|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Salome by Oscar Wilde:
SALOME. De qui parle-t-il?
LE JEUNE SYRIEN. On ne sait jamais, princesse.
IOKANAAN. Ou est celle qui ayant vu des hommes peints sur la
muraille, des images de Chaldeens tracees avec des couleurs, s'est
laissee emporter e la concupiscence de ses yeux, et a envoye des
ambassadeurs en Chaldee?
SALOME. C'est de ma mere qu'il parle.
LE JEUNE SYRIEN. Mais non, princesse.
SALOME. Si, c'est de ma mere.
IOKANAAN. Ou est celle qui s'est abandonnee aux capitaines des
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard:
went, he was drawn faster to the rock. Suddenly I saw that before
us, just rising eighteen inches or so above the surface of the
lake, was what looked like the top of the arch of a submerged
cave or railway tunnel. Evidently, from the watermark on the
rock several feet above it, it was generally entirely submerged;
but there had been a dry season, and the cold had prevented the
snow from melting as freely as usual; so the lake was low and
the arch showed. Towards this arch our poor servant was being
sucked with frightful rapidity. He was not more than ten fathoms
from it, and we were about twenty when I saw it, and with little
help from us the canoe flew along after him. He struggled bravely,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James:
are perfected. [Just what "memory" and "self-consciousness" mean
in this connection is doubtful. They cannot be the faculties
familiar to us in the lower life.] Higher stages still of
contemplation are mentioned--a region where there exists nothing,
and where the mediator says: "There exists absolutely nothing,"
and stops. Then he reaches another region where he says: "There
are neither ideas nor absence of ideas," and stops again. Then
another region where, "having reached the end of both idea and
perception, he stops finally." This would seem to be, not yet
Nirvana, but as close an approach to it as this life