is the ninth lesson.
"Men have lived in fear of forces
from without, and have not perceived that within themselves all forces
are made potent. Men have feared purposes from without, and have not
perceived that their own
purpose is eternal. Men have talked of power, and failed to perceive its source. Men have
dreamed of possession, and failed to find freedom. Possession is
temporary and ephemeral. Freedom is eternal. Should a man yield the
freedom of his eternal purpose for any possession whatsoever?
"Build ye with all possessions, that
purpose may be free For brotherhood commandeth service, and for this are
possessions hallowed. He who hath, and denieth his brother opportunity, destroys his own purpose. He
who hath possessions, and giveth his brother opportunity, builds for eternity. He who hath power and
plenitude, and giveth his brother
THE SEVEN PURPOSES
help, has given all men more than the
one can take. He has built for eternity.
"The man who has this power to build
with possessions for eternal progress has a force beside his own, the
force of material purpose to aid his brother's force. Many there be who
build for eternity with material possessions. They are the keepers of the
keys for all who labor, stewards
"He who has opportunity to strive, and
striveth not, destroys his own
purpose. He who has the key to opportunity for building offered him, and
fails to free the force, destroys both his own purpose and that of his
"One purpose are all to serve—Progress.
And whether it be with purpose
and possessions, or with purpose and poverty, all serve equally who put
their whole force into service.
"So may all men know they are brothers.
"This is the ninth lesson."