By James Allen

Surrounded by way of noise, we will but have a quiet brain; fascinated about obligations, the guts could be at relaxation; in the middle of strife, we will recognize the abiding peace. The twenty items which include this e-book, unrelated as a few of them are within the letter, can be discovered to be harmonious within the spirit, in that they element the reader in the direction of these heights of self-knowledge and self-conquest which, emerging above the turbulance of the realm, elevate their peaks the place the Heavenly Silence reigns. - James Allen

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Elimination 4. Understanding 5. Victory 47 JAMES ALLEN ABOVE LIFE’S TURMOIL When men fail to overcome their sins, it is because they try to begin at the wrong end. They want to have the stage of Victory without passing through the previous four stages. They are in the position of a gardener who wants to produce good fruit without training and attending to his trees. ), and not allowing it to take actual form. This is equivalent to the gardener nipping off the useless buds and branches from his tree.

The knowledge of Truth, with its unspeakable joy, its calmness and quiet strength, is not for those who persist in clinging to their “rights,” defending their “interests,” and fighting for their “opinions”; whose works are imbued with the personal “I,” and who build upon the shifting sands of selfishness and egotism. It is for those who renounce these causes of strife, these sources of pain and sorrow; and they are, indeed, Children of Truth, disciples of the Master, worshippers of the most High.

Pride envies the position, influence, or goodness of others; it thinks, “Iam more deserving than this man or this woman”; it also continually finds occasion for resenting the actions of others, and says, “I have been snubbed,” “I have been insulted,” and thinking altogether of his own excellence, it sees no excellence in others. From the spirit of self-love proceed egotism, lust for power, and disparagement and contempt. Self-love worships the personality in which it moves; it is lost in the adoration and glorification of that “I”, that “self” which has no real existence, but is a dark dream and a delusion.

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