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Letter 14 --With a Great Master in India

Letter 14 --With a Great Master in India

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A letter written by the American doctor, Julian Johnson, on July 4, 1933, appearing as Letter #14 in his 20th Century spiritual classic, "With a Great Master in India".

The letter give a bird's eye view of the breath-taking inner spiritual journey offered by the Saints or Masters of the Surat Shabd Yoga, to their disciples.

"It is an actual Way, a genuine road to be traveled ... and this is no allegory, no figure of speech, no flight of the imagination. It is a literal actual highway, over which the Saints and their disciples travel, passing through numberless and vast regions, stopping at different stations en route."

A letter written by the American doctor, Julian Johnson, on July 4, 1933, appearing as Letter #14 in his 20th Century spiritual classic, "With a Great Master in India".

The letter give a bird's eye view of the breath-taking inner spiritual journey offered by the Saints or Masters of the Surat Shabd Yoga, to their disciples.

"It is an actual Way, a genuine road to be traveled ... and this is no allegory, no figure of speech, no flight of the imagination. It is a literal actual highway, over which the Saints and their disciples travel, passing through numberless and vast regions, stopping at different stations en route."

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Palampur, IndiaJuly 4, 1933Dear Fellow Travelers,This is American Independence Day; but I am think-ing more of the independence of the soul, of its emanci-pation from the five enemies that have so long enslaved itand from the domination of the Negative Power. I amthinking of 
The Path of the Saints
that Royal Highway which leads to complete and eternalfreedom of the soul. I am thinking especially today of the Great Deliverer, the noble emancipator, the Master,the true Saint, by whose grace the sojourner in therealms of Kal is enabled to break the last fetter thatbinds him and reach his home in the Supreme Region. Iwould like to sketch this Path today, if I might, andmake it so clear that all men could see it. If only we couldmake it so plain and definite that it could not be mis-taken again, even by the casual reader! This holy pathshould be so differentiated and marked out that noneever miss it. Its main features should be so clearly setforth that it will be easily distinguished from all otherpaths of a religio-spiritual nature. This path of the Saintsis indeed unique and individual. There is no other waylike it, or even approximately similar. There is no otherway 'just as good'. For it there can be no substitutes; for
 
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there is only one Way that leads to the Supreme Goal.This holy path is not a theory. It is not a system of beliefs or dogmas. It is not even a religion, although itembraces all of the values of religion. It is an actual Way,a genuine road to be traveled, involving of course certainpreparation and training as one goes along. In fact, theword 'path' is not altogether appropriate. It is moreproperly speaking 'el Camino Real' or the King's High-way. It belongs to the Royal Masters, and it leads thetraveler from earth upwards through kingdom afterkingdom, from country to country, each one more splen-did than the other, in an advancing series until the upperterminus lands the traveler at the very feet of theSupreme Lord of all regions. And this is no allegory, nofigure of speech, no flight of the imagination. It is aliteral, actual highway, over which the Saints and theirdisciples travel, passing through numberless and vastregions, stopping at different stations en route. The pas-sage is really a succession of triumphs, for the disciples othe Saints are enabled to master each region as theyenter it, to absorb its knowledge and powers and becomecitizens of it. No Hannibal or Alexander or any Caesarever made such a triumphal advance. The Saint is theGreat Captain leading the soul from victory to victory. Itis a long and difficult passage; but the Saint has beenover it many times, and he is Master of it all. He is, infact, Lord of all intervening regions through which thisHighway leads, and before him numberless multitudesbow down as he passes. It is therefore a long successionof triumphs, even until he reaches the Grand Terminus.
Many splendid continents and worlds
In each region through which the traveler passes hediscovers new continents, new worlds, and meets their
 
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inhabitants. He beholds their dwellings and modes of living. He studies them, perhaps visits there for monthsor years, before he advances. Then he passes on to higherplanes. The journey may require many years, all depend-ing upon the difficulties one meets within himself, hiskarma and the general fitness with which he enters uponthe journey. But if he persists, by the grace of his Masterhe arrives at last at the end of the Highway, at theSupreme Region, the Home of the Saints and the abodeof the Supreme Father. And this is the end of the jour-ney, because there is nothing higher. He has reached theultimate region.^>
The journey made during life
This journey is undertaken by Master and pupilwhile both are living here in the physical body. In fact, if it is not at least begun while they are both here in thebody, it cannot be accomplished after death. That is thesupreme value of this physical body. It offers everyonethe most priceless opportunity to escape from the en-tanglements and bondage of earth and return to histrue home above. But if he lets this opportunity passuntil death overtakes him, he must inevitably return tothis life before he can even begin his upward journey.
Not confined to this body
But the enquirer may ask: "How can you or a Saintreally make a journey to a far country while you are stillliving here in the physical body? You certainly cannottake it with you." This question reveals a misunderstand-ing which must be cleared up.
We are not confined tothis physical body, even while we are still living in it.
You are imprisoned in this body only because you donot know how to get out of it. The body is no part of 

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