... we must very clearly understand this whole problem of struggle and strife. I know there are many, many ramifications, many different sides to it. But if we can understand the core of the problem of effort and its significance, then we can translate that into our daily life. But, if you merely approach the central issue through the part, I am afraid you will not understand the significance of effort. Does not effort mean a struggle to change `what is' into what it is not, or into what it should be or should become? That is, we are constantly struggling to avoid facing `what is', or we are trying to get away from it or to transform or modify 'what is'. A man who is truly content is the man who understands 'what is', gives the right significance to 'what is'. That is true contentment; it is not concerned with having few or many possessions, but with the understanding of the whole significance of 'what is' and that can only come when you recognize what is, when you are aware of it, not when you are trying to modify it or change it.
Public Talk 30th November, 1947