A dishonest life cannot be a life of bliss. You think you are deceiving others; you are simply destroying yourself and destroying all possibilities of growth, because growth comes through sincerity, honesty, authenticity. Growth comes through accepting your truth in its total nudity. And then life is certainly a joy, then life is certainly a bliss.


Now where do we begin to understand ourselves?

Why are you frightened of being alone?

Because you are faced with yourself as you are and you find that you are empty, dull, stupid, ugly, guilty and anxious – a petty, shoddy, second-hand entity.

Face the fact; look at it, do not run away from it. The moment you run away fear begins.

To understand anything you must live with it, you must observe it, you must know all its content, its nature, its structure, its movement. Have you ever tried living with yourself? If so, you will begin to see that yourself is not a static state, it is a fresh living thing. And to live with a living thing your mind must also be alive. And it cannot be alive if it is caught in opinions, judgements and values.

In order to observe the movement of your own mind and heart, of your whole being, you must have a free mind, not a mind that agrees and disagrees, taking sides in an argument, disputing over mere words, but rather following with an intention to understand – a very difficult thing to do because most of us don’t know how to look at, or listen to, our own being any more than we know how to look at the beauty of a river or listen to the breeze among the trees.

Are you aware that you are conditioned?

That is the first thing to ask yourself, not how to be free of your conditioning. You may never be free of it, and if you say, `I must be free of it’, you may fall into another trap of another form of conditioning. So are you aware that you are conditioned? Do you know that even when you look at a tree and say, `That is an oak tree’, or `that is a banyan tree’, the naming of the tree, which is botanical knowledge, has so conditioned your mind that the word comes between you and actually seeing the tree?

To come in contact with the tree you have to put your hand on it and the word will not help you to touch it.

– from J. Krishnamurti, “Freedom from the Known”, Chapter 2

Now where do we begin to understand ourselves?

The Zen of Python

Python programming legend Tim Peters succinctly channels the BDFL’s guiding principles for Python’s design into 20 aphorisms, only 19 of which have been written down:

Beautiful is better than ugly.

Explicit is better than implicit.

Simple is better than complex.

Complex is better than complicated.

Flat is better than nested.

Sparse is better than dense.

Readability counts.

Special cases aren’t special enough to break the rules.

Although practicality beats purity.

Errors should never pass silently. Unless explicitly silenced.

In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.

There should be one– and preferably only one –obvious way to do it.

Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you’re Dutch.

Now is better than never.

Although never is often better than right now.

If the implementation is hard to explain, it’s a bad idea.

If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.

Namespaces are one honking great idea – let’s do more of those.

…and there’s more Python geekness where this came from…

The Zen of Python

fie my fum

pull my daisy,

tip my cup,

cut my thoughts,

for coconuts,

bone my shadow,

dove my soul,

set a halo,

on my skull,

ark my darkness,

rack my lacks,

bleak my lurking,

lark my looks,

start my arden,

gate my shades,

silk my garden,

rose my days,

whore my door,

stone my dream,

milk my mind,

and make me cream,

say my oops,

ope my shell,

roll my bones,

ring my bell,

pope my parts,

pop my pot,

poke my pap,

pit my plum.