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All-Seeing Eye, 1923-Sep. Vol 1, No. 5, page 12:

  • Is man a free agent or under the control of outside entities?
  • What is death and what causes it?
  • Does the Bible contradict Reincarnation?
  • What is success?
  • What is law?
  • Is there anything above law?
  • What is God's plan for man?
  • Can consciousness be lost?
  • Why are we always in doubt as to what is right and wrong?

All-Seeing Eye, 1923-Oct. Vol 1, No. 6, page 19

  • What is success?
  • What is the greatest of all successes?
  • Is a happy life a successful life?
  • Who is a failure?
  • What is the greatest cause of failure at the present time?
  • What is the greatest enemy of failure?
  • What is the great adjustment of man's being?
  • How may we know one who has succeeded in this adjustment?
  • What is the reward of adjustment of life and its bodies?
  • Who is the greatest failure at the present time?
  • What constitutes a successful speaker?
  • Who has learned to listen most successfully?
  • Who is the most successful thinker?
  • What is adjustment?

All-Seeing Eye, 1923-Nov. Vol 2, No. 1, page 19

  • What is the soul?
  • Does our life belong to us?
  • What is free will?
  • Are all individual experiences preserved?
  • What center of consciousness is man working on now?
  • Why do spirits return as deformed, idiots, and cranks?
  • If an employee is obliged to lie for an employer, what is the penalty?
  • What is meant by the Word?
  • What are visions and what causes them?
  • Should we use our astrology colors?
  • Please explain the crucifixion.

All-Seeing Eye, 1923-Dec. Vol 2, No. 2, pages 22-23

  • What is mediumistic materialization and trumpet seances?
  • Why is an ego sent to a family and out of harmony with it?
  • Will man develop more rapidly from the spiritual standpoint in the near future than he does now?
  • How would you treat a drug addict or a cigarette fiend?
  • What is the life in Man?
  • What does man carry with him from life to life?
  • Is man perfect now?
  • Is there any short cut to perfection?
  • What is man's work here?
  • What is man's true position in the universe?
  • Was Masonry known in Atlantis?
  • Do dreams mean anything?
  • Why are we taught individual immortality? Is not race immortality sufficient?

All-Seeing Eye, 1924-Jan. Vol 2, No. 3, pages 19-20

  • What is the difference between the divine will and the human will?
  • Why do the sages spend so much time in silence?
  • What is the purpose of life?
  • What then is happiness?
  • What is the duty of man?
  • Did Jesus ever live?
  • Was the earth ever destroyed by rain?
  • How may we know that we are saved for certain?
  • Should we allow our lives to be run or influenced by numerology?
  • Is heredity or environment the most important in forming character?
  • Will the white race ever be dominated by a superior people?
  • What is the meaning of service?
  • Will conditions in Europe cause another World war?
  • What will be the result of present conditions of capital vs. laber in U.S.?
  • Why are we so much in doubt as to what is right and what is wrong?
  • What did Jesus mean when He said "every laborer is worthy of his hire?"
  • Why should an innocent person suffer for the sins of another?
  • Why is it so many elderly people lose their memories and mix dates, facts, etc.?
  • What is the meaning of the six-pointed star?
  • What is the mark of Cain?
  • Do we meet or recognize our friends after death?
  • What was the Sphinx built for?
  • What was the purpose of building the pyramids?
  • Why is blood called a precious substance?
  • How do you reconcile the fall of man with the doctrine of eternal progression?
  • Explain the missing link?

All-Seeing Eye, 1924-Feb. Vol 2, No. 4, page 19

  • Where and what are we when asleep?
  • What is it that reincarnates?
  • Must Karma created here always be worked out on this plane?
  • Has every person now living on earth been reincarnated?
  • What is the cause of walking in the sleep?
  • Can one incarnate into a different race of people?
  • Can a man live forever if he will not sin?
  • What happens when God rests?
  • Explain sex.
  • What is the first cause of evil among men and women?
  • Isn't the approaching crisis coming in the form of a world war? (page 30)

All-Seeing Eye, 1924-Mar. Vol 2, No. 5, pages 17, 31, 32

  • Please name some occult literature that is good for the beginner to study.
  • When can we tell that a past debt has been repaid?
  • How can we change our environment?
  • Why does the Lord's Prayer say: "Lead us not into temptation?" Is this not a blasphemy?
  • When should we be guided by our intuitions?
  • Can we get anything we want by wishing for it?
  • Why are we born with so many imperfections?
  • What is the best way to free oneself from the clutches of a hypnotist?
  • How long and how often should one fast and pray for spiritual growth?
  • Is the anthropoid a degenerate human or a highly evolved animal?
  • What effect has cremation on the spirit?
  • Are earthquakes and the sinking of continents natural causes or are they effects of the natural inharmony among those who inhabit them?
  • Can the mind image anything unreal?
  • Is the power of communication with the astral spirits a sign of development?
  • What did Christ mean when he said "In my Father's house are many mansions?"
  • What is the best cure for an inflamed stomach?
  • Is there a healing for sore and aching feet?
  • What are the real dangers of psychic development?
  • What is the meaning of the word "occult" and how is it to be used in connection with spiritual sciences?
  • Who is a mystic and how does he differ from the occultist?
  • What is the true object of all the Wisdom Teachings?
  • How should we regard a religion?
  • What is a creed?
  • Which religions are occult?
  • What is a miracle?
  • Who is God?

All-Seeing Eye, 1924-Apr. Vol 2, No. 6, page 17

  • Does justice work through evolution or reincarnation?
  • Is it not better at times to live out desires than to suppress them?
  • Do you advise the ceremony of baptism for children?
  • Is it right to ask the Elder Brothers for the wisdom of the sages?
  • What is scientific thinking?
  • How may one know when he is using the so-called Divind Mind?
  • Is man a separate creation or evolved from animal creation?
  • Can all the laws of inheritance be overcome in one life?
  • Will we be promoted to higher forms of life?
  • If God knows that sparrows fall, why is He too busy to help us?
  • How can a person best improve his mortal recollection?

All-Seeing Eye, 1926-Dec.08 Vol 3, No. 3, page 4

  • What is the meaning of the word "occult" and how is to be used in connection with spiritual sciences?

All-Seeing Eye, 1926-Dec.15 Vol 3, No. 4, page 4

  • Who is a mystic and how does he differ from an occultist?
  • What is the true object of all the Wisdom Teachings?
  • How should we regard a religion?
  • What is a creed?
  • Which religions are occult?
  • How may we know a true occultist?
  • What can a teacher of any religion really teach?

All-Seeing Eye, 1926-Dec.22 Vol 3, No. 5, page 4

  • Which is the best way of teaching others a creed we admire, but which they do not seem to understand?
  • Where should we search for occult wisdom?
  • What constitutes a livable and believable religion?
  • What is a miracle?
  • Who is God?
  • How much time should an occult student devote to study?
  • Who is ready for the so-called Wisdom Teachings?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Jan.05 Vol 3, No. 7, page 4

  • What is the life in man?
  • What does man carry with him from life to life?
  • Is man perfect now?
  • Is there any short cut to perfection?
  • What is man's work here?
  • What is man's true position in the universe?
  • Was Masonry known in Atlantis?
  • What is the soul?
  • Does our life belong to us?
  • What is free will?
  • Are all individual experiences preserved?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Jan.12 Vol 3, No. 8, page 4

  • Why do spirits return as deformed, idiots, and cranks?
  • How can a consciousness be lost?
  • What are visions and what causes them?
  • Should we use our astrology colors?
  • What is man's work here?
  • What is man's true position in the universe?
  • Was Masonry known in Atlantis?
  • What is the soul?
  • Does our life belong to us?
  • What is free will?
  • Are all individual experiences preserved?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Jan.19 Vol 3, No. 9, page 4

  • If an employee is obliged to lie for an employer, what is the penalty?
  • Please explain the crucifixion.
  • What is meant by the Word?
  • What did Jesus mean when He said every laborer is worthy of his hire?
  • Will conditions in Europe cause another world war?
  • Why are we so much in doubt as to what is right and what is wrong?
  • What is meant by the loss of the soul?
  • Do dreams mean anything?
  • Why are we taught individual mortality? Is not race immortality sufficient?
  • Is the Bible the work of God?
  • Can the mind image anything unreal?
  • What is mediumistic materialization and trumpet seances?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Jan.26 Vol 3, No. 10, page 4

  • Why is an ego sent to a family out of harmony with it?
  • What will be the result of present conditions of capital vs. labor in U. S.?
  • Will man develop more rapidly from the spiritual standpoint in the near future than he does now?
  • How would you treat a drug addict or a cigarette fiend?
  • What effect has cremation on the spirit?
  • What are the real dangers of psychic development?
  • Please name some occult literature that is good for the beginner to study.
  • Is the power of communication with the astral spirits a sign of development?
  • What did Christ mean when He said "In my Father's house are many mansions?"
  • What is the best cure for an inflamed stomach?
  • Is there a healing for sore and aching feet?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Feb.02 Vol 3, No. 11, pages 1, 4, 7

  • What are the first requisites of a student of the occult sciences?
  • What is the aim of a true occult student?
  • Who are the heathen?
  • When a person is in doubt as to the religion which he should affiliate himself, what is the best course to pursue?
  • Which is the most ancient of all religions?
  • Of what is the church the symbol?
  • Should we believe everything we are told?
  • Who is a Christian?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Feb.09 Vol 3, No. 12, page 4

  • Is a special diet or life necessary to a good occult student?
  • What is the Order of Melchizedek, the King of Salem, hinted at in the Bible?
  • What is the unpardonable sin?
  • Does the Bible teach astrology?
  • Did Jesus, the man, ever live and was He ever crucified?
  • Is man perfect now?
  • Can one construct anything permanent on a belief?
  • If there is only one Being in the universe, how can we be mortal individuals?
  • Could a student of the occult, a member of the Western races, but born in the East, study with greater advantage in the Orient?
  • What advantage have those who know nature's laws over those who do not understand the reason for their being?
  • What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?
  • What must we give up in order to be true students of mystic philosophy?
  • What should we believe when there are so many different phases of truth being presented to the world?
  • Why is it necessary for us to understand all these intricate natural laws?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Feb.16 Vol 3, No. 13, page 4

  • What is divine law?
  • What is the greatest of all natural laws?
  • Is man perfect now?
  • Of what is a successful life composed?
  • How can an occult student find his true place in the universe?
  • How may we become conscious helpers in the plan?
  • What are the greatest causes of failure at the present time?
  • I have read hundreds of spiritual occult books and attended nearly all the classes given in Los Angeles, but don't seem to get anywhere. What shall I do?
  • Is it Black Magic for a salesman to influence someone to buy something?
  • Why is there so much unrest in the world at the present time?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-May Vol 4, No. 1, pages 21-24

  • Can you tell me the names of the great generals who never lost a battle?
  • Is it true that one of the Popes was a Freemason? If so, will you kindly give his name?
  • What is the true meaning of the legend of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland?
  • Will you please give us the names of the greatest of the Greek philosophers?
  • Do animals go to heaven? And what is the difference between the spirit of an animal and the spirit of a man?
  • Will you kindly tell us why roosters are so often put on weather vanes and the towers of old churches?
  • What became of the Nails of the Crucifixion?
  • If philosophic idealists believe in the sacredness of life, declaring it to be a cardinal sin to destroy even the smallest creature, do they have any philosophic solution to the problem of what to do with vermin, bugs, and poisonous insects?
  • Is perpetual motion a scientific possibility?
  • Is there any literal truth in the story of Samson's hair being the source of his strength?
  • Will you kindly publish Herbert Spencer's definition of God?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Jun Vol 4, No. 2, pages 61-64

  • Do you advocate people who think along progressive lines joining various organizations and brotherhoods promulgating certain religious, philosophical, and ethical codes? If so, will you kindly give the names of such sects and groups as you could recommend?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Jul Vol 4, No. 3, pages 91-95

  • What are the lost arts and sciences of antiquity?
  • It has come to my attention that Plato describes the lost continent of Atlantis in one of his Dialogues. Will you please tell me where this reference may be found?
  • Will you clarify the distinction between Lucifer and Satan?
  • I have been a student of psychology for some time but do not seem to get the spirit of it. What is meant by drawing information from the Universal Mind? All I have been able to learn I have dug out of a book. Can you suggest anything?
  • Is true gratitude a worthy sentiment or should one try to overcome it?
  • Do you believe that impatience and such drawbacks in temperament neutralize or nullify conscious efforts to improve the character in other ways?
  • Does a sudden change from a passive to an active interest in music indicate the awakening of a new center or the reawakening of an old one?
  • Can Matt. 24: 29-31 and 26: 26-29; also Luke 22: 19-20 be accepted literally, and if not, will you please give the true meaning?
  • What effect does the use of a so-called harmless drug such as sulphonal or trional on:
    1. The physical body.
    2. The inner body and centers.
    3. The evolution of the ego?
  • Please state the occult explanation of the Atonement.
  • What is matter?
  • What is the explanation of the invisible friends whose company is enjoyed by so many imaginative children? Are they entirely the product of the imagination? I very clearly remember my own "friend," whom I called Imbyme. He was absolutely invisible, coming and going as a vibration in space, yet as palpable as any physical human (as far as awareness of his presence was concerned). I never heard his voice, yet I know his thoughts and wishes, and readily acceded to his suggestions. It was he who planned our games. When I was about seven years old he disappeared for the last time.

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Aug Vol 4, No. 4, pages 125-128

  • I have always had a deep love of Shakespeare—I think his "Hamlet" above all. And yet I never read "Hamlet" that I do not feel a hidden symbolism behind the character that is elusive and yet persistently puzzling. What is your opinion of the symbolism of "Hamlet," for the usual literal interpretation never seems adequate?
  • Will you please clarify the subject of prayer. Does man pray to a personal God? Is prayer merely auto-suggestion?
  • Based upon the purely physical aspects of evolution, the materialist has formulated as the basis of ethics the law of the survival of the physically fittest. From a similar observation of intellectual processes and accomplishments, the intellectualist has enunciated the doctrine of the survival of the intellectually fittest. Is it not a fact, however, that evolution represents essentially the survival of the morally fittest?
  • I find in occult literature references of a seemingly contradictory nature respecting the "mind" and its legitimate office in the compound constitution of man. For example, one author solemnly adjures us to make every doctrinal belief pass the gauntlet of reason, declaring that reason's torch is the safest guide to wisdom. In other writings along occult lines, however, I find numerous allusions to the "mind" as being the deprecatory factor that separates us from God. On the other hand, does the "mind" not stand as the mediator between the lower self and the Higher Self—that familiar figure of the reconciler of the extremes found not only in the teachings of philosophies but also in the occult constitution of the universe?

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Sep Vol 4, No. 5, pages 158-160

  • Where is the line of demarkation between knowledge which may be sold and knowledge which must be given?
  • Does Cervantes' Don Quixote contain any philosophical or mystical symbolism? If so, please give an outline of it.

All-Seeing Eye, 1927-Oct Vol 4, No. 6, pages 188-192

  • Is suffering necessary to spiritual growth? If not, what qualifications permit of growth without suffering?
  • How did Sunday come to be kept as the Sabbath in place of Saturday? When and by what authority did the change take place?
  • Would you recommend that I read the books written by Mr.——? Do you think he is reliable and a safe person to study under?
  • What is meant by the "impersonal" attitude in occultism? In cultivating it is there not danger of losing the qualities of sympathy and compassion? Does it contemplate the extinction of the different forms of personal or individual love—romantic, parental, filial, platonic, etc.?
  • What is the "subconscious" mind? Is control over the "subconscious" mind acquired through auto-suggestion, and if so, is it the key to the ultimate conscious control of all the present involuntary functions of the body?
  • Do we go from this planet to another? If so, which?
  • How can one safeguard himself against the inroads of vampirism or the sapping of one's vitality by those with whom we come in contact?

Horizon, 1945-Winter, pages 50-52

  • What is the effect of blood transfusion upon the consciousness of the human being receiving the blood?

Horizon, 1946-Spring, pages 73-77

  • In your writings, and in other articles I have read, appear references to a period of five years of silence imposed by Pythagoras upon the disciples of his school. Nowhere have I seen the reason or purpose for such discipline. Will you explain this unusual procedure and incidentally, would a person know how to talk after five years of silence?
  • Not long ago I came upon a curious problem in personality adjustment; a problem directly related to the field of mysticism and philosophy. So far as I know, this subject has never been handled by any writer.

Horizon, 1946-Summer, pages 48-51

  • I am a typical product of our modern way of life; I have a high school education and two years of college, a good foreground but no background. After two years of postgraduate work in the U. S. army I have learned that I do not know enough to direct my own life. Can you make suggestions?

Horizon, 1946-Autumn, pages 64-72

  • It is noticeable that an increasing number of people are wearing glasses. Is it true that tension from fear and worry is the main cause of the failure of eyesight?
  • What is the philosophical explanation of prayer?

Horizon, 1946-Winter, pages 50-52

  • Will you give us a summary of the philosophical doctrine as applied to the spiritual and the animal soul?

Horizon, 1947-Spring, pages 47-53

  • I should like to believe in reincarnation but I cannot understand it. There are so many questions which remain unanswered, and with all my studying I find that I know absolutely nothing. The arguments in favor of reincarnation seem sound, but....
  • Madam Blavatsky tells us that the soul has no interest in most of the foolishness of the personality, and simply looks in the opposite directin until we "wake up" to our follies. Why does not the soul take a definite responsibility for the acts of the personality and set it aright before it gets into trouble through ignorance? I am a parent, and if my child runs into the street and is killed by traffic it is not he who is responsible for the tragedy, for he knows no better. I, the personality, just suffer and sacrifice, and the soul, which will go off with the gain, has had no interest and less sympathy in the interim which provided that gain. In other words, I do not understand how the soul can just sit in the "crow's nest of the ship of life" without caring where or how the ship is going.
  • If the personality which gets itself into mischief has no survival, and the soul leaves it behind, why and where are the misdeeds saved up for its return? In other words, if the soul is not implicated in the sin, why does it have to return to suffer in retribution, and why should an entirely new personality have to pay for the sins of another and different one? Only the soul goes and comes with any record of experience, does it not? And if so it must, of necessity, have some sin in it.
  • Exactly what is the soul? If the body is nothing but a vehicle, why is it of any interest to the personality to contact the soul? While the soul can be aware of the personality, is it also aware of itself or must that come through the spirit? Something else bothers me. In one instance we learn that we must develop the soul or awaken it from its long sleep; on the other hand we are told that the soul chooses its body and environment to gain experience, thus indicating that the soul is not asleep in the first place. Which is right?
  • If all information about the soul and reincarnation comes from the same source, why is there such a difference of opinion on the different phases and aspects of the problem?

Horizon, 1947-Summer, pages 50-55

  • Travelers, explorers, and persons who have resided for long periods among primitive people, report numerous instances in which they have seen examples of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, and a wide range of occult phenomena. How is it possible for primitive peoples to produce miracles which cannot be performed or even adequately explained by the trained scientists of civilized nations? And why are miraculous happenings more frequent among these less advanced social groups?

Horizon, 1947-Autumn, pages 51-57

  • How important is the factor of duty in domestic relationships where there is evidence of basic incompatibility? Is it wise to attempt to hold a home together by imposing a sense of duty upon oneself, or trying to demand it from the other person?

Horizon, 1947-Winter, pages 50-55

  • Will you explain the Eastern doctrine of karma so it can he applied in a practical way to the lives of Western persons living according to a Western concept of action?

Horizon, 1948-Spring, pages 36-43

  • Is it true that the population of the earth is gradually increasing, and if so, are additional entities coming into our life wave?

Horizon, 1948-Summer, pages 39-47

  • Can the great systems of world philosophy and religion offer any practical solutions to the pressing modern problems of juvenile delinquency?

Horizon, 1948-Autumn, pages 30-43

  • Hypnosis versus Karma
  • Will you please summarize for us a philosophical attitude and policy toward the proper handling and treatment of the bodies of the dead?

Horizon, 1948-Winter, pages 40-52

  • Will you give us some thoughts on the subject of the civic responsibility of the individual seeking to live an enlightened life?

Horizon, 1949-Spring, pages 34-44

  • Fully convinced that the only way I can ever solve my problems is by thinking straight, I find myself in a dilemma. I do not know how to do the kind of thinking that will help me to help myself. Can you offer any suggestions?

Horizon, 1949-Summer, pages 33-44

  • In the last few years there has been a sharp increase of alcoholism in all classes of society. As this condition is responsible for many difficulties and even tragedies, we would appreciate your thoughts on the subject.

Horizon, 1949-Autumn, pages 39-49

  • In your books and lectures you frequently refer to ancient philosophers, mystics, and transcendentalists, and also to Societies, religious Orders, schools, etc. Why is it that you do not take note of contemporary personalities and organizations?

Horizon, 1949-Winter, pages 60-70

  • In critical periods of history, such as the one we are in now, the average individual has very little to say about prevailing policies. Regardless of his personal feelings and convictions, he must abide by the will of the majority and suffer the consequences of practices of which he disapproves. How does the law of karma apply in such cases?

Horizon, 1950-Spring, pages 34-43

  • Most religious and philosophical institutions emphasize programs for the unfoldment of man's spiritual life. Few of them, however, give practical suggestions for the orderly improvement of our daily living in this workaday world. Will you give us your thoughts on the subject?

Horizon, 1950-Summer, pages 63-74

  • A number of persons studying mystical and metaphysical subjects report that they have experienced psychic phenomena and spirit manifestations of one kind or another. What procedure would you advise when such a circumstance arises without being intentionally cultivated?

Horizon, 1950-Autumn, pages 62-72

  • Does the resemblance of a child to one parent necessarily mean that the child inherits that parent's characteristics?

Horizon, 1950-Winter, pages 57-68

  • Will you explain to us the philosophical or mystical meaning of the Lord's Prayer?

Horizon, 1951-Spring, pages 42-54

  • Many persons seem to be injured by the metaphysical organizations with which they become affiliated or by various systems of teachings which they have studied. Will you briefly discuss these problems?

Horizon, 1951-Summer, pages 60-75

  • How does it happen that so many persons who claim to believe deep and beautiful principles fail so completely to practice their ideals in daily living?

Horizon, 1951-Autumn, pages 61-75

  • It is my desire to devote my life to teaching mysticism and esoteric philosophy. Will you give me such suggestions as you believe would be helpful?

Horizon, 1951-Winter, pages 37-51

  • Although I am deeply interested in learning as much as I can of the religions and philosophies of the world, I find it difficult to know how to approach so deep and vast a subject. Can you offer any suggestions by which I can simplify and organize my efforts?

Horizon, 1952-Spring, pages 63-75, 80

  • Why do so many persons who practice development exercises become mentally, emotionally, or physically ill?

Horizon, 1952-Summer, pages 39-54

  • With so many basic convictions held in common, why is it so difficult for various religious sects and denominations to overcome their prejudices and unite their efforts in the service of essential spiritual doctrines?

Horizon, 1952-Autumn, pages 34-49

  • You have often said that life is a school in which we grow through experience. Will you enlarge upon this concept?

Horizon, 1952-Winter, pages 34-49

  • What is your attitude toward the familiar religious idea that those seeking spiritual advancement should become selfless; that is, renounce their own personal inclinations and convictions, and resign themselves completely to the divine will?

Horizon, 1953-Spring, pages 61-70

  • What is the therapeutic use of suggestion and autosuggestion?

Horizon, 1953-Summer, pages 31-38

  • Should one consult a psychologist?
  • Should the state provide religious training for children?

Horizon, 1953-Autumn, pages 24-31

  • Why modern music?
  • As a member of a minority group, I have suffered considerably from religious and racial prejudice. Can you help me to understand this situation in a constructive way?

Horizon, 1953-Winter, pages 29-36

  • Why does a perfect Creator create an imperfect world?
  • Is it selfish to want to be happy?

Horizon, 1954-Spring, pages 52-59

  • Please discuss the cause and treatment of malignant diseases.

Horizon, 1954-Summer, pages 59-67

  • How can one tell the difference between a true spiritual experience and some invention due to imagination or psychic stress?
  • Is grief a constructive or destructive emotion?

Horizon, 1954-Autumn, pages 56-64

  • Why am I too busy to think?
  • Can philosophy take the place of Aspirin?

Horizon, 1954-Winter, pages 43-49

  • The concepts of personal liberty and collective responsibility often conflict. Will you clarify this confusion?
  • Will you give some basic philosophical advice to a young man taking his first job?

Horizon, 1955-Spring, pages 28-38

  • Will you help to clarify religious differences in the home, and how they can be reconciled?
  • How do you reconcile the conflict everywhere present in Nature with man's ethical concepts of kindness, friendship, and brotherly love?

Horizon, 1955-Summer, pages 45-58

  • Will you give me some practical suggestions as to how I can be a successful mother-in-law?
  • Why do sensitive and serious persons seem to have so much trouble making friends and maintaining social activities?

Horizon, 1955-Autumn, pages 41-53

  • Why do we ignore the living and honor the dead?
  • When we dedicate our lives to helping others, we often find ourselves in difficult and unreasonable situations. When does serving cease to be a virtue?

Horizon, 1955-Winter, pages 48-59

  • In studying philosophy one finds constant references to Nature, but it is evident that each philosopher has his own interpretation of what Nature means to him. I have never seen any article on this subject and wondered if it would not be of interest to many students.
  • Can you give me some suggestions as to how I can bring the essential principles of philosophy to my children without preaching or forcing my beliefs upon them?

Horizon, 1956-Spring, pages 39-51

  • Will you give a few words of advice to young college students?
  • I am very much interested in the work of your Society, but would like to ask what you have to offer over and above the contributions of other sincere groups and organizations whose objectives are much the same as your own. I must admit being a bit confused as to which of several institutions of a similar nature has the most to offer in the way of home study and reading.

Horizon, 1956-Summer, pages 52-63

  • It has been said that if half the people of the earth can be induced to meditate for three minutes once weekly (Thursday noon, for example), a lasting world peace may be achieved. Do you think that this is feasible as an answer to the problem of peace, and are you in sympathy with such organized movements?
  • Would you please explain the place of the angels in the universal plan?

Horizon, 1956-Autumn, pages 42-48

  • If it is each person's spiritual and moral duty to solve his own problems, and to grow by his own efforts, is it wrong to seek psychological counseling and assistance, and does this indicate weakness of character?

Horizon, 1956-Winter, pages 39-53

  • Do you believe that the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls will have any profound or lasting effect upon the future of the Christian religion?
  • If art is an index of man's moral and spiritual development, why is it that many artists and art-lovers have lived immoral and unethical lives and have been only scoundrels with exquisite taste?

Horizon, 1957-Spring, pages 49-57

  • How can we properly evaluate the environmental equation in human development?

Horizon, 1957-Summer, pages 42-59

  • What are the responsibilities of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren?
  • Everything in Nature is dual; when one thing comes into existence, its counterpart or opposite comes into existence simultaneously. This produces a very puzzling situation. For instance, if this is true, then an effort to produce good, will automatically create an evil somewhere else and vice versa; when one does something evil, a compensating good comes into existence at the same time. If this is so, one is inclined to ask many questions. If good helps create evil, can good ever overcome evil? Also, why is there a difference when one performs a good or evil act, as in either case you are creating a good and an evil? We know, of course, that there is a difference—but why?
  • The Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31) is not as simple a guide for conduct as may appear on the surface. Will you please interpret this celebrated statement?

Horizon, 1957-Autumn, pages 40-51

  • Is there any way in which we can evaluate the importance and validity of new ideas?
  • Will you please discuss the following quotation which appeared in LIVING RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD by Frederic Spiegelberg? "Modern theosophy misunderstands Hindu doctrine . . . in believing that once born as a Man, the jiva progresses upward through superior realms of being . . . Samsara is random. You may become a mosquito, a whale, a devil, a god, a blade of grass."

Horizon, 1957-Winter, pages 51-55

  • Are our lives all planned to the smallest detail? Can we really do anything of our own volition and effort to affect so-called future events?

Horizon, 1958-Spring, pages 50-55

  • Does karma, the law of compensation, require us to work out all the problems of a level, caste, or class before we can proceed to a more advanced estate?

Horizon, 1958-Summer, pages 39-48

  • How can one adhere to metaphysical thinking and still be practical?

Horizon, 1958-Autumn, pages 39-44

  • Modern social problems are deeply concerned with the question of the basic equality of human beings. How does philosophy approach this subject?

PRS Journal, 1958-Winter, pages 50-55

  • The following is a quote from Inside Asia, by John Gunther. "The doctrine of Karma has considerable political consequence. Obviously it embodies an extreme form of fatalism, which impedes ambition. Obviously too, if a man thinks that his present life is merely an interlude between other lives which may be vastly more important, the spur to such mundane considerations as nationalism is lacking. Then too it gives us a clue to such phenomena as Mr. Gandhi's doctrine of non-violence, since it destroys man's inclination to resist." Could you at some time give your opinion of this "quote" in your journal?

PRS Journal, 1959-Spring, pages 44-56

  • The present researches in nuclear physics, such as the H-bomb, the testing of nuclear weapons, with the resulting radio-active fallout, present a problem awesome in magnitude, and affecting the personal lives of most human beings. Is it hysterical to take the attitude that nothing matters in the whole realm of man's thinking unless this problem disappears from the face of the earth? Are we approaching a frightful disaster which will affect not only ourselves, but unborn generations to come?
  • Nearly everyone has been taught the importance of loving one's fellow man. Most religions seem to stress this, even to the point of loving one's enemies. Medical science and modern psychology appear to be re-discovering the importance of loving and being loved. The problem seems to be this: we are told that we must love, yet it seems to be something that we have no control over. Do you have any practical advice that will help a person to increase his love for his fellow human persons?

PRS Journal, 1959-Summer, pages 39-46

  • It seems to me that the search for truth is being stifled by an enforced leveling imposed by society. Today the individual is being sacrificed to the assumed requirements of the group or the collective. Is it possible that a new land, a new area, may appear where a colony of philosophic researchers can escape the contamination of present-day policies? Would not a colony of truly dedicated beings accomplish more for their own inner lives, and the good of their world, than can be accomplished by merely drifting along with present trends which appear to be leading toward authoritarianism and materialism? Would you lead such a colony, if in future years, our country should drift too far into socialism to turn back?

PRS Journal, 1959-Autumn, pages 38-43

  • Will you please explain the use and abuse of magical arts?

PRS Journal, 1959-Winter, pages 71-83

  • Would you please discuss the psychological significance of the seven sacraments?

PRS Journal, 1960-Spring, pages 35-43

  • What is the thing that we call SELF, and will it be preserved for eternity? In other words, will WE, as a definite entity, exist in the hereafter, and be conscious of this existence?
  • What relation does race or nationality have to reincarnation?
  • The Buddhist philosophy seems to imply that the ultimate aim of life is to achieve an equilibrium state with a complete unconsciousness of self or desire. If this is achieved, there will, in effect, be no such thing as existence. If this is so, why did the universe come into being in the first place?
  • Following the reincarnation theme: if a man had spent several lives as a miser, would he return to this life in a high economic position, with tendencies toward philanthropy? In other words, is the soul presented with an opportunity to break the mold?
  • This problem of increasing population is another block. What we are saying is that life is a circle—the older souls filling out their time and then becoming extinguished, while the Divine Principle emits new souls. If so, there would be at present on the earth today, people with no previous existence, soulwise. Is this true?

PRS Journal, 1960-Summer, pages 47-55

  • I consider myself io be a fairly well-adjusted person, with normal responsibilities, which I generally enjoy. Yet, occasionally, I feel a desperate urge to leave all these secure patterns behind and go on a spree of irresponsibility and "adventure." Is it unnatural to have such feelings, and what is the proper attitude to take when one of these moods comes upon me?

PRS Journal, 1960-Autumn, pages 42-46

  • What is your opinion of statements now being made that Jesus and other great world teachers were psychologically unbalanced or self-deluded?

PRS Journal, 1960-Winter, pages 52-57

  • Why do you value so highly the teachings of the great religious and philosophical leaders of the past when it would seem that these teachings did not protect us through the centuries or prevent the troubles which now afflict us?

PRS Journal, 1961-Spring, pages 33-37

  • I have never been emotionally demonstrative, and even as a child, could not express affection, even to the members of my own family; yet I do not appreciate being ignored. Is there something wrong with me, and what can I do about it?

PRS Journal, 1961-Summer, pages 51-58

  • There has been a great deal of discussion about the growing narcotics menace in our country. Do you think the English system of narcotics control could be successfully used in the United States?

PRS Journal, 1961-Autumn, pages 35-41

  • Please explain what is meant by "Grace of God."

PRS Journal, 1961-Winter, pages 33-40

  • Do you consider that a universal language would contribute to the solution of world problems in the years that lie ahead? How do you feel that such a program could be advanced in a practical way?

PRS Journal, 1962-Spring, pages 29-39

  • What do you consider to be the outstanding fictional works dealing with esoteric and mystical subjects?

PRS Journal, 1962-Summer, pages 35-41, 51

  • It is true that self-discipline is the secret of comparative happiness. But where to start—in eating habits, in anything that aggrandizes the senses?
  • Can prayers for the dead relieve the departed soul? If so, how does one direct such a prayer? Is the entity conscious of its earthly environment at the time of its transition?
  • Contrary to the practice of cremating bodies prevalent in India and lately in our own areas, there is the contention that the Self, inhabiting the dense physical body as a temporary vehicle, be a tenant. Hence, mortal minds presuming to burn down this allocated domicile, be committing a grave error, Gautama the Enlightened One included. Cabalistic sources maintain that those acquiescing to cremation of their bodies belong into the same category as suicides. What is your conclusion?
  • Why was not one of the twelve Disciples a woman?
  • Would it be possible, astrologically, to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that reincarnation is an actual fact? Could a chart be set up at the time of death (which would be the birth chart of the entity entering the spirit world) and would it be possible for the chart to reveal the life of the entity and also the time and place of its rebirth on the earth plane?
  • Why is an individual's horoscope fixed at birth instead of at time of conception? The birth time seems to me not the real beginning of an entity on this plane, but a more superficial date of origin that can vary due to many causes that are not really basic enough to establish a horoscope.
  • We are told (Genesis) to produce our "own kind," and what penalty is imposed on a soul who breaks that law. Christ, representing our highest regeneration on this earth, we accept as inhabiting a white body—not black. Could a soul fully illuminated inhabit a black temple? We are told that Moses married a black woman ... he could not enter the Promised Land . . . why was he kept out?
  • If we are all a spark of the Infinite, which is all Good, all Knowledge, all Perfect—why must we travel the road of reincarnation searching and trying to acquire all these attributes that we once possessed as part of the Infinite?

PRS Journal, 1962-Autumn, pages 29-36

  • What do you think of the modern diet fads?

PRS Journal, 1962-Winter, pages 31-37

  • What is your attitude on the recent legislation banning prayer from the public school?

PRS Journal, 1963-Spring, pages 48-52

  • I have been receiving considerable mail from groups who insist that the United States is a republic, and not a democracy; yet in your own writings, and in most publications I have seen, the word DEMOCRACY is frequently used to describe our form of government. Which is correct?

PRS Journal, 1963-Summer, pages 26-39

  • How can you become desireless and at the same time desire to live better or to do gracious things?
  • Please explain the relationship between crime and the law of karma.

PRS Journal, 1963-Autumn, pages 40-45

  • How do you reconcile the progressive evolution of humanity with the fact that the great world teachers are not generally considered to be progressively superior to each other, in chronological order?

PRS Journal, 1963-Winter, pages 81-87

  • In the parable of the Prodigal Son, it seems rather inconsistent that the father should spread a feast for his wayward son rather than for the obedient son who had lived honorably and faithfully. How do you interpret this?

PRS Journal, 1964-Spring, pages 40-45

  • God considers us "his children." As parents, if our children do something that deserves punishment, we give the punishment immediately, while the deed is fresh in their minds. Would our karma be less if God followed the same process?

PRS Journal, 1964-Summer, pages 47-53

  • We are told that in the unfoldment of our consciousness, we have to go through every phase of life experience, with the ultimate goal of exhausting our karma and the cycle of rebirth. How is it possible to go through any life experience without building up karma for a future incarnation?

PRS Journal, 1964-Autumn, pages 63-69

  • Why do the people who claim to understand the inner mysteries of life differ so greatly in their teachings? Why do they not agree on what is true and what is right?

PRS Journal, 1964-Winter, pages 57-64

  • I am not accustomed to being close to sickness, and am now faced with making the adjustment of living with an invalid whose disposition is becoming increasingly difficult. Can you give me some advice as to the proper attitude to take in this relationship that will be of the greatest benefit to the invalid and to myself?

PRS Journal, 1965-Summer, pages 28-38, 51

  • I have written an inspirational book. A number of my friends feel that it is worth publishing. Since I have no experience in the field, will you be so kind as to advise me?
  • I am divorced, and my former wife has custody of our two children, both under ten years old. I have visiting privileges with the children, and am anxious to work out a pattern of visits that will be best for them. Please discuss your ideas on this subject.

PRS Journal, 1965-Autumn, pages 36-42

  • When the soul is reincarnated (or comes to earth) each time—is it when the soul chooses to come, or is it when the Law says it must come?

PRS Journal, 1965-Winter, pages 33-40

  • Are animals subject to karma?

PRS Journal, 1966-Spring, pages 41-48

  • Is marriage a karmic relationship?

PRS Journal, 1966-Summer, pages 35-44

  • Will you be so kind as to write an article on temper? I am a good-hearted person, give the shirt off my back to anyone, but one thing I just can't control is my temper. I try, but just can't, especially when I know I'm right. How can I prevent such outbursts?

PRS Journal, 1966-Autumn, pages 55-63

  • Please discuss the increasing trend toward birth control, and what effect this has on entities waiting to come into embodiment.

PRS Journal, 1966-Winter, pages 59-64

  • It seems to me that in your writings you use the term THE LAW to cover a variety of meanings. Could you elaborate on this in answer to the question: "What is The Law?"

PRS Journal, 1967-Spring, pages 46-52

  • WouLd you pLease discuss specifically how to acquire insight?

PRS Journal, 1967-Summer, pages 30-37

  • Do you have any practical recommendations for persons who are suffering from psychic persecution?

PRS Journal, 1967-Autumn, pages 36-47

  • What is the proper attitude for adults on the question of social drinking? How can parents instruct their teen-age children about this problem?

PRS Journal, 1967-Winter, pages 47-57

  • Is the spiritual evolution of man a fact, or only wishful thinking?

PRS Journal, 1968-Spring, pages 56-64

  • If a person has lived a full life, and comes to a point in old age where physical infirmities make it impossible to be useful or even self-maintaining, so that he looks forward to transition—is it wrong for such a person to accelerate nature's processes by committing suicide?

PRS Journal, 1968-Summer, pages 46-55

  • Would it not be wiser for people in general to use their normal and ordinary mental faculties and refrain from dabbling in extrasensory perception, telepathy, and hypnotism? Is there not a grave danger of self-delusion in all experimentation with metaphysical aspects of the mind and its processes?

PRS Journal, 1968-Autumn, pages 34-44

  • Is there any real evidence that the human being is essentially different today than he was five thousand years ago? Granted that he has made physical progress, has he actually become a better person?

PRS Journal, 1968-Winter, pages 49-62

  • Would you please discuss the religious and philosophical implications of heart transplant surgery?
  • We hear a great deal about "neurosis" these days. How can I tell whether I am a neurotic or just a long-suffering human being?

PRS Journal, 1969-Spring, pages 56-63

  • Many of us are frightened by the numerous reports about impending disasters which are likely to strike at any moment. We are warned of earthquakes, especially along the Western Coast of the United States, the harmfulness of fall-out, various types of pollutions, to say nothing of hazardous political and economic trends. How do you feel about all this?

PRS Journal, 1969-Summer, pages 43-51

  • Will you explain the meaning of that rationalizing process by which so many individuals seek to justify their own attitudes? It would seem that in many instances the whole procedure is little better than self-deception.

PRS Journal, 1969-Autumn, pages 58-64

  • It is my desire to make a project of studying your various writings and would appreciate suggestions as to which of your books should be studied first? I have most of your writings but not a complete set. Please do not list material that is not available.

PRS Journal, 1969-Winter, pages 53-58

  • Can travel make a real contribution to personal growth?

PRS Journal, 1970-Spring, pages 53-58

  • Will you tell us your thoughts on the subject of adopting children?

PRS Journal, 1970-Summer, pages 53-57

  • Is philosophic detachment to be interpreted as indifference to the needs of others?

PRS Journal, 1970-Autumn, pages 66-71

  • What lies ahead for the religious of the world?

PRS Journal, 1970-Winter, pages 35-40

  • How do you feel about the numerous groups, many of them with psychedelic overtones, which are teaching a wide variety of beliefs and practicing an assortment of esoteric exercises?

PRS Journal, 1971-Spring, pages 58-64

  • Can ulterior motives be constructive?

PRS Journal, 1971-Summer, pages 55-64

  • It is very difficult for me to reconcile the concepts of a benevolent God with man's abuse of animals and the cruelty everywhere obvious in the animal world. How would you explain the reason why the predator lives by destroying other creatures, many of them helpless and unoffending?

PRS Journal, 1971-Autumn, pages 55-60

  • As you have made an extensive study of ancient religions and philosophies, why do you fail to expose the false and undesirable teachings which they contain?

PRS Journal, 1971-Winter, pages 61-69

  • Would you please comment on suicidal tendencies and whether the impulse to kill oneself can be inherited?

PRS Journal, 1972-Summer, pages 52-56

  • How has racial and national karma brought about present world conditions?

PRS Journal, 1972-Fall, pages 49-58

  • Do you believe in accidents?

PRS Journal, 1972-Winter, pages 55-63

  • Do smog and other pollutants have an effect on morality?

PRS Journal, 1973-Spring, pages 55-61

  • Is there such a thing as intentional sin? Do you think that when people do or say things that hurt us, it is always unintentional?

PRS Journal, 1973-Summer, pages 44-50

  • Is it a good idea for elderly people to consider disposing of their possessions while still alive?

PRS Journal, 1973-Fall, pages 57-64

  • How can a person protect himself from the destructive forces around him?

PRS Journal, 1973-Winter, pages 52-62

  • If one who does wrong creates bad karma for himself, does a person who stands by when another does wrong without interfering also make bad karma for himself?

PRS Journal, 1974-Spring, pages 63-70

  • We all appreciate studies in religion and philosophy and ancient cultures, but what solutions do they offer for the practical problems confronting the world today?

PRS Journal, 1974-Summer, pages 60-68

  • For many years I have been reading the sacred books of the world and the principal text in classical philosophy. I find many beautiful thoughts but also ideas and statements which I simply cannot accept. They appear to be completely contrary to my sense of integrity. How would you explain the cruelty, tyranny, and social inequalities which occur in these earlier works?

PRS Journal, 1974-Autumn, pages 60-65

  • Do you believe in Vegetarianism?

PRS Journal, 1974-Winter, pages 54-62

  • I used to believe (or assume) that words like honesty, contentment, serenity, discrimination, gratitude (to name a few) were words that remained constant or unchanging. I no longer hold this view. Will you please elaborate on this?

PRS Journal, 1975-Spring, pages 56-63

  • I have written several inspirational manuscripts which my friends feel should be published, but they also think that I should form some kind of a group, and teach them the ideas which have become important to me. Also, that I should go out and lecture. What would be your suggestions in these areas?

PRS Journal, 1975-Summer, pages 55-64

  • Self-discipline is frequently mentioned in religious and philosophical books. I would appreciate your viewpoints on this subject.

PRS Journal, 1975-Fall, pages 62-69

  • My husband and I are deeply distressed at the reports we hear of violence, vandalism, and immorality on college and university campuses. Our son is graduating from high school next spring and we wonder if we are morally obligated to subject our boy to the temptations to which he will be exposed, in the name of higher education. What is your advice under such conditions?

PRS Journal, 1975-Winter, pages 62-69

  • What is your opinion of the recent article in which a number of prominent scientists endorsed a statement to the effect that there is no scientific basis for astrology?

PRS Journal, 1976-Summer, pages 60-67

  • How would you advise a sincere person who wants to dedicate his life to a religious career?

PRS Journal, 1976-Fall, pages 58-67

  • I am concerned about my husband. We have had a long and successful marriage and he is a really fine person and good father. For many years we have had wine on our dinner table and he has taken an occasional cocktail when he came home from work. Now, it seems to me that his dependence upon alcoholic support has been increasing. This is due, probably, to the insecurity in his business. He is a minor executive, only a few years from retirement. Demands upon his time and energy have resulted in fatigue and confusion. He shows no indication that drinking is affecting his mind or his abilities, but I fear that if he continues to develop a drinking habit, he may become an alcoholic. Can you discuss this problem and make any suggestion of how I can be of help to him at this time?

PRS Journal, 1976-Winter, pages 61-68

  • The number of disastrous earthquakes which have occurred in recent months impels me to ask the question: Is there any possible correlation between these natural upheavals and the present crisis in world affairs?

PRS Journal, 1977-Summer, pages 58-67

  • Please discuss the present state of American home life.

PRS Journal, 1977-Fall, pages 61-68

  • Would you give us some information regarding the energy fields of the human body?

PRS Journal, 1977-Winter, pages 59-68

  • When you lecture so interestingly and meaningfully, and without notes for about an hour and a half, HOW DO YOU KNOW what to say next?

PRS Journal, 1978-Spring, pages 57-66

  • What is your opinion on such subjects as the Loch Ness Monster, the Abominable Snowman, sea serpents, and other semi-legendary creatures?

PRS Journal, 1978-Summer, pages 53-62

  • I am prompted to ask you to write an article on the sad state of the legal system.

PRS Journal, 1978-Fall, pages 59-67

  • What are we learning from the present world confusion?

PRS Journal, 1978-Winter, pages 60-66

  • How can I help my teenage son grow up in this troubled world?

PRS Journal, 1979-Summer, pages 60-68

  • When my daughter passed her eighteenth birthday she told me of her intention to leave home. She had become involved with a semi-religious group which had established a rural community. I could not dissuade her and she insisted that she was resolved to depart forever from a materialistic society. Can you help me to understand what lies ahead for this young woman?

PRS Journal, 1979-Fall, pages 55-64

  • How can philosophy be applied in helping to cope with the present inflation?

PRS Journal, 1980-Spring, pages 60-66

  • Having considerable time at my disposal I enjoy reading but do not wish to waste thoughts on books that have little or no important content. Perhaps you can tell me something about the broader and deeper value of books and the significance of reading in general.

PRS Journal, 1980-Summer, pages 60-66

  • I realize that I have developed some bad mental habits. Energy that should be used to regulate my present activities is being wasted over regrets about the past and anxieties about the future. Can you give me some helpful advice?

PRS Journal, 1980-Fall, pages 63-68

  • I have been thinking of joining a religious organization which seems to have an excellent program for self-improvement. To be admitted, I must sign an obligation by which I promise to give unqualified obedience to the leaders and teachers of this group. This obligation disturbs me. What is your opinion on the propriety of unquestioning allegiance to beliefs or practices of a mystical sect?

PRS Journal, 1980-Winter, pages 60-65

  • Many of us are confused and troubled by present world conditions. Can you give us some enlightenment on this subject?

PRS Journal, 1981-Spring, pages 58-65

  • We have been married for six months. I am twenty years old and my husband is twenty-three. We hope to have children and I am hoping that you will share with me your thoughts about raising a family under present world conditions.

PRS Journal, 1981-Summer, pages 57-64

  • My mother is living with me. She is in her middle eighties and is becoming increasingly difficult. I would appreciate any suggestions you can make relating to the problem of senility.

PRS Journal, 1981-Fall, pages 58-66

  • Why does the brotherhood of humanity remain "the impossible dream"?

PRS Journal, 1981-Winter, pages 59-68

  • There is discussion of the need for censorship in the entertainment field. Some feel that this is an unreasonable interference in the rights and privileges of a free society. What are your thoughts on the matter?

PRS Journal, 1982-Spring, pages 59-66

  • How do you feel about efforts to develop extrasensory perception by following various systems of special exercises or the use of magical rituals?

PRS Journal, 1982-Summer, pages 59-64

  • My son is a physicist and insists that he is a scientific atheist. Is this possible?

PRS Journal, 1982-Fall, pages 53-68

  • You have often emphasized the importance of hobbies, and I am inclined toward photography. Can I use philosophy in selecting pictorial material and composition?

PRS Journal, 1982-Winter, pages 39-47

  • A number of mystically minded persons take the attitude that reading religious and philosophical books is a waste of time or a strain upon the tired brain. How do you feel about this?

PRS Journal, 1983-Spring pages 60-69

  • On three separate occasions, unless I did not fully understand, you have ruled out competition as an asset of the human character. Competition in all fields has urged man to greater and greater heights. In a utopian world if all persons were equally loving, had equal integrity, equal selflessness, etc., and there were no competition, would it not stop all incentive to live? Or is this what the wise ones call heaven or nirvana?

PRS Journal, 1983-Summer, pages 40-44

  • Some twenty-five years ago, I was driving my car along a busy street when a small child ran out from the middle of the block between two parked autos. There was no possible way of stopping my own car in time, and I killed a little girl about five years old. I was completely exonerated from all responsibility and the accident was listed as unavoidable, but this incident continues to haunt me. Two or three times a year I have detailed dreams of the accident and they are followed by weeks of depression. Even the child's family have assured me that I should not blame myself, but my entire life has been overshadowed with this tragic incident. Can you make any suggestions as to how I can overcome these haunting memories?

PRS Journal, 1983-Fall, pages 29-33

  • Does man take his mind with him into the next life? He discards his body, his worldly goods, those elements of his mind which are no longer useful, but what about the sick mind—one which is unable to accept reality (those things that seemed normal to the average soul), one whose mind is so twisted that his freedom of choice and thinking are damaged? What happens to this soul in the next life?

PRS Journal, 1984-Summer, pages 47-55

  • How can one help a scientist who is attempting to break through his materialistic background?

PRS Journal, 1984-Fall, pages 31-37

  • For a number of years I have done counseling, often by the use of astrology. In all cases, I have been faithful to the ethical code accepted by practitioners in this field. It has been brought to my attention that some metaphysical groups teach that persons giving advice must accept karmic responsibility for the consequences of their recommendations. In other words, the counselor's advice interferes with the free will of their clients. What is your recommendation on this subject?

PRS Journal, 1984-Winter, pages 35-43

  • My two sons were born only about a year apart, but they are completely different in character and disposition. The oldest boy was strongly ambitious from early childhood. He was an honor student in college and a star football player. In business, he has earned several promotions and it is generally assumed that his life will be highly successful. My other son was quiet and gentle from the cradle. He had no interest in sports and managed to graduate from high school without distinction. He loved to read and was highly artistic. Of his own accord, he decided to enroll in a Protestant seminary and hoped to enter the mission field. Do you think that it is possible that this young man's dedication to religion from childhood indicates that he brought his spiritual convictions from a previous life?

PRS Journal, 1985-Summer, pages 51-57

  • This summer, I will be sixty-five years old and the organization with which I am associated has a fixed rule making retirement mandatory at this time. I am an executive with a Master's Degree in business administration. My husband died several years ago and my two daughters are happily married and I am now a grandmother. My pension will be sufficient to take care of me comfortably for the rest of my life. I have also inherited funds from my husband and carry adequate insurance. Now the question is, what do I do with the rest of my life? I never looked forward to retirement because I thoroughly enjoyed my work. I have had offers to serve in various capacities in several corporations, but I have a feeling that I need a change of pace. The fact that I am writing this letter to you indicates my desire for self-improvement, and I must be busy to be happy. What can you suggest?

PRS Journal, 1985-Fall, pages 45-51

  • Do you believe in miracles?

PRS Journal, 1985-Winter, pages 32-37

  • Having lived alone for several years, I am contemplating the purchase of a dog for companionship and protection. Would you approve of my adopting such an animal at this time?

PRS Journal, 1986-Spring, pages 62-69

  • I have accepted the doctrine of karma because to me it seems to make sense. Can this be reconciled with the words of Jesus, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do."

PRS Journal, 1986-Summer, pages 56-62

  • I am seventy years old, sound in mind and body, and have sufficient funds to keep me in modest luxury for the rest of my days. With reasonable luck I have from ten to fifteen years of life expectancy. For many years I worked in the building trades. Since my official retirement I have traveled, lived in a camper, enjoyed the great outdoors, and am now bored to death. What can you suggest?

PRS Journal, 1986-Fall, pages 59-66

  • Is there any good reason why there can't be one religion for all human beings?

PRS Journal, 1986-Winter, pages 49-60

  • My son is uncertain as to whether he wants to go to college or develop his natural talent for a business career. How important is a college education?

PRS Journal, 1987-Spring, pages 65-72

  • We are all depressed by world conditions and face the future with anxieties and apprehensions. Most of us realize that as individuals we have little influence on the shape of things to come. Can you help us to have greater faith in the future of our world?

PRS Journal, 1987-Summer, pages 61-69

  • I have been told that in matters of spiritual growth the end justifies the means. Whether teachings are correct or incorrect, development exercises constructive or destructive, all paths in the end will lead to the perfection of the inner life. To me this does not seem reasonable. At the present time there is such a variety of sects and cults, how can we safely select an organization which disregards the great religious teachings of the past when we are in such desperate need of spiritual directives?

PRS Journal, 1987-Fall, pages 62-68

  • We have been a happily married couple. I am fifty-six and my husband is three years older. He works for a large and well established corporation and will retire at sixty-five with an adequate pension. I have never been employed but have devoted my life to raising two children, a boy and a girl, both of whom have established their own homes and plan to raise families. We look forward, therefore, to a number of leisure years with sufficient means to sustain a variety of personal activities. We have a large home which we plan to sell in the near future and move into a small modern condominium which will relieve me of most of the household chores. We will never move into our children's lives except perhaps for a short time when the babies come. My question is what do we do now? We are not especially studious people, seldom turn on a television set, and have a very small circle of congenial friends. I have three years of college and might complete my basic degree which is in arts. We like to travel, have some interest in philosophy, but are not of a mind to devote our later years to serving the under¬≠privileged. We support some charities and my husband contributes through his fraternity. The releases from the routine of daily chores must become important to us both or retirement will be a penalty. Have you any suggestions?

PRS Journal, 1987-Winter, pages 61-67

  • Can you tell us something about this dramatic upsurge in metaphysical thinking at the present time?

PRS Journal, 1988-Spring, pages 58-64

  • Do you believe that God could put the Devil out of business if He really wanted to?

PRS Journal, 1988-Summer, pages 55-64

  • In the last few years a number of books have appeared describing mystical experiences involving beings from other planets or teachers from the ancient world. There are also classes, seminars, and workshops dealing with all kinds of spiritual wonders. Is it not about time for you to tell us what your contribution will be?

PRS Journal, 1988-Fall, pages 39-46

  • Discuss the question of personal responsibility.

PRS Journal, 1988-Winter, pages 59-66

  • We have a relative who has spent half a lifetime trying to convince us that we belong to the wrong church. There is no doubt that the person is sincere, but we feel deep apprehension whenever we know this individual is coming to visit us. What can you suggest?

PRS Journal, 1989-Summer, pages 59-69

  • How can we make the best use of the faculties and powers which we possess?

PRS Journal, 1989-Fall, pages 58-61

  • Will you comment on cruelty to animals?

PRS Journal, 1989-Winter, pages 56-61

  • How about a word for mothers in these difficult times?

PRS Journal, 1990-Summer, pages 58-66

  • Now in my middle fifties I look back upon a more or less miserable existence. I was an unwanted child who made a bad marriage to leave home. There was a divorce two years later, and I went into the business world to build a career as best I could. As the years passed, I became more embittered, suffered a second unhappy marriage, and then—so to say—I simply retired from the human race. For many years now I have lived alone nursing my wounds, and health problems now add to my miseries. Have you any constructive suggestions for a person in my condition? I have already tried religion, psychological counseling, and metaphysical healing.

PRS Journal, 1990-Winter, pages 27-32

  • I have two children now in their late teens and at present in college. My husband and I have done everything in our power to fulfill our responsibilities as parents, and we have a good relationship with the hearts and minds of our children. It is obvious that there have been many changes in the moral standards by which our society is governed. Some of these changes are difficult because they affect moral principles that we have always considered to be basic and unchangeable. A certain amount of conflict is arising in the activities of our children. They demand extensive freedom which, to a degree at least, is a cause of concern. Both children have emotional involvements which they regard as acceptable by prevailing standards. As parents, anxieties arise within us because of conditions which would not have been acceptable in society even ten or fifteen years ago. Is it true that basic morals can change? Are they the true guidelines for conduct, or are they merely part of an ever¬≠changing society which is dominated by emotion and expediency? Every daily newspaper includes accounts of social changes which trouble us. It seems as though humanity as a whole is deteriorating. Truth and honesty guided civilization for thousands of years, but now they seem to be impediments to progress. Suppose this tendency increases so that within the next century the moral world we know will completely disappear. It is discouraging to read in the daily press that the crime rate is increasing every day. One report caused us deep concern, for it noted that women have been found guiltier than men in several major areas involving misconduct. Do you think: it is possible that nature intends to reduce population by increasing wars, earthquakes, and narcotics? When the present generation has passed, will the world be devoted largely to the perpetuation of its criminal instincts? Can you cast a little light or a ray of hope to comfort some old-fashioned folks who still believe in integrity?

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