Our best friend and our worst foe are within us. The former is vigilance, the latter temptation. Vigilance at times wards off temptation. Temptation at times swamps vigilance. The victory of the former springs from sincerity. The victory of the latter results from insincerity. Sincerity and insincerity are ever at daggers drawn. Apparently both are equally formidable. God’s child is sincerity. Doom’s issue is insincerity. As there is the beginning of a fight so also there is the end. Success and failure cannot sing in unison. Success goes to the Absolute alone, for all contradictions and reconciliations are ever at his command.
Chinmoy, Chandelier, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1959