Tag Archives: Wisdom

“The world is you; you are the problem; the problem is not separate from you….” // J Krishnamurti

“We all want some kind of power, whether over ourselves or others. This urge to power brings a kind of happiness, a gratification that is not too transient. The power of renunciation is as the power of wealth. It is the craving for gratification, for happiness, that drives us to seek power. And how easily… Read More »

What is “renunciation”? // Matthieu Ricard

True renunciation is not a constrain but a freedom. It comes from the strong desire to end the frustration inevitably created by the ordinary preoccupations of life…. Renunciation essentially means simplifying one’s mind, one’s words, and one’s activities, by letting go of what obstructs inner freedom. Constraint creates frustration; renunciation produces a real sense of… Read More »

“If I truly love one person I love all persons” // Erich Fromm

“Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an orientation of character which determines the relatedness of a person to the world as a whole, not toward one ‘object’ of love. If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to the rest of his fellow-men, his… Read More »

What is Philosophy? // Bertrand Russell

“‘Philosophy’ is a word which has been used in many ways, some wider, some narrower. I propose to use it in a very wide sense. which I will now try to explain. Philosophy, as I shall understand the word, is something intermediate between theology and science. Like theology, it consists of speculations on matters as… Read More »

What is “Freedom”? — II // Matthieu Ricard

To be free is to be master of ourselves. It is not a matter of doing whatever comes into our heads, but rather of freeing ourselves from the constraints and afflictions, that dominate and obscure our minds. It is a matter of taking our life into our own hands rather than abandoning it to the… Read More »