Chapter 3: The Need for Integral Knowledge -3-3.
3. THE GREAT ABNEGATION AND SEARCH-3.
"The good is one thing and the pleasant is another... Both the good and the pleasant come to a man.
Examining the two, the wise man discriminates and chooses the good rather than the pleasant; the dull-witted man chooses the pleasant and falls short of his aim." —Katha Up., II. 1, 2.
The desire-centres shift themselves from one object to another and the pleasure-seeker is left ever at unrest.
The chain of metempsychosis is kept unbroken and is strengthened through additional desires that foolishly hope to bring satisfaction to the self.
Living in the midst of ignorance and darkness, conceited, thinking themselves learned, the deserted individuals seek peace in the objects of sense that constantly change their forms and natures.
The objective value in an object is an appearance, created by the formative power of the separative will to individuate and multiply itself through external contact.
The nature of that which is perceived is strongly influenced by the nature of that which perceives.
The moment the form of the desire is changed the object also appears to change itself to suit the requirements of the centre of consciousness that projects forth the desire.
Whatever we want, that alone we see and obtain.
Nothing else can exist in the objective universe corresponding to an individual's experiences than what is demanded by the individual in its present stage of self-evolution in order to effect the necessary transfigurations in itself for the purpose of the realisation of a higher consciousness of existence.
A knowledge of this fact of life makes one wake up from his slumber and strive to reach the culmination of experience where further transcendence of states ceases.
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