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                     But on another hand:

                     The Lord is not slack concerning His promise... but is long suffering to un-ward, not

                   willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance... Nevertheless
                   we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwellest

                   righteousness .
                     The gulf between man's moral weakness and his strength in the technical domain is
                   evident: marking time on the moral plane and rushing forward in leaps and bounds on

                   the  technical  plane.  This  widening  gap  is  the  outward  proof  of  contemporary  man's

                   incapacity to cross over from Knowing to Understanding.

                     We  have  proof that, from  times  immemorial,  Tradition taught man the method of

                   bridging this gulf: by knowing oneself and working upon oneself.
                     It is imperative that we apply all our strength to the task of knowing ourselves, if we

                   wish to obtain a complete mastery over ourselves — mastery which will suffice to avoid

                   a catastrophe similar to the one to which the Holy Scriptures refer.

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                     In order to understand the creative side of this self-discipline, we have to place it in

                   the context of the creative forces at work in the Universe.
                     We have seen already that the very principle of the creative energy, proceeding from

                   Absolute I, is LOVE .

                        II Peter, III, 9 & 13.
                        I John, IV, 8.
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