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Of Seeking and Finding

Where is knowledge?
Where is Truth?
Where is peace?
I am sorrowful, and find no comfort in men;
I have gone astray, and find no surety in the teachings of men;
Yea, even in myself I find no Truth, and no remedy for my doubt and sorrow
I have striven in the pride of my heart:
I have contended with men for my opinions;
I have mistaken evil for good, and have called ignorance knowledge;
And now I am alone, and there is none to hear me,
And if I cry, there is none to hear my voice.

Nay, I am with thee, and I hear thy voice.

Who art thou that dost assure, me?

I am the Spirit of Truth.

O Master! O Spirit of Truth!
Why didst thou not come to me before?
Why didst thou leave me so long desolate?

Thou wert not desolate till now;
Pride was thy companion, and pride satisfied thee.
Where pride is, there I cannot come,
And he who listens to its flatteries, cannot hear my Voice.
Self-glory blinded thee, so that my Form thou couldst not see:
Self-exultation deafened thee, and when I called, thou didst not hear;
Self-seeking led thee astray, and my Way was hidden from thee.
But now, having put away pride, thou hast both seen and heard.
Ask, and I will answer;
Seek, and thou shalt find.

Comfort me, O Master! for I am weary; Strengthen me, for I am weak;
Teach me, for I am lacking in knowledge.

He who deserts self, and takes refuge in me, is never deserted;
My Word is his comfort,
My Law his strength,
And my commands his Instruction and Knowledge.

Speak thy Word, and I will listen;
Reveal thy Law, and I will walk therein;
Command me, and I, thy servant, will obey;
For thou art the Master whom I so long sought,
And having found thee, let me not depart from thee.

He who follows self, abandons me;
But he who abandons self, lo! he is with me always.

Hitherto I have clung to self;
I have followed after vain and empty desires;
And caught in the toils of self-delusion, I have not known thy presence;
But now, O Master! I have found thee;
And having found thee, let me remain with thee;
Let me be thy child, obeying thy voice;
Let me be thy pupil, receiving thy instruction;
Let me become thy disciple, and follow wheresoever thou dost lead.

Thy humility, O disciple! hath made the mine.
Thou hast entered the Gateway leading to my Kingdom,
Even to the Kingdom of a righteous life.
Henceforth thou wilt follow Truth and not self;
Striving, thou hast entered;
Searching, thou hast revealed;
Seeking, thou hast found.
Ask whatsoever thou wilt and I will not withhold instruction.

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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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