The True Adept and the Pain of Growth

“The true Adept, the developed man, must, we are always told, become—he cannot be made. The process is therefore one of growth through evolution, and thus must necessarily involve a certain amount of pain. The main cause of pain lies in our perpetually seeking the permanent in the impermanent and not only seeking, but acting…

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Traveler’s Journey to Spiritual Knowledge and Truth

“The Traveler’s journey to God is complete when he attains knowledge of Him—’Illumination,’ in the language of European mystics. The point at which this is reached is called the Tavern or resting-place upon the road, where he is fed with the divine mysteries. There are also “Wine Shops” upon the way, where the weary pilgrim…

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Spiritual Student: The Duties and Responsibilities

“The student endeavors to live in conformity with both nature and spirit. Never overhasty, he is also never indolent. Excessive activity and laziness are equally alien to him. … He attempts nothing beyond his powers, yet seems to omit nothing within their scope. On the other hand, he sets himself aims that have to do…

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Science and Religion: Together for Peace, Separate for Chaos

“Take what I have said kindly; I wish only to induce your religious part to have more charity for your scientific self, and the reverse. Both religion and science are working towards the good of man, although their devotees are human and by human error, bring privations, sufferings, and sorrows to men. Neither can fill…

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