Civilization. (1)

The messenger.

Civilization is not necessary for the spiritual progress of the individual. However, it does provide the opportunity to learn that the empty pleasures and apparent benefits that civilization brings are actually worthless – mere illusion – and the opportunity to eliminate the desire for (the attachment to) these. The only progress that matters in the long run is spiritual progress.
Historically, all civilizations have collapsed as a result of their own excesses; they are impermanent.
(See Wisdom in The Milk Is White – Part One, Chapter 9 – The “Quo Vadis?” File.)

About Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner was born on the 20th February 1934 in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, and christened Basil Ian Gunewardene. He was born two months prematurely and nearly died five times in his first two months. He moved to Australia in September 1969 where he changed his surname to Gardner. From childhood, he had an enquiring mind and an innate interest in the supernatural. Since 1986, nineteen years of regular periods of meditation, "searching within", reading and revelations have culminated in this free book which has been nine years in the making. Further writings followed and all his writings are available to all on the Internet free of charge. There is more information in the preface of the book.
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2 Responses to Civilization. (1)

  1. Parmaatma says:

    I am still reading the Milk is White.

    Till then, I will respond with what I believe now.

    A civilisation is like a wooden boat made out of individual pieces of seasoned timber.

    The boat goes a long way.

    • Ian Gardner says:

      Always respond with what you KNOW, not what you believe.
      The boat goes a long way. . . . . . then leaks and sinks!!! There have been many civilizations before this one. According to Sathya Sai Baba, ‘It is like the ocean. There are many waves. There have been and there will be more.’ or words to that effect.

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