Question: In the article “The Peace,” it is said: “The store is open and the shopkeeper sells by deferred payment; the book is open and the hand writes. And all who wish to borrow may come and borrow, and the collectors return regularly, day-by-day, and collect from a person knowingly and unknowingly.” What is the payment?
Answer: And what is receiving? What do you get from the store? Do you steal by not knowing what?
All your life, all the thoughts, all the feelings, everything that continually passes through you, you get from the store, from the first atom to the very last great attainment. You are created in a certain way, with particular physical, internal, psychological, spiritual, mental properties so that you transform yourself. You got this knowledge and conditions. You are in a place that is involved in transformation. Bring yourself closer to the likeness of the Creator. Thus, you pay for what you receive.
Or else, a person does it involuntarily under constant successive blows and suffering. But his suffering pays for nothing. He just comes to the realization that he has to pay; he needs to change himself. This may take another 100 years.
You have the opportunity to begin to change yourself now and thus to justify your existence, meaning what you get from the store. Payment is made accordingly with our reasonable actions, aimed at becoming like the Creator, which is the way that I change the world into the likeness of Him. I change not only my attitude to everything, but also education, upbringing, dissemination, the whole world, but first of all, myself.
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/9/12, Lesson 6