Thoughts for Aspirants, compiled of Notes and Writings of N. Sri Ram, The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras, India, 1957
Thoughts for aspirants
With the sword of my will, I carve for myself a throne in the realm of the Spirit, which I shall ascend.
[ in the original booklet there are 15 more chapters. There is also a second volume. So, if you find this book somewhere, buy it! - well worth your cash. The esteem people have for it can be seen from the fact that new E.S. (Esoteric Section) members often receive it as a gift on the day they enter the E.S. ]
- What is Truth? Is it an object of knowledge; an object of love and of the knowledge which is at the fountainhead of love? Or does it consist, even more than these, in a universal self-identification, giving rise to the incorporation of the essence of every other being in oneself, and the living of a life that is at each point a perfect consummation of oneself? In this last view, Truth is a becoming but with a quality of finality, a progressive attainment yet a realization. Truth is Life in its highest, most evolved state, the fullest revelation of its essence.
- Before we can receive in our hearts the Truth which springs from the deepest part of ourselves, we have to be prepared by a cleansing, a baptism, not merely with water but also with fire.
- Every fleeting thought, every passing fancy can make or mar the picture which should be the perfect representation of the Truth of oneself.
- There is a Spiritual Sun of Truth and Wisdom, which dissipates our falseness and ignorance, from whom comes the color of each spiritual individuality, in whom is the absolute beauty, of which all that is beautiful is a time-reminder.
- Truth is one and the same at all times, though it is infinite in its manifestation. But each must find it by the realization of it within himself. And he can realize it only as he seeks to embody it in his life, so that all he is and does becomes more and more beautiful each day.
- All virtues are forms of Truth; each is an effect proceeding from the very nature of the thing.
- The motion of the Spirit, its action, projects Truth from within, and speaks in accents of wisdom, using a language which is the very language of Truth.
- All ideals are heaven-inspired dreams, visions of Truth, which resides in its fullness in the Divine or spiritual Self. When the ideal and the real are one, thought and life coincide.
- Every spiritual Truth, being living, has a dynamism of its own, which translates it into action.
- The Truth which we seek must be the Truth of direct experience, in which the distinction between subject and object has ceased to exist. Only a disinterested search can result in Truth, for every form of self-interest will lead only to a creation which will serve that self-interest.
- Truth belongs to Life, as facts belong to form. When the essential nature of Life is perfectly expressed in the form with which it is clothed, the form becomes the form of Truth.
- The vision of Truth changes from moment to moment, circumstance to circumstance; it relates the objective to the subjective with a quality all its own, which illuminates them all.
- An imagination which is trained in beauty is thereby trained in Truth.
- It is the nature of Truth so to act upon the consciousness as to attract that consciousness towards itself.
- Truth leans neither to this side nor to that. It is balanced, impartial and just.
- The Truth to which we aspire must include every truth we perceive; it must expand, rise and be susceptible to transmutation, as our perceptions and experience increase.
- Truth is a "pathless land," because Intuition is pathless.
- Truth recedes into the background when the speaker about Truth is very much in the foreground.
- A truth which does not emerge in the form of its appropriate expression is a truth which is devoid of power.
- Truth, beauty and goodness stand or fall together. One test of Truth, therefore, is goodness; another is beauty.
- Truth is intrinsic. What is intrinsic is important, whether in a grain of wood or the heart of a sage.
- The Truth is within us, but we have to become aware of that Truth; it is involved in our being, and has to be evolved out of it, which evolution is as objective as it is subjective.
- Because Truth is one, there is no truth for the individual outside his own living.
- When Truth is the centre of one's being and Love radiates therefrom, all things are comprehended and achieved, for the rays of Truth are then carried everywhere.
- Truth is no one's property. It cannot be possessed, it belongs to on one, or rather, it belongs to everyone and everything.
- When we come upon a truth down here, touching the spiritual consciousness, it is but a remembrance or recognition of a Truth we have known elsewhere and at closer quarters.
- Truth is infinite, and as we delve more deeply into it, we shall find yet greater depths, wider latitudes, and ever-new dimensions.
- That to which you can surrender yourself spontaneously, unreservedly, and without qualification, and yet remain the fullness of yourself, is the Truth for you.
- Truth is something to be experienced, a state of be-ing, which is also knowledge from within.
- The Truth we seek must completely fill our being and pour through every expression of ourselves in thought, feeling and action.
- He who has realized and embodies in himself just one truth of vital significance becomes thereby a transmitter of that truth, to a degree which no amount of verbal propaganda can fix in the hearts of others.
- A truth is a truth to our consciousness only as it is fetched out of the voidness of the abstract and placed in the setting of its proper relationships in life. It is application which tests a principle and shapes its proper expression.
- What you are deep within yourself is the Truth of your Being. What you seem and do must flow from that Truth and be patterned upon it.
- The true way of conveying a Truth is through self-effacement. If you can leave yourself out in conveying the truth within you, brought to light by your own experience, then you are its true minister.
- As we know a color only by its difference from others, so we need to grow in every manifestation of Truth to be aware of its opposite.
- Truth in action is truth to oneself, one's own true nature, which is the natural state.
- Truth can be liberated by a devotion which has the quality of a pure flame which transmutes all dross to gold, and cuts through the veils of illusion woven by the senses and the mind.
- Some day we will project the rays of the Truth within us, to which nothing is impenetrable, so that we shall know the nature of each thing as it is, see it in that clear light which reveals all its hidden riches.
- Happy the man who can say: The self in me has vanished, and Truth has taken its place.
- It is only when self has disappeared that the Truth which is in the heart of being, in the heart of each individual, can manifest itself in its purity, its essentialness and all its charm and beauty.