from "Commentaries on the Dhammapada"
"Miscellany": The true victory
To run away from difficulties in order to conquer them
is not a solution. It is very attractive. In those who seek the spiritual
life, there is something which says, "Oh ! to sit down under a tree, all
alone, to remain in meditation, not to have the temptation to speak or
act, how fine it must be !"
It is because there is a very strong formation in this direction, but
it is very illusory.
The best meditations are those that one has all of a sudden,
because they take possession of you as an imperative necessity. You have
no choice but to concentrate, to meditate, to look beyond the appearances.
And it is not necessarily in the solitude of the forest that it seizes
you, it happens when something in you is ready, when the time has come,
when the true need is there, when the Grace is with you.
It seems to me that humanity has made some progress and
the true victory must be won in life itself. You must know how to live
alone with the Eternal and Infinite in the midst of all circumstances.
You must know how to be free, with the Supreme as your companion, in the
midst of all occupations.
That is indeed the true victory.
14 July 1958