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EIGHTH TALK l5l
you must do, that which is wrong you must not do, no
matter what the ignorant may think or say.
He says, you* see, tt At whatever apparent cost?y.
Remember it is always apparent cost, it is never a real
cost. You never lose by doing that which to you
seems right. You gain far more mentally and spiritu-
ally, by doing that which you know to be right than
you can possibly gain physically by paltering with
anything which you know not to be right. The cost
is always apparent cost and never real. That is a
very important thing. Remember the Upanishad:
u One thing is the right and the sweet is another, but
right unto sweet the wise man prefereth." That
Upanishad was written in Atlantis thousands of years
before the Hindus came down to IndiaŚnot in Sams"
krit; it is a translation into Samskrit from some far
older Atlantean time. The men of that day had the
same difficulties as we have now. They knew that
the right and the pleasant were not always identical,
but that the wise man prefers the right. It was good
counsel one hundred thousand years ago ; it is equally
good counsel now, a thing not to be forgotten in daily
life. Take to heart, too, another passage somewhere
else in this book in which it is said:
Remember that though a thousand men agree upon a
subject, if they know nothing about that subject their opin-
ion is of no value.
Difficult to realise, but absolutely true. There is a
vast amount of popular prejudice on all kinds of