5:16 What seems to human perception
as separate but unified,
is but to a transcendent state
not many as one, but only one.
5:16.1 Live your pain in strength and purpose
and you honor your humanity;
but be your pain in love of it,
and you do love your divinity.
5:17 All we are, do, and think, are love:
love of self, of others, and beyond:
beyond to good and evil ways
of slight or striking magnitude.
5:17.1 Love of this or that breeds hate and pain,
which is our common human lot;
but love of this and that calms the mind,
and we see things as they truly are.
5:17.2 To love your enemy truly
is not to be affectionate,
but to identify with him
as a defensive measure.
5:17.3 To reconcile both love and strife,
we have to view them both as one—
as only love in unity,
and strife as its own identity.
5:17.4 Love is an identity
of everything as equally one,
however different and separate
whatever strife destroys in life.
5:17.5 Identity is the same of two
or more separate entities;
is that which binds them ultimately
and separates them relatively.
5:17.6 Strife is love of self opposed
to other selves or to life itself;
this love is blinded to one point:
self-aggrandizement or destruction.
5:17.7 Destruction is love’s other force
(creation its positive charge);
one attracts, the other opposes;
both together balance the world.
5:17.8 And when self-love gives no relief
from pain of living futilely,
then love of death takes over one
to self-destructive acts on others.
5:17.9 When strife attacks, self is afoot
for the pleasure gained in conflict.
This pleasure can be so keenly felt
it cancels out all self-concern.
5:17.10 One’s self can be so deeply hurt
that all it knows is striking out;
then delight in spite is felt
in return for lost self-love.
5:17.11 Some to love in sympathy are born
others are born in conflict to love;
the former love in unity,
the latter love disunity.
5:17.12 Whether to evil or to good
we naturally are inclined,
what we do freely that we love
as that which contributes to our good.
5:17.13 Whatever contributes to our good
that we pursue as best we know;
those of justice live for love,
as do the unjust live for strife.
5:17.14 The bond of families is of blood
that keeps them tightly knit as one;
but love of kin personally
transcends the family unit.
5:18 Where there is little love or none
for parent or child personally,
still respect the bond of family;
but save yourself from kinship grip
5:18.1 Unity for everyone feel,
and everything together as one;
but your love feel for only those
who are bonded inseparably.
5:18.2 Love is the bond, the glue, of all
keeping the world in ordered flux;
It is principle and power:
The Soul and will that moves the world.
5:20 When you’ve found it: your truth and way,
you then will have to let it go;
words and concepts are for the mind,
mystic union is for the soul.
5:21 Now that you’ve got It in your mind,
next you must get to It through your will—:
the void where there is mystic bliss,
where pure Love unifies the world.
5:23 Let your soul: the love that is you
come through your mind in its real state
in intimations of pure bliss
without your conscious thought of it.
5:23.1 That which inspires us to focus,
change, or set our minds to win our souls,
is love as bond of unity—
the vital soul of Meaning’s bliss.