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23 Jan 2019
The more he trains himself to recognize and reject the impulses that come from his lower nature, the more will clarity of comprehension become his.
13 May 2018
The faculty of will is immeasurably more important to the progress of the inner life than that of intellect. For the passions and appetites of the body are controlled by will…
27 Aug 2015
When control is so perfect that he can never again raise his voice in anger, he need turn attention to only one other passion--the sexual.
24 Nov 2011
So long as a man identifies himself with the physical body, so long will he perforce have to identify himself with its desires and passions. Only when he transfers this self-identification to the infinite mental being can he completely detach himself from them.
22 Feb 2012
Both desires and fears bind a man to his ego and thus bar the way to spiritual fulfilment. They could not exist except in relation to a second thing. But when he turns his mind away from all things and directs it toward its own still centre, it is the beginning of the end for all desires and all fears.
23 Jun 2022
It is true that we all share an animal body with the lower creatures. But that does not force us to stay on their level emotionally.
1 Jul 2020
Make sure what you really want before you go after it. The bitter experience in life is to find after years of effort that the thing you have gained is not the thing you want.
5 May 2019
If a man is not free from lust, fear, and anger, be sure he is not united with the Overself, whatever other qualities, powers, or virtues he shows.
15 May 2020
The idea that he has to attain mastery over the desires of the flesh is a correct one. But that this mastery will lead to reunion with a soul-mate is not the teaching of the best mystics or philosophers. What really happens is a reunion with the true Beloved, who is none other than the Soul of the individual, his higher Self. This is a real living entity, whose presence is felt, whose words are heard, and whose beauty arouses all one's love.
17 Apr 2020
To what better use can a man put his will than the eradication of hatreds and the subduing of passions? For out of these two sources alone come so many wrong deeds and so much consequent suffering.
4 Jan 2021
… life is an educational process, which everyone has to undergo whether the pupils like it or not.
20 Sep 2019
The desires of human beings are never satiated, nor can they ever be since human beings must go on searching for final satisfaction. It is in their nature to do so. But what cannot be satiated by outer things can turn in on itself and find rest at last within.
29 May 2020
It is the strength or feebleness of his attachments and desires which largely govern his first and earlier paces in the relinquishment of ego.
7 Jan 2013
When insight arises, the passions become subdued and the problems which beset man become solved of their own accord. We may quarrel and kill whilst we remain in ignorance, but we must needs feel for and with each other when we comprehend at long last that in the Overself we are one.
2 Nov 2020
Whereas the conventional good man seeks to leave behind only the gross and flagrant forms of sin, the philosophic disciple is much more scrupulous. Whereas the one is content to moderate the strength of his lower nature, the other tries to subjugate it altogether.
5 Sep 2020
We are to discipline, and when necessary abstain from satisfying, the lower impulses of our nature because we are to cultivate its higher intuitions. The clamant voice of the one drowns the soft whisper of the other.
4 Dec 2020
… those humans who are nearer on the scale of evolution to the animal kingdom give way to passion and anger more readily because they have less self-control.