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"Humility is like a tree, whose root, when it sets deepest in the earth, rises higher, spreads fairer, stands surer and lasts longer." Thus says Jeremy Taylor, and the most obvious teaching we derive from his words is, that the character which has for its foundation the roots of humility, is nobler in its aspirations, capable of greater breadth of understanding, more steadfast in its Spiritual purpose, and more enduring in its efforts, than one built upon the insecure basis of mere personal betterment. A True Humility is the evidence of Inner Security and Knowledge. Nature's greatest and subtlest beauty is that which consists in humble things; and the most brilliant flashes of inspiration and genius are those which have emanated from sources possessing the keynote of gentleness and meekness. "He who humbleth himself shall be exalted," and he who installs Humility securely in his heart, opens one of the portals through which leads the road to Ultimate Happiness. The sincere follower of Christ's example ever clothes his actions in gentleness, his words in meekness and his thoughts in a sense of his own unworthiness. A man cannot live The Life without this inner acknowledgment of personal unworthiness.

Arrogance and immodesty are powerful obstacles to the acquisition of real Knowledge; argument and disputation never carried man one whit nearer the Truth, never revealed one solitary glimmer of Divine Knowledge. Pursuit after Truth along the road of personal opinion must be essentially fruitless; humility of thought, a tolerant reception of all opinions, a quiet security in if the Knowledge of the One Certainty underlying all things, are the only means of acquiring direct Knowledge.

As men practice self-effacement in thought, other changes are noted; habits which hitherto have been dominant are driven out. The thoughts, having less regard for self-opinion, gradually influence the actions to that extent, that the barriers of selfishness and self-gratification disappear, and the man's life is rendered one of greater gentleness and helpfulness for others. His hand is constantly extended helpfully to the world, his heart goes out to the rest of mankind with loving thoughts of Brotherhood, and as day follows day, and time passes on, he adds more and more to his account of good deeds, kind thoughts and encouraging words, and stands radiantly forth in all his Humility, exalted indeed in his knowledge of the Goodness within.

More is accomplished in this life by reticence in words, humility of action, and thoughts whose tendency carries them away from the personal self towards the One Self. No pedantic display of intellectual knowledge will ever accomplish any success in matters Spiritual, for after all, what does True Intellect consist in? No knowledge is real which does not cognize Reality; Truth is not bound up in scientific speculations, nor is man capable of knowing Truth except from the Divinity within him. Truth is within, all without is impermanent, and therefore illusory.

Let us therefore seek within ourselves for the evidence of things Eternal. The slightest gleam of Truth from the Inner Self is worth more than all earthly knowledge; the smallest prompting from within is of infinitely more consequence than all the worldly instruction a man is capable of receiving. It is said that "Conscience makes cowards of us all," but Conscience will make that man a hero who will give due regard to its promptings.

"Know thyself" is good, but "Know The Self" is better; a knowledge of self is only a cognizance of imperfections, but the Knowledge of The Self is, of necessity, an eradication of imperfection in any form, a quiet contemplation of Goodness and Truth.

Let us therefore, in every way, practice "Humility, sweetening our words, deeds and actions with its gentle influence; let our life be one of self-sacrifice and self-effacement wherever possible, giving tolerance whenever we can, even in the face of intolerance. Let our innermost thoughts be those that realize our own unworthiness, for only through this trend will the full consciousness of Divine Perception ever be gained. And, as by daily observance of meekness and gentleness, we progress in Spirituality, we will, in time, be enabled to follow intuitively, as it were, the glorious, shining example of Christ.

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