To the illumined man or woman, a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.
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- A man’s own self is his friend. A man’s own self is his foe.
- The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path.
- Even as a tortoise draws in its limbs, the wise can draw in their senses at will.
- When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.
- There has never been a time when you and I have not existed, nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist. As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes.
- On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.