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Rays  from the Rose Cross

ES, I SEE that fear is a great factor, but
there are many other things which influ-
ence us in our acts. Maturity unfolds the
passions, the appetites, and I see the most
abnormal indulgences are countenanced
by the world. Are these natural or unnatural?
Most of them are abnormal. Conservation of the life
forces is absolutely essential to a Christian life. Man
has been spending his competency in riotous living and
this means more than spending dollars. He wastes his
substance out of which harmonious conditions within
the body and in his environments are made, and then
wonders why he is poverty-stricken. There is no inhar-
mony anywhere for which man is not responsible. The
soul of man is too finely organized to dwell in harmo-
ny in a body reeking with fumes of liquor. The body of
man is too delicate a mechanism to be filled with the
rubbish which is dumped into it, simply to satisfy a
gluttonous appetite. As a result, disease rather than
Spirit controls it. Thinkest thou that man can slay and
torture defenseless animals without giving an account
for his acts? Do you think for a moment that one who
wears the skin of an animal which has been tortured in
a trap and fairly skinned before it was dead, escapes
from feeling in a measure the misery and suffering of
the animal whose life was so ruthlessly taken? Does a
woman who wears a beautiful aigrette torn from the
head of a live bird, which is left to die, and the young
of which, now motherless, starve in their nests, does
she wear the plume in pleasure and go unscathed? Do
you think that one who devours a beefsteak cut from
the side of a innocent animal which has been shunted in
box cars to packed pens, poisoned with fear of its bru-
tal death, goaded with prods to the slaughtering pens,
and there sledge-hammered in the head, its throat slit,
dipped in tanks of scalding scalding, and its hide
removed before it is dead—I say do you think the par-
taking of such fears and agonies have no effect upon
man mentally, morally and physically?
You ask me to explain what the matter is that human-
ity so suffers, and I say it is reaping what it sows and is
careless of the sowing. It is sowing discord and expects
a harvest of harmony. When it grows ‘a crop’ of dis-
cord, from the seed of discord which it has sown it
complains that it lives in an unjust world.
There are many things which control conditions or
influence them in life; many rules and many exceptions
to rules. When man awakens to a realization that Life is
a science and must be lived scientifically to attain har-
monious results, he will so live that he will escape from
much of the trouble which haphazard living and thinking
have caused. This does not mean that the man who lives
scientifically is less free, nor that he must carry about
with him a sanctimonious face. When man lives scientif-
ically and lovingly he will be free and his life will be har-
monious. The Without shall become as the Within. And
this means that his Spirit, soul and body will be harmo-
nious; that his home life will be harmonious; that his
business relations will be harmonious; and his social
relations shall be what he wishes them to be. The mil-
lennium will come when man ceases to slay—by thought,
word, and deed. The animals will follow the example set
by man and will cease to devour each other, and then the
lion and lamb will actually lie down together.
You ask, But how shall man learn to live scientifi-
cally? Listen! If you were to build a beautiful home for
yourself, you would plan it carefully and would see that
each stone, each brick, and all of the wood which was
to become a part of your home, were carefully selected
and that they were placed securely in position, accord-
ing to the plan. Yet, in building our lives, what do we
do toward selecting our thoughts, which correspond to
the stones, brick, wood, and other material for our
homes? We take our thoughts and carelessly scatter
them in a haphazard manner, as though they had no
value. We accept “any old thought” that happens to
come our way, allowing it to take possession of us and
to become a part of us instead of selecting our thoughts
carefully and rejecting any that are not first class or
which would mar the beauty and symmetry of the per-
fect life which we would build.
As We Sow