Knowledge is Eternal

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They say that wisdom is a dying flower—and I disagree. In a world covered in mud, the lotus still continues to grow. Even after mankind washes itself away from the surface of the earth, knowledge will still remain. Look no further than the bosom of Nature. It offers all the solutions needed to cure and unite humanity. Wise men only exist as interpreters and transmitters of Truth. Their time on earth is limited, but Nature’s existence is eternal. Open books shall always exist for those with an opened eye and pure heart; for Truth can only be seen by those with truth in them. — Suzy Kassem

The War on Truth

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I have a friend who owns a large chain of restaurants on the east coast. Recently, he discovered that one of his store managers had been stealing from the cash registers. And apparently, this had been happening for a long time.

After going through store records and monitoring the surveillance cameras, my friend noticed that the amount of money this store manager had been stealing steadily increased over time. And because nobody noticed and said anything, the manager became increasingly daring and bold. At first, he took one hundred dollars, then three hundred, then five hundred — until he pocketed thousands at a time. Yet, truth always rises with time. Once a crook feels secure in his stealing, he not only aims higher for larger scores, he also starts to get recklessly sloppy. This is how corruption works.

When the police were finally called and shown the videos of the manager stealing, they confronted him on the job. And even after revealing all the evidence against him, he denied everything. Then they searched him and found thousands of dollars stashed in his pockets that he had just freshly pulled from the store’s safe that day.

The purpose of this short story is to show what happens when we do not immediately confront people who are doing something wrong. They typically start small to see what they can get away with, and when they are sure that nobody is paying attention, they go for larger prizes and take greater risks. Even if a child is reprimanded for stealing cookies from the cookie jar, if the punishment is a simple slap on the wrist, they will continue stealing so long as they see the prize to be greater than the penalty.

When we remain silent in the face of corruption, we are giving our consent to a devil’s intent. We are giving evildoers permission to keep committing crimes — and to steadily increase the size and intensity of their criminal acts. This is why it is very important to speak up immediately against those who do wrong. The price for standing up for Truth, no matter how severe, will always be less than the price our souls will be penalized for not speaking up for our conscience. There is no greater crime in the universe than silencing your conscience.

I am almost sure, that the store manager in the above example revealed his deceit to at least one co-worker. And that co-worker either received a share of the loot — or remained silent in fear of losing their job. Believe it or not, the second is a greater offense than the first. The first will be punished by the law of the land and divine law, but the second will receive at least double the weight of the punishment by divine judgement — for failing to use the truth in their hearts to cast light on the wrong. Stealing material wealth is one thing, but choosing the security of your well-being over the Truth is the same as committing murder.

Most of the time, the cost of sharing or standing up for Truth is greater than the price of Freedom.  And most of the time, standing up for Truth is a solitary act, while fighting for freedom is done with a crowd. You may ask, isn’t fighting for Truth and freedom the same thing? No. Even though both are our natural birthrights, one is a daily struggle, while the other is a major event or a series of calculated one-offs that could be an individual fight or include a specific segment of people. When you share truths, depending on their severity and cost to the accuser, there will be consequences. You could be attacked or bullied to stay silent. You may be punished in a thousand different ways. You may lose your job, reputation, friends, co-workers, affiliations, and even your mind — but this is to be expected. Just like freedom, Truth is not cheap. Yet both are worth more than all the gold in the world. But what is freedom, if there is no truth? And what is truth, if there is no freedom? Both are worth fighting for — because one without the other would be hell.

If you do not fight for Truth, you become part of the reason why the world is loaded with so many problems — that will only continue to grow. If you do not fight for freedom for all of mankind, all of mankind will be void of Truth. This is the delicate irony. Everything is connected. Every immoral act is connected to the greater evil, and every oppressed nation is being chained by the majority that do not act to free them.

Suzy Kassem

 

THE CORRECT MEANING OF THE WORD ‘MEEK’

In addendum to the above, I would like to share some words from years ago on the word ‘MEEK’.

One word that has been poorly defined by dictionaries and priests is the word ‘meek’. The word has been defined in several ways: righteous, humble, teachable, and patient under suffering, long suffering willing to follow gospel teachings; an attribute of a true disciple. This is not completely true. There is a secret a person with great knowledge discovers along the path to truth. That is, the more doors you open to the mysteries, or sacred knowledge, the smaller you feel. And because you begin to feel smaller and smaller until your ego disappears, the more humble you become. Therefore, any man who behaves arrogantly with what little he knows, or claims to know all, only reveals to all that he really knows nothing. Real greatness does not reside inside those who feel large. The truly wise are meek. Yet being small and meek do not make one weak. Arming oneself with true knowledge generates strong confidence and a bold spirit that makes you a lion of God. The Creator does not want you to suffer, yet we are being conditioned by society to accept suffering, weak and passive dispositions under the belief that such conditions are favorable by God. Weakness is not a virtue praised by God. How could he desire for you to be weak if he tells us to stand by our conscience? Doing so requires strength. However, there is a difference between arrogance when inflating your ego, and confidence when one truly gets closer to God. One feels large, while the other feels small. Why? Because a man of wisdom understands that he is just a small pea in a sea of infinite atoms, and that in the end — we are all connected. And did you not know that the smaller a creature is, the bolder its spirit?

Suzy Kassem

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Destiny is Manifested Only Through Action. – Suzy Kassem

Take care of your life force and always keep it streaming. Always be active and creative and never ever stop dreaming. Suzy Kassem

Here is a collection of thoughts that have already been shared on my blog in the past, but I am stitching them all together since they all share a common theme.

You may have control of your life, but you cannot control your environment. You cannot control the economy, trends, family circumstances, accidents, unexpected expenses, and the weather of life. You cannot control other people and their moods, personal situations, or issues. You cannot control biases or changes in your industry of choice. You cannot even control jealousy and envy in others. However, you can control your own STRENGTH to get back up and START AGAIN.

Destiny is manifested only through action. You cannot be the captain of your own destiny, only the sailor, because we cannot control external influences that may alter the stability or direction of our ships. Once you understand this basic principle, you won’t be so hard on yourself when things don’t go your way. If man could write his own fate, he would have designed his journey to be without obstacles. Yet all obstacles come with valuable lessons designed just for you and only you. Suffering is imposed on us time and again so that one day we would become brave wise masters. Faith keeps our ships moving, while empathy and the memories of our experiences lead to wisdom.

Keep creating new chapters in your personal book and never stop re-inventing and perfecting yourself. Try new things. Pick up new hobbies and books. Travel and explore other cultures. Never stay in the same city or state for more than five years of your life. There are many heavens on earth waiting for you to discover. Seek out people with beautiful hearts and minds, not those with just beautiful style and bodies. The first kind will forever remain beautiful to you, while the other will grow stale and ugly. Learn a new language at least twice. Change your career at least thrice, and change your location often. Like all creatures in the wild, we were designed to keep moving. When a snake sheds its old skin, it becomes a more refined creature. Never stop refining and re-defining yourself. We are all beautiful instruments of God. He created many notes in music so we would not be stuck playing the same song. Be music always. Keep changing the keys, tones, pitch, and volume of each of the songs you create along your journey and play on. Nobody will ever reach ultimate perfection in this lifetime, but trying to achieve it is a full-time job. Start now and don’t stop. Make your book of life a musical. Never abandon obligations, but have fun leaving behind a colorful legacy. Never allow anybody to be the composer of your own destiny. Take control of your life, and never allow limitations implanted by society, tell you how your music is supposed to sound — or how your book is supposed to be written.

And lastly, our hearts resonate at the same frequency as the earth and the universe. Therefore, we are all valuable instruments in the orchestration of the world and its harmony. We must always be aware of the vibrations we emit individually and collectively. Always be in command of your music. Only you can control and shape its tone. If life throws you a few bad notes or vibrations, don’t let them interrupt or alter your song.

Suzy Kassem (c) Writings from 2002-2010

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