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Obedience to Conscience

The results and rewards of strict obedience to the dictates of reason and conscience are not fully understood or appreciated. Strict obedience to conscience is always essential to the attainment of true spiritual knowledge and power. Most people know in a general way that a clear conscience is conducive to both peace of mind and sound sleep; but comparatively few realize that by resisting evil inclinations and impulses and by doing right in accordance with the impulses of this inner voice, or sixth sense, as some call it, we become better and braver morally, mentally and physically. Experience testifies that by this heeding of conscience we bring to our aid in all the relations of life the cooperation and power of those mysterious forces of the interior or spiritual world, which, though invisible, are yet invincible. But we cannot expect these forces to be always exercised for our especial benefit, or for all things to work together particularly for our personal good unless we are true to our convictions of right, and steadfast in our refusal to do even the little acts which we know to be wrong. Neither must we judge of moral actions by the consciences of others.

We are guilty only in so far as we go contrary to our own knowledge and convictions in the matter. A difficulty with which some meet is that they judge of their own thoughts, words and deeds by the conscience of others; or by some human tradition instead of by "the Law written in their own hearts."

Keeping a clear conscience; striving to live up to our highest ideal of right; putting from us debasing words, thoughts and practices; being guided by conscience, is the foundation of Truth.

There is a power and influence in Right that is irresistible. Whence came the power and influence of such great religious teachers as Confucius, Buddha and Jesus of Nazareth? Physically they were not stronger than other men. Their environments were less favorable than those of most men. They, probably, were mentally superior to the majority; but it was the sincerity of their desires, the purity of their lives and their constant readiness to hear and to obey the voice of Conscience—which lead them up to the places which they occupied and gave them the power, influence and courage they exhibited and left on record for our encouragement and emulation. The influence of conscience is sublime. —The Wise Man.

Lust and anger, avarice and delusion have as robbers come into the body to steal the jewel of knowledge, so awake and be watchful.

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