The Ways of the World.


The messenger.

If the ways of the world torment your mind try to understand this which I repeat. To understand this is not easy but it may help:

The thought is the reality, the act only an illusion.*

Hence, what one perceives to be happening is not happening although people are thinking it.

*Note: This is like a cherry from a fruit cake whose true quality can often only be appreciated in the context of the taste and texture of the whole cake. The Milk Is White is such a ‘cake’.


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. February 2020. My search - my journey, is now complete.
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4 Responses to The Ways of the World.

  1. Reader says:

    I asked a friend once “What is poor my friend?”

    He said, “Poor is not having something.”

    “How much is poor?” I asked

    “Poor is the difference between what you have and what I have”

    My next question was, “Is a guest poor or a host?”

    “A guest” he said.


    “A guest is received by the host”

    “Can a desire be rich or poor?” I asked

    “A desire is always poor”

    “Poorer than what?”

    “Poorer than effort”

    “So, who is right? Buddha, Christ, Ludwig Feuerbach, Marx or Nietzsche?”

    “I don’t know. Tell me.” He said with a smile, realizing that I was leading the conversation.

    “No, ” I said, “I will not tell. I will ask the questions. Like Socrates. You will answer it yourself. Okay?”

    “Okay” he said.

    “I am testing this style” I said, “So, keep answering till you cannot think about it anymore, okay?

    “Okay” he said

    “Is there anything like an infinite desire?”

    “Do you mean a desire for the infinite?”

    “There are two as you noticed. Desire for the infinite and a desire that is endless. I mean both. Do you think there is such a thing?”

    “Yes. The earth has so much to give us that the desire to use it’s resources can be considered infinite. And the wish to be eligible for using the earth can create a desire to be omnipresent like God. So, one is a desire for infinite and the other is an infinite desire.”

    “If effort is richer than a desire, the wish to feel eligible for using the earth becomes richer by effort. Is this effort desirable?”

    He smiled and said, “An effort is not an expression of a wish. It is the cause of the eligibility to enjoy life on earth. So, a desirable effort is a contradiction in terms if the effort and the person are the only existents. A desirable effort is valid only to an observer and that too in some context.”

    “For an observer, does the desire mean anything?”

    “Yes. It means hope.”

    “Why would an observer seek hope from the desires of another person?”

    “The desire and effort of the person is an expression of a will to live. The observer tests the strength of his own will to live by observing.”

    Now it was my turn to smile.

    I said, “You have answered all the questions yourself. You don’t need to read literature to search for answers. The infinite desire was Feurebach’s subject. Religion is the opium for the masses was Karl Marx’s opinion. ‘Blessed are the poor, for they shall inherit the Kingdom of God’ was the hope that Jesus Christ gave. And Nietzsche believed that the thought of God is a weakening of the will to live.”

    “What’s the point?” he asked

    “The point is that you have just proved all of them irrelevant to yourself”

    “Did I?”

    “Didn’t you?” I smiled.

    “But I respect all of them. They are great thinkers and spiritual masters.”

    “Then how come you did not say anything that they preached?”

    “I don’t know” he said.

    And we stopped at that…


    • Ian Gardner says:

      Hi Reader,
      Regarding: “I will not tell. I will ask the questions. Like Socrates. You will answer it yourself.”
      My information is that Socrates was unusual in the way he taught in that he did not “lecture” as such but encouraged his students to ask questions which he then answered. I could be wrong!

      • Reader says:


        You are right. The method is called, “Socrates Question” as a tribute to the Socrates.

        Only thing is he never answered the question himself. He kept asking questions to his students till they reached the answer themselves.

        I use it for thinking most of the time.


        • Ian Gardner says:

          Many thanks, the information I had was from a past life reader who, when describing my teaching methods in a Greek “university” in a distant past life, stated what I mentioned in my earlier reply. I believe the full reference to this past life reading is in one of the posts in The ‘Quo Vadis?’ File III titled “Authorship of this material”.
          Here is an extract from Wikipedia relative to this matter:

          Socratic method
          Main article: Socratic method

          Perhaps his most important contribution to Western thought is his dialectic method of inquiry, known as the Socratic method or method of “elenchus”, which he largely applied to the examination of key moral concepts such as the Good and Justice. It was first described by Plato in the Socratic Dialogues. To solve a problem, it would be broken down into a series of questions, the answers to which gradually distill the answer a person would seek. The influence of this approach is most strongly felt today in the use of the scientific method, in which hypothesis is the first stage. The development and practice of this method is one of Socrates’ most enduring contributions, and is a key factor in earning his mantle as the father of political philosophy, ethics or moral philosophy, and as a figurehead of all the central themes in Western philosophy.

          To illustrate the use of the Socratic method; a series of questions are posed to help a person or group to determine their underlying beliefs and the extent of their knowledge. The Socratic method is a negative method of hypothesis elimination, in that better hypotheses are found by steadily identifying and eliminating those that lead to contradictions. It was designed to force one to examine one’s own beliefs and the validity of such beliefs. In fact, Socrates once said, “I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.”[17]

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