the whole of man's being, but is so comprehensive that it reaches out to
every condition and circumstance of life. A man is literally what he
thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so
every act of man springs from the hidden seeds of thought and could not
have appeared without them. This applies equally to those acts called
"spontaneous" and "unpremeditated" as to those which are deliberately
Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits;
thus does a man harvest the sweet and bitter fruitage od his own
Thought in the mind
Hath made us what we are
By thought was wrought and built.
If a man's mind
Hath evil thoughts,
Pain comes on him
As comes the wheel the ox behind...
If one endure in purity of thought,
Joy follows him
As his own shadow-sure.
Man is a growth by law, and not a creation by artifice, and cause
and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought
as in the world of visible and material things.
A noble character and God-like character is not a thing of favor or
chance, but is the natural result of a continued effort in right
thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like
thought. An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the
result of the continued harboring of
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