…That these unfortunates seek afar the goodness
Whose source within they bear.
For few know happiness: playthings of the passions,
Hither; hither tossed by adverse waves,
Upon a shoreless sea, they blinded roll,
Unable to resist or to the tempest yield.
God! Thou couldst save them by opening their eyes.
But no: ‘tis for the humans of a race divine
to discern error, and to see the truth.
Nature serves them….
…Thou who fathomed it.
O wise and happy man, rest in its haven.
But observe my laws, abstaining from the things
Which thy soul must fear, distinguishing them well;
Letting intelligence o’er thy body reign.
So that, ascending into radiant ether,
Midst the immortals, thou shalt be thyself a God.
The last sutras of Pythagoras on perfection…. The first thing to be remembered: that perfection is not a goal. No enlightened person has ever been goal-oriented; he cannot be. Goal-orientation is the way of the mind. Mind exists through goals, mind exists in the future, mind exists in ambition. Mind is always an achieving mind.
The enlightened person lives in no-mind. No-mind is enlightenment. Hence, the enlightened one cannot be goal-oriented; he has no future, for him all is present. And that’s why he’s continuously misunderstood. He talks of the present but people hear him through their minds, and minds immediately distort. Minds immediately change it into a goal, into some idea that has to be achieved in the future.
Perfection is not a goal but a reality. It has not to be achieved but only recognized. All that is needed is a recognition of something which is already present. You are perfect – it is not that you have to become perfect. There is no should implied in it; you are already it. It has only to be recognized, you have to become alert to it, you have to be aware of it – what you are. Perfection is already the case.
But people go on making it a goal. They say, “We have to be perfect. We have to become enlightened. We have to attain nirvana. We have to enter into paradise.” They make a faraway beautiful goal and then the mind can continue.