Are full of passionate intensity.
Beauty is precious, you see, and the more beautiful something is, the more it hurts us that it will fade away; and the more we are hurt by beauty, the more we love the world; and the more we love it, the more we are saddened that is it like finely powdered salt that runs away through the fingers, or is puffed away by the wind, or is washed away by the rain.
-Louis de Bernieres
Birds Without Wings
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s long as we follow a spiritual approach promising salvation, miracles, liberation, then we are bound by the “golden chain of spirituality”. Such a chain might be beautiful to wear, with its inlaid jewels and intricate carvings, but nevertheless, it imprisons us. People think they can wear the golden chain without being imprisoned by it, but they are deceiving themselves. As long as one’s approach to spirituality is based upon enriching the ego, then it is spiritual materialism, a suicidal process rather than a creative one.
The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation
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