|A Cottage by the Sea||
Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide.
If you follow your bliss … the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
…but the veil is thick and we know not the secret Light within us; the light in the hidden crypt of the heart’s innermost sanctuary
The Life Divine, Sri Aurobindo
We turn to the hermits for the insights they have gained in their solitude. By and large it is what they say rather than what they do that makes them important: the solitary life tends to be uneventful.
A person should hear a little music,
Read a little poetry,
And see a fine picture every day,
In order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful
Which God has implanted in the human soul.
The real function of discipline is not to provide us with maps, but to sharpen our own sense of direction so that when we really get going we can travel without maps.
Here in this body are the sacred rivers; here are the sun and moon as well as the pilgrimage places.
Beauty saves. Beauty heals.
Beauty motivates. Beauty unites.
Beauty returns us to our origins,
and here lies the ultimate act of
saving, of healing, of overcoming
dualism. Beauty allows us to
forget the pain and dwell on the joy.