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FOR ALL WE KNOW!

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
Carl Jung

A plethora of questions inundates us when we feel the longing for truth inside us. We do believe that we know many things or many a thing or something about many things, and yet, if we are honest, we realise that we do not know much at all, practically nothing. Sure, we have accumulated a lot of data, which we call ‘knowledge’, some of which is very useful in certain fields, but most of it only feeds our vanity, enabling us to ‘shine’ in quiz shows and the like, impress our surroundings with our ‘brilliance’ and ‘wit’, or be considered an ‘authority’ on something or other. However, the vast majority of people do not know, and sadly, do not even care, what happens to them after they die, where they were before they were born, and the reason for being here on earth in the first place, not to speak of the meaning of fate, karma, soul, spirit and the Cosmic Laws. Is it not more important to know of these things than to know who won the 100m sprint at the London Olympics or the date of the Battle of Waterloo? As seekers for the Truth, the more serious our endeavour is to grasp these things, the more we experience in ourselves the correctness of Socrates' familiar saying: ‘I know that I know nothing.’

If we exert our exploratory urge not out of curiosity, craving for recognition or material advantage but in selfless devotion and in reverence for life, we are bound to see again and again how limited and constrained our efforts tend to be, because we soon encounter seemingly insurmountable barriers which leave our efforts in tatters, despite the strength of our senses and the keenness of our intellect, with all the accompanying technological aids we call upon. Why is this so? Because, with our repressed and suppressed spiritual power we grimly can behold and grasp

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