III. Ambition

Our very life is an ambition to fight out obscurity and ignorance.

The more we inwardly obey, the better we outwardly rule.

Life is an ever-progressing reality. This is the firm conviction of ambition.

Ambition is the fond embrace of possession and expression.

If your ambition is to achieve perfection, then do not destroy imperfection. The destruction of imperfection can never be the way to perfection.

Perfection is the conscious annihilation of one's egocentric self.

Ambition is an attempt at self-expression and self-extension. When it is based on the ego's enlargement, we call it self-aggrandisement. When it is based on the soul's illumination, it ceases to be ambition and becomes a divine Mission.

Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol. 1, No. 8, 27 March 1966, Boro Park Printers -- Brooklyn, N. Y, 1966