C. J.—If you are eager to understand the Book of Discipline, then you must practice the principles laid down, beginning at the first and easiest steps, namely, the Preliminary Discipline. As you succeed in practicing the higher spiritual principles, avoiding self-indulgence on the one hand, and unprofitable speculations on the other, the meaning of the book will be unfolded to you. It is based on practice, experience and knowledge, and marks out the path of virtue. Those who do not walk the path, will never get beyond belief, criticism or speculation concerning the book, but those who enter and walk the path, controlling and purifying themselves, will enter into knowledge.
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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.