1. A man may be wise as to books and philosophy and mathematics and poetry and great learning, and yet be low in grade as to spirit.
2. A man may know little of all such knowledge, and may be poor withal, but by hardship and experience, developed in sympathy and good works done unto others, and be high in grade as to spirit.
3. So also may it be with spirits that manifest through you as great orators, who stand even in the lowest grade in heaven.
4. Let not thyself deceive thyself, O man, as to your*** knowledge, or your*** speech or professions.
5. You hast the scales in your** own hands, and should, soon or late, weigh thyself justly, and take your*** place, even as you hast prepared thyself.
6. Nor flatter thyself that you can cheat heaven, or change the ways thereof.
7. Nor hide thyself behind doctrines, or behind the promises of Gods or Saviors.
8. Old things are done away, and none of these things should avail you* on earth or in heaven.
9. Be you king or queen or judge or servant, the same judgment should stand upon all.
10. When the garment is gone, and the diadem and riches and the flesh withal, consider you the grade of your*** spirit and the bondage upon you*.
11. You should take that for which you hast fitted thyself, according to what you hast done.
1. Hear my words, O man, and be considerate of the justice of your*** Creator.
2. These are my exhibits which I place before you*, that you should not err:
3. And you be a rich man, and adorn a city by donating unto it a park, with statuary and pleasure-walks, hoping to glorify thyself thereby, and be praised by men; therein thyself bury thyself in the first resurrection. And the act lower''' your*** grade instead of raising it.
4. For in whatsoever you givest, you should consider, first, the lowest of the low, whether they have bread to eat, and a place to sleep: And the sick, whether they have attendance and good provision.
5. And you be a rich man and contribute a house for the orphans or for the helpless and aged who cannot help themselves, it raiseth you* in grade.
6. But so far as you do this for the applause of men, you detract''' from the rate of thy beneficence.
7. Neither doth such a good work help you* more than the poor man help''' his own grade by assisting one poor orphan.
8. For your*** resurrection depend not on the quantity you givest, but as to whether thou givest according to what you hast. Of which matter you should judge thyself.
9. For he who give a penny may be raised up more by so doing, than he that give ten times ten thousand.
10. A certain rich man, being converted from the desires of earth, went about casting his money freely in the streets, and in giving to whosoever asked him therefor.
11. And some gathered it up, and fed and clothed themselves; others took of it, and went and got drunk, and became worse than before.
12. The measure of righteousness of that man's behavior was not in giving what he had to the poor, but in the good and evil that came of it, being weighed, as to which outbalanced the other.
13. And where he lowered the grade of them that received this money, or where he lowered a greater number than he raised, there his act of casting the money away was a judgment against him.
14. He who give, saying: Here, you beggar! do a good corporeal act, but an evil spiritual act. He lift''' up with one hand, but knock''' down with the other. Such an act detract''' from the grade of that man.
15. A certain rich man, being converted to do good works, went and built a score of soup-houses to feed the poor gratuitously.
16. And all the poor people of that town went therein and were fed. But the next year, behold, there were twice as many poor. And the rich man built another score of soup-houses, and they were all fed.
17. But the next year, there were still twice as many poor people to feed; but the rich man had exhausted his means, and could feed none at all.
18. Judgment is therefore rendered against that man for his supposed beneficence.
19. For, whilst he did a little corporeal good, he did a great spiritual wrong, because he lowered the grade of manhood and womanhood in those that he fed. His benevolence promoted dependence.
20. A rich man founded a place of labor for the poor, who had nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep. And he said unto them:
21. The Creator hath given you hands to work with; come you****, be men and women.
22. And they went and worked and earned their living.
23. Judgment is rendered in favor of that man, for he raised the spiritual grade of the poor. This is a beneficence that extend into heaven.
24. Let your*** charity be to the sick and helpless, but be you wise in directing the able-bodied to help themselves.
25. For all charity tend to lower the self-respect of the receiver, and cast''' him lower in the grades in heaven.
26. Certain ones depend on alms, not having either sickness nor yet strong bodies. Nevertheless, were they aroused, they could support themselves.
27. When you givest them regularly, they depend on you*. These become beggars in the lowest grades in heaven.
28. That which you givest them account''' against your** own grade. Better is it for you* and for them, that you arouse them from their degradation.
29. To do this tenderly and mercifully, is a great virtue; to do it cruelly, is a great crime.
30. Consider not so much what you should do to raise your** own grade, but what you can do to raise the grade of those within your*** reach.
31. Remember, all men and women are your*** brothers and sisters, and you should labor to make them make themselves a glory unto the Creator.
1. Remember your*** Creator and the magnitude of his creations. Before Him you are but an atom, and as only one small creature.
2. Nevertheless, a multitude of people make a nation, with cities and hamlets.
3. These are also graded by your*** God, according to the ascendancy or the declension of the whole.
4. If a city, then the grades of all the people should be summed together in a scale of one hundred.
5. And if a nation, then the grades of the cities and hamlets, and of people of isolation, should be summed together in a scale of a hundred.
6. And if half the people are above grade fifty, and half below fifty, the grade of that people should be fifty.
7. If one quarter only, then the grade of that people should be twenty-five.
8. On the basis of individual grades, should be the grades of a city and of a nation.
9. And the behavior of a city or a nation should be graded in the same way, after the manner of an individual.
10. A certain nation built alms-houses and asylums sufficient for the needy, and, by its tyranny, made an equal number of needy ones. That nation raised not its grade for the good it had done.
11. Another nation built no alms-houses, but, by its wholesome laws, there were none needed. That nation raised its grade many-fold.
12. And yet another nation maintained a standing army, in order to maintain itself. That nation stood in grade one only.
13. The place of this last nation, in entrance into the es world, should be grade one, which is the animal region, which is on the earth.
14. Whoso dwell''' in such a land, though he have a good individual grade, should suffer deduction in the ratio of the grades of different nations of the earth.
15. But whoso dwell''' in a nation, high in grade, should be ascended in his own individual grade.
16. As these grades are on earth, so have I made them in the heavens thereof. In all cases depending on what one do for the resurrection of others.
17. If a city, or nation, or a kingdom in heaven do unto others in resurrection, then should that nation be graded accordingly.
18. But, if there be no gain in the good than any of these do, they should receive no grade.
19. But, if they increase in raising individual grade, then are such cities and nations rising in grade.
20. Consider your*** nation, O man, one generation with another; and as the relative proportion of individual grades rise or fall, so should you determine whether your*** nation is ascending or falling in grade. Number its paupers and criminals as to increase or decrease.
21. Consider not its wealth, nor its ships, nor its armies, nor its great buildings. These all together are only one grade, and are of no value as to the spiritual grade of its people.
22. For the strength and life of your*** nation depend on its spiritual grade. Pursue this, and you should prophesy truly as to the growth or the downfall of a nation.
23. Pursue this also with regard to the nations of the earth, and you should determine the relative place of your** own nation in the es world.