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From Passion to Peace

From Passion to Peace

This book covers base human emotions and guides a transition into divine human qualities. It was published in 1910.

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Foreword

The first three Parts of this book, Passion, Aspiration, and Temptation, represent the common human life, with its passion, pathos, and tragedy. The last three parts, Transcendence, Beatitude, and Peace, represents the Divine Life-calm, wise and beautiful-of the sage and Savior. The middle part, Transmutation, is the transitional stage between the two; it is the…
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Passion

Amid the din and strife of men,The Call Divine I hear again;Its telling is of things apart;Above the tumult of the heart.High o'er where sin's dark pathways windWaits the wise willing of the mind;Beyond strong Passion's guarded Gates,There Peace awaits—there Peace awaits. The pathway of the saints and sages, the road of the wise and…
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Aspiration

With the clear perception of one's own ignorance comes the desire for enlightenment, and thus in the heart is born Aspiration, the rapture of the saints. On the wings of aspiration man rises from earth to heaven, from ignorance to knowledge, from the under darkness to the upper light. Without it he remains a groveling…
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Temptation

Aspiration can carry a man into heaven, but to remain there, he must learn to conform his entire mind to the heavenly conditions. To this end temptation works. Temptation is the reversion, in thought, from purity to passion. It is going back from aspiration to desire. It threatens aspiration until the point is reached where…
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Transmutation

Midway between the hell of Passion and the heaven of Peace is the purgatory of Transmutation—not a speculative purgatory beyond the grave, but a real purgatory in the human heart. In its separating and purifying fire the base metal of error is sifted away, and only the clarified gold of truth remains. When temptation has…
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Transcendence

When a man passes from the dark stage of temptation to the more enlightened stage of transmutation, he has become a saint. A saint is one who perceives the need for self-purification, who understands the way of self-purification, and who has entered that way and is engaged in perfecting himself. But there comes a time…
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Beatitude

When divine good is practiced, life is bliss. Bliss is the normal condition of the good man. Those outer assaults, harassments, and persecutions which bring such sufferings to others, only serve to heighten his happiness, for they cause the deep fountain of good within him to well up his greater abundance. To have transcendent virtue…
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Peace

Where passion is, peace is not; where peace is, passion is not. To know this is to master the first letter in the divine language of perfect deeds. To know that passion and peace cannot dwell together is to be well prepared to renounce the lesser and embrace the greater. Men pray for peace, yet…
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