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All must cherish secrets and the farther anyone advances on the path of knowledge the more he must cherish in this manner, not because of their value alone but because society is not usually ready to receive them. The sage, who is full of the loftiest secrets, does not suffer in the slightest from their possession. Restrained emotions are good as signs of attempted self-discipline but bad when they are set up as a goal of living. Asceticism can only bloom successfully when it arises out of genuine, reasoned understanding. Until such understanding comes one often has to restrain himself forcibly. But nothing ought to be overdone. The overdoing of asceticism produces cranks--unbalanced, illogical, and self-deceiving persons. Confession and sharing help to relieve the soul only insofar as they are connected with the right persons. To confess to the wrong persons or to share with them only makes matters worse.


-- Notebooks Category 2: Overview of Practices Involved > Chapter 8: The Quest and Social Responsibility > # 55






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