Re: Why We Can't Always Get What We Want
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
>Right. Plus, you don't need to worry that New Yorkers pray harder (or better) than the Philly faithful.
> So does this mean that it wasn't because I didn't wear
> my lucky Eagles jersey that they lost to the Giants today?
> --- In email@example.com, "walto" <calhorn@> wrote:
> > "A student of mine once related to me his adventure in a storm, and complained that all the time he was troubled with the feeling that this great commotion in nature behaved to him as if he were no more than a mere handful of dust. That he was a distinct personality with a will of his own had not the least influence upon what was happening.
> > "I said, `If consideration for our individuality could sway nature from her path, then it would be the individuals who would suffer most.'
> > "...[I]f it is a truth that the yearning of our nature is for reality, and that our personality cannot be happy with a fantastic universe of its own creation, then it is clearly best for it that our will can only deal with things by following their law, and cannot do with them just as it pleases. This unyielding sureness of reality sometimes crosses our will, and very often leads us to disaster, just as the firmness of the earth invariably hurts the falling child who is learning to walk. Nevertheless it is the same firmness that hurts him which makes his walking possible. Once, while passing under a bridge, the mast of my boat got stuck in one of its girders. If only for a moment the mast would have bent an inch or two, or the bridge raised its back like a yawning cat, or the river given in, it would have been all right with me. But they took no notice of my helplessness. That is the very reason why I could make use of the river, and sail upon it with the help of the mast, and that is why, when its current was inconvenient, I could rely upon the bridge. Things are what they are, and we have to know them if we would deal with them, and knowledge of them is possible because our wish is not their law. This knowledge is a joy to us, for the knowledge is one of the channels of our relation with the things outside us; it is making them our own, and thus widening the limit of our self."
> > R. Tagore, _Sadhana_