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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.









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Elemental Matters

Indeed elemental matters. A Long day and much done today. Highlights seeing my psychiatrist, my bike has been vandalised some more, a meeting in Soho, a repair to the bike and a meeting and seeing my Sister tonight.

My psychiatric assessment is good. I would have been discharged from the service at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital had it all been simple and straightforward. For the last few months I have experienced normal reactions and responses to life as it may be. That is my reactions and responses to life events has been fairly predictable and normal.

Which Means?

I am feeling life as is, as a normal person feels life. And this is due to the medications not only for diabetic treatment, the pain relief for neuropathy and the anti depressants for clinical depression are all in synchronicity. This means in effect I have got on to a normal playing field. My reactions and responses to happy moments and to grief over the recent death of my Sisters partner and a friend to me for 20 years is quite normal for a person in my situation.

That’s the good news. The more difficult parts of this situation are not taking suggested medications for pain relief, as the ones now are adequate to a degree and also help with depression. Medications are monitored and as things are there are some I did not take over recent months to do with diabetic and cholesterol management. Some are strongly contra indicated, so there is some need to ensure that each element of my regime is fully documented and made clear as each specialist group has one purpose, to solve their part of my life puzzle!

So because I followed the advice of my psychiatrist I have avoided some contra indicated medications being taken at the same time and a complete disruption to my physical and mental well being.

These things happen. And at least there is no harm done. A relief for me and a strong sense of luck as times could have been quite different in recent months.

So I guess for me the path is quite simple don’t change anything as suggested. I also realise that my psychiatrist appears to view AA favourably in a clinical sense as it provides fellowship and connection to reality. People in Aa may strongly agree or disagree but the evidence so appears to support AA and the fellowship as a vehicle for rehabilitation and ongoing support. I endorse this view, but my caveat is this was a discussion and not a formal view from my specialist. It is anecdotal, and altho it can be challenged ad infinitum I have only good things to say about AA and my recovery.

Tonight

I went to a meeting close to worlds end in Chelsea. And listened to a step meeting discussion about step five, which is sharing our inventory of life experiences with another human being. In essence I am a fan of the steps and traditions of AA. They provide me with a framework to understand and live life. There is much lively discussion about AA and the steps and traditions and there was good input from a well seasoned old timer with decades of sobriety.

We all have views on keeping sober and make good use of meetings sponsors friendship, the steps of change and the traditions of AA.

A view

Our seasoned and very well old timer shared their personal views on recovery. And it really comes down to learning what works and sticking to it.

There is no need to follow blindly, there is a need to find our own path of living. There is are as many views on steps and traditions as there are people in our fellowship, and yet it works as we work out how to live again. There is no doctrine, there is a one need and that is to find a way to live sober by the day. Everything is optional in AA, and when anyone anywhere finds a path to sober living, let them be and let them live. It was refreshing and quite clear that fellowship, meetings, having connection to others who make life work in the day is the foundation.

As to spiritual it is as we learn to understand what works best. And of course for me that is truth, and simply letting people find their way to live in the moment. And not drink a day at a time.

The principles and the fellowship is safer when we find our feet and our way to live. We can find mentors, friends and a network of people who are like minded. We need not be bamboozled or discouraged by others attempts to persuade us to their outlook. That is not fellowship. Indeed I felt our old timer was supporting a view that we find our path to life again and get on with living. Sober we have too much to do, drunk we can do nothing but drink.

God

Actually for me and this old timer who shared common sense, whether we believe or not, its still personal choice as we may or may not come to understand God. They struck me as clear and honest in their outlook and approach, same as me, although I am merely a novice.

So the fellowship remains strong as people find their path, we are all equal and we are all there for one purpose, to stay sober and make life work again. So refreshing I am pleased tonight. I sometimes have felt awkward saying I have not come to an understanding about God. And have got as far as utilising good conscience as my guide and in the step work I do. It was an agreeable night indeed.

Later

I have just come home from seeing my sister, its always good to see her. And like the last few weeks we have all been devastated by the loss of her partner so quickly and tragically. Sharing about this deep sadness for me as one step back, and being there for my sister is courtesy of very highly trained professionals in the National Health Service, and of course Alcoholics Anonymous.

Friendship and Fellowship

I never expected or thought I would experience the level of friendship connection, support and care people have given these past few years. A reflection of what is good about AA, and in my experience it brings out the best in most of us.

AA is like all walks of life, we are making progress and far from perfect. We can encounter friends we will want for life, people we will care about always, and some we may wonder at daily. Humans are humans, we are gifted when we find sanctuary and practical help to keep sober for this one day, and then start over again tomorrow.

Last year, I suspect I was still very depressed and my outlook was quite fearful as my journal reads so. Fear we do come to understand has its place, but not all day every day. We make transitions when time affords.

AA fixes nothing, offers a way to mend ourselves with some support and fellowship. What a gift…




July 27 2006 All About Last Year

Our Spiritual Being - Imaginations Gift

Discussions over Tea and Biscuits

We humans forget our nature and nurture. We are so caught in our present life and experience we forget how our minds work. We have nature which provides patterns for our physical and emotional well being. And we have nurture which patterns much of our spiritual being.

Our spiritual being..

The view that spirit is a prime element of reality. This is a wide and varied subject of life. So wide and varied, we in our fellowship will have as many answers to what spiritual is as there are members of our fellowship.

We humans from some time back in the dark of history fused our imaginations and beliefs and drew up all manner of creations to cover the meaning of our lives. From simple procreation to an affinity with Nature, and a God of our own understanding. And for many the purpose of life is beyond our mortal now, that we in some way go beyond this life into something else, that our purpose is a greater journey than the one we have already.

I don’t know why after a meeting just a few hours back, I went with some other fellows for some coffee and we ended up in deep debate. As is classic for us in our fellowship, we tend to dissect and pull apart anything connected to belief and the beyond, and for many in our fellowship, the notion of a real God and higher power is integral to continued well being.

I have no argument with any belief which enables we humans to function and make sense our world and live to the good. In fact any belief is better than the insanity we experience before our recovery from addiction and ego driven insanity.

And anything which helps those in recovery understand that their illness is not a self inflicted disease, then we are helping and not hindering progress to a worthy life. The same is true for those with any addiction picked up along the way. Addiction is a disease of the mind, and a disease is not actually something we chose to have, its something when we know it, we prefer to keep in recovery and not active and chronic.

For many the guilt and shame of addiction kills them as they battle with their willpower. Prejudice causes more deaths than any other cause when it comes to addiction, for prejudice is ignorance. And addiction is a disease.

And when I find our Prime Minister and his cabinet colleagues set on a course of higher self accountability, especially with legalised addictions like smoking and drinking, then offer their prejudice to take away recovery treatments and palliative care for state sponsored addictions, there is something quite wrong in their thinking and doing. They too see the madness and yet put the blame on us as consumers of their sponsorship.

Even our most gifted politicians and exponents of living, they act with prejudice against those afflicted with addictions and don’t see their thinking errors as prejudice and ignorance clouds their narrow judgment of the human condition. Ego driven f***ers to the last is how it seems to me. Blaming the addict for their consumerism, and their broken living. Now that is prejudice prime and culpable by them.

Anyway we fellows sitting with the heat of the day, watched the world go by. And the world was full of beauty today. We saw our gender preferences walking by and as with any who sit and stare, imagination takes hold. This is normal human behaviour, gawping some may call, others just smile at emerging appreciation, others find it galling that nature makes us so. Or worse our society and its values places much on superficial and not enough on spiritual.

So we talked of spiritual matters in between our people watching and we talked of what God is or might be, or is not as there were those without their God of choice, and there are the basic types like me, who are happy for any kind of help to keep ourselves well, be it spiritual or imaginary.

What we are able to imagine, what we believe and what our true purpose in living is, in my estimation is to make the best of each day and what we experience, to keep our connections to this reality open and functional as we can. To be aware that we can experience all manner of distortion and still keep a trust inside us to our good nature and making life work as well as it can.

Is this so difficult and so hard. In my case it has been as life can be as miserable can be, as my imagination can grip me, and reality can really be as bad as can be. We are all gifted with emotions and feelings we might enjoy or hold to deepest of sadness, and sometimes we cannot change how we feel. The biggest error of judgment can be we try think our way out of feelings, when time itself is maybe the only answer and our sobriety over time.

When we stop trying to bend life to fit our preferences, when we stop imagining how we might make life turn out, when we stop our nature to force our outlook to our own ends and experience the reality of our encounters, we make a better day for ourselves, for we access truth of reality as it is and as others may view. Or similarly as we know even whole Nations will distort truth and make their outlook the primary source for all to encounter. As we have seen so many times in history, as religious and political doctrines have taught us, reality is certainly easy to bend to the will of mankind. And reality is forever changed in faith and belief.

I guess it’s the fear of endings and mortality which drives our conscious contact with a God of our choosing and letting good conscience drift to the side. For in good conscience I feel able to report, nobody actually knows.

Imagination and leaps of faith and higher powers, things greater than us do actually exist in Nature. We need not apply our own concoctions to the mixture of living.

And spiritual for me, this do it yourself metaphysic is simply making good our connections to now, this present, the ever present, present. And our mystical natures where we examine our faith and our purpose and we argue the case through faith in an after life. Surely its worthy of debate and for us to explore, and at the same time keep our feet firmly on the grounding of life. For without our living and in all good conscience, our metaphysical debates and God like connections have no meaning at all. For we undermine nature and our existence in the process.

Which is why to give up life for a religious difference raises our foolishness to a level beyond anyone’s imagination if we argue our case to its end. And for those who fight and make war for their beliefs in a God of their choosing, the payments made are greater than any life giver would exact, except mankind of course in their insanity and I guess profanity and devaluation of any living persons value and life.

Courage fortitude, convictions, faith and humility, our mixtures and choices so often made in turmoil, it is no wonder we put ourselves in harms way to make a point, and to who do we make it. Simply not to a God, but to others like us. No there is a madness and driven by ego, pride and profanity against our own kind, I find unconscionable. And in good conscience find we humans are worse for our intellect and imagination, when we apply it through our ego and will.

Eternity will help us as generations slide by, and we get better and more homogenised. Till then war and discomfort and all that we are, we need all our human qualities to see our way through our prejudice to the one threat we have in our world. Ourselves.

And maybe some of my fellow travellers left off on the debate, for their defending of their beliefs got in the way. Its easier to believe in something we are not sure of, than often to challenge and enter the debate.

And for many who get confused as we talk, it’s the challenge of faith which makes them get mad and hateful, for there is safety in knowing and believing in God, when reality offers our true contradiction when life is so bad. And what of those humans as history tells us, who live in awful times of horror and never find peace in this life? We cannot somehow accept that their lot was worse, and had no meaning at all.

Is it our human need and desire, to have a system of balance beyond here and now? As we know in our fellowship our times is just lengthened by one day at a time. And why then should we worry about immortal and spiritual at all? It is a difficult part of living to adjust to many truths and sometimes some magic helps us get by. And so why not? I ask in my ignorance as if it were so, because when we get dogmatic and stuck in our ways, we defend old things familiar and hold on when we might let go to our good.

The good of living is in the journey, the spiritual touch of reality is my preference to date. Of God and Nature and a Universe we inhabit, we are blessed indeed when we get a good day. And I know the reverse over years and years, so a good day is a pleasure and joy to be experienced as can be.

We need no dogma, we need no undermining, we need not judge others beliefs if they feel the benefit and don’t harm others in the process. And the sooner we get better with our good conscience the better life will turn out for more of humanity.

So simple its seems yet we driven to extremes and hold others to account for the simplest of differences. it’s a sad reflection that old thinking and distortions place life threatening impacts on much of the world. Old thinking and majestic ego’s of history are indeed emulated and perpetuated over time. And our progress is slow and never to perfection, although perfections drive humanity.

Let go old unhelpful prejudices, if we can determine them, and let our good conscience thrive where it will. And if by happenstance our good living is working then if there is truly a judgment day coming, we need not fear it our be worried about it. Unless we have judged others and hindered their progress to a better living here and now..

And nothing can change history, or give redemption sought from a power that made us, for our distortions and corruptions are of nature and good conscience, not in their defence. So we might do well to behave consistent with and carefully towards our good and a greater good of all, with equality and rarity of prejudice we have accumulated through time and need expunge.

I truly believe redemption is in the day, our way to the good and behaving as we learn our good conscience. And forgiveness is from within, as without does require a power greater than any human and still arguably busy on other projects in their Universe. What else would explain their forgetfulness of us? And of course our human ego.. We are insignificant outside our world and our imagination.

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Poll reveals how trust in BBC has plummeted after scandals July 28 2007




Most viewers find commercial rivals as believable as corporation

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Public trust in the BBC has fallen sharply in the wake of the scandal involving fake phone-in competitions on high-profile programmes and wrongly edited footage of the Queen, a Guardian/ICM poll shows today.
The poll also reveals a wider crisis of public confidence in the broadcasting industry as a whole, with viewers strongly sceptical of what they see on television, even when they are told the scenes are real.

Fifty-nine per cent of those questioned say they now trust the BBC less than before. Only 37% say their opinion has remained unchanged, despite the BBC's admission that it had made mistakes and would ensure that they were not repeated.

Older viewers in particular have lost faith, with 67% of over-65s saying that they now trust the BBC less than they used to.

Last week Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, said he wanted the corporation to become "a different place" within a year, rebuilding the reputation of the licence fee-funded organisation.

The BBC has long-prided itself on its reputation for accuracy and honesty, but the poll suggests that viewers think its channels are no more honest than those of commercial rivals such as ITV and BSkyB.

Asked whether they think the BBC is more likely to tell the truth than its rivals, only 37% agree. A clear majority of viewers and listeners - 58% - said they thought that there was no difference between the BBC and other channels.

The organisation, which promises that it aims to be "independent, impartial and honest", has been battling to defend its reputation for accuracy after a series of embarrassing admissions.

Heads rolled at the BBC after it was revealed that Children in Need, Comic Relief and Sport Relief had all featured fake competition winners and that during an episode of Blue Peter a studio guest had posed as a competition winner.

The BBC also had to issue an apology for a misleadingly edited BBC1 trailer which wrongly implied that the Queen had stormed out of a sitting with the photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Last week its director general, Mark Thompson, said the organisation had experienced "a rude awakening". He promised to send staff on retraining courses to restore a culture of honesty.

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Lies, scams and threats – banks are condemned July 28 2007




GraÍnne Gilmore and Elizabeth Colman

Britain’s banks and building societies have lied to and threatened customers who complain about overdraft charges, the Government’s financial regulator said.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has rebuked current account providers for making “false or misleading statements” to customers. The City watchdog said that some institutions had lied to account holders to deter them from reclaiming unauthorised overdraft charges.

It said that some banks and building societies had closed or threatened to close customers’ accounts to punish them for making a claim.

In a letter to the chief executives of every bank and building society, the FSA said: “Whilst there may be some circumstances that warrant the termination of the commercial relationship, we would expect this to be a relatively rare occurrence . . . and not as part of a standardised (and seemingly punitive) policy towards those who have merely exercised their right to complain.”

Customers who have their bank accounts closed are often forced to miss mortgage payments and other important direct debit deadlines. This can harm their credit rating. The FSA has taken enforcement action against two firms, which could lead to hefty fines.

Deficiencies identified by the FSA from a sample of banks and building societies, and set out in the regulator’s letter, include:

— A failure to respond to complaints fairly and consistently, to address adequately the subject matter of complaints, or to ensure that complaints are resolved at the earliest possible opportunity;

— Unfair closure of accounts, or threats to do so;

— False or misleading statements made to complainants.

Hundreds of thousands of account holders have reclaimed more than £200 million in overdraft penalty charges this year, complaining that the fees are illegal. Some banks charge £39 for slipping into the red without permission. Four million template letters used to reclaim the charges have been downloaded from consumer websites.

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Battle of Heathrow: Opposition to BAA's injunction grows July 28 2007



By Martin Hickman and Nigel Morris

Heathrow airport's owner BAA was isolated and assailed from all sides yesterday as it headed for a legal and physical showdown with protesters over an attempt to ban a mass demonstration against climate change that has enraged civil rights groups.

Within hours of its disclosure, politicians, lawyers and protesters condemned an injunction that would prevent five million members of the public from attending the Camp for Climate Action as "ludicrous," " absurd" and "unenforceable".

The capital's transport authority, Transport for London (TfL), was furious at the inclusion of the Piccadilly line in a list of places police could arrest protesters and demanded it be dropped from the action. Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, denounced BAA's plans as a "serious infringement of civil liberties and an attack on the right to peaceful protest". Britain's biggest environmental organisation, the National Trust, described the court action as "over the top", warning that it "smacked of absurdity".

BAA insisted that it would not back down but said that it would amend or drop the injunction if the protesters gave undertakings about their intentions.

But the the Camp for Climate Action insisted that the week-long action from 14 August would take place regardless of the High Court case on Wednesday. Up to 5,000 people are expected to attend what could be the biggest protest against climate change in the UK.

BAA was besieged with hundreds of calls from the public yesterday asking if they would be barred from Heathrow.

On Monday, BAA served the draft injunction on four activists representing five environmental organisations opposing the airport's expansion. One of the organisations, AirportWatch, is a coalition of 10 green groups including the RSPB, the Woodland Trust and the Council for the Protection of Rural England - bringing five million members into the action. It would force protesters to give 24 hours' notice together with their names and ban them from going within 100 metres of any airport installation.

Anyone deemed to be breaking or intending to break its terms could be arrested on the Piccadilly line of the London Underground, platforms six and seven of Paddington station, which serves the Heathrow Express, and sections of the M25 and M4 motorways, as well as the airport and its vicinity.

TfL wrote last night to BAA demanding the removal of all references to the London Underground from the action. A spokesman said: "There was a huge amount of anger here because there was no consultation about the terms of the injunction. The first we knew about it was when we read about it in The Independent. An injunction of that kind would be completely unenforceable ... It would be massively disruptive to the network."

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats' home affairs spokesman, said: "BAA must have taken leave of its senses if it sincerely believes that the threat of a peaceful demonstration about the environment should merit the use of police state powers to chase environmental campaigners across the London transport network. This idea is daft, illiberal and dangerous nonsense."

Theresa Villiers, the Conservatives' transport spokeswoman, said: "I can understand BAA would want to take steps to prevent the disruption of the summer rush at Heathrow. But what they seem to be applying for in court appears to be over the top."

Ed Blissett, of the GMB union, said yesterday: "We back the development of Britain's airports but cannot support anything that limits unduly the fundamental right to protest and oppose in a peaceful and law-abiding manner. "

The Department of Transport said that the issue was a matter for the courts but disliked the curtailment of peaceful protest.

BAA reiterated that it had a duty to protect the airport from protests that might disrupt passengers. The Spanish-owned corporation said it was " willing to negotiate" about the size of the three designated protest areas on the fringe of the airport. "We are not seeking to stop people protesting: that would be wrong. We are seeking to stop people who are unlawfully causing disruption," a spokesman insisted.

Protesters agreed that their action might disrupt flights while Heathrow experiences its peak season. "Almost inevitably, it will involve some disruption to the airport," said Climate Camp's spokesman, Dave Spencer. "We can't just stand in a field with some banners." But he stressed that the aim was to target the airline industry, not passengers, to step up pressure for action on global warming.

Ministers have approved in principle the building of a third runway at Heathrow, which could lead to a 50 per cent increase in flights to 800,000 a year.

John Stewart, chairman of the local protest group Hacan, complained that the injunction had wrongly targeted his organisation. "Our members are furious," he said. "We are not a direct action organisation. Isn't it time for BAA to face up to the fact that Heathrow is big enough already rather than trying to get this ridiculous injunction?"

* One of the first major public clashes between protesters and the authorities came on 16 August 1819 at the "Battle of Peterloo" in St Peter's Fields, Manchester. About 80,000 apparently peaceful protesters had gathered to hear Richard Carlile, John Cartwright and Henry Hunt appeal for the abolition of the Corn Laws, when, at about lunchtime, the nervous magistrates, having never seen anything like it, read the Riot Act before the police ordered 60 cavalrymen to charge the speakers' platform. Eleven demonstrators were killed and hundreds injured.

* The original working class political movement emerged called the Birmingham Political Union, founded in 1830 by Thomas Atwood. Its stated aim was for the House of Commons to "be achieved by a general political union of the lower and middle classes of the people".

* This made way for the Chartist movement, an umbrella movement in favour of stepping up the pace of liberal democratic reform in the mid-19th century. Its anchor was the People's Charter, founded by six MPs in 1838, the stated objectives of which included universal suffrage, for men only, over the age of 21, voting by secret ballot and regular elections to Parliament. On 10 April 1848 50,000 marched on Parliament from Kennington Green.

* One huge area of reform had been left off the agenda, however: women's emancipation. The 1832 Act had actually prohibited women from voting and throughout the next hundred years the women's rights movement grew. In 1889 its leader, Emily Pankhurst founded the Women's Franchise League, which became the Women's Social and Political Union. On 4 June 1913, the militant Suffragette Emily Davison ran out in front of the horse of King George V at the Epson Derby, and died. The dramatic gesture paid off, with voting rights for women beginning in 1918.

* The 1960s saw all manner of protest for social reform, from racial equality and civil rights to female and homosexual rights, all of which were the focus of legislative reforms in subsequent years. The late 1960s witnessed violent protests outside the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square against the Vietnam war. While not immediately successful, they highlighted the extent of international discontent at the apparently futile and destructive war.

* In the 1980s, there was the Miners' Strike and the poll tax riots. The former, started after the beginning of mass pits closures under the Tories, was the defining moment in British industrial relations. Arthur Scargill, who refused to call a ballot of the National Union of Mineworkers, led his men into defeat, resulting in the crushing of union power by Mrs Thatcher and, later, Tony Blair. The coal miners were, in electricians' leader Eric Hammond's description, "lions led by donkeys".

* Mrs Thatcher's introduction of the Poll Tax (or community charge) - a flat-tax for all working adults, regardless of wealth variation - in 1990, resulted in some of the most violent peacetime clashes and on 31 March 1990, more than 200,000 demonstrators marched through London. Starting in Kennington, the rioters ended up in Westminster and Whitehall, cramming into Trafalgar Square in the early hours for the "Battle of Trafalgar".

* In November last year, some 25,000 marched from the US embassy to Trafalgar Square to protest for action on climate change.

* But perhaps the most famous modern protest came in February 2003, when more than a million people marched on central London to stop the drum-beat to the Iraq invasion.

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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.




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