576 TALKS ON ci AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER "
be wnb will die for Christ, b^t few there be who will
live for Him." Plenty of people would die for
Theosophy; but as for living for it^hat is another
story. However, we must try. Then He goes on to
, Then as to cruelty. This is of two kinds, intentional
and unintentional. Intentional cruelty is purposely to give
pain to another living being; and that is the greatest of all
sins—the work of a devil rather than a man.
There again is very strong and decided language
for you ; (< the work of a devil rather than a man."
That is how it looks to a Master. His standpoint is
worth considering. You know how often in daily
life a man does or says something in order to cause
pain to someone else. He means te say something
nasty and he says it. Well, he comes under that
condemnation; he is doing a thing which is worthy
of a devil rather than a man.
You would say that no man could do such a thing; but
men have done it often, and are daily doing it now. The
inquisitors did it; many Teligious people did it in the
name of their religion.
Yes, He is quite right. Many religious people have
done horrible things in the name of their religion.
We think that we are getting more civilised now, yet
even to-day religious feeling is very bitter in many
quarters. The law does not permit such persecutions
as used to take place. It is the fashion to say that,
even if it did, our higher civilisation would not permit