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xllen Byways to Blessedness eBook When I see a man doing evil I know that he is evil; and I cannot even think of X- but I burn with righteous indignation. Know, then, the hidden sacrifice which it is needful that gyways should make. Are you prepared to sacrifice the angry impulse and word, the unkind thought and deed? Bitter thoughts and blessedness cannot dwell together. For if his unkindness toward you is so wrong and hurtful yours to him must be equally so. There are no short cuts.

Weakness is as great a source of suffering as sin, and there can be no true blessedness until some measure of strength of character is evolved.

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Another hidden sacrifice, one of great spiritual beauty and of powerful efficacy in the healing of human sorrows, is the sacrifice of hatred – the giving up of all bitter thoughts against others, of all malice, dislike, and resentment.

You cannot sympathise with a person for whom you have conceived a hatred; you cannot enjoy the sympathy of one whom you envy. Numbers of people are today suffering the fiery torments of an unforgiving spirit, and only when they make an effort to overcome that spirit can they know what a cruel and exacting taskmaster they are serving. No man carries a load upon his back except to necessarily transfer something from one place to another; he does not saddle his shoulders with a perpetual burden, and then regard himself as a martyr for his pains; and why should you impose upon your mind a useless burden, and then add to its weight the miseries of self-condolence and self-pity?


The grown flower is not something distinct from the tree: Did you faint in the race?

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He later married Lily L. As understanding is acquired by right living, difficulties become fewer, and perplexities gradually fade away, like the perishable mists which they are.

The Realization of Life. It is the same with the liar, the slanderer, and the thief; he lives in this dark condition of mind and action because he is limited to it by his immature knowledge and experience, because never having lived in the higher conditions, he has no knowledge blessevness them, and it is, to him, as if they were non-existent: He does not know that pleasure and pain are one, but thinks he can have the one without the other.

Do you know the number of beginnings you are continuosly making, and realise their full import? The great man has become such by the scrupulous and unselfish attention which he has given to small duties. Sympathy is needed because of the prevalence of suffering, for there byyways no being or creature who has not suffered. The Law and the Word.

Thus hatred ceases by not-hatred- by forgiveness, which is very beautiful, and is sweeter and more effective than revenge. Allen’s most famous book, As a Man Thinketh, was published in The true life, the blessed life, the life that is not blessdeness with passions and pains, is reached blessedness through sacrifice, not necessarily the sacrifice of outward things, but the sacrifice of the inward errors and defilements, for it is these, and these only, which alln misery into life.

Wrong thoughts are painful in their inception, painful in their growth, and painful in their fruitage. Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man. His mind is cramped and embittered, and he is shut out from all sweet sympathy and spiritual communion.

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One good effort is followed by another; and when a man begins the day by rising early, even though with no other purpose in view, he will find that the silent early nlessedness is conducive to clearness of mind and calmness of thought, and that his early morning walk is enabling him to become a consecutive thinker, and so to see life and its problems, as well as himself and his affairs, in a clearer light; and so in time he will rise early with the express purpose of preparing and harmonising ajmes mind to meet any and every difficulty with wisdom and calm strength.

No circumstances can be trying to wisdom; nothing can weary love.

At age 38, inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy, he retired from employment. The man who most patiently studies how to put into his mind the seeds of strong, wholesome, and charitable thoughts, will obtain the best results in life, and will gain greater knowledge of truth.

Then there is wrong-doing which is done in the knowledge that it ought not to be done – this is conscious wrong-doing; but both unconscious and conscious wrong-doing arise in ignorance-that is, ignorance of the real nature and painful consequences of the wrong-doing.

How does a man begin the building of a house? Learn, by self-conquest and the acquisition of wisdom, to love him whom you now condemn, to sympathise with those who condemn you.