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Day 38 - El Paso, TX - T Lounge - 10/2
Q: You will meet continual misfortune, and be unable to find God, if you insist on deserting your ordinary responsibilities! You cannot work out your past karma without worldly experiences.
A: 'Even he with the worst of karma who ceaselessly meditates on Me quickly loses the effects of his past bad actions. Becoming a high-souled being, he soon attains perennial peace. Know this for certain: the devotee who puts his trust in Me never perishes!'
day 39 - El Paso, TX/Juarez, Mexico - off - 10/3
SOC. ...for instance, horses are said to require attention, and not every person is able to attend to them, but only a person skilled in horsemanship. Is not that true?
EUTH. Quite true.
SOC. I should suppose that the art of horsemanship is the art of attending to horses?
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SOC. And is not attention always designed for the good or benefit or that to which the attention is given? As in the case of horses, you may observe that when attended to by the horseman's art they are benefited and improved, are they not?
SOC. ...then every Athenian improves and elevates them*; all with the exception of myself; and I alone am their corruptor? Is that what you affirm?
Meletus: That is what I stoutly affirm.
SOC. I am very unfortunate if that is true. But suppose I ask you a question: Would you say that this also holds true in the case of horses? Does one man do them harm and all the world good? Is not the exact opposite of this true? One man is able to do them good, or at least not many -- the trainer of horses, that is to say, does them good -- and others who have to do with them rather injure them. Is not that true, Meletus, of horses, or any other animals?
SOC. ...did ever man, Meletus, believe in the existence of human beings, and not human beings? . . . I wish, men of Athens, that he would answer, and not be always trying to get up an interruption. Did ever any man believe in horsemanship, and not in horses? Or in flute-playing, and not in flute-players?