The difference between a wise man and everyone else is only this: He has no fear.
“Only the necessary is good,” said the coal-eyed sage and seller of sundries. The mind salutes this statement with a split list of essentials and non-essentials. But that’s not what Nisargadatta was pointing to. His reference was to the necessity of a quiet mind.
The world is complex and noisy. The true man is simple and quiet.
John Bryer played the role of rough-and-tumble union boss for almost 50 years. He died recently, age 82, departing the body while watching television with his fourth wife. Feels like poetry, doesn’t it?
The true man does not compete, has no ambition. His eyes are quiet.