Ralph Waldo Emerson left us with a lot of great quotes but I wonder – as I read Emerson – how he would debate my new favorite author The rabbi Daniel Lapin.
Ten Commandments for Making Money
Daniel Lapin wrote Thou Shall Prosper. My Master-Mind group (The Podcast Master Mind) is making Daniel Lapin our teacher for the next several weeks. I’m hoping to hear from Daniel Lapin soon. I’ve invited him to be interviewed on iMakeYourMoneyCount.com.
A Conflicted Man
This morning (it’s Sunday) I sat at home reading Emerson while my beloved wife went to church. I always feel conflicted about staying home from church – and even MORE conflicted when I go to church. I’m a conflicted man.
Big Brother Tom and Daniel Lapin
Emersonian thought has always inspired me. This morning I re-read a few words from Emerson and they made me think. My big brother, Tom, turned me onto Daniel Lapin but I’ve never asked my brother for his response to Emerson:
The relations of the soul to the divine spirit are so pure, that it is profane to seek to interpose helps. It must be that when God speaketh he should communicate, not one thing, but all things; should fill the world with his voice; should scatter forth light, nature, time, souls, from the centre of the present thought; and new date and new create the whole.
Faith of a Simple Little Brother
Whenever a mind is simple, and receives a divine wisdom, old things pass away, — means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs past and future into the present hour. All things are made sacred by relation to it, — one as much as another.
All things are dissolved to their centre by their cause, and, in the universal miracle, petty and particular miracles disappear. If, therefore, a man claims to know and speak of God, and carries you backward to the phraseology of some old mouldered nation in another country, in another world, believe him not. Is the acorn better than the oak which is its fulness and completion? Is the parent better than the child into whom he has cast his ripened being?
Whence, then, this worship of the past?
The centuries are conspirators against the sanity and authority of the soul. Time and space are but physiological colors which the eye makes, but the soul is light; where it is, is day; where it was, is night; and history is an impertinence and an injury, if it be any thing more than a cheerful apologue or parable of my being and becoming.
Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say ‘I think,’ ‘I am,’ but quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less. Its nature is satisfied, and it satisfies nature, in all moments alike. But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time.
This should be plain enough. Yet see what strong intellects dare not yet hear God himself, unless he speak the phraseology of I know not what David, or Jeremiah, or Paul.
We shall not always set so great a price on a few texts, on a few lives. We are like children who repeat by rote the sentences of grandames and tutors, and, as they grow older, of the men of talents and character they chance to see, — painfully recollecting the exact words they spoke; afterwards, when they come into the point of view which those had who uttered these sayings, they understand them, and are willing to let the words go; for, at any time, they can use words as good when occasion comes.
If we live truly, we shall see truly. It is as easy for the strong man to be strong, as it is for the weak to be weak. When we have new perception, we shall gladly disburden the memory of its hoarded treasures as old rubbish.
“If you follow my teachings, you will be My student. And, you will know The Truth, and The Truth will set you free.”
Join the Conversation – Please Comment Below
Daniel Lapin – and my big brother Tom – will definitely have some thoughts on these words. I’m hoping I can engage them in a little discussion in the comment section below.