Early Writings, Volume VII | Talks at the Ojai Camp 1932
Any experience in the present - experience being the reaction of personal desire, which is craving - will yield to you its full significance, if you are watchful, alert. Experience is but a series of reactions, and when you are free of these reactions, there is no longer experience, but a continual penetration. To penetrate deeply, patiently and with diligence, you must go through the many layers of self-consciousness, which are the cause of reaction. You must know for yourself that you are caught in the bondage of ideas, of reactions. When you have faced your own limitation you will know how to deal with it, because you are no longer trying to escape from it, you are no longer pursuing an opposite. You have to deal with that which is in the present, and through the present alone is there the realization of eternity. Eternity is not the future, individuality prolonged; it is the ceaseless present.