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WHAT MEN THOUGHTImmortality
[From The Rosicrucian Digest December 1947]
Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable.
As Osiris lives, so shall he also live; as Osiris died not, so shall he also not die; as Osiris perished not, so shall he also not perish.
Man is so created that as to his internal he cannot die, for he is capable of believing in God, and thus of being conjoined to God by faith and love, and to be conjoined to God is to live to eternity.
I know I am deathless, I know this orbit of mine cannot be swept by a carpenter's compass, I know I shall not pass like a child's curlicue cut with a burnt stick at night.
Immortality is a word that Hope through all the ages has been whispering to Love.
There is only one way to get ready for immortality and that is to love this life and live it as bravely, and faithfully, and cheerfully as we can.
The animal takes its stand on the plant, man bestrides animality, and the whole of humanity, in space and time, is one immense army, galloping beside and before and behind each of us in an overwhelming charge, able to beat down every resistance and clear the most formidable obstacles, perhaps even death.
To believe in immortality is one thing, but it is first needful to believe in Life.
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