is the twelfth lesson.
"Many men there be who fight for
liberty and coerce their brothers.
"In war, all men must fight. But
there is no man who may choose
for another how his allegiance may be given.
"He who is not for progress is
against it. He who has no allegiance that he will declare, is traitor to
himself and to the purpose he follows. Cast him out and he will find his
"So shall the opposing forces be
clearly indicated. So shall each man find his own purpose clearly
defined. So shall the wars within wars cease among men, and the fight
be with you, as it is with us, between purposes and forces known and
united, one against the other, until all purposes of destruction have
been conquered and transformed, and the Great Purpose rendered free to
progress to greater glories without end.
"This is the twelfth lesson."
ASKED to explain one phrase in
the first Lesson, "the original purposes were all good," Mary K.
said: "All were balanced. There is no evil that may not be good in
proper combination. Evil is the gathered force of undirected and not
fully animated good, combined
in a destructive purpose by the attraction I mentioned."
An apparent contradiction of a
statement in the first Lesson— "All pure purpose is fearless,
whether for good or evil"—by one in the second Lesson—"The forces of
disintegration are wily, but fearful. Bullies and cowards"—seemed to
imply that forces of disintegration are not pure purpose. Mary K.
explained: "They are pure purpose, fearless in pursuance of destruction, wily in bringing
it about, brutal in
consummating it, but cowards individually. Fearless of consequences when
THE SEVEN PURPOSES pursue, but fearful when they fail.
Early in June, I discovered a
relation between the definition of Eternal Purpose in the second
paragraph of the third Lesson, and the divisions of the purpose of
Progress near the end. "Eternal purpose is perfect justice (Justice),
perfect fearlessness (Production), perfect
understanding (Light), perfect
honesty (Truth), perfect sympathy (Healing), perfect unity (Building),
and eternal growth (Progress), which is progress perfectly expressed."
The end of the seventh Lesson seemed
obscure, until the relation
between its clauses was discovered. Written thus, its meaning is clear:
"(1) No man is free who
commands not himself. (2) No man is free who forgets his brother. (3) No man is free who fears to follow
his purpose with all his force. (4) No man is free who fails to carry
his share of the common load. He may have wealth and luxury, yet is he
if he commands not himself.
He may be tempted by beauty (2)
his brother, yet is he
slave, if he commands not himself.
He may be frightened by calamity
yet is be slave,
THE SEVEN PURPOSES
he commands not himself.
He may be beaten by strangers (4)
while carrying his share of the common load, yet is he slave
if he commands not himself."
A curious inconsistency in the use of
verbs will be noticed here, archaic and modern forms appearing in the same
sentence repeatedly. This may have been due to my great fatigue when this
lesson was taken, to the presence in the room of other persons, or to some
condition or intention as yet unexplained.