Friday, 22 May 2009

Weekly Quote 61 - with Commentary from the School of Truth

Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger - (Eph 4:26)
Today I will forgive

Even the most understanding and patient person may be roused to indignation by the behaviour of others. It is right that we register our disapproval of actions that transgress previous agreements or even general understandings but it is not right to allow our reaction to become entrenched, to acquire feelings of resentment and vengeance. Then we become victims of ourselves.

Rather, detach yourself as soon as possible from the event and later, when you are able to reflect on the situation in quiet meditation, hear the Christ within ask "What is that to you?" Prolonged anger gives others power over you. In effect you have begun to worship another god.

Do not allow such darkness to dull the bright, short day that is your life. Forgiveness of yourself and others clears away the clouds and lets you see clearly God's kingdom all around you.

The Path of Truth Vol. 55, No. 2 page 103.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Weekly Quote 60

The righteous shall live by his faith - (Hab 2:7)
I increase my faith in God by making use of what I have - which I now do

Unfortunately many of us have faith in the wrong things. We believe in sickness instead of health, in poverty instead of plenty; and in misery instead of joy. We regard these things as realities, whereas the realities are things which have lasting value, not those which pass.

If we want to be well we must have faith in health and think in terms of health instead of sickness. If we want to have all our needs supplied we must know that we share in God's abundance and dwell on that rather than on poverty. As for joy - we must lift up our hearts to God and not give way to misery. We all have to endure sorrow at some time in our lives for it is part of life but we should not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by it.

Let us have faith in the good and lovely things of life. Let us fill our minds with what is true rather than with what only appears to be true and is not. We show our faith in our fellowmen daily - why not in their Creator?

The Path of Truth No. 2, 2009, page 77.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Weekly Quote 59, with Commentary from the School of Truth

You will know them by their fruits - (Mt 7:16)
I find God in my fellow

The Master's teaching cuts through all religion, even that founded in his name. How does a man or woman live? Are they a light among their fellows? Do they comfort and assure those in difficulty or pain? Do they inspire the fearful and hesitant to greater unfoldment of their potential? Do they turn wrath towards reason? Do they rise above their own constraints?

Too often is the individual judged by the worst of their religion or a religion by the worst of its followers. Rather discount religion altogether in your dealings with your fellows. God is All-presence. Truth would have us seek and find Him in our fellows rather than look for religious labels, weaknesses and failures. Also, as we strive to see our Father in them, we increase our own light.

It is the sincerity of their personal quest, and the humility and tolerance that this has forced upon them, that makes a person radiant to others, not their religious precepts.

The Path of Truth Vol. 50, No. 4 page 222.