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Chapter 73 - Cognitive faculty and indulgent intention in the human being.

73,1. Zorel says: "That is the way I like to be spoken to. It sounded most humane and I will make every effort to do what you will tell me to do in your human voice and not as a judge. Dear friend, I now know myself in every detail. My innermost core of my life does not seem to be too bad, whereas my outer being is thoroughly wicked. If it were possible to leave this flesh completely with all its evil mental appendages and to clothe the inner core of my life in a better physical body, I might be quite an exceptional person; but with my present physical constitution it is hopeless. Although I am no longer quite as wicked as I used to be, my flesh would still never be trustworthy. One thing is remarkable however. In all my actions, which look so very bad, my own will was never involved. I was always drawn into these actions as if by accident, and the opposite of what I actually wanted took place. How can this be explained?"

73,2. John says: "Man's will has a certain duality. There is the one will on which the recognition of truth always has a rather weak towrope or lead line, whilst the world of the senses with its sweetly scented attractions has its own towrope, which thanks to all sorts of habits has become quite strong and powerful. Whenever the world presents you with an appetizing morsel together with the chance to grasp it, the strong rope attached to the volition segment of the heart immediately begins to pull forcefully. If then, simultaneously, the weaker towrope controlling the cognition of truth is also activated, it is of little or no use, since the stronger pull always outperforms the weaker one.

73,3. The will that is to be effective must be determined and totally fearless. It must be able to face all the positive attractions of this world with stoic indifference and follow the lighted path of truth even at the risk of losing its own physical life. Then the otherwise weak will to acquire knowledge becomes strong and powerful and subjugates the purely worldly will devoted to the senses and their gratification. This will in time be completely merged into the light of the cognitive will. Thus man finally achieves inner unity, an absolutely essential pre-requisite for the attainment of inner perfection.

73,4. For unless you become unified in your thinking and in your innermost being, how can you claim to have recognized truth in all its depth and fullness if you are still completely at odds with your inner being and, therefore, nothing but blatant self-deception? And falsehood compared with truth, is like the darkest night in contrast to broad daylight. Such a night does not give out any light and, thus, a man who deceives himself cannot recognize the light of truth at all. It is therefore true that in all the worldly-minded people who are so greatly confused within themselves, the tow-rope of the will of cognition is so weak that it is easily overcome and cast aside by the slightest counter-pull from the worldly, pleasure-seeking will.

73,5. If this worldly will were to completely defeat and suppress the will of cognition, thus bringing about a kind of unity to the dark confines of the inner man, such a person would become spiritually dead, a man condemned within himself, and can never aspire to any light except that from the fire which is burning the impure substances, ignited by the pressure of desire. But the substance of the soul is far tougher than that of the body and a raging fire is essential to consume and destroy its ethereal substance completely.

73,6. And since a soul - because of its craving for pleasure and power - will not submit to such an extremely painful purification for the love of truth or light, but will rather seek to avoid it by every available means, a person who in this world has achieved complete unity in the darkness of his inner life, is as good as lost for ever.

73,7. Only one who, thanks to his forceful, enlightened cognitive will has completely conquered his worldly pleasure-seeking will and has thus achieved unity within himself, in so doing identifying himself with light and truth and, in consequence, with life itself. To achieve this, as I have already mentioned, truly stoic self-abnegation is needed; not the arrogant denial of your Diogenes as he thought himself superior to King Alexander in golden armour, but the humility of Enoch, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. If this is within your power, well-timed everlasting help for you will be there for you. If you can not achieve it with your own strength that comes from your compulsion to recognize truth, then you are finished and can not be helped, neither here nor in the hereafter. I am of the opinion that you are capable of it as you do not lack insight or understanding. What does your inner reason say to this?”

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