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Excerpted from It's a Meaningful Life by Bo Lozoff. Copyright © 2000 by Bo Lozoff. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Putnam, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"Each of us is called upon to choose good over evil, love over hate, generosity over selfishness, time and time again."

Bo Lozoff, It's a Meaningful Life, Part 3

Spiritual states are objectively real, not merely wishful thinking or personal perceptions. When my heart opens and your heart opens, we do not experience different things. Our personalities and circumstances are left way behind, and we experience the One Great Compassion that has always existed and always will. Some may call it Christ Consciousness, and others Sat-chit-ananda. When my mind clears and your mind clears, we do not see different things. We see the One Living Spirit of all creation, the dazzling divine light that connects and enlivens all beings equally. Styles and symbols and languages may express these experiences in countless ways, but the transcendent realities themselves do not change.

And neither do the big truths of human accountability. Each of us is called upon to choose good over evil, love over hate, generosity over selfishness, time and time again. And each of us will reap the consequences of our choices. Neither era nor culture nor popular sentiment can alter these basic truths. As Psalm 100 intones, "His truth endures to all generations." And elsewhere in the Old Testament: "I am Truth. I cannot vary."

We are free to ignore or reject the spiritual laws of the universe, but we cannot render them ineffective. The perennial message of the sages is that if we heed these laws, we will thrive spiritually. If we violate them -- going against what the Eastern traditions call Dharma or Tao or, in Judeo-Christian terms, choosing Mammon over God -- we will wither spiritually, no matter what degree of fame, fortune, or power we may attain.

Human history is no more than an ongoing narration of this wondrous drama, and you and I are not bit players. According to the wise ones, there are no bit players. Each of us is set upon a hero's path, each of us is sent by the king to perform the "Particular task" of struggling through countless illusions and compelling temptations to become as holy as is our birthright.

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