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The Borrower Never Learns Enough

“The selfish spirit is content with being the mere borrower. It appropriates others thoughts or idea, without ever crediting such idea to the rightful owner, or the desire so to credit it, it will always remain a borrower. But people to borrow from will not always be at hand.

“There must come a time, in this life or another, when such a spirit will be left entirely to its own resources. It will then find itself poor. It will be crippled by the habit o borrowing. This habit prevents the chemical assimilation of the new element, or, in other words, original or individually shaded idea. You have simply taken others property, and passed it off as your own. You have not been a manufacturer, only a receiver of others manufactures. … By doing that, you hurt thereby the power of making your own peculiar shade of individual light.” ~Prentice Mulford

Secondhand Knowledge

Mr. Mulford is talking more about social behavior than spiritual, but what he says is applicable to the spiritual. In this case, being a borrower of truth and knowledge rather than learning it from direct experience limits our spiritual growth in several ways.

False Knowledge

While we would like to believe that preachers, ministers and spiritual gurus all speak and teach truth, such is not the case. In fact, there are far more of them teaching falsehoods then there are teaching truth.

In some cases, they are aware that what they teach isn’t the truth. They teach it anyway because it is what the masses want to hear.

Others are not intentionally lying. They are telling what they believe to be true, but it is just someone’s opinion that was passed on to them. Or it is knowledge they found in books without knowing that those books are allegory, not literal truth. Continue reading “The Borrower Never Learns Enough”

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Spiritual Books

Spiritual Books and Their Use

“True occult and Theosophical books ought to be prayers and poems; calculated to lift the heart and the mind of the reader up to the highest regions of thought, and aiding him to descend into the innermost sanctuary of his own being; so that he may become able to open the senses of his interior perception and grasp himself those divine ideals which are beyond the understanding of the semi-animal intellect; for spiritual truth cannot be brought down to that level; it requires, for its recognition, the rising up of the spirit to its own plane. Neither can and may reveal to another the light, if the light does not reveal its presence to the investigator. All that a book can do is to aid the reader in opening his own eyes.” ~Franz Hartmann

Mystical and Spiritual Books

Books on the occult, the mystical, and the spiritual can help one who wants to know the history of such organizations, but in general, they will do next to nothing toward making you more spiritual. You don’t become wealthy by reading books written by wealthy people, and you don’t become spiritual by reading books written by spiritual people.

On the other hand, there are books about wealth that attempt to teach you how to gain wealth yourself. Those books can help if you follow the instructions in them. Likewise, books that attempt to teach you how to awaken the spiritual faculties within yourself are very useful, but only if you follow up by practicing the techniques found in them. Books that simply tell you pleasant tales that make you feel good, such as the very popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, do little to raise your spiritual awareness (there is nothing wrong with reading such books, just be aware that they are not making you spiritual). Continue reading “Spiritual Books and Their Use”

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Writers Who Help Awaken the Spirit

Great Writers can Awaken the Spirit in Us

“Speak to the awakening Spirit of Humanity, to the human Spirit and the Spirit in man, these three in one and the one in all. Dickens and Thackeray, both born a century too late—or a century too early—came between two tidal waves of human spiritual thought, and though they have done yeoman service individually and induced certain partial reforms, yet they failed to touch Society and the masses at large. What the European world now needs is a dozen writers such as Doestoevsky. … What the Russian novelist has done is this: he spoke boldly, even fearlessly the most unwelcome truths to the higher and even to the official classes—the latter a far more dangerous proceeding than the former. … It is writers of this kind that are needed in our day of reawakening; not authors writing for wealth or fame, but fearless apostles of the living Word of Truth” ~H. P. Blavatsky

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Books that Enlighten

I have read several of Dickens’ novels and I agree that there is a strong spiritual underpinning to them. I have also seen several movie versions of his “A Christmas Carol”, also known simply as “Scrooge” this week and it is one of the best Christmas tales ever. His writing does seem to be more about social issues such as poverty and government corruption than spiritual things. At least he is famous for such lines spoken by Marley as, “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business.” I don’t believe I have ever read any of Thackeray’s novels, but Wikipedia says he wrote satire that attacked high society and the military establishment.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is indeed one of the greatest writers and one who makes us thing. I have read several of his works. While he too writes about poverty, crime, injustice and corrupt governments, he does it in a more subtle way than Dickens. Continue reading “Writers Who Help Awaken the Spirit”

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Experience the Spiritual

“The world is full of books and sermons of the Fall, and of the new birth: but in the greatest part of the books of the Divine, there is nothing but the history that such a thing has been done, and that we should be regenerated in Christ. But what do I understand from hence? Nothing but only the history that such a thing has been done. … Our Divines set themselves hand and foot with might and main, with their utmost endeavor, bu persecution and reproach against this, that men must not dare to search into the deep grounds what God is. But if I should speak plainly what this trick of theirs is, it is the dung and filth wherewith they cover and hide the Devil, and cloak the injected malice and wickedness of the Devil in man. … The Devil smells the matter [of seeking to know God], and therefore he hinders it, that his kingdom might not be revealed, but that he might continue to be the Great Prince of the World.” ~Jacob Boehme

The point made by the first part of the quote is that reading about the history of something doesn’t mean you know it. Reading the history of modern medicine doesn’t make you a doctor and reading the history of law doesn’t make you a lawyer. Not that reading history is wrong, we should study the history of things, and that certainly includes a study of religious and spiritual history by those seeking spiritual wisdom and enlightenment. Nonetheless, reading such histories doesn’t make you spiritual, it makes you a spiritual historian at most.

In most conventional churches, you are taught to learn about God by reading books which are basically histories. While doing so is a good thing, it isn’t enough. First, God is not dead. He is very much alive and therefore can’t be trapped in a book like a dried flower. A book is much like a photograph and no one would think that a photograph of a car is the same as having an actual car or that a photo of a rose smells as sweet as the actual flower. So if you accept that driving a car is very different than looking at the photograph of one, or reading a description of one, how can so many people accept that the only way to know God is to read about him, or let the priest or minister read it and interpret it for you? Continue reading “Experience the Spiritual”

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