V. P. W.—We neither require nor claim any "right" to the use of the word "Christ as a name of authority" in this journal. All men are free to so employ that name. Sometimes by the word Christ is meant the universal Christ spirit, and sometimes Jesus the Christ, so called because he personally manifested the spirit of Divine Love.
We have read your long and interesting letter, but there is no need to enter into arguments as to whether Jesus lived or not, or to discuss concerning the nature of God. All such arguments are vain and strife-producing. Men should practice virtue, and seek for wisdom.
L. A. C.—Your question is as follows:—"It seems to me that most enquirers are mistaking personality for Truth, or I am myself mistaken. Is it that there are two roads, the one leading to happiness and prosperity, the other to inward joy and Peace, in which the desire for prosperity is surrendered? Happiness seems to me transitory in comparison with Peace."
Answer:—Yes, there are two Ways, one of prosperity and happiness, the other of Enlightenment and Peace. The former way consists in comprehending, acquiring, and practicing the ten lesser Virtues, namely—Obedience, Temperance, Reverence, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Kindliness, Forbearance, Cheerfulness, Contentment, and Chastity. Happiness and prosperity ever follow in the wake of these virtues. The latter Path consists in comprehending, acquiring, and practicing the ten greater Virtues, namely—Steadfastness, Fearlessness, Patience, Purity, Humility, Joy, Compassion, Wisdom, Love, and Tranquillity. Wheresoever these Virtues are, there is Enlightenment and Peace. The lesser Virtues do not include the greater, but the greater include the lesser. Happiness and prosperity do not include Enlightenment and Peace, but Enlightenment and Peace include happiness and real prosperity. That which is commonly called happiness is of a fleeting nature, and material possessions cannot, of themselves, bestow happiness where Virtue is lacking. He who loves Truth, will rid his heart of selfish desire, and of the delusions and sufferings which spring from desire, and will find, in the practice of the loftier Virtues, the Truth which is pure and impersonal, and which brings abiding Peace.
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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.