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Concord Consecrates

Long shall these walls Be witness to our work, And, that it may endure forever, Concord consecrates them today.   Let us share every burden With the full weight of love, Then we shall worthily receive here True light from the east.   To attain this benefit Begin the work joyfully, And he, too, who has begun already, Let him begin afresh today. If we have completely attuned Our hearts and words To ...

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Empty Yourself

Human nature became God, for God  assumed the pure human nature and not the human person.  So if you want to be this same Christ in God, empty yourself of everything which the eternal Word did not assume.  The eternal Word did not assume a human being, so empty yourself of everything which is purely personal and peculiarly you  and assume human nature purely....... For your human nature and that of the divi ...

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The King of Kings

  I PAUSED beside the cabin door and saw the King of Kings at play, Tumbled upon the grass I spied the little heavenly runaway. The mother laughed upon the child made gay by its ecstatic morn, And yet the sages spake of It as of the Ancient and Unborn. I heard the passion breathed amid the honeysuckle scented glade, And saw the King pass lightly from the beauty that he had betrayed. I saw him pass from ...

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Rumours from and Aeolian Harp

There is a vale which none hath seen, Where foot of man has never been, Such as here lives with toil and strife, An anxious and a sinful life.   There every virtue has its birth, Ere it descends upon the earth, And thither every deed returns, Which in the generous bosom burns.   There love is warm, and youth is young, And poetry is yet unsung, For Virtue still adventures there, And freely breathes ...

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Musings on the Theosophical Path

In all nature we can find no instance where effort of some kind is not required. We find there is a natural result from such effort. He who would live the life or find wisdom can only do so by continued effort. If one becomes a student, and learns to look partially within the veil, or has found within his own being something that is greater than his outer self, it gives no authority for one to sit down in i ...

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Regenerate Thyself

Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the mountains, and thou too art wont to long above all for such things. But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree, when thou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself.  For nowwhere can a man find a retreat more full of peace or more free from care than his own soul — above all if he have that within him, a steadfast look ...

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The Path

Thou canst not travel on the Path before thou hast become that Path itself.1 Let thy Soul lend its ear to every cry of pain like as the lotus bares its heart to drink the morning sun. Let not the fierce Sun dry one tear of pain before thyself hast wiped it from the sufferer's eye. But let each burning human tear drop on thy heart and there remain; nor ever brush it off, until the pain that caused it is remo ...

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Will and Desire

Will and Desire lie at the doors of Meditation and Concentration.  If we desire truth with the same intensity that we had formerly wished for success, money, or gratification, we will speedily acquire meditation and possess concentration.  If we do all our acts, small and great, every moment, for the sake of the whole human race, as representing the Supreme Self, then every cell and fibre of the body and in ...

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After Five Thousand Years

I do not despise you, priests; My faith is the greatest of faiths, and the least of faiths, Enclosing worship ancient and modern, and all between ancient and modern, Believing I shall come again upon the earth after five thousand years, Waiting responses from oracles, honoring the Gods, saluting the sun, Making a fetish of the first rock or stump, powwowing with sticks in the circle of obis, Helping the lam ...

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Kshetra and Kshetrajna

“This perishable body, O son of Kunti, is known as Kshetra; those who are acquainted with the true nature of things call the soul who knows it, the Kshetrajna. Know also that I am the Knower in every mortal body, O son of Bharata; that knowledge which through the soul is a realization of both the known and the knower is alone esteemed by me as wisdom. What the Kshetra or body is, what it resembleth, what it ...

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