Even while you share in the life, the work, and the pleasures of this world, learn also to stand aside as a witness of them all. Learn how to be a spectator as well as a participator; in short, let detachment accompany your involvement, or rather let it hide secretly behind the other. You may say that this is an impossible task, a contradictory one, a pulling in two opposite directions at one and the same time. Yes, it seems so in theory; but in practice you will find that, given enough time, enough understanding, and enough work at it, it can be fulfilled. For you do not stand alone with it; behind is your own higher Self. From its resources and by its grace, the way to this wonderful attainment may be found. Learn how to pass into mental quiet, inward stillness, and you may intuit this higher Self.
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