The Vital Law of True Life, True Greatness Power and Happine
The Vital Law of True Life, True Greatness Power and Happiness
How can you make life yield its fullest and best? How can you know the true secret of power? How can you attain a true and lasting greatness? How can you fill the whole of life with a happiness, a peace, a joy, a satisfaction that is rich and abiding, that ever increases, and never diminishes?
No questions, perhaps, in this form or in that have been asked oftener
than these. Millions in the past have asked them. Millions are asking them to-day.
They will be asked by millions yet unborn. Is there an answer, a true and safe one for the millions who are eagerly and longingly seeking for it in all parts of the world to-day, and for the millions yet unborn who will as eagerly strive to find it as the years come and go?
Are you interested in the answer? The fact that you have read even thus far in this little volume whose title has led you to take it up, indicates that you are,--that you are but one of the innumerable company already mentioned.
This book teaches how to live life to the fullest.
It explains the true secret of power that results in true, everlasting happiness. The precepts taught in the book can be
applied in various fields of life to achieve success and satisfaction.
PART I. THE PRINCIPLE
PART II. THE APPLICATION
PART III. THE UNFOLDMENT
PART IV. THE AWAKENING
PART V. THE INCOMING
PART VI. CHARACTER-BUILDING THOUGHT POWER
I have seen the supreme happiness in lives where this principle has been caught and laid hold of, some, lives that seemed not to have much in
them before, but which under its wonderful influences have been so
transformed and so beautified, that have been made so sweet and so
strong, so useful and so precious, that each day seems to them all too
short, the same time that before, when they could scarcely see what was
in life to make it worth the living, dragged wearily along.
So there are countless numbers of people in the world with lives that seem not to have much in them, among the wealthy classes and among the poorer, who might under the influence of this great, this simple principle, make them so precious, so rich, and so happy that time would seem only too short, and they would wonder why they have been so long running on the wrong track, for it is true that much the larger portion of the world to-day is on the wrong track in the pursuit of happiness; but almost all are there, let it be said, not through choice, but by reason of not knowing the right, the true one.
The fact that really great, true, and happy lives have been lived in the past and are being lived to-day gives us our starting-point. Time and again I have examined such lives in a most careful endeavor to find what has made them so, and have found that in each and every individual
case this that we have now come to has been the great central principle
upon which they have been built. I have also found that in numbers of
lives where it has not been, but where almost every effort apart from it
has been made to make them great, true, and happy, they have not been
so; and also that no life built upon it in sufficient degree, other
things being equal, has failed in being thus.
Let us then to the answer, examine it closely, see if it will stand
every test, if it is the true one, and if so, rejoice that we have found
it, lay hold of it, build upon it, tell others of it. The last four words have already entered us at the open door. The idea has prevailed in the past, and this idea has dominated the world, that self is the great concern,--that if one would find success, greatness, happiness, he must give all attention to self, and to self alone.
This has been the great mistake, this the fatal error, this the direct opposite of the right, the true as set forth in the great immutable law that--we find
our own lives in losing them in the service of others, in longer form--the more of our lives we give to others, the fuller and the richer, the greater and the grander, the more beautiful and the more happy our own lives become. It is as that great and sweet soul who when with us lived at Concord said,--that generous giving or losing of your life which saves it.
This is an expression of one of the greatest truths, of one of the greatest principles of practical ethics the world has thus far seen. In a single word, it is service,--not self but the other self. We shall soon see, however, that our love, our service, our helpfulness to others, invariably comes back to us, intensified sometimes a hundred or a thousand or a thousand thousand fold, and this by a great, immutable law.