In order to face the inner winters
Claude Monet (1869)
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'Winter is a difficult season, but if we have enough fuel to keep us warm we get through it all right. And the same is true of the inner life: you must be aware of what is going on within you. There is no way of avoiding the dark phantoms of the mind and the painful sensations that assail us all; we live in a world of chaos and it is inevitable that we should suffer some repercussions. The question is not how to change the world – it is not possible – but how to improve our own inner situation. We cannot transform the world but we can transform ourselves. The transformation of the world is God’s business, and no one will ever hold us responsible for not having done it. The one thing that is asked of us is to make up our minds to transform just one creature on earth, ourselves. That is the only thing that we shall be held responsible for, the transformation of ourselves.'
Extract from ‘Know thyself’ - Jnana Yoga
(Volume 2 - Chap. V - 'The power of thought')
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