A Vital Concept of Personal Growth

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Examines ways an individual grows and gains maturity as well as the ability to better control all parts of oneself to fulfill one's destiny. During the formative years of human life, most of the vital energies of man are directed toward the building and integrating of the bodily structure. Physical growth, therefore, is the orderly unfoldment of the powers, functions, and form of the individual from infancy through childhood and adolescence, and toward ultimate biological maturity. We all observe the phenomenon of growth, and accept it as the normal and natural way by which the state of adulthood is finally attained. The symbolism is so familiar that we accept it without due consideration for its larger implications of meaning. We may go so far as to accept growth as an end in itself, and overlook the more important fact that it is a conspiracy of means toward an end which fully justifies those means. We observe also that during those long years of transition between childhood and maturity, the growing person is under a sequence of pressures. We recognize, therefore, that children require guidance, patience, and understanding. They are adjusting to an unfamiliar way of life, and are learning to use those potentials with which the race has been endowed. The parent takes comfort in that his boys and girls will come finally to the full control of their powers and resources, and will then be able to unfold their careers and plan their personal destinies with a measure of confidence. In olden days, there was quite a ceremony when a son or daughter reached majority. It was customary for the elders to accept a new member into the circle of adults. There was talk of new opportunity and also of greater responsibility. The time had come to plan for career and family, to depart from childish ways, and share the burdens of society.

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Manly P. Hall (1901-1990) was a seeker and lover of wisdom (the very definition of a philosopher) he had the courage and raw energy to look for wisdom in places most men had long since forgotten or never knew existed. As the Philosophical Research Society's founder and first president, he began his career in an era when most Americans did not look toward other cultures and traditions without looking down. And yet, Manly P. Hall spoke and wrote extensively on the wisdom found in all ancient traditions, and the deep cross-cultural threads and many interconnected roots of modern religious expression. While neither guru nor saint (he made no claim of perfection, far from it), his work is exceedingly rare in its grand scope, detail and synthesis. He embraced the wisdom of every tradition and, with a fluid command of the obscure and complex contents of these traditions, worked to express their unifying truths. In his long career, spanning more than seventy years of dynamic public activity, Mr. Hall delivered over 8000 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 200 books, essays, and magazine articles, and left the world one of the finest libraries in the field, as well as a University that continues in his spirit of universal learning. The Philosophical Research Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1934 by Manly P. Hall for the purpose of providing thoughtful persons rare access to the depth and breadth of the world's wisdom literature. PRS is entirely free from doctrinal, political, or ecclesiastical affiliation and provides an environment sheltered from any interest intending to coerce or convert. The institution's goal is to enable the individual to develop a mature philosophy of life, dedicated to understanding and appreciating one's own unique possibilities in the unfolding universal pattern. The works published by PRS, most of which are written by Manly P. Hall himself, probe the life mysteries and spiritual issues with which every inquisitive individual is concerned. Whether interested in creating a personal library of philosophical insights, or just beginning the search for enlightenment, one will find the works featured here valuable steps through the 'gates of wisdom' to the greater world around.

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