Intellect, the

A lamp to be kept free of smoke

November 27th 2013
Those who do not succeed as they hoped, or who feel misunderstood or passed over by others, naturally find these humiliations painful. But they must do all they can to not give way to pessimism or rebellion, for those thoughts become like smoke clouding the soul. Eventually the effects are seen in their face: their colour and expression become dull and their lips pale, and all the facial expressions they put on for show will only fool those who are unable to sense the real being behind the façade they are trying to keep up. If an oil lamp does not burn as it should, the glass becomes black and the smoke that comes from it also blackens nearby objects. In the same way, if the thoughts in the lamp of a person’s intelligence do not ‘burn’ properly, all they can produce is smoke, which will pervade the person’s whole being and spread to those around them. It is impossible not to suffer when you feel diminished in the eyes of others, but the suffering must open the way to another dimension.