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ESSENTIALS OF THE WAY

Preferring the sacred cause over all worldly and animal desires; being steadfast in truth, once it has been discovered, to the degree that you sacrifice all mundane attachments for its sake; enduring all hardships so that future generations will be happy; seeking happiness, not in material or even spiritual pleasures, but in the happiness and well-being of others; never seeking to obtain any posts or positions; and preferring oneself to others in taking on work but preferring others to oneself in receiving wages—these are the essentials of this sacred way of serving the truth.

Those who lead the way must set a good example for their followers. Just as they are imitated in their virtues and good morals, so do their bad and improper actions and attitudes leave indelible marks upon those who follow them.

One who represents any stage of the truth must try to embody it with honesty, trustworthiness, consciousness of duty, a high degree of perception, awareness of circumstances, far-sightedness, and absolute chastity. People who hold high office but lack one or more of these virtues must be seen as having one or more serious defects. This is a clear misfortune for those who follow them. 

HEROES OF LOVE

Only those who overflow with love will build the happy and enlightened world of the future. Their lips smiling with love, their hearts brimming with love, their eyes radiating love and the most tender human feelings—such are the heroes of love who always receive messages of love from the rising and setting of the sun and from the flickering light of the stars.

The anger and fury of the heroes of love, who are distinguished with love in treatment of others, are for discipline. Therefore, they serve to improve others and to bestow benefits upon the community.

PERSONAL INTEGRITY

Those who want to reform the world must first reform themselves. If they want to lead others to a better world, they must purify their inner worlds of hatred, rancor, and jealousy, and adorn their outer worlds with virtue. The words of those who cannot control and discipline themselves, and who have not refined their feelings, may seem attractive and insightful at first. However, even if they somehow manage to inspire others, which they sometimes do, the sentiments they arouse will soon wither.

IDEAL SPIRITS

Those who strive to enlighten others, seek happiness for them, and extend a helping hand have such a developed and enlightened spirit that they are like guardian angels. They struggle with disasters befalling society, stand up to “storms,” hurry to put out “fire,” and are always on the alert for possible shocks.

THE LIFE WHICH IS REALLY LONG

The really long-lived are not those who live long but those who can make their lives as fruitful as possible. In view of this standard, as there may be those who, though a hundred years old, are truly short-lived, it is also possible that there are those who, though only fifteen years old, have been able to attain to the highest degrees by spending their lives in a way to give as many fruits as possible.

WAY OF THE NATION

We applaud every good deed and attempt made in the name of the nation, and stand behind the fortunate people who serve it. We do not retaliate against the accusations of deviation and apostasy; nor do we say "amen" to curses and anathema.

AVOIDING EXTREMES

One should avoid going to extremes in one’s thinking and actions. Going to extremes is a lethal poison. As it is wrong to seek simplicity and sincerity in poor clothing or a life being lived in a miserable house with a few, broken old things, so too its wrong to see sophistication, civilization and prosperity in the modern style of expensive clothes and other luxuries.

THOSE WHO ARE MAKING MERRY TODAY

One who does not increase in dedication to worship of God as he or she grows older, is really unfortunate because he or she is making a loss at a time when he or she could be making a profit. If that one understood this, he or she would weep for what he or she finds amusing today.

SINFUL SOULS

A person usually views others through the mirror of his or her spirit and sees them like himself or herself because of the stain and dirt on that mirror. Therefore, his or her judgment of others is completely wrong and unfair. Although such a sinful one with a foul spirit sees others in loss, it is himself or herself who is really in loss.

THE VICTORY OF GOODNESS AND BEAUTY

Goodness, beauty, truthfulness, honesty, and being virtuous are the essence of the world. Whatever happens, the world will one day find this essence, for no one can prevent such an event.

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