Thursday, July 27, 2006

Gain Power Through Development of the Self

It is the natural right of every human being to be happy. Happiness is the normal condition, as natural as the landscapes and the seasons. It is unnatural to suffer and it is only because of lack of understanding that we do suffer.

Happiness is the product of wisdom. To attain perfect wisdom, to comprehend fully the purpose of life, to realize completely the relationship of human beings to each other, is to begin climbing the ladder to wisdom and happiness. Perfect wisdom is unshadowed joy.

Why do we suffer in life? One, because of a lack of understanding of the Law of Cause and Effect and two, because we need to grow, spiritually and mentally. By overcoming adversity we gain in wisdom, patience and maturity. Usually we do not even see or suspect the presence of trouble until it suddenly leaps upon us like an animal in hiding.

One day our family circle is complete and happy. A week later death has come and joy is replaced with agony. Today we have a friend. Tomorrow he will be an enemy and we don't know why. A little while ago we had wealth and all material luxuries. There was a sudden change and now we have only poverty and misery and yet we seek in vain for a reason why this should be.

There was a time when we had health and strength; but they have both departed and no trace of a reason appears. Aside from these greater tragedies of life innumerable things of lesser consequence continually bring to us little miseries and minor heartaches.

We most earnestly desire to avoid them but we never see them until they strike us, until in the darkness of our ignorance we blunder upon them. The thing we lack is the spiritual illumination to understand that for every cause there must be an effect. When you begin to truly understand this law, you realize that you are responsible for your own happiness or misery.

Nothing is sudden, if problems or trials have come to you, they've been stewing in your mind for some time. First thought, then action and finally, reality.

We must develop ourselves to the highest level that we can. We must always strive for the ideal of perfection, even though it doesn't exist. No one is perfect and we all have bad days from time to time, but we must work for excellence in everything we do.

In exact proportion that conscious effort is given to such self-development, only then will spiritual illumination be achieved and wisdom attained. Thus the light that leads to happiness is kindled from within and the evolutionary journey that all are making may be robbed of its suffering.

Why do people suffer from poverty and disease? Only because we have not weeded out from our thoughts the conditions that make their existence possible, and because we do not comprehend their meaning and their lessons, nor the attitude to assume toward them. All that's required is understanding and personal effort. When nature's lesson is fully learned these mute teachers will vanish.

And so it is with all forms of suffering we experience. They are at once reactions from our ignorance and instructors that point out the better way. When we have comprehended the lessons taught, they are no longer necessary and disappear. It is not by the outward acquirement of facts that individuals become wise and great. It is by developing the soul from within until it illuminates are entire existence.

When we fully understand the law of cause and effect, when we harness the power of the law of action and make it our own, then and only then, will we reach true genius and leave misery and poverty to the dust of our past.

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