19th Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon Festival - last photo set of 4

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So, pork chops are more important than America’s first national river?! Way to go, Cargill - you have proven once again that corporations are concerned with nothing more than making a profit at any cost. Click the image above to find out what I’m talking about.

So, pork chops are more important than America’s first national river?! Way to go, Cargill - you have proven once again that corporations are concerned with nothing more than making a profit at any cost. Click the image above to find out what I’m talking about.

Riding in a balloon at the 19th Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Path and The Seeker


“Some have the illusion that the Path is heavily trodden. It is not. ‘Many are called but few are chosen.’ The traveler must learn to walk resignedly in partial loneliness. The struggle for certain truth and the quest of the divine soul are carried on by every man and must be carried on in an austere isolation when he reaches the philosophic level. No crowd progress and no mass salvation are possible here.

There is and could be no such thing as a sect in philosophy. Each of its disciples has to learn that there is only one unique path for him, dependent on his past history and present characteristics which constitute his own individuality. To attempt to forego that unique individuality, to impose the spiritual duty of other persons upon himself is, as the Gita points out, a dangerous error. Philosophy tries to bring a man to realize his own divinity for himself. Hence it tries to bring him to independent thinking, personal effort, and intuitive development. This is not the popular way nor the easy one; it offers no gregarious comfort or herd support. But it is the only way for the seeker after absolute truth. Though the solitary student may suffer from certain disadvantages, he also enjoys certain definite advantages.

In any case, man never really escapes from his essential loneliness. He may push his social efforts at avoidance to extremes and indulge his personal ones to the point of creating illusions, but life comes down on him in some way or other and one day forces him back on himself. Even where he fancies himself to have achieved happiness with or through others, even in the regions of love and friendship, some physical disharmony, some mental change, some emotional vacillation may eventually arise and break the spell, driving him back into isolation once more.”

- Paul Brunton -

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