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Pond and Purpose

From Miscellaneous Writings by

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1     BELOVED STUDENTS: — In thanking you for your

         gift of the pretty pond contributed to Pleasant View,

3     in Concord, New Hampshire, I make no distinction be-

         tween my students and your students; for here, thine

         becomes mine through gratitude and affection.

6     From my tower window, as I look on this smile of

         Christian Science, this gift from my students and their

         students, it will always mirror their love, loyalty, and

9     good works. Solomon saith, “As in water face answereth

         to face, so the heart of man to man.”

         The waters that run among the valleys, and that

12    you have coaxed in their course to call on me, have

         served the imagination for centuries. Theology religiously

         bathes in water, medicine applies it physically, hydrology

15    handles it with so-called science, and metaphysics appro-

         priates it topically as type and shadow. Metaphysically,

         baptism serves to rebuke the senses and illustrate Christian

18    Science.

         First: The baptism of repentance is indeed a stricken

         state of human consciousness, wherein mortals gain

21    severe views of themselves; a state of mind which rends

         the veil that hides mental deformity. Tears flood the eyes,

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1     agony struggles, pride rebels, and a mortal seems a

         monster, a dark, impenetrable cloud of error; and falling

3     on the bended knee of prayer, humble before God, he

         cries, “Save, or I perish.” Thus Truth, searching the

         heart, neutralizes and destroys error.

6     This mental period is sometimes chronic, but oftener

         acute. It is attended throughout with doubt, hope, sorrow,

         joy, defeat, and triumph. When the good fight is fought,

9     error yields up its weapons and kisses the feet of Love,

         while white-winged peace sings to the heart a song of


12    Second: The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the spirit

         of Truth cleansing from all sin; giving mortals new

         motives, new purposes, new affections, all pointing up-

15    ward. This mental condition settles into strength, free-

         dom, deep-toned faith in God; and a marked loss of faith

         in evil, in human wisdom, human policy, ways, and means.

18    It develops individual capacity, increases the intellectual

         activities, and so quickens moral sensibility that the

         great demands of spiritual sense are recognized, and they

21    rebuke the material senses, holding sway over human


         By purifying human thought, this state of mind per-

24    meates with increased harmony all the minutiae of human

         affairs. It brings with it wonderful foresight, wisdom,

         and power; it unselfs the mortal purpose, gives steadi-

27    ness to resolve, and success to endeavor. Through the

         accession of spirituality, God, the divine Principle of

         Christian Science, literally governs the aims, ambition,

30    and acts of the Scientist. The divine ruling gives pru-

         dence and energy; it banishes forever all envy, rivalry,

         evil thinking, evil speaking and acting; and mortal

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1     mind, thus purged, obtains peace and power outside of


3     This practical Christian Science is the divine Mind,

         the incorporeal Truth and Love, shining through the mists

         of materiality and melting away the shadows called sin,

6     disease, and death.

         In mortal experience, the fire of repentance first sepa-

         rates the dross from the gold, and reformation brings

9     the light which dispels darkness. Thus the operation

         of the spirit of Truth and Love on the human thought,

         in the words of St. John, “shall take of mine and show it

12    unto you.”

         Third: The baptism of Spirit, or final immersion of

         human consciousness in the infinite ocean of Love, is the

15    last scene in corporeal sense. This omnipotent act drops

         the curtain on material man and mortality. After this,

         man’s identity or consciousness reflects only Spirit, good,

18    whose visible being is invisible to the physical senses: eye

         hath not seen it, inasmuch as it is the disembodied in-

         dividual Spirit-substance and consciousness termed in

21    Christian metaphysics the ideal man — forever permeated

         with eternal life, holiness, heaven. This order of Science

         is the chain of ages, which maintain their obvious corre-

24    spondence, and unites all periods in the divine design.

         Mortal man’s repentance and absolute abandonment of

         sin finally dissolves all supposed material life or physical

27    sensation, and the corporeal or mortal man disappears

         forever. The encumbering mortal molecules, called man,

         vanish as a dream; but man born of the great Forever,

30    lives on, God-crowned and blest.

         Mortals who on the shores of time learn Christian

         Science, and live what they learn, take rapid transit to

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1     heaven, — the hinge on which have turned all revolu-

         tions, natural, civil, or religious, the former being servant

3     to the latter, — from flux to permanence, from foul to

         pure, from torpid to serene, from extremes to intermediate.

         Above the waves of Jordan, dashing against the receding

6     shore, is heard the Father and Mother’s welcome, saying

         forever to the baptized of Spirit: “This is my beloved

         Son.” What but divine Science can interpret man’s

9     eternal existence, God’s allness, and the scientific inde-

         structibility of the universe?

         The advancing stages of Christian Science are gained

12    through growth, not accretion; idleness is the foe of

         progress. And scientific growth manifests no weakness,

         no emasculation, no illusive vision, no dreamy absentness,

15    no insubordination to the laws that be, no loss nor lack

         of what constitutes true manhood.

         Growth is governed by intelligence; by the active,

18    all-wise, law-creating, law-disciplining, law-abiding Prin-

         ciple, God. The real Christian Scientist is constantly

         accentuating harmony in word and deed, mentally and

21    orally, perpetually repeating this diapason of heaven:

         “Good is my God, and my God is good. Love is my God,

         and my God is Love.”

24    Beloved students, you have entered the path. Press

         patiently on; God is good, and good is the reward of all

         who diligently seek God. Your growth will be rapid, if

27    you love good supremely, and understand and obey the

         Way-shower, who, going before you, has scaled the steep

         ascent of Christian Science, stands upon the mount of

30    holiness, the dwelling-place of our God, and bathes in the

         baptismal font of eternal Love.

         As you journey, and betimes sigh for rest “beside the

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1     still waters,” ponder this lesson of love. Learn its pur-

         pose; and in hope and faith, where heart meets heart

3     reciprocally blest, drink with me the living waters of the

         spirit of my life-purpose, — to impress humanity with

         the genuine recognition of practical, operative Christian

6     Science.

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