Intelligence is the door to freedom and alert attention is the mother of intelligence. The mind covers up reality, without knowing it. To know the nature of the mind, you need intelligence, the capaci...ty to look at the mind in silent and dispassionate awareness.
In its own place and time nothing is wrong. But when you are concerned with truth, with reality, you must question every thing, your very life. By asserting the necessity of sensory and intellectual experience you narrow down your enquiry to search for comfort.
Weak-mindedness is due to lack of intelligence, of understanding, which again is the result of non-awareness. By striving for awareness you bring your mind together and strengthen it.
Moments of deep insight and all-embracing love purify the mind, while desires and fears, envies and anger, blind beliefs and INTELLECTUAL ARROGANCE pollute and dull the psyche.
You can spend an eternity looking elsewhere for truth and love, intelligence and goodwill, imploring God and man -- all in vain. You must begin in yourself, with yourself -- this is the inexorable law. You cannot change the image without changing the face. First realize that your world is only a reflection of yourself and stop finding fault with the reflection. Attend to yourself, set yourself right -- mentally and emotionally. The physical will follow automatically.
However you learn from everything, if you are alert and intelligent. Were your mind clear and your heart clean, you would learn from every passer-by;. It is because you are indolent or restless, that your inner Self manifests as the outer Guru