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O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord:
Meditate upon these things,
Written with the finger of God,
Who will ever plead for his people.
From whence are wars and contentions among you?
You covet, and have not: you kill, and envy, and can not obtain. You contend and war, and you have not, because you ask not.
You ask, and receive not; because you ask amiss.
Thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.
Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
And his commandments are not grievous:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
And the God of love and peace shall be with you.
Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord? ye cannot prosper so.
So are the paths of all that forget God.
How long will it be ere they believe me?
How long will it be ere they believe me?
HOW LONG WILL IT BE ERE THEY BELIEVE ME?
HOW LONG WILL IT BE ERE THEY BELIEVE
BUDDH, who wept with all my brothers' tears,
Whose heart was broken by a whole world's woe,
Laugh and am glad, for there is Liberty!
Ho! ye who suffer! know
"Ye suffer from yourselves. None else compels,
None other holds you that ye live and die, And whirl upon the wheel, and hug and kiss Its spokes of agony,
"Its tire of tears, its nave of nothingness.
Behold, I show you Truth! Lower than hell, Higher than heaven, outside the utmost stars, Farther than Brahm doth dwell,
"Before beginning, and without an end,
"It will not be contemned of any one;
Who thwarts it loses, and who serves it gains; The hidden good it pays with peace and bliss, The hidden ill with pains.
"It seeth everywhere and marketh all;
Do right-it recompenseth! do one wrong— The equal retribution must be made,
Though DHARMA tarry long.
"It knows not wrath nor pardon; utter-true
"Such is the Law which moves to righteousness, Which none at last can turn aside or stay;
The heart of it is Love, the end of it
Is Peace and Consummation sweet. Obey!
Brothers! the Darkness lets! which breeds
Ignorance, mazed whereby ye take these shows
"So grow the strifes and lusts which make earth's war; So grieve poor cheated hearts and flow salt tears; So wax the passions, envies, angers, hates;
So years chase blood-stained years
"With wild red feet. So, where the grain should grow, Spreads the birân-weed with its evil root
And poisonous blossoms; hardly good seeds find
"And drugged with poisonous drink the soul departs, And fierce with thirst to drink Karma returns; Sense-struck again the sodden self begins,
And new deceits it earns.
"Enter the Path! There is no grief like Hate!
"Enter the Path! There spring the healing streams
ITH the exception of the above words from the lips of the Light of Asia, and these concluding lines of the "Foreword," the odd-numbered pages of this volume,
to be read in succession, contain nothing but passages from the Bible-presented in large type, thus offering every man, woman, child, from the youngest to the eldest, with "eyes which see," ample opportunity to readily read the Message. In order that various listening ears may "hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God"-may this plan serve also to draw more and more closely the ties of brotherhood!-these excerpts are taken from the Leeser (Jewish), the Douay (Roman), and the King James (Anglican) versions of the Scriptures-the orthography, etc., as in each original.
This little book distinguishes not "church," "sect," nor "creed." It knows "neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free." It does not presuppose the ignorance of any of its readers concerning the fundamental truth it echoes; it aims, rather, to recite that widely known truth to those of us who may seem, at times, to have forgotten or cast it aside: namely, that there can be no abiding peace between nations, between individuals, or in any heart, except through a living demonstration of the eternal oneness of the Creator with His creation. It seeks and asks the receptive heart, mind, soul, of every child in the one family of one Father. Its gospel, its hope, is LOVE-its gospel: the "everlasting love" of God for all His sons and daughters; its hope: the grateful love of man for God, and thus man's love for man; the willing love of man for man, and thus man's love for God. It undertakes its mission, in the confident vision of a re-awakened, re-gladdened Earth, new born of her whose "ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace”-Obedience.
Let each soldier in the gentle Army of Love, God's promised presence blessing his every thought, word, deed,