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The audience that pithered in thi Theosophicai Hail last niirht to hear Mrs Norman-Martin's address on 'A Lifojor Others' wrrp amply rewarded. The speaker chose Father Pamir-:! as her exemplar of that, love fo.r his friend, that which the Christ declared there is no higher. She outlined his life from his birth in a peasant family at l.nuvain to his death o! leprosy anion:; the lepers, for ivliont he cave nl! that a man ea'n give. Stevenson's seathim; letter in defence of Father Damien vns freely quoted, and as an swer to the query that, naturally rises from the fae;s therein ?-"l forth: How it (Oidd he that a soii! so great, n. .<=oul cnpablc of simh I'es-rveless self-stirrerxlcr. a soul " tinched to fine issues." "(TBS born in such renditions, Mircvod forth indubitably the eoai'.-eriess of trie class fre.irf which its bodiiv instrument; was fashioned, Mrs N'-.n-.-ian-Mnrtin partly told, partly read a beautiful tale, familiar possibly tfe readers of ' Bibby's Annual,' in which £> sonl about in incarnate is depicted i>2 standing in the upper snheres before thf. Lord (owl himself, while the Recorderß and their subordinates stand by. Tin* sun) is given n choice between two lives, one of perfect happiness, success triumphant, tjje other of unmitigated Rorro-v, seeming failure; each of them leading tho .snul onward yet another .step, each of them doinc -wide and lovely 'work for men. The soul's, choice is a difficult one, and not until it learns (hat by the, life of sorrow it shall mount moist swiftly to its goal of perfect power and perfect knowledge, freedom to serve .as the Divine Ones serve, is it at length irrevocably made, and the cliaplet of red rosej which symbolised the way of joy rejected for the sword -which symbolise/I the way of pain. The reading of this tale, the speaker said, helped her to understand the case of Father Darnien. For the kind of work the soul of him had chosen, the less sensative physique, the. less delicate mental and emotional equipment, was the more, effective instrument, and thus the choice was made. Mrs Norman-Martin drew her lecture to a olose_ by passing from the hero;,- peasant-priest- to the Master he ami v e adore, and romindiiic; her hearers, thai, the passion, of our Lord •was not the few hours' neony upon the Cross on t'lrdp.-.-iLa, but tiie laying of that perfection v.'hir'n wars hi* upon the e n ,ss' of life on eart.h. the Talking amom; men whoso eyes v ere hold en, whose ears were stopped,, so 1 }:at, t.hev neither saw the ciory of the Son of God nor felt the wonder of His message. That was the eivinc of His life for His fri.-nds; thai, it was which to -.rom called np.-m in our humble, far-off -way to imitare.

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THEOSOPHY, Evening Star, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915

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THEOSOPHY Evening Star, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915