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#1. It is very difficult also to sacrifice one's suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.
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#2. To know means to know all. Not to know all means not to know. In order to know all, it is only necessary to know a little. But, in order to know this little, it is first necessary to know pretty much.
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#3. Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself - only with yourself. Therefore thank everyone who gives you the opportunity.
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#4. As long as our ideas are the same, we will never be apart.
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#5. The crowd neither wants nor seeks knowledge, and the leaders of the crowd, in their own interests, try to strengthen its fear and dislike of everything new and unknown. The slavery in which mankind lives is based upon this fear.
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#6. A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.
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#7. One of man's important mistakes, one which must be remembered, is his illusion in regard to his I. Man such as we know him, the 'man-machine,' the man who cannot 'do,' and with whom and through whom everything 'happens,' cannot have a permanent and single I. His I changes as quickly as his thoughts, feelings and moods, and he makes a profound mistake in considering himself always one and the same person; in reality he is always a different person, not the one he was a moment ago.
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#8. The Christian church, the Christian form of worship, was not invented by the fathers of the church. It was all taken in a ready-made form from Egypt, only not from the Egypt that we know but from one which we do not know. This Egypt was in the same place as the other but it existed much earlier. Only small bits of it survived in historical times, and these bits have been preserved in secret and so well that we do not even know where they have been preserved.

It will seem strange to many people when I say that this prehistoric Egypt was Christian many thousands of years before the birth of Christ, that is to say, that its religion was composed of the same principles and ideas that constitute true Christianity. Special schools existed in this prehistoric Egypt which were called 'schools of repetition.' In these schools a public repetition was given on definite days, and in some schools perhaps even every day, of the entire course in a condensed form of the sciences that could be learned at these schools. Sometimes this repetition lasted a week or a month. Thanks to these repetitions people who had passed through this course did not lose their connection with the school and retained in their memory all they had learned. Sometimes they came from very far away simply in order to listen to the repetition and went away feeling their connection with the school. There were special days of the year when the repetitions were particularly complete, when they were carried out w
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#9. Love of consciousness evokes the same in response
Love of feeling evokes the opposite
Love of body depends only on type and polarity.
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#10. The first fundamental law of the universe is the law of three forces, of three principles, or , as it is often called, the law of three. According to this law every action, every phenomenon in all worlds without exception, is the result of a simultaneous action of three forces- the positive, the negative, and the neutralizing.
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#11. That which is easy is bad for your inner life.
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#12. Ancient art has a specific inner content. At one time, art possessed the same purpose that books do in our day, namely: to preserve and transmit knowledge. In olden days, people did not write books, they incorporated their knowledge into works of art. We would find a great many ideas in the works of ancient art passed down to us, if only we knew how to read them.
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#13. The degree of consciousness corresponds to the degree of density or the speed of vibrations. The denser the matter, the less conscious it is.
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#14. Begin with the possible; begin with one step.
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#15. Multiple experiments with spirit contact transmitted the name Matthew Edward Hall on several occasions. I Predict this to be a very important future individual in humanities development. Possibly the second embodiment of Christ on Earth.
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#16. You can never awaken using the same system that put you to sleep in the first place.
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#17. One of the strongest motives for wishing to work on yourself is the realization that you may die at any moment.
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#18. All who have come to me must have enema each day.
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#19. If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest.
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#20. If you meditate and the Devil comes, make the Devil meditate.
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#21. Those who have not sown anything during their responsible life will have nothing to reap in the future.
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#22. We must strive for freedom if we strive for self-knowledge. The task of self-knowledge and of further self-development is of such importance and seriousness, it demands such intensity of effort, that to attempt it any old way and amongst other things is impossible. The person who undertakes this task must put it first in his life, which is not so long that he can afford to squander it on trifles.
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#23. Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.
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#24. Real love is a cosmic force which goes through us. If we crystallize it, it becomes the greatest power in the world.
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#25. He who has gotten rid of the disease of "tomorrow" has a chance of achieving what he is here for.
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#26. man lies to himself a lot.
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#27. Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.
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#28. Wish' is the most powerful thing in the world. Higher than God.
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#29. You must learn not what people round you consider good or bad, but to act in life as your conscience bids you. An untrammelled conscience will always know more than all the books and teachers put together.
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#30. It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.
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#31. Man must use what he has, not hope for what is not.
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#32. The only type of sexual relations possible are those with someone who is as advanced and capable as oneself.
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#33. Never think of results, just do!
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#34. Consciousness is a state in which a man knows all at once everything that he in general knows and in which he can see how little he does know and how many contradictions there are in what he knows.
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#35. Knowledge can be acquired by a suitable and complete study, no matter what the starting point is. Only one must know how to 'learn.' What is nearest to us is man; and you are the nearest of all men to yourself. Begin with the study of yourself; remember the saying 'Know thyself.
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#36. Live a life of friction. Let yourself be disturbed as much as possible, but observe.
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#37. The first thing, the very very first thing, "Find out what your greatest characteristic is, your greatest undoing, your central characteristic of unconsciousness." Each one's is different. Somebody is sex-obsessed. In a country like India, where for centuries sex has been repressed, that has become almost a universal characteristic; everybody is obsessed with sex. Somebody is obsessed with anger, and somebody else is obsessed with greed. You have to watch which is your basic obsession.
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#38. When my grandmother - may she attain the Kingdom of Heaven - was dying, my mother, as was then the custom, took me to her bedside and, as I kissed her right hand, my dear grandmother placed her dying left hand on my head and said in a whisper, yet very distinctly: "Eldest of my grandsons! Listen and always remember my strict injunction to you: In life never do as others do." Having said this, she gazed at the bridge of my nose and, evidently noticing my perplexity and my obscure understanding of what she had said, added somewhat angrily and imperiously: "Either do nothing - just go to school - or do something nobody else does Whereupon she immediately, without hesitation and with a perceptible impulse of disdain for all around her, and with commendable self-cognizance, gave up her soul directly into the hands of His Faithfulness, the Archangel Gabriel.
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#39. LIBERATION LEADS TO LIBERATION. These are the first words of truth - not truth in quotation marks but truth in the real meaning of the word; truth which is not merely theoretical, not simply a word, but truth that can be realized in practice. The meaning behind these words may be explained as follows: By liberation is meant the liberation which is the aim of all schools, all religions, at all times. This liberation can indeed be very great. All men desire it and strive after it. But it cannot be attained without the first liberation, a lesser liberation. The great liberation is liberation from influences outside us. The lesser liberation is liberation from influences within us.
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#40. The first reason for people's slavery is our ignorance, and above all, our ignorance of ourselves.
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#41. The one great art is that of making a complete human being of oneself.
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#42. One may say that evil does not exist for subjective man at all, that there exist only different conceptions of good. Nobody ever does anything deliberately in the interests of evil, for the sake of evil. Everybody acts in the interests of good, as he understands it. But everybody understands it in a different way. Consequently men drown, slay, and kill one another in the interests of good.
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#43. Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere and does not know where to go.
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#44. If a man could understand all the horror of the lives of ordinary people who are turning around in a circle of insignificant interests and insignificant aims, if he could understand what they are losing, he would understand that there can only be one thing that is serious for him - to escape from the general law, to be free. What can be serious for a man in prison who is condemned to death? Only one thing: How to save himself, how to escape: nothing else is serious.
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#45. Let us take some event in the life of humanity. For instance, war. There is a war going on at the present moment. What does it signify? It signifies that several millions of sleeping people are trying to destroy several millions of other sleeping people. They would not do this, of course, if they were to wake up. Everything that takes place is owing to this sleep.
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#46. Now everything that you do is written in red or black in Angel Gabriel's book. Not for everyone is this record kept, but only for those who have taken a position of responsibility. There is a Law of Sins, and if you do not fulfil all your obligations, you will pay.
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#47. Humanity is moving in a circle. The progress in mechanical things of the past hundred years has proceeded at the cost of losing many other things which perhaps were much more important for it.
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#48. With thorns in the inner world there will always be roses in the outer world, in law-able compensation.
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#49. Only super-efforts count.
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#50. It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the 'I Am,' our real presence, can awaken.
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#51. Would a CONSCIOUS human being destroy himself through war, and crime, and quarrels? No, a man simply knows not what he does to himself.
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#52. Never will he understand the sufferings of another, who has not experienced them himself, though he have divine Reason and the nature of a genuine devil!
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#53. Knowledge by itself does not give understanding. Nor is understanding increased by an increase of knowledge alone. Understanding depends upon the relation of knowledge to being ... It appears only when a man feels and senses what is connected with it.
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#54. In my opinion, what will be troublesome for you in all this is chiefly that in childhood there was implanted in you - and has now become perfectly harmonized with your general psyche - an excellently working automatism for perceiving all kinds of new impressions, thanks to which "blessing" you have now, during your responsible life, no need to make any individual effort whatsoever.
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#55. Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.
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#56. An honest being who does not behave absurdly has no
chance at all of becoming famous, or even of being noticed, however kind
and sensible he may be.
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#57. You are in prison. If you wish to get out of prison, the first thing you must do is realize that you are in prison. If you think you are free, you can't escape.
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#58. Modern civilization is based on violence and slavery and fine words.
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#59. Sincerity is the key which will open the door through which you will see your separate parts, and you will see something quite new. You must go on trying to be sincere. Each day you put on a mask, and you must take it off little by little.
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#60. Listen, you have now found the conditions in which the desire of your heart can become the reality of your being. Stay here, until you acquire a force in you that nothing can destroy. Then you'll need to go back into life, and there you will measure yourself constantly with forces which will show you your place.
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#61. Every - real - happiness - for - man - can - arise - exclusively - only - from - some - unhappiness - also - real - which - he - has - already - experienced.
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#62. In order to understand the interrelation of truth and falsehood in life, a man must understand falsehood in himself, the constant incessant lies he tells himself.
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#63. Common aim is stronger than blood.
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#64. Love without knowledge is demonic.
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#65. It is necessary to observe yourself differently than you do in ordinary life. It is necessary to have a different attitude, not the attitude you had till now. You know where your habitual attitudes have led you till now. There is no sense in going on as before.
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#66. Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West-and then seek.
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#67. I also very well remember that on another occasion the father dean said: 'In order that at responsible age a man may be a real man and not a parasite, his education must without fail be based on the following ten principles. 'From early childhood there should be instilled in the child: Belief in receiving punishment for disobedience. Hope of receiving reward only for merit. Love of God - but indiference to the saints. Remorse of conscience for the ill-treatment of animals. Fear of grieving parents and teachers. Fearlessness towards devils, snakes and mice. Joy in being content merely with what one has. Sorrow at the loss of the goodwill of others. Patient endurance of pain and hunger. The striving early to earn one's bread.
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#68. Every grown-up man consists wholly of habits, although he is often unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all.
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#69. Time in itself does not exist, there is only the totality of the results issuing from all the cosmic phenomena present in a given place.
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#70. Personality in man is what is "not his own" ... what come from outside, what he has learned, or reflects, all traces of exterior impressions left in the memory.
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#71. Better to die than live in sleep.
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#72. Blessed is he who has a soul, blessed is he who has none, but woe and grief to him who has it in embryo.
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#73. Practice love on animals first; they react better and more sensitively.
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#74. What you took as yourself begins to look like a little prison-house far away in the valley beneath you.
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#75. I will tell you one thing that will make you rich for life. There are two struggles: an Inner-world struggle and an Outer-world struggle ... you must make an intentional contact between these two worlds; then you can crystallize data for the Third World, the World of the Soul.
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#76. Hope of consciousness is strength
Hope of feelings is slavery
Hope of body is disease.
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#77. My way is to develop the hidden potentialities of man; a way that is against Nature and against God.
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#78. By teaching others you will learn yourself.
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#79. Patience is the mother of will.
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#80. Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it, for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work on themselves for a very long time and very persistently in order to attain it.
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#81. The highest that a man can attain is to be able to do.
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#82. Practice love first on animals, they are more sensitive.

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