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The Third Exhortation, Concerning Love

The Love that is perfect,
To this I exhort men;
Even to the Love of the Highest.
How beautiful to behold is Love!
How glorious to contemplate!
And in practice how sweet and full of gladness!
To find Love is to find Perfection;
To know Love is to know the Eternal;
To practice Love is to manifest Truth.
But how is Love found?
How is it revealed in the heart?
How is it practiced and made manifest?
Not to be a partisan,
Not to practice hatred,
Not to engage in strife,
Not to practice deception,
Not to covet,
Not to retaliate,
Not to condemn,—
Not to do all these is to find Love.
To put away prejudice,
To rid the mind of pride and vanity,
To disperse doubt and fear,
To wash from the heart the stains of desire.
To purify the mind of every defilement,—
To do all these is to know Love.
To be always patient,
To be supremely calm,
To be ceaselessly holy,
To be forgiving to the uttermost,
And to be equal-minded towards enemies as towards friends,—
To be all these is to manifest Love.
Where Love is, Light is,
Where Love is not, there is impenetrable darkness.
Where Love is, Life is;
Where Love is not, there is the deeper death.
Where Love is, Truth is;
Where Love is not, there is error and confusion
Love changes not, for Love is Truth;
Love sins not, for Love is perfect;
Love grieves not, for Love is the Eternal;
Love is not subject to birth and death, for Love is Immortality.
How illusory is the world!
How fleeting and empty are the pleasures of the world!
How real is Love!
How steadfast and full of peace is the life of Truth!
How vain are the pursuits of men!
How heavy is the weariness of self!
But the practice of righteousness is fruitful.
And sweet is the peace of Truth.
He who hath Love hath all things,
The Master dwelleth in Love,
In Love the Great Reality abides,
And the wonderful Peace is only found by Love.
The Purity of the Highest is there,
The majesty of humility also,
And he who adjusts his heart to Love is perfect
Seek self, and Love shall be withheld from you;
Seek Love, and lo! it is already with you.
Who seeketh enlightenment?
Who seeketh Truth?
Who seeketh Love?
Let him that seeketh, come, and say,—
"Open! ye doors of Purity!
Be closed no more, ye narrow portals of Humility!
Swing open wide, ye everlasting gates of Love!
And his voice shall be heard in the innermost places:
He shall not cry in vain, nor shall he lose his way.
But shall pass through to his everlasting rest.

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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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