“Divide time like the
divisions on a twenty-four inch gauge.
There are twenty-four equal
parts and twenty-four hours in the day.
We can then divide 3 into 24 where we are left with:
8 hrs devoted to spirit and a
distressed worthy friend
8 hrs for our usual vocations
8 hrs for refreshment and sleep”
The common gavel is an instrument
used by masons to break off the corners of
the better to fit them for the builders use……
We are taught to make use of it
for the noble and glorious purpose of divesting
our hearts and consciences of all the vices and superfluities of life;
thereby fitting our minds as living stones for that spiritual building….”
“The gentlest thing in the world is an open mind. Since it doesn’t believe what it thinks, it is flexible, porous, without opposition, without defense. Nothing has power over it. Nothing can resist it. Even the hardest thing in the world — a closed mind — can’t resist the power of openness. Ultimately the truth flows into it and through it, like water through rock.
“When the mind first becomes a student of itself, it learns that nothing in the world can possibly oppose it: everything is for it, everything adds to it, enlightens it, nourishes it, reveals it. It continues to open, because it’s in a fearless, undefended state, and it’s hungry for knowledge. And when it realizes that it’s nothing, it can penetrate everywhere, even when there’s no room for it, no place to receive it. Continue reading The Gentlest Thing in the World→