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8 Mar 1896 : Lecture: "God and the soul (Soul, God and religion)" , at
Unity Hall, Hartford, CT - .. the first message it brings us is: Peace
be unto you and to all religions. It is not a message of antagonism, but
of one united religion. ...By the study of different religions we find
that in essence they are one. ... religion is a constitutional necessity
of the human mind...The soul in itself
is perfect... one is responsible for the miseries one suffers. If I set
the wheel in motion, I am responsible for the result. And if I can bring
misery, I can also stop it. It necessarily follows that we are free.
There is no such thing as fate. There is nothing to compel us. What we
have done, that we can undo. If the room is dark, do you go about
beating your chest and crying, "It is dark, dark, dark!" No, the only
way to get the light is to strike a light, and then the darkness goes.
The only way to realise the light above you is to strike the spiritual
light within you, and the darkness of sin and impurity will flee away.
Think of your higher self, not of your lower.