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Instruction, Concerning the Law

To the humble and the faithful;
To them that are seeking humility and faith,—
There is one Supreme Law,
Even the Law of Good.
Think not that which is evil;
Say not that which is evil;
Do not that which is evil,
Think that which is good;
Say that which is good;
Do that which is good,
So shalt thou come to know the Law;
By no other way can it be comprehended.
The knowledge of the Law maketh the heart glad,
It filleth the mind with joy,
It destroyeth all sorrow.
Suffering ceases for him who knows the Law,
Sin and grief and affliction leave him,
And wheresoever he goes, peace follows him.
Happy is he who has perceived the Law;
Blessed is he who practices it;
Divine is he who has become one with it.
Come, thou that searchest, weary and almost hopeless,
Prostrate thyself in the dust of obedience;
Deny thyself to the uttermost;
Leave all that thou art proud of;
Yea, sacrifice all;
So shalt thou put on the yoke of Lowliness,
And shalt thou enter into a knowledge of the Law;
Then shalt thou come to know the three Names of the Law of Good,—
The first is Justice;
The second, Righteousness;
The third, Love.
Men, loving self, deny these lofty names,
And have no knowledge of the Law of Good;
Wandering in the dark, they fall into treacherous places,
And fear and doubt and sorrow and suffering dwell with them.
Practice the inward Righteousness,
And thou shalt see the ineffable glory of the three Names;
Thou shalt comprehend the Law of Good,
And bliss and peace shall fill thee.
To know the Law;
To obey the Law;
To practice the Law,—
This only is salvation,
This only is emancipation from error and unrest.
Supremely glorious is the Law of Good,
Supremely peace-giving is the knowledge of the Law,
Supremely blessed is he whose pilgrim feet walk in obedience to the Law.
He who says,—
I will no more cling to self;
I will no more engage in strife;
I will no more retaliate;
I will no more judge and condemn.
Hitherto I have clung to self;
I have sought to gratify self;
I have defended and protected myself;
But now I will abandon self;
I will sacrifice and not defend myself;
Yea, utmost crucifixion shall be mine.
I will love all men, and only myself will I condemn;
The Garment of Humility shall cover me;
Righteousness and Love shall be my protection;
Even in the Highest will I take my refuge.
Goodwill shall be my guide;
Compassion shall not depart from me.
And the divine gentleness of Truth shall guide my thoughts and actions.
Thus will I cease from sin;
Thus will I practice the Highest Good.
He who thus resolves shall know the Law,
The Law of Good shall he comprehend;
The fullness of its majesty shall be revealed to him,
And from all evil shall he be protected.
Therefore, let a man believe in Good;
Let him cling to Good;
Let him practice Good;
He will thus come to comprehend himself;
Comprehending himself he will comprehend the universe;
He will thus arrive at peace.
When a man’s body is defiled, does he not wash it and make it clean?
When a man’s heart is defiled, let him likewise wash it, and be clean.
Five are the waters which wash away sin:—
Purity, which washes away all indulgences and lusts;
Pity, which washes away all self-seeking and indifference;
Humility, which washes away all prejudice and pride;
Joy, which washes away all covetousness and envy;
Love, which washes away all hatred and condemnation.
Whosoever will, let him come and be clean,
The waters are ready and waiting.
Blessed he is who is free from sin.
He knows the supreme Law of Good, and dwells in peace.
Thus is the Law of Good expounded;
Thus is it spread abroad in the hearts of men.


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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.

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