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December 22, 2015

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This is the solution to the false traditional problem of "faith" vs. "works". One must receive first the seed of illumination, but then one must cultivate it. One receives the key but then must use it to open the door of enlightenment. In one sense it is not because or by our previous actions that we receive the "seed" or the "key" but through a transcendent "gift". On the other hand such a gift will fall on "sterile ground" if it is not developed and brought to perfection by what you called "practice after awakening". In this sense "faith without works is dead". Some of us might have received such a gift at an earlier stage of their lives so part of the quest is also a "remembrance" or revitalization of what is already there.

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