However many holy words you read,
However many you speak
What good will they do you
If you do not act upon them
What Is Thoroughly Understood Will Not Repeat Itself
In self-awareness there is no need for confession,
for self-awareness creates the mirror
in which all things are reflected without distortion.
Every thought-feeling is thrown, as it were,
on the screen of awareness to be observed, studied and understood
but this flow of understanding is blocked when there is condemnation or acceptance,
judgment or identification.
The more the screen is watched and understood—
not as a duty or enforced practice,
but because pain and sorrow have created the insatiable interest
that brings its own discipline—
the greater the intensity of awareness,
and this in turn brings heightened understanding.
You can follow a thing if it moves slowly;
a rapid machine must be made to slow down
if one is to study its movements.
Similarly, thoughts-feelings can be studied and understood
only if the mind is capable of proceeding slowly;
but once it has awakened this capacity, it can move
at a high velocity, which makes it extremely calm.
When revolving at high speed the several blades
of a fan appear to be a solid sheet of metal.
Our difficulty is to make the mind revolve slowly
so that each thought-feeling can be followed and understood.
What is deeply and thoroughly understood will not repeat itself.
The Book of Life - June 21
You know what space is. There is space in this room.
The distance between
here and your hostel, between the bridge and your home,
between this bank of the
river and the other—all that is space.
Now, is there also space in your mind?
it so crowded that there is no space in it at all? If your mind has space,
then in that
space there is silence—and from that silence everything else comes,
for then you
can listen, you can pay attention without resistance.
That is why it is very important
to have space in the mind.
If the mind is not overcrowded, not ceaselessly occupied,
then it can listen to that dog barking,
to the sound of a train crossing the distant bridge,
and also be fully aware of what is being said by a person talking here.
Then the mind is a living thing, it is not dead.
The Book of Life - June 8