THERE is no bondage in the Heavenly Life. There is Perfect Freedom. This is its great glory. This Supreme Freedom is gained only by obedience. He who obeys the Highest co-operates with the Highest, and so masters every force within himself and every condition without. A man may choose the lower and neglect the Higher, but the Higher is never overcome by the lower : herein lies the revelation of Freedom. Let a man choose the Higher and abandon the lower ; he shall then establish himself as an overcomer, and shall realise Perfect Freedom.
To give the reins to inclination is the only slavery ; to conquer oneself is the only freedom. The slave to self loves his chains, and will not have one of them broken for fear he would be depriving himself of some cherished delight. He thus defeats and enslaves himself.
The Land of Perfect Freedom lies through the Gate of Knowledge.
From James Allen’s Book of Mediations for Every Day in the Year.
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