In the story of the fall of Adam, we see the tempter apparently suggesting that man attain to what he already possessed. … But man was already ‘like unto God.’  For in the very act of creation God had said: ‘Let us make man to our image and likeness’ (Gen. 1:26).  TM, Disputed

Satan offered man what he already had, but he offered it with the appearance of something that he did not have.  That is to say, he offered man the divine likeness as if it were something more than God had already given him, as if it were something that could be his apart from a gift of God, apart from the will of God, or even against the will of God.  TM, Disputed  

Adam’s fall was…the wilful acceptance of unreality, the consent to receive and even prefer a lie to the truth about himself and about his relationship to God. TM, New Man

Adam, stripped of his sincerity, ashamed to be what in fact he was, determined to fly from God and from reality, which he could no longer face without a disguise. TM, New Man

The story of the Fall tells us in mythical language that ‘original sin’ is not simply a stigma arbitrarily making good pleasures seem guilty, but a basic inauthenticity, a kind of predisposition to bad faith in our understanding of ourselves and of the world.  TM, Zen

The story of the Fall implies a determined wilfulness in trying to make things be other than they are in order that we may be able to make them subserve, at any moment, to our individual desire for pleasure or for power.  TM, Zen


Poverty is the door to freedom, not because we remain imprisoned in the anxiety and constraint which poverty of itself implies, but because, finding nothing in ourselves that is a source of hope, we know there is nothing in ourselves worth defending. TM, Thoughts

My life should not depend on anything outside myself and the Grace of God. If I am dependent on conditions outside myself.  Then by that very fact, whatever those conditions may be, I cannot have true peace…. being content and confident within myself.  This is the beginning of true freedom. TM, A Search

In humility is the greatest freedom.  As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart. TM, New Seeds

the simplest definition of freedom is this: it means the ability to do the will of God.  To be able to resist His will is not to be free.  In sin there is no true freedom.  TM, New Seeds

the idea that one can seriously cultivate his own personal freedom merely by discarding inhibitions and obligations, to live in self-centred spontaneity, results in the complete decay of the true self and of its capacity for freedom. TM, Way of Chuang Tzu

it is essential above all to understand that the basic principle of all spiritual freedom, all freedom from what is less than man, means first of all submission to what is more than man.  TM, Conjectures

True freedom is openness, availability, the capacity for gift. TM, Love