Mens Quotes

Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Categories: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Nowadays, to be sure, we are more 'comprehensive.' In particular, we pay more attention to the body. It may even be that we go too far. On the other hand, are there not too many intellectuals about who, without knowing it, have put a muzzle on their hearts, and whose 'spiritual life' misses those deep intuitions that are of the world of the spirit? All these people-the 'brains, ' the spiritualists, as well as those who are embarrassed or engrossed by the body-may be taught Yoga (I saw 'may, ' because they have to give themselves to it) that they cannot become truly themselves unless they accept their nature as men and aim at establishing balance between the parts of man in is; this nature of ours which is at one and the same time an animal body (corpus-anima), thinking soul (animus-mens) and spirit (spiritus-cor). It is a harmony among these 'three' that is sought in each of us by the grace of redemption. Christ came in the first place so that this 'creature of God' within us, concealed under a human complex, bruised and torn by original sin, should flower and open out in its full beauty and wealth of talent. Any ascetic discipline that works towards this works, in fact, hand in hand with grace, and that is why I have roundly stated that a Yoga that calms the senses, pacifies the soul, and frees certain intuitive or affective powers in us can be of inestimable service to the West. It can make people into true Christians, dynamic and open, by helping them to be men.

Jean Dechanet
Civilized people must, I believe, satisfy the following criteria: 1) They respect human beings as individuals and are therefore always tolerant, gentle, courteous and amenable... They do not create scenes over a hammer or a mislaid eraser; they do not make you feel they are conferring a great benefit on you when they live with you, and they don't make a scandal when they leave. (...) 2) They have compassion for other people besides beggars and cats. Their hearts suffer the pain of what is hidden to the naked eye. (...) 3) They respect other people's property, and therefore pay their debts. 4) They are not devious, and they fear lies as they fear fire. They don't tell lies even in the most trivial matters. To lie to someone is to insult them, and the liar is diminished in the eyes of the person he lies to. Civilized people don't put on airs; they behave in the street as they would at home, they don't show off to impress their juniors. (...) 5) They don't run themselves down in order to provoke the sympathy of others. They don't play on other people's heartstrings to be sighed over and cosseted... that sort of thing is just cheap striving for effects, it's vulgar, old hat and false. (...) 6) They are not vain. They don't waste time with the fake jewellery of hobnobbing with celebrities, being permitted to shake the hand of a drunken [judicial orator], the exaggerated bonhomie of the first person they meet at the Salon, being the life and soul of the bar... They regard prases like 'I am a representative of the Press!!' - the sort of thing one only hears from [very minor journalists] - as absurd. If they have done a brass farthing's work they don't pass it off as if it were 100 roubles' by swanking about with their portfolios, and they don't boast of being able to gain admission to places other people aren't allowed in (...) True talent always sits in the shade, mingles with the crowd, avoids the limelight... As Krylov said, the empty barrel makes more noise than the full one. (...) 7) If they do possess talent, they value it... They take pride in it... they know they have a responsibility to exert a civilizing influence on [others] rather than aimlessly hanging out with them. And they are fastidious in their habits. (...) 8) They work at developing their aesthetic sensibility... Civilized people don't simply obey their baser instincts... they require mens sana in corpore sano. And so on. That's what civilized people are like... Reading Pickwick and learning a speech from Faust by heart is not enough if your aim is to become a truly civilized person and not to sink below the level of your surroundings. [From a letter to Nikolay Chekhov, March 1886]

Anton Chekhov
A Etimologia tentou separar duas rae­zes: de um lado a raiz-lua que, com men (lua) e mensis (mes) pertence a rae­z ma do sacrife­cio mas; e de outro, a raiz se¢nscrita manas, com menos (grego), mens (latim) etc., que representa o espirito por exceleªncia. Da raiz-espe­rito brota uma ampla ramificae§e£o de sentidos espirituais significativos: menos, espirito, corae§e£o, alma, coragem, ardor; menoinan, considerar, meditar, desejar; memona, ter em mente, pretender; mainomai pensar e tambem perder-se em pensamentos e delirar, a qual pertence mania, loucura, possesse£o e tambem manteia, profecia. Outros ramos da mesma raiz-espe­rito se£o menis, menos, raiva, menuo, indicar, revelar; meno, permanecer, demorar-se, manthano, aprender; menini, lembrar; e mentiri, mentir. Todas essas rae­zes-espe­rito originam-se de uma raiz original se¢nscrita Mati-h, que significa pensamento, intene§e£o. Em nenhum lugar, seja ele qual for, essa raiz foi colocada em oposie§e£o a raiz-lua, men, lua; mensis, mes; mas, que e ligado a ma, medir. Dessa raiz origina-se ne£o so matra-m, medida, mas tambem metis, inteligeªncia, sabedoria; matiesthai, meditar, ter em mente, sonhar; e, mais ainda, para nossa surpresa, verificamos que essa raiz-lua, pretensamente oposta a raiz-espe­rito, e da mesma maneira derivada da raiz se¢nscrita mati-h, significando medida, conhecimento. Em conseqe¼eªncia, a eºnica raiz arquete­pica subjacente a esses significados e espe­rito-lua, que se expressa em todas as suas ramificae§eµes diversificadas, revelando-nos assim sua natureza e seu significado primordial. O que emana do espe­rito-lua e um movimento emocional relacionado de perto com as atividades do inconsciente. Na erupe§e£o ativa e um espirito igneo: coragem, colera, possesse£o e ira; sua auto-revelae§e£o conduz a profecia, cogitae§e£o e mentira, mas tambem a poesia. Junto com essa produtividade ignea, no entanto, coloca-se outra atitude mais ' medida ' que medita, sonha, espera e deseja, hesita e se retarda, que se relaciona com a memoria e o aprendizado, e cujo efeito e a moderae§e£o, a sabedoria e o significado. Discutindo o assunto em outro lugar, mencionei, como uma atividade primaria do inconsciente, o Einfall, isto e, o pressentimento ou o pensamento que ' estala ' na cabee§a. O aparecimento de conteeºdos espirituais que penetram na conscieªncia com suficiente forca persuasiva para fascina-la e controla-la, representa provavelmente a primeira forma de emergeªncia do espirito no homem. Enquanto numa conscieªncia ampliada e num ego mais forte esse fator emergente e introjetado e concebido como uma manifestae§e£o pse­quica interna, no comee§o parece atingir a psique ' de fora ', como uma revelae§e£o sagrada e uma mensagem numinosa dos ' poderes ' ou deuses. O ego, ao experimentar esses conteeºdos como vindos de fora, mesmo quando os chama de intuitos ou inspirae§eµes, recebe o fene´meno espiritual esponte¢neo com a atitude caractere­stica do ego da conscieªncia matriacal. Porque ainda e verdade, como sempre foi, que as revelae§eµes do espe­rito-lua se£o recebidas mais facilmente quando a noite anima o inconsciente e provoca a introverse£o do que a luz brilhante do dia.

Erich Neumann
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