In The Beginning
Was The Word
[Genesis 1:1-3 ]
When all mental activity ceases,
you are that which is.
Let go the past, let go the future,
and let go what is in between,
transcending the things of time.
It is possible to be a solitary in one's mind while living in a crowd,
and it is possible for one who is a solitary to live in the crowd
of his own thoughts.
(p. 234, Syncletica 19)
To see a World in a grain of sand,
And Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
[Auguries of Innocence]
I will give you a talisman.
Whenever you are in doubt or
when the self becomes too much with you,
apply the following test:
Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man
you have seen and ask yourself
if the step you contemplate is going to be
of any use to him.
Will he gain anything by it?
Will it restore him to control over his own
life and destiny?
In other words, will it lead to Swaraj
for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?
Then you will find your doubts
And your self melting away.
Know then thyself,
presume not God to scan,
The proper study of Mankind
-Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Man"