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D11. What Is Justice?

The realm of Infinite Justice is for no far‑off place or time. It is here. It is all about us. It is working to‑day as it has worked during all past days and generations. It metes out to all pain or blessing by a Law inconceivably exact. It is impossible to escape its judgment. It has nothing to do with man’s law. In its operation, the one declared guilty by man may be the more innocent, while the accuser receives its punishment. It declares many things to be offences which we may not deem as offences.


But the justice of the Supreme Power, though exact, is kind. Its aim is not to punish but to make more happiness for all. The Law of Life and happiness is as a straight and narrow path. The moment we turn out of it, we are met by an obstacle, a barrier, a pain. The more we try to turn aside the obstacle or remove the barriers the more the pain increases. The justice of the Supreme says to us: “You are out of the right road. In the way you would go and use your forces are pains and unrest. I have a safe path for you. Of that path you can see only that part you are to tread for the hour and the day. Do not try to plan out and map out your future. That is my business. Leave that all to me. Keep in the mood of demanding of me where you shall tread and how you shall live for the hour and the day. Keep in this mood until it becomes second nature, and I will send you wisdom to live aright for the hour, as the Sun sends to the plant enough of its warmth for the hour, and no more.”


Every pain, every uneasiness of mind or body, great or small, is a judgment entered up against us, but only with the aim of keeping us where we shall grow into ever increasing happiness.


“Punishment” and “penalty” are harsh ideas coming of man’s lower material mind. The Infinite checks us when we get out of the right road, and the check is often painful. But it is not “punishment” in the sense that man uses that word.


We “punish” the man caught in stealing. But Infinite Justice kindly checks the successful man as the world estimates success, who steals and is never by others detected. He checks him at last with some form of pain or unrest. The uncaught thief cannot escape Infinite Justice.


Eternal Justice says to us: “You shall have no other God but the improvement of your own being. You must put this aim above money. Your aim in life must be the possession of the best body, the best mind, and the growing and cultivation of the powers in you. You prove these through the promptings I will send you from time to time and ‘all things needful’ will come to you.”


But when we put money first in our minds the Higher and Immutable Justice metes out no end of pains and penalties. Money first—three‑fourths of our waking hours absorbed in its pursuit—our minds merged ever in its thought current, and we are in the well‑worn, densely thronged road of care, disappointment, decay and death. Money first, and whether gained or not, the body ages. When gained in this mood the man is no happier.


Infinite Justice says: “You shall not covet.” You may own a whole county or even a state by legal right. But you do not really own it. You really own no more than you can enjoy or appreciate. You may have several magnificent houses. You may have horses, carriages, conservatories, yachts, and all that men accumulate. You cannot enjoy nor use a tenth part of these. The rest prove to be cares. They bring in some way more anxiety than pleasure. Infinite Justice says: “You are trying to live against the law. You will not trust the Supreme to give you goods as you need them. You do not know your real needs. I do. You choose to take the matter in your own hands and heap up all you can get physical possession of for future needs. Of all this what you cannot use and enjoy will load you down with the thought of care, and that thought will draw away your strength. It will keep the higher thought element from coming to you which would fill your body with new life. So as you exhaust yourself with trying to carry this load of care your body will weaken and decay. You may even become a poor, rich man, senile and silly in his dotage, dead already to the world of business, his affairs cared for by others, while he ends near where he began materially—an aged baby.”


The case of the poor man is precisely the same. As regards results, it makes no difference whether ten dollars are gained or ten millions, when that purpose is placed before the pursuit of Eternal Life. The poor man’s mammon and the rich man’s mammon are one and the same false god.


Money is most desirable. It is the agent for bringing much necessary for the refined taste and the refined spirit. Only it must not be placed before God. When it is, we place the cars before the engine and try to make them the pulling power. In such case millions bring neither happiness nor health. But when we recognize the Infinite as ahead of the train, we get far more out of thousands than the mere accumulator does out of millions.

Infinite Justice, when held to, keeps the stream of riches and blessings flowing to us like a river. Like the river also they flow away from us, so as to be succeeded by other and greater blessings. Our material minds, however, tend to darn the stream. We are afraid the Mississippi may dry up.

Infinite Justice makes us alive to the many little debts we may owe others. They are debts which cannot be paid in money. They can be paid in kind thoughts.

A tree is planted by the wayside in the desire that travelers may find refreshment in its shade. When on a hot day we stand in its shade and are refreshed, we owe a thought of gratitude to the man who planted it. When such thought goes from us spontaneously, it is a force put out which does us good. To feel grateful is a pleasure‑giving sensation. It brings literal new life to the body, for our moods of mind bring the body either good or harm. The grateful mood is a re‑creative and recuperative agency.


Our mood of gratitude is a force which goes to the man who planted the tree or placed the drinking cup by the wayside spring, or leaves in the fence surrounding his field a gap through which he may pass and shorten half a mile in distance. It matters not that we are not acquainted with the giver of these small favors. Our kind thought meets that man’s spirit, and that is the real man. Our thought does him a real and lasting good. It brings him at some time and place a sensation of pleasure, though he may not know how or why or from whom it came.


Here the Infinite Justice awards good for the good put out by giver and receiver. As we mete it out to others so shall it be meted to us in return.

But when we use the man’s field or his tree without a thought of kindness or gratitude—when we do not pay the debt in this way, we lose the pleasant mental condition that the mood of good will to another brings. And the desirable things in life are the attainment of pleasant mental states of mind. Or in other words, of thoughts which shall bring us ever increasing health, strength, vigor, and far more.

And if we enjoy the little favor, saying in mind, “Old Smith is abundantly able to plant a hundred trees, or give the town a wagon road through his field instead of a foot‑path,” we put out an unthankful, envious, evil, unseen force. It leaves with us more or less its unhappy mood and feeling. It opens the mind to the thought current of envy and grumbling, laden with more and more thoughts (things and forces) of envy and ill will. These bring sickness to the body and unrest to the mind.

We shall suffer in some way from that mood. That suffering is the judgment entered up against us by Infinite Justice, and the intent of that judgment is to keep us out of such moods. If through long habit we cannot prevent such evil states of mind, we will demand of the Supreme the new mind and heart into which such evil thoughts cannot enter.


The world will do every one justice who is just to him or herself. A man who should spend all his time planting trees by the wayside to the neglect of his business would be unjust to himself. He is carried off his balance by benevolent impulse.


He needs balanced wisdom. Balanced wisdom can come only on demand from the Supreme Power. We are not exempt from pains and troubles attendant on violating the laws of life, even in doing good to others. We may sin in philanthropic effort, when we do not demand of the Supreme Wisdom for guidance in such effort. Benevolent impulse has not saved men from perishing in the flames who rushed in the burning house to save a friend. It has not prevented the philanthropic nurse from the contagion of fever or other disease and consequent death. The Supreme Mind will not allow us to judge through our individual reason how, when and where we shall expend our forces. That mind commands us ever to be in the mood of demanding and drawing from it that idea, thought and wisdom, whereby in doing the greatest good to ourselves we shall do the greatest good to others.


It is not our first mission to “save the world” or “reform mankind.” It is our first mission to reform ourselves, save ourselves from disease of mind and body, and grow into new and newer lives. Then our light shines to some purpose, and even without word or any physical effort on our part, millions may be benefited. How! By the proofs coming through you possibly that there is an exact Law of Life; that such laws as lived up to brings only good and averts evil; that the law for each one comes bit by bit and day by day as demanded of the Supreme, and not from tradition, or book, or creed, or any other man’s preaching.


Justice to self is a matter lying entirely between ourselves and the Infinite Mind. It is found only in the privacy of our chamber. When we depend on any person, no matter how great that person’s wisdom to make this justice for us, we leave the Unlimited Mind of God for the limited mind of the individual.


Our thought if directed toward another, either in good will or ill will, flows to them an element or unseen fluid. So does the thought of others in good will or ill will flow to us. If the thought of two persons meets in ill will there is a destructive friction between these opposing fluids. This will certainly result in mental and physical pain to both. These opposing forces will in time destroy their bodies. The destruction of those bodies is not an Infinite Judgment in wrath against the former possessors of those bodies. It is the inexorable Law of the Supreme saying, “My force must be used for ever increasing happiness and not for pain. Because it is used improperly it will of the power and wisdom inherent in it destroy the physical instruments or bodies of those who so use it.”

Infinite Justice commands that man shall recognize in woman a spiritual power distinct from his own, and in certain respects superior to his own. The feminine spiritual vision sees or rather senses farther than man’s. When this, woman’s greatest power, is recognized, and by such recognition brought more into play, man will gladly yield that belonging to her, and avail himself of it to save himself from many evils he now suffers. She is as the spy‑glass to the sailor—seeing rocks, shoals and dangers before they come within the compass of man’s vision. Man has been hitherto unable to see and understand the feminine powers and real use which the one feminine mind the complement or completement of his own could be to him. Infinite Justice is to make him see that to realize a higher and far happier life than this, he must allow the feminine spirit full play. He cannot in coming ages make her place and command her to stay in it. In so doing he cuts off literally his own life. The Higher Justice inflicts pain and takes from him body after body through successive re‑incarnations, until he sees clearly that the Supreme Power and Wisdom alone can order the place he or she is to fill.


But Infinite Justice has its lesson for woman. She will be more just to herself. Her sympathy is greater than man’s. This sympathy prompts her to yield so much demanded by man. Out of its excess she has given him place and precedence, done as he required without asking if it was the will of the Supreme, and accepted his estimate of her as an inferior and the “weaker vessel.” She is to know that her strength is equal to his own, and that as her thought goes in love and sympathy to him, she gives and he absorbs an element which brings him renewed life for every department of being, provided they are in the same vein or current of thought.


Woman’s strength equals that of man’s, only it is exercised through different channels. Of this the trying functions of maternity are proof. Could these be transferred to man, be the man ploughman or prize‑fighter, his opinion of the “weaker vessel” might undergo a radical change.


Women are more to demand what is the will of the Supreme concerning what in mind and body they represent of the Supreme. The will of the Supreme is Exact Justice. In so doing they will confer more good on those they love. But when woman accepts the man’s will as her only guide of action she is leading herself astray and him also.


There can be but one head in a perfect whole. But this is not the man’s mind alone. Nor is it the woman’s mind alone. It is the union blending and interdependence of the two particular masculine and feminine minds who have been made and fitted by the Supreme Power for each other, and who cannot avoid or miss each other. Such union made by the Supreme, man can neither make nor put asunder.


Supreme Justice says: “You shall not kill.” This command has the fullest conceivable application. It does not apply merely to the killing of human beings by each other. It implies that a law is broken in the killing of animal, bird, fish and insect. When the law is broken a pain is felt by those who break it. It may not come immediately. But come at last it does in some form of disease and weakness, which man attributes to other causes.


The pain or penalty coming of man’s indiscriminate slaughter of other forms of life lies in his present inability to rise into a more perfect being and avoid the pains and shackles of this present physical existence. Every animal, bird or insect in its natural state that we destroy has a certain life‑giving unseen element for us. That element as we grow into the more spiritualized condition would supply the place of our present foods. It is a part of the Almighty Mind expressed physically. Every part of the Almighty Mind as soon as recognized and loved will give us its element of life. When we destroy it we cannot have that element.


Man is to have dominion over the “beasts of the field,” not by his physical power of enslaving or slaughtering them, but through his love for them. That love as it increases in the future will change their attitude toward him. That love is a force stronger than theirs. It will compel them to come to him, not to be yoked or trained, or killed, but to give him what is in them of the Infinite Mind to give.


The Supreme Power never authorized man to take justice in his own hands. If you accept as authority the Old or New Testaments, you find that Mind saying to man: “You must leave vengeance to Me. You must not judge others.” The Supreme Power says to us: “You must be ever in the mood of demanding to know what Justice is. You have seen no better way to regulate Society than to hang and imprison and inflict penalties for such offences as you are aware of. You are making your laws all the time without thought or recognition of the Great Divine Law and Force which made the Universe, and which will eternally go on making it more and more perfect. Your laws are so numerous, so confused, so perplexing, so muddled, that they tumble over each other in your statute books. They conflict and contradict each other. Your system of law is a Babel—a confusion, and, so far from promoting Justice, is the greatest of helps to enable craft and cunning temporarily to succeed.


Does that craft and cunning go on unchecked? By no means. It does not in the true sense succeed at all. It is brought up in a few years by a sick mind and a sick body. Its powers, physical and mental, fail at last. It creeps down to decay and death, and at last vanishes forever. Forever? Yes; so far as the material mind of such a man is concerned. But the real spirit which through ages is gravitating ever nearer the Infinite survives. Infinite Justice in this way is teaching it how to use its forces right, and right brings eternal happiness.

Why is it wrong to steal? Man’s law and justice says, because we wrong another in taking from him his goods. Infinite Justice says we do the greater wrong to ourselves. How? The Supreme says, “Demand of me all things, and all things that are really good shall come to you. Get things in any other way and they do you no real good.” We find it hard to believe this when we are pressed to the wall and in danger of starving. But the same power and force is in the Universe and all about us to‑day which made the ravens feed the prophet in the wilderness and send manna and other food to the Israelites in their wanderings. This power always responds to the earnest persistent demand.

Infinite Justice does not inflict pain unnecessarily. Many a person “dead in trespasses and sins” passes away easily and quietly. He may have wronged, cheated and tricked all his life. Infinite Justice saw that with his present body he was too gross, too material, too callous to be acted on and awakened by any higher thought. It allows that body and its physical faculties to become benumbed and stupefied. It would be time and force thrown away to try and arouse that man’s spirit with such a body. The clod is cast off. That man’s spirit secures a new body. With that body he is to greater or less extent more open, more receptive to a higher order of thought which shall make of him a new man and a better man.

Often to our material eye the wicked seem to “flourish as a green bay tree.” But when we see a little clearer, we find their happiness to be no greater than that of others. They have cares and perplexities. They are not exempt from pain and disease. They weary sometimes of their lives, having tried all material pleasure and found it wanting.


But who are the “wicked?” Do we not all sin in some way? What business have I when breaking one of God’s laws to judge a person “wicked” who breaks another! Let us demand that spiritual eye which shall, so fast as Infinite Wisdom sees fit, awaken us to our own defects and diminish our tendency for prying and troubling ourselves about the defects of others.

And when awakened, as we shall be from time to time, to our defects, we are not to judge ourselves too harshly. That is as great a sin as the harsh judgment of others. Hard unmerciful judgment and castigation of self leads to hard judgment of others.

The Infinite says to us: ‘“Give up to me unreservedly yourself to reform and I will give you a new being. I will make you forget all about contrition, all about repentance, all about expiation. I will make you realize, and you shall rejoice in the realization, that you are ever refining and growing from the lesser perfection of to‑day to the greater perfection of to‑morrow. Your repentance in sorrow shall change to the joy of knowing that your condition, your thoughts, your acts of your past were the condition, acts and thoughts of a cruder state of being for which you were not responsible. You have come out of that into a brighter, better, purer being. You are to be brighter, better, purer still. You will then not repent at all on finding that your condition of yesterday does not belong to your condition and mind of to‑day. You will rejoice that you have found a better way. In time that better way will change for one still better, and so on and on. The angels know no sin, because they see that the defect of yesterday was the result of yesterday’s cruder yet necessary state of mind. The angels ask forgiveness of no one, but rejoice ever as the Supreme Power leads them from the ecstacy of to‑day the greater ecstacy of the future. They know that the Infinite Mind delights in praise. Their praise is rejoicing that is endless. Praise is not sorrow, nor contrition, nor dwelling over and living in the recollection of offences we have done, nor trying to expiate such offences by making ourselves miserable.

Q's note

What makes You happy?  What do You really enjoy doing?  Dive in It!  Invest in Your Own Happiness.  Focus on what's Best for You because this is Your Life!

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