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6First purify thought, then put thought into words, and words into deeds; and after much slipping and clambering, you will go up the scale of Science to the

9second rule, and be made ruler over many things. Fidelity finds its reward and its strength in exalted purpose. Seek- ing is not sufficient whereby to arrive at the results of

12Science: you must strive; and the glory of the strife comes of honesty and humility.

Do human hopes deceive? is joy a trembler? Then,

15weary pilgrim, unloose the latchet of thy sandals; for the place whereon thou standest is sacred. By that, you may know you are parting with a material sense of life and

18happiness to win the spiritual sense of good. O learn to lose with God! and you find Life eternal: you gain all. To doubt this is implicit treason to divine decree.

21The parable of "the ten virgins" serves to illustrate the evil of inaction and delay. This parable is drawn from the sad history of Vesta, — a little girl of eight

24years, who takes the most solemn vow of celibacy for thirty years, and is subject to terrible torture if the lamp she tends is not replenished with oil day and night, so that the

27flame never expires. The moral of the parable is pointed, and the diction purely Oriental.

We learn from this parable that neither the cares of

30this world nor the so-called pleasures or pains of mate- rial sense are adequate to plead for the neglect of spiritual light, that must be tended to keep aglow the flame of

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1devotion whereby to enter into the joy of divine Science demonstrated.

3The foolish virgins had no oil in their lamps: their way was material; thus they were in doubt and dark- ness. They heeded not their sloth, their fading warmth

6of action; hence the steady decline of spiritual light, until, the midnight gloom upon them, they must borrow the better-tended lamps of the faithful. By entering

9the guest-chamber of Truth, and beholding the bridal of Life and Love, they would be wedded to a higher understanding of God. Each moment's fair expect-

12ancy was to behold the bridegroom, the One "altogether lovely."

It was midnight: darkness profound brooded over

15earth's lazy sleepers. With no oil in their lamps, no spiritual illumination to look upon him whom they had pierced, they heard the shout, "The bridegroom cometh!"

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