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The subject of the philosophy of religion is regarded in conservative circles not as a discipline given to free philosophical inquiry but as a particular religion's philosophy. In this form it is a more or less disguised apologetics or defense of an already accepted religious faith. While the data for this subject include the so-called classical religions, philosophy of religion, in the genuinely philosophical sense, takes for its material religious expressions of all types, whether classical or not, together with all the psychological material available on the nature of the human spirit and man's whole cultural development. -- V.F.
12 Sri Aurobindo
3 The Mother
3 Aleister Crowley
2 Jean Piaget
1 Stephen LaBerge
1 Shunryu Suzuki
1 Ken Wilber
1 Joseph Campbell
1 Henri Ellenberger
1 Carl Jung
1 Alfred Korzybski
1 Advanced Integral
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5 Jane Austen
4 William Zinsser
4 Kevin Horsley
4 Carl Jung
3 Winston S Churchill
3 Swami Vivekananda
3 Susan Sontag
3 Stephen King
3 J K Rowling
3 Geoff Dyer
3 C S Lewis
3 Bertrand Russell
3 Becca Fitzpatrick
3 Arthur Schopenhauer
2 Winston Churchill
2 William Baziotes
2 Tony Horwitz
2 Tom Robbins
1:The subject of one stage becomes the object of the subject of the next stage.
~ Ken Wilber,
2:The Great Work will then form the subject of the design.
~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick, The Lamen,
3:The objective is created as a ground of manifestation for the subjective. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Reality and the Integral Knowledge,
4:The subjective and the objective truth of things are both real, they are two sides of the same Reality. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Reality and the Integral Knowledge,
5:The material world and the physical life exist for us only by virtue of our internal self and our internal life. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Kena and Other Upanishads, The Subject of the Upanishad,
6:The dissolution of the subject organisation into a disorganised crowd is the inevitable working of an alien despotism. ~ Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram - I, Shall India Be Free? - Unity and British Rule,
7:Knowledge is as infinite as the stars in the sky. There is no end to all of the subjects that one could study. It is better to immediately get their essence - The unchanging fortress of pure awareness. ~ Longchenpa,
8:The attempt to diminish the subjective view to the vanishing-point so as to get an accurate presentation is proper to science, not to poetry. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry, Poetic Vision and the Mantra,
9:We have in all functionings of the mentality four elements, the object of mental consciousness, the act of mental consciousness, the occasion and the subject.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Memory, Ego and Self-Experience, 532,
10:The more the schemata are differentiated, the smaller the gap between the new and the familiar becomes, so that novelty, instead of constituting an annoyance avoided by the subject, becomes a problem and invites searching. ~ Jean Piaget,
11:The highest truth is daiji, translated as dai jiki in Chinese scriptures. This is the subject of the question the emperor asked Bodhidharma: "What is the First Principle?" Bodhidharma said, "I don't know." "I don't know" is the First Principle. ~ Shunryu Suzuki,
12:Little by little there has to be a constant equilibrium established between the parts of the subject's knowledge and the totality of his knowledge at any given moment. There is a constant differentiation of the totality of knowledge into the parts and an integration of the parts back into the whole.
~ Jean Piaget, 1977, p. 839,
13:enactment ::: no experience is innocent and pregiven, rather it is brought forth or enacted in part by the activity of the subject doing the experiencing thus one activity, paradigm or injunction will bring forth a particular set of experiences. experiences that are not themselves .... but rather are co-created and co-enacted by the paradigm or activity itself and accordingly one paradigm does not give the correct view of the world and therefore as if it did to negate, criticize, or exclude other experiences brought forth by other paradigms. ~ Advanced Integral, L1, slide30 enactment,
14:Systematic study of chemical and physical phenomena has been carried on for many generations and these two sciences now include: (1) knowledge of an enormous number of facts; (2) a large body of natural laws; (3) many fertile working hypotheses respecting the causes and regularities of natural phenomena; and finally (4) many helpful theories held subject to correction by further testing of the hypotheses giving rise to them. When a subject is spoken of as a science, it is understood to include all of the above mentioned parts. Facts alone do not constitute a science any more than a pile of stones constitutes a house, not even do facts and laws alone; there must be facts, hypotheses, theories and laws before the subject is entitled to the rank of a science. ~ Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity,
15:2. Refusal of the Call:Often in actual life, and not infrequently in the myths and popular tales, we encounter the dull case of the call unanswered; for it is always possible to turn the ear to other interests. Refusal of the summons converts the adventure into its negative. Walled in boredom, hard work, or 'culture,' the subject loses the power of significant affirmative action and becomes a victim to be saved. His flowering world becomes a wasteland of dry stones and his life feels meaningless-even though, like King Minos, he may through titanic effort succeed in building an empire or renown. Whatever house he builds, it will be a house of death: a labyrinth of cyclopean walls to hide from him his minotaur. All he can do is create new problems for himself and await the gradual approach of his disintegration. ~ Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces,
16:Ishwara-Shakti is not quite the same as Purusha-Prakriti; for Purusha and Prakriti are separate powers, but Ishwara and Shakti contain each other. Ishwara is Purusha who contains Prakriti and rules by the power of the Shakti within him. Shakti is Prakriti ensouled by Purusha and acts by the will of the Ishwara which is her own will and whose presence in her movement she carries always with her. The Purusha-Prakriti realisation is of the first utility to the seeker on the Way of Works; for it is the separation of the conscient being and the Energy and the subjection of the being to the mechanism of the Energy that are the efficient cause of our ignorance and imperfection; by this realisation the being can liberate himself from the mechanical action of the nature and become free and arrive at a first spiritual control over the nature. Ishwara-Shakti stands behind the relation of Purusha-Prakriti and its ignorant action and turns it to an evolutionary purpose. The Ishwara-Shakti realisation can bring participation in a higher dynamism and a divine working and a total unity and harmony of the being in a spiritual nature. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Supreme Will, 216,
17:The necessary and needful reaction from the collective unconscious expresses itself in archetypally formed ideas. The meeting with oneself is, at first, the meeting with one's own shadow. The shadow is a tight passage, a narrow door, whose painful constriction no one is spared who goes down to the deep well. But one must learn to know oneself in order to know who one is. For what comes after the door is, surprisingly enough, a boundless expanse full of unprecedented uncertainty, with apparently no one inside and no one outside, no above and no below, no here and no there, no mine and no thine, no good and no bad. It is a world of water, where all life floats in suspension; where the realm of the sympathetic system, the soul of everything living, begins; where I am indivisibly this and that; where I experience the other in myself and the other-than-myself experiences me.No, the collective unconscious is anything but an encapsulated personal system; it is sheer objectivity, as wide as the world and open to all the world. There I am the object of every subject, in complete reversal of my ordinary consciousness, where I am always the subject that has an object. There I am utterly one with the world, so much a part of it that I forget all too easily who I really am. ""Lost in oneself"" is a good way of describing this state. But this self is the world, if only a consciousness could see it. That is why we must know who we are. ~ Carl Jung, Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious,
18:A creative illness succeeds a period of intense preoccupation with an idea and search for a certain truth. It is a polymorphous condition that can take the shape of depression, neurosis, psychosomatic ailments, or even psychosis. Whatever the symptoms, they are felt as painful, if not agonizing, by the subject, with alternating periods of alleviation and worsening. Throughout the illness the subject never loses the thread of his dominating preoccupation. It is often compatible with normal, professional activity and family life. But even if he keeps to his social activities, he is almost entirely absorbed with himself. He suffers from feelings of utter isolation, even when he has a mentor who guides him through the ordeal (like the shaman apprentice with his master). The termination is often rapid and marked by a phase of exhilaration. The subject emerges from his ordeal with a permanent transformation in his personality and the conviction that he has discovered a great truth or a new spiritual world.
Many of the nineteenth and twentieth century figures recognized unquestionably as "great" - Nietzsche, Darwin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Freud, Jung, Piaget - were all additionally characterized by lengthy periods of profound psychological unrest and uncertainty. Their "psychopathology" - a term ridiculous in this context - was generated as a consequence of the revolutionary nature of their personal experience (their action, fantasy and thought). It is no great leap of comparative psychology to see their role in our society as analogous to that of the archaic religious leader and healer. ~ Henri Ellenberger,
19:IN OUR scrutiny of the seven principles of existence it was found that they are one in their essential and fundamental reality: for if even the matter of the most material universe is nothing but a status of being of Spirit made an object of sense, envisaged by the Spirit's own consciousness as the stuff of its forms, much more must the life-force that constitutes itself into form of Matter, and the mind-consciousness that throws itself out as Life, and the Supermind that develops Mind as one of its powers, be nothing but Spirit itself modified in apparent substance and in dynamism of action, not modified in real essence. All are powers of one Power of being and not other than that All-Existence, All-Consciousness, All-Will, All-Delight which is the true truth behind every appearance. And they are not only one in their reality, but also inseparable in the sevenfold variety of their action. They are the seven colours of the light of the divine consciousness, the seven rays of the Infinite, and by them the Spirit has filled in on the canvas of his self-existence conceptually extended, woven of the objective warp of Space and the subjective woof of Time, the myriad wonders of his self-creation great, simple, symmetrical in its primal laws and vast framings, infinitely curious and intricate in its variety of forms and actions and the complexities of relation and mutual effect of all upon each and each upon all. These are the seven Words of the ancient sages; by them have been created and in the light of their meaning are worked out and have to be interpreted the developed and developing harmonies of the world we know and the worlds behind of which we have only an indirect knowledge. The Light, the Sound is one; their action is sevenfold.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, 7 - The Knowledge and the Ignorance, 499,
20:The modern distinction is that the poet appeals to the imagination and not to the intellect. But there are many kinds of imagination; the objective imagination which visualises strongly the outward aspects of life and things; the subjective imagination which visualises strongly the mental and emotional impressions they have the power to start in the mind; the imagination which deals in the play of mental fictions and to which we give the name of poetic fancy; the aesthetic imagination which delights in the beauty of words and images for their own sake and sees no farther. All these have their place in poetry, but they only give the poet his materials, they are only the first instruments in the creation of poetic style. The essential poetic imagination does not stop short with even the most subtle reproductions of things external or internal, with the richest or delicatest play of fancy or with the most beautiful colouring of word or image. It is creative, not of either the actual or the fictitious, but of the more and the most real; it sees the spiritual truth of things, - of this truth too there are many gradations, - which may take either the actual or the ideal for its starting-point. The aim of poetry, as of all true art, is neither a photographic or otherwise realistic imitation of Nature, nor a romantic furbishing and painting or idealistic improvement of her image, but an interpretation by the images she herself affords us, not on one but on many planes of her creation, of that which she conceals from us, but is ready, when rightly approached, to reveal.
This is the true, because the highest and essential aim of poetry; but the human mind arrives at it only by a succession of steps, the first of which seems far enough from its object. It begins by stringing its most obvious and external ideas, feelings and sensations of things on a thread of verse in a sufficient language of no very high quality. But even when it gets to a greater adequacy and effectiveness, it is often no more than a vital, an emotional or an intellectual adequacy and effectiveness. There is a strong vital poetry which powerfully appeals to our sensations and our sense of life, like much of Byron or the less inspired mass of the Elizabethan drama; a strong emotional poetry which stirs our feelings and gives us the sense and active image of the passions; a strong intellectual poetry which satisfies our curiosity about life and its mechanism, or deals with its psychological and other "problems", or shapes for us our thoughts in an effective, striking and often quite resistlessly quotable fashion. All this has its pleasures for the mind and the surface soul in us, and it is certainly quite legitimate to enjoy them and to enjoy them strongly and vividly on our way upward; but if we rest content with these only, we shall never get very high up the hill of the Muses.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Future Poetry,
21:There is no invariable rule of such suffering. It is not the soul that suffers; the Self is calm and equal to all things and the only sorrow of the psychic being is the sorrow of the resistance of Nature to the Divine Will or the resistance of things and people to the call of the True, the Good and the Beautiful. What is affected by suffering is the vital nature and the body. When the soul draws towards the Divine, there may be a resistance in the mind and the common form of that is denial and doubt - which may create mental and vital suffering. There may again be a resistance in the vital nature whose principal character is desire and the attachment to the objects of desire, and if in this field there is conflict between the soul and the vital nature, between the Divine Attraction and the pull of the Ignorance, then obviously there may be much suffering of the mind and vital parts. The physical consciousness also may offer a resistance which is usually that of a fundamental inertia, an obscurity in the very stuff of the physical, an incomprehension, an inability to respond to the higher consciousness, a habit of helplessly responding to the lower mechanically, even when it does not want to do so; both vital and physical suffering may be the consequence. There is moreover the resistance of the Universal Nature which does not want the being to escape from the Ignorance into the Light. This may take the form of a vehement insistence on the continuation of the old movements, waves of them thrown on the mind and vital and body so that old ideas, impulses, desires, feelings, responses continue even after they are thrown out and rejected, and can return like an invading army from outside, until the whole nature, given to the Divine, refuses to admit them. This is the subjective form of the universal resistance, but it may also take an objective form - opposition, calumny, attacks, persecution, misfortunes of many kinds, adverse conditions and circumstances, pain, illness, assaults from men or forces. There too the possibility of suffering is evident. There are two ways to meet all that - first that of the Self, calm, equality, a spirit, a will, a mind, a vital, a physical consciousness that remain resolutely turned towards the Divine and unshaken by all suggestion of doubt, desire, attachment, depression, sorrow, pain, inertia. This is possible when the inner being awakens, when one becomes conscious of the Self, of the inner mind, the inner vital, the inner physical, for that can more easily attune itself to the divine Will, and then there is a division in the being as if there were two beings, one within, calm, strong, equal, unperturbed, a channel of the Divine Consciousness and Force, one without, still encroached on by the lower Nature; but then the disturbances of the latter become something superficial which are no more than an outer ripple, - until these under the inner pressure fade and sink away and the outer being too remains calm, concentrated, unattackable. There is also the way of the psychic, - when the psychic being comes out in its inherent power, its consecration, adoration, love of the Divine, self-giving, surrender and imposes these on the mind, vital and physical consciousness and compels them to turn all their movements Godward. If the psychic is strong and master...
~ Sri Aurobindo, Letters On Yoga - IV, Resistances, Sufferings and Falls, 669,
NOW that we have learnt to observe the mind, so that we know how it works to some extent, and have begun to understand the elements of control, we may try the result of gathering together all the powers of the mind, and attempting to focus them on a single point.
We know that it is fairly easy for the ordinary educated mind to think without much distraction on a subject in which it is much interested. We have the popular phrase, "revolving a thing in the mind"; and as long as the subject is sufficiently complex, as long as thoughts pass freely, there is no great difficulty. So long as a gyroscope is in motion, it remains motionless relatively to its support, and even resists attempts to distract it; when it stops it falls from that position. If the earth ceased to spin round the sun, it would at once fall into the sun. The moment then that the student takes a simple subject - or rather a simple object - and imagines it or visualizes it, he will find that it is not so much his creature as he supposed. Other thoughts will invade the mind, so that the object is altogether forgotten, perhaps for whole minutes at a time; and at other times the object itself will begin to play all sorts of tricks.
Suppose you have chosen a white cross. It will move its bar up and down, elongate the bar, turn the bar oblique, get its arms unequal, turn upside down, grow branches, get a crack around it or a figure upon it, change its shape altogether like an Amoeba, change its size and distance as a whole, change the degree of its illumination, and at the same time change its colour. It will get splotchy and blotchy, grow patterns, rise, fall, twist and turn; clouds will pass over its face. There is no conceivable change of which it is incapable. Not to mention its total disappearance, and replacement by something altogether different!
Any one to whom this experience does not occur need not imagine that he is meditating. It shows merely that he is incapable of concentrating his mind in the very smallest degree. Perhaps a student may go for several days before discovering that he is not meditating. When he does, the obstinacy of the object will infuriate him; and it is only now that his real troubles will begin, only now that Will comes really into play, only now that his manhood is tested. If it were not for the Will-development which he got in the conquest of Asana, he would probably give up. As it is, the mere physical agony which he underwent is the veriest trifle compared with the horrible tedium of Dharana.
For the first week it may seem rather amusing, and you may even imagine you are progressing; but as the practice teaches you what you are doing, you will apparently get worse and worse. Please understand that in doing this practice you are supposed to be seated in Asana, and to have note-book and pencil by your side, and a watch in front of you. You are not to practise at first for more than ten minutes at a time, so as to avoid risk of overtiring the brain. In fact you will probably find that the whole of your willpower is not equal to keeping to a subject at all for so long as three minutes, or even apparently concentrating on it for so long as three seconds, or three-fifths of one second. By "keeping to it at all" is meant the mere attempt to keep to it. The mind becomes so fatigued, and the object so incredibly loathsome, that it is useless to continue for the time being. In Frater P.'s record we find that after daily practice for six months, meditations of four minutes and less are still being recorded.
~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA,
23:This greater Force is that of the Illumined Mind, a Mind no longer of higher Thought, but of spiritual light. Here the clarity of the spiritual intelligence, its tranquil daylight, gives place or subordinates itself to an intense lustre, a splendour and illumination of the spirit: a play of lightnings of spiritual truth and power breaks from above into the consciousness and adds to the calm and wide enlightenment and the vast descent of peace which characterise or accompany the action of the larger conceptual-spiritual principle, a fiery ardour of realisation and a rapturous ecstasy of knowledge. A downpour of inwardly visible Light very usually envelops this action; for it must be noted that, contrary to our ordinary conceptions, light is not primarily a material creation and the sense or vision of light accompanying the inner illumination is not merely a subjective visual image or a symbolic phenomenon: light is primarily a spiritual manifestation of the Divine Reality illuminative and creative; material light is a subsequent representation or conversion of it into Matter for the purposes of the material Energy. There is also in this descent the arrival of a greater dynamic, a golden drive, a luminous enthousiasmos of inner force and power which replaces the comparatively slow and deliberate process of the Higher Mind by a swift, sometimes a vehement, almost a violent impetus of rapid transformation.
But these two stages of the ascent enjoy their authority and can get their own united completeness only by a reference to a third level; for it is from the higher summits where dwells the intuitional being that they derive the knowledge which they turn into thought or sight and bring down to us for the mind's transmutation. Intuition is a power of consciousness nearer and more intimate to the original knowledge by identity; for it is always something that leaps out direct from a concealed identity. It is when the consciousness of the subject meets with the consciousness in the object, penetrates it and sees, feels or vibrates with the truth of what it contacts, that the intuition leaps out like a spark or lightning-flash from the shock of the meeting; or when the consciousness, even without any such meeting, looks into itself and feels directly and intimately the truth or the truths that are there or so contacts the hidden forces behind appearances, then also there is the outbreak of an intuitive light; or, again, when the consciousness meets the Supreme Reality or the spiritual reality of things and beings and has a contactual union with it, then the spark, the flash or the blaze of intimate truth-perception is lit in its depths. This close perception is more than sight, more than conception: it is the result of a penetrating and revealing touch which carries in it sight and conception as part of itself or as its natural consequence. A concealed or slumbering identity, not yet recovering itself, still remembers or conveys by the intuition its own contents and the intimacy of its self-feeling and self-vision of things, its light of truth, its overwhelming and automatic certitude. ... Intuition is always an edge or ray or outleap of a superior light; it is in us a projecting blade, edge or point of a far-off supermind light entering into and modified by some intermediate truth-mind substance above us and, so modified, again entering into and very much blinded by our ordinary or ignorant mind substance; but on that higher level to which it is native its light is unmixed and therefore entirely and purely veridical, and its rays are not separated but connected or massed together in a play of waves of what might almost be called in the Sanskrit poetic figure a sea or mass of stable lightnings.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine,
24:To arrive then at this settled divine status must be the object of our concentration. The first step in concentration must be always to accustom the discursive mind to a settled unwavering pursuit of a single course of connected thought on a single subject and this it must do undistracted by all lures and alien calls on its attention. Such concentration is common enough in our ordinary life, but it becomes more difficult when we have to do it inwardly without any outward object or action on which to keep the mind; yet this inward concentration is what the seeker of knowledge must effect. Nor must it be merely the consecutive thought of the intellectual thinker, whose only object is to conceive and intellectually link together his conceptions. It is not, except perhaps at first, a process of reasoning that is wanted so much as a dwelling so far as possible on the fruitful essence of the idea which by the insistence of the soul's will upon it must yield up all the facets of its truth. Thus if it be the divine Love that is the subject of concentration, it is on the essence of the idea of God as Love that the mind should concentrate in such a way that the various manifestation of the divine Love should arise luminously, not only to the thought, but in the heart and being and vision of the Sadhaka. The thought may come first and the experience afterwards, but equally the experience may come first and the knowledge arise out of the experience. Afterwards the thing attained has to be dwelt on and more and more held till it becomes a constant experience and finally the Dharma or law of the being.
This is the process of concentrated meditation; but a more strenuous method is the fixing of the whole mind in concentration on the essence of the idea only, so as to reach not the thought-knowledge or the psychological experience of the subject, but the very essence of the thing behind the idea. In this process thought ceases and passes into the absorbed or ecstatic contemplation of the object or by a merging into it m an inner Samadhi. If this be the process followed, then subsequently the state into which we rise must still be called down to take possession of the lower being, to shed its light, power and bliss on our ordinary consciousness. For otherwise we may possess it, as many do, in the elevated condition or in the inward Samadhi, but we shall lose our hold of it when we awake or descend into the contacts of the world; and this truncated possession is not the aim of an integral Yoga.
A third process is neither at first to concentrate in a strenuous meditation on the one subject nor in a strenuous contemplation of the one object of thought-vision, but first to still the mind altogether. This may be done by various ways; one is to stand back from the mental action altogether not participating in but simply watching it until, tired of its unsanctioned leaping and running, it falls into an increasing and finally an absolute quiet. Another is to reject the thought-suggestions, to cast them away from the mind whenever they come and firmly hold to the peace of the being which really and always exists behind the trouble and riot of the mind. When this secret peace is unveiled, a great calm settles on the being and there comes usually with it the perception and experience of the all-pervading silent Brahman, everything else at first seeming to be mere form and eidolon. On the basis of this calm everything else may be built up in the knowledge and experience no longer of the external phenomena of things but of the deeper truth of the divine manifestation.
Ordinarily, once this state is obtained, strenuous concentration will be found no longer necessary. A free concentration of will using thought merely for suggestion and the giving of light to the lower members will take its place. This Will will then insist on the physical being, the vital existence, the heart and the mind remoulding themselves in the forms of the Divine which reveal themselves out of the silent Brahman. By swifter or slower degrees according to the previous preparation and purification of the members, they will be obliged with more or less struggle to obey the law of the will and its thought-suggestion, so that eventually the knowledge of the Divine takes possession of our consciousness on all its planes and the image of the Divine is formed in our human existence even as it was done by the old Vedic Sadhakas. For the integral Yoga this is the most direct and powerful discipline.
~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga, The Yoga of Integral Knowledge, Concentration,
THE EDUCATION of a human being should begin at birth and continue throughout his life.
Indeed, if we want this education to have its maximum result, it should begin even before birth; in this case it is the mother herself who proceeds with this education by means of a twofold action: first, upon herself for her own improvement, and secondly, upon the child whom she is forming physically. For it is certain that the nature of the child to be born depends very much upon the mother who forms it, upon her aspiration and will as well as upon the material surroundings in which she lives. To see that her thoughts are always beautiful and pure, her feelings always noble and fine, her material surroundings as harmonious as possible and full of a great simplicity - this is the part of education which should apply to the mother herself. And if she has in addition a conscious and definite will to form the child according to the highest ideal she can conceive, then the very best conditions will be realised so that the child can come into the world with his utmost potentialities. How many difficult efforts and useless complications would be avoided in this way!
Education to be complete must have five principal aspects corresponding to the five principal activities of the human being: the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual. Usually, these phases of education follow chronologically the growth of the individual; this, however, does not mean that one of them should replace another, but that all must continue, completing one another until the end of his life.
We propose to study these five aspects of education one by one and also their interrelationships. But before we enter into the details of the subject, I wish to make a recommendation to parents. Most parents, for various reasons, give very little thought to the true education which should be imparted to children. When they have brought a child into the world, provided him with food, satisfied his various material needs and looked after his health more or less carefully, they think they have fully discharged their duty. Later on, they will send him to school and hand over to the teachers the responsibility for his education.
There are other parents who know that their children must be educated and who try to do what they can. But very few, even among those who are most serious and sincere, know that the first thing to do, in order to be able to educate a child, is to educate oneself, to become conscious and master of oneself so that one never sets a bad example to one's child. For it is above all through example that education becomes effective. To speak good words and to give wise advice to a child has very little effect if one does not oneself give him an example of what one teaches. Sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self-control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches. Parents, have a high ideal and always act in accordance with it and you will see that little by little your child will reflect this ideal in himself and spontaneously manifest the qualities you would like to see expressed in his nature. Quite naturally a child has respect and admiration for his parents; unless they are quite unworthy, they will always appear to their child as demigods whom he will try to imitate as best he can.
With very few exceptions, parents are not aware of the disastrous influence that their own defects, impulses, weaknesses and lack of self-control have on their children. If you wish to be respected by a child, have respect for yourself and be worthy of respect at every moment. Never be authoritarian, despotic, impatient or ill-tempered. When your child asks you a question, do not give him a stupid or silly answer under the pretext that he cannot understand you. You can always make yourself understood if you take enough trouble; and in spite of the popular saying that it is not always good to tell the truth, I affirm that it is always good to tell the truth, but that the art consists in telling it in such a way as to make it accessible to the mind of the hearer. In early life, until he is twelve or fourteen, the child's mind is hardly open to abstract notions and general ideas. And yet you can train it to understand these things by using concrete images, symbols or parables. Up to quite an advanced age and for some who mentally always remain children, a narrative, a story, a tale well told teach much more than any number of theoretical explanations.
Another pitfall to avoid: do not scold your child without good reason and only when it is quite indispensable. A child who is too often scolded gets hardened to rebuke and no longer attaches much importance to words or severity of tone. And above all, take good care never to scold him for a fault which you yourself commit. Children are very keen and clear-sighted observers; they soon find out your weaknesses and note them without pity.
When a child has done something wrong, see that he confesses it to you spontaneously and frankly; and when he has confessed, with kindness and affection make him understand what was wrong in his movement so that he will not repeat it, but never scold him; a fault confessed must always be forgiven. You should not allow any fear to come between you and your child; fear is a pernicious means of education: it invariably gives birth to deceit and lying. Only a discerning affection that is firm yet gentle and an adequate practical knowledge will create the bonds of trust that are indispensable for you to be able to educate your child effectively. And do not forget that you have to control yourself constantly in order to be equal to your task and truly fulfil the duty which you owe your child by the mere fact of having brought him into the world.
Bulletin, February 1951
~ The Mother, On Education,
26:SECTION 1. Books for Serious Study
Liber CCXX. (Liber AL vel Legis.) The Book of the Law. This book is the foundation of the New Æon, and thus of the whole of our work.
The Equinox. The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation.
Liber ABA (Book 4). A general account in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers. In four parts: (1) Mysticism (2) Magical (Elementary Theory) (3) Magick in Theory and Practice (this book) (4) The Law.
Liber II. The Message of the Master Therion. Explains the essence of the new Law in a very simple manner.
Liber DCCCXXXVIII. The Law of Liberty. A further explanation of The Book of the Law in reference to certain ethical problems.
Collected Works of A. Crowley. These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the Robe of sublimest poesy.
The Yi King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XVI], Oxford University Press.) The "Classic of Changes"; give the initiated Chinese system of Magick.
The Tao Teh King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XXXIX].) Gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism.
Tannhäuser, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the Soul; the Tannhäuser story slightly remodelled.
The Upanishads. (S. B. E. Series [vols. I & XV.) The Classical Basis of Vedantism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism.
The Bhagavad-gita. A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ", expounds a system of Attainment.
The Voice of the Silence, by H.P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O.M. Frater O.M., 7°=48, is the most learned of all the Brethren of the Order; he has given eighteen years to the study of this masterpiece.
Raja-Yoga, by Swami Vivekananda. An excellent elementary study of Hindu mysticism. His Bhakti-Yoga is also good.
The Shiva Samhita. An account of various physical means of assisting the discipline of initiation. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices.
The Hathayoga Pradipika. Similar to the Shiva Samhita.
The Aphorisms of Patanjali. A valuable collection of precepts pertaining to mystical attainment.
The Sword of Song. A study of Christian theology and ethics, with a statement and solution of the deepest philosophical problems. Also contains the best account extant of Buddhism, compared with modern science.
The Book of the Dead. A collection of Egyptian magical rituals.
Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, by Eliphas Levi. The best general textbook of magical theory and practice for beginners. Written in an easy popular style.
The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. The best exoteric account of the Great Work, with careful instructions in procedure. This Book influenced and helped the Master Therion more than any other.
The Goetia. The most intelligible of all the mediæval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favourite Invocation of the Master Therion.
Erdmann's History of Philosophy. A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind.
The Spiritual Guide of [Miguel de] Molinos. A simple manual of Christian Mysticism.
The Star in the West. (Captain Fuller). An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley.
The Dhammapada. (S. B. E. Series [vol. X], Oxford University Press). The best of the Buddhist classics.
The Questions of King Milinda. (S. B. E. Series [vols. XXXV & XXXVI].) Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated bydialogues.
Liber 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticæ Viæ Explicandæ, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicam Sanctissimorum Scientiæ Summæ. A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, reprinted with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language.
Varieties of Religious Experience (William James). Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment.
Kabbala Denudata, von Rosenroth: also The Kabbalah Unveiled, by S.L. Mathers. The text of the Qabalah, with commentary. A good elementary introduction to the subject.
Konx Om Pax [by Aleister Crowley]. Four invaluable treatises and a preface on Mysticism and Magick.
The Pistis Sophia [translated by G.R.S. Mead or Violet McDermot]. An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism.
The Oracles of Zoroaster [Chaldæan Oracles]. An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical.
The Dream of Scipio, by Cicero. Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy.
The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, by Fabre d'Olivet. An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master.
The Divine Pymander, by Hermes Trismegistus. Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy.
The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians, reprint of Franz Hartmann. An invaluable compendium.
Scrutinium Chymicum [Atalanta Fugiens]¸ by Michael Maier. One of the best treatises on alchemy.
Science and the Infinite, by Sidney Klein. One of the best essays written in recent years.
Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus [A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus &c. &c. &c.], by Richard Payne Knight [and Thomas Wright]. Invaluable to all students.
The Golden Bough, by J.G. Frazer. The textbook of Folk Lore. Invaluable to all students.
The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition.
Rivers of Life, by General Forlong. An invaluable textbook of old systems of initiation.
Three Dialogues, by Bishop Berkeley. The Classic of Subjective Idealism.
Essays of David Hume. The Classic of Academic Scepticism.
First Principles by Herbert Spencer. The Classic of Agnosticism.
Prolegomena [to any future Metaphysics], by Immanuel Kant. The best introduction to Metaphysics.
The Canon [by William Stirling]. The best textbook of Applied Qabalah.
The Fourth Dimension, by [Charles] H. Hinton. The best essay on the subject.
The Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley. Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose.
~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Appendix I: Literature Recommended to Aspirants
27:[The Gods and Their Worlds]
[...] According to traditions and occult schools, all these zones of realities, these planes of realities have got different names; they have been classified in a different way, but there is an essential analogy, and if you go back far enough into the traditions, you see only the words changing according to the country and the language. Even now, the experiences of Western occultists and those of Eastern occultists offer great similarities. All who set out on the discovery of these invisible worlds and make a report of what they saw, give a very similar description, whether they be from here or there; they use different words, but the experience is very similar and the handling of forces is the same.
This knowledge of the occult worlds is based on the existence of subtle bodies and of subtle worlds corresponding to those bodies. They are what the psychological method calls "states of consciousness", but these states of consciousness really correspond to worlds. The occult procedure consists then in being aware of these various inner states of being or subtle bodies and in becoming sufficiently a master of them so as to be able to go out of them successively, one after another. There is indeed a whole scale of subtleties, increasing or decreasing according to the direction in which you go, and the occult procedure consists in going out of a denser body into a subtler body and so on again, up to the most ethereal regions. You go, by successive exteriorisations, into bodies or worlds more and more subtle. It is somewhat as if every time you passed into another dimension. The fourth dimension of the physicists is nothing but the scientific transcription of an occult knowledge. To give another image, one can say that the physical body is at the centre - it is the most material, the densest and also the smallest - and the inner bodies, more subtle, overflow more and more the central physical body; they pass through it, extending themselves farther and farther, like water evaporating from a porous vase and forming a kind of steam all around. And the greater the subtlety, the more the extension tends to unite with that of the universe: one ends by universalising oneself. And it is altogether a concrete process which gives an objective experience of invisible worlds and even enables one to act in these worlds.
There are, then, only a very small number of people in the West who know that these gods are not merely subjective and imaginary - more or less wildly imaginary - but that they correspond to a universal truth.
All these regions, all these domains are filled with beings who exist, each in its own domain, and if you are awake and conscious on a particular plane - for instance, if on going out of a more material body you awake on some higher plane, you have the same relation with the things and people of that plane as you had with the things and people of the material world. That is to say, there exists an entirely objective relation that has nothing to do with the idea you may have of these things. Naturally, the resemblance is greater and greater as you approach the physical world, the material world, and there even comes a time when the one region has a direct action upon the other. In any case, in what Sri Aurobindo calls the overmental worlds, you will find a concrete reality absolutely independent of your personal experience; you go back there and again find the same things, with the differences that have occurred during your absence. And you have relations with those beings that are identical with the relations you have with physical beings, with this difference that the relation is more plastic, supple and direct - for example, there is the capacity to change the external form, the visible form, according to the inner state you are in. But you can make an appointment with someone and be at the appointed place and find the same being again, with certain differences that have come about during your absence; it is entirely concrete with results entirely concrete.
One must have at least a little of this experience in order to understand these things. Otherwise, those who are convinced that all this is mere human imagination and mental formation, who believe that these gods have such and such a form because men have thought them to be like that, and that they have certain defects and certain qualities because men have thought them to be like that - all those who say that God is made in the image of man and that he exists only in human thought, all these will not understand; to them this will appear absolutely ridiculous, madness. One must have lived a little, touched the subject a little, to know how very concrete the thing is.
Naturally, children know a good deal if they have not been spoilt. There are so many children who return every night to the same place and continue to live the life they have begun there. When these faculties are not spoilt with age, you can keep them with you. At a time when I was especially interested in dreams, I could return exactly to a place and continue a work that I had begun: supervise something, for example, set something in order, a work of organisation or of discovery, of exploration. You go until you reach a certain spot, as you would go in life, then you take a rest, then you return and begin again - you begin the work at the place where you left off and you continue it. And you perceive that there are things which are quite independent of you, in the sense that changes of which you are not at all the author, have taken place automatically during your absence.
But for this, you must live these experiences yourself, you must see them yourself, live them with sufficient sincerity and spontaneity in order to see that they are independent of any mental formation. For you can do the opposite also, and deepen the study of the action of mental formation upon events. This is very interesting, but it is another domain. And this study makes you very careful, very prudent, because you become aware of how far you can delude yourself. So you must study both, the dream and the occult reality, in order to see what is the essential difference between the two. The one depends upon us; the other exists in itself; entirely independent of the thought that we have of it.
When you have worked in that domain, you recognise in fact that once a subject has been studied and something has been learnt mentally, it gives a special colour to the experience; the experience may be quite spontaneous and sincere, but the simple fact that the subject was known and studied lends a particular quality. Whereas if you had learnt nothing about the question, if you knew nothing at all, the transcription would be completely spontaneous and sincere when the experience came; it would be more or less adequate, but it would not be the outcome of a previous mental formation.
Naturally, this occult knowledge or this experience is not very frequent in the world, because in those who do not have a developed inner life, there are veritable gaps between the external consciousness and the inmost consciousness; the linking states of being are missing and they have to be constructed. So when people enter there for the first time, they are bewildered, they have the impression they have fallen into the night, into nothingness, into non-being!
I had a Danish friend, a painter, who was like that. He wanted me to teach him how to go out of the body; he used to have interesting dreams and thought that it would be worth the trouble to go there consciously. So I made him "go out" - but it was a frightful thing! When he was dreaming, a part of his mind still remained conscious, active, and a kind of link existed between this active part and his external being; then he remembered some of his dreams, but it was a very partial phenomenon. And to go out of one's body means to pass gradually through all the states of being, if one does the thing systematically. Well, already in the subtle physical, one is almost de-individualised, and when one goes farther, there remains nothing, for nothing is formed or individualised.
Thus, when people are asked to meditate or told to go within, to enter into themselves, they are in agony - naturally! They have the impression that they are vanishing. And with reason: there is nothing, no consciousness!
These things that appear to us quite natural and evident, are, for people who know nothing, wild imagination. If, for example, you transplant these experiences or this knowledge to the West, well, unless you have been frequenting the circles of occultists, they stare at you with open eyes. And when you have turned your back, they hasten to say, "These people are cranks!" Now to come back to the gods and conclude. It must be said that all those beings who have never had an earthly existence - gods or demons, invisible beings and powers - do not possess what the Divine has put into man: the psychic being. And this psychic being gives to man true love, charity, compassion, a deep kindness, which compensate for all his external defects.
In the gods there is no fault because they live according to their own nature, spontaneously and without constraint: as gods, it is their manner of being. But if you take a higher point of view, if you have a higher vision, a vision of the whole, you see that they lack certain qualities that are exclusively human. By his capacity of love and self-giving, man can have as much power as the gods and even more, when he is not egoistic, when he has surmounted his egoism.
If he fulfils the required condition, man is nearer to the Supreme than the gods are. He can be nearer. He is not so automatically, but he has the power to be so, the potentiality.
If human love manifested itself without mixture, it would be all-powerful. Unfortunately, in human love there is as much love of oneself as of the one loved; it is not a love that makes you forget yourself. - 4 November 1958
~ The Mother, Words Of The Mother III, 355
OF 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,
29:Attention on Hypnagogic Imagery The most common strategy for inducing WILDs is to fall asleep while focusing on the hypnagogic imagery that accompanies sleep onset. Initially, you are likely to see relatively simple images, flashes of light, geometric patterns, and the like.
Gradually more complicated forms appear: faces, people, and finally entire scenes. 6
The following account of what the Russian philosopher P. D. Ouspensky called “half-dream states” provides a vivid example of what hypnagogic imagery can be like:
I am falling asleep. Golden dots, sparks and tiny stars appear and disappear before my eyes. These sparks and stars gradually merge into a golden net with diagonal meshes which moves slowly and regularly in rhythm with the beating of my heart, which I feel quite distinctly. The next moment the golden net is transformed into rows of brass helmets belonging to Roman soldiers marching along the street below. I hear their measured tread and watch them from the window of a high house in Galata, in Constantinople, in a narrow lane, one end of which leads to the old wharf and the Golden Horn with its ships and steamers and the minarets of Stamboul behind them. I hear their heavy measured tread, and see the sun shining on their helmets. Then suddenly I detach myself from the window sill on which I am lying, and in the same reclining position fly slowly over the lane, over the houses, and then over the Golden Horn in the direction of Stamboul. I smell the sea, feel the wind, the warm sun. This flying gives me a wonderfully pleasant sensation, and I cannot help opening my eyes. 7
Ouspensky’s half-dream states developed out of a habit of observing the contents of his mind while falling asleep or in half-sleep after awakening from a dream. He notes that they were much easier to observe in the morning after awakening than before sleep at the beginning of the night and did not occur at all “without definite efforts.” 8
Dr. Nathan Rapport, an American psychiatrist, cultivated an approach to lucid dreaming very similar to Ouspensky’s: “While in bed awaiting sleep, the experimenter interrupts his thoughts every few minutes with an effort to recall the mental item vanishing before each intrusion that inquisitive attention.” 9 This habit is continued sleep itself, with results like the following:
Brilliant lights flashed, and a myriad of sparkles twinkled from a magnificent cut glass chandelier. Interesting as any stage extravaganza were the many quaintly detailed figurines upon a mantel against the distant, paneled wall adorned in rococo.
At the right a merry group of beauties and gallants in the most elegant attire of Victorian England idled away a pleasant occasion. This scene continued for [a] period of I was not aware, before I discovered that it was not reality, but a mental picture and that I was viewing it. Instantly it became an incommunicably beautiful vision. It was with the greatest stealth that my vaguely awakened mind began to peep: for I knew that these glorious shows end abruptly because of such intrusions.
I thought, “Have I here one of those mind pictures that are without motion?” As if in reply, one of the young ladies gracefully waltzed about the room. She returned to the group and immobility, with a smile lighting her pretty face, which was turned over her shoulder toward me. The entire color scheme was unobtrusive despite the kaleidoscopic sparkles of the chandelier, the exquisite blues and creamy pinks of the rich settings and costumes. I felt that only my interest in dreams brought my notice to the tints – delicate, yet all alive as if with inner illumination. 10
Hypnagogic Imagery Technique
1. Relax completely
While lying in bed, gently close your eyes and relax your head, neck, back, arms, and legs. Completely let go of all muscular and mental tension, and breathe slowly and restfully. Enjoy the feeling of relaxation and let go of your thoughts, worries, and concerns. If you have just awakened from sleep, you are probably sufficiently relaxed.
Otherwise, you may use either the progressive relaxation exercise (page 33) or the 61-point relaxation exercise (page 34) to relax more deeply. Let everything wind down,
slower and slower, more and more relaxed, until your mind becomes as serene as the calmest sea.
2. Observe the visual images
Gently focus your attention on the visual images that will gradually appear before your mind’s eye. Watch how the images begin and end. Try to observe the images as delicately as possible, allowing them to be passively reflected in your mind as they unfold. Do not attempt to hold onto the images, but instead just watch without attachment or desire for action. While doing this, try to take the perspective of a detached observer as much as possible. At first you will see a sequence of disconnected, fleeting patterns and images. The images will gradually develop into scenes that become more and more complex, finally joining into extended sequences.
3. Enter the dream
When the imagery becomes a moving, vivid scenario, you should allow yourself to be passively drawn into the dream world. Do not try to actively enter the dream scene,
but instead continue to take a detached interest in the imagery. Let your involvement with what is happening draw you into the dream. But be careful of too much involvement and too little attention. Don’t forget that you are dreaming now!
Probably the most difficult part of this technique to master is entering the dream at Step 3. The challenge is to develop a delicate vigilance, an unobtrusive observer perspective, from which you let yourself be drawn into the dream. As Paul Tholey has emphasized, “It is not desirable to want actively to enter into the scenery,
since such an intention as a rule causes the scenery to disappear.” 11 A passive volition similar to that described in the section on autosuggestion in the previous chapter is required: in Tholey’s words, “Instead of actively wanting to enter into the scenery, the subject should attempt to let himself be carried into it passively.” 12 A Tibetan teacher advises a similar frame of mind: “While delicately observing the mind, lead it gently into the dream state, as though you were leading a child by the hand.” 13
Another risk is that, once you have entered into the dream, the world can seem so realistic that it is easy to lose lucidity, as happened in the beginning of Rapport’s WILD described above. As insurance in case this happens, Tholey recommends that you resolve to carry out a particular action in the dream, so that if you momentarily lose lucidity, you may remember your intention to carry out the action and thereby regain lucidity.
~ Stephen LaBerge, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming,
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1:If the subject's easy we may all be wise; ~ Ovid
2:the subjective theory of value ~ Ludwig von Mises
3:After that she changed the subject: Did ~ Gill Paul
4:Despite the seriousness of the subject, ~ Anonymous
5:The style depends on the subject. ~ Mohsen Makhmalbaf
6:Buck next brought up the subject of the ~ Nelson DeMille
7:Grasp the subject, the words will follow. ~ Cato the Elder
8:The workmanship was better than the subject matter. ~ Ovid
9:I hate being the subject of photographs. ~ Richard Griffiths
10:The subject comes first, the medium second. ~ Richard Prince
11:I seek truth in a book and not the subject. ~ Vaslav Nijinsky
12:Well, honor is the subject of my story. ~ William Shakespeare
13:I want women to be the subject, not the object. ~ Jill Soloway
14:The subject of an outsider who becomes obsessed. ~ Wes Anderson
15:Despite the Cooper/Hofstadter papers on the subject, ~ Jodi Taylor
16:I am interested in the subject which is Russia. ~ Tatyana Tolstaya
17:Change but the name, and you are the subject of the story. ~ Horace
18:Between the subject and the object lies the value. ~ Robert M Pirsig
19:The subject of a rumor is always the last to hear it. ~ Stefan Zweig
20:Everything I paint is a portrait, whatever the subject. ~ Jamie Wyeth
21:I'm supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. ~ Frank Sinatra
22:The Hindus progressed in the subjective sciences. ~ Swami Vivekananda
23:We can't change the world, but we can change the subject ~ James Joyce
24:Avoid making yourself the subject of conversation. ~ Jean de la Bruyere
25:The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic. ~ Pierre Corneille
26:The subject of history is the life of peoples and mankind. ~ Leo Tolstoy
27:You see I am an enthusiast on the subject of the arts. ~ Thomas Jefferson
28:Dead is when the chemists take over the subject. ~ Arthur Leonard Schawlow
29:So she did the English thing. She changed the subject. ~ Steve Hockensmith
30:Make Things rather than Persons the subjects of conversations. ~ John Adams
31:Surmount the desires of which gods and men are the subjects. ~ Uttana Sutta
32:When a doctor makes a mistake, it's best to bury the subject. ~ Woody Allen
33:Let the subject generate its own photographs. Become a camera. ~ Minor White
34:What is the subject of our thought? Experience! Nothing else! ~ Hannah Arendt
35:Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~ G K Chesterton
36:The Democrats generally recoil from the subject of entitlements. ~ Bill Keller
37:On the subject of Carrie White, we're all relatively uninformed. ~ Stephen King
38:Don't shoot til the subject hits you in the pit of your stomach. ~ Lisette Model
39:The student is infinitely more important than the subject matter. ~ Nel Noddings
40:The first songs I wrote were catchy, but the subject matter was God. ~ Katy Perry
41:The subject of this book is managing oneself for effectiveness. ~ Peter F Drucker
42:around here.” She changed the subject and rose to her feet. “And ~ Debra Burroughs
43:From now on the subject says: “Hullo object!” “I destroyed you. ~ Jessica Benjamin
44:I like speed in thrillers. It's a rhythm adapted to the subject. ~ Philippe Claudel
45:The subject was as easy to spot as a kangaroo in a dinner jacket ~ Raymond Chandler
46:Usually, the subject matter of the image is not the subject of the work. ~ Roni Horn
47:Color is the essence of painting, which the subject always killed. ~ Kazimir Malevich
48:However fake the subject, once photographed, it's as good as real. ~ Hiroshi Sugimoto
49:She was the subject creature, and versed in the arts of the enslaved. ~ Edith Wharton
50:you cannot objectify the subjective, you cannot generalize the specific. ~ Caleb Carr
51:For love concentrates on the object, sex concentrates on the subject. ~ Fulton J Sheen
52:It’s not that gray water’s boring, but the subject does have its limits. ~ Sue Grafton
53:Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface. ~ Victor Hugo
54:Teachers need to teach the subject rather than to teach the textbook. ~ James W Loewen
55:That's right, you get him, Mary. Don't let him change the subject! ~ Alexandra Bracken
56:That which knows all things and is known by none is the subject. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
57:We need to have a talk on the subject of what's yours and what's mine. ~ Steig Larsson
58:We need to have a talk on the subject of what's yours and what's mine. ~ Stieg Larsson
59:When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it. ~ Thomas Jefferson
60:One wants to see the artifice of the thing as well as the subject. ~ Richard Diebenkorn
61:The subject under discussion, economics, purports to be a science. It ~ John Lanchester
62:A stubborn man can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~ Winston S Churchill
63:Daily life is both the subject and environment of the work I am making. ~ Camille Henrot
64:If it's bad art, it's bad religion, no matter how pious the subject. ~ Madeleine L Engle
65:The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton
66:Other people’s tragedies should not be the subject of idle conversation. ~ Kate DiCamillo
67:The subject of food is like Chopsticks: almost anyone can improvise on it. ~ Helen DeWitt
68:The subject itself is of no account; what matters is the way it is presented. ~ Raoul Dufy
69:The subject’s pulse increased on contact,” he said. “Don’t write that. ~ Becca Fitzpatrick
70:For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture. ~ Diane Arbus
71:I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better. ~ Frida Kahlo
72:The subject is said to have the property of making dull men eloquent. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
73:A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~ Winston Churchill
74:It is the best book ever written on the subject. There is nothing like it! ~ Thomas A Edison
75:On the subject of emigration, it is not my intention to dwell at any length. ~ Charles Sturt
76:The subject isn't always a help to the photographer, it's like handcuffs. ~ Raymond Depardon
77:Yes, well, the subjective experience is the opposite of the objective reality ~ Ray Kurzweil
78:Books are useful only to such whose genius are suitable to the subject of them ~ Daniel Defoe
79:But it is death nevertheless, one of the subjects that a man may write of. ~ Ernest Hemingway
80:I don't think the subject of a documentary film should be producers on it. ~ Michael Rapaport
81:The subject of one stage becomes the object of the subject of the next stage.
~ Ken Wilber,
82:A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~ Winston S Churchill
83:Each of my book arrives at a form and a style that is appropriate to the subject. ~ Geoff Dyer
84:She’s trying to change the subject, even though we weren’t speaking out loud. ~ Colleen Hoover
85:Meditation is the means of unification of the subject and object. Meditate. ~ Swami Vivekananda
86:Its a beautiful woman's fate to be the subject of conversation where ever she goes ~ Oscar Wilde
87:I've always had an abundance of material about the subjects of my biographies. ~ Walter Isaacson
88:what summits would I not reach if my own life made the subject of the melody. ~ Jean Paul Sartre
89:Art is the writer not having control, but the subject having control of the writer. ~ Paula Vogel
90:I had passed from the subject to the direct object of every sentence of my life. ~ Paul Kalanithi
91:I think authors can get into trouble viewing the subject matter as their turf ~ Laura Hillenbrand
92:It was impossible to instruct on the subject of beauty, of course. It simply was. ~ Kate Atkinson
93:The artist has to transcend a subject, or he loses the battle. The subject wins. ~ Fritz Scholder
94:The most tedious of all discourses are on the subject of the Supreme Being. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
95:The subject’s pulse increased on contact,” he said.
“Don’t write that. ~ Becca Fitzpatrick
96:I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best. ~ Frida Kahlo
97:It's the not the subject that interests me as much as my perception of the subject. ~ Roy DeCarava
98:Mine was not pop art. I maybe started with a subject, but I changed the subject. ~ Claes Oldenburg
99:The subjects that stir the heart are not so many, after all, and they do not change. ~ Mary Oliver
100:If thy predicates are anthropomorphisms, the subject is an anthropomorphism too. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
101:So many teen films are overproduced and people are going to burnout on the subject. ~ Kirsten Dunst
102:The subject and the reality of having children came at the height of my career. ~ Melissa Etheridge
103:The subject does not belong to the world; rather, it is a limit of the world. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
104:We are the subjects of an experiment which is not a little interesting to me. ~ Henry David Thoreau
105:Whatever is the object of a saint's hope is the subject of his prayer. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
106:Taxation is nothing but organized robbery, and there the subject should be dropped. ~ Frank Chodorov
107:The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry. ~ Philip Levine
108:Cheerless poverty has no harder trial than this, that it makes men the subject of ridicule. ~ Juvenal
109:I think we live in a time where people are just insane on the subject of how they look. ~ Ali MacGraw
110:Poor people either mismanage their money or they avoid the subject of money altogether. ~ T Harv Eker
111:The camera points both ways. In expressing the subject you also express yourself. ~ Freeman Patterson
112:The subject of Citizenfour, Edward Snowden, could not be here for some treason. ~ Neil Patrick Harris
113:No 'we' should be taken for granted when the subject is looking at other people's pain. ~ Susan Sontag
114:No "we" should be taken for granted when the subject is looking at other people's pain. ~ Susan Sontag
115:Often in close relationships, the subject being discussed is not the subject at all. ~ Sharon Salzberg
116:Very often we developed a better grasp of the subjects than the over worked teachers. ~ Albert Bandura
117:If a man is often the subject of conversation he soon becomes the subject of criticism. ~ Immanuel Kant
118:The inevitable effect of a biographer's hindsight is to belittle the subject's foresight. ~ Clive James
119:We reproach people for talking about themselves but it is the subject they treat best. ~ Anatole France
120:Prices change slowly because the subjective valuations of human beings change slowly. ~ Ludwig von Mises
121:Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world. ~ Carl Jung
122:The possibilities in sci-fi are wonderful. The subject is bigger than everything we know. ~ Joel Gretsch
123: Book I. Containing a General View of the Subjects Treated in Holy Scripture. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo
124:Class is often invisible in America in the movies, and usually not the subject of the film. ~ Roger Ebert
125:Only an elaborate treatise in ecology could do justice to the subject of what went wrong, ~ James C Scott
126:The only problem in art is to achieve a balance between the subjective and the objective. ~ Piet Mondrian
127:The taboo against nakedness is an obstacle to a decent attitude on the subject of sex. ~ Bertrand Russell
128:The way I write is generally about love. I have a great fascination about the subject. ~ Carly Rae Jepsen
129:His girl? I was too freaked, and the subject was Jimmy Choos, so I didn’t ask about that. ~ Kristen Ashley
130:Literature is the right use of language irrespective of the subject or reason of utterance. ~ Evelyn Waugh
131:Materialism is the philosophy of the subject who forgets to take account of himself. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
132:That Tom should be very conscientious on the subject of truth could hardly be expected. ~ Horatio Alger Jr
133:An expert knows the subject very well. A model teaches by showing instead of just telling. ~ Thomas Leonard
134:Besides, back to the subject of you being nuts, all writers are nuts, didn’t you know that? ~ Douglas Clegg
135:If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating. ~ Leigh Hunt
136:In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. ~ Robert Greene
137:No good sensible working bee listens to the advice of a bedbug on the subject of business. ~ Elbert Hubbard
138:The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything about the subject. ~ Marcus Aurelius
139:Your tweet is as important as if you would have written a Ph.D. [dissertation] on the subject. ~ Raoul Peck
140:Arbus would later insist, ‘the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture ~ Geoff Dyer
141:As a writer reading, I came to realize the obvious: the subject of the dream is the dreamer. ~ Toni Morrison
142:Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion. ~ Franklin Pierce
143:If you were to create a piece of art, what would the subject be?
I haven't met her yet. :) ~ Amie Kaufman
144:After a certain age, you finally become the indisputable authority on the subject of yourself. ~ Gina Barreca
145:I do care about style. I do care, but I only care about style that serves the subject. ~ Richard Attenborough
146:If I am a fool, I shall be a fool indeed, for I have thought on the subject more than most men. ~ Jane Austen
147:The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there. ~ Jim Rohn
148:We in Congress stand by Israel. In Congress, we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel. ~ Nancy Pelosi
149:Whoever our students may be, whatever the subject we teach, ultimately we teach who we are. ~ Parker J Palmer
150:You are all at once the subject, object, predicate, preposition, and period of my thoughts. ~ Daria Snadowsky
151:And while we are on the subject of medication you always need to look at risk versus benefit. ~ Temple Grandin
152:Perhaps the least cheering statement ever made on the subject of art is that life imitates it. ~ Fran Lebowitz
153:The subject was the meaning of life. It was taught from experience.
The teaching goes on. ~ Mitch Albom
154:But I don't think we shall quarrel about a word - the subject of our inquiry is too important for that. ~ Plato
155:I know of no other book that so fully teaches the subjection and degradation of women. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
156:On the subject of Egypt, Ellen Cherry was so vague she thought Ramses II was a jazz piano player. ~ Tom Robbins
157:The character of the subject must influence the choice of the method of its representation. ~ Walter J Phillips
158:The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. ~ Eugene V Debs
159:[T]he object of any subject is nothing else than the subject's own nature taken objectively. ~ Ludwig Feuerbach
160:The subjects felt more comfortable if they played the role than if they had to be themselves. ~ Annie Leibovitz
161:the task is “to get the subject to shift from a psychic reality to a true reality” (1988b, ~ Stephen A Mitchell
162:This fact may safely be made the subject of suspense since it is of no significance whatsoever. ~ Douglas Adams
163:Changing the subject is one of the most difficult arts to master, the key to almost all the others. ~ Cesar Aira
164:Changing the subject is one of the most difficult arts to master, the key to almost all the others. ~ C sar Aira
165:For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations. ~ Paul Cezanne
166:I fail to see how turning the subject over like compost can do anything except raise its stink. ~ Sonya Hartnett
167:Many things prevent knowledge, including the obscurity of the subject and the brevity of human life ~ Protagoras
168:The most important thing... is not clicking the shutter... it is clicking with the subject. ~ Alfred Eisenstaedt
169:The subject [of Los Angeles] became a general metaphor for anxiety and the speed of modern life. ~ Edward Ruscha
170:When you look at good governance, you also need to look at how you approach the subject. ~ Cyrus Pallonji Mistry
171:all five of the subjects’ brains were lit up in the same areas during the same movie scenes.50) ~ Michael Shermer
172:I actually think the subject of young divorce is pretty funny; I'd like to write a movie about it. ~ Olivia Wilde
173:Looking and seeing are two different things. What matters is the relationship with the subject. ~ Christophe Agou
174:History is not reassuring on the subject of the longevity of seemingly lasting great nations, is it? ~ Dick Cavett
175:I dig into my Cobb salad, waiting to jump knee deep into the subject I really want to talk about. ~ Alretha Thomas
176:I know for me the subject of how to be in a relationship is precious and complicated and challenging. ~ Helen Hunt
177:No error is more certain than the one proceeding from a hasty and superficial view of the subject. ~ James Madison
178:Now that I'm in love, I haven't a clue. Now that I'm in love, I'm completely stupid on the subject. ~ Tom Robbins
179:See who is the subject; and this inquiry leads you to pure Consciousness beyond the subject. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
180:And the truth of the matter is that death is a mystery to me. I have no opinion on the subject. ~ Oscar Zeta Acosta
181:I think he will probably come round in time, I mean to renew the subject pretty often. ~ Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
182:On the subject of love at first sight, I’m with the Beatles: I believe that it happens all the time. ~ Stephen King
183:On the subject of motive, there are, generally speaking, six major motives for murder. Ready? They ~ Nelson DeMille
184:There was never in my mind a desire to give in on the subject of freeing the political prisoners. ~ Robert Bourassa
185:The useful type of successful teacher is one whose main interest is the children, not the subject. ~ Walter Raleigh
186:Experience has shown that the more fascinating the subject, the less observant the photographer. ~ Andreas Feininger
187:For me, photography is as much about the way I respond to the subject as it is about the subject itself. ~ Alec Soth
188:I would go to sketch groups and draw. I really enjoyed the subject matter, but I wasn't good at it. ~ Jack Prelutsky
189:Surrogate motherhood has been the subject of much philosophical and political dispute over the years. ~ Thomas Frank
190:The Great Work will then form the subject of the design.
~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA, Book 4, Magick, The Lamen,
191:The subject says: I see first many things which dance... then everything gradually becomes connected. ~ Jim Morrison
192:The writer ultimately tires of the subject's self-serving story, and substitutes a story of his own. ~ Janet Malcolm
193:Whatever I write, no matter how gray or dark the subject matter, it's still going to be a comic novel. ~ John Irving
194:I think with art you have to do a bit of transforming of the subject to make the art worth having. ~ Matthew Collings
195:It is seldom that a gentleman raises the subject of sewage so early in a conversation, I reflected. ~ Deanna Raybourn
196:People confuse the subject of the joke with the target of the joke, and they're very rarely the same. ~ Ricky Gervais
197:The subject matter of the stories on the surface... there seem to be a number of stories about travel. ~ Kenneth Koch
198:The subject of a novel is not the plot. Who remembers what happened to Lucien de Rebempre in the end? ~ Graham Greene
199:Every thing was safe enough and she smiled over the many anxious feelings she had wasted on the subject. ~ Jane Austen
200:I know all the theory of everything but when I paint I don't think of anything except the subject and me. ~ Alice Neel
201:I only care for the subjective life; I am very German, you see: The woods interest me, and the world does not. ~ Ouida
202:Men do not want solely the obedience of women, they want their sentiments. -The Subjection of Women ~ John Stuart Mill
203:No matter how righteous the subject, Caravaggio painted images that glowed with the vitality of evil. ~ Victor LaValle
204:Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion... the subject must be something you truly love or truly hate. ~ Dorothea Lange
205:The obscurity is much oftener in the passions and prejudices of the reasoner than in the subject. ~ Alexander Hamilton
206:The subjects succeeded in resisting these particularly addictive distractions only around half the time. ~ Cal Newport
207:Every thing was safe enough, and she smiled over the many anxious feelings she had wasted on the subject. ~ Jane Austen
208:It's not the subject that's cliché; it's cliché or not. But in fact, this is the way you're talking about it. ~ Stromae
209:Let's face it, the subject of campaign finance is not always scintillating. But it's incredibly important. ~ Jane Mayer
210:The portrait is the subject matter in photography where the problems of the media are the most visible. ~ Thomas Struth
211:We assert that the subject is crucial and only that subject matter is valid which is tragic and timeless. ~ Mark Rothko
212:Each painting has its own way of evolving. When the painting is finished, the subject reveals itself. ~ William Baziotes
213:I have always attempted to create images that deliver the maximum amount of information about the subject. ~ Chuck Close
214:It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity. ~ Abraham Lincoln
215:For me, the subject is of secondary importance: I want to convey what is alive between me and the subject. ~ Claude Monet
216:I think the best teachers had a real interest in the subject they were teaching and a love for children. ~ Beverly Cleary
217:Philosophy and the subjects known as ‘humanities’ are still taught almost as if Darwin had never lived. ~ Richard Dawkins
218:The subject of history is the gradual realization of all that is practically necessary. ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
219:To look at ourselves from afar, to make the subjective suddenly objective: this gives us a psychic shock. ~ Julian Barnes
220:Well, the attractive thing about the subject of happiness is that it is notoriously difficult to write. ~ Edward St Aubyn
221:while I hope the subject is fascinating and my treatment readable, such a book cannot be a page-turner. ~ Avinash K Dixit
222:Idealism, emphasized the existential rather than the essential (rational) character of the subject in thought. ~ Anonymous
223:I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait. ~ Salvador Dali
224:If art's a seismographic project, when that project meets with failure, failure must become the subject too. ~ Chris Kraus
225:I was a good student in the subjects that I wanted to be good in. The curriculum in my section was excellent. ~ Jack Kirby
226:On the Subject of Non-American Blacks Suffering from Illnesses Whose Names They Refuse to Know. ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
227:The subject gives you the best idea of how to make a photograph. So I just wait for something to happen. ~ Mary Ellen Mark
228:The Subject has really blue eyes that twinkle when he looks at someone like she's maybe a little bit insane. ~ Ally Carter
229:Faith is the subject of the head. Devotion is the subject of the heart and meditation connects both. ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
230:It is a subject on which nothing final can be known.” The subject Mill had in mind was the nature of women. ~ Tara Westover
231:No rules for the rulers is tyranny for the subjects. Freedom for politicians is enslavement for citizens. ~ Stefan Molyneux
232:The doings of men, their prayers, fear, wrath, pleasure, delights, and recreations, are the subject of this book. ~ Juvenal
233:The subject matter of art is life, life as it actually is; but the function of art is to make life better. ~ Gertrude Stein
234:Vitellius would've given Percy an hour-long lecture on the subject, probably with a PowerPoint presentation. ~ Rick Riordan
235:We are rarely in danger of examining to excess, especially when the subject is the shape of our own lives. ~ G K Chesterton
236:I think we just need to stick to our knitting on the topics and the subjects the American people care about. ~ Sam Brownback
237:It is the kind of learning you are practising that is important, not the subject-matter you are practising on. ~ Guy Claxton
238:The subject matter is autobiographical, it's all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement, really. ~ Lucian
239:We have no idea how the subjective quality of consciousness emerges from the physical stuff of the brain. ~ Richard Davidson
240:Fine writing is a distinct disadvantage. So is unique literary style. They take attention from the subject ~ Claude C Hopkins
241:I returned rather feebly to the subject of her daughter. “I suppose she talks, and—eats, and everything. ~ F Scott Fitzgerald
242:I returned rather feebly to the subject of her daughter. 'I suppose she talks, she eats, and everything. ~ F Scott Fitzgerald
243:What we are is going to be visible in our art, no matter how secular (on the surface) the subject may be. ~ Madeleine L Engle
244:A work can have in it a pent-up energy, an intense life of its own, independent of the subject it may represent. ~ Henry Moore
245:Empirical description involves enslavement to the object by decreeing passivity on the part of the subject. ~ Gaston Bachelard
246:I don't have children, but I imagine if parents are really pushed on the subject, they probably have favorite children. ~ Moby
247:It's such a pain in the ass to write a book, I can't imagine writing one if I'm not interested in the subject. ~ Michael Lewis
248:Property, said Proudhon, is theft. This is the only perfect truism that has been uttered on the subject. ~ George Bernard Shaw
249:The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there.” ~ Jim Rohn ~ Kevin Horsley
250:The idea of space is given to the artist to change if he can. The subject matter in the abstract is space. ~ Willem de Kooning
251:A good speech is like a woman's skirt: short enough to hold your attention, long enough to cover the subject ~ Jonathan Tropper
252:I have no consistency, except in politics; and that probably arises from my indifference to the subject altogether. ~ Lord Byron
253:I think the greatest thing about making a documentary is your ability to just follow the story and the subject. ~ Leslie Cockburn
254:There's science and there's science, is all I'm saying. Where humans are the subjects, it's mostly not science ~ Karen Joy Fowler
255:The subtlety of your visual attention. You could alert me or change the subject with a contraction of your iris. ~ Forrest Gander
256:We have always wanted to find the 'it-ness' of anything we shoot. We want to get as deep into the subject as we can. ~ Jay Maisel
257:while, there was a serious argument on the subject between Slytherin and Gryffindor, and Slytherin left the school. ~ J K Rowling
258:You're not going to get any true confessions out of me," she said. "I'm a Leo, and our thing is changing the subject. ~ Ira Levin
259:["2012"] it was really more about the subject matter, and to do a modern retelling of Noah's Ark, a flood story. ~ Roland Emmerich
260:I don't really think about what the subject of my next album will be. I just know that I'm going to make another album. ~ Lou Reed
261:"In so far as this comprises the empirical personality, the ego is the subject of all personal acts of consciousness." ~ Carl Jung
262:It may be conceit, but I believe the subject will interest the public, and I am sure that the views are original. ~ Charles Darwin
263:The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image. ~ Doris Kearns Goodwin
264:There’s science and there’s science, is all I’m saying. When humans are the subjects, it’s mostly not science.) ~ Karen Joy Fowler
265:Ultimately the product that any writer has to sell is not the subject being written about, but who he or she is. ~ William Zinsser
266:When money is used as an external reward for some activity, the subjects lose intrinsic interest for the activity, ~ Daniel H Pink
267:Many of the artists are not pretending to have an objective point of view. They're revealing the subjectivity. ~ Massimiliano Gioni
268:One must constantly meditate upon the absurdities of chance, a subject even more edifying than the subject of death. ~ Iris Murdoch
269:sociological research is part of a continuous ‘two-way’ process between sociologists and the subjects they study. ~ Anthony Giddens
270:The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there.” ~ Kevin Horsley ~ Kevin Horsley
271:They are not rules prescribed by the sovereign to the subject, but agreements between sovereign and sovereign. ~ Alexander Hamilton
272:Though fanaticism drinks at many founts, its predisposing cause is mostly the subject of an invisible futurity. ~ Francis Atterbury
273:You always have to find something to say about the subject and in seven cases out of ten there is nothing to say. ~ Jonathan Meades
274:As is natural for an academic, when I want to learn about something, I volunteer to teach a course on the subject. ~ Steven Weinberg
275:Divination is turning out to be much more trouble than I could have foreseen, never having studied the subject myself. ~ J K Rowling
276:I don't mean to change the subject or anything, but have you tried concealer on that zit?" Cynthia Lotte - Hot Six ~ Janet Evanovich
277:Meditation requires an object to meditate on, whereas in Self-enquiry there is only the subject and no object. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
278:Modern philosophy from Descartes onward has asked itself the question: How can the subject really know the object? ~ William Barrett
279:Most persons who indulge in second thought don't do much thinking when the subject is presented for first thought. ~ William Feather
280:The expert is a midwife. The expert is not someone who has the authority to pronounce the last word on the subject. ~ Philip Kitcher
281:This is one of the last industries where the subject is off limits. Nobody’s comfortable in engaging in a conversation. ~ Rick Welts
282:A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest. ~ Richard Branson
283:When it comes to dividing Americans on the basis of their gender, I know a little something about the subject. ~ Kay Bailey Hutchison
284:A good speech should be like a woman's skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest ~ Winston Churchill
285:Likewise the subjection of woman to man results from the perfection of the male and the imperfection of the female sex. ~ Peter Kreeft
286:Talent is the capacity to direct concentrated attention upon the subject: "the gift of seeing what others have not seen. ~ Leo Tolstoy
287:That is what [Andy] Warhol portraits do: They elevate the subject into an icon of the pop culture he was documenting. ~ Giorgio Armani
288:A good style must, first of all, be clear. It must not be mean or above the dignity of the subject. It must be appropriate. ~ Aristotle
289:At the end, the subjects remembered the interrupted tasks far better than the completed ones—over two times better, in fact ~ Anonymous
290:I don't mean to change the subject or anything, but have you tried concealer on that zit?"
Cynthia Lotte - Hot Six ~ Janet Evanovich
291:Man and Superman: “the audience gets an exhausting idea of the inexhaustibility of the subject, and is bored brilliantly. ~ Clive James
292:My decision (for Christ) was not so important. I was the object rather than the subject in this affair. I was decided upon. ~ C S Lewis
293:So another thing is where the subjects are in a painting. What's that called?" "Composition. We learned it in art class. ~ Kathryn Shay
294:Sometimes a song just has to cater to whatever's goin' on. A well-written song is a song that stays true to the subject. ~ Dolly Parton
295:The need to let suffering speak is a condition of all truth. For suffering is objectivity that weighs upon the subject ~ Theodor Adorno
296:To be perfectly frank, his ding-dong wouldn’t have been what you might call the subject of an exhaustive search. Albert ~ Kurt Vonnegut
297:I was beginning to think that I was the subject of some existentialist experiment in permanently delayed gratification when ~ John Green
298:More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than at any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject. ~ Peter Drucker
299:Winston Churchill, who once defined a fanatic as someone who won’t change his mind and can’t change the subject. ~ Gregory David Roberts
300:With these three qualities, it cannot be made the subject of description; and hence we blend them together and obtain The One. ~ Lao Tzu
301:After a while, there was a serious argument on the subject between Slytherin and Gryffindor, and Slytherin left the school. ~ J K Rowling
302:A good speech should be like a woman's skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest. ~ Winston S Churchill
303:A work should convey its entire meaning by itself, imposing it on the spectator even before he knows what the subject is. ~ Marcel Proust
304:classic Shamanism: Archaic techniques of ecstasy. To this day, it is the only attempt at a world synthesis on the subject. ~ Jeremy Narby
305:Having not said anything the first time, it was somehow even more difficult to broach the subject the second time around. ~ Douglas Adams
306:He’d shut the door on the subject of loss, thrown all the bolts, and shoved a heavy table up against it for good measure. ~ Cecilia Grant
307:I take my job seriously, which means I'm going to need to get acquainted with the subject matter on a personal level. ~ Becca Fitzpatrick
308:Maybe there is no objective experience, but there is a certain way of interacting with all the subjective experiences. ~ Howard Rheingold
309:She was a sleuth and sleuths had to follow rules. ‘Get to the point; don’t allow the subject to digress’ was one of them ~ Renita D Silva
310:A painting is finished when the subject comes back, when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object. ~ Howard Hodgkin
311:I don't like being successful; the subjects which sit in my head are annoyed and jealous of what has already been written. ~ Anton Chekhov
312:Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt, as I understand the subject; difficulty and doubt are incommensurate. ~ John Henry Newman
313:To me there is no such thing as creative writing. It's either good writing, whatever the subject, or it's not creative. ~ Erskine Caldwell
314:When the tongue or the pen is let loose in a frenzy of passion, it is the man, and not the subject, that becomes exhausted. ~ Thomas Paine
315:Change is always subjective. All through evolution you find that the conquest of nature comes by change in the subject. ~ Swami Vivekananda
316:I think actually in any party it's a sign of general health to have different views, and especially on the subject of trade. ~ David Brooks
317:It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits ~ Aristotle
318:Julian Assange shouldn't be the subject of a grand jury hearing, he should be given a medal. He's contributing to democracy. ~ Noam Chomsky
319:Oh, you're an expert in crazy people now?"
"A month with you and I feel I have a master's degree in the subject. ~ Jennifer L Armentrout
320:Really, for all the poetry in the world on the subject, when you get right down to it, it's mostly just boom! penis vagina. ~ Martin Leicht
321:the excellence of the mental entertainment consists less in the subject than in the author's skill in well dressing it up. ~ Henry Fielding
322:When the subject has refused allegiance and the officer has resigned his office, then the revolution is accomplished. ~ Henry David Thoreau
323:Young men are supposed to think themselves immortal, but the subject is not very often out of my mind for a long time together. ~ C S Lewis
324:I knew a lot about what I did when I was 20. I had read a lot, and I aspired to learn everything I could about the subject. ~ Warren Buffett
325:I remember, growing up, if something big - God forbid - happened, the first jokes you heard on the subject came out of Jersey. ~ Oscar Nunez
326:Is jumping out of an airplane inherently stressful? The answer is no, and that highlights the subjective nature of stress. The ~ John Medina
327:I write scripts by myself. It's not for everybody. It's someone's personal work. I need to be in love with the subject. ~ Jean Pierre Jeunet
328:The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there.” ~ Kevin Horsley Jim Rohn ~ Kevin Horsley
329:The Spirit, and your soul are not the same things. The Spirit is God - the source. Your soul is God's imagination - the subject. ~ T F Hodge
330:Without lightbulbs, televisions, or street lamps, the subjects in his study initially did little more at night than sleep. ~ David K Randall
331:a book has no unwanted calories and you don’t have to worry about sizes as long as the subject matter appeals to the recipient. ~ Sue Grafton
332:I have a strong feeling that the subject of evolution is beautiful without the excuse of creationists needing to be bashed. ~ Richard Dawkins
333:It is psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind. ~ Orison Swett Marden
334:It was impossible to instruct on the subject of beauty, of course. It simply was. You were either moved by it or you weren’t. ~ Kate Atkinson
335:My philosophy is that one shall not resort to violence unless one is resolved to become the subject of violence at any time. ~ Takeshi Kitano
336:This, then, is the Anarchistic definition of government: the subjection of the non-invasive individual to an external will. ~ Benjamin Tucker
337:As a journalist, I'm not supposed to be the subject, but as an author, I'm fair game - another ingredient in the media soup. ~ Michael Azerrad
338:A work should contain its total meaning within itself and should impress it on the spectator before he even knows the subject. ~ Henri Matisse
339:Critic asks: 'And what, sir, is the subject matter of that painting?' - 'The subject matter, my dear good fellow, is the light. ~ Claude Monet
340:if anyone present wishes to make me the subject of his wit, I am very much at his service--with my sword--whenever he has leisure. ~ C S Lewis
341:the abuse of the subjective in some circles cannot exclude the ‘mystical’ and emotional dimensions of Christian experience. ~ Timothy J Keller
342:The authors of book reviews would consider themselves dishonored were they to mention, as they should, the subject of the book. ~ Louis Aragon
343:You keep on balancing and balancing and balancing until the picture wins, because then the subject's turned into the picture. ~ Howard Hodgkin
344:Being a man of faith, what was so interesting to me was the subject, which started, by the way, with Anne Rice's wonderful books. ~ John Debney
345:For somebody who has injured their brain, every single thing they say and think will be the subject of their own questioning. ~ Richard Hammond
346:myself seemed actually to have become the subject of my book: a church, a quartet, the rivalry between François I and Charles V ~ Marcel Proust
347:On the subject of wild mushrooms, it is easy to tell who is an expert and who is not: The expert is the one who is still alive. ~ Donal Henahan
348:She also didn't listen to reason on the subject of the other two sentences. Go figure. Men had testicles and therefore were Wrong. ~ John Ringo
349:The objective is created as a ground of manifestation for the subjective. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Reality and the Integral Knowledge,
350:We think too fast, even while walking or on the way, or while engaged in other things, no matter how serious the subject. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
351:Before you try to convince anyone else, be sure you are convinced, and if you cannot convince yourself, drop the subject. ~ John Henry Patterson
352:Biologists have an adolescent fascination with sex. Like teenagers they are embarrassed by the subject because of their ignorance. ~ Steve Jones
353:Descartes left as one of his main philosophical legacies a myth which continues to distort the continental geography of the subject. ~ Anonymous
354:Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt, as I understand the subject; difficulty and doubt are incommensurate. ~ Saint John Henry Newman
355:The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there.”
~ Kevin Horsley Jim Rohn ~ Kevin Horsley
356:There is no debate here, just scientists and non-scientists. And since the subject is science, the non-scientists don't get a vote. ~ Bill Maher
357:two examiners, said simply that hardly anyone in Denmark was well enough informed on the subject to judge the candidate’s work. ~ Richard Rhodes
358:Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health. ~ Mary Baker Eddy
359:His high school was named after a slave owner who was also one of the world’s greatest theoreticians on the subject of human liberty. ~ Anonymous
360:I am working on a technical paper on compassion. So I am reading everything I can on the subject, including my own mind and heart. ~ Joan Halifax
361:I have read all that has been written by the gravest authorities on political economy on the subject of rent, wages, taxes, tithes. ~ Robert Peel
362:In the dream, sheltered from the noise, the subject expressed a judgment much more on the mark than that manifested in wakefulness. ~ Erich Fromm
363:Nature rejects the monarch, not the man; the subject, not the citizen... The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
364:People desperately resisted the idea of their own death by looking away for as long as they could and avoiding the subject. ~ Thomas Olde Heuvelt
365:The questions of economics, and how they infect, or rather how they affect intimacy. And that's probably the subject of all my films. ~ Ira Sachs
366:First, study the present construction. Second, ask for all past experiences ...study and read everything you can on the subject. ~ Thomas A Edison
367:Ideology is: intellectual ordering of the feelings; an objective connection among them that makes the subjective connection easier. ~ Robert Musil
368:I liked quantum mechanics very much. The subject was hard to understand but easy to apply to a large number of interesting problems. ~ Willis Lamb
369:I’m keeping an open mind on the subject,” Maddox said. “That allows me to see what is there instead of what I think I should see. ~ Vaughn Heppner
370:"True understanding happens when we dismantle the barrier between the object of understanding and the subject of understanding." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
371:As actors, we are so privileged to do what we do and to give to the world and to choose the subject we want to say to the world. ~ Juliette Binoche
372:Excuse me? You're a lady?"
"I bought a title on the Internet. I own one square inch of Scotland. And you're changing the subject. ~ Rachel Caine
373:I suppose you'd have to say that my interest in the subject fell somewhere between the Land of Hobbies and the Kingdom of Obsession. ~ Stephen King
374:I think that former leaders are best seen occasionally and not too often heard - particularly on the subject of their successors! ~ Charles Kennedy
375:Mill argued in The Subjection of Women (1869) that the sexes should be treated equally both in law and in society more generally. ~ Nigel Warburton
376:not seek for exactness in all matters alike, but in each according to the subject-matter, and so far as properly belongs to the system. ~ Aristotle
377:Reader, I am myself the subject of my book; you would be unreasonable to spend your leisure on so frivolous and so vain a matter. ~ Bernard Malamud
378:Religion is the subjective experience. Science is the objective reality. To argue either is a ridiculous waste of time and energy. ~ Steve Maraboli
379:The greatness of a writer has nothing to do with subject matter itself, only with how much the subject matter touches the author. ~ Boris Pasternak
380:Fidelity to the subject's thought and to his characteristic way of expressing himself is the sine qua non of journalistic quotation. ~ Janet Malcolm
381:I have long said that good teaching consists in loving the subject you are teaching in the presence of students whom you also love. ~ Douglas Wilson
382:It seemed that digression was the true principle of the universe, that the only real subject was the way the subject kept changing. ~ Salman Rushdie
383:I want to tell people that I had post-natal depression because there is so much stigma around the subject and there shouldn't be. ~ Jennifer Ellison
384:Japanese women live in fear of making the least sound in a bathroom stall. Japanese men pay no attention to the subject whatsoever. ~ Amelie Nothomb
385:The full beauty of the subject of generating functions emerges only from tuning in on both channels: the discrete and the continuous. ~ Herbert Wilf
386:"The more projections are thrust in between the subject and the environment, the harder it is for the ego to see through its illusions." ~ Carl Jung
387:There are, first of all, two kinds of authors: those who write for the subject's sake, and those who write for writing's sake. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
388:A government does not desire its powers to be strictly defined, but the subjects require the line to be drawn with increasing precision. ~ Lord Acton
389:And the Vatican, whatever anyone else might have thought on the subject, answered, like Hebrew National hot dogs, to "a higher authority. ~ Anonymous
390:Granted, there is still that picture of the Terminator jeering over practically every journalistic attempt to engage with the subject. ~ Nick Bostrom
391:His high school was named after a slave owner who was also one of the world’s greatest theoreticians on the subject of human liberty. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
392:No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion. ~ Jeremy Bentham
393:Time, you may be sure, will make one or the other of us think differently; and, in the meanwhile, we need not talk much on the subject. ~ Jane Austen
394:When you know you are ignorant in a subject, start educating yourself by finding an expert in the field or a book on the subject. ~ Robert T Kiyosaki
395:A patient, long before he becomes the subject of medical scrutiny, is, at first, simply a storyteller, a narrator of suffering— ~ Siddhartha Mukherjee
396:A portrait is like an ornamental headstone. It is not for the subject, but for those who look upon it. For those you want to remember. ~ Julie Klassen
397:From the subjective perspective, he may seem cruel, even wicked. But the glory of the man is to be found in the objective perspective. ~ Robert Harris
398:His contributions touched almost every corner of the subject and have had a deep and abiding influence over the way that physicists think. ~ Anonymous
399:I don't mind a dirty girl. But what I find tragic is when we, as women, become not the subject of our own story but someone else's object. ~ Tori Amos
400:Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. ~ Bertrand Russell
401:Not that he was any expert on the subject, but Matt believed he could tell a lot about a woman by observing the way she watched a sunset. ~ Peggy Webb
402:The best way to tell people about climate change is through non-fiction. There's a vast literature of outstanding writing on the subject. ~ Ian Mcewan
403:Whenever you bring up women's internal workings, guys want to change the subject. Unless, of course, they're trying to change the laws. ~ Gail Collins
404:For me, teaching is about weaving a web of connectedness between myself, my students, the subject I'm teaching, and the larger world. ~ Parker J Palmer
405:I enjoyed the hands-on nature of this work, and the challenge of creating an environment from which the subject would spring to life. ~ Haruki Murakami
406:I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death. ~ Charles Spurgeon
407:The most frightening interview I've ever done was with Dr. Lonnie Thompson of The Ohio State University on the subject of global warming. ~ Bill Kurtis
408:Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. ~ Abraham Lincoln
409:It's a choice - there are two different sorts of photographer: those obsessed with the technicalities and those obsessed by the subject. ~ Mario Testino
410:Page 25 "But if we accept the legitimacy of the subject nevertheless, then a new and contentious series of questions at once opens up. ~ Alain de Botton
411:He was the subject of a little respectful ribbing. But he was, of course, the captain, which meant he had to do lots of the ribbing himself. ~ Geoff Dyer
412:The old expression goes, a good speech is like a woman’s skirt: short enough to hold your attention, long enough to cover the subject. ~ Jonathan Tropper
413:The thing whose address I lost is not the End, it’s the Beginning. Not the object to be possessed but the subject that possesses me. Misery ~ Umberto Eco
414:When such resonance is enacted with positive regard, a deep feeling of coherence emerges with the subjective sensation of harmony. When ~ Daniel J Siegel
415:A garment that is double dyed, dipped again and again, will retain the color a great while; so a truth which is the subject of meditation. ~ Matthew Henry
416:Hush! Father, Hush! You must not talk!"
"He who imposed that order, knew not how interesting are the subjects on which I wish to speak. ~ Matthew Lewis
417:I also agree with Winston Churchill, who once defined a fanatic as someone who won’t change his mind and can’t change the subject. ~ Gregory David Roberts
418:It would be wisest not to worry too much about the sterile periods. They ventilate the subject and instill into it the reality of daily life. ~ Andre Gide
419:Then, I said, no science or art considers or enjoins the interest of the stronger or
superior, but only the interest of the subject and weaker? ~ Plato
420:You can write about anything, and if you write well enough, even the reader with no intrinsic interest in the subject will become involved. ~ Tracy Kidder
421:For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all arts. ~ John Drinkwater
422:Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. ~ Bertrand Russell
423:You’re smart enough to recognize that the subjects of migraines and cats never fail with the women. Lead the old girl toward the mint tea. ~ Hanif Kureishi
424:A work of art must carry in itself its complete significance and impose it upon the beholder even before he can identify the subject-matter. ~ Henri Matisse
425:For as wood is the material of the carpenter, and marble that of the sculptor, so the subject matter of the art of life is the life of the self. ~ Epictetus
426:I'd rather meander through a pit of vipers than love one more person, but since I'm on the subject of snakes, we all know one, or are one. ~ Donna Lynn Hope
427:I scowled defensively. "My conversations don't usually include the subject of erections." "Too bad," he said. "All the best conversations do. ~ Lisa Kleypas
428:The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self, the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology. ~ James Mark Baldwin
429:When I photograph someone, I want to shoot the subject and get them out of my studio so I can play with the photos and do all the stuff I want. ~ Nikki Sixx
430:I never think of him as a scholar assaulting me with how much he knows, but as a teacher eager to share a lifelong passion for the subject. ~ William Zinsser
431:In the beginning we must simplify the subject, thus unavoidably falsifying it, and later we must sophisticate away the falsely simple beginning. ~ Maimonides
432:Much has been written on the subject of bed-books. The general consensus of opinion is that a gentle, slow-moving story makes the best opiate ~ P G Wodehouse
433:And so, at last, I come to the one firm conviction that I mentioned at the beginning: it is that the subject is too new for final judgments. ~ William Zinsser
434:Focused, directed thoughts reach the subjective levels; they must be of a certain degree of intensity. Intensity is acquired by concentration. ~ Joseph Murphy
435:Unfortunately, there are very few facilities which offer courses in the arts. Not all the secondary schools offer the subject for CXC examinations. ~ St Lucia
436:Whomever you're going to interview, you have to be interested in what it is you want to know from them. You have to be interested in the subject. ~ Kurt Loder
437:I do the same with my books...Nothing like a good argument in the margins with someone who's already said all they have to say on the subject. ~ Betsy Cornwell
438:I scowled defensively. "My conversations don't usually include the subject of erections."
"Too bad," he said. "All the best conversations do. ~ Lisa Kleypas
439:On the subject of spinach: divide into little piles. Rearrange again into new piles. After five of six maneuvers, sit back and say you are full. ~ Delia Ephron
440:We have lost our first honor and health, and we have become the subjects of pain and weakness, suffering and death. This is the effect of the fall. ~ Anonymous
441:As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight and the subject-matter has nothing to do with harmony of sound or of color. ~ James Whistler
442:Because that’s how snobs deal with uncomfortable subjects. We belittle their importance, laugh at them, and change the subject to weather or sport. ~ L H Cosway
443:"The effect of projection is to isolate the subject from his environment, since instead of a real relation to it there is now only an illusory one." ~ Carl Jung
444:Well, I think in my own work the subject matter usually deals with characters I know, aspects of myself, friends of mine - that sort of thing. ~ Martin Scorsese
445:I take more to the subject than to my ideas about it. I am not interested in any idea I have had, the subject is so demanding and so important. ~ Lee Friedlander
446:The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice. ~ Quintilian
447:You changed the subject." "From what?" "The empty-headed girls who think you're sexy." "You know." "Know what?" "That I only have eyes for you. ~ Khaled Hosseini
448:4.23..If 'thought' means: instance of the subject in a truth-procedure, then there is no thought of this thought, because it contains no knowledge. ~ Alain Badiou
449:Computer science is to biology what calculus is to physics. It's the natural mathematical technique that best maps the character of the subject. ~ Harold Morowitz
450:Funnily enough, it is the subject one dreads talking about at length one ends up talking about at length, often without the slightest provocation. ~ Marisha Pessl
451:He continued, “I just want to say that your paper was the best discussion I know of the subject, and I’m grateful that you volunteered to give it. ~ John Williams
452:Lady Middleton resigned herself... Contenting herself with merely giving her husband a gentle reprimand on the subject, five or six times every day. ~ Jane Austen
453:He thought her beautiful, believed her impeccably wise; dreamed of her, wrote poems to her, which, ignoring the subject, she corrected in red ink. ~ Virginia Woolf
454:I just walk around, observing the subject from various angles until the picture elements arrange themselves into a composition that pleases my eye. ~ Andre Kertesz
455:In cases in which the related previous personality had committed suicide, the subject has shown an inclination to contemplate and threaten suicide. ~ Ian Stevenson
456:The subject matter... is not that collection of solid, static objects extended in space but the life that is lived in the scene that it composes. ~ Wallace Stevens
457:As for the subject matter in my painting.. ..it is very often an incidental thing in the background, elusive and unclear, that really stirred me. ~ William Baziotes
458:I write essays first because I have a passionate relationship to the subject and second because the subject is one that people are not talking about. ~ Susan Sontag
459:Nothing is such an enemy to accuracy of judgment as a coarse discrimination; a want of such classification and distribution as the subject admits of. ~ Edmund Burke
460:Putting her head back on the chair, she contemplated how she should revisit the subject without being disrespectful of his answer or lack thereof. ~ Aleatha Romig
461:The work now before the reader is the most extensive which our language contains on the subject. ~ Augustus De Morgan, The Differential and Integral Calculus (1836)
462:True learning only occurs when you love the subject you are studying and then the acquiring of knowledge is effortless because it is also a pleasure. ~ William Boyd
463:When ordinary folk perceive phenomena, They look on them as real, and not illusory. This, then, is the subject of debate Where ordinary and yogis differ. ~ ntideva
464:I am an agnostic on most matters of faith, but on the subject of maps I have always been a true believer. It is on the map, therefore it is, and I am. ~ Tony Horwitz
465:I'm not at liberty to discuss the governments knowledge of extraterrestrial UFO's at this time. I am still personally being briefed on the subject! ~ Richard M Nixon
466:In fact he was rather boring on the subject, but I kept quiet and took comfort in that old saying about fallen apples and their distance from trees. ~ David Nicholls
467:I've never used my weight to get a laugh. That is, used my size as the subject for humor. You never saw me stuck in a door-way or stuck in a chair. ~ Roscoe Arbuckle
468:Richard at once declared that we must be content with that and drop the subject. I agreed with Richard. All's well that ends well. What say you, O.G? ~ Gaston Leroux
469:The big trick is to find the subject that relates to a human experience. Explain the rules, involve people, and they will do most of the work for you. ~ Billy Wilder
470:The corset is?a mutilation, undergone for the purpose of lowering the subject's vitalityand rendering her permanentlyand obviously unfit for work. ~ Thorstein Veblen
471:Yes, one day perhaps the leading intellects of Russia and of Europe will study the psychology of Russian crime, for the subject is worth it. But ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
472:Even if the painting is green, well then! The 'subject' is the green. There is always a subject; it's a joke to suppress the subject, it's impossible. ~ Pablo Picasso
473:I am an agnostic on most matters of faith, but on the subjects of maps I have always been a true believer. It is on the map, therefore it is, and I am. ~ Tony Horwitz
474:I did what any gentleman would do for a woman whose whole world, whose life, whose very existence was crumbling down around her. I changed the subject. ~ Tim Marquitz
475:I like to do the pictures before people get too self-conscious. I like to be spontaneous and get a shot before the subject thinks too much about it. ~ Keira Knightley
476:My pictures are not that interesting, nor the subject matter. They are simply a collection of facts; my book is more like a collection of Ready-mades. ~ Edward Ruscha
477:Occasionally I’d tune in to a music station, but I always preferred the sound of people talking, even if the subject was something I didn’t care about ~ David Sedaris
478:The organism cannot be regarded as simply the passive object of autonomous internal and external forces; it is also the subject of its own evolution. ~ Richard Levins
479:There was nothing to it. The Super Chief was on time, as it almost always is, and the subject was as easy to spot as a kangaroo in a dinner jacket. ~ Raymond Chandler
480:The subject of this essay is precisely this relationship between the absurd and suicide, the exact degree to which suicide is a solution to the absurd. ~ Albert Camus
481:The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event. ~ Edward Gibbon
482:The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities. ~ Adam Smith
483:When I feel a little confused, the only thing to do is to turn back to the study of nature before launching once again into the subjects closest to heart. ~ Raoul Dufy
484:After macrobiotics, Zen, and channeling, the "poor Vanishing Indian" is once more the subject of "deep and meaningful conversation" in the high rises. ~ Mary Brave Bird
485:Certainly, my many years working in the comics industry, creating products that I do not own, has made me rather fierce on the subject of giving up rights. ~ Alan Moore
486:I am interested not in individual readings, but in constructing networks of images and meanings capable of reflecting the complexity of the subject. ~ Wolfgang Tillmans
487:The notion that we inherit and “relive” aspects of family trauma has been the subject of many books by the renowned German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger. ~ Mark Wolynn
488:The subjective actress thinks of clothes only as they apply to her; the objective actress thinks of them only as they affect others, as a tool for the job. ~ Edith Head
489:Who's the subject?"
"The psychiatrist - Dr. Hannibal Lecter," Crawford said.
A brief silence follows the name, always, in any civilized gathering. ~ Thomas Harris
490:All the reasons which require the subjection of a believer to the brethren of a particular church require his subjection to all his brethren in the Lord. ~ Charles Hodge
491:An egotist will always speak of himself, either in praise or in censure, but a modest man ever shuns making himself the subject of his conversation. ~ Jean de la Bruyere
492:I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light. ~ Isaac Newton
493:It’s nothing to be ashamed of—often the greatest difficulty faced by people suffering from mental illness is society’s inexcusable ignorance of the subject. ~ David Wong
494:Knowledge is not predetermined by heredity; it is not predetermined in the things around us - in knowing things around him the subject always adds to them. ~ Jean Piaget
495:the subject is a negative entity, a pure self-relating negativity-which is why, in order not to "implode into itself;' it needs a minimum of objectal support ~ Anonymous
496:And although one broken heart doesn’t make me an expert in the subject, I believe you need both things—time and an emotional replacement—to fully mend one. ~ Emily Giffin
497:I thought of all the subjects where the teacher never gets this inside look, where students are graded solely on the basis of a right or a wrong answer. ~ William Zinsser
498:On the subject of dress almost no one, for one or another reason, feels truly indifferent: if their own clothes do not concern them, somebody else's do. ~ Elizabeth Bowen
499:No. When I want a broad-minded opinion for general enlightenment, distinct from special advice, I never go to a man who deals in the subject professionally. ~ Thomas Hardy
500:The haiku reproduces the designating gesture of the child pointing at whatever it is (the haiku shows no partiality for the subject), merely saying: that! ~ Roland Barthes
278 Integral Yoga
5 Integral Theory
183 Sri Aurobindo
104 The Mother
48 Aleister Crowley
41 Nolini Kanta Gupta
30 Carl Jung
24 H P Lovecraft
18 Swami Krishnananda
17 A B Purani
13 Saint Augustine of Hippo
12 James George Frazer
11 Aldous Huxley
9 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
7 William Wordsworth
7 Swami Vivekananda
7 Sri Ramana Maharshi
6 Percy Bysshe Shelley
6 Alice Bailey
4 Rudolf Steiner
4 Jorge Luis Borges
4 Jordan Peterson
3 Saint Teresa of Avila
3 Paul Richard
3 John Keats
3 Friedrich Nietzsche
2 Sri Ramakrishna
2 Saint John of Climacus
2 Robert Browning
2 George Van Vrekhem
2 Edgar Allan Poe
92 Record of Yoga
33 Magick Without Tears
24 Lovecraft - Poems
20 The Life Divine
20 Liber ABA
18 The Study and Practice of Yoga
17 Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo
13 City of God
11 The Synthesis Of Yoga
11 The Perennial Philosophy
11 The Golden Bough
11 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 07
11 Agenda Vol 08
10 The Human Cycle
10 On Education
10 Mysterium Coniunctionis
10 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01
9 Questions And Answers 1957-1958
9 Questions And Answers 1954
9 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 04
9 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 03
8 The Interior Castle or The Mansions
8 Questions And Answers 1956
8 Questions And Answers 1953
8 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 02
7 Wordsworth - Poems
7 The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
7 Essays On The Gita
7 Essays In Philosophy And Yoga
7 Agenda Vol 04
7 Agenda Vol 03
6 The Secret Doctrine
6 The Practice of Psycho therapy
6 Shelley - Poems
6 Plotinus - Complete Works Vol 01
6 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02
6 A Treatise on Cosmic Fire
5 Letters On Yoga IV
5 Isha Upanishad
4 Vedic and Philological Studies
4 The Problems of Philosophy
4 The Phenomenon of Man
4 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
4 The Future of Man
4 Maps of Meaning
4 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04
4 Agenda Vol 09
4 Agenda Vol 02
4 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah
3 Twilight of the Idols
3 Twelve Years With Sri Aurobindo
3 Some Answers From The Mother
3 Questions And Answers 1955
3 Questions And Answers 1950-1951
3 On Thoughts And Aphorisms
3 Letters On Yoga II
3 Letters On Poetry And Art
3 Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
3 Keats - Poems
3 Essays Divine And Human
3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 08
3 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03
3 Agenda Vol 05
3 Agenda Vol 01
2 The Way of Perfection
2 The Red Book Liber Novus
2 The Ladder of Divine Ascent
2 Sex Ecology Spirituality
2 Preparing for the Miraculous
2 Poe - Poems
2 Patanjali Yoga Sutras
2 Letters On Yoga I
2 Hymns to the Mystic Fire
2 Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 05
2 Browning - Poems
2 Agenda Vol 13
2 Agenda Vol 07
2 Agenda Vol 06
2 Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2E
0.00 - Introduction, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
Some modern Nature-worshippers and members of the newly-washed and redeemed witch-cult have complimented me on this closing chapter which I entitled 'The Ladder." I am pleased about this. For a very long time I was not at all familiar with the topic of witchcraft. I had avoided it entirely, not being attracted to its literature in any way. In fact, I only became slightly conversant with its theme and literature just a few years ago, after reading "The Anatomy of Eve" written by Dr. Leopold Stein, a Jungian analyst. In the middle of his study of four cases, he included a most informative chapter on the Subject. This served to stimulate me to wider reading in that area.
0.01f - FOREWARD, #The Phenomenon of Man, #Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, #Christianity
valleys) from which, not only his vision, but things themselves
radiate? In that event the Subjective viewpoint coincides with
the way things are distributed objectively, and perception reaches
0.03 - III - The Evening Sittings, #Evening Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #unset, #Kabbalah
What was talked in the small group informally was not intended by Sri Aurobindo to be the independent expression of his views on the Subjects, events or the persons discussed. Very often what he said was in answer to the spiritual need of the individual or of the collective atmosphere. It was like a spiritual remedy meant to produce certain spiritual results, not a philosophical or metaphysical pronouncement on questions, events or movements. The net result of some talks very often was to point out to the disciple the inherent incapacity of the human intellect and its secondary place in the search for the ultimate Reality.
0.04 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
act like the ignorant ordinary man?
I can tell you this to finish with the Subject, that from the
roof I concentrated the power on the bullocks ordering them to
0.04 - The Systems of Yoga, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
its object which our philosophy asserts as the primary cosmic energy and the method of divine action upon the world. By this capacity the Yogin, already possessed of the highest supracosmic knowledge and experience in the state of trance, is able in the waking state to acquire directly whatever knowledge and exercise whatever mastery may be useful or necessary to his activities in the objective world. For the ancient system of
Rajayoga aimed not only at Swarajya, self-rule or subjective empire, the entire control by the Subjective consciousness of all the states and activities proper to its own domain, but included
Samrajya as well, outward empire, the control by the Subjective consciousness of its outer activities and environment.
0.06 - INTRODUCTION, #Dark Night of the Soul, #Saint John of the Cross, #Christianity
active and passive purgation, to which the Saint limits himself in these treatises,
although the Subject of the stanzas which he is glossing is a much wider one,
comprising the whole of the mystical life and ending only with the Divine embraces
at rest.' Both the higher and the lower 'portions of the soul' are now tranquillized
and prepared for the desired union with the Spouse, a union which is the Subject
that the Saint proposed to treat in his commentary on the five remaining stanzas.
0.07 - Letters to a Sadhak, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
any real significance, Mother?
Many things have been said on the Subject but, as far as my own
experience goes, I do not attach much importance to that belief.
01.03 - Rationalism, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
It might be said, however, that the guarantee or sanction of Reason does not lie in the extent of its application, nor can its subjective nature (or ego-centric predication, as philosophers would term it) vitiate the validity of its conclusions. There is, in fact, an inherent unity and harmony between Reason and Reality. If we know a little of Reality, we know the whole; if we know the Subjective, we know also the objective. As in the part, so in the whole; as it is within, so it is without. If you say that I will die, you need not wait for my actual death to have the proof of your statement. The generalising power inherent in Reason is the guarantee of the certitude to which it leads. Reason is valid, as it does not betray us. If it were such as anti-intellectuals make it out to be, we would be making nothing but false steps, would always remain entangled in contradictions. The very success of Reason is proof of its being a reliable and perfect instrument for the knowledge of Truth and Reality. It is beside the mark to prove otherwise, simply by analysing the nature of Reason and showing the fundamental deficiencies of that nature. It is rather to the credit of Reason that being as it is, it is none the less a successful and trustworthy agent.
01.04 - The Poetry in the Making, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
The consciously purposive activity of the poetic consciousness in fact, of all artistic consciousness has shown itself with a clear and unambiguous emphasis in two directions. First of all with regard to the Subject-matter: the old-world poets took things as they were, as they were obvious to the eye, things of human nature and things of physical Nature, and without questioning dealt with them in the beauty of their normal form and function. The modern mentality has turned away from the normal and the obvious: it does not accept and admit the "given" as the final and definitive norm of things. It wishes to discover and establish other norms, it strives to bring about changes in the nature and condition of things, envisage the shape of things to come, work for a brave new world. The poet of today, in spite of all his effort to remain a pure poet, in spite of Housman's advocacy of nonsense and not-sense being the essence of true Art, is almost invariably at heart an incorrigible prophet. In revolt against the old and established order of truths and customs, against all that is normally considered as beautiful,ideals and emotions and activities of man or aspects and scenes and movements of Natureagainst God or spiritual life, the modern poet turns deliberately to the ugly and the macabre, the meaningless, the insignificant and the triflingtins and teas, bone and dust and dustbin, hammer and sicklehe is still a prophet, a violent one, an iconoclast, but one who has his own icon, a terribly jealous being, that seeks to pull down the past, erase it, to break and batter and knead the elements in order to fashion out of them something conforming to his heart's desire. There is also the class who have the vision and found the truth and its solace, who are prophets, angelic and divine, messengers and harbingers of a new beauty that is to dawn upon earth. And yet there are others in whom the two strains mingle or approach in a strange way. All this means that the artist is far from being a mere receiver, a mechanical executor, a passive unconscious instrument, but that he is supremely' conscious and master of his faculties and implements. This fact is doubly reinforced when we find how much he is preoccupied with the technical aspect of his craft. The richness and variety of patterns that can be given to the poetic form know no bounds today. A few major rhythms were sufficient for the ancients to give full expression to their poetic inflatus. For they cared more for some major virtues, the basic and fundamental qualitiessuch as truth, sublimity, nobility, forcefulness, purity, simplicity, clarity, straightforwardness; they were more preoccupied with what they had to say and they wanted, no doubt, to say it beautifully and powerfully; but the modus operandi was not such a passion or obsession with them, it had not attained that almost absolute value for itself which modern craftsmanship gives it. As technology in practical life has become a thing of overwhelming importance to man today, become, in the Shakespearean phrase, his "be-all and end-all", even so the same spirit has invaded and pervaded his aesthetics too. The subtleties, variations and refinements, the revolutions, reversals and inventions which the modern poet has ushered and takes delight in, for their own sake, I repeat, for their intrinsic interest, not for the sake of the Subject which they have to embody and clothe, have never been dream by Aristotle, the supreme legislator among the ancients, nor by Horace, the almost incomparable craftsman among the ancients in the domain of poetry. Man has become, to be sure, a self-conscious creator to the pith of his bone.
01.05 - The Nietzschean Antichrist, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
This is the Nietzsche we all know. But there is another aspect of his which the world has yet been slow to recognise. For, at bottom, Nietzsche is not all storm and fury. If his Superman is a Destroying Angel, he is none the less an angel. If he is endowed with a supreme sense of strength and power, there is also secreted in the core of his heart a sense of the beautiful that illumines his somewhat sombre aspect. For although Nietzsche is by birth a Slavo-Teuton, by culture and education he is pre-eminently Hellenic. His earliest works are on the Subject of Greek tragedy and form what he describes as an "Apollonian dream." And to this dream, to this Greek aesthetic sense more than to any thing else he sacrifices justice and pity and charity. To him the weak and the miserable, the sick and the maimed are a sort of blot, a kind of ulcer on the beautiful face of humanity. The herd that wallow in suffering and relish suffering disfigure the aspect of the world and should therefore be relentlessly mowed out of existence. By being pitiful to them we give our tacit assent to their persistence. And it is precisely because of this that Nietzsche has a horror of Christianity. For compassion gives indulgence to all the ugliness of the world and thus renders that ugliness a necessary and indispensable element of existence. To protect the weak, to sympathise with the lowly brings about more of weakness and more of lowliness. Nietzsche has an aristocratic taste par excellencewhat he aims at is health and vigour and beauty. But above all it is an aristocracy of the spirit, an aristocracy endowed with all the richness and beauty of the soul that Nietzsche wants to establish. The beggar of the street is the symbol of ugliness, of the poverty of the spirit. And the so-called aristocrat, die millionaire of today is as poor and ugly as any helpless leper. The soul of either of them is made of the same dirty, sickly stuff. The tattered rags, the crouching heart, the effeminate nerve, the unenlightened soul are the standing ugliness of the world and they have no place in the ideal, the perfect humanity. Humanity, according to Nietzsche, is made in order to be beautiful, to conceive the beautiful, to create the beautiful. Nietzsche's Superman has its perfect image in a Grecian statue of Zeus cut out in white marble-Olympian grandeur shedding in every lineament Apollonian beauty and Dionysian vigour.
01.06 - Vivekananda, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
The gospel of strength that Vivekananda spread was very characteristic of the man. For it is not mere physical or nervous bravery, although that too is indispensable, and it is something more than moral courage. In the speeches referred to, the Subject-matter (as well as the manner to a large extent) is philosophical, metaphysical, even abstract in outlook and treatment: they are not a call to arms, like the French National Anthem, for example; they are not merely an ethical exhortation, a moral lesson either. They speak of the inner spirit, the divine in man, the supreme realities that lie beyond. And yet the words are permeated through and through with a vibration life-giving and heroic-not so much in the explicit and apparent meaning as in the style and manner and atmosphere: it is catching, even or precisely when he refers, for example, to these passages in the Vedas and the Upanishads, magnificent in their poetic beauty, sublime in their spiritual truth,nec plus ultra, one can say, in the grand style supreme:
01.07 - Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Man then, according to Pascal, is by nature a sinful thing. He can lay no claim to noble virtue as his own: all in him is vile, he is a lump of dirt and filth. Even the greatest has his full share of this taint. The greatest, the saintliest, and the meanest, the most sinful, all meet, all are equal on this common platform; all have the same feet of clay. Man is as miserable a creature as a beast, as much a part and product of Nature as a plant. Only there is this difference that an animal or a tree is unconscious, while man knows that he is miserable. This knowledge or perception makes him more miserable, but that is his real and only greatness there is no other. His thought, his self-consciousness, and his sorrow and repentance and contrition for what he is that is the only good partMary's part that has been given to him. Here are Pascal's own words on the Subject:
0.10 - Letters to a Young Captain, #Some Answers From The Mother, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
great musician?” Sweet Mother, can you please say a
few words on the Subject of this freedom?
The freedom I speak of is the freedom to follow the will of the
with the instruments She has at her disposal. Finally he
told me that he had no opinion on the Subject. “My
business,” he said, “is to write.” And he asked me what
01.13 - T. S. Eliot: Four Quartets, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Our poet is too self-conscious, he himself feels that he has not the perfect voice. A Homer, even a Milton possesses a unity of tone and a wholeness of perception which are denied to the modern. To the modern, however, the old masters are not subtle enough, broad enough, psychological enough, let us say the word, spiritual enough. And yet the poetic inspiration, more than the religious urge, needs the injunction not to be busy with too many things, but to be centred upon the one thing needful, viz., to create poetically and not to discourse philosophically or preach prophetically. Not that it is impossible for the poet to swallow the philosopher and the prophet, metabolising them into the substance of his bone and marrow, of "the trilling wire in his blood", as Eliot graphically expresses. That perhaps is the consummation towards which poetry is tending. But at present, in Eliot, at least, the strands remain distinct, each with its own temper and rhythm, not fused and moulded into a single streamlined form of beauty. Our poet flies high, very high indeed at times, often or often he flies low, not disdaining the perilous limit of bathos. Perhaps it is all wilful, it is a mannerism which he cherishes. The mannerism may explain his psychology and enshrine his philosophy. But the poet, the magician is to be looked for elsewhere. In the present collection of poems it is the philosophical, exegetical, discursive Eliot who dominates: although the high lights of the Subject-matter may be its justification. Still even if we have here doldrums like
01.14 - Nicholas Roerich, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Roerich discovered and elaborated his own technique to reveal that which is secret, express that which is not expressed or expressible. First of all, he is symbolical and allegorical: secondly, the choice of his symbols and allegories is hieratic, that is to say, the Subject-matter refers to objects and events connected with saints and legends, shrines and enchanted places, hidden treasures, spirits and angels, etc. etc.; thirdly, the manner or style of execution is what we may term pantomimic, in other words, concrete, graphic, dramatic, even melodramatic. He has a special predilection for geometrical patterns the artistic effect of whichbalance, regularity, fixity, soliditywas greatly utilised by the French painter Czanne and poet Mallarm who seem to have influenced Roerich to a considerable degree. But this Northerner had not the reticence, the suavity, the tonic unity of the classicist, nor the normality and clarity of the Latin temperament. The prophet, the priest in him was the stronger element and made use of the artist as the rites andceremoniesmudras and chakrasof his vocation demanded. Indeed, he stands as the hierophant of a new cultural religion and his paintings and utterances are, as it were, gestures that accompany a holy ceremonial.
02.01 - The World War, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
When man was a dweller of the forest,a jungle man,akin to his forbear the ape, his character was wild and savage, his motives and impulsions crude, violent, egoistic, almost wholly imbedded in, what we call, the lower vital level; the light of the higher intellect and intelligence had not entered into them. Today there is an uprush of similar forces to possess and throw man back to a similar condition. This new order asks only one thing of man, namely, to be strong and powerful, that is to say, fierce, ruthless, cruel and regimented. Regimentation can be said to be the very characteristic of the order, the regimentation of a pack of wild dogs or wolves. A particular country, nation or raceit is Germany in Europe and, in her wake, Japan in Asiais to be the sovereign nation or master race (Herrenvolk); the rest of mankindo ther countries and peoplesshould be pushed back to the status of servants and slaves, mere hewers of wood and drawers of water. What the helots were in ancient times, what the serfs were in the mediaeval ages, and what the Subject peoples were under the worst forms of modern imperialism, even so will be the entire mankind under the new overlordship, or something still worse. For whatever might have been the external conditions in those ages and systems, the upward aspirations of man were never doubted or questioned they were fully respected and honoured. The New Order has pulled all that down and cast them to the winds. Furthermore in the new regime, it is not merely the slaves that suffer in a degraded condition, the masters also, as individuals, fare no better. The individual here has no respect, no freedom or personal value. This society or community of the masters even will be like a bee-hive or an ant-hill; the individuals are merely functional units, they are but screws and bolts and nuts and wheels in a huge relentless machinery. The higher and inner realities, the spontaneous inspirations and self-creations of a free soulart, poetry, literaturesweetness and light the good and the beautifulare to be banished for ever; they are to be regarded as things of luxury which enervate the heart, diminish the life-force, distort Nature's own virility. Man perhaps would be the worshipper of Science, but of that Science which brings a tyrannical mastery over material Nature, which serves to pile up tools and instruments, arms and armaments, in order to ensure a dire efficiency and a grim order in practical life.
02.02 - Rishi Dirghatama, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 02, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Today I will speak of one of the Vedic rishis. Some names of great Vedic rishis must have reached your earsVashishtha, Vishwamitra, Atri, Parasara, Kanwa (I do not know if it is the same Kanwa of whom Kalidasa speaks in his Shakuntala), Madhuchchanda. All of them are seers of mantra, hearers of mantra, creators of mantra; all of them occupy a large place in the Veda. Each one of them has his speciality, each one delivers a mantra that is in its tone, temper and style his own although the Subject matter, the substance, the fundamental realisation is everywhere the same. For example, Vashishtha is characterised by a happy clarity, Vishwamitra has force and energy, Kutsa is sweetness, Dirghatama is well known for his oblique utterances, his paradoxical apopthegms.1
02.11 - New World-Conditions, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
The relation between India and Britain is peculiar and has an especial significance. It is not enough to say that Britain is the imperialist overlord and India the Subject underling. The two stand for two world-forces and their relation is symbolic. The difficulty that will be solved between them will be a world-difficulty solved; what they achieve in common will be a world-achievement. India means nations in bondage aspiring to be free, peoples living in conditions of want and weakness and internecine quarrel, still struggling towards a harmonious and prosperous organised life; she is the cry of the down-trodden demanding her share of earth's air and lightlife-room. Britain represents the other side, the free people, organised, strong and successful. Neither America nor Russia fills this role. America is young; she has a wonderful grasp over life's externals; none can compare or compete with her in the ordering and marshalling of an efficient pattern of life, but what escapes her is the more abiding and deeper truth of life and living. Russia started to create on totally new foundations, indeed the outer aspect here has changed very much. But the forces that ruled Russia's past do not seem to have changed to the same extent. In spite of the rise of the proletariate, in spite of all local autonomies, it is doubtful if the true breath of freedom is blowing over the country, if the country is creating out of a deeper soul-vision. Life movement in either of these two countries seems to have a rigid mould; that is because they seek to build or reform, that is to say, fabricate life, in other words, they impose upon life a pattern conceived by notions and prejudgments, even perhaps idio-syncracies. The British are more amenable to change, precisely because they do not force a change and do not know they are changing. The British Empire is more loosely formed, its units have more freedom than is the case with other Empires built upon the pattern of the extremely centralised Roman Empire. Truly it has the spirit of a commonwealth. The spirit of decentralisation and federation that is increasing today and has seized even old-world Empires the Dutch, the French, the Russianhas come largely from the British example. Therefore, the unravelling of the Britain and India tangle would mean the solution of a world-problem. These two countries have been put together precisely because the solution is possible here and an ideal solution for all others to profit by.
02.14 - Panacea of Isms, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Again, Nationalism is also not the summum bonum of collective living. The nation has emerged out of the family and the tribe as a greater unit of the human aggregate. But this does not mean that it is the last word on the Subject, that larger units are not to be found or formed. In the present-day juncture it is nationalism that has become a stumbling-block to a fairer solution of human problems. For example, India, Egypt, Ireland, even Poland, whatever may be the justifying reasons, are almost exclusively, chauvinistically, nationalistic. They believe that the attainment of their free, unfettered, separate national existence first will automatically bring in its train all ideal results that have been postponed till now. They do not see, however, that in the actual circumstances an international solution has the greater chance of bringing about a happier solution for the nation too, and not the other way round. The more significant urge today is towards this greater aggregationPan-America, Pan-Russia, Pan-Arabia, a Western European Block and an Eastern European Block are movements that have been thrown up because of 'a greater necessity in human life and its evolution. Man's stupidity, his failure to grasp the situation, his incapacity to march with Nature, his tendency always to fall back, to return to the outdated past may delay or cause a turn or twist in this healthy movement, but it cannot be permanently thwarted or denied for long. Churchill's memorable call to France, on the eve of her debacle, to join and form with Britain a single national union, however sentimental or even ludicrous it may appear to some, is; as we see it, the cry of humanity itself to transcend the modern barriers of nationhood and rise to a higher status of solidarity and collective consciousness.
03.02 - The Gradations of Consciousness The Gradation of Planes, #The Integral Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
The gradations of consciousness are universal states not dependent on the outlook of the Subjective personality; rather the outlook of the Subjective personality is determined by the grade of consciousness in which it is organised according to its typal nature or its evolutionary stage.
03.14 - Mater Dolorosa, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
The action of the three gunas is the Subject matter of the Veda: but do thou become free from the triple guna, O Arjuna.The Gita, II.45
04.02 - Human Progress, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
We have said that this methodologism the knowledge of means and the consequent control over means the hall-mark of modern scientific knowledgeis a new degree of self-consciousness which is the special characteristic of the human consciousness. Put philosophically, we can say that the discovery of the Subject and its growing affirmation as an independent factor in a subject-object relation marks the evolutionary course of the human consciousness.
A still further unveiling seems to be in progress now. the Subject has discovered itself as separate from the observed object and still embracing it: but a given subject-object relationship in its turn again is being viewed as itself an object to another subject consciousness, a super-subject. That way lie the ever widening horizons of consciousness opened up by Yoga and spiritual discipline.
We can thus note, broadly speaking, three stages in the human cycle of Nature's evolution. The first was the period of emergence of self-consciousness and the trials and experiments it went through to establish and confirm itself. The ancient civilisations represented this character of the human spirit. the Subject freeing itself more and more from its environmental tegument, still living and moving within it and dynamically reacting upon itthis was the character we speak of. Next came the period when the free and dynamic subject feeling itself no more tied down to its natural objective sphere sought lines of development and adventure on its own account. This was the age of speculation and of scholasticism in philosophy and intellectual inquiry and of alchemy in natural sciencea period roughly equated with the Middle Ages. The Scientific Age coming last seeks to re-establish a junction and co-ordination between the free and dynamic self-consciousness and the mode and pattern of its objective field, involving a greater enrichment on one side the Subjective consciousness and on the other, the objective environment, a corresponding change and effective reorganisation.
05.05 - In Quest of Reality, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
This faculty of direct knowledge, however, is not such a rare thing as it may appear to be. Indeed if we step outside the circumscribed limits of pure science instances crowd upon us, even in our normal life, which would compel one to conclude that the rational and sensory process is only a fringe and a very small part of a much greater and wider form of knowing. Poets and artists, we all know, are familiar only with that form: without intuition and inspiration they are nothing. Apart from that, modern inquiries and observations have established beyond doubt certain facts of extra-sensory, suprarational perceptionof clairvoyance and clairaudience, of prophecy, of vision into the future as well as into the past. Not only these unorthodox faculties of knowledge, but dynamic powers that almost negate or flout the usual laws of science have been demonstrated to exist and can be and are used by man. The Indian yogic discipline speaks of the eight siddhis, super-natural powers attained by the Yogi when he learns to control nature by the force of his consciousness. Once upon a time these facts were challenged as facts in the scientific world, but it is too late now in the day to deny them their right of existence. Only Science, to maintain its scientific prestige, usually tries to explain such phenomena in the material way, but with no great success. In the end she seems to say these freaks do not come within her purview and she is not concerned with them. However, that is not for us also the Subject for discussion for the moment.
05.06 - Physics or philosophy, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Even Eddington is not so absurd or impossible as it may seem to some. He says, as we have seen, that all so-called laws of Nature can be discovered from within the mind itself, can be deduced logically from psychologically given premises: no empiricial observation or objective experimentation is necessary to arrive at them: they are found a priori in the Subject. Now, mystic experience always lays stress on extra-sensory knowledge: it declares that such a knowledge is not only possible, but that this alone is the right and correct knowledge. All thingsmatter and mind and life and allbeing but vibrations of consciousness, even as the colours of a spectrum are vibrations, electro-magnetic waves of different frequency, mystic discipline enables one to enter into that condition in which one's consciousness mingles with all consciousness or with another particular consciousness (Patanjali's term is samyama), and one can have all knowledge that one wishes to have by this inner contact or concentration or identification, one discovers the knowledge within oneself, no external means of sense observation and experimental testing, no empirical inductive process is needed. We do not say that Eddington had in view anything of this kind, but that his attitude points in this direction.
05.07 - The Observer and the Observed, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
In any case, at the end of all our peregrinations we seem to circle back to our original Cartesian-cum-Berkeleyean position; we discover that it is not easy to extricate the observed from the observer: the observer is so deep set in the observed, part and parcel of it that there are scientists who consider their whole scientific scheme of the world as only a mental set-up, we may replace it very soon by another scheme equally cogent, subjective all the same. the Subject has entered into all objects and any definition of the object must necessarily depend upon the particular poise of the Subject. That is the cosmic immanence of the Purusha spoken of in the Upanishads the one Purusha become many and installed in the heart of each and, every object. There is indeed a status of the Subject in which the Subject and the object are gathered into or form one reality. The observer and the observed are the two ends, the polarisation of a single entity: and all are reals at that level. But the scientific observer is only the mental purusha and in his observation the absolute objectivisation is not possible. The Einsteinian equations that purport to rule out all local view-points can hardly be said to have transcended the co-ordinates of the Subject. That is possible only to the consciousness of the cosmic Purusha.
Now, there are four positions possible with regard to the world and reality, depending on the relation between the observer and the observed, the Subject and the object. They are:(I) subjective, (2) objective, (3) subjective objective and (4) objective subjective. The first two are extreme positions, one holding the Subject as the sole or absolute reality, the object being a pure fabrication of its will and idea, an illusion, and the other considering the object as the true reality, the Subject being an outcome, an epiphenomenon of the object itself, an illusion after all. The first leads to radical or as it is called monistic spirituality the type of which is Mayavada: the second is the highway of materialism, the various avataras of which are Marxism, Pragmatism, Behaviourism etc. In between lie the other two intermediate positions according to the stress or value given to either of the two extremes. The first of the intermediates is the position held generally by the idealists, by many schools of spirituality: it is a major Vedantic position. It says that the outside world, the object, is not an illusion, a mere fabrication of the mind or consciousness of the Subject, but that it exists and is as real as the Subject: it is dovetailed into the Subject which is a kind of linchpin, holding together and even energising the object. The object can further be considered as an expression or embodiment of the Subject. Both the Subject and the object are made of the same stuff of consciousness the ultimate reality being consciousness. the Subject is the consciousness turned on itself and the object is consciousness turned outside or going abroad. This is pre-eminently the Upanishadic position. In Europe, Kant holds a key position in this line: and on the whole, idealists from Plato to Bradley and Bosanquet can be said more or less to belong to this category. The second intermediate position views the Subject as imbedded into the object, not the object into the Subject as in the first one: the Subject itself is part of the object something like its self-regarding or self-recording function. In Europe apart possibly from some of the early Greek thinkers (Anaxagoras or Democritus, for example), coming to more recent times, we can say that line runs fairly well-represented from Leibnitz to Bergson. In India the Sankhyas and the Vaisheshikas move towards and approach the position; the Tantriks make a still more near approach.
Once again, to repeat in other terms the distinction which may sometimes appear to carry no difference. First, the Subjective objective in which the Subject assumes the preponderant position, not denying or minimising the reality of the object. The external world, in this view, is a movement in and of the consciousness of a universal subject. It is subjective in the sense that it is essentially a function of the Subject and does not exist apart from it or outside it; it is objective in the sense that it exists really and is not a figment or imaginative construction of any individual consciousness, although it exists in and through the individual consciousness in so far as that consciousness is universalised, is one with the universal consciousness (or the transcendental, the two can be taken together in the present connection). Instead of the Kantian transcendental idealism we can name it transcendental realism.
In the other case the world exists here below in its own reality, outside all apprehending subject; even the universal subject is in a sense part of it, immanent in itit embraces the Subject in its comprehending consciousness and posits it as part of itself or a function of its apprehension. The many Purushas (conscious beings or subjects) are imbedded in the universal Nature, say the Sankhyas. Kali, Divine Nature, is the manifest Omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent reality holding within her the transcendent divine Purusha who supports, sanctions and inspires secretly, yet is dependent on the Mahashakti and without her is nothing, unyam. That is how the Tantriks put it. We may mention here, among European philosophers, the rather interesting conclusion of Leibnitz (to which Russell draws our attention): space is subjective to the view of each monad (subject unit) separately, it is objective when it consists of the assemblage of the view-points of all the monads.
The scientific outlook was a protest against the extreme subjective view: it started with the extreme objective standpoint and that remained the fundamental note till the other day, till the fissure of the nucleus opened new horizons to our somewhat bewildered mentality. We seem to have entered into a region where we still hold to the objective, no doubt, but not absolutely free from an insistent presence of the Subjective. It is the second of the intermediate positions we have tried to describe. Science has yet to decide the implications of that position; whether it will try to entrench itself as much as possible on this side of the Subjective or whether it can yield further and go over to or link itself with the deeper subjective position.
05.10 - Knowledge by Identity, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Let us go back to our illustration. I am angry means both I am anger and I know I have anger. It is true in fact and experience. Similarly I am (existent) means both I am existence and I know I am existent. The transcendence of the Subject (of which Prof. Das speaks) is nothing but the poise of the consciousness as the apprehending Purusha: it does not negate or exclude identification, which is another arm of a biune process. The two are complementary to each other. Also Purusha and Prakriti are nor contradictories, not mutually exclusive; they are dual aspects or dispositions of the same consciousness or self-conscious reality. Consciousness involved and lost to itself and in itself is Prakriti, consciousness evolved and looking out at itself is Purusha. I am aware of myself and I am myself are two ways of saying the same thing. We imagine Shakespeare expressed the experience graphically and poetically when he made his character say:
In seeking to disvalue the principle of identity as a fundamental element in knowing, Prof. Das brings in to witness on his side the logical copula. Some logicians, of course, assert a parallelism if not identity between the laws of thought and the laws of language, language being conceived as the very imagea photographof thought, but the truth of the matter is that it is and it is not so, as in many other things. However, here when it is stated that the copula disjoining the Subject and the predicate is the very pattern of all process of knowledge, one mistakes, we are afraid, a scheme or a formula, for the thing itself, a way of understanding a fact for the fact itself. Such a formula for understanding, however it may be valid for more or less analytical languages, those of later growth, need not and did not have the same propriety in respect of other older languages. We know the evolution of language has been in the direction of more and more disjunction of its component limbs even like the progression of the human mind and intellect. The modern analytical languages with their army of independent prepositions have taken the place of the classical languages which were predominantly inflexional. The Greek and Latin started the independent prepositional forms in the form of a fundamentally inflexional structure. Still further back, in Sanskrit for example, the inflexional form reigns supreme. Prefixes and affixes served the role of prepositions. And if we move further backward, the synthetic movement is so complete that the logical components ( the Subject, the copula, the predicate) are fused together into one symbol (the Chinese ideogram). We are here nearer to the original nature and pattern of knowledgea single homogeneous movement of apperception. There is no sanctity or absoluteness in the logical disposition of thought structure; the Aristotelian makes it a triplicity, the Indian Nyaya would extend the dissection to five or seven limbs. But whatever the logical presentation, the original psychological movement is a single indivisible lan and the Vedantic fusion of the knower, the knowledge and the known in identity remains the fundamental fact.
05.24 - Process of Purification, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 01, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
There are two typeswhich mean two stagesof control. You can control your nature by the force of your will, as one does a wicked horse by means of the toothed bit. But this control is precarious and the clearing or purification effected is only skin-deep. At the slightest weakening of the will or a momentary lack of vigilance, you may find yourself in the very midst of a volcanic eruption of passions. Even otherwise, even if there happens no external outburst, the burden or pressure of the ignorant nature is always there and the struggle or tension, although thrown into the background, obstructs the nature, does not give it the free and spontaneous higher poise of the spirit. The other control comes from the inmost being, from the spiritual self itself: it is automatic and it is occult in its action and therefore naturally effective. When the Spirit, the Inner Control (Antarymi)works, it happens that even if the desires are there, the occasions for their satisfaction are withdrawn from you. As the Mother says, some people who are destined for the spiritual life lose all earthly props whenever they wish to lean upon them, they lose their endeared objects whenever they are eager to cherish them. At a certain stage of the growth of the inner consciousness, the demand of the soul makes it impossible for the vital (or physico-vital), so far as it is unpurified and unprepared, to secure its objects: even if the lips yearn, the cup is taken away. The circumstances themselves yield to the pressure of the inner being and conspire, as it were, to withhold and remove all dangerous contacts. The being has not to say, "Lead me not into temptation", for the temptations by themselves slip away. That is the earlier poise of the interregnum we are describing; the next poise comes when the wish-impulses, the Subjective vibrations also melt and disappear. Then there appear no such things as temptations. Objects, events, circumstances that might have acted in that role come and go, but the being remains indifferent and unruffled, because suffused with the delight of another contact. The detachment from the worldly is secure and absolute because the being has found its attachment to the Divine. That is the beginning of the integral spiritualisation of the nature.
07.22 - Mysticism and Occultism, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 03, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
It is a thing, however, that can be learnt. But one must have the aptitude. If you have the power latent in you, you can develop it by practice; but if you have not, you can try for 50 years, it will come to nothing. Everybody cannot have the occult power; it is as if you said that everybody in the world could be a musician or a painter or a poet. There are people who can and there are those who cannot. Usually, if you are interested in the Subject, unless it is a mere idle curiosity, it is a sign that you have the gift. You then try. But, as I say, it is to be done with great precaution.
08.07 - Sleep and Pain, #Collected Works of Nolini Kanta Gupta - Vol 04, #Nolini Kanta Gupta, #Integral Yoga
Usually there is a whole group of dreams, useless and tiresome, that prevent you from resting. You must avoid all that. You can avoid them, if just before you go to sleep you make a little effort at concentration, that is to say, try to be in relation with what is best in yourself, through an aspiration or a prayer. You do that and go to sleep. Now, if you have done your concentration in some way successfully, you are likely to get a kind of dreams, rather experiences in sleep which you remember, which are useful indications or signs about problems for which you had had no answer; it may be on the Subject of certain circumstances where you have to take a decision and are unable to do So; or it may be something in your consciousness which is not clear to you in your waking state, because you are not in the habit of noticing or recognizing it normally, but which you feel in some way doing you harm. All these things may appear to you in a revealing symbolic dream. Things are clear which were obscure before. And this does not depend upon what you have been or were doing the whole day long, but much upon the way in which' you get into sleep. A minute of sincere aspiration just before going to sleep is sufficient to make of your sleep a powerful help instead of an agent for obscuration.
09.02 - The Journey in Eternal Night and the Voice of the Darkness, #Savitri, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
I stoop not with the Subject mob of minds
Who run to glean with eager satisfied hands
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Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu -- -- Diomedéa -- 12 eps -- Light novel -- Comedy Romance -- Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu -- Haruka Nogizaka is the most popular student in the prestigious Hakujo Academy, possessing unparalleled beauty, talent, and influence. Unbeknownst to her fellow students, however, she keeps an embarrassing secret of being an otaku—something that can potentially destroy her elegant reputation. -- -- Unfortunately for Haruka, an encounter with the timid Yuuto Ayase in the school library spells the end of her well-kept secret. However, the two reach a mutual agreement with Yuuto promising to keep Haruka's secret, sparking an unexpected friendship between them. Nonetheless, with Haruka's status as the school celebrity and her friendly relationship with Yuuta, both of them are bound to be the subject of gossip everywhere they go! -- -- -- Licensor: -- Discotek Media -- TV - Jul 3, 2008 -- 118,929 7.23
ReLIFE -- -- TMS Entertainment -- 13 eps -- Web manga -- Slice of Life Romance School -- ReLIFE ReLIFE -- Dismissed as a hopeless loser by those around him, 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki bounces around from one job to another after quitting his first company. His unremarkable existence takes a sharp turn when he meets Ryou Yoake, a member of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers Arata the opportunity to change his life for the better with the help of a mysterious pill. Taking it without a second thought, Arata awakens the next day to find that his appearance has reverted to that of a 17-year-old. -- -- Arata soon learns that he is now the subject of a unique experiment and must attend high school as a transfer student for one year. Though he initially believes it will be a cinch due to his superior life experience, Arata is proven horribly wrong on his first day: he flunks all his tests, is completely out of shape, and can't keep up with the new school policies that have cropped up in the last 10 years. Furthermore, Ryou has been assigned to observe him, bringing Arata endless annoyance. ReLIFE follows Arata's struggle to adjust to his hectic new lifestyle and avoid repeating his past mistakes, all while slowly discovering more about his fellow classmates. -- -- -- Licensor: -- Crunchyroll, Funimation -- 754,980 8.02
Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin -- -- A-1 Pictures -- 13 eps -- Original -- Sci-Fi Mystery Comedy Supernatural School -- Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin -- The story revolves around Maya, the daughter of the former Headmaster of Waldstein Academy, and a time traveling agent Fumiaki Uchida. In the year 2012, the world had been invaded by aliens and time travelers were sent back to the year 1999 in order to find and destroy the Nostradamus Key, which Nostradamus Prophecy foretold as what would bring about the apocalypse. The series then turns to the year 1999, where Maya returns to the Academy with the intention of destroying the Academy by superseding her late father's position as the principal. Her plan was interrupted when she meets Fumiaki and learns of the forthcoming destruction. Despite being distrusting towards Fumiaki, they form a pact to look for the Nostradamus Key. -- -- In order to find the Nostradamus Key, time agents were provided with specially created cell phones. When a user finds an object of interest, by thinking of destroying it and taking a photo, and if the resulting image is that of a peaceful world, then the subject is the Nostradamus Key. Conversely, if the subject is not the Nostradamus Key, then the photo displays destruction. By using the phone, Maya and Fumiaki investigates occult occurrences as they occur in the town. -- -- (Source: Wikipedia) -- 91,327 7.07
True Tears -- -- P.A. Works -- 13 eps -- Original -- Drama Romance School -- True Tears True Tears -- Shinichirou Nakagami was living the life other boys from his grade could only dream of—staying under the same roof as prodigal student Hiromi Yuasa. However, the bright and cheerful Hiromi has been depressed and cold at home ever since her mother passed away. While he is the subject of the ignorant jealousy of his peers, rumors begin to spread when Shinichirou meets Noe Isurugi—a girl known for cursing classmates, curses which always end up becoming reality. -- -- Noe curses Shinichirou as well, but two pits are created when you curse someone, and her curse on Shinichirou comes back to bite her in the form of a raccoon to her beloved chicken, Raigomaru. Despite this, she does not shed a single tear; Noe had had her tears stolen. For Noe to be able to cry again, she would need the tears of another, and Shinichirou knows a person whose tears he wants to take away. -- -- -- Licensor: -- Bandai Entertainment, Bandai Visual USA, Discotek Media -- 187,883 7.35
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. OVA -- -- Brain's Base -- 1 ep -- Light novel -- Comedy Romance School -- Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. OVA Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. OVA -- One morning, Hachiman Hikigaya contemplates the superfluous nature of marriage and its misleading image of happiness. However, he is forced into confronting his skepticism when the Volunteer Service Club is tasked with assisting a local municipal magazine advertise the allure of marriage to younger people. Unfortunately, neither the club's advisor, Shizuka Hiratsuka, nor the other club members have any firsthand experience with the subject. With only one week until the deadline, the group must quickly learn about the intricacies behind the special ceremony, even if they have to resort to more creative means! -- -- OVA - Sep 19, 2013 -- 206,248 7.60
Yami Shibai 6 -- -- ILCA -- 13 eps -- Original -- Dementia Horror Supernatural -- Yami Shibai 6 Yami Shibai 6 -- Late at night, in a clearing within a dark fog-filled forest, there sits a kamishibai storyboard. A visitor approaches, and suddenly, the fog recedes. A shape begins to take form beside the board—this figure is the masked Storyteller, who once again starts to spin tales of horror and despair. -- -- The events described in these macabre tales might happen to anyone, even your neighbors or friends: a group of girls bully one of their members in a cave, only to find themselves the victims of a dark presence; a boy with scopophobia moves to the countryside, but he still cannot escape the eyes of others; a man has a window that won't stay closed, and is the recipient of strange phone calls; and a salaryman steals an umbrella on a rainy day, but this seemingly insignificant act leads to consequences he never expected. Visitors may enjoy the Storyteller's offerings, but they should also be vigilant so that they don't wind up as the subjects of his next story. -- -- 14,635 6.15
Don't Change the Subject
The Hermeneutics of the Subject
The Subjection of Women
The Subject is Jazz
The Subject Was Roses