CHAPTER-4. Maya and the Evolution of the Conception of God-11.
(Delivered in London, 20th October 1896)
They were first worshippers of the Sun and the Moon, and gradually came to think of themselves as descendants of the god of the Sun of the Moon, and so forth.
So when these tribal ideas began to grow there came a little love, some slight idea of duty towards each other, a little social organisation.
Then, naturally, the idea came : -
How can we live together without bearing and forbearing?
How can one man live with another without having some time or other to check his impulses, to restrain himself, to forbear from doing things which his mind would prompt him to do? It is impossible.
Thus comes the idea of restraint.
The whole social fabric is based upon that idea of restraint, and we all know that the man or woman who has not learnt the great lesson of bearing and forbearing leads a most miserable life.
To be continued ...