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PAIN: is a set of disturbing sensations as the penalty of improper thinking or doing, and is the notice served on the doer of feeling-and-desire to remove its cause.

PASSION: is the raging of feelings and desires concerning objects or subjects of the senses.

PATIENCE: is calm and careful persistence in the accomplishment of desire or purpose.

PERFECT PHYSICAL BODY: is the state or condition which is the ultimate, the complete; from which nothing can be lost, nor to which anything can be added. Such is the perfect sexless physical body of the Triune Self in the Realm of Permanence.

PERSONALITY: is the corporeal human body, the mask, in and through which the incorporeal doer of desire-and-feeling thinks and speaks and acts.

PESSIMISM: is a mental attitude produced by the observation or belief that human desires cannot be satisfied; that the people and the world are out of joint; and, that there is nothing to be done about it.

PLAN: is that which shows the way or the means by which purpose is accomplished.

PLEASURE: is the flow of sensations in agreement with the senses, and gratifying to feeling-and-desire.

POETRY: is the art of modeling the meaning of thought and rhythm into forms or words of grace or of power.

POINT, A: is that which is without dimension but from which dimensions come. A point is the beginning of every thing. The unmanifested and the manifested are divided by a point. The unmanifested manifests through a point. The manifested returns to the unmanifested through a point.

POISE: is the state of balance, of equanimity of mind and control of body, in which one thinks and feels and acts with ease, not disturbed by circumstances or conditions, or by the thoughts or acts of others.

POSSESSIONS: are such necessaries as food, clothing, shelter, and the means to maintain one's personality in its position in life; in excess of these and in all other respects they are snares, cares, and shackles.

POWER, CONSCIOUS: is desire, which brings about changes in itself, or which causes change in other things.

PRANAYAMA: is a Sanskrit term which is subject to numerous interpretations. Practically applied it means the control or regulation of breathing by prescribed exercises of measured inhalation, suspension, exhalation, suspension, and again inhalation for a certain number of such rounds or for a certain period of time. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, pranayama is given as fourth in the eight steps or stages of yoga. The purpose of pranayama is said to be the control of prana, or control of the mind in concentration. However, the practice of pranayama confuses and defeats the purpose, because thinking is directed to or on the breathings or on prana, and the stops in breathing. This thinking and stopping in breathings prevents real thinking. The Conscious Light used in thinking-to make known to the thinker the subject of his thinking-is prevented from flowing by stopping the natural and regular flow of physical breathing. The Conscious Light enters only at the two neutral points between the inbreathing and outbreathing and the outbreathing and inbreathing. The stoppage keeps out the Light. Hence, no Light; no real thinking; no real yoga or union; no real knowledge.

PREFERENCE: is the favor of some person, place or thing by feeling-and-desire, without due regard for right or reason; it prevents true mental vision.

PREJUDICE: is judging a person, place or thing to which feeling-and-desire are opposed, without considering, or regardless of, right or reason. Prejudice prevents right and just judgment.

PRINCIPLE: is the substratum from which all principles are what they are and by which they may be distinguished.

PRINCIPLE, A: is that fundamental in a thing of which it was, by which it came to be what it is, and according to which its character may be known wherever it is.

PROGRESS: is the continuing to increase in the capacity to be conscious, and in the ability to make good use of that of which one is conscious.

PUNISHMENT: is the penalty for wrong action. It is not intended to cause torment and suffering to the one punished; it is intended to teach the one punished that he cannot do wrong without suffering, soon or late, the consequences of the wrong.PURPOSE: is the guiding motive in effort as the immediate thing, for which one strives, or the ultimate subject to be known; it is the conscious direction of force, the intention in words or in action, the accomplishment of thought and effort, the end of attainment.

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