True strength isn’t being able to knock your enemies down, it’s being able to hold yourself upright against their blows.
But there was in the air that kind of distortion that bent you a little; it caused your usual self to grow slippery, to wander off and shop, to get blurry, bleed, bevel with possibility.
Divide the constant tide and random noisiness of energetic flow, with conscious recurring moments of empty mind, solitude, gratitude and deep…slow…breathing. Of this, the natural law of self-preservation demands.
When you experience permanent bliss of the Self (samadhi), then it will be considered that your entire work is completed.
But I will confess
that I began as an astronomer-a liking
for bright flashes, vast distances, unreachable things,
a hand stretched always toward the furthest limit-
and that my longing for you has not taken me
very far from that original desire
to inscribe a comet’s orbit around the walls
of our city, to gently stroke the surface of the stars.
However self-sufficient we may fancy ourselves, we exist only in relation — to our friend, family, and life partners; to those we teach and mentor; to our co-workers, neighbors, strangers; and even to forces we cannot fully conceive of, let alone define. In many ways, we are our relationships.
But who is this self that is to be renounced and to have no benefit? It seems that *you* yourself are supposed to be it. And for whose benefit is unselfish self-renunciation recommended to you? Again, for *your* benefit and behoof, only through that unselfishness you are procuring your “true benefit.” You are to benefit *yourself*, and yet you are not to seek *your* benefit
I do not envy those who live a comfortable life.
Hope comes not from the people around you, but from yourself.
Who doesn’t allow one to attain siddh gati (the final state of Liberation, moksha)? The body-complex (pudgal – that which charges and discharges). Similarly, what doesn’t let a gourd covered with mud, to go on top and float on water? The mud. The negative atoms, they weigh very heavily. They drag the Soul, the Self lower down.