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That he is the maker of his character, the molder of his life, and the builder of his destiny, he may unerringly prove, if he will watch, control, and alter his thoughts, tracing their effects upon himself, upon others and upon his life and circumstances, linking cause and effect by patient practice and investigation. And utilizing his every experience, even the most trivial, everyday occurrence, as a means of obtaining that knowledge of himself which is understanding, wisdom, power.
In this direction is the law of absolute that "He that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.
Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
He also reveals, within himself, the flaws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thoughtforces and mind elements operate in the shaping of character, circumstances, and destiny. Thought and character are one, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state.
This does not mean that a man's circumstances at any given time are an indication of his entire character, but that those circumstances are so intimately connected with some vital thought-element within himself that, for the time being, they are indispensable to his development. Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err.
This is just as true of those who feel "out of harmony" with their surroundings as of those who are contented with them. As a progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may learn that he may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to other circumstances.
Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow; he then becomes the rightful master of himself. That circumstances grow out of thought every man knows who has for any length of time practiced self-control and self purification, for he will have noticed that the alteration in his circumstances has been in exact ratio with his altered mental condition.
So true is this that when a man earnestly applies himself to remedy the defects in his character, and makes swift and marked progress, he passes rapidly through a succession of vicissitudes. The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives it own.
Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit. The outer world of circumstances shapes itself to the inner world of thought, and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors which make for the ultimate good of the individual.
As the reaper of his own harvest, man learns both of suffering and bliss. Following the inmost desires, aspirations, thoughts, by which he allows himself to be dominated pursuing the will-o'-the wisps of impure imaginings or steadfastly walking the highway of strong and high endeavor , a man at last arrives at their fruition and fulfillment in the outer conditions of his life.
The laws of growth and adjustment everywhere obtain. A man does not come to the alms-house or the jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance, but by the pathway of grovelling thoughts and base desires. Nor does a pure-minded man fall suddenly into crime by stress of any mere external force; the criminal thought had long been secretly fostered in the heart, and the hour of opportunity revealed its gathered power.
No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations; and man, therefore, as the lord and master of thought, is the maker of himself and the shaper of and author of environment.
Even at birth the soul comes of its own and through every step of its earthly pilgrimage it attracts those combinations of conditions which reveal itself, which are the reflections of its own purity and impurity, its strength and weakness.
At least they should say is fiction. I first tried the "adult" version but found it difficult to wade though. This version is a little better. It is really a memroire but is written in the third person. It seemed to me that it was a man patting himself on the back for all the schools he was building.
While I applaud what he did, I did not enjoy this book. The best part of the whole thing was the interview with his ten-year-old daughter at the end. I only finished it because it was our bookclub book for the month. This guy has injected a ton of fiction into his story Professor of English and top memoirist Mary Karr writes about him in "The Art of Memoir" in her chapter about scam artists.
He cooked up events to mold his public image into that of the noble, forgiving survivor of brutal treatment. Jon Krakauer's 'Three Cups of Deceit' details how Mortenson went on to drain massive sums from his charity for personal use, renting private jets for book-selling junkets and buying his own books at retail to stay on best-seller lists.
This is an incredibly important, uplifting story of an "average" American who made great sacrifices and risked his life to help others in a land far, far away.
He is a great example of how much difference one person can make in the lives of thousands of others. This should be required reading for students, politicians, and others around the world. Having said all of that, I did not like the way that Greg's story was told.
The author, David Oliver Relin, is a journalist and I expected him to be more objective. It is clear that Greg Mortensen is a hero, but the author feels the need to bludgeon the reader over the head with that statement when is not at all necessary. Anyone reading the facts will come to that conclusion. I appreciated the photos which were provided. They put a face to several of the key Pakistani and American people portayed in the book, so they were more real.
The map was also helpful except that several of the towns which were discussed in the last quarter of the book weren't pictured so it was harder to place them in geographical context. I recommend this book to everyone, and I plan to donate to the charity which Greg established. My earlier review is below but the questions raised about what actually happened have made me reduce the rating and note that it is questioned by many. Without any real proof that this gentleman is what he says he is I cannot endorse the book.
It is a great story but the fiction belongs in another category and this one needs to get off the fence between fact and fantasy. I left my earlier review because it is a good read. This is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary man doing extraordinary things. Seldom can a person's work or experiences keep my interest or create in me the admiration that Greg Mortenson's life has in this book.
Written in a third person narrative in an easy to read journalistic style, the book tells of the efforts of this man to fight terrorism in the way that makes the most sense, by offering to the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan education and other necessities for them to develop their own better lives where they live. He does not arrogantly build what he wants nor does he simply bull his way into tribes to force upon them his school with his vision.
Instead, he works with the local tribal elders with the patience and respect not exhibited by our country's leaders and thereby collaborates with them to help them with their vision of a school, bridge or water system in their villages. It is an inspirational story that provides the clear message that shock and awe is a pathway to disaster for the entire global village.
Everyone should read this book and in reading it gain some understanding of the ways people must relate to each other - not as superiors to inferiors nor developed countries to developing countries but as equal humans with human needs and skills to be valued and included in efforts to marshall resources to the benefit of those who need them.
In such a world, there is no hatred of the one who brings resources because there is respect shown for those who need them and the relationship is one of equals. As we begin a new administration and live in the world made ever so much more dangerous by the policies of the past administration, we can only hope that the wisdom of Haji Ali shared with Greg Mortenson and recounted in this book becomes the cornerstone of diplomacy for all people and a real and lasting peace can grow from the mutual respect of people made enemies by military force.
Learn from it and find the way that you can participate in the world in your own way. Greg Mortenson did and this book tells us how important that is for us all. Mesmerizing tale about a region inhospitable on so many levels. Inspired by the passion and commitment of Gregg and the tribal leaders. See all 3, reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 27 days ago. Published 5 months ago.
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