philosophy is not meant a certain philosophy. By psychology is notmeant a certain system. By mysticism is not meant a certain occultscience. But by philosophy is meant the knowledge of things perceivedthrough the intelligence or intuition, by psychology the knowledge of the human character and of human nature, and by mysticism theknowledge of being.
CHAPTER IILLUSION and REALITY
When a spiritual man talks about all being illusion, the materialisticman says, "Show me then where reality is!" Very often people use theword illusion without having studied this question fully. When a personsays to another, who is in pain, "It is all illusion," the one who issuffering will say, "It is reality to me. If you were the one who issuffering you would not say that it is an illusion!" And when thisproblem is not solved, a person may try to call an illness an illusion aslong as his patience is not exhausted, but the moment his patiencegives out he can no longer call it an illusion, he begins to call it reality.When one begins from the end one ends at thebeginning, and to call something that our senses perceive an illusionwe must first understand its nature and character, in order to prove toourselves and to others that it is an illusion. Through any study we take up, no matter what it be, we shall be ableto find out that when we look at things they first appear in a certainform, but as we go on looking at them they appear differently. A certainchemical is called a certain name, but when wee see what its origin is,where it comes from, we trace at its root something quite different.When we find it origin we begin to think, "Why do we call it by thatname? Its name should be quite different." In studying a mechanismand the various names and forms connected with it, we find when weget to the bottom of it that what makes it work is something quitedifferent from its outward appearance. All this shows that the surfaceof all things covers the secret of their origins from our eyes; and yet werecognize all things from their surface. In order to know the secret of things we must dig deep and get to the bottom of them.When we study modern biology we begin to wander about the origin of man; and even if the missing link between man and monkey were to