Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Trouble with My Self . . .

Yesterday's post was about submission being better than liberty for humans.

Today's excerpts from Reality are both about our "self"--which usually wants the very liberty that's such a problem for it...

" is impossible for a human being to turn aside from his own selfish advantages and sacrifice his own good for the good of the community except through true religious faith. For self-love is kneaded into the very clay of man, and it is not possible that, without any hope of a substantial reward, he should neglect his own present material good."

‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Secret of Divine Civilization, pp. 96-97

"Despair, both here and hereafter, is all you will gain from self-indulgence..."

‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 105

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