Friday, August 15, 2014
“If you find yourself stuck at a certain point, suffering and controlling, this means that you are under the dominion of a force called ‘obstinacy’. Obstinacy is a distortion of willpower. In other words, it is willpower that is being used by fear and hatred. There is an insistence on accomplishing what the ego determines. So, I invite you to relax and surrender to the guidance of the mystery. Maybe you’ll have a nice surprise.”
Sri Prem Baba
The Reality of Freedom | August 15, 2014
Instead of creatively realizing their freedom, many choose the unreflective conformism dictated by television, indulgence in mass-consumerism, or numbing their feelings of alienation and anguish with drugs. In theory, freedom may be held in high regard; in practice it is experienced as a dizzying loss of meaning and direction.
Stephen Batchelor, “Buddhism Without Beliefs”