As the lost jewel may be recovered from the very depths of the tank’s mud, so can the most abandoned snatch himself from the mire of sin, if only the precious Gem of Gems, the sparkling germ of Atma, is developed. Each of us must do that for himself, each can if he but will and persevere. Good resolutins are mind-painted pictures of good deeds: fancies, day-dreams, whisperings of Buddhi to Manas. If we encourage them they will not fade away like a dissolving mirage in the Shamo desert, but grow stronger and stronger until one’s life becomes the expression and outward proof of the divine motive within….
There are innumerable pages of your life-record still to be written up; fair and blank they are as yet. Child of your race and of your age, seize the diamond-pen and inscribe them with the history of noble deeds, days well-spent, years of holy striving. So will you win your way every upward to the higher planes of spiritual consciousness. Fear not, faint not, be faithful to the ideal you can now dimly see.
— Mahatma K.H.