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Julian Johnson - The Path of the Masters

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The Path of the Masters by Julian Johnson (1939)

A spiritual classic of the 20th Century, written by an American doctor in 1939, now in the public domain.

This book presents a comprehensive discussion of Sant Mat, also known as the Path of the Masters. After living in India for nearly seven years in the 1930s at the home of his Master in India, the author gives an outline of Surat Shabd Yoga, the Yoga of the Sound Current, which is the scientific system through which the Masters attain the highest degree of spiritual development.

Considered a classic of twentieth century spiritual literature, the book covers many fundamentals of the spiritual path, including: the purpose of human life, the Masters and their duties, the audible life stream, the outer and inner universes, karma and reincarnation, death, and the inner journey back to God.

The author also gives a thorough analysis of the workings of the mind, and a review of world religions. He explains that at the heart of the book is "a scientific method of entering and realizing the kingdom of heaven while still living in the human body."

A must read for every spiritual seeker.
The Path of the Masters by Julian Johnson (1939)

A spiritual classic of the 20th Century, written by an American doctor in 1939, now in the public domain.

This book presents a comprehensive discussion of Sant Mat, also known as the Path of the Masters. After living in India for nearly seven years in the 1930s at the home of his Master in India, the author gives an outline of Surat Shabd Yoga, the Yoga of the Sound Current, which is the scientific system through which the Masters attain the highest degree of spiritual development.

Considered a classic of twentieth century spiritual literature, the book covers many fundamentals of the spiritual path, including: the purpose of human life, the Masters and their duties, the audible life stream, the outer and inner universes, karma and reincarnation, death, and the inner journey back to God.

The author also gives a thorough analysis of the workings of the mind, and a review of world religions. He explains that at the heart of the book is "a scientific method of entering and realizing the kingdom of heaven while still living in the human body."

A must read for every spiritual seeker.

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It should not be difficult now for us to bridge the
gap of the centuries and arrive at some sort of con-
clusion as to what genuine religion is. Let it be said
with all due emphasis, that there is no such distinction as
true and false religion,
for every man's religion is for him
true and genuine. It is his experience. But just what
constitutes the differences, which we all know, exist?
That difference lies in the degree of objective reality
which lies back of our individual experiences. If we
build a religion upon our own mental images, upon a
long period of suggestion and auto-suggestion, our
experiences will not be founded upon objective reality.
If we build up a form of religion upon assumptions,
superstitions, speculations, our system will be like the
house built upon sand. When tested, it will not stand.
But if our religious thinking and experiences are found-
ed upon Reality, our religion will stand every test.
Such a man will experience religion upon the highest
possible plane. That religion will yield the finest

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fruitage because it is nourished in the soil of Reality.
The logical lesson to be derived from this fact is that
every one should do his utmost to assure himself that
his religious theories, his thinking and his personal
experiences are founded upon reality, upon facts. And
it cannot be too strongly emphasized that no such as-
surances can be had unless feelings are ruled out, and
our convictions are based upon actual sight, hearing,
and touch. If you think that such a foundation for
your religion is not available to you, that is because
you have not met a real Master.
And now what is the content of that religion which
will stand all tests? It is the religion experienced by
the Masters and their disciples. Its content is—Love.
In the infinite heart of things, love and reality will be
found one and the same thing. The absence of love
means the absence of reality. Everything else is illusory.
A full realization of this sublime fact is genuine religion.

It is a great joy. If there is any one thing that dis-

tinguishes a Master from all other men, it is love. The
thing passeth all understanding. The Master is the
only man in the world who experiences religion in its
full and complete sense because he loves most. Hence,
if we concentrate the entire discussion into one funda-
mental thesis, there will remain nothing but love.
Love and religion then, are one and the same thing.
Religion, love, reality, are all one.
Having now discovered the precious radium con-
tent of religion, it is a simple and logical conclusion
that there is-no such thing as genuine religion in the
creeds and formalities of world-religions. Only the
living Master can open the doors of light for us. Only
he can give us the waters of life. He is the embodi-

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ment of infinite love, and he alone can open for us the
fountain of love. When he does that, we discover, for
the first time, that there is no other religion, noi can
there be any other. When we drink of that fountain,
we have life eternal. We have a religion which em-
braces all other religions, a religion of perfect oneness
with boundless love.
Some teachers say that we should begin religion
by loving mankind. That will lead us to love God, so
they insist. That is a very nice theory. And surely
anything that leads us to love our fellow-men is a good
thing. There is nothing we need more than that. But
will this theory work? How many people have you
seen who have actually proved this theory in practice?
I have never met one. But I have seen many who
found their way to God by the shining Path of a living
Master, and after that they became great lovers of man-
kind. They learned to love, even the lowliest of ani-
mals, every plant and flower. Their whole lives be-
came flames of creative love. And that is genuine
religion. There is no other. But this religion is at-
tained only on the Path of the Masters. The Masters
alone can tune the soul in with the heavenly Bani, the
Audible Life Stream. After all, this Life Stream is the
source of all love in the world. It is because the Master
is one with that Stream that he manifests so much love.
It is when we meet a real Master and he unites us with
that Stream, that love is born, and with it,its twin, self-
religion. When a man has once gained this inner
experience, he has the dynamic life within himself to
meet all temptations successfully and live the life called
for by the finest code of ethics. Never otherwise. To
make morality a means of attaining religion is to work

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181

backwards. Ethics is a means of mind cleaning, al-
though not a perfect means, at best. But that only
prepares one to start on the Path of God-realization.
What is still more important, ethics never generated
love. Therefore, ethics is neither religion, nor the soil
out of which it grows. Genuine ethics is the fruit of
love and love is the life-giving fruit of the Great Current.
We treat our fellowmen properly because we love them.
We do not love them because we treat them right.
Ethics can never form the basis of a universal religi&a.
For ethics cannot create love. This is why we so often
witness the strange phenomena of an intense religionist
manifesting so much hatred. Their theories about God,
the heavens, and spiritual liberation are not sound be-
cause they are not founded on knowledge. Take out
of any religion its code of ethics, and it would not survive
a single month, except in those forms where they value
ceremony for its psychological effect. All backward
civilizations love ceremony for its own sake. We may
indeed contemplate a lofty example of loving service
until we feel ready to offer ourselves, giving up every-
thing, even life itself. If so, it is due to the love which
wells up in the soul in response to that appeal. But
that sort of love is not of the highest order. It is mostly
sympathy, an appeal to the emotions. So much love
is so much religion. We must not deny that many noble
souls with hearts overflowing with a loving sympathy
and deep interest in a certain cause have laid down
their lives for that cause. But the perfect love, with
perfect light, comes only when one melts his soul into
the Infinite Soul at the feet of a living Master.
It is true that most religions preach love as the vital
factor in religion. Upon love toward God and man,

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they base their ethics. But with them it is mostly a
theory. Everybody preaches and desires love, but he
wishes his neighbor to begin first. Here again it has
been proved times without number in history that in-
stitutional religion and fundamental ethics do not al-
ways travel together.
The human mind takes many a twist and turn.
Some of the worst characters in history have been among
the most religious. Nothing is more conspicuous in
history than the incessant preaching of love, and the
incessant practice of hatred. But the preaching of love
makes a very strong appeal to intelligence, because we
all recognize that love is the saving essence of life. All
religions, therefore, make love their foundation, in
theory.
It makes good material for sermons. But few
ever build character upon that foundation. The
reason for that is they lack the essential dynamics of
religion. They have not the all-powerful Stream of
Love to give life to their religion. Their love is gene-
rally stored away in the library. Men build beautiful
Gothic cathedrals, fill them with music and ceremony
and go on preaching ethics and love. But after the
ceremony is over, a throng of well dressed men and
women hurry away to their big dinners, their banks,
their farms and their secret passions. Where is the
love? Where is the religion? And yet Jesus said that
love should be the due guard and sign of discipleship.
This is the central point of emphasis in the system of
the Masters. But unlike all the rest, the Great Masters

practise love.

In the end, all men know that fundamental reli-
gion is the experience of the individual when he has
found the great love. It can be nothing else. Religi-

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183

ous corporate bodies come and go, but ethics abides.
It will abide. But genuine religion is quite another
matter. It is not to be confused with any system of
ceremonies. It is a thing to be realized only in the deep
chambers of the soul when the mystic contact has been
made with the divine Bard and the soul learns of a
certainty that there is nothing in the world but love.
But in all the prevailing religions, this one essential
content is conspicuous by its absence. If an isolated
individual here and there is filled with love, unselfish
service being the rule of his life, that does not imply
that his religion should have the credit. On the con-
trary, his love has enriched his religion. If it were not
for the loving souls who all have brought to their several
religions the contributions of their own individual love,
those religions would have made a very poor showing.
When some noble individual shines out in history, then
the priests turn and say: "See what our religion has
done!" As a matter of fact, they performed their noble
service, actuated by a love that sprang up in spite of
their religion. Ceremonial religion has never done
anything to enrich anyone's life, except for the ethical
and aesthetic culture of refined ceremony and music
But why offer that in the name of religion? Real
culture is far above all religions.
Most religions are like a combination salad—they
are made up of a number of evergreen virtues, a choice
set of handsome dogmas, a little oil of beauty, a few slices
of wholesome philosophy, seasoned with the salt and
pepper of good works, flavored with the dressing of
prayer, garnished with an attractive ritual, and served
by a polished waiter called a priest. This may have
some value as a cleansing diet, but the bread of life is

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not in it. When the hungry soul contacts the Audible
Life Stream, then and then only he enters upon life
everlasting. And only then does he experience perfect
love, vibrating through every fibre of his being.
When all institutional religions are abandoned,
true civilization will dawn. They have always been
the most serious handicaps to progress. They have
always acted as brakes to the wheels. What then will
take the place of those religions? Nothing. The house
will be clean. What will men put into the house then?
Love will fill every room in it. Love will furnish it and
light it. Love will spread its tables. Love will sing its
songs. Love will play its games. From its happy
doors love will go forth to subdue the world—nay, to
embrace the world. And then all men will know what
religion is because they will know what love is.
If you ask again just how the coming civilization
is to attain this summum bonum of philosophy and religion,
I will say as is said so often in these pages, by and

through the scientific method of the Great Masters. For

theirs is the Path of Love, the Prem-marg, the Bhakti-
marg,
the shining path of the ages!

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