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Soaring Upwards

                There are two rungs of service That a person can come to know. The first is called Qatnut,   'the lesser service'. In this state you may know That there are many heavens encircling you, That the earth on which you stand is But a tiny point, And that all the world is nothing Before the Endless God — But even knowing all these things, You yourself cannot ...

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The Soul’s Pilot

Of that place beyond the heavens none of our earthly poets has yet sung, and none shall sing worthily.  But this is the manner of it, for assuredly we must be bold to speak what is true, above all when our discourse is upon truth.  It is there that true being dwells, without colour or shape, that cannot be touched, reason alone, the soul's pilot, can behold it, and all true knowledge is knowledge thereof.  ...

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Magnanimity and contentment are very near allied; like brothers and sisters, they spring from the same parents but are of several features. Fortitude and Patience are kindred to this incomparable virtue. Moralists distinguish Magnanimity and Modesty by making the one the desire of greater, the other of less and inferior honours.  But in my apprehension there is more in Magnanimity.  It includes all that bel ...

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The Beatitudes

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn,  for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for ...

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Dwelling in Space

Just get rid Of that small mind That is called 'self', And there is nothing in the universe That can harm or hinder you.   How delightful it is To make all space Our dwelling -place! Our hearts and minds Are perfectly at ease. — Sengtsan ...

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The Silent Sage

Welling in a body like the air-ships of the gods, he tastes boundless joys freely presented to him.  The knower of the Suprene SELF is a child obedient to a higher will; he is of form unmanifest, untouched by allurement. Clothed in space, or wearing a vesture, clothed in skin or in pure thought, as a madman or child or a ghost, he walks the earth. Withdrawing desire from things of desire, the silent sage wl ...

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Act thou for them "to-day," and they will act for thee "to-morrow." 'Tis from the bud of Renunciation of the Self, that springeth the sweet fruit of final Liberation. To perish doomed is he, who out of fear of Mara refrains from helping man, lest he should act for Self. The pilgrim who would cool his weary limbs in running waters, yet dares not plunge for terror of the stream, risks to succumb from heat. In ...

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Attraction and Repulsion

What is the WILL? Can "exact science" tell? What is the nature of that intelligent, intangible, and powerful something which reigns supreme over all inert matter? The great Universal Idea willed, and the cosmos sprang into existence. I will, and my limbs obey. I will, and, my thought traversing space, which does not exist for it, envelops the body of another individual who is not a part of myself, penetrate ...

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The Great Master’s Letter

The doctrine we promulgate being the only true one, must, — supported by such evidence as we are preparing to give become ultimately triumphant as every other truth. Yet it is absolutely necessary to inculcate it gradually enforcing its theories, unimpeachable facts for those who know, with direct inferences deducted from and corroborated by the evidence furnished by modern exact science. That is why Col H. ...

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The Private Life

The Private Life Theosophy Magazine, Vol. 36 p. 15 One mark of a philosopher is his power to live a private life. He may not live alone, he does not avoid his fellowmen, but his existence is self-contained. The philosopher’s life is not private for the sake of a special pleasure or peace; he does not aim for an impossible personal condition wherein enjoyments are uninterrupted, unshared, and need not be des ...

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