Man has endeavored laboriously to find out God, regardless or unconscious of the fact that within himself lies the key to the riddle of life. We in our day are beginning to realize that man is microcosmic, that in him is potentially, in some degree, all the powers that are manifest in the universe, and we are gradually awakening to the fact more and more that the "grandest study of mankind is man." At the present time a strong and healthy current of thought abounds, and there is aroused in the minds of men a desire to put into exercise those wondrous possibilities of their own minds. This is a sign of the times, which by those who are watching is welcomed with eagerness, as it shows that men are breaking away from the errors of the past, and are discovering their inalienable right to do their own thinking. Now it is that the cry has gone forth that "the light has come," that man is a spirit now, that he is the author of good or ill, and that according to the life of the spirit—which is inward—so is the outward life on the material plane.
That mental states greatly influence bodily conditions is recognized by many of the medical fraternity. As far back as 1840, Dr. Abercrombie voiced this truth. He stated that, "he (the physician) does not need to be reminded how much the mind acts upon the body—that mental emotions often prove causes of disease, or causes by which his remedies are modified or counteracted—and that on the other hand, a remedy may often be introduced by the mind, capable of calming tumults of the corporeal functions, which cannot be tranquilized by physical aids." Man as a mental being is therefore superior to his body, he is also superior to his environment, and by continuous application he can of himself alter it, and create around him conditions superior to those of the past. To know this puts in his hand the master-key to his salvation, and helps him to realize his own innate divinity. Then, realizing this great truth as a part of his being, the ideal life becomes the shrine at which he worships, until the worshiped and the worshiper become one.
Listen to the Law.
Practice righteousness, and lo,
Eternal Bliss is thine.
—The Gospel of Buddha (Paul Carus)