/Dr. BWtlltCit'l, w'I'IO:~13 works M'3 be&t·~rllars jl~ ,11 dezen 'lal'lgr!JS'g1(l~, Wi!

lS born in londOn il~ 139'8

D~ ~1 ~'j i3 5il~~~~shl~ "';;I [o;iBF ln J1alJ [IHII iSrl'l, t~~ dwBI:o'ped a I~ i ntm-e.$1, i I~ ClOI]lp;,armt~Vi[! re ligi(:!ll, rny:s:tich:pqiUld pliilosq:thY. He hITS trjj"f~~n~d r:!){'IIH!~i\l'iIllly i n tt~a 0:r~erit, I Icy! ng 11 11'I00n~1 vog~:;;, my:sth::$ ~ 111:1 bol'Y' me 11. He ir~ one of the- few e.;,;p~liel~'C:oe(1 p'~op~e W~l'O iflas thfi ability '~Q

i Ilri,Jri)l1 nate his u nder'&tarN:!illlg ~b'i' I.he' reoiJider

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best - 5i;lUi 11Q lb(Jo~s .. tIM is wo,rl<; pr>esailis ill h.!'II'r' .aeti3riIOO d:e:;;oip{io,1l of Ihc H~c;hi1ilq!Jc whieh ·tlll:i ~!Jt~lO r pu[~ured iii HlI!: lEast, ,I S''!£,[em wh~¢h ~'ElWilided him ..... ittr;mlllal'i!N s:pjwnt~<d ,!;::<pr::,rim'!l)u! .. H,e-al:>!.) revealsa l'oU(!_b't'@~lhriiig eX~Fdi!i1!! .!i£!r~ '13Il1Qughto be fjrill.cti:;;.I;'IdwithQut ~:l'ie s!lJp~r.'i!S~or1 of OJ '1~\;IIchef ;:mdoJ'lfi' wf:1iich 'r'ial~ls .remOlrl\::alb!lo ra<!'>lI'its. 'By INs !1!lBl ~10d it :5 lPol$sible For c""~r,¥ IIUIII1 to disco, .... \~r ~1'I11l! deat;ll~€l8S .;::I~itli't· ..... il:hin hit:

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nIh book ls p8r1iclJl~r,y~m m~1f1 aI' bl!r,;iili~ll·::l, mell of pr.acti ca I ::Jlf~<l~r..s, m'e;ti o:L'i.:9oJld r~"

s po m;1ibUities, who need f~aq'J elilt~t(l'replell'illhl their I)f~ysica~, monetal ~niJ s::p,irtW1lllJl9.wer~i in ord,alt!i~at~11i~Y may ~c).ll~i nUIe. 'Ihelr work,

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THE WQfl:KS OJ' DR. ~R'UNimN A Se<lrclll in Secoot lndia T~lr~ Sm:ire! 1P1I1:n

A 5e~ roc-iii i~ SIJerei e.gl'Pl.

A Mes~gefr1J,rn; AWnt)chai::! .~ H errn it it') the HiltnslrByas ille (]\.lCsr·of Ihe [JVBFSlllf Tile I miN H:ei'll'!'ty

Th8 Hidlilenr Tetll()l)ing i3e<r011d YO!;!;! Jile '!Ni:!lidi)f'if! O'~lh!\l O"'flrsellf

The SIJir'iI'U}31 Cril$is of Man

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Thlw(Jr'hl'()j'Dr- lJrlJliiim In ;c.hroQo.l.o'g.ical ol'd.cl'

A SElI.ll.CH IN SECKH'T INl'itA TH'I!. $ECRET 'pATrl

A S.J);ARCH iN Sf!CltE'l' BeYr,"

'" MJl.:S,S.A.GH FRO.:M. A.lUJN,ACHlI.I.. ... .'1 HER;l.UT IN TUB H'lM,A. "lAS, 'Ii'K'E 'QU'ES1:' OF "tHE OVJH',SEJ"F 'I'lI£ n-lNE,Ill., REAL[TY

IN:I>;[ .... N PiULOS,Ol'H"t A ND M'OJJ;l~J!,Nl' CT,J,LTI,HI.:E.

THE ';E;f.U::!DEN' 'tEAcan,l'(} Il!3YONPl'OGA THE wrs:DO.M 10-1'1 "J'Hli. OY:IHlSEE,il' THH sn:a:[1"UAL GlU5lS o~ M,AN

PAUL BRUNTON

T:HE SECRET PATH

A Technique of Spiritual Self .. Disco~ry for the Modern World

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B. 1. PUB;L~CATlONS

BfJ'PIb.a.y ~ Caicuu« - lJeIM - .Mtlt,il"Ot.

B. 1. PUBL~CATICJNS

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'CONTENTS

1 '\'!llTI-I A WI"SE MJ'..'N 00.:!" TH.r: 1&.II.!,1'

IE MAiN''-5GU~.N(;:J:,'S G'REA'TE5Il' Rl:rhIllL.:Ei:i Ill: ThE MYS1l'!fiIJ;,IOUS OY!ll.RS#.J,r

TV T':H'EPAAC:t,K:E!; or' MBN:F,iI.L QUIl~.i

v A ThGHlNIQJ;.;m OF SiELF-ANAL"I."SI:> 74

VI A B~AT,tiINGExERCraE 'l''O ~T.F.,OiJ. "rHOUG.:Hl'S 92-

rn T,aE WA':i!. Of' DrVIN& BE}.(UTl"

:::f- THE G03l'm~ 0[' b'lSI'I~!jD ACl"J'i:;)IN

~ .sPIRI.TU .... L HB1LP IN MATERiAL AI"l.''JI:IRS

~ ODAY an. i'ntetesting ehsnge 1'111,8 marne over

'\'7,e~tetn thought. '\J\'7e can diseuss the fa~! 0f the soul withou.t being considered eitn,eJ:: unduly religloua or mildly unbalanced, We affirm or deny the existence of the self aiS '{«e11 as \'iN.! diseues the atom at the soueeea 01 histru:y.'Thls Is ~ slgnrucaiIt stepfunvud and indicates a. growing sensitivity to that fmy'st:eriO\13 Overself' tefer.ted to: by OlU a.1;l,tho.r: •

. Modern p'Sychologi.~-ts can bebroadly divided. into. thos e who affirm the presence of s.con tIoE]ing in.b;:~ gru,tin.g sill within the body-nature, and those who nffi:f.TIll only the existence of the mechanical fozm, Is there a"Sle!f? Isthere ~ sub] ecdve :t~alhy ~ Is there such a ~hiug as s.pcititllaI ccasclousnessP Thi~ is the problem before irrvestlgators today in the. lidO. of human awareness. Can the hidden. self be: p:toved and. people be Induced to tread the secret parh to the holy place, where the' self can be discovered?

The ti meliness "of thl_S' book 15 teal" It l~pll~.gses, with a beautiful clarity, ttuths which have been too Ofte.tt.l ihldden under ponderous phrase, Clifficul't Oriental symbolism, and mystical v~guehesses . It will be welcomed by those whe are alive 'eo the moment's 'urgencyand to humanity's new readiness for 'Spiritual revelation, M:.:JJll~S de·eply realised need has prepared him to tread. the Secret f"atb,

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F'Q&EWDIl:.D

Hum~ru.ty 3tmlld~ today ~;t the ~at~ Qf Ieali ty. ]"bn Is l~flJ.g~o teclQgruse~ 11ncl desire, the world at splrirual being, He .is .l:illp:icilly ..apprehending, the slgn:ificaI:loe of that deeper 'bemg which ls hidden. beMnd the mask oJ the penan:aHry.,To :find tha.t d.e~e;r h~ing" to reveal its nature, and to £tl.fidioJ1J ll;:!o.(ur;-iOiJJf~y in t~lewod.d! of truth in which .it ilv.·eIls-thls is UlJian~3 jm~l1!ed.iill'~~ task u~ fOI this the yf,ll.J.~S of modem dis tress ha ve prepared him.

That the IKingdom. of God l~ within,' Is the me!'lsage (If. the Ag€s~ and 1:n(1USMd!:s ere now seeking the Hidden Way th~t leads to that Kingdom. ArrhTnd there} we tina. th~ soueces G:i all impltiltiolil: we diseovet the point \v here the intellect is transmuted into the lntuitloa.we enter the rerum o.f Illinnination, The I~W'ai'd. given to those who enter the citadel of the. soul is'TRANSF1GUJRATlON-ithe Ixiimoc which. pours t~:i;o1llgh a tap-1cUy cbanging p e!sqna1 ity·.

In thatsee.ret place we join the ranks Q£ the Geear I'fi.tui:tl.v,es~ tfie itlsprlr,ed Companicas of God. We find OUI;8dy,e~ amongst those who must save the; world, fD1:' that has. ever been God~ 5 way of sal'vatki<m.. l'h~ appeal tDd~ry is. for' '~hose wh(J1, kDQ'W} who have seen and who have lLlll'dersoo od .. Unders rranding j they wBI welcome the: mess}!l,g~'6,f tllis book -and feed its progress, It carries the fl.iiimt of j!l~Rbcatir:;n, and will lead to th~t iPtSpired acti6I1~ 'p:i:~.ct[cal spidturuity. and. dwfeu.ed 3.elvice, which. is the hall-mark oflh~ revealed Soul. Is Rllythil'hg mere deeply needed, rOlllay?

ALiCE, A.. B.A[JjE.'l

';' .. ~ib.,r' ,,1: ,!!'rI>m Jr~U!J~t/. '" -trl!i!"iNM

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CHAPTER 'I

SOME yeat!) ~go .~ •. ''W:S.L[ld~r'ed fot 'l1~lill.e t~Iough

sUfi-·baked Onent;tlb.n:i!s, • .Ilntbnt On dtscov,e·.r1ngrhe las t :temnantsoeI thaf ~mySitic East' about wn:k:h_ n1.Ql3t 0'£ 1J~ :q:~n hear,;), b~t which £e".w of us eve! lind. Dudng' ,tbos,e J'onrneyi 14'g.S I m.et an unusual man who q:uiGldy e'a.tned my ,j?lo.fon:nd rsesp ect and received my humble veeerarion, :Por aI'though he belonged by tradItion trJ the class C),f WIBle; Men of too East, ~ clas s whid1. has lil:t~ly Q:Jisappear.ed tram the modern wQr[d I' he 'avoided. all reeosd of his ~iS.~IlC[t and dlsd;ain~ all ,~[fQi.U6' to give him pubUcity,

Time !'Il-B.hell: 00ihw-a:rd. Jik!:il a roaring stream, bearing the human. 1'a~e with it :and. drowrung, Om: deep:est thoughts in irs noise, Yet this sage sat apar.t, q~ie:tly ensconced UpOlli the ght:5sy b;;lrik'. and. WMau:.ed. the gigan.tjc speetscle with ~. crow. Bu ddh a -like: sntiIe, The. world wa:nts l~s gpeijA:: men tomeasute thde IfvG$ by its, puny foot-,rule, :B1;].t no.rule has yet been dJ.e:li'ised ,vhkh will take ~hdl fllllhe.tglilt, for suchmen, ff the:y are roaUy worrh the name, €].e.dv:e tb.eir grelltl1f~~S .nO·!: from themselves brllt f'lDQ.r'llanorher ·SC)i~I.t:ce" And ·that souree stretches f.oar' R'\l,ra-y' ifft0 the lntlnite. Iiid'd.en here taM ~~1el:e in [;Uay CG.m~['S of ..;'\s1a 1UilQ Africa, ill few seers haveprese1"V'ecll the ttacai.t10!1is of an ao.deru.·m wlsdom.

'They Ilve like ghosts a~ they g'll:fl:td their 'tj!\eas~re, They d w.eJ.l outwardly :ap1tlt" tills ·sp~ctre~r.acej, keepH![g wive the, ruvinr;: s~c:rets. whlch life md fate have eonspired to confide in their crure.

The. hour ·of our fits.tm?eting is stul gmvenQn my memn:ry, I met him un expectecUy . He made rUJ' ~ tt:ernpt at formal ihttoduct1.01.lll.. Fo:u: an instant. those sybil]jllf: eyes gaZ€:d inro mine, but aIJl tile, !'ltaiiiiJed. earth of ~y past and the w!hfte f!ower.s, tha.t had beg:m:ll to 'Elprmg JIlp DR Jt, were ~like ~een dw:J!.u,g that c::neHi1k],e ofthe bell of tittle. There in that seated being was ~, :g[ea~ impersonal fb:ra 'tliffi[ read. tl'lle scsles of :m'){ il:f~ wi tb bette! sight than lcolllld ever h?"pe to. ~o. I had. s~e.pt in the seemed bed of Apbtodn€:. and he ,kn.ew]:t; ] bad il:~M3 lured, tb~ gnomes of thought to WIle fo:[ sttt:nge ,e1Kha,nted go,].d ,m the depths ,af mYllpirit: he knew tbat too. I :&1 t~ too" that if I could. follow him illl.~O his mv-s:te.d.OU:3 places of tlhQught", sll mYln1seties,

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would drop a,waY'~ my reseermeots tum to tOlen1,ti!.Qr.!tl"

and IwonldWlderstand. lite, not m,e:reJy g:[uiU.~le at Itl He Inteeested me muchj despite rlJie - fact that hnl wisd.om WilS not ,of a ]ih"J!d which 1S e'Jsily 'ap'paten'~ ~a~l:ld despite the strong reserve which md1:cled~t}:l<, He broke hi'S, habirna[ silence (i1n1y 1tO~ an3"w~r quesuons iIi1pon such recondite topics as the nature of m:a:!1'g son], the mystery of God"the st:mfige powers wh.kh, lie; unused in, the hUlla'll itJ1)]]']:Q; end S\) on, hu:~ 'when he did venture to !5'p€ak I used. to slt e.nth~lned. W3 J mtcrtooto his soft voice under a burn..ing' tropic ~iUl mp&ue ezescent moon, ,POi': ~1I.lthoriry WM: yes'ted In that calm "Voice and.jnspimdomL ,glumed in t.ho$"e ]urolnou~ eyes. Eit{;hphfase 'eba t 'fell from ms]iJ?~ seemed to oontain some pf£dQUffii f!agm~n t of ~s,scnt~'ilI1 truth, The theolo§iaf:Us of a stu.flier ~en,htty taught the

wrTH A WISE ,Ml.r.M OF THE .EAST Ij.

d9,cU',iti-e of man's original sin; but this Adept ,taught the doctrine of m~n"s. o.rig~n1.J. goodn~ss.

In. the presence of this sag:e one feb :8ecu_rit,y and inward peac{l" The spidtaall--adiati:ous which emanated from him were all-penetes ti:ng. I learnt ~C:t recognise .i.ni1h~ pe:f::;;:"Qfl ci1C sublime truths whkh hern:u,,ght. whi]e I was no less, hushed into reverance by his inc.redib]y sainted atmosphere, He possessed 'l dcific perS(Hlilitr w>Jbich dcll:e:s descriptlorr, I might have taken shorthand. notes, of rhe ruS(:OI,]ues of this smge,;, ] might even pt.in:t: the recordof hi 5 ~'3J'Je:(:"Ch"; but the most imperrant pad of his III tterances, the su btle and sUen~ :flp;VGtlf of $pirituA1ity wb iehemanaeed £rOITi him, can never be reported, If. therefore, ,] burn literary mcemebefure ,his bust. it is b1il[ a mere fmcciGnt of the 1tibu.l-e] ought to pay him.

One ICOU~d. fiot fcu:get that wonderful p1Se.gn-ant smile of his, with its hint of wisdom and :pea!ct W0U froUl su1fetittg and '~per_ietJJoe, H~ ''\r1ia5 the most underrstan.ditrg U')olUJ. I have eve-r ,known,; yO!J could be sure always of someW(;)ltdtl from him tmt wuuld smooth ymu: way a Huk. and tl~'ilJ,t WOIdJ :al way'"s. verified wh~t your deepest feeling to[,cl_ y'O!l a1:r9dy.

And yet. in Its :sett[ed," moments, his fice bore an

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CXp,reSMOO (:Ii. llJ!eep :me~an.cb.'Qll; s WJL rt w~s 2.-. :rezngnoo

mdan(holy~ not the bittetr ,rebelliou-s lldnd one of too. sees. . ., . Y01l1!kiftew that at some peried of his :past he had sutre1'1ed some ~e>ip:tesiSibl® Thg'CHly.

The, wcu:ds of t:hlss:age stin flame (Jut in my mem-o,ry m-:;e beacon lights;, ~I plud: guMen fruj~[ from. M: meetings Wit1l wise men,' wrote tr:l'M'a.tla.1l1tic Emc'J:son in hb rl,i:a.ty, W it: is. certa&n th~t I pl:ucJred whDl~ l~p~ltetfiJ..b dw:irrg my fulks; 'with this m~fi, Our hed lihilosophers. of Eur.ope coisld not hold a candle to

rum" But the. inevi table hour of parting carne, Time turned ·S;f()l..:m:d thi~ old glo he of ours, J went back to Europe, busied myself with. one thing and another ~ aod qUfte btely pI@pated to rerum tOI· the Ea~t once more. I parposed no less a thing than ian exploraxion tight :aCtOS s AiSial., anexplosation tbat \\I'o'i!lld corrti nut: ]:ny old quest of the toast sll.ttivln.g ezponenrs of gen.uine Oriental wisdom and magic. I hoped to wander through the yellow deserts of Egypt and farnong Ith,e: wisest s heik hs of Syria.; to mingle witht1e vMlidling fakirs of !CIDO[e Jraq vill1l:ges; to question the old .sufi" my:s.dc.s of Persia in mosques W1th gt""'aoend. bulbous domes and ta peclng minarets, to witness the marvels performed by Yogi magicians under the purple shadows (if Indian temples, to Iconfer with the wond.,er-· w-orkjn.g lamas of Nepal and the Tibetan horcler; 'to sit il11 the Buddhistic monasteries sf Burma. aad Ceylon, and to en gage in sllene telepathic con versatioa with ce.ntl.uY:-Qld yellow s-ages, in the Chines e b interland aad. the Gobi desert,

:M r kit was, almostpacked, ])1"1 last lew paper.s were being put in order • and I was nearly ready 1:0 leave. 1 turned my ~.t·e aw'aY· feom th":e cfQwd.ed streets ofrhe gIeat dty in which I lived,

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. onuon rs a roost rer c:ve:ry ult.'., wrotc s reWq

Disraeli, and I must be one who is somewhat. old&d1icm.ecl. I llke the quiet london of dghlleerttheentury streets and digni.fied 'old railed-In squares and 1 regard them as w<;lcome bases. in 2. pte:v.aml\g desert of noi:;;}l modemi t.y. I see the sarin-eoared and kneebreeched ghosts of a past cmtil.uy·w hen 1: walk: around the p~e.asant grassy s,q uaees at night. I disHk!e the London. which provides a stage fo.l countless motors and lnutying people, 1 am. fon d of the London w hlch

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hovers around the v.: ide Thames at places like Rotherhirhe and ";:tappin.g., for there, among the picturesque 01 d wharves and barnacled 'I~:illy St I strol] in 9.:.0. atmosphere faintly redolent of the sea "flue] I watch romanticlooking craft come 'an d go. 'On. the river. I P refer to see a \~'~at11e.r .. beaten b·arge take its tranquil '\,li~ay a'd(lf\Vn the Thames to a painted demon of a lo:n} pursuing j ea nerve-racking, noi :ry route along the street,

And so his £1:[eful day I soughta few hours' escape [unong certain friend ~y trees in the green eountry-slde, I found them after travet:sing toning chalk hills, winding lanes :3.110. quiet beech woods, .i\1y eyes became half-closed, the: harsh 'confused jroises of thronged towns had faded, and I was once mote ;sittLng .on ah:no~lt tranced stillness. It was not long hef-o.t:e old habit reasserted i [self and 1 expectan tl y drew out l'i! worn note-book, I sat down In the Ii.iI.sll greerl grass with pen J n hand and book upon. the knee", seeking to cast .m:lt" net upon the deiicare thoughts and beautifhJ moods which swim across, the heart when all is still. It is in such soli rary rural silence that 1 have often felt more at ease than in many a city dra wing-·too rn, anriJ). it. is w hen companioned by su ch silvery 'beeches tba t I have often felt iI:, more bcautIKd and sincere presence than with many human beings,

It wadi the rnellowantumn season, and. all around me \1/i'~N::, rbe gold and gret!.I.l timed leaves which lie downI lie in such profusion \\o'hcn the life of the year lu:gi:n,s to fail, The late atrer.11!D(I,n sun alene shorre 'l,.l1.l:rmIiS!r upon everything around. The hours IipllL~d. P:J.S·I; one another, the soft murmur of a few

WA,'Hlros~ and died aw't1Y as they flew throug'h the II i hut still the pen lay motionless bel, wen 1'llY fingeu, (~Ul 'it its beside the silenr shore of the mind for the

cenUng of e:.,-;:~ted moods whose fu;cgile. bcdlcsare M gossanrez So soft are th~y tb-at if one does net cast one' 6, net ~'dgh t, the:roo,gh ,corili:!. of mertal ~arfl§l1e will sLa y' the tiny ~ndete:t.s' with brutal tQl!lG~. and 50 shy ate they tIl-a:t one must someeitnes w~~t io.ng before the firs.t tin."I:.oImls, alien will venture into the ner, BUE once ,1., fewea:ptl'Vcs have been gafhete.21 tDge~ihe:r~ the reward descends .ti.ch upon. one' s heart.

In this epirimal element li~ sll the frag:mnt hopes of man, \vUti.llg, like so Il'lany' unpl.uckecl flow-en, for the soft hands "'W.hichrihaLl garner them fDI a sflgb tless peap leo . These viscitadons,. of a loftier .mood provide one with j,c~we!ls (Oi! one's w .. ri r'ing s, In such sacred moments one eouches ~ll>e infinire, Sentences fonn H1:e:t:rrsdves from the ether, oae h9.tdI:y' ,knows how; p.hta:s~s\ dis.e:f1.gage thems..dv-e:s ftoi'll. tile. rudes sad d:escead. upon this SU blnfi:t1.tywodd to feed O)l~''S.. tle:n. One must yiel¢i to these·f.i1IYS'f:e1L10US moods, :and not .JJed~'~ them. 'Thus does. one render onesdf wOJ:thy to become am.ediator beeween the .immo.:wJ..1' gods 'and frail forg:etfi.d man,

Today" hb,weve.t. I thought th,~~ I had.w:aired ~ v-am. alld 50 elosed the hook: and 1:epbced the pell In my po eket., . .soon iliewnangc bout elf twilight would shade tEle face Qf time :In.d then the i\i()ft feet of n:i.ght would crelii:p into the haJl:s· of day. Theruafter~ Lwould rise' up hom. the fallen 1rtmk where I had moo dl]:Y pandered In vru:~lJ.~ and with'"i9l.aw St~ep'5 I would stuml?~e: hiomeV;r3hrds. Qveli:he da:{kene~ 1i,eld~ 'and tht'O'ugh wooil:s which over-ripe leaves had earpeted a .r~~h brown,

But instC:Sld[:ll(el:-.e, carne a s,trange p!lJusej ~nd. fI. ffim. feU -across my' ,e'1es, making the sense of sjght oblivious of the eu.rrh-wpdrl amund me. The khor lif:tpt ,in my

veins, H.iJ;lgi(l!g the duggish blood a"lilde~ while a great yellow light seemed to shine w.i:tbl:1] my 'heat:!:, A hand seemed to touch rn 1 shoulder, so J[ raised my he~d;l;Dd!, looked u.pwa:ros'j to. find a benign-ant face bent over me,

And. he whom I had kno'\vn ill the 'Orientj the \W'ise OJ£~1f: a£ the East, ~!pp'c::!t'ed befot-e me, his grnve bearded face 113 deal', as recognisable as though :it were thetr..>. in the flesh, 'C§frnin~ y he came to me with a tread which was ~ si lent as the &t11 of fresh dew. I ~mad.e the humbleobeisance of my h6u;t in veJlLo:]',rutiofi. and g.t-eet~ 31'lg, I Jisstr,~nge e:re5 turned le.tnc)DEtl:ati.nglyupon me,

He said .g'Cndy; j A£1 ,N"r}J$1 £}' is 'JO,," Wedl. l'fa;t Jba# iar;gottm CM}p(/~~-i(m? J bait tliIJ# U /arfh tfJ· add to- t/tJ .;tf)r.~ of knmN/idgf !JJhit~ tl.tl)erJ' iiAtnN !o,r tiN ff1tlltbs. oj w:~d&tJI? lP/!t thotl n;JlJ!9Ime wit!; fbi! DitlimJ DJtgJ' WIMI'J the}':, an, :rh£J.JiJ Xtl!» look jor GJd bllt PfJrt/fim ~JN& t1.rr .i"Jpa.ss~bt~ bftn;i~fof 11m sky: .tv/JI'J tJ}~r8' an: tbt)J~ ~~. tl}f{!l~tJ t!j~/f

prr()!QfJ .tt) .a f)ijiJ 11"iJif'b re/)tlr.ti.!1 mJ qmJwr? Sf?!) tJ!y floel.!i tll4'lY/.r be li1:~f jrng1!/ li()t I ~I jet/ow,S' i/~ di;trui. U(fW ft,,1]tjOF tl'& lands til l11(l(f)i1rg paklu J.wlt'! t/)Q,f./ hn.!t Will !'GgtwdeJ iJ;t1:fj 'NJ()rdi. lvl.qy pr.a.fiC N rwr n~jM tmc!' . ,

And, thereupon, wI thou canother word. he passed. our of my vision, as su.en:tIy and as myslte:rl.Q,u.sly as he hid appe~r,eit

\Wl1:tJ1 l bccarne :a:\c",are of my environment,] could hardy see the trees a,ga.·in for: .itw:1s. grown dark,; rhe light nad! f2cQ.ea out of the da.y !a.f!ld~lle sdntif].atlng stars were CDn1!1n.g~ to bi.!:tn ]I.\ the .sky. The fi1'{u . \Van rays of the moo!!]: d:u:cw a.few gleams u,pon tliJil:': .&iIlen tree, I could SCl,t little else.

J arose Md mme the hQm€\¥':a~~. jOjLlro.ey. 1\.13 I walked through tbe ,g:Kil~" with stick ue.m.b.i.ii;j_g .. ill my

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hand and with rhoughts Faste ned 1]P on the august utterance whidl had f:alle.n ftOri1 rhos e .reprDving lips, I 'suddenly realised tha;!: the sccusation was perfectly true, I had considered none :S~}l¢ rnYcSeif: I had followed the Ught of the. star of Truth, the 5t11:1: whleh attracted, me most out of the 'whole- s.ky~ but 1 had followed r't for m]r"'SeIf alone.

1 lilt my {x:RlnEty~sid.e rnus] rngg and returned to town, entering. with a stran g~ a.we its streets so eanopled 'bry the darkness QI night Here were millions of, being,s compelled by the demands, of :;;,ociety to go to bed :at the behest of -a clock and to rise at the ringing of a noisy alarm bell.

Yes, I had. :mpp ed ~Ione, fewstin$ on div ine verities that' 'CUll never die, \'ilfould not my oW1l.soulgrow lean and small if I disdained. rhose who were hu rl.gry ~br that which .I hsd taken fr,edy out of the seemingly Jmpcnen:~b],e silence of the :sky?

Could One rest with the; mete recovery of these truths for oneseU? There are other people in this populous world, and among them. a .:few w:hrom1gh~ welcome seeh thoughts as 1 could give them.

The world of filet h'as little. sYll1pathy with. the- man who stands aloof Mid beeps his soul {tee :60K visions. in whieh .it does 'not shate. _l\ ad the world is rtght. We 'who are seers and my-sties have '~O dr.aw ehelssr crystal drop of \V'ater frain (lout the wen 0.£ vhdon~ 'but with that begins our dntf~ stern mad i),t..rict~ of offering the unfamillsr cl:rin k 'to the first wayf'aIccI rnifstycnough ·,to ac.QePt it" N et for ourselves alone l hut for all \alike does Neptune cam." his magic trident ovec the deep p.ta~e~ 'Of the soul and show us his glamorous ,p~ct~u:e.$ th~tem.

If the privilege of S]M..ol'l it at tlu: feet of forgotten but

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none the lesapotent gods is indeed high!, then the travl!H of ca.!:!yillg' their mes~a,ge to an un~.e(!ding, 'Yet sWferlng people is just ~il :hlgh~ j'ill:s.t~s noble, P,erhapisl no .man 'amind is so clothed in ugH nes s that a .£ew faiDt g]eam!i of hidden beauty do, not trouble him )!lOW and again il:nd cause him to raise his head ~ little towards the stars, somedmes in pe:rpleruty at the :meanmg 0f ].t all, sometimes in wonder at the eeaseles S hatnlony of tht;:, spheres.

fForgr;t 1,'()t tfty feik1W in disf:!"t!!I'," my strange v..isi~ant had told me.

'Ih'h~t then could I d.O'? 1 could not tilttty overmuch in thls \We::~rl:etn country fmd [;I!!.::glec~. my tt--ams-Asiatk, expedition, for W hich the pressure of fate <'J:.ud tl1'e pul] of incl inn tion had cocsplred to smooth my psth. How then, for the sske of one's fellows, could one assume the prophetic, mantle ·Mld hat and. go O'111[ to spread VI hat

one had learnr '~O' i'"egard as 'ti"Ju.,th? ..

And the answerrose up elearly in my mind in the shape of a s elf-ev idenr -thought. Iwonld set ,d.O;;17fi some of the tblngs w Well life had taught me :and then leave the wo tten record. behind, I could but call at the doors of men and deliver ;i;L, :few thoughibSwhlch. had helped me, and then ] most withdraw and leave the 1M eer to do their mis sian. I could not iIl:tlde.r:Eak.e to r~ ~ 'I the advocate on their behalf ~ whoever would. receive them. readily should surel y be helped, top, but whoever rejected them m.ight. fmd elsewhere his meat ~lI1d drink. Could mY' reC01TI. 'but meet with a nun, at It.! l'lll e crucial troubled momenrof his H:f'e~ ' ... who kn.e:w Illl~¥' fur it might guide hi m towards the Eternal. (~lJP~l? I '"l{[li!l]d tr.y to put ,intO' the: 'words of that book ~~ VI i I;do,jl1 learnt flom dearl y-bought experiense, 'I'II( re woukl be sentences that would hold the marrow

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'of days spent In mourn.u:n_g, 'and flhrases would faU from my pen whkh womld embalm tears thst once fell. frQ·m my ,~es. ] would do all ehis because I should like those pages. to catty heal iog and censolation to those who are in ptes.en:t dist ress, to show them that man 1[9nl;mins rare and unexpected resources within. hi:llI.l(;leU, wherewith to mod and overcome the hard trials "Which few G'J,.n escape. Em it need not, therefore, be a joyless book, For it would also hold the ]ingermg echoes of many happy hours spent in sublime peace.; it would more than hint at the ecstatic enjoyment of diviner states which are opcn to man, No, it need not be Ii j oyless hook, indeed i ~ cO'111d not be. The Bowers must drop petals, one by one, the meon waxes snd must wane, even the hrk)s nne iSong muse -one day be stilled; but r have found! a Land where strange flowers gfcfw",and grow fot ever; where the .sk;ls Hght ls never less; and where .ru1 things sing an lmmortal music rhae has notceased since time: began.

_ Thu8~hep:-agcswhich follow took their genesis ..

If they seem to consist of little more than a collection of seanered thoughts loosely tiedtogethcr ~ I mustask the: pardon and indulgenceof the leader, For] gather my wri tten ehonghrs .in. the motley, they are a.t wa r& disjoInted and. come onl y in fi-agu1.,en.t:s. ] 5t!l:ficl ashamed before the f?af:ile ors ti.on~ of 'Qthc:r men, w hose sequences Bow like ri" stream of oil, l'lus halting IJlt~et;;llli.(~ of mine: Iattribure. to a natural impulse of my fnind to enter into a" .stare of rest, rather 'tban tQ enter Into a sune of 3:ctfvit.r. There is a Witt in my he'1vefle.vetytime I tRk.e up my pea, which has aeeepted the limit-a trons with 'which: it was born and does not aspire 'e0'\Vaw a bet~er technique,

It 'Will be observed that there rs very little a't'gummt

in rhese pages, but V'efY much that will provoke it. The reason w.m be p]:aiI1 to those. who have mastered the mystery of Chtist's saying,) "Except ye become as little child-ren ye shall not entervhe kingdom of heaven, ~ bu [ i.t: will. be hard to gta:;:p by the ultta- c:lev,e.r~ the super-shrewd arrd the ego-centred, For .llltetl.t:.ct is bot a. machine ~ it makes 'a! splcl1did getv~fit yet a bad master.

We ate apt to criticize where we do not comprehend, \Xlhere something here indited. appears difficult to g.l:-asp or seems superficially obscure, the' reader should nevertheless 'ponder upon it until he neaches the point of diJlrC;oy,ety.

If I can $t1mnl.:ate. him to discover his 'own true thought, I:lLe:nder him better serviee thaD. .if I teach him. This age reads in order to kill tim.e;, but a few· wise ones read in order to make dmeallve. I hope the ia\'Her will-fiad thIs book,

Crusading holds-no c:h~ttu for me :and agitating would be but ~ torrncn to Rather would I be Q, somUa. Iator, 3dinulati.:ctg others not to join some cult, but ~'O thmk for themselves, and to think. deeper than the corrventional men of Qll;IL time.

It: is only by thinking a mauer out feu: oneself that we 'Ufu3.'e!.stand It best. 1 canaot hope to ,eQrIl'vey' my' t!1~de..r5tandi:n.g to yO!J~ but 1 can hope 1:0 :u::cruse ili!1it fa,cwty within you which will give yOll perception, I Ienee these wr.itings do:n:aoil:fo.:lLmrubte ilin.y fixed

y seem, which yQU have ttl swallow by {iJfi act of fuitb -e 'I'~lej" aim at being s~ggestiv~, They try to challenge yuu ~LI think. fO:l:' your,self:" They provide -you. with I,~ ~tt1t:l1 nuts [C· crack: In the .forrn of unusual questions. VI ~\1. '1:311 create a new system of ,~dea,s, fot' youreel£ by ~ 11,~J ~:Ll:1g UpOJn these pages; 'but it w.il1 bs your own

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system, not Il:tlother's. Such thQughts; :liS these may begin by starilln.g you, but they [n11,], end by stimulating you. I do not know"

I am not writing fot the benefit of the man '\,Vl1O has already pillt up the sliinue:ISi (If his rnirrd and firmly fttXed them la case the Ught of a f~v new ideas (night stI£am. in. md disturb his sleep, I am writing for the few' who 31'11idthe rtlodet.n. mnddle of bc.wild~;riEiLg doctrines have p]-aQed their feet uponrentadve gtound be~ use there seems no safer place' m sight

Those w holook fur 'plenty of facts in this book will not find them; there ate thoussnds Hf. books whld1. will give them ':all the facts the')" can ever want; and better still there h. the voluminous Book of Lite which they~an alwlij's. consult and in which they can <3Jways veE~Y every statement I have made. My aim has been. to give tile SQ;uL of all these facts;. I have tried to SU In. up :.in o.~e Hash of a sentence wb~t ,~k:s belJittd fl: hundred ~hou:s;and &cts, events and expexiences,

Because I spent the years, :stn:etehlng my philosophic ,s,Olll upon rhe.rsck until J found the t1::uth" I am .in. no moodto Hste41 'I:(} polished platitudes nor to write them. Yet reall y there, is Ilmlrillg new in the essential thQp!ght behind these p,ages". ~hougc~''l it docs fiat ma:tte;tr 80 t?-uch w.heither these are new 0:[ whether th~y ~f~ neglected thoughrs, as whether they ate'rR.tTE tilou,ghts. Medieval men like. ThDnllLSa. Kempis and ] acob Boehme communicated the: same thought In ,e:ai:li;@,r cenmries, but they communicated it In a. farm which makes no g.rea t :appeal to me and will makeeven fa:1:' less 1l;ppeal to my eon r emp or aries. Ye:~ ['hey wrote out ofa!

veridic exp et},ell<Cf: which itrty man of the twentieth cet~" tury may d~p]icate) if he w ill, TIIO~C who l"egaf:d~Ens experjence' as inconceivable at mos tam! illogicru 1J!t least, should In vestigaee before {bey snatch at such final conclusions .. For I know that I have tried to' u\'ck]e~ this diAl,clit investiga tion of Life in a s.cientiiic yet reverent spiri t, to approach it wlth sn impartial love of 'Truth fOJ: its own sake and not in. aIde:!: to " confirmor refute anypattiOiA.la:t:~heo:rles. Thae I should tLeat seriously or Htde-kfllown states of coosciousness in this book may seemsuperstition to the many, but .it is true Science tome. Those who ean receive it in this light will Hnd their faith rewarded by rime, who wUI ]ikewise pay their credulity' with nut-

lund knowledge, _ .

J\·Iy confidence stands serene and unshaken that I can make good my thesis against fall corners, but only if the,y are prepared to uadertake the same psycho- 10 glc:al experiments which I undertook, The thCHlights 1. now give our did not rome to me after long :a:tgu,mC1'l!t; they carne nt,e,:r lang experience; \'Yhoev,er~ therefore, would understand them aright, must be willing to invite the same esperience, <and this will come readil y eacugh if he is as keen On fi:_nd ing truth ;l s be is on his other and more ,ltll!l1'ldane:if:if'l:i.I:'S"

ff, rherefore, I find the :spldtu,ru.lire nolesa substsntial 'l h7L:Jl the material 0:0.(;[,00 can every reader: of this ~ 11 lot. I POs.s'c·s;s no especial p:rivile;ge which ether i tu i nan beings do :110'1: P ossess j I can claim 00 ffi:l1gk rd~~' ,\\ri1d.cb. has not been faught f'of by continued l'll { 1 'I I. \!i;r ha rr ] hs ve foundwitbdn m y~df is precisely wi I'! I rI'Llj'mH'! elseceven a hardened Chicago1 gangste:r.~ II i IV rH'U~ in his own self too.

i r llilt! r,hl'flI.sCS of Lhis book are occasionally fervent

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and sometimes heated, this can be explained only because .it is ill trnnscdpt from life; not a. collection of academical theories. evolved amid the quiet cloister of a Cambridge. Om, 11Q one be a good philosopher unless he wrlres coldly 1 as though he to ok .. no interesz 10 hgs subJect? Must his, .page.s be pale and ,colourless, must he carefully prune all emotional 'expressio.ns out of them, before he is safe reading?

The critic cannot refute this work because it is based, not upon .my human inl':cllcctual opinions, but upon eternal troths :as old as the starry heavens that g:reet om ga::;,:e at night. truths that a re ]111 bedded til both N;RtlJ:re :wd man, They are there, but they must be dug out,

.Il11s book is but one voice cry.ing in the wildemess of this stricken world; there are others and in many countries; The message it carries in its pages is simple yet subtle,

I t is :a.I..Di:erarr arrow drawn And di.&posed jlj,t a. venture" but it is yet gW.d.e~ by a- higher haad than mine. Fate', the: needs of many persons who have wrheen 'to rne, and the expressed :wjsh of this Wise ~{an. of the Eas t. one of. my spiritual Guides. have aU coaspired. to ,thrust this work ·upon me. The boos wm find its -way In.to the expectant hands of some men and women who care for Truth :and it may serve them.

. I have ~e~.ndeSl.V'Ol'1:[edw give. filithfhl :l'epo:U to a VokewW,cln. a~1peHSi :to be dumb in most men; therefore I hope these p;r.intlngs wiU be hot without some value to them" The fact that the millions of men and women around me ate pIooocu.pied Wlth ID:a,tterjf!

wrrn J.. ,nSf: MAN OF THE .RAST

of saorher order invites me to remind the:m that they and theit activi·ties shall shortly or at length V":a11!.isJ.I. frum this globe, but that there is -a way open for them leading to the cte:.rn.'rtl life which is enduring treasure._

Some will label me as of th~u dwindting ,Cto,,: d of dreamers who think to find a starry beight in man .. They will not be wrong, bu r: I would beg them to realise ·that they can make .my dream their own reality. The way I have followed m~y be aside f:t'O:m the common OD.,e, but it is not so fa.r off that mote cannot tread it also, If a foollsh age cans us a band 0.£ mere dreamers, we at leas t have the consolation of kn.owit1.g tbat we dream while they sleep in dire ~l?irit!lal un coasciousnes s .

Others will ask: 'Can this Light be followed in the midst ofpjjesent~day sorrows and sufferings?" To them Lwould say ~ "This ~s precisely the time when i:ts divine worth can best be proved.'

There are certain essential truths about life, certain Iundameneal and unalterable princlpleswhich gove.m Itvjilg~ which have been known to the ,wls,e of all :I,ge's f[·om the farthest antiquity till the present day. I I eal in g can be found for all No man is 5.0 bmkc'fi) 'SO oppressed by burdens of ill-health) poverty :and unhappiness. 'but there -is one ""\l"'ay out of or around IIi problem. or In the last resort some way to beat H" ' his is SQ, this must be 810) because all men, exist IJ'itbln the Universal Mind which has brought this world Into hdl1g- a Mind which is perennially bene""LJk"nt~t,u1!futhomably wise and eternally peaceful, 'I' here: are ugly things in the social Iife around 'LIS which III ~ r appear to contradict the latter statement" but the W,ltl who h:; willing to make the. e£fcu:t and unfold his.

I i it u. I1n:sight., will discover that the starement is a

true one" all sppesrances to the. con:t:h)l"ty'. The Ieast result of :cotUitlu~d effort along the lines laid down in this hook wili be that the pmcl:.iciooCf will become established in -an It'U)eI' pe1ilce which must mark him out from his fellows, as a man of envied poise. And afi.r;:r he has found this peace other people will come to him, both ym.Jng and old, and. question him tor the secret which S~eJlLlS to have eluded them, And then he in his turn will show them ['he \Yay .. ! ,

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'KnaVi' then ·th};Se:~, p!IMume 110~. God. to scan, The [Jfcifi e;~ :stl;idy ofm:aokin,d is: ~Ii.

lPbc'd O'lll this .iSi~hmu:!l OE':lL mJddl.e $tue,

A "being daddy W~3C., n.ndm,d,dy .gl"~ilJt:

Withwof,r'!uch k:nuwledge rut the Sceptic slde, With too mnc'hw,eab1(l:.S>lJ; for 'the. :St:oi~8 pride, He hangt be~elJi.~ til. doubtto ~t.DI: t·C,St;

Jin doubt todeem hlmself a gOOj .(I'i' he:a~~;;

.In doubt his mind o.r.lmdy to [J\£'dgr;

Bo.m. but to .:~ie. and ;!;e:asorung IJ,!;!t: to e:!::i:~

.flI,}le .il"l.clge of truth, .iii !::f'idld:lic.rm,r .hud.·,d, The glory, fe",,~ and :ridcl1.: of the 'WQ.dd~·

PO!Jl'£'S &~!! Ott M<IIs ..

T HE J~hiliqs.op'he.Eslts in the gaHel), of ~he Thea~~

- 0.£ Life, looking dDwn. upon the pl:ay ~e:l!t'1.g enacted ,I m, the distant 5,tage .. Tt m:a y be. this 'exterlo.n®ed posJ tion \II I) ich ena bles him to "ass a.dleS]uawl uJ.gtl1enb upon. i I ;lll. Those w ho sit in the stalls at the Fas.shlg Show l)or • I'his '\Xi' odd have a nearee view than those who "l r i La the gallery" bur they do, lmt neoessa:rily takea IUn'I'view of the play.

'n I{; mystt.rJ.Ol.l:5 meaning ot Hfa means nothing to II n. "X,1 e de not permit such a problem to take en try ~ll'I~; (,,lIlU' consciousness, WeUke to relegate- sucb an

inquiry h') phllosophieal old fogies of credulous old clergymen, The search fOf truth has become a bore. That which should provide us with a ooppy purpo3e~ .is tMl unspeakable occupation and. an Uf1p:lt1r.:lo,n.able subj ect in polite society.

God! wriees His mes sab~: 0.1:1 the face of this round planet :.M:.m.. 'bemg seH~bl1nd.ed.1 is. unable to read it. A few. haV11lg slghl:~ ir!l.iI:l~rpret it to the others, Bur rhe human mass sneers at them '['01 their' pains" only the .rni:uiti ve few amon.g the culturedandInbelligent and th.$ ehildllke simple ones ll.[UQng the pea:san·tg 'WIld. WO!kC'1S~ receive the message and return Ieve to the messengers, Therefore it is that the iltory of illl"H1:'S ja;ter hi5~OJ;y is. ted with tears and. ttaged.y;. Burehe

'.own.p ..•. l.ete .. s. tory o.:f.~hum._._·.a._ruty ... i~, neith.er.1l ~ .. _'Iag. edy nOI :it comedy, no currarn fal]]' D'iZI.lL ls~he:le an. end,

Yes) mankind aeems st.l.:icken wl fh s[l]rltrud blindness and deafness. Unable toread the mystic: wriring on

h 111 f ... 1L.~ 'I'd llli ]. h r.

the W:a~ 0\-- -W1S WO:r.l ,unw lIDg to rsten to tl e rew

iB1ee:r.s. who can do. this, we pas,s through our days shunb1mg and gr:opJng. Uttered \VaInings or wi,ge counsel-we disn'J.ts;s such as, the fervid v;apoutings ·oJ crank:s:, j1iJst ~sthe Jews disrnlssed Chdst"s, pointed UUth~ri In the result mea wan.d.et helplessly amid. ~he. bewildtrlng chaos of today. We. lise from the c~~e ·of bitth <1i!:1Ld g:ras,]? at life wi~h passionate lu..Dd.s~ but $JJOtl, sink back jn'~' ·the passionless grave.

Our HtfAe eclves are all-absecbed w:~~'lEl. the impQrtlfice of . ow: :g,:trugg:i'es .and aspirations, OUt triumphs md. defeats. .oUi!: huiii:'l:g _PGs:::esslons hold us capri.ve" RfiQ we£te:t or fever ourselves on their aCC'Ollfit, \'W'e rCUlnot help. that, fur we are hllnL'art. But. the Sp'~inli:;! rising out of Egyptian sands ~n.d sur.veying themo[till raceof men~ sH'Jl[es . . . a.n€l!. smiles . • • and smilesl

Yet man is a mtional bei,ng and instlncti vely cmves fOI :it rational explati:atioll of thinK~' He lives in a predom:i.nanrly -scientific and in tellectual llge, AU his experien:c:e Is interpreted by the: light of a purlely mate:l:lills:ci c reason, But life a;pp cats. to dra w a h:aa:c:l Iine t~pon the ma:p of his own nature, leaving -SJ. Y:3Jst unknown land where Reason seems unable IDO pene trate, Rea . .rH~1g in. one of BetttR,nd Russell's old essa.ys his l1fH! but p essimistic confession of fairh, I t-ak~ it M rypicel of the sterile attitude forced upon those scientis tswho refus .. e all hope of eyer expkn:lng the unknown land, He wrote: ~ That man is the product of causes which had no prevision ,0£ the end they w-ere achlcving: thae h i s origi u, his gI.'O·'Q;rth. his hopes and fears, his loves and beliefs are brut the outcome of accidental colloeatlons of ~atoms; th:1~ noHre, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling can P rcse I: ve an i ndividual 1 ife b eyonrl the gm ve ; that all the labours of the ages~ all the devotion, all the insplr:'iltiol1:J all the noonday brighmess of human gen ius" are des tined. to exticceion .i n the v:lStdept h of L he solar system=-all these things, if.11 or (.lu1 te beyond dispute, 'lie yet so nearly certain that no phHos·aphy whk:b rejects them can hope to stand .. "

Sucb are the: pessi 111istic thoughts which find 'tongue ~ 0 (In y :;un.ong the in telleeeuals of our race, We all see 'I he achievements of the scientists ill around us in the Wfi rld tod.ay ~ we must al wa}'~ admire their d€1inJo.p'~d i H't ~ I.kctudi.ty j but yet they can only teach us the A H C .of l[£e: they do not know the X Y Z of it. I\lost 'DE' ehem ate now frank enough to ~dm4t this" m 'I • jnf~:l:lS "lireir ignorance of theprima! causes,

II III Jrfirt: who would have: us full back an common r"ji 11 ~" i I"] these matters wish us ~o fall back Q,f.I a pltU:w.

;0

n-rE SEeRE!' 'PATH

reed, They forget that common sense, in so .far 'as it. Is merely thegeneeal uninenucted opinion, 1S sometimes syl~o:nymOll$ with common ignorance,

Whe.l"e then, can we go to learn the first letters of Llfe's alpll~,bet:? 'Wle must go whele humanity has. al wa y.s gone) where alone it can go, We must go to ehe Seem and Sages. ~i'hilst the ,scient:i~ ts ha ve been searching the material universe for fresh facrs. the Seers have been, searching thei-r own selves and exploring their own minds fOE old truths; for they have 'COme to. realise 'that they can. but recover the ancient wisdom of man, \'(1ha~ rbe :first Seer found and 'recorded thousands of year,s :agD~ the last S~e[ finds and itg.il::ee.s with today. But wha.t "rll:e tint scientist of the 11 d neteenrh cen tury found and recorded j the las.t scientist of today laughs at and fUn,gs aside, The latest results of science have alteady laid the :ftigidspeculations of mid-Victorian scientists In a deep tomb. Yet the scientist is 50 sainted. by the: race today that unless and until he nods approval to each separate revelation of the S e;et-----a process w hich has be-en gOhlg on under our ve.ry eyes this last half:'c:enmrl'-~ he pearl lS thrown to the dust M fWf!, i vlng scientists who can. hardl y be called, dreamers now lend their names to the ideas of the Seers.

Bishop, Berkeley's major doctrine was a. similar view to that of the Indian AbsQlutists,. He asserted that all we know of theworld js our reactien to it. OUI' impressions of it .. He made mind the measuring-rod of the reality of Our universe and henee placed mind as the :first :and fundammtal reality. Sir }m'lle's ]eal1s~ by some bti Uiant efforts, has, shown haw physical science, working from the Jde.a. that the material wotld .is the basic reality" has nevertheless been forced to

consider favourably this hypothesis of Berkeley's. _The conclusions of Einstetnsnd Whitt:hc~d have similarly helped. to confirm the Bishop's assertion.

J eans writes in Tbe tir[YJ'I'erjolifJ Uj1hm~!t ". 'AU those bodies which compose the mighty frame of the world 'have not any substance without the mind,') This 'B erkeleian concl usion is again reinforced by Sir Arthur Eddington, the eminent physicist, who likewise pictures the universe as an idea inthe mind. of-God t H,e even denies, <actuality> apart from consciousness. Si r 011 vet Lodge swork in physics, RS well as his. irrvestigatiorr into spiritualism, also points '~O man's mind as, the reality in. a. world of vanishing matter. Out d i sdainful materialists dismiss this Idea 'with a snap of I heir fingers. Those scientis rs who do accept it, become, in c-oUoquhJ langu:age} {cranks". It i.8 noteworthv, however, that the latter ate in the wre'mo'9t ranks ~f their profession, and. have been led to ~c:cc:pt.mce only after prolonged and profound research,

) n rna ymake a, li tde p:tOp hecy and declare that n:he wl1uJc army of scientists is, unconsciously treading in. III h. dlreeticn,

I ~'U t we must free ourselves from the self-deception r II" I' the pe rsonali ty poss'e5se-s :a true standard of I nil cicosness. \"i;e must first create within ourselves a iii II· humility before we can know the liberating ~ jl i I'll, We must enter with Descartes, the clever III II hrnan, into ibat frame ofmind wherein he began IIII of his works: "I have held muchto be ttLle~.,whiJch. I I tf IW discover to he false, I have no reason to

"~I 11pn8u :mything to' be- more certain. Pos'sibly every-

II 1111 ~ h-:tt I <conceive and believe is false. \Xihnt then

I III I.": what Is certain?'

'I ~ II L the old mechanistic conception of life which

Wll!ii esta bl ished by the fOllluderf) Qif modem science ~om the . seventeenth eentury onwards has begun to die aut in the llahQtatot;it and. Iecture-roorn. The physieises thernselves-cence the propcnenes of the g-espel of ffiiJJt;Eef-ha'll'e nOW become. unoomfO.l:tably uncertain of physkal phenomena. Their extended researches haveshown them tlUI'fi: wlmt they once called inanims re rnat rer can displ.ay eertain proper.lies, which t~le t.ex~-books l~y down ·as. h~therro' eonsidered peculiar te tnt. orgaruc alone. This 1S the tragedy of time-it tests all, tbings and. ideas and proves agrun and. a~iIl the .:fulSlty of the eurrent conceptions ofthe moment.

\"Qhell the Cl"1l.fE of science to ok the wiads of rhe seven:teJent? Ce1"1t'l.n:y wj~h .:Baeon.~s ca.1"efuUr prep-ali:ed compass, its crew would have been astounded had ther been told in. what strange waters .lt would be s..-aiJmg: in the. ni.neteeJl-lI:hi:rries. For the ship is bearing ~Dwn on the I~<l~hour of those eu'ly philosophers who declared tn-at nme hardly has '1 separate existence] a.p(;<J,[t from the human bra.in; and thar marter is the ~oLdin? togetlle.t of myriads of Infiniceeimal panicles • man all-pervading ether.

Nin~.te:e.ilth-cenmty science p~de5,hl.n~d the theClry r.h~,t life. rs S!.. prodi.Jct of m-atte:i:, Twemierh-ceomry science ~~ Npidly effectLng R ~'{dt{J1ar:fJ and is w~tdllng matter dissolve into electrons, into :a. mere coHcdi.ao, of electrified par ticles which €lude sight and s.en'8.e! The step from this flotage i oro the mat~rles:) ""\li!:DIf.~d beyond. is not such m fur or.ll!1~.'-,,jnte1kctu~lly.

Ph~10S0ph}r. once a sneered-at Cinderella, is J~9W beginnin.g tn come lntGl her own. BrJlH:!!Jnt -scientists

like Jean.s a~d Eddil1J.gtol1 have shown the In.abEllty of phy,s],c@il science tomrrive. 'rut the nature 0.£ thing8 witholilt her help,

If we s:urvey the course of scientific and philosophic tholUl'g'lit since the year I g 19, when Darwin publis hed his epochal Ori.r:P' 0.1 Speciu~ we may trace its descent deep into mate:d.aHsm during' the lastcentury, and its sscen t towards a naorc spirirual ill~:erp.remt:.ion of the

uni vtrse du.!:Ing' this century. .

The m;:i!teriafi~ ts who talk a mid- Victorian langLl~ge in Da1:wia:l:ana'(x'cnts are becoming unintelligible to the Ihrightc:Ii: gel11.ern.:t..i.o'n of today, who have follow.ed science inro the $u'ange findings of Jeans and Einstein. and Lodge,

\Y/ ben Einstein showed. what .~ weird twist the sun's rays undergo before .reaching out globe, the scientific l·i ghts wb ich were gl.dding us dimmed n little and men. gl'ew WMY of jumping to conclude the obvious .. SQ, too} the psychology of fl£t}1 years ago looks 11! iittle woeful :;lit the present time. The studies in. abnormal psychology alone have played, .havoc with the seemi ng;ty sound explanations of l:-Ill.1It: time,

The new order of scientific Inquirerswhc now' rnncem themsel yes with problem ~ of time and. cUI.ll.sft.lity~ especially the mathematics] physicists" have (!J [jl(: ned up entirely new vistas,

'1 ~il1ste:in has :llJSO taught 'us to look upon rimo as ill U)t her di mension, thfl'U.gh wel.1iave .hard [y gtt1i.sped ! 11~ fu.ll Impoxt 0.£ t:bis revelutionary idea. A nd if his hnl."':f 'WDJCk. i'j leading himmywhe:re:l j[ 13 leading him IIII r~'g::'L,l:tlmind as, the ultimate r~'ality·."

\'VJ'r", Ii ve .i n an age of applied science: knowledge I ~ lH111,:::i fil'il,t; beUef is bu.t secondary, We probe eve:ty ~ ,l~ II If event inc this world. wIth l.iI., 8ea~chit1lg ~Why.r

'IHE 5::BCRE.T Ji?A.1'H

There is a cause for: every' visible eliecE. The old times when a b:affiifig event ,vas e::tp!ained br a reference to the ~?jJj of God." or to the fiat of an angcl~a1"e gone" and gone fot good, Spiritual truth must henceforth stand upo.na sciearific fOUil~:atio1iL ~ .it muSt_ ne~ve! ~e afraid of a:IilY question; and it must not dlJ~m1~s the honest inve:sti~t.or as irreligious b ecause he wants

proof before he will, belie:e., '.'" ". .

During the closing decades, of the elgnt!eerrt.b

century 1 and the opening decades ?f t;he nine-t.een rh, -a. constellation of Jirerary and scientific luminaries appeared in the European sky ~:~.ich indicated and maugu.rated the A.gt': of ~easom, God w~ dethro?ed and Reason became the throned sovereign of pht!o~ sophy, Now' science tecej~cs ol1rhi.gh~st;,.yo.rshir: The scientist is the pope of toqray and SItS in the Vatican of ,,'orlcl ~,U thority, "rJ;,f e Ieee! ve h is learned revelation ill a spirit of religious awe. ":Xl etrust his pan tificai pro~ nouncernents as once neatly an Europe trusted the creeds and dogmas of the Church,

It is not the pu.rpQse of these thoughts, to decry science, to cast 'con re m.p t upon that vas t structure of ]p'.atiently- acquired f3i~E~ •. J[ possess :;, .. profound respect for the intellectual abilities and pzuent character of the scientisr, I believe his work bas its right and useful place in. life. Hut I do not believe that that place: ~s the

higbest. . ,

The practical utility of the scientific method IS not to be deprecated, Only the fool. will scorn the wonders which science has given man, though we would do well to paus.e and remember Disraeli's perceptive remark that: {The Europeantalks of P rQgre~'S bemuse' bv the aid of a few scientific discoveries he has esta\)m ll;hed a society which has mistaken 't;amfblt Em:

.M.AM=· SCIENCE'S GR&TE8T RIDnul ) ~

d\tiJ1sadon.' 'The fact that the scientist has confined his attel');tion.B [0 the objective world doesnot reduce the value of his disooveries., He has but to turn 'his attention mwarda, to use the same methods iJ.f eX'peti.", ment and deduction upon the subjective world, to turn his, searchlight 'Of inve-stlga.timl rewards the centre, of his own mind, and he will penetrate the 'Sphere, of

the 5pl:t.i tual, '.. . . . .

Science has made the strides of a, giant" but all her steps are in One ditecti?n-outw~t-ds~, ever outwarda, This is as it should be, Now the tune has come to put an inside to her discoveries, to ensoul the forms she btl'S Cleated. _

Is the soul a mere academic concept, an. intellectual pla yrh.ing for the professors to accept ,. or deny? b, it nnly :something upon which theo.lo:g:ans n:ay' :J1Croeiously sustain their theses, and at which rationalists may fire their verbal. shrapnel? At present the sdenti~ts '<':I:'i find no cnemial trace of the' soul; he' cannot make it register eta my of hisinstruments as h~ ~n ma~e a ~s register, But if chemical and :m.echafi.tc:;;t~. reacuons

.annot be obtained, he need not therefore glve up the ~~u~st baffled. Another ~raJ lies open, It may ~~t ~~ 'a! rrventional way" but 1:1:' leads to the same objective 'I he discoverv of the soul, If he loves truth bene:!: 111'Ul convention, if 'he: values the understanding Qo~ IIUUH:ll1 Hfe morethan he values the understanding of ~I h Ii II' of ltD ck, he will .invesdga te that vnJly. The method I 1 'pse to giv,e is an cxtxemely a~deLlt. o,ne .and go~s

p (;u' hau:'k_ 14::11 .man's histOIY th'llit its cnginrs los~ rn II ~. I] i ~ misrs of antiquity. Yet let not this fact be a ~ I j I't· ~ )tiLim:c it. Fo.I the am.den~s w.o.re "giants .~ the Ii 1m! I i ',l,llh! i Ilg of spiritualmysteries, brut infan ts in t~e 1£1 HI p.lI)':'Iic;;d science: the moderns are masters ill

the development of phy-skal science, but novices ill 'the undetstanding ·of spiritual mysteries,

TI:1!e great Getman philosopher Kant said that there were two outstanding wonders of Cod's creation. J-:Ie said these were the starry heavens above and the mind of man ·within, G reat as are the exploits of science in. the external world, greater discoveries yet a wait in this cenN.ty in the domain of psychology, Man win draw bad startled, when be understands rbe mys terious p'(oces:ses which occur within those inverted bowls of bone we call skulls!

Psycboio gy ~ the science of .mind and the study of consciousnesa, otters· the most wluahle rewards to true scientific :t"esear~b, .No other sub] ect is. understood so little yet means so much, for irs hold the. key to. mj,n~s deeper happiness.

Time will necessarll y lift the ide-a, of" the soul out of the limbo of discarded theological notions into the gooupm,g of scJentifimUy tested propositi-ons. But the science of that: day wm. perhaps be as ]:\e,ad.y to utilise the mind as anexperimentlng instrument as today it: 'USIIi'!!> the microscope. 'Wha.t are now regarded as the feolish illus]ons of myseies will then 'be the verified truths of the science of para-psychclogy ~ to he' publicly plodaimed with0ut. reserve.

That the tw{trrtle'~b century will 'unveiL somewlhlt of this myste:ty VI ho that has followed the gtopfngs of science can doubt, During its very" 6:t:st decade, tb'e penetrating brain of the French thinker, Bergson" Bashed rhe following prophetic message to ~is. pen "Io ezplore the most sacred depths of the unconscious,

to labour inthe subsoil of consciousness : that will 1be the principal task of p,sychology in the cen.tury ·wbidl is opening, I do not doubt that wonde:tfu] discoveries await it. there.'

A lellding scientist Iike Eddington tells 11S that _the pbysicii universe is an abstractlon if it ls B'Ot linked. w.ith consciousness, Mind J:;: no ]onger 'to be regarded as a mere byu'pt'ciduct evolved by matter. The next and obvious step is to investigate the phenomena of consciousness, an in..-.nestiga tion whic"h was ridiculed a half-centuryago by Huxley. bemuse he :[e,g~rded such phenomena as mere shadows atrached to' the real phenomena"

This internal esploraricn is well w()·rth while, F Oi there is something within. the mind. of man and beast, sfltrlething th~t Is neither Intellect not fed ing, but deeper than both, to which t~~~!e name of intultion, may 1II11y be given. When science can truly explain why a horse will rake its drunken rider or driver for miles 11 u"Ollgh the dark and :find Jts own w·ay home; why held-mice 5~] up their holes before the cold weather I I unes; why sheep move away to' the lee side of a. nnruntain before severe storms; when it am tell us wh .t warns the tortoise to. retire to rest i1I.nd refuge II[ (.lJFC every shower of rain; and when it. OlD te.aUy . I' I a in who, guides ·a vulture many miles distantto Iii - dead body of'an anhnal, we may then Iesrn dUi:.t jll Illil i!ll. is sometimes a better guide than Intellect,

L'IH,X: has wrested from the clasp of Nature some I hmishing secrets, but thus far it has not discovered 1 h nurce 'Of intuition.

lu II n'Cfl which is. able to propound a. muldtcde iof ~ IIjI.tll L~ cencernlog man, d.estiny and death, is unable II. Illl v I hem. When science shall have conquered the.

'WOrld. and the last glimmer of the last mystery shall h~ye died out" it will still be faced with the g:reatest of all problems: 'Man, dost thou understand thysdf?,

I 'would like to have lived in A the:!lsat the time 'Whe.n one couldwan.det into the' market-place and heat a certain snub-nosed, pugnacious man, one Socrates, cress-question the pubUc men of the city., and repeatedly pose them this favou.rite question of his. .A man. like Socrates does not die and his SIl blime character On tlives the grave.

\V hen all the 1 ares, I: litcramres have been examined and an the earliest papyri have been exhumed, we shall find no. wiser: precept than the Delphic Oracle' s injU!:H::ti,oll"'.Know thyself!' lil:nd tho Indian Rishee's counsel to 'Inquire into the Self'. These words thoug:,h olderthan the mummies j'!EIJ the British MU8'eU!ll1, m~ght have come 1 from the typewrlc,e;r of a rno dern thinker. The ages cannot kill $L, un til, and the fIrst man who phrased it will find his echo :dght down through the cenruries,

We live on a whitling ball in spate. positioned somewhere in 'the great sky between the star of Venus and the star of Mars, Thera is something in this foe man, to think.abour and sometbing at whkh to laugh, He has measured with u ncl!en.i able. accuracy the. mileage between. his own planet and the two stars, :l!fhough the distances are 50 tremendous -JlS to beggar il11agici.\q~ tion, yet be. is unable to measure theextent of his own mindl He .11.8 at myetery to, himself, a mystery which remains unsolved even when death's b~tter waters come ia;pping to his Ieet,

:1\iIKN-$C:U?:NCE'S GREATEST RH:IOUd ;9

Is iE not ironical that the soul of man should "seem less open to inves tigatian than the earth on ,,,rl1i.ch he abides? Is .it not _passing strange that he sl1oul:d have been too busy 'with the world without to ha ve troubled his mind 'about the world within ul.ltillacdy?

\X/by s hould he wO.i".d:y how the uni verse works?

He. does not have to run it, anyhu<\!/. But he does have eo run himself

'The. So!'.;)I;;!!!: system turns w.n!thout thine: aid~ Live, die I' The 'l:t!t'liv.e:o.e is Dot aftaid:

w rote that clever thinker, Zangwill,

Man, however, hardly appreciates this pointed troth. He knows more 'about the 'Workings of an automobile than he knows about the workings of his inner "cl·, Yet the ancients t'9l,nghrr--anda few of us' have t unfirmed their teachip;g-tJmt there is ~, stratum of Iii" consciousness which bears the rlcbesr vein. of all

pur go,let Should he not make this: his chief r uncern?

. 'ornpared with. its other results, modem science has, .IH·vclDed very Iittle about the natnre of man, even. 11Illllt~h it has discovered how to harden metals, h~w 'I I ~ I ri 'It: a! half-ton snell into the nexr cuy, and a II ~ lilt! rct.l lesser things. During the last three centuries III 111':l knowledg~ of the phy.s.ical world has grown

, II II, ~lrm'l.'2Dng acceleration, but his knowledge of him-

I Ilr I m"crs far behind, .

,,( r.,H"l build giant bridges to span rivers of :n,oa,II, '~J W'! ltf1 but we are unable to sipan the simple pl. Ii II, III ,) 11\\?ho am D~ OUf :I1lil\\"ay englaes ,wat II I ~ ~ 'I :1 whole continent with ease, but out minds

II i III I nt V . "1":5 _ ,- he rnys,t:cry 0'£ seI:f. The astro.no.,mef

brlngsth,e,. f-aJ:tthesrt star ro the sight of his observatory; bu t he himself wi]] bow his head. j .. 1 shame if you fisk him whether he has brought "Jus psssions under complete control. We are full of eurloslty concerning out plmGt, but we v;.':lIlk indifferently by at the mention nf Siell~

We ·.I1~ve gathered highly detailed iuformation about almost e verjthing under the 3;un; we know the work, qualities and properties of almost all the objects and phenomena of this earth,

But we do not know ourselves,

The "re:t:y persons w 11.0 have been $mdy itli.g a l ~ the sciences have yet to study the science of self; the very men wl~o nave discovered the whyand wherefore of the lives of tiny insects do not know the why and wherefore of their own li YeS. \Y/ e know the value of everything, but we do 110t know our own wonderfal value.

\Ve ha ve packed t he e t1.lcydc)ip~d ias wi t h thousands of pag:e;:s coneerni Ilg tbousa nd s of things l bur who C,11l write an encyclopedia about the mystery of his own seJf?

\~'.hy is it that the ~I.u.ng which interests every mau

TIl]lOSt is=-hhnself? .

BCC~l:jJs'(;: self is the o~dy' reality of which w,~ l1J;te certain. All facts of the . 'World. - around lIS and :all though rs In. rhe world wlrhln us exist for us only when our. ownself becomes aware of them, Sen sites the earth and earth exists, Sdf .i 500:n:;:cio'Us of an j_,clJwa and the kl.,ca c:xis ts, Berkeley, by the p:t:"O:o~ss Gr£ aGU.t,e. th~nking) arrived at the same position" He showed that the .. inlitter iM world would be non-existent apad

from some mi nd 'W percei ve it. -

\Vhfl.t" then. is sdf?

T here is, no secret in the m~":j;teriou'S book of N&tlQ,\l1t!

'which; '~dth time 11 Ll.dpadenc>e,. cannot be read, No lock has been made but has its fitting key~ and we nl~ty oft judge thehandicraft of Nature by the handic1:aft af man,

The study of the. self '\,1JUl one day prove the masterkey to open an ph~!oslollI1ie:al dOO1:5,\ all scientific eonundrums, ill life' s locked problems. Self is, the ultirnate=dr Is the first thing we know as bra bes: it will be the last lI..\hing we s hall know as ,sages,.

The gr:eat,elSt certainty lrll.k1"l{Jwk:dge comes only in the sphere of sclf.\X.'le can know the world and its Db jeers only through instru men ts and our senses: but that which reads those 111:5 trurnents and uses those se rises is the s elf. Therefore we are bea ten back to this position. In the end, that the s rudy of self .is the most important study to which 'S;.ny thinker can give I liS mind,

A S oph i 5 t approached one of the \W.Ise Men of nucien t Greece, and thought to puzzle: him w.ltb the most pcrple:){ing- questions . But the Sage of 2\H.l.etus ·W:~5 ~~tu.Hl to the tes ~ fot he replied to them all, without I he leas t hesirs don yet wi th (he utmost exactitude,

I, What ]5. the oldest. of all t.bings?

I (.rJ.d~ be C2 use He has alwa ys existed.'

• , \V/ I iar is, the most he.allt1i-Ul of ~n things?

I J fit' U~li'licr,fiJJ because it is the '\I,mr11:. of God/ " \V: hat. is the ,gre.fl.test of ell things?

I \ /Jlm', because it: contains all that has, been created." I, \Xl hnt is the rnos tconstant of all things?

I I fr,tJt'} because Jt still remains 'with man, after he I ~ 1 i I I fiI ~ iI:!'li'cry thing else/

, \\1, 11: It is the best of all t hingE?

I Ii tt«, because w1thDut it there IS nothing good/ \\ luu is the quickest of all things?

THE SECRET PATH

(ThaJlgh/~ because in less than a. minute it can fly to. the end of the universe, ~

7. Whmr Is thestrongest of a11 things?

~ N~cts.sit:)', which make s man {ace 'Uli. the- dangers of life.~

8, What is the easiest ofa&l thmgs? {'To gW$ Advi'cf /

But when it C-ame to the ninth question our sage P renounced a paradox. He g.ave sn answer which J . am certain his wordl y wi sec querear never underswod.~ and which to mos L .people will give. only the mas t su,p~f1!ci~1 mcruIing.

The question was ~

\'What is the mos t dlfficul t of all rhi.1').gs? And the &-:[jj.e:tian sa,ge replied:

,tTo JeJl{Jw T!!JIdJ r

This \Va,s the b.idding to ignor-ant man from the ancient sages j, this shall be the bid.ding yet.

CHAP']'ER HI

• Remote, yet near > urn_m~mbly. aged" lone,

I t~ ~it$w~thtn the temple's inner shrine, Witb folded .h~['Jds. ;at:ldWi!Ji'lte:nal.1!c.e di ;;rirIe!, o.mnisci.ent, inscrutable, unknown,'

G,. Pi WILLUI.MSO:N,

SiUNTS and sag.es) thinkers and 'Philosophers"

'.1 priests and scientific inquirers have tried for cen-

turies fO understand the enigmadc nature of the human aoul. They find man a paradoxical being; one capable of descent into the: darkest abyss es of evil, and yet I,;I:,1uaUy capable of ascent to the sublimest bdgh.·l;S (If uoblliry. They discover two creatures within his breftst-----<one related to the demons and the other related II .the angels" So wonderfully constituted is man that I,I( can develop our of his own nature all that is most

tllllirable equally with all that is most reprehensible III H c.

Are we mere lumps of animated marter? Has man III~ I h hil+u.:·j;' birth than the flesh?

~ k ~ re we splrlr-enriries, bright and. ..tadl~nt frorn I Ilf d, hut tC1ll:po(adly housed and limited in our I" .,Bnlf

\\'(:, ai'!, man think, nothing more than improved

II " nil • c;;. -:l,P ~.~ with ugly ~rait5that betray our

",.j.

lineage, or ate we. as a few believe, nothing Jess than. degenerate angels.?

.Are .'\V~. to he the napless p.tey of Time r Is each of us: to @j his obscure corner of d::a..l.:S earth tot' :::11 brief w hilc and then dlsapp~?

'\Whe~ ~ loo~. abroo:d~ on ev,e1j'" side I see dispute, eoerradlcdon, dis~ractlon, ._'\'Then I t_orn my eye inwards.,. I find .nQd1tng but doubt and ignora.ru::e, What am ]? From wha( ea use do I derive rnv e:~:jsten.ce? To what condition shall ][ return? I am c~nfounded with. these questions. I begin to fancy myself enviC01l.cd w.tth the: deepest darkness on eve''Y side/ wrote the Scottish seep tical thlnker, David H n me.

Is it possible for us to End the true answers tn-these pe.rplexin.g ,questio11ls? 11vfan .flings these questions at the face of life, and waits . . . and waits ., '. . but finds, no all~~i'w-e[ d ll he totters into th.e gra.\ve, Yetthe gods ~v.e .,JflVeste.d man with intelligence, a faculty which 1S fully equal to discovering the trurh about 111S own s~lf~ tbo~gh 11: ~~ay fail when confronted by the deeper riddle of the uarverse,

These are the riddles of life W Nch have puzzled 'the sages. for sixty generations~ and will puzzle :many mote', The cleverest minds, rhe ablest pens and the most eloquent lips have buaied themselves with these. dark enigmas; but still mankind gtot::lies, fO[ the answers.

Man~. a doubelng and. despair:ing6.gute.-sta1k:s, across the cold wastes of this world and laughs cynlcull_y at t he name of God, Bu t despair. is the striCken. child of ignorance,

~d ha~ sent fl.. true. l]ght into the .l~ea~t of eye,}~ chdd that IS born, hut It must be ullveiled .. We have wrapped around it the dark: shrouds that blind '!JS~ and

TH is Mrs.1'BRIOUS OVBRSEl .. P

we ourselves mast un 'IN lap them, No cry that goes up from the depths of a sincere heart goes up in vsin, and if Y'Qur 1:) rn.yet is fashioned aright, it w.i11 be MS\-,' .... CICd by the god' in your own heart,

The avc[jiJ,ge man sends out his tentacles towards Life; feeling his way towardssomething he does not qoite comprehend. He has hardly perceived that when be. begins to apply his intelligence to the solution of his 0.\\'1[1 problem+- himself=.he will automatlcally solve the. parallel pro blerns of God, Life, the Sow, Happiness, and sa on,

The will te race has wandered aU over the su rface of this earth in search of new Alue:[]C:II!S t i II there .Is hardly a rod. of landupon 'which it has not set foot . Yet! purpose to indicate here another world. which has indeed been explored by a few, but i.gnorcd by many. It is not so V{~ry I'ong :ago that our geographers denied me e .. dstence of a goodly part of this world that they inhabited j rhe spacious concept of America. was once placed among the things at which to la ugh loudly.

So, too, it has been the case \l;rith the COml1.1CHl notion that whar we C1m at presen't see of man-his fleshly forrn-r,epresen1is all that he is and all that we Are ever. Hkdy to be. The worms wH1 hold high revel uver the sum total of oursel ves, and nor merely over . ur bodies, The notion is a nasty one, but J1hlny'~ if I o . most people, consider it a true one and regard the possibility of surviving death as, something to - be r ld iculcd, The)" shake their heads and profess that they ~'. nnot understand the .mys.tery of spirit, but ·they will r 'ndlly acceptmatter, whose ultimate nature is hard]y I 1nysller1ous. It is part of :n=.qr purpose to show that It ttl h pc rsons go wmng when they m:al~J~'; file mlseake

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of accepting the common condition of human menraliry as representing Itsultimate. It is true that there are slimy trails it'll man dark. wieh the crcepings cf stn.nge and, vile creatures But then there are also radiant places where the 'sou! swiftly takes win.gs. The psychoanalyst who looks only for the titst-finds them"

Thro~gho!.1t the verbal traditiom handed down by our earlier forefathers, and: sJ1inil:'lg through the literature. of the. world, far back as, the .nr:,u rude mannscri prs of Oriental peoples and c~p to the newest product of the prin ter's press of rhis yca.r of gf'ftce~ there bas. been a is trn.111ge yet recurring allusion to' ad'lodH.:r self within man, It does not matter what name was given 11:0 this mystcrions self, whether it be called soul or breath. spirit or ghost. There is, indeed, no 0 ther doctrine in the world whi·eh possesses so far-flung an ioxellectual ancesrry as this,

·qveJybody knows that there j,~ a fixed limit to the range. within whkbJ normal human eonsclonsness can function, Everybody does not know th:atthere have always been some intrepid humans who have p1ayed the Klllg Canute to their own minds-s-bidding the turbulent wa. yes of thought :!LOLl. back until. consciousness crossed the normal Hmlt and found itself in the free worlds of the spirit.

These statements of experience made by spirirual Seers throughout the ages must be faced. They are eirber the babblings of irresponsible Iueatics, or they ate words ,of sue h j mportance as to upset the presen'~ materialistic hasis Of our lif.e.

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I do not know ilia t it wHl avai l us mneh trying to trace out. the pa tern.h:y of this doctrine, for truth may arise in a multitude of heads all over the globe and none be its primal father save the mysterious Source whence ail thoug'ht takes its rise. 'We can sometimes learn truer lessons by studyit~g Nature than by studying book'S. A man once. sat and watcheda worm. bore a hole _through a piece of wood. This simple observation taught him the principle of borIng runnels, Today, because of this man's lnsight, trains fun under wide rivers and through mountain S of solid rock. . . .. So the first Seers, watching the wanderings of thought witbjn r:hC~I own rnij:ds; disc;overcd that t~h~r:e was something which came mto aetion when: rhinking mornen rarily stopped. That Something was the first fain. Intimation n,f the soul 'rhus the science of soul-discovery was born and the ancients began to reach men how to t now the tl:uth about themselves,

Ie almost e:v,c.ty pre-Christian civilisation this knewk'dge was communicated in various ways> in Sumeria, I~rtbylon, Chaldea, China, Persia, India. 1\f exico, among III ~ North .A merican Indians, the Central AII'ieriean f\Jayas and the ill-fated Azte<:~ j. by the Essenic frater.nity

III fmg the, jews and by the Gnostics of East .. !VIediterI ,I uean cities ..

\lrliicl the majestic ruins which strew the face of 1111 ~il Il't~day Greece there s rands ~ vast roofless strucIIII ~. n{ tumbling walls and bro ken columns, They are 11,1 r 1,):I'r js l·ft of the site where once the festivals of , III I, I· 'us inlan Mysteries were celebrated in pomp and I \"( renee under the :;egis of Athens. There. are few ! I II I V wh . II nderstsnd what went on 'behind the WAlls j ,I D II i MlflCllJ~:I;y" Inlrieriou into these Mysteries 'illi"as

I , Ilcd n .811 b jeer of high imp orrance .. anton g the

anciencs, though we moderns ha.,dly know w hat .~ t means, Men like Maeedonian Alexander and Roman julius Cesar did. not hesi tale to avail themselves of this sublime and unforgetrable experience; :;l!.nd emerged to (1iJlfulm0te consciously [he g:lre~t parts which destiny hfld allotted.them, suchwas '~he g[ai1!~.ell:i: of·t he knowledge which carne to them behind dosed and guutdtd doors.

When the epiphanles of the Greek Myste:des were concluded, the las I: words heard by the initiate were! 'Go iN 'peace t' A ad it is writren by' those who were thcmscl ves 1m dated thatever after he went hls \wy through life: with :.t soul at rest and mind serene. Itlidation was really nothing more rhan to enter into :OU1 awareness of what the cand i.d.are r:f::an~, was, It completed the make-up of man and anyone 'who had neeexperieneed it 'W'ls, :really but a half-man, Something; some 'broken fragments of what he learnt in those old temples I have put into this hook, but I have -attemp~edeo formulate these hO~I;I::y old truths ill h!'iJJ.gua;6;re which wIr] appeal to modern people, ~l2d to :a.pply [hem to practical llfe, 'rhe key 'to the whole problem of this aucieat IV[ystelf,y-In:..,rin.hti.Q11 was gi:ven by Plutarch when he ,,,rotc:: ~ A.t the moment of dleath the. soul experiences the S"JL:mc: nmpressions as those WJ];D 'fire initiated. into the great lI.fystc.riciSo;"

Schols rs acre likewise uncertain. as, to the real pUfpl21 U of the Gre"Jlt Pyramid, that vast build in.g whose IntedOJ1:mirrors the eternal quiet of the y,ellow deserts qf Egypt Because in J rs later day's the: fun.erary rites af the Plraraohs WCI~ celcbraeed t1li~e~t:hey ar.dwe at the mi staken bur na tural conclusion that this marvellous structure was planned by its builders as a. gigandc tomb" Itstrue pnrpQ<se was infiniteLy higher than 1:'11:a,t,

Here WQ:!:C bto~ght Cfin.d.ida,te'S tor the. mystic experience called initiation. an e~periC:Dlce wherein. thEy were enabled to ohtadn. 'frempomEY release ff'o,m the .limitn,. tions of the body and to contact this other self within man, :among other things. This, exp,e.del1:ce wa::8 brought about by external ,agency~ by means of the po'Werful help of dre high pdes:ts, of that time.

Go to the 'British Museum and yan will see a g)gantlc stoae t'igure; bronght there many y,e~u:i:l ago by a 'saiUng ship .from Eastee Isb:nd" .off ~~e c(j~s,t _ ~f Senath An1!erica, Examine the reverse side of this statue and you wi.1l see the clearly cut Hgute of a /Jtmdlod t'1'rJJJ. It is' idenrical with the Cross of Life. o,r Crux il.tl 3fa til , ::l10 often shown in. ancient E.gyptian represeneations as being c~o:iedl by their delties in, the,]r hands, and $0 often referred '00 as t1m key.to tlJe lv!yr#riaJ', This is: not: merely a coiacidence, bur a significant polnter to the. f~ct tha:tthe 1'14 ys:llery ini tiations vwete not unknown ai(:IDOSS the Arlantic.

'Jhere exists in. Central America a structure outwardl y similar to, but inwardly differenr from, the E.gypdan pyramid, w hich wa... ats?, used for .tdig~~~ rn rstk~l ceremonies, Themyster.lOll;s . events wh ieh took place in the o?,e werc_ du p~ i~.ted. ~ the ~othe,rj and whae occurred In the G reek E]euSlm:an 1 e.mple W~'6 not disslmiler in its ~es11.1M to the[e~u.~'~ of both, There were sieveD] gr.a.des: of .inldatio11., ,i:');a\tl]_mil:r,~;llt ~ be eandidates w ho succeeded in p:i!:ssing even the first ~ m,d anew wodd of hci:t:.ig tempoIRtilynpened to ~ ~ U':'J'11 and went back to the world acs cb:anged. men dnd. wom.elj" fur they had. tempcl!l.'arily touched their I; il.'kk nselves,

,0' TIm S:ECUT i:A'lH

If this inrerinr experience wa$, pessible in the twe:o.tieth oenll.liy lB. c, .it 15 also possible in. ehe twende~h cen.mry A.D. The Jm;dalJiftfltai nature of man has not changed during tbe interval, It is true however, that the. experience was easier fOIUDd. and more o.£ten attained in the earlier days beeause then life was more ~e1satdy and. less complkated,

Is this secret sell' nothing more than the wild fancy or vaguJt' chimera of a few but famous men about 'whom time and l"llS~OIY tell us r Has this ]O'l1g chain of ;spirl:eual tradition no Iinks that are made of S tronger s,1;]bstance than. superstition ? Yet these riddles which lbaffi.f! us must have harned 'Uabylon-to t"ilke a single example of an early civllisation-- too, If there were thinking men of dtat epoch who, arrived at some kind of a solution which agrees in es sence with th:a t w hkh was af.dved at by think.ing· men of India; China, Egypt, Greece and Rome, :it might be worth OUE while to .investigate that soluelon, Tile result of suchan .inv,estigadon will be either to strengtl1en eur peesent position md to weaken theirs, 01. to weaken out own dearly ,chJ:ris.hed be:liefs and to confirm the doctrines of tbiC- ancients, And. the om:y so,_U of Investigation whlch is of any use to this, inquiry is a practical -on.e,.

I have tak.en. the trouble to carry out such :l research, though not without some: d:iffiCulty~ and in the sequence have been eompelled eo testify that the' w.isdom o.f the andents lS not altngether a fww.ifUll thing. Indeed, ] have discovered th.at their doctrines", insreed otbcmg the: ~ roin~ge·.()if dreamers' heads, eoneain much in 'which we who live and warkin the bustling "World! may place credence,

The modem mind does, not care to resort ~·o dle

'E'UE M,YSnnUfiTJS· OVER:iw.F. J' I

famous thiok:ets of andquity to have its ptobletwl, solved. TheI'~by it misses 111.11ch. It ma,f be that the 'medit:atio,J1S of these $ftges of antiquity 'CIUl y.iekl,not a little fruit f.or the students., of moder.rUty. We may attempt to cut ourselves addft _ from the _ gr-eat philosophies of "the past" but, since they were ~as~d 011 the erernal prinelples upon which all '~e thin_~g mUlSt be besed, we shall be ferced to 1',etutn.. Philoslophy' fell from 'power when the: :ovet-mtellecroM. redl~,c~dl. it to mere disputatien; it will be reseored ~o its DghtIDl place when the over-sophlsticated souls of. to,day awake to the need of a. mote ealightened oucl.o.ok than d1!C present confused reaching caa :Ufo.rd.

There is something more .in man than is apparent fmm ordinary impresslons; 'J'h.e discoveries of ah= normal psych.olQgy thr(~W out Sttalnge. lU-:ts, , ~hotJjt I h is, and the never-ecding accounts of my.s:tlcal expe'I lence confirm it. W hat is this 'moreness' in man which causes him to hold :fine ldesls and to {OS-11M: g1ieat Ihougl:ltS? \What is this finer s,p.irlrual ]?tes{:ute ill his heali!: which B.tfullypu11s him away from a :nere1y , trthly existence, thus setting up constant ,5ttlfe beI ween the ange:f ftfid! the beast whic.~~ena~toil{ body?

W he n we moderns are told that Go d. is not a mere WI rd to be argued and debated about but a state of ,llllfi,S ·uonsness we can realise here and now :En the III !il we !MSe our eyebrow:!>; when some spi:dru,a]l I ~!' r lillied.}' tells us that there are Go,dI.-·.k.nowingmen II, ' l,lIf, among us now" we sjgnificandr t~:P out .fore .. II luI. \When, fu-rth:e.r.;, ;;re are aS5ured th~t we bear the III'II 1,1 ~ within OUI br.easts ~fid that divinity CO[lstitutc.s 1 lUi r rue sclfhood, we smile in a s"Upedo:l[ w,a,y.

, I I his i-s not theory nor is it sell.t:iu.1!el\t; it ]5 an !lUlU pl'Ilten:t fact to people who bave gone SQ'me

~ :z. 1'H:E SEiCJ:l..ET pJi.. l'H

way in spiritual percipiellcy,

, Before the calm Sphinx of ill truly s,pitltuaI teaching, the \lIlest stares b]mkly. It can make the most ama::;,;rng machines; it call build. ships of srtup'endOU5 si~e; ,it cantransform our homes with the wondelS, of wireless an~ lp~I]edl de-Ctfi.chr; yet' it G~O't do rhis simple thing=--]t cannot rI':N::e~ve-and undetstaild the meaning of life. The plain 'fa.tt is tn_at ca]~rnity has faUen,upoil1 us and we ha ve forgotten who. we are. We .eantsace QUI k~n to the 'al'i6" w:1d), a 'wealth of detail arid proof for dds miserable peclHgree. b~t we cannot remember our kindred with the; angel.

_We have been too content with .a11ncating the high pJaoes of :spitieu:aJity to the few- names of a fa:n:-Q'd' past, and wit~~ assig~L3.in:g the mu,d~y depths to humanity 111 gene.ral.. ~'e .foi,rget our owa divine nature. F'Of' we t0G can approSl,ch jesus, 'beC'lJFn'H;: BlUicldha:.-Ukeo[ win. the wisdom of ~ lJ].ato. Yerunless we believe this psssienately, we shall .:EerO$lln sunk to a status 1Il~:althe animals.

'BlJlt what thiirig dese thifIJ: D!lW.

Lo(llcing Godward" to cry, . ~r . [L ..

, -, , am '1 tilOIl ,~i: th.o~,

] am low', dtDU l:l:lrthigh?"

1 ,am tOOIl., whom thou !S~e.kc:s~ to :f1._nd hbu.

Find ilio'~ brut (hyseLf. thou :Ilrt I.

-0 mry SOfl.8. O~M du~i:flil Towards God fli~tr)f me, Was not I ei1'Olug;hb€a_l!Hiful? 'WaSii t hard to be fil1;;::e f

Fof' behold, 1 am wlt}t:y,oy and. 1.£1 -you. :;lind of yQU-~ 1r;Jitlk fortH iIIOW, and. s,t'x.'

H~rt~l1) by A:LGE:i!"..li'O!{ C. SWWiiElUJilm..

There M,e these who, will exp,.ress disdein lltdris egc-eentrlc pbiloisophy. Then ] shall :In,$,W'ei!\ not with my own WQ,tilsJbut with. the inspired announcement ,of the Ge.rman seer, Eckhardt, ~Ga:1 it at tl;c.' centre tf mt1J1/

Does one: bl-a:spherne <1:WUllstGod In thus dery]ng the self? Onl.y the frup·e:rfidaJ can make this accusation. For. the true soul of man 13 Divinity'; there can. be no blasphemy in such an attitude,

We have neady fOfgotten the existence: ·of the 5pititllid. self~ though, the sd(~ In it5, lQ,ng-waitin,g vig11~

will .:iJJCv'et £'oIge:t luS. .

\Why has. -man possessed the: :Il1e.lig~.olls y'eaming;?

Because we love ourselves, beeause we uneenscicusly yea:t_(!i, for union with our true selves.

Thehumm .Iaeep ossesses a~. ;lige which de.li,e,s ~tlnngm-itioft. Countless .f1g:u.Ees 'of mf:XlJ women -;u1Ld f'h ild [en have app.ealloo upon this turning planet j luo~gh XOll$ of time, and having played theiJr: parts ru~em to have sunk down to eternal s.[eep'. 'The keenest 111'1 c i leers of OJ!llC rlmeare busy g:1otbering ehe -materials I It by the races of yesterday. the upheaval vestiges o£ ! ~ 1(' iel1i'~ civiHsations and the secrets of a caw.d ysmk 'II~ LI 'f I yet the Seer must smile :at their admirable but 11,1 ! i I, H~ t i.e e(fQ:t~ to take inte11.ectua[- toU of ancestq IN ~Ikh i~ i.n£itll.tely outstldd;"!;ed, It) -~he _pfctutesque ~~ ~ ill h. of S111picius to Cicero: '~M things are being 1 ~ Ilr I l,p i ~~J.tt:d, by the relentless decree of af1L~m ~ III'I! r ,. h 1,(; Fa~e ckl,wn 'the yawning throat of everlaating Ijll'I'l.!Ic--ln,"

'4, Trt:B S!:C!Rm' ,P:&m

If we. follow the seers and.ffing the reoa;s aside, peeting in~o the dimmes,t regionsoi Pl'd'iiS tone antlq~'ty~we reach '3:, period when man entirdy droippe.d hls body of flesh and. inhabited an, eJectoo-'IDagmruc fonn, a, rad:hmt body 'of ether'. Fanh"ef back there W:aS a. change in, his irulet nam,re,and he dropped oW rul pa5si~sm~, personal, emotioas entirely, aU feelings or d'e$u;es, like feu. anger':I hatted~ Iustand the, Ilke. Bu,t thoughts stillpJ.a:yed in his: eonsclousnese, still uoSle like waves uponthe s!lnace of his: min,~ and.still connected . themselves with h1S pt'sO'l1ai life+ ,.A.nd., eo ~e ,trace: him back 1:0 a time when even thoughts, wok th~K _e~lt ~d:wh~ the~ece$sity of d~~g in a aequeatial log]ca1 m.a11!fl~r ill. DIdier 'to 0 bta!:l1,IL:r.nde:rstanding, ~s;appeat'(id. Not ONY did he no. longerneed the re~aruhg facmR:yj bur Ie even became ahindtll-llLOO to him, POor man had now reaehed the ,:naked condition

of pure Se]fhoocl, .

The :v hole matter. .migh~ perh-a~s be pll~ more plainly by saymgthaJf; the hurrUU"JJ race, in the coarse of its long hls~oty~ has superimposed a second. SIe]f upon the $fidividiu,ad ntat!.u~-e with w.hich each man began. This eecond 'serJf is.IJ!5WlUy called ~hepersOfi and eameinte OO:ing t]tttougb a umonof spirit and matter~ through a cO,mn::ttngling o£pltttides of consciousness ruca'\VD from. the ever-eonscloas zeal s-clIwlth. pat'tides~f uecoascious mattoe:r dtawn. iI.om the body. 'This second (IDe! ]ater:se]f' is the one weeseh of us, k!lQ.W~1 mIG persoeal self~ but the first and. real selle whi~''""

~. ~

,ex£s:~ed b-efof!e drinking and desirmg appeal"ed withilL.

the being 'Of man", is: the one which few of 'us' know I wrulCh Is . subtleand no~ 30 apI?~eD.t because: it mak:e~ VJ)S all partake of the n~run: ,of'divinity., It lives dWtty:5 over QUI heads, an sngelic thing of UWl1l.:igEf18iJhie

grodeut and mysterious s,llJ.blbhl.tYjj Md. th~efo:te ] call it the OfMr.re:lj.

Back of the mao we see lives another man 'whom we do .!Oot see, Back of this body of flesh is a st8i.:r.ty'· and. sublirne ccnsciousness ..

This doerrine of "the 'true self inman Is, e:s:piCessed 'beautifully by one ,of India's :and.ent seers i ~ Unseen but seeing, unheard but heal'ing,.. unperoeived but perceiving, unknown but knowing. . . . llis .is thy Sclt, the .rulie:n: witb1n., the immor-t~J/

The materhHst never tires ofwl]ing' 'us how "foolish the pale visionarr is for "trying to. eateh clouds; and the Overself, slttin,g In the heart of the' taunter, smiles tolerantly at ill his logical 'twaddle.

We live eur true Jives ill the depths of our hearts, not In. tlte sru.per.nda,l. mask of pe1:sonility W'm.ch we show the world. The livmg inhabitMlt is' more imp orrant than the stone house.

'Walt 'Whitman, ~ha.t bIm{ and enthusiastic Yankee; rhymeless peer, saw the troth in his hil.f~confU:SiedJ. manner, 'a.Jld expressed :it ci'[QS in Ua1lCf oj Grid]!~'

"I sw~;ar. 1: begjf!l. ~o see th~ m~g of ehese ili.i:n~"

It i;3; !lOil: the eartb, it j$ .iil!Jit Am~ria, who' j:s lSog~t:3l;f: .. 'It is ][ who. 9:!'tl g:re:lt moo he glleat" , , ,

[J I1de:t:ll~th ~u.. .indit'id~~31s'.

'~ ,~Weil!r fKH:bing Is goodm me n{)'W t:bet ]gIllO.f1:-'!i .lndiv'idUlilb,,!! •

T:!:1<i;; w'hoJetb~oir1o£ the univeese is ,~_tcd uflC1:I.iLlglr t-O oile.

H,ir.ilgle lm;"livkl:l!1al-·,=n:i!!rn.e~y to 'Y eu,'

'''1 I et)~ ld 1!11l1,g ~u.di g:rande.urs mG. glo.ri~ :ioo1.lt you I

'(I,m ~ Ilive nQIt known 'what y~!l ate, YoU! have !Srlllmh~d UpOiilL

]I·oursel£ d your life,

'The .ttiot::.ktri~:5, 3:JI:ii1j. 'not you.

Underneath them aoow·]tJ:rio them] see you lur.k. Whoev:ett: YOIl a:l!e, claim fOUL!; !}\V.Il.'

There are memorable moments: in O1lIr lives when we rc.c-ei.ve from the Oveeself'hints 'of a higher existence possible to man, At such times our house of life is uo.s.huttetr,ed and slender Jta.ys of dawn enter in. '1)7e know then (hat the soul's dreams can come true, that Love and Truth 'and Happiness ate indeed our birthtight~ but, alas! the brief hour .passes and with It our .faith. A:i:"e they then to be of no worth toua. thoee shining 111 pseSl . into a d iviner e~jst,ence? Let t-hei1l ~·taodl 'as "pillars of cloud by day I pillars or fire by nl$itr:> to, guide us through the wilderness of' modern times,

These frun.t and impalpable intui rions which come 1:-0 a man in. his sanest moments are half-beard. whispers of this gr,eatet Self of his. The spiritual call ]5 forever trying to. voice itself j~:he h~art of mank~dj b~t ~e diD not listen, The spu:nu:al impulses which anse tn the hearts of OUI best men, are themselves the best token of 9. higher poasibility for therace •..

Man, as, be really ]S~ andss he eternally bas been and shall be, is 'a spirimal being. Life in the physical. body does not detract from the truth of this statement The material senses hold man under a hypnotic glamour and, realenough i? their' OW? way" '~lJse him to 'Confound histrue self with them, Heaven lies about 'US, not onl:r dU'dJlg the innocent days, of infa!l.'cy, but. every moment of existence, yet we know it not. A. few are ~;O close to this trurb that they ate unconsciouslywai dug foi' the miraculous moment of re:oo'g~

nition. They have but to 'b e tend of it .in the right way and hope wm Rash up in their souls. That hope 15 the silent voice of the Overself

It is somewhat ironical that man's 'V"eIY sclf~hls true nature=has became a secret in. these. days.

Man walks along the dusty roads of life like that seeker of old time who spent the years wandering through fcrelgn Iands in .q uesr of a rare treasure of w hich he had. heard, whilst. all the ti me be himself was being sought fun: as the heir to a great fortune, \Wrapped in the folds of OiU own nature hides a mire jewel, though we know it not. None has yet dared to set ·a price 'lIlpon it, nor will an.y ever dareto do so, for .:i.ts value is beyond ali things of known worth.

""iJi7e must ·try; then, to trace out the Overself to run down the gamut of our inner workings til! we can get 110 farther, Then we shall realise that body and. Intellect 1\ I'C not our be-all, but that the Overself is the w.i mess of both, the source of complete peace" perfect intelligence and absolute Immortality.

\V,e of this. prsetical century hs ve little confidence i n abstract proposltioas. \Y/e are always dubious about I h01.1ghts which c:u.ry us away from the concrete world. \Vle distrust and. deprecate rheoretical systems 'I.d ilch rake their start out of the air,

T he question will be asked: 'Do you possess any ,.r.Lc·tical: method wberebjr we may attaln this selfI nil wlcdge which you. praise &0 muc.h? Or. is yours 111111 " speculative doctrine which may make a nice IIII ~ rmnent to the fa-s:adc of metaphysies but is without IIIII i ty . 0 men who work, live, love, and sder? Is it III! :t drciilJmy fancy which cannot hold. out against

1111 ~ Il im acruali ries of mode x: 11, city life?l

\utl so, without any more ado) I shall place befo.re

the reaaera description of the way o,i Inveseigatioa which he, too, may follow jf he cates and which, carried tO, 1:11 successful issue, will il1l$\li'eI convincingly the perplexing questions that troubled .my head once and rna Y [HJW trcllible his i

CHAPTER IV

T HE S,oyelI',~gnty of nature has, been sllotted eo the

silent: forces, The moon makes not the faintest echo of a. noise, yet it draws milllona .of tons of tidal waters to and fro at. its bidding. We. do not heae the sun lise Dot 'the planets set. So; too" the dawning of the greru~5tm.omcnt In ::3.. man's life comes quiletlY:l with none to herald it to the world In that stillness alone is bot-;[l ,the knowledge of the o Vet S elf. The gliding of the mind's boat into the lagoon of the spirit is fl·u! gen.t1est dung I know; it is more: hushed than II he fall of even tide.

Only in deep s:ilencema.y we hear the voice 0.£ the : Ui.'ll j, ~u:gwnent: but beclouds it 'and too much speech

I ,t )PS its a.ppearance I, When you have caught your fish V' 11 may share I t, but while you are angling for it r lilt breaks the spell and frighteM the fish a.way, If w. 'QuId occupy ourselves less with the actb.dties of Illt-' huynx and more with the facti viries of the deeper IIII II i ~ We might aujve. at something worth saying:. , 'll( r l'll is an adjunct, not an obligation. T~ ~. is the 1~llunr" duty of man.

I h, [c. ches us sHentIy 'while men utteI the1t Instrecd! HI In loud voices,

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I~. 1 ~ .1!1 e-trove of the real self is within. US; but

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it can be lifted only when the mind .. 1S '5;011.

Wotds hint atthis Rea]by~ but they do not, cannot, explain it, Tru th is .:1, stare of being, not a set of words, The cleverest argllJtIlextt is no ;substitute for P erso mil realisation. We must experiment if we ate to experience. The word 'God' is mearun.gress to me unless I em contact the: A bsolute wi'tbin- myself;, then omy can I pla.c-e it in. nil' vocabulary.

A little practice goes a lang way, . .A scoee of Iectures will not makeplain to the ·s,cepti,cal senses, _a huridred books csanor reveal to the inner sIght what is ells", covered by 1l11JD'Se who faIthfully and .I\CSQhucly 9JtEmpt the method €Inclined ia these pages,.

The so-called scientific. Md. philosophic proofs of the Spl:dtual R,eality prove nothiRg at all. The Getman· phHosophet Kant: showed long ago that the reason. cannot gmsp this Reality. Hence all our 'proofs' :l.me merepili_tJ;g-up of WoOEd:;, It Is equalJ;y as easy to disprove this Rft~li~y on the sm:::n.gth gf another set of evidences, or by tl:lf:: force (.l.f an. epposing g;t~up' of an:guments, as it is 1:·0 '~pl:'ove; it"

Soitl'lething oi a thrill passed through the learned wcrld when Einstein announced hjs discovery of the curvature or ,a my of llghr p~ssmg near the: sun, ,This: obset"V'aJion ·was to establish his theory' of Relativ1.~~, but at the time we 'JU thought it fi'Ilgb:~ lead w,mud,l, more than that. \Y/e thought that with a little ,more f(\se:uch. Along the S19!me lines, and 'Jl Iittle more 8pecul~~i'Qn :a:h,.Qut the results of that :resealclt the: eKhrtenoe of God might be brought within thelluge f)f scientific prcof, Alas! th;a,t eaget anticipatioa, wmc;h filled so many minds and rcuched so' .many P'i'ollSl, hearts, has.rec:ed.ed somewhar dll.:uing the yeara, Sciellce can still deliverno i;e:rtUo verdkt on this ~~Stl.OO!,

'the greatest preblems ofindividiuai existence, me supreme gju.c:iltlom which ha llIfitrhe Hie of every eemcst man, cannot be 001 ved within the few inches which confinethe human brain, But satJs:fjring' ::.tn.8Wers forthem are waiting fOI us in the limitlessImerior of OUE being, .m. the divine substance of out hidden nature .. Fer the brain can answer ordy with barren words; wbereasthe spirit 'aCSiWe-I5 with theravishi£lg experience of inrernal Illumination, Whoev·er will e:a:.tn.estly put into .regalar· practice the mystical concentration explained in this book. will receive increas-

_ , '., 1... f n "s divini b hi

In.g confirmation ofthe rrurn o man.a '.' ~vmity 1. Y . . s

own fi[s,t-hand experience. Books and bibles will begirt to 10;'1;( their 'authority as he begills to find h]s own.

God is His own. best interpreeer, Find the god in YOllr own. b.eartal1d you will ucderstead by direct; intuition vihat ail the gEe-at teachers, real mystics ~ true philosophers snd inspired. men have been tIying to tell Y·(fU by the tnrtuoes method of!Ll:sing words"

You. cannot show mv intellect thffit God, the Absolute, the Spirit-call it 'as you please-exists; but yon can shew this to be my changing .rr:ry consicousnesa

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'll~~'t1~. Jot can partrcipate ill t '. e consetousness O~ ~1[~e··· 0 ~ .

within me,

There is one. way only toO eff.e.oet this change and at t he same time .diseover who we really are, That way j~ ,to pass from the outer to the inner, {tom bcing busy wjth a multitude of external activi des to being busy with a single in t~f;oal aceiv jty oJ the mind.

St. Angusdne sQIHoqulses; thu:'l:,'l~ Lord" w~t w:I!nde:d:ng like a. sua red sk,eep, seeking Thee with unxlous reasoning 'Without. ,whilst thou wast ~lth~in me: ., . ] 'Went round thes:treets: and $q nares of the dty of tru:s world seddngt'h:ee;, and I f01!lndth.ce.e not,

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because m. vain I sought without rot him, who was within my:u~Jf.)

(W'e must throw the pl!ummet of m ind.into the d.eptl1s of self. The deeper it fills the richer will he rhe tICM'UI~ we sball recover from that calm Sargossan sea. Consciousness m.1;l.St 'be pivoted at the inmost pClifi~ of one's being. E.g,.c:n .m3.G has a, private door openlfig on. to the eternal brightaess, If be will not press md pus.h it open, his dar:kness is, self-doomed,

If YOll want proof of 'Y'Q'~[ divirriry listen m to YOUi:.' C?vet~elf; f,?t dlat proof is within you.. Take a little' 11Ule out of your; leisure to sHut out the tumultuous distractions of the world and enter into a short seclusion; then listen with patience and. attention to the reports of your own. ~mjlld in the manner which I shall shoJ:tly expl'ain, Repeat this praetice 'e'V[ety day) "a~d 'one day th[,t proof will suddenly visitvour solitude. And with it will come it. g1odous. fiee,do:m when the b?r-dens ?,f man-made theologies or man-made sceptiersms will go, out from you, Learn to touch yOU! Overself-s-and you. will. .neve:!: again be drawn into those futile circles where men raise the dust of rheolo,glean argument or rnake 'the noise [0[ intellectual debate, In this way you will 6nilIy settle the question f?[ yo~se1f~ .fndependently of'what any book may say abou.~ ~~'! no ~aue~(_ ho'i~' 8acre,~" o~. secular i~ be') .

Some people call this medrtanon and .~nd:ee.d the

~ofd .: is as gocd ,~s M1Y'~. except tha.t I propose tel des,erihe. a method of me d ita don. which cllifen in its bask p,rindple nom most of the. methods, which have been repeeted t.o me, and which might 'be rncre

ap.pli:oprlat:e-ly called lnentaiqJl:itt. .

'EThe ouly way to ilindetstand the meaning of mediration is. to practise it, 'Four thousand V'QlJ:u:n.es _

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metsphysics will not tea:ch us what the soul is; ,

eaclaimed Voltaire,) ..

{Io\ike. ID'OSt things that are. worth VI hile, me results of medlm:adon rare not arrived at except with labour and difficu1ty~ 'but to .those who practise ·aright they shall s,u.rely.' he reached, \~r:e begin by 'fitfulexperime!lt; andW0 end by divine experience. We p't'ay with medi tation 'and tty to, contemplate, but, a dawn win ?n~ d91:y arise wh~ o~r minds shall s:teelp themselves in the endless beatitude of the OveJLS elf. ,

:rvled±t·atio.n is almost a lost art in the West.. Few practise Itand even among these fewer s till understand v;hat t:h~y are do.ing; The habit of setti.ng aside ill little. t1~e each,day ~o:r daily meditation, fur daily Glliet,efling 0_[ the mind, 1S today noticeably conspicuous by its absence from the .life ~f\"\lf'c3te:rn. peoples. The. hypnotic p'owe!~f external existence dings, to OlU' minds as a leech. chngs to human flesh. The un willlng conscious !le~ will ~rjng dQoz~s of good excuses against starting ~ hUI[ practice or agaWl.st continuing it uter it has been . tarted, (The personality finds, it dull, empty or too ;11 u~h~ of a s::r~in. The lnjt.ialbatde of o'y,eIcorning i::he hrain's 1Jlflwil~.lftgn.c.'!'l:S to come t!o rest is perbaps the h~~~d:st, but It must be fought Yet it isa habit of V:IHll H:nP'~litan-ce whose benefit, when practised, cannot

~'t! _ ~o' hlg. hl1 .[e.x .. a.~.:_.,getated; but whose neglect leads r[1 worry and woe.J

Beyond ~'h~ cornreoaplace ufvidities ,of the daily mund, there IS a :ftne[' and fair-ell existence,

I' hl\'v[e'ver milch we may resist this, diviner claim

Uj1r1fiU:S du,ring the day',;. we ale on-able to resist l U n i?g to the inner self. durin.g deep dreamless It [(1. The n 'we ar-e '03. ptused by the soul ,; d1:enwe II *i t y re otiit. in out awn nature, albeit unconscicusly, It

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is an arresting thought) this, and a. hint of high philosophic truth.

But how can a people enslaved by the trials and tum ults of rna t eri a] life become aware of this wonderful U::Udi? Therefore it is that those 'Who ate wise take up the dairy l? ractice of ,calining the mind 'and wi thdJ:l wIng it into, the deep a biding peace thst lies hidden within us,

,~Gcncrru Gordon regularly set one hour aside every morning for his spi .i.tuill devotions; how much inspiration fOI his sold1erly'a.ct.i vitles, how much strength and courage, did. he not draw from this wise practice?

'\V Illlam T. Stead, fam01L1S newspaper editor and :figbre:r £01' the octcssr, once spent three months in prison because he dared to publish the truth, He declared in after: yean that these were the most profitable months of his, life, ~ t was the first time in ,my life that I had. had. time to sit down and. think" to' sit down and j11l(l "(JSf/f,j he said afterwards.

Thomas A. Edison, w hose nsme will alwa ys be starred on the world's list of great ii1ven,t,Q~; developed through repeated habit. the abiUty to .telax in rhe rnidst of hls work and throw himself i:n to Ii meditatJv,(l condition 'which bren ght him. the solution of many of his ,perp1e,dn.g problems. He ecce Hid: <The hours which] have spent alone with Mr. Edison ha,v.: e .brought m~; t~c: real bi~ rerur?" of my life; 'to i:t I arrribuce all I hsve accomplished, .•

\Y/ e give no thought to the inner life" W:e ay t~ persuade ourselves that we' have not a hill.lf~bnur to, s,pend 'sitting by the quiet well of Truth, A mom~t of mental quiet is looked upon' as a moment """a8ted. Hence, the masses aE'C not wiseil: for their multitude ~f days.

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The modern world believes it has 110 use foe such a thing Q;S medi ration, which too often is condemned as ~, mere abstraction, }\ nd the modern wo.rld is :.0.01:: altogethex' wxong om: altogether ri'ghtin its usual ::Itti rnde; Historv "bows how religion, to take one example, has produced a number of meditative visionarks who in vi ted others Ito enter with them into the. domain of sheer sdf-ddusion, and to wander ]nto the realm of puerile fancies. ,]t is, such misguided pet"s~us who have been responsible for the common nonon that spirirn:ilL seers are men, who stand ga.'l.rng into the hea yens l exploring wi th their mental eyes dim cloudlands of fI.'O i nreres tand of no use to saner morrals, They are the 'Sham myst-ic~ who live In fanrastie worlds of their 0''\\:l1: what they need is a hard bump il.gallt5t rcalirv,

Bu~ historv also tells, ll!S of a band of seers who take hi g,11er rank, 'They were men o[ spotless character and exceptio rial chari ty, Their common ch~actcris.ti~ w~ I ha t they had passed through til €Xper.lence wIuch.. Hii': u:p their minds wi til nntella Me Illumina tion :m.ill which bcsrowed ecstatic happiness 'These were ,the: true: mystics, if 'you like, Theie statements, w~lch 'W'C[.e:

Ii h ra sed j n all humility I revealed that th'cy had pCJle~ 1 r.ucd to the inmost reglons of mac's heart; they had

,j me into that deeper place where the soul abides; I LJ they had discovered at last t he diviner nature of ,1M n, w hich remains untouched and unfallen though I !'nK mented i[], frail, flesh. It is not fi15F purpOlSe to list I 1 vir names, but the books of Evdyn Uode.d'lill and :1 h:::trl ~figc give a .good jdea of the mosr Important I I'm"':. 'within the Christian fold,

The world's mind. is roo' apt ito become h}PflOt's~d ill::l m ueri .. l environmenr. For tl1l1iny persons, the

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spiritual life hasbecome a mere ,myth, It is 'll strange snd sad thing tl1at while out leadmg: scientists ftfld. fiillest intellects are returning towards ~, more spiritual . iuteI:p1':etatiol1 of the 'universe and of life, the: masses have surlk deeper imo the gros,s materialism which the fitst fumbling researches of science appeared to Justify.

So we ought to be somewhat gmtef'ul to those seers who, ventured into umrodderr fields Ito bring back report of the diviner life which is possible to mail. Trlle vision is ::r tremendous experience, Dot a set of theories, No man '\vho ha,s lfv.ed "thwugb even a ternpenry spftim:a1 experience is ever likely to :forget it, His days wi H be haunted 'Until he sets out to seek wa fS and means of repeating it,

I have no complicated system to formulate in these pages,. I p.ropOcse only to teach ~ simple technique for becoming aware of the fuighest in ourselves "(No rnerhed of meditation can be e-asy in Itself, 'because the praetice connotes tholl.ght-oo;ntroI" rb~n, whidl few t11E'ngs are hardier in this woddJ Ye;t a rnethod of meditation can, how~tver; be simple, It need not be complicated lby tortuous p:ahtphernali~a.) nor tfed up with a mind-beclouding ~argon..

. Various SystC'IDS of' mcditasion had been E:iliL); ghn, different patb s of Yoga ha ve been chal ked om .11) b.dI!b, ancient and modern ti IDCS" The technique fOI attaining se1£-k.flowledge, which is propounded here, howeve..r~ cannot he brought easily into any of these exisdng clessifiearione, This Ar~ of Interrogatlve Sdf-Ref]ecuofi stands alone in, its aimplicity, un:D:queness~ originality snd powet:; al though it narurall y has several poin [8 of

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con ract with rbe other sys.tem:!JjI I do not .claim that it o&ers a quicker and safer means of attaining spiritual self~know.1.edlgre than most of the paths I know, The various bffil!1ches of Yoga, that profound but oornplicsted Indian waY', are cxoeUen.t. when considered ,in. relation 00 the. people and epoch to whomthey we-teo given, but when considered in relation to the \Veste.:rIl races and modern meeds, they 0 bviously prove too impracticable except fof. a few.,

This inquiry into the true self is the simplest system of meditation 1 know" and the,re£oru the lUGS'1\: '5w)teOl Ito the busy man of' the present age. It 15, quickerto grasp and simpler to practise than the ,c.omplicated Yoga sys'tems of the East. It mayadvantageously he practi sed by anyone who cares to ascertain the truth about his own nature,

(\"hen you have awakend in the mo:.rning: and bathedj I he first dUt'y-:a/ndl "u:su:aUy the most neglected Qll.'e:t'onft:onting you is, to 'plug ln' to YOUi[' true self Yet umst people make it their first duty to think of their I resent troubles, the work in. hand Or' the persons d1ey u I . soon to meet. Their acti vities and their 'pf'oblems d I' I1Is[ in their thoughts, instead of obtaining tt:iat

, I' I., rn which should. inspire all their activities and ul\·,c all their problems. When J esus said: 'Seek ya j II, I j he k ingdom of heaven, and.' an these things shall II ~ klc 1 unto you,' He ga,"'e us not only a. general " II ~; I hu t also 'R, particular Of) e.

I ~ useof the words ?'this dal in the Lord's P.iLayer II I NII~~lliI1,c..·'!H1rr. indication that He advised His, ~Uowets, III p ,L~' 011" meditate in the manning. There exIst deep l ~ 1 III i 1'1 '~' ical l:casol~s for th is ~~~d I X.Ve. ~a:n sle;t the I I 1 IIII ~ r I." 1ft he entire da }r's :actWI t res b:r the at.tJtJld~

.1"110 d "'ul'illg the fir!li~ hour after wtLking from sleep,

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tau on will .natutally lead to 'advancement in the art, In other words, a-s. you contlnue the method less and Je58 effort will he needed to p.l'od1!lce the same result. ~.m:-es s depend:;; Ut!2_fl, 'erac:tice.

Meditation rwill EE.oduc.e most I,est:!lt:s by being :I'e~1l1:lr eve,!? dar. rather than in fits and starts, because -iris sO!:nethlng that g£ad.ually ~soaks in' by lCepeated daily efforts"

The dally practice of mental quiet must be done a8 r,egularly as eating. Hahit rules our lives. The man who has learnt the 'secret of creating habits is able tog con trol that which controls ] i£e, And the best habir a man can make is ,t bat of medita,uoo) 1 would not oru,y emp hasise but over-emphasise the sstonishlng value and urgent necessity of this habit. You will fuld in rime that the d.aily period or mental quiet win become . looked-for joy, Instead Qfa dj:scipli;nat'y duty, as it might seem at .first~ and you will allow nothing :[0 iil1~erfe:re with it

(nile next point to observe is that certain physic-

I. ~~i al and ps ychological conditions sre advisable if urrcss is to be attained with less dlBicJuJty. An easy 11111 ly-posture assists to put the mind. at ease. A body III Iii, comfort tends ro make the mind uneasy.

l'hyslcal stillness is the Eirs,t gat:ew'oi!Y to mental

II 1111 t'SS. A comfortable and eon .... enient posture of the I ~ III ~r n,;·us the mind. and enables one [0 begin the task '- ,I, i j lul raw ing' wi thin oneself 'GO' 1:0 the same ql,liet II ! r 1'0 run ,every day', Q.c,cupy the same chair or sir

II t ~al arne bed eachtime, Sit u prl,ght and do not III WI )"our back, Thus the body learns to respond

The actlvitles and desires of the day have not then 'begun 'to disturb the mind.

If we seek the kingdom first thing every morning, -and sacrifice a little time for: its sake. our. work wil i not suffer and. our problems will, not be neglected, But there by we crea te a current ,0£ spiritual wisdom and su:en,gth which will flow beneath. the whole of the' day'-S activities and thoughts, Whatever we do will be done correctly, whatever decision \ve must reach will be 'the ijght one because it will be the frult of calmer, deeper thought. Those who think it foUl' to attend to our splritual attitude before we have 'flttended to OiJJi wordl y concerns put second things fin t and :~i1'$t tbin§$ second, For them, as rhe Hindu scripture puts it: 'There is peace neither in this world nor [he next.'

\)i7hctherwle give five minutes or five hours to this practice of life-inspiring, it never fails to produce remarkable rewards in the long run, Is knot worth at quarter to half an hour a. day to find mental PQi5e and the consciousness of inner mas itf~ry r

This matter of JH':lilctising'ro,editatio.il feu: ten minutes to half an hour once OJ: twlcea da., is mere! y one of ha bit, since a pets on gradually becomes aecus tomed to it as a "part of his, normal life. The second fortttight will be slightly easier; the thitcl easier still, until in time, you master [he art, Even the l)'LlS:Y man of afIa1rs can £t it into his programme 50 that it becomes 9:~ natural 'a,s ha Yin g h is meal, Cre'l1!te 'lihe liable, s'ucik t1;lo it ,a~d wi th~-ut doubt it will begin to make its va~u€ [cit m conscious progres s,

Spiritual unfoldment is not to be the hapha~~13d thing it so often is among us, but :1 steady and serious etto'tt'. An ordered and regular dajly pracrice in medi-

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itlf:tnm:at.iCfl]1yuntil it becomes non-resistant [0 the in.vadmg influence 'Of the Soul,

Medi'cation is. e~sie:t to perform and will bear a· better fruit when right c011d lrions are conformed to. OlOQiSe a time when you will not he diemrbed, 'whe-n things around you ate quiet, when the stomach and digestive otgmns ate at rest, when the body feels comfortable, when the weather is not stormy, 'f£ it is also possible, £ll your best room with -H'Qlwerl!: and. incense. Put only ennobling and. colourful picturea upon its walls, Let those. fout: walls prove $I;, holy of belies to help you dwell awhile with diviner things, and try to keep that roorn Em your OWh personal use, so fa::r: as, that CWl be done" a place '\~'herejll to meditate and pray and to 5tlldy the' things .of the spit-it. Before IC1Ing it will.begin to b f;U the invisible impress of the di viner life so that as SOO'll as vou step into it the cares and worries of wordly existence will fall from you, ..t\.:nynow, choose a place wbere you can remain in uninterrupted seelusion, where there is no noise, where animals and insects cannot irritate you and where you [eel. harm 0-' ,nio:u:8 and at peace, If yo'u cannot get all theseeonditlons, then get as much 'Of them as: yOUi can,

11'1e first rule then is to mark otF a smallHx,ed fi:ag±:uent o{ YOUI da.iAy life, 'Wh:~11 you can l'il.eyote yourself untroubled and undisturbed to the practice of the aecc5s,ary' exerci ses,

You may begin. with. ten minutes, but you will try to extend the period to .a, half-hour as soon as, you feel that it can be. done Wl~out undue swJJ7l) I-~~U an hour per dcay is 1<1 Jo.ng urnc for the a:v·crage Wes~€ru man to spend in rnedftarioa, and it is not l1!!dvisll.b1.e t-Q attempt a lengf h ie:r period except .9~¢;~_13 " ll(.f'fisi~n of a competent teacher.

THE paAC"I"lc;e OF" M.ENl'AL QII1ET 7 I

, ~, ha v~ sugge.S~ed that th~. morning be ch.~l5en., ~tU.t It is qUlte possible that circumstances exrst whi,ch debar this time, In that case, the flI£:Xt best time is sunset, £01:' then th.e mind can return more quickly to its interior quiet than.jt is able to do during the activity of the daytime, There is a mysterious 'qualit~" in twilight which links 1 t with 'the great ~p_jrituaJ currents thqt N~tu:re releases in regular rhythm .. b

tJf the early evening is out of the question then an altc01ative time would be l ust before retiring to rest aJ night. Fai ~ing these three 'times, you must then avail. yourself of whatever half .. houryou can steal from the Clail if schedule')

The .fragment of time whkh you have marked .off for this higher pur.pose is to be. used. in a, manner which completdy detaches it from the (Dther activities of the clay. Instead of busying ymll.'Scl£ with something that draws and fastens yoa,[' !attention upon external matters, ym.:JI wiU try ro Jet go. of such matters and of orher persons, to put them aside for the time hei n.g as thou.g'h they never even existed, and tor rule your thoughts and feeImgs wirrh the ideal of ]uner calm :18 yout goal. Hitherto you .m.ay have given all your ~tl[ tention to the world without, The man who would understand himself must :te\lI'e:r:se this pWees!S and I 'I jrdica.lly diveet that illttCfiUOl1 to explorethe world w~lhin"

I lie who would attempt to know' his Overself mnst I,! ~ I n to term re into his mind es a tortolsc retires into u, Hhc,IL The 'SItte:o.tw-n -wlrich has, hitherto been dis- 1'1 .Ii eel 'tUI a succession 0.£ external 0 hj.ects must now II f nccntrated on a. single internal fualll'S.,

( I' hoe I,atb of concentration is simple to cJeslcr4be, but I I 11'1 nit h:J practise. All you have to de is but to abs tract

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your mind from all other thoughts save this one line of reflection which you. set down as the subject of yOUl" coneentration-s-hut try i'rJ

Thought conrrol Is hard to a t1lain, Its difficulty w II! astonish you. The brain wi11 rise in mutiny. Like the sea the. hW113.U mind 1:S ceaselessly active. Em It ,((In

be don,e) ..'

'A.t r}ie' C~JlUC' of our being d wells this wonderful

Self, btl t to teach it we must ell t a channel through all the thought-debtisV-Thidl ·rings it in and which forces us to pay unceasing attention to the material wo.dd as the only I'eaUty'~

'We like to turn lnvta:mcls and let the: mind rest hI: irself-> not in tale physical sense WQ dd-about as. much as;.ve like to hear the morning alarm dock .

. ~ e modernshave begun to bridle Nature , but we have not Ieamr yet how to brid le ourselvea Thoughts hunt and har.ry us. .i n. endless p~cks; thiEF torme-nt us ,out of sl'eep at. night. and fasten freely upon us throughon t. the day. If W'C could but lean) the secret of their control and seppression, we could then enter upon a ma:rv-cl.]oillul repose, a pea·a:.": similar to th'a,t which Paul described aspassing understanding.)

(For the five senses cling to the material world Ilke glue; they" ye.arn for contacts with jt hi the forms. of dl~ngB, people, books, amusemeets, tta"'ird, and aetivities of every kind. You can only kill. the ,~nemy ia the moments. when the senses ate anent, 'When )'on think of going into, mental rest" the senses Immedia ~eiy be.gin to ob~'et:t.i. they cry oat against it. Ihe)r 5,ay to you: ~We wsnt to stay In our: own physical wo.1dd which we know; 'We are afraid of 'this 1nUf::i: s:piritu'ftl world of mystery and meditation, It is natural for us to ding tb the ph ysicd world. > And, so thc;:y try thej r

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utrnos t t-o keep you attached to the material 5p.~ ere ~. and that is the true reason why yOU! thin.1e you dislike meditation or Sit anv fate shirk It, when the time for it

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comes. It is the :SC11I6e,s that dislike ]~-not YOu; there-

fore. ·fight them and try 'W rule them. Mental eflorr comes first~ then comes mental quiet.)

,rrhe master of mind is the maste.r·r of self. The sou. that can c:onquer the ever-tieing Sl)·t-ay ofthoughrs can P·lI.!It on its captain~s uniform and bid ~m 'whole nature sta:nd to order. ~he power to hold on to_ a train of thought with gre.a;[' tenacity, to grasp it with 5OOfpicnic claws and not let go IS, the power to concentrate and makes :MEN. The masters of thought are the true masters of men, Are you weak in c:on(.cntration? Then by a Iiule practice every daY' you can become stronger" He who tries ever}. d~y to do :SO., albei t for only ha.lf an hour, shall master !1JS wandering thoughes in t.~me:?

(A warning: \Wh,~.tl. moral :veakl1es~es and e~oticiJ'ilaJ unbalance ate conjoined wuh mystical pracuces, the r sult is not elevation of the mind into spirituality but J cgeneration of the mind into medinmship. The prnctlcc of mediration without the clL1~tivacioll of It 'I Meal and 1 nrellectual safegl.l.a.rds can lead to seUrl '·cp'l:ion,. inflated ego]sm~ hallucinadonwd even UD n~mitj',. Therefore .lit is not a, quick and easy pa:s..s.a,ge ~ II 'I r ~ occult experiences that the asp iran t should seek,

t, I1ll1C.n as a. careful .. imp!ove:m.eJ'lt of character, a r nlute attack on Iaults, and a correct e.quilibrium of 1111 L Ii 0[ ion,emotio 0" th ought and action.),

CHAPTER V

A TECHNJQlJR OF S!,;LF'-M'-,\.AI.YSlS

(:8 EA, :rPf' c,' ?mfoltablr ill" y~ur G&l~it or _ ~qu~tting' , tador-fa~hion on a rug~ breathing qwetly f]"Llld

evenly, close your e'yt!"S and let ymu thoughts .rnn O¥C[

the question of 'what YOIil, really are.

You '9;1"e about {Q begin your gre.at adventure of self- inquirv,

One key to success, in yourpracncc is to think very slow1.y. The wheel of mind IS to b e slowed down! and conseqnently it will be unable to rush around from one thing toanother, as it did formerly, Think ;slowl}'. N ext formulate YOUI words mentally with great care and ,p',r,~ci&ion.h Choose and select each word accurately. Doing thi~ wm clarify your thougbt, for' you 'Gal1010't find a clear and defimte phrase tQ6t it until you. have dooe 50.

First watch YOQj,t own Intellect ~fi iC3 worlcin,g", N'ote how thoughts follow one ':i!Jflother ill endless seq_ue1'1ce. Then tf}r to realise that thefe is someone: who thi!l!~ks. Nowask: ',\Vho is th is Thinket?~

Who. is this ~r that sleeps and wakes up: thilt rhinka and fe,els; that ;vlJrl,"~ and speik~? What Is lit 10. w~ that we call t:he l~?J

Those who, believe that matter Is the oJ:uy thin.g existing will 'tell rou that it. is the body,;, and that tile

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sense of ,j JAm; arises 'W'lth.in the brnJfi :at birth and disappears at the death or disintegration Qf the body,

N mv .in order to un die rs rand the real nature of this, mysterious {l's:,~:ld to find 9U.t its tIU~ rl(:':]:a don to the, functions ,'Of the bo d rand. brain we must mslee a p enetrating anal ysils of personal jty, the appal-rot self,

This kind of seU-knowledge does not mean merely siftia.g and cataloguing one's virtues, vices and qualities. It :[eally mean')! searching into one's esseotiali spirit. To evoke the real n121l. within you is to evoke your sphilll:l1 intelligeuce, \t hen you can understand. what lies behind the eyes which look at y01l.1. every morning from the minor, you will understand the mystery of life itself

If yon will but steadfastly regard the myst,ery that is in YOUj the divine n1ystery in 1:11::1['). it will eventually yield and dispw. y its se cree, "\V,b.cn, a man begins to ask himself what he Is, he has, ts ken the fits ~ step upon a path which will end only when he has found an answer" For. there is a permanent revelation in his heart, but he heeds it not.(\Xflu-::n a. m~:I1 begins 'to face his sub-menralmind and t:des to sui P 'rile 'Vel"! which covers 1 t~ persistenr elIott will provide its own :reward),

The world is in a continual condition of fI,ux', and man himself seems to be a mass of changing emotions lind thoughts, But if he will take the trouble to make u d P analysis of himself, andto P onder th:a t there is I 'I i r. of himself which receives the Ao\v of impressions r III n the: exrerna r world" and w hich receives the I ~l ling,s and thoughts that arise, thet-efi:om. This i I (JP f part ls the tt:ll€ being of man, the unseen wi I! I,l 55, the silent specta tor', the Overself

( I :11· to is one thing which no man ever doubts, I~WliU:S one dung to which e'I,;ery man ahvaj's dings.

thfG,u.gb.()ut the 'v'a!ic~. vicissitudes oJ life. And that is his own. self-esistence. He never steps f01: a moment to ask: 'Do I exist?' Hesceepts it unfailingly.)

I esist, That CQ!lsej'Ollsne5S is real, Thtoughou~ life thst remains ever, Of this we C'M1 b~ completely certain ;,but 'Of its limi tstion to the: fleshy frame. we Cl[(JJt10t be so certain. Let us, rhe:refof€l,ooncentr.a te entir.ely up0,n this 0BI'bil.i.l:lct}r-the reality of selfesistenee, Let us, endeavour ro locate it by oonfining our attention s61dy to the notion of self .

Thi s, tberefore, forlTls a good. s.tllIti[lg-'pfo1n t for' out inqui ry; since :it is of such uni versa! acceptance,

(The body changes ~ it gets feeble or strong, it remains sound 0.1" is. injt1!Icd. 'The mind Ch'9:flges.; irs outlook alters with time, its ldess are ever: in dUK. Burr rhe ~F eonsciousness persists·from cradle to gX'il\,e unchanged)

1 arn happy today, I am. miserable tomerrow-e-theee mQods are hut accidents OJ incidents 10, ti1e .cQntlnulty of the I. l\liDods of mind and heart change and :[J'RSS" but througll. them all the ego can name .[1:61(:]f as that wh:kh remains u..nchangi ng am id the changing, spectawi of thePassing Show of this ·world .... :tle are :i'Wfa.te of aU thestr:hin:gs {mough the 'I" j the self; wlthout it allwould be at total. blankness, The sense Glf CI amr ar.motpass lway., T!.m"iforeJ to ktwl'fl Oi2rlse!! i:r to find lbat PiJinl IrI ~t),1?sdo!1:S~:fe':u lrotll ~'P'blcb ob!!!I'/J:p'tiaJ' of th~lre ~haNgitJg ;/rlOf)dJ ?ll'~y ItlJf!platf~ It is ii, sad. indicad.on of how man has lost his (:~nb!xdity. hls spithuar. Genae 0.1 gr-a.v.ity, rhar rhis point is usuall y whO'U)' unnoticed,

The 'J' becomes the hapless victim ofmany d.if£e~i[e:nt des] res, and contrary thoughts unri 1 irs 'sp.i.Jli tual integnty rs restored.

~A man commonlv thinks that he kno'il-'"S what be meaas by his Sclf, J1e may he in doube a'l:.Klut othel:

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tl:nin.~> bur here he seems tD be at home. He fancies th-a t with the self he a,t once comprehends both that it is and \'Qlli.at it is. And of CQUIS,e" rbe fact of O'!.:l.!:1:"S (If\vnexi-stem::le,, in. some sense, is quite beyond doubt. .Bl(l t as: to the sense Inw hich this exis renee is MJ certain, there the case is far otherwise,' wrote F. H, B:tadJey ~ one of England's thinkers 'and philoscphers,

An analysiS of the: consti tution olf man ];3 thus the Sr.!!1: l7)tep .. We begin by descending into outs,elves" F O![' at our loots, dwells the div ine,

\;;':i'h~J1ce comes the consciousness of ~r? It persists underncarh al] the: chao girtg moods of mind ~ it endures be.yom.d. every flux of Feeling; it survives accident and conqlIets time, Does it arise out IOf om: bodies?

No, th'1t cannot be" for abnormal J?<S'Ji'choliogr and spi:tihmlism conspire to gt.th.u to tell us th~ t it it apa:H from the :A~h. The experiments of men Iike S,iE Oliver ] .odge and Sir W,ilJiam Crookes and Ptofessor WiHhun McDougall and man.y other competent ifl.vecS"tigllltOJ:S i ~ ito psychical .research cannot be laughed. :li;\wy,. WJ: rnu s t look Into theta iIDd. abide by the I,o"gic~l 'CO[1- r'!U:5j'on~bow,ever sta:rding this be-e-or elsesurrender our search for truth, We d:mre not omit :[lLi'l dlat~. that !~'LI ~ s a fcesh face on, our theorlce. Wboevei: win look i II t-o the al'V"!lJ.i1:a.ble teco.td;s~tid they a .. rc more plentiful I h:l n would appe:ar-C:;IJ11 discover a. suffid~ll.!: number I I,f (~S es to verify the truth of this ;assert'it)!1,

·U'11;.; CO.tlO;t:<Ct1UrI betweenmmd and hody is so .!Jltunmte that popnlar rhought, whether learned Dr not, .. i I a!Ji rc~cl.l1 y accepted the m":flttflptipn ~hat the brain is

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mind, and body is self, yet .it is orily an assumption. It is possible that, if iflb'-.{QNsr;/oJ{J11fJ';t fem (J::--.~;'gt .rtparai'elJj popular thoughr is mistaken snd that the, appearaace is, de ceptive, Th~s last thought love must consider, :ll:J:ld consider wit;hout ~f.l y bias either foror ag'alm:t the bod)';

A sa,Y~gi;;:, low in the scale of evolution, has no other thought of '1' than. ·the body and its 'desires. Em a man more evolved, mentally developed, begins. to, tefcr. to his body as, 'Imine? because he hae begun to fed that the Intellect is no less, anazt of 'I~, and no

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Iess important R part than the body.

, Certain ps.y,ehoJogisrs and, philosophers have persistently followed llP the inquiry: '18. it possible' fOJ; .a human being to di .. OIC.e his mind from hlsphysical b:tain.?' Such an inquiry obviously pte:mppo,ses 'rhe likelihood that the brain is not neeessaeily the creator of ,thoughts; although supel'fidailr so: it rni,ght be the medium fOI: theil: expresslcn,

Nevert helcss j out thinking Is married to the brain which anatomists handle, bur just ashuman marriages sometimes end in divorce, sois it possible for thought and flesh' '~Q< end in temporary divorce also. 'Such a result has been b ought about 011 set purpose by means of hypnotisrn ~n the \X!e'sr and by mesas of Yog-:a in. the East. And in the researches ofiabcormal p:s.ych61o:gy and even spiritualism, there are evidences enough that r he mi ud can, ha'vl! a II ex istence of its awn ap:art !tom the flesh.

It would be as sensible for me to attribute the power ef thought to. this body of mine, a's it \\ auld be to'

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~tt.dbute.it to tile, ink in this pen. The body is inspired by, one. who lets ao }.~S5 than these 'written words ale inspired by. one. who thinks. Yet people who are professedly inrelligenr, who would think twice and thrice before they would. venture to at tri buee the, qualitie-s 9£ mental creation and ln gic:3! I sense tel ink" wm not hesitate to' bestow these qualitiesupon the body which, beingl:naner; is simply ink in another form! The f~~:Gt. is that few people ever stop to co nsidcr this question of seifhood, and hence few people ever

arrive 'at t:h,e knowledge of it'S secret, .

We cannot be body alone because, when a man's body is completely seric ken wi rh paralys is, even his sight'; touch, hearing" taste and smell destroyed, he yet remains undiminished as a self-conscious, being. Strike off b~th his hands, both his legs, take his eyes and parts of other orga:Jls.-still he does not feel less than himself still the: sense 'of T ~8 as strong as ever, :Wh}r, should it 110t be pcssible that the fleshlr hody ~5 only a mass of matter which I move." I exercise, 1,'1 nd I use-s-rhus indieati ng trw t there is. J'()tlJeCJ1~ who

1l1( Veil it, exercises it and uses it? .

As your mind plays ilcI'ound the. word sdJ)J accept

QU' consideration a strange idea" Y our firet response [ this. thought may be an attempt to shake off as I ·t't'lg too fa~nt:lll'Stic~ but in the sequence YQU will be I 1UltI'1Io.!Ued. ro consider it SeI±01.1dy~ if you "dsh to get II ill!; truth,

11I;:r:c is the idea':

11 160 bo~i it "'he rea! Jeljj, tkn .sAetp (();trJd Illfl}CJr i'Mpertl;etJi! 'If.I' IIMt/) tl:rriViJ.

11 t he body .DS the .real self, the :l:wa:reness of one's I .ncc would persist through every hour of lIH:e I II nr y~ mr, Self Is at the centre of consclousncss,

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and when sleep arrives the self has wishdrawn from the body. thu-s blanking out a \V~tcne:ss of the. la-tt~ as one blanks out a scene when the camera lens I,S covered. This lI.lflC0l1scim.:1sness ,sf the b Do.}T dudng asleep is 1aJl indica do n I:ha,~ the sel f is merely III visitant 10 the house of Res h.

To say that in. dreams w'e are :retaining t'~is awareness of self whilst a'slccl:p is no refutal of this statement. Dream is the bridge between the ""iking state and the deep sleep state of complete uncousciousness. ~t, represents the threshold which must be: crossed .if one would penetra te in to deep ~le~; T ~I,S las t st~ge" is that w hi ch one must next com Ide r U1 order tQ aUI..!f1C at SI. clearer l'todon of the self,

]0 'he. dreamless, deep·sleep state t become abso~

lutely aaconscious of the bod:il-yet somehow 'l:' s~m exist, ~,rhlt is th:;;u' 'I' doing" then, and where IS ur When I full. into a dreamless sleep, I forget the world entir.e>l.:y .. Even the keenest agony of the body is net 5 t,[ong enough to keep ~e p ermanend II a \Vill~~; e ven the very: thought ~r is f6~gGtten .. But se;I!-;eX:~tl,ter:a.;, though tempor:;t,dly blotted out, 5,~1 po-::sn. ts tIl fac;~!, for 1 'a.wak~ later and remember rny.ldenUty.

The American doctor Crile 'has pm,duced some cases iUust:l."atl[lg this principle drawn from the rabnof_mal conditions produced by the war .. In one case he tells how an abandoned church was, used as a temp0l:arr rccei in.g st:ltion fm: soldiers suffering from ~e:n:lb]e wounds. The. doctor stole into the ChUICh 11,,1: dead of 1'~j,ght and found it perfectly 's,ile~lt". The me.fl had. ha~ D'O sleep for five day's 'and such was ~,h~:r ,~xtrell'H.: fatigue that not even their gha~'dJ ,ml1t1b. U01'!s could k.e~"p them a;wake~ and so all of them s.let;:t onp'M(.iftJ Iff tlHmHJre oj their b(;d;cJ" 1 he Iccident If 1 t means ~:t y

A TECHNllQUE OF SELF-ANALYSIS Ih.

thing at all, means that there i'S no self-conscionsness . .in the body itself, tbat the me!1W JdJ1'!1t '!l.u(flJwJ Mt1 wltbdrm;; frOI}; j1J.eb,w/y.

A hint that we cannot be body alone is tl1,lJ]$ found in the deep dreamless sleep state" when mind is plunged in uncoasciousness ~ when the brain has stopped '~hil'lking snd the ereared universe disappears from ow: '~·ie'\>-v ~ llnd the actions of the physical body and :sc:nse-organis ate appar.en:dy at a standstill, yet we emerge ,v]th the (1' notion again despite the seeming 'near-death' of the body.l H seJI:"'oo,nsciousness in the bod y is due to the fact that self 1S but a visi tan t to it, then. the disappearance of, ccnscious beit:J,g' wlletl, we enter deep sleep is quite C'll:p]1.cable., The sense orf selfhood has withd:(Q w n we know not where, 'and leEt 'behind an insentient material form ..

'Y ou have now been Inguf:ring how to think of 'I'.

You ha ve been cutting a. psychological cross-section through your own. persoriality in thceadea you! to reveal its true working. You have inquieed whether the '1' is the body, and. you could not d:ftJ~ik{)I tind I It there. All that you C(l'I1]d say with cettainty is that it is being used by the $elf~ that the self inheres in it "lone you cannot trace with equal cClti<tintr •.

The sense of being yourself has: remained, \'V'nat is l~lis, sense? Can you gr'isp it?

N • you are forced [€I penetrate dee-pel than the JI 111 the: East thCI'C have been OCGIlS,lon:d llI~d1.et1iti"c-ated cases of. I ,k i r.i !'llnd Y o giG; Wh..o'M1iI'-e hibernated Iike a 6::og fQ'r several day~. ql' We cl'i: 5.; with all the 'Il.!XS] Oit:.gill'l,S- jf.l:!l, :state Cllf ISI,1:spend.iltd,

nim lion, yet 'tht1I' ,ha"'e emerged :kr'om these death·U:ke :t:Ol.nceii 'IN 1'~1 III '00 nti nulug sense' of' perS(H'JaHty, In my pRvio'U5 book J flT.wrhln S,.t'1'i~f I~jllJ 1 ha.vo!! dl/l:5~jood a ease whieh T pe:t:Si('maJ:ly ,I rr'lie I, wh(!re a Yogl brought his; h~:tJ to ~ complete eessatiou HI hll I[ '011 lila even stopped :aU hreathing-at will.

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body, and to explore the _ subtlerrealm of tho'Ugh:~ and feelings in your qoesr 'Of the self.

Thus, using the scalpel 'of keen ,thought~ prying in to your iane! self, :rou may uri ve at the tents rlve position t~lat the body is only part of your self 'and that' the real essential SQUIre of the ego notion has so f'ai!: riot beep traced out.

1. have given the student only a mugh outline of the kind of m.edita.tio.n he is to practise, and. not every step of the long trail w hich he 'Vlil!need to follow upon the:OOJlSiiClerario"n of self, and it will be .fot li ± m to develop these suggestive thoughts into more detail in ,his own way. It may take him but a few meditations to leach the point VI here he, can, 'accept these conclusions as p1"Obably correct" or it may take him a few months of practice. Bu,[ until he can do so he cannot piSS on to. the second sta,ge of this metho d. If his,n.li:nd wanders a,wa y ~j£ S ome,thing atlses to di:s,tratt or disturb hirn, he should return undisheartened to his practice,

The dri Vhlg determination of the illu mined \V.iIl to bOI'C itswa J' th:tou.gh the solid mountain of th:ough,ts and. tendencies which we have elected around ourselves ill the pas t, will one day reeci ve 'a fit rewa:td,. \'X~hen it emerges on the o.the~ sidle it becomes aware of that pc~wewhich passeth (intellecmal) understanding.

Attentj[oJl must be brought back again an,d agaia to this cenrral theme; interest must be captured and held upon it", He must press O~1 with this innee inquiry, moving from thought to thought in linked seqULell.Ce.,

Concentration is- simply rhe power of cOfl,tr-olling attention and of directing it ten aEd<\! one object. The llgl'lt of the mindIs vague and diffused in the avera§;1:;

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man; what we have to do i!S to coneenteaee it until It becomes a poweefu! searchlight; then upon whatever o bjecr we throw this powerful beam we shall be able ~ see it c~en.dY."aJld to 'ai~q_lljte fullkoorwlccige aboy:t It. And this o~~ect may be mene!y material Of it .may be an sbs b:act idea,

This is eancentra t-:~on-w take up one idea and to have tleith.er time nor thought for anyth.iJlg else.

A,piece of tissue paper' migbt He on the ground fo.t aU tllu~~ but nothing exciting may "happen to .:it;, get a blu:nlng-gms 'Hndl.c.(H'l.c.entmtc the S:U!1'.s rays on one. spot of that 'paper and something will soon happen.

You may have discovered, roo) tha.t the mind 1$ ~ke ,a JLes,~ess. monkey, but chain it to the '(.'1o«t of a smgle object; tether It to, the stikc of One line of tbo~ght;, then only wm the mo.nkeyrecognise YOlU ,5 Its master, and be. more ready to (lob ey yout r rdcrs,

Fix yom: mind 6rmly upon the subject of these n.~ A.e.ctioJJ.S~ brace it up to- the necessary eflort of will .md concentrarion, and do not let disheartenment at ql pa.rcnt failure or slow pf-O,gn~.:ss de.tel" you. fr.om l)lI1tlnu.il1g with the exercIse, Tholl,ght~ of a, totally

~ I'dcvant nature are Sill.t,e to. drift Into your head in,

II) . I1liiddle of your :pr;ict]ce; memories of ~ecem: events ~ uU form themselves before you!' mind's eye; picmres II m IH"_;C ted '!,"lth. peJrs?nru. aS8ocia;'tion$ are lLkcly to II Ull m.le; desires, wornes, work and wll;a~ not will eater unn 1jI.i:tccl and t.ry to hold the field' of 'anention. Dut as IIi'm ruJI yOUI become aware that the intrusion is 01],[;

I I j 1 ~I.I.('~ I' dismiss it and begin at the point where YOll I II tf.

II i rl"cqu,ently the e~rJy stages of medlta.tio.n that

11'1 I 'ItI;,~ h udcst, fof then the mind is born baeded by

discarded memories, d.dfd:ng thoughts and emotionsl distu:.r:bance-s to 'In. extent which surprises those who have never attempted the practice, The persistent and subconscious 'prul~ of the 'fxtem::;tl world becomes 'a:lPpare:n:1: when we endeavour thus to recollect OUIselves in rneditat Eon, V{' e do not turn 111 ward So by inclinatloa. 'We cling to matter and tie ourselves up with [he senses as naturaUy as. a. .fish p:rders the wate'!;,

Thcugh man is one wjrn the .f lig.her Power which may be caned God~ the fact remains that he has lost rhe consciousness of this unity. And unless he makes the .effort, as .ill .rcgular meditM~omi~ frequent se'lf~· o bservation, or In tnre prayer, to d.etroch hims elf i!1!CI~aS ingly from .Ms external existence it is un likely that he will recover this divine consciousness.

It: is one of the hardest taekswe can u('Lderrnl~e, r.his 'Voluntary attempt to. eencentrate upon an abstract subject for fifteell to thjtty minutes iff a time" and. to male man, so cons tantly exera verred, into a temporary introvert, but it is one of tile; l'L1,Q,St 1;' a luab le " It 'Ii\'iU ooabIe him, to gaze tlpon. the ethereal heights of pure thought" Such intelleceuel d.iscipHne may appe-ar ~a Intolerable Iabour to those who try ir, but the reward is even better than. the price we pay for it .

The 'a verngc P eISOn. is. ?l puppet of en', itonrnent 'and outside m,i9:Uedces. He IS go.Vlc.rned by inhetited tendeneles and suggestions from other minds. To be able to control one's thoughts in the rush ad stress of modern life' is a, v~l]_u'S.ble accomplishment, and this practice will bring that control,

\Vc must dig 'iJ ith the drill of :mind. beneath the attra;c.t]on of the physical, world, and tty to find the eternal reality which. It hides. Then the; secret of Ufe~ whieh has h~ffled the btillian;t ineelleces ofmus~riolJs

A TBCHNIQUE OF SUF ANALYSIS men, wi!! be diS:ro'Vered and become our possession,

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. The se:c.ot~d :stage of your inqui'qr into the true na tu~e . o~ s elf should ~~ devo t~d to Sal b jecting your e.mo tional :l1~tI.l ~ to en tical anar}~sls.. y 011 hav~ temaHve~l.!·c~udJa;e;d th:::~h} sica] body.as being the sum tots! of)' our 1 Co.nsclousness, and so you now tun] to the next principal part of yourself

A~ yQ_U desire, dou bt, hate i anger, like and dlslike, pas,~~on, lust, hope~ f~r) o~ any of the other fei!djngs ~luc:h sv.raya man 111 chan.gmg sequence from time to

tulle? _

T'~,e. 3rguni~nt which .. app'~es to the sleeping body .appbes equally to the sleeplIlg cmcrions. 'When the ]atter are. u tterly quiescenr and dead in dreamless Ii leep, the Jr ll(itioD still re-emerges upon waking afoor tht.:. ~pparent dcarhof the emotions. An.d when, In the wakIng state, ':v'e sometimes expetieuce mQ.ments of complete e,ruo'tlol~,less.ncss) the. sense of persoasl beillg 11~V',crtheles;s remaina '1'0 transfer the earlier ai'l7u.11v"'!"i·t·· 'r If ' ". . ,I;)' ....,If ...

I ~3C--C?n:SClOlUlDes's HI the desires a.tld emotions is, due.

r I ,j the tact that self is ~:n!lt -a visitam to them, them the. ,II'!Lr~eUilli~ ,of conscious being when. we enter

jr~1U I sleep JS explll~RbJe. The sense of selfhood has withdr~wnj we know 110t where, and left behind. a II 1I,IIr.'ct1on of feelings whieh are born out of the attrae~ h IU1S and repulsions of tJ1e ,s.Jeep:1ng body's SenseI 'u,' MlllI; or. else out of the In.te1lcct.

'1ll,is would al:H? explain why the sense of s,eIfhood II ,llI1lS unafFect~ by changes of el!per.jence .. Fed.iags,) .J, t ~IU'~ and paSSIons carry us hither and thiil:heJ:~ but

the sdf c.nnUnuQUsly exists, ,An.d, it ]'S pedecdy possi ble for :a. IDa:!I.l. :i[;{IIJ:etire from :all experience of true outer 'wtn~M" and therefore from au ID'e emotion:!;! 'w'ruch such experience brings with. it, as in. the eonsciocs ua~ce of the medieval Christian: mystic or modem Indian Yogi, 'and yet retMn a clear fi?tJlO? oil ~illfhood. If ,s':!f can divorce iu,df from emonon tn dns way and still cobtlnll]"G;: irs exis~e!lJi.cc. then self :and emotion are, two dtfferel11.t thil'l.g8 and we cannot consldet .deslree, ~ea1fs', hates, sympathies or an:.tip1afhies;r aod other. emotional s;t:cJI'i1Jes as our teal being.

Then :ag.a1n rheface that feelings change so la'~,g,~'Y~, tint you might like a p erson o~e week, and, Ghsljke hlm tb,e :next~ that the feeliIlg.& of ten ye~ rs ago 'm:ay 1[1,0 10n.g'CI represent yon _a'S" you at,~ tod"Jty~ indicates that th,ey aI~ trnnsi"eflt in the.~.![ essectial .ti1atu re, whereas the :§lJWie of 'I' hastemained unchanged through all

those; yeam. ., "

Thus you axrive at ~he, te:ntativc posuion tha t

nei ther s.moHon nor the body is your true 'self. \Whoo 'this pohu of vie,w commends ,~ts~£ to you~ tl_1Je third. stage !)lay be entered. )3y this u.t;Je you wl~l .bave deepened ymll! power o~ c?ncen tra;tl!0n,; you wll:l ~;lye begun, du:drug thep 0110cls Ib~ pmcncc, to 1'G~ove yoU! normal ol'!ltw:ard ron&C10us:neS~s. frern , slght, hearing :arn:lfeelingirito yourin.tetio,r" ~nd to fitm,~:r oenQ!nt1£-at.c )'Qutd .. ,Ollgh.ts wrl:bln Jf:Junill :aIr such trmes,

The d'ttld, ~t'ilge is devoted to it, cO[lsli[eratio:o of cite question: ~ Am I the thlnldng intellect r Now the .imtdlect usually :receivud i ts kr.t,o\wledg~ th'iLough the fiw SI~nJSe.s> or ftOm!llemnr~' OIs,l.1lcb sense-channelled knowledge. The troth we' expect te find within the domes of the aVeJ:llge man's skull is fherefore based

1 .

on extern-a . e:l::p~nena:,

A 'FJ£lCHNI1~JJ.E Clip SI!:l...F-.ANA,1"YStS· 81

I put fofW''3:i'd, what rndght seem to be' an ~stoilnd1ng po:opoS'iti?n" AS81JlT.Illng that the inrellecr is :il@t de:pen~e~t ,on the flesh fOI Jts sole existence, I sugg'e:St tiU\9;t :iLttS composed f)f notrungmo,Ie thao the endless sequence- of thoughts~ the end less series of ideas" C:()iJlc,cp,r~ and memorles, wI1 i:cJt normally .mfike up the, Wiakin.g' da Off, and. t,fiattneu'ior<7 there IS no [rile selfhood even ln, tlie, u:telLect, If ill this aggregate of thoughts could be. eliminated, then 'we slhould find that there is no such thing as: a separatezeesoning ]ureUe-Cil:ual. f'il.cuhy. The intellect is but a name wegive toa series of individual ideas,

Th:is~~d proposition is, more difficultido. su b~ slmti'l3:te"l)O-l it .is rather a question te be decided by petSolr:ai,e~ e!"~e:nce. For I d~ not ,hesitate to s~y duit ,if t,?e intelleet ]8 b~~ the '~n tinnoustrain of thoughts which pass and :fe-pas s in procession thlQllgh tlt,e blain~ then, . under ce.I:tmJ:l ccndleiocs min may cease to ;fli.nk and yet remainclearly conscious 'of W~el£, Thls ,~~S ()OCtl~ted ~ye'ta1 times and the .histo:l:J" of mySt1C1~m" both OJrl!~ntru. and lB.ll:r.opean~ attests the fact,

Ev,~ty argument which was applied to the deni~ oJ' e motion as the true self can now be applied torhe d enial of intellect, Think--and you 'wm re-al]s-e 'chat it 1l'l'!J1 Sot be. so,

Intellect is that Vl hieh thinks f~ithj!J ourselves, It is n(n:, our ~elf aha this is,1 ndlcated. brtll~ fa~t [baf ~JUl'l~g thinking, we fed v~gu.dy that sO,metllln_g ,in ~:s I .. (i~l.et.lr W'atchm,g these thoughts,

The .filet that some insane peJop,le lose ih.ejit" intellect; !11:H1 I.'hfl.1: it is sornedmearesr redto them, is another Imlicaclxm, th~t it is a p~operty which can be taken \~J, r froin, or restored 1;0, d possu;to.)".

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This was· the celebeated attitude of Descartes. He maintained that the mere act of thinking involved the existence lof a Thm ... ker, of the one who carries on this lJefie.cti-ve. activity. ~Jf petue~ dr.mc ie J~rjr (I think], therefore I sm), WSI'S his famous philosophical proposition. It was a tremendous claim and found its powerful o~rl?onefl!ts. And its l'ogical result was that Descartes was compelLed. '1)0 infer drat this Thinker, this "1~, w-as intrinsically immaterial and theltefo.re mdepend.enm enough to have its own =s== apa:n fro m the tle$·hly body with wWch it is nevertheless so i[lthi1afc~y bonded. Thus though Descartes never br'OllI.ght his aceount of the self to the farthet which I p:rop·ose

doing, he. made 'a gooo point beginning" r

Further, the meeds of thought are in '9.. constant procesoS of change. You m~y believe ill one opinion ,t;o.day and. hold Its co,ntmry Oil. the morrow" How can you 'seize on any sert of thonghts and say: "This rep,re<'seats my se]f/ when next year .it :I:lUY misrepresent yoU? Yet the sense of being yourself) of I" ha-s remained, wile,reas yOll:l: oudook. m.lght greatly change,

Again. when ,),,011.1 have been qulCidy con temp lat 1 l1g some matter you feel that J(jl/!etbi·ng tI2')J()U Is wsrchicg the thoughts, something which accepts some ef ehem and rejects others, Who is it tha,t thinks? The very fact that you pick and choose among these ciwugbl!s indicates that there; is, a separate unitwhich uses the brain'a mechanism, That 'someehing in you'-is it the sill? :Hitherto you have been so absorbed. and so eeeupied with }to,ur ,~golst4c ID()u.ght5" VOlU peescnal feeLings and physical activities t hll.t YUill, have not tried to. pin consciousness down to this imler (som.ethjtlg'". You have net tried to derach }i'QUIscdf ftom thmlght~ f~cliVJg Of 3!Cti.O:tJ for even a moment; !l:ne.reiate you

A. T1!:;t:HN.IQtJE OF SELF-ANALYSliS B,Sl'

have never been able to study the aa!"LJLte of wb:t\t~vel it is thfl;t lives wi.f.Wn this house of flesh.

IT we could track down) as vtC can by this practice,

·W·· hin: .,,' ~_jl (: d > 1

tn S ·lS..omet -lng an '1)[6" we woutd nn 1t to oe OUI

true self, It is ~wa:rg there, out the press of ow thoughes and. the continual a:uentio,n gjvef.l to external objects truou,gh the senses" cries down its gentle pres~.nce. Tbinklag is a :powe.r which may bind L;i.S Q,:[ set us :f:ree.. TQ,C; :a:v'eIage man unconsclouslyuses it fot the fOJ:me;r' J?urpose~ the practitioner of this way of self-inquiry consciously uses It to gain freedom.

The unst0pping' wheels 0.£ our brain whir endlessly on in. :l:evQlu.tiom of petty or important 'r11o·ughts. and whether tl'lJey deal with. mcrel r trivial matters or with noble and high subjects, it does not seem that we can stop their movemen t, Perhaps the intellect is onry-a macbine fur '~hin1Ung> rendering its account to logic in a. pun::]y mechanical manner.

Thoughts surge. up· ceaselessly and disturb the primalrepose of the mind, So long continued has tbis process become, in the lli.s,tory at mmt tha t we have come to r,e'83!.1rl it' '!liS our normal state, 't D .draw the mind back into a calm rest, much more so to be witholllt thoughts~ we :regard. as an abnormal COl").cUtiOIL. 'We h .. ;lI:ve take.n a tradition . .fOf a, troth and it would be well WJ inquLre how far these values, of ours a:l1c;.': i us tifie@.

Thus far we have discovered that the limits hitherto ~et by ourselves on the notion of 'scl.e ate ficririou s, I 11M ~thO'~ght3'~ -whkili. ill. th,dr '~o~:aiity constitute the in tcllect, need not be the psychic barrier' which hems u in.

~ly this inrrospectlve anallysils we have' subjected our own being to critical examim!Ltion~,iln.d taken. in

tum each prih,dpru part of it; en~eaVO):l'I1qg to diSfiVe$; whether .it ]~ !the es}ootl.tial self we are seeki:ng~ the

,f:' )] _. f' .:1.... ., 'I"

it0run~atlO'n '0 tne nouoa ' '.

W c have p~llettated. O:I,l~ inner. being, and rhus lOOfIl.'f that the ()u:t~r w~dd. w rum is, revealed tv us by QUI senses, need not be the nruy lCo:ndition ,of OllJI COIlcSc1Q'I!lSl existence.

One result of this medtltati01il is tn,at it will, evetrhlruIy enable }r6U to watch how the intdk:ctiIJa,], emoH'onru and, 'bod!].y. machine works in reference to your self, 'to get rou, outs~de of yom pe.fSonru ,s,elf; There is no. danger of heoQ,rni.f,lcg'uitr:a.-inttospeCD.lV'e th:roug'n this exercise, because it' renders you :r.t1!Qre impersonal instead 0'£ emp'hasi:sfug the personality. It dJr,lws you away froOm purely pet$onalmoods into 'Ultt~.dy jmper.~ sonal ones"

But we hnv'c ylZt to track down the soul, NoW' 1 do nott care overmuch .for that wo.r:ci'sGul" > siaee it taffies, dij!e~n,t ffleal'lings 'to dlff-er,e:nt people. It has s~erve.d a high 'fJS~ 'with same lofty 'S,phi t$ of out t2J,a\bp,t it has ,~bo been tOftu];oci into su bmissirm by natJr:OW deluded minds and .natf:Qw deluding l1eligionists. I would f'a!f1 leave ill out of my lines .if ~ could, ltlut ] cannot. It comes bearjng the grey burden of u€lublesome theolo,&ies~ with which a radQ11.iUs t suchas In~ wbuld p:tefe:t to ha;ye nothing to do. But the wotcl cs~l£' eovers allthat Ime:;u't with. a completenessend a.de~uiCY that t;he feebler word dpe:a not • The le:arly Hindus undersrood this 50 well that their word .rei[ ~sde is ,e~~tCH:r similar to theilr w~fd .fbI' 'soul", SelF is

- a CDUect10n 8£ personal €!X.per,1eiH::es; it iacludes 11:11 p'hysica] j mental and emotional csperienees wmdi string themselves like pearls upon this thread of ~r! yet it n1C]'g~il it.self \1.l",~thil1 tb:a::t Vilst impeI~OtXfi.J· And,

divf~e being which, CiLjlmtiru:t~;s the' ~ limitless, gIory

of man" '

One encountere the profoundest ·difficulties in attell1pting: 1)0 make these $IJ bde mauers P e:~fecd1 oomprenerr.si'ble to the ordinary lntelllgcnee without jlldlldging in abstruse 'and abstract me[aphy:sic~~ but I have made. the, effort because I know th'alr: wheever will patien tl f PQ1tcier over the-se thocghts i~l the :dgh:t prejudiceless spirit will even tually be ,.reward.ed, by a faint inner recognftion of their too rh~ and by a NinE' im.l.litive understanding of their sig111hca:r:l.ce, It wm, then be for him t:q :foJlbw till' this clne by means of the threefold practice outlined in tills book.

CHAPTER VI

T·HE smdent who has completed the th.i,tdstage of.

. . the meditation ou tlined. in the foregoing chaptee, reveals tiler,eby tbatbe has !let his hand to the plou gh 'Ii'i,rlthd.ogged J!at.i,€11Ce andearnest endeasour, I-le . has undertaken a rask which calls for some of the best qualities in msn's ch.aJ:ade1, and fDr some of the mosr unused mental e,'a:pacitie'S, His effort ,is indeed l?i'\~ais"ewo:nhy because it has '~O 'be cl'tt:ticd on alone, in the soli tude 0:£ ]rds own room, :and. he' has D.one of the g:te.g~.riQl.1s cemfort which ,da.ss 8t~],dy aile.,n to '~he p\lpi~ bf subjects other than slelf~lmO'wtei!get The 11~e of :wffie.cdon Laid down for him in these page~ ss precisely that line w hich is best suited, to "soUml'Y mec1:i.ta.ticm" \!l:fere 'he morrunate ,ellD'lJ.1.gb ['0 be i11: -close cassodatio:ll with-an Adept w no equid de!oon.£U:!a teo in. himself the J::U'f:. a.ttainment which he seeks, then indeed ~.t .is ~u l're pro bablethat the liabou:i: ~f f>u.d1. i~te.tlOga tiv·e Ji1l:,ediita.rliDll \",?auld . become pat 1~5~,:; feE ~1)dl a Teacher iilX.et~dojJ:i.r]y kindles. thmug;hm,ere per~onM ,coota'ct alone rhe fire ofs!piritual experio$!1Ge ]n those 'whQ eomblne a.sp.ir.atiol1 tow~t'd:.s it wit!1. .t1lUh in. him; such a Teacher win ;give .rnbJ:c in a few minutss to a worthy pupil than the i~'I1~t can gaID 'by 1l1I~t[ly' monrhs of &oliiair}'F10'dill1'1!g.

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IfRJ3J\ TH:mn EXERCisE Jr-O CQ:l'il"JI':Rtrr. THOUG!fI'5 95

But a geO'l1,:llue Ad:~pt isex'Oeedingay hard t@ find it] the modern wodd, though his feeble in1itatot~ ar-e not la\dn~g, and so these pages are penned to g~Vie a, little help rOoT the student who depends ~1::1! se]f-e[o!~t 'alone. If he will :read these pages with close keen -a:ttef:l,tion~ he@;:tltf~tt .in.'t:e£esf and a genuine desiIc to discover trotb at tlIe ecst at parting with persenal prej':udkies~. if he wm absorb their content in such a way that the mere perusal of the book provides him with an inn.CI experience, then 'he will travel fllr and achieve ':!I11J. :<i,ttrnt::cl,v~ spidtu.a.l ,rcw~td for.his trouble.

If these pll,ge.S ate read JIl the l'igh~ marmet, with p:mfou'nd $!.'tentlCI111. and deep feeLlng~ they may awa"k!t':;I1I. secret forces which are, latent itl the being of man and then ehe leading will itself provide the stndentwieh a genuinespiri t1J:aJ expellle:nce". FJGr it 110!': onlypictures a I.:mth to the ·dJ:vln(e sdf. but may enable the sincere student fott\'tlYe l :aJong 'i~l ~s. path, .

The "lose of this third stage closes also the prepat'fl.tory pe'tl0d of the student's inner jem.tIley. Hitherto he has, v:torked. hard aft his, practices, but without much ta:dl§ible rewardj nence:fo:tt':h be w.i!l emer u,pon a. course whereon he will gain new experiences w hich 'iN ill a~plf :romp(:ns~tc' him forevery minute of effort and w hich foreshadow the. splendid goai that ultirnatdy aw:aits him, AU doubtwill g.tacJj1J~Uy I,reg.in to dj;5'~J?pear, all uneertai nty will gradually raU a wa J' from him w he has found the right P'lltbi. to true ·~e.If-kno:wlcdt:;'~ ..

So [-at ""'"C. have pm bed into the mysterieus recesses of s~lf~ we have. penetrated !flaIJt of the '\vay hf the aid ef the facul t.y :of though:!!; butwe ~n oor ~,;Ilri ve at the (:rlJil1t~sSerHjal nature of th~' se]f by its ai~t .alone, \l{i¢ Iliar flOW perceive how man is (::rushiCclagrun~t the, hn!It~n of rnys>tery as soon as he hegins to think. .r.eaUy

deep.~r. \Where thinking cannct 1f;o~ 'Something else is, to arise ~l11td lead 'Us on, Racimlru tJl.lought provides U1$ with a splendicl instmmen t wherewith to comprehend life and the world up 1";0 a point, bu'!: it is a mistake 'to im-agine· that .It is eherefore the 0,01 y instrumenr "a\villa hie to U~"

'rh~l't flew- clement lS ill tui tion, irnm~Slte under ...

E:ta:tld ing. When thinking flils 'We ·tnay find this state <of intui tive glJi(l3.n~ by delicate ~d ca;[eful search, It is there, within us ~ and it is open for aU to cll.i:scover. This is the meaning of J eSlls:l Jphta\:Be: ~ Sear.ch]. and ye shall Hnd/ Few ever take the. trouble to search inwatdly in this way' and, therefore, few find,

H.o'W .is the intuition to be 1I;¥i/ake.ned ?

When me: .I (:;iI.'S 0 nin g.; thinking intellect $ubsid.es its, 'il~t.ivity,. the intuition h-as a dear field in which to manifes t itseU', \When the 'i.V~¥es, of ·thought no lo·ngeE .rise and {aU upon the surface of the roifLd~ the. la~ttc~ beeomes like a calm p eJl~ ucid pool in w:llich the sun of intuition can reflect itself witho:Ul'~ il.i»:ficult;y arrd withDut distQ!ttu,o['l" It is th.el'e£oteneces:sa:ry to fmcl some means to mdu.ce rhe ooD'stantagi.t'a.ti.Qlfl. of &e jnteHect.

That can he. done by a twofold ,process. The fnl:s,t consists of 'atl. ,effort to direct thoughts along ~ single cbanne.l of a certain kind", I.e, coneen tr.a;60Il'LJlPO'll ~Jl exalted sbiStrn.,et idea, If '~Oll have fuJ.dtfml '! pt:1Gtisoo the; meditarion-csercise ,a][eady gi ven, or de:,libe1:a~elY' ~Tiekled youHclf ~p to In;sFi~ed works of art, then th~5 part of the p·roaes-s will to' some extent have inevitablr been done and intuitive minutes wm be known,

The se'C;}nd proce'S:~ entails the coerrol of bJrea:tlring.

The. teason is there exists, a profound connection between b:[,e1l rh and thrru.gh~. Tile l;110'V'emclltl of

li,~'flJ'm(i ~;RC'[$l! l'OCON1''ROE. .'lI:'HOUGHTS 9~ bzea tIl beat time" in a rnos ~ remarkable f-as.hiO'[l. Wit}l the :mOy.eOl!efit~ of tho1ught Breathing seems qnite a ,simple. 'act and it may a[?peat stFan,ge why ic should M;lle any effec~ upon meneal - action at aU,hu.t mves.tigaci.o:n :lndex,pe.ttl:ne:nt indL3p.utrub~y prove the fact, Most people undJe:i::vrulle the powers of the bre:atn, 'but the ear]y Je!Smits. in the \W'est abet the ,It~uly Y Ogi8 .in India knew 'better, for they embodied. breathing exercises in their systenlr of training . Those' who have Dot studied. the subject cannot tea! J ~e_ vihat 8,tdkiog changes can be b:~(JL:i.gbt about jn the botly 'iUld the mind thrDugh the simple means of rnmging the 'br:e,a'eh rhythm.

A. child undersrands that a breath quickly blown into hot mi~,k will coo] ttl and that the same breath blown into cold hands win warm them, B lilt \V'O ha ve y,d to understand tnat breath can also be used. tores'ist the disea'Seso.f the body, to endure the e.ffects of extreme heat and cold, Si:nCl to change the tone of one's thoughrs, Consider fat' a :n10meJI r t.hat when ~1'OiU :al.te. excited, your breath comes ioquick gasps, btit whe.n you are pJ:ung·eq in deep thought, it CCm.1IBS 'gu]etfy a;nd s l.owly" Watch a man 'W ho bres thes In tumul tULOUS j erks and yO'I1 will see that Itis nerves are eqj1Jially ~e1S rless, Docs this not show naw much fdendship there is b ctween hreadung and the mind?

Bteaib ing is nozmallj' art unconseiousfuncricn of life; Any attempt to clr~n,ge iii: will at once turn it i!it,C!! 1.1 ccns cious function. And. so ~he student who wishes ro aifect his mentality tht()~gb. th,c brccath 1TI'U] st set :Lslde brief periods when he dclj~,t1r:atdr alters Its rhythm". If these pericds arc utilised in °th€ manner W I, ~ de scribed" carcfu 11 y foUowing the simple instruct ~lJlns 'which foUow" the f'esultrun effecr U.l?Ofi :his

thoug:hts '~rill in time be most nl'l.rked.But it is important ~hat., these insmictioas {I.·Ie not depart!!d {.ro.m or varied In .any wear.

He:r-e a word of warning ft.!Jainst the .indi:s,ctimin·ate ~pra.ct17e. ?~ t, published Indian. Yogca bfeathings is esseniial. .\Xflt:h a teacher to guide and to protect, the. path of Yoga brca th control is .rendered safe, but ',:itb?ut one it is a psrh of g'reat danger. As an Indian 1: og'J adept once told me while we sat together in :a shady grove 'The' ancient masters who . knew the ~irrerc~t effects of different breathing.s bdlRJS that through the h~;'.uh we fi1a.y make oursel ves a's powerful ?S gQds eq"?t1. ~ Iy as we :may go dJo.wn into insani t.y ~ incnrable diseases and sudden death, Y ou will then understand tfu~lt' where the rewards are so rnueh g:rea,teI~ the dangers ale no. less great. In out system there. are exercises. for different purposes and if some are almost, h~ar.mle-ssj; others if w:ro.n gl.y done are potent ft)'.[ grave lnp;j..ry.'

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e: ireat. fig eX.etC1SI1!! W uct . is, glv~1JI. bi!re,~ how-

ever ~ ]S a safe one and may be practised wi thout feu. ] t is the only Yoga exercise of this ki nd wh ich may safely be practised wid out the supervisie n of a teaeher ~ while it :is So simple that no one can fail to do it: .rightlY'. But persons who ~uffet· with hesrr qjse9J~e sh~uld never practise any fD1[Ul of hteathing: e::o;:e,[ICJ.se wha rever.

The exercise consists in S.I.oWfl1g clown. [he rhythm of br.e,a,dilitg to a point 'below' the normal rate, The precise point CJllt10' be prescribed here as. it varies with cliffCLent persons, partly acc>ordbl,g to ,)!;ar~1j!.1g

BR.EATE.:rnG EXBR,CISE 1'0 CONTRQ·L 1'HOUOars 97 lung capacities, ':tna 'pa:rcl.y according to dlffcIe'nt d.egrees of nervous, sensibility. The aveu,g'e. healthy penon breathes app.roxima tely fifteen times each minute, Nevertheless,. the. full reduction should not he msde s.tt:a.ig11:~;w1ilY-. It is ~Iways. better to .introduce such i:;;han_ges gradually and not violently,

. Begin by. _ ex~allng very slowly, then, inhale gently, then hold the breath momentarily, then breathe out again, Practise rhis with full attention and. wim:h eyes closed, It is 1 tnp or ea nt that the student should pour all his conscicusness into his breathing until he seems to live in it for the Hm,e. being.

_ This. exercise .is to be practised by begi.nnet-s, for Ii ve ..Ln1nUrtes.-l1o louger. Advanced srudents .ma.y extend. the rime seccessivelv to ten, fife:·een and twenty minu tes as, they p.rog:tess. None should go beyond the last time-limit.

A slow, JL'~gI.11ar and. quiet effort alone is caned for; there should be no straining and no violent deep breathing as that would defeat the' student's aim; and complete muscular relaxation should reign, He rn~y take it as a s,jgn of success when the breath rbythm. :Bows ge.ntly and effortk$s]y~ so that if a feather were held before 'the nostrils it would not move. Yet if he feels the slightest discomfort .or gasping for bre-ath at llny moment, he should stop at oroce and realise that he .1S practising wrongly,

Breathe through both nostrlls: any European or American. student wh.o p.racti:s,eg the alremate nos tril

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oga _ teat [1 mg is, t'aJiii.J ii g' gtea;1: nsxs W1t. . nis . _ e:a . t .:

and :saru1tY; leave it alone" Dllared lungs are the leas t danger, Such artificial and unnatural breathing exerI • 'ises are, usually practised with a view to 0. btaining psychic powers: they have nothing in common with

the na'rnw .c~ntr:6] of bteatb1ng here ~dv{)(:a·t,ed is a means of quiete.oi:ng -the restless ;[.e:ver. of thOiU.ght al:.lJd. m~km.g. the r-espiratiofl as peaceful as that of Ii bsbe in the "Womb"

This exercise is based Gill the simple fict that br-eathing is a medi1Ut;rI. between the' mind .a'nd die htl€iy, because jr: ;suppHts 'a~neriaU[ed blood ~o the brain, '.Fo dimi'nlsn the cycle of breaths ls to curtail tl\tSUpP]YQf' blood ~o the brain, snd '~here;fo,J~e to re~a.rd rhe cycl~ of ~houg'hts. "Breaeh is the horse and mind is tho rider, ~ SalT the Tlbetans, Thus} the l:.elOsJon and relaxation of the hI-:ajlll' the u ptisjng and disappeara.I!lDe 'Of thoughts" correspond in peGJ!.].l~lt: har,m,Of1lr with th~ cycle of br)eath.i.n!g ancl C~ be brought under control.

Tho ,dlteet Upoi"l! t~.e student of ccnsciously dropping me; rbythm of his brOM@t'l,g will be ~ pleasant J::eI$l~ed mond" a calmingcf tire eonstantvlbration 0'f thol;l.gh:~, ~ pouting of oil UpOd.1 tht,·troubkd. :sea of life, and a more 'A.bstJ:ac~ed. mej.itoJ c.on.d.ition, And - the ]nbe:llt oonoentrwtkm of his a:ttentioCJ, will abU'S~ hlmm forgot other things .~f!, the. act il:.sdf~so ·dIi'at he :ee~l.s; tn-at he hM become a ~bre£!ith-bci.ng\ as it were, He steepl hfmae1f utterly in tl1~ ,t:ha~ged hreailiing process, blends his tt:J1tlJd with it. submerges au other tbD~g'hU inro wlt.ching it. and 'SG becomes temporarily transformed mit!), '~ su brler, more sensitive ,pet:so:n, SJUc~ a. stage ls ,~l9,t reached immediSi1lelYJ but follows at~e;(' weeks of reg1:l1M pract:i'ce~.

The power ol this sfngle~ercise over the :t11,lin,d ~ SGl!ce]:y be ~:ppreclated. by those who have .n~E pllaoti5!~d le, IiI::resto.r~s 'a :oatmonie'lu; rhytlttn tQl the bumsn machine. It can Utartsform an ago1nis-ed .hea:rt

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into a'e¥.tt at pea..ce wit" ~.ue WO't.l.U.

E:IlBA'rRn:m ~GESH 'toO OON1:'ROL TH1:n.!H,}fl'rS$l'9

SO~'11,e yea.rsag~ a well-known F.leet £,'~~e[ j~~t 'W'a~ uneJb:p.ltect-ediy promoted to the editorship of i3! lam'0l1~ London Sililndla', neiNSpapcI. He was Soo·ftch. and n~~liI.rillly ambitious, so he resolved ·tG!ll0r,e: ~t~at.l 'make g~ocl~ in, hts, new post. He s,pa~-.ed himself ne effort, but drove himself ~ ike 'l slave-driver to make So, success of hiseditorship, He worked, ~o hard, undertook 5~ much responsl'billty, that a time ~~ wb~ outmged Na;ru:te demanded her i~,expra~lc;: p:r]ce. H~· collapsed and was earned away from his o:ffic'e and.

from his post a. nervous wr~ck" . . "

.F Of se,retii.l months he kiy m a seaside !lllil:smg horne s[owly rehu]Jding Ins; shattered nerves arrd word:l~?,ull: body. B~t it was not unci] he w:.il;s given. this ?lColfhing exercise, that be quickened his recovery' andmetu;tntcl., to Fleet Str~et~ not mer,ely a well man. but a D.ew man, F or his entire outlook on ]jfe had chmged d1 rcmgh p:mct using- this: simple bte~thlng exercise. ~en.c~~reh he 'W1l1:5 able to see deeper into life, to grasp. t.llre spiritual pu [pose behind thingsand to sease the div-ine lia.W1.b,.Gl'r undemeaeh all the discords of modern ,e'X1.s:tieoce,

Thls exercise may Mso he used at other tin\~.S duf'w,g the dayqu'ite, apa~r[ from. its 'present purpose, !:f, at 'I n V time. vour :ij'e.i:r",cout..:t:ol is threatened [by violent

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pnsslens = disturbing emotiQin~> of. wh~reve~ _ ~:'l:~14~

~,IJ, I'medJj,ately r~eSOJ::t to the peacnce oif this br-eathing "I.e rcise until the dang,e:! has passed, Its effectloveneSis 'II fHI~:1L such conditions will be found quite remarkable,

I/Qr the pu:u:pQse of this s,elf~,inqulry! 1l0W'le.ve!" this ~ II 't nrh-control is 001 ,fto be pEa£.ltiseci ~'Y t?e. smdeClJlt f II II nediately after the rnedita tion-esercise has, '~rn.dedi I' I wi ll 11a ve ard'V~d at 'an ~.ppa:re1it cul-de-sac m [he .~III II 1'lQ:Ll1,t of his ,m.~dl:tatiQ?J ~t what .fio(:;e.ti1SW. be,;)' 11,',1 I.~ !~'] blank wall, .FQ,r~ havmg' !fl:t:elr!-og:a:ten the b1mdy"

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the feelings anc], the intellect ID. toeit rn~n~ he :vill h~'~',e tailed to find. in each of them the elusive 'self' whkh he seeks. He will be faced with nothingness, for ,\llh~,~ exists in a man abte;r these three have been elimina t.ed? WIth that he finishes. his. m,editg:dotL~ ends the racking of his brain by unfamiliar in.'ITo'Spect.iQri~ and turns his mind to the above brearh-eonttcl exe I cis e ;,

When he succeeds 'W ith this prsctlce, he will begin to gain 1;1, mental stave in :"h!w .though~,s He stilled. J1,ke charmed serpents, He win begin to gam. the placldlty of mind "lot,,' hieh Is one of ,the chief aims of Indian 'Yoga, but he will obraUl. it 'without h'lv,~~g t~' endure the straln, ~,tmggle and danger invol ved Jill the Yo,ga breathing exercises which unwise !persons have indlsctiminately made known to the West,

CHAPTER vn

'WHEN; the . st;Jd~~t ..~1~:S .. £n_1s~~ "bis bteathll~~

exercise, be 18 ready for the next stage of this

practice, the next ·effort which he is asked to pu.t forth" 'if he has prsctised this exercise peeped y and with success, he win. catch the mind like g; bird ill. a net, its

" • '11.. d' n • ,I •

constant :rhg".Li,t stopped, Its resttess actIvity quier, so

that it lies, wIthin. the net Qr breath-conerol without a Hutter of Its wings, He should not a;t_tetn.p.t to teve.tt 'back to normal breathing by me-ans of an cffort~ raeber should he let his brea tbing' ptOceS5 adj ust itself natnrallv, His mind is now to be; 1,-,;rithdta.wn .ftom Il:oncenu.ating upon. the breath and 'turned a:w<1y towards the nex:t step-the. awakening to intuition. 1 Bay.to intuition advisedly, because thelattee Is :U'Ways. present, ut'J.sieepl:_n.g, an.d needs 11:0 awakening.

He begins by :re'(erting~o the questi.oning and[ ~t.('ch]ng attitude ~h:kh he adopted dll~ng the meditation, bur this time his interrogation is addressed, not . 0 the body, desires; or thoughts, but 1)0 the. IllfMt'Ctious darkness WWdl environs his mind,

n~'ho dIll I?

1I""i~ /.1 this bt.ittg that (iJJt:~Il.t ~flitbi~~' thy bfl'4J'1

II .1 him address ehese, silent 'questions to himself, Ilu\·ty., lII'ten:tly~ and with utter conceatrsrlon of soul,

Them, ,]et rum. 'Wa:i.t lOt: a few minutes, :medicutmg ,qwetly and w.ifhou.t effort 'U,PQn these questlons,

" Th~tWea:'1 let him, make a .sjl~rl;~ bumb1e, t.equest) a balf..:p:rayeI if he wishes, directed to t~e 0yer.:s;eIf .in the very (1ertf.tc_ of hls b~i!1lg:~ ['O,1:evw .its ¢X~Site1l(::e to\) him The words in which he, fOlTnu~ates this !~q~est IDaf be: his 0wm."but they should, be &ltrrp~,e, htl~ef and " ooect, Let him. ilsk as tho-ugh he were add.tessmg :im. intimate 1tlencl and atme one. "As,k a;pd it :shall be ~ven unto yOJUI'" ~ the ditecti.o.n of Jesus, whose cora.:scl,{)mness, '\;~s plurdy that of the Ov,~Siclf} to his hearers,

Having mraaJe the request ox si:[endy uttered the ptayer ,let him pause and wait,exp~cW\tIy. even ~on~ jfidlem.tly ~ fer a response, I SSly ~t~~d~htJl( yet ,'IltJ:th_al theme- shculd be a 'p1:(l,found huraillry rn his sow when he is asking fot thedivine r,eydati~:fltb, ,!=ome to hln.:-. Humility is, ,tb,e m-s t step -on tht seeeet path-and It will. also be the last, Fnr before the div.inity can begin ~ te~clt him th rough ]!S .own 8~e;1l~tcvcl1il!tlon he mast iitst bewme teSlChible, i, e. humble.

Intellectual abIlity md ~,ea~g ate adrnirnb.ie tbJng] and adJQD13 nlalIl~ bu,~ ±ntdl~ctl;l.:d p,dde puts, '~,p a strof.l.g banier berween :~a~d tn.-at high,elS ~' w}dtil:a, is e,vel: ooJJJmg to 11irn~ a!.b~t ai1~ndy,The Intcll~ wally,mud s,it upon, their pun}'" p:ihastils an.-d. wa:rt ,nD' he wom'fuip'ped, when all the 'while there IS 4 del:t:I ,dwelling: In t'he dieeps, 6i tbeir h,e~rt5 who is 'MGlnc: worthy to receJi,v1e ,wanhip" T'he :in.w:llect,ud }~~]f ;s~k~, to strut Hk:e a pl"Olld p·oorock belate the t.dminng ~e of the world j hut the' true begeu,er of its talents and ereatcr of OiIJr achievements, 1I11e, one who peorm'e3,t~~ it with the principle Qf lire and. thus perml~s it eo esist, is ,quite content to remain in the bae)t:g;round p

unknown. and. unnmt.iced by men ..

] t is the hudest 0,£ t~:ks,~a abase o!l!.e:§J~.J:F to a realisstion of one' S Dw,n Htd ene 00 , :ig[lo:ra.n.~e: a~cl, vaoity;., Yet it is the' greatest of a,ttalnm!WJts fbI .it leads cli:recdy 1:tl,that fin/ding of the divioe life which Christpromised t,o· all who woUld lose the personal, ,liFe.

\Y/,e do ,111.01; need the knowiedge and culture of a . distinguished 1'r)Tlll!r2l to ncdersrsnd :mdappreciate these· teachings . The "s,impleand. unmtoredand the primitive ean as .te.adily l!n,tet '.l:t!l1l0 them by all :Iot of faith and. pEaref~ and can, more ~ily eli ter into ~he, mood of reverence,

When we approach the Oversell by the path, of sclfgm'qu1ry ~ the matil,:rrea studies of tbephilosophee availi him 1]ttle OVIe;r the H\Sln ,in the street, This is: .not because s1l,.~h studie$ are valuelese; Ion the, oonuaty they train the nilnd in useful habits oiabs,tracUo:tl, concentration and depth, It is because they engende\~ fL 'pride of leaming and an egotism of ,seJf-impon-an.c.e which 'etect,,~teSaJc;ross· rhe ~e path" ~~t~ mast:e? of 'a dozen d]ffel:~nt syst'e;ms; 0..£ mtrloote: p];rl1os;ophy 1'8 not a tMk fi3:t:th.e· many' ~ y,e.t the ,m~e:ry of p:el"so:rnd p r.id.e i3 infinitely harder. Humility ccmesmore e.aslly l ~) the .:iJli.~efate :Il!nO, ]gn9:r~t) ]beQ,\lse they are eoaflit·kllls of their mental and social infer-iaI1ty . .And Jl!,umj]J.ty is oe$sen.dal at eV~1:11 s.ta:ge !]if the Secret JPllt.h.

, he grear elemental seerets O'f life a:res.o slmplfi II .~ I ~ll f~'!.;' see them. JP'~]e are cOfl!lpliQ1i.;te~~ intcll,~cts ~ II (' I;fUllpiic;'l;ted; not lite; Theitefo~~ I S'ly.: Trearsuf"e j IIII ynl1;L; heart and cru:ry m ~OUI mind the ~_emGlable I 1 y'l ff1\~~ oi jesus that '~ENlceptre become as a. 11 ttTe clilld 'I II rdml] notenter the kingdom of lreaven,' Tremen.1 ~ I{ I' ~r; leclogical speeulanons are not fite.lZ~S~ ,~~,

'~04 THE SECRET: PATH'

understand the simple truths, of the; S.pidt:,

Hitherto all the student's eflorts at finding thetrue self have been posltlvely diIected;~ pe][son'<llly willed, conscious and voluntary, He is now run10st at the porn t where mete should be a comp]e~e reversal o f procedure, where thepersonality must cease ma.kin.g any further c:ffo:rtS 'because it has reached the end of

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lts tether,

The whole: process of meditation is simply to. select this one higher topic of self~inCJuhy out of the. multitude. of ideas, to think firmly U'PQn that alone and of nothing else. Then, when the a uiw.de 'and' 'q uali t.y of CQ(i].CCJl trifltion are d1ua.strongly- developed, tbe student drop's even this special line of t'hlnlcing, withdraws fuw·a.rd! and 'ques tions who it is that is thinking, He does not endeavour to obtain an answer by thinking aimn! the Thinker; he begins to let all thoughts drop away and to fasten his full attention .fI/X)11 bec{J'iiilJg aware ofthis being who has been covered over by the screen of never-ending thonghts,

During this pause which. follows bis silent tequ:est~ he shoeld suspend his rhoughts so' far: as he can by ~dopdD.g an ateimde of "listening-in' fOt 'a response, Afre;r waiting for two or three minutes, he may repesr his request and then pr~mse again, Mrer the second waitingper-iod. of thl(ee .or four' minutes, he may repeat it 'for a third and final time. Then heshould wai r patiently, expectantly, f01: a period of about £y - minutes, his hod')! still) his breathing slow and qru~t~ Ills mind becalmed, This ends his, rnedi tation,

The key to 'ill correct und.entandimg- of this stage is in remembering tha t .1 t is, the subconscious reaction to your conscious effo,rt which is .now all-important, '!'L"I ceascious prat:tkc of mental qulet bas been. llI.8e!llI in

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5hatt .. p~fih'i.g aU,en t1Q\d.1; it is like tinging' a door-bell, now you mustwai t for the subconscious to make. its, appea' anoe. Do not: overstrain, do not overdc; give the Overself some credit for. intelligence of its own" 'fo!r :!IlCti.o·:n of 1 ts own,

YO'lU 'ma\y' pass through a period when no respo.t1se comes, when empty nothingness alone reigns supreme within your soul, Before you leave this "no man's hmel? of the seul a feeling of intense loneliress 1:n1l1 overcome you. Nevertheles s it will. evcntuall y pas 5 away" If you are not prepared to exercise patience while working; I~il,e-ildy :fot this reveladon you defeat any pO$sibmty of success,

Patience is important, \~l e must walt humbly for the revelation of the In£nity which is within man. Until that sacred hour we are poor orphans. Those who introduce any c:lenlent of Irnpatience into their peeled of mental quiet, are merely handlcapping themselves,

Henceforth the stndent must watch carefully £0'[ the first oonfionatory signs and tokens that hie is upon i he right. way~ the, £m,.~ faint evidences of the sciulngg of his deeper self within him. Such signs andtokens are shown us by the soul. but they are often rnisunderstood OJ: simply not noticed.

'They come ·quietly, a'S quietly as the sun steals into n (lh'~rkefledl world, so quieriy that he ls m~ely eo-dismiss II hem as useless fantasies. meaningless thoughts ot 1.1 nimportanr imaginings. This would be it great error, "J he Overself's voice is first heard like a soft brear h, ~md he []lUS t pay fuJ~ heed to it. The gentles t stirrings whhin the heart must receive his full and undivided If I ntlou, and he must look upon them with respect .!Iild veneration as ·allnb'ls:ssadOlis from a higher realm, Ful' these quiet monitors are but heralds of a. d.ynarrtlC

force which is: ret to come andwhkh will ttainS£use wd. interpeeetrate his body 'wnh .heavenly power.

There are certain subtle tones of feelin.g, delicate shades of thought, which. areusually unnoticed, overlooked or dismissed in ordinary daily Ilfe. These disregarded (:;:;{pelic:nc;-es ate the vety things the meditater must seize upon for culrure and developmeet, He. will. focus ill his po-we! of auendo:n Oil, them whellevet they a pp,e,u. striving to yidd himself up' to them utterly.

In such strange moments he discovers: what is almo>st ';1. secend self within, These moments may be :rate j he 'may not even get them except a:t irtegula iatervals ~ 'but their existence evidences setnething that IS. These ecstatic moments provlde a due to the true nature of man,

Vl i~blll ey·ery single one of us lies well upon well of spititu!al peace ucrapped, of spiritual Intelligence untouched. From time to' time whispers, rome flo 'us from this second self. whispers that urge. us to practise 5elf~con.tt'QlJ to take :3" rug'il.,e£ pam and to tjg~w.i"oend, selfisbness. We rum st heed those whispers and e,x:pJorlt these lue moments. They. give us glimpses of what we: may become, If these m,omi!nts. when this ·sp,iritl1,al pereep.tion flMbes ~'f'OSS us (ound be e:xte_ndooJ hsppllJiCSS etemal would he ours. P,Of there if s-om'ethitlg which occlis1onaUy ma.k~ itself felt in this lD.anne.f in the mysterious depth of 'the soul, What it is we h,.~.r.d1f know ~ bot 'W h~t it says we may' mow. (A:rJtl1'l1t is best ,in thee, THAT am 1/ is ~ts silent voice, 'It is eae with us, yets~inted. '<lind. set apatt.

The object of thls work in rneneal quiet is to en:ter Into it realm. which l?,sycholog'ists often di.eI]().mlmte ~s' the uacorrscioes.

The re;sp onse of a 'Wik.en:lng intui tlon may come tn,e :6rst time this exercise is practised, or it m~}r not come w1til~ter s .. evlttitli weeks or even months of daily praceice: The student who has c.Qtnpletdy maseercd aU theearlier stages Is now jn a posirion to benefit markedly by the help of a gmNl!1t Adept, who can

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now raplwy :rtqg tue rnnunon to . 'lit " ~1J! nun I.y

certain sGctet methods, If such a meeting is impossible or Impracticable, beta usc the6:ndiog of genuine Aclcpts is e;x,c,eedingly difficult ill the modern world, then be must continue to' adhere fuithfuUy to the: in,sttuctions given here.

You, mllY considerably ssslst yo,m,t development at this stage by be.gilming to watch. yml.melf at 'odd times during the day • You ma:y stop younelf" almoo t unexpectedly, and observe what you are dQing~ .feeling, I.l .. a.ying or thinking. letting your self-o bservation be made in a detached; impartial and impetS!oo.a.Jl sprni.t.

j 'Ph\? is doing this?~

~ rV7i..~" t: 1.:=. tl- I .:'Ii'

W IJfJ 1S, 1eew,q; . ;:us. emouon r

~ ~Pho is 'speaking 'these: wOlds.?i

If Jf7ho is thinkiag thes-e: thoughts?'

Put 'sud)' silent q,uestions to yourself as often as you wish, hut put them abruptly, suddenly, and then W n L ~pe.c.t9J1d.y ~ qwe.tJ.y" :for some intuitive inner rc S l' onse, So fru: as you can, dJ:op all thoughrs duriag ! 'Ills pause. Such introspective inqu1:ryneed not m:>cupy f'JU ITl(}XJe than g" minute or two ~.t odd times. The III ld breathing may pro.f1tably be induced. in coeI t II H~ tion with this exercise in self-observation and

['If-inqwry,

In. this manner tOll will begin to 'break. up the 'co mplacen t a tHtnde which accepts the, pe_lr$~al. self.'s body-based outlook ::U'ld to f~,ee, ycmrsclf,from !lie illusion t'h-rut the outer person rs dnJE: complete beIng of man. The pnc;tlce; of' su.d,denlyo b~5er.ving one&e¥~. one' S desires", ]]10 ods and 'rkCtlions; is especiaHy valu'ab]f: becacse it tends to ~iepa.tat;e the thoughts. and desires from the sense of selrhood w hkh normally Inheres in fuiem.~ md thus, tends t'okeep oonsclousnes s from bcim,O'.·'.' everiastin,giy drowned in the sea. (!)f the five

i:ji " . - "11, L"J:', •

physical senses. Punhermore, .it w:ih .. ,r~nuol1',ce in a

hel pful mannelJ: thewot:k which ,18 b emg done to penetrate the so-called uncoascious during the periods 'Dfn;H~.nt'JJ qelet, Indeed, it might be said that the thteep:rrtcclce-s;, self-observatlcn, dally _ qui,e~,aOld placid. breathing, are complementary, AU Wimat overcoil:llJng "th.etel:ld!eJ1~:ie:5 towards oolmplete self .. .idefltlflcil.t:i.0~1. with the body, the desires and tll1'e in.tellect which see today regarded as normal ~d mttu:al.

The homan race has yie:Wed to such tcrrdenrues since d:m~ immemcu:ialj a.nd thu~ the conunoa idIen.dg fi'cation of self with body' has arisen. The cure lies, ill gradually erasing uhese tendencies by' rep ested qu~~t of the true self; the Ove[sclf~ in eirnes 'Gf mcakil qi!llet. and by constant sdf~ob$ervatlon ·at odd. times. d.u:Dng the day, NQ matter how deeply fi:Ked. In ones~llf these tendJend~ are, they' can grndlu:aJly b,e smoQth,ed, ;l.way

by means of these praetices. .

The iarellece which is ,repeat~dly tu:tD,ed 1i].\V'a:rd ill upon this inquiry, 1'k:l~s in time to habit and eu tema:ticaUv begins to presen tout dbmn_gi.ng' emo1til1m!i~ des ires, ~thoughbs and actions _ to us in . tUG;; light ,of the OJ/eli/self, Le, :is t.hings, whieh ate being eKfH::.rle~ce,~

T:EfE. k~·AKm;[N(r TO iI'lTC)lTION H)9

wi thin ourselves bur are merely mechanlcal responaes to external stimuli.

'Olle inevitable result of all these, pr:JJ:cttces win be that flour utdtude [:o'W~:rds th,i,llg$~ peopk:a.lld events

- will gtadu,aU,~ ehange, You w.in beginto eJ.{plre-$s the' q uali tLes w hi-chua natura] to the Oveue1f,~h~ qua-Hides o.f noble outlook, ,perfect JUStiCe, the treat-

merit of one's neighb0illt: as oneself, .

'tur~'l your 'mind :repea-r:ed,ty tOT:'HA''r 'wn ieh is the silent spectator within yourself, and fix it there. This .lnward.~,tlJc]I.ning is iil mental process, an intellectual acdvlty based on an artitude of self-inquiry, but In the stage which follows, there is a .y ield i ng up of al i thoughts, to the inmltive reeling which arises from within and ,-vhlch leads one's 'a,wara.ness to the Innermost,

Y Q1J. ha ve al wa.y--s been 't.."(!ercising yout in t~nect and emodobs~ t~~e~y Y.OU'it: ,intuition,; henoefo,nh you n111,1:51;; begin to chang-e tills 'by bringing yf)!U'I intui tive feeling out of lsrencj as efren as possible. It will take time, this search afl'er :~:he, right fnmit]9-n amid '~he medley of feelings, and t hO!1I,lghu; which ,no.rmaU y oom.p ose our inner. selves, but petsistent mquiry will find it, 0).11.

There is no moment of the (i,a.)," when YOlli, ma f not profitably divert the current of tho.ugb,t and se'ek w]ithin yourself t.o aseertajn the Over:sel:f, You must begin to ride the horse of mind and drive it ill an inward direerion .. You. will b~g:in this 9,'~e;st in the ordinary state of spilrltual da'rkne:8s~ in the ordlnary eendltion of self-obllvion, the v Ictim o:kmeehan.i,call.y:.. (Ul.oi!i],sed desires and ,:teFlll!)~o11!s, But iiyoru. oo.ncinu.~ \lrh h these practices you w.il] gmcl~::dry iee! yQurW:iliy I n wards to. gre1l.te.r freedom.

There Is no happiness fot the man who. is not f1:oo.

[I.O

THE SEC]W:J' PA "tH

Wh~:tht:t, a. king lmp'ijSOJll~rl by-his dnJ,~jes, in his palace, o.:r :J, convict tied, to a priecn-ceil, it is a emism that the soul loves, freedom. Here we >have; a clue to the nature of tru,'(il hspplness, Eternal and llllch::tl.lging li beur must be a: parI: gf its nature, and a liberty' of this [~.i"e kind can be found nowhsre else except in the Ower:self:

One proceeds thus by imperceptibLe degtee:s to ,fuU@wtbiol!lght back into itsutls!een horne, SoO long ss you are in bond;ag<:: to tlllillcirrg, so long: does inmitien lie beyond yOU! reach,

F@l1o-w the way ,of oonU~nt se[f:-in,qtliry and you. ',,;rill. . make evea tMIlk1mg serve yOiU as a means ~o freedom, :;uld the Vlexy questions yo\;l. put younclf will be ~f~ppj ng-stenes 1'.0 th~ ql.'lJest]O!ru~,s state, of the Oveeself,

Yon, will better u(Hietsm,n.Q. tb"e: ratitma./e of the threefoldp,raet~c~mentg;l quiet. pla-cid breathi[l,g'l1'ld. sdf-ob~ervatiQ(l1~by situd:y.ing the f:ellnwlngpict\Ju;a: of tn!Lrl's rcl'9!tiou to his Over:self,

We may :sa,y,that the person 1CKists b~ v]t'tue of., thlO\:l,gh the Iife force ,O'f" and by permission of the Ov:e~self. The thoughts and desires and :tesulth1J~ acnons of a PeI50TI. ·an;-.e noernall y almos t enut;e1y occupicd.widl thing~s beJ.0l:lIg.i:ng to ~b.'e exte:rnal, world. We m'8..¥ picnare the per51on~1 self :i:'i.iu:ing .i:t1&ide man's botly ~.!1d eonstan tl "i engaged in view:Dn;g t:hc wt'lficl a.tound through the dOf),rwa.y of the five physi~I sens@-o.tgahs. 'The result of tbtf'spreaccupa.,tion· w[th outside ohj ects ]s dut it]!> oo1'1:ltatld'y attr:a~.t'eQJt et :t:epelled." as rhe case ,fJ.u.y be, busily thinking, desi,rin~. at s~:uh1J.g the bodyt:o scdea, ,mltii it bait: fc,t.ire.,&JQ.'gntftn i.Jt p!a.(~ qf btf,-to" which is the t.::h"ffi:8'elf.Thus it hoo fM1cn, w:1rQ the ,iroruC'id PQs&tion of it bellig w1tic:h

lHE AWA~XgG 11Q rnrUL"rtoN rrr

has ;not G~dy l08~,g]~ memo!C~ of ' it oS Fath~f~ but actuaUy d~e'S :aU pLlBsib~.h ty of the 'Very eXlsten:ee of th-at Padn,e;t,.

.,T'Ii:AT out of'wb1ch thotight.8 aeise is, the true being, of man, the true self, There is -a:fi. unknow n Arnrl unnceieed gap berween every' two thoughts" between eve:tY' two bl'e'ruths" wherein luau pa,m'es morrtem:r:,lriLy for the fl~1}l"lsie$t fractlon of. as.econd." DUT.i ng that p::luse" W'tH.'ch ,[f:lii.ll,hes by with such Itl1li'Beis,utabie rFl.p.kHty. he returns to hisprimal self and rests anew in, his rca] being. ·If this wer,e not 50!Lf this; d~cl, net happen t'h0usanciS" of ~j mes eyery day. maa could not continue to .exist and lus body would fan de~d ro the ground, an Insentient piece of mauer. Fo~ the Overself is the hlddM ,§oi)Jutce of his life; its fOIJoe sustains and :maintS!in,s him; and these corn tant returns tQ it ena ble man 'to 'pk:1\:: uf the life-power which he needs for hvjng, f~:n: thin1cing and for fee11t¥g. These ciny' frng:nnems of t.ime are experieaced by e,veryone but recognised at 'their rrue worth by .few, THAT if eter- 1.'liaUy~ but yo,u, the personel s.eLf~ exist, "come aut of'it 1)'-11' :8, time: onJ.y"

:$

Pixing your atterrdon. upo!:) the:qu,estio;l'!Li,'Wh,o am I?· and attempting to pursne ,~ts solution with all the 1,['1d,"IUf )'oucan C?mmand. :~ time will come one dar,. I ~H r HI g your ha1.f~hD'ur practice 'oJ mel1t;I"'[ quid, when ~II tl! sha~ 1 be so d.e~ply engllos,seci in dns effort as to be hl't~1;.dy U,lnffiindful of what is around you" ThIs eondir ,~i IIU oJ im;el'l:S~ reverie providies y'O:u with the appr'o~, ~ II I ,tit' state Whe!!elilL the .g,rea.t ,event ·of .scIf~tevehfiD.!l I '~.I1 l ~ki';;'; place,

As Q maUe!' (if :f"ld: to '0 btgi:n 'a-C(Je8lS to one's, own sew is, DO'l: such a rare feat as it rntty seem, 11-a:ny prepare the '~pPl"OP!late condttioi18. fo'l'}t u.nawatet;:, The, ial!tist~ w he~~he 1i.bstt:adshhs, mind from (;){temal .s.uUOUhdings in the rapt $bsorpd'ol'l of b is att~ does it, He touches tCs;t;;lsy in ill minor measure, forgets himself in his work or yfsi.o.n , It is in this s-eat-elthat geni uses, have 'l,ehi,eved their .f1n~t erestions, their best wdirit,

'\~"hen I am, M it were, c~m.p],etcly my"S~l:4 en!th:ely

alene, and of good c'heel': h is on $iUJcb. oceesions that mv ideas flow best and mostabund.anily ~ ,~ae1iu;;e alld h~w they rome I know not; aor can] ,force them, ~ M,O!Zoalt confessed to a friend,

The. wI]ller lost in reverleovet his theme, his ,t:nil1d sunk. 150' d.eeply in a singl~ train of idet15 trua.t he f~jh to recognise things, pe:.[SOIlS or events that a!e about him; the pain ter SO I? rvfoundly ,abs,gtr'~ed, in ~?~ ~em~ piatlng the pictute he, is making that he 1S obbvio~:S' of rhebours; and above all the, mO!$id~ll:t~p't in. the ardou.t' of mTU3~c:il composition) a1] these are uncon .. sciously practising met! itatlonl But you~ wh:q ,(ollQW

the pat~ 'of self-inquiry, ~~ todo it GIJ~tJdo~(~br" .

When Leonardo da Vinci Wf!JS, '9it a 1019s in! c.reuti~,e id'e3:s., he would look: into 'at hea.p of ashes ~1Id. t~,'l~ cG!ftcen1Ltatlon in,volved. wOilld uSllaUy succeed in developing ~ reverie wbetemthe ideas he needed

were horn.

. f.A kind o.f \~a.kin,g trance I bave.fJ::equ~t)J_llac.~. quue fit,.om boyhood." whm 1 ha vc . peen a~l ~d9!te I wIo1te England's. Poet Laereate, Lord Tet.Lny$on~ ]'D'I :l letter to a. friend.. ~'OlUt of the ,~ntcfl5,i.rry of the consciousnessof thei:lldi.vid~,],aUt7 > t:he, .it>llclh'1duality lrsel r ,~eernedvo ilisso,],v:e 'and &de a.w'lY' int0 bQInJ ~~JIC~,8

t'HlS AWAKENENG TO rnWI'tIONI][3 being;, and this not a confused stare, but the de~re·:>t of the clear, the surest of the surest; uU€:dy beyond ~(l:t?!S; w he,Ie death WllS an ah'rroot ittu,gbable impossl.bility.~, tb:i~ ~b~sof pe:l;sonality (if so it were) seemrng noexancncn but the only true life.'

'1' er.w:ysdn expressed a similer idea in 1 begucifu,[ 'Verse:

~.If thou WCililld'~$t heu the Namck:ssl arid wilt di'Vl:: ]~ro ;t:h;c TempLe-ca.ve of tWne own :self" 'Fhe:re~broodifig by the central altar, thou

:M:aY'st 1utplyl~,rfl the N amelesa hath a 'voice

By wbich diolJ 'i;"d..ilt abide, jf thoube wise.' J

Sir Isaac Newton, late one morning, was found sitting: half-deessed In 'bed, sunk in meditatfon, and on. another occasion remained fi:u:' a long time in. his ceUar~whei'e :ih tm]l1 {If,thou.g;ht had taken possession of him while .i 1'1 the act' of fetching a bottle of wine forhis guests,

Lord Kitchcner h~d moo tis of ~lttow.nsrutli,es~ wh~J:cin his eyes tutne~, up' 0,£1. their axes, as t.hough. b'1.~rng at rhe i"O~ r of his nose". He would! then appeaE' quite unaware of what was gomg on '<lltDiund him, He emerged fr~~ml these moods In a, condition of inspired I,l ndersranding,

As eoncentra tion deepens, the external world h, ~h,.w]y forgotten. The mental cbambers become empty '~If every thQU ght save this dominant ex:ptctancy ofa response f[o~n the innei" Self It is a species, of self- 1"¥prn:Otism if you like, bot it "works', and .its 'value is ru ~c jlLlldgcd by Irs Iesults.

A r this Stage :fOU will cease all snlv,ing, Y(!·u w,rn nor try to achieve anything" but rather allow sometiling do be achieved in you ~ you will. Iet go of the

II

::D: I 4. 'rH~ Sm'REl:' PATI~l

a;r.gui~\g ~li,teUect and y]'~ld. ~Q f71.i.th~ to ho:ry ~~:'~pe,atafiCY~ to sublime WUI S to For hencefonh what~voI' will be done is to be done by di~llle action, and. not yOUI' own" You ,t.! ues don thing'S no longer:" but 8uhmit~. questioaless, to that which is. to appeal to your' inmost being" Allow this inner being: to ;ake possession of you~ to take control of YdlLWefilstit.nctlvdy waver and recoil from that myst~riou:s, state. wherein the senses are alm osr S]Jl,{3P ended, bur 'do. not fe:ar,

Thoughts .1.10 Io.nget leap t'hrol.lgh the mind, but die down Inte a. slow prccessicn as the me d ita ti "It: mood deepens.

,i Sj lence is Go d,' say:s ~ French writer. Y es ~ but silence of body, of though~s~ of desi ;tes.~not me[cJ.y ~~;taa silence. In this sublime moment God is beglnrung to take possession of )i'OI1JIt M)U]; ill you' have to do is t'O prsctise the 'U trnost self-surrender,

ToO sit in this Iis tening quie rude, fblk,i'w iog t,he thread of intuition, IS a strange experience, The wor Mmachine see:rns; to. slow down ~ andwithln t.hjs point that is yourself, the A bsolute begi.ns ~Q em eJi:'ge. "ThIs is the mY:Steriou£ and momenrous }~OU[ when themimrl .first bresks out of its self-created cluj"si.lli:s. The re!i:pofls~ frO YOUi si[,e~.t invocation comes at first ill. the. form. of a Iain t and, st flntj, ih1p:a]pIH ble ififuitio~ an itJ:,.te(ldt~tg, G'oided by the Ar.iadne-thtead afa;wa,ke.ned itltniti01.IJ you are be.il1g 'brought to yO'u:l:' 'Own na cive hca:r~h. OT it may :5rst take shape as ~ mes$:ag:~ whld1 will be impressed u.pcm ':;raul: mind in vi vid words, In that case yon will ·t~eni1ind a" s]:~-.11lJge tem.~k wlrllm_

. you.rself ......... a temple whetdn you will he both ptea,eh,et and he.~te'r:. A l'nysteti[)~IS oqnclit:'ion gr:ad~·ally a1:is~ w.herein one becomes s ttange1'y ~ ware of this {(jfherness', It . Is as if one part of yOU'l n.atu.oo.wawhes what

Tfl::a A·WA:K.:E.NmG TO rnrn.rn:'ON jJ) :I: )

t he other part does, I-I.e dlftt -finds this sacred unseen threshold. is indeed fbnmla te fot-- 'few there b-e:~t find if" Y ?t'chey are the few wh.o' 1m·ow that man's best, and h~gbes,t wishes fall shott indeed o.f the tr~asu~~ he" is, ret to attain" Or the vision of a shirring symb,olic p,v:t.ule.may pattern itself before Y0n:lI' mind's eye~, Y ou may' see « cross w~th ~ circle sranding out in. g~onons QGlour~j or aradi:antti.v,ti~po.D.f.ited sta;I', Or youi11ay e.Xpe.rlOEi,ee notW:flgmOte. thana mdting ~c.fidern:ss 1H the ll~an~ a gentle sensation of s:inkiflg In w-ard 111150 ~ beautiful rest,

. Those whe ~pell~ tbe~leaIg sob citing some .[0 cimatl?n o~ n;:vel1ltion from the august gues t 'wirhiHli will wl:th nme ~eceil{e a tich reward, .A sing-I,e gl~ mpse of ~ ~Hl,-t mys.tei'IOU5 ;':rka.nger- takes thettoublcs out of 01.1[' !! fe. and puts them under our feet, One haJ]oweci word frQI1_1J his o:r~,cu.ht;t lip's bestows a bliss which melts our smaller self in cosmical joy,

'l'he gt:ea.t De Beer diamond fields af South Afr]c.2. wcte ~iscove:~,e.d[lU:Q'l.lgh 2 child. Fickfng OiLIt of the w:d I of an. ok~ Du rtcb farm fl sm.aU coloured peb bk'___out (~t ~. \1/;;111 which, fm: yea.f$ and _ years J had been pa,ss¥d l'ln.d r.e.-pas.~ed D-nany~bouSiand~, of times by people I J,I! 11d to the treasu re at ti) eir elbowsl, HoW'm~y I)tll~pre ~.llve heard the g-Cl1.de 'w'msper Qf the inner self ~ i j' j t'h its faint gu idanee, Q,uly '[0 br ush the vjskan'~s : I !,: de w:ithout u nders tandi fIg; how mIDly' have disII ~ I ~1.~~dl a::-s ~H:!.te thOllghts th,eeady In timatlons of

! I ~"lr1CC' hfe?' For this ffiagneciGce.ntr-e deeiply buried h1 j he flesh of man which co.nstitu.~s hi51"eal es.sef.t:~:fal

• I II LI 'r~} which is the h.dlet IQf all his fia.er deeds, I I L II [-",i.L t~!cs rcve,ds.. its pl['Cse~l!~e: in norhi ~-lg more t-angj 1 ~I~ ~ ltnn auch delicate morn nons.

I I ~l' g:l,"C~reM tru ths somerimes come unberslded

n6

into the n1l11d"We know onl y that yesterday we could not .accept them, but today-we hold them. gladly. So it is. with a msn when the first :ro}'S f]tom the sun of jmm.O)ltaH.~.y begin to mIll upon him.

Yon will find, if you. yield. yourself still further to 'these sensations, that yo.u will be. less inclined to billow the milld with waves of thought, that you will silently give them the command to be still. Thoughts will. come and go. with. Increaslng slowness. Do not hesitate to let all thinking stop" lf you can, But this represen ts a point which is hi.ghly advanced, a point which one must not strive for as In that case onJy an artificial blankness will ensue, It I1lUS.t and does come of its own accord through the inner workings of the "subconscious" spi ritual self.

The swppage of thought is no 1: necessarily ameans of ltlllining' the consciousness of our divine self; if that were 50., epileptics would ha'vle the spiritual power of a Christ. 'and lunatics would pOS'sess the wisdom of a Buddha.Bu t VI hat is true is that we have coveredover our divine nstnre with thoughts and desires ; therefore we must proceed to uncover .it if we wouLd. know it. Hence the diffel!:·etl!c.e-aod a very vital one-c-befween the Innaric who stares with glassy eye'." into vacancy, and rhe mystic who ;s,laJ:"CS with. shining e~ es into seeming vaa.ulCY; ]s the difference between one who has lost the P ower to dl'! ink bur has not atrained to the knowledge of the inner self) 'and one who has conquered the tyrnnD.y or tlJi.ought and can suspend its action at will, while eonsclousl y being aware of his true spidrn.aI self"

Thinking 'as we ordinarily know it is a. heavy veil :Hun£ over the beautiful face of the divinity within n.1 • Raise the veil a Iittle by letting the mind .CQ1m.e to I~

~fU:; AWAKENL."'1G 10 INTUITION I I. 7

as.. a, ship g;lides into harbour and then. is still, and. you will perceive :somewhat of a beauty 'You. C'9..:n never forget,

.. ~]s the eonscious cessation of thought teally pOlSsible? The ~es.t answer to this q_lJ.es tion is run appealro direct e.:.1:pe:CJcncc. j\{[e.: wllo have' explored the nrind.~s depths. have ultimatel f' reached a porn t where they have been compelled Ito stlOP their search, for tbcit thought has been hel d in .~ state of suspensioc, For the mind may be Weened to a wheel in constanr m?iti().l1~ and. thought is' simply the au tomatlc result of this ~ot~on" ,\x/he'n the wheel is, brought to 'iiIl dead end,

all thm1b ~lg liS. Slue to cease. .

:\Lat y experienced people will object that to stop t~1~nklng is to S,itOP conscicesaess .. The actual expertence of the processs reveals that this is. not SO~ t.hat a. new. a,~d e~t~elD.e]y vi~id awareness .: ~leigh~ens our no[m~l (On:sCl~l.1'Sness.. \Y.!e need .to dHfercntoate pure CO~lscwu~ness frotn the faculty of rninkil1J.g.

. Death is the se-~tet of life. We must empty ourselves II f we would be lilled.\V.hen the mind has pouted. 011 t Il JI j ts thoughts) a vacuum is created. But this can la:st ~] ~ll r fo~ a few seconds, Then a mysterious influx: of ! II nne life will enter, This ls the descent .of the Holy

J host, .

I t is in this state of conscious cessa don of ehought t lrn the truth of one's selfJ heretofcre hidden from. 11111 1 y activity, desires and thoughts, becomes revealed

n ir~ sublime ~nd. spiritual ,g:mnderu, Stop the stream I 11. t h o1JghtS'.l if you can, and gaze steadily at the I ~ mi:cr, Let the intellect take its repose, and watch II r e n lively the vacuum in consciousness which would 'I pt·.u to be left,

, I'~ I. J Overself eonsciousness is ~:qu.ivdent to the

THE SECRET PATH

deep d:1~an1_1,~~~ sleep state, with all its '.(efN~sh.ment and pea!cejl but instead of darkness M;d oblivion there is complete awareness. If we can only succeed in lif.ting the 'Veil of uncoascicusness which Rmngs QYU deep sleep we rtHLy discovee the m,eamng of heaven 'On earth, And jlllSt as all thinking ceases. In that state j so for the student entering this coadieion, ill thoughts .t1:ecessuH'y come to an end, It is hard for the I~urop ean mind to conceive. of 'such a state for ma.tl 'V\liher,e consciousness e-xists without thought, bu t hy practice and experieace 'we may' yerif)r thia,

The electron theoIY' of modern science provides us with ~n ~l?t allalOgy for the Overselt, It represents rhe atom as a. miniaeure universe resembling our SO}J31' system, At the centre of this atomic system w,e; 11:a V,C it charge of positive electricity round which a- cloud of negative electrical chatge.s (dle electmnsjrevclve. The poaitive and n.ega. ti ve cha['g:e~ equ i I ibrate each other, so ,that the atom does not oo;dimuil~ break up.

Th bere i .;, cl h

us t . ere 1:5 ".l posltIve r large :at rest at t . c centre,

<and ·there. are negative charges in motion round abou t that centre, The p oint of Abolnte Res t round which the electrons revol ve may be likened to tile true S.el£:1 snd the electrons to its ~pplltten~n,ees" intellect, emotion, body. The Ovcrself of man is. C/Jrmg-eicsJi

To :f-ind the soul is sImply to t'CCU:l:!' to our o.d.gind stare. Purely divine beings we were in. some fu-off past; but untramrnelled by the coverinps of thQught and. body" Divine beings we are ret, but thelje later coverings have. caused us to fOtg0t who we ~re, Hence to, pierce through them 1s. to see QUI proper self.

'We must .experience ourselves as we ~e.';lny are-not lS prisoners in the body ~ as captives in the cage of

't'RE;, A WA.K.Ii:NrNG TO INl'l:JrnON 1: r 9'

th?ughtso~ .ie~tcted by .fleeting pas sions, OU!' 000-. S~lousnES5 13 pinned down by these various forms .. ~be whole _ art of meditation and concentration congl~:tS. of IJtJ1.ocking OUI chains and rismg. up -as free spurts ..

In. an. old Indian W,d:tili_g I read the lines:

,jBccause I bad forsAke.n DOity with thee, 13 ecause I, ~()_cl~, had made m,' body me,

~eca'l;li~e. I (lijd om know thee who dlci!st dwell in mel '1 hcrefo.te .1 wanr.%:rcd thro:ngh rag1o,g hells, • . .. .

Becau5iCO .1 d.uew iiiLW;!!Y .my vel'~ self,] the:r:e:.foit't \V3:S .ill cnaiJlls, ~

_, The d] scovety of a new cinema 'star' is hslled 1111(o:~gh '~~e Press of the c_ntire world as a gr,eat event, ! '" t the dl~cOve.ty ,~a,man';s spiritual self 'takes place 111.. ll~I sde~oe, without the world's praise Of its r I'll n ted record"

T_Ms path leads. On. to ahilding q~i.e.tlldre" D1eepcr and ~ I rcper must 'We .F enetrate, with focused! mi nd, until

. enter the realm where this blessed "l~etude I I,W" I, A great peace will slDwly' invade your inner I ~ I ~ j 1 ~ 1 a. S trnng,e holy quieenes S will luct.easingJy make

ll"d~ Edt .'

Y '1'1 1:_

u wiu K.D.O\v· that you are CQ:nning into the aura

I lilt true ~e,~ by' the experience of a happy fee1iog. I I ~II is but the Ul1ual ~tage·., The last is. 'to have ec.s't~tie IIIIII~ m.

I I r tle I X little; all the impressions of your. immediate "H un ~~gs '~TdI be en:t 'a~y, the world and its III II I wd! begm to recede, fO',1: 'when our minds arc II III! ru ~v J1! fr.~;m: the hurried turmoil of out' time'S and I II I 11111'([ natrvc state in such qui'et moments, they

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be,c&mes;tuled. wIth su blime peace. .

As we pass into the Inmost cemre of out mind, we. arrive at .~ state 'W here thou ght i tself s,tOplS still, and where there seems atfitsrt to he Doth ing----e~cept the blLssrul conscionsness or Being, the sublime re:pose, in Infinite Existence. This is the self thatwe really are, the Overself

"Turning :awa.y from the wodd, .

lli!ac ..... e fo:rrgot~en bGH~:h caste ~m.d Ilifi;eage~

My w,eaving l.5. ~O'w in the ~!I1ftn:ite silence, K~ibiiC~ 'hav,ing, sc:a[.,;;:htd ,and i!lea~hed~lij;11~f; Hath fOUiodi God whhiQ him'

-thes,e lines were 'WtliittiCe.l:lJ. ti.'lany hundreds of reams

ago by Kabir, the p~et-weaver of Benares, "

Wh.en" in. our medi tatlons, we seek to trace out the true ~r ind, not merely sink in skrthful lcoeptarn,ee of its manifold masks, we eventually arrive at an: ln1'll:t:f state VI hich is reall f the most in teresting in life.

lit is not unconsciouaness .. It is not sleep, It is net dream, Witrun its SU'ru:l,ge' clasp we become conscious of sn intense awareness of i:tldinirude. :Entl:y. into this eonditfon te1'l1po.mJr.ily tJ::lllSiflgu:l:e8, a matrli~S cn,ci:c,e nature. \1!b!.Clisc;Q::t:d, the l:i1etty 'Jnd personal ~ and .d.isc:oV'£tt" ,C,)1Q_[' mhur.rnbl.e and clivi ne nature, '\X"fhe:m we retired into the dtade1 of the soul the rnovfng panotama of sense-impressions 'begi118 to f1l..rle out Qf ~ighr,. AiS We enter in timatel.y i:!:lto ourselves, the picture o.f' t lte 'world. which held us enchanted and robbed us of rrue self-con",sciousn.ess ~ he gins to. disappear ,When we poll r the mind in :repose 'lilld recollect who we ace QUit e flln I needs no flllth,{::J: rew.a·[d.We have ~u1ed balm ft 1 ~ the day and ~ life looks good. When. the btu l"llil!r)

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miQ,di stops its inccssant ~c.tionj, when it empties. itself of eve1."y image' and idea" then does it become 2" clear minot: .in w hich the in,effable Di vimty re;Hect$ i tself

Gut g,rave and] learned sceptics will tell us that th,~se sp.m,mai. ecstasies are mete c1Je:mngeluent,s of the: nervous system,; their cold, brotbers, the medicos, ,may likewise affix some such Isbel as exeessive bloodpleSs.U:J3~'1 or what not, Others wiil mistake these records ,for the introspective muaings ef l saHtat~· drea met , ]But) 1'iilrt.he.iI than reject thesle gThnpses of the gloriQUS po ssibilities of man with the contemptuous prejudice of misundeL'Stanru:llg, it were better .for them to admlt that they are too strange for their wits to, follQw~ and thus quiedydisfi1isi$ them fo,t the while.

IV[en, lll'1tY sit in solemn conclave 'to investigate these ass,e;d::tions:;,as :KIIDle will. They would be wiser, however, if they investigated their awn selves. FOf' the e:xp erlence of the eternal being wlthin is its own

best proof. .

It is ]11 in is stt:uilge rnmnn.er that the man who follows this 'pa'th .of. self~analytical meditation :fin;t awakens to the guidance of his Intuition, Whc:nhe begins te feel the Inmltading d:ilj"t 'wj 11 surely arise in, the depths of Ius being; when he begins to. yield himse] f u.ttedy to it and Iets it dra w his consciousness still furtherinto himself; when hie wi1Hngly surrenders h is personal thou ghts, memories 'a1'lJd feelings and lets i !Lei]] drown in the imp etsonal current of ,life which I, as mys1:e£l0usly -arisen of its own accord; wi1en he ~lLIhmits to this profound guidance:), 11e 'will be led tlghn: across the threshold of self-knowledge 'mt:p the inner r h amber where his (:c~i sel f aW'21i ts him, Once he g.ets ~. ve ~'l ')1 mornentary esperience of this.' kind l he will understand something of whrat: I mean when] speak

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of the splrirual being of man. He will realisethat he has passed iaro a wonderful condition without the 't1J5..el QJ the fiv(l: senses, without dteaH'ling" even] 1m:-o som,ethjng tha,'t~s rc'"(li and trn.nsformm.g·~ and which he bas never before c:xp erienced,

In the cathedral-like silence of th~ soul, he will feci that merely to think is to make a sacrHegious. noise. III this J.nft'y mood, 'When be discovers the presence of his diviner' self, he realises he ean best !?,ay fOf' the pti v ilege b)f ~theting ill thou.ghts into a-heap upon the' sacred a1 tat and sacd6cing them i In this s:trnn,ge moment the intellect tem:pora·[jJ:y cremates itself, and. Q'ut of its ashes rises the phrerux of the true self, the imperishs bie Overself of man,

CHAPTER VIII

THE .i\.,W'~KENING TO THE OVEJiS'BLF

WI-lOI:V¥R has pa~elld,Y pr~dI8ed. the ex:~d~es.in.

meditation prescribed In thls book and has there-

by won through 1:0 the Inner contact with .his ~i vin~j; sdf,will. no longer need, to repeat these exerci ses m the identical manner 'which he has heretofore followed. '{he minuteanalysis of self which has been the burden. of his oft-repeated dloIts becomes unnecessary and is eventually ~eplaced by a more or less s wilt ,indmwing Df the mind, which OCcurs, soon after the student has Jiut himself in silence ,and 'c~'mposed. his tfion,ghts, 'I'hat is to say, once hav,lng arrived at the _strong inner zonviction chat body, emotion and intellect are not hi:l1Isdf~he need no longer repeat the eechnique of ~clf-ana,lysls in .hls meditations, He. need only pnI!CtifJ1e I he breathing exercise which has been given and tbe~l place his mind in the 1] ali"'qu es tion, ~~l£-puye.r COfH:h~ ril n which is described ln. the preceding chapter, After I hI.' necessary pause, the wfI.:itingper10d of_ bumble !' 11Lct'al1.CY. the response of_the Oversel~ win usually Ill' forthcoming and. he will temporarily enter the I I He of partial orcomplete ~nner ill urnina tlO~~ .. f:U a llu I r whiie he wi[! stand Hill ru the centre of: hIS being, I IIi l1g g~ co rnplc rely ?[ the fr~ts, and, rfdCtiO~5 of r' r. mal life. and returrung to conscious integraliry.

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The stream ·Qf mental quiet h~,9 at last: csrrled him beyond the intellect,

shan not take. the tr3.'!;l'cUcr 01l. the Secret Path far across this threshold .. Whate'i,rer happens to him hence ... forth. '1;! ill be an individual matter, 'and if be has had the courage :;U1d patience to come thus far, he will draw to himself the right guidance he may further need " Pew ever cross far in to this 'mrs tic realm. but most adventurers lingel! 011 the threshold, content with its seraphic blrjghtness) its spirireal warmth and its unutterable peace.

Bu tit is now necessary to utter a warning. If, in the foregoing outline of the Secret Pa th, I have give'fl the impression that Self-knowledge is a. subject which one masters merelv by pracdsing certain exercises, obeying certain rules and studying' certain ideas, precis ely as one mas ters a rnunda ne Sill bj.ect Ii ke physical CI!l1t1..1.Ie~ the student would not have fonncd a true concept of what is required. So s.trang-dy subtle and peculiarly delicue are the. moods which he has to invoke) t11911: something more than oonforming :to a prescti bed system is required, And th~ t finaI bu t important ingredient he himself is powerless to supply.

The tt'WakE,nil1g to spidtual consciousness is. somethin.g. which cannot be developed by a mechanical and measured 3)·ste111 alone, "Art happens tj declared RUSWIDJ and so does spirituality" The aspimnt carri s 011. certain practices, whether meditation or relaxation, whether self-observation or self-remembering ; carries Cin his effort of Interrogative Reflection, and one d~lY the true consciousness Seems to come to him, qu.icd , gently but surely, That day cannot be pre-determined. It may come ea~ly in his effo.rts ~ it ·may come Oft ly

THE A W AIi:: 11N1NG TO THE OVERS·ELF Ii;,

aftet long yea·rs of' disa ppointing struggle. . . . FOll: it depends upon :a rnanifcstatlon of Grace from the Overself, of a. force deeper than his personal win, which now begins to take a hand in this celes tial game. Once the Grace ge:it:S to work upon a man, there is no escape. Quietly, gradually, but perceptibly, it elm ws him im'P{]f'ds.

The word. Grace .IS not one I am eve r-lceen to use, It has. S Q many unpleasant and inaccurate rheoio g.kal connotations that, could I hut '~ind a better, I would throw it aside. But I cannot. So I shall endeavour to assign it a meaning based on ascertainable spiritual experience and not em bii:n.d belief.

Grda is the essential prerequisite fo.r enligl1tenment., Yet you. cannot supply it; DtllJr 101ft" Qt1trsrefj or (1 true Adapt (elN do that. Grace may fal 1 with as. tonishing and unexpected ,c.eLeE:ity on a :IT,l;am. W hohas H ved what the world would call 1 sinful lli~. and change his heart, mind and consciousness very rapidly .. Grace Ina), withhold itself from. a man. who has spent twenty yean s tad ying tome afte'J:' tome 1,1.1' on rcligIon and philosophy, Its operation is often obscure, sometimes sudden and my stcnous, and not infrequently a secret to other men, Yet for all this it is not an arbi traty force: it possesses its own laws and ways of working, but only a true A dept is in a. position to- ascertain them aiL

To obtain this Crace we must ask for it. This is not to say that the: asking .is done by verbal action alone. 'I'ha t rna y suffi ce for some; £0 r others, the- tC'-1 ucs t Ina y he uttered mental] ~T only, :But for most of us we must ask with QUi whole life. Out course of action, our sacrifices of the primrose pa th, OUt surrender 01 tltTl e even, should show and. express this g.teat desire,

And we m2.}' even be .for,~d dDwn on our. knees~at U!ll~pecre:dhollrs of the .night oz day" top,r;ay that the Light be granted us, If this happe:ns., do n:c;.t resist 0]" resent it. Yield, and if you. feel an ur~ to weep when. praJ~ing fo! the OV'C1;'s'Cllf's Grace, then let the tears flow ;J;S c:opic:xnsly as dr,ey come forth. Do 'not hold them back, There .is gr.ea:f spirirual merit in v,:~c;epftl 15 for the v isi t:J:.ti!Qil1 .of a higher P ower, Each teat will dissolve something that stands between YOib] and the divine !lOiO.!:l. Nevel be ashamed of such tears, for they £.1.U in a gDod cause.

~ have heard of few who win Glace wirJ.l'01;lt toil 'il.]}d ~~cdfice. Those few who receive it secmlngiy ~S: a sudden 'gift, d.l:oppt.:d from the skies, provide no exception to the. rule of :!l~k.ulJg." 01.'lly-rheit :asp.ixation. 'W'@.;S uttered ~nd heard in fomlcr exisreaces; ill e~:diel.: "body-births", Destiny bas something to do wirh the matter and pro vi des her detailed explanadons of apparenely e:r:',n:tic behaviour D.nly to [hose: keen souls 'W ho have won her secret.

Whe.n. Gnce aris E:S fromour own Oversel f the latter !)<et~ up a cerrai n u[ge in the: hcartnnd begins to lead our t haugh ts j nto certain channels. \'j{f e become d~.s= satisfied with our nEe as .~I: is; we begin to Iilsp.il:-e eo somethic,g better ;'\ve commence a clues.!: [or ffi h.ighoel:

Truth than the Helief which ha~ hirherto held U~, We. hnagine-ancl fi:.Hur.ally~th'.3.t the eha:nge is elm€:: to .~ developi ngm.i:nd 'or > .somerimes, to changing cirOIJ.fIlstanoe, But not so" Veiled behind the n:qr!lt(~ry that-is Liflt nl0VC~ the unseen Overself, the :'Jlugu:::t Heihg. wl1'o has. rhus -str-a:f!lge.ly Interrupted aUl: mortal sJe.e~" Tohe yery tIUes. t for Tru eh w:as simply ill ~uesit ·for the Over.~,e.~f.. 1\·hy hap we lind awotthiet philosophy (]if life and thus CQmea little closer to t.f!Jte. s0lf~re~1i:ratk).a."

'lI;'H'E 'A W,ltt.KBNlNG 1"0 'IHE O':,tER$E.LF I 1.7

,Bu~tbe cr~llif~l1g thoughts and meeds Qfthat c.han.g'il1g perJ!o~-whcther a weekor y'~~r'&----<l!e. me:rrely atU;atJJr fes ta T;10,n. Q·f Grace, ?" if I may put it p~la\:dox.ica:ny ~ the., resules of an rnner movement made by the lvIQtlfJnless,.

~ l··Iar-d eo ,g·ras_p this truth" that thr.; :;tsp1:nuiG.nal call Ul:iUB'I: come 1.:0 us; we do not stir it into sound of our ow.n. ~o~?r'Q I \We;. must Gist ourselves pl'OSUa~g at tile fe::t of rh;f: .I~€al S~.a.nd pray fox irs grace. Wh~ the fire oJ d I'VWe :asp,) ratron ~ wakens in out hea.ns. we may kt1.QW' that some modicum of Graee has been. granted tous.

We v: ho are S,E:XvitOIS of d.lfLt high king musr wait upon Ins mood, G race is ill. gift, a favour to be received at the b~:hd:8 of the god with in, It cannot descend ar any aitbltt:tltymomeIlt~ however, It usually comes v:'.h~ the ne~:ssIUY bod,] J)" ernrj roamemal a;ld ~xp~I~entta.I eendirlons are npe. The 6pirit takes its own time" :[l'ot Ours" for-

'We~fl'r.i()·t ,kindle whcnwe \'i':Hl 'The 1ioc w,ihi.oG:Ji. io the FII;!l.rt 1'\fsid{::!:i • Th~ SpJ.t.~;t: b.]owetb and is st.ill. ., In :mj'st~ry die soul a·bides.'

M.A'I"!:'f'lBW .Ap"Na~,

. The. tipe~it~g of the soul for~hj;3. ;pr-ofounclexpc.riem .. ee of um·~n v: 1 tb :the Ov~rS'~f takes P laue g1!;ad.u~.l.ly > as does the npemng f}'f fruit, But Qf'fCe ehe gr-owtb is com,pINe; then ~I1Wf1 ~'V'elwhelm~ the S0L11 wIth sudden downpourmg and man is i1(!aliy born. !J.TI .. ew"

never forgets. The first day he loves a. w~mm. is w~e of them, The first d.ay he lands ona ro:r.elgn shore 1S another, A nd the tint rime he b:t:eals the chrysa]±s of being to' emerge as -a OQosdou~ spiJ:itual unit) is a

till rd=-and it is the grea test ·Qf all, ..

The Overself makes no demand of man other than

he ·apen his inner. eyes. and. perceive its exis~ence, .. ~ 7t tbe cia)f of that vision is the most starred day of his whole life j for on th~t day he stands on the edge' of

eternity. .

F or this he 'WaS :tt:1J;~! ~:y born, and net merely to mend shoes or tmffi.G In figU.fes. If he.mi!l'Ses tb ls divine eKperien.Gc~ even. then ~·'l.m:r..e wiU not let him ~srnpe. She is in no h:uuy~ :bowcvet:.,. Somewhere ill ._l~,e[ spacious realm she willi yet catch him and 'oom~ell1im to fulfil her secret ,pU)Lpose" \Whoever engages Insuch inward exp1o:ratlon is no dreamer: he tnet:dy anted:91tes today what the multitude of men will hrave perforce to, do tomorrow.

Memorable is the gl"an.deur:- of that aiUgu~t moment wben he htSJ beholds tbe rn vinity which c:.r:rv]tons .l-iim~ butwltich." :Fa[~dox.k.:any) is also at the kernel _of his being, In the ~ecstilsf or quietude' ~ as ~uf art jj):o~l!Je called it" he leaLn~ to know what: he truly ~S, As J -a.me.s Rhoades expsessed it in beaudful. verse:

'[ am th~rD:aw.o,. from da1~k:lJ.di[l to l:eloa:$e~. r;l!.ffi theDeep, 'Ii!l'11e.1.1!tID thy ~(}rt!'GIW!> cease; ]Be :;d]1 t bestill] :i!.Xid .~ f})O'W that E am God~:

Acqu:aint ithy~¢U wi.th Me, ~ntl he. ar pe~.ee!

Erase 'thiit ,reeor.d of the palimpsc:it_ Wit:h:lu th.£e~ by the scribe Cif ~ me ~mp.re~sed:

AMId enthe ·c:).tnf(Joi1:hed $1J:cl'~e w:r1t~ t!:p.ew:

"I am Al1- WjsdomJ. Right'eo1ifsnC:ii':):jI a,!ldRc~t!"

'mE .l!:w A.1rn:N.IN:G '1'0' THE OV,EIilSEi6.P I :i!lm~.lo!n.c: 'll:b.'QlIlo.niy m in M:e::

I am th~ ~otX'~m of Ufc thAt f]ow;s. t!h;roll_gh tbee~ E oomp!ebeud -ill S'l!lbc~taI.t'i!Ces) su glll ~p.tct'l:.:

I am 1'10111::(:':: BdJllg,.by wham a~ thi:ngs 'be.

Yes, I :!lm. Spirit.; j il thy depths I d:vreilh AI!'~ ceaselous of My presence, aM. iii wdl:

GieBVC: '01l1t to 'that-- thys.e1t a.1;'~ thine own .heawm:

. OIlI til/1M .5ilt"*"

Once. W,(S push the ,gate of me: mind slightly -ajax and let the Hght stream in, the meaning of Iife becomes sH.e.ntly revealed to us, The gate ma:y be open fu[ one minute or forone hour". but in that pe rio dL we dis!oove.:a;· the secret and ncith01' wet1ry time .oQ·r -'bitte-r 'Woo Oafi. tear that prl.ccless knrrwledge i:llW:a. y fEOIT,t. us ,Wo.ms :fulI de,a.d when I try to eX.p:tes3 dl1<!,.t mesning, b1;J!.t whoever has -tclthis whole inner being melt away and dissolve into the mystcr10u;S. Infinite _ d~ln.g such .medi.tation~ as a resulr of constam 'Mpil'aci'Qn ee by the Grace of so.me.,A.dept~ will undersrand ~his thought .I am .fe~bly Uyin.g '~O convey, III the still pre:sen.eeo£' that mighty power the .soul '\Vark~ on dpmtoe ..

I t is the mast woaderful memen t in a .maflts, ar' WDmi1b;[1's Iife, this illumlaatlon of the heart and. mi~d.

Find. yOIJJ:sclt-' your Overself and you wiU. begin :to find the meaning of life aad beg'jn to u:nvdl the mys,t:,e:r.y of the universe, Back of e~c:h O~4e ofus t'he-re is this. Ov,t!;ts;clf----..ca]m as an ~ntu.ffled sky ~ wise; wi,th the gathered e;K'perf.en~ of N atcre's many million fears of existeace; strJ)ng with. a power to hrin.g YO'1il the best which. life has to a.ffeI. Let me recall the. words of one who was penectFy aw:a;re of it--4 hfllmb]e c:a:l.":pentt·er tUt"ft.ea. 'Teacher and who 'W1.:Ilde.a:ed alo.ng dM~' shores of G.a1ilee wfcll. a few·dJsdples over' .r.rl:netee:tl,

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hundred yea.a ago, He told them ~ '~Ask, ·mdJ. 1 t 'shill. be given to you; seek, and ye shall find j, knock, and it shall be opened U nto you, ~

These "Words are as true today as Ehey were then.

The man god "Who spoke them is seemingly gone from our midst, but the d:hr.ine truths to which He gilVt voice will alwa ys remain with rnankiad.

Those of us \'l ho have taken. this peep through the door of OU1I.:' 0,,,'11 being, are dumbfounded, We dI:lI!'W back, surprised, at. the inscmtable possibilities of the Overself, 1\,1 an as a spiritual being p ossessesa capacity fOI wisdom which is iflfinite~ 'liI. resource of happiness which is S uflJJng. He contains a divine infini tncl e within himself, yet be is content to go on and potter about a. pet~y s tretch of life as thougbhe. were ill mere human insect.

When a !11.1lU teaches the apex of troth he is, a ble to enjoy his own being, to gain from. within thet happiness which hie has hitherto sought amid external tbings. Truth, Beauty, Peace, Power and \Xllsc1om are all :3i.t~tibu:tes of the Overeelf=-ehat self' wbiCh awaits our fiffldillg, The di 'If ine self imparts whatever IOf idealism, i ns.igh't) and nobility is present in us, \f/ e have Jet to learn the true meaning of the verb 'to be ,

In the deeps of OUIE m.][:\Ct:I.lOUS bei ng we may dis'C·QV'e;L' that we are pates of a great life whose condition is peace eternal, whose purpose is u:l:cerly benevolem and whose exis tenec can never perish,

Yes, this rs the true ! home-state' of every man, This timeless condition. in which we discover ou - selves bas been beautifully described b~T the Hindu Sages as The Etems! Now'.

'Wh.o kno ws his own nature knows heaven/ declared M encius, the Chinese disciple of Confucius,

THE A wA KENIN"G 1"0 '~HE OVu.:9ELF r ;. 1

The. spirit 8e~ of man remains unaltered and. undisturbed in all its grandeur~ while his personal self P'~~ItS thx\Q.1l1gh. the g.rea test vidssi tudes .of fortune, It is the indestructible element ~ 11 him, the s.ilent and eternal witness to whom he. must 'One dgy come snd render homage. It is a .tight which no powe:r: can extinguish. It is maa' s immortal spirit, benign :md tolerant, beautiful and unchanging.

We ate as close to the god w.i.thitl as, we. ever shall be, AU we need to do js to know this by experiment and experience, The Soul broods in 'Secret over its g!!l-:at treasure; let us come to rest in the centre of our being and. discover the diamonds and rubies that are hid.

The Overself is the true being, the divine Inhabitant of this bod:y~. the Silem 'Y,71tness wjth.in the breast of man. Man lives ev«~;ty moment in the preseuce of this divine self, but the membrane of ignon.nce hangs over him. aDd. co-vers sight and sense. This doctrine is one of the most difficult to justify, How explain to mortal, troubled man that the spirimal self can exist serene! y apilfitj se[fasuffidng ~ un touched and. unrram .. rncllcd by any external condi.uon.? I fear this statement must look foo~i5h to one who quak.es at sighe of misfortune of brigl1tens at tidings 0:£ external good. .& [ow dare I ten him that he ]'S self hypnotised into despair or elarion, and yet that he remains paradoxlcally free of both? The 'man of the world' will ridicule I hls sssertion, while the theologian may reject it,

There is but one final answer to this puzzl.ing riddle, I ine supreme at!!thori ty to whom it can be referred! fC)t.I n 01 ution, And that is, the authority of one's per.sonal e ·1)cl!'ieru:e.) one's. own first-hand realisation th.l!t these , hi ngs 'ate true.

t{_nOiwledge of the. self is rhe absolute and. 3011-·

I ~,.1 1'HJ!, S:ECR:a't P'A.TH

essential basis, fot knowledge of the. Trurh, QUt first and foremost thought is of self in. the sense of '1', Trace this thought down to its iSQU11':ceJ, and., when you have found THAT in which jt arises" you will have found the Overself, Truth, 'X/isdom.~G?d ~

Some will object that the irmet shrine is shrouded in. darkness and that the way thereto is impassable.

N . be Inti ld dlL '.I!..C. The 0', we. must note intmu ate.' !JIY' SU.CH .learn". . e

sancruary is not impenetrable and if few appear to have f.ound it in these days, ,1'~ is because few' have begun to search fof' It!

Tzurh lS, written into, the organism of .man no Ies s surely than into the inspired books. In the spacious society of the universe, man possesses a better status than he is. ye.'t aware of, Mostly .in moments of secret mental quiet are hints brought to him concerning the grandeur which is native to the soul,

This wisdom is the oldest: wis dcm in the. world.

Far hack 'as our foremost minds can p;eer, before the first pen was ever put to papc.1\'~ ages b~Y'ond Buddha and ZOI-o~'SteI. this single and slmh.l,e T tuth that rnsn

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, 1 ' ith ~'II... ..1.:" lLil" th

'!:aJ;li conscrous y urute witr 'me w.v,me wn e ill e

body was taug'ht to. those who aspired, .

The universality of the experience which I blV~ described is, authentic ·testimony to its reality, Th,e lite.a::atlues of all lands, the phl.l.osophi.es MId, religiona .of all. times, beat witness to its trotb" It appears .in the .pages, of G.r.ecian Plato and American Emerson; it .is to be found m the phflosophies of 'Roman Porphyrus ilnd Getman. Flcht:e, It haloes the sayings. of Syrian Jesus and lights the words of Indian Buddha,

TH.E .A W'A K.ENING 1"0 nn::. O'rfERSBE.F 1 ,; ;,

To the real Seer all 'creeds come alike; those who, profess the faith of Buddha are not Jess welcome than those who profess the faith of Chris t.

~The entertaining of a. single. [h~'U~'ht o~.~ c~ta1~ elevation makes all men of one religl0n" It 1S al wa ys some base aUoy that creates the d~~tinction. .of. g~:cm. Thought meets thought over the wldest, gulf of time vlith unerring .fteenU\8'o.w:y. I know,. foe lllstan!X. that Sad! entertained once idenrically the same thought that I do, and hereafter I. can Iind no essential. dJi:ffer:ence' between'Sadl and myself: He is not Per,~ian> ~:le is n~t aacieat, he. i-s not strange: to me .. , :By the J!de:n'~'ty of his thou.ghts wl;~h mine he SciUS:Ult\oives~ I' s~id. Hlenry

Da vid Thoreau, 'with truth. "

Differe.nt people in diffe;[e~l:lt lands, have giv'~ .. ~U5 secret experience differenr names, . ~ome. C,hrlStl,mS have called it. ., Union with God' ,. while Hmd.u sainte name it ~ Union with the spirit-self". Some philosophers describe it 11.5. 'merging into me infinite", and o~he:ts,lls ~6nd..i.l1Jg truth', The label. is not Iwpo1ttant,: the '~iSe wirJneve.r CJluartel over .it~ [O-f words hint at ~ut: 'cannot describe the .fulln,~ss .of this exp erlenee.

Hindu and Hebrew mystic, Plstonic and Pyth:ago~ rean philosopher, Chinese and Chris dan m01'a11st-:a~ speak the same hlllgLlage and talk. in the s,a~le tones if we but hear them aright. No matter how dIfferent are the creeds nor how rmmerous the "theologies, may be, God was, is and can be, but rhePrimsl One:

Truth is the spiritual white Ught which ftl.Us. up~Jin t be prism of tJtanldod, and breaks into th~ t;n~o.y Cl]OUIS whereby individuals mte.tpret it, Thus, the . ~pecienc>e of discoY'ecing it 18 the same the world 'cr;' wha,t: diffel"S iSi the interprets don thereof.

Some will object that the world has received a

bewildering :nray of reports from its mjs,ti.,C2~ nom those wbo cl~ill1 'to have t gone inward:!}~yet return with varying aecouats of what they have experienced, witnessed.~ feltsnd understood,

The admixture of !djgio~· dogmM; and the mlsi:nterp,meta'rio,n of personal e-xp erienees hsve produced the b~'Wilclerh'l!g 111<1S.S of doctrines which; in the. lump, is called ~mystioa[', The inamlity to adopta. su.i,ctly seieatifie atttrnde towards the whole matter is Iesp-onSm ible for dl_,e shfuscadon of meditation' S fits.t 0 bjeet. Various 'paths' have been devised 'to secure this obj,ect but a mm titude of n~'[OW rni nds have mistaken the path for the goal. N£editl\tion~ Y (l,_g~, mystici:iHnl etc., .heve only one funda:l'lJLlerutal purpose. whatev~r p.rejiIJdi,ced ,e:K:po.neilits or mistaken adhereats ,may ~~ay, That pUfj?,OSC is to short-circuit the currents of tl:tiGkr ing so that DUe ma y perceive the reality which thought o bISCIl:re5,. In other wordf~~ ad);"-a!1·ced rei i.,gi 0 us practices, meth:om of :medlErntion, ecstatic saint ·wanhll(,etc., ate aUmean·g to he:l.p man. slow down the stream of thong-his until he eventually stops Its flow co..mpletely. S eetarian mentallitjeswm~ 0:£ COl-use, vehem~nt~y object to dlis~ but theit d.e1l1a~ is simply- a denialof the tree facts, M arure 'and pen.e.tuci:ng souls -alone C~ pei:peiv~ this trli]J,m. They alone, bY' darlfrrin_g dl)dr lln_der;smndiag of this subject" can escape from the. spirimal ro,g wherein t110S.t students :8.111d devQtt\es habi~ly move, They alene know 'th"l.t ·~he p~mcu1ar rellgiaus path anyone follows MS less to. do wlth his

. ~nrururHmt than tbe mechanical method of mind. son tI(]1 he uneonsclously practises, 'They done knDw that the sbsecce of Mly creed, wha tsoever from his beliefs makes a man, no 1-~5S sneeessful than his more pioOQS h1:o[h~t.

'WI)a;t the advan~ed Indian Yogi experiences 1S

Nirvana, is ;substantially the same Co.ndltD:Otl as what the advanced Christian m ystic experiences it$ God, If either, in re00rdirig or describing this au blimc state, ~c.k~ 9'111 to it . theo~QgicaJ! O! local. doctrines peculiar to his race or 11lmd:l we must ascribe these accreriens to 'their true source-the personal pre] udiees or men-raj biLas of the. sBer----..and not to the iilumlnatioa itself.

, II lumi nation, ln its varying degrees ~ is the same for all men ::31.1 ~ ke, Every mystic redi SCOVe!':$ the same hidden . treasure, but his description of .~.Jt may he laments My dlifere:ot because his intellectual and ernetiona], .int,e.rpretatiml of it is ru1fet-ertt 'Tblfte mi'~ dtgfl$.! of iiltllllimttiotJ it$elj, and in the most advanced degree ~n ~,~en obtain th: same expe:6ence and agree :perfectly ill _ ]~su:nQerrst'anding. But su.cl] are the rare few, the gifted imrll,o:rtru.5 ~amo.flg men.

Tet.11pOfa~l gllmp ses and experienees of a mysticd :natule have occurred in every century snd in every land i but mtdli.gev,t jnterpretaricn of these experiences is not .so pl¢.ntiM, Ths:; kinderganen al phabet of every creed. has been dt-:agged in to explain them, and that which descends out of the U niversal and Infini te :is chained to some local symbol.

, Our time dC?Jands a seusi blemc] s,pitirual explanation of thesetJ:thlgs l . not ·an unscientific and. tdi.gloO= i'ilate~ifulhric one, V.:isi.oi'i:s.rles, have recorded pexioctly genu.me expe:dence5~ both psychic and spiritual .. 'Yet they differ. widely in thejr' results; why::- Becaase the b.eliefs with _ which they started out, ·,thepa~,t lex_pe= 1'1enoes wbich ,have influenced their personalities, ill these have Influenced die .mtetprertation of their results, The interpretation may be unsouad, therefore, when the lnnex expe;ri~n:i;:e isqtlJte valid,

W,e makethe mistake of atitemp6ng tiD erect a eir-

wmM:ribing fence around 'tillS divine discovery ; thro\lgh all ages genuine seekers, bet w.i th, f~:a.tr,?W minds or Iittle experience have: tried. to. force this wide oc'ean .of Truth-knowledge into a small compound of doctrine 01( creed, It cannot be done, and. when their experience deepens they themselves come to realise ·t.hat this is so, but the .f!Cl<'l,l{rn; of Qi!thodo'x churches 011: the. 'diffiCllity· of explaining such subtle truth to the multitude. often compels, their silence"

Creeds come 'lflIdl go) ciUlb"s arise and 'slowly 'dis~pe~ .. sects take the world's, 'Stage for ~ time but fiIustaltllnl1itel y make their exit, yet the ancient wisdom, stripped of its tFap.piogs, of external ~presl"" sion, remains forevee identical aero unchanged, H is independent of :t"iLce-witness Thoreau a'mong the Amerk:an5 and Sankata .among th~ Hindus. It is ~I?m from thecenraries=-Reblndranath Tagore tod9!y and! .y\{cistet' Eckhart over six: hundred years a,go. It ls 'unaffected by climate ........ the ,fut'-wmpF,ed Tibetan hermit, Milarepa, dwelling on an icy plateau ultimately arrives at the sarne truth as Plotlnus Ii ving in. warmer ellm'd Egypt. Tbe same in wt1:td experie.~ce Ioformed the beautif!ll! Persian poem.s of Jdih.lddln Rumi as inspired the h'JI.u:ndng Christian verses, of Fmnds Thompson, The lnsph:'atlons of early Rome parallel the inspirations of early China, Similarities in all these are 'StartWlg.i, thoughts are idenciC9il, bu,t the. vestures of those thoughts are necessarily ~ubjeGt to personal tastes MUtd.u.cia1 cusroms.

The s.iili.p~e and. beautifuJl sayings of J esus car!y 'the burden 'of Tmrh's eseential message~ Study' them well and 1O'u shall find they cOlr'eSpOM completely with me sayings 0[' writings of other men who are at one with the Overself, AI] the masters of deep spi:dtu:td

realisation speak alike: only the stumbling followers and prafcssio.nal ihtologi~n.'s disagree and differ,

D'Q you imagin.e that God showed Himself _to men only in those far-off days when Christ stirred up an obscure comer ·~f the Roman Empire or when Buddha walked with the begging-bowl? If God. cannot show Himself again roda:y j then His power has become st:t:ll1gei y eircumscri bed and the Absolute has suddenly shrunk back to the Finite, Is .it not better to, believe that He is te..ady to 'reveal Himself to, all who cue '~O :fulfil the conditions precedent to rtwch tion? The Eternal has spoken. to man in the past 'iiilfid can speak: to him again -e

Who can ~,pi·ain, the spell which men like Chllis,t and. Buddha flung over thej r audi tors, by means of a few VTOtds? Omt:orical genius cannot explain it; intellectual gewus cannot [explain it. Sometbing more; than these things is required 'to make 'plain why their silent gl:1l!Iia!s moved stony hearts 'which no doqu.en:t perorations were ever likely to move, some mysterious possession of apo,~~lr. at once a w·eRlm~l'i:ting and divine"

For ceuturies erudite scholars have trained their searchllghts upon. the story of J esus, They have exa mined minutely [evruy slued of Informs tionsbout Him, every source and every document that might make their vision of the mysterious Gslilesn '3. little clearer, And .r10W ~ nearly two thousand yeats ~ftet 'the death ,of 'the Inspired J ew", He remains still 'iUi enigmatic and unfamiliar l1gute. His biogtapl'-,if is still .Ia.tgely imaginative) His p,ersonaH~r has been "picmr:ed in liJj thousand. contradictory ways) His teachings have been used to bu ttress opposing institutions , Yes, though drH~ world 'still writecS the nsme of this wonder-

r~ man wi th a. certain veneration, still holds His high shove every other name in the West~ He remains a my.sr,ety,

The unaided. intellect of !nan crun never solve this mystery. Out of the divine Infinite He carne to the uibes of men, gave his sacred wQt.ds-and was gone. Such was the ou net' picture.

F ot Chris,t descended on. earth from a. supericr planet, which was Hia zeal horne, and which is far ahead of ours ill spin mal .consciousness, to bless and serve men by His presence, 'This descent was His real eross, His real crucifixion, And. those. who sincerely seek: Him rna y stil I find Him-c-in their hearts,

But: divinity was not buried in the tomb wi'tb 1 esus, Have no. holy voices spoken since then? Can we not search ru$:tO:1t:t for the P,Mt two thousand real.S and find the names o.f 'J!. few men whose presence and look testified to lofty splritmil attainment? Is not the deeper lite. al W,fi, y5 e:i:,~e:nd]ng' .i ts sublime i1'Jl"tit:ttion to us'? .

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Why should we hide these simple truths. under. a complicated jargon? Why should we dress thl·s. beautifulfigu;r-e of Truth in. coarse sackcloth, M·en. like Buddha and Jesus did not disdain to expound their thought in clear-cut phrase. and to explain their meaning in simple words. The profounder thou.gbts 'Citl be ~Jmply expressed; :it is not :at all necessary to pu t them. into plose of Cirnmerlsn :myste.r-y i Yet. there are those who. delight in using a vocabulary and phraseology which build barriers between 1"Iu·th and its mental uadersrsnding.

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waited for the spidtll~. pioneers who dared to utter hc.tetodoxthoughts; hence a jargon of obscure and guarded ·~etminologr gtew up .amoIl;g ~.ome. :w·~,o walked this Ione path. But ther: IS "no J Ul:stlficatl~n ll~ this t.wentieth ('cntnry for the weird J argon of medlevaI days still cunent.in e,et.tain circles. 'The hlg'b.e~t truth~ esn now be revealed without fear of the .h3111J.g1n.g rope or' the torture I'ac:k; why :frighten simple truth~sleeker.s

by pDin.g up complica~ed".m fs~ede5 ? ,

In former rimes this interiot path and Its results

were des'cl'ibed in published books under poetical, symbolical and allegorical phrases, Such a style was ?f use to the. intuitional who were "able to read thtleIflsomething which the unenlightened man could never

p creel 'Ie. .

In tho .l?~e$e.n.t eta ~he time has. COrtl-~ to s'P:;1il~. mo.~]~ openly and more plainly: of these matters, \~!e bv~ m an. intellectualand scie:ntine age when a set of teachings must be presented in '3 manner which will a:p~ eal to the. ordered intelligence of men. Any other kind of presenrn-tion will cause such teachings to be .treated es

poetry ~ '<LIS a decomtion f,?t S_P;:l1:e l~llolnents. . _, e

The peevslenee of sCI.en:ce' and . the pop~LaIls.'at~On of knowledge have fostered rnan's iatellece, rhel~efo.re a modern expression of truth must at the least make as stro1llg rul apped to his mind ~s to. his heart;. ,The needs of the brain C3J!]fl.Ot be d.esrm~ed byauy spirircal me-ssage nowadflYs:- though they shQuldnever be

permitted to play the des,pot ,

We who have had first-hand! cxpenence ©f the

amazjng potentiilities of medhation must be ready.to meet the doubter on his own ground, and to free hlm who is iii, pris oner of the primi tive . concep tions that man is nothing more than 1u:5 material body and tha\~

,the world was formed from 11otf'n i ng more than the primeval mud, It. ls not e.nollgh to tell him that our stars burned a little blighter :u our births; we mns t show him hew he c;1tfi kindle a gtea\[er ligh t fq;t himscl[W,o. 11 still he IlJ'Si8[s an s11 utti ng hi s, eyes to the pessibilifies 0'£ man's life here and now. he will brave no excuse rOt, the spiritual darkness which envlrcna

Ll_ [WU,

Yet thereIs little th~t is radically new here, in the historical sense; om y the s:Yfl'the(5,is and proper pro.po[:.. tiO;t'ung of these thClughr~ will appear ,f,:j lIly fres:hwi.tJD. this book ; hut everytmng that has not been tried out is new, a.:tld these things have rtot beentried by the'

world at large, .

The trainedmodern intelligence demands 'l1id. must. recei ve a better presentation of tru th than the mere as,pi~atio!js of religio-moral s,entimerrt"a]I~.

W,e must Iememoet: toe rna t tbe teachers 'Who came

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]111 the pa~.t~mme: to peoples whose mentalities we:t~ unlike our OWl1l~ and came a.t times when the economic problems of .indj,usula1 civilisarion had. not beeome JS·Q hera. vy as to press down 'upon all others, They Oilmre to Eastern peoples", whnare tlatUfaHy mote sensitive than, our own, whose minds ate less sceptfcal andk:s8 restless, and whose beans are habi tuall y mmed toward.s teligious devotion. It must therefore be dear that the Seers of today~ and of the '\'qest e$pe.c.ial1y; should ro,r,get the preseht~t1o.11iS of the Pi1S,t ill o1i:der. to' remember the: needs of the p:r,e;s'eflt. Hence t~.e1 will seek to give- out 1expl!:essiQh~ of truth suited to the limes. Such expressicas ere ~l:t-cady tak]ng shape in var.r1o!t1LS movements and cults, however pru::rlal they may be, :SOj t()O~ in this teaching of :spirirum se:If~ inquiry it ['8 needful to show what W'Otmllld value ±~

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p QSS,eS5;et; for those who are held captive by the P crpetual agira ti0I1 of modern life, and \V h~ t < praetics F appli~ation m,ay be mad e of its fundamental p:dncip !,e that the real self.of man is di v lne,

CHAPT"R IX

THE \vAY' OF DIVINE EEAJ.:rr'Y

THERE are some temperaments which will find it

_ - almost Impo ssible to eake 'Up this pa;rh of Introspective s'!df~~m'tlysis.. Unfothtn_atdy. but not unnaturally I their minds are not built in away that will permit them to hold thei r thoughts to sud" a topic. Whatj then, are th~} to d.o?

The way out of this difficulty for the studeat unattached to ~ny personal teacher is to begin by yjeliling himself dcliberarely to the rhythm of inspired.

· ... vork5 of att, 0-:[ '~y cldtlV'a.ti'~g exalted moods induced in. the }J:tes,ence of Narure's beauty, and by widening the feelings of veneration whenever they suffuse the soul through such. external agencies.

A picture by a master hand. a, poem~ by ()11e who is sensitive to the spiritual side of life" the playing of a violin by a genius like Kreisler, it walk drrough gaunt~ Ieafless woods in, autumn, a contemplation of the glint. of june sunshine upon the honeysuckle, !Dr the sight of an old. church ill the w.aning light of the westcring sun=-these thing~ may move him to. '6ue feelings oI·j! kind which the ordin ar,y :I!ctivities. of life do not usuall Y' call forth. There. is II spi ritual po:wer in these moments \V hich we remember loogaftet they sre gone. Rightly used. they can become as Ja'cob1s

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ladders leatl1qg fro,m eaeth to heaven ..

I have we tten elsewhere that today the inspired artist is takirn,g up' the burdens of the priest, through becoming the instrument of that aspect of the Higher Power which reveals itself to man as beauty"

The .artist~ the wrl ter 'lmd. the musician incarnates hi mself in to h is work, and if he is blessed at times with lofty Inspirarions, if he has striven to sound a spl:ritlJaJ note In the art of his time, if be has sat at the feet of divine bes uly or true wisdom, then .in the degree to which you y.idd yourself up to his influence shall yQU share those j ns pirarions wi th him.

In evc'J:y person' s life there exist certaln moments w hen, the elfect of art or nature is to prod uce run indefinable sense of gtea t calm or a flow Lng tide of bliss w hich overwhel ms him . What Iies b ehind such ecstatic moments?

These are the moments in a man's Iife when he stands at the gate of the spirit, though he know iit not. In the "presence of is orne grand scene of N ature, he i~ unconsciously reminded. of his tune spirimal horne, so grand~ so be'ltl.tiful is it, He loves the bright clouds in. {he sky and the golden sunsets ~ peaceful woodlands and calm lakes, because they remind him of his spiritual origin. Beauty 'speaks to him with these voices and says: "This grandeur is what you should attain In\vardly,,' They a-re. voices calling to him from his spill tual home.

Sometimes, as in listening to, deepl y-inspidng music, 'to the J.10bJe melodies of Bach or thepuze strains of :Nf OJz:;ut" f-or .:instance" (J r gazIng em somemountaln scene, he receives hints of m higher life for man. ~'I usic, being the most direct of all the fine arts I provides, the truest medium 'of spirimal expression.

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But a.loo I he knows not the august nature pi hl!l< vi~d ~an ts a:i1d tbti:y tremble :itv.ray. If he had ,f?e ]eis.ute and deaire to attend to the fine thOUg~lt;s which tt::nop after -a moment of awe: ~d wonder, e.~eD, the avera,ge man ,ffilght g.:r:aduai ~y become lllumiaed,

For all fine art 13 'but a symbol le9!JdifIJ_g to 3 shri~e of ,golden fire; ail. iosc.dbed jn$pi~a·t:ions ate but the fih:ny veils which oove~ t~~ naked ,bodr of Truth, ".

'Those Wh01 tryto gather .Ulto their minds the world s harvest of printed bCilIuty ~d wis,dom~e moved ro do So by an instinct t.hail cernes ti-Offi af:ar; Forwhen the eyes gaze upon a ~,~e. w,:d~t:n. with Jite_1L'l,t'y aft and s hi mmering with golden 'S'Pll'1tuaith{lug~~, ."l myster1.ou:~l sense will 'be fclt confLrmm,g that which is

ilead, ., -. ... d

When you approacb the bouse o:f a r~y lrlJ!5p.t~e~

scribe or m·u;slc:il. compose!' and enter his room, you.

• 'UI~ 1 t, . ';; ..' k hoe seeno 'mete swdy but a vent:l.iJt~e aicnenuse ,s ~o_:r' s ",.le"

Is; he not the- lon,eJy m~g1ciml Who sits tnnicl. ,Olyrn.}u:an wa)1"8 and. wa,t,rne$ the pruxoraiua ox Life as o~e ·aput? 'What is his pen but a wand. of tbaumatur.g·u::, 'row,a that inv>OK:es a hidden world of w~~J?ected , sFlel1id~w:' before OUt' profane eyes? Ar~ not_ the W.rl~O~S that cover his tsble mysterious papyni that em balm me. sacred words- ofccmenuaion w:i~'h a hlg1!er .rea.l.m. "

- Wl'i!e11l. he r01Kes up rhe p~ and wield!;; itas .. ~ :ma~c. "tand~ casting it. about out atmosp~e.!re and chan§: E'i.! the hC*lVY rught t~t covers u~ mto ,~h~ gr:ow~g. dawn, he becomes. ~,o.m}" _lot a li;tt!e 'wlille., as _lP~tent a whard as those of old. The ffi:rn:_g!CllW.s of those tlmes ;sought by a w-av:eof the W311Jd to hrln;g men 11'0' see s.u~ things as ,ther desired dlJem to see:" Tiney. r~:uch:ed a seed. and it b:eC1UTI'e, :;1 tree, or wrnpp.ed th~ _Clooh d: ][nvisibili~ abour themselves. Sut now 'we have put

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aside such dumsy df':ects. and seek [0 p.~3ice subtle spells UpOii:l the mind of man with nothing .more mysrerious than, a :bumble pe-n.

'1 have read DQoks, that filled my m·11lcl with go]d'eD. im~geiS (}f such st-.rnnge power' that I l,ost the sense o~ be.ingmd 'bc,c:am,e blent wi:th brooding ,infinity i And who has not read. other books wherein the in~eJl~se vision of the wrleer so wo~th:d upon his thoiJ.ghm that it evoked an W1IcietJJt vanished ci viUs,;:'!t:i.on befpre'.his

astonislred g~? "

The stlldent 'who. finds hl.ms~e]f more stirred by great Ut.eta.mre should. mkea book) or some passages from ~ book, which makes .~ deep appeal to. rum" which seems to bt]ng' 'With it a. breath 'Of it15l?intion~,whid:~ has an unfB;i1ingly ex·dung leffect upou him, and which Gomes almost with the force of 11I m'e$sag'e U1I)tf] higbee ret;k~n$, If he Cares fa:r. great poetry and can feel Its powe:I' he may find. this, inspiration in 'some haull,ting' poem by Francis Thompson in. a .sof1flet by 8heUey OJ: a lyric by Keats, and. in some of those shining verSes by my gifted I rish friend;" A, E/ (Georgie VI. RiUsseU).l

'ff he pte:fers prose there are some delightful esss yists; to servehirn, writers who raise the dlvine spade of creative art and set flee to. tJJJe tinder of man's im,agination, Emerson's es,sfay on s.~d:f-teliaDoe.! fb!f' esample, holds it the least :1\ hundred quotable sentences, He is: one oJ the illest ongin.al i'lucl most ~"etceptlye thhl1ret:s among th~ moderns. His 'pi t~y Ith,Qiught~; an li.ke nuggets; of gold from his perl, Spend an hO!lr~~~n him and YOIl are l,e:cci ved iato the company' of the: g:l:ea t, Enter Into his high meed ij_nd you eater into, an. atmosphere rerniniscenr of the. Up:u:)Js:hads,. the Tti:pi~ '1 Tho .oxfom BODk ,at Eng/ilh lotfYsliml V!i,Ft$ Cpu bUshed by' llifotd U o.ivers.it"f p«s~) oonta:im seveeal poiliD1S of thi:!l kind •.

~kasj the New Testament and the B.btonic books ;: you breathe .fnttj) from the very begianiag, Hequib bles no :a.tgll1:nent and fue$jevely 'tll!Dugh.t; he wants the Jaw truth abcut a matter" and no thl.flig Jes s, His PaUadi,'ati pages ateL:l8pking. to the l~t syUrub},e.

If thesr.uclent ctngi v'e his symP'Jih~rbo ancient serlptures he wiU:f.ind. ill the sublime sarh~gs of Christ, .in the, ilium i nat i:ng dialogues of Buddha and in the translation of the ·I-liIldu~,Bhg;gavad. Gl,t~' Oil:

"Lord' s Song' SlQ:utC~S of pr.ofound l'lelp.

Let him select ~, paragraph D:II: fragment f:[O':111 these. or any ancient 'Dr. modern hook which makes most "J,ppeal to him and ruroinarementally ever it. reverentl y trYlFrlg to suck out its meaning, as. Ir were, tqring to enter into the spiritual rhythm or rnentalwa ve-length wW.ch brought it to birth" Let him do this wIth the utmost: slowness, with the utmost absorption that he can rnustea, hoMing the heart as we]]] M the mi~d tol cl:l_e chosen passsge, while the words vibrate in h]s soul,

Do not r~d the 'Words alone; read the thoughts

behind them also. .

Concentrate as }'Dll read. Read slowly by' letting each wO,:tdl. sink intlOy"om conscinusness, And as it sinks let its meaning pass, into. your .nund also. Repe~t each WQIid mentally in suehs way tha'li: you a(;[lll$lly become theguthm.'~ the creator, ss it were" Yon, yoo1:s:elftcoilstrulCt the sentences and form. the parngra;phsr~thi~ lS creative and coesnucdve (ea;d~ng. II: brln,gs gl!'lst to tbe milJ of you.r mind and fond for the bta.1n. Such ll'e:ading Iirerallyengrsves it~c1f into yO\'+l thoughts. You have set your own mind to work]. ta think along the lines and tracks h1!dlica~edby' the author,

. The basic thIng lS to concenreate upon some abstract klea, some phrase or verse, that the student IS able to experience within his i11ind.,]n ~. powerful w'J:y. that echoes deeply within the chambers of his 810m. ]:'~e must choose,' such pas:sages as, have this effect upon him, eveurhough other persons mightfin.d only words in them. He must fed tbe presence of an. element of u~8:pi[ati.IQfi quito apart from the li.teraty value of the pIece or. poet]] ..

There are c:ertain. pafitgrnpbs which stand up ]ike peaks in such boob, They 'are the pas,s:ageswhe:rcin the author hss written, wis er than he knew ~ written I should Mil)' ~ under the inspire don of his sp:ir.ituall self.

These enchanted and enchanting hours when you are caught In a mood of esaltedcalm or emotional wonderment b]i" a piece of writing which ovcrwhelras you, which is spir.it made words, must: he wa tched and caught at their prof(ju.ndt.:st moment. You 11l1Jst .110 t dlssipare these fine feelings, but rather treasure them as being of the utmost 'value. You must not hurry away q uickl y to the next impression. You should hold your. attention ][[ this mood. This is the high and s erene momenr when the book c-an be: bid aside, for it has done its wo:tk. Pause, aadprepare to pass through the beau tiful gate of symbol into the starry world beyond, But if thega-ire Is dosed to yo.u and its .fastenings ton ~g fOE your eyes, despair not; rest awhile and pray. Percbance the hidden gu:a:r.dian of the threshold will come forth with his simpl y-fashioned key ..md ualock the s1]~dorwed en trance for Y()Iu.

Pause, at tbis mysterious moment, and b~,gin to practise 1>11e exercise in placid breathing, and then. folk)w the instructions givt:n upon the aW'l.keniug 'to Intui tion,

The smdenr c~n also ,pe,netfateinb) this el.emel1:t bY' ot!he:i: paths, He Must choose themedlum, whose prJ'wer he feels. _most. It is :tl~:~ essential, th~I'efO)(e'~,. to take 131 book, since 0'1.1[[ aim is but to evoke a high. mood, 'to free 'the mind f.Ol' aw bile of ill personal ajf:oo~ and eo abstract it £rom. the usual run 'Cl:f wordly ~c.tivitles", He might get eq t]f,a], resul ts by listening to music composed lry true genius. 01le p-~nonality ~iU arrive at 'this JODie'); moodduQ<ugh a book, inotbett through music, and so on. _ 'The e;5senda[ thing Is to p:roJit by the esalted mood in. themsnnec indicated in the foregoing patagraph.

CHAPTER X

Ie 1\.1\1 we reduce such uncommon t~oug~ts as th~~

. ~ - to the OOlmllQifl needs 'Of the hour? you 'will ask, ~We cannot desert the' world, caonot [eave our Londons and go forth to contemplatlon ~:n:nid solitude; \ve have out debts to p~y to Admems MId our f~t 'are chained for life while. ]?aying them,' y~u will complain. "I'he world is harsh and hatd ~nd has, no use Eot such vain and hollow doetrines as "mIt'S, We c-annot subsist upon a diet of elcuds, Y OLlIS is an excellem philosophy kH; those who sit in esse at the chimney-corner, perhaps, but how 'can it help 'Us who toil and moil 'amid it ma,ttet'-of~fact society?;; Y0ll. will

- ~ll d concur e.

These questions coOntam some f1:eguenlm]scollceptions of what constltutee time 8_pbituility *lld I shall begin to answer them by pO~ifi,g another question in return,

,; Have you eve II: been ca:IJ.g·~,t: up in one of those, tropical whirl winds w bien move with :1 wG. .. .in:Sph:in,g' iotte?~

Stra!lgd.y enough, youHn.d '[mitt, in the ¥~ centre of the whirl wind, there .is a pbce peifecdjr calm and untouched, So, too, the man who kalOWS him~sen._f attains In ental equilibrium al1dIem~s unmcved

n ~ 0 T:aE S::E.CcRE'r FATH

MrIld the feverish ,a"ctlvity 0.£ the w01[ld, His inmost being 15 in. p ~:aeefu]_ un disturb edreposej whatever. whirlwind of life ~;wlrls, around him. w hatever work he is doingandwhatever thcm,ght8 engage his intellect.

Spiritual truth is apt to. he considered the p.re:roga.tive Qf sp ecelatlve men, lost In pious orphilosophleal dreams. That it should be broughi within. the plltview of active men IOf affairs isa considceetion which seems dubious but history has not .inf:mcplently turned it to fact.

Is it possible to fuse the w1sdo.m of this world wi th the wisdom of things divine? Why not t Why ~ £~).l' mstance, should. not the s:piri mal seeker be eonj oined

'w.it'h, the msn of busines s? I knQW .one man who owns a ebemiesl. factory in an Eng]ish p:rQv~,~jcia~ town who. has at~emptedJ this. His entire o1:gn:n isa tion, his .1,ubQ.n;t.tory ecpllllpmef.lJt" his officle equipment, his advertising metho ds and, his manafsctured pro ducts, ate easily among the: 'best and most up-to-dare irr their line, He tteats his many workers on the basis of the Golden. Rule" There is nathingjwithi:il reason, that he \vi11 not do ,fOl' them, with the resul t thiilt tbere is nothing reasonable that tlley will, not do fOJ: him, Every njght before retiring [0 rest aft;et the dust and effort of the da:.y-£Or thu t is: the only time he can SpMe- he goes off to a quiet corner of hits house ancl devo~ :a tm.:nquil half-l1oucto mental quiet, finding ffu,etef:[om. a sublime peace and supporting :p('!~t~t w hich inspire his next day" s acetivities) 'and wmch enabLe 'him to keep a secret li be:nt;i'" Qf t~le' s:pirltHmlcl all the mechsnisatioo of tod:ay. He has made this teguth.I practice qulre compatible with active life. It provides him with. an inner poise amid the distraction:s and turmoll of present>day existence, The .rughe.u: wisdom and! su:ength which he Iinds in the divme

l1iEGOS'J!I'.EL OF n.l'SPU!.ED ACTION ::I 5 I

Gen~re are latex bJrQught into effective scnOon in 1$. basiness.

The hUs11l.eS5 man who 0 hjectsc tha.t be has no time and no thought fot spiritual interests because his material ~ffuJn f:hbsorb them ill, fs ill a 8JOny pHght.

\Vh<1.t then is the true business of mall? . . .

It is right '1)0 consider our material needs of the moment, but it is not right to consider them. wit-wilt

reference to anything else, ~

M.any are the WeRtcJ:n.trS who h1!:v~bu:ci,ed themsci ves In thelr business and 8CUc::e~y ever come out to notice that there is a spieirual san above, A thousand thoughts ttu"Ong dle!r heads from. dawn to dnsk; the nigh'!: ('ills and they ate left to leap the harvest of what has been sown" Amld all this teeming' field of d.l0[lg~'JJJt 'and life---w hat' remains ? Even. when ~;lange:n: ehrearens and the physicien packs them off on a longho]jday~ such Is :theirsJ&ver.:r that, though t:bey 'cannot take the business with them, they .acte' compelled to 'carry ~t in their minds j it is, now the driver and [bey but burdened steeds ..

It is a SSltd but j].ec:,essaiy dar .in.·1il man'slife wben he finds that, for all his striving, his hands holdUttie ~a:re than withered leaves, At such a tnot't'li~hjt heooay be gin '~JQ; pe:rc:ei ve that true spil'i tuality is nd:the:6' an. abstract science not an abstruse speculation; it is, a way of lIfe~ a deeper outlook upon the wl]:,dd. It may be painfUl to, arrive at such it day:) hut i~ 1:;;, dle prelude to ~ worth while happiness ,.

The practical 2tfair,s of human j~.fe f)JO .k>llger exist to serve them but to tyrannise ()~E them, "Things an: in the saddle -md ride mankind,' says Emerson somewhere, and it is ttu:e enough of such men, The COD= sciousness that eould he sell: free fb.r u, short while

THE S:GCR:ET PATH

each day' to scqulre 'the rewd of in'ward, :spirituai. pe:ace is compelled by the machine they have construeted UOU111d. themselves to grind itself out in the petty aud. the puerile,

""'f • 'hi" - ~:I, • s:

.I..l' an, esger to rmpreve ' S maenmes, targets to

lrnpro.ve ,himself

To div(lJjcelife from the spi:ti,ruru is, to :put it in danger. The active self must be fed by the sp1idtuai rescorees of the deepce self We must balalfl~e' up by posing activity with Out contemplation. TIle critical .intellect must 'meet ~he 'visionacy intuition as a friend, not as, '2L foe; the' commercial capaciti'e8 must collaborate wjth 'the spiritual unaginations; while our deep selfishneOS;5 needs, to come to' grips with. out deeper altruism. In this ~~ay each 'of us can become the exponenr of 2,

d . .. hall 1r~c

eep 'VleVtl'Olnt In OUI snauower me.

OUf lives must findthe golden rneaa, W,C must dwell a.whUe in menta] quiet each day} withoutlosing the c:a~pacjty ,£0,:[, practical work, We must pu t a proper balance upon the mystical and material elements of our nature, diverse and ,ineom.p:atible as they appareflltly ate. Whoever 'will follow the Secret Path which has been outlined here will :find] tills bda.hGe without ;stmin. For .it will IOO.1'li.e to him .ruatur-iliy of .its OW!l aecotd,

The monk who, makes his meditation an. obsession is free to do so ~ but we who have to' Jive and. work. ,in the world must seek a wise balance. The light found during out practice of mental quiet "rill thell slUn,e through ouractions 'when we go out to mingle freely wUh the crowd ..

]nspi:wd. action can be made as much a ,ptt:acticaA

. c . . .. I' '.'. f

exercise .LOt a.tt'.urnng Splntua uY' as renuncisnon 0"

W'ordly life ami retreat into rnonasrie places. All tl"\;:

spiritual men do not 'wear monkish robes. Some wear rweed trousersl

Times chsnge and men with them. The sequest,ereci life which satisfied the life-weary Eastern hermit of the. pas.t~ 'will haroly satiuY,the aspiring West~rfi rt~ of today. He cannot fail to fed somewhat of the spmr of material enterprise which surrounds him" If he is wide-awake he will know its value and consider how it may be conjoined to th~ fujgheraim. wW.c.h, he~M fou nd, He need not lose sight of the' practical affai:t~ of his life while he is engagc::d up-on the m'Ystk~ sffairs of Truth.

A ccmrncn idea of one who follows ll. spiritual path is that he is a piQUS and peaceful enough sort of r.na:n:j but devoid. of an r sort of utility in the s cheme of thlng-s~ and defunct in the faculties of reason and CO ramen-sense. That he could link d10lllght with thOu.tiht in iron strictness, or go out and makem pbc'e fer himself among the executive of. '3! ~amrl~?th modern business, rOJ. command an entire battaliOn d1U"ing war,.i:; a notion which provokes satire, although I have known. men of this kind who have done these things:. He, .18 looked. upon. as a somcw hat feeble and foolish crea rure, even if 'a good -,M tured one.

'Because you are a devotee of God; does. that mean you. sbould be a foo]? Do you think a shopkeeper ope~ a. shop to p!'actisc leligio.n.r' \Wh~ .~!d Y'o~, not examrne the, pan before you purchased it? ex:dm'n:-ed Sri Ramakelshna, one of nineteenth-century Ind .. a's most famous saints, to a young disciple w hOW{;11t out: to buy_ an. Iron pot and, on reecrniag, found ][ leaky.

The man VI ho takes, to the hight::t life is not aecessamV' emasculated of ~Jl human tslent. Even if he becomes 'aJS hu mblc ru1d as loving ~$ St. Francis of

T~4

'rHE SECRE;.!." P.A TH

Assissi; he can still "be as brainy as Bernard Shaw', as fun of COU1-age as WJlliam Tell, and as gifted as Galilee. It is false to believe that because he draws his wisdom by direct awareness from a deeper- source, he need lose the abUity to trunk logica:lly, to manage botb. men and :a.ffaf:rs~ and ['0 take his place in the active world. These qualities :may still exist within him, but can no more enslave him,

To inspire one's daUy Tife with strength drawn from faith in. the diviniry with in. is surely to become a better workc.t'~ajld not a worse, For then one has infinite power to draw upon, as wen as greater wisdom to Q·ct tightly.

Sir J. A, Thompson ina recent Presidential address to the British Assoclation, mentioned chat the solution of some of his most intricate scientific problems 'Came to him when he emptied hia mind of the problems. and Jet it remain quiet and still for a time h

Few know that the III te Lord Lcverhulme, who built up the hrgest industrial otganls .. ation of its kind ill. the world, could relax an ywhere a.t will and. put himself into a serene s tate of reverie, In the m i dist of' the most gigantic tasks, he ftequ.enrl}r availed himself of this. power.

Those w' ho believe that medi ta tion tightly (;:00- ducted in the way prescribed is only a, form of sentimental idealism ox abs tract [h..inld:ng~ make 'al great mistake. Such meclit~tion gnduaUy liber-ates a soulforce in man of which he was. not previously aware, and which eventually becomes the ,gr,e'J[te..st inspirer of his acth. ides. It is the most powerful precisely because it is the. mos t inward element of Ius being.

This is a truth, and men like Oliver Cromwell I Abraham Llncoln aOO. the Emperor ~If,at,r;us AUI·eliuS

'l':HE G05;PEl. o F INSPIREJ) ACTION

in the West, or: like Prince Sbivaji, the; Emperor A kbar and King Asoka j ~l the Ease, believed It, scted upon. it 'and triumphed,

113L1Il moves from morning till night _act\o5.s a. background of activities and interests whi~h a!,e PiJr~ly' material in nature, In this, of course, he IS actl11.g qui te narurally, The world confronts him cesselessl y and he must make. wharbe can o fit . But what he does not know is that by detaching himself for a short space of time each day, by letting all his ineeresta in these aciivities temp oradly die out dncing that time he rna y ob~~, high pro,tcction and ltight guld"Mcc for all.those aC~rVlt1~s.,

The \yo-dd gives itself up to U;'loessa.nt act1~~ty merelv because it knows of nothing better. The inspi ~~d man works among its whirring wheels also but he knows whither the wheels are gomg. For he has. found the Centre where all is stillness, where au is, p ower, where all is. wiscJbm,. and for. him the circumference of acti vi~y merely follows the Centre by natural. law,

Out puctica[ activity surrounds us wkh ~ close net; we need to free ours elves and ye.t not destroy the use of this useful net at the S .. ame time,

It is neither necessary nor sensible for rhe student to live with his head i..n the douds. He is living on this mundane sphere i.'nd he best can. express the pricciples he h~s learnt hy a.pplying them to ~is mundane existence, He needs, to look up to. the skies and gSlin the clear vision of sp.iritlJru, ,i ~,sj,ght~ bu.t aIt-CI that he needs to look down on this earth aga.1U and apply that Insigbt to the manner Inwhich he handles

his wordly affairs. He must endeavour to mamtam an equilibrium between spid mal and mat,et~~d forces, He needs to achieve a balanced life; the life of the spirit :llought and found daily and feedlng the life of persoaal activity., and infusing irs wisdom and power into his excursions into wordly affairs.

If he has .regula:dy practised the meditations ]pmscribed in. the earl ier pages, if he has co.n.stantly tried to gather his thoughes around rhe quest fOI' the divine self, he wm gradu.ally- becDn1€:: aware of the spfri rua.~ nature within himself which h-as hitherto been 'covered avec', : say "g:rilrluallt because wisdom does not arrive to a. man on some precise day, It dawns,

This 'awareness is like the li ghti og of an electric lamp, A current of spitil"ulliity wlll be switc.hed OIn with every sum .:U:etUI'JLl to mental ''1 uiet or to selfobservation .. Let him attend to his duties and take his pleasures just as he did before" There need be H.C change .m them ether than whitt his gradu-al inner enljghtenmem will suggest. But tJl~~ all such ch~Jl~s will be volurusry, not forced u:pon rum bY' an artificial svstem o.f external discipli ne •

. Once he has estahiished the. habit oftno.nling meditation, it becomes ~ perfectly natural thing to C'Mry on all the day)s activities within the spiritual current so started,

He will discover that his work willinctl~asln.gly be. carried ou t wi till n this current of spirituality, which 'Will last longer and longer into the d.ay as. he proceeds upon the Sectet Path, VI tinuuely all his work, all his social relaxation 'v .. ill go 01i1111side this cu:aent His whole atti tude will. be changed by the pr'e5e.nce of the current j but his work need not he neglected, And. ul Hmateiya time win come when he c~n drop his meditations

I'l-lE GOSPEL Qf mSPHlJID ACTION 'X; 7

because his whole life will he one long medi tadaaand ).Itt he ,\\l'.UI be as sctive as everl

Life wi]J beenriched, and nor Iessened, if we dra.w upon this ancient wisdcm, It supplements and complemears; it need not destroy; We live chieAy fo~ economic ends, but these can only be rightly achieved when we have permitted some spiritual. impulses to .E1tc.r down. into them,

The spirit must enter into 'e'veIY' department of a. man.'·s Hie. 1£ he leaves it out of his business activitlcs, if he forgets it when he begins to think of sex, if he cannotexpress it when dealing with other people, be shuts himself out of its magicllJ. powe(' to g~ve him the truest: success, the greatest happiness and the. most harmoaious exlsten ce,

Once we end this impossible division 'Of interests and 'llnify our. scattered desires by a. sublime sacrificial act ·of submission to the Higher \Vm, 'We may find peace, Once 'We bring ourselves to the final point of surrender to the promptings of the Overself, we begin. to 'Wi] k the path of our true destiny" 'Gut true 1 ife,

We shall lose nothing by obeying such promptings, There is, .room in life for the warmth of love. as well as :for the eoldnes s of ascetic self-dealsl, fOiL th,e hubbub of crowds \9;8 weU ~'S for the qulet of meditation, No modern way of higher li ving must be too spiritual to perform a few v·ariadons an such themes as wordJy business an,d daily' 'work, nor too refiaed to touch the piano keys ofhumtlll love and human.

. ,. "11'11 " .,. h

passion, In the :tc;swt· :9:, time wru arrive Wilen. tn e

spiritual. man. will. come to look upon everything, ,eve.ry· object, event and perso,n~ as a manifestation of the Divine, 'when be will discover that hecan have no higher commission than this=-to express his, Overself

in whate'j,re:r he does and wi th '~iboe~t he con tac~s"

Let us accept 'and IJ,liSC wisiely all the fadS which modern s de nee has found nut. Let 1JlS, live in en~oyment of all the ecmforts and CO nveniences its progees s can bestow, Let iUS :n:,enounce: l1D,Hdug hut the unwise and destructi ve use we ha ve often put it to, the unbalanced arten cion we have ,given It

:But let UGi also link this external social activity with it deeper life, the life of tranquil dlOUght and j nner peSlce,! and thus learn to. 'preserve a'n nn:ru:ffiedstillnc;S"s Of s pirir even amid vari~d vi ci ssi tude s of exlatence.

W"hoevett mas to ,I iveaad work amid the busy and feverish life of today. for 'hlrn too there is thus 'ai. way which leads, straight to the calmness of the Supref:ne, Let rum in troduce into chis distr:1l!c~iJ!lg activ.ity ii1L splrl tuall~ng principle, Let him not renou~,ce ~is

wo .,1- andflee frcm the I~'aur nts of m en but ],,'" L:;_

. .;l.,~ tJJ~~:L 1!~I, ...... ~ ny,~,., I .,IJ _ .u_ _ ~~, r:.1 I;J' .. LIi.rJ.]- _-. __ ,!j._ .~L::. 11.1i..LtJl

renounce his forme_( a ttirud.~ tework, That which was previously done for selfish benefit alone, is henceforth to be done also in tile spiri t: of serving humanity. This 18., prsctical spirituality, Wi thal he WJ 11 Ii nd half an. hour e-ach day w herein to collect _hjgh and .0001 y idea$ and. place them up Of]! the rut'ZlI' of his ,mind-a sileat offering to the F irst Cause.

Th is is the 0.0131 gospel '(vhid] the ptacticaJ. WeiSt cau 'usle-thls g'os_pci of j[[sp.i:ted :Kt]On-tt it 16 to attain a, WgllJer; eivilisation,

If there is any message the whole wo!'ld is waiting fer, it is an Eas t- W/ est :message, a gospel off aspired Action I

Then we :sba:l1attack the world's problems of poverty J war, disea:s~ and l,gn.oranc{~ with anew zest, and with better success, 'yet we shall not forget te render our da.ily homage to that peace-beseowlng and soul-ennobling ill v,inity'who dwells in the hea:rt$ of mea,

.cHAPTER X]

THEcrhjdsm will be offered by some who havre

'I'e1ld all the earlier c hapten that these ideas may be very beautiful and profound" but thllt they cannot be put to any practical use, No notioncould be. {a.bHzr} DO su pposicicn could be more baseless. The condition of realised spiritLl:ality ! s no nebulous and unsubstantial thing. 'The spiritual life can be made inrens ely practical in its application, indeed, p:wpcrly understood, it is. the best possible basis for practical existence. FOf 'We must learn to manage our thoughts rightly) because 'rhol1.ght is the unseen guide of all QUlactiOI1S"

These far~~)ff spirimal seek~iigs may not appear to have an y worth for the man in the street. This is indeed so if control of troubled nerves, peace of mind and quietness of he,alLt~ ate of .00 worth. This is; so If inner r eise aud outward. self-mastery are of no worth. This is so if di vine pn:'otect10,n and pro'll ~de'O,tiaJ, aid in every kind of erou ble, :my:s;te,do~s healing of illnesses and strange ,guidance in perplexity ate of no worth. This is sci if man Uvea for ever and the sickle of Death never. came to Cl1JI.t short his d'J}rs"

The cares qf' life COIlS ~Bntly P[~S s in up on us £qr atteatlon. \Vhi]:st a fiel'ce +l:cti,vity dominates the world' s attention, the: w isdom w bich comes with

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mental quie E darkens :ilfid disappears. The more we give ourselves up to this OJfit.l!rlnking rna terialism the mose OtJf, diviner being becomes utterly h]ddell,

It will be the ,e.ffiotil: of these pages to show how a. rnan, even when Hving under such conditions, even w hen hemmed ill by apparently insscaps ble circumstances, 'can gain right direction. for his material HIe" highelL guldilnc~ to solve the problems of his d~il y Ii ving, divine pr-otec'tion ]nr.imes of distress I\[],d spiri tual he-alillg fOf' his bod i 1 y ailments.

] could quote ma:ny C;ILSes in this book in oFcfei; to show, th-at thetechnique of s.piritual living preposed here Is cult ,m.erely an. abstraction; 3. t is a way wbereia ene can walk to obtainpra,ctica] help ill rna terlal ~fi:'hl,3:'S ECj u ally ; it ls a forrn 'of P[ot-ecti,9'e actlvit,}" which bestows '1 sense of co.mp]ete securlty deep in one's heart.

'''t·il. h'.1I' d- .. 1., ' 'h "I.l:

. . w ,J.~o,cv:cr. ., ass enscoverec '1!.JJ:i.2 secret p:a t ll,eau.rng to

Ius div me centre, can ever :atter demonstrate the fact of rbis discovery by the waf he l'Legotiat'es the inevi ~.~ sble obstacles the unavoidable difficulties and the reccrring disnesees w'~jchenter human life from tune to time" A highcr li£e has begun for hlm,

lvfa[JJ~ ignorant of$el1;cre:l!i~es his own unhappiness, The world masters him, when he was born. to marster the world, Life comes down, with cruel feet, sooner 0:[ later. ~Ll]?Oon eve[y man who knows few or man y thlngs> hut does not know himself: Even the dead do, not escape", Fall: death is but another form of life.

Ifmall1 would ack.nowledge h]fl divine po~sibjUrie:s :a:~ fie:ad:Uy as he -a.,c.kn.owledges his 'l'!J1limal limilltati,ons" the, millennium would come qukkly, l.~,t iUS not pra:y,! then, for more powel: over other men, nor for gI'taite.t' wealth or wider .fam.e; let cs pray ,:t:acther to have this

crushing ign.oI''MlGe Qf nurtrue self removed,

There R~ millions of men and 'women who ate unhappy because they have never Iesrnt tms ·trotq, who are dli'e victims of thea own deplorable .ignoratlce. U nder the l~aHfe surface of their Ii ves they' a~e filled with disconteats, rheyare seethieg with diseoeds, and their hearts srepescelsss,

There is an ever-open doorwhich few mG."Jl deign to, approach, 'but tbrough which a11 men must one day pass, h is the door to the re~l self 0,£ man, whose unseen portals must be groped .Eo:!; and felt after within tbe myarerious recesses of the: hu:m.ac.tI spirit, n is In, those shadowed reeesses that both. think.illg and feeHng takt their rise and therefore \ve rna l' trsee OUI' wa:y to the entrance along the path ef guided thought o If-. 11on.g the p11kth ofguMed feeling. But once we sross the tbreshold and enter the inner 'sUence. 1ill troubl iug q'lJ~st1tins receive ~;n.3wer:l all external W1U1:tS become assured GidlOE of ample supp'~y or qf reslgued understanding, and all menacing tribula rions 1.1,ttLru,ct the divine S~~eJlgth. by which '~hey C'lID becal11.l1:y faced, It is i 1')! thisine1fable inner :region that Ulan must find his ultimate sad.sfocti,on, his final beatitude, his assured protection,

The rational b~sis of these things is .sirnply explained" 1,1h,n, ];5 n miniature l111.iv,erS'€ in. himseif. His Overself c~nsdtute& the sun and h]s personal. self plays the pabt: of the: mcon. Just M' the moon borrows its Lrght from the 3UU~ so does his pe!$onaLiry 'bQUOW its $e'lf~ eonsciousnessand its' yl~lity, its thiriJ.rjng pow'C:t' and feclin,g P owe~'j £rom the cen trsl lum] n:ny j' the. Ovets:eU:

Men wbo .r.~ ve 01111y b.y their pets enal self's w1S&il.o m and. being are like men who work at .t1igl,:~ by mo onlight because there is no ~,I)n, <11. man wh~ has never

seen the SUi]/ says the Spanish w.ritet, Calderon, 'cannot 'be blamed for think i:ng that no g]ory can exceed thQt of the moon, ~ ~lel1 \-V ho live b~ the wis dom of the Overseif can still see the con tribution of the pef:>sonaUty but place a secondary- v~'l~e upon it.

Scnne.r-h]ng happens to the man who CQ:I11e9 into true self-knowledge 'A~ncl self-ownership, He o.b:t~ a changed ou tlook and sees life from a new vantage ground. He looks ourupon the l1o.is.jf' panorama of confused and troubled existence, but keeps at serene ha:tmOJ1Y within himself, The ir:titations which onse visited him. d'ailly,. in their hard gxip~ become mellowed ann are themselvce ctt'~,ght and held 'by ':1 higher force,

Sucoess in following the Se.CJLei: J?:alh will even t~.a1]y detach a man fDOnI tesdeS5 desires, uncontrolled though:ts ana unconsidered actions, And though the eiffort required may seem great, the spiritual reward will match it, for the mysterious condition betokening awareness of the Overself "wm one day bleom with i 11 the asp.lfil:nes soul.

In the p!add moments of mental q~,det' we win a degree of control over oursel Yes. w.hich, wlll,ev·en t~~aHy 'p ercolate through to' OUi: daily Jjfe and permeate Ian ourscttons. This resnlt is certain and scientific, Just as a few drops of xed litmus thrown jnto a vessel of water will OUSt the latter to take oa the tint of lled" S,() all our external life becomes coloured with :lU1 automade. mas rery 'DVe;!; se.lf~ if 'We 'will persist in the thi:IL@':e[aId practice, Ca:U thy bread of ~if:1(le and effmt Up01CU the wa~e.r>s of mental quiet, ;tl,ldl it ~;haJi be retumed to. thee: a hundredfold,

Once you ha ve placed yours elf in the hands Qif the Overself within; yaul: life will 'begin to flow more serenely and more sweetly, Inwartlly it will be like a

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quiet stream, even though 'out\\.~a!dly thestorms still rage, You cannot care more fo.t the right ouecome of your ,i\ifaim dia:n the Chlersdf cares £o.r yOll. But when you hancl]e the reins, yOU! gllidatlGe is ofeen ignolat1:t and 1Il1'):wise ~ when the inner d~:viru,ty h'llndles them you will of a surety be led aright" £0:£' it is wiser than y.~u, Give. yOilUl,:t l.'i!Iitesetvc·dJ mel ungmdg.i1Jig surrender to it,

That which you gain in the period 'of mental quiet can be made available as power for Iiving and wisdom fOI tight action,

You will discover that the Secret Path of mental quiet 'will prov,~ to be' of USJe in ev(::ty kind of siu:Ul.tion, wh~Jt hel!:pleasuuble cr painful~ psychelogicsl Of pbysical, You may' falter 0'.£ even fiNI in 'Slpplyjng this knowledge; bu:t the Ovendi_is infinitely p3l:~ient 3)t1cl will 'be rcady to assist you in its own way' w hen you. are ready to inv'oke its 'prescnc~.

Little by littl~. lmpexceptibly, yOU! dra.:iJ!y 'eH.o,r~s' bave CUE a ne.w channel within the- wi'nc1Jlng con velutions of the brain, g~d.ual1y rendering it essier for you, to, app'Ioa,eh the sphere of infhaence of the. Overself,

shall now show how your work in thedaily periods of mental quiet can be made OCt bestow a good .legacy 'upon the test of yo,U! day,; h0W it: caaput into your hands an eiflcient we-apon wlic~cwkh to attack problemi~ Of to defend yourself from the: menace .of m19- £rutune~; ',1I;:nd bow it OlD come 1:'.0 Y'~ntt aid at :anf trn1"S 'to strengthen lOU against. 'boi!htel1:'1l?m'~,ofls and trials,

The method is. entirel y practical, .

B-egin by looking upon, the Overself as an everpresent }n~elli.g¢nE<e with whom you flllay commune,

to whom. yQIl. may bring your troubled heart .and find pe:ace~ and under w hose sl1t~lteting regig yau may dwell amply protected, Whatever yOUlL problem iSJ do not limit 'Your e[fon,s to iatellectual s clurion alone, 'Take yout. difficuIfu;.v into the white light [of the Ov'ersdf and there yo.u. \'f;' ill find the r.ight guidance that VI j n finally settle. it for you.

The rule is: as, often as }~OU feci troubled, pained, perplexed, tried or tempted, first practise the: placid b.reaihing exercise for two 0 r three minutes, then put to youlLs,elf the: q uestion :

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-::-ll8 . the c:l.~e maY' be, After pu tting the appropriate sJle~t question to yourself pause, :5 tUM yOlJrrhoughts 50 ~at·as you. can, and repeat the "listening-In' process W~] ch your work in meatal Llul'c.t has familiarised you ..

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. s p.ractl ce opens up your consciousness to con-

tact with the Overself and surrounds it with the latter's protection. To switch off instantly into tnis q~.es.t of t~~ spitltna,! self; when suddenly, faced by an evil event, rs to obliterate the power of this event to di~~tb the '[ni~(:t ,Th~'i w harever necessary action will. he taken will be W1SiC and correct beesnse ~ t 'Win be inspi red by the Overself

.. Discord ~~ aoplsce in the _ 0v-~rscJf. By 'ttur.ling Ji11.waro' to tlt.t:S 5.elf we. ~n tomstically refuse to accept the suggestl:oO'~ of discordant experience, \\r!h~l1.

s·l1.nrrrUAL lU:-Lp' IN MiI;mRL:\J .. AFPA.J:llS 1<15,

r~o1!1b]e arises ~anmU'st refuse to accept tl~H;:: sugges.tl~J:lS ~~ despair or. dou bt which pout' in upon his mind i, .ins read he should calm his, breathing and turn instantl y in tbought and iru£:ptJ.ire: "To whom. has this trou ble come?'

H we could reject) aad reject persistently, each ~'lnpl:a:sant} unhappy and spiritually untrue thought as It . anses, we should indeed be happy mortals. The dung 1:8 pei'.f~.ct1y practicable, but seldom by ordinary efforts 0.£ self-control; only a. method such as the' 'One presented .. here cafl. accomplish such an astonishing task, f?t:then the victory is fin.aUy gained, not by Dl.U· own efforrs, but 'by the higher pnwer of the Ovendf whom We have thus invoked,

Unpleas-ant pe:n:s ODS,. irrira ling circumstances and 'unexpected disapJPo1ntmeJlts~ the undeniable eHect of any of these can be nullified by making the effort to reach the divine centre of OUt being. and making it a,~ ()fiCJ~. The student m~s.t euld v_a_t,e. the hahh t:f.f promprly tlltnt![lg '~:clw:;llr.ds the mner self when. conf.lkt with his envirenmerrt threatens .. If he does this faithfUlly; a wonderfol feeling of peace and security will take possession of him} and his mind will pass, fdctiDnleB~, through the oeearrence,

\Ve need to remember that our Inmost selfheod is always abiding in an unalrerablecondi rion of intense peac~. \When troubles storm 'and rage aronnd U5t we shocld pmmnpHy repudiate undesirable reacrlons 'iCncl a t ten~pt ro eentre onr th~)ught on the. q_1l1e:t of the SP] ri tual self, P or the discovery of the latter will also be the attalnment .0'£ its happy condition, The good is [ever-present, hut: it 111'l1St be sought for" felt ~te1!' and r~c~gni!;ed. No time is mo~rc sllitablc to take 'up this eli v.I11e quest than when dark events and corrosi ve

anxiedes gather to~ether fot a descent upon. our heads" FDf by' 'a, ru:tn:Il1,g ':l way of the mind .l1l!.'W the se1f:"quest we Gill demonstrate, in a manner at once striking and lnrninous, 'the mys.[eriou'S pow'e! ·o.f this method, 'Lift up yOUl: eyes to' the heavens,' adm6nished the old prophet, Isaiah, This tll.tmog inw:fII.rd of the fa,culty of a~tenrion neeessaril y weakens die strength .of disharmonious a._oo unpleasane emotions w hich .may be ,~,(t:acking us. The very efFort of $ejf~finding dra ws us closer to. the condltion of sublime happiness in w Web the real self abides" It is .~ ddi veranee. In this W~ily we -apply the t:ru,tb. we have understnod. snd make it an,

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octlve ' actor In. out: rves,

'The practice .of this technique \Val infallibly oblitera:c:e fear, depression and materiality frorn the [;rind, y Oll must: refer ]nward!; to the OvcIs,e]fuflIt11 the habit become'S fir.st d~G1ught) second Uam.tce and! 'sPLt'h scose,

The process can be explained in. anorher way. 1I1.1lal1,. as the Oveeself is desireless, is subject ta no extemal Influence, :affected. hy no adler pOJ;W'et save the power of IGod. The OYei"'sclf~ t:helje£oJ:et nc'Vettr feels pain, iJS ~e~ler.angry .snd cannot be rouched by depression or fear, Man~ as the persenal sdf~ is filled 'with ·defJres ,~n,d aversions, is: CO'flst!,lntly :tellcciJ1g' to eKternal influences and ,indentifies hlm~elf with them, He accepts the :tea'ct1()n~ of h[~, body to the suuoundings and 'eo the p,efsons rt contluu.al.l}, meets, and yields 'to them. as though they were Ieally his own, He accepts me body's fegisu1lt:Uofl. of fear, desire, :mgctr, repulsion, pam, and 50 on, He is 'so unmindful of his own inntjf nature 'l::h,'1iI!.t: he flol]il)WS the body's own. ideas to rule hlm, and. so preven ts the expsessicn of th-e divine $fIelll,gth and powems latent in his $,.I?iritu;lil~onstbl'l.~f.0~'IJ... The moment rhat the mind is permitted to ta:ke '0.0

unple~sant conditions, man becomes enslaved by them and must pay the unpleasant penalty. But i{~ while feeli'f'l.g 'the personal repoIts, he persists in disregntding them, if he deli beratel y tu rns his fQ(ce a ws y towards his finer centre, then the external thlngs 'begin to Iose their po~*e'r to a:ffect hlm, Ir)J, the degree that practice and habit have developed this inward-turning faculty within hims,elf, will he be a ble to throw .oW malefic lnfluenees w,hether they come from other people OJ: from. bi~ surroundings I whether fhey be in the form of bodily diseases or in the form of troubled circumstances, .Nor is it surprising thQ:iI: such astenishing resel ts should be 0 brai ned when we: remember that <Man was made i rl the image of God'1' and that by these practices his true likeness grad.ually emerges into his coasclousness.

If' we open the gate of submission, .of ps:ssive eonsciousness to discordant happenings, we have to become their sad victims" If, however, we shut the mind's gate upon them and. yie1d our paSf;lvity instead to the harmonious goo d in the spiritual centre of out being, we need. not ~.;[]ffer. 1 t is ow' mental recogni tion of onr own divinity which. carries healing on Ies wings and. which in.w~r.dly frees us from. the malefic poweE of evil circum stan. ce 5,

_The kind, of help which we ma:y thus reeeive can take various forms. Protection ,in times, of danger is one 'Of them, All those who truly. resign themselves to the rlighe'l:' Power' receive its ]u:o·rec~jve aid"

I hke the ftank declaration of tbe Red Inclian chief who wauved to attack the Htcle Quaker m.~rtfig-h.0U3e of Easton ~o",rnship} in the state (If New Yo.rk" one bright Slum mer. morning In t,n.e yefll;t I. 7 7 ~ . '.Indian come white man house, ~ hoe. said, pointing with his

£l)ger towards the settlement, "Indian want kill. white man, O.De~ two, three, ;six; all P md he clutched. the romahawk.at his belt with a. gJDesome gestnreTndian come) .see white man. sit: in heuse; no gun;:. no arrow, .no bl!fe.; all quiet, ~U still, wotsWpp,.ing· Great Spirit. Creal' Spirit'i1l.;i,k lfidiem;, ttJtJ/ he pointed to his breast;

tCt" ,..;· ·G.· _._ t' c , j' 'I> - _ ,'I'i'.~",'1~ - I . 'kill· th - I~~ ~ .

n .u . rea .op nr say: .Lli.,w~.n. no em, .

Heoaling is another form in which this aid may manlfest"iy fdend, Dorothy Keda, rose from ,[ bed of death completely and instaneaneously healed of advanced phthiais, diabetes and. ga,sttlc _ ulcers 'the' doctors in. attendance had. stopped all :fu,rthet treatment ·as. being hopeless, Her lllirnGlil!Inus cure by spiritual. power ,1jras, the wonder ,of Harley Street and many medical moen investigated her ease, but bad to admi t' that the healing '\;1f-as beyond their undersrsnding. '~'ly healitlg came direct from God/' says Miss Kerin. "The New Testament is full of promises of healing; and I am. eonfidenr rhat as S0011 as 'we ue brought to open our spiritual eyes we shall see .their fulfilment.'

A:notb"ct f.dcnd~, w". T, Parish, ha.d been told by do ceors that 'his, wife, who slltTe:r,ed from cancer, cnuld not live much Ionger Her left breast had ab:e4ildy been. removed by operation when the !'ight b!teasiI: was a tta.cked, P.a~dsh took his ,\'itne ... twa,y from the nursing home and began to 'treat her himself, by the methods. and PQwer of the fipi1'it. In. niee months she W-9J.8 we.n again. Bet' case offers :.1 clear and ?~l'fecl: dernonstrarlon of the power {xi the spirit over- the body, a sign.rt'icant pointer towards the cure af one 'of me ctermty"s most d:r:ood diseases 'by the application of andquity~s fll,ost sublime therapeutic remedy, divine he,alin.g rowel"

The life.-fo£ce of the 0, erself :Oo'\\rs continuously into every electron in every atom. which. goes, to form

the body" t is the Glvel'se1f' which :r,eally gives lire to our bodies and sustains them, Witbout its invisible pr1esen.ce. our. bodies would inSt:a11.d.y collapse. dead, pieces of inert rna teet, The machinery of the body could .£lot revolve without its. unseen spiritual belts, And :it irS the Oversell which am Iikcwlse r,epai:~ and heal ehose bodies",

The power of the Overself is VII eh you here and now; nothing can shut you Gut of its operation exDe!pt your own wilf-wn,eglect, yout own supine doubt. Foll.ow the Secret Path and spproprlatc that which Is

already YDurs. _

N el"erthcleS5~ man cannot dictate to the Creative I Intelligence which rules the world and informs his life, M to the exact fo.r.m .in which he shall receive rod, nor can he al'~;v~qfs demand satisfaction of his personal . needs Irrespective of higher considerations, In the

last analysIs man is a pensioner on the uni versal bounty.

He. 'cmn9't -always gO"i.fetu circumstances, but he can govern. lu~ responseto them, If spiritual reallsatfon :mwy D!O't :aJW31Ys tettm-ye the shadows of pover t~· ~ illness or 'misfurtune £I\om his .path, .it '\Qill bestow 011 him the coumge 'to hatt1e with poverty, . the 1?:lticnce to endure sickness and the wjsdom with which to face misfortune,

The man who enters Incrcesingly into this awareness of bis deeper self will feel less inclined. to importune the powers-that-be for his success, his 'material ;needs; and his soclal wants., ]xJ:Stead:) he willfeel the protective powe,t' of this _s;eU't and if he petitions it -at all, it will be fo.r mere wisdom,. more strength and more love. Having these thing~, he knows that he' can safdy leave the rest to the divin~ty within, whieh v ill then un-

faiHngly meet his lflue needs at the appoin.ted h0W.

It is 'goo d (0 know that we can 11 ve all 'the JlJJ0!',e; ~secU'rcly if we make and keep open some line of retreat into the Oversdf. \'(/ e can walk thi~ old cart h of oers all the more safely if we take ticket for the stars now and then,

Let us ]0 ok fo r the Ov;e1;"&t,if through the, mist of unsought tears, through rhe sunshine of gl'3tiued desires, and let us not forger 'what we :really are,

A man is but mediocre until 'be learns to trus t this higher _po"\"'irer" the real se1£,. unci] he makes it a living fa,ct?,'~ in his, outlook and looks always within for its le,admg.

_ 'Believe in the self you know and you are 'at onee limited, believe in the.greater self whkh you ·~.eaJly. are and you ma:.y go on and onto aehieverrrenr. .B'E ~ha.t you have within )I"O'u to be,

In your serenest esal tations you will realise this profound truth, t'bat jI()N IJmJe '~'ev'er reallY parted from

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CHAPTER XU

THE. .EPILO GUf,:

~S-=you h~ve never really par~ed frotn the Divine

Power which controls the unrverse, governs the life of msn, and is, the unseen basis, of all existeace. 1:5, this not a hei~piul thought at a time like the pre'Sel1t~ when we H'VIe! in a period. of frank dis belief and cynieal mate,tiamm7 results of the fact that the human face. has been put on: Its GoIg'otha, since 'I9'I4' Browning's

~G- d' . 1:..r· hes . ~.R·l~' .• ~1Ii

l:os.y-tinted. sentence: '.: ocs 1.0, ,1;.,I..i~ ieaven, aJi.':.' S weu

'With the world,' is read through black spectacles. We ate w,eatily dubiollls about the existence of Gad and ~,f His heaven, white the present aspect of the world seems t9 throw the lie in, Browning's face.

The serious, literatu.re of the kst few ye-a'rs has become 9" littntll.llOe of despale, The menw ho fhink and the men who write for sOiroething mote than. the 'meme entet'tain.n'len:t ofothees; ·:~il.ve. he.gun '1)0 see how Signifioant are the chall.lenging issues w hich tirne i~ rapIdly 'ibdngingto a. crisis. They see that th~ 1Ul.lI'Or~ glow which 'bung around the' hopes. of the ennre world w hen the Wtl:t ended has faded and that "We ate left with 'a bewildering fog. TheJr have been forced, ,despite themselves; to become. reluctant harbingers of doom" The}r have tod.ay become croaking Cassandras prcphctically ·wa.rn.ing humani ty of corning woes. We

I 7 2. T'H~ SECRlIT' 1? A'l'H

leave the last pa.,ge of their wri tings with a feeling of chill and an imi5re~siort of deep pessimism,

\Who that wat-ches rhe social and political edifices around us ctumbllng or crashing to the gtm.Hld can doubt that he is watching the dose of a. gl"eat historical epoch? today the tale of' history bas become the drama of the unexpected; we wait for the next fresh surprise each mOf'rung. The long-continued Manchu Dy-.nasty has made. its exit from Peking, and the countrywhich created the 'GoJd Standarrll has gone off it. The, (ll,nLy certain rbing today is uncertain ty, The caravan of life once \-Votmd throu gh the ages like an endless procession but nowadays it dashes dong on highspeed engines.

I [ankind ,today is both hungry and haunted; hungry £01' a better and brighter. ·a:ge yet 11alUlted by the heavy shadows. o£ the past. The wodd seems WiI.Hllg to tty every way but the right way, Troubled by theprospeces of another war ~ perturbed by the' chaotic political conditions of every continent; it rushes hither and thither in its quest of the l;:iroectI:y efficient formula which wlll solve It's economic and poiitica1 problems, But the one perfect formuls, the (line infallible formula, tbough wid1in its gtasp, is beyond its vision, And ili~t js·~-the Golden R.1.l1,e! 'Do unto others vihat you would have them do to YOIll."

The crying need of the world today is, not for a charug-e of head bur ill change of heart. There is no Laclt of ideas ll.1't1ong us----t-a ther the teverse=-but there is a, lack of go()dwill. The feeling of gecdwill will be the best ltt;Sl!lt-a.nce of univcrsel .pefll;ce .•

\Vho can ~.r:aze upon the spectacle of modern Europe and not remember the warning utterance of the Prophet of Nszareth, am utterance ,ll bich is

wriuen in fiery letters across the pllges of history, Who can forget those te.r~lble 'I1i'OI'~S ?f ] esus, w,h~n He s rood upon r,j,Qll11t: Oliver and indica ted the ch I.d

city of '[b.,e Jews: .

:'0 ]elLus'a~~enJJ) JcnJ5'alcm,., ~tbol1 hast killcsr th_e p.tOp bees and stones t them winch are sent -= thee') how often would 1 have gatllert::d. thy cha.ldr.en together, even as a hen g:illthe1"eth her chickens under her wing:s~ and y,ew-ould 111{).t/

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\¥! e must SER11I.d £0,[ awhile, however, all did Clio. the h:i:stor' cal. Muse, in ancient times, with pen suspended, ana [lot rush [0 set d?'wn ju4g:me~t up,?-n our age. For there is a ~lan ~e.lund the events wh!eh patte1":Il the mcdern world's Jlfe~ an~ unless ,man has lOO-J:nt to discern this pla.n he cannot Judge a.nght. .

'The' pml'f.r; ~J)hiC'h gm'd"l 1m: mdMw, wbk:h ~g/~(.tf'dm.{mkifjd (Jmi ~~atth oser flu w()dd~, ,rpNI sp#l,k to this (e-1IfHry 111 tt111'e! mIlCh mor» f{}~ciftlt thtm tiline rmd'dtJ1BfjustrtJt~ tb~ir e::isttmce Ibrattg}) tUents far !N{)tC J tartllng tban the plth/teatlOJ} ~t ,(1 tll:Cf( b{),()k., Because we ga2c (ro:uncl and see the chaos that broods UpO:~l 1.1S, the foolish fear 'chat God: is dead or absent and that we ate lost. Because no hand stretches forth out of the Great Unknown to save mallkind from Its sclf-camed sorrows, they jm~,gille that there is no hand to help us. God could, jf He willed] heal an the sorrows of tills P lanet j n ~[l instant .of time. Btl t that \'iJ'Q:t.:IJd be VJ transform us into autorna tom l to turn us into machi ne-rnade a~ng,cl8. .M an, if

\ he is tel g1L'O'w God-like, mj)st do- so .ofh1$; ow-? free will, And the gl.latfL1:rtil:c that .~e ~dl do s,~ is d~e presence of a divine spark within himself There sre

tru~evoice$ in the hea:tt-t'he 'IlE),ices of Hope and Good will) and thtl'$e shall once mere be heard.

For. the divine instince in man is ineradicable;< it m·a.y be covered up fOle a time, hut it ~mus:t nile dBl,1 well £o)'th again,

1t is, trite, but true, that man's extremity Is God's opptmtUl'lity" What applies toa.:n indl'Vidualapp11(E$ le(j[I.l,a.Hy to So nation, which is but ~ colloodol1 of :indhd.a, duals, and equ:ltUy to the \vhede world, which is, but a, collecdon I)f nations, Sodal d:iiStre!i!S,~ eoc1)oc(m.k a1lXie~y> polltiesl chaos=ell these ~te;> afmetal], but the phys,ical QOfis~GJ:uefJJCe~90f the lack of spir,tuJ,ality 1n the world. The wo,rjd;se,xt:t~rm,''t.Y w.ill. p:mve 00, be God";s opportunity and the history ,o,f the twentieth CetltU!y will fully evidence this filet.

Th~ Biblical story of the .ptodi;ga'f sea h~s' a 'W'([lE:kl meaning "AS well as :it p~nond one, and. wl]enthe peoples are tired of theireedless self.ca1!l$ed t;oo'~,b]tes) beaten by their F nnk:e:ns'teIl). monsters of scien tificaHy _, waged 'War;;, that are mass massacres and dis,"ias'Cr'Ollls economic plights tha t reveal their bel o,f gQQciw.ill" tJaey will turn their facss h6'm~(d.s iUid ;se!t Gut on f:'he journey 'back to a b etter life,. And theh' Father;,. k~lOW ing t:i1is:I will ~G tov'j}H:ds them and mt_et them, ~ISS and comfort them and reveal his llnbro'k~in love fOT them,

Mean while, the snpretme question stiLl t.a~e$ man; dost ko:o·w thysellr In th]s h8nblCjjd and fa:teful time, the WitH:; man w.i!! seek an unshakable foothold,:. ~~he.rcon he can test while the wOirld 'whids mtl,dly, "~rOll nd him, g~(h a f.i::(Qt~oM earu'fot, be f&und in any eternal p]:a~; it is t'Jn~yWl he disCDVe!en jn the secre't depths of rhe h~'9.:rt. l'he;1!:~', in the mvsti~rions r-eesses of our I!lWfi bei:i:lg, it {':%lS r.s::;g[ym:g man 'a deeper

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i1! ~'(' ngth, and higher ,~?jsdJom;, The man who is 'wtsr: \lI,t I r h the wisdom of the Overself and strong' 111 its '1 ~ rc 11 15th, has c. the.! bus iness in hand chan. :F::1flsi:vdy w,,~itlng for new ArIT.lageddons. or ph:n,etal:Y eatar lvsrns. There is no fe"at for the 'morrow {or him who. II ~e5 in this ab~olute trust, ~ust M the sparrows 'hal!;r!e II!I fe1t,r.· for their morrows,

I le knows that rhe a~j,ght will pass, and d.a:w:o, silent :11'ld, irreaiseible, will roll back the world's rla,ritncs& und once mere Hood It wirh light, \1Vhen the truth, n bout the b idden side Qf the universe and of 1113.n is, I !'m"'£: more unveiled, demonstrated so far as it can be i I it a scientlfic and rational rnauner, the new scientific !111d~rlgs 'wiTl, smg[:.tcr 'the most powerful imellecrs. \We shall then build ~ pillar of higher wisdom 'which shall rhie 'Ill' ifll~o a 11C·W ~.nd finelL agie; and we stHJ:Jl Icstify anewte those eternal spi:dttl:il tl:uths w:hkih no ad v ance of s Lienee )rl:O' progress; of cl vm.5,'R.tion~ no h piSt; i rr hnman character > can ever lGrtdiel' obsolete.

j\ ie:U1wh lle, each of 1.,18 who p:r.acltLses this secret i In ner w~'V' e:~ n becoi 11~ a disseminator Qif the t:l:ue li gnt, (m1 c!wJl.g'c l~hll1scLf me] rhus become fit to Ch:U1,g,e uil,l,c'r~. II l:ii, If'll such men, inspired selfless instruments, n .L~ ~y 10 wO'~:k ifll'h!,.i: h[grueIset:vic:e of mankind, tthat W l' mU::l1 lnnk fm' t he Ii berstion of the world fnom Ii I I I q t~(:y of spiritual ignorsnce and material ;suf:' Iv 1IIIr, I

II d li6 Ma~mil to. the gnlld,eu! of the imperishable ( ) ~Il· I' 'R! I r; II;! ven when We cannot understand i.t or t ~ I ,1 M P ~,I ~ I f 1 mala y~n aHirndc~ let Us nevertheless y]dd B.ilHJ ~md 'hmt.r,t and body to its :1tugust behests, Tbus \~.!.! I~ n t,l;:: r i rita. U:ndyjl1g life and gat:&le;[ t'~C' i mmorral I'~ II ill:i of rrurh, ·,\/vJsdml1l peace and power.

I,r:t !JI~ oll~t' ourselves to the powers-that-he that

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they may use us to serve mankind nobly in the sphere that has fallen to US,. however circumscribed it be; let us silently give ourselves for the inner welfare of others, even as Christ has given Himself for the welfare of this shadowed planet; let us be true to the unseen purpose which the gods hold eternally before mankind. For there is everywhere present the divine life; shall we betray it ~by denying its deathless existence, or shame it by despising its sublime monitions?

MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU

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