THIRTY-SECOND TALK 655 knows more than a ^missionary knows ab^ut the philosophy of religion, about all the greater and higher ideas, ^ the missionary is ludicrously out of place. His intentions are good enough, but he does a very great deal of harm. Many wars have been caused by their very irrational methods; their country has had to step in and save them from wRat they call u martyrdom ". That is an example of the way in which the man with good intentions may do a very great deal of harm, and that is one of the worst features of this superstition. In the case of the Massacre of S. Bartholomew and other similar atrocities of which I have spoken, the people who did them thought they were doing God's workóbut it was their religjous bigotry w^hich made it possible for them to think that they were doing God service when they did those terrible things. So the Master says : Be very careful therefore that no slightest trace of it remains in you. It is desirable to<be careful; the emphasis which is laid upon it clearly shows that there is a danger that we may be superstitious without knowing it, so that it is well that we should watch. These three great crimes you must avoid, for they are fatal to all progress, because they sin against love. You'see once more how prominent love is all through this book. Well, that is the special line of our Master Koot Hoomi, whose work the book really is.