I recently watched a TV documentary about houses having a deep historical stories if they are still standing. It threw me back to the house I was born and grew up in. That house which is in the city of Blantyre, Malawi is still our family home to date. In total there are six of us who were raised in this house as children not mentioning the various relatives and visitors.
It is true each house has its characteristic derived from the people who lived and passed through it. In each house generally, some of the stories if walls could talk, would be wonderful and stories of triumph yet others will be sad or traumatic stories that the people living in it would have experienced.
If it has been occupied by so many different people in turn, the stories from such a house would be even deeper. Ours has perhaps only a story from one family as my parents were the first occupants when it was built by the Malawi Housing Corporation in around 1969 that later sold it to them. In our case most of the stories the walls might wish to share I believe would be good adventurous stories.
The quotes for this week have been taken from a book whose author stated that to be great one must rise above the mere moral evil being done everywhere. If you were to read the whole book, you would be invited to take a beeline into your consciousness and ask your perceptive innermost part about your own motives of being great and see if they are right. I am sure the selected quotations from the book presented here below will enlighten you to one or two life lessons, read and enjoy:
THE SCIENCE OF BEING GREAT by Wallace D. Wattles
“Genius is more than talent. Talent may merely be one faculty developed out of proportion to other faculties, but genius is the union of man and God in the acts of the soul. Great men are always greater than their deeds. They are in connection with a reserve of power that is without limit. We do not know where the boundary of the mental powers of the man is; we do not even know that there is a boundary. ——– The power of conscious growth is not given to the lower animals, it is mans alone and may be developed and increased by him. The lower animals can, to a greater extent, be trained and developed by man; but man can train and develop himself. He alone has this power, and he has it to an apparently unlimited extent.”
“Man is thinking substance, a portion of the Cosmic Substance; but man is limited, while the Cosmic Intelligence from which he sprang, which Jesus calls the Father, is unlimited. All intelligence, power, and force come from the Father. Jesus recognized this and stated it very plainly. Over and over again he ascribed all his wisdom and power to his unity with the Father, and to his perceiving the thoughts of God. ‘My Father and I are one.’ ——– This was the foundation of his knowledge and power. He showed the people the necessity of becoming spiritually awakened; of hearing his voice and becoming like him. He compared the unthinking man who is the prey and sport of circumstances to the dead man in a tomb, and besought him to hear and come forth.”
“Nothing better is possible until we cease to be mental savages in industry and business, and become men and women. This can only come about by the rise of the whole race to a higher viewpoint. And this can only come about by the rise of such individuals here and there as are ready for the higher viewpoint. The cure for all this inharmoniousness lies not with the masters or employers but with the workers themselves.”
“……..There are many ideas in your mind that you have outgrown, and which, from force of habit you still permit to dictate the actions of your life. Cease all this; abandon everything you have outgrown. There are many ignoble customs, social and other, which you still follow, although you know they tend to dwarf and belittle you and keep you acting in a small way. ——— Rise above all this. I do not say that you should absolutely disregard conventionalities, or the commonly accepted standards of right and wrong. You cannot do this, but you can deliver your soul from most of the narrow restrictions that bind the majority of your fellow men. Do not give your time and strength to the support of obsolete institutions, religious or otherwise; do not be bound by creeds in which you do not believe. Be free.”