If you wouldlisten, sir, in the sense of being aware of your conflicts and contradictions without forcingthem into any particular pattern of thought, perhaps they might altogether cease.
Identification with the rag called the national flag is an emotional and sentimental factor and for that factor you are willing to kill another - and that is called, the love of your country, love of the neighbor . . .? One can see that where sentiment and emotion come in, love is not.
From innumerable complexities we must grow to simplicity; we must become simple in our inward life and in our outward needs.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
We are very defensive, and therefore aggressive, when we hold on to a particular belief, a dogmas, or when we worship our particular nationality, with the rag that is called the flag.
There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.
I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.
It is man's pretence that because he has choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution of man but lies in the first step of his existence.
The end is the beginning of all things, Suppressed and hidden, Awaiting to be released through the rhythm Of pain and pleasure.
It's no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.
Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples.
Again, I maintain that no organization can lead man to spirituality.