Mind is the master power that moulds and makes; And man is mind and evermore he takes The tool of thought and, shaping what he wills, Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills. He thinks in secret and it comes to pass - Environment is but his looking glass.
When the wants are few and desires nil; When time does not weigh on us; When the mind stops comparing, complaining, fighting; When forgiveness, cheerfulness and spontaneity become the nature; When there is nothing to look forward to And nothing to be tired of; When there is no friend to favour and no enemy to avenge; When there are no shouts of jubilation And no cries of lament - Life is a benediction, life is fulfilment.
If you know how to "look" you will "see" that sometimes a disappointment may lead to a new road. The same happens to the body: if something goes wrong physically, or after an illness, you may discover a different approach or a different perception in the way of doing certain poses, which may even solve other problems. Therefore, do not worry, do not get upset, but keep your eyes and your mind wide open. A disappointment, a loss, may lead you to a liberation.
Vanda Scaravelli in "Awakening the Spine" page 109
Life itself has no system, for it is always in movement; always growing and striving. To systemise it, therefore, is to bind it and so negate its vital quality. For this reason pure reason can never understand; nor can its anti-thesis, which is pure sentiment, ever understand. Strength is needed for understanding, but sentimentality is always weak.
No-one has the right to remain idle on the excuse that he knows too little to teach. For he may always be sure that he will find others who know still less than himself. It is not until a man begins to try to teach others that he discovers his own ignorance and tries to remove it.
When anyone offends against you, let your first thought be, Under what conception of good and ill was this committed? Once you know that, astonishment and anger will give place to pity. For either your own ideas of what is good are no more advanced than his, or at least bear some likeness to them, in which case it is clearly your duty to pardon him; or else, on the other hand, you have grown beyond supposing such actions to be good or bad, and therefore it will be so much the easier to be tolerant of another's blindness.
Question: Can we stop war by praying for peace? Krishnamurti: I do not think that war can be stopped by prayer. Isn't praying for peace merely a particular form of emotional release? We think that we are incapable of preventing war and so we find in prayer a release from this horror. Do you think that by merely praying for peace you are going to stop violence in the world? Prayer only becomes an escape from actuality. That emotional state which results in prayer can also be worked upon by propagandists for the purposes of war, hatred. As one eagerly prays for peace, so, equally enthusiastically, one is persuaded about the beauties of nationalism and the necessity of war. Prayer for peace is utterly useless. The causes of war are manufactured by man, and it is of no value to appeal to some outside force for peace. War exists because of psychological and economic reasons. Until those causes are fundamentally altered, war will exist, and praying for peace is of no value.
As humans, we wish to find an explanation for every occurrence that transpires in the world around us. All of these conclusions, however, are simply rationalizations of the thinking mind. Therefore, they are influenced by the science and accepted knowledge of the present time.
You know what concentration is - from childhood, we are trained to concentrate. Concentration is the narrowing down all our energy to a particular point, and holding to that point. A boy in school looks out of the window at the birds and the trees, at the movement of the leaves, or at the squirrel climbing the tree. And the teacher says: "You are not paying attention, concentrate on the book", or "Listen to what I am saying." This is to give far more importance to concentration than to attention. If I were the teacher I would help him to watch; I would help him to watch that squirrel completely; watch the movement of the tail, how its claws act, everything. Then if he learns to watch that attentively, he will pay attention to the book.