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The extent to which he recognizes and understands these fundamental truths and the manner in which he does justice to these opportunities and responsibilities NOW, together comprise the substance of his personal reward. Collectively, man's thoughts and feelings and the deeds that follow make history and determine the destiny of Man.

 

Baba emphasizes this by calling our attention to a passage in the Bhagavad-Gita, which states: "Thy business is with the right thoughts and actions only, never with their fruits. The fruits will of necessity take care of themselves." Such is the law of Cause and Effect. Collectively, man's thoughts and feelings and the deeds inevitably effected by them make history and determine the destiny of Man.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW

Sunset or Dawn?
by NINA A. TOUMANOVA

 

 

In her book—"Civilization or Chaos?"—dedicated to Baba, I. H. Conybeare touches upon the most vital problems of our troubled, nay catastrophic era.

 

The author claims that she merely endeavors to interpret the philosophy of the Master which, of course, is a difficult thing to do, and handles the complexity of her subject by giving endless quotations, in some cases 16 pages long.

 

The statement concerning the "total destruction of the Library of Alexandria by orders of Theodosius the Great in 389 A.D." is not quite correct. Only a part of it connected with the Temple of Jupiter-Serapis was burned during the fight that took place between the Christians and the Pagans. In fact, the world-famous Museum-Library was damaged by fire on several occasions since the time of Julius Caesar when he besieged the city.

 

With the rise of the Byzantine Empire and the political decline of Alexandria, the importance of the Library decreased, too; nevertheless it continued to function, though on a smaller scale. After lasting nearly a thousand years (306-343 A.D.), it was deliberately destroyed in the 7th Century, when under Caliph Omar, the fanatic Arabs sacked the ancient metropolis. Mommsen, the famous historian and archeologist, says: "Islam

 

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