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beings ::: Goddesses from media, Angels from media, shaolin monks

from anime ::: lain, parasyte, GITS, AOT, ToG?
from movies / tv ::: animatrix goddess, rick and morty: (goddess scene, coolest ideas, most profound)
from video games? :::
from educational videos? or YT? :::

- 3 from that cute OP girl comedy show. 1 of the endearing scene before she knocks out the Yakuza and her battle with the other girl. also some of the 3rd girls scenes.
- 1 from Bofuri, at least her slow walking scene. though there is likely countless more.
- there was that other show about the guy who is overly cautious. I recall that having some solid comedy scenes. the goddess for example.

- I wouldnt mind adding a page called "anime (gifs)" with a few of my favorite scenes from all animes carrying such things as a means to remember what I loved most about them and as a quick way to reenter into that world. this would apply to movies and tv aswell.
- I especially want the comedy ones. though perhaps comedy should belong to mp4 because audio. yes definitely. can I then keep gifs and mp4 on same page, that would be better and just call them gifs or vids?

gif or mp4? gif is smaller, autoruns, mp4 can have audio but is click to play and nicer quality but bigger.. hmm hmm..

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

giffard injector ::: --> See under Injector.

giffgaff ::: n. --> Mutial accommodation; mutual giving.

giffy ::: n. --> See Jiffy.

gif ::: conj. --> If.

gifted ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Gift

giftedness ::: n. --> The state of being gifted.

gift ::: v. t. --> Anything given; anything voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a present; an offering.
The act, right, or power of giving or bestowing; as, the office is in the gift of the President.
A bribe; anything given to corrupt.
Some quality or endowment given to man by God; a preeminent and special talent or aptitude; power; faculty; as, the gift of wit; a gift for speaking.

gifting ::: p. pr. & vb. n. --> of Gift

gift is not a freak or an abnonnality ; it is a universal faculty present in all human beings, but latent In most, in some rarely or intermittently active, occurring as if by accident in others, frequent or normally active in a few. But just as aayoas can, with some training, learn sdence and do things which would have seemed miracles to his forefathers, so almost anyone, if he wants, can with a little concentration and training develop the faculty of supraphysical rision. When one starts Yoga, this power is often, though not invariably — for some find it diScult — one of the first to come out from its latent condition and manifest itself, most often without any effort, intention or previous know- ledge on the part of the sadbaka. It comes more easily with the eyes shut than with the eyes open, but it does come in both ways. The first sign of its opening in the externalised way is very often that seeing of “ sparkles ” or small luminous dots, shapes, etc. ; a second is, often enough, most easily, round lumi- nous objects like a star ; seeing of colours is a third initial experi- ence'— but they do not always come in that order.

gif: is not a freak or an abnormaiity ; it is a universal faculty present in all human beings, but latent in most, in some rarely or intermittently active, occurring as if by accident in others, frequent or normally active in a few. But just as anyone can, uith some training, learn science and do things which would have seemed miracles to his forefathers, so almost anyone, if he wants, can with a little concentration and training develop the faculty of supraphjsical vision. When one starts Yoga, this power is often, though not in\'ariably — for some find it difficult — one of the first to come out from its latent condition and manifest itself, most often without any efTori, Intention or previous know- ledge on the part of the sadhaka. It comes more easily with the eyes shut than with the eyes open, but it does come in both ways. Tlic first sign of its opening in the externalised way is very often that seeing of “sparkles’* or small luminous dots, shapes, etc. ; a second is, often enough, most easily, round lumi- nous objects like a star ; seeing of colours 1$ a third initial experi- cnee — but (hey do not alw'ay's come in that order.

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{animated GIF}

Do you mean {GIF} or is this some kind of {IFF}?

giffard injector ::: --> See under Injector.

giffgaff ::: n. --> Mutial accommodation; mutual giving.

giffy ::: n. --> See Jiffy.

gif ::: conj. --> If.

gifted ::: imp. & p. p. --> of Gift

giftedness ::: n. --> The state of being gifted.

gift ::: v. t. --> Anything given; anything voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a present; an offering.
The act, right, or power of giving or bestowing; as, the office is in the gift of the President.
A bribe; anything given to corrupt.
Some quality or endowment given to man by God; a preeminent and special talent or aptitude; power; faculty; as, the gift of wit; a gift for speaking.

gifting ::: p. pr. & vb. n. --> of Gift

gift of invisibility. [Rf. Mathers, The Greater Key

GIFF ::: Do you mean GIF or is this some kind of IFF?

Giffen good - A good that is so inferior and so heavily consumed at low incomes that the demand for it rises when its price rises. An inferior good for which the negative income effect outweighs the substitution effect so that the demand curve is positively sloped.

Gifts in kind - Non-cash gifts which may be tangible or may be intangible items.

gift is not a freak or an abnonnality ; it is a universal faculty present in all human beings, but latent In most, in some rarely or intermittently active, occurring as if by accident in others, frequent or normally active in a few. But just as aayoas can, with some training, learn sdence and do things which would have seemed miracles to his forefathers, so almost anyone, if he wants, can with a little concentration and training develop the faculty of supraphysical rision. When one starts Yoga, this power is often, though not invariably — for some find it diScult — one of the first to come out from its latent condition and manifest itself, most often without any effort, intention or previous know- ledge on the part of the sadbaka. It comes more easily with the eyes shut than with the eyes open, but it does come in both ways. The first sign of its opening in the externalised way is very often that seeing of “ sparkles ” or small luminous dots, shapes, etc. ; a second is, often enough, most easily, round lumi- nous objects like a star ; seeing of colours is a third initial experi- ence'— but they do not always come in that order.

gif: is not a freak or an abnormaiity ; it is a universal faculty present in all human beings, but latent in most, in some rarely or intermittently active, occurring as if by accident in others, frequent or normally active in a few. But just as anyone can, uith some training, learn science and do things which would have seemed miracles to his forefathers, so almost anyone, if he wants, can with a little concentration and training develop the faculty of supraphjsical vision. When one starts Yoga, this power is often, though not in\'ariably — for some find it difficult — one of the first to come out from its latent condition and manifest itself, most often without any efTori, Intention or previous know- ledge on the part of the sadhaka. It comes more easily with the eyes shut than with the eyes open, but it does come in both ways. Tlic first sign of its opening in the externalised way is very often that seeing of “sparkles’* or small luminous dots, shapes, etc. ; a second is, often enough, most easily, round lumi- nous objects like a star ; seeing of colours 1$ a third initial experi- cnee — but (hey do not alw'ay's come in that order.

Gifuku 義福. See YIFU

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1:Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy. ~ Jalaluddin Rumi,
2:This Agenda... is my gift to those who love me. ~ The Mother,
3:The greatest gift that you can give your teacher is doing your practice. ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche,
4:Do not be afraid; our fate Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift. ~ Dante Alighieri, Inferno ,
5:Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God. ~ Blaise Pascal,
6:Sight is the essential poetic gift. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry Poetic Vision and the Mantra,
7:Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. ~ Mary Oliver,
8:Alone of gods Death loves not gifts: he visitsThe pure heart as the stained. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Collected Poems 10.03 - The Debate of Love and Death,
9:Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli,
10:The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power. ~ Nikola Tesla,
11:The most precious gift that you could ever give to somebody is the Dharma.The most precious gift that you could ever give to yourself is the practice of it. ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche,
12:A complete self-knowledge in all things and at all moments is the gift of the supramental gnosis and with it a complete self-mastery. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine 2.27 - The Gnostic Being,
13:A little gift comes from the Immensitudes,But measureless to life its gain of joy;All the untold Beyond is mirrored there. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 02.09 - The Paradise of the Life-Gods,
14:A gift of priceless value from Time’s godsLost or mislaid in an uncaring world,Life is a marvel missed, an art gone wry. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 06.02 - The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain,
15:Wisdom, good lineage, self-control, acquaintance with the scriptures, prowess, absence of garrulity, gift to the extent of one's power, and gratefulness, these eight qualities shed a lustre upon their possessor. ~ Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa,
16:the recipient of the sacrifice ::: Whoever the recipient, whatever the gift, it is the Supreme, the Eternal in things, who receives and accepts it, even if it be rejected or ignored by the immediate recipient. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga ,
17:He listens for Inspiration’s postman knockAnd takes delivery of the priceless giftA little spoilt by the receiver mindOr mixed with the manufacture of his brain; ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 07.06 - Nirvana and the Discovery of the All-Negating Absolute,
18:Giant's WineGifts I can give to soothe thy wounded life.The pacts which transient beings make with fate,And the wayside sweetness earth-bound hearts would pluck, ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 09.02 - The Journey in Eternal Night and the Voice of the Darkness,
19:Russell commented that the development of such gifted individuals (referring to polymaths) required a childhood period in which there was little or no pressure for conformity, a time in which the child could develop and pursue his or her own interests no matter how unusual or bizarre. ~ Carl Sagan,
20:An essential portion of any artist's labor is not creation so much as invocation. Part of the work cannot be made, it must be received; and we cannot have this gift except, perhaps, by supplication, by courting, by creating within ourselves that 'begging bowl' to which the gift is drawn. ~ Lewis Hyde,
21:The gifts of the spirit crowding came to him;They were his life’s pattern and his privilege.A pure perception lent its lucent joy:Its intimate vision waited not to think;It enveloped all Nature in a single glance,It looked into the very self of thin ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri The Yoga of the King,
22:Integral theory is a school of philosophy that seeks to integrate all of human wisdom into a new, emergent worldview that is able to accommodate the gifts of all previous worldviews, including those which have been historically at odds: science and religion, Eastern and Western schools of thought, and pre-modern, modern and post-modern worldviews. ~ Daily Evolver,
23:Heaven's GatesHeaven mocks us with the brilliance of its gifts,For Death is a cupbearer of the wineOf too brief joy held up to mortal lipsFor a passionate moment by the careless gods. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 10.04 - The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real,
24:By thee I have greatened my mortal arc of life,But now far heavens, unmapped infinitudesThou hast brought me, thy illimitable gift!If to fill these thou lift thy sacred flight,My human earth will still demand thy bliss.Make still my life through thee a song of joyAnd all my silence wide and deep with thee. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Savitri 12.01 - The Return to Earth,
25:A superintelligence is a hypothetical agent that possesses intelligence far surpassing that of the brightest and most gifted human minds. Superintelligence may also refer to a property of problem-solving systems (e.g., superintelligent language translators or engineering assistants) whether or not these high-level intellectual competencies are embodied in agents that act in the world. ~ Wikipedia,
26:St. Teresa of Avila wrote: 'All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent.' This is the conviction that we bring with us from early childhood and apply to everyday life and to our lives in general. It gets stronger as we grow up, unless we are touched by the Gospel and begin the spiritual journey. This journey is a process of dismantling the monumental illusion that God is distant or absent. ~ Thomas Keating, Fruits & Gifts of the Spirit ,
27:The true occultist wants nothing but wisdom. When Solomon raised his hands to his God, Jehovah spoke from the heavens asking him what he would have, and he answered, "God give me the gift of wisdom." Jehovah asked him if there were not other things he desired, but Solomon answered, "No, only wisdom." And God told Solomon that because he had asked only for wisdom that all the other things should be added unto him and that from this day to the end of the world there would never be another king so rich, so great, or so blest. ~ Manly P Hall,
28:I have devoted my energies to the study of the scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight . . . The ultimate Mystery of being, the ultimate Truth, is Love. This is the essential structure of reality. When Dante spoke of the 'love which moves the sun and the other stars', he was not using a metaphor, but was describing the nature of reality. There is in Being an infinite desire to give itself in love and this gift of Self in love is for ever answered by a return of love....and so the rhythm of the universe is created. ~ Venerable Bede,
29:The Song On Reaching The Mountain Peak :::Hearken, my sons! If you want To climb the mountain peak You should hold the Self-mind's light, Tie it with a great "Knot," And catch it with a firm "Hook." If you practice thus You can climb the mountain peak To enjoy the view. Come, you gifted men and women, Drink the brew of Experience! Come "inside" to enjoy the scene See it and enjoy it to the full! The Incapable remain outside; Those who cannot drink pure Beer may quaff small beer. He who cannot strive for Bodhi, Should strive for superior birth. ~ Jetsun Milarepa,
30:Did you know that when a guy comes, he comes 200 million sperm? And you're trying to tell me that your child is special because one out of 200 million -- that load! we're talking one load! -- connected. Gee, what are the fucking odds? 200 million; you know what that means? I have wiped civilizations off my chest with a gray gym sock. That is special. Entire nations have flaked and crusted in the hair around my navel! That is special. And I want you to remember that, you two egg-carrying beings out there, with that holier-than-thou "we have the gift of life" attitude. I've tossed my underpants...while napping! Boom! A milky way shoots into my jockey shorts, "Aaaah, what's for fucking breakfast? ~ Bill Hicks,
31:If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for . . . To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. ~ Thomas Merton,
32:For throughout its life, without knowing it or with some presentiment of it, it was Thou whom it was seeking; in all its passions, all its enthusiasms, all its hopes and disillusionments, all its sufferings and all its joys, it was Thou whom it ardently wanted. And now that it has found Thee, now that it possesses Thee in a supreme Peace and Felicity, it wonders that it should have needed so many sensations, emotions, experiences to discover Thee. But all this, which was a struggle, a turmoil, a perpetual effort, has become through the sovereign grace of Thy conscious Presence, a priceless fortune which the being rejoices to offer as its gift to Thee. The purifying flame of Thy illumination has turned it into jewels of price laid down as a living holocaust on the altar of my heart. ~ The Mother, Prayers And Meditations 322,
33:Yet not for tyrant wrong nor to serve as a sword for our passionsZeus created our strength, but that earth might have help from her children.Not of our moulding its gifts to our soul nor were formed by our labour!When did we make them, where were ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 3.02 - The Motives of Devotion,
34:`No. Stay, doesn't matter.' He settled the black terry sweatband across his forehead, careful not to disturb the flat Sendai dermatrodes [1]. He stared at the deck on his lap, not really seeing it, seeing instead the shop window on Ninsei, the chromed shuriken burning with reflected neon. He glanced up; on the wall, just above the Sony, he'd hung her gift, tacking it there with a yellow-headed drawing pin through the hole at its center.He closed his eyes.Found the ridged face of the power stud.And in the bloodlit dark behind his eyes, silver phosphenes boiling in from the edge of space, hypnagogic images jerking past like film compiled from random frames.Symbols, figures, faces, a blurred, fragmented mandala of visual information.Please, he prayed, now --A gray disk, the color of Chiba sky.Now --Disk beginning to rotate, faster, becoming a sphere of paler gray. Expanding --And flowed, flowered for him, fluid neon origami trick, the unfolding of his distanceless home, his country, transparent 3D chessboard extending to infinity. Inner eye opening to the stepped scarlet pyramid of the Eastern Seaboard Fission Authority burning beyond the green cubes of Mitsubishi Bank of America, and high and very far away he saw the spiral arms of military systems, forever beyond his reach. ~ William Gibson, Neuromancer ,
35:Last, there is to be considered the recipient of the sacrifice and the manner of the sacrifice. The sacrifice may be offered to others or it may be offered to divine Powers; it may be offered to the cosmic All or it may be offered to the transcendent Supreme. The worship given may take any shape from the dedication of a leaf or flower, a cup of water, a handful of rice, a loaf of bread, to consecration of all that we possess and the submission of all that we are. Whoever the recipient, whatever the gift, it is the Supreme, the Eternal in things, who receives and accepts it, even if it be rejected or ignored by the immediate recipient. For the Supreme who transcends the universe, is yet here too, however veiled, in us and in the world and in its happenings; he is there as the omniscient Witness and Receiver of all our works and their secret Master. All our actions, all our efforts, even our sins and stumblings and sufferings and struggles are obscurely or consciously, known to us and seen or else unknown and in a disguise, governed in their last result by the One. All is turned towards him in his numberless forms and offered through them to the single Omnipresence. In whatever form and with whatever spirit we approach him, in that form and with that spirit he receives the sacrifice. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Yoga of Divine Works,
36:Why God sometimes allows people who are genuinely good to be hindered in the good that they do. God, who is faithful, allows his friends to fall frequently into weakness only in order to remove from them any prop on which they might lean. For a loving person it would be a great joy to be able to achieve many great feats, whether keeping vigils, fasting, performing other ascetical practices or doing major, difficult and unusual works. For them this is a great joy, support and source of hope so that their works become a prop and a support upon which they can lean. But it is precisely this which our Lord wishes to take from them so that he alone will be their help and support. This he does solely on account of his pure goodness and mercy, for God is prompted to act only by his goodness, and in no way do our works serve to make God give us anything or do anything for us. Our Lord wishes his friends to be freed from such an attitude, and thus he removes their support from them so that they must henceforth find their support only in him. For he desires to give them great gifts, solely on account of his goodness, and he shall be their comfort and support while they discover themselves to be and regard themselves as being a pure nothingness in all the great gifts of God. The more essentially and simply the mind rests on God and is sustained by him, the more deeply we are established in God and the more receptive we are to him in all his precious gifts - for human kind should build on God alone. ~ Meister Eckhart,
37:Daemons A daemon is a process that runs in the background, not connecting to any controlling terminal. Daemons are normally started at boot time, are run as root or some other special user (such as apache or postfix), and handle system-level tasks. As a convention, the name of a daemon often ends in d (as in crond and sshd), but this is not required, or even universal. The name derives from Maxwell's demon, an 1867 thought experiment by the physicist James Maxwell. Daemons are also supernatural beings in Greek mythology, existing somewhere between humans and the gods and gifted with powers and divine knowledge. Unlike the demons of Judeo-Christian lore, the Greek daemon need not be evil. Indeed, the daemons of mythology tended to be aides to the gods, performing tasks that the denizens of Mount Olympus found themselves unwilling to do-much as Unix daemons perform tasks that foreground users would rather avoid. A daemon has two general requirements: it must run as a child of init, and it must not be connected to a terminal. In general, a program performs the following steps to become a daemon: 1. Call fork( ). This creates a new process, which will become the daemon. 2. In the parent, call exit( ). This ensures that the original parent (the daemon's grandparent) is satisfied that its child terminated, that the daemon's parent is no longer running, and that the daemon is not a process group leader. This last point is a requirement for the successful completion of the next step. 3. Call setsid( ), giving the daemon a new process group and session, both of which have it as leader. This also ensures that the process has no associated controlling terminal (as the process just created a new session, and will not assign one). 4. Change the working directory to the root directory via chdir( ). This is done because the inherited working directory can be anywhere on the filesystem. Daemons tend to run for the duration of the system's uptime, and you don't want to keep some random directory open, and thus prevent an administrator from unmounting the filesystem containing that directory. 5. Close all file descriptors. You do not want to inherit open file descriptors, and, unaware, hold them open. 6. Open file descriptors 0, 1, and 2 (standard in, standard out, and standard error) and redirect them to /dev/null. Following these rules, here is a program that daemonizes itself: ~ OReilly Linux System Programming,
38: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 ,
39:Something happened to you before you were born, and this is what it was: STAGE ONE: THE CHIKHAI The events of the 49-day Bardo period are divided into three major stages, the Chikhai, the Chonyid, and the Sidpa (in that order). Immediately following physical death, the soul enters the Chikhai, which is simply the state of the immaculate and luminous Dharmakaya, the ultimate Consciousness, the BrahmanAtman. This ultimate state is given, as a gift, to all individuals: they are plunged straight into ultimate reality and exist as the ultimate Dharmakaya. "At this moment," says the Bardo Thotrol, "the first glimpsing of the Bardo of the Clear Light of Reality, which is the Infallible Mind of the Dharmakaya, is experienced by all sentient beings.''110 Or, to put it a different way, the Thotrol tells us that "Thine own consciousness, shining, void, and inseparable from the Great Body of Radiance, hath no birth, nor death, and is the Immutable Light-Buddha Amitabha. Knowing this is sufficient. Recognizing the voidness of thine own intellect to be Buddhahood ... is to keep thyself in the Divine Mind."110 In short, immediately following physical death, the soul is absorbed in and as the ultimate-causal body (if we may treat them together). Interspersed with this brief summary of the Bardo Thotrol, I will add my commentaries on involution and on the nature of the Atman project in involution. And we begin by noting that at the start of the Bardo experience, the soul is elevated to the utter heights of Being, to the ultimate state of Oneness-that is, he starts his Bardo career at the top. But, at the top is usually not where he remains, and the Thotrol tells us why. In Evans-Wentz's words, "In the realm of the Clear Light [the highest Chikhai stage] the mentality of a person . . . momentarily enjoys a condition of balance, of perfect equilibrium, and of [ultimate] oneness. Owing to unfamiliarity with such a state, which is an ecstatic state of non-ego, of [causal] consciousness, the . . . average human being lacks the power to function in it; karmic propensities becloud the consciousness-principle with thoughts of personality, of individualized being, of dualism, and, losing equilibrium, the consciousness-principle falls away from the Clear Light." The soul falls away from the ultimate Oneness because "karmic propensities cloud consciousness"-"karmic propensities'' means seeking, grasping, desiring; means, in fact, Eros. And as this Erosseeking develops, the state of perfect Oneness starts to "break down" (illusorily). Or, from a different angle, because the individual cannot stand the intensity of pure Oneness ("owing to unfamiliarity with such a state"), he contracts away from it, tries to ''dilute it," tries to extricate himself from Perfect Intensity in Atman. Contracting in the face of infinity, he turns instead to forms of seeking, desire, karma, and grasping, trying to "search out" a state of equilibrium. Contraction and Eros-these karmic propensities couple and conspire to drive the soul away from pure consciousness and downwards into multiplicity, into less intense and less real states of being. ~ Ken Wilber, The Atman Project ,
40:HOW CAN I READ SAVITRI?An open reply by Dr Alok Pandey to a fellow devoteeA GIFT OF LOVE TO THE WORLDMost of all enjoy Savitri. It is Sri Aurobindo's gift of Love to the world. Read it from the heart with love and gratitude as companions and drown in its fiery bliss. That is the true understanding rather than one that comes by a constant churning of words in the head.WHENBest would be to fix a time that works for you. One can always take out some time for the reading, even if it be late at night when one is done with all the daily works. Of course, a certain receptivity is needed. If one is too tired or the reading becomes too mechanical as a ritual routine to be somehow finished it tends to be less effective, as with anything else. Hence the advice is to read in a quiet receptive state.THE PACEAs to the pace of reading it is best to slowly build up and keep it steady. To read a page or a passage daily is better than reading many pages one day and then few lines or none for days. This brings a certain discipline in the consciousness which makes one receptive. What it means is that one should fix up that one would read a few passages or a page or two daily, and then if an odd day one is enjoying and spontaneously wants to read more then one can go by the flow.COMPLETE OR SELECTIONS?It is best to read at least once from cover to cover. But if one is not feeling inclined for that do read some of the beautiful cantos and passages whose reference one can find in various places. This helps us familiarise with the epic and the style of poetry. Later one can go for the cover to cover reading.READING ALOUD, SILENTLY, OR WRITING DOWN?One can read it silently. Loud reading is needed only if one is unable to focus with silent reading. A mantra is more potent when read subtly. I am aware that some people recommend reading it aloud which is fine if that helps one better. A certain flexibility in these things is always good and rigid rules either ways are not helpful.One can also write some of the beautiful passages with which one feels suddenly connected. It is a help in the yoga since such a writing involves the pouring in of the consciousness of Savitri through the brain and nerves and the hand.Reflecting upon some of these magnificent lines and passages while one is engaged in one\s daily activities helps to create a background state for our inner being to get absorbed in Savitri more and more.HOW DO I UNDERSTAND THE MEANING? DO I NEED A DICTIONARY?It is helpful if a brief background about the Canto is known. This helps the mind top focus and also to keep in sync with the overall scene and sense of what is being read.But it is best not to keep referring to the dictionary while reading. Let the overall sense emerge. Specifics can be done during a detailed reading later and it may not be necessary at all. Besides the sense that Sri Aurobindo has given to many words may not be accurately conveyed by the standard dictionaries. A flexibility is required to understand the subtle suggestions hinted at by the Master-poet.In this sense Savitri is in the line of Vedic poetry using images that are at once profound as well as commonplace. That is the beauty of mystic poetry. These are things actually experienced and seen by Sri Aurobindo, and ultimately it is Their Grace that alone can reveal the intrinsic sense of this supreme revelation of the Supreme. ~ Dr Alok Pandey,
41:GURU YOGA Guru yoga is an essential practice in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. This is true in sutra, tantra, and Dzogchen. It develops the heart connection with the masteR By continually strengthening our devotion, we come to the place of pure devotion in ourselves, which is the unshakeable, powerful base of the practice. The essence of guru yoga is to merge the practitioner's mind with the mind of the master. What is the true master? It is the formless, fundamental nature of mind, the primordial awareness of the base of everything, but because we exist in dualism, it is helpful for us to visualize this in a form. Doing so makes skillful use of the dualisms of the conceptual mind, to further strengthen devotion and help us stay directed toward practice and the generation of positive qualities. In the Bon tradition, we often visualize either Tapihritsa* as the master, or the Buddha ShenlaOdker*, who represents the union of all the masters. If you are already a practitioner, you may have another deity to visualize, like Guru Rinpoche or a yidam or dakini. While it is important to work with a lineage with which you have a connection, you should understand that the master you visualize is the embodiment of all the masters with whom you are connected, all the teachers with whom you have studied, all the deities to whom you have commitments. The master in guru yoga is not just one individual, but the essence of enlightenment, the primordial awareness that is your true nature. The master is also the teacher from whom you receive the teachings. In the Tibetan tradition, we say the master is more important than the Buddha. Why? Because the master is the immediate messenger of the teachings, the one who brings the Buddha's wisdom to the student. Without the master we could not find our way to the Buddha. So we should feel as much devotion to the master as we would to the Buddha if the Buddha suddenly appeared in front of us. Guru yoga is not just about generating some feeling toward a visualized image. It is done to find the fundamental mind in yourself that is the same as the fundamental mind of all your teachers, and of all the Buddhas and realized beings that have ever lived. When you merge with the guru, you merge with your pristine true nature, which is the real guide and masteR But this should not be an abstract practice. When you do guru yoga, try to feel such intense devotion that the hair stands upon your neck, tears start down your face, and your heart opens and fills with great love. Let yourself merge in union with the guru's mind, which is your enlightened Buddha-nature. This is the way to practice guru yoga. The Practice After the nine breaths, still seated in meditation posture, visualize the master above and in front of you. This should not be a flat, two dimensional picture-let a real being exist there, in three dimensions, made of light, pure, and with a strong presence that affects the feeling in your body,your energy, and your mind. Generate strong devotion and reflect on the great gift of the teachings and the tremendous good fortune you enjoy in having made a connection to them. Offer a sincere prayer, asking that your negativities and obscurations be removed, that your positive qualities develop, and that you accomplish dream yoga. Then imagine receiving blessings from the master in the form of three colored lights that stream from his or her three wisdom doors- of body, speech, and mind-into yours. The lights should be transmitted in the following sequence: White light streams from the master's brow chakra into yours, purifying and relaxing your entire body and physical dimension. Then red light streams from the master's throat chakra into yours, purifying and relaxing your energetic dimension. Finally, blue light streams from the master's heart chakra into yours, purifying and relaxing your mind. When the lights enter your body, feel them. Let your body, energy, and mind relax, suffused inwisdom light. Use your imagination to make the blessing real in your full experience, in your body and energy as well as in the images in your mind. After receiving the blessing, imagine the master dissolving into light that enters your heart and resides there as your innermost essence. Imagine that you dissolve into that light, and remain inpure awareness, rigpa. There are more elaborate instructions for guru yoga that can involve prostrations, offerings, gestures, mantras, and more complicated visualizations, but the essence of the practice is mingling your mind with the mind of the master, which is pure, non-dual awareness. Guru yoga can be done any time during the day; the more often the better. Many masters say that of all the practices it is guru yoga that is the most important. It confers the blessings of the lineage and can open and soften the heart and quiet the unruly mind. To completely accomplish guru yoga is to accomplish the path. ~ Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Yogas Of Dream And Sleep ,
42:In the lower planes can't one say what will happen at a particular moment? That depends. On certain planes there are consciousnesses that form, that make formations and try to send them down to earth and manifest them. These are planes where the great forces are at play, forces struggling with each other to organise things in one way or another. On these planes all the possibilities are there, all the possibilities that present themselves but have not yet come to a decision as to which will come down.... Suppose a plane full of the imaginations of people who want certain things to be realised upon earth - they invent a novel, narrate stories, produce all kinds of phenomena; it amuses them very much. It is a plane of form-makers and they are there imagining all kinds of circumstances and events; they play with the forces; they are like the authors of a drama and they prepare everything there and see what is going to happen. All these formations are facing each other; and it is those which are the strongest, the most successful or the most persistent or those that have the advantage of a favourable set of circumstances which dominate. They meet and out of the conflict yet another thing results: you lose one thing and take up another, you make a new combination; and then all of a sudden, you find, pluff! it is coming down. Now, if it comes down with a sufficient force, it sets moving the earth atmosphere and things combine; as for instance, when with your fist you thump the saw-dust, you know surely what happens, don't you? You lift your hand, give a formidable blow: all the dust gets organised around your fist. Well, it is like that. These formations come down into matter with that force, and everything organises itself automatically, mechanically as around the striking fist. And there's your wished object about to be realised, sometimes with small deformations because of the resistance, but it will be realised finally, even as the person narrating the story up above wanted it more or less to be realised. If then you are for some reason or other in the secret of the person who has constructed the story and if you follow the way in which he creates his path to reach down to the earth and if you see how a blow with the fist acts on earthly matter, then you are able to tell what is going to happen, because you have seen it in the world above, and as it takes some time to make the whole journey, you see in advance. And the higher you rise, the more you foresee in advance what is going to happen. And if you pass far beyond, go still farther, then everything is possible. It is an unfolding that follows a wide road which is for you unknowable; for all will be unfolded in the universe, but in what order and in what way? There are decisions that are taken up there which escape our ordinary consciousness, and so it is very difficult to foresee. But there also, if you enter consciously and if you can be present up there... How shall I explain that to you? All is there, absolute, static, eternal: but all that will be unfolded in the material world, naturally more or less one thing after another; for in the static existence all can be there, but in the becoming all becomes in time, that is, one thing after another. Well, what path will the unfolding follow? Up there is the domain of absolute freedom.... Who says that a sufficiently sincere aspiration, a sufficiently intense prayer is not capable of changing the path of the unfolding? This means that all is possible. Now, one must have a sufficient aspiration and a prayer that's sufficiently intense. But that has been given to human nature. It is one of the marvellous gifts of grace given to human nature; only, one does not know how to make use of it. This comes to saying that in spite of the most absolute determinisms in the horizontal line, if one knows how to cross all these horizontal lines and reach the highest Point of consciousness, one is able to make things change, things apparently absolutely determined. So you may call it by any name you like, but it is a kind of combination of an absolute determinism with an absolute freedom. You may pull yourself out of it in any way you like, but it is like that. I forgot to say in that book (perhaps I did not forget but just felt that it was useless to say it) that all these theories are only theories, that is, mental conceptions which are merely more or less imaged representations of the reality; but it is not the reality at all. When you say "determinism" and when you say "freedom", you say only words and all that is only a very incomplete, very approximate and very weak description of what is in reality within you, around you and everywhere; and to be able to begin to understand what the universe is, you must come out of your mental formulas, otherwise you will never understand anything. To tell the truth, if you live only a moment, just a tiny moment, of this absolutely sincere aspiration or this sufficiently intense prayer, you will know more things than by meditating for hours. ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1953 ,
43:This, in short, is the demand made on us, that we should turn our whole life into a conscious sacrifice. Every moment and every movement of our being is to be resolved into a continuous and a devoted self-giving to the Eternal. All our actions, not less the smallest and most ordinary and trifling than the greatest and most uncommon and noble, must be performed as consecrated acts. Our individualised nature must live in the single consciousness of an inner and outer movement dedicated to Something that is beyond us and greater than our ego. No matter what the gift or to whom it is presented by us, there must be a consciousness in the act that we are presenting it to the one divine Being in all beings. Our commonest or most grossly material actions must assume this sublimated character; when we eat, we should be conscious that we are giving our food to that Presence in us; it must be a sacred offering in a temple and the sense of a mere physical need or self-gratification must pass away from us. In any great labour, in any high discipline, in any difficult or noble enterprise, whether undertaken for ourselves, for others or for the race, it will no longer be possible to stop short at the idea of the race, of ourselves or of others. The thing we are doing must be consciously offered as a sacrifice of works, not to these, but either through them or directly to the One Godhead; the Divine Inhabitant who was hidden by these figures must be no longer hidden but ever present to our soul, our mind, our sense. The workings and results of our acts must be put in the hands of that One in the feeling that that Presence is the Infinite and Most High by whom alone our labour and our aspiration are possible. For in his being all takes place; for him all labour and aspiration are taken from us by Nature and offered on his altar. Even in those things in which Nature is herself very plainly the worker and we only the witnesses of her working and its containers and supporters, there should be the same constant memory and insistent consciousness of a work and of its divine Master. Our very inspiration and respiration, our very heart-beats can and must be made conscious in us as the living rhythm of the universal sacrifice. It is clear that a conception of this kind and its effective practice must carry in them three results that are of a central importance for our spiritual ideal. It is evident, to begin with, that, even if such a discipline is begun without devotion, it leads straight and inevitably towards the highest devotion possible; for it must deepen naturally into the completest adoration imaginable, the most profound God-love. There is bound up with it a growing sense of the Divine in all things, a deepening communion with the Divine in all our thought, will and action and at every moment of our lives, a more and more moved consecration to the Divine of the totality of our being. Now these implications of the Yoga of works are also of the very essence of an integral and absolute Bhakti. The seeker who puts them into living practice makes in himself continually a constant, active and effective representation of the very spirit of self-devotion, and it is inevitable that out of it there should emerge the most engrossing worship of the Highest to whom is given this service. An absorbing love for the Divine Presence to whom he feels an always more intimate closeness, grows upon the consecrated worker. And with it is born or in it is contained a universal love too for all these beings, living forms and creatures that are habitations of the Divine - not the brief restless grasping emotions of division, but the settled selfless love that is the deeper vibration of oneness. In all the seeker begins to meet the one Object of his adoration and service. The way of works turns by this road of sacrifice to meet the path of Devotion; it can be itself a devotion as complete, as absorbing, as integral as any the desire of the heart can ask for or the passion of the mind can imagine. Next, the practice of this Yoga demands a constant inward remembrance of the one central liberating knowledge, and a constant active externalising of it in works comes in too to intensify the remembrance. In all is the one Self, the one Divine is all; all are in the Divine, all are the Divine and there is nothing else in the universe, - this thought or this faith is the whole background until it becomes the whole substance of the consciousness of the worker. A memory, a self-dynamising meditation of this kind, must and does in its end turn into a profound and uninterrupted vision and a vivid and all-embracing consciousness of that which we so powerfully remember or on which we so constantly meditate. For it compels a constant reference at each moment to the Origin of all being and will and action and there is at once an embracing and exceeding of all particular forms and appearances in That which is their cause and upholder. This way cannot go to its end without a seeing vivid and vital, as concrete in its way as physical sight, of the works of the universal Spirit everywhere. On its summits it rises into a constant living and thinking and willing and acting in the presence of the Supramental, the Transcendent. Whatever we see and hear, whatever we touch and sense, all of which we are conscious, has to be known and felt by us as That which we worship and serve; all has to be turned into an image of the Divinity, perceived as a dwelling-place of his Godhead, enveloped with the eternal Omnipresence. In its close, if not long before it, this way of works turns by communion with the Divine Presence, Will and Force into a way of Knowledge more complete and integral than any the mere creature intelligence can construct or the search of the intellect can discover. Lastly, the practice of this Yoga of sacrifice compels us to renounce all the inner supports of egoism, casting them out of our mind and will and actions, and to eliminate its seed, its presence, its influence out of our nature. All must be done for the Divine; all must be directed towards the Divine. Nothing must be attempted for ourselves as a separate existence; nothing done for others, whether neighbours, friends, family, country or mankind or other creatures merely because they are connected with our personal life and thought and sentiment or because the ego takes a preferential interest in their welfare. In this way of doing and seeing all works and all life become only a daily dynamic worship and service of the Divine in the unbounded temple of his own vast cosmic existence. Life becomes more and more the sacrifice of the eternal in the individual constantly self-offered to the eternal Transcendence. It is offered in the wide sacrificial ground of the field of the eternal cosmic Spirit; and the Force too that offers it is the eternal Force, the omnipresent Mother. Therefore is this way a way of union and communion by acts and by the spirit and knowledge in the act as complete and integral as any our Godward will can hope for or our soul's strength execute. It has all the power of a way of works integral and absolute, but because of its law of sacrifice and self-giving to the Divine Self and Master, it is accompanied on its one side by the whole power of the path of Love and on the other by the whole power of the path of Knowledge. At its end all these three divine Powers work together, fused, united, completed, perfected by each other. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga The Yoga of Divine Works,
44: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 ,

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1:dangerous chemistry ~ Emily Giffin,
2:Beauty is a gift of God. ~ Aristotle,
3:Because life is a gift. ~ Kim Holden,
4:Beauty is the gift of God ~ Aristotle,
5:Every gift is edged. ~ Steven Erikson,
6:Freedom is such a gift. ~ Ryan Gosling,
7:Be brave. Life is a gift. ~ Nicola Yoon,
8:Faith is a gift of God. ~ Blaise Pascal,
9:gifts according to the law: ~ Anonymous,
10:Our gifts are our weaponry ~ Lois Lowry,
11:A blessing is a gift. ~ Tiffany L Warren,
12:Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. ~ Virgil,
13:gift. An unwanted gift. ~ Pepper Winters,
14:I was the law and order. ~ Frank Gifford,
15:Our gifts are our weaponry, ~ Lois Lowry,
16:Truly a wife is God’s gift. ~ Anya Seton,
17:Uplift, your mind is a gift. ~ LL Cool J,
18:A gift by women, for women. ~ Nevil Shute,
19:Children are a gift from God. ~ Anonymous,
20:He has the gift of quiet. ~ John le Carre,
21:Life is a gift, love opens it up. ~ Jay Z,
22:Smooth words in place of gifts. ~ Plautus,
23:This blessed gift of smoking! ~ H G Wells,
24:3. Here’s a gift, I love you. ~ Seth Godin,
25:Egypt is the gift of the Nile. ~ Herodotus,
26:gift all needs are met. ~ Joel S Goldsmith,
27:I got a ill gift, I'm real swift ~ Cam ron,
28:The gift of achievement is ~ Robin Sharma,
29:Celebrate the gift of memory. ~ Harley King,
30:Embrace each day as a gift. ~ Beverly Lewis,
31:Gift of the Real Estate Gods. ~ Gary Keller,
32:I don't break up, I trade up ~ Emily Giffin,
33:Like a gift from hell. . . . ~ Kresley Cole,
34:The gift blesses the giver. ~ Hilary Mantel,
35:We’re gifted,” I explained. ~ Gordon Korman,
36:Anything worthwhile is tough. ~ Emily Giffin,
37:courage is the gift of character ~ Euripides,
38:Hope is a gift. Use it wisely. ~ Harley King,
39:How blind men are to Heaven's gifts! ~ Lucan,
40:Laughter is a gift for lovers. ~ Harley King,
41:Only boring people get bored. ~ Emily Giffin,
42:To be young, gifted and black! ~ Nina Simone,
43:I care for riches, to make gifts. ~ Euripides,
44:I'm basically a gift-giver. ~ Christie Hefner,
45:No gift comes without a price. ~ Rick Riordan,
46:Perspective is a gift nowadays. ~ Brian Solis,
47:You can run but you can't hide ~ Emily Giffin,
48:Beauty is the lover's gift. ~ William Congreve,
49:Books are the best messages and gifts. ~ Disha,
50:Forgiveness is God's greatest gift ~ Dan Brown,
51:Honesty can be a dirty gift. ~ Colin Cotterill,
52:Love is sharing a life together ~ Emily Giffin,
53:Our flesh is a gift of laughter. ~ Harley King,
54:Peace is our gift to each other. ~ Elie Wiesel,
55:Your gift can make room for you. ~ Tyler Perry,
56:All you have is a gift a to give. ~ Cornel West,
57:Craft beers are a gift from God. ~ Rachel Caine,
58:God whose gifts in gracious flood ~ Victor Hugo,
59:Suffering is a gift; in its hidden mercy ~ Rumi,
60:A great body is a gift you give yourself ~ Nelly,
61:A special gift for a special Lady. ~ Anne Bishop,
62:Celebrity is a gift. I'm very lucky. ~ DJ Qualls,
63: En Giftefærdig Piges Klage
~ Ambrosius Stub,
64:Give me the gift of a listening heart. ~ Solomon,
65:Grace is gratuitous; it is a gift. ~ Octavio Paz,
66:It's a gift. Never lend a book. ~ Ronald D Moore,
67:joy is of all gifts the most divine. ~ M R James,
68:Love is a gift. Passion is a curse ~ Alyson Noel,
69:Manners: The Gift of a Gracious ~ Sally Clarkson,
70:Maybe someday I would be happy. — ~ Emily Giffin,
71:Virtue alone is true nobility. ~ William Gifford,
72:What a gift he'd been given in Mia. ~ Maya Banks,
73:What a gift to have a son. ~ Diane Mott Davidson,
74:You're gifted to do something. ~ Karen Kingsbury,
75:A drunk mind speaks a sober heart, ~ Emily Giffin,
76:A gift in time of need is most acceptable. ~ Ovid,
77:A gift of truth is the gift of love. ~ David Icke,
78:Beauty- it was a glorious gift of nature. ~ Homer,
79:Be Brave. Remember, life is a gift. ~ Nicola Yoon,
80:Beware of shadows bearing gifts. ~ Steven Erikson,
81: Det Daarlige Gifter-Maal
~ Christian Falster,
82:Er schuilt een gif in vergiffenis. ~ Arthur Japin,
83:Food - there's no greater gift. ~ Dikembe Mutombo,
84:Jacob was a gift from the gods. ~ Stephenie Meyer,
85:Reason is God's crowning gift to man. ~ Sophocles,
86:Remember, a book is always a gift. ~ Sheridan Hay,
87:See the gift that change delivers. ~ Jane Seymour,
88:Songwriting is my gift from God ~ Smokey Robinson,
89:Success is a decision, not a gift. ~ Ben Bergeron,
90:sunshine was a gift from Heaven, ~ Robin S Sharma,
91:the misfits are the gifted. ~ Linda Wagner Martin,
92:There is no grief like heartbreak. ~ Emily Giffin,
93:You can love someone you mistrust. ~ Emily Giffin,
94:Accept the gift and honor the giver. ~ Mark Deklin,
95:Be a gift and a benediction. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
96:Each day provides its own gifts. ~ Marcus Aurelius,
97:Life is a gift horse in my opinion. ~ J D Salinger,
98:Make today a gift to your future self. ~ Anonymous,
99:Pain is a horribly wonderful gift. ~ Bryant McGill,
100:Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy. ~ Rumi,
101:These gifts are meant to be shared. ~ Louise Penny,
102:This isn't a letter, it's a gift. ~ David Nicholls,
103:With the gift of faith, we move on. ~ Irvine Welsh,
104:Women hate a debt as men a gift. ~ Robert Browning,
105:Young, gifted, and destitute. ~ Tennessee Williams,
106:A friend's only gift is himself. ~ George Santayana,
107:A happy genius is the gift of nature. ~ John Dryden,
108:And time shall force a gift on each. ~ John Ashbery,
109:An enemy's gift is ruinous and no gift. ~ Sophocles,
110:Baseball is Heaven's gift to mortals. ~ George Will,
111:Conceit is God's gift to little men. ~ Bruce Barton,
112:Give the gift of your full presence. ~ Haemin Sunim,
113:Gods given us all strengths and gifts. ~ Max Lucado,
114:He who fails to plan, plans to fail. ~ Emily Giffin,
115:It's a gift to be able to give access. ~ Tory Burch,
116:Life is a fragile and awesome gift. ~ Steve Goodier,
117:Moderation, the noblest gift of Heaven. ~ Euripides,
118:Survival is the greatest gift of love ~ Audre Lorde,
119:The best gift in life is a second chance. ~ Unknown,
120:The greatest gift I ever had ~ John Walter Bratton,
121:The greatest gift we give each other ~ Richard Moss,
122:Fidelity is a gift not a requirement. ~ Lilli Palmer,
123:Find the gift in the little things. ~ Lisa Schroeder,
124:Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving. ~ Erma Bombeck,
125:I think architecture has to be a gift. ~ Jean Nouvel,
126:Love as a verb. Love as a commitment. ~ Emily Giffin,
127:moving on is a gift you give yourself. ~ Joan Rivers,
128:Never look a gift horse in the mouth. ~ John Heywood,
129:Oh would some power the gift give us, ~ Robert Burns,
130:The gift of a bad man can bring no good. ~ Euripides,
131:You are the greatest gift of my life. ~ Tayari Jones,
132:Young, gifted, and destitute... ~ Tennessee Williams,
133:A tranquil mind is not a little gift. ~ Gary R Renard,
134:Books about suicide make lousy gifts. ~ Wilfrid Sheed,
135:Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. ~ Kendra Elliot,
136:For all have not the gift of martyrdom. ~ John Dryden,
137:Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves. ~ Kevin Kwan,
138:Friend is a gift you give yourself. ~ Mary Engelbreit,
139:"Give the gift of your full presence." ~ Haemin Sunim,
140:... humility + humor = humanity. ~ Kathie Lee Gifford,
141:I don't give any gifts to the rich. ~ Nicolas Sarkozy,
142:[My mother] called [my voice] the gift. ~ Johnny Cash,
143:Never look a gift lion in the mouth. ~ Daniel Handler,
144:Reason is God's crowning gift to a man... ~ Sophocles,
145:The Girl With All the Gifts (Orbit, July) ~ Anonymous,
146:The only gift is giving to the poor; ~ Thiruvalluvar,
147:A wedding invitation is a gift subpoena. ~ Peter Sagal,
148:A woman scorn'd is pitiless as fate, ~ William Gifford,
149:Be proud of your choices, not your gifts. ~ Jeff Bezos,
150:butter and jelly. Two chocolate ~ Patricia Reilly Giff,
151:Enemies gifts are no gifts and do no good. ~ Sophocles,
152:Every good and perfect gift comes from God ~ Anonymous,
153:Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself ~ T D Jakes,
154:Freedom is a gift that you give to yourself. ~ Unknown,
155:Gifts are given, but fruit must be grown ~ Rick Joyner,
156:Grandparents are God's gifts to children. ~ Bill Cosby,
157:Hard times produce your greatest gifts. ~ Robin Sharma,
158:I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts. ~ Virgil,
159:I'm not gifted, but I'm not hopeless. ~ Norman Spinrad,
160:Innovation never happens as planned. ~ Gifford Pinchot,
161:Innovations never happen as planned. ~ Gifford Pinchot,
162:It’s not a lie. It’s a gift for fiction. ~ David Mamet,
163:Joy is the true gift of Christmas. ~ Pope Benedict XVI,
164:Life is a gift. Don't forget to live it. ~ Nicola Yoon,
165:Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it. ~ Nicola Yoon,
166:Love isn’t a curse, Lucas, it’s a gift. ~ Sarah Morgan,
168:Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. ~ Horace,
169:The devil never gave a gift for free. ~ Tananarive Due,
170:The intuitive mind is a sacred gift. ~ Albert Einstein,
171:We’ve been reckless with our gifts.” He ~ Lauren Groff,
172:What punishments of God are not gifts? ~ J R R Tolkien,
173:You don’t realize the gift you have. ~ James Lee Burke,
174:A woman's mind is affected by the meanest gifts. ~ Livy,
175:Covet earnestly the best gifts. ~ I Corinthians.XII. 21,
176:Every moment has a momentous gift for you. ~ Prem Rawat,
177:(existing's tricky:but to live's a gift) ~ E E Cummings,
178:(existing's tricky:but to live's a gift) ~ e e cummings,
179:Find out what your gift is and nurture it. ~ Katy Perry,
180:Girl, you could use those gift cards! ~ Janet Evanovich,
181:I always try to give my songs as gifts. ~ Dan Fogelberg,
182:I consider everything I compose a gift. ~ Keith Emerson,
183:I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts. ~ Virgil,
184:Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. ~ Jean Anouilh,
185:She has the gift of accepting her life. ~ Jhumpa Lahiri,
186:True love's the gift which God has given ~ Walter Scott,
187:We are in love and meant to be together. ~ Emily Giffin,
188:We cannot ignore our gift of the future. ~ Jimmy Carter,
189:You are the gift I never saw coming. ~ Kristen Callihan,
190:You’ll never regret being a good friend. ~ Emily Giffin,
191:A gift of science to a world of horrors. ~ Nick Harkaway,
192:Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice. ~ Jeff Bezos,
193:Consciousness is Gods' gift to mankind. ~ Albert Hofmann,
194:No one here is embarrassed of their gift. ~ Ransom Riggs,
195:Remember always, you are the gift! ~ Neale Donald Walsch,
196:Robby Brees was such a gifted theologian. ~ Andrew Smith,
197:Taste is the next gift to genius. ~ James Russell Lowell,
198:The purpose of life is a life of purpose. ~ Emily Giffin,
199:This also, that I live, I consider a gift of God. ~ Ovid,
200:Today, and this very moment, is a gift. ~ Robin S Sharma,
201:A gift much expected is paid, not given. ~ George Herbert,
202:A woman's gifts will make room for her. ~ Hattie McDaniel,
203:Every day should be unwrapped as a gift. ~ Harry Harrison,
204:Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. ~ Suzanne Somers,
205:Gifts are free, but maturity is expensive. ~ Bill Johnson,
206:Grief is a gift, something you have to earn. ~ Peter H eg,
207:I give her sadness and the gift of pain, ~ Dorothy Parker,
208:I'm the hardest person to buy a gift for. ~ Stacy Keibler,
209:I think all music is a gift from God. ~ Pharrell Williams,
210:It is said that gifts persuade even the gods. ~ Euripides,
211:life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir ~ Danielle Steel,
212:My individuality is my gift to my people. ~ Shelby Steele,
213:People make time for what matters to them. ~ Emily Giffin,
214:Some gifts are baits! Watch out! ~ Ernest Agyemang Yeboah,
215:Sometimes not giving is the gift. —KATE FAL ~ Larry Smith,
216:That breath that you just took, that's a gift! ~ Rob Bell,
217:The fidelity of a dog is a precious gift. ~ Konrad Lorenz,
218:The gifts of bad men bring no good with them. ~ Euripides,
219:The uneventful day is a precious gift. ~ Abraham Verghese,
220:Woman is the most precious gift known to man. ~ Rick Ross,
221:words are like gifts u dont have to give away ~ Jomny Sun,
222:Yoga is a gift that you give yourself. ~ Bethenny Frankel,
223:Your happiness is your gift to the world. ~ Robert Holden,
224:15Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! ~ Anonymous,
225:Creationism: God's gift to the ignorant. ~ Richard Dawkins,
226:Creativity is the gift that keeps on giving. ~ Eric Maisel,
227:Every woman is the gift of a world to me. ~ Heinrich Heine,
228:Existence is the gift. Life is a choice. ~ Roshani Chokshi,
229:Gifts enter every where without a wimble. ~ George Herbert,
230:Indeed, to be fucked pleasurably is a gift. ~ Larry Kramer,
231:It was indeed a gift to have someone to love. ~ Jojo Moyes,
232:Life is a gift. Never take it for granted. ~ Sasha Azevedo,
233:Neglect not the gift that is in thee. ~ I. Timothy. IV. 14,
234:Our choices. Our fleeting moments together. ~ Emily Giffin,
235:Our deepest wounds surround our greatest gifts. ~ Ken Page,
236:Repentance is a gift of God's grace. ~ Rabindranath Tagore,
237:The Gift of Truth excels all other Gifts. ~ Gautama Buddha,
238:The gift of truth excels all other gifts. ~ Gautama Buddha,
239:The gift without the giver is rare. ~ James Russell Lowell,
240:The greatest gift is a passion for reading. ~ Edmund Burke,
241:There is no benefit in the gifts of a bad man. ~ Euripides,
242:The uneventful day was a precious gift. ~ Abraham Verghese,
243:Why look a gift whore in the mouth? ~ Victoria Helen Stone,
244:A book is a gift you can open and again. ~ Garrison Keillor,
245:Ah me, thou Destiny, Giver of evil gifts. ~ Cormac McCarthy,
246:Bear gifts if you can’t bear anything else. ~ Gillian Flynn,
247:Every day's a gift, Audrey. Don't waste it. ~ Suzanne Young,
248:Fortune reigns in gifts of the world. ~ William Shakespeare,
249:Gift of life is the greatest of all gifts; ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
250:Give yourself a gift: the present moment. ~ Marcus Aurelius,
251:Guilt is a supreme waste of time and energy. ~ Emily Giffin,
252:Heaven's last best gift, my ever new delight. ~ John Milton,
253:Humanity's gift to the universe. Duct Tape. ~ Jack Campbell,
254:I have several… gifts, as a matter of fact. ~ Erin Nicholas,
255:Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ~ Emily Giffin,
256:I’m not one to kick a gift horse in the nuts, ~ Tal M Klein,
257:It is youth’s gift not to feel its debts. ~ Madeline Miller,
258:Just to be is holy, just to live is a gift. ~ Sue Monk Kidd,
259:Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.” Her ~ Nicola Yoon,
260:Life is a gift. Immortality is a precious gift. ~ Anne Rice,
261:Love is a precious gift – one without strings ~ Amber Kizer,
262:Love is not a tragedy or a failure, but a gift ~ John Green,
263:Salvation is a gift. Godliness is the pursuit. ~ Beth Moore,
264:That rarest gift to Beauty, Common Sense! ~ George Meredith,
265:The best gifts are never given, but claimed. ~ Warren Ellis,
266:The greatest gift we have is the gift of life. ~ Mike Ditka,
267:Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind. ~ Helen Keller,
268:usta be young usta be gifted - still black. ~ Wanda Coleman,
269:Weren’t coincidences sometimes gifts of fate? ~ Nina George,
270:What an unequaled gift for disaster you have. ~ Naomi Novik,
271:What greater gift than the love of a cat. ~ Charles Dickens,
272:You are free, and that freedom is a gift. ~ Cassandra Clare,
273:Beware the Greeks when they bear gifts. ~ Colleen McCullough,
274:Challenges are gifts, opportunities to learn. ~ Andy Andrews,
275:Character is the most precious gift of education. ~ Sai Baba,
276:Every relationship is a gift exchange. ~ Marianne Williamson,
277:Give guilt - the gift that lasts forever. ~ Garrison Keillor,
278:I don't really know why I went to law school. ~ Emily Giffin,
279:Let my heart be wise. It is the gods' best gift. ~ Euripides,
280:Life is a gift, not to possess, but to share. ~ Henri Nouwen,
281:LOVE is and will ALWAYS be the greatest GIFT ƸӜƷ ~ M G Wells,
282:Love is not a tragedy or a failure, but a gift. ~ John Green,
283:Memories are perhaps the best gifts of all. ~ Gloria Gaither,
284:Seeing is a gift that comes with practice. ~ Stephanie Mills,
285:Sex is one of God's gifts, just use it right. ~ Sky Ferreira,
286:The gifts of God are rarely what we expect. ~ Charlie Lovett,
287:The illusion of hope is Hell's greatest joy. ~ Greg F Gifune,
288:Tonight, hell sends an angel bearing gifts... ~ James O Barr,
289:Truth always comes with some measure of pain ~ Greg F Gifune,
290:What is bought is cheaper than a gift. ~ Miguel de Cervantes,
291:Any authentic creation is a gift to the future ~ Albert Camus,
292:Every day is a gift. Why waste it being negative? ~ J S Scott,
293:Every problem has a gift for you in its hands. ~ Richard Bach,
294:Fashion can be cruel. Style is a gift to others. ~ Rick Owens,
295:Freedom without opportunity is a devil's gift. ~ Noam Chomsky,
296:Freedom without opportunity is a devil’s gift. ~ Noam Chomsky,
297:Gifts make friends and friends make gifts. ~ Marshall Sahlins,
298:God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind. ~ Aeschylus,
299:grocery lists. That was back when I thought my ~ Emily Giffin,
300:I am her tribute. Survival is my gift to her. ~ Pittacus Lore,
301:I really try to focus on my books and readers. ~ Emily Giffin,
302:I wake up grateful, for life is a gift. ~ Elizabeth Alexander,
303:Of all the gods only death does not desire gifts. ~ Aeschylus,
304:Ruining is a gift .. it's the way of changing. ~ Erin Gruwell,
305:Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself. ~ Rob Lowe,
306:Talent is a gift, but character is a choice. ~ John C Maxwell,
307:The cross is the gift God gives to his friends. ~ Philip Neri,
308:The gift derives its value from the rank of the giver. ~ Ovid,
309:The greatest gift is not being afraid to question. ~ Ruby Dee,
310:The soil is the gift of God to the living. ~ Thomas Jefferson,
311:To be free from evil thoughts is God's best gift. ~ Aeschylus,
312:Trust is by far the hardest gift to give away. ~ Raine Miller,
313:We have complicated every simple gift of the gods. ~ Diogenes,
314:Wine, madam, is God's next best gift to man. ~ Ambrose Bierce,
315:A friend is a gift you give yourself. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson,
316:A gifted man does not waste his life on women. ~ M F Moonzajer,
317:As one's gifts increase, his friends decrease. ~ Khalil Gibran,
318:Democracy isn't a gift. It's a responsibility. ~ Dalton Trumbo,
319:Expecting gratitude for a gift is... unseemly. ~ Jack Caldwell,
320:Glory, the casual gift of thoughtless crowds! ~ Samuel Johnson,
321:If you don't know your gift, you've got no lift. ~ Tony Curtis,
322:I'm nostalgic and I do think about a "what if." ~ Emily Giffin,
323:It is the gift of heaven and not of reason. ~ Pierre Corneille,
324:It was a dark gift but not a useless one. ~ Jeanette Winterson,
325:life's worst experiences can be valuable gifts. ~ Mia Sheridan,
326:Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy. ~ Jalal Al e Ahmad,
327:The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful... ~ Seamus Heaney,
328:The greatest gifts can be destroyed by idleness. ~ Leo Tolstoy,
329:The male quality is the creative gift. ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins,
330:three gift copies of "The Perennial Bachelor, ~ Sinclair Lewis,
331:Tolerating is the gift from God to women! ~ Rainer Maria Rilke,
332:You seek problems because you need their gifts. ~ Richard Bach,
333:You were right, Barry...Every second was a gift. ~ Geoff Johns,
334:After all, I think, isn't it always about a boy? ~ Emily Giffin,
335:A great gift is an answer waiting for a question. ~ Kevin Kling,
336:A wicked mans gift hath a touch of his master. ~ George Herbert,
337:Belief in a better future is an amazing gift. ~ Andrew Davidson,
338:Coffee. Man's number one gift to the universe. ~ Michelle Bryan,
339:Don't be flirting with your gift, you better marry it ~ Rapsody,
340:Every day is a gift -- start unwrapping them. ~ Beverly Jenkins,
341:Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming ~ Sarah Young,
342:Genius! thou gift of Heav'n! thou Light divine! ~ George Crabbe,
343:If it's a really good gift, I love receiving it, ~ Gina Gershon,
344:I had failed to make a gift of myself to God. ~ Karen Armstrong,
345:In accepting the Gift you Honor the Giver ~ Stephen R Donaldson,
346:It is not the gift, but the thought that counts. ~ Paul van Dyk,
347:It was a mistake. You didn't try to hurt anyone. ~ Emily Giffin,
348:I will not make a gift of myself, I must be won ~ Hermann Hesse,
349:Life isn’t always fun, and is almost never easy, ~ Emily Giffin,
350:no price is too high for a gift from your heart. ~ Sejal Badani,
351:Patience is a gift you have to work for. ~ Benjamin Alire S enz,
352:Sin - sin is God’s most precious gift. ~ Halld r Kiljan Laxness,
353:Teaching young people to sell is a priceless gift. ~ Seth Godin,
354:The emotions are an incredible gift that we have ~ Rhonda Byrne,
355:... the nearness of the wound to the gift, ~ Jeanette Winterson,
356:Without natural gifts technical rules are useless. ~ Quintilian,
357:You seek problems because you need their gifts. ~ Beth Harbison,
358:A book is a gift you can open again and again ~ Garrison Keillor,
359:A little given seasonably excuses a great gift. ~ George Herbert,
360:Beauty is heaven's gift, and how few can boast of beauty. ~ Ovid,
361:Death is a gift, so long as it is nature’s hand. ~ Douglas Clegg,
362:God created you to be—a gift of His love to others. ~ Jack Frost,
363:He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie. ~ Anais Nin,
364:I opened two gifts this morning. They were my eyes. ~ Zig Ziglar,
365:It's not up to God for us to use the gift of faith. ~ James Cook,
366:right—secrets and lies are really the same thing, ~ Emily Giffin,
367:she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. ~ Anonymous,
368:The future is not a gift-it is an achievement. ~ Albert Einstein,
369:The gift you offer another person is just your being. ~ Ram Dass,
370:The glorious gifts of the gods are not to be cast aside. ~ Homer,
371:The good traveler has the gift of surprise. ~ W Somerset Maugham,
372:The greatest gift is a passion for reading. ~ Elizabeth Hardwick,
373:The greatest gift is a portion of thyself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
374:The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself. ~ Bob Burg,
375:Tobacco is America's greatest gift to the world! ~ David Hockney,
376:Today is a gift; take pleasure in unwrapping it! ~ Emilie Barnes,
377:Trust the gifts that God has placed within you. ~ DeVon Franklin,
378:Unless it was Cokie, gifts from men weren't free. ~ Ruta Sepetys,
379:When a young man talks to an old man, it is always a gift. ~ Avi,
380:When life was treasured as a gift, not a promise. ~ Kristen Wolf,
381:You can't fake it. Bad writing is a gift. ~ Richard Le Gallienne,
382:You have a rare and marvelous gift with words. ~ Jeanne Birdsall,
383:A book is a gift you can open again and again. ~ Garrison Keillor,
384:A book is a gift you can read again and again. ~ Garrison Keillor,
385:...Any authentic creation is a gift to the future. ~ Albert Camus,
386:But he was a golden child, too good for the world. ~ Emily Giffin,
387:Children give terrible gifts because they are poor. ~ Rob Delaney,
388:Children represent God's most generous gift to us. ~ James Dobson,
389:Death is a gift. Without it we wouldn't value life. ~ John Bachar,
390:Don't envy someone else's gift. Discover your own. ~ Tavis Smiley,
391:effective spiritual gifts such as healing. These are ~ Tom Wright,
392:He that gives me small gifts would have me live. ~ George Herbert,
393:I am not so gifted as at one time seemed likely. ~ Virginia Woolf,
394:I have no gift of words, but I speak the truth. ~ Rudyard Kipling,
395:It's important to be grateful for the gifts we have ~ Sarah Weeks,
396:I’ve been gifted with patience and perseverance. ~ Starla Huchton,
397:Life had given her nothing but money, a poor gift, ~ Kate O Brien,
398:Sometimes closure is the only gift worth giving. ~ Seanan McGuire,
399:That freedom is not a gift; it is a birthright. ~ Cassandra Clare,
400:The best gifts come from the heart, not the store. ~ Sarah Dessen,
401:The only true gift is a portion of thyself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
402:The simple things in life are the greatest gifts. ~ Bryant McGill,
403:time is simply an illusion, and the gifted live on, ~ Jamie Magee,
404:Today is a gift I honor by fully living it. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher,
405:To save one from a mistake is a gift of paradise, ~ Frank Herbert,
406:Until the day I don't breathe, I will create music. ~ Gift of Gab,
407:Ve haf vays of making you gif us your DNA sample. ~ Ilona Andrews,
408:You are here to deliver a divine gift to the world. ~ Debbie Ford,
409:A gift in season is a double favor to the needy. ~ Publilius Syrus,
410:gift.) I’m not bothered by the famous Parisian ~ Pamela Druckerman,
411:Give yourself the gift of nature as often as you can. ~ Wayne Dyer,
412:Hope was such a gift and a curse all rolled into one. ~ Maya Banks,
413:If ifs were gifts, every day would be Christmas. ~ Charles Barkley,
414:I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me. ~ Elia Kazan,
415:Love is the greatest gift we can give or receive, ~ Laura Thalassa,
416:Love is the greatest gift we can give or receive. ~ Laura Thalassa,
417:Nothing is ever perfect. It is what you make of it. ~ Emily Giffin,
418:Storytelling is a gift, but writing is a learned art. ~ Beem Weeks,
419:The future is not a gift. It is an achievement. ~ Robert F Kennedy,
420:The gifts we have are placed in us for other people. ~ Joyce Meyer,
421:The greatest gift love ever gave was a choice. ~ Kelly Eileen Hake,
422:The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self. ~ Fred Rogers,
423:There is no such thing as a problem without a gift. ~ Richard Bach,
424:They who await no gifts from chance, conquer fate. ~ Clive Cussler,
425:Vatican Palace…because in Venturi’s words, ‘Less is ~ Emily Giffin,
426:We bring God glory by serving others with our gifts. ~ Rick Warren,
427:We love that s why life is full of so many wonderful gifts. ~ Rumi,
428:You have a gift that can make you rich. Everyone does. ~ Ian Brown,
429:You say their stories, it is gift they give you. ~ Khaled Hosseini,
430:Accept the gift. And then the gift manifests itself. ~ Paulo Coelho,
431:a gentle sister is the second best gift to a man; ~ Herman Melville,
432:Dear Lord, our God and Saviour! for Thy gifts ~ Philip James Bailey,
433:Even at its darkest moment, life was a precious gift. ~ Mary Balogh,
434:Every problem in your life carries a gift inside it. ~ Richard Bach,
435:He is a good man who can receive a gift well. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
436:I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag. ~ Adrien Brody,
437:If stupidity were a gift, only a few would have it. ~ M F Moonzajer,
438:I think relationships are work, but love is a gift. ~ Anne Hathaway,
439:Leningrad ... is a city with the gift of timelessness. ~ Jan Morris,
440:Madness was a gift. Even as memories were a curse. ~ Steven Erikson,
441:My comedy is not mine. It's a gift. I'm not that smart. ~ Tim Allen,
442:My humor is my creativity, and my skepticism is a gift. ~ J Tillman,
443:Never mind being afraid of eleven right now. ~ Patricia Reilly Giff,
444:People generally didn't cheat in good relationships. ~ Emily Giffin,
445:recipient and that, as a surprise honeymoon gift, I'd ~ David Weber,
446:reckless abandon and know that there will be someone ~ Emily Giffin,
447:Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. ~ William Shakespeare,
448:Speech is the gift of all, but the thought of few. ~ Cato the Elder,
449:Stories are our gifts to a world that doesn't see us. ~ Sarah Black,
450:The best gift a fan could give me is undeniable support. ~ Jessie J,
451:the gift given for no reason is the purest gift of all. ~ L A Banks,
452:The gifts of grace increase as the sorrows increase. ~ Rose of Lima,
453:We have no relationship without honesty. - by Claude ~ Emily Giffin,
454:You have gifts, abilities, and dreams no one else has. ~ Tony Dungy,
455:Your personal truth is your gift to the world. ~ Jennifer Elisabeth,
456:Your worship is not a gift from you to God. It is ~ Yasmin Mogahed,
457:A Book is a gift you can open
again and again ~ Garrison Keillor,
458:A great gift - a gift of Dharma conquers all gifts. ~ Gautama Buddha,
459:All great gifts come with a great price," Bel murmured. ~ C L Wilson,
460:although the truth is, I’m not quite sure how I feel. ~ Emily Giffin,
461:awoke, and then dozed again. When her new gift watch ~ Fern Michaels,
462:Book is a gift that you can open again and again. ~ Garrison Keillor,
463:But remember, there's no greater gift than the present. ~ Dan Santat,
464:Excellence" is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. ~ Plato,
465:For the poor any choice was a gift with two faces. ~ Cormac McCarthy,
466:If it shakes you in the right places, it's Gods gift. ~ Steven Tyler,
467:I learned that getting mad was easier than being sad. ~ Emily Giffin,
468:It is a great gift indeed to love who you are. ~ Katherine Applegate,
469:i want to make it official, i want to make it forever ~ Emily Giffin,
470:I will never use my gift... Not ever again. - Winter ~ Marissa Meyer,
471:Laminated Lettuce ... perfect for holiday gift giving. ~ Alton Brown,
472:Life is the gift of God, and is divine. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
473:Many an injustice is presented as solution and gift. ~ Bryant McGill,
474:Podcasting might be thought of as a form of academic gift ~ Les Back,
475:prescription for a prenatal vitamin, as you will need ~ Emily Giffin,
476:Q: What do you call a blonde with half a brain? A: Gifted! ~ Various,
477:Seeing you happy is the best gift I could ever ask for. ~ Maya Banks,
478:The gift is for you...The surprise is for me. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer,
479:the gift of heaven is in the hands of every man. But ~ Joseph Conrad,
480:The Internet is truly God's gift to the Chinese people. ~ Liu Xiaobo,
481:The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. ~ Pierre Corneille,
482:The only true gifts are a portion of yourself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
483:There's nothing you can do to see — it is a gift. ~ Anthony de Mello,
484:Tis the gift to be simple... 'Tis the gift to be free... ~ Anne Rice,
485:When a child is gifted, people try to help that child. ~ Nina Simone,
486:Whether you CAN forgive and whether you SHOULD trust. ~ Emily Giffin,
487:#4) YOUR LIFE IS MY GIFT TO YOU. TREAT IT LIKE ONE. ~ Neal Shusterman,
488:A book is a gift you can open again and again!!!!! ~ Garrison Keillor,
489:A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present. ~ Thomas Fuller,
490:Always remember to love the Giver more than the gifts. ~ Holley Gerth,
491:Andrew had a gift for deepening the incision he began. ~ Chris Cleave,
492:Cotto is a talented fighter but I'm God gifted. ~ Floyd Mayweather Jr,
493:Cow protection is the gift of Hinduism to the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi,
494:Creativity is the greatest gift of human intelligence. ~ Ken Robinson,
495:[Donald] Trump is a [Hillary] Clinton Christmas gift. ~ Carly Fiorina,
496:Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness. ~ Richard Bach,
497:I can be very reactionary. It's a gift and a curse. ~ Xosha Roquemore,
498:I cheated with Rachel, but I'll never cheat on Rachel. ~ Emily Giffin,
499:I’ve never met a shell before. What a marvelous gift. ~ Marissa Meyer,
500:Just because I'm happy doesn't mean I'm shallow. ~ Kathie Lee Gifford,

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


   17 Philosophy
   16 Occultism
   8 Yoga
   8 Christianity
   6 Integral Yoga
   3 Hinduism
   2 Kabbalah
   2 Buddhism
   1 Integral Theory

   20 Sri Aurobindo
   16 Aleister Crowley
   14 Aldous Huxley
   13 The Mother
   11 Sri Ramakrishna
   10 Saint Teresa of Avila
   8 Swami Vivekananda
   7 Saint Augustine of Hippo
   5 Carl Jung
   3 Satprem
   2 Sri Ramana Maharshi
   2 Nolini Kanta Gupta
   2 Jorge Luis Borges
   2 Friedrich Nietzsche
   2 Bokar Rinpoche

   19 Savitri
   14 The Perennial Philosophy
   14 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   12 Magick Without Tears
   11 The Mothers Agenda
   10 The Synthesis Of Yoga
   9 The Way of Perfection
   8 Words Of Long Ago
   8 The Confessions of Saint Augustine
   8 Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
   7 The Bible
   6 Liber ABA
   6 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
   5 Talks
   5 Aion
   4 The Secret Doctrine
   4 Theosophy
   4 The Interior Castle or The Mansions
   4 Letters On Yoga II
   4 Essays On The Gita
   4 Bhakti-Yoga
   3 The Life Divine
   3 Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness
   3 Raja-Yoga
   3 Poetics
   3 Collected Poems
   3 Agenda Vol 1
   2 Words Of The Mother III
   2 Words Of The Mother II
   2 The Secret Of The Veda
   2 The Mother With Letters On The Mother
   2 Tara - The Feminine Divine
   2 Talks With Sri Aurobindo
   2 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
   2 Book of Certitude
   2 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah

0.04_-_1951-1954, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  But if She is ever to reside and act here, She has to find at least a minimal receptivity, at least one human being with the required vital and physical qualities, a kind of super-Parsifal gifted with an innate and integral purity, yet possessing at the same time a body strong enough and poised enough to bear unwaveringly the intensity of the Ananda She brings.

0.06_-_1956, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  My dear child,
  Agreed - with all my heart I accept the gift you give me of your freedom to choose wrongly ...

0.07_-_1957, #Agenda Vol 1, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Each one has the right to reunite with his supreme Origin whatever his place in the world order
  - that is the gift the Divine has given to matter, and this is your true destiny. And it is a special gift given to the earth; it does not exist in the other worlds. At the same time, each one has a particular role in the manifestation, which is determined by the Supreme, but this same role can exist on different levels depending upon the degree of evolution of 'that' which is within you. If 'that' within you is still very young, your realization may be absolute and you may effectively be able to reunite with the Supreme, but the field of realization in the world will be limited, very small. Along the vertical plane, you may be able to touch the Supreme directly, in spite of your smallness, but on the horizontal plane, the extent of your realization will be infinitesimal. We could take the example of Maheshwari, the Mother of Might and All-Wisdom. This aspect of the Mother will assume different forms depending upon the degree of evolution of 'that' within you: it might be a mere little group leader, a queen, an empress. She will be in the group leader as well as in the empress, but the field of realization will obviously be different.

01.03_-_The_Yoga_of_the_King_The_Yoga_of_the_Souls_Release, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Aims too sublime for Nature's daily will:
  The gifts of the spirit crowding came to him;
  They were his life's pattern and his privilege.
  Its throb of satisfaction and content
  In all the sweetness of the gifts of life,
  Its large breath and pulse and thrill of hope and fear,

01.04_-_The_Secret_Knowledge, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  He is carried by her from Night to deathless Light.
  This grand surrender is his free-will's gift,
  His pure transcendent force submits to hers.

02.03_-_The_Glory_and_the_Fall_of_Life, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  But while the magic breath was on its way,
  Before her gifts could reach our prisoned hearts,
  A dark ambiguous Presence questioned all.

02.06_-_The_Kingdoms_and_Godheads_of_the_Greater_Life, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Ashamed of her rich cosmic poverty,
  She cajoles with her small gifts his mightiness,
  Holds with her scenes his look's fidelity

02.07_-_The_Descent_into_Night, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
    Fate waiting on the unseen steps of men
    And her evil and sorrow and last gift of death.
    A breath of disillusion and decadence
    Turned lust into a decorative art:
    Abusing Nature's gift her pervert skill
    Immortalised the sown grain of living death,

02.09_-_The_Paradise_of_the_Life-Gods, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  And laid its hand upon the body of Time.
  A little gift comes from the Immensitudes,
  But measureless to life its gain of joy;

02.13_-_In_the_Self_of_Mind, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Or an office for misuse of soul and life
  And all the waste man makes of heaven's gifts
  And all his squanderings of Nature's store,

03.01_-_The_Pursuit_of_the_Unknowable, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  ALL IS too little that the world can give:
  Its power and knowledge are the gifts of Time
  And cannot fill the spirit's sacred thirst.

03.03_-_The_House_of_the_Spirit_and_the_New_Creation, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Each gave its powers to help its neighbours' parts,
  But suffered no diminution by the gift;
  Profiteers of a mystic interchange,

03.04_-_The_Vision_and_the_Boon, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  A mighty blindness stumbles hoping on,
  Feeding its strength on gifts of luminous Chance.
  Because the human instrument has failed,

04.03_-_The_Call_to_the_Quest, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  A pilgrim hand lifts in an invisible shrine.
  There came the gift of a revealing hour:
  He saw through depths that reinterpret all,

05.03_-_Satyavan_and_Savitri, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  A living night enclosed the strong man's paths,
  Heaven's brilliant gods recalled their careless gifts,
  Took from blank eyes their glad and helping ray

06.01_-_The_Word_of_Fate, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  More sweet and true than this of mortal make
  That takes all joy as the world's native gift
  And to all gives joy as the world's natural right.
  But the queen cried: "Vain then can be heaven's grace!
  Heaven mocks us with the brilliance of its gifts,
  For Death is a cupbearer of the wine

06.02_-_The_Way_of_Fate_and_the_Problem_of_Pain, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  In the bazaar of a blind destiny,
  A gift of priceless value from Time's gods
  Lost or mislaid in an uncaring world,
  On Nature's gifts to man a curse was laid:
  Heaven's riches they bring, their sufferings count the price
  Or they pay the gift of knowledge with their lives.

07.06_-_Nirvana_and_the_Discovery_of_the_All-Negating_Absolute, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  He listens for Inspiration's postman knock
  And takes delivery of the priceless gift
  A little spoilt by the receiver mind

09.02_-_The_Journey_in_Eternal_Night_and_the_Voice_of_the_Darkness, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Yet since thy strength deserves no trivial crown,
  gifts I can give to soothe thy wounded life.
  The builder of this dreamlike earth for man
  Who has mocked with vanity all gifts he gave.

10.02_-_The_Gospel_of_Death_and_Vanity_of_the_Ideal, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  It has no voice to answer to his call,
  No feet that move, no hands to take his gifts:
  Aerial statue of the nude Idea,

10.03_-_The_Debate_of_Love_and_Death, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Return, O child, to thy forsaken earth."
  But Savitri replied, "Thy gifts resist.

1.00a_-_Introduction, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Your expressions about "purifying the feelings" and so on are rather vague to enter into a scientific system like ours. The result which you doubtless refer to is attained automatically in the course of your experiments. Your very soon discover the sort of state of mind which is favourable or unfavourable to the work, and you also discover what is helpful and harmful to these states in your way of life. For instance, the practice like the non-receiving of gifts is all right for a Hindu whose mind is branded for ten thousand incarnations by the shock of accepting a cigarette or a cup of tea. Incidentally, most of the Eastern cults fall down when they come West, simply because they make no allowance for our different temperaments. Also they set tasks which are completely unsuitable to Europeans an immense amount of disappointment has been caused by failure to recognize these facts.

1.00b_-_INTRODUCTION, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  their best efforts. From the material they have chosen to consider, no mind, however
  brilliantly gifted, can infer more than a set of possibilities or, at the very best,
  specious probabilities. The self-validating certainty of direct awareness cannot in the

1.00_-_Gospel, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  About his parents Sri Ramakrishna once said: "My mother was the personification of rectitude and gentleness. She did not know much about the ways of the world; innocent of the art of concealment, she would say what was in her mind. People loved her for open-heartedness. My father, an orthodox brhmin, never accepted gifts from the udrs. He spent much of his time in worship and meditation, and in repeating God's name and chanting His glories. Whenever in his daily prayers he invoked the Goddess Gyatri, his chest flushed and tears rolled down his cheeks. He spent his leisure hours making garlands for the Family Deity, Raghuvir."
  The words were tender and touching. Like a mother he caressed Narendra and Rkhl, gently stroking their faces. He said in a half whisper to M., "Had this body been allowed to last a little longer, many more souls would have been illumined." He paused a moment and then said: "But Mother has ordained otherwise. She will take me away lest, finding me guileless and foolish, people should take advantage of me and persuade me to bestow on them the rare gifts of spirituality." A few minutes later he touched his chest and said: "Here are two beings. One is She and the other is Her devotee. It is the latter who broke his arm, and it is he again who is now ill. Do you understand me?" After a pause he added: "Alas! To whom shall I tell all this? Who will understand me?" "Pain", he consoled them again, "is unavoidable as long as there is a body. The Lord takes on the body for the sake of His devotees."

1.00_-_Gospel_Preface, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  "M", as the author modestly styles himself, was peculiarly qualified for his task. To a reverent love for his master, to a deep and experiential knowledge of that master's teaching, he added a prodigious memory for the small happenings of each day and a happy gift for recording them in an interesting and realistic way. Making good use of his natural gifts and of the circumstances in which he found himself, "M" produced a book unique, so far as my knowledge goes, in the literature of hagiography. No other saint has had so able and indefatigable a Boswell. Never have the small events of a contemplative's daily life been described with such a wealth of intimate detail. Never have the casual and unstudied utterances of a great religious teacher been set down with so minute a fidelity. To Western readers, it is true, this fidelity and this wealth of detail are sometimes a trifle disconcerting; for the social, religious and intellectual frames of reference within which Sri Ramakrishna did his thinking and expressed his feelings were entirely Indian. But after the first few surprises and bewilderments, we begin to find something peculiarly stimulating and instructive about the very strangeness and, to our eyes, the eccentricity of the man revealed to us in "M's" narrative. What a scholastic philosopher would call the "accidents" of Ramakrishna's life were intensely Hindu and therefore, so far as we in the West are concerned, unfamiliar and hard to understand; its "essence", however, was intensely mystical and therefore universal. To read through these conversations in which mystical doctrine alternates with an unfamiliar kind of humour, and where discussions of the oddest aspects of Hindu mythology give place to the most profound and subtle utterances about the nature of Ultimate Reality, is in itself a liberal, education in humility, tolerance and suspense of judgment. We must be grateful to the translator for his excellent version of a book so curious and delightful as a biographical document, so precious, at the same time, for what it teaches us of the life of the spirit.
  An appropriate allusion indeed! Bhagavata, the great scripture that has given the word of Sri Krishna to mankind, was composed by the Sage Vysa under similar circumstances. When caught up in a mood of depression like that of M, Vysa was advised by the sage Nrada that he would gain peace of mind only qn composing a work exclusively devoted to the depiction of the Lord's glorious attributes and His teachings on Knowledge and Devotion, and the result was that the world got from Vysa the invaluable gift of the Bhagavata Purana depicting the life and teachings of Sri Krishna.

1.00_-_Main, #Book of Certitude, #Baha u llah, #Baha i
  Consider the mercy of God and His gifts. He enjoineth upon you that which shall profit you, though He Himself can well dispense with all creatures. Your evil doings can never harm Us, neither can your good works profit Us. We summon you wholly for the sake of God. To this every man of understanding and insight will testify.
  God had formerly laid upon each one of the believers the duty of offering before Our throne priceless gifts from among his possessions. Now, in token of Our gracious favour, We have absolved them of this obligation. He, of a truth, is the Most Generous, the All-Bountiful.

1.01_-_Asana, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  On the other hand, if the student pay no attention, fail to watch the body, an opposite phenomenon may occur. He shifts to ease himself without knowing that he has done so. To avoid this, choose a position which naturally is rather cramped and awkward, and in which slight changes are not sufficient to bring ease. Otherwise, for the first few days, the student may even imagine that he has conquered the position. In fact, in all these practices their apparent simplicity is such that the beginner is likely to wonder what all the fuss is about, perhaps to think that he is specially gifted. Similarly a man who has never touched a golf club will take his umbrella and carelessly hole a putt which would frighten the best putter alive.

1.01_-_Description_of_the_Castle, #The Interior Castle or The Mansions, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  3.: As this is so, we need not tire ourselves by trying to realize all the beauty of this castle, although, being His creature, there is all the difference between the soul and God that there is between the creature and the Creator; the fact that it is made in God's image teaches us how great are its dignity and loveliness. It is no small misfortune and disgrace that, through our own fault, we neither understand our nature nor our origin. Would it not be gross ignorance, my daughters, if, when a man was questioned about his name, or country, or parents, he could not answer? Stupid as this would be, it is unspeakably more foolish to care to learn nothing of our nature except that we possess bodies, and only to realize vaguely that we have souls, because people say so and it is a doctrine of faith. Rarely do we reflect upon what gifts our souls may possess, Who dwells within them, or how extremely precious they are. Therefore we do little to preserve their beauty; all our care is concentrated on our bodies, which are but the coarse setting of the diamond, or the outer walls of the castle.6
  5.: I feel sure that vexation at thinking that during our life on earth God can bestow these graces on the souls of others shows a want of humility and charity for one's neighbour, for why should we not feel glad at a brother's receiving divine favours which do not deprive us of our own share? Should we not rather rejoice at His Majesty's thus manifesting His greatness wherever He chooses?8' Sometimes our Lord acts thus solely for the sake of showing His power, as He declared when the Apostles questioned whether the blind man whom He cured had been suffering for his own or his parents' sins.9' God does not bestow soul speaks of that sovereign grace of God in taking it into the house of His love, which is the union or transformation of love in God . . . The cellar is the highest degree of love to which the soul can attain in this life, and is therefore said to be the inner. It follows from this that there are other cellars not so interior; that is, the degrees of love by which souls reach to this, the last. These cellars are seven in number, and the soul has entered them all when it has in perfection the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost, so far as it is possible for it. . . . Many souls reach and enter the first cellar, each according to the perfection of its love, but the last and inmost cellar is entered by few in this world, because therein is wrought the perfect union with God, the union of the spiritual marriage.' A Spiritual Canticle, stanza xxvi. 1-3. Concept. ch. vi. (Minor Works of St. Teresa.) these favours on certain souls because they are more holy than others who do not receive them, but to manifest His greatness, as in the case of St. Paul and St. Mary Magdalen, and that we may glorify Him in His creatures.

1.01_-_Economy, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  Shall we always study to obtain more of these things, and not sometimes to be content with less? Shall the respectable citizen thus gravely teach, by precept and example, the necessity of the young mans providing a certain number of superfluous glow-shoes, and umbrellas, and empty guest chambers for empty guests, before he dies? Why should not our furniture be as simple as the Arabs or the Indians? When I think of the benefactors of the race, whom we have apotheosized as messengers from heaven, bearers of divine gifts to man, I do not see in my mind any retinue at their heels, any car-load of fashionable furniture. Or what if I were to allowwould it not be a singular allowance?that our furniture should be more complex than the Arabs, in proportion as we are morally and intellectually his superiors! At present our houses are cluttered and defiled with it, and a good housewife would sweep out the greater part into the dust hole, and not leave her mornings work undone. Morning work! By the blushes of Aurora and the music of Memnon, what should be mans _morning work_ in this world? I had three pieces of limestone on my desk, but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily, when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still, and I threw them out the window in disgust. How, then, could I have a furnished house? I would rather sit in the open air, for no dust gathers on the grass, unless where man has broken ground.
  Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints. Our hymn-books resound with a melodious cursing of God and enduring him forever. One would say that even the prophets and redeemers had rather consoled the fears than confirmed the hopes of man. There is nowhere recorded a simple and irrepressible satisfaction with the gift of life, any memorable praise of God. All health and success does me good, however far off and withdrawn it may appear; all disease and failure helps to make me sad and does me evil, however much sympathy it may have with me or I with it. If, then, we would indeed restore mankind by truly Indian, botanic, magnetic, or natural means, let us first be as simple and well as Nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our own brows, and take up a little life into our pores. Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor, but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world.

1.01_-_Foreward, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  spiritual strength, force of tapasya. When the Rishi asks Agni
  for a "horse-form cow-in-front gift" he is not asking really for
  a number of horses forming a body of the gift with some cows
  walking in front, he is asking for a great body of spiritual power
  sacrifice, and by the Word call them into us, - that is the specific
  power of the Mantra, - to offer to them the gifts of the sacrifice
  and by that giving secure their gifts, so that by this process we
  may build the way of our ascent to the goal. The elements of

1.01_-_How_is_Knowledge_Of_The_Higher_Worlds_Attained?, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
  The student who is gifted with this feeling, or who is fortunate enough to have had it inculcated in a suitable education, brings a great deal along with him when, later in life, he seeks admittance to higher knowledge. Failing such preparation, he will encounter difficulties at the very first step, unless he undertakes, by rigorous self-education, to create within himself this inner life of devotion. In our time it is especially important that full attention be paid to this point. Our civilization tends more toward critical judgment and condemnation than toward devotion and selfless veneration. Our children already criticize far more than they worship. But every criticism, every adverse judgment passed, disperses the powers of the soul for the attainment of higher knowledge in the same measure that all veneration and reverence develops them. In this we do not wish to say anything against our civilization. There is no question here of leveling criticism against it. To this critical faculty, this self-conscious human judgment, this "test all things and
   p. 9

1.01_-_Introduction, #The Lotus Sutra, #Anonymous, #Various
  According to their various situations.
  Some undertake the practice of giving gifts,
  Joyfully giving gold, silver, coral, pearls,
  And praised by all the buddhas.
  Other bodhisattvas give gifts
  Such as ornamented carts yoked with four horses
  Who, seeking for the highest path,
  Give gifts such as their bodies, esh, hands,
  And feet, as well as their wives and children.

1.01_-_The_First_Steps, #Raja-Yoga, #Swami Vivkenanda, #unset
  Rja-Yoga is divided into eight steps. The first is Yama non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-receiving of any gifts. Next is Niyama cleanliness, contentment, austerity, study, and self-surrender to God. Then comes sana, or posture; Prnyma, or control of Prna; Pratyhra, or restraint of the senses from their objects; Dhran, or fixing the mind on a spot; Dhyna, or meditation; and Samdhi, or superconsciousness. The Yama and Niyama, as we see, are moral trainings; without these as the basis no practice of Yoga will succeed. As these two become established, the Yogi will begin to realise the fruits of his practice; without these it will never bear fruit. A Yogi must not think of injuring anyone, by thought, word, or deed. Mercy shall not be for men alone, but shall go beyond, and embrace the whole world.

1.02_-_Outline_of_Practice, #The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, #Bodhidharma, #Buddhism
  begrudging, they give their body, life, and property in charity,
  without regret, without the vanity of giver, gift, or recipient, and
  without bias or attachment. And to eliminate impurity they teach

1.02_-_SADHANA_PADA, #Patanjali Yoga Sutras, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  must be given up. Receiving is just as bad as stealing;
  receiving gifts from others. Whoever receives gifts, his mind
  is acted on by the mind of the giver, so that the man who
  receives gifts becomes degenerated. Receiving gifts destroys
  the independence of the mind, and makes us mere slaves.
  be thought of. When the idea of receiving gifts comes, replace
  it by a contrary thought.
  not become beholden to others, but becomes independent and
  free, and his mind becomes pure, because with every gift he
  receives all the evils of the giver, and they come and lay

1.02_-_Taras_Tantra, #Tara - The Feminine Divine, #Bokar Rinpoche, #Buddhism
  visions of Avalokiteshvara or Manjushri, or as in the
  case of Indrabhuti, through miraculous gifts of a text
  presented by a deity.
  ordinary disciples. To the gifted disciples, he
  transmitted the Tara practice through which many of

1.02_-_The_Doctrine_of_the_Mystics, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The Vedic deities are names, powers, personalities of the universal Godhead and they represent each some essential puissance of the Divine Being. They manifest the cosmos and are manifest in it. Children of Light, Sons of the Infinite, they recognise in the soul of man their brother and ally and desire to help and increase him by themselves increasing in him so as to possess his world with their light, strength and beauty. The Gods call man to a divine companionship and alliance; they attract and uplift him to their luminous fraternity, invite his aid and offer theirs against the Sons of Darkness and Division. Man in return calls the Gods to his sacrifice, offers to them his swiftnesses and his strengths, his clarities and his sweetnesses, - milk and butter of the shining Cow, distilled juices of the Plant of Joy, the Horse of the Sacrifice, the cake and the wine, the grain for the GodMind's radiant coursers. He receives them into his being and their gifts into his life, increases them by the hymns and the wine and forms perfectly - as a smith forges iron, says the Veda - their great and luminous godheads.

1.02_-_THE_NATURE_OF_THE_GROUND, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Let us now consider these relationships a little more closely. In some fields the physiological intelligence works on its own initiative, as when it directs the never-ceasing processes of breathing, say, or assimilation. In others it acts at the behest of the conscious mind, as when we will to accomplish some action, but do not and cannot will the muscular, glandular, nervous and vascular means to the desired end. The apparently simple act of mimicry well illustrates the extraordinary nature of the feats performed by the physiological intelligence. When a parrot (making use, let us remember, of the beak, tongue and throat of a bird) imitates the sounds produced by the lips, teeth, palate and vocal cords of a man articulating words, what precisely happens? Responding in some as yet entirely uncomprehended way to the conscious minds desire to imitate some remembered or immediately perceived event, the physiological intelligence sets in motion large numbers of muscles, co-ordinating their efforts with such exquisite skill that the result is a more or less perfect copy of the original. Working on its own level, the conscious mind not merely of a parrot, but of the most highly gifted of human beings, would find itself completely baffled by a problem of comparable complexity.
  The acts willed by our minds are accomplished either through the instrumentality of the physiological intelligence and the body, or, very exceptionally, and to a limited extent, by direct supernormal means of the PK variety. Analogously the physical situations willed by a divine Providence may be arranged by the perpetually creating Mind that sustains the universein which case Providence will appear to do its work by wholly natural means; or else, very exceptionally, the divine Mind may act directly on the universe from the outside, as it werein which case the workings of Providence and the gifts of grace will appear to be miraculous. Similarly, the divine Mind may choose to communicate with finite minds either by manipulating the world of men and things in ways, which the particular mind to be reached at that moment will find meaningful; or else there may be direct communication by something resembling thought transference.
  Like St. Augustine, Eckhart was to some extent the victim of his own literary talents. Le style cest Ihomme. No doubt. But the converse is also partly true. Lhomme cest le style. Because we have a gift for writing in a certain way, we find ourselves, in some sort, becoming our way of writing. We mould ourselves in the likeness of our particular brand of eloquence. Eckhart was one of the inventors of German prose, and he was tempted by his new-found mastery of forceful expression to commit himself to extreme positionsto be doctrinally the image of his powerful and over-emphatic sentences. A statement like the foregoing would lead one to believe that he despised what the Vedantists call the lower knowledge of Brahman, not as the Absolute Ground of all things, but as the personal God. In reality he, like the Vedantists, accepts the lower knowledge as genuine knowledge and regards devotion to the personal God as the best preparation for the unitive knowledge of the Godhead. Another point to remember is that the attributeless Godhead of Vedanta, of Mahayana Buddhism, of Christian and Sufi mysticism is the Ground of all the qualities possessed by the personal God and the Incarnation. God is not good, I am good, says Eckhart in his violent and excessive way. What he really meant was, I am just humanly good; God is supereminently good; the Godhead is, and his isness (istigkeit, in Eckharts German) contains goodness, love, wisdom and all the rest in their essence and principle. In consequence, the Godhead is never, for the exponent of the Perennial Philosophy, the mere Absolute of academic metaphysics, but something more purely perfect, more reverently to be adored than even the personal God or his human incarnationa Being towards whom it is possible to feel the most intense devotion and in relation to whom it is necessary (if one is to come to that unitive knowledge which is mans final end) to practise a discipline more arduous and unremitting than any imposed by ecclesiastical authority.

1.02_-_The_Stages_of_Initiation, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
   p. 49
   from the lips of a true spiritual teacher has been experienced by him in this manner. But this does not mean that it is unimportant for us to acquaint ourselves with the writings of spiritual science before we can ourselves hear such inwardly instilled speech. On the contrary, the reading of such writings and the listening to the teachings of spiritual science are themselves means of attaining personal knowledge. Every sentence of spiritual science we hear is of a nature to direct the mind to the point which must be reached before the soul can experience real progress. To the practice of all that has here been indicated must be added the ardent study of what the spiritual researchers impart to the world. In all esoteric training such study belongs to the preparatory period, and all other methods will prove ineffective if due receptivity for the teachings of the spiritual researcher is lacking. For since these instructions are culled from the living inner word, from the living inwardly instilled speech, they are themselves gifted with spiritual life. They are not mere words; they are living powers. And while you follow the words of one who knows, while you read a book that springs from real inner
   p. 50
  In order to meet another objection, which may be raised by certain people who have some psychic experience, let it at once be admitted that there are shorter and simpler ways, and that there are persons who have acquired knowledge of the phenomena of birth and death through personal vision, without first going through all that has here been described. There are, in fact, people with considerable psychic gifts who need but a slight impulse in order to find themselves already developed. But they are the exceptions, and the methods described above are safer and apply equally to all. It is possible to acquire some knowledge of chemistry in an exceptional way, but if you wish to become a chemist you must follow the recognized and reliable course.
  The first trial consists in obtaining a truer vision than the average man has of the corporeal attributes of lifeless things, and later of plants, animals and human beings. This does not mean what at present is called scientific knowledge, for it is a question not of science but of vision. As a rule, the would-be initiate proceeds to learn how the objects of nature and the beings gifted with life manifest themselves to the spiritual ear and the spiritual eye. In a certain way these things then lie stripped-naked-before the beholder. The qualities which can then be seen and heard are hidden from the physical eyes and ears. For physical perception they are concealed as if by a veil, and the falling away of this veil for the would-be initiate consists in a process designated as the process of Purification by Fire. The first trial is therefore known as the Fire-Trial.
  Yet it must be emphasized that there are people unconsciously gifted with the ability and faculty of performing such actions, though they have never undergone an esoteric training. Such helpers of the world and of humanity pass through life bestowing blessings and performing good deeds. For reasons here not to be discussed, gifts have been bestowed on them which appear supernatural. What distinguishes them from the
   p. 85
   candidate for initiation is only that the latter acts consciously and with full insight into the entire situation. He acquires by training the gifts bestowed on others by higher powers for the good of humanity. We can sincerely revere these favored of God; but we should not for this reason regard the work of esoteric training as superfluous.

1.03_-_A_Sapphire_Tale, #Words Of Long Ago, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  Meotha bowed respectfully before his father, who seated him at his side and spoke to him in these words:
  "My son, I have ruled this country for more than a hundred and seventy years and although, to this day, all men of goodwill have seemed content with my guidance, I fear that my great age will soon no longer allow me to bear so lightly the heavy responsibility of maintaining order and watching over the well-being of all. My son, you are my hope and my joy. Nature has been very generous to you; she has showered you with her gifts and by a wise and model education you have developed them most satisfactorily. The whole nation, from the humblest peasant to our great philosophers, has a complete and affectionate trust in you; you have been able to win their affection by your kindness and their respect by your justice. It is therefore quite natural that their choice should fall on you when I ask for leave to enjoy a well-earned repose. But as you know, according to age-old custom, no one may ascend the throne who is not biune, that is, unless he is united by the bonds of integral affinity with the one who can bring him the peace of equilibrium by a perfect match of tastes and abilities. It was to remind you of this custom that I called you here, and to ask you whether you have met the young woman who is both worthy and willing to unite her life with yours, according to our wish."
  "It would be a joy to me, my father, to be able to tell you, `I have found the one whom my whole being awaits', but, alas, this is yet to be. The most refined maidens in the kingdom are all known to me, and for several of them I feel a sincere liking and a genuine admiration, but not one of them has awakened in me the love which can be the only rightful bond, and I think I can say without being mistaken that in return none of them has conceived a love for me. Since you are so kind as to value my judgment, I will tell you what is in my mind. It seems to me that I should be better fitted to rule our little nation if I were acquainted with the laws and customs of other countries; I wish therefore to travel the world for a year, to observe and to learn. I ask you, my father, to allow me to make this journey, and who knows? - I may return with my life's companion, the one for whom I can be all happiness and all protection."

1.03_-_Hymns_of_Gritsamada, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
    10. O Fire, thou art the craftsman Ribhu, near to us and to be worshipped with obeisance of surrender; thou hast mastery over the store of the plenitude and the riches. All thy wide shining of light and onward burning is for the gift of the treasure; thou art our instructor in wisdom and our builder of sacrifice.
    16. When to those who chant thee, the luminous Wise Ones set free thy gift, O Fire, the wealth in whose front the Ray-Cow walks and its form is the Horse, thou leadest us on and leadest them to a world of greater riches. Strong with the strength of the heroes, may we voice the Vast in the coming of knowledge.
    6. O Fire, opulently kindling for our peace, let thy light arise in us and bring its gift of riches. Make Earth and Heaven ways for our happy journeying and the offerings of man a means for the coming of the Gods.
    13. When to those who hymn thee the luminous Wise set free, O Fire, the gift in whose front the Ray-Cow walks and whose form is the Horse, thou leadest us on and leadest them to a world of greater riches. Strong with the strength of the Heroes, may we voice the Vast in the coming of the knowledge.
    4. O Fire, be strong for sacrifice, do worship with my oblation; swiftly voice my thought towards the gift of the Treasure. For thou art the wealth-master who hast power over the riches, thou art the thinker of the brilliant Word.

1.03_-_PERSONALITY,_SANCTITY,_DIVINE_INCARNATION, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  The biographies of the saints testify unequivocally to the fact that spiritual training leads to a transcendence of personality, not merely in the special circumstances of battle, but in all circumstances and in relation to all creatures, so that the saint loves his enemies or, if he is a Buddhist, does not even recognize the existence of enemies, but treats all sentient beings, sub-human as well as human, with the same compassion and disinterested good will. Those who win through to the unitive knowledge of God set out upon their course from the most diverse starting points. One is a man, another a woman; one a born active, another a born contemplative. No two of them inherit the same temperament and physical constitution, and their lives are passed in material, moral and intellectual environments that are profoundly dissimilar. Nevertheless, insofar as they are saints, insofar as they possess the unitive knowledge that makes them perfect as their Father which is in heaven is perfect, they are all astonishingly alike. Their actions are uniformly selfless and they are constantly recollected, so that at every moment they know who they are and what is their true relation to the universe and its spiritual Ground. Of even plain average people it may be said that their name is Legionmuch more so of exceptionally complex personalities, who identify themselves with a wide diversity of moods, cravings and opinions. Saints, on the contrary, are neither double-minded nor half-hearted, but single and, however great their intellectual gifts, profoundly simple. The multiplicity of Legion has given place to one-pointednessnot to any of those evil one-pointednesses of ambition or covetousness, or lust for power and fame, not even to any of the nobler, but still all too human one-pointednesses of art, scholarship and science, regarded as ends in themselves, but to the supreme, more than human one-pointedness that is the very being of those souls who consciously and consistently pursue mans final end, the knowledge of eternal Reality. In one of the Pali scriptures there is a significant anecdote about the Brahman Drona who, seeing the Blessed One sitting at the foot of a tree, asked him, Are you a deva? And the Exalted One answered, I am not. Are you a gandharva? I am not, Are you a yaksha? I am not. Are you a man? I am not a man. On the Brahman asking what he might be, the Blessed One replied, Those evil influences, those cravings, whose non-destruction would have individualized me as a deva, a gandharva, a yaksha (three types of supernatural being), or a man, I have completely annihilated. Know therefore that I am Buddha.

1.03_-_Questions_and_Answers, #Book of Certitude, #Baha u llah, #Baha i
  ANSWER: Aside from used clothing, whatever there may be, jewellery or otherwise, belongeth to the husband, except what is proven to have been gifts to the wife.

1.03_-_Some_Practical_Aspects, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
   p. 105
   of such an organ are latent in every human being, but remain ineffective as long as he is capable of anger. Yet this organ is not immediately present the moment anger has been combated to a small extent. We must rather persevere in this combating of anger and proceed patiently on our way; then some day we shall find that this eye of the soul has become developed. Of course, anger is not the only failing to be combated for the attainment of this end. Many grow impatient or skeptical, because they have for years combated certain qualities, and yet clairvoyance has not ensued. In that case they have just trained some qualities and allowed others to run riot. The gift of clairvoyance only manifests itself when all those qualities which stunt the growth of the latent faculties are suppressed. Undoubtedly, the beginnings of such seeing and hearing may appear at an earlier period, but these are only young and tender shoots which are subjected to all possible error, and which, if not carefully tended and guarded, may quickly die.

1.03_-_The_Sephiros, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  Tahuti or Thoth is attributed to this Sephirah of Wisdom, for he was the god of writing, learning, and magick. Thoth is represented as an Ibis-headed God, and occasionally has an ape or baboon in attendance. Pallas Athena, insofar as she is the giver of intellectual gifts and one in whom power and wisdom were harmoniously blended, the Goddess of
  Wisdom who sprang full-armed from the brain of Zeus, is attributed to Chokmah. In Greek mythology, she appeared as the preserver of human life, and instituted the ancient court of the Areopagus at Athens. She is also Minerva in

1.03_-_The_Syzygy_-_Anima_and_Animus, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  by the secret memory that the world and happiness may be had
  as a gift- from the mother. The fragment of world which he, like
  every man, must encounter again and again is never quite the

1.03_-_To_Layman_Ishii, #Beating the Cloth Drum Letters of Zen Master Hakuin, #Hakuin Ekaku, #Zen
  Then one day he suddenly grabbed the master and hurried him to a secluded spot at the rear of the temple. He seated the master on the ground, spread out his prostration cloth before him, and performed three bows. 'I appeal to your great mercy and compassion,' he said. 'Please teach me the principles of Zen. Guide me to sudden enlightenment.' The master ignored him, enraging the monk, who flew into a fit of passion, sprang to his feet and, eyes red with anger, broke off a large branch from a nearby tree. Brandishing it, he stood in front of the master glaring scornfully at him. 'Priest!' he cried. 'If you don't tell me what you know, I am going to club you to death, cast your body down the cliff, and leave this place for good.' 'If you want to beat me to death, go ahead,' replied the master. 'I'm not going to teach you any Zen.' What a pity. This monk was obviously gifted with special capacity and spiritual strength. He had what it takes to penetrate the truth and perish into the great death. But notice what great caution and infinite care these ancient teachers exercised when leading students to self-awakening.
  Ishii became an important patron of the impoverished temple, and later helped fund a number of
  Hakuin's building and publishing projects. Most of the half-dozen or so other letters that Hakuin wrote Ishii are expressions of gratitude for donations and gifts received, or services rendered. In one letter, Hakuin thanks Ishii for a large supply of cut tobacco that Ishii had sent to fuel Hakuin's wellknown pipe habit. A long verse Hakuin sent Ishii, one of the most remarkable pieces in the Poison
  Blossoms collection, is an expression of thanks for two large boulders Ishii had donated to the Shinji gardens. The verse is filled with vivid images describing the progress of the unwieldy objects as they are rafted down from the foothills of Mount Fuji, landed on the coast near Hara village, then manhandled overland to Shin-ji, making us feel the excitement and impatience Hakuin experienced as he awaited their arrival (a translation is found in The Religious Art of Zen Master Hakuin, 129-

1.03_-_Yama_and_Niyama, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  1:THE Hindus have place these two attainments in the forefront of their programme. They are the "moral qualities" and "good works" which are supposed to predispose to mental calm.
  2:"Yama" consists of non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-receiving of any gift.
  3:In the Buddhist system, "Sila", "Virtue," is similarly enjoined. The qualities are, for the layman, these five: Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not lie. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt drink no intoxicating drink. For the monk many others are added.
  7:But this constant worry, this fear of killing anything by mischance is, on the whole, worse than a hand-to-hand conflict with a griesly bear. If the barking of a dog disturbs your meditation, it is simplest to shoot the dog, and think no more about it.
  8:A similar difficulty with wives has caused some masters to recommend celibacy. In all these questions common sense must be the guide. No fixed rule can be laid down. The "non-receiving of gifts," for instance, is rather important for a Hindu, who would be thoroughly upset for weeks if any one gave him a coconut: but the average European takes things as they come by the time that he has been put into long trousers.
  9:The only difficult question is that of continence, which is complicated by many considerations, such as that of energy; but everybody's mind is hopelessly muddled on this subject, which some people confuse with erotology, and others with sociology. There will be no clear thinking on this matter until it is understood as being solely a branch of athletics.

1.04_-_Descent_into_Future_Hell, #The Red Book Liber Novus, #unset, #Fiction
  89. The theme of divine madness has a long history. Its 10c1. .\s Classicus was Socrates's discussion of it in the Phaedrus: madness, provided it comes as a gift of heaven, is the channel by which we receive the greatest blessings (Plato, Phaedrus and Letters VII and VIII, tr. W Hamilton
  [London: Penguin, 1986], p. 46, line 244). Socrates distinguished four types of divine madness: (I) inspired divination, such as by the prophetess at Delphi; (2) instances in which individuals, when ancient sins have given rise to troubles, have prophesied and incited to prayer and worship; (3) possession by the Muses, since the technically skilled untouched by the madness of the Muses will never be a good poet; and (4) the lover. In the Renaissance, the theme of divine madness was talcen up by the Neoplatonists such as Ecino and by humanists such as Erasmus. Erasmus's discussion is particularly important, as it fuses the classical Platonic conception with Christianity.

1.04_-_GOD_IN_THE_WORLD, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  My inner man relishes things not as creatures but as the gift of God. But to my innermost man they savour not of Gods gift, but of ever and aye.
  Before going on to discuss the means whereby it is possible to come to the fulness as well as the height of spiritual knowledge, let us briefly consider the experience of those who have been privileged to behold the One in all things, but have made no efforts to perceive it within themselves. A great deal of interesting material on this subject may be found in Bucks Cosmic Consciousness. All that need be said here is that such cosmic consciousness may come unsought and is in the nature of what Catholic theologians call a gratuitous grace. One may have a gratuitous grace (the power of healing, for example, or foreknowledge) while in a state of mortal sin, and the gift is neither necessary to, nor sufficient for, salvation. At the best such sudden accessions of cosmic consciousness as are described by Buck are merely unusual invitations to further personal effort in the direction of the inner height as well as the external fulness of knowledge. In a great many cases the invitation is not accepted; the gift is prized for the ecstatic pleasure it brings; its coming is remembered nostalgically and, if the recipient happens to be a poet, written about with eloquenceas Byron, for example, wrote in a splendid passage of Childe Harold, as Wordsworth wrote in Tintern Abbey and The Prelude. In these matters no human being may presume to pass definitive judgment upon another human being; but it is at least permissible to say that, on the basis of the biographical evidence, there is no reason to suppose that either Wordsworth or Byron ever seriously did anything about the theophanies they described; nor is there any evidence that these theophanies were of themselves sufficient to transform their characters. That enormous egotism, to which De Quincey and Keats and Haydon bear witness, seems to have remained with Wordsworth to the end. And Byron was as fascinatingly and tragi-comically Byronic after he had beheld the One in all things as he was before.

1.04_-_The_Conditions_of_Esoteric_Training, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
  6. A sixth condition is the development of a feeling of thankfulness for everything with which man is favored. We must realize that our existence is a gift from the entire universe. How much is needed to enable each one of us to receive and maintain his existence! How much to we not owe to nature and to our fellow human beings! Thoughts such as these must come naturally to all who seek esoteric training, for if the latter do not feel inclined to entertain them, they will be incapable of developing within themselves that all-embracing love which is necessary for the attainment of higher knowledge. Nothing can reveal itself to us which we do not love. And every revelation must fill us with thankfulness, for we ourselves are the richer for it.

1.04_-_The_Need_of_Guru, #Bhakti-Yoga, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
   "Fools dwelling in darkness, wise in their own conceit, and puffed up with vain knowledge, go round and round staggering to and fro, like blind men led by the blind." (Katha Up., I. ii. 5). The world is full of these. Every one wants to be a teacher, every beggar wants to make a gift of a million dollars! Just as these beggars are ridiculous, so are these teachers.

1.04_-_The_Origin_and_Development_of_Poetry., #Poetics, #Aristotle, #Philosophy
  Imitation, then, is one instinct of our nature. Next, there is the instinct for 'harmony' and rhythm, metres being manifestly sections of rhythm. Persons, therefore, starting with this natural gift developed by degrees their special aptitudes, till their rude improvisations gave birth to Poetry.

1.04_-_The_Paths, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  In astrology it is the sign of n Gemini, the Twins. All twin gods are therefore attributed to this Path. Rekht and Merti of the Hindus, and Castor and Pollux of the
  Greeks. Apollo also is a correspondence, but only in that aspect of him as the Diviner, having the power to communi- cate the gift of prophecy to both gods and men. Nietzsche, in his Birth of Tragedy, says of Apollo that not only is he a god of all shaping energies, but also the soothsaying god.

1.04_-_The_Praise, #Tara - The Feminine Divine, #Bokar Rinpoche, #Buddhism
  over all adverse circumstances wherever they happen.
  Whereas infinite benefits are related to the gift of what
  we wish, the victory is related to the help Tara brings

1.04_-_The_Sacrifice_the_Triune_Path_and_the_Lord_of_the_Sacrifice, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  This, in short, is the demand made on us, that we should turn our whole life into a conscious sacrifice. Every moment and every movement of our being is to be resolved into a continuous and a devoted self-giving to the Eternal. All our actions, not less the smallest and most ordinary and trifling than the greatest and most uncommon and noble, must be performed as consecrated acts. Our individualised nature must live in the single consciousness of an inner and outer movement dedicated to Something that is beyond us and greater than our ego. No matter what the gift or to whom it is presented by us, there must be a consciousness in the act that we are presenting it to the one divine Being in all beings. Our commonest or most grossly material actions must assume this sublimated character; when we eat, we should be conscious that we are giving our food to that Presence in us; it must be a sacred offering in a temple and the sense of a mere physical need or self-gratification must pass away from us. In any great labour, in any high discipline, in any difficult or noble enterprise, whether undertaken for ourselves, for others or for the race, it will no longer be possible to stop short at the idea of the race, of ourselves or of others. The thing we are doing must be consciously offered as a sacrifice of works, not to these, but either through them or directly to the
  One Godhead; the Divine Inhabitant who was hidden by these figures must be no longer hidden but ever present to our soul, our mind, our sense. The workings and results of our acts must be put in the hands of that One in the feeling that that Presence is the Infinite and Most High by whom alone our labour and our aspiration are possible. For in his being all takes place; for him all labour and aspiration are taken from us by Nature and offered on his altar. Even in those things in which Nature is herself very plainly the worker and we only the witnesses of her working and its containers and supporters, there should be the same constant memory and insistent consciousness of a work and of its divine Master. Our very inspiration and respiration, our very heart-beats can and must be made conscious in us as the living rhythm of the universal sacrifice.

1.04_-_The_Silent_Mind, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  we are not seeking a lesser being but a better being and above all a vaster one: Has it not occurred to you that if they really sought for something cold, dark and gloomy as the supreme good, they would not be sages but asses?28 Sri Aurobindo once humorously remarked.
  Actually, one makes all kinds of discoveries when the mental machine stops, and first of all one realizes that if the power to think is a remarkable gift, the power not to think29 is a far greater one yet; let the seeker try it for just a few minutes, and he will soon see what this means! He will realize that he lives in a surreptitious racket, an exhausting and ceaseless whirlwind exclusively filled with his thoughts, his feelings, his impulses, his reactions him, always him,
  an oversized gnome intruding into everything, obscuring everything,

1.05_-_CHARITY, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Systematically or in brief aphorism and parable, the masters of the spiritual life have described the nature of true charity and have distinguished it from the other, lower forms of love. Let us consider its principal characteristics in order. First, charity is disinterested, seeking no reward, nor allowing itself to be diminished by any return of evil for its good. God is to be loved for Himself, not for his gifts, and persons and things are to be loved for Gods sake, because they are temples of the Holy Ghost. Moreover, since charity is disinterested, it must of necessity be universal.

1.05_-_Consciousness, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  consciousness is always a mental process: "I think, therefore I am."
  Such is our own particular bias; we place ourselves at the center of the world and bestow the gift of consciousness upon all those who share our way of being and perceiving things. Not so long ago, we marveled that one could be Persian. However, if we want to understand and discover what consciousness truly is, and utilize it, we must indeed go beyond this narrow perspective. After having attained a certain degree of mental silence, Sri Aurobindo was able to make the following observations: Mental consciousness is only the human range which no more exhausts all the possible ranges of consciousness than human sight exhausts all the gradations of color or human hearing all the gradations of sound for there is much above or below that is to man invisible and inaudible. So there are ranges of consciousness above and below the human range, with which the normal human has no contact and they seem to it unconscious, supramental or overmental and submental ranges.42 . . . What we call unconsciousness is simply other-consciousness. . . . We are really no more unconscious when we are asleep or stunned or drugged or "dead" or in any other state, than when we are plunged in inner thought oblivious of our physical selves and our surroundings. For anyone who has advanced even a little way in Yoga, this is a most elementary proposition. And Sri Aurobindo adds: As we progress and awaken to the soul in us and things, we shall realize that there is a consciousness also in the plant,

1.05_-_Hymns_of_Bharadwaja, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
    9. O Fire, the mortal has done his sacrifice and achieved his labour who has worked out the gift of the oblation with the fuel of thy flame and wholly learned the way of the offering by his prostrations of surrender; he lives in thy guard and holds in himself all desirable things.
    1. I call to you by my thoughts Fire, the youngest of the gods in whose words is no bale, the Youth, the Son of Force. He is a mind of the knowledge free from all that hurts; his gifts are many and he journeys to the riches where all boons are.
  8. Bring into sacrifice thy perfect sight and thy will; rich are
  thy gifts and in thee is the joy of all who desire.
  10. Come, O Fire, for the advent; voiced by the word, come for
  the gift of the oblation: sit, the priest of our invocation, on
  the grass of the altar.

1.05_-_Mental_Education, #On Education, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  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.

1.05_-_Some_Results_of_Initiation, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
  Now certain activities of the soul are connected with the development of these organs, and anyone devoting himself to them in a certain definite way contributes something to the development of the corresponding organs. In the sixteen-petalled lotus, eight of its sixteen petals were developed in the remote past during an earlier stage of human evolution. Man himself contributed nothing to this development; he received them as a gift from nature, at a time when his consciousness was in a dull, dreamy condition. At that stage of human evolution they were in active use, but the manner of their activity was only compatible with that dull state of consciousness. As consciousness became clearer and brighter, the petals became obscured and ceased their activity. Man himself can now develop the remaining eight petals by means of conscious exercises, and thereby the whole lotus flower becomes luminous and mobile. The acquisition of certain faculties depends on the development of each one of the sixteen petals. Yet, as already shown, only
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  And now the time has come to give the complete system of currents and movements its center situated in the region of the heart. This again is effected by persevering with the exercises in concentration and meditation; and at this point also the stage is reached when the student becomes gifted with the inner word. All things now acquire a new significance for him. They become
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  These, then, are the gifts which the student owes to his development at this stage: insight into his higher self; insight into the doctrine of the incarnation of this higher being in a lower; insight into the laws by which life in the physical world is regulated according to its spiritual connections, that is, the law of karma; and finally, insight into the existence of the great initiates.

1.06_-_The_Ascent_of_the_Sacrifice_2_The_Works_of_Love_-_The_Works_of_Life, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  It is possible so to turn life into an act of adoration to the Supreme by the spirit in one's works; for, says the Gita, "He who gives to me with a heart of adoration a leaf, a flower, a fruit or a cup of water, I take and enjoy that offering of his devotion"; and it is not only any dedicated external gift that can be so offered with love and devotion, but all our thoughts, all our feelings and sensations, all our outward activities and their forms and objects can be such gifts to the Eternal. It is true that the special act or form of action has its importance, even a great importance, but it is the spirit in the act that is the essential factor; the spirit of which it is the symbol or materialised expression gives it its whole value and justifying significance. Or it may be said that a complete act of divine love and worship has in it three parts that are the expressions of a single whole, - a practical worship of the Divine in the act, a symbol of worship in the form of the act expressing some vision and seeking or some relation with the Divine, an inner adoration and longing for oneness or feeling of oneness in the heart and soul and spirit. It is so that life can be changed into worship, - by putting behind it the spirit of a transcendent and universal love, the seeking of oneness, the sense of oneness; by making each act a symbol, an expression of Godward emotion or a relation with the Divine; by turning all we do into an act of worship, an act of the soul's communion, the mind's understanding, the life's obedience, the heart's surrender.

1.06_-_The_Third_Circle_The_Gluttonous._Cerberus._The_Eternal_Rain._Ciacco._Florence., #The Divine Comedy, #Dante Alighieri, #Christianity
  And I to him: "I wish thee still to teach me,
  And make a gift to me of further speech.
  Farinata and Tegghiaio, once so worthy,

1.06_-_The_Transformation_of_Dream_Life, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
  Spiritual vision at this stage extends to the spiritual counterparts of the physical world, so far as these exist in the so-called astral world. There everything is found which in its nature is similar to human instincts, feelings, desires, and passions. For powers related to all these human characteristics are associated with all physical objects. A crystal, for instance, is cast in its form by powers which, seen from a higher standpoint, appear as an active human impulse. Similar forces drive the sap through the capillaries of the plant, cause the blossoms to unfold and the seed vessels to burst. To developed spiritual organs of perception all these forces appear gifted with form and color, just as the objects of the physical world have form and color for physical eyes. At this
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1.06_-_Wealth_and_Government, #Words Of The Mother III, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  A gift made through vanity is profitable neither to the giver nor to the receiver.
  I wanted to make him understand and experience that the thought, the feeling and the force that is in a gift is much more important and valuable than the thing given itself.
  A practical problem comes up more and more often: should one who is preparing to do Yoga and has made it a general rule to offer You everything and depend entirely on You, accept gifts, in money or kind, coming from others? Because if he accepts, he is put under personal obligations and duties. Can a sadhak allow this? Can he say to himself: The Divine has many ways of giving?
  What is to be done if a person begins to quarrel because one has accepted a gift in one case and refused in another? What is to be done to avoid such bitterness around one, provoked by repeated refusals?
  The Divine has many ways of giving.
  This is the correct thing. One never has any obligation to anybody, one has an obligation only to the Divine and there totally. When a gift is made without conditions, one can always take it as coming from the Divine and leave it to the Divine to take care of what is needed in exchange or response.

1.07_-_Raja-Yoga_in_Brief, #Raja-Yoga, #Swami Vivkenanda, #unset
  Yama, Niyama, sana, Prnyma, Pratyhra, Dhrna, Dhyna, and Samdhi are the steps in Raja-Yoga, of which non-injury, truthfulness, non-covetousness, chastity, not receiving anything from another are called Yama. This purifies the mind, the Chitta. Never producing pain by thought, word, and deed, in any living being, is what is called Ahims, non-injury. There is no virtue higher than non-injury. There is no happiness higher than what a man obtains by this attitude of non-offensiveness, to all creation. By truth we attain fruits of work. Through truth everything is attained. In truth everything is established. Relating facts as they are this is truth. Not taking others' goods by stealth or by force, is called Asteya, non-covetousness. Chastity in thought, word, and deed, always, and in all conditions, is what is called Brahmacharya. Not receiving any present from anybody, even when one is suffering terribly, is what is called Aparigraha. The idea is, when a man receives a gift from another, his heart becomes impure, he becomes low, he loses his independence, he becomes bound and attached.

1.07_-_The_Continuity_of_Consciousness, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
  Now, when these experiences during deep sleep first come to the notice of the student, his next task must be to sense them as clearly and vividly as possible. At first this presents great difficulty, the perception of these experiences being exceedingly slight. The student knows very well, on waking, that he has had an experience, but is completely in the dark as regards its nature. The most important thing during this initial stage is to remain quiet and composed, and not for a moment lapse into any unrest or impatience. The latter is under all circumstances detrimental; it can never accelerate development, but only delays it. The student must cultivate a quiet and yielding receptivity for the gift that is presented to him; all violence must be repressed. Should he at any period not become aware of experiences during
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1.07_-_TRUTH, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  With Keatss statement in its secondary meaning the exponents of the Perennial Philosophy would certainly disagree. The experience of beauty in art or in nature may be qualitatively akin to the immediate, unitive experience of the divine Ground or Godhead; but it is not the same as that experience, and the particular beauty-fact experienced, though partaking in some sort of the divine nature, is at several removes from the Godhead. The poet, the nature lover, the aesthete are granted apprehensions of Reality analogous to those vouchsafed to the selfless contemplative; but because they have not troubled to make themselves perfectly selfless, they are incapable of knowing the divine Beauty in its fulness, as it is in itself. The poet is born with the capacity of arranging words in such a way that something of the quality of the graces and inspirations he has received can make itself felt to other human beings in the white spaces, so to speak, between the lines of his verse. This is a great and precious gift; but if the poet remains content with his gift, if he persists in worshipping the beauty in art and nature without going on to make himself capable, through selflessness, of apprehending Beauty as it is in the divine Ground, then he is only an idolater. True, his idolatry is among the highest of which human beings are capable; but an idolatry, none the less, it remains.
  Between the horns of Chuang Tzus dilemma there is no way but that of love, peace and joy. Only those who manifest their possession, in however small a measure, of the fruits of the Spirit can persuade others that the life of the spirit is worth living. Argument and controversy are almost useless; in many cases, indeed, they are positively harmful. But this, of course, is a thing that clever men with a gift for syllogisms and sarcasm, find it peculiarly hard to admit. Milton, no doubt, genuinely believed that he was working for truth, righteousness and the glory of God by exploding in torrents of learned scurrility against the enemies of his favourite dictator and his favourite brand of nonconformity. In actual fact, of course, he and the other controversialists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries did nothing but harm to the cause of true religion, for which, on one side or the other, they fought with an equal learning and ingenuity and with the same foulmouthed intemperance of language. The successive controversies went on, with occasional lucid intervals, for about two hundred yearsPapists arguing with anti-Papists, Protestants with other Protestants, Jesuits with Quietists and Jansenists. When the noise finally died down, Christianity (which, like any other religion, can survive only if it manifests the fruits of the Spirit) was all but dead; the real religion of most educated Europeans was now nationalistic idolatry. During the eighteenth century this change to idolatry seemed (after the atrocities committed in the name of Christianity by Wallenstein and Tilly) to be a change for the better. This was because the ruling classes were determined that the horrors of the wars of religion should not be repeated and therefore deliberately tempered power politics with gentlemanliness. Symptoms of gentlemanliness can still be observed in the Napoleonic and Crimean wars. But the national Molochs were steadily devouring the eighteenth-century ideal. During the first and second World Wars we have witnessed the total elimination of the old checks and self-restraints. The consequences of political idolatry now display themselves without the smallest mitigation either of humanistic honour and etiquette or of transcendental religion. By its internecine quarrels over words, forms of organization, money and power, historic Christianity consummated the work of self-destruction, to which its excessive preoccupation with things in time had from the first so tragically committed it.

1.08_-_RELIGION_AND_TEMPERAMENT, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  With cerebrotonia, the temperament that is correlated with ectomorphic physique, we leave the genial world of Pickwick, the strenuously competitive world of Hotspur, and pass into an entirely different and somewhat disquieting kind of universethat of Hamlet and Ivan Karamazov. The extreme cerebrotonic is the over-alert, over-sensitive introvert, who is more concerned with what goes on behind his eyeswith the constructions of thought and imagination, with the variations of feeling and consciousnessthan with that external world, to which, in their different ways, the viscerotonic and the somatotonic pay their primary attention and allegiance. Cerebrotonics have little or no desire to dominate, nor do they feel the viscerotonics indiscriminate liking for people as people; on the contrary they want to live and let live, and their passion for privacy is intense. Solitary confinement, the most terrible punishment that can be inflicted on the soft, round, genial person, is, for the cerebrotonic, no punishment at all. For him the ultimate horror is the boarding school and the barracks. In company cerebrotonics are nervous and shy, tensely inhibited and unpredictably moody. (It is a significant fact that no extreme cerebrotonic has ever been a good actor or actress.) Cerebrotonics hate to slam doors or raise their voices, and suffer acutely from the unrestrained bellowing and trampling of the somatotonic. Their manner is restrained, and when it comes to expressing their feelings they are extremely reserved. The emotional gush of the viscerotonic strikes them as offensively shallow and even insincere, nor have they any patience with viscerotonic ceremoniousness and love of luxury and magnificence. They do not easily form habits and find it hard to adapt their lives to the routines, which come so naturally to somatotonics. Owing to their over-sensitiveness, cerebrotonics are often extremely, almost insanely sexual; but they are hardly ever tempted to take to drinkfor alcohol, which heightens the natural aggressiveness of the somatotonic and increases the relaxed amiability of the viscerotonic, merely makes them feel ill and depressed. Each in his own way, the viscerotonic and the somatotonic are well adapted to the world they live in; but the introverted cerebrotonic is in some sort incommensurable with the things and people and institutions that surround him. Consequently a remarkably high proportion of extreme cerebrotonics fail to make good as normal citizens and average pillars of society. But if many fail, many also become abnormal on the higher side of the average. In universities, monasteries and research laboratorieswherever sheltered conditions are provided for those whose small guts and feeble muscles do not permit them to eat or fight their way through the ordinary rough and tumblethe percentage of outstandingly gifted and accomplished cerebrotonics will almost always be very high. Realizing the importance of this extreme, over-evolved and scarcely viable type of human being, all civilizations have provided in one way or another for its protection.

1.08_-_The_Historical_Significance_of_the_Fish, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  of the blessed in Paradise. The chalice was placed in the dead
  man's grave as a funerary gift. 52 Fishes have a wide distribution
  as sepulchral symbols. The Christian fish occurs mainly in this

1.09_-_SELF-KNOWLEDGE, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  Humility does not consist in hiding our talents and virtues, in thinking ourselves worse and more ordinary than we are, but in possessing a clear knowledge of all that is lacking in us and in not exalting ourselves for that which we have, seeing that God has freely given it us and that, with all His gifts, we are still of infinitely little importance.

1.10_-_Concentration_-_Its_Practice, #Raja-Yoga, #Swami Vivkenanda, #unset
  A man who wants to be a perfect Yogi must give up the sex idea. The soul has no sex; why should it degrade itself with sex ideas? Later on we shall understand better why these ideas must be given up. The mind of the man who receives gifts is acted on by the mind of the giver, so the receiver is likely to become degenerated. Receiving gifts is prone to destroy the independence of the mind, and make us slavish. Therefore, receive no gifts.
  That is the way to practise the virtues that have been stated. For instance, when a big wave of anger has come into the mind, how are we to control that? Just by raising an opposing wave. Think of love. Sometimes a mother is very angry with her husband, and while in that state, the baby comes in, and she kisses the baby; the old wave dies out and a new wave arises, love for the child. That suppresses the other one. Love is opposite to anger. Similarly, when the idea of stealing comes, non-stealing should be thought of; when the idea of receiving gifts comes, replace it by a contrary thought.
  When a man does not receive presents, he does not become beholden to others, but remains independent and free. His mind becomes pure. With every gift, he is likely to receive the evils of the giver. If he does not receive, the mind is purified, and the first power it gets is memory of past life. Then alone the Yogi becomes perfectly fixed in his ideal. He sees that he has been coming and going many times, so he becomes determined that this time he will be free, that he will no more come and go, and be the slave of Nature.

1.10_-_GRACE_AND_FREE_WILL, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  God did not deprive thee of the operation of his love, but thou didst deprive Him of thy cooperation. God would never have rejected thee, if thou hadst not rejected his love. O all-good God, thou dost not forsake unless forsaken, thou never takest away thy gifts until we take away our hearts.

1.10_-_Life_and_Death._The_Greater_Guardian_of_the_Threshold, #Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, #Rudolf Steiner, #Occultism
  [paragraph continues] Threshold; union with him looms as a far distant ideal before the soul's vision. Yet there is also the certitude that this union will not be possible until all the powers afforded by this world are applied to the task of its liberation and redemption. By fulfilling the demands of the higher light-being the initiate will contribute to the liberation of the human race. He lays his gifts on the sacrificial altar of humanity. Should he prefer his own premature elevation into the supersensible world, the stream of human evolution will flow over and past him. After his liberation he can gain no new powers from the world of the senses; and if he places his work at the world's disposal it will entail his renouncement of any further benefit for himself.
  It does not follow that, when called upon to decide, anyone will naturally follow the white path. That depends entirely upon whether he is so far purified at the time of his decision that no trace of self-seeking makes this prospect of felicity appear desirable. For the allurements here are the strongest possible; whereas on the other side no special allurements are evident. Here nothing appeals to his egotism. The gift he receives in the higher regions of the supersensible world is
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1.10_-_The_Methods_and_the_Means, #Bhakti-Yoga, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  The test of Ahimsa is absence of jealousy. Any man may do a good deed or make a good gift on the spur of the moment or under the pressure of some superstition or priestcraft; but the real lover of mankind is he who is jealous of none. The so-called great men of the world may all be seen to become jealous of each other for a small name, for a little fame, and for a few bits of gold. So long as this jealousy exists in a heart, it is far away from the perfection of Ahimsa. The cow does not eat meat, nor does the sheep. Are they great Yogis, great non-injurers (Ahimsakas)? Any fool may abstain from eating this or that; surely that gives him no more distinction than to herbivorous animals. The man who will mercilessly cheat widows and orphans and do the vilest deeds for money is worse than any brute even if he lives entirely on grass. The man whose heart never cherishes even the thought of injury to any one, who rejoices at the prosperity of even his greatest enemy, that man is the Bhakta, he is the Yogi, he is the Guru of all, even though he lives every day of his life on the flesh of swine. Therefore we must always remember that external practices have value only as helps to develop internal purity. It is better to have internal purity alone when minute attention to external observances is not practicable.

1.10_-_The_Three_Modes_of_Nature, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The Yoga of Divine Works
   or a false knowledge and brings with it ignorant effort, error, a constant misadjustment, pain of attachment, disappointed desire, grief of loss and failure. The gift of rajas is kinetic force, energy, activity, the power that creates and acts and can overcome; but it moves in the wrong lights or the half-lights of the Ignorance and it is perverted by the touch of the Asura,
  Rakshasa and Pishacha. The arrogant ignorance of the human mind and its self-satisfied perversions and presumptuous errors, the pride and vanity and ambition, the cruelty and tyranny and beast wrath and violence, the selfishness and baseness and hypocrisy and treachery and vile meanness, the lust and greed and rapacity, the jealousy, envy and bottomless ingratitude that disfigure the earth-nature are the natural children of this indispensable but strong and dangerous turn of Nature.

1.12_-_The_Herds_of_the_Dawn, #The Secret Of The Veda, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  "the Mother of the Herds, the guide of the days", gavam mata netr ahnam (VII.77.2). Finally, as if to remove the veil of the image entirely, the Veda itself tells us that the herds are a figure for the rays of the Light, "her happy rays come into sight like cows released into movement" - prati bhadra adr.ks.ata gavam sarga na rasmayah. (IV.52.5). And we have the still more conclusive verse, VII.79.2, "Thy cows (rays) remove the darkness and extend the Light"; sam te gavas tama a vartayanti, jyotir yacchanti.2
  But Dawn is not only drawn by these shining herds; she brings them as a gift to the sacrificer; she is, like Indra in his
  Soma-ecstasy, a giver of the Light. In a hymn of Vasishtha

1.12_-_The_Significance_of_Sacrifice, #Essays On The Gita, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Essays on the Gita
   letter of the Veda, then all the positions of the Vedist dogma are conceded and there is nothing more. Ceremonial sacrifice is the right means of gaining children, wealth, enjoyment; by ceremonial sacrifice rain is brought down from heaven and the prosperity and continuity of the race assured; life is a continual transaction between the gods and men in which man offers ceremonial gifts to the gods from the gifts they have bestowed on him and in return is enriched, protected, fostered. Therefore all human works have to be accompanied and turned into a sacrament by ceremonial sacrifice and ritualistic worship; work not so dedicated is accursed, enjoyment without previous ceremonial sacrifice and ritual consecration is a sin. Even salvation, even the highest good is to be gained by ceremonial sacrifice. It must never be abandoned. Even the seeker of liberation has to continue to do ceremonial sacrifice, although without attachment; it is by ceremonial sacrifice and ritualistic works done without attachment that men of the type of Janaka attained to spiritual perfection and liberation.
  But he may be known in an inferior action through the devas, the gods, the powers of the divine Soul in Nature and in the eternal interaction of these powers and the soul of man, mutually giving and receiving, mutually helping, increasing, raising each other's workings and satisfaction, a commerce in which man rises towards a growing fitness for the supreme good. He recognises that his life is a part of this divine action in Nature and not a thing separate and to be held and pursued for its own sake. He regards his enjoyments and the satisfaction of his desires as the fruit of sacrifice and the gift of the gods in their divine universal workings and he ceases to pursue them in the false and evil spirit of sinful egoistic selfishness as if they were a good to be seized from life by his own unaided strength without return and without thankfulness. As this spirit increases in him, he subordinates his desires, becomes satisfied with sacrifice as the law of life and works and is content with whatever remains over from the sacrifice, giving up all the rest freely as an offering in the great and beneficent interchange between his life and the worldlife. Whoever goes contrary to this law of action and pursues works and enjoyment for his own isolated personal self-interest, lives in vain; he misses the true meaning and aim and utility of living and the upward growth of the soul; he is not on the path which leads to the highest good. But the highest only comes when the sacrifice is no longer to the gods, but to the one allpervading Divine established in the sacrifice, of whom the gods are inferior forms and powers, and when he puts away the lower self that desires and enjoys and gives up his personal sense of being the worker to the true executrix of all works, Prakriti, and his personal sense of being the enjoyer to the Divine Purusha, the higher and universal Self who is the real enjoyer of the works of Prakriti. In that Self and not in any personal enjoyment he finds now his sole satisfaction, complete content, pure delight; he has nothing to gain by action or inaction, depends neither on gods nor men for anything, seeks no profit from any, for the self-delight is all-sufficient to him, but does works for the sake of the Divine only, as a pure sacrifice, without attachment or desire. Thus he gains equality and becomes free from the

1.12_-_TIME_AND_ETERNITY, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  His Sacred Majesty the King does reverence to men of all sects, whether ascetics or householders, by gifts and various forms of reverence. His Sacred Majesty, however, cares not so much for gifts or external reverence as that there should be a growth in the essence of the matter in all sects. The growth of the essence of the matter assumes various forms, but the root of it is restraint of speech, to wit, a man must not do reverence to his own sect or disparage that of another without reason. Depreciation should be for specific reasons only; for the sects of other people all deserve reverence for one reason or another. He who does reverence to his own sect, while disparaging the sects of others wholly from attachment to his own, with intent to enhance the glory of his own sect, in reality by such conduct inflicts the severest injury on his own sect. Concord therefore is meritorious, to wit, hearkening and hearkening willingly to the Law af Piety, as accepted by other people.

1.13_-_Gnostic_Symbols_of_the_Self, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  130 Proteus has much in common with Hermes: above all, the gift of second sight
  and the power of shape-shifting. In Faust (Part II, Act 5) he tells the Homuncu-

1.14_-_The_Structure_and_Dynamics_of_the_Self, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  Ages- that it is on the one hand a well-known allegory of Christ,
  and on the other hand appears to be equipped with the gift of
  wisdom and of supreme spirituality. 31 As Hippolytus says, the

1.15_-_Index, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  Analytical Psychology and Education: Three Lectures (1926/1946)
  The gifted Child (1943)

1.15_-_Prayers, #Words Of The Mother III, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
      O Thou whom at first sight I knew for the Lord of my being and my God, receive my offering.
      Thine are all my thoughts, all my emotions, all the sentiments of my heart, all my sensations, all the movements of my life, each cell of my body, each drop of my blood. I am absolutely and altogether Thine, Thine without reserve. What Thou wilt of me, that I shall be. Whether Thou choosest for me life or death, happiness or sorrow, pleasure or suffering, all that comes to me from Thee will be welcome. Each one of Thy gifts will be always for me a gift divine bringing with it the supreme Felicity.
      13 January 1932
      Help us to become children worthy of Thee.
      And for this, make us conscious of Thy constant gifts so that gratitude may fill our hearts and govern our lives.

1.15_-_The_Supramental_Consciousness, #Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness, #Satprem, #Integral Yoga
  Knowledge is automatically gifted with power, because it is a true knowledge, which embraces everything, and true knowledge is powerful knowledge. We do not have power because we do not see the whole, while that total vision goes well beyond our momentary reasoning, since it perceives the extension of each thing in time;
  neither is it an arbitrary fiat going against the normal course of things,

1.17_-_Practical_rules_for_the_Tragic_Poet., #Poetics, #Aristotle, #Philosophy
  Again, the poet should work out his play, to the best of his power, with appropriate gestures; for those who feel emotion are most convincing through natural sympathy with the characters they represent; and one who is agitated storms, one who is angry rages, with the most life-like reality. Hence poetry implies either a happy gift of nature or a strain of madness. In the one case a man can take the mould of any character; in the other, he is lifted out of his proper self.

1.17_-_SUFFERING, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  The idea of vicarious suffering has too often been formulated in crudely juridical and commercial terms. A has committed an offence for which the law decrees a certain punishment; B voluntarily undergoes the punishment; justice and the lawgivers honour are satisfied; consequently A may go free. Or else it is all a matter of debts and repayments. A owes C a sum which he cannot pay; B steps in with the cash and so prevents C from foreclosing on the mortgage. Applied to the facts of mans suffering and his relations to the divine Ground, these conceptions are neither enlightening nor edifying. The orthodox doctrine of the Atonement attributes to God characteristics that would be discreditable even to a human potentate, and its model of the universe is not the product of spiritual insight rationalized by philosophic reflection, but rather the projection of a lawyers phantasy. But in spite of these deplorable crudities in their formulation, the idea of vicarious suffering and the other, closely related idea of the transferability of merit are based upon genuine facts of experience. The selfless and God-filled person can and does act as a channel through which grace is able to pass into the unfortunate being who has made himself impervious to the divine by the habitual craving for intensifications of his own separateness and selfhood. It is because of this that the saints are able to exercise authority, all the greater for being entirely non-compulsive, over their fellow beings. They transfer merit to those who are in need of it; but that which converts the victims of self-will and puts them on the path of liberation is not the merit of the saintly individuala merit that consists in his having made himself capable of eternal Reality, as a pipe, by being cleaned out, is made capable of water; it is rather the divine charge he carries, the eternal Reality for which he has become the conduit. And similarly, in vicarious suffering, it is not the actual pains experienced by the saint which are redemptivefor to believe that God is angry at sin and that His anger cannot be propitiated except by the offer of a certain sum of pain is to blaspheme against the divine Nature. No, what saves is the gift from beyond the temporal order, brought to those imprisoned in selfhood by these selfless and God-filled persons, who have been ready to accept suffering, in order to help their fellows. The Bodhisattvas vow is a promise to forgo the immediate fruits of enlightenment and to accept rebirth and its inevitable concomitants, pain and death, again and again, until such time as, thanks to his labours and the graces of which, being selfless, he is the channel, all sentient beings shall have come to final and complete deliverance.

1.201_-_Socrates, #unset, #H. P. Lovecraft, #unset
  When someone has been pregnant in soul with these things from youth and is of the right age but unmarried,192 he now feels the desire 209b to give birth and procreate. He too, I think, goes about looking for the beautiful in which to procreate; for he will never procreate in the ugly.
  In his pregnant state he welcomes bodies that are beautiful rather than ugly, and if he comes across one who has a beautiful, noble and gifted soul as well, then he particularly welcomes the combination. In the presence of this person his words immediately flow in abundance about virtue and about the qualities and practices that make for a good man, 209c and he embarks on his education. For I think that by attaching himself to the beautiful and associating with it, which he will be keeping in mind even when absent, he gives birth to and procreates the offspring with which he has long been pregnant, and in company with that other share in nurturing what they have created together. The result is that such a couple have a much closer partnership with each other and a stronger tie of affection than is the case with the parents of mortal children, since the offspring they share in have more beauty and immortality. For anyone who looked at Homer and Hesiod and all the other great poets would envy them because of the kind of offspring they have left behind them, and would rather be the parent of children like these, who have conferred on their progenitors immortal glory and fame, 209d than of ordinary human children.
  For another example, she said, look at the sort of children

12.01_-_The_Return_to_Earth, #Savitri, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  But now far heavens, unmapped infinitudes
  Thou hast brought me, thy illimitable gift!
  If to fill these thou lift thy sacred flight,

1.2.03_-_Purity, #Letters On Yoga II, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  The aspiration must be for entire purification, especially (1) purification from sex, so that no sex imaginations may enter and the sex impulse may cease, (2) purification from desires and demands, (3) purification from depression which is the result of disappointed desires. It is the most important for you. Particularly what you must aspire for is peace in all the being, complete equanimity, samata. The feeling that peace is not enough must go. Peace and purity and equanimity once established, all the rest must be the Mother s free gift, not a result of the demand from the being.

1.20_-_Diction,_or_Language_in_general., #Poetics, #Aristotle, #Philosophy
  A Noun is a composite significant sound, not marking time, of which no part is in itself significant: for in double or compound words we do not employ the separate parts as if each were in itself significant. Thus in Theodorus, 'god-given,' the {delta omega rho omicron nu} or 'gift' is not in itself significant.

1.21_-_IDOLATRY, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  As a piece of psychological analysis this is admirable. Its only defect is one of omission; for it neglects to take into account those influxes from the eternal order into the temporal, which are called grace or inspiration. Grace and inspiration are given when, and to the extent to which, a human being gives up self-will and abandons himself, moment by moment, through constant recollectedness and non-attachment, to the will of God. As well as the animal and spiritual graces, whose source is the divine Nature of Things, there are human pseudo-gracessuch as, for example, the accessions of strength and virtue that follow self-devotion to some form of political or moral idolatry. To distinguish the true grace from the false is often difficult; but as time and circumstances reveal the full extent of their consequences on the soul, discrimination becomes possible even to observers having no special gifts of insight. Where the grace is genuinely supernatural, an amelioration in one aspect of the total personality is not paid for by atrophy or deterioration elsewhere. The virtue which is accompanied and perfected by the love and knowledge of God is something quite different from the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees which, for Christ, was among the worst of moral evils. Hardness, fanaticism, uncharitableness and spiritual pridethese are the ordinary by-products of a course of stoical self-improvement by means of personal effort, either unassisted or, if assisted, seconded only by the pseudo-graces which are given when the individual devotes himself to the achievement of an end which is not his true end, when the goal is not God, but merely a magnified projection of his own favourite ideas or moral excellences. The idolatrous worship of ethical values in and for themselves defeats its own objectand defeats it not only because, as Arnold insists, there is a lack of all-round development, but also and above all because even the highest forms of moral idolatry are God-eclipsing and therefore guarantee the idolater against the enlightening and liberating knowledge of Reality.

1.23_-_THE_MIRACULOUS, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  One ounce of sanctifying grace, he (St Franois de Sales) used to say, is worth more than a hundredweight of those graces which theologians call gratuitous, among which is the gift of miracles. It is possible to receive such gifts and yet to be in mortal sin; nor are they necessary to salvation.
  The miracles which at present are in greatest demand, and of which there is the steadest supply, are those of psychic healing. In what circumstances and to what extent the power of psychic healing should be used has been clearly indicated in the Gospel: Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed and walk? If one can forgive sins, one can safely use the gift of healing. But the forgiving of sins is possible, in its fulness, only to those who speak with authority, in virtue of being selfless channels of the divine Spirit. To these theocentric saints the ordinary, unregenerate human being reacts with a mixture of love and awelonging to be close to them and yet constrained by their very holiness to say, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man. Such holiness makes holy to the extent that the sins of those who approach it are forgiven and they are enabled to make a new start, to face the consequences of their past wrong-doings (for of course the consequences remain) in a new spirit that makes it possible for them to neutralize the evil or turn it into positive good. A less perfect kind of forgiveness can be bestowed by those who are not themselves outstandingly holy, but who speak with the delegated authority of an institution which the sinner believes to be in some way a channel of supernatural grace. In this case the contact between unregenerate soul and divine Spirit is not direct, but is mediated through the sinners imagination.

1.240_-_1.300_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  Still you do not care for me."
  M.: Look here. I am not endowed with television. God has not bestowed that gift on me. What shall I do? How can I answer your questions? People call me Maharshi and treat me like this. But I do not see myself as a Maharshi. On the other hand everyone is a
  Maharshi to me. It is good that you in this early age are attempting to seek God. Concentrate on Him. Do your work without desiring the fruits thereof. That is all that you should do.

1.240_-_Talks_2, #unset, #H. P. Lovecraft, #unset
  Still you do not care for me.
  M.: Look here. I am not endowed with television. God has not bestowed that gift on me. What shall I do? How can I answer your questions? People call me Maharshi and treat me like this. But I do not see myself as a Maharshi. On the other hand everyone is a
  Maharshi to me. It is good that you in this early age are attempting to seek God. Concentrate on Him. Do your work without desiring the fruits thereof. That is all that you should do.
  M.: Is there a substance to be transferred? Transfer means eradication of the sense of being the disciple. The master does it. Not that the man was something at one time and metamorphosed later into another.
  D.: Is not Grace the gift of the Guru?
  M.: God, Grace and Guru are all synonymous and also eternal and immanent. Is not the Self already within? Is it for the Guru to bestow

1.25_-_SPIRITUAL_EXERCISES, #The Perennial Philosophy, #Aldous Huxley, #Philosophy
  St Franois de Sales used to say, I hear of nothing but perfection on every side, so far as talk goes; but I see very few people who really practice it. Everybody has his own notion of perfection. One man thinks it lies in the cut of his clothes, another in fasting, a third in almsgiving, or in frequenting the Sacraments, in meditation, in some special gift of contemplation, or in extraordinary gifts or gracesbut they are all mistaken, as it seems to me, because they confuse the means, or the results, with the end and cause.

1.28_-_Need_to_Define_.God.,_.Self.,_etc., #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Well, I suppose it's a gift to stir Hell to its most abysmal horror with one small remark slipped in at the end. Scorpion!

1.28_-_Supermind,_Mind_and_the_Overmind_Maya, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  4:But when we look more closely, we perceive that this normality is deceptive and that in fact there are several directions in which human mind reaches beyond itself, tends towards selfexceeding; these are precisely the necessary lines of contact or veiled or half-veiled passages which connect it with higher grades of consciousness of the self-manifesting Spirit. First, we have noted the place Intuition occupies in the human means of knowledge, and Intuition is in its very nature a projection of the characteristic action of these higher grades into the mind of Ignorance. It is true that in human mind its action is largely hidden by the interventions of our normal intelligence; a pure intuition is a rare occurrence in our mental activity: for what we call by the name is usually a point of direct knowledge which is immediately caught and coated over with mental stuff, so that it serves only as an invisible or a very tiny nucleus of a crystallisation which is in its mass intellectual or otherwise mental in character; or else the flash of intuition is quickly replaced or intercepted, before it has a chance of manifesting itself, by a rapid imitative mental movement, insight or quick perception or some swift-leaping process of thought which owes its appearance to the stimulus of the coming intuition but obstructs its entry or covers it with a substituted mental suggestion true or erroneous but in either case not the authentic intuitive movement. Nevertheless, the fact of this intervention from above, the fact that behind all our original thinking or authentic perception of things there is a veiled, a halfveiled or a swift unveiled intuitive element is enough to establish a connection between mind and what is above it; it opens a passage of communication and of entry into the superior spiritranges. There is also the reaching out of mind to exceed the personal ego limitation, to see things in a certain impersonality and universality. Impersonality is the first character of cosmic self; universality, non-limitation by the single or limiting point of view, is the character of cosmic perception and knowledge: this tendency is therefore a widening, however rudimentary, of these restricted mind areas towards cosmicity, towards a quality which is the very character of the higher mental planes, - towards that superconscient cosmic Mind which, we have suggested, must in the nature of things be the original mind-action of which ours is only a derivative and inferior process. Again, there is not an entire absence of penetration from above into our mental limits. The phenomena of genius are really the result of such a penetration, - veiled no doubt, because the light of the superior consciousness not only acts within narrow limits, usually in a special field, without any regulated separate organisation of its characteristic energies, often indeed quite fitfully, erratically and with a supernormal or abnormal irresponsible governance, but also in entering the mind it subdues and adapts itself to mind substance so that it is only a modified or diminished dynamis that reaches us, not all the original divine luminosity of what might be called the overhead consciousness beyond us.
  Still the phenomena of inspiration, of revelatory vision or of intuitive perception and intuitive discernment, surpassing our less illumined or less powerful normal mind-action, are there and their origin is unmistakable. Finally, there is the vast and multitudinous field of mystic and spiritual experience, and here the gates already lie wide open to the possibility of extending our consciousness beyond its present limits, - unless, indeed, by an obscurantism that refuses to inquire or an attachment to our boundaries of mental normality we shut them or turn away from the vistas they open before us. But in our present investigation we cannot afford to neglect the possibilities which these domains of mankind's endeavour bring near to us, or the added knowledge of oneself and of the veiled Reality which is their gift to human mind, the greater light which arms them with the right to act upon us and is the innate power of their existence.
  5:There are two successive movements of consciousness, difficult but well within our capacity, by which we can have access to the superior gradations of our conscious existence. There is first a movement inward by which, instead of living in our surface mind, we break the wall between our external and our now subliminal self; this can be brought about by a gradual effort and discipline or by a vehement transition, sometimes a forceful involuntary rupture, - the latter by no means safe for the limited human mind accustomed to live securely only within its normal limits, - but in either way, safe or unsafe, the thing can be done. What we discover within this secret part of ourselves is an inner being, a soul, an inner mind, an inner life, an inner subtle-physical entity which is much larger in its potentialities, more plastic, more powerful, more capable of a manifold knowledge and dynamism than our surface mind, life or body; especially, it is capable of a direct communication with the universal forces, movements, objects of the cosmos, a direct feeling and opening to them, a direct action on them and even a widening of itself beyond the limits of the personal mind, the personal life, the body, so that it feels itself more and more a universal being no longer limited by the existing walls of our too narrow mental, vital, physical existence. This widening can extend itself to a complete entry into the consciousness of cosmic Mind, into unity with the universal Life, even into a oneness with universal Matter. That, however, is still an identification either with a diminished cosmic truth or with the cosmic Ignorance.

1.2_-_Katha_Upanishads, #Kena and Other Upanishads, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  2. As the gifts were led past, faith took possession of him who
  was yet a boy unwed and he pondered:

1.300_-_1.400_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  D.: Is not Grace the gift of the Guru?
  M.: God, Grace and Guru are all synonymous and also eternal and immanent. Is not the Self already within? Is it for the Guru to bestow

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