excerpt for the ages from I am That by Swami Muktananda:
Man goes to great
trouble to acquire knowledge of the material world. He learns
all branches of mundane science. He explores the earth and
even travels to the moon. But he never tries to find out what
exists within himself. Because he is unaware of the enormous
power hidden within him, he looks for support in the outer
Because he does not know the boundless happiness that
lies inside his heart, he looks for satisfaction in mundane
activities and pleasures. Because he does not experience the
inner love, he looks for love from others.
The truth is that the inner Self of every human being is
supremely great and supremely lovable. Everything is contained
in the Self. The creative power of this entire universe lies
inside every one of us. The divine Principle that creates and
sustains this world pulsates within us as our own Self. It
scintillates in the heart and shines through all our senses.
If, instead of
pursuing knowledge of the outer world, we were to pursue inner
knowledge, we would discover the effulgence very soon.
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