Faith Without Works; Actions Speak Louder Than Words
“Be Quick to Hear, Slow to Speak & Slow to Anger – Being ever intent on three nobleideals: The Good Word, Well Spoken. The Good Thought, Well Thought. The Good Deed,Well Done.”
But prove yourselves doers of the word, & not merely hearers who deludethemselves.
For if any one is a hearer of the word & not a doer, he is like a man who looksat his natural face in a mirror;
for once he has looked at himself & gone away, he hasimmediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
But one who looks intently at theperfect law, the law of liberty, & abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but aneffectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.’‘
What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Canthat faith save him?’
If a brother or sister is without clothing & in need of daily food,
&one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed & filled,’ & yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead,being by itself.’
James 1:22-25; 2:14-17
But whoever has the world’s goods, & beholds his brother in need & closes hisheart against him, how does the love of Elôhîym abide in him?
Little children, let us notlove with word or with tongue, but in deed & truth.’
For there is no partiality with Elôhîym.
For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish withouth the Law; & all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law;
for not he hearers of the Law are just before Elôhîym, but the doers of the Law will be justified.’
O sinless Arjuna, there are two paths to liberation: one involves renunciation & thepursuit of knowledge, while the other involves working without material desires.
Onecannot achieve perfection by renunciation alone, for by simply stopping work one does notnecessarily remain free from karmic reaction.
Impelled by his nature a man is forced to actat every moment, even if the action is only in his mind.
To withdraw the senses whileallowing the mind to think of sense pleasures is useless, O Arjuna. It is simply a pretense of yoga.
Far better is the man who uses his intelligence to control his senses & at the sametimes works without attachment.’‘
Think of my own example, O Partha. You know my identity as the Supreme Lordof all the worlds. What duty is there for me? Nevertheless, I execute all the duties incumbenton a man in my position very carefully.
If I did not do so, then all the worlds would fallinto ruination, for all men would follow my example.’
Bhagavad-Gita 3:3-7; 22-23
The Sage asked the spirit of wisdom
thus: ‘Is wisdom good, or skill, or goodness?’
The spirit of wisdom answered
thus: ‘Wisdom with which there is no goodness, is not to beconsidered as wisdom;
and skill with which there is no wisdom, is not to be considered asskill.’’
Menog-i Khrad 11:1-5