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The Limitations of Man

A man's limitations are the result of his imperfections. Proceeding from the weak indulgence of lower tendencies, they manifest as the inadequacy of undeveloped functions to attain a desired end, the painful thwarting of misdirected energies, or the utter helplessness of wasted powers. It is not that the dispensations of Providence are arbitrarily partial, granting to one talents and advantages that are denied another, but rather is it the usefulness or uselessness of the individual life which determines the conditions attracted.

In order to develop the powers latent within him a man must work—and true work shall in no wise lose its reward—but he may never really possess that which he has not earned, however greedily he strives after it. Also it is well to note that the possession of all things in relation to a given individual is subject to his mental attitude, and in proportion to its lack of harmony with perfection, the mind will distort, in perception, by unconscious alteration and bias.

Let no man be so foolish as to deem it an injustice that he should be himself. Misery is of his own creating, the effect of his disobedience; happiness pure and serene awaits its realization in deeds of self-denying Love. Through all his limitations the law is his schoolmaster to bring him to the Deathless Christ, that by experience he may know how limitless is man.

The time is near at hand when man, arising from the dust of sorrow, and shaking off the bonds of slavery to selfish cravings, shall realize his true relation to the Changeless and Illimitable, and in his power shall know the perfect bliss.

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