The consequences of the pleasures of life are only sorrows. No person who is happy today can be happy always. Today’s joy is followed by tomorrow’s sorrow, because these pleasures have not been caused by real or true factors; they are unreal factors. Also, says Patanjali, there is an ensuing anxiety. When we are enjoying a pleasure, we have an anxiety in our minds, “Oh, something is not all right.” Who is telling us that something is not all right? If something is not all right, how can it cause pleasure? How very strange, again. Everything is strange if we go into it.
Que coisa, né? Até outro dia, bastava a rede petralha na Internet demonizar alguém, e a pessoa se sentia em apuros. Ainda hoje, há muita gente meio covardona que teme cair na boca do sapo: prefere a morte a dar uma opinião que possa contrariar o partido. Há os que, voluntariamente, se ajoelham no milho […]
The wisdom of the spiritual seeker consists in an inward transformation rather than an attempt at outer reformation of the world of Ishvara’s creation. That cannot be done. Buddha came, Christ came, the world is same. It has not become different, and even if a hundred more Buddhas are to come, the world is going to be the same, it is not going to change for reasons of its own. But we can begin to see newer and newer meanings in the evolutionary process of the world. The world is perfectly all right. There is nothing wrong with it. But there is something wrong with the perception of the world or the attitude we have in regard to the world.
The universal forces have a law of their own. They are impersonal, spiritual, and therefore, spiritual life is obedience to the laws of the cosmos. The more we abide by these laws, the more we are protected by them. A spiritual seeker is fearless because the world protects him. The world protects him because he obeys the laws of the world. The laws of the world do not mean the laws of the government or the laws of society, but the laws of the reality of the world, the laws of the forces of nature, the laws by which the whole cosmos is determined.
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The true philosophic method should not be lopsided, should not be biased to any particular or special dogma, but comprehend within itself the processes of reflection and speculation and at the same time be able to reconcile the deductive and the inductive methods of reasoning. The philosophy of the Absolute rises above particulars to greater and greater universals, basing itself on facts of observation and experience by the method of induction and gradual generalisation of truths, without missing even a single link in the chain of logic and argumentation, reflection and contemplation, until it reaches the highest generalisation of the Absolute Truth; and then by the deductive method comes down to interpret and explain the facts of experience in the light of the nature of this Truth. This is a great example of the most satisfactory method of philosophical enquiry.
The Palestinian Museum is launching a new project in honour of Pope Francis’s trip to Palestine next Sunday. Banners combining recent media photographs of the Palestinian landscape and its people with Western baroque paintings of biblical scenes will decorate Manger Square in Bethlehem, highlighting the tension between the popular image of the Holy Land and Palestine’s ongoing history of suffering under occupation and oppression.