Good Life of the Spiritual Person

“The good life is a result of something. You cannot live well if you have not thought well, if you have not felt well. The good life is a result of thought. The good depends firstly on love. The Good depends also on thought, and then as a result come the good life. … “Love…

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Spiritual Purity and a Sense of Shame

“The sacred books tell us that the nature of man contains a sense of shame. This is so, and it is there that he may also know the meaning of decency and be proud of himself as a man. It is there to make a better state known to him, a state of spiritual cleanliness…

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Ahura-Mazda and Persian Gnosticism

“According to the Persians, there coexisted in eternity two principles. The first of these, Ahura-Mazda, or Ormuzd was the Spirit of Good. From Ormuzd came forth a number of hierarchies of good and beautiful spirits (angels and archangels). The second of these eternally existing principles was called Ahriman. He was also a pure beautiful spirit, but…

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Goodwill Beats Hate, Fear, and Evil

“You can only oppose successfully the hatred or evil thought of others by throwing out toward it the thought of good-will. Goodwill as a thought-element is more powerful than the thought of hate. It can turn it aside. The ‘shafts of malice,’ even in thought,are real things. They can and do hurt people on whom…

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