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Faith and knowledge are the both very integrated and intimately related to desire. A belief, religious or political, obviously hinders the understanding of ourselves. It acts as screen through which we are looking at ourselves.
It is felt that there is no belief with which the mind has identified itself, then the mind, without identification, is capable of looking at itself as it is ------- and then, surely, there is the beginning of the understanding of oneself.
Surely the more intellectual, the more cultural, the more spiritual, if we can use that words, a person is, the less is his capacity to understand. The savages have innumerable superstitions, even in the modern world. The more thoughtful, the more awake, the more alert are perhaps the less believing.