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Chapter - The Christ

Ancient scripture reveals: "Hard it is to understand: By giving away our food, we get 

more strength; by bestowing clothing on others, we gain more beauty; by founding 

abodes of purity and truth, we acquire great treasures."

Abraham, the father of the Hebrews, founded the prosperity of his people on the idea of 

tithing--giving a tenth of one's income to spiritual or charitable purposes without any 

thought of repayment or reward.

"The immortal can be reached only by continuous acts of kindliness, and perfection is 

accomplished by compassion and charity." The greater the degree of unselfish love that 

we attain, the nearer we come to the realization of the universal I as our real being.

The personal sense of "I" is busily engaged in getting, achieving, desiring, 

accomplishing, accumulating; whereas our real Self is giving, bestowing, sharing and 

blessing. The personal sense of Self is the embodiment of all human experiences, most of 

which are limited and undesirable; The real Self is the embodiment of infinite spiritual 

ideas and activities forever expressing Itself without limit or restraint.

The small "I" concerns itself primarily with its personal problems and affairs, enlarging 

its borders to include members of the immediate family or circle of friends. Personal 

sense often goes further afield into charitable works or community welfare, but we know 

that it is personal sense when we analyze the motives which govern. The real sense of 

Self lives out from the center of its being, blessing all whom it touches, and is recognized 

by its selflessness, by its unselfishness, by its lack of seeking recognition, reward, or any 

personal aggrandizement. It is not a spineless entity or a floormop to be pushed around by 

mortals--it is never even seen or known by mortals.

Two beautiful illustrations come to mind revealing in tender scenes the difference 

between the personal self and the immortal Self.

Siddhartha, who had left his home and family in search of truth, finally received 

enlightenment and became the Buddha, the Enlightened One, or as we term it, the Christ 

of his day. His father, a great king, was about to die and, desiring to see his son, sent for 

him, asking him to return. When he sat face to face with his son, he realized that he had 

lost him in the personal sense of father and son, but tried nevertheless to reclaim him. "I 

would offer thee my kingdom," said the King, "but if I did, thou wouldst account it but 


And Buddha said, "I know that the king's heart is full of love . . . but let the ties of that 

love that bind you to the son whom you lost embrace with equal kindness all your fellow 

beings, and you will receive in his place a greater one than Siddhartha: You will receive

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