As We Sow
“When you build, build as forever and your fame shall be sung among the great in the Everlasting Halls.
“He who has done you one good turn will be more ready to do you another than will the one to whom you have done a good turn. …
“There are men who live for themselves alone, and their souls are smothered in the deadly winding sheet of selfishness. There is no greater loneliness than that of a man who lives for himself alone. …
“Consider the petty man, his deeds are mean and his manner servile, his heart shakes in a small breast. … He is spiteful and malicious like a snake, he crawls in the dust, ever ready to strike. … He gossips and prattles like an idle woman and men look down upon him, for his ways are those of a half-man. His pettiness is an irritation to all. … He has no friends and men visit him for naught but their own benefit. His mind is occupied with matters of small moment, and bigger undertakings overwhelm him. The deeds of greater men he cannon understand and therefore derides them.
“Consider the vulgar man, his voice is loud, and his words bawdy. Like the ass, he laughs without understanding. His tongue rattles in his head. … In his ignorance, he pushes himself forward when he should remain behind. …
“Consider the man of no account, he is improvident and wasteful. He speaks of his own importance but deceives none but himself and the foolish. The man of no account walks the marketplace to buy a stone.
“Without merit himself, he appeals to the deeds of his forefathers for credit. What good is it to the blind man that his father could see? …
“He who establishes his reputation upon that of another erects a building without foundation. The ass of Pharaoh is still an ass. A worthless man does worthless things. His death removes an encumbrance from the Earth.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (MAN:15:2-19)
Build For Eternity
There is a famous story of a wealthy man hiring a carpenter to build him a home. The wealthy man is doing a favor for the carpenter who is approaching retirement, but the carpenter doesn’t know it. So he decides to cut corners and build with shoddy materials and workmanship. The finished home looks great, but won’t last. When the carpenter tells the wealthy man that the house is done, the wealthy man thanks him and then says, “I had this house built for a friend who deserves it.” He then hands the keys back to the carpenter saying, “The house is yours”. The carpenter is pleased but then disappointed because he knows it’s a shoddy house. The moral of this tale is that we are all building our own home, making our own clothes, cooking our own food, or whatever other things we do. That is because our deeds and very thoughts set an example that others follow. If we decide to build a shoddy house for the wealthy man to make more profit, the shoemaker will sell us shoddy shoes, and the grocer will sell us low-quality meat and vegetables. as we sow, so we reap. So always build the house for eternity, for your soul is an eternal being. While the quote doesn’t say it, the man who builds the shoddy house is a greedy man. This paragraph goes on to discuss many otter types of less-than-ideal humans.
The Selfish Man and Petty Man
The selfish man is a lot like the greedy man. This person wants everything for himself and doesn’t care about others and their needs. He always puts himself first. The petty man is also related. He does things just to spite others, or to harm others. If confronted about it, he will probably say that it is the way others treat him, but he has it backward. Others treat him the way he treats them. Again, as we sow, so we reap.
The Vulgar Man and No Account Man
What was considered vulgar in the times the Kolbrin Bible was written is not the same as today, but the idea still applies. It isn’t so much the specific words used as how they are used, and why. A vulgar person, man or woman, uses words specifically because others find them offensive. They want to be loud and offensive because it gets them attention. They are not capable of greatness—or so they believe—so instead they choose to get noticed by being vulgar. By doing so, they continually tell their own subconscious mind that they are incapable of greatness and the subconscious does all it can to make that wish come true. as we sow, so we reap, and so we teach our subconscious.
The no-account man, as defined here anyway, is one who is full of false importance. He may have been led to believe he is important because he is the child of an important person, or perhaps was told over and over again by well-meaning parents that she is important, but giving no reason for it. So they pretend to be someone important and when others don’t go along with the fantasy, get angry at those people. Sound familiar? As the Kolbrin says, if you are blind, it doesn’t matter that your father could see. And there are many kinds of blindness. As we live a lie, so we gather around us others who lie. Another way to reap as we sow. We lie and pretend and can’t trust those around us because they do the same. In a sense, all materialists are living in a fantasy world. It certainly doesn’t help us become knowledgeable in truth to add an additional layer of fantasy on top of that. But as we allow ourselves to be swallowed up by fantasy, so we create the conditions for others to do the same. Again, as we sow, so we reap.
Many people seem to value their reputation above all things. While a good reputation may be a good thing, there is an inherent danger in this. Namely, we are relying on others to validate us. The Kolbrin Bible says that one who builds his reputation on the deeds of another is erecting a building without foundation. That is true, but it is just as true of one who builds their reputation on the opinions of the masses. There are great people who’s opinions should matter to us, but today, few seek those opinions. They rely on the masses whose opinions are based on inaccurate beliefs and desires to have fun and enjoy life, then just die. They are making no effort to develop their immortal spiritual faculties so they can truly become immortal beings. So their opinions are that such behavior as their own is best. Again as we sow, so we reap. Seek the opinions of great spiritual leaders if you want immortality. then you can reap as you sow and it will be a good thing. Learn to sow what we wish to reap.
This chapter of the Kolbrin Bible has a large part about being the wrong kind of people before it goes into being the right kind. The part quoted above is about the wrong kind. In a week or two, I will cover the second half of the chapter.