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Chapter 7: Seek Out the Way

13. Seek out the way.

Pause and consider awhile.
Is it the way you desire, or is it
that there is a dim perspective in your visions
of great heights to be scaled by your self,
of a great future for you to compass?
Be warned.
The way is to be sought for its own sake,
not with regard to your feet that shall tread it.

14. Seek the way by retreating within.

15. Seek the way by advancing boldly without.

The whole nature of man must be used wisely
by the one who desires to enter the way.
Each man is to himself absolutely the way,
the truth, and the life.
Thus seek out the way.

Seek it by study of the laws of being,
the laws of nature, the laws of the supernatural.
Steadily, as you watch and worship,
its light will grow stronger.
Then you may know
you have found the beginning of the way.
And when you have found the end
its light will suddenly become the infinite light.

Be not appalled and terrified by the sight;
keep your eyes fixed on the small light
and it will grow.
But let the darkness within
help you to understand the helplessness of those
who have seen no light,
whose souls are in profound gloom.

The thirteenth sutra:

Seek out the way.

Pause and consider awhile.
Is it the way you desire, or is it
that there is a dim perspective in your visions
of great heights to be scaled by your self,
of a great future for you to compass?
Be warned.
The way is to be sought for its own sake,
not with regard to your feet that shall tread it.

There are many things to understand in this sutra.

The first: the way is not already given to you, you have to search for it. But every person is under the illusion that it is already given to him. And if there is one thing that has played a major role in destroying religion throughout the world, it is the illusion that the way is already given.

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