The Light Cannot Be Given to You By Another
~ J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works, Choiceless Awareness
Most people, when they are confused, disturbed, want to return to the past; they seek to revive the old religion, to re-establish the ancient customs, to bring back the form of worship practised by their ancestors, and all the rest of it. But what is necessary, surely, is to find out whether the mind that is the result of the past, the mind that is confused, disturbed, groping, seeking, whether such a mind can learn without turning to a guru, whether it can undertake the journey on which there is no guide. Because it is possible to go on this journey only when there is the light which comes through the understanding of yourself, and that light cannot be given to you by another; no Master, no guru can give it to you, nor will you find it in the Gita or in any other book. You have to find that light within yourself, which means that you must inquire into yourself, and this inquiry is hard work. No one can lead you, no one can teach you how to inquire into yourself. One can point out that such inquiry is essential, but the actual process of inquiring must begin with your own self-observation.
Inner Life Exercise
~ Vernon Howard, Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge
Have you ever considered the power of simply being interested in something? Do so. When interested in travelling to a holiday area, your interest carries you there. When interested in buying a new car, you are impelled by your interest to obtain one. The interest you have in cosmic exploration is wonderfully healthy and naturally exciting. Give it full permission to grow which it will do. That is like giving yourself permission to be happy.”