JAMES ALLEN'S

BOOK OF MEDITATIONS FOR EVERY DAY
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By JAMES ALLEN
" The Eight Pillars Author of "As a Man Thinketh," " of Prosperity," From Passion to Peace," " Man King of Mind, Body, and Circumstance," " Light on Life's Difficulties," etc., etc.
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By Thought

ive rise
;

,

by Thought ive fall

;

by Thought

We

stand or go

nil destiny is

wrought

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By

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its sivift potency ; and he 'who stands Master of Thought, and his desires commands, Love and Might, Willing and weaving thoughts of in Truth's unerring Light. Shapes his high end

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He who

does not find

The way of Meditation cannot reach Emancipation and enlightenment.

But thou

wilt find the

way

of Holy Thought

;

With mind made calm and

steadfast, ihou will see

The Permanent amid The Truth

the mutable,
:

eternal in the things that change

Thou

wilt behold the Perfect
rises

Law
:

:

Cosmos

From Chaos
Look on

when

the conquered self

Lies underneath man's heel

Love be thy strength

;

the passion-tortured multitudes,

And By
To

have compassion on them ; know their pain 'Thou wilt come thy long sorrow ended.

perfect peace,

and

so wilt bless the world,

Leading unto the High and Holy

Way

The feet of them that seek. And now I go To my Abode ; go thou unto thy work.

EDITOR'S PREFACE
JAMES ALLEN may
of

truly be called the Prophet

In an age of strife, hurry, religious controversy, heated arguments, ritual and ceremony, he came with his message of
Meditation.

Meditation, calling
strife

men away from

the din and

of tongues into the peaceful paths of " the stillness within their own souls, where

into the world

Light that lighteth every man that cometh " ever burns steadily and surely for all who will turn their weary eyes from the
strife without to

the quiet within.

Many

of the

Meditations were written as he came

down

morning, where he spent those precious hours alone with God while the world slept. Others are gleaned from
in the early

from the Cairn

his

many

writings, published
for

and unpublished,
at
his

and are arranged
request, and,

daily readings

we

believe,

under his

spiritual

guidance.
of
it,

The book must ever be a stronghold Spiritual Truth and blessing to all who read
and
especially to those
Its great

who

use

it

for daily

meditation.

power

lies in

that

it is

the very heart of a good

man who

lived every

word he
is

wrote.

The

beautiful half-tone portrait

a speaking likeness of the Author. It was taken only six weeks before his translation, and has not been published before. We are indebted to Messrs. Putnam's Sons

(London and New York), and to Messrs. Wm. Rider and Son, Limited (London), for their
cordial expressions of pleasure that

some

of the

Meditations should be culled from the books

published by them,
tiny,

viz.,

and Above

Life's

The Mastery of DesTurmoil (Putnam), and

From Passion

to

Peace,

and

Man

:

King

of

Mind, Body, and Circumstance

(Rider).

LILY
"

L.

ALLEN.

BRYNGOLEU,"
ILFRACOMBE, ENGLAND.

The way from passion

to

peace

is

by overcoming

one's

self.

January

3RROUENTLY
If
let

the

man

of passion
;

is

most eager to put others right the man of wisdom puts himself
one
is

but

right.

anxious to reform the world,

him begin by reforming himself. The reformation of self does not end with the elimination of the sensual elements only that is its It ends only when every vain beginning. and selfish aim is overcome. Short of thought
;

perfect purity and wisdom, there is still some form of self-slavery or folly which needs to be

conquered. On the wings of aspiration man rises from earth to heaven, from ignorance to knowledge, from the under darkness to the upper light. Without it he remains a grovelling animal,
earthly, sensual, unenlightened,

and uninspired.

Aspiration

is

the longing for heavenly things.

. with pure thoughts. noble aims. and peaceful. The soul will cry out for its lost heritage. . unselfish purpose. .Where is peace to be found ! Where ! is the hiding- place of truth January Second* ]ET first things be put first work before play duty before enjoyment and others before self this is an . The athlete who makes a bad start his lose the merchant who makes may prize a false start may lose his reputation and the Truth-seeker who makes a wrong start may forego the crown of Righteousness. so that all other things will follow in harmonious order. To begin . and an incorruptible conscience put first this is to start right . . this it is to things first. making successful. life simple. : excellent rule which cannot lead To make a right beginning is half-way astray. sterling rectitude. to victory. beautiful.

then in his sorrow he thinks of nobler things. .If one would find peace. which is heavenly. The man of aspiration has entered the way which leads to peace and surely he will reach that end if he stays not nor turns back. That which can be conceived can be achieved. lie cannot aspire he is so far satisfied but when their sweetness turns to bitterness. he will reach the heavenly i O : . from the dead ashes of repentance. but on its powerful pinions man can reach the heaven of heavens. long as animal conditions taste sweet to a man. phoenix-like. It is when impurity turns to suffering that purity is sought. . he must come out of passion. state. When he is deprived of he to the joy aspires earthly joy. Truly aspiration rises. Tf he constantly renews his mind with glimpses of the heavenly vision.

so he can experience and know all high things. SAN attains in aspires. evil. so he can become divine. Each man is pure or impure of himself aspiration sees before heavenly heights. him the pathway up the and his heart already exfinal peace. As he has become human. There is a life of victory over sin. Jourtt). His the measure that he longing to be is the gauge of what he can be. As man can experience and know all low things. To fix the mind is to fore-ordain the achievement. The turning of the mind in high and divine directions is the sole and needful task. periences a foretaste of the The man of alone. and triumph over . What is impurity but the impure thoughts of the thinker? What is purity but the pure thoughts of the thinker? One man does not do the thinking of another.Our life is what we make it by our own thoughts and deeds.

in . virtuous and peaceful. every hour is . nobler. and chooses. indeed.When a man wishes and wills he can find the good and the true. . and he who lives it is steadfast in the midst of change restful among the restless peaceful. benign and tranquil. January Gates of Heaven are for ever open. ! resigns himself to sin and sorrow. This life can be found and lived now. though surrounded by strife. . common . nearly all are a life of victory over sin. and triumph over evil a life wise and happy. higher. so long as he JHE I ! . which is so immersed which. and no one is prevented from entering by any will or power but his own but no one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven so long as he is enamoured of. Every moment is the time of choice destiny. the seductions of hell. diviner life than that of sinning and suffering. There is a larger.

He who is to overcome temptation must understand how it arises in his own darkness and less aspiration is . Self-knowledge is the handmaid of self-conquest. Engage daily in holy meditation on Truth and attainment.The lover of the pure life renews his mind daily. but meditates how he may fortify his mind for the tempter is like a coward. by introspection and how to disperse the darkness and supplant error by truth. The tempted one should study thoughtfully the nature and meaning of temptation. and must study. for until it is known it cannot be overcome. January ||S the energetic man of business is not daunted by difficulties. so the man of ceasenot crushed into submission by temptations. its . A man must know himself if he is to know truth. he only creeps in at weak and unguarded points. meditation. but studies how to overcome them. error.

by abandoning the evil. man. falling back. which Every animal. with ardour. some every creeping thing. Every must be paid acquisition has its price. The step j^ ^z^^i high is reached only at the sacrifice The good is secured only of the low. Aim. and be well fortified against the entrance of sin. Knowledge is acquired only by the destruction of ignorance. for the attainment of a perfect life. or power. purge them January 3 VERY of upward means the leaving something behind and below. revealed. for some has he which laid down. 7 . upward power. possesses has his in which march. Let him who has attained guard against Let him be careful in little things. exchanged men higher gift.As errors and imp unties are away. some gift. What great good Behind habits forfeit by clinging to old selfish ! "to the uttermost farthing/' waits every humble sacrifice a winged angel to bear us up the heights of knowledge and wisdom.

not in the outer activities of human life. errors and every external agency life which it derives from The man who cannot endure to have his and shortcomings brought to the surface and made known. never under the laws of another. sustained by the human conduct. and draw their vitality from. but in the inner activities of the The cause heart and is mind . not properly equipped to battle with and overcome temptation.The strife of the world in all in one common its forms has its origin cause. is He is unfit to walk the highway of Truth. one heart. Each man comes under the laws of his own being. but tries to hide them. namely. . individual selfishness. He who cannot fearlessly face his lower nature cannot climb the rugged heights of renunciation. common source human of all suffering and all happiness resides. $fgl)tl)* I'LL the varied activities of human the life are rooted in.

the greater and more victory. its need is greatest. enduring will be the B . to be and no teacher can lead you to that greatness. From particular failure there is a special gained . Foolish men blame Let him acknowledge his complete responsibility for his own conduct. that wisdom. and will utilise his failures as winged steeds to bear him to a final and supreme success. more surely than your experience of failure. In every mistake you make.When the soul is most tried. and every event. Where temptation is powerful. a peculiar wisdom. 3% O not despair because your greatness. others for their lapses and sins. but let the truth-lover blame only himself. January flinty* of failure. there is a lesson of vital import if and he who will you will but search it out discover the to good in that which stoop will rise superior to to be disastrous appears swiftly . in every fall you encounter.

humility. January \ HE old must pass away before the new can appear. The old self must be renounced before the new man can be born. patience. 10 . The old error must be destroyed before the new truth can come... where Heaven. Righteousness and Joy come all that was old and ugly will be beautiful. . envy. The old cottage must be demolished before the new mansion can appear upon its site. . old self of temper. life of sin and sorrow pass let the new life of . the abiding home of resides. then in its place will appear the new man of gentleness. A life of virtue is noble and excellent.The great need of the soul is the need of that permanent Principle called Righteousness. Then made new and It is in the realisation of this Principle the Kingdom the soul. Let the old goodwill. pride. in. impatience. . and impurity has perished. and purity. and which is the source and of storehouse of every permanent blessing. When the .

therefore. what you are within. for it is all a reflec- tion of your own consciousness.It matters little what is without. are good and but they are only benecessary beginnings end there is to fall far short and to ginnings. All true reform must come of a true spiritual life. It is good. from within. to cleanse the heart. It matters everything thing without will be mirrored ingly. 'and the breaking away from certain outward habits. for we know that the one thing needed is a regenerate heart. changed giving up of certain foods and drinks. . January and $l*t>tntb* HE deplorable failure of many outward isolated reforms is traceable to the fact that their devotees pursue them as an end in themselves. to correct the mind. individual perfection. for everyand coloured accord- . failing to see that they are merely steps towards ultimate. in a The heart and mind. and to develop the understanding.

Renew your resolution daily. or volume intensity. and allow now . and the light lingers a little longer. All beneficence in ever-increasing abundance and power. So each day we can strengthen our each day we can open our heart character a little more to the light of Truth. that there is of does not increase or diminish. so do you acquire skill in fashioning good deeds by daily and diligent practice of the Truth. You can acquire Truth only by practice. and in the hour of temptation do not depart from the right path. 12 . and receives* It is now. but as we turn towards it we receive of its radiance and more as it Truth and Good turns. the Sun of Righteousness to shine more highly The sun does not increase in in our mind. but the earth turns to- wards it. Each day the sun rises a little higher. January tdfitl)< days are lengthening. As the artisan acquires skill in fashioning the articles of his craft by daily and diligent practice with his tools.

you can rise a new being. Be upright. new beginnings. For you it can be the day of regeneration. Abandon Purge the mind of selfish- and live a life of exalted purity. From the old past with its mistakes. a new It reality. a new age. In it you can become a new man. mind and body. orbits. The a ages have witnessed the stars in their but this day hath no age witnessed. January IJVKRY day holding possibilities. a new woman. renewal. ness. and sorrows. new new achievements. to all men. It is a new appearance.The wise purify their thoughts. new opportunities. Be chaste in sensual pleasures. is out new birth in time. heralds a new life yea. a new order. a new It holds out new hopes. society. rebirth. failures. and radiant with the inspiration of a new ideal. 13 . gentle. endued with power and purpose. and pure-hearted.

^ICTORY No mere wishing. Like them. . and the comprehension and application of fixed and noble principles. It can no more appear spontaneously and erratically than can a flower or a mountain. worldly success it must be achieved by an orderly succession of well-directed efforts. spiritual victory will No be achieved by him who imagines that it does not begin until the hour of temptation arrives. Fix your minds on the practice of virtue. evil and fourteenth* of all kinds is preceded by a season of preparation. The time of great temptation is the climax of a conquest that long preparation has made certain and complete. no magic word. in a series of causes and effects. will produce . and through a series of successes in lesser trials.Exert yourself ceaselessly in decreasing accumulating good. it is the culminating point in a process of growth. All spiritual triumphs are gained in the silent hour of meditation.

. It puts an end to the shallow sneer. The for the hour of sorrow is the hour of reverence. the ribald jest.The Never-Ending Gladness coming. . fulness. As the clouds darken the earth but to cool and fructify it. so the rains of many sorrows showering upon the heart prepare and mellow it coming of that wisdom that perfects the mind and gladdens the heart. so the clouds of grief cast a shadow over the heart to prepare it for nobler things. the cruel calumny it softens the heart with and the mind with thoughtenriches sympathy. Do Where self ends. Wisdom is mainly recollection of all that was learned by sorrow. it not think that your sorrow will remain will pass away like a cloud. grief passes away. 000 oooo awaits your Home- January the falling rain prepares the earth for the future crops of grain and fruit. .

Unhappiness can only enter through unguarded doors. 16 . not to engage in worthless do bad actions or questionable employment. HERE by good shuts out unhappiness as the well- sentried garrison shuts out the foe. Pure happiness is the rightful and happy condition of the soul. thing fraught the heart or house that is tenanted by all that The mind whose doors are guarded is good.Live sweetly and happily. I . but to resort to . good actions. or for every good good employment with is and evil cannot enter bliss. as becomes the dignity of a true manhood and womanhood. and even then its power over the tenant is not complete unless it find him occupied with Not to entertain evil thoughts not to evil. good in all things this is the source of supreme happiness. . January is no greater happiness than to be occupied with good. whether it be good thoughts.

and . and is freed from . and be anxious to remove them for know this simple truth wrong does not result from right. . and and Love are its Justice Law reigneth for ever.All things are orderly and sequential. Verily the reigneth. but not of the results which flow from them. not trouble about results. rather than about what may or may not come to you for he whose deeds are good does not concern himself about results. fear of future ill. or be but be anxious as to the future troubled about personal shortcomings. . Be therefore concerned about what you think and do. eternal ministers. and a good present cannot give birth to a bad future. You are the custodian of your deeds. The deeds of to-day bring the happiness or sorrow of to-morrow. being governed by the law of causation.

The bitter opposition of men and the unrest of the world cannot make us bitter and restless unless we enter into and Rather. if we have peace co-operate with it. to take firmer root. in whose pure heart no hateful thought about another can take root and flourish. and to show forth more abundantly in works of peace for the softening of human hearts and the enlightening of human minds. though around be and perturbation. but it cannot affect us if there is peace within.Speak only words which are truthful and sincere. He who speaks evil of another cannot find the of peace. no injuries to forget. will the outer turmoil cause our peace to deepen. Blessed is he who has no wrongs to remember. As by the from the that is fireside there is security fiercest storm. January <fgbtccntfv storm may rage without. so the heart strife steadfast in the knowledge of Truth all abides in peace. 18 way . in our heart.

so that even inanimate objects seem to participate in the recuperative repose. January [HEN a storm has subsided. So when a too violent eagerness or a sudden burst of passion has spent itself. there comes a period of reflective thought. All becoming is painful. Joy comes and fills the self-emptied heart it abides with the peaceful its reign is with the pure.Purification is necessarily severe. The hour of calm is the hour of restoration. and forming a more kindly judgment of others. word. in which the mind is restored. observe how all nature seems to pause in a restorative silence. and all is calm again. in their true It is wise to take advantage of this quiet time by gaining a truer knowledge of one's self. Make your every thought. . . . and things are seen outlines and right proportions. a time of calm. A restful quiet pervades all things. and deed sweet and pure.

remember then the sorrow of the world. in human that none escape it that it is the great fact life that makes religion a necessity.In the dark times of sorrow. It is the common great pain of the world. is Think not that your pain isolated and un- It is but a fragment of the justly inflicted. and that is all creatures. The end of sorrow is joy and peace. Perceiving this. you. experience of all. . 1 When . let sorrow gently lead you into a deeper religion. a wider compassion. Bear well in mind that nothing can overtake you that does not belong to you. and the heart aches. IjHEN the tears flow. to men approach very near Truth. a tenderer regard for all men and Let it bring you into greater and deeper peace. remember then that sorrow has overtaken it overtakes all . love not for your eternal good.

The sorrowless state is reached through sorrow. The deeper wisdom which flows from acquaintance with sorrow brings with it a holier and more abiding joy than that shallow excitement that preceded sorrow. is henceforth our companion. They who have passed from the earthly to the heavenly pilgrimage have lifted the dark veil of sorrow from the radiant face of Truth. and peace comes after pain. the Heavenly Joy. who fashions his life in accordance with Wisdom. January and quiet )S light displaces darkness. will find the Joy which does not pass away . he will come to the sorrowless Shore. 21 . whose treasure is Truth. crossing the wide ocean of He illusion. follows storm. so gladness displaces sorrow. the Abiding Gladness. and having passed through it. Between the lesser joys of the senses and the greater joy of the spirit lies the dark vale of sorrow through which all earthly pilgrims pass.

and establish one's in self right doing. It is the doer of deeds and the recipient of results. in success and failure. <Tw*nty~0ec0nd< ?N happiness and unhappiness. wheresoever they may be placed but a pure and virtuous character will show forth a life that is happy . Character is both cause and effect.All outward oppression is but- the shadow and effect of the real oppression within. As you make your life. in joy and sorrow. and beautiful. circumstances . it. are contained within is impure and vicious from which the elements of The character that will experience a life happiness and beauty are lacking. this is the highest wisdom. character. Heaven. in is all the the determining factor character. hell. issues of life. In the mentality of individuals lie the hidden causes of all that pertains to their outward life. purgatory. business. so will you shape your To put away self and passion. in victory and defeat in religion. . .

Not departing from the path of holiness. but surmounting all difficulties and continuing to the end whosoever does this will comprehend Truth. However complicated your maze be. Knowing the Truth by practice. for Truth cannot be confounded or overthrown. energy. and the more complete and triumphant your victory. and resource. you will be invincible. January |HEN I and difficulties arise. the greater your test of strength. regard your perplexity as a call to deeper thought and more vigorous action. there is a way out of it. Nothing will attack . ^^ you that you are not capable of overcoming no problem will vex you that you cannot solve. great troubles beset. of confusion may your you have mastered that which threatens to master you. The greater your trial. you will rejoice in a new-found strength. that way will exercise your of and the finding powers to the utmost. . and being at one with Truth. and will bring out all When latent skill.

transcendent greatness. or .Look not outside thee nor behind thee for the light and blessedness of Truth. of thine own heart. wilt find Thou . When the exertion is along intellectual lines. scries of efforts. or genius in spiritual channels. January (Cwenty-foitrty. it leads to wisdom. by a succession of strivings in given directions. law that the athlete trains himself to accom- plish wonderful feats of speed or endurance. but look within. Exertion. They are good to him that accepts their discipline as salutary. K advance by a We gather strength. Truth within the narrow sphere of in the humble and hidden sacrifices even thy duty. whether mental or physical. oft It is by obeying this repeated. it and when leads to unusual talent. Events are only evil to the mind that makes them so. We should not mourn when circumstances efforts and more are driving us to greater protracted exertion. leads to power.

and pleasures will meet with checks. rebuffs. irritability anxiety. and peaceful mind. and even greater troubles. is January ESPONDENCY. and cannot cure the ills against which they are directed. and obstacles and it is in learning to meet these reverses in a wise and calm spirit that we discover the true and abiding happiness . which annoy would soon dissolve and disappear if confronted with a temper that refuses to be Personal aims. schemes. within our heart. . quiet. ness.There is no blessedness anywhere until impatience sacrificed. worry. ruffled and disturbed. They only add more misery to the troubles that prompt them. When is realised impatience and irritability are put away. wishes. The cultivation of a steadfast and serene spirit cannot be overlooked if life is to yield any measure of usefulness and happiThe trifles. then and enjoyed the blessedness of a strong.

imagine that if one only possessed this or that a little more money. Alas If happiness is not lie in such vain wishes. this man's talent. it will never be found found within. The happiness of a wise mind abides . or more favourable surroundings one would be happy with a discontent and misery perfect felicity. already without.The greatest blessedness comes to him who infuses into his mind the purest and noblest thoughts. or that man's opportunities or if one had better friends. January |E are becoming wise when we know and realise that happiness abides in ' certain 1 habits of mind. or in certain combinations of It is a common delusion to circumstances. ! through all vicissitudes. a little more leisure. ^ . having their in your own thought. Your whole life is cause in thought a series of effects. rather than in material possessions. or mental characteristics.

and ridiculous self-importance over trifling things of an hour or a day. the most far-reaching usefulness. life will lose power and influence. occupy millions of years. This should make us ashamed of our hurry. fussiness. and the profoundest peace.A sweet and happy soul is the ripened perience and wisdom. and prosperity abides with him. complete its orbit the sea may occupy ten thousand years in wearing away the land the complete evolution of the human race may . fruit of ex- January t0ttify~0mtifb. Patience is conducive to the highest greatness. and its joy be largely destroyed. discontent. " So with well-ordered strenuousness Raise thou thy structure of Success/' He who fills with useful pursuits the minutes as they come and go grows old in honour and wisdom. disappointments. may take a thousand years to . [HERE is an is infinite patience in nature which it A comet profitable to contemplate. much will of its Without it. .

. Shall take up His abode in me. Go to your task with go love in to it light-hearted your and heart. womb Self shall depart. and No effort is sure. and Truth shall take its place The Changeless One. fall short of result is a happy January <rt*nfy~*f0f)tf)< p to-day is cold and gloomy. and of the bounty of a summer that as yet is but a sleeping germ in warm. bright days Already the birds are beand the tremulous trill in their are the is of this gloomy day. no unselfish deed. of all The vain. can its felicitous results. and cleanse The White Robe of the Heart Invisible. is that a cause for despair ? Do we not know there ? that ahead ginning to sing. . little throats is prophetic of the approaching love of a new spring. 28 . spring your aspirations is and the summer of your near very near unselfish deeds will surely come to pass. but whose birth its full growth certain. the Indivisible.No pure thought. and every such consummation. and you will cheerful.

that evil is a passing phase. with patience. . to transmute all evil into good. sorrows. . . you may be made When you have fully stronger. entered into this realisation. Y earnest self-examination strive to realise. and that by first enduring. you will be in a position to mould your own circumstances. and then understanding them.All evil is corrective and remedial. with a master hand. and misfortunes have come to you by a process of undeviating and absolutely perfect law have come to you because you deserve and require them. the lessons that are set for humility and your ultimate perfection. wiser. nobler. and is therefore not permanent. Cease to be a disobedient child in the school of ex- perience. the fabric of your destiny. and not merely hold as a theory. <Ttt>cnty~mntl). and begin to learn. a selfcreated shadow that all your pains. and to weave.

and whether you are growing into the likeness of the divine or the bestial. and not defiled and dragged more hopelessly into error. . January that is upon which you most frequently and intensely think. that to which. JELL me what There literally an unavoidable tendency to become the embodiment of that quality upon which one most constantly thinks. so that every time that you is revert to let it it in thought you will be lifted up be pure and unmixed with any selfish element so shall your heart become purified and drawn nearer to Truth. . and I will tell you to what place of pain or peace you are travelling. .Meditation centred upon divine essence realities is the very and soul of prayer. Meditation is the secret of all growth in spiritual life and knowledge. your soul most naturally turns. in your silent hours. the object of your meditation be above and not below. therefore. Let.

object of your meditation . you think and act spirit day by day be growing into those realities. and let the supreme be Truth. if you will no longer ask God to grant you that which you do not deserve. or to bestow upon refuse you that love and compassion which you to commence will but to bestow upon others. January ? F you for are daily praying for wisdom. you will surely become pure and unselfish. Enter the path of Meditation. so that ultimately you will become one with them. it If you will cease from such waywardness. will of the in Truth. peace. the selfish from the possesclinging to which debars you which you pray for realities sion of the stainless . and a fuller realisation of Truth. off taking your mind those things. whilst living out in thought and act another. and that for which you pray is still far from you.If you ceaselessly think upon that which is pure and unselfish. means that you are praying for one thing. for loftier purity.

. Men remain in evil because they are not willing or prepared to learn the lesson which it came to teach them. is the acquirement of a right understanding of the nature of evil.Unrest and pain and sorrow are the shadows of life. And the beginning of the way which leads to this glorious realisation evil . there is a way and I speak it with gladness by which may be slain for ever there is a process which by every adverse condition or circumstance can be put on one side for ever. never to return and there is a practice by which unbroken and unending peace and bliss can be partaken of and realised. . Jcbruary first S there no way of escape from pain and sorrow ? Are there no means by which the bonds of evil may be broken ? Is permanent happiness and abiding peace a foolish dream ? No. . It is not sufficient to deny or ignore evil it must be understood.

which will necessarily be followed by its There is no which is not the result of ignorance. . and must begin to examine and understand yourself. not rightly understood. and nothing can possibly it. if we were ready and willing to learn its lesson. is found an unlimited power or principle in the universe. .You must get outside yourself. that does not belong to 33 . by patiently examining your and rectifying your heart you will be gradually led into the discovery of the origin and nature of evil. not an abstract some- it is an experience in thing outside yourself and own heart. . . evil in the universe Every soul attracts come to it its own. and it therefore becomes a teacher to those who are willing to learn. and then vanish away. but a passing phase of human experience. complete eradication. Evil is . and which would not. Jcbtuary Second. when to be. lead us to higher wisdom.

shape itself in your outward life. universe of beauty. Your own thoughts. all that there is in the and joy. or mar your life. so is your world. and pain. and bliss. o0 oOOOoooo 00o U oooo oooo Every soul is a experiences and complex combination of gathered thoughts. within yourself. and the body is but an its improvised vehicle for 34 manifestation. to you. sooner or later. desires. so will your outward life and circumstances shape themselves accordingly.What you are. and so become part of yourself. Whatsoever you harbour in the inmost chambers of your heart will. . is contained ugliness. by the inevitable law of reaction. February )LL that you positively know is conall tained in your own experience that you ever will know must pass through the gateway of experience. your uni- As you build within by the power of thought. your world. your world. or of and sorrow. and. By your own thoughts you make verse. and aspirations comprise .

To them that seek the highest Good All things subserve the wisest ends. and put on the new garment of universal Love. come out Come. and your outward life. and is surrounded by friends Before the divine protecting belt. and complainings. out of your poverty of your pain come out of your troubles. You it will inward heaven. He like a radiance of a pure heart all darkness vanishes and all clouds melt away. then. and loneliness by coming out of yourself. and heartaches. E who and is clings to self is his own enemy. 35 . Let the old tattered garment of your petty selfish- ness fall from you. who . sighings. surrounded by enemies. and he who has conquered self has conquered the universe. and . will then realise the be reflected in all All glory and all good await The coming of Obedient feet. is his own self relinquishes saviour.

And tion . It is the silent and conquering thought-forces which bring all things into manifestation. 1 they are up-building and preservative. and Good is to co-operate with that Good. by entering into and realising the living light of the Eternal Good. and then objectivised. here we have the true meaning of salva- salvation from the darkness and negation of evil. but when subverted they become dis- integrating all To adjust to a and your thoughts perfect unswerving faith in the omnipotence and supremacy of self-destructive. and to realise within yourself the solution and destruction of all evil. .All men's accomplishments were first wrought out in thought. Jcbnmry in the thought-forces are directed harmony with the over-ruling Law. Believe and ye shall live.

will yield before a calm and powerful concentration of thought. force sent out. however great. in re. and have overcome many enemies that lurk there. and no legitimate object but may be speedily actualised by the intelligent use and direction of one's soul-forces. Every thought you think is a and in accordance with its nature and intensity will it go out to seek a lodgment in minds receptive to it. can you have any approximate conception of the subtle power of thought. of its inseparable relation to outward and material things. Think good actualised in thoughts. and they life your outward will quickly become in the form of good conditions. 37 .adjusting and transforming the life-conditions. when rightly poised and directed.There is nothing that a strong faith and an unflinching purpose may not accomplish. or of its magical potency. KooOOOOo/ J^ooOOOooV February HERE but is no difficulty. Not until you have gone deeply and search- ingly into your inner nature. and will react upon yourself for good or evil.

or they will fall for lack of support the calm. the yielding twig. . Be of single aim. let such seek combut pany. He is the man power who. and are utterly useless when detached from their fellows. the massive rock. the oak. ity.He only is fitted to command and control who has succeeded in commanding and controlling himself. you must cultivate poise and passivYou must be able to stand alone. all storm-tried because of their combined . ' . purpose. let such seek solitude. and to their power more power will be added. when all his fellows are swayed by some emotion or passion. you would acquire overcoming power. speak to us of power. remains calm and unmoved. the fearful. The hysterical. and Have a legitimate and useful devote yourself unreservedly to it. the thoughtless and frivolous. All power is associated with immovThe mountain. 1 |'3 ability. the thoughtful and grave. and the waving reed speak to us of weakness. the fearless. solitary grandeur and defiant while the shifting sand. . because they are movable fixity and of non-resistant.

into the belief that if you do right everything will go wrong. 39 . as many have done. trust the Divine Power. for I know where certain destruction awaits it. Those who have wandered from the highway of righteousness guard themselves against comthose who always pursue the right need not to trouble about such defence. I care not what man may say about the laws of competition. for do I not know the Unchangeallow Law. knowing this Law I can contemplate all dishonesty with undisturbed repose. and and you Law . February <F you would realise true prosperity.Self-seeking is self-destruction. will always be protected. Under all circumstances do that which trust the you believe to fre right. which shall one day put them all to and which puts them to rout even now in the heart and life of the righteous man ? And able rout. Do not the word competition to shake your faith in the supremacy of righteousness. do not settle down. petition .

. and He speaks. He thinks. His every thought is a purpose his every act an accomplishment he moves with the Great Law.Perfect Love is Perfect Power. things lo ! and obeys the he has already and behold a world hangs upon his simple utterances He has harmonised his thoughts with the Imperishable and Unconquerable Forces. . sion. accomplished ! . \ HE wisely loving all heart commands All without exercising any authority. not setting his puny personal will against it. and he thus becomes a channel through which the Divine Power can flow in unimpeded and beneficent expresHe has thus become Power itself. ! ! men obey him who Highest. and for him weakness and uncertainty are no more. Perfect Love is Perfect Wisdom.

around built have one. And so you will remove. up in your prejudices.be willing to make // you really seek Truth. and will patiently come will which Truth of for the revelation when your errors have been sufficiently reyou will moved. . to build no strive will longer meditating you yourself self. Let the supreme object of your meditation be Truth. you will the effort necessary for its achievement. tinguishcd from idle reverie. There is 1 ^~ ~^ nothing dreamy and unpractical about I* i s a P rocess ttf searching and uncompromising thought which allows nothing Thus to remain but the simple and naked truth. ooooo February entl>* the outset. the errors which you wait yourself in the past. meditation must be dis. forgetting remember only that you are seekone by ing the Truth. but.

As

light, so

the flower opens its petals to receive the morning open your soul more and more to the glorious
light of Truth.

iPIRITUAL
I

meditation

and
;

self-dis-

cipline

are

therefore,
|

commence

you will, inseparable to meditate upon

I

yourself so as to try

and understand

yourself, you will

remember, for, great object have in view will be the complete
all

the

removal of

your errors in order that you

may

realise Truth.

You

will begin to question

your motives, thoughts, and acts, comparing them with your ideal, and endeavouring to look upon them with a calm and impartial In this manner you will be continually eye. gaining more of that mental and spiritual equilibrium without which men are but helpless straws upon the ocean of life.

Soar upward on

the

wings of aspiration

;

be fearless,

and

believe in the loftiest possibilities.

A

beginning

is

a cause, and as such
by an
effect.

it

must

be followed

February

JHE

always

nature of an initial impulse will determine the body of its

A beginning also presupposes an ending, a consummation, achievement, or goal. A gate leads to a path, and the path leads to some particular destination so a beginning leads to results, and results lead to a
results.
;

completion. There are right beginnings and wrong beginnings, which are followed by effects of a like nature. You can, by careful thought, avoid

wrong beginnings and make right beginnings, and so escape evil results and enjoy good
In aiming at the life of Blessedness, one of the simplest beginnings to be considered and rightly made is that which we all make every day namely, the beginning of each day's
results.
life.

The

effect will

always be of the same nature as the
cause.

43

Wisdom

inheres in the

common

details of everyday

existence.

EVERYTHING in the
of little things,

universe

is

made

and the perfection of the great is based upon the perfection up of the small. If any detail of the universe were imperfect, the whole would be imperfect. If any particle were omitted, the aggregate would cease to be. Without a grain of dust there would be no world, and
the whole
is is

perfect because the grain of dust

Neglect of the small is confusion the great. The snowdrop is as perfect the dewdrop is as symmetrical as the star the microbe is not less matheas the planet matically proportioned than the man. By
perfect.

of

;

;

laying stone

upon

stone,

plumbing and

fitting

each with perfect adjustment, the temple at last stands forth in all its architectural
beauty.

When

the parts are

made

perfect, the

Whole

will be

without blemish.

44

To

neglect small tasks, or to execute
is

functory manner,

them in a pera mark of weakness and folly.

February
jjHE great man knows the vast value that inheres in moments, words, greetings,
rest,

obligations,

meals, apparel, correspondence, work, detached efforts, fleeting in the thousand-and-one little

things which press upon him for attention He sees briefly, in the common details of life.

everything as divinely apportioned, needing only the application of dispassionate thought and action on his part to render life blessed and perfect. He neglects nothing, does not
hurry, seeks to escape nothing but error and attends to every duty as it is presented folly to him, and does not postpone and regret.
;

By

giving himself unreservedly to his nearest duty, he attains to that combined childlike

simplicity
greatness.

and unconscious power which

is

,0000000000

There

no way to strength and wisdom but by acting strongly and wisely in the present moment.
is
45

He who

masters

the

small

becomes

the

rightful

possessor of the great.

JHE

foolish

man thinks that little faults,
;

little sins, are of no he consequence persuades himself that so long as he does not commit flagrant immoralities he is virtuous, and even holy but he is thereby deprived of virtue and holiness, and the world knows him accordlittle

indulgences,

;

ingly

;

it
it

does not reverence, adore, and love

him

;

passes
;

him by

;

he
is

is

reckoned of no

account

his

influence

efforts of

such a man to

destroyed. The make the world virtuous,

his exhortations to his fellow

men

to abandon

great vices, are of fruitage.

and barren empty The insignificance which he
of substance

attaches to his small vices permeates his whole character, and is the measure of his manhood.

He who

regards his smallest delinquencies as of the gravest nature becomes a saint.

Truth

is

wrapped up in infinitesimal

details.

Jebruary Sixteenth.
S the year consists of a given number of sequential moments, so a man's character and life consists of a given

number of sequential thoughts and the finished whole will bear the and deeds,
impress
of

the

parts.
sacrifices

Little

kindnesses,

generosities,

and

make up a kind

character. The truly honest honest in the minutest details of his The noble man is noble in every little life. thing he says and does. You do not live your life in the mass you live it in fragments, and from these the mass emerges. You can will to live each fragment nobly if you choose, and, this being done, there can be no particle of baseness in the finished whole.

and generous

man

is

;

Thoroughness
47

is

genius.

Truth in

its

very nature is ineffable
lived.

and can only

be

*RUTH
I

is

universe,
perfect

the one Reality in the the inward Harmony, the eternal Love. Justice, the

Nothing can be added to it, nor taken It does not depend upon any man, but You cannot perceive all men depend upon it. the beauty of Truth while you are looking out from the eyes of self. If you are vain, you
from
it.

will colour everything
If lustful,

with your own vanities. your heart and mind will be clouded

with the smoke and flames of passion, and everything will appear distorted through them. If proud and opinionative, you will see nothing in the whole universe except the magnitude and importance of your own opinions. The humble Truth-lover has learned to distinguish between opinion and Truth.

He who has most

of Charity has most of Truth.

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self-willed. quit of every form of self-indulgence. pride or do you strenuously fight against these ? If the former. heart. no matter what religion you may profess if the latter. Truth is the object of your ? If affection. even though out. and self-centred or arc wardly you may . 0f>ooo< $f0bt*tntl* !OU may easily know whether you are a child of Truth or a worshipper of self. the former. and are ever ready to give if up your own master . enmity. self is your the latter. lust. if you will silently examine your mind. self-indulgent. you are a candidate for Truth. unselfish. you are chained to self. mild. you gentle. The signs by which the Truth-lover is known are unmistakable 49 . ever to passionate. envy. seeking gain your own ends. Do you harbour thoughts of suspicion. . and conduct. Are you profess no religion. the religion of Truth.There is but one religion.

for the very presence of temptation means that fully a striving for a purer state. in order that the man may be fully revealed to himself. Such a man cannot be tempted to fall. and 1 beyond that border temptation cannot It is when a man begins to aspire that he begins to be tempted. satisfied. for the present. . for he has not yet risen. nothing better. Animal gratification is the normal condition of the man who has not yet risen into aspiration he wishes for nothing more. than his sensual enjoyments. and is. is JEMPTATION waylays the man of aspiration until he touches the region of the divine consciousness. Aspiration can carry a 50 man to heaven. It can scarcely be said of the merely animal man that he is tempted. there is desire and . for a man cannot overcome himself unless he follow him. knows himself.That which temptation appeals to and arouses unconquered desire. Aspiration rouses up all the latent good and evil.

. . sorely tempted. T the tempted one know this that he himself is both tempter and that all his enemies are tempted within that the flatterers which seduce. let him be assured of complete victory over evil. the taunts which stab. He who cannot fearlessly face his lower nature cannot climb the rugged heights of renunciation. For he who truly knows and humbly acknowledges his weakness will not be slow in setting about the acquisition : I . . but let him rejoice in that his strength is tried and his weakness exposed. When he is let him not mourn.A man must know himself. and the flames which burn. if he is to know Truth. therefore. all spring from that inner region of ignorance and error in which he has hitherto lived and knowing this. of strength.

. . strife. . . by doing things hatred. the inward error. condemnation. .Seek diligently the path of holiness. \ HE giving consists up of self of is not merely the things. becoming gentle pure at heart. Not by not by relinquishing giving up vain clothing riches not by abstaining from certain foods not by speaking smooth words not by merely . The renunciation of self is 52 the way of Truth. by doing these things is the Truth found. But giving up the spirit of vanity by relinthe desire for riches quishing by abstaining from the lust of self-indulgence by giving up . all and selfand and seeking. . these is the Truth found. It renunciation of outward the renunciation of the inward sin.

Only that work endures that is built upon an inde- structible principle. commences checking to develop his impulses falls selfish inclinations. and remains poised and self-possessed. He who has realised such a principle ceases to wander. after much searching. a divine calm ensues and joy unspeakable gladdens the heart. and sacrificing. and begins to steady himself upon a principle.He who ceases to be passion's slave becomes a masterbuilder in the Temple of Destiny. the light of an eternal principle dawns upon the soul. MAN when. he power and back upon the higher and calmer consciousness within him. and suffering. 53 . The realisation of consciousness is unchanging principles in at once the source and secret of the highest power. When.

and worships. to persuade himself that he believes in the and adheres to the principles of but Peace. but strife. if. is the man whose every word endures. selfishness. February tenty~tl)frd* is left T is easy for a man.Men and women of real power and infliience are few. imagines they are threatened. he begins to clamour loudly for war. and Love. is the man whom the after-world threatened honours. and hatred. so long as he enjoyments of his possessions. Brotherhood. There is 54 . even thing. and Universal Love are or his he when threatened. Brotherhood. He who no way to the acquirement of spiritual power except by that inward illumination and enlightenment. not Peace. he shows that he believes in and stands upon. enjoyments in . does not desert his principles when with the loss of every earthly to the loss of reputation and life. reveres. is the man of power.

which. Outward things are channels through which its energies are expended. silence in the noisy pleasures of the senses. 55 ^ <? . and endeavours to live in the conflicts of outward things. It is in solitiide only that a man can be truly revealed to himself. life.All pain and sorrow is spiritual starvation. aspiration is the cry for food. drive him back to the feet of the inward Comforter. from within not from without. and as such it derives its strength. but for renewal it must fall back on the inward In so far as man seeks to drown this silence. its peaceful solitude within. and February AN'S jj ! essential being is inward. just so much does he reap the experiences of pain and sorrow. becoming at last intolerable. to the shrine of the spiritual. invisible.

and your own shortcomings will stand out in more and more vivid contrast. As you persevere in this course. your selfishness. Bring its searching light to bear upon all your habits. Make no stay. and have brought yourself into perfect harmony with it. your every secret thought and desire. your actions. your imperfection. February \ AKE the principle of Divine Love. no resting-place. but will pursue that Love until you have relinquished every discordant element. until the inmost garment of your soul is bereft of every stain. spurring you on to renewed endeavour and having once . .Inward harmony is spiritual power. caught a glimpse of the incomparable majesty of that imperishable principle. the Divine Love will become more and more perfectly revealed to you. quietly and it and diligently meditate upon with the object of arriving at a thorough understanding of it. your speech and intercourse with others. you will never again rest in your weakness.

and peace except he periodically withdraw himself from the outer world of perishable things. ooOOOoo ooOOOoo He who loves Truth. uprightness. to man's spiritual welfare as sleep is to his bodily well-being and pure thought. diffi- culties and temptations of ooQOOOO ooOOOoo ! UST as the body requires rest for the recuperation of its forces. will be much alone. so the spirit requires solitude for the renewal of its Solitude is as indispensable energies. and reach inwardly towards the abiding and imperishable realities. . As the body activity breaks down when deprived of the needful rest sleep. who desires and seeks wisdom. is to the spirit what and to the body. or medita.In solitude a man gathers strength to meet the life. cannot be maintained in strength. as a spiritual being. tion. which is evoked is in solitude. so do the spirits of men break down when deprived solitude. of the necessary silence and Man.

oooOOoo ooOOOoo Divine Love knows neither sorrow nor change. the Love of God is ever beyond the reach of self. the supreme Love. the Love that is of God. out of reach and that must for ever remain outside.Human loves are reflections of the oooOOoo ooOOOoo Divine Love. And this inward realisation of holy Love is none other than the Love of Christ. clinging of shadows fortless and to the comevil. and so little comprehended the Love that not only saves the soul from sin. Truly. . 58 . or Good. ijEN. but lifts it also above the power of tempta. are in the habit of thinking of Divine Love as something belonging to a God who is as something outside themselves. but when the heart and mind are emptied of self then the selfless Love. tion. becomes an inward and abiding reality. February to self. that is so much talked about.

Let a man learn to stand alone. ooQOOoo ooOOO-ifi Be rich in yourself. dreads to be alone with himself. be complete in yourself. how shall he escape misery in his contact with others ? The man who has yet found nothing within himself upon which to stand will nowhere find a place of constant rest. place is within. 59 . Your eternal dwellinga man i . what steadfastness shall he find in company ? If he can find no joy in communion with his own thoughts. Where the need is. and insecurity within is all surety and blessedness. OOQOOOO ooQOOoo can find no peace within himwhere shall he find it ? If he self. there is the abundant supply. and decay. The soul is sufficient of itself. Without is change.

ideal. gods nor men.Find your centre of balance and succeed in standing alone. Find the peace the joy that results from well-earned freedom. himself. i|NTIL you can stand alone. but on an principle. looking for guidance neither to spirits nor mortals. reliance. you and free. more than the entirely in the self-reliant proud man. . refusing to be swept from his strong foothold either by the waves of passion within or the storms of opinion without. not altogether But do not mistake pride for selfTo attempt to stand upon the crumbothers ling foundation of pride is to No man depends upon stands. the blessedness that inheres in native strength. within Upon this he poises himself. reality. But the abiding law. not be already fallen. that flows from wise self-possession. His happiness hands of others. the light of the truth within you. but guiding yourself by are not unfettered blessed. is man upon personal pride.

tree. and thoughts engendered in the heart at last reveal themLife is ever selves in words. so issues life man's from the secret recesses of his heart. actions. universe. That remains Nothing is the life. and revealing itself to the light.As the fountain from the hidden spring. which is hidden is but for a time it comes at forth and last. so is The within the without. ceaselessly becoming unrevealed. and his deeds bear the fruitage of character and destiny. S the heart. From the state of a man's heart . and things accom- Mind clothes itself in garments of its own making. plished. Seed. and fruit is the fourfold order of the . unfolding from within. 61 . ripens blossom. proceed the conditions of his life his thoughts blossom into deeds.

proceeds from the mind. elect to strongly and steadfastly pathways of thought and action . ing . and of blessedness is the way opened to him. . wise. and to fashion So will he walk those which are excellent to him will become life altogether beautiful and sacred sooner or and.There is no nobler work or higher science than self-perfection. . and in the most sublime task that man can undertake. for it is impossible for a man to fall short of liberation. He who aims seeing at the mind engages possession of a calm. and sufferin accordance with his ideal. confusion. enlightenment. later. For he will then discover that he possesses the it power to rule his mind. that of Jttarcl) man realise that life in its totality lo. and peace who guards with unwearying diligence the gateway of his heart. he will put to flight all evil.

. by constantly being held in the mind. Just as a boy.A thought constantly repeated at last becomes a fixed habit. less much When the heart is pure all outward things are pure. its conditions. so a state of perfect mind at first apparently impossible of realisation is. at first. by perseverance and practice. at last becomes. is contained the basis of man's salvation. cannot even handle his tools use them correctly. In this power of the mind to form and reform its habits. at last acquired and built into the character as a natural and spontaneous condition. aright. but after and practice plies them with long repetition consummate and ease skill. and the open door to perfect liberty by the mastery of self. to hold and to difficult. IT is in the nature of the mind to acquire knowledge by the repetition of its A thought which it is experiences. very dwell upon. when commencing to learn a trade. a natural and habitual condition.

proceeds mind. and over which he can gain complete ascendancy and control. MAN'S from his patient effort. by life. and his mind is a combination of habits. and not a sudden acquisition from without. word. and he has at once obtained possession of the key which shall open the door to his complete emancipation. and deed. Hourly and daily must the mind be trained to think stainless thoughts. But emancipation from the ills of life (which are the ills of one's mind) is a matter of steady growth from within. and to adopt until he has and dispassionate attitudes. which he can. Let a man realise this.Every sin may be overcome. modify to any extent. wrought out of it the Ideal of his right holiest dreams. . The Pligher Life is a higher living in thought. Tarct> in its totality.

some selfish Let the ness of find man who his enjoyment or benefit for himself. but from his selfish desire He who neglects duty. All personal and selfish considerations should be extracted and cast away from the doing of one's duty and when this is done. that from the duty to escape it.Without the right performance of Duty. . is chafing under the irksomehis duty look to himself. march fifth* |LL duty should be regarded as sacred. be it . is to him who craves irksome Duty only . not itself. and becomes joyDuty ful. and he who in his heart neglects Virtue rebels against Duty rebels against Virtue. the higher virtues cannot be known. and its faithful and unselfish performance one of the leading rules of conduct. The virtuous man concentrates his mind on the perfect doing of his own duty. or of a public or private nature. and he will wearisomeness proceeds. great or small. to be ceases irksome.

Character is destiny. Each act of his is a cause which must be balanced by its effects. which pursued him. him unbidden causation. His life is made up of causes and both a sowing and a reaping. Man finds himself involved in the train of . was the relentless ghoul of his own wrong deeds demanding and enforcing restitution to those blessings and curses which come are the reverberating echoes of the sounds which he himself sent forth. alter.Man is the doer of his own deeds . or It is thus Free-will avert the effect (this is Fate) to stands for the power initiate causes. which he was powerless to escape by effort. destiny is involvement in effects. he cannot choose. or avert by prayer. effects. | HOSE things which befall a man are the reflections of himself that destiny . He chooses the cause (this is Free-will). as such he is the maker of his own character. and . 66 .

and unhappiness cannot be escaped while sin remains unconquered. that is. in accordance so not is in The Law. and altogether happy. sin is ignorance. The and the wrong -doer is thinker wrongin the same A position in the school of the ignorant pupil in the school of He has yet to learn how to think learning. with act and correctly. Some are diligent in learning them. It is a condition of darkness 1 i >+^_Z!S&s u-xi__xx_ t and unclevelopment. and they remain impure. 67 . Others are negligent. happy long learning pupil life as is as he does his lessons wrongly. wise. and they become pure.Every form of unhappiness springs from a wrong condition of mind. foolish. and do not apply themselves. and unhappy. Jttotct) $*o*ntf)< jj}LL . Happiness is mental harmony. Life is a series of lessons.

man who continually dwells upon the selfishness in others will not thus ness. . The of . but by purifying ourselves. 68 . It is the way of self-conquest. By eagerly striving to subdue the selfishness . to accuse them of it and to talk about it.j 00000 ooooo The ascending pathway is always at hand. we remain by patiently overcoming our we ascend into freedom. overcome his own selfish- Not by accusing others do we come out The of selfishness. not only subsists in the gross forms of greed and glaringly ungoverned conditions mind it informs also every hidden which is subtly connected with the thought and and glorification of one's self assumption it is most deceiving and subtle when it prompts one to dwell upon the selfishness of others. o'>oooo gooooo . he must come out of passion. from to is not by hurling way peace passion painful charges against others.If one would find peace. but by overcoming one's self. passion-bound own selfishness of others. or passion. Jttarcb lELFISHNESS.

purity. Aspiration is the longing for heavenly things for righteousness. . and uninspired. and has become conscious nobler attainments and a fuller life. low pleasures.Aspiration the raptiire oj'the saints. j|N the wings of aspiration man rises from to heaven. remains a grovelling animal. sure sign that he is Aspiration makes 69 all things possible. Jttarct) ttfntl). which is the longing for earthly things for selfish possessions. compassion. means that he is dissatisfied with his low estate. from the under darkness earth Without it he to the upper light. love as distinguished from desire. and sensual For one to begin to aspire gratifications. from ignorance to knowledge. earthly. sensual. It is a roused out of his lethargic of sleep of animality. unenlightened. personal dominance. and is aiming at a higher condition.

Jttaccl) \ HEN the rapture of aspiration touches the mind it at once refines it. and the dross of its impurities begins to . while aspiration holds the mind. no impurities can enter it. 70 . To the pure wings road to wisdom peace . back into its habitual error and The must be constantly renewed. this is the right striving for this is the right beginning of the way . divine. But the effort of aspira- tion is mind falls at first spasmodic and short-lived. for the impure and the pure cannot at the same moment occupy the thought. thirst for righteousness . The lover of the pure life renews his mind daily with the invigorating glow of aspiration. fall away yea.The man of aspiration sees before him the pathway up to the heavenly heights. to hunger for life to rise in holy rapture on the of angelic aspiration this is the right .

it is transferred to a higher region of thought. t The clear and cloudless heights of spiritual enlightenment. any place in the consciousness but the mental force which that desire represented is not annihilated. of new set an about experiences. and and cut off at its source. The Gold of Truth remains. . and not allowed to have .Error is sifted away. The law of conservation in as matter. I PI RITUAL transmutation consists in an entire reversal of the ordinary selfseeking attitude of mind towards men this reversal brings things. and obtains universally in mind the force shut off in lower directions is liberated in higher realms of spiritual activity. tiansmuted into a purer form of of energy energy. Thus entirely a certain for desire the pleasure is abandoned.

As valuable jewels. beautiful. and resplendent. more eternally satisfying form. to his joy. but only to reappear in some more beautiful. yet are remoulded into new and perfect adornments. Transmutation is the Country of divine Sacrifice. The wise man meets passion with peace. spiritual jewels newly burnished.The for the pain early stage of transmutation is painful but brief. long guarded and cherished. it is tion. so the spiritual alchemist. and returns good for evil. are cast away and abandoned. powers. to discover. and purer joys. more permanent. is soon transformed into pure spiritual joy. old ambitions and thoughts. | LONG the Saintly Way towards the the midway region of life. that they have come him back to in the form of new faculties. at first loth to part company with long-cherished thoughts habits. old the Plain of Renunciadesires. rarer and a little later. Old passions. are thrown tearfully into the melting-pot. . hatred with love. at last gives them up.

and to hatred. Perfect Justice operating in and adjusting all human affairs. but calmly receives his accounts. But this is not all he does not merely pay his debts he takes care not to contract any further He watches himself and makes his debts. his enemies are but the blind instruments of a faultless retribution and so he blames them not. . deeds faultless.The present is the synthesis of the entire past . Characteristics are fixed habits of mind. though he be surrounded by persecutors. and patiently pays his moral debts. and comhe knows that only his own can come to him. 73 . resentment. rise all of the above . . and that. that enables the good man to love his enemies. the results of deeds. plaining for . Htarcl) jT is this knowledge of the Perfect Law working through and above all things . the net result of all that a man has ever thought and done is contained within him.

fltarcb NOTHING comes unbidden . and which also will extend the illimitable future. variety of characters and ripened growth of the they are the ripening sowing of deeds. That which comes to the individual is the product of his own deeds. industry leads to greater industry and increasing prosperity. where the shadow is. there also is the substance.Heaven and hell are in this world. a sowing not confined solely to this visible life. and labour shirked or undertaken discontentedly leads to a lesser degree of labour and decreasing prosperity. but going backward through that infinite life which traverses the portals of innumerable and deaths. so with all the varied conditions of effects life as we see them they are the of deeds. As cheerful . eating the sweet and bitter fruits births into of its own deeds. destinies wrought by the thoughts and deeds of each So also with the vast particular individual. Life is a great school for the development of character. reaping its own harvests. 74 .

By the ceaseless recalled habit. and is a purified being. manifesting his attainment in pure actions. and his life and character are determined by the thoughts in which he habitually is dwells. and " " fix so the character in a given direction by producing that automatic action which is habit/' By daily dwelling upon pure thoughts. the man of meditation forms the habit of pure and enlightened thinking which leads to pure and enlightened actions.Purification of the heart by repetitive thought on pure things. association. and well-performed actions. jjjAN a thought-being. . Jiftccntl). and tend to repeat themselves " petition of pure thoughts. 00000000000000 ooooooooooo Attainment of divine knowledge by embodying such purity in practical 75 life. he at last becomes one with those thoughts. practice. By thoughts with greater and greater ease and frequency.

put an end to all Jttarct) BLESSED gotten. and the sweet acts of Truth are the seeds from which all blessedness grows.He who will control himself will his sufferings. pure aspirations. while selfless thoughts. and acts not shaped by Truth are the baneful seeds from which all suffering springs. enlightenment. himself is that day. He who will deny himself will find the holy place where calmness lives. Selfish thoughts. 76 . and not to be for- when a man discovers that he is his own undoer and his own saviour. and that also within is the source of all peace. That within himself is the cause of all his suffering and lack of knowledge. impure desires. and Godliness.

more powerful than the king of many nations and he who holds himself in entire subjection is more than gods and angels. 77 of . can he find the way which leads to lasting peace. " Henceforward I will be a master in Israel. mind salvation. and commences to patiently purify his inner life. A life of perfect peace and blessedness by means self-government and self-enlightenment.He %ho will purify himself will destroy ignorance. in that moment he will rise up in the dignity of his divine manhood and say. all his who governs his tongue is greater than a successful disputant in the arena of intellectualism he who . When a man who is enslaved by self realises that he must work out his own controls well his is . and not a slave in the House of Bondage/' Not until a man realises this.

and hurry matters. completely accomplished. . quiet to you devote day to quiet moral subjects if strength. as distinguished from your feelings. firmly believing that your object will be. and never helped any man.Impatience is a handmaid of impulse. conquer impulse. you Still will . Do your duty to the very uttermost live a disciplined and self-denying life . you will cultivate a calm. and as you grow more perfect make fewer mistakes and will suffer less. go on becoming. ilTarcb 'OU will be greatly helped at least one hour every meditation and In this way on lofty their application to everyday life. and will develop right perception Do not be anxious correct judgment. in its own time. and guide your actions by moral and spiritual Principles.

his sceptre is the sceptre of peace. and strife the other. OOOOOO000090 oooooOOooooo Power resides in blamelessness of heart. self. meekness and peace. Brother. All earthly things are symbols. named . sister. hat red." Blessed indeed and immortal shall he be who shall find in the inward and heavenly places the King of Righteousness. and shall bow his heart to Him. and his throne is in the hearts of mankind. he is but one is a usurper and tyrant .The diadem of the King of Truth is a righteous life. and his thoughts and deeds are those of purity and love. 'OOOOOOOOnr every heart there are two kings. heart I have crowned the King of Peace. the rightful monarch. is named Truth. passion. to what monarch dost thou bow ? is it What king hast thou crowned in thy heart ? Well "I bow with thy soul if Thou canst say down to the Monarch of Truth in my inmost : . and his thoughts and deeds are those of lust. .

Men have not this peace.It is by the eradication of the inward errors and impurities alone that a knowledge of Truth can be gained. but is an abiding peace that is born of knowledge. ignorant of impersonal Principles. 10000000000 Whilst a man loves his lusts he cannot love wisdom. and they do not understand and know because they are blinded and rendered ignorant by their own errors and |HE ! ing I " and whilst they are unwilling to impurities these give up. There is no other way OCOOOOOOOOOOO to wisdom and peace. because they do not know. Jltatcb peace which passeth understandis a peace which no event or circumstance can shake or mar. because it is not merely a passing calm between two storms. because they do not understand. . they cannot but remain entirely .

8z . the consequences of that deed being visited upon an innocent person. but it is only appear an appearance an appearance which a deeper suffer If Ye this knowledge dispels. 3RE our sufferings and troubles entirely the result of our own ignorance and I I | wrong-doing. or are they partly or wholly brought about by others. and result of our own ignorance. men to suffer through others. " pels/' from yourselves. and wrong- doing. even partly. if a man could commit an evil deed and escape. exist.// we could suffer. error. even for a single moment. All would be chaos. Man is not the result of o^ttward conditions . Upon the surface. then there would be no Law of Justice. outward conditions are the result of man. and without such a Law the universe could not. none else comwere not so. through others. and are entirely the by outward conditions ? Our sufferings are just. our sufferings would be unjust.

and do not love righteousness. There is one supreme liberty of which no man can be deprived by any but himself the liberty to love and to practise righteousness. and it is by these that they are bound. jijEN This includes all other liberties. and he who will enter into this liberty will from him every chain.In the knowledge of truth ooQOOoo ooQOOoo there is freedom. cast will oooOOoo ooOOOoo No outward oppressor can burden the righteous heart. suffer because they love self. By this the slave walk out from the presence of his oppressor. and loving self they love their delusions. and will be a king indeed. It belongs to the whipped and chained slave equally as to the king. who will be powerless to stay him. . By this the king will cease to be defiled by his surrounding luxuries.

Joy

is to the sinless

!

Jttarcl)

SHE wise man knows. For him anxiety,
disappointment, and unrest have ceased, and under whatever condition or circumstance he may be placed his calmness will not be broken, and he will bend and adjust everything with capacity and wisdom. Nothing will cause him grief. When friends yield up the body of flesh, he knows that they still are, and does not sorrow over the shell they have discarded. None can injure him, for he has identified himself with that which is unaffected by change.
fear,

The knowledge which brings
is

peace,

then,

the knowledge of unchangeable Principles arrived at by the practice of pure goodness, righteousness, becoming one with which a man

becomes immortal, unchangeable, indestructible.

Peace

is to the

pure.

83

Love,
ness,

meekness, gentleness, self-accusation, forgivepatience,

compassion, reproof works of the Spirit.

these

are

the

Jttarcl)

r|HE flesh flatters

;

The

flesh

blindly

the Spirit reproves. the gratifies
;

Spirit wisely disciplines. The flesh loves secrecy
is

;

the Spirit

open and

clear.
;

The flesh remembers the injury of a friend the Spirit forgives the bitterest enemy. the Spirit is The flesh is noisy and rude
;

silent

and

gracious.

The

flesh is subject to

moods

;

the Spirit

is

always calm.

The flesh incites to impatience and anger the Spirit controls with patience and serenity. The flesh is thoughtless the Spirit is thought;
;

ful.

Hatred, pride, harshness, accusing others, revenge, anger, cruelty, and flattery these are the works of
the flesh.

You can

only help others in so far as
lifted

you have upand purified yourself.

TRUTH is first perceived, and afterwards realised. The perception may be instantaneous, the realisation is
almost invariably a process of gradual unfoldment. You will have to learn to love,
regarding yourself as a child and as you make progress in learning, the Divine will unfold within you. You can only learn to love by
;

constantly meditating upon Love as a divine
principle,

and by adjusting, day by day, all your thought, and words, and acts to it. Watch yourself closely, and when you think, or say, or do anything which is not born of pure
unselfish love, resolve that

you

will henceforth

guard yourself in that direction.

By

so doing

you will every day grow purer, tenderer, holier, and soon you will find it easy to love, and will
realise the

Divine within you.

When

love

is

perfected and revealed in the heart, Christ is known.

Follow faithfully where the inward
00000000

light leads

you.

?T

is

well to

become conscious
for,

of

your

shortcomings,

having

realised

the necessity of overcoming them, you will, sooner or later, rise above them into the pure atmosphere You should not of duty and unselfish love.
feeling

them, and

picture dark things in the future, but if you think of the future at all, think of it as bright.

do your duty each day, and do it unselfishly, and then each day will bring its own measure of joy and peace, and the future will hold much happiness The best way to overcome your for you.

Above

all,

cheerfully and

faults is to perform all your duties faithfully, without thinking of any gain to yourself, and to do all you can to make others happy speaking kindly to all, doing kind things when you can, and not retaliating when others do
;

or say unkind things.

Put your whole heart

into the present, living

it,

minute

by minute, hour by hour, and day by day, self-governed

and pure.
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The righteous

man

is

invincible.

No enemy

can

possibly overcome him.

hide, committing

righteous man, having nothing to no acts which require

stealth, and harbouring no thoughts and desires which he would not like others to know, is fearless and unashamed. His step is firm, his body upright, and his speech He looks everydirect, and without ambiguity.

body
any,
all

in the face.
?

wrongs none

How can he fear any, who How can he be ashamed before
;

? And ceasing from be he can never ceasing wronged wrong, from all deceit, he can never be deceived. It is impossible for evil to overcome good, so the righteous man can never be brought low by the

who

deceives none

unrighteous.

He

cannot be

afflicted

by weariness and unrest whose
all.

heart is at peace with

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It is better to love than to accuse
ooOOOoo ooOOOoo

and denounce.

outburst of passion "righteous indignation/' and it appears to be righteous, but looked at from a higher conof conduct it is seen to be not ception There is a certain stamp of nobility righteous.
is

(HERE
which

that

is

called

about indignation at wrong or
it

is

certainly
it

far

injustice, and and nobler than higher

is a loftier nobility still, seen that indignation is never necessary, and where love and gentleness take its place, they overcome the wrong much

indifference,

but there
is

by which

A person that is apparently our wronged requires pity, but the one who wrongs requires still more our compassion, for he is ignorantly laying up for himself a store
more
effectually.

of

suffering

:

he must reap the wrong he is

sowing.

ooOOOot ooOOOoo

When

divine compassion is perceived in

its

fullness

and beauty, indignation and all forms of passion cease to exercise any influence over us.

-// a

man would

do a noble thing, and does not do he is not exalted thereby, but debased.

it,

iftarcb

|HE term Goodness
I

does not

mean sickly

sentiment,

inward virtue, the direct result of which is strength and
;

but

power therefore, the good man is not the weak man is not good. weak, We should not judge the souls of others in but we can judge the spirit of condemnation
;

of our
is

own

life

and conduct by

results.

There

certain than this, the evil doer that his evil produces misery speedily proves the good man demonstrates that his goodness
;

nothing more

results in happiness. It is a fact that one

and yet be unrighteous, but we should bay that the bay tree at last perishes, remember also or is cut down, and such is the fate of the
tree

"

may

"

flourish like a green

unrighteous.

ooooooeoooeeoo

An" exalted being apart from an exalted ceivable and cannot be.

life is

incon-

The proof and witness Out of of his teaching is in himself. JttarcJ) Teachers of mankind are few.We know nothing higher than Goodness. and his teaching is never derived from any man or book. they may likewise live. the distinguishing feature by which he is known is his life. but from his own life. 90 . The Teacher first lives. and the one who is thus accepted and exalted is he who lives. one only is ultimately accepted by mankind as the true Teacher. His conduct is different from other men. The supreme aim of all religions is to teach men how to live. A thousand years may pass by without the advent of such a one but when the true Teacher does appear. and then teaches others how JHE . millions of preachers. his life.

These rules or precepts are so simple. So plain and unequivocal are they that even an their meaning them are directly related to human conduct. of his oneness with God. To unlettered child could grasp without difficulty. by the observance of which all men could become sons of God. All of carry out the spirit of these rules in one's daily conduct constitutes the whole duty of life. could live the Perfect Life. . Men everywhere. and lifts the individual into the full consciousness of his divine origin and nature. direct.Love is far beyond the reach of all selfish argument and can only be lived. the Supreme Good. in their inmost hearts. know that Goodness is divine. and can be applied only by the individual in his own life. Ward) (El)frty~f!r0k oESUS gave to the world a code of rules. and unmistakable that it is impossible to misunderstand them.

No being. He himself must choose the good. no event. they will enter the world of Truth Peace. and thereby find the happy. who accept and embrace . and blessed are they it .A man has no character. This life of triumph is not for those who are it is for satisfied with any lower conditions it and are for thirst those who willing to for who are as eager achieve it righteousness It is always at hand. He thinks and own volition. He by his own compeller. higher. for his state of | mind. and is offered to all. no soul. power. no his thoughts life. no circumstance. as the miser is for gold. however not even the Supreme wise and great can make him good and happy. . diviner life than that of sinning and suffering. and the life which he lives. they will find the Perfect There is a larger. can compel a himself acts is man his to evil and unhappiness. apart from and deeds. ?ACH man is responsible for the No which he thinks and the 3 thoughts ^ acts which he does. nobler. . .

is the way of Man. sufficient. SjAN'S life is actual his deeds actual . beyond. is speculative and not actual. . considered as above.Man is . life ground-work them. radiance. Man life cannot be separated from his mind his cannot be separated from his thoughts. and to occupy ouris selves with the study of things that are not. his thoughts are are actual. Second. and and contain within themselves the of all are as inseparable as The facts are allcolour. . and to think and act is to change. To occupy ourselves with the investigawisdom. knowledge concerning To live is to think and act. so he is. Mind. the way of folly. 93 . tion of things that are. and light. mind and thought. and separate from. thought. and as he thinks.

devotion these are the chief means which men in all ages employ to reach up to higher modes of thought. I HE purification of the heart. wider airs of peace. vaster realms of knowledge. a new to . the thinking of right thoughts. 94 . He is not some- "made and finally completed. . man. greater good. so is he saved from himself from his own folly and suffering by creating within. and the doing of good deeds what are they but calls a higher. Man's being is modified by every thought he thinks. new habits of thought by becoming a new thinker. nobler mode of thought energising forces urging men to effort in the choosing of thoughts which shall lift them into realms of greater power. but has within him the capacity for progress. meditation. greater bliss ? Aspiration. Every experience affects his character. for " " he is as he thinketh in his heart.Man thing as mind " is subject to change.

resting upon that which is permanently right. condition. but the sage is the master of thought. They.Only the choosing of wise thoughts. They obey the impulse of the moment. 95 . necessarily the doing of wise deeds. life. facts of The sage stands face to face with the He knows the nature of thought. knowledge. he comimmediate pleasure and happiness mands and subdues impulse. thinking of their . Hl multitudes. Thought determines character. obeys the law of right. conquering impulse. . leads to wisdom. He understands and obeys the law of his being. unenlightened concerning their spiritual nature. They follow blindly he chooses intelligently. obeying blind impulse. eousness. and. violate the law of rightousncss he. are the slaves of thought.

are It is action. whereas law is a method of justice and kindness. we made happy. faultless is in infinite in application. eternal Indeed. If we could escape the effects of our ignorance and sin. the supreme law kindness. for result of our we could then be equally deprived of the wisdom and goodness. Such a scheme would be one of caprice and cruelty. For ever flowing of free/' . and none other than that " Eternal Love. 96 the knowledge . for ever full. which the Christian sings and the Bound" of Buddhistic precept and less Compassion poetry. and there would be no refuge. ooOOOoo ooOOOoo T is not less kind that we should suffer the penalty of our wrong-doing than that we should enjoy the blessedness of our right-doing.Law cannot be partial. ooOOOoo ooOOOoo " Every pain we suffer brings us nearer to of the Divine Wisdom. obeying. It is the principle of working. an unvarying mode of we are hurt. disobeying which. all security would be gone.

and they who perceive . It is no ironhearted monster crushing the weak and destroying the ignorant. and know it are more. it. BUDDHA if it always referred to the moral law of the universe as the Good Law. is the beatific vision to know . To perceive it. It enfolds the tiniest seedling in its care. it preserves all good. for in there can be no grain of evil. but a soothing love and brooding compassion shielding the tenderest no from harm. 97 . It destroys all evil. and it destroys the most colossal wrong with a breath.Seers of the Cosmos do not mourn over the scheme of things. and protecting the strongest from a too destructive use of their strength. at peace they are glad for ever 00000000 00000000 The tbise man bends his will and subjects his desire to the Divine Order. is the beatific bliss . and indeed it is not rightly perceived is it thought of as anything but good. element of unkindness.

98 . limited personality life is is outgrown. with the decrease of evil and the accumulation of good. As passion is the is the keynote of the self-life. universe opens out before is the stage of TranThis his spiritual gaze. > HERE comes a time in the process of ! I transmutation when. so serenity keynote of the transcendent life. there dawns in the mind a new vision.Rise above the allurements of sin. then the When Transcendence new power . a new consciousness. a new man. And when . a new . the I call this scendence is attained. the saint has become a sage he has passed from the human life to the divine He is " born again/' and there begins for life. evil is transcended. and Good is all-in-all. the Transcendent Life. and enter the Divine Consciousness. and the divine known . him a new round of experiences he wields a . Transcendent Life. this is reached.

they . are involved in the passions of self.When Perfect Good is realised and known. for its protection servation. In its clear is atmosphere. not upon fleeting impulses. founded. so that there is seen to be no more room men While for sorrow. painstricken personality. being anxious for its fleeting pleasures. anxiety. all this is transcended. JHE transcendent life is ruled. Now and preand conand good all cares. Personal interests are replaced by universal purposes. load themselves with cares. and trouble over many things and more than all else do they trouble over their own little. not by It is passions. but upon abiding laws. then calm vision is acquired. or regret. and anxieties concerning the pleasure and fate of the personality are dispelled like the feverish dreams of a night. the orderly sequence of all things revealed. and for its eternal safety in the life that is wise tinuance. burdened. but by principles. oooOOocaoo Universal Good is seen. and troubles. 99 .

cannot approach it. already on the Saintly Way enemy of the world and not without that his own . he has conquered the world. who con- fipril leoentl)* ] Y the way of self-conquest is the Perfect Peace achieved. until he sees the supreme necessity of turning away from the fierce fighting of things without. hatred and pride. peace of the world. selfishness and greed. desires are the violaters of his peace. and entering upon the noble warfare against evils within. is victorious over another may in turn be will never but he who overcomes himself be subdued. Man cannot understand it. He is ungoverned thoughts are the source of conthat his own unchastened fusion and strife . and of the If a man has conquered lust and anger. . He who defeated . who has is realised that the within.He is brave who conquers another : but he quers himself is supremely noble.

life is bliss. they more powerful . It is a refuge for the defeated. It is than strife it conquers where force would fail. the harmless are not harmed. When. It tection. He that was an enemy has become a friend. The pure-hearted and wise have peace their hearts . and a temple for the pure. divine good is practised. is the normal condition of the good man.Force and btit love work upon the passions and fears. in it enters into their actions apply it in their lives. Under its proIts wings shield the righteous. affords a secure shelter from the heat of selfish . : . for the lost. 103 Bliss . a tent struggle. strife \E who is overcome by force is not he thereby overcome in his heart may be a greater enemy than before but he who is overcome by the spirit ot peace is thereby changed at heart. and peace reach and reform the heart.

may by be attained to. and Men they are afraid that if they desert that prison they will lose all that is real and worth having. None other holds ye that ye live and die. OOOQOO oooQoo is divine has become flpcil j|ND this Love. " Ye suffer from yourselves. and the strongest chains of fate by which men are bound are self -forged." OOOQOJ oooQoo To the divinely wise. knowledge and Love are one and inseparable. none else compels. all yield up self. this Peace.He who has realised the Love that a new man. enter into a comprehension of all that the giving up of self involves. 104 . because they love their chains. may be realised. this tranquil state of mind and heart. There is no arbitrary in the universe. because they think their little dark prison of self is sweet and beautiful. who are willing and ready to and who are prepared to humbly power are chained to that which causes suffering because they desire to be so. this Wisdom.

and he will then begin to sow only seeds of good. and suffering and bliss follow the thoughts and deeds of men. and as smoke comes after fire.The world does not understand because it the Love that is selfless its is engrossed in the pursuit of pleasures. Let a man meditate upon this. Men reap a harvest of suffering because in the near or distant past they have sown the seeds of evil they . icioOooooOooo own jjS the shadow follows the form. and that cause is in accordance with absolute justice. let him strive to understand it. There is no effect in the world around us but has its hidden or revealed cause. and will burn up the tares and weeds which he has formerly grown in the garden of his heart. H 105 . so effect follows cause. reap a harvest of bliss also as a result of their own sowing of the seeds of good. oooOooooOooo OOOOOOOOOOOO It is 'toward the complete realisation of this divine Love that the whole world is moving.

and condemnation to gentle and forgiving love.He who purifies his own heart is the world's greatest benefactor. enter it . ooQooo ooOooo Let men and women take this course. may you now. He who knows that Love is at the heart of all things. by rising above your selfish self if you will pass from prejudice. the heart that has ceased from all condemnation. shut out from that Golden Age which Love. and will be for many years to come. is at and lo ! the Golden Age hand. is the realisation of if selfless You. has no room in his heart for con- demnation. hatred. Where hatred. OOOQUO oooQoo flpril Ji ! E world is. 1 06 . and condemnation are. and has realised the all-sufficing power of that Love. are willing. dislike. It resides only in selfless Love does not abide.

only attain to this supreme knowdivine Love. the learned and the unlearned. nor to convince them of the superiority of his methods. 107 . and by gaining victory after victory over yourself. Knowing the Law of Love. deavour in self-discipline. he lives it. and the Love that does not awakened within you. The debased and the virtuous. and maintains the same calm attitude of mind and sweetness of heart towards all. receive alike the benediction of his tranquil thought. flpril Sixteenth is E whose heart centred in the supreme classify men. and you will be at peace. the selfish and the unselfish. Love does not brand and does not seek to convert men to his own views. by unremitting enledge. this You can Enter into the die will be New Birth.Only the pure in heart oooQOOOooo see God. the foolish and the wise.

without seeking to convert. the wise will find you out . alltheir hearts. flpril 5mnt**ntl) in strong. . So living. you . and Love can never perish. stainless speech of holiness and realise you enter the way and shall ultimately the immortal Love. powerful . words of and the thoughts. impartial. and deeds. without so shall peace. JRAIN your mind I ! | and gentle thought train your heart in purity and compassion train your tongue to silence and to true and . bition. Love is perfected and fully ooOOOoo ooOOOoo realised. you will convince will teach not amcherishing arguing. . . 108 . you will subdue For Love is all-conquering. ooOOOoo ooOOOoo This is the realisation of selfless Love. and without striving to gain men's opinions.Where there is pure spiritual knowledge.

Long have we slept in matter and sensation I . for all were dreaming like ourselves. and we sleep was stayed. . yet knew not that we slept. 1 long did . ooooOooo : The Truth OoooOooQ eoooOooo 3E have opened our eyes.Rejoice ! for the morning has dawned has awakened us. and saw. struggle in the painful but now we are awake in We slept. Yet there came a pause in our dreaming our Truth spoke to us. and saw not we slept. and knew not but now we are awake and see. yet suffered. seen Holiness. ! . We slumbered. How 'beautiful is Truth ! How glorious is the realm of reality ! How ineffable is the bliss of Holiness ! 109 . . . and the dark night of terror is no more. knew not that we suffered. Spirit and Truth and the struggle with evil is ended. We We were troubled in our dreaming. and we love sin no more. heard and lo we opened our eyes. : we nightmare of evil We have found the Good. we know we are awake because we have Yea. yet none could awake us.

Let the dreamer struggle with his dream let him strive . and to love sin is to love darkness. sane. to realise the illusory nature of all self-seeking he will open his spiritual eyes desire. the next in fear. nineteenth sin is to I dream. and peaceful. and lo ! upon the world of Light and Truth. the day of the mind.Abandon error for Truth. The . seen the light does not choose to walk To see the Truth is to love it. they have not yet seen the He who has in darkness. and. now in pain this hour in confidence. and has no abiding refuge. They who love dark. O ooQOOoo ooQOOoo c Truth is the Light of the universe. error has no beauty. in comparison. seeing things as they are. dreamer is now in pleasure. whither can he fly ? There is no place of safety unless he awake. ness | are involved in the darkness light. . He is without stability. He will be happy. and illusion for Reality. When the monsters of remorse and retribution pursue him.

. world affords no shelter. JHEN all else fails. nor disappear. Truth does When the heart is desolate not fail. OOOQOO 3OOOOO OOOQOOOOOOOOO Truth removes the sting from affliction. and the Truth provides a peaceful refuge and a quiet rest. even the voice of the Great Awakener. The cares of life are many. Truth bestows the consolation of abiding peace. it lights up our Truth lightens our burdens of Loved ones the radiance with joy. and is superior to all difficulties. that ye may hear the call of Truth. Truth does not pass away. . Be alert. nor fail. and the consoler of them that are deserted.The Knowledge of Truth is an abiding consolation. appear. possessions dispass away. Where then is the voice of comfort ? Where is Truth is the whisper of consolation? the comforter of the comfortless. and its path is beset with difficulties but Truth is greater than care. and disperses the clouds of trouble. pathway and friends fail. and listen. .

and it points peace out of perturbation the selfish to the Way of Good. and my feet in the Blameless Way and because of this I am in the . and sin. . and hatred had vanished away. It is to me as though malice were not. in the Spirit of earnest : Good. I have set my face towards the Perfect Good. and faithful it brings consolation the obedient it bestows the crown of peace. Pride is broken up and dissolved. knowledge of Good. having found refuge in Truth. upon I take refuge in Truth Yea. Good And I am reassured doing and comforted.He who clings to his delusions. . To the . and vanity is melted away as a mist. WRUTH I I ! spirit is brings joy out of sorrow. Lust is confined to the nethermost darkness. and sinners to the Path of Holiness. loving self cannot find the Truth. Its the doing of Righteousness. and in the of I abide. consoled. it hath no way in Truth's transcendent Light. I am strengthened and comforted.

and his sorrow is sure. Our evil deeds follow us. Evil deeds are error. . There is a straight way and a quiet rest. From the results of evil there is no escape no If we are in evil. they overthrow us in the hour of temptation. The evil doer is not protected from sorrow but the good doer is shielded from all harm. nor poverty nor sickness. shall keep us from confusion. nor wealth nor power. nor heaven nor earth. be thou unexposed but his evil is already published. They are joy and peace. . Remain " thou hidden. fool says " what shall protect us ? What from us keep misery and confusion ? Nor man nor woman. nor heaven nor earth. fipril deeds remain with us. shall bring us to confusion. they save and protect us. what shall overtake us ? If we What are in Good.A pure heart and a blameless filled with life avail. bring us to misery and confusion ? Nor man nor woman. . >UR good The unto his evil deed. refuge and no protection.

Master : of teachers. O Disciple ! the highway of by searching the heart wisdom is by the practice of righteousness and by a sinless life is found the way of peace. Master is : The way of knowledge. \ISCIPLE : Teacher struct Thou me. ! . all ye who For your sorrows shall pass away. but peace is hidden from me. in- Ask. . Behold where Love Eternal rests concealed! (The deathless Love that seemed so far away!) E'en in the lowly heart . but have not become wise thereby I know the scriptures by heart. 114 . like the love Truth ! the mists of morning. but am I have studied the doctrines of ignorant still the schools. it stands revealed To him who lives the sinless life to-day. Reveal to me the highway of divine wisdom lead Thou Thy child into the path of peace. . O Master the way of knowledge.Be glad and not sorrowful. Point out to me. . . Disciple: I have read much. and I will answer.

and when the thought of self-preservation is yielded up. am watching over thee. is Master! for Will the very great O Master? Will trial ! end in victory. the way of discipline purification all my disciples and must walk that way. before thou canst behold the full glory of Truth. Thou art now upon . be faithful and thou shalt overcome. Be 'faithful. and endure. ISCIPLE: Lead me.Great is the conquest which thou hast entered upon. the Lord eternally supreme . passion. O my darkness darkness lift. even the mighty conquest of thyself. all thy impurities must be purged away. of Truth. and I things. Before thou canst enter the white light of knowledge. will teach thee all . Relax not thy faith in Truth forget not that Truth is remember that I. thy delusions all dispelled. and thy mind fortified with endurance. and will there be an end to my many sorrows ? Master : When thy heart is pure the darkness When thy mind is freed from will disappear. there will be no more cause for sorrow. . thou wilt reach the end of trial.

and Watchfulness are these are the three lesser powers. but upon Truth alone watchful over ceaselessly thy thoughts and well-controlled. thou wilt acquire the three lesser powers of discipleship thou . . not abandoning it. And the greater and the lesser powers will render thee invincible. When thy mind . and in thy when thou reliest upon no external keeping and when thou art aid. O ! Walking faithfully the path of disciand pline purification. then thou wilt approach the Supreme Thy darkness will pass away for ever. actions Light. Patience. flpril ISCIPLE: and the Master : What Hear me are ? the greater Disciple lesser powers again. he shall not remain comfortless.Blessed is he who obeys the Truth. Steadfastness. Self-control. Selfreliance. and joy and light will wait upon thy 116 footsteps. Gentle- ness these the is three greater powers. wilt also receive the three greater powers. . but submitting to its austerities.

strong in resolution. the lust for personal continuance . cravings. and self-importance. thou wilt come to peace. in success or failure. flpril (Twenty-sixth. the clinging to temporal things. riches and poverty. from these four defilements spring all sins and sorrows. in ness remains. . patient in endurance. and let it shape thy doing.Be strenuous in effort. the love of self. in life is victory or defeat. . Thus putting away attain to all . ] Y these four things is the heart defiled the craving for pleasure. thou wilt satisfaction detaching thy mind from the love of perishable things. his rest or death. His happi- sure. 117 . He who is pure is free from desire he does he sets no not crave for sensual excitements he is the same in value on perishable things . Wash thou thy heart put away sensual cravings detach thy mind from the wish for possessions abandon self-defence . . ooQOOoo ooOOOoo Hold fast to love. thou wilt acquire wisdom abandoning the thought of self. . .

and great desiring and suffering. Do truth. and speak the . and Be infinitely patient. self-control he knows is him his unrest. .Instruct me in the doing which is according to t Eternal. strong and kindhearted. . . resent. Hold fast to shape thy doing. 118 . sorrowing. or retaliate do not Maintain thy argue. charity. Act in gentleness. and fail not. and let it Be thoughtful and wise. he does not suffer not sorrow does overtake him enjoyment. |HE I ! unrighteous . he has abandoned as childish things prejudice and partiality he has put away. Think equally of all. man is swayed by his feelings likes ancj dislikes are his masters blind prejudices . so that I may be watchful. great peace perfect . and partialities craving and not. love. Desirnot craving ing nothing. Have goodwill to all without distinction. in abides with self-control. him. calmness with all sides be just. man is master of his moods likes The righteous and dislikes . and be disturbed by none. not condemn. compassion. . or become a partisan.

119 . Freed from passion.Be watchful. Pour out on all living things. and let boundcompassion Such is less charity adorn thy words and deeds. The peace of the righteous man is perfect it is not disturbed by change and impermanence. and has passed beyond unrest. and JHINK ! thy and of the world. calm. Open thine eyes to the Eternal Light. Thou art no longer separate and divided from men. Filled with joy the he acts from principles which is right-doer do not change and pass away. . No longer strive against others for thyself. Regard no man as thine enemy. and is no more confused. . the glad way of Truth such is the doing which I In all of thyself as abolished. for thou art the friend of all men. he is equal-minded. . and does not sorrow he sees things as they are. is according to the Eternal. thou art one with all. of of the others think doing good . Be at peace with all. He is one with the Eternal. that no thought of self creep in again stain thee. but sympathise with all. and not of pleasure or reward to thyself.

cleansed from 120 . Follow where Virtue leads High and still higher . Submit to naught but nobleness rejoice Like a strong athlete straining for the prize. The spectres of thy mind obey thy will See thou command thyself. strength Richer for ills encountered and overcome. Listen where Pureness pleads. and regain thy manhood. thy strength and self- make . Quench not her fire. taking gain Of lowliness and wisdom from thy fall. Strive ever for the mastery of thy mind. No subtle passion nor no swift desire Hurl thee to baseness but. Truth survives. Rise. Reality. Peace in sinless silence speaks : All things perish. Lo ! he shall see all desire. When thy full strength is tried. shouldst thou be . . And glean some good from every circumstance make thy store of That shall confront thee . flprfl INCREASE reliance . Who cometh upward. hurled. nor let no mood. Wisdom crowneth him who strives .Knowledge is for him who seeks .

and which heretofore Has mastered thee let not thy passions rule. In the midst of change Abides the Changeless at the heart of strife The Perfect Peace reposes. Till he attains. by attaining. transmuted into peace. know. nor will I cease attain. Lo within.Deliverance shall him entrance who strives with sins and sorrows. doubts. and lamentations. miseries. but control master that in thee Thyself with calmness : Which masters others. / am ignorant. flprif jE not the slave Of lusts and cravings and indulgences. Till passion is . Of disappointments. tears and pains. Fears. But whoso conquers passion findeth peace. At the root Of all the restless striving of the world ! Look thou . and griefs. Whoso follows passion findeth pain. 121 . And wisdom crown thee so shalt thou attain And. Is passion. But rule thy passions subjugate thyself : . yet strive to to strive till know I .

Yet Truth must and being. and realise . He findeth Truth who findeth 122 self-control. Prophet : There is no gladness like the joy of Truth. nor pain For who can see the Cosmos and be sad ? To know is to be happy they rejoice . and heart. these are they the Truth.Comfort ye ! The heights of Blessed Vision reach. I so am I sad . aches wait Upon all earthly joys be. this I . passion know know that sorrow follows grief and emptiness. The pure in heart swim in a sea of bliss That evermore nor sorrow knows. ye shall Jttay first JOLAUS That : I . . Who have attained Perfection Who live. . And though I shall am know be glad when I have found the Truth. can be found in sorrow. and know.

y and The hunger is one. but the pathways by which is righteousness sought are many. for a the eternal heritage of the righteous. apart from can the soul find lasting the realisation of righteousness. They who seek consciously are blessed. for they are carving out for themselves pathways of suffering. 133 . are not blessed. every soul seeks to gratify that hunger in its own particular way. Blessed are they who earnestly and intelligently seek. consciously for or uncon- hungers righteousness. and in accordance with its own particular state sciously. is soul which righteousness alone can give. tfloy Second* r VERY soul. although time they may bathe in a sea of pleasure. over which they must walk with torn and wounded feet. and the righteousness one. and the soul will cry out for its lost heritage path. for they have come into a knowledge of the true They who seek unconsciously. and shall shortly find that final and permanent satisfaction of of knowledge.Not in any of the three worlds satisfaction.

or it maybe short and rapid. The majority cannot " enter " in because of their unbelief for how can men realise righteousness when they do not believe in it. itself with the inward 124 . aspire to achieve. and one's duties therein. they formance of one's duty. detached self! from the tyranny of &HE I journey to the Kingdom may be a long and tedious one. if. amid all their worldly duties. resolve. with unshaken " press on to Perfection/' to ooo Vgy ooo The outward life harmonises music. it can only be found through the unselfish perBut all who believe. radiant. ment ? Neither is it necessary to leave the outer world. nor lose sight of the Ideal Goodness. and continue. nor in the possibility of its accomplishthe . free.Glorious. or it may take a thousand ages. and faint not. will sooner or later arrive at victory. Everything depends on the faith and belief of searcher. Nay. It may occupy a minute.

a sifting away of all but the essential ments gold in character. The process is also one of simplification of the mind. he arrives at a knowledge of all the laws which operate in the realm of all these forces. 125 . if assiduously necessarily pursued. will also lead to perfection.The regulation and purification of conduct. The regulation and purification of Such a process must. he enjoys the highest bliss. until he understands it. he then understands it in its universal adjustin the body of humanity. He and lives no longer for himself. Way SHE whole journey from the Kingdom the Kingdom of Love resolves itself into a process which may be summed up in the following of Strife to I words : conduct. It be seen that as the man obtains the mastery over certain forces within himself. he lives for others : so living. the deepest peace. and by watching the ceaseless working of cause and effect within himself.

more Godlike. ooQOOoo ooQOOoo May GOOD man is the flower of and to daily humanity. and and everything that is opposed Every selfish desire must be eradicated every impure thought must be yielded up every clinging to opinion must be sacrificed and it is in the doing of this that is. and opinions a loving and self-sacrificing heart. let him deny himself daily/' a statement which none can misunderstand or misapply. by overcoming some selfish tendency. constitutes the following of Christ. howsoever he may ignore it. He that would be is My disciple. . To the possession of Goodness there is only one way.Apart from the earnest striving lo live out the teachings of Jesus there can be no true life. . he has . beliefs. nothing worthy or enduring. grow purer. ooQOOOO ooOOOoo That which is is above all creeds. nobler. is to be continually drawing " nearer to the Divine Heart. that to give up all to Goodness. Nowhere in the universe is there any substitute for Goodness and until a man has this. . 136 .

for Christ Love. passions. So long as they refuse to do this. and opinions.To dwell in love always and towards all is to live the true life." is the Let men searching declaration of Jesus. I say unto you whosoever committeth sin is the servant of " disciples sin. Htay Sixty* jESUS live. clinging to their desires. their petty contentions and darling opinions. All that divides man from man. and yet have Christ. : ranked as His of self. their lusts. Sin and Christ cannot dwell accepts the Christ-life of pure sin. if so lived. is not of Christ. they are the disciples Verily. and man from is Goodness. together. and he who Goodness ceases from 127 . cease to delude themselves with the belief that they can retain their bad tempers. and all men may so they will humbly and faithfully carry out His precepts. their harsh words and judgments. they cannot be . verily. their personal hatreds. is to have Life itself.

128 . or self- sacrifice. for the Life Herein is the Path of is the Gate of Gate Straight Goodness. sin-loving. beautiful. condemning none.When Christ is disputed about. but loving all. and sorrowing hearts. " He that suffering. contending with none. loveth his life shall lose it. abounding Love. and dwells in Love towards all. tttay |T is no less selfish and sinful to cling to opinion than to cling to impure desire. for only by so doing can he enter into the large. narrowing. hating none. seeing behind their opinions." Eternal life belongs to him who will obediently relinquish his petty. Christ is lost. Knowing this. into their striving. strife-producing personal self. and their sins. The narrow way is the Way of Renunciation. their creeds. and glorious life of . the good man gives up himself unreservedly to the Spirit of Love. free.

asks himself these searching questions.A man can learn nothing unless he regards himself as a learner. as I would theirs should be to me or are they the outcome of personal dislike. applying all his thoughts and acts to the spirit primary precept of the Christ. . loOOOoo am JOW " What " I acting towards others? am I doing for others? " of " and acts towards others. prompted by unselfish love. " How am I thinking Are my thoughts of. or of narrow bigotry and condemna" tion ? As a man. and the way in which it is to be done. of petty revenge. his understanding will become illuminated. others? " his soul. in the sacred silence of . is The practice of excellent. of the ooQOOoo ooQOOoo Evil is not worth resisting. the good supremely 129 . so that he will unerringly see where he has hitherto failed and he will see what he has got to do in rectifying his heart and conduct.

can have no place in the divine life. a government. 1 engaged in resisting he is not only not practising the good. let him cease to persecute and condemn. as will be resisted as evil. Let him turn away from all that he has hitherto regarded as evil. So deep and far-reaching is this precept that the practice of it will fake a man far up the heights and attainment. a evil. he is actually involved in the like passion and prejudice which he is condemns in another . he himself resisted by others as evil. 130 . a party. however natural they may be to the animal man. and as a direct result is of his attitude of mind. of spiritual knowledge ooOOOoo ooOOOoo He who will keep the precepts of Jesus will conquer himself. and begin to look for the good. and you yourself He who considers it as a great evil that he should be persecuted and condemned. ooOOOoo ooQOOoo tttay ^HILST a man evil. Resist a religion. and will become divinely illuminated. man.Personal antipathies.

and this a man may enter into and realise now if he will grant the condition. egotism and self-seeking all that which " Paul calls the natural man/' Jesus. which men the Spirit. not sin. his proud will. . and He knew that it knew the hitman was good. not imperfection. is his rightful condition perfection. in His divine goodness. of his feverish desires. Man is primarily a spiritual being.Humanity is essentially divine. is of the nature and substance of the Eternal Goodness. is his heritage. his St. and as such. Unchangeable Reality. of self. that is. call God. and as being cut off from the Divine Source. has of sin which he believes to be outside and away from him. 28 oo O c Hloy i ! man dwelt in the habitations that he has at last come to regard himself as native to it. which is the denial or abandonment . heart.

He who would find how good at heart men are. and must overcome with good. JJAN has within him the by which he can rise to divine power the highest . heights of spiritual achievement by which he can shake off sin and shame and sorrow. this is the safe and salvation . . by choice. and scale the lofty pinnacles of God. purity . the Supreme Good by which he can conquer all the powers of darkness within. . . and do the will of the Father. let him throw away all his ideas and suspicions about the " " in others. . 132 . and find and practise the good evil within himself. hatred for love . accomplish in and obedience he must it by accomplish he choose meekness and lowliness of heart for must abandon strife for peace passion . this is the yoke and burden of the abiding This is the Christ. by resolve. and by his but he can only divine strength. This can man. holy way of Truth . and stand radiant and free by which he can subdue the world. self-seeking for selfevil sacrifice. .

unless they are also in you. and compassionate. cient and compassionate. is not suffi- it is necessary that you also should be meek. and lowly.The Gospel of Jesus is a Gospel of living and doing. exist. cannot be understood by you. ooQOOoo ooOOOoo Pur*e Goodness is religion. apart from doing. OQOOO'J lOOOOOQ jHAT is Jesus was meek. That Jesus subordinated His own will to the will of the Father. The grace and beauty and goodruling Good. and loving. as far as you are concerned. 133 . and pure it very beautiful. and outside it there is no religion. ness that were in Jesus can be of no value to you. the qualities which constitute Goodness do not. and they can never be in you until you practise them. but . for. and loving. too. but it is not sufficient it is necessary that you. and lowly. it is inspiring to know. and pure. should likewise subordinate your will to that of the over.

The teaching of Jesus brings men back to the simple truth that righteousness. and that each must be righteous for himself each must be a doer of the word. Therefore. It is only the doer of forgiveness who tastes the sweets of forgiveness. and thou too shalt be divine. is entirely a matter of individual conduct. not the doing of another. and it is a man's own doing that brings him peace and gladness of heart. or rightdoing. by constant effort. can we know and possess its blessedness and peace. not even the goodness of God not until . . practise those qualities thyself. thou who adorest Jesus for His divine qualities. incorporated into our being. 134 .0000 I I i us and to all there is no sufficiency. and not a mystical something apart from a man's thoughts and actions. not until it is. no blessedness. no peace to be derived from the goodness of another.They are the doers of the Father's will who shape their conduct to the Divine precepts. 00 . the goodness is done by us.

The Christ is the Spirit of Love. Without Me ye can Jesus said. Spirit. and will fly to the impersonal Realities of the Christ . and become man is of the linked with it. substance of Love this he may realise if he will relinquish the impure. The . Man is divine divine divine. In this Principle of Love. immersed in darkness and fearing death. . . but of the Universal Spirit of Love. only the divine can respond to the spirit of hatred in man can never vibrate in unison with the Spirit of Love Love only can apprehend Love. do nothing/ He spoke not of His perishable form. when they are done for personal ends. and Wisdom are contained. all Knowledge. 135 . Intelligence. of which His conduct was a perfect manifestation and this utterance of His is the statement of a simple truth for the works of men are vain and worthless 1 I | " . so long as he The animal lives in his personal gratifications. personal elements which he has hitherto been blindly following. can never respond to and know the in man . and he himself remains a perishable being.

and even then it is not complete until those branches bear fruit. Only takes refuge in the Spirit of Love and becomes patient. harbouring no injurious or impure thoughts. Whilst a man cherishes lust. covetousness. before it can be carried out. pure. and bears the fruits of Life. hatred. self-indulgence. Man's only refuge from sin 136 is sinless Love. personal element.Love is not complete until it is lived by man. does he the works of Righteousness. pride. are unreal and perishable. forgiving. and pitiful. elements when he within. he can do nothing. vanity. Daily practising love towards all in heart and mind and deed. The vine is not a vine without its branches. &VERY ~! precept of Jesus demands the unconditional sacrifice of some selfish. . gentle. Man cannot know the Real whilst he clings to the unreal he cannot do the work of Truth whilst he clings to error. for the works of all these sinful . he discovers the imperishable Principles of his being.

vanity. MAN . rational. Christ is only to adopt a formulated creed.Before a man can know Love as the abiding Reality within him. and has become loving. and condemnation. peaceful. And thus only is Christ denied. and selfand by thinking and doing loving deeds. so doing he awakens within him the divine By nature which he has heretofore been crucifying and denying. greed. who by noble. moral effort has succeeded in relinquishing that perishable self. Such glorious realisation is the crown of evolution. the supreme aim of existence. and pride. and not by refusing Christ. can only consciously ally himself Love by deserting all and hatred. Every time a man gives way to the Vine of strife. 137 K . to anger. pride. which is the source of all suffering and sorrow and unrest. and pure. or any form of personal selfishness. impatience. constant who to him known striving has by converted himself from a sinful to a pure being. he must utterly abandon all those human tendencies which frustrate its perfect manifestation. he denies the he shuts himself out from Love. seeking. and impurity. gentle.

know and are immortal. Seeing the realities of things. and.) except all as mere accessories and the true Life. and. Of OQOf) * OOQOOO QQOQori *J* OOQoOO All men are essentially divine. clothing. Wisdom. anxiety and trouble. effects of freed from They are. etc. they are immortal. pass away. they Purity. I possessions any outThey see that all are mere transient are required. they are one with God. though their divine nature. the Supreme Good. and know they are one with God. they can find no room anywhere for condemnation.As cause of all strife self is the root so Love is the root cause of all peace and suffering. therefore. unaware of 138 . resting the embodiment of Happiness. effects that come when they They after their purpose is served. are in Love. food. and bliss. they the imperishable Principles of Standing upon and Love. oooQoc ooQooo who ! are at rest in the for happiness in Kingdom do not look 1 ward such possession. Compassion. never think of these things (money.

but precept. they see the suffering in the world. and fears. Whosoever is ready 139 may come now. it not be supposed that the children of the Kingdom live in ease and in- search dolence (these that have to be eradicated when the for the Kingdom is entered upon) . which are greatly in- up the Kingdom of Righteousness in the hearts of others. . They sorrow no though live in perpetual gladness. as well as powers and faculties. they also see the final Bliss and the Eternal Refuge. for. duties with the most scrupulous diligence. then by more. This is their work. They perform self. is all their in fact. in building by example. two sins are the first they live in a peaceful activity only truly live. of worries. . apart from thoughts of and employ all their means. and in the world around them. for the life of self. griefs. they with its train not real life. first tensified.All so-called evil is seen to be rooted in ignorance.

his old opinionativeness. here and now . he is con" stituted a new creature " in some mysterious and unexplainable way by the adoption of some particular theology or religious formula. is sin. 00 JUoy |HE I only salvation recognised and taught by Jesus is salvation from sin. I and the effects of and this must be sin. though still continuing to cling to his old temper.Heaven is not a speculative thing beyond the tomb but a real. he cannot see the Kingdom of God/' A man must become a new creature. his old selfishness. and where peace absent. the King- dom " of God realised in the heart as a state of perfect knowledge. and how can he become new except by utterly abandoning the old ? That man's last state is worse than his first who imagines that. is never 140 . having done. perfect peace. perfect blessedness. ever-present Heaven in the heart. his old vanity. Heaven is where Love rules. Except a man be born again. effected by utterly abandoning which.

if he will but believe in Goodness. man has not only the guide of that Perfect Rule which Jesus has embodied in His precepts.To the faithful. will infallibly witness to the divine origin of those precepts. Jttay JjOOD news indeed is that message of to man His divine which reveals Jesus which possibilities. And in thus believing and . 141 . and will watch and strive and conquer until he has actualised in his life the Goodness that is sinless. humble. says in substance to sin-stricken humanity. Light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world. he has also the inward Guide. " 00000*0 O OOOOOOO* 0000000 O 0900 Realise the perfect Goodness of the Eternal Christ." which. "Take up " and walk bed which tells man that he thy need no longer remain the creature of darkness and ignorance and sin. overcoming. and true will be revealed the sublime Vision of the Perfect One. The the Spirit of Truth in his own heart. as he follows it.

grief. They demand no rights they do not defend themselves do not retaliate do good to those who attempt to injure them manifest the same gentle spirit towards those who oppose and attack them. the fruits of the Spirit Kingdom are manifest They " love. suspicion. joy. self- control situdes. )HE children of the known by their life. . . meekness. temperance. system. as towards those who agree with them do not pass judgment on others con. kindness. " under all circumstances and vicis- They are entirely free from anger. anxiety. perfect peace. demn no man and no with all. fear. Living in the of . faithfulness.The Kingdom of Heaven is perfect trust. and God. and which are regarded by the world as foolish. caprice. . Righteousness they manifest qualities which are the very reverse of those which obtain in the world. jealousy. peace. . perfect knowledge. long-suffering. 142 . goodness. and live at peace That Kingdom is in the heart of every man and woman.

is Compassion. of 143 . having found the and the spiritual. mental. It cannot be shaken. its Love. music is the Joy of the perfect. Wisdom. dom of Heaven being established in the heart. the struggle for existence has ceased. its Peace its is its roof. ooOOOoo ooOOOoo /JgV lj*y oooOOoo ooOOOoo Pay the price . being eternal and indestructible. Selfless its atmosphere and Duty. the unconditional abandonment self.Find the Kingdom by daily effort and patient work. . and. all these things are added as effect to cause. for. four walls are the four Princi- Purity. . the obtaining of the material necessities of is life no more considered. is floor is entrance door Inspiration. and material needs are daily supplied from the Universal Abundance. Highest. there is no more need to seek protection in taking thought And the Kingfor the things of the morrow. Steadfastness. oooOOOo >Cgk ooOOOOO ooOOOoo Vgy ooOOOoo Temple and ples its of Righteousness is built.

if it be not entirely obliterated. every year is a dream as soon as it has passed. the reality in which time It . 144 .All things are possible now. is more and greater is than time \2 it an ever-present knows neither past nor future. this is wisdom. is . Past and future are dreams now is a reality. . Not to act and accomplish now is not to act and accomplish at all. this is but to put away regret. and is eternally potent and substantial. Man has all power now. . or in dreams of what you mean to do. is contained. All things are now all action is now. and only now. To live in thoughts of what you might have done. and exists only as an imperfect and unsubstantial picture in the reality. folly . It memory. to anchor anticipation. all power. all possibility. every day. Every minute. and to do and to work now.

and ceaselessly guarding all the portals of the mind. will but not be peryears. you and shall eternally manifest the Truth. from all sin now. Jltoy has all knowing fect this. nor turning to the left or right. 145 . who live only in the " I am perfect now. many The or in so many lives/' in the Kingdom of God. I or. my all Ideal now . ooQooo ooOooo 3 oooQoo oooOoo Manifest thy native and divine strength now. in so . power now " he says. Thus resolving. that tempts me away from my I will listen Ideal I will not listen to of only to the voice my Ideal/' doing. say. I will be and Ideal now my . dwellers next year.Cease to tread every byway that tempts thy soul into the shadow-land." Say to . " I will live in yourself. they remain eternally holy and blessed. not looking to the past nor to the future. " Now is the accepted time. and thus shall not depart from the Highest. now is the day of salvation." and refraining now.

or from the books. Do not think Truth from the Teacher. The Truth must be earned. Avoid excitement. Be of single purpose. When the mind would wander. The teacher and the books can do no more than give and you must apply them. Put away lessons all wavering and doubt. and practise the of wisdom with unlimited faith. efforts. . Trust the Teacher . resolution daily. trust the Law ." You can acquire Truth only by practice. Renew your the hour of temptation do not depart from the right path. and knowledge of the Supreme Law by the practice of Truth. wisdom. restrain and subdue them. or seek communications with spirits. Do not be led away by phenomenal appearances. Those instructions who only practise faithfully the rules and 1 ! . will and rely entirely upon their own become enlightened. When passions are aroused.Be resolute. or the dead but attain to virtue. bring it back to rest on " I can get higher things. trust the path of Righteousness. 146 . lessons given.

or participate in. or criticise the eminent. or gesture. or discuss the ways of Society. walking the path yourself. coarse. Avoid slander as you would a deadly snake. but meet all offences with blameless conduct. or unseemly jests. lest you sincere.Avoid exaggerations. look. Put away all dissipations of idle gossip. or accuse others of offences. Quench the flame of anger with the pure water of Truth. and do not utter. Do not dispute about Truth. Do not recriminate. The Truth is sufficient. be caught in its toils. but protect them with compassion. but live 147 it. Be modest in your words. Do not talk about the private affairs of others. frivolous. Do not condemn those who are not walking in the righteous path. He who speaks evil of another cannot find the way of peace. Jttoy jPEAK and only words which are truthful Do not deceive either by word. Gravity and reverence are marks of purity and wisdom. .

and allow yourself to be carried away by the same wrong condition of mind. Strive. or speak ill of you. and self-control are good. also. Let no thought of pleasure or self entice you from your duty. Under the most severe trial. Do not interfere with the duties of others.Abstinence. putting away all thought of reward. to meet the evil-doer with compassion. and cannot invincible he escapes from the painful mazes of doubt and bewilderment. 148 " . The man The pure-minded cannot think. though your happiness and life should seem to be at stake. ooOOOoo^^ooOOOoo Hlay your duty with the utmost faithfulness. striving to understand that the wrong-doer cannot injure you unless you retaliate. I have been injured by another" They know no enemy but self. remain silent and selfcontrolled. Be upright in all things. do not swerve from the I of unconquerable integrity he be confounded. If one should abuse or accuse. right. seeing how he is injuring himself. is . sobriety.

EAR no ill-will. governor and governed. steadfast. with calmness. or other schools of thought. give way to bitterunder not. and hatred with love. perceiving their several duties. with the same unalterable kindness and compassion. the spirit of goodacquire will will at last be born. is swal- fltay <. taking sides with one party against another. will to all. Do the severest trial. master and servant. but give equal justice. equal love. between man and man. Think of all. and striving to a steadfast kindness. but meet anger or words of resentment ness. energetic.Let your charity increase and extend till self lowed up in kindness. but be equal-minded towards all. Be strong. 149 . mockery with patience. but Do not increase division be a peacemaker. and act towards all. or promote strife by . Do not be a partisan. Do not set up barriers between rich and poor. equal goodDo not disparage other teachers. other religions. subduing bitterness and resentment. By constantly controlling the mind. Subdue anger and overcome hatred. employer and employed.

in order to Question Let go of belief. He who stands upon knowledge acquired by practice is filled with a sublime yet lowly confidence. and the glory and gladness of a life of sublime virtue and spotless purity. Awake the mind to see the orderly sequence of cause and effect in all Thus will things. Master the task of discrimination. 150 . Bring the searchlight of knowledge to bear on your condition of mind.Be right-minded. it and remove its errors. things. Learn to distinguish between good and evil to perceive the facts of life. . Be eager to know Be logical in and understand. intelligent. seeking and sin. There is no chaos. . and speculation. be revealed the worthlessness of pleasuresimplify yourself with searching scrutiny. Truth is. both mental and material. hearsay.RING Test reason to bear on all all things. and is able to speak the word of Truth with power. Be consistent in word and thought. and clear-seeing. and lay hold on knowledge. action. and understand them in their relation one to another.

through an unbroken line of lives. Q O oooo oooQ O O oooo ooo O Jttoy not with fleshly eyes. You will understand the Great not Law. also in its particular application to inbut Then self will be ended. You will then understand your nature perceiving how. and Truth will be all i . | in all. oQ O Ooooo oooQ o Ooooo Ffnd no room for hatred no room for t self. *HEN you will see. and will dwell always in compassion. but with the pure and single eye of Truth. from low to high. as a mental being. only universally and in the abstract.Train your mind to grasp the Great Law of Causation which is unfailing justice. how you have risen. . It will be dividuals. you will understand the nature of all beings. no room for sorrow. Thus. and from high to higher still how the ever-changing tendencies of the mind have been built up by thought and action how your deeds have made you what you are. understanding your own nature. dispersed like a cloud. you have evolved through countless ages of experience.

Goodness is the aim 152 of all religions. weakness and strength. . are within a man. A cannot be strong for another. and rely upon the Truth within you. but let thy self-reliance be saintly and not selfish. Put away all external props. neither do they spring from any external cause. Knowledge which slays temptation. lovable. and true. accomplish for yourself. speculative philosophy will prove a shadowy thing in a man must have the the time of calamity .Be self-reliant. The Unfailing Wisdom is found only by constant practice in pure thinking and well-doing by harmonising one's mind and heart to those . he can only he cannot overcome be strong for himself for another. You may learn of another. but you must man . he can only overcome for himself. OLLY and wisdom. and not in any external thing. A inward Wisdom which puts an end to grief. A creed will not bear a man up in the hour of he must possess the inward temptation . things which are beautiful.

Th e painful t consequences of all self-seeking must be met and passed through. it is . shortly also reap a harvest of good. and surely will. they may. by sowing the good seeds of purity. or who misuse their wealth. for he men suffer because they do not knows that understand. who are selfish and oppressive. but in the spirit of love and compassion. Absolute Justice is not more encouraging for the rich than for the poor. like others. and so rise above their present suffering woes. 153 . " conditioned are frequently involved fortably in greater suffering than the poor.The incentive to self-sacrificing labour does not reside in any theory about the universe. " The combecause they err in ignorance. are garnering their own mixed harvest This teaching of of happiness and suffering. and. and peace. OQOO t I f &HE i spirit of love does not decrease when a man realises that perfect justice obtains in of the world the spiritual government on the other hand. it also tells the and oppressed that. love. as they are now reaping what they have formerly sown. for while it tells the rich. that they must reap the results of all their actions. increased and intensified.

He can purify his nature he can remould his character. abrogate effects. and the reverse effect will appear in the mind and life.Man is the maker of happiness and misery. ^ 1 IXED jr attitudes of mind determine courses of conduct. . . There is great power in self -con. to alter the reactive condition. there the effect will appear. To exchange misery for happiness it is necessary to reverse the fixed attitude of mind and habitual course of conduct which is the cause of misery. so. one must alter the active This being thought. A man has no power to be happy while thinking and acting he cannot be unhappy while thinking selfishly and acting unselfishly. it follows that. there is great joy in transforming one- Each man is circumscribed by his 154 own thoughts. Wheresoever the cause Man cannot is. . but he can alter causes. and from courses of conduct come those reactions called happinesses and unhappinesses. quest self.

is any being most exalted acts of unselfishness only motives that are mean and base. to the CONSIDER suspicious. Consider again the man whose mind is unsusHow wonpecting. Refrain from harbouring thoughts that are dark and hateful. he sees no grandeur anywhere. he in . he sees a glimpse. the man whose mind envious. getting in the selfish as incapable of seeing nobility he himself is. being ignoble himself. In his presence the meanest forget their nature. He sees men as true. and cherish thoughts beautiful. of an immeasurably nobler and happier life. in that temporary upliftment of a higher order of things. Having no grandeur in himself. drous and beautiful is his world. and for the moment become like himself. albeit confused. is covetous. and to him they are true. magnanimous. How small and mean and drear everything appears to him. generous.Men live in spheres low or high according nature of their thoughts. that are bright and 155 .

only knows The narrower the He boundary. no other circle. find themselves in standards or which their ignorance or knowledge entitles them.the large-hearted live in two different worlds though they be neighbours. the more convinced is the man that there is no further limit. classes to like schoolboys. The lesser cannot contain the greater. own outside that that which he has become. and non-existent to him. and he has no means of apprehending the larger minds such knowledge comes only by growth. 156 . looking at the world own men things. All men are | mirrors surface. but of . . and which Each man moves circle of his in the limited or expansive all circle is thoughts. ruffians ruffian moves in a society of the saint is one of an elect brotherhood whose communion is divine music. reflecting according to their of All men. The small-minded man and man JHE kingdom I heaven is not taken by he who conforms to its violence. The principles receives the password. Men. are looking into a mirror gives back their own reflection.

but he can rightly fashion his actions towards them. and the 8}HE i inner ! outer conditions and actions of others in which each man is involved. The greater embraces the lesser. 157 . are intimately related to his is own mental needs and development.The world of things is the other half of the world of thoughts. and by those fundamental laws of thought which are the roots of human society. __ stances are combinations of thought. his fellows. things will receive a Alter your thoughts. will assume a mould the He cannot different aspect. Circumare streams of thoughts. that they . and new adjustment. a part of his surroundings. actions of others towards him. but he can set aside he can so alter his his whims and wishes attitude of mind towards externals. OooOo 00 O informs the outer. Things follow thoughts. One cannot alter external things to suit his passing whims and wishes. Man He is not separate closely to from but is bound them by the peculiar intimacy and interaction of deeds. Matter Events is the counterpart of mind.

The righteous man is free. born of understanding. . None none none can destroy him can injure him can rob him of his peace. is The fruit of life. you are the cause. Destiny is ripened fruits. the reflex of your own mental attitude.The perfecting of one's own deeds is man's duty and most sublime accomplishment. of happiness. his eternal Its root is serenity. its flower is joy. both bitter in just and sweet. power to wound him. highest cause of your bondage as of your deliverance is within. The injury that comes to you through others is the rebound of your own deed. received by each man measure. 158 to injure . External things and deeds are powerless you. disarms their . They are the instruments. The good that goes from him is his perennial fount source of strength. His attitude towards men. Any injury which they may try to inflict rebounds upon themselves to their own hurt. leaving him unharmed and untouched.

then his necessity gives birth to invention. as spurs to his resources. and he submits. that is. In reality the man is not hindered by these things at all. but to his opinions about them. He who complains of his circumstances has not yet become a man. ascribes to them a power which they do not possess. to a weak element in his nature. and want of freedom from family ties. not to them. want of want | of influence. " " are transformed into and the hindrances aids. Qeocntt). he were not hampered by circumby want of money. The real "want" that hampers him is the want of the right attitude When he regards his circumstances of mind. | MAN imagines lie could do great things if 1 stances time. in his mind.The man is the all-important factor. when he sees that his " " are the very steps up so-called drawbacks which he is to mount successfully to his achievement. He. 159 .

Who is the freer . not makes. his nature. who obeys them ? Who. them. Ignorance of them is at the root of the world's pain. . the aims jijAN'S power choice. To defy them is folly and bondage. discovers. and this he cannot alter He cannot alter the law of alter his habits. He is the good man whose habits of thought and action are good. subsists in discrimination does not create one jot of the universal conditions or laws they are the essential principles of He things.Nothing can prevent us from accomplishing of our life. a being of but he can habit. 160 . I I and Man man. he can live as he likes. the thief who defies the laws or the honest citizen of his country. and are neither made nor unmade. in the nature of things. the fool who thinks freer is the man. again. or the wise man who chooses to do only that which is right ? Man is. but he can adapt his nature to the law.

he becomes. He is not ready-made. he becomes. until they are incorporated with his being. Faculty 161 is fixed habit. that. Man self. thought and action become. The thought. by long repetiautomatic for it is the nature of habit to . the same experiences over and over again. the act. unconscious. . the actions. by habit. The characteristics which he manifests instinctively and without effort are lines is of tion. to repeat.He becomes the master of the lower by enlisting in the service of the higher. itself last. as it without any apparent choice or and in due effort on the part of its possessor time it takes such complete possession of the individual as to appear to render his will powerless to counteract it.N I i same repeats the same thoughts. His character I pre-determincd by his own choice. Habit is repetition. which he chooses. to-day is the result of millions of repetitious thoughts and acts. JA. . until are built into his character as part of himthey Evolution is mental accumulation. become. and is still becoming. at were. Thus each man is an accumulation of thoughts and deeds.

By thoughts man binds himself. so long as sanity remains. for though hand and reconstruct his habits a given it is also true that he is born with . and in this character. No matter how apparently helpless man has become under the tyranny of a bad habit. or a bad characteristic and they are essentially the same he can. the product of numberless lives during which it has been slowly built up by choice and effort. 162 . and he can direct them into new In a word. that character is life it will be considerably modified by new a experiences. ]T is true that man is the instrument of mental forces or to be more accurate. he is those forcesbut they are not blind. A changed attitude of mind changes the character the t habits. break away from it and become free. the life. he can take himself in channels.

The body is the image of the mind. for a to a crisis. makes for bodily health. while the indeed. and even it if health the is not reached. the bodily condition will take a secondary and subordinate place. pass through a painful period of adjustment. and body bringing off the of effects former inharmonies. begins on moral and time. except in rare righteousness. with the same rare exception. Mental harmony. throwing the morbid condition may appear to be intensiis harmonious principles As a man does not gain perfect peace immediately he enters upon the path of fied. instances. neither does he. If mind be made robust. at once acquire perfect health. but must. will be approached. and will cease to have that primary importance which so many give to it. 5NE who suffers in body will not neces- sarily at once be cured to fashion his mind when he . Time is required for bodily as well as mental readjustment. 163 . or moral wholeness.

the eternal. The common ground of faith all religion the root and spring of ! the heart of Love 164 . JHILST I vainly imagining that the pleasures of earth are real and satisfying. the infinite. which revolt is at once a refutation of his essential mortality. Ever striving to believe that complete satisfaction is to be found in material things. and.Reach out into a comprehension of the o o Infinite. he is conscious of an inward and persistent revolt against this belief. Man and is essentially eternal. pain and sorrow remind satislying man of their unreal continually and un- nature. he is striving to enter into a consciousness of his real nature. can he find abiding satisfaction and unbroken peace. and an inherent and imperishable proof that only in the immortal. o o O O ij o o o (Ewdfitl). and spiritually divine immersed in mortality and troubled unrest.

until.The restful Reality of the Eternal Heart. detached of in consckwsness from the its likeness . ceasing from wanderings in the dream-world of matter. and as the drop To become one with the Infinite is the goal of man. and lose himself in the heart of the Infinite. he comes back to his home in the reality of the Eternal. by the unfailing law of his nature. ultimately find its way back to the ocean and lose itself in its silent depths. at last return to his source. by the law of nature. and the burden of pain will continue to weigh upon man's heart. contains within himself water must. spirit of man is inseparable from the Infinite. so man. As the smallest drop of water detached from the ocean contains all the qualities of the ocean. and the shadows of sorrow I to darken his pathway. so must man. and can be satisfied with nothing short of the Infinite. 165 . Infinite.

Such surrender of the personality is regarded by the worldly and selfish mind as the most grievous of all calamities. all-sufficing. and Peace. and so clinging. are one and the same. Love. yet it is the one supreme and incomparable The blessing. and must ever to incomprehensible Personality. amid the shattered wreckage of its own illusions. perishes. By the unqualified surrender of the personality. 66 This is 1 . ! selfishness.Enter into perfect harmony with the Eternal Law. for the time being. divine state is. which is Wisdom. supreme. Love is universal. things which have in them no enduring substantiality. personal. and man enters into the possession of his divine heritage and infinity. the most irreparable loss. the only real and lasting gain. Sourtecntb* 5 i HIS be. the realisation of selfless love. the merely separateness. separateness and selfishness cease. of immortality mind unenlightened upon the inner laws of being and upon the nature and destiny of its own life clings to transient appearances. and are the antithesis of wisdom and divinity.

the dread of death and inevitably and of its dis- of the loss they cling to clouds their happiest chilling hours.When a man's soul is clouded with selfishness in any or every form. into the perishable life of the and where there is sufficient intellect. senses . the permanent can never pass away. The perishable in the universe can never become permanent. and confuses the temporal with the eternal. And with the accumulation of temporal comforts and luxuries. theories flesh concerning to the immortality of the come be regarded as infallible truths. i67 . and they sink deeper and deeper into materiality. $tftecntl)< the flesh as jjEN cling to and gratify though it were going to last for ever. he loses the power of spiritual dis- crimination. the divinity within men is drugged. and though they try to forget the ^^^ nearness of all that solution. and the selfishness follows shadow of their own them like a remorseless spectre.

them conquer their animal inclinations let them refuse to be enslaved by luxury and pleasure let them practise virtue. . The informing Principle is one. until at last they grow into the Divine. 5unc Sixteenth* its myriad forms of life changeable. practise self-denial . and wings himself into the glorious is . By overcoming the senses and the selfishness within. which is the overcoming of nature. Let let men. Nature is many. and . impermament. out of which all perishable forms come. Only by realising the God state of consciousness does man enter into immortality. nature in light of the impersonal. therefore. unenduring. grow daily into higher and ever higher virtue.Man cannot immortalise the flesh. the region of Truth. man emerges from the chrysalis of the personal and illusory. and is marked by separation. Only the informing Principle of nature endures. 168 . and is marked by unity.

heart the in throbbing. and strives to supplant with all-embracing love. whether he live in a cottage or in the or whether he midst of riches and influence obscure. To the worldling. that of the sage. no more tormented by is regret and remorse. and rendering His Himself divinity more potent for good by sinking of mankind. Anthony. the saint. is a glorious and inspiring spectacle to the saint. that of the Saviour actively manifesting His knowledge in selfless works. M 169 . who is beginning to aspire towards higher things. is a saint. the conqueror of sin and sorrow. an equally enrapturing sight is . . oneself in love towards c 2 ooooo' 8 own . or a conquering St. remains or preaches it 1 . Francis of Assisi. such as a sweet St. sorrowing Only the work that is impersonal can live. fights ceaselessly against his selfishness. tion can never reach and whom even temptaand yet even the sage drawn on by a still more glorious vision. sitting serene and holy.This only is true service to forget all.

170 . The saints. simple for the world which. search for this righteousness is to walk Way of Truth and Peace. not have finished its long will until has entered into the soul every journey of the universe the The world blissful realisation of its own divinity. All the scriptures of the world are framed to teach this one lesson. scorning all it. and will realise that in the divine economy To humblest effort is not lost. and have learned and lived it.Where duties. service and enduring work. | sages. T is given to the world to learn one great and divine lesson the lesson of absolute unselfishness. and he who enters this Way will soon perceive that Immorthe tality which is independent of birth and death. are done withoiit there is true self-interest. howsoever humble. stumbles along in the complex ways of selfishness. A pure heart is the end of all religion and the beginning of divinity. and with joyful sacrifice. It is too the great teachers reiterate it. and saviours of all time are to this they who have submitted themselves task.

from the noise and the excitements of the world. and there. a blissful repose the faultless eye of Truth will open within you. holy depths in the heart of man which the storms of sin and sorrow can never disturb. for a while. from external things. and to reach this state and to live consciously in Come away. free from the sacrilegious intrusion of all selfish desires.In the external universe there is ceaseless turmoil. and you will see things as they really are. Become as little children. you will find a holy calm. The human soul reaches blindly toward the harmony of the sinless state. from the pleasure of the senses. from the arguments of the intellect. 171 . To reach this silence and to is but unbroken harmony holds sway at the heart Discord the of live consciously in it is peace. at the heart of all things there is undisturbed repose . it is peace. and withdraw yourself into the inmost chamber of your heart. in this deep silence dwelleth the Eternal. so there are silent. and unrest . S there are depths in the ocean which the fiercest storm cannot reach. change. . universe. rife in the outward world.

Apart from that wisdom which is inseparable from self-renunciation. and the ever-increasing Light It of Wisdom guides the pilgrim on his way. The peace which results from social comfort. fosters persecution. hurls nations into ruthless war. but it is only. 172 this . and o o O O O OQ o O O where there peace cry peace no peace. is partaken of in a measure as soon as the path of virtue is entered upon. discord. Self-control leads to it. Kingdom of Heaven. on the contrary. ! ! I is i I passing gratification. Holiness alone is undying peace. and is burnt up in the heat of fiery trial. Only the Peace of Heaven less endures through all trial. but. and strife. or worldly victory is transitory in its nature. love is the this silence. oo o O C OO o O Oo This inward peace.Hatred severs human lives. there can be no real and abiding peace. disquietude. this harmony. realised in the in its fullness when self disappears consummation of a stainless life. and only the selfheart can know the Peace of Heaven.

173 . Only to him that overcometh is given the white stone of the regenerate life. adherence to ritual will be fruitless and unavailing. your anxieties. and the tranquillity that cannot be disturbed if you ! . and neither gods nor angels can help you. and perplexities if. The holy place within you self : is your real and eternal it is the divine within you. then conquer yourself. I say. you would partake of this salvation. . every impulse. would leave behind for ever every desire into divine power and if you refuse other way to peace but this to walk it. ' your sins. this supremely glorious Life. your much praying and your strict . on which is written the New and Ineffable Name.Realise the Light that never fades ! j}F. your sorrows. i O reader you would realise the Joy that never ends. perfect obedience to the There is no resident within you. Bring every thought.

effort. and. a more difficult task is set them. 174 . have. He first places before them a very simple sum. and then and not until the pupils another and another . When. many years of diligent applica- mastered all the lessons in arithmetic does he attempt to unfold to them the underlying mathematical principles. having explained it. and learning impossible. this law is rigid in its exactions. )HE schoolmaster never attempts to teach his pupils the abstract principles of mathematics at the commencement he knows that by such a method . Thus practice ever precedes knowledge even in the ordinary things of the world. and in spiritiial things. leaves them to do it. through tion. in the living of the higher life.Spiritual Principles can only be acquired after long discipline in the pursuit and practice of Virtue. after repeated failures and ever-renewed they have succeeded in doing it correctly. teaching would be vain.

Undaunted by failure. No and proper is it told father would attempt filial to teach his child the principles of ethics before exacting from social virtue. and the of Truth can only be arrived at by perfecting oneself in the practice of Virtue. stronger by diffi- 175 . and to be complete in the practice and acquisition of Virtue is to be complete in the knowledge knowledge of Truth. and to conduct itself properly under The child is not all circumstances. }N a properly governed household the taught to be obedient. the practice of duty and Virtue can only be known by doing. even told why it must clo this. and only after it has so far succeeded child is first in doing what is right why it should do it it.Truth can only be arrived at by daily and hourly doing the lessons of Virtue. but is commanded to do it. and made culties.

thy heart. and and thou wilt make thy life beautiful. And greed and pride and fleshly lusts that lie To God and Goodness great shall be his . JHERE Love strives is. shall surely find The Master's presence in his inmost heart. To the pure heart comes God and dwells therein : He only who the Path of Good hath trod " Hath found the in God. sweet. is.Learn the lessons of Virtue. and where Goodness lives There Christ abides and he who daily 'Gainst self and selfishness. destroying ignorance ills and thus build up in and the the of life. unmarred by strife/' 176 . . Happy and everlasting his release From pain and sorrow who doth conquer sin. : peace. and makes his life Godlike and holy banishing all strife Far from him letting hate and anger die." Life that's hid with Christ Make pure Rich. shaping his mind For Truth and Purity. strength of knowledge. God shall be one with him (and not apart) Who overcomes himself. God .

consists in giving the than it requires. every task and duty. and in shirking and neglecting those things which This should receive immediate attention. The clinging to indolence constitutes a comIndolence plete barrier to the Path of Truth. no matter how small. promptly and vigorously. giving it just the amount of sleep it requires for complete recuperation. in body more ease and sleep procrastinating. fhe heart must be purified of sensual lust.Stimulate the mind to watchfulness and reflection. and by doing. Jun* T will be seen that the of of first is discipline the mind indolence. condition of laziness must be overcome by rousing up the body at an early hour. and until is perfectly accomplished the other steps cannot be taken. and gustatory 177 . step in the the overis coming I This it the easiest step. as it comes along.

The circumstances appear. 5UCCESS is rooted in a subtle mental brooding along a given line. or set of circumstances. or combination of characteristics. and not in a particular circumstance. It subsists in an individual characteristic. but the preparation for it. are hidden from them. of preparatory stages.A listless mind could not achieve any kind of success. long Men see the success. 178 . There has been some persistent brooding of the mind upon a project. and form part of the success. At the root of every success there is some form of well-husbanded and well-directed energy. the innumerable mental processes that led up to it. suddenly. but these would be xiseless without the mind that can penetrate and utilise them. but it is ooo /f^\ ooo Without exertion nothing can be accomplished. it is true. Success is like a flower : it may appear more or less the finished product of a series of efforts.

or turning back. again. Transmute the energy that into that deeper wears and breaks down and less obtrusive kind that preserves and builds tip. and then effort As the simple do of is to cease to be of any use in the economy life. is the keynote of success. . To cease to .don't succeed. and fitssi ness. ::::* DRESSING forward persistently along a given way is sure to lead to a destination that is definitely associated with that way. a give man must up anxiety. remain afar off. and the more : effort. hurry. will render effort fruitless no destination will be reached success will . old saying has it " // at first you." All the precepts of successful business men all the precepts of the are precepts of doing wise teachers are precepts of doing.In order to achieve the higher forms of success. Try again. exertion. 179 . Doing means effort. Effort. Frequent going aside.

180 . effective. but from beginning to end he advances by the efforts he makes. Man begins in weakness in strength. it and ends The root of success is in character. exchanges coppers for silver. and silver for gold. he does not he thereby give up the use of money exchanges a heavy mass for one that So is lighter and smaller but more valuable. . and deliberation for calmness. Yet even the crudest forms of effort are necessary at first. and valuable form.The silent. 1 concentrated. for without them to begin with the higher forms could not be acquired. before can compose. when a man exchanges hurry for deliberation. he merely exchanges a diffusive and more or less ineffective energy for a more highly I LHEN a man . The child must crawl before it can walk it must babble before it can talk it must talk . by the exertion he puts forth. he does not give up effort. calm people will manifest a more enduring form of success than those who are noisy and restless.

. When the heart is mellowed by love. 181 . up to a certain point. the law of love is perceived in all its wonderful kindness when wisdom is acquired. by suffering. We of sublime perfection. protection. and of the fullness of bliss that shall be man's when he has come to his heritage of divine knowledge. and make its grandeur ours. which is can alter ourselves and more of that perfection. its men would everlasting arms are thrown about them in loving. albeit sometimes painful. but we so as to comprehend more cannot alter the law of things. and we learn. Every pain we knowledge blessedness of suffer brings us nearer to the the Divine Wisdom. we enjoy speaks We peace is assured. progress by learning. To wish ttye to bring down crown of folly. in I destroy their ignorance themselves.The law which punishes us is the law which preserves us. but to strive to the perfect to the imperfect is bring the imperfect up to the perfect is the height of wisdom. Every to us of the perfection of the Great Law.

! : " Ah ! Love. It is such men who regard the universe as a " sorry scheme of things/' They want the universe to bend to want lawlessness. the wish to enjoy unlawful pleasures to any extent. and not as an im- The Great perfect jumble of parts. and then " Remould it nearer to the heart's desire ? This is the wish of the voluptuary.Seers of the Cosmos do not mourn over the scheme of things. and he sees the universe as the glorious perfection of an . The blind captive of unholy desire may cry . and not reap any painful consequences. not their will and desire law but the wise man bends his will and subjects his desires to the Divine Order. 182 .'EERS of the Cosmos sec the universe as a perfect whole. To perceive it. 000QOO OOQOOO oooOoo^ooOooo . . Would we not shatter it to bits. to know it. Teachers are men of abiding joy and heavenly peace. could you and I with Him con- spire To grasp this sorry scheme of things entire. is the beatific bliss. infinitude of parts. is the beatific vision .

blessed wealth. formance of all his duties. the God-like " The situation that Patience and Strength. July fbwi JN whatever condition a man finds . strong and let condition as to become The effeminate hankering and the craven fear of punishbe put away for ever. not in thy neighbour's Thou art poor? Thou art poor in! thou art not stronger than thy poverty Thou hast suffered calamities ? Tell me. he can always find the True and he can find it only by so utilising his present wise. is beautiful and that pied by man. is in thyself.Wisdom is the aim of every philosophy. and living strong and pure and self-contained so shall he surely find the Unfailing Wisdom. man joyfully bend himself to the faithful perafter rewards. forgetting himself and his worthless pleasures. Ideal." All . himself. and let a them ment. wilt thou cure calamity by adding anxiety to it ? There is no evil but will vanish if thou wilt deed if wisely meet it. Canst thou mend a broken vase by weeping over it? 183 . never yet occuwas its has not its Duty.

for the human cannot overcome the divine. changeless. conquers another by force the man who conquers him- He who is mighty. ing power of stones. Meekness is a divine quality. in receiving his stoning. he enters into that Reality. When a man finds that within him which is real. abiding. another force will himself conquers by likewise be conquered he who conquers himself by Meekness will never be overthrown. which is constant. but only that which is unreal. Socrates by being put to death in the .The might of meekness ! Second* man who is strong . 184 is all . defies the hurt. crucified Jesus the risen Christ is revealed and Stephen. meek man is lives the more triumphant in defeat. The self by Meekness . and as such powerful. and becomes meek. but they will do him no hurt. and will at last depart from him. That which is real cannot be destroyed. All the powers of darkness will come against him. and eternal.

and knowing realities. and the world. " thou shalt mightily prevail.Nothing is hidden from him who overcomes himself. Canopied with thou shalt bless where others curse gentleness. . condemn yield where others strive give up lose where others gain. gentleness. one after penetrate. when Heaven would save a man. and others. thou know all life. are engines of the Great Law. . but shalt see that all things that are. thou shalt be no more anxious about thyself. shalt Thus becoming one with Life. every veil of illusion. . it enfolds him with . where others grasp And in their strength they shall be weak and in thy weakness thou shalt be strong yea." He N that hath not unbroken gentleness hath not Truth. love where others hate forgive where others . 185 . another. and. . seeing into causes. }NTO the cause of causes shall thou and lifting. . Therefore. shalt reach at last the inmost Heart of Being.

and his speech direct and without ambiguity. No enemy can possibly overcome or confound him and he needs no other than that of his own protection .How can he fear any who wrongs none ? 5u(y fourth* righteous I man is invincible. As it is impossible for integrity and holiness. his body upright. committing no acts which require stealth. and those who try to injure him only succeed ultimately in bringing ignominy upon themselves. Slander. be deceived. and harbouring no thoughts and desires which he would not like others to know. is fearless and unashamed. The righteous man having nothing to hide. malice can never reach him. How can he be ashamed before any who deceives none ? Ceasing from ceasing all from all wrong you can never deceit you can never 186 be wronged . His step is firm. . hatred. He looks everybody in the face. nor cause him any suffering. envy. to overcome evil Good. so the righteous man can never be brought low by the unrighteous.

and perfecting Power in all things animate and inanimate. immanent To them life. Love is is not merely and only a rule of of life. Love is Perfect Harmony. sustain- ing. pure bliss. is at the Heart IE Children ! of Light who abide in the Kingdom and all of Heaven it ! that of see the universe. x87 . Knowing they order their whole life in accordance with Love. it the Law it is Life itself. no element of suffering. Love is the only preserving power. contains. this. and contains. as the mani- | festation see one Law the Law of Love. not regarding their own personality. Let a man therefore. By thus practising obedience to the Highest. and so arrive at perfect Freedom as Masters of Destiny. and suffering shall no more trouble him. to divine Love. think no thought and do no act that is not in accordance with pure Love. protecting. they of the become conscious partakers power of Love.The universe is preserved because Love of it. They Love as the moulding.

in his heart He ol Love dilemma is never deserted. receives the universal protection. right of the divine " Power which he has Perfect Love casteth out Perfect Love is perfect Harmlessness. how to clothe every event and condition in garments of blessedness and beauty. full Arriving at Love. The way to Love is by self-mastery. and partake he must practise it he must become Love. how to transmute every failure into success. who always acts from the spirit of its undying . fear. a man builds himself up in Knowledge as he proceeds. he And harm.To know Love is to know that there is no harmful power in the whole universe." by earned. He Love) who has learned how to Love has learned how or to master every difficulty. has destroyed in himself desire to all thoughts who all and of harm. bliss. a ! 1 man would know Love. and. travelling that way. 188 . he enters into possession of body and mind. for is never left in a Love (impersonal difficulty. both is Knowledge and Power.

He thus defeats and enslaves himself. Let a man choose the Higher and abandon the lower he shall then establish himself as an overcomer. : Freedom . but the Higher is never overcome by the lower herein lies the revelation of Freedom. He who obeys the Highest co-operates with the Highest. To have one of them broken for fear he would be depriving himself of some cherished delight. is is no bondage in the Heavenly There is Perfect Freedom. A man may choose the lower and neglect the Higher. and shall realise Perfect Freedom.By self-enlightenment is Perfect Freedom found. give the reins to inclination is the only to conquer oneself is the only freedom. This Supreme gained only by obedience. and will not . This . slavery The slave to self loves his chains. and so masters every force within himself and every condition without. WHERE I Life. 189 . TJie Land of Perfect Freedom lies through the Gate of Knowledge. its great is glory.

error. and a thousand man-made statutes have failed to give it to them. and the shadow of oppression shall no more darken the earth. Let men cease to oppress themselves.Man will be free when he is freed from self. and ignore the substance within. yet continue to render such freedom impossible of achievement by fostering an inward condition of enslavement. and no man legislate for shall oppress his brother. They thus pursue a shadow without. o O O Oo DO O O* Freedom is to the free ! 190 . Men an outward freedom. They can give it only to themselves they shall i i . For ages the oppressed have cried for liberty. All outward forms of bondage and oppression will cease to be when man ceases to be the willing bond-slave of passion. Let them resort to the inward Freedom. and ignorance. 2LL outward oppression is but the shadow and effect of the real oppression within. find it only in obedience to the Divine Statutes which are inscribed upon their hearts.

Aiming at greatness. always simple. . GreatLittleness seeks and loves authority. is disself- the witness of greatness. Ooo Be thy simple self. the Great is always childlike. the inexhaustible fountain of divine Goodness within he inhabits communes with the the Heavenly Places lives with the Invisible vanished great ones . : . He will therefore become great by not seeking greatness. lives in. he is inspired. and it thereby becomes the authority to which the after ages appeal. 000000 oeoe* ? oooooo JHE I great is he always the good man. self. and obtrusiveness. and is perennially fresh and young. man is nay. ness is never authoritative. The willingness to appear from gaze. of personal vanity . He draws from. the Beautiful. and breathes the airs of Heaven. He who would be great. thy better lo ! self. I . let him learn to be good.The True. a man arrives at nothingness aiming at nothingness he arrives at greatness. the titter absence of aggrandisement. The desire to be great is an indication of littleness. the impersonal I and thou art great 191 .

it pure thought. thy selfless deed. thy every act shall be a power. and complete is above and beyond all art. is one thing Love. and enters the company of the Great. [ thing divine . thou shalt . down the ages. rounded. though appear hidden. Thou shalt love all. thou shalt preach. to untold multitudes of aspiring souls. communes with the Highest. shall forgo thyself. seeing no evil. and become Thou shalt know one that the live hitman heart is good. thy every word a precept. 3ULDST thou preach the living Word ? Thou j ! that Word. He becomes the possessor of the Best. rounded. sacrificing all. By thy To him who is I 00* The greatness manifestation above and beyond : that is flawless.The greatness that is flawless. . and complete is alt art. chooses Goodness. though thou speak but little. believing no evil then. It is Perfect Goodness in therefore the greatest souls are always Teachers. given that which includes all.

193 . The seed must be sown seasonably. germinate and develop until they reach the completed blossoming into deeds good or or stupid.Every natural law has its spiritual counterpart. JHOUGHTS ! arc seeds. brilliant | development into the plant of knowledge and the flower of wisdom. A teacher is a again sower of seed. ending as seeds of thought to be in sown other minds. a spiritual agriculturist. The growth of a thought is as the growth of a plant. and nature. and time is required for its full stage. falling in the soil of the mind. while he who teaches himself is the wise farmer of his own mental plot. which. according to their bad. The seen is the mirror of the unseen.

Only to him that puts his hand vigorously to some task do power and freedom done. let a man ! do it at once . " it come. it must be carefully controlled and conserved. that increase and development follow upon legitimate use. HE advice of one of the to his disciples.Energy to be productive must not only be directed towards good ends. July I <Ttt>dfii). Noise and hurry are so much energy running 194 to waste . tersely tireless " Great Teachers Keep wide awake/' expresses if energy be accomplished. It was the same Teacher who said "If anything is to be : the necessity for one's purpose is to let him attack The wisdom of this advice is vigorously seen when it is remembered that action is creative. Eternal vigilance is is the price of liberty/' and liberty the reaching of one's fixed ends. and is equally good advice " to the salesman as to the saint. To get more energy we must use to the full that which we already possess.

straight for his object.It is a great delusion that noise means power. but they tell. are few. and is sure of Working steam is not heard. be sure of it. own steadfastness . . patiently disciplined The calm man mind. keeping of his his ground. in the way with him. and they work true. his meditations. His schemes are well planned. The enemy. power. he converts into a friend. and has caught the bent of all contingencies. Indeed. His words Joiows liis business. in the counsels of his judgment. well-trained. he has conferred with causes. and makes profitable use of him. he is the man who is prepared beforehand. He sees a long way ahead." he has anticipated all emergencies. He is never taken by is safe in the is never in a hurry surprise . In and makes Difficulty. for he has studied well how to " agree with his adversary while he is Like a wise general. 8HERE calmness is. like a well-balanced machine. ' 1 there is Calmness is the greatest the sure indica- tion of a strong. 195 . It is the escaping steam which makes a great noise.

Energy is the first pillar in the temple of prosperity. He wonders why his succeeds. worrying. and is avoided. while he. not attracts. is dead placidity of concentrated energy. peevish. This is the reason of his His energy is controlled success and influence. There behind it. being a calmer man. force or weight. always hurrying. No energy means no capacity. while the other man's energy is dispersed and abused. and is more selfpossessed and manly. focused mentality agitation and excitement the dispersed. the acme is a In and mentality is is without The " man has no influence. 196 . . and used. does it more skilfully. and is " neighbour easy-going sought after. fails. irritable He repels. as distinguished from the of languor. neighbour. not more easygoing but more deliberate. and troubling (he His miscalls it striving). gets through more work. who is fussy. It is irresponsible.

in any sphere. but. deceiving no one but himself. become rich and must not wish. lead quickly to ruin. but which. which he foolishly imagines are necessary to success. will better ment ensure success than an exaggerated advertiseof one's standing and importance. or try. There is always plenty of room and scope at the bottom. The thrifty and prudent are on 197 the way to riches. Many a young business man comes at once to grief by swagger and display. must soon become poor.The spendthrift can never become rich. modest A and true beginning. . to appear affluent by attempting something far beyond his means. and it is a safe place from which to begin. and everything above. if he begin with riches. as there is nothing below. JHE poor man who 1 is to must begin at the bottom.

Simplicity in dress. . are dress. A true refinement is in the mind and behaviour. vain apparel and litera. and science are encouraged thereby. j|N .vice Vanity leading to excessive luxury in clothing is a which should be studiously avoided by virtuous people. obtrusive display in clothing and jewellery bespeaks a vulgar and empty mind. Modest and cultured people modest and becoming in their and further their spare money is wisely used in enhancing their culture and virtue. art. as in other things. and a mind adorned with virtue and intelligence cannot add to its attractiveness (though it may detract from it) by an ostentatious display of ture. is the 198 best. the body. to Education and progress are of more importance them than needless.

but time wasted can never be restored. and only gets up in time to gets up early in order to plan.Money wasted can be restored . He who is at his business at six o'clock will always all other conditions being equal be a long way ahead of the man who is in bed at eight. health wasted can be restored . of calming and clarifying the mind. The best and most abiding success is that which is made before eight o'clock in the morning. July JHE man who i think and consider and forecast. that he may weigh and begin breakfast. . will always manifest greater skill and success in his particular pursuit than the man who lies in bed till the last moment. and of focusing one's energies so as to render them more powerful and effective. An hour spent in this way before breakfast will prove of the greatest value It is a means in making one's efforts fruitful. The day is not lengthened for 199 any man.

because they think. and a thousand wrong ways. They do this in some cases ! finding the one right way.Wisdom is the highest form of skill. speech or thought. Thoughtlessness and inefficiency are all too common. Skill consists in ing to and adherThe inefficient bungle confusedly about among the thousand wrong ways. Employers of labour know how ship. . whether with will skill. even though it be only to learn how to clean a window or sweep a floor. difficult it is to get the best workmanThe good workman. that they know best. and do not adopt the right one when it is pointed out to them. in their ignorance. even the smallest. thereby placing themselves in a position where it becomes impossible to learn. it. <i0btecntb JHERE ! is one right way of doing everything. always find a place for the exercise of his Skill is gained by thoughtfulness 200 and attention. whether with tools or brains. There is plenty of room in the world for thoughtful and efficient people.

money without giving an equivalent are practising fraud. jjS the bubble cannot endure. sooner or later. and who deprives them of their capital. whether fraud . to be again returned with heavy interest. not only with intelligent labour. and then collapses. by fraud. He makes a feverish spurt in the acquirement of money. All who are getting. It is but wrested for a time.There is no striking a cheap bargain with prosperity. Nothing is ever gained. but with moral force. or trying to get. ever can be gained. 201 . so the cannot prosper. Men who are anxiously scheming how to get money without working for it are frauds. But fraud is not confined to the unscrupulous swindler. they know it or not. and mentally they are closely allied to the thief and swindler under whose influence they come. Prosperity must be purchased.

a compromise with falsehood. will not long remain in an Such integrity in duty. The man of things. will quickly lead him into the fertile regions of prosperity. and to stand exposed to the onslaughts of evil. integrity jOfbe complete must embrace the whole man. oeoooAOoZoooeeaoe and strong. performing the details of his work. and I 1 extend to all the details of his all life . and to admit. in inferior position. and stamps its hall-mark on all transactions.Sterling integrity tells wherever it is. ! and as it must be so thorough and perwithstand manent temptations to swerve into compromise. and 303 . under stress. To fail in one point is to fail in all. He is like integrity is in line with the fixed law of a strong tree whose roots are fed by which no tempest can lay low. howsoever necesto sary and insignificant it may appear. is to throw down the shield of integrity. The man who works as carefully and conscientiously when his employer is away as when his eye is on him. perennial springs.

I . he can always rejoice in the fact that he has never defrauded a fellow-being. such as energy. 203 . JjONEvSTY is the sui~est way to success.Ignorant men imagine that dishonesty is a short cut to prosperity. The dishonest man is morally short-sighted. or system grievous thing that for his failure is not the it is to the dishonest mem. The day at last comes when the dishonest man repents in sorrow and but no man ever needs to _ suffering honest. Even when the been of having repent honest man fails as he does sometimes through lacking other of those pillars. Even in his darkest hour he finds repose in a clear conscience. economy.

Pure and perfect integrity and misrepresentation. July tt*nty~*econd* ^NVINCIBILITY is a gloriousprotector. 204 . slander. Moral force is the greatest power. is Never to even in the most against insignificant particular. enabling possessor to meet all opposition and persecution with dauntless courage and sublime is No amount of talent. will lay him low.Strong men have strong purposes. like the arrow in the heel of Achilles. | is perfectly pure andunassailviolate. intellect. acumen can give a man that power of mind and peace of heart which come from an enlightened acceptance and observance equanimity. but it only envelops the man whose 1 integrity able. or business of lofty moral principles. failed in its proof against all attack and injury. all the assaults of innuendo. and strong purposes lead to strong achievements. and the shaft of evil. to be invincible The man who has one point is vulnerable.

Neither are bursts of violent indignation against the cruelties and injustices of others any indication of a sympathetic mind. inexpressible tenderness which is shown in a consistently self-forgetful.The test of a man is in his immediate acts. and not in his ultra sentiments. should not be confounded with that maudlin and superficial sentiment which. JYMPATHY i | on hearing of some suffering abroad. into hysterical weeping when parting with a . gentle character. like a pretty flower without root. if he badgers his wife. If one is cruel at home or beats his children. presently perishes and To fall leaves behind neither seed nor fruit. not sympathy. 205 . or abuses his servants. or is what hypocrisy is in his profession of love for are outside the immediate suffering people What shallow sentiinfluence his of range ! who ment informs his bursts of indignation against the injustices and hard-heartedness in the world around him ! * QOoooQoao o0 ooo oo\o96ooooo Sympathy is a deep. or stabs his neighbours with shafts of sarcasm friend.

and sounded the dark depths of sorrow.Lack of sympathy in egotism in arises love. Sympathy. But to have reached this ripened sympathy. rejoice with . so that a man has had conceit. we spiritually descend with them into the depths. and when they suffer when they are we feel the pain . 206 . so that we become spiritually united to them. It springs from acquaintance with the profoundest experiences. in its real with others and profound sense. thoughtlessness. we . sympathy July SYMPATHY leads us to the hearts'of all men. arises . and take into our hearts their humiliation and distress and he glad. is oneness in their strivings and sufferings. must needs be that he has loved much. suffered much. because in his tenderness of is ever with them in their pain. them when they are despised and persecuted. can never pass thoughtless and cruel judgments who has this binding. uniting spirit of upon heart he it his fellows. and selfishness burnt out of his heart. sympathy can never be cynical and condemnatory.

not only giving cheerfully and often of his substance. Let him be liberal of heart and generous of hand. JET a man beware of of envy. magnanimous and trusting. 307 . and of thought and action honour. plenty. even all that is best in material things. of jealousy. of suspicion. but allowing his friends and fellow-men freedom let him be thus. if harboured. for these things. greed. and prosperity will come knocking at his door for admittance as his friends and guests.Gentleness is the hall-mark of spiritual culture. as well as all that is best in character and happiness. (Tt*nty~f!fiH). will rob him of all that is best in life. of meanness. aye. Gentleness is akin to divinity.

and the wise man has overcome all anger in himself. I | has perfected himself in never He never gentleness quarrels. or meets it with a gentle word. he is quiet and composed. . The gentle man is saved from most of the disturbances and turmoils with which uncontrolled men is which ness is afflict While they are wearing themselves out with wasteful and needless strain. whatever may be his origin. returns the hard word he leaves it alone. man who far more powerful than wrath. and such quietness and composure are strong to win in themselves. but sympathy reaches to the heart. Argument analyses the outer skin. and so understands how to overcome it in others. the battle of life. 308 . Gentlewedded to wisdom.A one whose good behaviour is prompted gentle man by thoughtfulness and kindliness is always loved.

moulding principle. . and that is himself. The sound-hearted man becomes an exemplar : he is more than a man . a force.Spurious things have no value. he is a reality. whether they be brac or men. assume no excelThe hypocrite thinks lency. There is an old theory that the excessively I think to be a prewicked are annihilated. a . simulate no virtue. for there is a sense in which a man is gone. he can hoodwink the world and the eternal law of the world. and for that the law of the world inflicts its righteous penalty. is to come tender as near to annihilation as a man can get. bric-a- ?T i that 1 we be real we harbour no wish to appear other than what we are that we is all-important that . aog . and in his place there is but a mirage of shams. There is but one person that he I hoodwinks. adopt no disguise.

Evil is a state of ignorance. and possess the field of And what are the new experiences of good ? They are many and beautiful such as the joyful knowledge of the absence of remorse freedom from sin . and enmity. envy. . 210 . July <Cteftty~ef0l)tl)* JHE I ! painful experiences of evil pass away as the new experiences of good into enter I consciousness. mind under all circumstances emancipation from doubt. ter .Evil is an experience. fear. and as such it recedes and disappears before the light of knowledge. and not a power. the torments of temptain conditions and circumineffable joy tion stances which formerly caused deep affliction imperviousness to hurt by the actions of others great patience and sweetness of characall . . deliverance from . of undevelopment. . and anxiety freedom from all dislike. serenity of .

211 . the peacemakers. the pure in heart. The higher virtue does not merely and only lead to happiness. life is bliss. but not so . The cause virtue transcendent ol in the self-loving elements. jO have transcendent virtue transcendent felicity. virtue. is to enjoy beatific The blessedness which Jesus holds out is promised to those having the beatific virtues to the merciful. and so on.When divine good is practised. but from divine and therefore with sorrow virtue every taint of self has been purged away. to be unhappy. It is impossible for a man of it is happiness. 00 O^o0oo Truth lies ? o 0^0 upward and beyond. A man may if and be unhappy. and with it every vestige of misery. sacrificing qualities. unhappiness must be sought and found and not in the self- have virtue he have divine Human virtue is mingled with self.

Hatred and love. they foster strife. where peace is. He should know that he is propagating strife. He who despises another will be despised by he who opposes his fellow-men will others He should not be surprised. 2X2 .Where passion is. peace passion is not. is not. that men are divided. By the way of self-conquest is the Perfect Peace achieved. yet cling to passion . the in the alphabet of things divine. profound it is not to know spiritual ignorance . himself be resisted. and mourn. This is ignorance. the other will be turned away as an unwelcome stranger. Where one first letter is'*admitted as a welcome guest. strife and peace. He should understand his lack of peace. cannot dwell together in the same heart. litly | EN pray for peace. . yet pray for heavenly rest.

weeping. Reaps its If men Starving. . How Love conquers They would ever Live in Love. nor sleeping. men only understood . in hatred never- If they only understood. . They would If see with Pity's seeing they only understood. they only understood. their . 213 .// men only understood That the wrong act of a brother Should not call from them another. only understood that sins must sorrow. . I That 1 I only understood wrong can never smother The wrong doing of another That by hatred hate increases. They would cleanse their hearts and Banish thence all vile detractions If actions. heart That the mind to-morrow hateful That the barren harvest. Tenderness would fill their being. . resting not. men And by Good all evil ceases. // .

the divine man. sublime graciousness of speech. that of goodwill. seek the company of such a one. the wise man. the enlightened seer. and deep and abounding sympathy. is possessed of divine insight. let him overcome the world. enduring lowliness.Let a let man abandon self. look there for the highest wisdom. Love is to . peace. for he has realised the Divine. awakened have alone Universal Reality where dispersed destroyed. OOOoo OOOOo* ooQOOoo can ftugitet personality that he has but one attitude of mind. the knower of the Eternal. and is capable of distinguishing JjOODWILL gives insight. him deny the personal ." and he who has so conquered his only the true from the false. therefore. find unbroken gentleness. he has become one with Those who are spiritually the Infinite. by this pathway only he enter into the heart of the Infinite. self-control. harmony. he lives with the Eternal. The supremely good man is. self-forgetfulness. ooOOOoo ooOOOoo ooOOOoo comprehended all the are appearances are delusion and dreaming and To centre one's life in the Great Law of enter into rest. Where you patience.

is to attain to a living. and from the omission of that which is good. and discord all participation in evil to cease from all resist- ance to evil. and to fall back upon unswerving obedience to the holy calm within. There is one Great Law ditional obedience. is to enter into the inmost heart of things. this Truth. the soul is not established in peace. but with the simplicity of a blameless heart and of a divine manhood. and he who so realises is truly wise not wise . one eternal wherein all the problems of earth pass like which exacts unconwhich Truth away shadows. conscious experience of that eternal and infinite principle which must ever remain a hidden mystery to the merely Until this principle is perceptive intellect. realised. this Unity. oooOOoo ooOOOoo ooOOOoo and Eternal 7tttgu0t Second. is to become one with the Eternal.To enter into a realisation of the Infinite is to rise superior to time. is to entef into the Infinite. with the wisdom of the learned. one unifying principle is the basis of all diversity. refrain I from . oooOOoo ooOOOoo ooOOOoo To realise this Law. 315 .

being too much engrossed in its limitations. . the real man desires are thoroughly subdued and purified when the emotions are rested and calm and when the oscillation of the intellect ceases and perfect poise is secured. when all appetites and remotely. then. . even tion. grey over the dark problems finally pass away and leave them unsolved because they cannot see their way out of the darkness of the personality. and the Spirit. and not till then. man greater impersonal Life of Truth. Men grow weary and and Seeking to save his personal life. It is a vital experience which is the result of assiduous practice in inward purificaWhen the body is no longer to be. clinging to perishable.Become established in Immortality. Heaven. Bti0is0t JTERING ! ! into the Infinite is not a mere theory or sentiment. he is shut out from a knowledge of forfeits the the the Eternal. peace secured. of life. 216 . . does consciousness become one with the Infinite not till then is childlike wisdom and profound . which make up the Empire of Light.

217 . JRROR Love is involved in the darkness of is unfathomable complexity. the Everlasting Yea. is . . and more abiding " There is in man a bliss. as foolishness. and has entered into a sim- plicity so profoundly simple as to be looked upon by the world. . work At rest in the Infinite. $otirti). . and to which they that sonality cling with such fierce tenacity He who has left behind him all perplexity. love God. wherein all contrawherein whoso walks and diction is solved with it is well him/' works. Says Carlyle. shuts men out from Truth. but eternal simplicity of self the glory of Truth. that permost men love. purer. involved as it is in a netof error.Self and error are synonymous. has yielded up that self. and seeking their own personal happiness they lose the deeper. This ness. higher instead and thereof find blessedhappiness. than He can do without happiness. Love not pleasure.

'he has entered into possession of the knowledge of God. and along with . prepared to partake of undying bliss. he has gained all. Only he who has become so free from self as to be equally content to be annihilated as to live. and rests in peace on the bosom of the Infinite. has learned to trust in less is boundmeasure the Great Law. By the surrender of self all difficulties are overcome. the Life which bridges life and death. is fit to enter into the Infinite. it the ignorant fear of hell having relinquished even the love of life itself. 218 . ceasing to trust his perishable self. SfLEN a I man has yielded up his lusts. having slain the 1 selfish desire for heaven. Unchanging principle. his errors. the Supreme Good. he has gained supreme bliss and Life Eternal.The region of Reality. and knows its own immortality. Having yielded up all without reservation. or to live as to be annihilated. his opinions and prejudices. Only he who.

does he rise superior to his passions and emotions and changeable personality. calm. selfishness nor disappointment. act under trial and temptaboast of being in possession Many men Truth who are continually swayed by grief. perfect life. 219 . and passion. and ever beyond the reach of intellect. .There is no more where regret. spirit of I as a perfect crown ! f Love which is manifested and rounded life is the being and the supreme end of How does a man tion of ? knowledge upon this earth. Truth is nothing if not unchangeable. disappointment. and in so far as a man takes his stand upon Truth does he become steadfast in virtue. it can It can only be experienced by practice only be manifested in a stainless heart and a . and who sink under the first little trial that comes along. He who is patient. all remorse. nor has ceased. Truth cannot be formulated it is ineffable. Men formulate perishable dogmas. and call them Truth. and forgiving under all circumstances manifests the Truth.

and he ever prove It is And alone. the Law of Love. an easy matter for the passionate to be calm and patient when they are in the midst of calmness. and all-embracing compassion. who remains sublimely meek and gentle under the most trying circumstances. for if arguments men do not perceive the Truth in inwill finite patience. no words can | it to them. RUTH I t never be proved by wordy and learned treatises. and search humbly and diligently for the Truth. undying forgiveness. but he who retains his patience and calmness under all trial. or when they are alone. is possessed of the spotless Truth. There one great all-embracing Law which is the foundation of the universe. who has realised the supreme and unchangeable Law. and has brought himself into harmony with it. who has relinquished his passionate and self-seeking nature. is 220 . he. this is so because such lofty virtues belong to the Divine. and can only be manifested by one who has attained to the highest wisdom. It is equally easy for the uncharitable to be gentle and kind when they are dealt kindly with.Practise heart-virtue.

indestructible. the sacrifice of the wellearned enjoyment of Truth. The Spirit of Love alone singled out as worthy to receive the unstinted worship of posterity. one with the Eternal. to suffer. it is The Law then called upon to and make the last. personality is dispersed. holiest sacrifice. It is by virtue of this sacrifice that the divinely-emancipated soul comes to dwell amongst the lowliest and least. is absolutely impersonal. and the fleshly life and death are destroyed. invincible. is . suffering ceases. the greatest. and to die and when realised. and its highest manifested expression is that of Service. conscious harmony with it. is to become immortal.To become possessed to enter into of a knowledge of the Law of Love. for consciousness becomes realise this Law that . When the purified heart has realised Truth. and to be esteemed the servant of all mankind. eooooco /-gi ooOOOoo ooooOoo VSy ooOOOoo JT is because of the effort of the soul to men come again and again to live.

having all. he knows that he has done all that he can possibly do. o o O O Oo O O Oo flinty* |-HE glory I I alike of the saint. and which is alike the source of preserva- knowing that there and destruction. he who has Truth goes forth as a sower of the seeds of goodness. and that no amount will affect of expectancy on his part liven so. for they are freed from every taint of self. the sage. without expectancy. yet without regretting the past or anticipating the future. given up even his own personality. never looks for reward. and . and peace. yet never thinks of receiving he works. realised the Law tion is the Great Over-ruling which brings about its own harvest in due time. the most sublime unselfishness.Truth cannot be limited. the result. and never looking for results. When the farmer has tilled and dressed his land and put in the seed. oQ O GOOO o O O O ooo Every holy man became such by unremitting perseverance in self-sacrifice. and wait patiently for the course of time to bring about the harvest. love. . and that now he must trust to the elements. all his works are holy and enduring. I and the saviour is this that he has realised the most profound lowliness. purity. He gives.

Give up (away from all that and I will give you rest." defiles) of self-sacrifice. Not by weaving complex theories. the way " Truth self. is Truth realised but by weaving the web of inward purity. self-seeking men." All the mountains of commentary that have been piled upon it cannot hide it from the heart that is " It does earnestly seeking for righteousness. by building up the Temple of a stainless life. SaintsJiip is the beginning of holiness. of self-denying service. and the unselfish heart . is Truth realised. sages.He who enters upon the holy way begins by restraining his passions. . and saviours have accomplished. 223 . " is very simple. not require learning it can he known in spite of learning. Come unto Me " enters into and partakes of its shining radiance. you likewise may accomplish if you will only tread the way which they trod and pointed out. It says. Disguised under many forms by erring. the beautiful simplicity and clear transparency of Truth remains unaltered and undimmed. o"ooO(JOooo 0o August 5HAT i the saints. not by building up speculative philosophies.

one hour. peace alone by your own efforts. . i place of immortality. All your sins and sorrows. it is possible for you to remain there always.you Only when you identify yourself with the Divine can " be said to be clothed and in your right mind" |}HE divine within is the abode of peace. your fears and anxieties. Give up all self-seeking . Of your own accord you cling to your unrest of your own accord you can come to abiding peace. . or one day. there can be no tine peace. No one else can give up sin for you you must give it up yourself. the temple of wisdom. . no knowledge of the Divine. give is up self. and which is destructive of peace. You can obtain freedom and . and lo ! the Peace of God 234 yours. The greatest Teacher can do no more than walk the way of Truth for himself. are your own. the dwellingI Apart from this inward resting-place. and if you can remain there for one minute. this Mount of Vision. and point it out to you you yourself must walk it for yourself. by yielding up that which binds the soul. and you can cling to them or you can give them up.

Come out of the storms of sin ooQooo * and anguish. and ceaseless O thou who wouldst teach men of Peace Hast thou crossed the wide ocean of strife ? Hast thou found on the Shores of the Silence release ! From all the wild unrest of life ? From thy human heart hath all striving gone. and hate. Leaving but Truth. 225 . OOOQOO oooooo^oooOoo who wouldst teach men of Truth! Hast thou passed through the desert of doubt ? Art thou purged by the fires of sorrow ? hath truth The fiends of opinion cast out. and Love. and Peace alone 000000*000000 oocOoo'j ooQooo ? Enter the inward resting-place. Looking on wrong. ? THOU Of thy human heart ? Is thy soul so fair That no false thought can ever harbour there thou who wouldst teach men of Love Hast thou passed through the place of despair Hast thou wept through the dark night of grief ! O ? ? does it move its (Now Thy human freed from sorrow and care) stress ? heart to pitying gentleness.

all. is that nobility of soul by which a man. soul by which a servant entirely forgets himself but far rarer. and who depend upon him And such a man's for their bodily sustenance.Make yourself pure and lovable. who never needs to dismiss an employee "I have always had the happiest relations with my workpeople. and you will be loved by JHINK ! [ of your servants with kindness. and friends will soon flock round you. happiness is increased tenfold. forgetting his own happiness. seeks the happiness of those \vho are under his authority. I can only say that it has been : my aim from the first to do to them as I would wish to be done by. and more in his master's good . If you ask me how it is to be accounted for. nor does he need Said to complain of those whom he employs. beautiful with a divine beauty." Be friendly towards others. consider their happiness and comfort. and never demand of them that ex- tremity of service which you yourself would not care to perform were you in their Rare and beautiful is that humility of place. 226 . a well-known and extensive employer of labour.

Where sterling faith and uncom- promising purity there is health. Even scientific mined by mental world physical conditions are largely deterstates. failure. and that his body is what he makes it by the power of thought. and disaster can find no lodgment. there is power. materialistic belief that a man is what body makes him is rapidly passing away. disease. In such a one. and to this truth the is rapidly being drawn. o (>0 c'ooooooooo0oo There is no evil in the universe but has its root and origin in the mind.To dwell continually in good thoughts is to throw around oneself a psychic atmosphere of sweetness and power which leaves its impress upon all who come in contact with it. j)S i the rising sun puts to rout the helpless shadows. and is being replaced by the inspiring belief that man is superior to his body. there is success. The his old. so are all the impotent forces of evil iortii put to flight by the searching rays of positive thought which shine irom a heart made strong in purity and there is faith. 227 . for there is nothing on which they can feed.

your hatreds. Put away your . your selfish indulgences. If you would secure health. you must learn without friction. Such conditions of mind are carefully shunned by the wise man.Renounce. you are expecting the impossible. and harmonise your thoughts. and would enjoy perfect physical harmony. your suspicions. 228 to work . think loving thoughts let the elixir of goodwill course through your veins. Bii0ii*i fifteenth* JJF i you are given jealousy. or any other inharstate of mind. then put your mind in order. greed. worry. and you will need no other medicine. your biliousness. and expect perfect physical health. your worries. Think j oyful thoughts. your nervousness and aching joints. 'monious j to anger. for he knows them to be far more dangerous than a bad drain or an infected house. put away your dyspepsia. for you are continually sowing the seeds of disease in your mind. If you would be free from all physical aches and pains. and you will jealousies.

By the power of faith every enduring work is accomplished. the highest promptings within you. and the tempests of miswill fortune. ful and never-failing faith. however they may threaten. be powerless to wreck the barque of your soul. under all circumstances. Law to in your power work here is the rock upon which you must build if you would achieve. 229 . as it threads its way across the ocean of And if that barque be piloted by a cheerlife. and many perils will pass it by which would otherwise attack it. and accomplish that Follow. faith in your work. life. Sixteen*!)* jjOUR the oil of tranquillity upon the turbulent waters of the passions and prejudices. if you would stand and not fall.Order your thoughts and you will order your . Faith in the Supreme faith in the over-ruling . . its course will be doubly sure.OOU00 0( o .

and the new channel itself. Whatever your task may be. The faultless completion of small tasks leads inevitably to larger tasks. . Learn by constant practice how to husband your and to concentrate them. and combine with purity and faith singleness of purpose. at any moment. concentrate your whole mind upon it. and your heart is not in your work. and great and lasting will be your influence and success. so that when moment arrives. ever keep an active mental . August jULTIVATE a pure and unselfish spirit. upon a given 230 point. you will step into it with your mind fully prepared for the undertaking. If your present position is distasteful to you. and you are evolving from the elements enduring success of greatness and power.Let your heart grow large and loving and unselfish. and is with that intelligence and foresight which born of mental discipline. the critical presents outlook for budding possibilities. throw into it all the energy of which you are capable. resources. nevertheless perform your duties with scrupulous diligence and whilst resting your mind in the idea that the better position and greater opportunities are waiting for you.

slander and idle talk. the dispersion of power. was mocked by his friends and told to desist from further effort. and joking merely to raise a laugh all these things must be put on one side as so much waste of valuable energy. August 3HEN . you may acquire it by practice. it is the abuse of power. is and he when " The time replied. and crowned his life with success. and the beginning of power is You must likewise the beginning of wisdom.Passion is not power . If you have not this power. have a legitimate and useful purpose. whom I knew. Be of single aim and . devote yourself unreservedly to it. commence by overcoming those trivialities to purposeless which you have hitherto been a Boisterous and uncontrolled willing victim. 1 passing through continual reverses and misfortunes. laughter. that young man. 231 . at marvel will you 1 my not far distant good fortune and success/ he showed that he was possessed of that silent and irresistible power which has taken him over innumerable difficulties.

232 . followed always by an increased is ' demand for gratification.Happiness is that inward state of perfect satisfaction which is joy and peace. and of desire all is the realisa- delights await the pilgrim there. JJHE I satisfaction gratified desire ! and is which results from brief and illusionary. until at last they are stiuck down with physical or mental anguish. and all torments are centred there. tion of The giving up heaven. and It claims ever-increasing service from its deluded devotees. I myself am heaven and hell/ " Heaven and hell are inward states. Some letter of that after life to spell. the region of hell. ' And by and by my soul returned to me. " I sent soul my through the invisible. Desire is insatiable as the ocean. And whispered. and are hurled Desire is into the purifying fires of suffering. and clamours louder louder as its demands are attended to.

know \vhat real happiness So long as you persist in selfishly seeking for your own happiness. so long will happiness elude you. self into that state of consciousness ness of self. in that measure will happiness come to you. and you will be sowing the seeds of wretchedness. Abiding happiness selfishly cling. and you sink into hell rise above . and true knowledge belong only to the divine state. and only in so far as you realise this divine consciousness can you is. and always leads to suffering. will come you to you when.To seek selfishly is only to lose happiness |INK | [ into self and all its gratifications. unbiased judgment. Self is blind. In so far as you succeed in losing yourself in the service of others. ceasing to are willing to give up. Q 233 . which is the utter denial and forgetfuland you enter heaven. and you will reap a harvest of bliss. not possessed of true knowledge. Correct perception. without judgment.

from pain to every Every saint has climbed it . you will ultimately become selfish selfish and debased. must sooner or later come to it.Whatsoever you constantly meditate upon you will not only come to understand. hidden remain likeness. but will grow more and more into its likeness. the divine the divine peace. sinner from error to Truth. and every weary pilgrim that turns his back upon self and the world. must plant his feet upon its golden rounds. peace. Without its aid you cannot grow into the divine state. August Xtcnty~fir0t* JPIRITUAL | meditation is the pathway It is the mystic ladder to Divinity. If you constantly dwell upon that which is and debasing. and the fadeless and unpolluting joys of Truth will glories from you. 234 . and sets his face resolutely towards the Father's Home. which reaches from earth to heaven.

// you would enter into possession of profound and abiding peace. and the mind. will be receptive to spiritual instruction. The period time is the very early morning [best the spirit of repose is upon everything. one of the first efforts you will be called upon to make will be to shake off lethargy and indulgence. 235 . The sluggard and the self-indulgent can have no knowledge of Truth. portion of the day in meditate. Indeed. come now and enter the path of meditation. (Twenty-second. the excitements and worries of the previous day will have died away. strong and yet restful. will be subdued. JELECT some which to . after the long bodily fast . of the night. and if you refuse you will be unable to advance. and keep that sacred to your purpose. for the demands of the spirit are imperative. | when All natural conditions will then be in your favour the passions.

The

direct

outcome of your meditations will be a calm,
spiritual strength.

jjF
,

you are given to hatred or anger, you will meditate upon gentleness and forgiveness, so as to become acutely alive to a sense of your harsh and

loonsn conduct.
in

You will then begin to dwell thoughts of love, of gentleness, of abounding and as you overcome the lower forgiveness by the higher, there will gradually, silently
;

steal into

your heart a knowledge of the divine

Love with an understanding of its bearing upon all the intricacies of life and conduct.
of

Law

knowledge to your every and word, act, thought, you will grow more
in applying this

And

and more and more

Arid thus with every error, selfish desire, every human weakness every of meditation is it overcome and the power by
;
;

gentle, divine.

more and more

loving,

more

as each sin, each error, is thrust out, a fuller and clearer measure of the Light of Truth illu-

mines the pilgrim

soul.

Great

is

the overcoming

power of holy

thought.

236

Meditation will enrich the soul with saving remembrance in the hour of strife, of sorrow, or of temptation.

|S,

by the power of meditation, you grow in wisdom, you will relinquish, more and more, your selfish desires
;

which are fickle, impermanent, and and will take productive of sorrow and pain with and steadfastness increasing your stand, will and trust, upon unchangeable principles,
realise
is the requirement of a knowledge of eternal principles, and the power which results from meditation is the ability to

The use

heavenly rest. of meditation

rest upon and trust those principles, and so become one with the Eternal. The end of medi-

tation

is,

God, and the
peace. Strive to

therefore, direct knowiedge of Truth, realisation of divine and profound

rise,

by the power

of meditation,

above

all

selfish
;

party creeds

clinging to partial gods or above dead formalities and life-

less ignorance.

Remember

that

you

are to grow into Truth by steady

perseverance.
237

Believe that a life of perfect holiness is possible.

}

O

believing, so aspiring, so meditating, divinely sweet and beautiful will be

your spiritual experiences, and glorious

your inward

that will enrapture realise the divine the divine the Perfect Law of Love, Justice, Good, or God, great will be your bliss and deep
revelations
vision.

the

As you

Old things will pass away, and all things will become new. The veil of the material universe, so dense and impenetrable to the eye of error, so thin and gauzy to the eye of

your peace.

Truth, will be lifted and the spiritual universe
will

be revealed.

Time

will cease,

and you

will

only in Eternity. Change and mortality will no more cause you anxiety and sorrow, for you will become established in the unchangeable, and will dwell in the very heart of
live

immortality.

He who

believes

climbs rapidly the heavenly
238

hills.

Where

self is,

Truth

is

not

;

where Truth

is, self is not.

the battlefield of the
x

human

soul

two masters are ever contending for the crown of supremacy, for the kingthe ship and dominion of the heart
;

master of

self,

called also the

"

Prince of this

world/' and the master of Truth, called also the Father God. The master self is that

whose weapons are passion, pride, implements of darkthe master Truth is that meek and lowly ness one whose weapons are gentleness, patience,
rebellious one

avarice, vanity, self-will,
;

purity, sacrifice, humility, love, instruments of

Light.

In every soul the battle is waged, and as a cannot engage at once in two opposing armies, so every heart is enlisted either in the ranks of self or of Truth. There is no half-andhalf course. Jesus, the manifested Christ, " No man can serve two masters that declared he will hate the one and love the other; for either or else he will hold to the one and despise the Ye cannot serve God and Mammon." other.
soldier
;

You

cannot perceive the beauty of Truth while you are looking out through the eyes of self
.

239

The

lovers of

Truth worship Truth with
self.

the sacrifice of

August
3 you seek to know and to realise Truth ? Then you must be prepared
to sacrifice, to

most, for Truth in

renounce to the utterall its glory can only

be perceived and known when the last vestige of self has disappeared. The eternal Christ declared that he who would " be His disciple must deny himself daily."
lusts,

Are you willing to deny yourself, to give up your your prejudices, your opinions? If so, you may enter the narrow way of Truth, and find that peace from which the world is shut
out.

The absolute
is

of self

denial, the utter extinction the perfect state of Truth, and all

religions and philosophies are but so to this supreme attainment.

many

aids

As you

let

self die,

you

will

be reborn in

Truth.

240

Every holy

man

is

a saviour of mankind.

|HEN
error
(

men, and

lost in
self,

the devious ways of

have forgotten the

heavenly birth/' the state of holiand Truth, they set up artificial standards by which to judge one another, and make acceptance of, and adherence to, their
ness
particular theology the test of Truth and so men are divided one against another, and there is ceaseless enmity and strife, and unending sorrow and suffering.
;

own

Truth
All

Reader, do you seek to realise the birth into Let self die. There is only one way ?
:

those lusts, appetites, desires, opinions, limited conceptions, and prejudices to which

you have hitherto
fall

so tenaciously clung, let

them

in

from you. Let them no longer hold you bondage, and Truth will be yours. Cease to
strive

look upon your
others, and

own religion as superior to all humbly to learn the supreme

lesson of charity.

To

be in the world

and yet not of

the world is the

highest perfection.

241

The cause of

all

power, as of

all

weakness, is within.

,

understanding of this permeates the universe leads to the acquirement of that
Great

THOROUGH
of

Law which

state

mind known

as obedience.

To know

that justice, harmony, and love are in the universe is likewise to know supreme that all adverse and painful conditions are the

own disobedience to that Law. Such knowledge leads to strength and power, and it is upon such knowledge alone that a true life and an enduring success and happiness can be built. To be patient under all circumstances, and to accept all circumstances as necessary
result of our

your training, is to rise superior to all painful conditions, and to overcome them with an overcoming which is sure, and which leaves no fear of their return, for by the power of obedience to law they are utterly slain.
factors in

There

is

no progress apart from unfoldment within.
242

There is no room for a complainer in a universe of law. and worry is soul-suicide. these things which you blame are the cause of the cause is within yourself. 243 . or the unjust Powers who have bestowed upon you so undeservedly poverty and hardship. and where the cause is. and you long with an intense longing that your load may . there is the remedy. your poverty . and you are friendless and alone. and upon another affluence and ease. Perhaps you complain. none of Cease your complaining and fretting . you bewail your lot. be lightened but the load continues.There is no sure foothold in prosperity or peace except by orderly advancement in knowledge. your parents. your employer. <Tt)jrtietf)* ^ERHAPS the chains of poverty hang heavily upon you. and you seem to be enveloped in an ever-increasing darkness. you blame your birth.

are is the result of what we have it thought is ." Thus said . Whether one be fearful or fearless. and never without. that is your real self. happy. 244 . because he dwells in despondent and debilitating thoughts. and You are swayed by circumstances because you have not a right understanding of the nature. Buddha. and power of thought. use. wears the aspect with which " All that we your thoughts clothe it. but I say this.What your thoughts are. foolish or wise. )HE world 1 I around. within that soul lies the cause of its own state or states. And now " I seem to hear a chorus of voices exclaim. troubled or serene. But do you realty mean to say that outward circum" stances do not affect our minds ? I do not say that. that circumstances can only affect you in so far as you allow them to do so. and know it to be an infallible truth. if miserable. it therefore follows that if a man is because he dwells in happy thoughts. is made up it is of founded on our thoughts it our thoughts. both animate and inanimate.

September first minds do not dwell upon if it be in any disordered way they ignore it. as though it were not. ordered body. as well as for happiness. invalid is in a far more pitiable The mental A sickly mind condition than the bodily invalid. This ignoring of the body not only keeps the mind sane and strong. live on.To make a use/id and happy life dependent upon health is to put matter before mind. Moral principles are the soundest foundations for health. body. unselfish. 245 . happy frame of mind to discover that their body is whole and capable. and work on. we sound can have a healthy mind. invalids There are (every physician knows them) who only need to lift themselves into a strong. is more deplorable than a disand it leads to sickness of body. is to subordinate spirit to body. fectly and a healthy mind is the best route to a sound JEN of robust their bodily condition body. but it is the best resource If we cannot have a perfor curing the body.

and poverty the cause of degradation. A miser may be a millionaire. and every poor man would come to degradation. Extreme circumstances may help to bring out the evil which is already there awaiting its opportunity. he will regard himself as poor. A rightdoer will do right howsoever he be placed. but he is as poor as when he was penniless. for covetousness is poverty of mind. September Second. but by the for riches. cannot create it. whether he be rich or poor.Men are not made unhappy by tliirst poverty. 3HERE i there . An evil-doer will commit evil under any circumstances. and in that sense he is poor. 246 . or midway between the two conditions. is a cause its effect will appear of and were affluence the cause immorality. then every rich man would become immoral. Poverty is more often in the mind than in the So long as a man thirsts for more money purse. but they cannot cause the evil.

are vastly inferior to that com'bination of intelligent forces which comprise the mind of man. and direct the inner j dominate forces of passion. September 4FUL as are the forces in nature. great in himself. in the measure that he is great in self-control. and which and direct the blind mechanical forces of nature. and great in his influence in the world. but he who understands and dominates the ternal forces of the in. He who understands is forces of external nature and dominates the the natural scientist . Therefore. and intellect. desire. The end of knowledge is use. control. mind is and the laws which operate the divine scientist in gaining a know- ledge of external appearances operate also in gaining a knowledge of internal verities. is to be in possession of the destinies of men and nations. it follows that to understand. will.A man is great in knowledge. the increase of the comfort and happiness of the world. 247 . service.

The result of the act it is cannot be altered. Man irrevocable. but his power ends with the act committed. and what deeds he shall do. conditions of 248 . All the varying con. annulled. . has all power to act. but he cannot change the nature of effects he can decide what thoughts he shall think.to. life. as they obtain in the world to-day. regulated by the over-ruling law. are subservient and fall within the scope of. September jjERFECT perfect and justice upholds the universe justice regulates human life conduct. Evil thoughts and deeds produce conditions of suffering. are the results of this law reacting on human conduct. the infinite and eternal law and causation. good thoughts and deeds determine blessedness. Man can (and does) choose what causes he shall set in operation. but he has no power over the these are results of those thoughts and deeds ditions of . whether visible or invisible. or escaped . All things.

.Man's power misery is is limited to. September sIFE i may be likened to a sum in is aritli- metic. 249 . be done wrong. there is only one way by which may be grasped by and that when the right way is found the pupil knows it to be right his perplexity vanishes. the eye of the Great Law reveals and exposes. and he knows that he has it can be done right. It bewilderingly difficult and complex to the pupil who has not yet grasped the key to its correct soluonce this is perceived and laid hold of but tion. In life there can be no falsifying of results . and while ing the fact that. it becomes as astonishingly simple as it was | formerly profoundly perplexing. and his blessedness or determined by. Some idea of this relative simplicity and complexity of life fully recognising and realisthere are scores. of ways in which a sum may perhaps hundreds. his own conduct. mastered the problem.

combination of sequences. jIFE is like a piece of doth. deed and consequence. Each follows its own individual suffers and enjoys the of his own deeds. yet harmonious. and not the consequences deeds of another. cause and effect. Each man makes or mars his own life.Selfish thoughts and bad deeds will not produce a useful and beautiful life. 230 . There are action and reaction. and balancing reaction. are not confounded one with the other. while individual lives. course. being independent. and effect is always in exact ratio with the initiatory impulse. The course of each is simple Each the whole forming a complicated. and the counterdefinite . consequence. and the threads of which it is composed are The threads.

Emerson says " : And and there is a profound sense in which cause and form one perThus. upon the instant that a man thinks. . .Man is responsible only for his own deeds . that same instant he has injured his own mind he is not the same man he was the previous instant he is a little viler and a little more unhappy and a number of successive thoughts and deeds would produce a cruel and wretched man. thou thyself art its origin/' Effect can never be divorced from cause it can never be of a different nature from cause. a cruel deed. fect whole. effect are simultaneous. 251 An . . immediate nobility and happiness attend the thinking of a kind thought. seek no longer the origin of evil. September 0et>entb* " problem of evil " subsists in a it is man's own : evil deeds. . when those deeds are purified. he is the custodian of his own actions. say. a perfect equity Justice is not postponed adjusts the balance in all parts of life. and solved Says Rousseau "Man." . or doing a kind deed.

for its is possession essentially necessary temporal and external well-being. and dependent upon others for that support which should be found within himself. September SHE land I cultivation of that steadfastness I stability of character which is " " commonly called will-power is one of the foremost duties of man.Without strength of mind. common everyday life and so obvious and simple is of the init that the majority. nothing worthy of accomplishment can be done. and with- out it man cannot be otherwise than wretched. 252 is to . whether in things worldly or spiritual. pass it by unnoticed. The direct assail and only way to greater strength and conquer weaknesses. both to his Fixedness of purpose is at the root of all successful efforts. looking for something complicated and mysterious. The true path of will-cultivation is only to be found in the dividual.

56. Control the tongue. and pass triumphantly through every emergency. has to be done. Control the mind. preliminary that the w hole science of will-cultiva- tion is embodied in the following seven Break off bad habits. Live by rule. Give scrupulous attention to the duty of the present 4- Do moment. at once. will enable of purpose and power of will which Anyone who purity him to successfully cope with every difficulty. Form good habits. 253 . September E who has succeeded T in grasping this will perceive truth simple. whatever and vigorously.In the training of the will the first step is the breaking away from bad habits. earnestly meditates upon. and diligently above rules will not fail to develop that the practises.

Thoroughness is a step in the development of the will which cannot be passed over. to rule September E who thus avoids self-discipline. is deluding himself. and is weakening the willpower which he already possesses. the forming of a new one necessitates the intelligent direction of purpose. and looks about for some " occult secrets " for gaining will-power at the expenditure of little or no effort on his part. 254 . To do this. habit requires merely strength of purpose. and must keep a constant watch upon himself. while the conquering of a bad . Slipshod work is an indication of weakness. a man must be mentally active and energetic.By submitting to a bad habit one forfeits the right over himself. The strength of will which is gained by success in overcoming bad habits enables one to initiate good habits for.

and not according to passion. Live according to principle.Perfection should be aimed at. whatever has to be done is equally important. Nothing should be put off until another time. procrastinaa total barrier to the acquisition of pur" " poseful action. tion is That which ought to be done now should be done now. importance. and bring repose and joy to their possessor. even in the smallest task. and at once. Doing vigorously. but giving the whole attention to each separate task as it presents itself. Idleness and a will cannot and strong go together. This seems a little thing. It leads to strength. not even for a few minutes. and peace. 255 . September not dividing the mind. but it is of farreaching success. singleness of pur- pose and intense concentration of mind are gradually gained two mental powers which give weight and worth of character.

He who acquires the quality of thoroughness becomes a man of usefulness and infl^t. then he begins to pay careful attention to those things which he formerly of the world When regarded as insignificant. and which results in imperfect work and un- happy lives. thrown aside. primary importance . and that without this aggregation of small things the great things would be non-existent. or slurred over is at the root of that lack of thoroughness which is so common.Thoroughness consists in doing little things as though they were the greatest things in the world. little things of is life are ol a truth not generally understood. one understands that the great things and of life consist of a combination of small things. September the i $n>elftt).ence. 956 . and the thought that little things can be neglected.

in the hour of deep necessity. how could virtue be developed ? The thoughtless and lazy cannot take precedence of. will Skill and excellence are acquired by few. for those will. carelessness. it is based on justice it is one aspect of that divine equity which everywhere " " Vice is beaten with many stripes prevails. Thoughtlessness. the thoughtful swell. o September 3VERY who employer of labour knows how difficult it is to find men and women put thought and energy into their work. and industrious. in spite of ranks of the unemployed should continue to who scamp their work to-day another day. look and ask for work in vain. and do it completely and Bad workmanship abounds. or stand equally with. . " " The law of the survival of the fittest is not based on cruelty. and laziness are such common vices that it should cease to appear " social reform. 257 .The cause of the common lack of thoroughness lies in the thirst for pleasure. satisfactorily." the strange that. T/ie mind concentrated that is occupied with pleasure cannot also be upon the perfect performance of duty. . if it were not so.

ously . if not better else can do it. An ancient teacher said. the cultivation of patience. September JHOROUCiHNESS ! is completeness." It is better to be a whole-souled. perwell . do it with thy might. exercise of one's work. at least not worse It means the thought. 358 . the persistent application of the mind to its task. perseverance. "If anything has to be done. worldling than a halfhearted religionist. fection . the putting forth of great energy. much soever thy hand findeth to do. let him attack it vigor" " Whatand another teacher said. let a man do it. and a high sense of duty.He who lacks thoroughness in his worldly duties will also lack the same in spiritual things. it means doing a thing so nothing left that there | is to be desired ! it means doing than anyone than the best that others do.

. and happy has learned very September Sffteentb* ESPONDENCY. and those who suffer therefrom would do well to remedy their thinking and conduct. without is this. little. mind-diseases they are the indica. for there is too little of that. they are 359 . and grumbling all these are thought-cankers.He who has not learned how to be gentle. wrong mental condition. anxiety. ! complaining. real. this it is enduring. so that all our love and compassion are needed. our cheerfulness and our happiness that are needed. irritability. all other things are vain lent . can give nothing better to the world than beauty of life We and character . pre-eminently exceland not to be over- A man's surroundings are never against him there to aid him. and it includes all joy and blessedness. . condemning. thrown. loving. there is already too much of that. It is true there is much sin and misery in the world. but our misery tions of a is not needed it is No.

and purifying the world. . Peace of mind and true reform lie this way. And this you will naturally and spontaneously do as you realise the good in yourself. 260 . A sweet and happy soul is the ripened fruit of wisdom. emancipate yourself if you would have your home and your surroundings happy. and the proof of the possession of Truth.You can transform everything around you if you will transform yourself. Commence to live free from all wrong and evil. gladdening the hearts of others. be true if you would have the world emancipated from misery . and it sheds abroad the invisible aroma of its influence. and sin. be happy. the witness of wisdom. If you would have others true. September UNBROKEN sweetness of conduct in the face of all outward antagonism is the infallible indication of a self-conquered soul.

Immortality is here and now. September IMMORTALITY time. and the passing events of his day-by-day existence. pf time. and is not a speculative something beyond the grave. so is Eternity here and now. if he will overcome | time the self that derives its life from the unsatisfying and perishable things Whilst a desire. and regards those sensations. of time. and passing events as of the essence of himself. a continuous succession of sensations and events . man remains immersed in sensation. he can have no knowledge of immortality. Persistence is the antithesis of immortality. desires. 261 . The thing which such a man desires. and which he mistakes for immortality. and a man may find that Eternity and establish himself in it. and just as here and now. is persistence that is. and 1 will does not belong to never be found in time : it belongs to Eternity is .

The immortal man is in full possession of himself. September <i0bteentt>. the knowledge of both states that of . He is as one who has awakened out of his dream. but a passing illusion. and is not affected by passing events and sensations. persistence. and live their little feverish life of broken consciousness. and are still immersed in change and mortality. he who thirsts for the persistence of his pleasure-loving personality. 262 .The death of the body can never bestow upon a man immortality. and he knows that his dream was not an enduring reality. The immortal man is he who has detached himself from the things of time by having ascended into that state of consciousness which is fixed and unvariable. is still mortal after death. He is a man with knowledge. iPIRITS are not different from men. The mortal man. and that of immortality. without memory of the past or knowledge of the future. and only lives another life with a beginning and an end.

but an eternal now. He 9) which he abides. is he who has who no longer identifies conquered himself . lives in the cosmic or heaven state of in which there is neither beginning nor consciousness. Bodies. but who has trained himself to direct those forces with the hand of a master. The immortal man 263 . sonalities. and so has brought them into harmony with the causal energy and source of all things. and the death of his body will not in any way interrupt the eternal consciousness in " Of such a one it is said. shall not taste of death/' because he has stepped out of the stream of mortality. and established himself in the abode of Truth. September nineteenth immortal man remains poised and steadfast under all changes. per- and worlds pass away. nations. but Truth remains. and its glory is undimmed by time. himself with the self-seeking forces of the personality.The mortal man lives in the time or world state of consciousness which begins and ends. The immortal man. end. then.

September u>entfetfv IRE \ doctrine of the overcoming or anni. so simple. mind has not yet become clouded with theories. and speculative philosofar be would more phies.The overcoming of self is the annihilation of all the sorrow-producing elements. The overcoming of self is the cultivation of all the divine qualities. whose hilation theological schemes. disease. likely to comprehend it than many older people who have lost their hold upon simple and beautiful truths by the adoption of complicated theories. and close at hand is it that a child of five. 264 . The annihilation of self consists in weeding out and destroying all those elements in the soul which lead to division. jj of self is simplicity itself indeed. It does not mean the destruction of any good and beautiful and peace-producing quality. and sorrow. practical. suffering. strife.

<Detity~fir0t lEMPTATION. reading of Sciipture will fail to bring him peace. It is i a condition of dark- ness. nature. in that hour he will man conquer it. The fully enlightened temptation. or of semi-darkness. . can be overcome here and now.He who would overcome his enemy the tempter must discover his stronghold and place of concealment. attention to religious observances and much praying and . must also find out the unguarded gates in his fortress where the and own enemy effects so easy an entrance. I j with all its attendant torments. and will rest from his long travail but whilst he remains in ignorance. but it can only be overcome with knowledge. soul is proof against all When a fully understands the source. 6 6 This is the holy warfare of the saints. and meaning of temptation.

Whilst a man is held in bondage by these delusions. because they labour. first. he when he has shaken will make no progress on them off. under two delusions . JJEN fail to conquer. A man or states is of mind which he has come to regard as 266 tempted because there are certain desires unholy. rest.All temptation comes from within. The source and cause the inward desire . and the fight is indefinitely prolonged. September Jrcentysecond. of all temptation is in being purified and eliminated. of the occasion the temptation. and will taste of spiritual joy and . . almost universally. this is in the desire of the one tempted. never the merely cause . . outward objects and extraneous powers are utterly powerless to move the soul that The outward object is to sin or to temptation. he will pass rapidly from victory to victory. that all temptations come from without and second. that they are tempted because of their goodness.

calm in the strength of inward be tempted to anger. September is I the evil in a is man that is aroused and tempted. meaningless shadows. . As a man purifies his heart. The honest man cannot be tempted to steal.The good in a man is never tempted. for there is nothing left in the heart that can respond to it. and the never virtue can of the wanton fall upon the charms wiles and whose mind is purified heart as empty. . temptation ceases. Goodness destroys temptation. The measure of a man's the exact register of temptations his own unholiness. for when a certain unlawful desire has been taken out of the heart the object which formerly appealed to it can no longer do so. Temptation shows a man 267 just where he is. let the occasion be ever so opportune the man ol purified appetites cannot he be tempted to gluttony and drunkenness . but becomes dead and powerless.

1 fearing the loss of present pleasures or material comforts. and trampled upon. September 7u>enty~foiirtl). 268 . the man of steadfast virtue. accusation. robbed. and trampled upon his own nobler self but .to fear. and shame. because he has first injured. denies the truth within him can be injured. and disgrace. and degraded. because he has denied the craven self within him and has taken refuge in of Truth. JHE man who. unblemished integrity. nor call are a sufficient answer to all that hatred may attempt. The Great Law is good the man of integrity is superior and failure. not the scourge and the chains man a slave. It is which make a he is a slave. and robbed. and degraded. nor does he need to go about to defend himself and prove his innocence. but the fact that and malice cannot affect the from him any bitter response. righteous man. Innocence and integrity alone Slander. and poverty. cannot be subject to such conditions.

the backbiter. and the wrongdoer may seem to succeed for a time. let him be thankful that he has been given an opportunity of proving his loyalty to the noble principles which he has " Now is the and let him think. . can there be a forged weapon that shall prevail against him. visible or invisible. the integrity can never be subdued by those all subdued darkness. good ing. ! world. of the wrong-doer. SET the man of be glad when he integrity rejoice is severely tried and . but he is invincible. compassionately The slanderer. espoused Now is the day of hour of holy opportunity . and in none of the worlds. but the triumph for Truth ! Though I will ! Law of Justice prevails the man of integrity may seem to fail for a time. September <rttcnty~fffif). The man of 269 . I lose the whole " So thinknot desert the right think and will for ho will return evil.The man of integrity turns all evil things to good account. forces having forces of within himself.

is developed by use. 270 . like muscle.Without discrimination a man is mentally blind. He should be prepared to meet every mental. indecision. troubles . September (toenty~0fxib* MAN'S mind and life should be free from confusion. material. Mind. and spiritual difficulty. and so-called He should be fortified against every emergency that can come against him but such mental preparedness and strength cannot be attained of doubt. any degree without discrimination. and discrimination can only be developed by bringing into play and constantly exercising the anain lytical faculty. and should not be intricately caught (as many are) in the meshes and uncertainty when misfortunes come along.

Confusion, suffering, and spiritual darkness follow
the thoughtless.

September (t*nty~0*i>eiit(>*

man who
j

is

afraid to think search-

ingly upon his opinions, and to reason critically upon his position, will have

to develop moral courage before he can acquire discrimination. A man must be true to himself, fearless with himself, before he can perceive the pure principles of Truth, before he can receive the allrevealing Light of Truth.

The more Truth
it

is

inquired

of,

the brighter

shines

;

it

cannot suffer under examination

and analysis. The more error
;

is questioned, the darker it cannot survive the entrance of pure grows and searching thought. To " prove all things " is to find the good
it

and to throw away the evil. He who reasons and meditates learns to dishe who discriminates discovers criminate
;

the eternally True.

Harmony,

blessedness,

and

the Light of

Truth attend

upon

the thoughtful.

371

Belief is

an

attitude of

mind determining
life.

the whole

course of one's

September

<rwenty~ef0l)tl>*
all action,

BELIEF

is

the basis of

and,
in

this being so, the belief

which dominis

ates the heart or

mind

shown

the
lives in exact
is

life.

Every man

acts,

thinks,

accordance with the belief which rooted in his innermost being, and such is the mathematical nature of the laws which govern mind that it is absolutely impossible for anyone to believe in two opposing conditions at the same time. For instance, it is impossible to
believe in justice

and

injustice,

hatred and love,

peace and

strife, self

and

truth.

Every man

believes in one or the other of these opposites, never in both, and the daily conduct of every

man indicates the nature of his belief.

Belief

and conduct

are inseparable, for the one deter-

mines

the other.

37*

Justice reigns,

and

all that is called injustice is fleeting

and

illusory.

September
5

tenty-nintl),
is

HE man

who

continually getting

enraged over the injustice of his fellow men, who talks about himself being badly treated, or who mourns over the lack oi justice in the world around him, shows by his conduct, his attitude of mind, that he However he may probelieves in injustice. test to the contrary, in his inmost heart he believes that confusion and chaos are dominant in the universe, the result being that he dwells in misery and unrest, and his conduct is faulty. Again, he who believes in love, in its stability and power, practises it under all circumstances, never deviates from it, and bestows it alike upon enemies as upon friends.

The man who

believes in justice remains all trials and difficulties.

calm through

Every thought, every

act,

every habit, is the direct
belief.

outcome of

September

t)irtietl>*

are saved from error
?

supremacy
sin

of Truth.

by belief in the They are saved

jfrom
,

ii^iiotxuj cuca

Perfection.

by belief in Holiness or from are saved They J
belief is

evil

by

belief in
life.

Good, for every
It is

... mani-

fested in the as to a

not necessary to inquire for that is of it avail a man little to believe that Jesus died for him, or that Jesus " is God, or that he is justified by faith," if he continues to live in his lower, sinful nature ? " How does All that is necessary to ask is this " " How does he conduct hima man live?

man's theological belief, or no account, for what can

:

self

under trying circumstances

"

?

The answer

to these questions will show whether a man believes in the power of evil or in the power
of

Good.

W hen

our belief in a thing ceases, we can no longer
cling to or practise
it.

274

A man cannot cling to anything unless he believes in it ;
belief

always precedes action, therefore a man's deeds

and

life

are the fruits of his belief.

October
IE who believes
1

I

1

in all those things that arc good will love them, and live in them he who believes in those things that are impure and selfish will love
;

"Them, and cling to them.
its fruits.

The

tree

is

known by

A

man's

beliefs

about God, Jesus, and the
;

Bible are one thing addons, is another
logical belief is of

his
;

life,

as

bound up
;

in his

therefore a man's theo-

no consequence

but the

of thoughts which he harbours, actions and his mind towards others, these, and these only, determine and demonstrate whether the belief of a man's heart is fixed in
his attitude

the false or the true.

There are only two

beliefs

which

vitally affect the life,
evil.

and they are

:

in belief in good and belief
275

As

the fruit to the tree

and

the water to the spring, so is

action to thought.

(October Second,

JHE
!

I

when greatly falling, into some grievous sin by one tempted, who was believed, and who believed himself, to stand firm, is seen neither to
sudden

be a sudden nor a causeless thing

when the

hid-

,

thought which led up to it are The falling was merely the end, the revealed. outworking, the finished result of what com-

den processes

of

man had
;

menced in the mind probably years before. The allowed a wrong thought to enter his mind and a second and a third time he had welcomed it, and allowed it to nestle in his heart. Gradually he became accustomed to it, and and so it cherished and fondled, and tended it at it such last attained strength and grew until
;

force that

it

attracted to
it

itself

which enabled
act.

to burst forth

the opportunity and ripen into

All sin and temptation are the natural outcome of the
thoughts of the individual.
276

Guard
are in

well

your thoughts,

reader, for

your

secret thoughts to-day

what you really you will become in

actual deed.

O

ooooooo oJ""lB oooooooo 0o(/

(Dctober
is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed/' and every thought that is harboured in the mind must, by virtue of the impelling force which inherent in the universe, at last blossom into

;HEkE
I
!

is

The act good or bad, according to its nature. divine Teacher and the sensualist are both the
product of their own thoughts, and have become what they are as the result of the seeds of thought which they have implanted, or allowed to fall, into the garden of the heart, and have afterwards watered, tended, and cultivated. Let no man think he can overcome sin and temptation by wrestling with opportunity he
;

can only
thoughts.

overcome them by purifying

his

O900000000S ooooooooo^ip

A* man can only attract that to him which is in with his nature.

harmony

277

self-erected 278 . is peaceable and blessedness will follow it be resistant and hateful. and . and his life appears. and appears in your character and life in the form of results. trouble and if you Out of ill-will distress will cloud your pathway.As a being of thought. A man thinks. Thought is causal and creative. There Both its harare no accidents in your life. your dominant mental attitude will determine your condition in life. monies and antagonisms are the responsive echoes of your thoughts. as such you arc the maker of your and condition.00000 October 3OU and self arc the thinker of your thoughts. bliss . out of good-will. ' oeo fl . If your dominant mental attitude lovable. will come grief and disaster healing and reparation. The boundary lines of your thoughts are fences.

the good man. sees the 1 Supreme Justice. it or ignorantly men may cannot possibly cause him any pain. It is im- such a man to regard himself as treated unjustly. He therefore regards all things as good. because he has ceased to see He knows that 110 one can injure or injustice. regarding them by as the blind but beneficent instruments which he is enabled to pay his moral debts to the Great Law. The Supreme Justice and the Supreme Love are one. loves his enemies. 279 . y October ?HERE the passion-bound soul sees only l injustice. sees cause and effect. grief sorrow. having ceased to injure or cheat possible for himself. rejoices in all things. However passionately act towards him. he who has conquered passion. for he knows that whatever comes to him (it may be abuse and persecution) can only come as the effect of what he himself has formerly sent out. cheat him. blesses them that curse him. and misery are the fruits of which passion is the flower.Pain.

Character is is built in the built same way as a tree or a house namely. By the aid of millions of bricks a city is built . by the aid of millions of thoughts a character. (Dctobcr a I ' body is built of cells. thoughts.The history of a nation is the building of its deeds. so is he. and that material is thought. varying thoughts " As a man see the deep truth of the saying. 280 is built. by the ceaseless addition of new material. they are fixed in the sense that they have become an integral part of the character. that they can be only altered or removed by a protracted effort of the will." Individual . so a and a house man's mind is built of The various characters of compounds of Herein we of combinations. and by much self-discipline. . a mind. characteristics are fixed processes of thought that is. | men are none other than thinketh in his heart. of bricks.

281 . of duty inspiring thoughts of a large." O my soul. wisely chosen and well are so many durable bricks 'which will never crumble away. Each man is the builder of himself. unfettered. As the swift seasons roll. can be rapidly erected. October )URE placed. of confidence. thoughts. . and one which affords comfort and shelter for its possessor. are useful bricks with which a substantial mind-temple can be raised and the building of such a temple necessitates that old and useless habits of thought be broken . and from which a finished and beautiful building. down and destroyed. | Bracing thoughts of strength. and unselfish life.Every man is a mind-builder. Build thee more stately mansions. free.

October a i man strong. These of a life four making what the four lines of a square are to the building of a If a man ignores them and thinks house. to obtain success and happiness by injustice. Recti- Sincerity. and he will. he is in the position of a build a strong and durable habitation while ignoring the relative in the end. Four of these principles are tude. simple. 282 . failure. ethical truths are to the and Kindness. undeviating moral ' will stoutly resist the fiercest I adversity and temptation it principles. arrangement of mathematical lines. is to build up a successful and exemplary life a life that storms of must be framed on a few. builder who imagines he can and selfishness. : Justice. obtain only disappointment and Working in harmony with the fundamental laws of the universe.Build like a true workman. trickery.

IE who adopts the four ethical principles ^ as the law and base of his life.It is a common error to suppose that little things can be passed by. cannot fail to raise up a structure which shall and he is building a temple bring him honour in which he can repose in peace and blessedness even the strong and beautiful Temple of his . He who would have a life secure and blessed must carry the practice of the moral principles into every 283 detail of it. laying down the hidden foundations of integrity of heart securely and strongly. October ttfntl). life. such a man. who raises i the edifice of character upon them. whose [ every duty and every passing transaction is performed in strict accordance with their exactions. and that the greater things are more important. . who in his thoughts and words and actions does not wander from them.

the man. October I HEN and a man life intensely desires to reach realise a higher. 284 . when its aspirations have become sufficiently awakened. the result is meditation. A fiery nature will most rapidly scale the heights of Truth in meditation. Meditation is necessary to spiritual success. no are fatal and indifference Lethargy The more intense the nature of to its practice. the more readily will he find meditation and the more successfully will he practise it. and more I than the merely worldly and pleasure-loving life. purer. Without intense aspiration there can be meditation. practises meditation. he radiant . he engages in and when he earnestly concentrates aspiration his thoughts upon the finding of that life.When aspiration is united to concentration.

Love Truth so fully and intensely as absorbed in it. By concentration men acquire skill in the doing of the things of life in science. tation they acquire skill in living. trade.OQOOOO October Y concentration a man can scale the highest heights of genius. By concentration a man may acquire the wonderful comprehension and vast power of a Caesar by meditation he may reach the divine wisdom and perfect peace of a Buddha. wise men and divine teachers sages. to self-purification. but he cannot scale the heavenly heights of Truth . life itself . Saints. wisdom. to accomplish this he must meditate. ..When aspires to know and realise the Truth. but by medi. in right enlightenment. 285 to become wholly . etc. art. etc. The perfection of concentration is power the perfection of meditation is wisdom. he gives attention to conduct. saviours are the finished products of holy meditation. a man OV.

for he becomes stronger. I at first. calmer. Man is 286 . therefore. the entire life of a man is involved and as he advances in its practice he becomes more and more fitted to perform the .The object of meditation is divine enlightenment. is meditation an hour in the time spent in actual perhaps only half the early morning the short in that half-hour of knowledge gained vivid aspiration and concentrated thought is embodied in practice during the whole day. : Purification of the heart by repetitive 2. a thought-being. Attainment of divine knowledge by embodying such purity in practical life. thought on pure things. and his life and character are determined by the thoughts in which he habitually dwells. holier. namely 1. The principle of meditation is twofold. duties of life in the circumstances in which he may be placed. and wiser. In meditation. October |HILE.

flicting desires. manifesting his attainment in pure actions. 287 .By practice. and well-performed By he at the ceaseless last repetition of pure thoughts. and sorrow but when a man begins to train his mind in meditation. and specularestlessness. The majority of men live in a series of con- emotions. association. in a serene and wise life. and is a purified being. he gradually gains control over this inward conflict by bringing his thoughts to a focus upon a central principle. passions. uncertainty. It ^s easy to mistake reverie for meditation. man of meditation forms the habit of pure leads to pure and enlightened thinking which and enlightened actions duties. thoughts tend to repeat themselves. becomes one with those thoughts. October ' Y the daily dwelling upon pure thoughts. and habit. and there are . tions.

October )HE l their and the poor alike suffer for and none escape. and vice versa. for the man who obtains and holds by always be haunted by a feeling and will continually fear its loss whilst the poor man. 288 . selfishness The rich have their particular sufferrich own . follows men like a great shadow. the root of the tree of derives its nourishment from the dark soil of ignorance. will be harassed by the And one and all who live fear of destitution. also. Fear. the the rich are continually losing their riches The them. poor poor are continually acquiring . Each individual suffers by virtue of his own selfishness. . strife are overshadowed of world underin this selfish force will of insecurity. who is selfishly seeking or coveting material riches. ings as well as the poor. man of to-day is the rich man of to-morrow. Moreover.evil and of all suffering. by one great fear the fear of death. Selfishness.

the the second is the Surrender of Desire the third is the Surrender of Opinion j Surrender of Self. Having discovered this. the Surrender of Desire. 289 . tracing them out in his mind. and following up their and he effects in his life and upon his character renunciathe without will quickly perceive that. Entering into meditation. Passing through this Gate. he will commence to examine his desires. (Dctobcr fftecntb* three Gatefirst is MAN iceivs I must pass through The of Surrender. the first Gate. he adopts a process of selfin the purificadiscipline which is the first step tion of the soul. a man remains a slave both to himself and to his surroundings and circumstances. . The lamp offaith must be continually fed and assidu- ously trimmed. . is entered.The spirit is strengthened and renewed by meditation upon spiritual things. that of . tion of desire.

. falls. sometimes falling. Learn to distinguish between the real and the unreal. mind with eyes of holy love day by day ridding his of selfish motive. his heart of impure desire stumbling sometimes. let him not despair if but each day. . October Sixteen*!)* ing. shadow and 290 . though unachieved. therefore. LT a man. heeding neither the revilings of jhis friends without. though lost. the the substance. in spite of all its failures and . records some holy battle fought. nor the clam ourings of his enemies within aspiring. some silent victory attempted. press on courageously.The loss of to-day will add to the him whose mind is set gain of to-morrow for on the conquest of self. searchstriving looking ever towards his Ideal j ! . . but ever travelling onward and rising higher and recording each night in the silence of his own heart the journey of the day.

those divine Principles. Purity. are very he must stand that and qualities themselves. Hitherto he has regarded his own now he ceases so opinions as of great value. Wisdom. and Love. and Love. Comdistinct from those passion. against those them as utterly worthless. which are many and changeable. Compassion. but to defend them and own his to elevate opinions. He now learns to distinguish between Truth. He sees that his opinions about Goodness. to regard comes and of others. (Dctobcc CLOTHING Garment his soul with the colourless of Humility. which is one and unchangeable.Acquire the priceless possession of spiritual discernment. and his own and others' opinions about Truth. a man bends all his energies to the uprooting of those opinions which he has hitherto loved and cherished. . Stand upon the divine Principles of Purity. and not on his own upon opinions.

that He shall be the slave of no passion. the servant of no opinion. by the piercing light of _ resolve. the votary of no fond error. shall Live. illusions shall. October }R who resolves that he satisfied . Finding the Divine Centre within his own and heart.Find the Divine Centre within. disperse every fleeting phantasy. lives which that within you that is changeless. will not rest with appearances. but time defiant of is to play vainly with unsubstantial reflections in the Not to know Mirror of Time. is not to know anything. and he reality of life. shadows. 292 . he shall be pure wise. and and death. and calm and strong radiate and will ceaselessly the is Heavenly Life in which he himself. and shall enter into the substance and He shall learn how to live.

a man is free from sin. for egotism seems most desirable to them. Only the crucican be transfigured only by the death of self can the Lord of the heart rise again into the Immortal Life. October love their desires. but its end is they love the pain and vacuity . there is the Garden of the Heavenly Life. argumentations of the intellect. it is ready to receive the Divine Wisdom and to enter into the Divine Life. no uncertainty shall rob him of repose. but the fruits When thereof are humiliation and sorrow. for gratification seems sweet to them. and remaining there.Having betaken himself to the Divine Refuge within. Where self is not. No doubt shall shake his trust. and stand radiant upon the Olivet of Wisdom. 293 . fied . the soul has reached the end of gratification and reaped the bitter fruits of egotism.

man's. it is Duty . for he cannot escape himself. more than Peace . He shall " work out fly to KnowAll things are his own salvation/' whether he believe it or not. it is Love. . and they shall be wise. . 294 it is Blessedness. Life is more than enjoyment. thinking and right doing. October the impure turn to Purity. rest. which shall shatter all his selfish makeshifts and excuses for right soul. Nor shall God do for him that which it is destined his soul shall accomplish for itself. they shall strong . and be pure let the weak .Life is more than motion. more than labour. F resort to Strength. let and they shall be : the ignorant ledge. and he chooses that which he will have. it is it is Music . more than work. To-day he chooses in ignorance. nor transfer to another the eternal responsibility of his own By no theological subterfuge shall he trick the Law of his being. to-morrow he shall choose in wisdom.

* OO October w*i!fy~fiK0t JEN fly .He who would find Blessedness. of his When a man can no longer carry the many sins. they travel in many lands. and he shall become light-hearted. he doings and possessions. Not until a man falls back upon the Truth within himself does he find not until he builds the rest and satisfaction inward Mansion of Faultless Conduct does he unrest and discover . entering the glad company The spiritual Heart of man is the Heart of the universe. from creed to creed. 295 . and reap ennui and discomfort. whose throne is the centre of his own heart. and find . disappointment they build themselves beautiful mansions. V .. will infuse it into all his having obtained that. and. and plant pleasant gardens. weight Christ. let him fly to the of the Immortals. let him find himself. find the endless and incorruptible Joy.

it would have been better with me " to-day" or. and to live in them -that is. OOQOOO OOOQOO ooOooo -'oooQoa To put away regret. and mistaking the unreal for the real. last month. I know what is best to be done." The selfish cannot comprehend the vast importance and value of the present. he now. (Dctobcr <Denty~0econ6* WHILST a man I is dwelling upon the the | missing past or future present he is forgetting to live now. to work now. which past and future are the It may truly be said that empty not exist except as negative and future do past shadows. and fail to see it as the substan. all possibility. " If I had done so-and-so last week. anchor anticipation.All power. All things are possible now. to do and 296 . this is wisdom. in the regretful and selfish contemplation of them tial reality of reflections. a man says. and I will do it to-morrow. Without wisdom to guide him. all action is now. is to miss the reality in life. and only is . or last year.

Non-accomplishment reiest out into sides perpetual postponement. Holiness consists in leaving sin." That which you would be. u 297 . and every day. and. (Dctobcr I EASE dence. and lo all things are done live thou art in the midst of now.Virtue consists in fighting sin day after day. and hope to be. realise this truth. and maniside way thy native and divine strength now. and you shall be to-day. the power to postpone. unnoticed and ignored. Act now. ! . and behold and know that thou art perfect. the ideal ! man of whom you . to die by the wayside. you also have having the power to accomplish to perpetually accomin your plish . dreamed. Plenty be now. to tread every byway of depen- that every winding soul into the shadowland tempts thy of the past and the future. you may be now. Come " the open road.

Didst sin grievdidst fall yesterday it instantly leave realised this. and watch that thou sinnest not The while thou art bewailing the past every gate of thy soul remains unguarded against the entrance of sin now. 298 ." Thou Say not unto thy soul. The foolish man. loving the boggy side of procrastination rather than the firm highway " 1 will rise early toof Present Effort. " " morrow . . realising the momentous import of the Eternal Now. Thou shalt not rise by grieving over the irremediable past. but by remedying the present. is too late for anything. . Thou shalt be shalt be purer topure now. rises early to-day carries out his inkeeps out of debt to-day I will . but rather say. tentions to-day and so never departs from strength and peace and ripe accomplishment. and he who sees jhelp and salvation in to-morrow shall continually fail and fall to-day. says. forever. . carry out my intentions to-morrow/' But the wise man. Having ! Thou ously ! and now.' 1 (October JO-MORROW . of debt to-morrow out I will morrow get .

so many years ago. and forward to mournful endings. a man's eyes are blinded so that he beholds not his own immortality." But he was not born. and then he will see that the birth and death of the body are the mere incidents of a journey. I was born on such a day. October wisdom to leave that which has not arrived. for how can that which is immortal. 299 . neither will he die. and to attend to that which is and to attend to it with such a consecration of soul and concentration of effort as shall leave no loophole j?T is . with all that it contains. and shall die at my allotted time.Looking back to happy beginnings. which eternally is. he says. for regret to creep in. is now. 000000*000000 The universe. and not its beginning and end. be subject to birth and death? Let a man throw off his illusions. A man's spiritual comprehension being " clouded by the illusions of self.

Holiness ? How shall sin perceive Yet how plain that Holiness should understand sin. and he will see the universe in all the beauty of its pristine simplicity. he becomes a mirror in which the universal Reality is faultlessly reflected. but in the circle all forms are contained. Let a man destroy all the forms of self. the ! Perfect then simplicity of be revealed. When a 300 . How shall the fragment comprehend the Whole ? Yet how simple that the Whole should comprehend the fragment. He who would become the Greater let him abandon the lesser. and he shall apprehend the Circle of Perfection. and let it be lived as | a perfect Whole will . v / 000 OOO October <rtt*nty~0fxib* SET j life mentary the cease to be lived as a fragthing. man succeeds in entirely forgetting (annihihis lating) personal self. but in the radiant light all colours are embodied. In no colour is the radiant light imprisoned.Let a man put away egotism. In no form is the circle contained.

When a man discovers that it is mathematically impossible for him to know the universe before knowing himself.In the perfect chord of music the single note. begins to unfold from and he as unfolds within. Bliss. Cease to speculate God. though forgotten. is indispensably contained. himself. he then starts upon the which leads to Original Simplicity. and then involves backward to the Central Simplicity. and the drop of water becomes of supreme usefulness itself in the ocean. he enfolds Way He the universe. and find within thee. and thou shalt work enduring works and shalt become one with the eternal Ocean of ! . Man evolves outward to the periphery of complexity. by losing ijINK thyself compassionately in the heart of humanity. Good embracing about 301 the all- . and thou shalt ! reproduce the harmonies of Heaven jlose thyself in unlimited love toward all.

to cling to them. and they will no longer cling to thee. they are not any part of thyself they are Cease diseases which thou hast come to love. oo O O O oo O O O Purity is extremely simple . Thy sins are not thyself . Principle. his covetousness. to support 302 . October who 1 i will not give up his secret lust. can see nor know nothing in the school of remain a dullard Wisdom. he will learned in the colleges. Let them fall away. though he be accounted . Invincible Immortal Life. If a man would find the key of Knowledge. Thou shalt know thyself as . and Eternal Good. and thyself shall stand revealed. and needs no argument it. his anger. his opinion about this or that.The pure man knows himself as pure 00 O C O OQ oo o C O being. Comprehensive Vision. let him find himself.

Love. jjEEKNESS. Compassion and Wisdom will appear to him as folly. . Wisdom only can appre" No hend Wisdom. Though he live with a perfect man tion. Love. he shall not behold his perfecPaMeekness he will call cowardice as weakhe will see tience. Compassion. man is wise/' The imperfect man says. and resides not in any part. and Wisdom these are the dominant plicity . " No man can be perfect/' and he therefore remains where he is. Faultless discrimination belongs to the Perfect Whole. Patience. A blameless life is the only witness of Truth. 303 . therefore men until are exhorted to refrain from judgment they have themselves manifested the Perfect Life. ness all his life.Truth lives itself. qualities of Original Simtherefore the imperfect can- not understand it. therefore the fool says. .

and transcendent Glory of the Perfect.He who has found the indwelling Reality of his own being has found the original 000 ooo / and universal Reality. hearts are known. All problems vanish when Pure Goodness is reached " . likeness. finding Pure Goodness. V October ^NOWING all the Divine Heart within." Good man is called The Slayer vex where sin is not ? loudly and resteth not silence of thine What problem can O thou who strivest retire into the ! holy own being. rend in twain the Veil of the Temple of Illusion. As the problematical transcends crudity. but moulds the minds of others to his own of all . so Pure Goodness transcends the problematical. and shalt enter into the Patience. 304 . therefore the of illusions. Peace. /kjrfV \JX 009 0*0 So extremely simple is Original Simplicity that a man must let go his hold of everything before he can perceive it. and live therefrom. and the thoughts men become his who has become theremaster of his own thoughts fore the good man does not defend himself. So shalt thou. for Pure Good- ness and Original Simplicity are 000 coo one.

this I the Unfailing man Having this Wisdom. and to rest securely is upon the inward virtue. nor the lack of them degrade him who has ceased to degrade the Wisdom. (October i O j detach oneself from every outward thing. 305 . and thus put all things under their feet. having no eye for evil. nor the other rob him of his serenity. They utilise all things. they grow wiser every day. for your educaTo the wise all occurtion. and. herein lies the strength which shall never fail a man. rences are good. a be the same whether in riches or poverty. as lessons of intrinsic value. this is Wisdom. The one cannot add to his strength.Great will be his pain and unrest who seeks to stand upon the approbation of others. Neither can riches defile him who has washed away all the inward defilement. To refuse to be enslaved by any outward all thing or happening. will temple of his soul. and accept them Order. regarding such things and happenings as for your use. knowing that there are no mistakes in the Divine To love where one is not loved . They see all their mistakes as soon as made.

be a lamp unto themselves. 306 . but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp. rejecting reproof. He must obey the higher and not glorify himself in the lower. and. He who stands upon egotism. and not relying upon any external help. relying upon themselves only. But they must be willing to ooOOOoo ooQOOoo The true Teacher is in the heart of every man. 1 himself. it is among 1 ' my disciples ! who shall reach the they very topmost height learn. and the lessons of experience. but he will not find he will only find it in it in obedience. . will surely fall yea. shall not look disciples. submission.The wise man is always anxious to learn. egotism . seeking their salvation in the Truth alone. ooOOOoo ooooooo ooOOOoo first 3LL strength and wisdom and power and knowledge a man will find within . instruction. and willingness to learn. but never anxious to teach. . Said teacher already great " Those who shall for assistance to any beside themselves. he is a to his fallen.

307 . useless. All the mental energies are directed to the attainment of an object. All successful men are men of purpose. one after another. vague desires. It binds and holds together in a complete whole that which would otherwise lie scattered and Empty whims. ephemeral fancies. broken down and overcome.Dispersion is weakness . Purpose is the keystone in the temple of achievement. Purpose is highly concentrated thought. concentration is power. In the sustained determination to accomplish there is an invincible power which swallows up all inferior considerations and marches direct to victory. JHINGS I arc useful in powerful parts are concentrated. ' and thoughts are measure that their strongly and intelligently the and obstacles which intervene between the thinker and the object are. and half-hearted resolutions have no place in purpose.

Know this thou makest and unmakest thyself. with mind freed from all hatred and folly. and loving all. he shall suffer no loss seeking no pleasure. . he shall evermore live in the highest state of blessedness and bliss. find the Supreme Law of Life. and he shall find that it is Love. that it is imperishable Love. He . will be for ever dishim who will comprehend the Law pelled by of his soul. 308 . who anxiety. he shall receive the invincible protection which Love affords. He who so comprehends shall of his being. Thou art a slave if thou preferrest to be . also. thou art a master if thou wilt make thyself one. and worry are unsubstantial shades in the underworld of self. he shall find no and employing all his powers as instrugrief ments of service. and shall no more trouble him will climb the serene altitudes Grief. Claiming nothing. (Third. OUBT. shall become one with Love.

but it shields the fledgling and the lamb and though all men tread upon it.He who has found Meekness has found divinity. 309 . and bears them up upon its deathless bosom. oooo O O O oooo ooooO O O o*ol The meek man has realised the divine consciousness and knows himself as divine. Even so with the meek man like its form. Truly his body. who. yet compassionately bends to shield the lowliest creature. and. As glorious as the mountain in its silent might is the divine man in his silent Meekness is it . is fixed in the valleys and the mists but the summit of his being is eternally bathed . his loving compassion is expansive and sublime. though shaken and disturbed by none. and lives with the Silence. yet it protects them. like the moun- tain's base. OOOO O O O 3000 oooo O O O oooe tt0t>embcr fcHE mountain bends not to the fiercest storm. in cloudless glory. and lovingly protects them. lifts up all men. though he may be despised. 1 .

see it not.He who lives in Meekness is without fear. and nor in Meekness itself. his is . >HK meek man flourishes shines in darkness. worldly shows and appearNor does history take note of the meek ances. not the heavenly acts. cannot boast. man. thrive on popularity. perceived only by the eye of the Those who are not spiritually awakened spirit. nor advertise and is It is practised. the glory of peace and gentleness. Yet though he lives in obscurity. and is wor- aggrandisement . knowing the Highest. being enamoured quality it is and blinded by. nor do they love it. Its glory is that of strife and selfof. obscurity. History chronicles the earthly. The meek man is found in the time of trial other . and having the lowest under his feet. seen and not seen being a spiritual . shipped by the world which knew him not. . he cannot be hidden (how can light be hid ?) he continues to shine after he has withdrawn himself from the world. when men fall 310 he stands.

thee falsely ? Well. so that thou art oooo o O o oooo o O o *co Take all evil out of thine own heart. . In those who harbour such for thoughts hatred will never cease hatred ceases not by hatred at any time hatred ceases by love/' What sayest thou? 1 . does not com" He prehend the essence and meaning of life. thou givest life and vitality to thy neighbour's injured and falseness. by so doing. then shall thou it see the folly of resisting in another. without life. . . distressed. It is any to thee that thy neighbour should speak nothing of thee. and thereby conquers all. Thy neighbour has spoken what It is of that ? Can a which is false is false. 000.The meek man resists none. he robbed me. abused me. . and without power to hurt but him who seeks to be hurt by it. does not understand Meekness.0 0000 O O O B0 IE who imagines he can be injured by others. and scok to justify thyself. . and who seeks to justify and defend himself against them. . M O 000. That falsity hurt thee ? and there is an end of it. he defeated me. he beat me. but it is much to thee that thou falsely shouldst resist him. for.

A w eak intelligence will be without purpose. they have followed along a well-defined path. Like the Roman laying his road. The Great Leaders of the race are the mental road-makers. OOOOO"*. The men who have moulded the destinies of humanity have been men mighty of purpose. and have refused to swerve aside even when torture and death confronted them. eoo e o * a Qo o Inert matter yields to a living force. and mankind follows in the intellectual and spiritual paths which they have carved out and beaten. A drifting mind argues a measure r of undevelopment. A great mind will always be great of purpose. 313 . and circumstance succumbs to the power of purpose. and greater purposes.90COOO ooOoo o o>0o0Je oeOo* ttooembte URPOSE There are goes lesser with intelligence.Great is the power of purpose. according with degrees of intelligence.

please others and gain their approbation. for he is ever conscious of the certainty of final achievement. whether mis. and failures are steps in the ladder of success. losses. understandings and foul accusations. not highly achieve who thinks to compromise his purpose. will the double-minded man. will not greatly achieve the vain man. do not subdue him . pains. rain upon him. w 313 . and achievement and power. will fail. . . of success. or flatteries and fair promises. who is ! grieves because he I misunderstood.All things at last yield to the silent. ttooembcr SHE weak man. irresistible all- conquering energy of purpose. The man of fixed purpose who. who steps from his resolve in order to aside . great- Hindrances stimulate a man of purpose difficulties nerve him to renewed exertion mistakes. . The intensity of the purpose increases with the growing magnitude of the obstacles encountered. does not yield a fraction of his resolve is the man of excellence ness.

and forfeits " He who will not manliness and self-respect. immediately a man tries to escape exertion. first in his character. work according to his faculty. either physical or mental. he has to decay. . and does not work to the full extent of his . and last in his body and circumLife and action are synonymous. the shirker is the most miserable. does actually perish. and stances. capacity. Thinking to find ease and happiness in avoiding difficult tasks.oorw^ooo. Hooembcr all miserable men. his mind is always uneasy and disturbed. A n undertaking completed. commenced . he becomes burdened with an inward sense of shame. or a piece of work done.Joy is always the accompaniment of a task successfully accomplished. which require the expenditure of labour and exertion. rest always brings and satisfaction. let him perish and according to his necessity/' says Carlyle it is a moral law that the man who avoids duty.

to trouble its erstwhile victim and the world no more. The striver after virtue he who is engaged in the holy task of building up a noble character tastes. . ttooember \ <Tcntl>. worldly own things. but which becomes an integral part of his spiritual nature. a joy which does not leave him again. spiritual the joy (albeit ineffable) when. deep. ooOOOoo^3>oOOOoo The reward of accomplishment 315 is joy. abiding. .The price of life is effort. is repaid and measure of joy things joy which the of perfection purpose is supervenes upon the and Great is heartfelt sure. after innumerable and apparently unsuccessful attempts. some ingrained fault of character is at last cast out. VERY even with in in its successful accomplishment. at every step of conquest over self.

You are to-day where you attract. You can alter your thoughts. you will come to a tion. but you can endure and learn. everything is formed. your thoughts have brought you you will be to-morrow where your . You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. You are powerful. base place if it be beautiful. can accept and be glad. 'oooooooooS ^5) Nothing is fated.Everything that happens is just. and so alter your condition. not power. ttoocmbcr I ' I you think. you will come to a beautiful place. thoughts take you. you travel as you love. . You your will always come to the place where (your love most abiding and intense thought) can receive its measure of gratificaIf your love be base. 316 . less.

hateful thoughts brings man who thinks When you know event in your life yourself you will perceive that every is weighed in the faultless balance of equity. There is no law in the world which is not to be found operating with the same mathematical certainty in the mind of man and in human life. Thoughts. man and process in Nature contains a moral lesson for the wise man. a process of seed-sowing in the mind a spiritual sowing which leads to a harvest according to the kind of seed sown. words. words. the insincere is surrounded by insincere friends.The man whose is thoughts. and acts are sincere surrounded by sincere friends . and are drawn from the simple facts of Nature. and. The loving thoughts is loved. There is and life. 317 . All the parfact SVERY ables of Jesus are illustrative of this truth. by the inviolable law of things. they pro- duce after their kind. The man who thinks hatred upon himself. and acts are seeds sown.

. we get by giving we grow rich by scattering. forth a greater brings when he sows . or. he would lose both it and his produce. Were he to covetously hoard his seed. JHE farmer must scatter all his seed upon the land. The man who says he is in possession of knowledge which he cannot give out because the world is incapable of receiving it either does not possess such knowledge. abundance. let him scatter blessings. but in perishing it perishes So in life. and then leave it to the elements. To hoard is to lose clusively retain is to be dispossessed. It it. for his seed would perish. will soon be deprived of it if he is not already to exdeprived of it.He who would be blessed. 318 . if he does. He who would be happy. let him consider the happi- ness of others.

words. and sow broadcast the seeds of kindness.Men reap that which they sow. unhappy. I is troubled. and love. and having " What What What seeds am I " found. 319 . The way to obtain peace and blessedness is to scatter peaceful and blessed thoughts. gentleness. and sow. only the seeds of Truth. let him abandon all the seeds of self. perplexed. Let him learn of the farmer the simple truths of wisdom. sorrowor ful. henceforth. let him ask " What mental seeds have I been " : a man " [sowing? sowing? " is my attitude towards others? " seeds of trouble and sorrow and unhave I sown that I should thus reap happiness " these bitter weeds ? Let him seek within and find. and deeds.

for liberation from the bondage of self. carried consternation to the perishable gods who take shelter under the shadow of self. but for knowledge. for understanding. . The new-old revelation of one universal impersonal Truth has again dawned upon the world. subverting the whole order of things to gratify the wishes of his worshippers. to the God of Law. Enter the Path of obedience 320 to the Law. joled. ttootmbtr of those epochs the world's progress which witnesses the passing of the false gods the gods of human selfishness and human illusion. we draw nearer to the Heart of Love. for wisdom. not for personal happiness and gratification. and are turning. silent self. And to Him they turn.Destroying the idols of great. Men have lost faith in a god who can be cawho rules arbitrarily and capriciously. with a new light in their hearts. and its searching light has E have reached one in .

and that their salvation their ENTERING own ance of upon themselves. the universal laws are right. which is knowledge of the Perfect Law. no longer fret and despond. they grow in wisdom. they receive understanding. the cosmos is right. and they acquire knowledge. and they enter into the glorious life of liberation from the bondage of self. No longer merely jection of that which is evil.Perfection. and that they themselves are wrong. for they know now that God is right. if wrong there is. upon upon their personal acceptthat which is good. they become doers of the Word. 321 . ttooember that Path the Path of the Supreme Law men no longer accuse. hearers. is ready for all who earnestly seek it. and deliberate redepends efforts. Adopt the life of self-obliteration. no longer doubt.

. acting yea. The Law reigns. and it reigns in men's hearts and lives they have come to understand the reign of Law who have sought out the Taber. An undercurrent of holy joy is gathering force in the world. to-day they are thinking. even prophets are amongst us. this is in accordance with harmony. and their influence is pervading the whole earth. speaking. order. man must alter for God. nacle of the true unselfishness. . for this would mean that must become imperfect . and even those who neither see nor hear. justice. ttoocmbcr JHE Children of Truth arc in the world . feel within them strange yearnings after a better and fuller life. so that men and women are moved with new aspirations and hopes. God by the fair pathway of 000 000 / V The Law cannot be broken for man. writing. otherwise con- fusion would ensue .God does not alter for the perfect man.

reap. till self be dead and Love is the reign of Law is the reign of Love. the Kingdom of Heaven that now and enter it To know that Oh. to be at the I i HE Law purified. . Love may be claimed and entered into now." ooQOOo OoOOOo There is no greater the liberty than utmost obedience to Law of Being. And Love waits for all. pitiful error because of love of self ! ! man rejects Obedience to one's selfish inclinations means . for it is the heritage of all.There is no more painful bondage than mercy of one's inclinations. is that the heart shall be mind regenerated. rejecting none. beautiful Truth ! To know ! man may accept his divine heritage. all in all. for Ah. and the whole being brought in subjection the to Love. the drawing about one's soul clouds of pain and sorrow which darken the light of Truth the shutting out of oneself from all real blessedness " for whatsoever a man sows that shall he also .

Hcwember nineteenth* there. ! and judges. verse ] > ? There Tt and there depends upon the kind of and the state of consciousness life from which a man looks out upon the world is not. Justice is ' As in the physical world Nature abhors a vacuum.The moral universe is sustained and protected by the its perfect balance of equivalents. 324 . no is injustice in the uniinjustice. then. gloriously visible to those who have wakened out ot the painful nightmare of self. sees the operations of Justice in every department of human life. The man who . so in the spiritual world disharmony is annulled. dream of dreaming the permanent reality in life. real enough to those who are it . Injustice is the confused feverish passion. lives in his passions the man who has sees injustice everywhere overcome his passions.

I _ _ blinded . utmost mathematical accuracy. conflict of forces causing suffering to all who and are involved in them. deed and consequence. by 325 .The Divine Order cannot be perceived and self are transcended. In the region of passion there is a ceaseless self. wrongs. cause and and within and above all is the divine effect Justice regulating the play of forces with the . balancing cause and effect with the finest precision. Justice is those not perceived cannot be perceived who are engaged in conflict. brooding upon his Truth. I have been insulted. slighted. Principles continual in he lives misery. I have been treated unis justly/' cannot know what justice man who " thinks. There is action reaction. he cannot perceive the pure by of and. until passion Hooembcr I have been have been injured.

upon themresentand passion nient. is Such the Law. ttoocmbcr SEN I blindly inflict suffering living in selves. of ^^^^ lives and not finding the true way Hatred is met with hatred. men in the moral effect do not see the exacting process which is momentarily proceeding. strife. the denouncer is persecuted. " By this the slayer's knife doth stab himself. is himself deprived the beast that preys on others is hunted and the accuser is accused. with . The unjust judge has lost his own defender. strife "passion with passion.Having no knowledge of cause and sphere. . life." and Ignorance keeps alive hatred 326 strife. the condemner killed kills is . . The man who himself killed by depriving others. The false tongue dooms its lie. the creeping thief And " spoiler rob to render. the thief who is condemned.

consequence e oooOoo |HE good man. ooQooo ooOooo 2. o oooQoo oooQoo Unerring Justice presides over 327 all. and enlightenment and bliss on the other. retaliation. . he understands those forces. like the solitary dweller on a mountain who looks down upon the conflict For him. He sees that not only do the fool and the slave need his sympathy. and egotism. ooOooo . but that the fraud and the oppressor are equally in need of it. and so his compassion ! I is extended towards all. contemplates them with a calm penetrating insight. and has thereby become identified with the Eternal and Universal Equilibrium. inof the storms beneath his feet.Caiise and effect cannot be avoided cannot be escaped. has arrived at a state of equilibrium. sees and he has ceased. having I put away all resentment. ignorance justice and suffering on the one hand. Having lifted himself above the blind forces of passion. self-seeking.

because . because they cling to those dark delusions which even a faint glimmer of the light of reason would dispel and all must use their reason freely. and peace." Many men and women sufferings. light 328 the despise the . Light of Truth. the Lord they shall though your sins be as be as white as snow. and let . saith scarlet. They who despise of reason. " Come now. who would exchange the scarlet robe of sin and suffering for the white garment of blessedness . and faithfully. they refuse to reason pass through untold and at last die in their sins.They who refuse to trim their lamps of reason will never perceive the Light of Truth. us reason together. will not be left at last in comfortless dark- ness. C 00 o 0o ooOOoo -00 00 Ooo oOO* > ttot>embcr E who will use the light of reason as a torch to search for Truth. fully.

HOD ember . KFORE world a man can accomplish anything of an enduring nature in the he must first of all acquire measure of success in the management of his own mind. This is as mathematical a truism as that two and two are some four. as a man life. man begins to x 329 . he merely exists. but now he begins to consciously mould his own destiny " clothed and in his right mind. upon visible the he cannot long hold a firm hand activities which form the On the other hand." " If a man out of the heart are the issues of cannot govern the forces withouter in himself. he is ooQOOOO 4SS ooOOOoo ooOOOoo \Qy ooOOOoo With the practice of self-discipline a live. <Etetity~f0iirtl). Hitherto his life has been without purpose or meaning. for life." . succeeds in governing himself he rises to higher and higher levels of power and usefulness and success in the world.A man does not live until he begins to discipline himself .

his every animal desire and tendency. purification. and guards himself against all those tendencies to selfish gratifications which are so easy and natural. his temper. and. and begins to eat as a reasonable and responsible being. MAN begins to discipline himself by controlling those passions hitherto controlled him . practising moderation and thoughtfulness in the selection of his food. He brings his appetite into subjection. He puts a check upon his tongue.In the process of self-discipline there are three stagescontrol. and no longer degrading that body by pandering to gustatory pleasure. which have he resists temptation. and which have formerly dominated him. and relinquishment. with the object of making his body a pure instrument through which he may live and act as becomes a man. There is in the heart of every man and woman a self- less centre. 330 . in fact.

By this a man so purifies himself as to take passion out of the heart and mind altonot merely restraining it when it rises gether within him. ise his ideal . pleasure and pain. . the Christ within. the divine all and immortal in men ! Hwcmbcr <EcnfyS a man practises self-control he approximates more and more to the inward reality. 331 . and is less and less swayed by passion and grief. By merely restraining his passions a man can never arrive at peace. and is immediately followed by the process of Purification. is merely the initial stage in self-discipline. however.The Rock of Ages. It is in the purification of his lower nature that a man becomes strong and godlike. The restraining of the passions. but preventing it from rising altogether. and lives a steadfast and virtuous life. can never actualhe must purify these passions. manifesting manly strength and fortitude.

for lost. impure. man will step in With the growth in purity. The pure life (pure in thought and deed) is a life of conservation of the impure life (even should the energy not extend beyond thought) is a life impurity The pure man is more of dissipation of energy. fit to succeed in his more therefore and capable. earnest meditation. all the elements which con- stitute a strong and virtuous manhood are developed.Purification is effected by thoughtful care. 332 . the pure he because victorious. Where the impure man and be fails. directs his energies with a calmer mind and a greater defmiteness and strength of purpose. and holy Hoocmbcc RUE strength and power and usefulness are born of self-purification. the lower animal forces are not but are transmuted into intellectual and spiritual energy. his and to purposes than the accomplish plans . aspiration.

also. and love. non-resistance. compassion.By self-discipline a man rises higher and higher. all evil is man grows and lets it pass out of his life. he perceives that powerless. realising his oneness with the central heart of all things. such as wisdom. rising above all the fluctuations and uncertainties of life. and living in an intelligent and unchange- able peace. unless it receives his encouragement. ap- proximating more and more nearly to the divine. It is by pursuing this aspect of self-discipline that a man enters into and realises the divine life. It is here. JS a purer. and so he ignores it. and manifests those qualities which are distinctly divine. 333 . By self-discipline a man attains to every degree of virtue and holiness. patience. and finally becomes a purified son of God. where a man becomes consciously immortal.

it means that he is dissatisfied with his condition. Resolution the companion of noble aims and ideals. and a drifting and unstable thing. and is commencing to take himself in hand.A a life life without resolution without aims is is a life without aims. and the beautiful achievements of holy men and the glorious conquests of the Divine Teachers were rendered possible and actual by un- swerving resolution. The vows of the saintly ones are holy resolu- tions directed toward some victory over self. lofty 334 . and in so far as he true to his resolution he will succeed in accomplishing his purpose. with a view to pro- ducing mental a better piece of workmanship out of the materials of which his character and life is are composed. Hoocmbcr twenty- 5HEN i a man makes a resolution.

in due time. in the matter.True resolution is the crisis of long thought. Hasty resolutions are futile. the resolution that is formed will not be departed from. JALF-HKARTRD 1 lution is and premature resono resolution at all. A man should be slow to form a He should searchingly examine resolution. that his mind is finally made up. 335 . and by the aid of it a man will. accomplish his strong purpose. and is shattered at the first difficulty. and should be fully prepared to meet them. He should be sure that he completely understands the nature of his resolution. his position and take into consideration every I circumstance and difficulty with his decision. and that he is without doubt With the mind thus prepared.

and the just claims of his fellow-men.Indolence is the twin sister of indifference. A man may be said to be content to lead a grovelling life. but to rest happily in duty done. but such a man's true state is one of indifference to his duty. possess the virtue of contentment True contentment is the outcome of honest effort and true living. and work accomplished. is trained to perceive and the heart to receive the guidance. to remain in sin and in debt. but ready action is the friend of contentment. He cannot truly be said to he does not the and experience pure abiding joy which is the accompaniment of active achievement. To be contented does not mean to forgo effort . of a merciful law. 336 . in all things. . December f ir0f. his obligations. it means does not mean to free effort from anxiety it to be satisfied with sin and . CONTENTMENT mind is a virtue which as the becomes lofty and i spiritual. ' ignorance and folly.

he will con. not content tinually increase in intelligence with his character. . he will avoid anxiety and wretchedness and with his pure thoughts. . he will ceaselessly grow in and not content with his strength and virtue . he will. he will escape grief with his friendships and possessions. he will never go back to suffer and grovel in impurities. every day. spiritual condition. There are three with which a man should not with his be content With his opinions character and with his spiritual condition. .The truly contented man works energetically and faith- fully. Results exactly correspond with 337 efforts. enter into a larger wisdom and a fuller blessedness. and accepts all results with an untroubled spirit. thoughts. December Second* JHERE 1 are three things with which a : man With whatshould be content with his friendships ever happens and possessions and with his pure . Not content with his opinions. . : . . Contented with whatever happens.

pure. Universal December (El)ir6. as such self-seeking must eventually rend the Seamless Coat of But although organised Brotherloving unity. opinion. and learning to practise those divine qualities without which self illusive Brotherhood is but a mere theory. 338 . Brotherhood is not realised. if he will make him- a wise. any man may realise Brotherhood in its perfection. removing from his mind every element of strife.Brotherhood is the supreme Ideal of Humanity. BROTHERHOOD as a human organisation cannot exist so long as any degree of self-seeking reigns in the hearts of men and women who band themselves together for any purpose. hood has so largely failed. In whatsoever heart discord rules. and know it in all its beauty and completion. or dream. and towards that Ideal the world is slowly but surely moving. loving spirit.

those \vho live in the dark tendencies as well as those who live in the enlightening qualities. from and peacefulness come patience. from bitterness.Brotherhood is at first spiritual. there and condemnation are can be no Brotherhood. . self-love. harmony and forgiveness. 339 t . All men are his brothers. Where pride. and therefore can no longer He live in the exercise of the dark tendencies. He who has brought himself into harmony with these four qualities is divinely enlightened he sees whence the actions of men proceed and whither they tend. joy. and its outer manifesresult. envy. wisdom. proceed gentleness meekness Self -surrender . from condemnation. as from freedom from malice. that of goodwill. hatred. from contention. in Brotherhood its has realised completion. . tation in the world must follow as a natural December JROM the spirit of Humility proceed . and true judgment from Love spring and from Compassion kindness. He has but one attitude of mind towards all.

340 . Ov. and Brotherhood is absent. to see no evil in each other.Brotherhood consists.jtfO Brotherhood is only practised and known by him whose heart is at peace with all the world. but Brotherhood itself is one and unchangeable. Where two are determined to maintain an ill-will opposing opinion.-oo. habitation. and consists in the complete cessation from egotism and strife. IHEORIES and schemes for propagating Brotherhood are many. first of all. the clinging of self and are there. December Jtftl). and peace is its . Self-surrender and Goodwill are its guardian angels. in the abandonment of self by the individual. the love of Truth and Good-will are there and Brotherhood is present. and in practising goodwill and peace for Brotherhood is a practice and not a theory. Where two are prepared to sympathise with each other. to serve and not to attack each other.

D>cember JYMPATHY = is not required towards en- those who are purer and more lightened than one's self. he should earnestly ask himself whether he is. Nor can a man fully understand one who is wiser than himself. If he is. after all. In such a case reverence should be exercised. with a striving to lift one's self up to the purer J level.Prejudice and cruelty are inseparable. and so enter possession of the larger life. as the purer one lives above the necessity for it. he should inquire harshly judge and condemn how far he falls short himself. 341 . better than the man whom he has singled out as the object of his bitterness. and before condemning. exercise reverence. let him bestow sympathy. let him When a man is prone to others. If he is not.

all forms of hatred. For it is only pride and self that can be injured and wounded by the actions and and he who takes pride attitudes of others and self out of his heart can never think the " I have been injured by another/' thought. far from wisdom. having to forget injuries. calm and wise. "I have been wronged by another/' From a purified heart proceeds the right comand from the right comprehension of things . there will be none to remember. resentment. or. He who is troubled and distiirbed about the sins of others is far from the Truth. and condemnation are of the heart. 342 . .Dislike. freed from bitterness life that is and suffering. the heart and enlighten the mind that. and evil cannot cease until these are taken out December Seventy* | HE mind obliterating of injuries from the is merely one of the beginnings in There is a still higher and And that way is to purify better way. prehension of things proceeds the peaceful.

He who has taken evil out of his own heart. calmly and wisely understand. With the increase . will know and understand. becomes impossible. The pure man maintains heart toward those his tenderness of ignorantly imagine that they can do him harm. cannot know peace nor he who will understand Truth resentment from his heart. of resent- ment burn. does not sin. who Let those who aim at the right life.He who is troubled is very near and disturbed about his own sins to the Gate of Wisdom. does not understand he who understands. 343 . cannot resent or resist it in others. for he is banish knows sin enlightened as to its origin and nature. and it as a manifestation of the mistakes of ignorance. He who sins. December E in whose heart the flames . The wrong attitude his of others toward him does not trouble him heart is at rest in Compassion and Love. of enlightenment. .

right-doing is accom1 . the great and all- December flinty. For Truth is not a matter of book learning. IOOOOOOOOO i::: Truth book is . 344 . or controversial skill it consists in right-doing. and self-seeking the and deeds that thoughts produce blessedness are those that spring from Truth. or disputation.A pure heart and a righteous life are important things. The process by which the mind is thus changed and transmuted is two-fold it consists of meditation and practice. JHE i deeds and thoughts that lead to suffering are those that spring from self-interest . it not something that can be gleaned from a can be learned and known by practice only. or subtle reasoning. By silent meditation. . plished in daily life. and by practice. the ground and reason of right conduct is sought.

He only has Truth whose life shows it forth in pure and blameless conduct. In worldly matters men are wise. " 1 an opinion which they call Truth/ and then they go about disputing with their fellow-men in order to try to prove that their opinion is the Truth. very master it. who in first lesson self-control.He only has Truth who has found it by practice. and do not do things. 345 . and then imagine they have acquired Truth. and then form They read a number of treatises. for they merely read. December enfl)* i wishes to acquire Truth must He must begin at the practise it. is common with men to imagine that Truth I i consists in holding certain ideas or opinions. for they do things in order to achieve their ends. until he attains It to the moral perfection at which he aims. but in spiritual things they are foolish. and then pass thoroughly on to the next and the next.

Love. the opinions. or brotherhood. and most of wisdom. therefore. of such sections of the community to the exclusive | possession of Truth in their particular religious doctrine is a denial of Love. doctrines. the fair and foul. The school. common claim. and therefore absence of all that is included in Love. Love is above and beyond. Love can never be the exclusive possession of any religion. . Truth is a spirit and a life. He whose Love is so deep and wide as to envelop all men of all creeds is he who has most of religion. it can never be confined Love to any one particular form of doctrine. outside and greater than all men and philosophies of the righteous and the unrighteous. sect. for he knows and sees men as they are. 346 . the clean and the unclean. and though it may manifest through manifold doctrines. and also most of insight. December its ! let>entl) very nature. is a winged angel that refuses to be chained to any letter doctrine whatsoever. yet Love includes all Hatred is absence of Love. all inclusive.

suspicions. To be thus honest with ourselves is to be prepared to find Love but to be self-deceived is to be shut out from Love. fault-findand If these petty vices ings. we must begin at the beginning.Love broadens and expands it the embraces in its kindly folds distinction. mind of a man until all mankind without December I HE way that of Love is the way of Life Immortal Life and the beginning of way consists in getting rid of our carpings. or actions are contrary to us shall we come at last to love them with that Love of which St. enlightened 347 has Love . and remove from our minds all mean and suspicious thoughts about our fellow. but let possess us. He who is of whatsoever creed or none with the Light of Truth. a Love that is . and personal freedom when their opinions. a permanent principle. Tf we are to grow in Love. We must learn to treat them with large-hearted freedom. thus methods. us confess that we have not Love. to excuse them on grounds of personal right . Paul speaks. quarrellings. let us not deceive ourselves.workers and fellow-men. and to perceive the right reason for their actions.

December k l)frteentl)* is I all the wrong deeds of men which bring the unhappiness into the world. or for his troubles. that there is some weak spot within which must be strengthened. He must never accuse others for his lapses of conduct. more Walk with lowly footsteps the holy 348 way of Truth. must establish himself firmly in the Truth. . It will be right deeds which will transform all its misery into happiness. happiness is from something wrong within he must regard it as a sign that he himself is yet imperfect. but must gain more stead: .The Life of Truth is that in which wrong-thinking and wrong-doing are abandoned. : . But a man must not think the thought "It is the wrong deeds of others which have made me unhappy/' for such a thought produces bitterness towards others and increases He must understand that his unhatred. fastness of heart. and right-thinking and right-doing are embraced. By wrong deeds we come to sorrow by right deeds we come to bliss.

and along which every imperfect being in the future It matters will pass to reach this glorious goal. and it is . 349 . not what religion a man professes. differ. if he is daily striving with his own sins. sin does not differ. opinions. every Christ has walked to divine perfection.The principles of Truth are fixed and eternal. It is the ancient Way along which every saint. and purifying his for while heart. C000 1/OOQOOO J Religions change from age to age. but the principles of divine virtue are eternally the same. he is walking this path . the overcoming of sin does not theologies. }HE principles of Truth were discovered by searching and practice. every Buddha. and cannot be made or unmade by anyone. from error to Truth. and and Truth does not differ. religions differ. and are so stated and arranged as to make the path plainer for other feet to tread the path along which every being has travelled who has passed from sin to sinlessness.

Unspeakable has been our rejoicing [to have found. and have all equally called forth same divine truths the undying worship of millions beings.Truth is one. of human Great Teachers are perfected flowers of humanity. in the lives and preof cepts gentle Indian and Chinese Teachers. the qualities and the same preceptive which adorn the character of Jesus To us they are all wonderful and Christ. adorable. types of what all men will one day be. They have also had the same marvellous influence for good over the various races among which they have appeared. and have learned of them. and in various stages of growth. 350 . though to it adaptable men has a variety of aspects. is oeQoooo oOooti December $ifteentl)* I have sat at the feet of all the Great Teachers. and so great and good and wise that we can but reverence and learn of them.

with no wish to give them up. December | HERE He who is a life distinction between a worldly is religious life. and their right of choosing their path as intelligent human beings. He must learn to see men and things as they are. and must perceive that they are living in accordance with their nature. The religious man should curb his passions and the indulgence of his desires. 351 . He must learn to put himself in their place.Perfect purity of heart is from all the cravings a condition of emancipation and indulgences of self. for that is what constitutes religion. or even think of himself " " as being. daily following his impure and a inclinations. is irreligious . A must lover of Truth must be a lover of all men. higher plane . He must never intrude his rules of life upon them and never presume to be. He let his love go out without restraint or stint. on a than they are. and to see from their standpoint. while he who is daily coninclina- trolling and purging away his impure tions is religious.

Human justice differs with every man according to his own light or darkness.rest The ground of certainty on which we can securely amid all the incidents of life. two and two of mind equally make four. 352 . the insecurity and the mystery of life make it necessary to find some basis of certainty on which to rest if happiness and peace This basic prinare to be maintained. As with figures and objects. i December $et>enteentl)* JHE unceasing change. so with the thoughts and deeds of men. but there can be no variation in that Divine Justice by which the universe is eternally Divine Justice is spiritual mathesustained. is the mathematical exactitude of the moral law. term Divine Justice. best is represented by the ultimately acquire. of the whole race will which a knowledge ciple. there will always be the same effect. matics. Q*ooOO A *O Given the same cause.

the same infallibility in their operations. the finding of which insures a man's perfection. 353 .All the spiritual laws with which have. this perfect law. oo O C O o c O C O December i0i)teentl) 1IVEN like the same thought or deed in a circumstance. for if were. as regards the distribution of happiness and suffering. are the outworking of moral forces operatless ing along lines of flawless accuracy. the universe would fall. It thus follows that the inequalities of life. ooO O O oo oo O OO oo The moral order of the universe is not. This flawaccuracy. Without this fundamental ethical justice there could be no human society. cannot be disit proportionate. for it is the just reactions of the deeds of individuals which prevents society from tottering to its fall. makes him wise and enlightened. the result will always be the same. is the one great fundamental certainty in life. men are acquainted and must have. and fills him with rejoicing and peace.

\KE away a belief in this certainty from a man's consciousness. Man cannot suffer for something which he has never done." a popular expression of a belief in this basic principle of Divine Justice. and he is on a self-created ocean of [adrift or [chance. for this would be an effect without a cause. without rudder. man whose and who has is no variableness nor shadow of turning. December ttinefeentl)* |.Nothing can transcend right. or never left undone. Thus all the sufferings of men are right as effects. Even the I . who cannot great err. ground a character or life. no centre for moral action he has no island of peace and no harbour of refuge. but unerring and unchangeable right. pass away. 354 . He has no on which to build compass. their causes being the mistakes of ignorance but as effects they will . no incentive for noble deeds. chart. crudest idea of mind " is God as of a perfect. According to this principle there is neither favour nor chance.

December tentfetl)< is HE process of growth seen in the flower. through long periods Nothing appears ready-made. it is nevertheless there. come into being and when he sees the flowers of . genius and virtue appear. There is always a changing. The true thinker and sage does see.upon Talent. are not launched the world ready-made. greatness. 1 . said the process of mental growth was not seen but this is only true in a general sense. and how they gradually came to perfection of silent growth. the ordinary observer is so acquainted so he has made himself familiar with spiritual causes and effects. indeed. 355 . genius. goodness. like plants. with his spiritual eye. a becoming. He sees the process by which characters. the process of spiritual growth. a growing. Just as the natural scientist has made himself acquainted with natural causes and effects as. but though not seen in the mental growth. he knows from what mental seeds they sprang. They are the result of a long train of causes and effects.

man cannot inhabit two spiritual countries at the same time. but must leave behind the land of sin before he can live at peace in the land of truth. When one leaves his native land. cherished sins. companionships. with its loved pleasures. 356 . that he may begin anew in an adopted country.An awakened vision calls us to a nobler life. but must leave the i one before he can settle in the other. By such renunciation the individual gains. We if must shake the mud of the valley from our feet we are to commune with the mountain silence. friends and relatives. So when one resolves to live in the new world of Truth. and vain associations. yea. and the universe becomes a so a brighter and more beautiful habitation. must be renounced. humanity gains. December JS a man cannot live in two countries at the same time. he leaves behind all beloved sweet dear associations. the old world of error. all upon which his heart has been ever set must be parted with and left behind.

cheerful. and that up those personal successes which make the progress of the world. and wisdom from them. 357 . by the putting forth of energy and effort in work. of abounding faith and trust. of I large generosity. and lead to right actions. of confidence. Such thoughts are inevitably followed by right action. These are the affirmations that make strong build characters and useful and noble lives. and as the climber at last reaches the hill-top. December iHAT is I ! the right mental attitude which seeks the good in all the occurrences of life. so the earnest. and untiring worker at last accomplishes his end. and extracts strength. Right thoughts are thoughts of cheer. of constant love. have reached their particular success by labouring for it. through all time. know- ledge. All the successful people. in the accomplishment of some legitimate object . of hope. of courage.Right thoughts spring from a right mental attitude. of joy.

It at last makes them tender-hearted and thoughtful for the sufferings of others. come nearer teaches to enlightenment. we unkind think.Suffering " We is a purifying and perfecting process. For every wrong we or deed we do. By acquainting to feel with suffering. thought must suffer some form of mental or bodily pain . men how to be Pain kind and compassionate. 358 man him . it enables the for sufferings of others. he thinks. Attached to the deed is a train of consequences which will plunge him in a tormenting hell of pain. that that is the end of it." December !O inflict suffering upon others is to become more deeply involved in ignorance but to suffer ourselves is to . become obedient by the things which we suffer. but it is only the beginning. When a man does a cruel deed. and the kind of pain will be in accordance with the initiative thought or act. in his ignorance.

The weak man becomes strong by attaching value to little things and doing them accordingly. so the doing of those tasks weakly leads to greater weakness. thereby forfeiting his simple wisdom and squandering his energy.Every resource is already with you and withinyou. The strong man becomes weak by falling into looseness and neglect concerning small things. 00 oooooo 5? oo oooooo oooeooe~poooaoo December jUST as the strong doing of small tasks leads to greater strength. There no way to strength and wisdom but by acting strongly and wisely in the present moment. What is a man is in his fractional duties that he Weakness in the aggregate is as great a source of suffering as sin. of his character. and there can be no true blessedness until some measure of strength of character is evolved. is 359 .

more perfect life in the coming years. Let its truth be lessons be strength to . he who has no wrongs to remember. let and retain its let those you now. its injuries.The year let its is passing. but extract divine lessons . and wrongs pass away for ever. and be remembered no more. 360 . strife. and make them the starting-points of a nobler. all unholy grudges. Let all thoughts of hatred. and blessed are they who can mistakes. Let the cry. harmony and peace by thoughts of ill-will. let it its dwell in your heart . Blessed is injuries to forget . resentment. be to you something more than an oft-reiterated platitude. December JHE it past is dead and unalterable sink into oblivion. " " which Peace on earth and good. purer. ! practised by you and do not mar . no in whose pure heart no hateful thought about another can take root and flourish. .will to men at this season re-echoes through the world from myriads of lips. and ill-will die with the dying years erase from the tablet of your heart all malicious memories.

Do not persuade yourself that you can evade them you cannot. confront them with . they are. . and dignity which you can command weigh their proportions measure their strength attack them. up . .No man can be confronted with a difficulty which he has not the strength to meet and subdue. . no final refuge but in Wisdom. impossible. Do not try to run away from them this is . . indeed. : . and finally understand them Thus will you develop strength vanquish them and intelligence thus will you enter one of those byways of blessedness which are hidden from the superficial gaze. There is no peace in sin no r rest in error . which. 361 . for wherever you go they will be there with you but meet them calmly still and bravely . December (Twenty-sixfb* not regard your difficulties and perplexities as portentous of ill by so but will make them ill doing you regard them as prophetic of good. all the dispassion .

Go to your task with go love in to it light-hearted your heart and you and cheerful. They are trying because there is some weak spot in you. No circumstances can be trying to wisdom nothing can weary love. Be glad that you have the opportunity of becoming stronger and wiser. Stop brooding over your own trying circumstances and contemplate the lives of some of those about you. The duty which you shirk is your reproving angel . and can evolve the strength to meet them. . the pleasure which you race after is your flattering enemy. will w*nty~*e0entl)' burden is a man weighted with which is not made heavier and more unendurable by weak thoughts or selfish desires ? If your circum" " it stances are is because you need trying them. and they will continue to be trying until JHAT heavy that spot is eradicated. 362 .

and takes firmer possession of your mind. 363 . which appear harmless. and feed and gratify him. j beast in man must perish. and you will live neither vainly nor uncertainly. which should be in the keeping of Tnith. and are commonly fostered but no selfish indulgence can be harmless. If the God in man is to rise strong and triumphant. oooo O O O oooo O O O o o December gtenty~efglty< JHERE I are little selfish indulgences. and men and women do not know what they lose by repeatedly and habitually succumbing to effeminate and selfish gratifications. he waxes stronger and more rebellious. toooO O O e 10000 O Oo Live superior to the craving for sense-excitement. the some of . The pandering to the animal nature. leads away from truth and blessedness.Animal indulgence is alien to the perception of Truth. Each time you give w ay to r the animal within you. even when it appears innocent and seems sweet.

consciously or unconsciously. slay it upon the altar of devotion devotion to others. ^HATEVER i ' others may say of you. beautiful love which embraces all. Open the floodgates of your heart for the inpouring of that sweet. December tt>cnty-nintl). 364 . failed somewhere in your conduct. may If do to you. so far-seeing and blissful. or there may be some misunderstanding which the exercise of a little gentleness and reason may remove " but under all circumstances Father. | return hatred another hates you perhaps you have. so blind and wretched. is so great and rich.Sacrifice all hatred. forgive " " them is infinitely better than I will have to more do with them. great. whatever they take offence." Hatred is so nothing small and poor. Love . never Do not with hatred.

and the joy of one is the joy of all knowing this. let us scatter flowers and not thorns in the common ways of life yea. love so shall the pressure of their footprints fill the air with the perfume of holiness and gladden the world with the aroma of joy. Seek the highest Good. ! ! . 365 . taste the deepest. December fiNOWING I this that selfishness leads joy. even in the highway of our enemies let us scatter the blossoms of unselfish . and you will sweetest joy..Inside the gateway of unselfishness lies the elysium of Abiding Joy. and unselfishness to merely for one's self alone for if this were all how unworthy would be our endeavours but for the whole world. and because all with whom we live and come in contact will be the happier and the truer for unselfishness because Humanity is one. not to misery.

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