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The Eloquence of Living: Meeting Life With Freshness, Fearlessness, and Compassion Paperback – December 1, 1989
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Vimala Thakar writes beautifully and gives you lots to think about.
I bought this book as it was on the suggested reading list by OM Girl (its a blog). Then I went on to buy her other book on Raja Yoga. She is elegant and insightful and I am so glad I found her.
I will keep this book forever and one day when I am a more skilled Yoga Teacher, I will use it in my class and read the quotes.
Here are some crisp statements from the book.
Page 3 :
"Unless we understand the content of our whole being, freedom cannot be.
Freedom is not a speculative, romantic game of imagining something which is not.
It is simply comprehension of what is."
"When you have the humility to be with people in the simplicity of what you are, not pretending to be what you are not, not trying to hide what you are, then communion takes place. You understand the other person more deeply than all knowledge could make possible."
On Religious Inquiry:
"The essence of religion is the personal discovery of the meaning of life, the truth of life."
"It's only when we are willing to be vulnerable, unprotected by fixed ideas, traditions, and habitual ways, that the adventure of self-discovery, the inward voyage can begin."
"Whenever you use your mind, you have to educate yourself to be there totally, not absentmindedly, half-heartedly, but pouring your whole being into it.
To be attentive is to be sensitive.
The mind is alert, sensitive, attentive only in the absence of habit.
When you go through an event absentmindedly, passively, out of habit, you are not there.
The wholeness of your being has missed the opportunity for living.
Habit moved, not you.
Mechanical repetition creates an illusion of living, but there is neither encounter with life nor growth."
"We are trying to measure human beings with norms or criteria that our minds have prepared yesterday or the thousands of yesterdays of the whole human race."
"To meet another human being is to be attentive, open, vulnerable.
It requires being with others in the simplicity of what you are, dropping all manmade pretences and disguises.
When you meet another in the simplicity of being, observing rather than reacting, understanding and communion will be there."
On Inner Order:
"When the state of observation is sustained, it changes the quality of your biological structure.
The nerves are steady, the chemical system has an equilibrium, and there is relaxation, equipoise.
You live in the clarity of knowing who you are."
"Living in inner orderliness helps the physical and mental structures become more sensitive.
In the midst of noise, you live a quiet life.
In the midst of the brutality of comparison, competition, aggression, you live in a simple, noncomparitive, nonaggressive way so that there is minimal psychological disturbances.
Sanity emerges in your life, equanimity and balance become the qualities of daily living."
"We know well the conditioned energy of habits, memories, the movement of the past."
. . . . . . .
"We do not know the dimension of unconditional relaxation which permits deep understanding of living to take place."
"Leaving the shore of word and sound, we plunge into the sea of silence, into space uncluttered by thought, and there we are nourished."
"This nonpersonal, unconditioned intelligence is the nature of life, the whole of it, undefined and indescribable.
This intelligence, like beauty, love, sorrow or joy, which are its expressions, cannot be captured in shapes and forms, in definitions and descriptions.
All this is why life is worth living."
"Stillness of the mind is one thing and silence, the total relaxation of conscious and unconscious mind into nonaction, is another."
"Those who transcend the duality of silence and sound find themselves in the state of meditation.
Meditation is a state where there is no motion whatsoever, not even the movement of awareness or intelligence, not even the awareness that you are one with the universe or one with the totality.
In meditation you are at the "isness" of your being."
"The timelessness of silence, the egolessness of love and compassion are the roots of our life."
. . . . .
"Being at the source of life is being free."