The Great Work: The Constructive Principle of Nature in Individual Life

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Indo-American Book Company, 1906 - Occultism - 456 pages
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Page 241 - The exclusive in fashionable life does not see that he excludes himself from enjoyment, in the attempt to appropriate it. The exclusionist in religion does not see that he shuts the door of heaven on himself, in striving to shut out others. Treat men as pawns and ninepins, and you shall suffer as well as they. If you leave out their heart, you shall lose your own. The senses would make things of all persons; of women, of children, of the poor. The vulgar proverb " I will get it from his purse or...
Page 242 - The farmer imagines power and place are fine things. But the President has paid dear for his White House. It has commonly cost him all his peace, and the best of his manly attributes.
Page 241 - A wise man will extend this lesson to all parts of life, and know that it is the part of prudence to face every claimant and pay every just demand on your time, your talents, or your heart. Always pay; for first or last you must pay your entire debt. Persons and events may stand for a time between you and justice, but it is only a postponement. You must pay at last your own debt.
Page 77 - The idea that the specific guiding power which we call "life " is one of the forms of material energy; so that, directly it relinquishes its connection with matter other equivalent forms of energy must arise to replace it.
Page 242 - The law of nature is, Do the thing, and you shall have the Power; but they who do not the thing have not the power.
Page 83 - Is it the material molecular aggregate that has of its own unaided latent power generated this individuality, acquired this character, felt these emotions, evolved these ideas? There are some who try to think that it is. There are others who recognize in this extraordinary development a contact between...
Page 242 - Human labor, through all its forms, from the sharpening of a stake to the construction of a city or an epic, is one immense illustration of the perfect compensation of the universe.
Page 52 - Melchizedek, the mystery of which can be understood by those who are familiar with the great school of the masters, that His name is familiar to the members of the great school as one of its most illustrious high priests; that when He refused to tell the chief priests and scribes by what authority He came among them and performed such wonders, He was but following the policy of secrecy and silence in strict conformity with which the great school has proceeded through the ages and will continue to...
Page 82 - God" is limited to the operation of a known evolutionary process, and can be represented as "the infinite sum of all natural forces, the sum of all atomic forces and all ether vibrations, ' ' to quote Professor Haeckel (Confession of Faith, p. 78); then such philosophers must be content with an audience of uneducated persons, or, if writing as men of science, must hold themselves liable to be opposed by other men of science, who are able, at any rate in their own judgment, to take a wider survey...
Page 75 - What seemed probable forty years ago, to those who were conversant with the facts, — that vital force as an entity has no existence, and that all physiological phenomena whatever can be accounted for without going beyond the bounds of physical and chemical science...

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