3It is for this reason that though Truth is a matter of direct realization by one's ownindividual effort we have available to us such a precious and vast literature giving theexperiences and exhortations of those who have gained realizations of this Truth in differentdegrees by following different methods. The
and similar treatises belonging toother religions are full of experiences and exhortations of those who have gained glimpses of the Supreme Truth and wanted to share their experiences with others who were also seekingthe same Truth, though under a different name and by following a different method.The student should however exercise his discrimination in going through suchliterature and try not only to separate what is profound from what is spurious but also to noteto which category a particular treatise belongs. One treatise may give in glowing terms the particular experiences of a mystic whose consciousness has been raised temporarily to ahigher level in an ecstasy. Another may present an exquisitely beautiful panorama of ever-receding horizons in the long journey to our spiritual goal. A third may give us not only aninspiring glimpse of our spiritual aim in a masterly manner but also lay down the general principles underlying methods of achieving it.
belongs to this third category.Those who study this treatise carefully and are able to appreciate its grandeur and beauty adequately will be able to see for themselves that it must have come from a very highsource, although given out through the medium off an ordinary scholar inspired temporarily toreceive and pass on to the world its priceless message. The very nature of the topics dealt withand the masterly manner in which they are presented shows that the real author of the treatisemust be a Self-realized individual who has himself trodden the path of spiritual unfoldment,reached its ultimate goal of Self-realization, and is therefore familiar with all aspects of spiritual life, as it is lived by an aspirant and also as it is lived by one who is established in theworld of Reality,This kind of communication of truths of the most profound significance to the world atlarge is well known and not uncommon. Those who possess and are capable of giving thiskind of knowledge are naturally great souls who have reached the highest stages of spiritualdevelopment and have therefore risen far above the vulgar desire to see their name and personality associated with the knowledge thus passed on to the world outside for the benefitof others. They know full well that there is only one source of all real and true knowledge, theOne Reality underlying and containing the universe in its vast embrace. And therefore, allthose who discover and give out such knowledge are merely channels through which thisknowledge flows from the innermost Centre to the world outside. The expression of profoundideas and concepts in the form of aphorisms not only enables the author to condense his ideas