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On being dutiful

December 18, 2011

It occurred to me this morning that some people may confuse dutifulness, and abiding by canons of rules and codes of law, with willingness, the surrender to forces that is required for making certain kinds of spiritual progress.  I don’t know, maybe to some people constituted in a certain way, the two seem indistinguishable, like purple and blue look the same to someone with red-green colorblindness.  But dutifulness contains an element of willfulness — to be sure, here willfulness put towards “good” ends — but it’s willfulness nonetheless.  And when a person wants to hear without impairment, any bit of desire beyond surrender (that’s surrender to the divine, not to another person) must be shed.

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