165 By oneself the evil is done, and it is oneself who suffers: by oneself the evil is not done, and by one's Self one becomes pure. The
pure and the impure come from oneself: no man can purify another.
166 Let no man endanger his duty, the good of his soul, for the good of another, however great. When he has seen the good of his soul, let him
follow it with earnestness.
To act and act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait and wait patiently when it is time for repose, puts man in accord with the
rising and falling tides (of affairs), so that, with nature and law at
his back, and truth and beneficence as his beacon light, he may
Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.
Will in the spiritual sense must co-exist with intelligence and love; it is imbued with all the qualities which pertain to the spiritual
nature of man.
Man, eager to improve his machines, forgets to improve himself.
"To the ancients," he said, "Earth was a living being. We who walk upon it know no more of the magnificence within it than a gnat lighting on the head of Dante might know of the furnace of passion and imagination beneath. Not only was Earth a living being having soul and spirit as well as body, but it was a household wherein were god folk as well as the whole tribe of elemental or fairy lives. The soul of Earth is our lost Eden. This was the Ildathach or Many-coloured Land of our ancestors, and of which Socrates too spoke, saying Earth was not at all what the geographers supposed it to be, and there was a divine earth superior to this with temples where the gods do truly dwell. Our souls put on coats of skin. That is, they were lost in our bodies here, and at last we fell together outside the divine circle and came to live on surfaces, not even dreaming that within the earth is a spirit which towers up within itself from clay and rock to the infinite glory. Only the poets and mystics have still some vision of the lost Eden. The gods are still in the divine household, and the radiance over the palaces of light appear at times to seers like yourself as dragon-crests of flame or rivers of light running out to the stars. It is time for us to be traveling inward, and if there be an Avatar to come, he may show us the way once more as did the Avatars of the past. How do I know all this?
The Earth Spirit has been talking to me ever since I came here, telling me the meanings of
all I have read and many things which never were written, and it confirmed that dream I told you about, that there would come a day when the immortals once more would walk among us and be visible heroes to us."