Strive with thy thoughts unclean before they
thee. Use them as they will thee, for if thou sparest them and
they take root
and grow, know well these thoughts will over-power and kill
Beware, Disciple, suffer not, e'en though it be their shadow, to
approach. For it will grow, increase in size and power, and
this thing of darkness will absorb thy being before thou hast well
realized the black foul monster's presence.
Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
There is nothing that makes a man suspect much, more than to know little: and therefore men should remedy suspicion, by procuring to know more, and not to keep their suspicions in another. What would men have? Do they think those they employ and deal with are saints? Do they not think they will have their own ends, and be truer to themselves than to them?
He excuses himself with watching while waiting. He wants to see how other people do, finds fault with it and wants to prevent what is begun. A Superior Man does not watch, wait, criticize or prevent. He quietly does his duty, helping others to fulfill their tasks.
The duty of everyone is simple: Fulfillment of all promises to the utmost, finishing what is already begun, starting anything mutually profitable in a general sense, being useful and inimical to none. In this way an inferior man evolves into a Superior Man, being firm and correct.
Evading work is a well known trait of inferior men. In evading they ask, what is duty? Nothing is plainer. Keep promises. Finish what you have started. And stop evading. The people of the Middle Kingdom were peacefully undisturbed as long as quietly and faithfully doing their own duty. Heaven co-operated with Earth, as Nature with the seasons and Ruler with the ruled. When the Son of Heaven shirked his duty, all classes did the same. So the Ruler was deposed and degraded and the common people lost its freedom and more - all for shirking duty. Heaven punishes Earth for disobedience.
Think always of work, not of shirking it. Pay debt to creditor in due time; give help where help is needed. Never do to others what you do not want others do to you. Do not exchange something worthless or inferior for higher value, thereby cheating. A Superior Man never cheats, the inferior man does.
True technique for advancement is the performance of one's duties. This is true ceremonial magic, real Raja Yoga, as Upasika also taught. Observe closely results of Dharma, the Way to Enlightenment.
Thought is a moving process; it cannot remain focused on one object for long. This is the reason why thoughts distort the picture and therefore whatever your thoughts and mental images may be they are always very different from what really is. Thought only represents your own interpretation of an object, or of whatever it is you see. For example, in thinking of a certain person, your thought never touches him, for the real person is never in the thought process. At present, we cannot do anything about this confusion as we are under the spell of this kind of imaginative mental activity. If we were to shut out all thought so that we did not think at all we would not sufficiently perceive the world around us. Moreover, our whole personality would be shattered and we should be unable to function properly. Without the thinking process all our activities would come to a standstill because our actions are influenced and guided by words and thoughts.
We give names to everything that comes to our knowledge or within our view. This naming or describing of events and experiences is a useful means of classifying and arranging whatever we register with our senses, within the limited framework of our understanding. It is because of this that naming becomes important to us. This means that we actually cannot perceive anything as it is, for a mind which functions within such a limitation is not an open one. Therefore there is no real communication but only a relative connection between what is and the storehouse of memories, words and classifications within our mind. Our whole personality is drowned in this activity of the mind and so we float helplessly in a sea of imagination and illusion.
I have just published a new biography of Anna Kingsford. It is called
"Red Cactus : the Life of Anna Kingsford."
On Sunday 3 Dec 3.45pm Sydney, Australia I will speak about it on The
Ark, ABC Radio National. This program will then be available on the web
"Red Cactus: the Life of Anna Kingsford" contains much new information
about her.I have made many new discoveries about her, in particular
Edward Maitland turned against her and wrote many lies about her in his
biography.For example, he wrote that she killed two french vivisectors
by mindpower. Apart from this being an impossibility, it was against
philosophy to harm anyone.Maitland also wrote that Anna once had her
mind taken over by a black magician, and he saved her by mind power!!
Yet he also praised her for her indomitable will. After her wrote her
biography, he burnt her papers, diaries and letters to hide his
tracks.These and many other revelatins appear in my book.
The book is available at the Adyar Bookshop, Sydney, Australia:
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