Flexibility and Rigidity, One Grows, One Dies

“Men are born soft and subtle; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. “The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and…

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Valley Quest and the Supernal Light in the Valley

“The Sufi poet Attar, in his mystical poem, “The Colloquy of the Birds,”1 has described the stages of the same spiritual pilgrimage with greater psychological insight, as the journey through ‘Seven Valleys.’ … The first valley, says the Lapwing, is the Valley of the Quest. It is long and toilsome; and there the traveler must…

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Creative Forces of Truth and Wisdom

“The student must, from time to time, glance introspectively into himself, sink back into himself, take counsel with himself, form and test the fundamental principles of his life, run over in his thoughts the sum total of his knowledge, weigh his duties, and reflect upon the content and aim of his life. … By means…

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Eternity is not a Long Time

“’The idea of eternity without time is not quite clear to me, although I catch an imperfect conception of the argument advanced. … ‘I simply give you the words of my guide,’ he replied, ‘but you have expressed the idea about it as well as your word language will admit. Such a conception of eternity…

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