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and " can't a man do as he likes with his own?" requires a universal
No. even if ownership of the wife is conceded, which it isn't.
LXVIII. When a husband's private conduct, unreasonable de¬
mands, etc., has estranged the dear love, so precious to every genu¬
ine man, there is but one way to change it back, and that is furbear-
ance. self-restraint, care, gentleness, reciprocity. Love. It is best
to eat only when one is hungry. But why force an unwelcome feast
to vou, horror to her, except she be ahungcred as well? If she be
not in sympathy with her husband in all respects, it means death to
her affection for him, in time, if not at once ; and he is a poor bird
who foolishly ruins his own nest, and how many human birds do
We are triplicate beings — soul, spirit, body. Our loves and
passions may be of either one, two or all three of these. If our love
be only of soul it is too fine and ethereal for this lower world, and for
all practical purposes is useless. If it be of spirit only, it is too
vague, unsubstantial, unthoughtful, and physically unsatisfactory.
If it be of body only, then lust is regnant, with hell all around, and
crime swelters in the air. If our loves be of soul and spirit only,
then wc are bereft of the power to become Energies in the world,
because we lack the material force to either make our mark on each
other, the world, or to give good physico-vital constitutions to our
offspring. If our loves be of soul and body, we are isolated from
the rest of mankind, and are lone pilgrims all the way along. If
they be spirit and body only, we arc extreme — either all transcen¬
dental affection, or downright animal passionists. It is only when
our loves are triplicate that we fulfil our true mission, and realize
the supreme jovs of existence.
The marital office and function is therefore material, spiritual
and mystic. The Christian world knows much about the two fir. t,
but nothing whatever of the last. This book of my doctrine only
contains it, for it alone declares and establishes the fact that the marital
function is unquestionably the highest, holiest, most important, and
most wretchedly abused of all that pertains to the human being.
Its offices are so vital that I hold as cardinal, indisputable axioms.