By James Allen
Surrounded by way of noise, we will but have a quiet brain; taken with obligations, the center may be at relaxation; in the course of strife, we will be aware of the abiding peace. The twenty items which contain this booklet, unrelated as a few of them are within the letter, can be discovered to be harmonious within the spirit, in that they aspect the reader in the direction of these heights of self-knowledge and self-conquest which, emerging above the turbulance of the area, elevate their peaks the place the Heavenly Silence reigns. - James Allen
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The man who kills is himself killed; the thief who lives by depriving others is himself deprived; the beast that preys on others is hunted and killed; the accuser is accused, the condemner is condemned, the denouncer is persecuted. “By this the slayer’s knife doth stab himself, The unjust judge has lost his own defender, The false tongue dooms its lie, the creeping thief And spoiler rob to render. ” Passion, also has its active and passive sides. Fool and fraud, oppressor and slave, aggressor and retaliator, the charlatan and the superstitious, complement each other, and come together by the operation of the Law of Justice.
From the spirit of self-love proceed egotism, lust for power, and disparagement and contempt. Self-love worships the personality in which it moves; it is lost in the adoration and gloriﬁcation of that “I”, that “self” which has no real existence, but is a dark dream and a delusion. It desires pre-eminence over others, and thinks, “Iam great,” “Iam more important than others”; it also disparages others, and bestows upon them contempt, seeing no beauty in them, being lost in the contemplation of its own beauty.
Puriﬁcation 3. Relinquishment A man begins to discipline himself by controlling those passions which have hitherto controlled him; he resists temptation and guards himself against all those tendencies to selﬁsh gratiﬁcations which are so easy and natural, and which have formerly dominated him. He brings his appetite into subjection, and begins to eat as a reasonable and responsible being, practising moderation and thoughtfulness in the selection of his food, with the object of making his body a pure instrument through which he may live and act as becomes a man, and no longer degarding that body by pandering to gustatory pleasure.