Aphorisms

Posted on a wall of the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man

These commandments are well suited to any sincere Order dedicated to inner development.

(Paraphrased and selected by Petros)

 

Remember yourself always and everywhere.

Like what your machine does not "like."

The highest that a human can attain is to be able to "do" – i.e., to act consciously.

The worse the conditions of life, the more productive the work -- if you remember to work.

You come to a School to struggle only with yourself. Thank everyone who gives you that opportunity.

A School can only create conditions, not help.

A school can be useful only to those who have recognised their nothingness and who believe in the possibility of growth.

Judge others by yourself and you will rarely be mistaken.

Only one can be just who is able to put himself in the position of others.

Only he who can take care of what belongs to others may have his own.

Only help one who is not an idler.

Respect every religion.

Love all who love work.

Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West -- then seek within.

Only conscious suffering has any value.

By teaching others you will learn yourself.

Work is not for work's sake but is only a means for further growth.

If you have not by nature a critical mind your staying here is useless.

He who has freed himself of the disease "tomorrow" has a chance to attain what he came here for.

Blessed is he who has soul, blessed is he who has none, but woe and grief to him who has one in embryo!

Sleep little without regret; rest comes not from the quantity but from the quality of sleep.

Energy spent on active work is immediately transformed into a fresh supply, but that spent on passive work is lost forever.

One of the best means for arousing the wish to work on oneself is to realise that you may die at any moment. But first you must learn how to keep it in mind.

Conscious Love evokes the same in response. Emotional Love evokes the opposite.

Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is sleep.

Conscious hope is strength. Emotional hope is weakness. Mechanical hope is sleep.

One is given a potentially unlimited number of experiences, but only those consciously received are of any use to you.

Here there are neither Russians nor English, Jews nor Christians, but only those who pursue one aim: to be able to "be."

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