......the spritual path shown by Buddha, Osho , Mikhail Naimy, Percival , Sufis and Siththars of this planet........

Monday, October 24, 2011

Go alone

for every word of 'Thinking and Destiny' is to mean 
differently to different person until  one becomes 
conscious of Consciousness

THIS first chapter of Thinking and Destiny is intended
to introduce to you only a few of the subjects that
the book deals with. Many of the subjects will seem
strange. Some of them may be startling. You may find that
they all encourage thoughtful consideration. As you become
familiar with the thought, and think your way through the
book, you will find that it becomes increasingly clear, and
that you are in process of developing an understanding
of certain fundamental but heretofore mysterious facts of
life—and particularly about yourself.

The book explains the purpose of life. That purpose
is not merely to find happiness, either here or hereafter.
Neither is it to “save” one’s soul. The real purpose of life,
the purpose that will satisfy both sense and reason, is this:
that each one of us will be progressively conscious in ever
higher degrees in being conscious; that is, conscious of
nature, and in and through and beyond nature. By nature
is meant all that one can be made conscious of through
the senses.
            The book also introduces you to yourself. It brings you
the message about yourself: your mysterious self that inhabits
your body. Perhaps you have always identified yourself with
and as your body; and when you try to think of yourself you
therefore think of your bodily mechanism. By force of habit
you have spoken of your body as “I,” as “myself.” You are
accustomed to use such expressions as “when I was born,”
and “when I die”; and “I saw myself in the glass,” and “I
rested myself,” “I cut myself,” and so on, when in reality it
is your body that you speak of.
            To understand what you are you must first see clearly
the distinction between yourself and the body you live in.
The fact that you use the term “my body” as readily as you
use any of those just quoted would suggest that you are not
 altogether unprepared to make this important distinction.

            You should know that you are not your body; you
should know that your body is not you. You should know
this because, when you think about it, you realize that your
body is very different today from what it was when, in child-
hood, you first became conscious of it. During the years
that you have lived in your body you have been aware that
it has been changing: in its passing through its childhood
and adolescence and youth, and into its present condition,
it has changed greatly. And you recognize that as your body
has matured there have been gradual changes in your view
of the world and your attitude toward life. But throughout
these changes you have remained you: that is, you have
been conscious of yourself as being the same self, the iden-
tical I, all the while. Your reflection on this simple truth
compels you to realize that you definitely are not and cannot
be your body; rather, that your body is a physical organism
that you live in; a living nature mechanism that you are
operating; an animal that you are trying to understand, to
train and master.
            You know how your body came into this world; but how
you came into your body you do not know. You did not come
into it until some time after it was born; a year, perhaps,
or several years; but of this fact you know little or nothing,
because your memory of your body began only after you had
come into your body. You know something about the material
of which your ever-changing body is composed; but what it is
that you are you do not know; you are not yet conscious as
what you are in your body. You know the name by which your
body is distinguished from the bodies of others; and this you
have learned to think of as your name. What is important
is, that you should know, not who you are as a personality,
but what you are as an individual—conscious of yourself,
but not yet conscious as yourself, an unbroken identity.


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