All invasive moral states and passionate enthusiasms make one feelingless to evil in some direction. The common penalties cease to deter the heroic patriot, the usual prudences are flung by the lover to the winds. When the passion is extreme, suffering may actually be gloried in, provided it be for the ideal cause, death may lose its sting, the grave its victory. In those states the ordinary contrast of good and evil seems to be swallowed up in a higher denomination, an omnipotent excitement which engulfs the evil, and which the human being welcomes as the crowning experience of his life.
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“Would you escape from every ill? Never lose this Recollection of God, neither in prosperity, nor in adversity, nor on any occasion whichsoever it be. Invoke not, to excuse yourself from this duty, either the difficulty or the importance of your business, for you can always remember that God sees you, that you are under His eyes, with Him. If a thousand times an hour you forget Him, reanimate a thousand times the Recollection. If you cannot practise this exercise continuously, at least make yourself as familiar with it as possible; and like unto those who in a rigorous winter draw near the fire as often as they can, go as often as you can to that ardent fire which will warm your soul.”
While reading or engaged otherwise, the usually wandering mind, kept with God, Peace, Bliss = Recollection leading to Conversion.
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Sectarian Scientists, if they had their way, would practise far worse intolerance on men of Religion today than ever the Church people did on Scientists. Science Sectarianism is growing bigoted enough to give no quarters to religion, if it can help. But wait, dear Utilitarians, Religion is nothing, if it is not useful.
Science = mounting the house top to reach the stars. Religion makes use of Nature just as much as, and even more than Science employs her. Rainbow, Moon, landscapes, billowy ocean, glorious Himalayas, stars, cascades, laughing streams throw the man of Religion into the very heart of Nature, transcendental Ecstasy; whereas the Scientist remains struggling at the surface, counting the leaves and registering the passing hues and forms.
With all her classifications and nomenclatures, hearsays and wrappings, classical namings and cobwebs of Analyses, and Pharisaic airs, Science falls only like the faintest gauze before the reality – hardly concealing a single blade of grass or damaging the light of the tiniest star. God could not be hid under the heaps of Scientific terms. They call It the Unknowable, the very Soul of all knowledge!
Science begins with foot, the unit of measurement Religion right with the heart.
It is no good trying to set straight the roof and chimneys when the whole foundation is absent.
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Professor James sums up his Gifford Lectures thus:-
1. That the visible world is part of a more spiritual universe from which it draws its chief significance;
2. That union (or harmonious relation) with that higher universe is our true end.
Object: – Science deals with it
1. Philosophy tries to treat of it, but in so doing must evidently make an object of it.
2. Religion feels it.
Science and Philosophy offer only a printed bill of fare as the equivalent for a solid meal.
As in stereoscopic or kinetoscopic pictures, seen out-side the instrument (Self, religion), the third dimension, the movement, the vital element are not there. We get a beautiful picture of an express train, supposed to be moving, but where in the picture is the energy or the fifty miles an hour?
Philosophy deals with thought.
Religion with feeling (tonic) Subject
Morality with conduct J
Science with objective facts
Worship = wonderment.
Wonderment at one object = Element (differential)
Continuous wonderment at all the objects coming up consecutively in view makes the childlike pure saint.
In other words integration of wonderment or root,
f wonder d. object = Mahatma.
“I “at “x =appearance log (a/x)
wonder = a/x
God is not known, He is not understood, (but by religion). He is used sometimes as meat-purveyor, sometimes as moral support, sometimes as friend, some-times as an object of love.
Botanist knows the mango, gardener looks after it, the boy eats it.