Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wisdom Teachings From The Gospel of Kailedy

Wisdom Teachings From The Gospel of Kailedy – The Book of the Illuminator of the Nazarine

Man can break free from the fetters of time, to spread wings of the spirit and fly to eternity, borne upward by an inspirational strengthening out-flowing from God.

May the doorways of your heart be ever open to admit the light of truth and knowledge, that the inner chambers of your being be so enlightened you may there perceive your own soul in the fulness of its glory and power.

What is man? He appears suddenly out of the darkness, entering the light of a well-lit performing arena where, for a brief moment, the role is played. He flashes in an illuminated moment of eternity before vanishing back into the unknown. Briefly, he dances like a shadow cast by flickering candlelight, to merge back with the surrounding darkness where the candle burns no more.

Yet I grieve no more than duly, for his spirit has cast off the restrictions of the body and, taking upon itself a form of glory, flies on ghostly wings to the Circle of Radiance. He has left this dull world of heaviness and is now attired in garments of glory. He has departed to a haven free from the sordidness of earthly struggle. He has flown beyond our sight and hearing, yet he is not far distant, dwelling in the free world of compatible spirits.

Fear no man, especially the rich and powerful, for they live in servitude to their possessions and position. Do not covet riches, for though few men possess them, all who do are not free and are themselves possessed by their wealth.

Charity is giving a hand to a blind man, or soothing the wounds of those smitten by the spirit-strengthening sword of life. It is good to help those in distress or those who cannot help themselves, but sometimes giving does more harm than good. Many give because is eases their conscience or raises their self-esteem. Such giving is not goodness. But when giving entails self-sacrifice, then it is better to give than receive, for the benefit lies in the sacrifice made and not in the thing bestowed.

All things a man possesses, his talents and his skills, are gifts bestowed by the grace of God. The inheritance received by anyone should be regarded as something received in trust, and it is true that if they deal with it wrongfully or selfishly, payment will be required. One of the greatest of life's tests is the challenge of wealth or position, and few are those who successfully meet it. Therefore, do not envy those with wealth and position unless they deal with them wisely; otherwise, pity them, for they have failed to rise above their test.

The rich are responsible for providing the needs of the poor, whether by work or food. This above all is the prime responsibility of wealth. And if a rich man say this he cannot do, then his riches witness against him. For if a poor man have a loaf of bread, he will share it with he who has none; and a beggar at the door of a poor man receives better treatment than he does at the doors of the rich, yet the rich have the most to give. And this is the true sin of the wealthy.

Riches of themselves, are not sinful; it is what they make of men that brings them into ill repute. If they were properly regarded as something permitting the possessor to study the Books of Wisdom and to redress the wrongs of the poor, then they would serve a good end. Let the rich ask themselves with sincerity, 'Am I not wealthy because of my lack of charity and the exploitation of others? Is it not because I love myself more than my neighbor?

A man without the Light places his faith in gold, burying it in the ground so it will support him in adversity. Yet what benefit does it bestow if he never needs it? He worries continually and must be constantly on guard, lest he be robbed. And when he dies his inheritors spend it. Yet by charitable deeds and self-restraint, a greater treasure which cannot be taken by robbers or dissipated by others can be laid up openly and without fear.

Life must be lived to its fulness, and cannot be unless it is utilized to make a beneficial contribution to the lives of others.

In the days of freedom, love dwelt graciously in a house of beauty, erected by the highest aspirations of men. They paid manly homage outside her door, those granted entry displaying justifiable pride in their achievement. Love, for which noble-hearted men and pure women would once have gladly die, now is so frail it withers at the first breath of adversity, or departs at the luring call of lust. Love and beauty are the reflections of God in the mirror of man; but the image once reflected in radiant loveliness is now distorted to ugliness.

To love one another without malice or envy, with goodwill and forbearance... The first step is to love yourself less, and by doing this you will find more love to give. If any say, 'I like being loved', that person is wrong, for rather you should say, 'I like loving'. Do not seek to take love, but to give it; for have I not said it is better to give than to receive?

Strive always to rise above your circumstances, for in striving you gain strength. The man whose path through life has been easy is never as good as one whose path has been difficult. Life has two purposes only: to test and teach; and for that, Earth is perfect.

Love your enemies, but not their faults. Love those who hate you, but concede nothing to their wickedness. Give without expectation of return; then only can you lay claim to goodness and be called a servant of God.

Is not the world a place of temptation so each may discover his own strength or weakness? Untested you can know neither and must always remain in a state of doubt. If uncertainty and doubt were removed from life, then it would be of less value for its purpose. Things are as they are because so they must be.

Words alone or deeds done which benefit no other or purposeless restrictions do not indicate true love of God. Show your love of God by working in his cause and making the world a better place. Do something requiring action where you may risk unpopularity or scorn.

Act toward others as you would have them act towards you, and love your neighbor as yourself. Never utter curses against God or the powers about him, nor speak immodestly to exalt yourself. Do not act fraudulently, and never exaggerate. Always maintain an even temper, and do not act hastily. Never use violence unnecessarily, nor do anything causing unnecessary sorrow. Avoid anything to do with lewdness and obscenity. Commit no slander, and speak no gossip. Never make mischief so strife is brought into the lives of others. Tell no lies. Be humble without being servile, and be clean in all ways. Whatever you do to earn your bread, do to the best of your ability. Fulfill all your daily obligations, and, in the time left to you, serve a cause which is good.

And so it is.

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