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As We Sow, As We Live

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. Continue reading “As We Sow, As We Live”

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Be Good for Your Sake and the World’s

“Whatever any man either does or says, thou must be good; not for any man’s sake, but for your own nature’s sake; as if either gold, or the emerald, or purple, should ever be saying to themselves. Whatsoever any man either does or says, I must still be an emerald, and I must keep my color.

“This may even be my comfort and security: my understanding that rules over all, will not of itself bring trouble and vexation upon itself. Thus I say; it will not put itself in any fear, it will not lead itself into any concupiscence. If it be in the power of any other to compel it to fear, or to grieve, it is free for him to use his power. But sure of itself through some false opinion or supposition incline itself to any such disposition; there is no fear. For as for the body, why should I make the grief of my body, to be the grief of my mind? If that itself can either fear or complain, let it. But as for the soul, which indeed can only be truly sensible of either fear or grief, to which only it belongs according to its different imaginations and opinions, to admit of either of them, or of their contraries; thou may look to that thyself, that it suffer nothing.” ~Marcus Aurelius

You Must Be Good

It seems quite strange for a Roman Emperor to be advising people to be good, but Marcus Aurelius was not a violent and sexually-perverted kind of emperor they make movies about. He doesn’t get any movies because he is considered boring. He was spiritual, not materialistic.

Because he was spiritual, he knew that it was important for each of us to be good, not so much for the sake of others, but for ourselves! Even if we are not certain what truly is good or bad, when we do what we believe is good, we feel better within ourselves. When we feel good about ourselves, we treat others good also. And when we feel good about ourselves, and we treat others well, we are far more likely to get along with each other and help each other then we would if we are always looking for ways to con others or reasons to dislike them or feel superior to them. So to be good benefits ourselves most of all, but it also benefits the entire world. And the greater the number of us who try their best to be good as much as possible, the more the world benefits. Continue reading “Be Good for Your Sake and the World’s”

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A Man is Polite, Impartial, A Gentleman

“A man is silent and calm; he stands steady like a rock amidst the tumult of raging waters. He bears himself patiently before the temper of a wrathful man and control himself in the presence of a fool. His decisions are made clearly and without undue haste. He is prepared for whatever may befall, his reckoning embraces both success and failure.

“A man judges all men equally by one standard and expects each to act according to his capacity. He is prepared to meet strength with strength. He does not shirk the issue with violent men, nor does he suppress his wrath when the cause is just.

“A man safeguards his reputation and challenges those who would steal it from him. He is prudent and wary, he is not easily beguiled. He weighs all things in his mind and concludes all things by reasoning.

“A man receives the stranger with hospitality and politeness. He gives generously to the needy and eases the burden of the heavy-laden. He is cheerful under difficulties, and his face is never sullen or mean.

“A man is impartial in his dealings. He is fair and just to all men.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (Man:9:2-12)

A Man is Silent and Calm

First, we have to understand that the author of this short section of the Kolbrin Bible is talking about his concept of the ideal man, not the average or typical man. He is saying this is how men should be, not how they actually are.

Most of the Kolbrin Bible appears to have been written by people with great spiritual knowledge. They may have been teachers in some unidentified mystery school or advanced students. The author of this section does not fit that description. His knowledge seems to be more of a materialistic and intellectual kind, yet I felt that much of what he said makes sense.

So a man is silent and calm because he has his emotions under control. He doesn’t just react like a dog noticing a cat in the park. He thinks about how to react and reacts sensibly. There are exceptions, of course. If he sees someone being murdered, he is not going to contemplate what to do, he is going to act quickly. But most of us react emotionally more often then we should. Continue reading “A Man is Polite, Impartial, A Gentleman”

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Good Character Development Means Forget the Bad

“To learn to forget is as necessary and useful as to learn to remember. We think of many things every day which it would be more profitable not to think of at all. To be able to forget is to be able to drive away the unseen force (thought) which is injuring us, and change it for a force (or order of thought) to benefit us.

“Demand imperiously and persistently any quality of character in which you may be lacking, and you attract increase of such quality. Demand more patience or decision or judgment or courage or hopefulness or exactness, and you will increase in those qualities. These qualities are real elements. They belong to the subtler, and as yet unrecognized, chemistry of nature.” ~Prentice Mulford

Learn to Forget

This is probably contrary to everything you have ever heard. Rarely does someone tell you to forget. Only if it is something terrible like witnessing a murder would they say that. But there are many other times when forgetting is useful.

Many of us grew up as members of a conventional church that teaches social behavior more that any form of spiritual enlightenment. Such churches teach us to listen and conform. To forget such teachings can benefit us greatly.

Some of us grew up in poverty. There is nothing wrong with that, nothing to be ashamed of. But when it gives us the belief that we are doomed to live in poverty all of our lives, this is something we need to forget.

Others, on the other hand, grew up in luxury with servants to do just about everything for them. They had cooks to make meals, tutors to help with school, and so on. When it comes to spiritual growth, however, you can’t get your servants to do it for you. Neither can you buy your way in. You have to forget those ideas and learn to do things yourself. A spiritual awakening is a personal thing.

Of course there are things we should never forget. We may have forgotten what it is like, but deep down we do remember that we originated in the spiritual realms. Only the Great Fall has left us in the universe of matter. And we need to return to spirit and change this world back to spirit. We must always remember that.

Quality of Good Character

Mulford says we must not only work on improving our character, but “Demand imperiously and persistently” that we get the characteristics we desire. Today’s teachers of similar philosophies would say instead that we need to believe that it is already ours, it is in our hands.

Several decades ago, people laughed at such philosophies. Now even ivy league universities use visualization techniques to help students win games and get better grades. Continue reading “Good Character Development Means Forget the Bad”