Quotes from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

Carlos Castaneda ·  288 pages

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“For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length--and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war: wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it might never live to regret it”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary.

This question is one that only a very old man asks. Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long long paths, but I am not anywhere. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.


Before you embark on any path ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path. A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. ... Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“Seek and see all the marvels around you. You will get tired of looking at yourself alone, and that fatigue will make you deaf and blind to everything else. - Don Juan”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge



“Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow, you must not stay with it under any circumstances.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“I had been experiencing brief flashes of disassociation, or shallow states of non-ordinary reality.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“Añadió que nada en este mundo era un regalo: todo cuanto hubiera que aprender debía aprenderse por el camino difícil.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“No tienes que hacer nada para caer bien o mal. O te acepta o te tira de lado.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions....

Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge



“- Birds fly like birds and a man who has taken the devil's weed flies as such.
- As birds do?
- No, he flies as a man who has taken the weed.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“Solo allora saprai che qualsiasi strada è solo una strada, e che non c'è nessun affronto, a se stessi o agli altri, nel lasciarla andare se questo è ciò che il tuo cuore ti dice di fare. Ma il tuo desiderio di insistere sulla strada o di abbandonarla deve essere libero dalla paura e dall'ambizione. Ti avverto. Guarda ogni strada attentamente e deliberatamente. Mettila alla prova tutte le volte che lo ritieni necessario. Quindi poni a te stesso, e a te stesso soltanto, una domanda. Questa è una domanda posta solo da un uomo molto vecchio. Il mio benefattore me l'ha detta una volta quando ero giovane, e il mio sangue era troppo vigoroso perché la comprendessi. Ora la comprendo. Ti dirò cosa è: questa strada ha un cuore? Tutte le strade sono uguali; non portano da nessuna parte. Sono strade che passano attraverso la boscaglia o che vanno nella boscaglia. Nella mia vita posso dire di aver percorso strade lunghe, molto lunghe, ma io non sono da nessuna parte. La domanda del mio benefattore ha adesso un significato. Questa strada ha un cuore? Se lo ha, la strada è buona. Se non lo ha, non serve a niente. Entrambe le strade non portano da nessuna parte; ma una ha un cuore e l'altra no. Una porta a un viaggio lieto; finché la segui sei una sola cosa con essa. L'altra ti farà maledire la tua vita. Una ti rende forte. L'altra ti indebolisce.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“Power rests on the kind of knowledge one holds. What is the sense of knowing things that are useless?”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“هرگاه انسان خودش را آماده ی یادگیری کند مجبور است سخت تلاش کند و محدودیت های یادگیری او توسط خود او معین می شوند .”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“تو وقتی از مردم عصبانی می شوی که احساس کنی عملشان مهم است .v”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge



“مرد دانا کسی است که سختی یادگیری را صادقانه و براستی دنبال کرده باشد. مردی که بی شتاب و شبهه و تا آنجا که در توانایی داشته به دنبال رموز قدرت و دانش رفته است .”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“تو همیشه باید به یاد داشته باشی که مسیر فقط مسیر است اگر حس کنی که نباید آن را بپیمایی تحت هیچ شرایطی نباید با آن بمانی.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“The journey by itself was sufficient; any hope of arriving at a permanent position was outside the boundaries of his knowledge.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“I asked him if there was a way in which he could accept just my desire to learn, as if I were an Indian.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


“¡la claridad! Esa claridad de mente, tan difícil de obtener, dispersa el miedo, pero también ciega.
"Fuerza al hombre a no dudar nunca de sí. Le da la seguridad de que puede hacer cuanto se le antoje, porque todo lo ve con claridad. Y tiene valor porque tiene claridad, y no se detiene en nada porque tiene claridad. Pero todo eso es un error; es como si viera algo claro pero incompleto. Si el hombre se rinde a esa ilusión de poder, ha sucumbido a su segundo enemigo y será torpe para aprender. Se apurará cuando debía ser paciente, o será paciente cuando debería apurarse. Y tonteará con el aprendizaje, hasta que termine incapaz de aprender nada más.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge



“Poco sabía yo en ese tiempo que don Juan no me estaba dando solamente una descripción intelectual atractiva; me estaba describiendo algo que él llamaba un hecho energético. Para él, los hechos energéticos eran las conclusiones a las que él y los otros chamanes de su linaje llegaron a involucrarse en una función que llamaban ver: el acto de percibir energía directamente como fluye del universo.”
― Carlos Castaneda, quote from The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


About the author

Carlos Castaneda
Born place: in Cajamarca, Peru
Born date December 25, 1925
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