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The source of their actions is self, and they only discover right painfully and in a fragmentary way, by 
periodically passing through severe sufferings, and lashings of conscience. But he who practices self- 

control, passing through the five processes, which are five stages of growth, gains that knowledge 

which enables him to act from the moral law which sustains the universe. He knows good and evil, 

right and wrong, and, thus knowing them, lives in accordance with good and right. He no longer needs 
to consider what is pleasant or what is unpleasant, but does what is right; his nature is in harmony with 

his conscience, and there is no remorse; his mind is in unison with the Great Law, and there is no more 

suffering and sin; for him evil is ended, and good is all in all.

3. Cause and Effect in Human Conduct

IT is an axiom with the scientists that every effect is related to a cause. Apply this to the realm of 

human conduct, and there is revealed the principle of Justice.

Every scientist knows (and now all men believe) that perfect harmony prevails throughout every 

portion of the physical universe, from the speck of dust to the greatest sun. Everywhere there is 

exquisite adjustment. In the sidereal universe, with its millions of suns rolling majestically through 
space and carrying with them their respective systems of revolving planets, its vast nebula, its seas of 

meteors, and its vast army of comets traveling through illimitable space with inconceivable velocity, 

perfect order prevails; and again, in the natural world, with its multitudinous aspects of life, and its 

infinite variety of forms, there are the clearly defined limits of specific laws, through the operation of 
which all confusion is avoided, and unity and harmony eternally obtain.

If this universal harmony could be arbitrarily broken, even in one small particular, the universe would 

cease to be; there could be no cosmos, but only universal chaos. Nor can it be possible in such a 
universe of law that there should exist any personal power which is above, outside, and superior to, 

such law in the sense that it can defy it, or set it aside; for whatsoever beings exist, whether they be 

men or gods, they exist by virtue of such law; and the highest, best, and wisest among all beings would 

manifest his greater wisdom by his more complete obedience to that law which is wiser than wisdom, 
and than which nothing more perfect could be devised.

All things, whether visible or invisible, are subservient to, and fall within the scope of, this infinite and 

eternal law of causation. As all things seen obey it, so all things unseen — the thoughts and deeds of 
men, whether secret or open— cannot escape it.

"Do right, it recompenseth; do one wrong, The equal retribution must be made."

Perfect justice upholds the universe; perfect justice regulates human life and conduct. All the varying 

conditions of life, as they obtain in the world today, are the result of this law reacting on human 

conduct. Man can (and does) choose what causes he shall set in operation, but he cannot change the 

nature of effects; he can decide what thoughts he shall think, and what deeds he shall do, but he has no 
power over the results of those thoughts and deeds; these are regulated by the overruling law.

Man has all power to act, but his power ends with the act committed. The result of the act cannot be 

altered, annulled, or escaped; it is irrevocable. Evil thoughts and deeds produce conditions of suffering; 
good thoughts and deeds determine conditions of blessedness. Thus man‘s power is limited to, and his 

blessedness or misery is determined by his own conduct. To know this truth, renders life simple, plain, 

and unmistakable; all the crooked paths are straightened out, the heights of wisdom are revealed, and 
the open door to salvation from evil and suffering is perceived and entered.

Life may be likened to a sum in arithmetic. It is bewilderingly difficult and complex to the pupil who 

has not yet grasped the key to its correct solution, but once this is perceived and laid hold of, it 
becomes as astonishingly simple as it was formerly profoundly perplexing. Some idea of this relative

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