From Passion to Peace, by James Allen
From Passion to Peace
By James Allen
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From Passion to Peace, by James Allen
CONTENTS 1. Foreword 2. Passion 3. Aspiration 4. Temptation 5. Transmutation 6. Transcendence 7. Beatitude 8. Peace
FOREWORD THE FIRST THREE PARTS of this book, Passion, Aspiration, and Temptation, represent the common human life, with its passion, pathos, and tragedy. The last three parts, Transcendence, Beatitude, and Peace, represents the Divine Life—calm, wise and beautiful—of the sage and Savior. The middle part, Transmutation, is the transitional stage between the two; it is the alchemic process linking the divine with the human life. Discipline, denial, and renunciation do not constitute the Divine State; they are only the means by which it is attained. The Divine Life is established in that Perfect Knowledge which bestows Perfect Peace. James Allen
From Passion to Peace, by James Allen
Amid the din and strife of men, The Call Divine I hear again; Its telling is of things apart; Above the tumult of the heart. High o’er where sin’s dark pathways wind Waits the wise willing of the mind; Beyond strong Passion’s guarded Gates, There Peace awaits—there Peace awaits.
1. PASSION THE PATHWAY OF THE SAINTS and sages, the road of the wise and the pure; the highway along which the Saviors have trod, and which all Saviors to come will also walk— such is the subject of this book; such is the high and holy theme which the author briefly expounds in these pages. Passion is the lowest level of human life. None can descend lower. In its chilling swamps and concealing darkness creep and crawl the creatures of the sunless world. Lust, hatred, anger, covetousness, pride, vanity, greed, revenge, envy, back-biting, lying, theft, deceit, treachery, cruelty, suspicion, jealousy—such are the brute forces and blind, unreasoning impulses that inhabit the underworld of passion, and roam, devouring and devoured, in the rank primeval jungles of the human mind. There also dwell the dark shapes of remorse, pain, and suffering, and the drooping forms of grief, sorrow, and lamentation.
It is the source of misery.
http://www. They are not satisfied with this passion-world. not knowing the peace of purity. The ascending pathway is always at hand. and to control and command the unruly elements of his mind. In the enlightened mind the darkness of ignorance is destroyed. it shines in vain so long as it falls on unseeing eyes which look not up. by James Allen
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. Yet. It is the way of self-conquest. and easily accessible. all who move forward must ascend. the opposite and enemy of peace. He has already entered it who has begun to say "nay" to his selfishness. ignorance of the Pure Way and the Peaceful Path. in the pure heart there is no place for passion. In that lowest place where further descent is impossible. The inner world of selfishness is rooted in ignorance— ignorance of Divine Law. But the wise look up.From Passion to Peace. near. of Divine Goodness. and it thrives and flourishes in spiritual darkness.HappyPublishing. None can fall lower than passion. who has begun to discipline his desires. but all can rise higher. and for them. From it proceeds all that defiles and destroys. but are ever bent earthward—fleshward. Passion is dark. the light and the glory of which they behold. nor the joy of that Divine Light which forever shines above them. It cannot enter the regions of spiritual light. They bend their steps towards the upper world of peace. but nearer and with ever increasing splendor as they ascend. and the promulgator of mischief and disaster. at first far off. the slayer of happiness. Passion is the archenemy of mankind.
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. It is most deceiving and subtle when it prompts one to dwell upon the selfishness in others. If one would find peace. Not by accusing others do we come out of selfishness. The first step towards the heights of wisdom and peace is to understand the darkness and misery of selfishness. a fever. but by overcoming one’s self. As a fire consumes a magnificent building. The lover of peace enters the way which leads thereto. The man who continually dwells upon the selfishness in others will not thus overcome his own selfishness. the overcoming of it—the coming out of it—will follow. by James Allen
Passion in all its forms is a mental thirst. The way from passion to peace is not by hurling painful charges against others. reducing it to a heap of unsightly ashes. the foolish man is subdued by them. not only subsists in the gross forms of greed and glaringly ungoverned conditions of mind. and their deeds and works fall and perish. it informs also every hidden thought which is subtly connected with the assumption and glorification of one’s self. or passion. he must come out of passion. so are men consumed by the flames of passions. Selfishness. and with every step he takes he leaves further below and behind him the dark dwellingplace of passion and despair. to accuse them of it and to talk about it.From Passion to Peace. a torturing unrest. and when that is understood.HappyPublishing. we
http://www. By eagerly striving to subdue the selfishness of others. The wise man subdues his passions.
it is in the inner world of thoughts. The reformation of self does not end with the elimination of the sensual elements only. Frequently. and no achievement to end with. but the man of wisdom puts himself right. It shuts
http://www. they represent working energy. we ascend into freedom. there would be no power to work with. but he who is becoming wise justifies others and accuses himself. it does not consist in altering the deeds of others. Without passion to begin with. If one is anxious to reform the world. It ends only when every vain thought and selfish aim is overcome. Its forces. but power misdirected. Only he who has conquered himself can subdue others. it consists in perfecting one’s own deeds. not by passion. but by love.com
. The way from passion to peace is not in the outer world of people. let him begin by reforming himself. that is its beginning. power producing hurt instead of happiness. and he subdues them.HappyPublishing. peace is at its crown and summit. the man of passion is most eager to put others right. Passion is the flaming sword which guards the gates of Paradise. Short of perfect purity and wisdom. by James Allen
remain passion-bound. are instruments of preservation in the hands of the wise. there is still some form of self-slavery or folly which needs to be conquered. The foolish man accuses others and justifies himself. When curbed and concentrated and beneficially directed. By patiently overcoming our own selfishness. Passion is at the base of the structure of life. while instruments of destruction in the hands of the foolish. Passion represents power.From Passion to Peace.
the wise man ascends into higher and higher knowledge. it admits and preserves the wise. who understands the emptiness of selfish thoughts. On the wings of aspiration man rises from earth to heaven. rejoices. the rapture of the saints. unenlightened. which is the longing for earthly things—for
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.HappyPublishing. ASPIRATION WITH THE CLEAR PERCEPTION of one’s own ignorance comes the desire for enlightenment. love—as distinguished from desire. the spiritual warrior perceives the upward way. earthly. and dies. who is the slave of thoughts of self. who masters the impulses of passion. sensual. The wise man aspires. and uninspired. from the under darkness to the upper light. from ignorance to knowledge. and lives. compassion. The fool descends into deeper and deeper ignorance. Without it he remains a groveling animal. He is the foolish man who does not know the extent of his own ignorance. who obeys the impulses of passion. 2. purity. and thus in the heart is born Aspiration. suffers.From Passion to Peace. With mind intent on wisdom and mental gaze raised upward. Aspiration is the longing for heavenly things—for righteousness. He is the wise man who knows his own ignorance. and fixes his attention upon the heights of Peace.
he is already satisfied. But when their sweetness turns to bitterness. So long as animal conditions taste sweet to a man. and sensual gratifications. personal dominance. prophecy. so a man without aspiration cannot rise above his surroundings and become master of his animal inclinations. and is aiming at a higher condition. It opens the way to advancement. phoenix-like. poetry. low pleasures. It is a sure sign that he is aroused out of his lethargic sleep of animality. It unlocks the gates of joy.From Passion to Peace. by James Allen
selfish possessions. Even the highest state of perfection conceivable it brings near and makes real and possible. As a bird deprived of its wings cannot soar. Aspiration makes all things possible. Aspiration is the twin angel to inspiration. For one to begin to aspire means that he is dissatisfied with his low status.HappyPublishing. and has become conscious of nobler attainments and a fuller life. He is the slave of passions. he cannot aspire. When he is deprived of earthly joy.com 8
. is subject to others. he aspires to the joy which is heavenly. but
http://www. Truly aspiration rises. and is carried hither and thither by the changing current of events. then in his sorrow he thinks of nobler things. for that which can be conceived can be achieved. It is when impurity turns to suffering that purity is sought. Singing accompanies soaring. and all high and holy instruments are at last placed in the hands of those whose aspirations flag not. Music. from the dead ashes of repentance. whose spirit does not fail.
that he alone is responsible for them. so he can experience and know all high things." how can he hope to overcome his errors? Such a thought will check all holy aspirations and bind him to the slavery of passion. or circumstances. As man can experience and know all low things. then he will aspire to overcome them. As he has become human. The man of aspiration has entered the way which ends in peace. The way of attainment will be opened up to him. Man attains in the measure that he aspires.HappyPublishing. so can he become divine. that they are generated and fostered by himself. Each man is pure or impure of himself alone. If he constantly renews his mind with glimpses of the heavenly vision.com 9
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on its powerful pinions man can reach the heaven of heavens. and surely he will reach that end if he neither stays nor turns back. If a man thinks. When a man fully perceives that his errors and impurities are his own. The turning of the mind in high and divine directions is the sole and needful task.
http://www. His longing to be is the gauge of what he can be. or heredity that I am impure.From Passion to Peace. "It is through others. and he will see from where and to what destination he is traveling. he will reach the heavenly state. To fix the mind is to foreordain the achievement. 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.
of knowledge. Men of passion strive mightily to achieve little things— things which speedily perish. his way is clear.com 10
. Striving for understanding. for the impure and the pure cannot at the same moment occupy the thought. and his mind set on wisdom. so the saint achieves spiritual success by aspiration and endeavor. and behind him is all fog and gloom. As the merchant achieves worldly success by persistent exertion. the other a saint. leave nothing to be remembered. His way is confused. of wisdom. no impurity can enter it. which do not perish. The man of aspiration sees before him the pathway up the heavenly heights. and the dross of its impurities begins to fall away. and his heart already experiences a foretaste of the final peace.From Passion to Peace. One becomes a merchant. and his heart is far from peace. by the particular direction in which his mental energy is guided. Men of aspiration strive with equal might to achieve great things—things of virtue. by James Allen
The man of passion sees no straight path before him. in the place where they were. He seizes the pleasure of the moment and does not strive for understanding or think of wisdom. But the effort of aspiration is at first
http://www. and behind him are the circuitous routes of passion up which he has hitherto blindly groped. When the rapture of aspiration touches the mind. and troubled. and. While aspiration holds the mind. but stand as monuments of inspiration for the uplifting of humankind.HappyPublishing. turbulent. it at once refines it.
it will assuredly he enslaved and misguided by low thoughts and base desires. For such a rapture is the preparation for wisdom and the prelude to peace. just as is desire. and must be constantly renewed. To retire for a short time each day to some quiet spot. or it can be neglected and shut out.From Passion to Peace. Aspiration can be fed.com
. It begins to accumulate wisdom. to hunger for the pure life. and aspiration is the instrument by which this is accomplished. By its aid the mind soars swiftly and surely into heavenly places. The lover of the pure life renews his mind daily with the invigorating glow of aspiration. to rise in holy rapture on the wings of angelic aspiration—this
http://www. It can be sought. preferably in the open air. and strengthened by daily habit. and fortifies his mind with strong thoughts and strenuous endeavor. and to learn to guide itself by an everincreasing measure of the divine light of pure knowledge. and admitted into the mind as a divine guide. The mind falls back into its habitual error. by James Allen
spasmatic and short-lived. and begins to experience divine things. it must rise above impure things. fostered. Before the mind can contemplate pure things it must be lifted up to them. is to prepare the mind for great spiritual victories and destinies of divine import. He knows that the mind is of such a nature that it cannot remain for a moment unoccupied. and there call up the energies of the mind in surging waves of holy rapture. and that if it is not held and guided by high thoughts and pure aspirations.HappyPublishing. To thirst for righteousness. He rises early.
In the sense that it is the revealer of weakness and impurity. in thought. It threatens aspiration until the point is reached where desire is quenched in the waters of pure knowledge and calm thought. That which temptation appeals to and arouses is unconquered desire. by James Allen
is the right road to wisdom. an accompaniment of the effort to overcome evil and apprehend good. from purity to passion. Temptation is an appeal to the impure. To be successfully conquered. 3. TEMPTATION ASPIRATION CAN CARRY a man into heaven. but to remain there.
http://www. a necessary factor in spiritual training. it is a friend. but it is only an enemy in the sense that the one tempted is his own enemy. This is the right striving for peace. and temptation will again and again assail a man until he has lifted himself above the lusting impulses. To this end temptation works.com
. That which is pure cannot be subject to temptation. It is going back from aspiration to desire. Temptation is the reversion. the evil in a man must come to the surface and present itself.From Passion to Peace. In the early stages of aspiration. temptation is subtle and powerful.HappyPublishing. indeed. and it is in temptation that the evil hidden in the heart stands revealed and exposed. This is the right beginning of the way divine. he must learn to conform his entire mind to the heavenly conditions. It is. and is regarded as an enemy.
upward. It can scarcely be said of the merely animal man that he is tempted. The allurements of temptation subsist in the impure thoughts and downward desires of the heart. It is when a man begins to aspire that he begins to be tempted. Such a man cannot be tempted to fall. satisfied.com
. at least. When a man clearly perceives that
http://www. the period of temptation will be prolonged. Animal desire and gratification is the normal condition of the man who has not yet risen into aspiration. not without. This backward attraction is called temptation.From Passion to Peace. and until a man realizes this. and does not attack and purge away his impure imaginings. and is therefore capable of being drawn back. The object of temptation is powerless to attract when the heart no longer lusts for it. than his sensual enjoyments. The stronghold of temptation is within a man. by James Allen
Temptation waylays the man of aspiration until he touches the region of the divine consciousness. for he has not yet risen. for the present. under the delusion that temptation subsists entirely in them. for the very presence of temptation means that there is a striving for a purer state. and is. Aspiration rouses up all the latent good and evil. his temptations will increase. nothing better. He wishes for nothing more.HappyPublishing. for a man cannot overcome himself unless he fully knows himself. and his falls will be many and grievous. The presence of aspiration signifies that a man has taken one step. in order that the man may be fully revealed to himself. and beyond that border temptation cannot follow him. While a man continues to run away from outward objects.
He is determined to be master of himself. The fullness and perfection of life is bliss. that evil is made supreme. so the man of ceaseless aspiration is not crushed into submission by temptations. then his progress will be rapid. As the energetic man of business is not daunted by difficulties but studies how to overcome them. For the tempter is like a coward: he only creeps in at weak and unguarded points. and the final overcoming of all temptation will be well within the range of his spiritual vision. for until it is known it cannot be overcome. his temptations will decrease. Resignation to evil is an acknowledgment of defeat. The man of persistent and ever renewed aspiration does not allow himself to think that temptation cannot be overcome. Temptation accompanies weakness and defeat. The presence of torment is the signal to rise and conquer. studies the tactics of his enemy. It is not an abiding condition. A wise general. by James Allen
the evil is within and not without. but meditates how he may fortify his mind.com
.From Passion to Peace. It signifies that the battle against self is abandoned. but is a passage from a lower condition to a higher. not torment. by
http://www. before attacking the opposing force. that good is denied. The tempted one should study thoughtfully the nature and meaning of temptation. he who is to overcome temptation must understand how it arises in his own darkness and error. and must study. but a man is destined for strength and victory. Likewise.HappyPublishing. Temptation is torment.
but let him rejoice in that his strength is tried and his weaknesses exposed. the deeper his selfishness. the taunts which stab. cannot climb the rugged heights of renunciation.HappyPublishing. let him not mourn. and the flames which burn. When he is sorely tempted. He must not shrink from any revelation which will expose his error. Let the tempted one know this: that he himself is both tempter and tempted. that all his enemies are within. the more subtle his temptations.From Passion to Peace. On the contrary. is unfit to walk the highway of truth. therefore. all spring from that inner region of ignorance and error in which he has hitherto lived. For he who truly knows and humbly acknowledges his weakness will not be slow in setting about the acquisition of strength.com
. The stronger a man’s passions. the fiercer will be his temptations. but tries to hide them. he must welcome such revelations as aids to that self-knowledge which is the handmaid of self-conquest. Knowing this. He is not properly equipped to battle with and overcome temptation. the more pronounced his vanity. The man who cannot endure to have his errors and shortcomings brought to the surface and made known. let him be assured of complete victory over evil. A man must know himself if he is to know the truth. the more flattering and deceptive his temptations. He who cannot fearlessly face his lower nature. how to disperse the darkness and supplant error by truth. by James Allen
introspection and meditation. that the flatterers which seduce.
and pride. TRANSMUTATION MIDWAY BETWEEN the hell of Passion and the heaven of Peace is the purgatory of Transmutation—not a speculative purgatory beyond the grave. 4. but let the truth-lover blame only himself. by James Allen
Foolish men blame others for their lapses and sins. when he falls. and will finally triumph in the knowledge of good. or that man was to blame.HappyPublishing. finds that his moral servitude is entirely from
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. Let him acknowledge his complete responsibility for his own conduct and not say. and only the clarified gold of truth remains. strenuously striving for deliverance. evil is seen to be naught. Temptation is at first sore. They cannot make us good or evil. this thing. When temptation has culminated in sorrow and deep perplexity. When these are put away. But if the tempted one is firm and courageous. or such and such a circumstance. In its separating and purifying fire the base metal of error is sifted away. and hard to be borne. The adverse one is compounded of a man’s own lust. but a real purgatory in the human heart. then the tempted one. selfishness.From Passion to Peace.
leads to the clear and cloudless heights of spiritual enlightenment. he must alter inner conditions. Thus the desire for a certain pleasure is
http://www. and the transmutation of thought leads to deliverance from the bondage of error. so the fierce struggling with. just as the crying and kicking of a helpless babe is necessary to its growth. when patiently employed. does not fight against outward allurements—he abandons all desire for them. brings about emancipation. and falling under. by James Allen
himself. temptation ends when the knowledge of mental transmutation is acquired.From Passion to Peace. of itself.com
. It is the only course which can be adopted at the first. and this reversal brings about an entirely new set of experiences. But this abandonment of unholy desire is not a final process. he who is enlightened concerning the source and cause of temptation. But as the crying and kicking is not needed beyond the infant stage. But it never. they cease to be allurements. because of the prevailing ignorance of mental causation. The preliminary fighting is a necessary stage in spiritual development. Instead of fighting against outer circumstances. It is the beginning of a regenerative and transforming power which. The fight against outer things is necessary at the start.HappyPublishing. Spiritual transmutation consists of an entire reversal of the ordinary self-seeking attitude of mind toward people and things. What it does bring about is the knowledge of the mental cause of temptation. and the power of temptation is destroyed at its source. This knowledge of the mental cause of temptation leads to the transmutation of thought. Thus. The truly wise man.
cut off at its source.From Passion to Peace. Valuable jewels. beautiful.com
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abandoned. rarer powers and purer joys— spiritual jewels newly polished. he acts from his knowledge of truth. are remolded into new and more perfect adornments. In transmuting his mind from evil to good. at first reluctant to part company with long-cherished thoughts and habits. Instead. Along the Saintly Way towards the divine life. First acknowledging his errors. a little later. more eternally satisfying form. the Plain of Renunciation. and the force shut off in lower directions is liberated in higher realms of spiritual activity. it is transferred to a higher region of thought. But the mental force which that desire represented is not annihilated.HappyPublishing. when thrown tearfully into the meltingpot. transmuted into a purer form of energy. The law of conservation of energy prevails universally in the mind as it does in matter. and then confronting
http://www. at last gives them up to discover. he ceases to be swayed and prompted by outward things and by the actions and attitudes of others. Old passions. a man comes to distinguish more and more clearly between error and Truth. more permanent. are cast away and abandoned. but only to reappear in some more beautiful. and resplendent. the midway region of Transmutation is the Country of Sacrifice.
It is the clash of selfishness with selfishness. in return. and he has grasped the profound truth that he is only overthrown by the evil in himself. or complete reversal of this self or selfishness into Truth that constitutes Transmutation. regarding as right in himself that which is wrong in others. He therefore ceases to blame others for
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them with a searching mind and a humble heart. The Truth. The early stage of transmutation is painful but brief. in a man cannot be approached by that evil.com 19
. conquers.HappyPublishing. or selfish elements. The enlightened man has abandoned the delusion that the evil in others has power to hurt and subdue him. within a man that can be aroused by the evil in another. he will not pass beyond it. hatred for hatred. indeed. for the pain is soon transformed into pure spiritual joy. But when he perceives that its cause is in himself. It is only the self. This is the action and reaction of evil. It is the conversion. Slander is given for slander. anger for anger. the brevity of the pain being measured by the intelligence and energy with which the process is pursued. The unenlightened man allows himself to be disturbed. While a man thinks that the cause of his pain is in the attitude of others. This is because the same wrong attitude is in himself. and overthrown by what he regards as the wrong attitude of others towards him. and transmutes them. or divine characteristics. He. much less can it be disturbed and overthrown by it. then he will pass beyond it into joy. the same actions.From Passion to Peace. wounded. he subdues. doles out to them.
The more he is assailed by evil from without. He has overcome evil. so passion. He has ceased to identify himself with the impulses of passion. more definite and widereaching power. hatred with hatred. becomes a new. when transmuted into intellectual and moral force. by James Allen
his sins and sufferings. becomes a
http://www. and returns good for evil. when transmuted into steam. and there comes forth the pure gold of Truth. not its slave. As water. and has abandoned error and brought himself into harmony with Truth. In this reversal of his mental attitude. Such a man stands firm and unmoved when assailed by outward things. He returns good for evil. he transmutes the lower selfish forces into the higher moral attributes. The mental energy which men waste in pursuing dark passions is all-sufficient to enable them to reach the highest wisdom when it is turned in the right direction. That which supremely differentiates the fool from the wise man is this—that the fool meets passion with passion. hatred with love. and applies himself to purifying his own heart. He is self’s master. Men inflict suffering upon themselves through the active instrumentality of their own unpurified nature. They rise into perfect peace in the measure that they purify their hearts. whereas the wise man meets passion with peace. and has identified himself with Truth. He knows both error and Truth.From Passion to Peace. and returns evil for evil.com
. the greater is his opportunity of manifesting the good from within. The base ore of error is cast into the fire of sacrifice.HappyPublishing. and has become merged in Good.
The adverse evil. Sorrow is the negation of joy. he has become a saint. there is that which is opposed.com
. testifies to its presence. A saint is one who perceives the need for self-purification. is the turning around from the negative to the positive. Where passion abounds. Thus do they rise above the allurements of sin. Where ignorance is. like molecular.From Passion to Peace. They turn from bad deeds and do good deeds. a new power for the accomplishment of high and unfailing purposes. TRANSCENDENCE WHEN A MAN PASSES from the dark stage of temptation to the more enlightened stage of transmutation. The wise purify their thoughts. The one thing needful. above the torments of temptation. the transmutation of passional forces into moral powers. and enter the Divine Consciousness. sin is the opposite of purity.
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new life. wisdom is possible. Where there is much suffering. have their opposite poles or modes of action. the Transcendent Life. therefore. Where the negative pole is. who understands the way of selfpurification. They put error behind them and approach Truth. evil is the denial of good. in its denial of the good. 5. the conversion of the heart from impure desires to pure aspirations.HappyPublishing. and who has entered that way and is engaged in perfecting himself. much bliss is near. Where there is an opposite. Mental forces.
When this is reached. When Perfect Good is realized and known. just as the perfect flower transcends the seed from which it sprang. It springs from the old. and when all conditions are seen to be good because they are the result of causes. then Transcendence is attained." and there begins for him a new round of experiences. when anxiety and doubt. but it is not a continuance of it. there dawns in the mind a new vision. When there is no more consciousness of sin. Then the limited personality is outgrown. it is a new form of consciousness. not as an opinion or an idea. but as an
http://www. when lust and animosity. As passion is the keynote of the self-life. He wields a new power. This I call the Transcendent Life. a new universe opens out before his spiritual gaze. when there remains in the mind no vestige of blame towards others for one’s own condition.From Passion to Peace. with the decrease of evil and the accumulation of good. by James Allen
But there comes a time in the process of transmutation when. a new consciousness.HappyPublishing. Rising into it. and grief and sorrow. and the divine life is known.com
. This is the stage of transcendence. it yet transcends that life and has no part in it. The divine consciousness is not an intensification of the human. and anger and envy. after a period of painful torment. evil is transcended. the saint has become a sage. so serenity is the keynote of the transcendent life. he has passed from the human life to the divine life. He is "born again. a new man. no more possess the thoughts. man is lifted above disharmony and disturbance. so that no event can afflict the mind. are ended. Born of the lower life of sin and sorrow. and Good is all-in-all.
and tranquil joy abides through all hardships. and trouble themselves over many things. they trouble over their own little. along with its accompanying fear that delight should be lost forever. Passion is blind and ignorant. but it is self still. Now in the life that is wise and good all this is transcended. or regret. Above all else. its object is to get and to enjoy. and all cares. While men are involved in the passions of self. desire and dread are ended. In the transcendent state. The getting is a graduated scale varying from sensual greed. It is the old sensual craving coming out in a more subtle and deceptive form. For where the universal order is seen. Self recognizes no law. for its protection and preservation. The Transcendent Life is ruled. It is longing for some personal delight. It sees and knows only its own gratification. and for its eternal safety and continuance. then calm vision is acquired. they burden themselves with cares.com 23
. It is founded not upon fleeting impulses. up to the desire for a personal heaven or personal immortality. burdened. troubles. being anxious for its fleeting pleasures. but by principles.HappyPublishing. so that there is seen to be no room for sorrow. not by passions. but upon abiding laws. Personal interests are replaced by universal purposes. and anxieties concerning the pleasure and the fate of the personality are dispelled like the feverish dreams of a night. and where
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experience or a possession. In its clear atmosphere the orderly sequence of all things is revealed. pain-stricken personality.
and at last a comprehensive understanding of the universal moral causation. having long looked upon the world with darkened eyes. then a new form of perception. what is there left to desire? What remains to be feared? He who has brought his entire nature into conformity and harmony with the law of righteousness. But though not real as a power. Evil is an experience. who has made his thoughts pure and his deeds blameless. it could not be transcended by any being.HappyPublishing. and not a power. And this morality. and this understanding constitute the new consciousness. It is a state of ignorance. the divine life. He is like a man who. has entered liberty. is now restored to sight. The transcendent man is he who is above and beyond the dominion of self. or as darkness dissolves before the rising light. And what are the new experiences of good?
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perennial joy in that good is a normal condition. for all experience is of the nature of reality. of undevelopment and as such it recedes and disappears before the light of knowledge. He has transcended evil and lives in the practice and knowledge of good.com 24
. and has passed into light and immortality. as the intellectual ignorance of a child vanishes before the gradually accumulating learning. it is real as a condition and an experience. He has transcended darkness and mortality.From Passion to Peace.
and animosity. When good is practiced and fully comprehended. and anxiety. and imperviousness to be hurt by the actions of others. and the calm. serenity of mind under all circumstances. by James Allen
They are many and beautiful—such as the joyful knowledge of the freedom from sin. All these. they are a glad rejoicing in the limitation and impotency of evil. They are freedom from all dislike. Transcendence is surpassing virtue. with a perception of its fundamental goodness. are the rich experiences of the transcendent man. envy. and enlarged capacities that spring to life in the new consciousness. Above all. left behind and transcended before good is grasped and known. strong.com 25
. Evil and good cannot dwell together. the vast powers. and to return good for evil. fear.HappyPublishing. and emancipation from doubt. Evil must be abandoned. They are the absence of remorse and deliverance from all torments of temptation. and in the eternal supremacy and power of good. along with all the new and varied resources. and insight into the law of moral causation and the mental evolution of beings. then all the afflictions of the mind are at an end. with the power to feel and act kindly towards those who see fit to constitute themselves as one’s enemies or opponents. For that which is accompanied
http://www. They are the divine power to give blessings for curses. a deep knowledge of the human heart. They are ineffable joy in conditions and circumstances which formerly caused deep affliction. They are great patience and sweetness of character. far-reaching life that these imply and contain. the quickened abilities. with a prophetic foresight of the sublime good that awaits humanity.From Passion to Peace.
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with pain and sorrow in the consciousness of evil is not so accompanied in the consciousness of good. they departed from him. Your work is now to instruct others. You have soared. Though the body of the good man may be bound. the master said to his pupil. and so his mind remains happy and serene. for now you are indeed instructed by truth. for he knows its cause and issue. Have you any solution to offer?" Whereupon the pupil formulated a reply to the question which he had propounded. joy and peace abide within his heart. like the kingly eagle. Their mission to teach him having ended. Whatsoever happens to the good man cannot cause him perplexity or sorrow. they left
http://www. And in the measure that he penetrated their meaning and lifted himself above them. A spiritual teacher had a pupil who was apt and earnest. the pupil one day offered a question for discussion which his master could not answer. knows the good which it is ordained to accomplish in himself. After several years of learning and practice.From Passion to Peace. you have become the master. The master then said to him: "You have answered that which I could not. his mind is free. where no man can follow. the divinely enlightened man sees all the afflictions of that life as though his schoolmasters were teaching and leading him upward. After days of deep meditation.HappyPublishing." In looking back on the self-life which he has transcended. Though it be wounded and in pain.com
. You are no longer the pupil. "I cannot answer the question which you have asked. and henceforth neither I nor any man can instruct you.
it belongs to the orderly process of evolution. and has submitted to truth. The lover of good cannot also be a lover of evil. as a master. and has comprehended good. As he transcends error. saying. He has conquered self. not evil. Evil can only teach in its own sphere. and reflecting it in his life. and is no more troubled. good are his actions. nor can the pupil set lessons for the master. where it is regarded as master. he knows only obedience to good. Henceforth
http://www. all will come into it in the course of the ages. until at last he becomes one with truth. He elevates and glorifies good.com
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him the triumphant master of the field. That which is transcended cannot reach up to that which transcends. nor can he. not darkness. sorrows no more.From Passion to Peace. When a man makes truth his master. He has mastered evil. For the lower cannot teach the higher. It is not his master to instruct him. "Sin cannot be overcome. by his actions. Good are his thoughts. but to bind and oppress him. he abandons error. In the sphere of good it has no place and no authority. The strong traveler on the highway of truth knows no such thing as resignation to evil. ignorance cannot instruct wisdom. and the good is the tranquil tenor of his way. teaching it. as yet." thereby acknowledges that evil is his master. evil cannot enlighten good. He who submits to evil. admit its ascendancy. he becomes more like his master. for one moment. and evil must be borne. He loves light. few have reached it. Transcendence is not an abnormal condition. And he who ascends into it sins no more.HappyPublishing. Though.
harassments. But from divine virtue every taint of self has been purged away. but he will not thereby be rendered supremely happy. life is bliss. but not so if he has divine virtue. and so on. by James Allen
neither men nor books can instruct him. Human virtue is mingled with self. Bliss is the normal condition of the good man. The cause of unhappiness must be sought and found in the self-loving elements. A man may have virtue. BEATITUDE WHEN DIVINE GOOD is practiced. for he is instructed by the Supreme Good. and be unhappy. with sorrow. The beatific blessedness which Jesus holds out is promised to those having the heavenly virtues— to the merciful. only serve to heighten his happiness. 6. Those outer assaults. the spirit of truth. and not in the self-sacrificing qualities. for they cause the deep fountain of good within him to well up hi greater abundance. and persecutions which bring such sufferings to others. it is happiness.
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. The higher virtue does not merely and only lead to happiness. One comparison will suffice to illustrate this: a man may have the courage of a lion in attack and self-defense (such courage being a human virtue). To have transcendent virtue is to enjoy transcendent happiness.HappyPublishing. and therefore. and with it every vestige of misery.From Passion to Peace. It is impossible for a man of transcendent virtue to be unhappy.
Human virtue is imperfect. and good is all. and to remain mild. Moreover. But the divine way transcends it—truth lies upward and beyond. by James Allen
However. In the transcendent virtues all is good. he whose courage is that of the divine kind which enables him to transcend both attack and defense.From Passion to Peace. it is mixed with the baser. Doing good in order to gain a personal heaven or personal immortality is human virtue. in that a more powerful good will overcome and cast out the fierce and unhappy evil of the other. and into human actions.HappyPublishing. and needs to be transmuted. and there is no personal or ulterior aim. whether enemies or friends. The acquisition of human virtue is a great step towards truth. such a man will thereby be rendered supremely happy. Divine virtue is unblemished and pure. that it becomes impossible to take sides with one man or one party against the other. and not emancipated from sorrow. the seeing so deeply into the human heart. women. and all creatures. serene. and lovable under attack. selfish elements.com
. his assailant will be rendered more happy. and therefore the power to be perfectly just. And what are the transcendent virtues that embody all happiness and joy? They are: Impartiality.
http://www. it is complete and perfect in itself. but it is not unmixed with self. Unlimited Kindness towards all men.
and under the severest trials. They include all that virtue embodies. Perfect Peace toward all things. by James Allen
Perfect Patience at all times. Such are the virtues that transcend both vice and virtue. Compassion. the judging of one’s own actions as though they were the actions of another. even one’s enemies from injury and slander.From Passion to Peace. impervious to evil. while going beyond it into divine truth. out of pity. the glorious gifts of him that overcomes. the total surrender of self. A profound reconciliation to the Divine Order of the universe. returning good for evil. and protecting. and sympathizing with the sorrowing and defeated. Stainless Purity of mind and deed. in all circumstances. Freedom from all evil thoughts and impure imaginings. They are the fruits of innumerable efforts to achieve. rejoicing with the happy and successful.HappyPublishing. Profound Humility. deep pity for all creatures and beings in their sufferings. Shielding the weak and helpless. Abiding Goodness of heart.com 30
. even in the midst of outward strife. Abounding Love toward all living things. or surrounded by the turmoil of many hardships and difficulties. Unbroken Calmness of mind. They constitute the tenjeweled crown prepared for the calm brow
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To know that passion and peace cannot dwell together is to be well prepared to renounce the lesser and embrace the greater. This is ignorance. so the mind of the sage.com
. so deep and high. profound spiritual ignorance. PEACE WHERE PASSION is. As the mighty mountain remains unmoved by the turbulent ocean that beats at its base. as to be unknown and incomprehensible to the self-seeking consciousness. he lives in beatific bliss. towering in lofty virtue. from trouble and turmoil. By them he is eternally shielded from sin and sorrow. Transcendently virtuous. remains unshaken by the tempests of passion which beat unceasingly upon the shores of life. Good and wise. Men pray for peace. by James Allen
of him who has conquered himself. a bliss. In them he abides in happiness. 7. It is not to know the first letter in the alphabet of things divine. To know this is to master the first letter in the divine language of perfect deeds. With these majestic virtues is the mind of the sage adorned. he is evermore happy and serene. yet pray for heavenly rest. where peace is. yet cling to passion.HappyPublishing. The sage has conquered passion and has come to lasting peace. passion is not. strife and peace. from harm and hurt. so pure and tranquil. so far transcending all the fleeting excitements of self. cannot dwell together in the same heart. a blessedness.From Passion to Peace. Where one is admitted as a welcome guest.
http://www. Hatred and love. peace is not. They foster strife.
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the other will be turned away as an unwelcome stranger. until he sees the supreme necessity of turning away from the fierce fighting of things without. has no blatant voice. He who opposes his fellow man will himself be resisted. He should know that he is propagating strife. He who is overcome by force is not thereby overcome in his heart. He should not be surprised. that men are divided. cannot approach it. He who has realized that the enemy of the world is within. He is brave who conquers another. be defeated. and peace remains with him. in turn. he may be a greater enemy than before. is not partisan. and of the peace of the world. and mourn. and entering the noble warfare against evils within. that his own unchastened desires are the violators of his peace. selfishness and greed. but he who overcomes himself will never be subdued. and not without. By the way of self-conquest is Perfect Peace achieved.From Passion to Peace. but he who conquers himself is supremely noble. hatred and pride. such a man is already on the Saintly Way. He who is victorious over another may. he has conquered the world. The triumph of peace is an unassailable silence. He has slain the enemies of peace. Man cannot understand it. He who despises another will be despised by others. He should understand his lack of peace. If a man has conquered lust and anger.HappyPublishing. But he who is overcome by the spirit of peace is thereby changed at
yet strong and radiant conqueror. Where peace is practiced. across the arid deserts of doubt and despair. they apply it in their lives. It is a refuge for the defeated. It is more powerful than strife. It affords a secure shelter from the heat of selfish struggle. The pure-hearted and wise have peace in their hearts. He that was an enemy has become a friend. desiring and grieving—all the turbulence and torment of the mind—are left behind in the dark sphere of the self to which they belong. He ever moves toward his sublime destination. grasping and disappointment. but love and peace reach and reform the heart. Force and strife work upon the passions and fears. craving and temptation. to the beautiful City of Peace. he travels on. by James Allen
heart. it conquers where force would fail. Beyond where these dark shadows move. From the blinding swamps of passion. a humble and lowly. Under its protection. It enters into their actions. the traveler on the High and Holy Way comes in due time. the harmless are not harmed. through the thorny forests of many vanities. then sin and remorse.HappyPublishing. and known. the radiant Plains of Divine Beatitude bask in Eternal Light. and to these. until at last he comes. and possessed. and beyond which they cannot go. and a temple for the pure.com
. not turning back nor straying his course. a tent for the lost.From Passion to Peace. Its wings shield the righteous.