QOTD full excerpt:
“Why are we influenced? In politics, as you know, the politician’s job is to influence us; and every book, every teacher, every guru - the more powerful, the more eloquent the better we like it - imposes on us his thought, his way of life, his way of doing things. So life is a battle of ideas, a battle of influences, and your mind is the battleground. The politician wants your mind; the guru wants your mind; the saint says, do this and not that, and he, too, wants your mind; and every tradition, every habit or custom, influences, shapes, directs, controls your mind. I think that’s pretty clear. It would be absurd to deny it. It is a fact.”
the QOTD seems so adamant and wondering what is it now?
Is it the idea itself or the way we deal with it?
It doesn’t seem to be the idea itself! Facts are much debated, look at politics, the legal battle, the ecological battle but changed that the fact itself that has already been passed or still ging on. Even this statement can lead to a battle whether it is correct or who has expressed the most eloquent or correct interpretation.
How beautifully the full text continues with:
"You know, Sirs, if I may deviate a little, I think it is essential to appreciate beauty. The beauty of the sky, the beauty of the sun upon the hill, the beauty of a smile, a face, a gesture, the beauty of the moonlight on the water, of the fading clouds, the song of the bird, it is essential to look at it, to feel it, to be with it, and I think this is the very first requirement for a man who would seek truth. Most of us are so unconcerned with this extraordinary universe about us; we never even see the waving of the leaf in the wind; we never watch a blade of grass, touch it with our hand and know the quality of its being. This is not just being poetic, so please do not go off into a speculative emotional state. I say it is essential to have that deep feeling for life and not be caught in intellectual ramifications, discussions, passing examinations, quoting and brushing something new aside by saying it has already been said.