is the eighth lesson.
"Many men try to perceive the purpose
of God in truth and beauty and
justice, and fail to recognize that the Eternal Purpose is unlimited by the detached conceptions
of men. Truth is one of the fundamental purposes. Beauty is a subdivision of Building. Justice is fundamental. All are part of the
Eternal Purpose. But the Great Purpose is unity.
"The fundamental purposes are common
to all men, of whatever race,
color, belief, or prejudice. They are the foundation from which the
forces of Eternal Purpose start, and by their divisions only are men
ultimately grouped. As a commander divides his army into infantry,
artillery, cavalry, air forces, quartermaster, engineer, and medical
corps, so are the eternal forces divided into the seven purposes for the
"The purposes of disintegration are
more than seven. They divide
into myriad motives
THE SEVEN PURPOSES
as they fight the aspirations of
immortal man. Free men choose freely how they will array themselves, but
slaves are driven by their masters, visible or invisible, to fight for
purposes not their own. Only when they have learned to discipline and
develop their minds, as they now discipline and develop their bodies, may
they choose freely the force
with, which they will be arrayed.
"Rich man against poor man. Capital
against labor. State against
offender. Poor man against wealth. Labor against development. Criminal against law. All are false
"Seek ye the man of your own purpose,
and cleave to him. If ye would
build, seek a builder. If ye would heal, seek a healer. If justice absorb
ye, seek a man furthering justice. But be not misled by the slave-driver,
without or within. Beware of the bell-wether, and of personal or material
motives. Govern yourselves first, and then choose ye whether to fight for
progress or for disintegration, for unity or for destruction. Then choose
ye the purpose ye will serve forcefully through eternity.
"This is the eighth lesson."