Monday, February 25, 2008

Other things attract us because we wrongly believe we can obtain happiness from them, and we believe this due to our lack of viveka or true discrimination. However, by being constantly self-attentive, we will be feeding our mind with the natural clarity of viveka that exists within us as the clear light of our ever self-luminous consciousness of our own being, and thereby we will steadily gain an increasingly strong conviction that happiness lies only within ourself and not in any other thing. The stronger this conviction becomes, the more our bhakti or love for our own being and our vairagya or freedom from desire for anything other than our being will grow, and the easier it will therefore become for us to resist the false and destructive attraction of knowing anything other than being.

~ Michael James, Happiness and the Art of Being

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