal opposites,
  There pain becomes a violent fiery joy;
  And battle on extinction's perilous verge,
  A clash of forces, a vast incertitude,
  The joy of creation out of Nothingness,

07.01_-_The_Joy_of_Union;_the_Ordeal_of_the_Foreknowledge, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:07.01 - The Joy of Union; the Ordeal of the Foreknowledge
  The happy silken babble on laughter's lips
  And the close-clinging clasp of intimate hands
  And adoration's light in cherished eyes
  He gave to her and helped to increase the hours
  By the nearness of his presence and his clasp,
  And lavish softness of heart-seeking words

07.02_-_The_Parable_of_the_Search_for_the_Soul, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:07.02 - The Parable of the Search for the Soul

07.03_-_The_Entry_into_the_Inner_Countries, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:07.03 - The Entry into the Inner Countries
  A horde of sounds defied significance,
  A dissonant clash of cries and contrary calls;
  A mob of visions broke across the sight,

07.04_-_The_Triple_Soul-Forces, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:07.04 - The Triple Soul-Forces
  I have classed the changes of her stony crust
  And of her biography discovered the dates,

07.05_-_The_Finding_of_the_Soul, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:07.05 - The Finding of the Soul
  The Mother was she of Beauty and Delight,
  The Word in Brahma's vast creating clasp,
  The World-Puissance on almighty Shiva's lap, -

07.06_-_Nirvana_and_the_Discovery_of_the_All-Negating_Absolute, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:07.06 - Nirvana and the Discovery of the All-Negating Absolute
  Forgetting the sweetness of earth's warm delight,
  Forgetting the passionate oneness of love's clasp,
  Absolved in the self-rapt immortal's bliss.
  Translated into the accents of a cry
  Their grasp on objects and their clasp on souls.

07.07_-_The_Discovery_of_the_Cosmic_Spirit_and_the_Cosmic_Consciousness, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:07.07 - The Discovery of the Cosmic Spirit and the Cosmic Consciousness
  As if earth ever the same could for ever keep
  The living spirit and body in her clasp,
  As if death were not there nor end nor change.
  It was the same but now no more seemed far
  To the living clasp of her recovered soul.

08.03_-_Death_in_the_Forest, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:08.03 - Death in the Forest
  She came to him in silent anguish and clasped,
  And he cried to her, "Savitri, a pang

09.01_-_Towards_the_Black_Void, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:09.01 - Towards the Black Void
  Aware still of his being near to hers,
  Closely she clasped to her the mute lifeless form
  As though to guard the oneness they had been
  A sad and formidable voice arose
  Which seemed the whole adverse world's. "Unclasp", it cried,
  "Thy passionate influence and relax, O slave
  Woman, thy husband suffers." Savitri
  Drew back her heart's force that clasped his body still
  Where from her lap renounced on the smooth grass
  Incredulous of its too bright hints of heaven;
  Too strange the brilliant phantasm to life's clasp
  Desiring the warm creations of the earth
  He beat there like a rhythmic heart, - herself
  But different still, one loved, enveloped, clasped,
  A treasure saved from the collapse of space.

09.02_-_The_Journey_in_Eternal_Night_and_the_Voice_of_the_Darkness, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:09.02 - The Journey in Eternal Night and the Voice of the Darkness
  I will take from thee the black eternal grip:
  clasping in thy heart thy fate's exiguous dole
  Depart in peace, if peace for man is just."

1.001_-_The_Aim_of_Yoga, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  object:1.001 - The Aim of Yoga
  author class:Swami Krishnananda
  subject class:Yoga

10.01_-_The_Dream_Twilight_of_the_Ideal, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:10.01 - The Dream Twilight of the Ideal

10.02_-_The_Gospel_of_Death_and_Vanity_of_the_Ideal, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:10.02 - The Gospel of Death and Vanity of the Ideal
  Cloud satisfies cloud, phantom to longing phantom
  Leans sweetly, sweetly is clasped or sweetly chased.
  We shall cast our candid souls upon her lap;
  Then shall we clasp the ecstasy we chase,
  Then shall we shudder with the long-sought god,
  They have plucked me like a glad and trembling flower,
  And clasped me happily burned in ruthless flame.

10.03_-_The_Debate_of_Love_and_Death, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:10.03 - The Debate of Love and Death
  At last the soul turns to eternal things,
  In every shrine it cries for the clasp of God.
  When unity is won, when strife is lost
  And all is known and all is clasped by Love
  Who would turn back to ignorance and pain?

10.04_-_The_Dream_Twilight_of_the_Earthly_Real, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:10.04 - The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real
  If our souls could see and love and clasp God's Truth,
  Its infinite radiance would seize our hearts,
  And smote the thousand-hooded serpent Force
  That blazing towered and clasped the World-Self above,
  Joined Matter's dumbness to the Spirit's hush

1.007_-_Initial_Steps_in_Yoga_Practice, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  object:1.007 - Initial Steps in Yoga Practice
  author class:Swami Krishnananda
  subject class:Yoga

1.008_-_The_Principle_of_Self-Affirmation, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  object:1.008 - The Principle of Self-Affirmation
  author class:Swami Krishnananda
  subject class:Yoga

1.009_-_Perception_and_Reality, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  object:1.009 - Perception and Reality
  author class:Swami Krishnananda
  subject class:Yoga

1.00a_-_Introduction, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  author class:Aleister Crowley
  subject class:Occultism
  The reason for the relaxation of the rule was that it was thought better to help people along in the early stages of the work, even if there was no hope of their turning out first-class. But I should like you to realize that sooner or later, whether in this incarnation or another, it is put up to you to show perfect courage in face of the completely unknown, and the power of rapid and irrevocable decision without without counting the cost.
  No, I will NOT recommend a book. It should not hurt you too much to browse on condensed hay (or thistles) such as articles in Encyclopedias. Take Roget's Thesaurus or Smith's Smaller classical Dictionary (and the like) to read yourself to sleep on. But don't stultify yourself by taking up such study too seriously. You only make yourself ridiculous by trying to do at 50 what you ought to have done at 15. As you didn't tant pis! You can't possibly get the spirit; if you could, it would mean merely mental indigestion. We have all read how Cato started to learn Greek at 90: but the story stops there. We have never been told what good it did to himself or anyone else.
  Is x an R-ancestor of y if y has every R-hereditary that x has, provided x is a term which has the relation R to something or to which something has the relation R? (Enthusiastic cries of "Yes, it is!") He says "A number is anything which has the number of some class." Feel better now?

1.00b_-_INTRODUCTION, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  object:1.00b - INTRODUCTION
  author class:Aldous Huxley
  subject class:Philosophy
  In India two classes of scripture are recognized: the Shruti, or inspired writings which
  are their own authority, since they are the product of immediate insight into ultimate

1.00c_-_INTRODUCTION, #Patanjali Yoga Sutras, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  object:1.00c - INTRODUCTION
  author class:Swami Vivekananda
  author class:Patanjali
  subject class:Yoga

1.00_-_Foreword, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  object:1.00 - Foreword
  author class:Aleister Crowley
  subject class:Occultism

1.00_-_Gospel, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  By far the ablest leader of the Brhmo movement was Keshab Chandra Sen (1838-1884). Unlike Rj Rmmohan Roy and Devendranth Tgore, Keshab was born of a middle-class Bengli family and had been brought up in an English school. He did not know Sanskrit and very soon broke away from the popular Hindu religion. Even at an early age he came under the spell of Christ and professed to have experienced the special favour of John the Baptist, Christ, and St. Paul. When he strove to introduce Christ to the Brhmo Samj, a rupture became inevitable with Devendranth. In 1868
  In the year 1879 occasional writings about Sri Ramakrishna by the Brahmos, in the Brhmo magazines, began to attract his future disciples from the educated middle-class Benglis, and they continued to come till 1884. But others, too, came, feeling the subtle power of his attraction. They were an ever shifting crowd of people of all castes and creeds: Hindus and Brahmos, Vaishnavas and kts, the educated with university degrees and the illiterate, old and young, maharajas and beggars, journalists and artists, pundits and devotees, philosophers and the worldly-minded, jnnis and yogis, men of action and men of faith, virtuous women and prostitutes, office-holders and vagabonds, philanthropists and self-seekers, dramatists and drunkards, builders-up and pullers-down. He gave to them all, without stint, from his illimitable store of realization. No one went away empty-handed. He taught them the lofty knowledge of the Vednta and the soul-melting love of the Purn. Twenty hours out of twenty-four he would speak without rest or respite. He gave to all his sympathy and enlightenment, and he touched them with that strange power of the soul which could not but melt even the most hardened. And people understood him according to their powers of comprehension.
  Mahendranth Gupta, known as "M.", arrived at Dakshinewar in February 1882. He belonged to the Brhmo Samj and was headmaster of the Vidysgar High School at ymbazr, Calcutta. At the very first sight the Master recognized him as one of his "marked" disciples. Mahendra recorded in his diary Sri Ramakrishna's conversations with his devotees. These are the first directly recorded words, in the spiritual history of the world, of a man recognized as belonging in the class of Buddha and Christ. The present volume is a translation of this diary. Mahendra was instrumental, through his personal contacts, in spreading the Master's message among many young and aspiring souls.
  Bburm Ghosh came to Dakshinewar accompanied by Rkhl, his classmate. The Master, as was often his custom, examined the boy's physiognomy and was satisfied about his latent spirituality. At the age of eight Bburm had thought of leading a life of renunciation, in the company of a monk, in a hut shut out from the public view by a thick wall of trees. The very sight of the Panchavati awakened in his heart that dream of boyhood. Bburm was tender in body and soul. The Master used to say that he was pure to his very bones. One day Hazra in his usual mischievous fashion advised Bburm and some of the other young boys to ask Sri Ramakrishna for some spiritual powers and not waste their life in mere gaiety and merriment. The Master, scenting mischief, called Bburm to his side, and said: "What can you ask of me? Isn't everything that I have already yours? Yes, everything I have earned in the shape of realizations is for the sake of you all. So get rid of the idea of begging, which alienates by creating a distance.
  Two more young men, Srad Prasanna and Tulasi, complete the small band of the Master's disciples later to embrace the life of the wandering monk. With the exception of the elder Gopl, all of them were in their teens or slightly over. They came from middle-class Bengli families, and most of them were students in school or college. Their parents and relatives had envisaged for them bright worldly careers. They came to Sri Ramakrishna with pure bodies, vigorous minds, and uncontaminated souls. All were born with unusual spiritual attributes. Sri Ramakrishna accepted them, even at first sight, as his children, relatives, friends, and companions. His magic touch unfolded them. And later each according to his measure reflected the life of the Master, becoming a torch-bearer of his message across land and sea.

1.00_-_Gospel_Preface, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  object:1.00 - Gospel Preface
  author class:Sri Ramakrishna
  subject class:Philosophy
  Even as a boy of about thirteen, while he was a student in the 3rd class of the Hare School, he was in the habit of keeping a diary. "Today on rising," he wrote in his diary, "I greeted my father and mother, prostrating on the ground before them" (Swami Nityatmananda's 'M The Apostle and the Evangelist' Part I. P 29.) At another place he wrote, "Today, while on my way to school, I visited, as usual, the temples of Kli, the Mother at Tharitharia, and of Mother Sitala, and paid my obeisance to them." About twenty-five years after, when he met the Great Master in the spring of 1882, it was the same instinct of a born diary-writer that made him begin his book, 'unique in the literature of hagiography', with the memorable words: "When hearing the name of Hari or Rma once, you shed tears and your hair stands on end, then you may know for certain that you do not have to perform devotions such as Sandhya any more."
  In 1905 he retired from the active life of a Professor and devoted his remaining twenty-seven years exclusively to the preaching of the life and message of the Great Master. He bought the Morton Institution from its original proprietors and shifted it to a commodious four-storeyed house at 50 Amherst Street, where it flourished under his management as one of the most efficient educational institutions in Calcutta. He generally occupied a staircase room at the top of it, cooking his own meal which consisted only of milk and rice without variation, and attended to all his personal needs himself. His dress also was the simplest possible. It was his conviction that limitation of personal wants to the minimum is an important aid to holy living. About one hour in the morning he would spend in inspecting the classes of the school, and then retire to his staircase room to pour over his diary and live in the divine atmosphere of the earthly days of the Great Master, unless devotees and admirers had already gathered in his room seeking his holy company.

1.00_-_INTRODUCTION, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  object:1.00 - INTRODUCTION
  author class:Satprem
  subject class:Integral Yoga

1.00_-_Main, #Book of Certitude, #Baha u llah, #Baha i
  object:1.00 - Main

1.00_-_Preface, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  object:1.00 - Preface
  Since the question of Magick has been slightly dealt with in the last chapter of this book, it is perhaps advisable here to state that the interpretations given to certain doctrines and to some of the Hebrew letters border very closely on magical formulae. I have purposely refrained, however, from entering into a deeper consideration of the Practical Qabalah, although several hints of value may be discovered in the explanation of the Tetragrammaton, for example, which may prove of no inconsiderable service. As I have previously remarked, this book is primarily intended as an elementary textbook of the Qabalah, interpreted as a new system for philosophical classification. This must consti- tute my sole excuse for what may appear to be a refusal to deal more adequately with methods of Attainment.
  - Israel Regardie.

1.00_-_PREFACE, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  object:1.00 - PREFACE
  author class:Satprem
  subject class:Integral Yoga

1.00_-_Preliminary_Remarks, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  object:1.00 - Preliminary Remarks
  subject class:Occultism
  author class:Aleister Crowley


  There are seven keys to the great gate,
  But what of the origin of religions? How is it that unproved assertion has so frequently compelled the assent of all classes of mankind? Is not this a miracle?
  Diverse as these statements are at first sight, all agree in announcing an experience of the class which fifty years ago would have been called supernatural, today may be called spiritual, and fifty years hence will have a proper name based on an understanding of the phenomenon which occurred.
  In fact, there are three main classes of stroke; the bad stroke, which we associate, and rightly, with wandering attention; the good stroke which we associate, and rightly, with fixed attention; and the perfect stroke, which we do not understand, but which is really caused by the habit of fixity of attention having become independent of the will, and thus enabled to act freely of its own accord.
  In the Bhagavadgita a vision of this class is naturally attributed to the apparition of Vishnu, who was the local god of the period. Anna Kingsford, who had dabbled in Hebrew mysticism, and was a feminist, got an almost identical vision; but called the divine figure which she saw alternately Adonai and Maria.

1.00_-_The_Constitution_of_the_Human_Being, #Theosophy, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
  object:1.00 - The Constitution of the Human Being

1.00_-_The_way_of_what_is_to_come, #The Red Book Liber Novus, #unset, #Philosophy
  object:1.00 - The way of what is to come

1.010_-_Self-Control_-_The_Alpha_and_Omega_of_Yoga, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  object:1.010 - Self-Control - The Alpha and Omega of Yoga
  author class:Swami Krishnananda
  subject class:Yoga

1.012_-_Sublimation_-_A_Way_to_Reshuffle_Thought, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  object:1.012 - Sublimation - A Way to Reshuffle Thought
  author class:Swami Krishnananda
  subject class:Yoga
  The culture of yoga does not tell us to reject, abandon, or to cut off anything if it is real, because the whole question is an assessment of values, and reality is, of course, the background of every value. What is achieved in spiritual education is a rise of consciousness from a lower degree of reality to a higher degree of reality, and in no degree is there a rejection of reality. It is only a growth from a lower level to a higher one. So when we go to the higher degree of reality, we are not rejecting the lower degree of reality, but rather we have overcome it. We have transcended it, just as when a student goes to a higher class in an educational career, that higher class transcends the lower degrees of kindergarten, first standard, second standard and third standard, but it does not reject them. Rejection is not what is implied; rather it is an absorption of values into a higher inclusive condition of understanding, insight and education.

1.013_-_Defence_Mechanisms_of_the_Mind, #The Study and Practice of Yoga, #Swami Krishnananda, #Yoga
  object:1.013 - Defence Mechanisms of the Mind
  author class:Swami Krishnananda
  subject class:Yoga

1.01_-_An_Accomplished_Westerner, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  object:1.01 - An Accomplished Westerner
  author class:Satprem
  subject class:Integral Yoga
  although he was quite unimpressed with religion, as is evident from the account he gives of his "conversion." Predictably, Clergyman Drewett's mother had undertaken the task of saving the souls of the three heretic children, or at least that of the youngest one, whom she took one day to a meeting of "nonconformist" ministers. After the prayers were over, wrote Sri Aurobindo, nearly all dispersed, but devout people remained a little longer, and it was at that time that conversions were made. I was feeling completely bored. Then a minister approached me and asked me some questions. (I was about ten at that time.) I did not give any reply. Then they all shouted, "He is saved, he is saved," and began to pray for me and offer thanks to God.6 Sri Aurobindo, the seer, was never to become a religious man,
  not even in India, and he often emphasized that religion and spirituality are not necessarily synonymous: True theocracy, he would write later, is the kingdom of God in man and not the kingdom of a Pope, a priesthood or a sacerdotal class.7
  When he began his life in London, at the age of twelve, Sri Aurobindo knew Latin and French thoroughly. The headmaster of St.
  Paul's School, where he had enrolled, was so surprised at the aptitude of his young student that he personally coached him in Greek. Three years later, Sri Aurobindo could skip half his classes and spend most of his time engrossed in his favorite occupation:reading. Nothing seemed to escape this voracious adolescent (except cricket, which held as little interest for him as Sunday school.) Shelley and "Prometheus Unbound," the French poets, Homer, Aristophanes, and soon all of European thought for he quickly came to master enough German and Italian to read Dante and Goethe in the original peopled a solitude of which he has said nothing. He never sought to form relationships, while Manmohan, the second brother, roamed through London in the company of his friend Oscar Wilde and would make a name for himself in English poetry. Each of the three brothers led his separate life. However, there was nothing austere about Sri Aurobindo, and certainly nothing of the puritan (the prurient,8 as he called it); it was just that he was "elsewhere," and his world was 6

1.01_-_Appearance_and_Reality, #The Problems of Philosophy, #Bertrand Russell, #Philosophy
  object:1.01 - Appearance and Reality

1.01_-_Asana, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  object:1.01 - Asana
  subject class:Occultism
  author class:Aleister Crowley

1.01_-_Description_of_the_Castle, #The Interior Castle or The Mansions, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  object:1.01 - Description of the Castle

1.01_-_DOWN_THE_RABBIT-HOLE, #Alice in Wonderland, #Lewis Carroll, #Fiction
  object:1.01 - DOWN THE RABBIT-HOLE
  author class:Lewis Carroll

1.01_-_Economy, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  object:1.01 - Economy
  Most of the luxuries, and many of the so called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor. The ancient philosophers, Chinese, Hindoo, Persian, and Greek, were a class than which none has been poorer in outward riches, none so rich in inward.
  I do not mean to prescribe rules to strong and valiant natures, who will mind their own affairs whether in heaven or hell, and perchance build more magnificently and spend more lavishly than the richest, without ever impoverishing themselves, not knowing how they live,if, indeed, there are any such, as has been dreamed; nor to those who find their encouragement and inspiration in precisely the present condition of things, and cherish it with the fondness and enthusiasm of lovers,and, to some extent, I reckon myself in this number; I do not speak to those who are well employed, in whatever circumstances, and they know whether they are well employed or not;but mainly to the mass of men who are discontented, and idly complaining of the hardness of their lot or of the times, when they might improve them. There are some who complain most energetically and inconsolably of any, because they are, as they say, doing their duty. I also have in my mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters.
  Every day our garments become more assimilated to ourselves, receiving the impress of the wearers character, until we hesitate to lay them aside, without such delay and medical appliances and some such solemnity even as our bodies. No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes; yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience. But even if the rent is not mended, perhaps the worst vice betrayed is improvidence. I sometimes try my acquaintances by such tests as this;who could wear a patch, or two extra seams only, over the knee? Most behave as if they believed that their prospects for life would be ruined if they should do it. It would be easier for them to hobble to town with a broken leg than with a broken pantaloon. Often if an accident happens to a gentlemans legs, they can be mended; but if a similar accident happens to the legs of his pantaloons, there is no help for it; for he considers, not what is truly respectable, but what is respected. We know but few men, a great many coats and breeches. Dress a scarecrow in your last shift, you standing shiftless by, who would not soonest salute the scarecrow? Passing a cornfield the other day, close by a hat and coat on a stake, I recognized the owner of the farm. He was only a little more weather-beaten than when I saw him last. I have heard of a dog that barked at every stranger who approached his masters premises with clothes on, but was easily quieted by a naked thief. It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. Could you, in such a case, tell surely of any company of civilized men, which belonged to the most respected class? When Madam Pfeiffer, in her adventurous travels round the world, from east to west, had got so near home as Asiatic Russia, she says that she felt the necessity of wearing other than a travelling dress, when she went to meet the authorities, for she was now in a civilized country, where people are judged of by their clothes.
  Even in our democratic New England towns the accidental possession of wealth, and its manifestation in dress and equipage alone, obtain for the possessor almost universal respect. But they yield such respect, numerous as they are, are so far heathen, and need to have a missionary sent to them. Beside, clothes introduced sewing, a kind of work which you may call endless; a womans dress, at least, is never done.
  When I consider my neighbors, the farmers of Concord, who are at least as well off as the other classes, I find that for the most part they have been toiling twenty, thirty, or forty years, that they may become the real owners of their farms, which commonly they have inherited with encumbrances, or else bought with hired money,and we may regard one third of that toil as the cost of their houses,but commonly they have not paid for them yet. It is true, the encumbrances sometimes outweigh the value of the farm, so that the farm itself becomes one great encumbrance, and still a man is found to inherit it, being well acquainted with it, as he says. On applying to the assessors, I am surprised to learn that they cannot at once name a dozen in the town who own their farms free and clear. If you would know the history of these homesteads, inquire at the bank where they are mortgaged. The man who has actually paid for his farm with labor on it is so rare that every neighbor can point to him. I doubt if there are three such men in
  Concord. What has been said of the merchants, that a very large majority, even ninety-seven in a hundred, are sure to fail, is equally true of the farmers. With regard to the merchants, however, one of them says pertinently that a great part of their failures are not genuine pecuniary failures, but merely failures to fulfil their engagements, because it is inconvenient; that is, it is the moral character that breaks down. But this puts an infinitely worse face on the matter, and suggests, beside, that probably not even the other three succeed in saving their souls, but are perchance bankrupt in a worse sense than they who fail honestly. Bankruptcy and repudiation are the springboards from which much of our civilization vaults and turns its somersets, but the savage stands on the unelastic plank of famine. Yet the Middlesex
  But how do the poor minority fare? Perhaps it will be found, that just in proportion as some have been placed in outward circumstances above the savage, others have been degraded below him. The luxury of one class is counterbalanced by the indigence of another. On the one side is the palace, on the other are the almshouse and silent poor. The myriads who built the pyramids to be the tombs of the Pharaohs were fed on garlic, and it may be were not decently buried themselves. The mason who finishes the cornice of the palace returns at night perchance to a hut not so good as a wigwam. It is a mistake to suppose that, in a country where the usual evidences of civilization exist, the condition of a very large body of the inhabitants may not be as degraded as that of savages. I refer to the degraded poor, not now to the degraded rich.
  To know this I should not need to look farther than to the shanties which every where border our railroads, that last improvement in civilization; where I see in my daily walks human beings living in sties, and all winter with an open door, for the sake of light, without any visible, often imaginable, wood pile, and the forms of both old and young are permanently contracted by the long habit of shrinking from cold and misery, and the development of all their limbs and faculties is checked. It certainly is fair to look at that class by whose labor the works which distinguish this generation are accomplished. Such too, to a greater or less extent, is the condition of the operatives of every denomination in England, which is the great workhouse of the world. Or I could refer you to Ireland, which is marked as one of the white or enlightened spots on the map. Contrast the physical condition of the Irish with that of the North American Indian, or the South Sea
  Islander, or any other savage race before it was degraded by contact with the civilized man. Yet I have no doubt that that peoples rulers are as wise as the average of civilized rulers. Their condition only proves what squalidness may consist with civilization. I hardly need refer now to the laborers in our Southern States who produce the staple exports of this country, and are themselves a staple production of the
  There is a certain class of unbelievers who sometimes ask me such questions as, if I think that I can live on vegetable food alone; and to strike at the root of the matter at once,for the root is faith,I am accustomed to answer such, that I can live on board nails. If they cannot understand that, they cannot understand much that I have to say.
  The customs of some savage nations might, perchance, be profitably imitated by us, for they at least go through the semblance of casting their slough annually; they have the idea of the thing, whether they have the reality or not. Would it not be well if we were to celebrate such a busk, or feast of first fruits, as Bartram describes to have been the custom of the Mucclasse Indians? When a town celebrates the busk, says he, having previously provided themselves with new clothes, new pots, pans, and other household utensils and furniture, they collect all their worn out clothes and other despicable things, sweep and cleanse their houses, squares, and the whole town of their filth, which with all the remaining grain and other old provisions they cast together into one common heap, and consume it with fire. After having taken medicine, and fasted for three days, all the fire in the town is extinguished. During this fast they abstain from the gratification of every appetite and passion whatever. A general amnesty is proclaimed; all malefactors may return to their town.

1.01_-_Foreward, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  object:1.01 - Foreward
  of which the Indians themselves had no memory or tradition and
  of which there is no record in their epic or classical literature.
  That was the general aspect of the ancient worship in Greece, Rome, India and among other ancient peoples. But in all these countries these gods began to assume a higher, a psychological function; Pallas Athene who may have been originally a Dawn-Goddess springing in flames from the head of Zeus, the Sky-God, Dyaus of the Veda, has in classical Greece a higher function and was identified by the Romans with their Minerva, the Goddess of learning and wisdom; similarly, Saraswati, a river Goddess, becomes in India the goddess of wisdom, learning and the arts and crafts: all the Greek deities have undergone a change in this direction - Apollo, the Sun-God, has become a god of poetry and prophecy, Hephaestus the Fire-God a divine smith, god of labour. In India the process was arrested half-way, and the Vedic Gods developed their psychological functions but retained more fixedly their external character and for higher purposes gave place to a new pantheon. They had to give precedence to Puranic deities who developed out of the early company but assumed larger cosmic functions, Vishnu, Rudra, Brahma - developing from the Vedic Brihaspati, or Brahmanaspati, - Shiva, Lakshmi, Durga. Thus in India the change in the gods was less complete, the earlier deities became the inferior divinities of the Puranic pantheon and this was largely due to the survival of the Rig Veda in which their psychological and their external functions co-existed and are both given a powerful emphasis; there was no such early literary record to maintain the original features of the Gods of Greece and Rome.

1.01_-_Fundamental_Considerations, #The Ever-Present Origin, #Jean Gebser, #Integral
  object:1.01 - Fundamental Considerations
  subject class:Philosophy
  author class:Jean Gebser

1.01_-_Hatha_Yoga, #Amrita Gita, #Swami Sivananda Saraswati, #Hinduism
  object:1.01 - Hatha Yoga
  author class:Swami Sivananda Saraswati
  subject class:Yoga

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