This first post is devoted to outlining the nature of the straight path. The following quote from my book The Straight Path: A Religious Guide to Finding and Fulfilling One’s Purpose describes the straight path and its relationship to the soul, the mind and the body; it also describes their purpose.
The straight path is God’s Truth. It is the path of virtue and righteous action. It has always been and shall always be. It dwells in every grain of sand and on every mountain peak, in every mind, in every body and in every soul.
The straight path is the purpose of the soul. It cleanses the soul’s connection with the mind and enables the mind to hear the voice of the soul. It gives to the soul its proper authority over the mind, and to the mind its proper authority over the body. It gives to the mind and the body the strength to act virtuously.
God laid the straight path to guide us to Heaven. And He gave us the freedom to choose to walk it or not. He gave us this choice to teach us the difference between right and wrong, so we remember the necessity for righteous action.…There are three steps to the straight path. The first step is to remember the straight path and begin to perceive its presence in all things. The second step is to seek the straight path by acting virtuously towards friends and enemies and rejecting vice. The third step is to find the straight path, and in spite of personal pain and suffering, act to strengthen humanity and fulfil the Will of God.
The Straight Path: A Religious Guide to Finding and Fulfilling One’s Purpose, pp. 2-3.
Our purpose is to walk the straight path. Only by doing so, can we draw closer to God and find happiness and fulfillment.
An individual walks the straight path by acting virtuously and avoiding vice, and by disciplining and strengthening his mind and body. And when an individual strengthens himself, he also strengthens humanity because whatever improvements he makes to his own mind and body he passes to his descendants. The life of an individual is brief, but humanity continues.
The straight path is the path to enlightenment. It is the path to God. Future posts will further explore the nature of the straight path.