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as the pious said, eating and drinking with the publicans and sinners, and the church would have none of the New, the democratic, Testament. War lords later became unbearably oppressive, Rome fell, and then came a reaction in the French Revolution; in England, a Robin Hood with his "outlaws" (the Lincoln Greens) to suppress the holy orders—monks, more to be feared than Darwin's monkeys! Governments in both England and France were so tyrannical that the people rose in their wrath and beheaded the kings of both countries.

Education was accomplishing its blessed work. Brave spirits were throwing off both the religious and church-and-state tyrannies. The Trend of Liberty, going mostly westward, the final downfall here of oppression came with a Monroe Doctrine. Washington's hatchet cut the way to free institutions on a New Continent, and English war lords, finally giving up their cause (Aristocracy), in a later day begged for our American sympathies when the most enlightened of their powers made a world war that threatened all Europe.

A better educated Church, and less inclined to be aristocratic and more content under the mild government of the Lamb of God, is now becoming of real use to the people. A better understanding of the Blessed Book begins to guide all alike. Formerly the Bible was a Thing to be worshipped.

Two authors, Virgil and Ovid, have references to Lethe and the descent into Hades, how the souls were there made ready for reincarnation and there assemble on the marge of the water of life, in order that they may partake, and then forget their past life, thence returning to the physical plane. Christians and peoples of other religions have faith that they will enjoy an after-existence—and especially with those in or near the Old Home. It would be a senseless thing to combat such a hope. Jesus upheld, I think, such a heavenly vision_beauties of the earth, reunion of the risen; "a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without the Father's notice." "Heaven,” he said, "was a place of many mansions,” such as we have the place near home upon the earth.

A CREED
BY JOHN MASEFIELD

I hold that when a person dies

His soul returns again to earth;
Arrayed in some new flesh-disguise,

Another mother gives him birth.
With sturdier limbs and brighter brain
The old soul takes the roads again.

Such is my own belief and trust;

This hand, this hand that holds the pen,
Has many a hundred times been dust

And turned, as dust, to dust again;
These eyes of mine have blinked and shone
In Thebes, in Troy, in Babylon.

All that I rightly think or do,
Or make, or spoil

, or bless, or blast,
Is curse or blessing justly due

For sloth or effort in the past.
My life's a statement of the sum
Of vice indulged, or overcome.

And as I wander on the roads

I shall be helped and healed and blessed;
Dear words shall cheer and be as goads

To urge to heights before unguessed.
My road shall be the road I made:
All that I gave shall be repaid.

So shall I fight, so shall I tread,

In this long war beneath the stars;
So shall a glory wreathe my head,

So shall I faint and show the scars,
Until this case, this clogging mold,

Be smithied all to kingly gold. In the chapters of this little work a stigmatized scribbler arises to advocate a very old doctrine or idea, "Rebirth,” expecting all the souls of all the living creatures here on earth to be reborn countless times, and be back on earth, until all mankind will attain that perfection to at last be able to abide in harmony in that ever yearned for place or condition where a heaven in reality is attained—with no more of the discords of the good and bad of life to make a Lamb of God other than an Elder Brother. Who told thee that thou wert naked?" Adam was free to say things not true, possibly, about Eve, and drew the long-bow, as the saying is in our language; also he accused a hypnotist, a snake, for making things worse. This style of lying seemed to be at the very beginning of our race.

As wise men have ever affirmed, the earth when fitted for life and later for mankind, was provided with sustenance, and for homes-a state of felicity highest of all. Soul and life seem synonymously one element, the only other materiality.

Larger forms, with the brain dominating, have the long-time hibernation, death we call it, while the underworld, so called in Grecian literature, hath the Lethean forgetfulness of the past; yet the feebler worm, locust, etc., will be buried alive in the earth to pass the period and very briefly, it seems, to stay above the little while in sunlight and active life.

"The March" from "Saul," is remembrancer for all of the Great Adventure death,—from Incarnation to Spirit. Bathing in the Lake of Lethe for purification,

. then the preparation for and passing the gate of life again.

Dimly in infancy thy world will appear with that early Hebraic sign in a church, as the Command. ments—partly unfitted for the present age.

“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Correct; but yet in the prayer, another reads, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” Children in this age would not make this balk.

Our American poet Whitman says, personifying his soul's path through the reincarnations: “O vapors, I think I have risen with you, and moved away to distant continents and fallen down there, for reasons; I think I have blown with you, O winds; O waters I have fingered every shore with you. All forces have been steadily employed to complete and delight me. Now on this spot I stand with my robust soul. Hands of the sisters, Death and Night, incessantly softly wash me.”

Eve, the submissive, the good, has been lied about or enslaved all through the years. It is plainly to be seen she does not tempt Adam to be over-indulgent in use of drugged liquors, tobacco and other poisons. The root of woman's nature is to love and cherish, even the lowest of females in animal kind have this instinct springing from motherhood.

There is much of old Adam even in the churches, as you may start to cut out dead wood from pulpit and amen corner to the rear benches (for poor and the niggers). Have these latter a shed for shelter in heaven?

You hear much from the meek, owlish, well-dressed priest (some in gold-spangled garments) about his want of funds—a money changer. The higher "calls”

- they are not in the catalogue with Jesus,—are a source of great interest among God's agents or ministers today. And mere loafers in the house of God have in our free country, that ignores church entanglements, all kinds of business and other callings at high salaries, for the asking. Unlike the union that Adam belongs to (churchly) our good government offers equal opportunities for women.

Costly bible institutes for education surely prepare the student for usefulness and keeps him away from low life and beggary. Receiving useful knowledge, any young person of brains may go up to the highest rung in life. Only indolence or worse can keep any away from the true Path and away from that Levitism abhored by Jesus, and of the still lower grade of money changers in the temple.

A scientist as previously quoted says that smallest of matter still emits rays. This is equivalent to that saying of Jesus of the spiritual inhering in all lifethe kingdom of God being within you. If you start a fire in any spot where a fire may spread, it will enlarge from heat into greater flames. An old saying, that the world will be burned or we will have another flood—the polar opposition from fire. Words of the prophet are a true saying, if extended to spirit and matter being intermingled; so reincarnation is in a

a

way natural.

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