The Science of Living

To know oneself and to control oneself

AN AIMLESS life is always a miserable life.

Every one of you should have an aim. But do not forget

that on the quality of your aim will depend the quality

of your life.

Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested;

this will make your life precious to yourself and to


But whatever your ideal, it cannot be perfectly realised

unless you have realised perfection in yourself.

To work for your perfection, the first step is to become

conscious of yourself, of the different parts of your being and

their respective activities. You must learn to distinguish these

different parts one from another, so that youmay become clearly

aware of the origin of themovements that occur in you, themany

impulses, reactions and conflicting wills that drive you to action.

It is an assiduous study which demands much perseverance and

sincerity. For man’s nature, especially his mental nature, has

a spontaneous tendency to give a favourable explanation for

everything he thinks, feels, says and does. It is only by observing

these movements with great care, by bringing them, as it were,

before the tribunal of our highest ideal, with a sincere will to

submit to its judgment, that we can hope to form in ourselves

a discernment that never errs. For if we truly want to progress

and acquire the capacity of knowing the truth of our being,

that is to say, what we are truly created for, what we can call our

mission upon earth, then we must, in a very regular and constant

manner, reject from us or eliminate in us whatever contradicts

the truth of our existence, whatever is opposed to it. In this way,

little by little, all the parts, all the elements of our being can be

organised into a homogeneous whole around our psychic centre.

This work of unification requires much time to be brought to

some degree of perfection. Therefore, in order to accomplish

it, we must arm ourselves with patience and endurance, with a

determination to prolong our life as long as necessary for the

success of our endeavour.





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