One of the chief purposes of life is self-development. The mental development means our capacity to love truth. It is expressed through our practice of virtue, of which patience in distress and forgiveness in prosperity are chief characteristics. This gives the mind serenity.

A serene mind is essential to the development of love of truth and the unfoldment of the infinite potentialities of the mind to raise itself to the spiritual region and to realize the peace which passeth all understanding. We are freed from the fear of death, and endowed with passionlessness and the inner light which transcends the joys and sorrows of life.

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This article is from the Autumn 2016 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.