CONSCIOUS LABOUR AND INTENTIONAL SUFFERING ~ 8th of April 1974

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April 8, 1974   J.G. Bennett
© Elizabeth Bennett
Shantock Press, The Coach House, Shantock Hall, Bovingdon, Herts. HP3 ONG.  ISBN O 946024 00 6

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“In all these illustrations, the sown and the reaper, or bread making, there is always the quality if what we do, our conscious labour, is to bear its fruits in the future. Because the future is the realm of creation. The future is open to be created. The present is always perishing, coming to an end. The closer we are, the more this perishing becomes inevitable. Every great thing that has happened in this world has taken time to give its fruit. The greatest things take hundreds of years to give fruit, perhaps thousands. One should look at it in this way, that conscious labour and intentional suffering means the ability first of all to recognize what is needed, to do what is needed without regard to the fruits of action and to be content to have sown the seeds for a harvest that others will reap. It is not difficult to see that if one works in this way it will contribute to liberating us from our own egoism and the consequences of the properties of the organ Kundabuffer. Kundabuffer is so much a source of grasping, of demanding for ourselves, of avoiding the reality, deceiving ourselves and others. That is all that is possible if one is living a pretending, false life. But when one sets oneself to serve the future, there is very little that can support the deception, providing one is really engaged in this. Conscious labour to prepare the future that is not combined with intentional suffering will run into dryness.”

 

 

… “I quoted to you before the story of Ahmed Rufai, the founder of the Rufai dervishes, which is so often told about him. He did have a singularly hard life and he was not generally accepted because of his unorthodoxy in his interpretation of Islam and because of his ascetic practices, but however that may be, what he said was:

“I wanted to get into the Kingdom of Heaven and I tried one gate after another, but there were always so many people trying to get in that I could not even get through the crowd. And then I came to a little gate where there was no one trying to get in, and I got in very easily. Over the gate was written ‘Humiliation’.”

It is a very true saying. If you know how to profit from humiliation it is wonderfully easy. “

 

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