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I am not deceived by all the beauty with which the hangings and paintings, the carved figures and the colourful rugs present me. The allotted years left to me will now pass more quickly than the earlier ones: and then they will finish and the beauty with them. But this is not to say I did not appreciate and enjoy it. Philosophy taught me that even when it warned me against the brevity. Best of all along with this balanced view came the knowledge of what I really was--essential silent ever-living infinitely calm MIND!

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 3: Encounter With Destiny > # 75

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