Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

VAINGLORY
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VAINGLORY



Comparisons are odorous. -  Shakespeare

   Through all human history, the vital outcomes of
Truth have suffered temporary shame and loss from
individual conceit, cowardice, or dishonesty.  The bird
whose right wing flutters to soar, while the left beats its
way downward, falls to the earth.  Both wings must be
plumed for rarefied atmospheres and upward flight.
   Mankind must gravitate from sense to Soul, and human
affairs should be governed by Spirit, intelligent good.
The antipode of Spirit, which we name matter, or non-intelligent
evil, is no real aid to being.  The predisposing
and exciting cause of all defeat and victory under the
sun, rests on this scientific basis:  that action, in obedience
to God, spiritualizes man's motives and methods,
and crowns them with success; while disobedience to

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this divine Principle materializes human modes and consciousness,
and defeats them.
   Two personal queries give point to human action:  Who
shall be greatest? and, Who shall be best?  Earthly
glory is vain; but not vain enough to attempt pointing
the way to heaven, the harmony of being.  The imaginary
victories of rivalry and hypocrisy are defeats.  The Holy
One saith, "O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments!
then had thy peace been as a river."  He
is unfit for Truth, and the demonstration of divine power,
who departs from Mind to matter, and from Truth to
error, in pursuit of better means for healing the sick and
casting out error.
   The Christian Scientist keeps straight to the course.
His whole inquiry and demonstration lie in the line of
Truth; hence he suffers no shipwreck in a starless night
on the shoals of vainglory.  His medicine is Mind -
the omnipotent and ever-present good.  His "help is
from the Lord," who heals body and mind, head and
heart; changing the affections, enlightening the misguided
senses, and curing alike the sin and the mortal
sinner.  God's preparations for the sick are potions of
His own qualities.  His therapeutics are antidotes for
the ailments of mortal mind and body.  Then let us not
adulterate His preparations for the sick with material
means.
   From lack of moral strength empires fall.  Right alone
is irresistible, permanent, eternal.  Remember that human
pride forfeits spiritual power, and either vacillating
good or self-assertive error dies of its own elements.
Through patience we must possess the sense of Truth;
and Truth is used to waiting.  "Commit thy way unto

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the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to
pass."
   By using falsehood to regain his liberty, Galileo virtually
lost it.  He cannot escape from barriers who commits
his moral sense to a dungeon.  Hear the Master
on this subject: "No man can serve two masters:  for
either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he
will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot
serve God and mammon."
   Lives there a man who can better define ethics, better
elucidate the Principle of being, than he who "spake as
never man spake," and whose precepts and example have
a perpetual freshness in relation to human events?
   Who is it that understands, unmistakably, a fraction
of the actual Science of Mind-healing?
   It is he who has fairly proven his knowledge on a Christian,
mental, scientific basis; who has made his choice
between matter and Mind, and proven the divine Mind
to be the only physician.  These are self-evident

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