The Need for Hardship

“The spiritual life is not lived upon the heavenly hearth-rug, within safe distance from the fire of love. … It means a complete conquest of life’s perennial tendency to lag behind the best possible; willing acceptance of hardship and pain. And if we ask how this can be, what is it that makes possible such…

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A Proper Diet, West or East

“The Eastern Tradition, and those organizations that derive from it, inculcate a strict vegetarianism, both on psychic and humanitarian grounds. The Western Tradition does not. The effect of a vegetarian diet is greatly to increase the sensitiveness of the nervous system and thereby render easier the perception of subtle forces. The drawback to the use…

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Real Philosophy

“Plato regarded philosophy as the greatest good ever imparted by Divinity to man. In the twentieth century, however, it has become a ponderous and complicated structure of arbitrary and irreconcilable notions—yet each substantiated by almost incontestable knowledge. The lofty theorems of the old Academy which Iamblichus likened to the nectar and ambrosia of the gods…

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The Best Teacher Is Not the Most Popular

“First we must struggle against our own passions, watching and keeping in mind the course of the battle; and then on the basis of personal experience we can advise others about this warfare, and render victory easier for them by describing the tactics beforehand.“There are some who gain control over their passions by practicing great…

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