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Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East - Volume I

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East - Volume I

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Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far EastBy Baird T. SpaldingVolume I FORWARD:In presenting THE LIFE AND TEACHING OF THE MASTERSOF THE FAR EAST, I wish to state that I was one of a research party of eleven persons that visited the Far East in 1894.During our stay—three and a half years—we contacted the GreatMasters of the Himalayas, who aided us in the translation of therecords, which was of great assistance in our research work. They permitted us to enter into their lives intimately and we were thusable to see the actual working of the great Law as demonstrated bythem. We call them Masters, which is merely our name for them.One living the life described herein is entitled to reverence andconsideration as a Master.Records and manuscripts—our actual experience with the Masters —were preserved. Personally, at that time, I thought the world wasnot ready for this message. I was an independent member of theresearch party and I am now publishing my notes under the titleLIFE AND TEACHING OF THE MASTERS OF THE FAR EAST, with the thought that the reader may accept or reject, as hewishes.This book, which will be followed by others of the Sun series,gives the first year's experience of the expedition in relation to theMasters. It includes their teaching, which was taken by us
 
stenographically at the time, with their permission and approved bythem.The Masters accept that Buddha represents the Way toEnlightenment, but they clearly set forth that Christ ISEnlightenment, or a state of consciousness for which we are allseeking—the Christ light of every individual; therefore, the light of every child that is born into the world.(Signed) Baird T. SpaldingChapter IWe had been in India about two years, doing regular routineresearch work, when I met the Master known in these writings asEmil. While walking along a street in the city where we werestaying, my attention was attracted to a crowd. I saw the center of interest was one of the street magicians, or fakirs, that are socommon in that country. As I stood there I noticed beside me anelderly man who was not of the same caste as those about him. Helooked at me and asked if I had been long in India. I replied,"About two years." He asked, "Are you English?" I answered."American."I was surprised and very much interested to find one who spokeEnglish. I asked him what he thought of the performance thengoing on. He answered, "Oh, it is a common occurrence in India.These fellows are called fakirs, magicians, and hypnotists. Theyare all the name implies; but underneath it all is a deeper spiritualmeaning that few discern, and good will come of it some day. It is but the shadow of the thing from which it sprang. It has caused agreat deal of comment, and those commenting upon it seem never to have reached the true meaning, for there certainly is a truthunderneath it all."
 
Here we parted and I saw him only occasionally during the nextfour months. Our expedition was confronted by a problem whichgave us a great deal of trouble. In the midst of our worries I againmet Emil. Immediately he asked what was bothering me and begantalking about our problem.I wondered at this, for I felt that none of our party had mentioned itoutside of our little circle. His familiarity with the situation wassuch that I felt the whole matter was known to him. He explainedthat he had a certain insight into the affair and that he wouldendeavor to help.Within a day or two the matter was cleared up, leaving us withouta problem. We wondered at this but, with other things to occupyour time, soon forgot.As other problems came up it became a habit with me to talk themover with Emil. It seemed that as soon as I discussed our troubleswith him they would cease to exist.My associates had met and talked with Emil but I had said little tothem about him. By this time I had read a number of books onHindu lore, selected by Emil, and I was fully convinced that hewas one of the adepts. My curiosity was keenly aroused and I was becoming more deeply interested each day.One Sunday afternoon Emil and I were walking in a field when hecalled my attention to a pigeon circling overhead and casuallyremarked that the bird was looking for him. He stood perfectly stilland in a few moments the bird alighted upon his outstretched arm.He said the bird has a message from his brother in the North. This proved to be a fellow-worker who had not reached the attainmentwhereby he could communicate directly, so he took this means. Welater found that the Masters are able to communicate with eachother instantly by thought transference or, as they call it, a forcemuch more subtle than either electricity or wireless.

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