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“ All, all is thine, O prescient man!

No link in all life's chain
But lends thee to the utmost span,

Far reaching to remain.

“The Source, the wordless All-in-all,

Which fills man will conspire
To cast himself into the thrall,

With his celestial fire."

verse.

The series of papers which I have presented to you, lead up to this. You have become acquainted with the deathless ego. You know it to be a cell in the creative force of the uni

It is useful to that force, and harmonizes with all the thought cells that make up the sublime unity of the life principle. To assert the I is to declare truth. You cannot doubt that. But where are your doubts? Have you not risen above them ? Did not the light of truth long ago dissolve them? You know it did; and, standing forth in the light, recognizing the great Impersonal God of life and your relations to It, in joy and love you speak from the center declaring the truth in, “I am supreme.” Those three words, spoken with faith from the center of your being, which is the center of the universe to you, will call to you the power you need.

“ Descend not to despond,

But ever look beyond,
Where shines the light
Through day and night,
God and thyself-leave thoughts of pelf,
Speak truth, and teach the right.

“ Some truth there be

All do not see
To
you

become most clear ;
So let them hear
That they may grow, till they shall know-
God is in each and everywhere.

“ All purpose high

Shines from the I,
Each temporal good
Stands as it should,
Even as you stand, full is the hand
Of bounty from the boundless shore."

In concluding, let me give an interpretation of work out your own salvation," quite different from the orthodox one. The expression is not a command. Truth, expressed in language, often seems like commands.

To " work out your own salvation " is to attain your own ideal.” That is the goal your fondest desire has imaged, and that is your divine right. The acceptance of this truth will bring you to a true comprehension of the real meaning of the love of God.

“ What would'st thou? All is thing
The ways are opening for thee,
The light of truth doth shine,
Then halt not-question not,
Be still and assert the I.”

THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE-OF

GOOD AND EVIL.*

THE allegory of the Garden of Eden is now, at this period of history, first being given an intelligent interpretation.

We have clung tenaciously to the letter, and have thereby lost sight of the spirit, the lesson, the truth. Not recognizing the real entity in the human form, we expanded the family tie of blood through genealogical studies to cover the whole human race, until we found in Adam and Eve a common parentage. Cunning devices have been resorted to to account for racial differences. Noah, chosen of God as representing the most perfect type of human perfection, must curse his own son to account for the negro; and the record is absolutely silent as to the North and South American Indians, and as to, at least, one of the Asiatic races.

As the study of soul and its far-reaching powers progresses, in the spirit illumination now appearing, ushering in the dawn of a new century, the stumbling blocks of the early historian disappear. Adam's advent could not represent the beginning of soul life. Where there is a beginning there must be an end. The soul, the unseen, through vibrations, binding and blending it with creative energy, gave expression to material form. This material form (the effect) then, became the casing that soul had created for itself. It gave it a new phase of existence. Within materiality there was for it growth, as well as fetters to be broken. The Adam ages typifies the entrance of soul into material form ; it represents the childhood of humanity. The Garden of Eden stands for the nursery and schoolroom of to-day, where physical force is gained and mental culture started to fit the youth to dare to partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge--of good and evil. Had the soul sent forth no breathings to consciousness of undeveloped powers within, humanity might have halted when it had solved the simple problem of sustaining physical life. Had the soul, the real entity, remained silent, separate and distinct from the objective personality, there would have been no advance, no progress, no art, no culture, no national emblems, no evil, no war, no honor, no patriotism, no heroism, no glory.

* Read before the School of Philosophy, New York City, June 3, 1899.

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