We need to make sure we took in the answer consciously and grasped it firmly. That is the real reason for tests in school: we have to be able to make the knowledge we have received our own, and articulating our understanding on an exam is an excellent way of doing this.
Our system will never change. Sadhana is not about changing our system. Sadhana is about no longer identifying with our system.
Sadhana is not selfish; every step we take toward the Self is contributing a step toward Love for the whole world.
Once we have made objects of ourselves, we objectify others. Before men can objectify women—or women objectify men—we have to have objectified ourselves first.
There is no escaping the full extent of the path. People who have no context, no conceptual framework, no understanding of their shrunken self, and no understanding of wrong identification will have to return to the beginning of the path to go forward.
If we believe we have done nothing wrong, then we have nothing to learn. If we believe we are always wrongly judged, we still have nothing to learn. If we believe we are always wrong, we still have nothing to learn.
Passivity is not surrender.
Only when we turn inward toward the Heart and truly question ourselves can we discern what real Love of life is. This means redirecting our will.
When we are stingy, we call ourselves measured, restrained, careful. But in truth we are takers and will not give. Our stinginess reveals our despair.
Until we take full responsibility for ourselves and for what we have done, we will never find resolution. Blame never brings resolution. A beginning step may be to say what other people did, but then we have to see what we did, what we brought to the table.