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The summer session of tho local lodge of tho Theosophical Society was brought to a close last night, when'Mr D. W. M. Burn, _M..-\., lectured to a full hall on "The 'torch of Life.' After a brief reference to ancient Greek athletics, the speaker recited . Non-bolt's- poem ' The- Torch of Life,' with its virile refrain: "Play up! Play tip! And play the game '" He" went on to sneak of the game of life, and how necessary it was in that game, as in every other, first to know- the rules, and secondly to catch the spirit of the game, this latter being by far the most .important of the two. Mr Burn spoke of the divine messengers, who from time to time restate the rules of the game of life—Zoroaster, Hermes, the, Buddha., and the Christ—and their disciples. He spoke of tho Sermon on the Mount and its wonderful version of" these rules, but preferred for the noneo to take the version given by a. great iuvthor Eastern sage, the Teacher Shankara. His list began with the great, quality of discrimination, and passed through dispassion to tlm six "mental qualilir.'itioni;," as they are often called—-control of mind, control of body, tokrance. endurance, faith, and balance". These, Mr Burn held, were not in the least th especial rules for nscetis, or aspirants to discipleship; they were tho rule? of the game, of life, whatever part a man desired to play. But the second matter—the catching of the spirit of the game—was the truly"important point. The isaviours of the race and their apostles had spoken with one voice on this, declaring that the true spirit of the game was love. Tho speaker quoted from tho Buddha's sayings, from the. sayings of the Christ, from .John the Beloved, and from Paul, and drew attention to the old and wellloved chapter ~111 Corinthians in which the last-named great apostle showed beyond possibility of error the necessity of catching the love 'spirit; showed how without it all gifts so ever profited nothing. The speaker read the chapter through, and pointed out that hope, faith, and love were the keynotes or watchwords respectively of the normal life, the life of tho disciple, and the life of the adept, drawing attention to the beautiful device, whereby the. man under tho dominion of hope heard faith preached, so that when tho hour of his need was upon him the relief was nigh; and that in like manner while a man trod the preliminary .stages of tho way he heard love preaehed,"«> that his soul at last took fire with longing to lay aside every weight, and the, sin that did so easily beset him, and run with diligence the raco pet before Idm—the raco the'prize of which is mastevliood.

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THEOSOPHY, Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915

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THEOSOPHY Evening Star, Issue 15691, 4 January 1915