By James Allen
Surrounded by means of noise, we will be able to but have a quiet brain; considering obligations, the guts will be at relaxation; in the course of strife, we will understand the abiding peace. The twenty items which contain this ebook, unrelated as a few of them are within the letter, may be discovered to be harmonious within the spirit, in that they element the reader in the direction of these heights of self-knowledge and self-conquest which, emerging above the turbulance of the realm, elevate their peaks the place the Heavenly Silence reigns. - James Allen
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Perfection, which is knowledge of the Perfect Law, is ready for all who earnestly seek it; it belongs to the order of things; it is yours and mine now if we will only put self-seeking on one side, and adopt the life of self-obliteration. The knowledge of Truth, with its unspeakable joy, its calmness and quiet strength, is not for those who persist in clinging to their “rights,” defending their “interests,” and ﬁghting for their “opinions”; whose works are imbued with the personal “I,” and who build upon the shifting sands of selﬁshness and egotism.
And just lately I received a long letter from a correspondent who took great pains to show me that “contentment” is a vice, and is the source of innumerable evils. That which my correspondent called “contentment” is, of course animal indifference. The spirit of indifference is incompatible with progress, whereas the spirit of contentment may, and does, attend the highest form of activity, the truest advancement and development. Indolence is the twin sister of indifference, but cheerful and ready action is the friend of contentment.
Men are still engaged in resenting, condemning, and ﬁghting the evil in their own fellow-men, thereby increasing the delusion in their own hearts, and adding to the world’s sum of misery and suffering. When they ﬁnd out that their own resentment must be eradicated, and love put in its place, evil will perish for lack of sustenance. “With burning brain and heart of hate, I sought my wronger, early, late, And all the wretched night and day My dream and thought was slay, and slay. My better self rose uppermost, The beast within my bosom lost Itself in love; peace from afar Shone o’er me radiant like a star.