Tints of Celestial Beauty
“I prefer by far the warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness. Some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals.” ~Anaïs Nin, The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 2: 1920-1923
There are certain people I seldom quote, just because their personal lives were so problematic. Anaïs Nin was kind of a jerk, and has been placed on a pedestal by subsequent generations of jerks, but I like the little quote above so I made an exception to my own rule.
There are several gurus and lamas that I avoid for similar reasons. It’s not that they’re wrong– typically they’re just rephrasing ancient texts– it’s that I don’t trust their motives. If they really practiced what they preached, they wouldn’t be living lives of pampered luxury.
They’d have no need to.