Thought I would sneak in my reflections on the Foreward -- Ernie, thank
you so much for encouraging me to reflect upon it (I would have missed
I'm BIG into questions - so reflecting upon the Foreward, I distilled a
few questions to keep in mind as I delve further into this document (and
¶1 -- What are some of the "fixed conceptions" from the past that we
must free ourselves of? [in order to do so, it seems we must have not
only the courage to see and think for ourselves - independent
investigation - but the faculties for it; what do I need to do to
develop and enhance my faculties for independent thought?]
¶2 -- What ARE "the implications of the truth that God is one and...
religion is likewise one"?
¶3 -- How SHOULD "the believing masses of humankind relate to one another"?
¶4 -- What is religious spirit? What are the "shackles" on religious
spirit? [I imagine "piercing veils of glory" may have something to do
with releasing those shackles]
¶5 -- How do I gain a "DEEP understanding of the process by which
humanity's spiritual life evolves"?
I am also struck by the metaphor in ¶5 that the Cause "represents the
arrowhead of an awakening" - it made me think of the following qualities
of an arrowhead => smallest part of the arrow; forged for
purity=strength or at least honed to obtain a sharp edge; helps guide
(the momentum of the shaft) and penetrate (must be sharp and
I think these will be informative questions for me to carry through this
journey. Thanks for letting me share them with you,