Thursday, October 21, 2004

Of character

Every man has three characters: That which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has. - Alphonse Karr

That which he exhibits: How the world perceives you? WORLD: family, friends, workmates, bloggers, they all look at you differently. The degree of variation of all these public persona(s), however, isn't extremely great, in my opinion.

That which he thinks he has: Our perception. Age and experience alters it.

That which he has: The real nature. The one constant thing abt us. I would love to believe, our ultimate goal in life is to match the perceived self to the real nature. [Ref: self-actualization: which is the pinnacle in Abraham Maslow's pyramid of needs]. This is important so that the existence of an alternate/ alter ego (Maaya) can be suppressed....which is the most important knowledege (Jnaanam).

My journey to explore the inner universe (you may call it a spiritual journey) hasn't really begun. And again I impose the same question upon the readers: are you a believer?


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