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Appendix B - page 7

What did Masters say about Conquering self?

Conquering self, reference #1

Mary and Elizabeth, with their infant sons, had just escaped the sword of Herod's soldiers in Bethlehem. They fled from Palestine. They found refuge in Egypt with Elihu and Salome, a wedded couple, and master teachers. For many months they resided with these blessed hosts; each day Elihu and Salome taught:

[AG 8:2-16, Elihu]

"No man lives unto himself; for every living thing is bound by cords to every other living thing. Blest are the pure in heart; for they will love and not demand love in return. They will not do to other men what they would not have other men do unto them.

"There are two selfs; the higher and the lower self. The higher self is human spirit clothed with soul, made in the form of God. The lower self, the carnal self, the body of desires, is a reflection of the higher self, distorted by the murky ethers of the flesh. The lower self is an illusion, and will pass away; the higher self is God in man, and will not pass away.

"The higher self is the embodiment of truth; the lower self is truth reversed, and so is falsehood manifest. The higher self is justice, mercy, love and right; the lower self is what the higher self is not.

"The lower self breeds hatred, slander, lewdness, murders, theft, and everything that harms; the higher self is mother of the virtues and the harmonies of life. The lower self is rich in promises, but poor in blessedness and peace; it offers pleasure, joy and satisfying gains; but gives unrest and misery and death. It gives men apples that are lovely to the eye and pleasant to the smell; their cores are full of bitterness and gall.

"...He who knows well his lower self, knows the illusions of the world, knows of the things that pass away; and he who knows his higher self, knows God; knows well the things that cannot pass away. Thrice blessed is the man who has made purity and love his very own; he has been ransomed from the perils of the lower self and is himself his higher self."

Conquering self, reference #2

Salome taught Mary and Elizabeth the lesson of the day. She explained how God, in an ancient sacred book, is referred to as Tao Great.

[AG 9:27-30, Salome]

"And in the same old book we read of man: he has a spirit knit to Tao Great; a soul which lives within the seven Breaths of Tao Great; a body of desires that springs up from the soil of flesh. Now spirit loves the pure, the good, the true; the body of desires extols the selfish self; the soul becomes the battle ground between the two. And blessed is the man whose spirit is triumphant and whose lower self is purified; whose soul is cleansed, becoming fit to be the council chamber of the manifests of Tao Great."

Conquering self, reference #3

John had baptized and preached for many months. A few days after he baptized Jesus, he was asked about the man from Galilee. He responded with this public proclamation:

[AG 79:4-12, John the Harbinger]

"...This Jesus is indeed the Christ whose way I came to pave. ...I have performed the work that I was sent to do; the work of Jesus just begins....Christ is the king of righteousness; Christ is the love of God; yea, he is God; one of the holy persons of the Triune God.

"Christ lives in every heart of purity. Now, Jesus who is preaching at the Jordan ford, has been subjected to the hardest tests of human life, and he has conquered all the appetites and passions of the carnal man, and by the highest court of heaven, has been declared a man of such superior purity and holiness that he can demonstrate the presence of the Christ on earth. Lo, love divine, which is the Christ, abides in him, and he is pattern for the race."

Cross-reference: for another reference to Conquering self see The son of God reference (in this appendix).

--------There are many more references to The Victory over self in The Aquarian Gospel.

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