Thursday, May 2, 2013

On money & power

10 years 2 months and 6 days since the day of arrest
Metropolitan Detention Center Brooklyn, New York

Quentin Massys. The Moneylender and His Wife. 1514.
The only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.

– Elie Wiesel

Some idle thoughts as told to one jailed Swiss banker, who is a fast learner in Yoga:

"If you take and use power and money (but what is money as if not only one of the many faces of power?), scattered on your path, as the means to achieve some goals towards creating something or other, to organize this or that harmonious structure from chaos, then you are fine.

But as soon as you find that you begin taking pleasure in the act of implementing power and from holding power or money for their own sake  you are perishing, and are in very big trouble. You become shallow, empty, in discord with the cosmos and in discord with your internal vibrations within your soul. All your deeds become empty and soulless, and you, who had been a fire before, become a zombie, the barely glimmering ashes of your former self.

This is a question of ego, which is always childish and immature. The ego & the soul are two different things. You must solely listen to your soul, not letting your ego command your actions and your life, that is if you are not puppet, nor would like to become one."

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