EFFECT OF THOUGHTS ON HEALTH AND THE BODY
At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty.
Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought.
THOUGHT AND PURPOSE
Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment.
Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue.
They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pityings, all of which are indications of weakness, which lead, just as surely as deliberately planned sins (though by a different route), to failure, unhappiness, and loss, for weakness cannot persist in a power evolving universe.
A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts.
he should steadily focus his thought-forces upon the object, which he has set before him.
He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings.
Those who are not prepared for the apprehension of a great purpose should fix the thoughts upon the faultless performance of their duty, no matter how insignificant their task may appear.
As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.
The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do. Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step.
He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. His every thought is allied with power.
Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force: he who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger than a mere bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations.
THE THOUGHT-FACTOR IN ACHIEVEMENT
individual responsibility must be absolute.
A man’s weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own, and not another man’s; they are brought about by himself, and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, never by another.
His suffering and his happiness are evolved from within. As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.
A strong man cannot help a weaker unless that weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.
Before a man can achieve anything, even in worldly things, he must lift his thoughts.
There can be no progress, no achievement without sacrifice, and a man’s worldly success will be in the measure that he sacrifices his confused animal thoughts.
And the higher he lifts his thoughts, the more manly, upright, and righteous he becomes, the greater will be his success.
Victories attained by right thought can only be maintained by watchfulness. Many give way when success is assured, and rapidly fall back into failure.
VISIONS AND IDEALS
The dreamers are the saviours of the world.
He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.
Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions.
if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.
Dreams are the seedlings of realities.
Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts; you will receive that which you earn; no more, no less.
Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your Vision, your Ideal.
You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart—this you will build your life by, this you will become.
Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
t is the result of long and patient effort in self-control.
A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought evolved being.
MORNING AND EVENING THOUGHTS
every day may be regarded as the beginning of a new life, in which one can think, act, and live newly, and in a wiser and better spirit.
To follow, under all circumstances, the highest promptings within you; to be always true to the divine self; to rely upon the inward Voice, the inward Light, and to pursue your purpose with a fearless and restful heart.
knowing that the laws of the universe can never fail, and that your own will come back to you with mathematical exactitude—this is faith and the living of faith.
When the tongue is well controlled and wisely subdued; when selfish impulses and unworthy thoughts no longer rush to the tongue demanding utterance; when the speech has become harmless, pure, gracious, gentle, and purposeful, and no word is uttered but in sincerity and truth—then are the five steps in virtuous speech accomplished.
“How am I acting towards others?” “What am I doing to others?” “How am I thinking of others?” “Are my thoughts of, and acts towards others prompted by unselfish love?”
As a man, in the silence of his soul, asks himself these searching questions, he will unerringly see where he has hitherto failed.
In the pure heart there is no room left where personal judgments and hatreds can find lodgment, for it is filled to overflowing with tenderness and love; it sees no evil, and only as men succeed in seeing no evil in others will they become free from sin, and sorrow, and suffering.
Whatsoever you harbour in the inmost chambers of your heart will, sooner or later, by the inevitable law of reaction, shape itself in your outward life.
Say to yourself, “I will live in my Ideal now; I will manifest my Ideal now; I will be my Ideal now; and all that tempts me away from my Ideal I will not listen to; I will listen only to the voice of my Ideal.”
Do not think your sorrow will remain; it will pass away like a cloud. Do not believe that the torments of sin are ever your portion; they will vanish like a hideous nightmare. Awake! Arise! Be holy and joyful.
The permanent happiness which men seek in dissipation, excitement, and abandonment to unworthy pleasures, is found only in the life which reverses all this—the life of self-control.
If men only understood
That their hatred and resentment
Slays their peace and sweet contentment, Hurts themselves, helps not another, Does not cheer one lonely brother,
They would seek the better doing
Of good deeds which leaves no rueing—
If they only understood.
To adore Jesus for his good qualities is a long step towards Truth, but to practise those qualities is Truth itself; and he who fully adores the perfection of another will not rest content in his own imperfection, but will fashion his soul after the likeness of that other.
For he will then discover that he possesses the power to rule his mind and to fashion it in accordance with his Ideal.
As self is the root cause of all strife and suffering, so Love is the root cause of all peace and bliss.
You are swayed by circumstances because you have not a right understanding of the nature, use, and power of thought. You believe (and upon this little word belief hang all our joys and sorrows) that outward things have the power to make or mar your life; by so doing you submit to those outward things, confess that you are their slave, and they your unconditional master.
By so doing you invest them with a power which they do not of themselves possess, and you succumb, in reality not to the circumstances, but to the gloom or gladness, the fear or hope, the strength or weakness, which your thought-sphere has thrown around them.
If you are one of those who are praying for, and looking forward to a happier world beyond the grave, here is a message of gladness for you—you may enter into and realize that happy world now; it fills the whole universe, and it is within you, waiting for you to find, acknowledge, and possess
Heaven and hell are inward states.
So long as you persist in selfishly seeking for your own personal happiness, so long will happiness elude you, and you will be sowing the seeds of wretchedness.
In so far as you succeed in losing yourself in the service of others, in that measure will happiness come to you, and you will reap a harvest of bliss.
Sympathy given can never be wasted.
Another form of sympathy is that of rejoicing with others who are more successful than ourselves, as though their success were our own.
He who attained to the possession of spiritual things can never be deprived of his source of happiness: he will never have to part company with it, and wherever he goes in the whole universe, he will carry his possessions with him. His spiritual end will be the fulness of joy.
Mind is the creator and shaper of conditions, and the recipient of its own results.
It contains within itself both the power to create illusion and to perceive reality.
Mind is the infallible weaver of destiny; thought is the thread.
The true silence is not merely a silent tongue; it is a silent mind.
Silentness, to be powerful, must envelop the whole mind, must permeate every chamber of the heart; it must be the silence of peace.
A man will reach the Kingdom by purifying himself, and he can only do this by pursuing a process of self-examination and self-analysis.
The selfishness must be discovered and understood before it can be removed.
Darkness ceases only when light is introduced; so ignorance can only be dispersed by knowledge, selfishness by love.
A man must first of all be willing to lose himself (his self- seeking) before he can find himself (his Divine Self).
He must realize that selfishness is not worth clinging to, that it is a master altogether unworthy of his service, and that divine goodness alone is worthy to be enthroned in his heart, as the supreme master of his life.
Mediation is the intense dwelling, in thought, upon an idea or theme with the object of thoroughly comprehending it; and whatsoever you constantly mediate upon, you will not only come to understand, but will grow more and more into its likeness, for it will become incorporated with your very being, will become, in fact, your very self.
If, therefore, you constantly dwell upon that which is selfish and debasing, you will ultimately become selfish and debased; if you think ceaselessly upon that which is pure and unselfish, you will surely become pure and unselfish.
Whatever your task may be, concentrate your whole mind upon it; throw into it all the energy of which you are capable.
The faultless completion of small tasks, leads inevitably to larger tasks.
See to it that you rise by steady climbing.
He who knows that Love is at the heart of all things, has no room in his heart for condemnation.