The earthly desires men cherish are shadows.  There is no true happiness in fulfilling them.  Why, then, do we continue to pursue joys without substance?  Because the pursuit itself has become our only substitute for joy. TM, Ascent

Unable to rest in anything we achieve, we determine to forget our discontent in a ceaseless quest for new satisfactions.  In this pursuit, desire itself becomes our chief satisfaction.  The goods that so disappoint us when they are in our grasp can still stimulate our interest when they elude us in the present or in the past.  TM, Ascent

To live in the spirit is to live for a God in Whom we believe, but Whom we cannot see.  To desire this is therefore to renounce the desire of all that can be seen. TM, Thoughts

being without desire means being led by a desire so great that it is incomprehensible.  It is too huge to be completely felt.  It … seems like a desire for ‘nothing’ only because nothing can contain it.  And because it is able to rest in no-thing, then it rests, relatively speaking, in emptiness. TM, Contemplative


Every creature that enters my life, every instant of my days, will be designed to wound me with the realization of the world’s insufficiency, until I become so detached that I will be able to find God alone in everything.  Only then will all things bring me joy.  TM, Sign

In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being we must learn to be detached from the results of our own activity.  We must withdraw ourselves, to some extent, from effects that are beyond our control and be content with the good will and the work that are the quiet expression of our inner life.  TM, No Man

We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, to work without expecting an immediate reward, to love without an instantaneous satisfaction, and to exist without any special recognition.  TM, No Man

We cannot see things in perspective until we cease to hug them to our own bosom.  When we let go of them we begin to appreciate them as they really are.  Only then can we begin to see God in them.  TM, Thoughts

You will never be able to have perfect interior peace and recollection unless you are detached even from the desire of peace and recollection.  You will never be able to pray perfectly until you are detached from the pleasures of prayer. TM, New Seeds

the way to God lies through deep darkness in which all knowledge and all created wisdom and all pleasure and prudence and all human hope and human joy are defeated and annulled by the overwhelming purity of the light and the presence of God. TM, New Seeds

 Compassion is proportionate to detachment; otherwise we use others for our own ends under the pretext of ‘love.’  TM, Other Side