To do good and to remain unknown,
Let this be called Humility;
To bless one’s persecutors,
Let this be called Love;
To rejoice at the good fortune of one’s enemies,
Let this be called Perfection:
Thus is the All-One manifested,
Thus is the Truth made known.
The knowers of the All-One are perfect;
They are without sin,
Dwelling in Truth and robed with holiness.
Behold! the All-One is revealed,
He is made known to His worshippers;
The garment of evil has fallen away from them,
And they have put on the perfect garment of Good;
The old bottles of error are broken,
And the new bottles of Truth are filled with the Wine of Life.
The believers in the-All-One drink and are satisfied.
And the doers of His word enter into the joy of immortality.
And who are they that believe in the All-One?
Who are the doers of His Word?
The believer and doer is known by these sure signs,—
He is freed from ignorance and is not enslaved by likes and dislikes;
He is freed from hatred, and does not condemn;
He is freed from partiality, and does not engage in strife;
He is freed from self-seeking, and does not defend himself.
He never lets go of patience;
He does not doff the robe of Purity;
He goes not out from the dwelling-place of Love.
The knower of the All-One is perfect in knowledge.
He is blameless in thought, word, and deed.
The All-One is sought by practice,
He is perceived by knowledge,
And he is realized by the perfection of practice and the consummation of knowledge.
To rise above good and evil,
Hatred and love,
Prejudice and error,
Desire and pain,
Self-love and sorrow,
Passion and remorse,
Life and death,
Is to enter the unending peace of the All-One,
Is to realize the immortality of the All-One,
Is to become the All-One.
The All-One is that Perfect Good which is beyond both good and evil;
He is that Perfect Love which neutralizes love and hate;
He is that Perfect Life which is not broken by life and death.
He that would know Him, let him become His disciple.
Let him remove the ever-changing opposites within until he comes to that which changes not;
So shall he find the Eternal Rock,
Even the blessed All-One, the Master of peace.
He that searches without, he shall not find;
He that is proud of his knowledge, he shall not find;
He that fortifies himself against others, he shall not find;
Realize, O disciple! thine inward error,
Thine inward ignorance,
Thine inward delusion rooted in self;
And, having realized, leave error and cling to Truth;
Fly from ignorance to the knowledge that is pure.
And fortify thyself against the enemies within thyself.
By this way is the All-One approached,
By none other is He accessible;
He that is willing to be naked to self, let him come and be clothed with Truth;
He that is willing to die to error, let him come and be reborn as a child of Truth;
He that is willing to become empty, let him come and be filled with the knowledge of the All-One.
The Good that is supreme,
The Humility that is sublime,
The love that transcends all sorrow,—
To this attainment shall he surely come
Who seeks the All-One by the Path of Peace.
Listen to this chapter using the player below. You may also listen to the entire book on the audio book page.
|17 - The Third prophecy, Called the All-One
James Allen - Provided by librivox.org
More in this category:« The Second Prophecy, Called the Messiah | The Fourth Prophecy, Called Unrest »
More from James Allen
James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.