Look at your own life: You may be a disciple, but is there not an incessant struggle in your mind, a lack of affection in your heart? You are continually pursuing progress, struggling after achievement and success, ever urged on by the fear lest you should fail, lest you use should lose opportunities; thereby you create the exploiter and the exploited. What is the value of a future reward or gain when you cannot live in the fullness of the present, when you have no depth of feeling, when your thought is circumscribed and suffocated by an idea? As long as you do not feel the utter falseness of this idea of progress, which is self-glorification in the future, you are creating prisons for yourself and for others. This is not dogmatism, examine it and come to your own conclusions with your heart and mind, and then action will follow.
Early Writings, Volume VII
Talks at Adyar, India 1932-33