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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Good Days and Bad Days

  “Remember that the time of your infancy and youth, with all its freshness and newness, was also the time of some other people’s old age when the world seemed stale and joyless, when to them all that life seemed capable of yielding seemed exhausted , when nothing seemed to remain but to wither and…

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