Scripture:The Pali Cannon AN 1: xvii

Just as when a seed of neem, bitter cucumber, or bitter gourd is planted in moist soil, it transforms any nutriment it obtains from the soil and the water into a fruit with a bitter, harsh, and disagreeable taste, even so it is for a person of wrong view. For what reason? Because the view is bad.

That sounds like the way every time somebody come up with a new invention to help people, the military looks for ways to turn it into a weapon. This is why real spiritual teachers limit what they put in writing or teach in public to only the basics. The advanced material is taught only to those of the proper view who are ready to use such knowledge wisely.

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The Bhagavad Gita 17:14

To offer service to the gods, to the good, to the wise, and to your spiritual teacher; purity, honesty, continence, and nonviolence: these are disciplines of the body. To offer soothing words, to speak truly, kindly, and helpfully, and to study the scriptures: these are the disciplines of speech. Calmness, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and purity: these are the disciplines of the mind.

To become enlightened requires a lot of work and that means that we have to have discipline. It isn’t enough to have a disciplined body, we must also have a disciplined mind and spirit. Especially today when there are so many temptations and so many people who have little, if any, discipline and think that those who do have it are crazy. No one accomplishes much of anything without a disciplined approach, and that includes spiritual enlightenment.

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Scripture: Revelation 2:11

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches: He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Overcometh what? He that overcomes the temptations of the materialistic world. She that overcomes the desires of the ego. But there are many who don’t have an ear, meaning a spiritual ear necessary to hear and understand things of a spiritual nature, and they don’t understand. And what is “the second death”? The spiritual death, with the death of the physical body being the first. But isn’t the spirit and soul immortal? Yes, but you will nonetheless die spiritually if you don’t awaken and nurture that spirit and soul. If you don’t, then when your body dies, the spirit and soul will go to heaven, but without you.

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Scripture: The Hidden Words of BAHA’U’LLAH 67

Know verily, that while the radiant dawn breaketh above the horizon of eternal holiness, the satanic secrets and deeds done in the gloom of night shall be laid bare and manifest before the peoples of the world.

There is much darkness in the world that is hidden from us, or appears to be goodness and Light to our damaged, materialistic thinking, but as the Sun of Righteousness increases in energy, and sends more of that energy to Earth, we are being awakened to the truth.

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