There is only one Master who brings real knowledge. He has many manifestations in life, but in essence he is one and the same. If man finds one of the moments of His manifestation, at the same time he will find himself.
It is a law - when you find the only Master, when you find God, you will find yourself as well. When you see God, you will see yourself. To see God and to see yourself - that is the most sacred moment in life. Man lives for that very moment.
Only God can be Master in the world. And when Christ tells His disciples: "One is your Father", he means the Great, the Only Master.
The Master - this is the Father. God becomes a Father and enters into a certain relationship with us according to the law of Wisdom.
Therefore, by Master, in the universal sense of the word we mean the Great Divine Wisdom which brings true knowledge to the world, which introduces all new ideas, all new forms, all new feelings and impulses in life.
Therefore, only one is the Great Master in the world although His manifestations are many.
I have said to you and I say again: there is only one knowledge and only one light. But knowledge does not come from one place only and the light does not pass through only one window.
The paths of knowledge are countless, and the windows of light are innumerable. Everyone who has the mission to make Truth known to men, does not speak of himself. He speaks in the name of the One Master. That is why Christ says: "I came into the world not to do my will, but the will of Him who sent me."
Every real Master, every person Divinely Annointed, is sent on a special mission to earth. According to human laws, which, after all, are a reflection of the laws of the spiritual world, a certain qualification is required of a person who wishes to become a teacher, and it is the same in the spiritual world. Only he who is enlightened and annointed by the Divine Spirit can be a Master. He who is not enlightened by the Divine Spirit does not have the right to teach others, because he will violate the Divine law.
Do not think that the Masters have not learned. They have studied in the schools of the physical, the spiritual and the divine worlds, and have received the revelations of the whole cosmos. They know the inmost laws of Nature, they understand the structure of the world, of man, of his path of evolution and of his great destiny. They understand the strictly defined relationship between man's spirit and his soul, between his mind and his heart. And for this reason, they alone can direct man on his path of evolution.
You might ask: "How can we recognize a Master?"
The recognition of a Master is purely a spiritual process. The Master cannot appear in the physical world as a complete act. Neither can he come as an outer appearance in life. The Master appears as an inner, intelligent manifestation within the man. Therefore, recognition of the Master comes from within the soul of the pupil. Many people perceive certain thoughts through suggestion, and think that this is their Master speaking to them from within. However, there is a great difference between the inner voice of the Master and the suggestion. Suggestion is an act of coercion. The speech of the Master is an act of freedom. And therefore, when the Master speaks from within, the pupil is inspired.
But when the Master speaks from without, through the words of a certain language, his speech has certain definite qualities. The Master uses each word in its right place. He knows why he uses a certain word, and he knows exactly what influence will be derived from its sound.
The concept of a Master is strictly defined in Living Nature.
The Master is he in whom there is no coercion. He is strong, but he uses no coercion. The Master is he in whom there is no falsehood. His exalted wisdom excludes any lie.
The Master is he in whom there is no evil. His goodness eliminates every evil.
If there is coercion, falsehood and evil in a man, he is not a Master, he is a pupil.
This is the simplest characterization of Master and pupil. The presence of the Master is known by the fact that he gives life, light and freedom.
A Master is only he who lives and works by the laws of Love, Wisdom and Truth.
He who does not fully observe these laws is not a Master, he is still a pupil.
The love of the Master is proven; there is no need to test it.
The knowledge of the Master is proven; there is no need to test it.
The purity of the Master it proven; there is no need to test it.
A Master, in the fullest sense of the word, is a perfect men. In him there not a shadow of hesitation, wavering or doubt.
Only a Master can rightly be called a great and powerful man, because his life is reflected in the whole cosmos. And if the life and thought of a man are reflected in the whole cosmos, they are Divine.
Mastership implies a state of higher selfconsciousness. A purely spiritual process must take place between the Master and the pupil. Full consciousness is necessary of the task which they must fulfill. In this case there must be as complete an interchange between Master and pupil as there is between a mother and the child in her womb.
As the human spirit works in the mother's womb in order to construct the body of the child, as it learns during this process, taking part in the work done by the spirit of the mother, thus must Master and pupil work together and with the help of the Divine Spirit construct the pupil's spiritual body, his eternal dwelling.
Therefore, to be a Master means to give birth spiritually.
This is what is meant in the Bible when it is written that a man begot another man. The man must give birth, that is to say, he must be a good Master. And the first thing that a Master must do is unveil for the pupil the spiritual world, which he has not yet seen, as the mother, after bearing the child nine months in her womb, reveals to it the world that is new to it.
Therefore, it becomes plain what a delicate and responsible task it is to be a Master. That is why Christ turned to his disciples with the words: "Do not call yourselves masters." If someone dares, of his own accord, to act as a master and spiritually maims some souls, he will be responsible before the Great Law. The Great Law is kind but also just. All those who impersonate masters are put into jail, and after they endure their punishment, then at last they will take the right path of their evolution. And do you know how many thousands of years are necessary for that?
The Great Law is kind but it is also just!
Shall I remind you of the case of Moses? He studied under the best masters in Egypt. He studied long and completed a certain school. And indeed, the miracles he performed before the Pharaoh reveal that he had some knowledge. But because of one offense - the killing of the Egyptian, something absolutely forbidden to a pupil of the White Brotherhood - he had to go into exile in the desert for forty years in order to atone for his sin. For one murder he had to study and atone for forty years. And only after that did he receive a new initiation.
Reminding you of the grave responsibility that an initiate has for even one mistake, I wish to turn your attention to the very grave responsibility taken by those who impersonate masters and maim the souls of men.
Herein lies the reason for Christ's grave warning to his disciples: "Do not call yourselves masters!"
You may ask me how you might distinguish a real master from an imposter, a master of the White Brotherhood from one of the Black.
The master of the Black Brotherhood does not know the Truth and because of this he pays more attention to outward appearance. He dresses himself in the best of clothes, wears expensive jewelry and rings with diamonds.
He says to his pupils, "You will listen only to me; only in me will you find the truth."
The Master of the White Brotherhood dresses modestly but always cleanly and neatly. He does not wear rings and jewelry. He tells his pupils, "Do not expect great things of me!" In order that the pupil may not be misled, he wants the pupil himself to test the purity of his Master, discover for himself the Master's inner treasures, and see his inner and not his outer, brilliance. Moreover, the Master of the White Brotherhood never restricts his pupils - he gives them full freedom.
The Master of the White Brotherhood, the Master of Truth, conveys three things: freedom to the soul, light to the mind and purity to the heart. The false master brings slavery to the soul, darkness to the mind and corruption to the heart. In order that you may have a full conception of the Masters, I will tell you that there is still another category of Masters - The Great Masters of the Universal Brotherhood - who know the methods of both the white and the black brotherhoods, and regulate their activity.
The coming of a Master to the earth is a wise action of the whole of Living Nature. In order that a Great Master may manifest himself, all intelligent souls must gather in one place. Furthermore on the earth also the necessary conditions for his coming must be prepared.
In order to outline briefly the way in which these conditions are prepared, I will mention this:
Two men of genius must be born in order that a saint may be born - these words are used in the sense given to them by Living Nature. In order that a Great Master may appear - ten saints must be born.
It is plain, then, why the Master, who is a collective unit, reflects the life of the whole cosmos, and why his life is reflected in the whole cosmos.
The Master draws his knowledge and principles out of the great book of Life in which every little stone, every branch and flower, every plant and animal, every human being in short, every living form - represents written words.
When he takes a leaf from a tree and looks at it, he reads where and when and under what conditions that type of plant developed, what kind of men lived then, and what was then the condition of the solar system. He reads also many contemporary events to which that leaf was a witness.
Everything leaves a trace, a mark, on the leaf. The leaves of a tree chronicle everything that happens in its vicinity. They tell what kind of persons passed by, and what their thoughts, wishes, and deeds were.
For a Master there is no inarticulate being in Nature - everything speaks to him in its own language.
Two thousand years ago a rich young man put to Christ the following question: "Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
"Good Master!" There are no two words in the Bulgarian language that are more full of content, no word more melodious and harmonious than these two words. Much is required from a pupil that he may come to understand their deep meaning.
The word "master" in Bulgarian is flawless in all respects - mathematical, cabalistic and musical.
"Good Master!" These words contain within themselves all Divine blessings. They bring conditions for the realization of Divine Love, Wisdom and Truth. They carry within themselves the conditions for realizing all virtues. These words are the key with which to open doors, closed for ages past. They are a magic formula, the strength of which can be tested and proven. Faith is necessary for this!
Two thousand years ago a wealthy young man asked the Great Master, "Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" But the reply caused him to go away sorrowful, with head bowed.
Lift your heads up now, turn to the Great Master and say, "Good Master, I wish to observe Your Law!"
This is the only way in which you can become pupils of the Great Master and servants of the Living God.
I divide people into four categories: Old Testament people, New Testament people, the righteous, end pupils. I use these terms for lack of other more fitting words and because they arouse in men familiar images and ideas. These words express four great epochs in the development of man, four kinds of culture, four general group trends in human consciousness. You will find in the Old Testament the kind of views held by the Old Testament people.
You will find in the New Testament the views of the New Testament people. You may learn the conceptions of the righteous if you study our contemporary culture. The righteous are men of an established order of rights. But if you look for the path of the pupil, you will find it neither in the Old Testament nor in the New Testament, neither in the scientific nor the ethical systems of the present world.
The path of the pupil - this is the new concept that is being introduced today into the life of humanity.
In order to give a conception of the attitudes of these four categories in the world, I will give you the following explanation. First, you are an intelligent being whom the supersensible world sends to earth, giving you a body without asking you whether you want it or not. That is the attitude of the Old Testament man. Second, you are sent to earth, you are given a body, and you have the small amount of freedom to say where you want to go. This is the attitude of the New Testament man. Third, you are sent by the supersensible world to earth to study under the most favorable conditions, and you have, comparatively, greater freedom. This is the attitude of the righteous man. In the Old Testament life, you atone for your sins and suffer. In the New Testament life, you try to perfect yourself. In the life of the righteous, you help others, but when you come to the earth as a pupil, you begin to study the great science of Love.
In the life of Love, a man is truly self-determining, and at the same time he determines his relations to other men, and to the perfected beings.
All contradictions existing in the world derive from these four types of life, these four general streams that operate in the world. Applied to the human organism, they have the following correspondences: Old Testament life flows in the stomach and the intestines; New Testament life flows in the lungs and the sympathetic nervous system; the life of the righteous flows in the lower layers of the brain; and the life of the pupil flows in the upper layers of the brain. This last occupies the best place. Therefore, the life of the pupil represents the highest ideal in man.
Many have tried to reconcile these streams of life, to eliminate the contradictions which arise as a natural consequence of them. But the results of these four types of life are in themselves not reconcilable. These streams cannot be isolated immediately. Their isolation or better, their full control, takes place gradually. It is attained only when the life of the pupil comes to its completion and attains its high goals.
The life of the pupil includes the values of all the four types of life, because these types of life in themselves are phases through which man must necessarily pass. The Old Testament people prepare the way for the New Testament people, and these prepare the way for the righteous, and the righteous prepare the path of the pupil, and the pupils prepare for the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth - to them belongs that difficult task. And when a man passes from the Old Testament life into the life of the New Testament, he takes with him everything of value from the former into the latter. Later, when he passes from the New Testament life into the life of the righteous, he takes into this third life everything of value from the second. Finally, everything of value from the life of the righteous is taken to the life of the pupil. In this way an inner connection is established among all people, an inner unity above and beyond the contradictions which are inherent in these four types of life.
The sources of these four types of life are various, and the conditions under which they develop differ. The pupil, after passing through all these four types of life as through a preparatory school, enters into entirely new conditions and draws life and strength from a new source. Christ spoke of this source when he said, "When the Spirit of Truth is come, he will teach you all things."
Once man enters on the path of the pupil, he assumes a new outlook on life entirely different from the conceptions of the Old Testament and New Testament people, and from those of the righteous as well. All men from these three categories still live only in the sphere of personal life - they do not yet live for the Whole.
Old Testament men seek wealth and property. They become embittered by the difficulties of life.
New Testament men seek sympathy and tenderness. The difficulties and sufferings of life make them hesitant and discouraged, and lead them into temptations.
The righteous seek honor and esteem. Contradictions hurt them and offend them. They have climbed to the highest peaks of personal life, and that is why they are so sensitive concerning their personal dignity. In everything they do, they seek acknowledgment, esteem, and honor.
Only the pupil seeks neither external wealth, nor sympathy and support, nor honor and esteem. Only the pupil does not become embittered, offended, or tempted. He gladly accepts the contradictions he meets in life, because he knows that they are the inevitable results of the four group streams of life. He accepts every contradiction as a problem of importance which he must solve.
He thinks and acts in this way, because he has passed through self-renunciations. He has set foot on the path of the pupil after he has rejected the life of the Old Testament man, the life of the New Testament man, and the life of the righteous.
Therefore, I say to you: Only the pupil learns; others simply occupy themselves.
Ordinary people fight one another, criticize one another, and moralize with one another. The pupil never criticizes anyone, nor does he moralize with anyone. He does not occupy himself with the mistakes of others. They do not exist for him. For him exists only the right way to live - the life of Love. For the pupil, God is not the Jehovah of the Old Testament who judges and punishes people. For him, God is the God of Love, of Light, of Peace, and of Joy. These are also the qualities of a pupil.
And if you ask me what the ideal of a pupil is, I shall reply:
Love, Light, Peace, and Joy for all souls! This is not an ideal to be attained in eternity. It can be attained even now. I speak not of Wisdom and Truth - another epoch will come for them. They are not for the present age. At this time, pupils need Love, but not without light; they need light, but not without peace; they need peace, but not without joy. They need Love with light, light with peace, and peace with joy. All these are connected with one another.
Present-day people have within themselves neither peace nor joy For that reason, when men of religion or of science speak of their experiences, their deductions and conclusions are ordinary and temporary.
When a pupil tells of a personal experience, it must be an experience of Love in which there is light; it must be an experience of light in which there is peace; it must be an experience of peace which brings joy to the soul.
The Love, the Light, the Peace, and the Joy of which I speak are not manifested in modern life in the lives of ordinary people. They are attributes of the pupil. Pupils are the only channels of these powers, they are their only interpreters in life.
Of course, I only touch upon those great realms into which the pupil enters. In truth, they constitute a great and vast science for the study of which ages of time are necessary.
Love is a beautiful, boundless world. It is a great thing for man to experience love in its developing and unceasing manifestations, beginning with the physical world, passing on to the spiritual and reaching to the Divine world.
A great thing it is for man to experience Light in all the forms which it creates. A great thing it is to experience Peace, to experience Joy.
These are realms through which the pupil must pass, which he must experience and investigate on his path, until he reaches the completion of his life as a pupil and begins to study thoroughly the great path of a Master.
Then at last he will attain that deep understanding of life, that deep understanding of the Love that operates in the world, the understanding of the reasons which cause the Great Masters to come down and work among men.
Love, Light, Peace, and Joy are fruits of the Divine Spirit. The pupil must be nourished by those fruits. The first fruit which he tastes is Love. The pupil must, without fail, taste of this fruit, because it contains eternal life.
And he who wishes to find eternal life - the life that flows from Love - must return to the tree of life. He must forsake the ways of the Old Testament man, of the New Testament man, and of the righteous, and follow the path of the pupil.
You know the words of Christ: "Go, sell all you have, and give it to the poor, and come, follow me." And I say to you: "Go and give away the life of the Old Testament man, give away the life of the New Testament man, give away the life of the righteous, and then go to your Master! He will welcome you."
A Master has four great pupils in the world whom he loves best. And if these four pupils recommend you to him, he will accept you in his school. If Love recommends you to your Master, if Light recommends you, if Peace and Joy recommend you, he will accept you. He will open wide for you the doors of the school, he will bless you and acquaint you with the other pupils, and thereafter you will be a pupil of your Master.
But beware of going to your Master before you have given away your Old Testament and New Testament treasures, and your wealth of the righteous. If you go to him with all of the trifles and adornments belonging to those three types of life, if you go with all of your righteous dignity, the Great Master will only smile and close the door of the school to you.
A pupil must have only one comprehension of life. He who wishes to be a pupil must have only one conception about things.
A pupil may have only one Master in life.
Remember this great truth:
There is only one Master in the world and all masters have come from him.
There is only one Pupil in the world, and all pupils come from him.
The pupil must know that he can be loved only by him who teaches him - his Master. And the pupil can love only him who teaches him. Only the immortal is to be loved - only that which never loses its beauty, its intelligence, its kindness and goodness.
You may ask what are the first steps on the path of the pupil?
The rule is - the pupil must begin with love. Then he will proceed to light, and after that to peace and at last to joy.
The pupil will bring joy to his life as a solution to his problems. I speak not of the joy that is changeable, but of the joy of the pupil upon which nothing can cast a shadow, and which is never exhausted. That joy is the highest peak in the material world. No cloud can cover that peak, and the divine sun always shines on it. Never are there any storms on this peak - there reigns love, there reigns light, there reigns peace.
This is the natural path of a pupil: love, light, peace, and joy. A man might travel over all the world, he might knock on the doors of all schools, he might look for all the great Masters who bring the Divine Word, and they will all indicate to him this path. They all have the same divine idea about the path of the pupil which cannot be changed.
Everywhere he will be told that the first step in the life of the pupil is Love. When he begins to apply Love, the gates of his mind will be opened and the knowledge of past ages, as well as the knowledge of the present and the future, will begin to stream into him naturally.
Indeed, there is a greater path than that of the pupil, but only after a man reaches the end of the path of the pupil, will the great path of the Masters be opened before him. It is the path of Wisdom, which is the most difficult of all.
Love, light, peace, and joy - these are the stages on the path of the pupil.
When I speak of the pupil, I have in mind the ideal pupil. This pupil studies in this world and in the world of the unseen as well. He never leaves school - during the day he studies in the laboratory of the earth, and during the night he goes to his Master who teaches him theories. The next morning he returns to the earth in order to continue his practical work in the laboratory.
The ideal pupil knows that he is always a pupil - that he has been, is, and always will be one. And in the future, when the earth and the whole solar system finish their evolution, he will become a pupil in another, a greater school. Then he will have another name. The word "pupil" is too weak to express the profound idea hidden in this conception. In a more narrow sense, the word "pupil" implies one who studies here on the earth, in this restricted circle of life. He studies here, and will learn as much as the conditions of earthly life permit. He does not yet have a conscious connection with the supersensible world - when he goes to sleep in the evening, his conscious pupilage stops. Therefore, the "pupil", in the true sense of the word, is one who has already had real experience in the spiritual world, who has conscious connection with it.
The life of the pupil, after his consciousness is awakened, becomes a life of creation and of work - not a life of grace. Through grace he became a pupil, but now labor, effort, and work are required from him. A pupil will be tested and weighed for a long time before he is accepted into the kingdom of God. If he is found the least bit wanting, he will immediately be sent back.
Entrance into the kingdom of God depends on the knowledge and the wisdom of the pupil, and not on his love. One cannot enter the kingdom of God through grace.
Christ tells us what is required of the pupil in order to enter the kingdom of God and to obtain eternal life: "And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent." The knowledge of God and of Christ is the condition for attaining eternal life. Only through this knowledge is eternal life attained. If knowledge does not bring eternal life, then it is of no use.
But in order to attain this, the pupil must learn to create as God creates.
How? In the first chapter of Genesis a symbolic picture is given of that process of creation which begins within the pupil after his consciousness is awakened.
Before that, however, the pupil will enter into the great silence, in which there is neither sound nor light. Then, from the depths of his soul he will call to the Unseen, Unknown God of Eternity, the Creator of all. He will call to Him with all his soul, with all his spirit, with all his mind and with all his heart, and he will say, "Lord, I wish to know You. You are the one Creator of all, and beside You there is no other God!" And if the pupil calls on God with that fullness, from somewhere in space, a small, microscopic light will shine forth and give him such joy that at once he will forget all of his suffering and sorrow. And from afar he will hear the voice of God, his Master, saying to him, "You wish to know me and to test me - be prepared, then, for work. This is the first day of your life. Your earth is unorganized and barren; darkness is over the deep. Separate the light from the darkness and begin to organize your earth. Say, 'bet there be light!'"
And if the pupil is one of the chosen, he will say, "Let there be light !" and within him there will be light.
"Let there be light!" - this is the great aspiration to learn which is in the soul of the pupil.
Then the great days of creation will succeed one another in the life of the pupil, and he will begin to construct his universe under the skillful guidance of his Master.
Love is the world in which the Divine Spirit lives.
The greatest world known to sages of all times, the world of which Christ speaks, is the world of Love.
And when we say that God is Love, we understand that Love is the essence from which all things proceed.
All worlds, through all eternity, have come forth and shall come forth from the source of Love.
Everything in the world lives in Love and by Love.
Everything that we see - stellar systems, suns, planets - all are manifestations of Love.
The entire cosmos in its completeness, the whole physical world is Love, manifested and materialized.
This is the great "body of God".
Outside of Love, we do not know God. Love is connected with all living beings. There is not a living being - there is no living matter - that is not influenced in one way or another by Love, that is not closely connected with it.
God, who is Love, is not only outside us, in the universe, but within us also.
He is the living bond between all that is "without" and "within".
Love enfolds all within itself. Love in itself is infinite, and everything outside it is finite.
Therefore, we say: Only Love is eternal. From it flows all life. Love brings the fullness of life.
Good, which is a fruit of Love, is contained within it.
Wisdom is also contained within Love, because it represents the forms through which God's Love is manifested.
Truth is included within Love, too. It is the purest image of Love.
Righteousness is also included within Love.
Therefore, the absolute Divine Love implies absolute Righteousness.
Where there is no righteousness, there is no love.
The physical aspect of Love is Righteousness.
In order that Love be manifested on earth, there must necessarily be Righteousness. Love is long suffering and charitable, but absolute Love requires absolute Righteousness.
Only he who is enlightened with Righteousness is capable of receiving divine Love.
Christ is Love, manifested in Righteousness, which shines forth within those who love Him.
Love is only for the great, strong souls.
Enormous energy is hidden within the man in whom Love dwells.
Remember: Love is not for the sick. Love is only for healthy people.
The sick and the dead do not love. Only the living, who are filled with the Divine Spirit - they are the ones whose hearts pulsate with Love.
Do not be deluded: the sick, the spiritually dead, are not illuminated by Love.
And when you hear someone say: "I am a man of cold reason, I cannot love, I have no time to spend on such trifles," know that that man is foolish.
The wisest, the greatest thing in the world is Love.
The wisest Being, of whom it is said that He is Love, loves. He Who has created the worlds, Who has made everything, Who has filled everything with life, Who has made all sacrifices - He loves, and this pygmy with his "cold reason" has no time to love!
Christ descended to earth to proclaim Love, and the persons of "cold reason" cannot love!
Journey through the heavens, the whole universe, tour through all worlds, and all will tell you that God is Love.
And if you ask an angel: "Does God love us?", he will answer you: "Better ask me to give up all my consciousness, everything that I have acquired throughout all ages, than oblige me to answer your question - whether God loves you!"
Indeed, God cannot be untrue to Himself. If we accept that God could be untrue to Himself, we admit that there exists some exterior force that could limit Him. And that is unthinkable. Love is unchanging. It always illuminates us.
Remember the words of the Scripture: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."
This means: that because God loved the world, He sacrificed His most beautiful, most elevated, His "only begotten Son," in order to uplift those souls who believe in Love.
And truly, one can believe in but one thing: in Love. Any other belief is false.
Love stands above nationality. Love stands above any religion. Love itself creates the religions.
There are no religions in the divine world. There exists only Love. The atmosphere of the divine world is Love. Therein everything breathes Love.
Religions appear because Love cannot manifest itself on earth.
If you wish to do the will of God, by all means, replace religion with Love.
Then everyone who loves you will be priests and ministers in your temple.
The greatest thing in the world is to come to know God as Love.
The beauty of our life is in our connection with God, who is Love.
Love contains within itself all conditions, all possibilities, all methods by which the human soul might develop to its fullness.
Only love can awaken within the soul its hidden potentialities.Science and art cannot be the stimuli for the awakening of the human soul. This is temporary knowledge.
The only true work in the world is the science of Love. It is the great object of learning for the soul.
When man becomes conscious of love as a great and mighty power, his soul and spirit awaken, and he enters into actual connection with the physical, the spiritual, and divine worlds. Only through love can man understand the relationship that exists between these worlds, as well as the meaning of life.
Do not forget one thing: in the life of a man there are only ten good opportunities to come in contact with love. Every ten years there is a possibility for that mighty power to start working. The remaining part of man's life is assigned to learning.
If man succeeds in grasping one of those possibilities - one of the rays of the great sun illuminating the entire cosmos - then everything that is lofty and noble in his soul will begin to bloom, bear fruit and ripen.
The fruits of the soul ripen only under the rays of that sun.
When the first ray of Love shines out for you, you will experience within your soul such indescribable bliss, such light, such a mighty impulse in your mind, and such a striving of your will, that all obstacles of the world will begin to melt before you.
A few moments of existence within the divine Love are infinitely more precious than a thousand years of ordinary human life spent in great pleasures and enjoyments.
In loving, we seek God. We have to love God in order to receive and experience Him.
In receiving Him, we experience His wisdom.
It is written in the Scripture: "Thou shall Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself."
This is the only law that manifests itself in three worlds.
Loving God, you are in the divine world.
Loving yourself, your soul, you are in the spiritual world.
Loving your neighbor, you are in the physical world.
If man adheres to this law, there will be no power in the world that can resist him, no thought that will not be subject to him and that will not help him to attain his ideal.
However, remember a great truth: only God loves because God is Love. There is no man who can love of himself.
Man can be only a channel of Love, but he cannot love of himself.
To want someone to love you, means that you want God to love you.
God, desiring to manifest His Love towards you on earth, has to select a person as an instrument and manifest Himself to you through this person.
It is enough even if only one person on earth loves you.
Love, in its divine sense, is an intelligent manifestation of two exalted souls at the same level of mind, of heart and of aspirations - two souls equally noble and spiritually uplifted.
Only two such souls can understand each other.
Love between two such souls is like music. Because only two true virtuosos can play together.
Often you ask: "Who loves us?" In the presence of the person who loves you in the divine way, whatever grief you might have, whatever disappointment you might have gone through, they all disappear at once. You will feel relieved and enlightened.
Love is recognized by the following feeling: when a person loves someone, he sympathizes with him, he treats him as he treats himself. If this feeling is not manifested, indeed, there is no Love.
The feeling of forgiveness comes out of love. Only love forgives.
True Love is stronger than death. He who loves never dies. Love brings immortality. People die because of lack of love.
If a mother has strong and unfailing love towards her children, death cannot take them away from her. Nothing can separate two beings whom love has united - death nor any power on earth. Love forms the most enduring ties in life. And when two souls are linked in such an enduring union by the power of love, they form one soul, twice as mighty and bright, with two consciousnesses. These two souls, when they meet another two souls united in this same way, come in contact with them and form a still mightier soul. The four souls then unite with another four and form a still mightier collective soul. So this divine process of love continues, that alone is able to form enduring, inseparable unions between souls.
In this way, all souls unite in the divine Love into a whole so mighty, so enduring that no power in the world can sever its inseparable ties.
Each soul of that whole lives within the other souls and they live in it. Thus unity in plurality and plurality in unity is realized.
The salvation of man depends entirely on Love. And when Love manifests itself in man, even though he has fallen, he can at once rise above the circumstances.
The happiness of man too depends on love. In happiness man feels a broadening and a completeness, due to the Love that has come to him. Then man hears the voices of all living beings and feels the pulse of the universal life.
Love is the collective manifestation of all intelligent beings who have ended their evolution and have become one with God. The love of one of these beings is the collective love of all.
And if the love of one being is not the collective manifestation of all intelligent beings, it is not love at all.
Therefore, the supreme, ideal love is manifested in love towards all people without their suspecting its source. To love men even when they hate you and wish you evil, to serve them continually, without their knowing it - that is ideal love, that is serving God. This is one of the fundamental traits of divine Love - it comes to us regardless of whether we are sinners or not.
Magic strength is hidden in Love. It is the key which opens everything that is closed. Love has its own sacred name - the lost magic word that the cabalistic searched for throughout all ages.
The sacred name of Love - that is the magic key to immortal life. With it all negative energies are transformed into positive ones. A man can do anything with it. That is why it is said that everything is possible through Love.
The only power that can magically reconstruct the entire being of man is Love. It has to penetrate everywhere within him, penetrate to the smallest recesses of his soul in order to transform him.
Love must fill the human spirit. It must manifest itself fully, perfectly, boundlessly within the human soul. It must abide also in the heart of man as its essence and content. It must act in his mind as a cherished power.
There are four manifestations of Love in man.
Love is aspiration within the heart.
Love is feeling within the soul.
Love is power in the mind.
Love is principle in the spirit.
And that is the whole cycle of development, from beginning to end.
Love as aspiration moves toward the center of the earth. These are the roots of Love.
Love as emotion moves toward the sun - these are the branches. Love as power is manifested only in geniuses and in saints. It is manifested in all who sacrifice themselves for a divine cause.
Self-sacrifice is a manifestation of love as power.
Only a man who has intellect can attain the realization of love as power.
Love as principle is just entering the world.
It embraces everything.
When Love manifests as power, there exist attraction, repulsion and contradictions. When Love manifests as principle, all contradictions cease.
Man must pass through all phases of love. He has to pass through love as aspiration - through its roots; through love as emotion - through its branches; through love as power - through its blossoms, and then enter into love as principle to taste the divine fruit of Love.
The world will not be transformed until Love permeates it.
Love is a great fire that brings life.
There is not a more terrible power than Love for those who are in disharmony with it.
The torments of hell will be theirs. The fire of Love, like a great wave, is coming now into the world.
It will melt everything that cannot endure the high intensity of Love.
When Love is not understood correctly, its sweet juice, by the action of a certain astral fermentation, is turned into a peculiar type of wine.
People get intoxicated by this wine when the impulse of love appears within them and they commit thousands of sins and crimes.
But you, who think, recognize this wine of human love, which is formed subsequently from the sweet juices of Love.
Go fearlessly down to the roots of Love.
Expand yourself among its branches.
Bloom as a flower of Love.
Become the fruit of Love.
And when you enter into the world where Love's fruits ripen, you will sing the song of him who has completed the great circle of Love - from roots to fruit.
Listen to that song:
"God is Love,
full of life -
life of the gentle Divine Spirit,
the Spirit of sanctity,
the Spirit of charity,
the Spirit of complete peace and joy for every soul."
And you will hear the response of the loving souls:
"We shall walk on that path of Light,
within which reigns Divine Love."
God is Love, Wisdom, and Truth - three great worlds which require all eternity to be explored.
There are three things by which we may know God. They are:
Divine Love, which brings the fullness of life.
Divine Wisdom, which brings to the world the fullness of light and harmony.
Divine Truth, which brings perfect freedom.
And when we speak of the Holy Trinity, we understand:
The First Person is Love, manifested in life.
The Second Person is Wisdom, revealed in the Light of knowledge.
The Third Person is Truth, manifested in Freedom.
Therefore, there are three points of contact between the human spirit and the Divine Spirit: the first is Love, the second is Wisdom, the third is Truth.
From the moment of first contact with God, man feels an effusion of Love; he is transformed into a fountain of life, flowing unceasingly.
And because this fountain has to find a course for its movement, the second contact with God takes place, and this is wisdom, which marks the course of the movement.
Accordingly, the first aspiration of the human spirit is toward life.
The second aspiration of the human spirit is toward knowledge.
The third aspiration of the human spirit is toward freedom.
When the spirit acquires knowledge, the result is light.
When we speak of Divine Wisdom we understand that this means the complete light of boundless space which will never be extinguished.
Light is the garment of Wisdom. And the physical light which we use is a result of the surplus energy which the Cosmic Man generates during his mental activity.
The Cosmic Man has acquired so much knowledge that he has an overabundance of light.
Wisdom is the world of eternal divine forms, which are woven out of Love. Love is the substance itself and Wisdom represents the forms of harmony expressing themselves in music and poetry.
Wisdom is the world in which are hidden, from the beginning of time, all things that God has created, all things that the higher beings have created, and all things that men have created on earth.
Because of this, the world of wisdom is open to us also.
True, essential knowledge flows forth from that world.
And when that knowledge passes through the three worlds - the divine, the spiritual, and the physical - and bears fruit therein - then it becomes real to us.
When Wisdom dawns in the human soul, everything in man's mind assumes its proper place. All ideas become clear, definite, and harmoniously ordered.
Then the mind of man opens up and he sees that this great divine world is beautiful, that harmony and order reign therein, and that when Wisdom prevails, the order is not violated. He sees that an immense field of work is revealed to his spirit. Then he begins to build.
Indeed, only Divine Wisdom can satisfy the human spirit.
But the path of Wisdom is the most difficult. It is a path for Masters. Only the perfect man, only the Master can manifest wisdom.
Whether a man enters into the kingdom of God depends on his knowledge and wisdom and not on his love.
It is not by grace that man enters the kingdom of God.
Whether a man enters into the kingdom of God, and is given an honorable place therein, depends on his wisdom.
Wisdom is the greatest good in heaven. It is the greatest and most imperishable treasure available to the human spirit.
If a man is wise, he possesses the greatest divine blessing.
When man is wise he is prudent and strong, and his light shines unceasingly.
A man without wisdom is not yet a real man. And when we speak of Man we mean a being of Wisdom.
Man is called the son of Wisdom.
It is written in the Scripture: "I rejoiced in His Promised Land and my delight was with the Sons of men."
These are the intelligent Sons of man in whom Wisdom rejoices.
Through Wisdom, God created the universe. He created it for the Sons of Wisdom.
God abides in them and they understand His Wisdom and glorify Him. For the glory of God is revealed only through the law of Wisdom.
Therefore, only the wise can truly glorify.
The wise man has tested and verified all that he knows.
The wise man has an irrepressible aspiration toward Love. He desires to love even the smallest being he sees and to assist it. This is because the wise man appreciates equally the great and small things.
The wise man needs no law.
The fool must live by the law and under the law.
If the wise man lives under the law, he is unhappy.
If the fool does not live under the law, he is unhappy.
The wise man lives according to that living law which God inscribed in his soul.
He is beyond the conditions of temporary life.
You who long for Light, hear the words of Wisdom: If you wish to acquire divine Wisdom and the secrets of living Nature, I say unto you, there is no other way than through suffering.
If you judge others, if you grumble, if you complain, you are far away from wisdom.
When you stop judging, you are near to Wisdom.
If you philosophize, you are far away from wisdom, from your Master. When you cease philosophizing, you are near to wisdom, you are at the feet of your Master.
When life loses its meaning, search for that which brings light.
Learn from him who brings light.
Remember: Virtue dwells only in that which never becomes dark.
Associate with that which never loses its light.
Aspire towards the light and do not forget: Knowledge never comes from only one place, and Light never enters through a single window. Innumerable are the ways of Knowledge and innumerable are the windows of Light.
Implant Wisdom in your mind, and light will come, and knowledge will give you its help.
Only the bright path of Wisdom leads toward Truth.
About God we have two conceptions. When we first emerge from God, we conceive of Him as that which limits itself within itself. After we begin our development, proceeding from the terminable, the limited, and advancing towards that which has no beginning and no end, then we conceive of God as boundless and without a beginning.
Truth, which issues forth from the limitless, has made things limited. Truth has revealed the limitless.
God, being Truth, draws us to Himself, and Christ guides us along the right path of our inner advancement towards God.
Therefore, Truth is the direction leading to the boundless and infinite, which is linked to the limited.
It is written: "The Head, or Sum, of Thy Word is Truth." We know that every movement proceeds from the head and returns to it. The head indicates the direction. And when we say that someone uses his head, we understand that he has a direction and an aim in life toward which he aspires.
Only he who has Truth knows the direction of his life.
In the universe, everything is in motion. The earth moves around the sun. The sun moves around another sun - movement within movement. The common direction of all those movements is given by Truth.
Not only an the heavenly bodies in motion. All of the desires, feelings, and thoughts of man form millions of worlds and systems which move toward the great goal - Truth.
Man must know in every respect the course of his motion. He must not stop this motion under any circumstance. Truth does not allow the slightest indecision, not even for an instant. Everything therein is strictly defined. Every hesitation is fateful, because even the smallest movement of each person is so linked to other movements, that the slightest deviation could bring catastrophe upon him - an intersection of the routes in the universe might occur.
All beings who do not live according to Truth desire to move in disorder. For this reason, Nature has restricted them. Truth implies movement in a definite direction - the direction in which everything in the universe moves - from the finite to the infinite.
"Truth shall set you free."
The aspiration and longing of the human soul is to be free. This is a mighty impulse, not in the ordinary man, but in him whose consciousness has been awakened. Freedom is a mighty impulse in the man in whom the Divine awakens.
Truth implies the higher in man.
"Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts of man."
The whole life of man rests upon Truth, which brings freedom.
Freedom, in the absolute sense of the word, implies the spirit of man - that which is the most sublime in him - not the mind!
Through Truth we can emerge out of the limitations of temporary life and of death, and can enter into eternal freedom.
Some say that Truth is abstract. No, Truth is the reality that is at the foundation of our life. Truth is a world of indescribable beauty, which has its own colors, tones, and music. It is a world which exists now and will exist forever.
In this world, everything is strictly mathematically defined. There is nothing unforeseen, nothing accidental.
Truth is independent of individual conceptions. Whether you think in one way or another about it, whether you approach or retreat from it, you will not modify its relations.
Love constantly aspires to Truth. Truth is the object of Love. Without Truth as an object, Love cannot manifest itself.
Beauty is another expression of Truth. What is beauty in respect to man, that is Truth in respect to the Divine World. Truth is its light.
Because it belongs to the world of immortality, Truth is inaccessible to sinners. Speaking to sinners about Truth is like a mathematician speaking to ignorant people about higher mathematics.
Love tolerates people's faults and weaknesses.
Truth, however, is strict and implacable.
Truth does not tolerate ignorance, weakness, or impurity.
Here lies its perfect beauty.
Therefore, he who is weak may go to Love. He who is ignorant may go to Wisdom. He who is wronged may go to Justice, and he who wishes to be perfect may go to Truth.
Do you think that Truth is among the rich? It is not. Do you think that it is among the poor? It is not. Do you think that it is among the learned, the philosophers, the believers or the occultists? It is not.
Truth is nowhere to be found, because this world is a world of suffering and death, a world of unceasing changes.
To such a world Truth cannot come.
Truth cannot descend to it.
Truth converses with the sun.
Wisdom converses with the planets.
And Love is so indulgent that it speaks to the lowest, most insignificant beings.
Since it converses with the sun, Truth's aim is remote and exalted.
Therefore, mortals cannot speak of Truth. They may state a fact as true, but about Truth itself they cannot speak.
Open your soul to Truth and you will attain the freedom you seek.
Come to love Truth!
And if you are so poor that you have not even a cent in your pocket, know that there is something that is above any poverty. It is Truth. There is something that is above all riches. It is Truth.
There is something that is above all authority. It is Truth. Truth will open for you a great vista, and you will begin to see.
When Truth comes to you, it will enlighten your mind, it will bring peace to your heart, and give strength and health to your body.
Only he in whom Truth lives can be a hero. Only he can sacrifice himself, and by sacrificing himself he will enter and live in people's souls. Therefore I say: First of all and above all, love Truth!
"Then shall the Righteous shine forth in the Kingdom of their Father."
Neither on earth nor in heaven, but in "the Kingdom of their Father."
This kingdom is not the kingdom of nature. The kingdom of nature is a kindergarten for the education of little children.
And these righteous men are not the ordinary righteous of the earth, nor is the Righteousness of which I am speaking the ordinary righteousness.
I speak of that Righteousness in which there is light. "Then shall the Righteous shine forth in the Kingdom of their Father."
If you radiate the light of that kingdom, you are righteous; if you do not, there is no righteousness within you.
Among the ordinary righteous on earth, who have no light, everyone might pass for a righteous man.
"The Righteous will shine forth in the Kingdom of their Father."
Many might say: "What does it matter to us that the righteous people will shine forth in some kingdom or other?"
But this is of great importance.
There can be no advancement and no development in the world without light. Billions and billions of years ago these beings - the Righteous - entered the Kingdom of their Father and acquired this light.
Because of this light the world sees now.
The light we live in now, is the light of the Righteous. It is the radiance of their righteousness.
Who are the Righteous who shine forth? They are bright angels, servants of God.
And if they stopped shining, stopped living in righteousness, we, here on earth, would be lost.
If you ask me why Righteousness is necessary, I will answer: "So that future generations might live in your light."
The light which comes from Righteousness is the essence of the light that gives life, that carries life within itself.
Love is revealed only to those who are righteous and who "shine forth in the Kingdom of their Father," that intelligent divine world where the Righteous comprehend the deep meaning of all things.
Righteousness is a quality of the human soul.
Each soul is born in order to be righteous. And in the beginning it was righteous.
Acquire this quality, this heritage which is given to you - to be righteous.
Every soul must be righteous. Why? In order that the great light might emanate from it. And within the light that emanates from Righteousness, Love will reveal itself. Righteousness is the foundation on which Love reveals itself and illumines the human soul.
All souls can be righteous and shine forth.
Souls that do not wish to shine forth, are souls that fight against God.
Do not fight against God!
Enter into the light of Righteousness and realize that you do not live as you ought to live.
Do not fight against the great Father of Love, who unites the whole universe and all beings in His harmony.
Sanctify His name because it is He who has sacrificed Himself innumerable times for all beings.
Once you hear His voice, the desire to sacrifice yourself for Him will arise within you.
You will be ready to give everything without the slightest regret. You will say to yourself: "What I have given is very little; would that I could live for millions of years so that I might continue to give."
The absolute Divine Love requires absolute Righteousness. Where there is no Righteousness, there is no Love. The physical aspect of Love is Righteousness. In order that Love might manifest itself in the physical world, Righteousness must truly be there.
If there is no Righteousness, the sweetest words are empty.
People are in need of the absolute Divine Righteousness - that Righteousness which will be applied equally to all without exception, which will take into consideration the good, not only of man, but of all living beings, from the smallest to the greatest.
The great Righteousness requires that the law be equal for all - for the ox and the man, for the learned and the ignorant, for the common citizen and the king.
When this sacred law is revealed to us, we all must feel deep reverence.
Whether the common citizen or the king makes a mistake, it is nevertheless a mistake before the law of Righteousness.
It is Righteousness that creates true relationship among human souls. If it is achieved, then proper respect will be manifested, that respect which men should have for one another. Then we shall not look with disdain at anyone, but shall all hold one another sacred.
Therefore, in order to attain perfection, you must establish Divine Righteousness as the first step in your life, through which Love towards all beings - man, animals, plants - is manifested.
When you acquire this, wherever you look you will see only good.
Seeing good everywhere, you will feel a holy awe within your soul.
Righteousness is something inward. Being just means learning how to cope with each of your thoughts, with each of your feelings, with each of your actions.
Being just is knowing how to act as a thinking being, as a reasoning, truly cultured man.
If you desire to have good relationships with all beings, be just toward them.
Righteousness is a great inner process of distributing all Divine blessings among all parts of the organism - be it the organism of the individual, of the community, or of all humanity.
Righteousness is the circulation that carries blood throughout the body so that each cell may take all that it needs to perform its service.
Thus, because of Righteousness, because of this great process of circulation, the smallest cell, the smallest being of the world receives its nourishment.
Righteousness might be likened to water. Righteousness is for human life as water is for the hard ground, because it is Righteousness that softens hard bodies.
People who are embittered are hardened because they lack righteousness. And those who have become softened possess righteousness.
Render to each man his rights and he will be softened. Water does the same to the plants.
We must render to each man his rights because as water is necessary for the growth of the plants, so Righteousness is required for the growth of our minds and hearts.
Without Righteousness there can be no growth.
If you wish to develop correctly, you must be righteous.
And when you must act righteously, do so even if the world has to be turned upside down.
The faint-hearted cannot be just. The man of Righteousness must be absolutely fearless.
There must be Righteousness in a country in order that there be peace. If there is injustice, disorder will follow.
Open the pages of history, examine the present and you will see that injustice has always been the cause of disorder.
Everywhere the law is one and the same - where there is injustice, there follows disorder.
Righteousness defines the relationships among men. It distributes God's blessings - the blood of life - to the organism of humanity.
Righteousness must so prevail that there will remain not a single poor man in the world, sighing: "Isn't there a God in this world?"
Therefore, a truly righteous man on earth, when he prays, should ask God to show him a suffering soul whom he might help.
Divine Righteousness does not acknowledge any honor or fame, any riches or learning gained for personal advantage.
As long as man seeks the things of the outer world, he will live in the transitory world and everyone can steal his blessings from him. When his riches are contained within his heart, then he has already found his beloved, the Divine Righteousness that makes man steadfast and invulnerable.
From the fullness of their hearts, from the abundance of their blessings, truly righteous men share.
They are indeed rich.
They have come to earth to do some special work and to acquire experience.
They have come from another realm, and the whole earth is at their disposal.
They may live here as long as they wish. When they complete their mission, they will return to their own realm.
The righteous are rich. They are Sons of God. And every man who is a Son of God has at his disposal the resources of the whole solar system.
They are the heralds of Divine Righteousness, which is coming now into the world to warm human hearts. And in the future, in the new culture, in the culture of the Illuminated, the human hearts within which Righteousness abides will bring light and warmth to the world.
From the realm of divine Righteousness Christ sends His Word - Christ who is Love, manifested in Righteousness that shines forth in those who love Him.
Jesus therefore came out,
wearing the crown of thorns
end the purple garment.
And Pilate said unto them:
"Behold the man!"
Can people, when you go out in the world, say of you: "Behold the man!"
To be worthy of this name, one must possess four qualities: he must be rich, he must be strong, he must be wise, he must be good.
The rich man is only he who has a rich soul, a rich mind, a rich heart and a strong will. Only a man who serves God is, in the full sense of the word, rich.
The strong man is only the man of love, the man of truth. He who is strong is above all circumstances. I do not call strong the man who kills others. He is strong who turns his enemies into friends. For this reason he never defends himself. He does not fight for his rights. Only the weak man fights for his rights. And when the strong man, the hero, is nailed to the shameful cross because of Truth, he nobly endures the disgrace and the abuse, the malice and the accusation.
Behold the man! Behold Jesus!
In the original language in which that name was spoken, it means: the man who comes to earth, the brother of those who suffer. Therefore, in a broader sense, "Jesus" is everyone who suffers and who bears his suffering heroically. "Jesus" is every suffering human soul working out its salvation.
Jesus" is one base of support to man. "Christ," the man who conquered and triumphed over death, who rose from the dead, who serves God and is ready to lay down his life for others, is the other base of support to man.
Man, like "Jesus",learns the profound meaning of suffering - the divine process by which he forms his character.
Man's most precious possession is his character. Man must necessarily pass through the fire of trials and only when he passes through that fire and endures his trials can he acquire a character which is valuable, steadfast, unflinching. Only then will he have an everlasting home where he can live.
Character, in the deepest sense of the word, is everything wise that the human spirit has inscribed and deeply engraved upon the human soul.
Character is a combination of virtues.
Remember one thing: the natural strength which can make man powerful is the strength of his virtues. Virtues are the great resources around which the powerful forces of Living Nature begin to circulate.
Therefore, "man" is understood to be the sum total of all virtues.
He who does not represent such a sum total of virtues cannot be called a real man.
Man of today has not yet attained the position of being a real man. The animal nature predominates more or less within him. The real man will be manifested from now on.
Man of today cannot, as yet, control himself. He still acts too brutally. All the crimes that man commits today are due to the animal nature within him. And he has to put forth much effort to free himself from the animal nature, to overcome it.
Man, however, is a combination of virtues and not of crimes.
Man, within himself, by his birth and by his nature, is something great.
God, by limiting Himself within Himself, created man. But with the creation of man, suffering appeared in the world, because where there is limitation there is also suffering.
Man is something great!
If you understood man, if you believed in him, not in his appearance, which manifests itself externally, you would see how great man is. Because what may be seen on the outside is only an expression of certain thoughts, feelings and deeds. Man is not what he is thought to be today. He is not simply a material being, who disappears with death. That which dies is not the man.
If man really did disappear with death, then what would be the use of so much philosophizing about him? In that case he would be only a thing, an object, an automaton which tomorrow would turn into dust. That man dies and disappears - this was the first lie introduced into the world.
There is something within man which does not die - neither in this world nor in the one beyond.
That which does not die, which does not decay, which does not disappear, that is man. It grows neither older nor younger.
When we speak of man, we mean the soul. If there is something divine in man, it is the radiant soul which thinks.
Take from man his intelligent, radiant soul, and he becomes an animal. He is not different from an animal - he eats, sleeps, and in short, has all the needs and weaknesses of an animal.
Man is a living soul, who has every potentiality for eternal, immortal life. This soul contains all capabilities, all procedures for work within itself, and it imparts them to the brain and to the whole body through which it manifests itself.
Therefore, we say: man possesses within himself every potentiality for an intelligent life. Man possesses within himself every potentiality for a life of Love. Man possesses within himself every potentiality for a life of Truth.
When man begins to realize all these capabilities, gradually he transforms himself; gradually he progresses from one condition into another. He climbs up step by step: from an ordinary man to a man of talent, then genius, after that a saint and at last a Master.
There are degrees of man. By the word "man" we mean not only the being who lives on earth.
Man exists not only on earth, not only in the solar system. He inhabits the whole starry universe - all the suns and planets. The planets and suns are inhabited by beings of various degrees of intelligence. It is of no importance what type of bodies they have. They are intelligent beings and belong to the same human race. This race develops gradually. Many human beings in the other systems are far more advanced than men on earth, because they emerged earlier from the Great Primary Source of life. Their wisdom is so great that the culture of people on earth, compared to that of Sirius, for instance, is still in its swaddling clothes. People of today, compared with the beings of Sirius, are not even children yet.
Man is an eternal wayfarer. Earth has never been and will never be his only abode.
Earthly man, after completing his development on earth, will not go to "heaven". He will travel from system to system in the physical universe until he develops to his fullness. The next station in man's development will be Sirius.
The human spirit came to earth about two hundred and fifty billion years ago. Then he was not at the stage in which he is now. During those two hundred and fifty billion years, he has passed through many forms and many phases of development.
And the almost endless order of organic forms which Nature has created expresses the phases through which the human spirit has passed. They are a great school in which man has studied.
All the knowledge man acquired during those two hundred and fifty billion years is inscribed in his small head, on his brain.
From the point of view of more advanced beings - for instance, from the point of view of the angels - man is still a small child. Those two hundred and fifty billion years are, to them, only like two and a half years. From their viewpoint, man is a child two and a half years old.
Man still has much to learn! Therefore, he has passed, and will continue to pass, through innumerable forms and stages of life.
People who have a small conception of life think that once man is born, everything is finished.
No, birth is an eternal, uninterrupted process.
Man is born countless times, passing from one phase of development to another.
Keep this in mind: the question of birth and rebirth is a subject for the enlightened human spirit, for the enlightened human soul, for the enlightened human mind - it is not a question for ordinary minds.
Man studies simultaneously in three schools. The body is tutored on earth. All the cells of the body perform a particular service, and at the same time they learn.
The soul is instructed in the spiritual world, and the spirit is instructed in the Divine world.
Therefore, man's ideal is to understand himself, to understand the angels who manifest themselves within him as bright and pure thoughts and at last to understand God, who is Love.
Because man is connected with the angels, who created thought, he is called a being of thought - "manas." The intellect is a gift to man from the angels. And that which distinguishes him from the animals, and which caused him to stand upright on two feet, is his intellect.
But I say unto you, man is more than one who thinks.
The sublime in the world cannot be completely defined.
Remember: the first quality of the real man is love. Love is the divine in man. Without love man reverts to an animal. Without love he is subject only to sin and crime.
He who has not come to love God is not as yet a true man. He does not yet have the image and likeness of God.
Man today does not have the "image and likeness of God." And indeed he who can rob you, who can abuse you - is he a man? Is he a man who in the beginning is your friend and later slanders you?
Hence, when we speak of man as an image and likeness of God, we mean man in his primal manifestation, the so called Cosmic Man. Each man, each human soul, is a primal element of the great Cosmic Man.
As such he occupies a definite place in living Nature and plays his assigned role. Without him, the universe cannot manifest itself in the fullness of its harmony.
Therefore, every man here on earth has a definite role to play. Life cannot go on without him. The appearance of so many millions of souls in the world is not accidental.
Therefore, keep this thought constantly in mind:
Man is the greatest creation on earth.
Rejoice that you bear the name of man.
Strive to be worthy of that name!
Do not forget that as a spirit, as a soul, as a mind, as a heart - you are an important element in the universe: without you it cannot manifest itself in the fullness of its harmony.
You are still ignorant of what you are.
Within man are still dormant powers, and he must work to waken them and to use them correctly.
When man unites himself with God, all of the dormant powers and capabilities within him are awakened.
How can we know when a man is united with God? By his readiness to sacrifice everything for Him.
He who wishes to be worthy of the name of man must be absolutely honest, absolutely good, absolutely intelligent and wise, absolutely noble.
Only the man who can rejoice in the prosperity of others as in his own is honest and noble.
The true man never fights outwardly to restore his honor. He knows that, according to the great moral order of the world, honor is not restored from without.
No court, no society, no religion can restore the honor of man: only he himself can do this.
What distinguishes the reasoning man? He does not occupy himself with the past, nor with the future. He works in the present. By present, I mean the eternal Divine.
The reasoning man does not think about whatever occurs to his mind, but rather about what is right. Only the ignorant man thinks about whatever comes to his mind.
The reasoning man has a special disposition of soul. He thinks evil of no one. He thinks good of all people, and he never seeks revenge.
This is because he knows that man cannot be absolutely intelligent if he is not absolutely moral.
He knows that morality is a foundation, the base of support from which reason is projected into the world.
The reasoning man always relies on his own mind. He values it as a great gift given to him by the angels as a support for life. And he knows that only the true reasoning man can be free.
Reason, in the deepest sense of the word, is a quality of the saint, of the man of genius.
Therefore, remember: only the virtuous man can be wise.
And all men of virtue are humble - in that sense in which Christ understands this word - and they are the greatest and strongest people.
In my opinion the greatest quality that a man can possess is humility. It is not a weakness.
The humble person is the most flexible, the most adaptable man in the world. He can endure everything - sickness and poverty and even death. In fact, none of these exist for the humble person - whatever happens, he is quiet and calm. He says: "God, who lives within me, does not die. God, who lives within me is not poor."
The weak, faint-hearted man is not humble. Only the virtuous man is humble. And he is the truly strong man. The humble person, in the true sense of the word, is a man with a mighty spirit.
You ask why you have come to earth. I reply:
To manifest Divine Love.
To manifest Divine Wisdom.
To manifest Divine Truth.
To manifest Divine Righteousness.
To manifest Divine Virtue.
You have come to manifest all these virtues, to manifest all that has been implanted in your souls from eternity.
And remember: great is the destiny of man.
Man is born to govern all beings, to regulate all elements, to organize the earth. He must become a good master. And he can become such a master only when he comprehends what God has implanted within him. He has to learn about his bodies, which are his garments. He has to learn about the primary matter in which his thought functions.
He must master all elements. He must master the earth, the air, the water, the heat, the light. He must control all "evil spirits." And he can control them only when he masters their weaknesses.
At the present time Christ needs the help of men who know how to build according to the rules of the divine science, men in whose minds the good of the "Kingdom of God"is uppermost.
The life of greatness requires men who have been "born anew," who have seen the "Kingdom of God."
Do not forget that he who wants to see the Kingdom of God must have pure eyes. Pure eyes imply a pure heart. A pure heart implies an enlightened mind. An enlightened mind implies a noble soul. A noble soul implies a loving spirit who has come forth from the Eternal God.
He who has been "born anew" is connected with all the higher worlds, with all the beings of the higher hierarchies.
He is as truthful as Truth itself, as wise as Wisdom itself, as loving as Love itself.
Of this man, of the man "born of God," it is written in the Scripture that he "commits no sin."
Indeed, he who is born of God has such love within his soul, such a great fountain of love pouring forth from him, that no contradictions exist for him.
Have you ever been in the presence of such a man to see what peace, what quietness, what joy reign in him?
The heart, the mind, the soul and the spirit of such a man are in full harmony with God.
Viewed deeply, such a man is a totality of many intelligent souls of genius.
The same applies to the great poets, musicians and painters. Thousands of intelligent souls of genius must be united so that a great poet, a great musician or a great painter may appear.
In this way, from a "son of thought," man becomes the "beloved son of Love."
Thus he becomes a Son of God.
The highest position a man can have in relation to God is to be a Son of God.
To be a Son of God, a servant to the Great Being who created all things means to feel the pulse of the whole universe, to see all of its beauty, to hear its magnificent harmony.
You, who aspire to become a Son of God, hold as your ideal:
Today people divide Christ into aspects such as "historical," "cosmic," "mystical" and so on. But Christ in his essence is one and indivisible.
There is only one Christ - the living Christ who is the manifestation of God, the manifestation of Love.
Christ is God revealing Himself to the world.
As a manifestation of God, Christ cannot be separated from Him, cannot be considered apart from Him.
And when I speak of Christ, I do not mean an abstract principle, but rather an actual incarnation of Love.
Love is the greatest reality and not an abstraction. It has form, content and meaning.
Christ - whatever conception people have of him as "historical," as "cosmic," as "mystical," - gave to the earth the fullest expression of Love.
This is because as an historic personality, as a cosmic essence, and as a mystical experience, Christ is and remains the most perfect expression of Love.
Indeed, no other man on earth before Christ had greater love than His.
There is neither in the cosmos without, nor in the mystic depths of the soul within, a fuller expression of Love than that which we personify in Christ.
Therefore, how are the words "historical," "cosmic," and "mystical" to be understood?
Manifested on the earth at a certain historical moment as the ideal man, as an example of the real man, Christ is "historical." And the times in which he lived record an bear witness to Him: "Behold, the man! Behold, the true man in whom Love, Wisdom, and Truth live, and who applies them."
When he is experienced in the inward depths, he is "mystical," and when he is comprehended and known as God manifested in the world, he is "cosmic."
The physical side of Christ is all of humanity united in one body. All human souls in which Christ lives, united into one - this is the physical aspect of Christ.
All angels, gathered into the heart of Christ, represent his spiritual aspect.
And all divine beings, united in the mind of Christ, are his divine aspect.
This is the "cosmic" Christ, God manifested in the world.
That is why the mystic sees Christ everywhere - as the great Brother of humanity, the archetype of man, the First-Born in the world, the beginning of the human race, the beginning of human evolution. The First-Born who developed and manifested all divine virtues, who applied all divine laws.
The mystic sees Christ as the First-Born who passed every trial and sacrificed all for his brothers.
Mountains, fields, springs, rivers, and seas, with all the natural wealth hidden therein - all this is an expression of this Great Brother.
But this is a great mystery, for the understanding of which thousands of years of unremitting work are necessary.
Thus does one need to conceive of Christ in his comprehensiveness.
He is One, although people consider him sometimes as "historical," sometimes as "cosmic," or as "mystical."
All these words must come to life in the true understanding of Christ as the manifested and revealed Love of God; they must not remain dry concepts, prisons for human thought.
Indeed, is not the "historical" Christ, who came to earth two thousand years ago, a prison for the minds of many Christians? Where in the Scripture did Christ two thousand years ago speak of himself as of an historical personality? He speaks of himself as Spirit, as one who will remain on earth "to the end of the ages," that is until the epoch of violence and evil, now in its last days, comes to an end.
"Go and preach," he says to his disciples, "and I shall be with you to the end of the ages."
One of the worst delusions is to think that Christ is in heaven, that he sits and waits for the Last Judgment, when he will begin to judge the living and the dead.
The truth is that Christ has never left the earth. Remember his words: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
Christ is he Who has inspired, is inspiring, and will inspire the "historical," "cosmic," and "mystical" life of the earth and humanity.
Without Christ, there could be no history.
Without Christ, there could be no "cosmos," no organized and established world.
Without Christ, there could be no "mystical" life.
He is the great inspirer of all revelations in all times. He is the unseen moving force behind the whole spiritual life of humanity.
The Scripture, in which Christ is the central figure, is a witness to this.
Christ himself hints at this with the words: "Moses and the prophets wrote about me."
Moses, in a general sense, comprises all the spiritual leaders of humanity, all scientists, philosophers, writers, poets, artists and musicians who prepare the minds of men for the understanding of Christ, the divine Truth.
However transitory their works seem, however changeable their theories, they are not arbitrary; they are created under the influence of a universal law of the Spirit, working in mankind in a special way.
All those men, therefore, worked for the manifold upliftment of humanity; they prepared the way for the coming of Christ.
It is not easy for a great Spirit such as Christ to come among men. Men had to work hard in the course of several thousand years in order that Christ might appear among them. It is not easy to come to the earth.
But with his descent to the earth, Christ opened a new epoch in the evolution of humanity. He indicated the only way by which the human soul can ascend to God.
This is why he said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
The Way: in the broadest sense of the word, this is the movement of the Spirit towards an intelligent application of the laws of Nature.
The Life: this is the harmonious organization of the elements and the development of the forces in the Divine soul.
The Truth: this is the manifestation of the One God, who creates the conditions for the development of all living beings.
Coming from the Divine world of Truth and descending to the material world, Christ connects human souls to the world of Truth, where the great aims of every life are hidden.
There must necessarily be a link to unite human souls sunken in matter, with God. Only Christ can form that link - only Christ can unite men with God.
He came down from the Divine world, bringing life from the world of Truth, and ascended back to it, and in this way he indicated the path leading from temporal life to the eternal.
"And this is life eternal," says Christ, "that they should know Thee the only true God, and him who Thou didst send Jesus Christ."
To know God is to know the seeds of the Spirit - the conditions, the powers, and the laws which sustain it, and according to which this wonderful order of things is built.
And Christ is the intelligent beginning who comes from the One God, bringing life to all beings, guiding them and sustaining them, and linking them to the initial center of all that is.
Christ is the way of this intelligent movement of souls which leads them to life eternal in Truth.
And when Christ is asked why he came to earth, he replies, "To this end was I born and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the Truth."
These words, however, are a mathematical formula. The question of the coming of Christ is one of the deepest questions in human life. Many people think that it is very easy to reply to this question. They say that Christ came to the earth in order to suffer and to save humanity.
The coming of Christ to the earth is not a matter of suffering. The suffering was a secondary occurrence in the life of Christ - it is far from determining this very important moment in the history of humanity.
Salvation, in the way in which it is usually understood, is also a partial conception of this great event.
But today, all the preachers say that Christ came to the earth to save humanity. If Christ had saved the world in such a mechanical way as people believe, and if they were truly saved, then they would not live in a way so contrary to the spirit of Christ's teaching.
Clearly, the idea of salvation has an entirely different meaning. It is not where people look for it, nor does it come mechanically as they think.
Christ brought to the earth the science of the soul. He pointed out the path by which human souls can know God and obtain eternal life.
The gate of that path is Love. He who passes through this gate will find himself on that royal road where great deeds await him.
Many great souls came to the earth before Christ, but they were unable to cope with the difficult task of uplifting humanity. Christ had to come to earth in order to solve this essential and very important problem, and to show to men a proven way by which they, too, might solve it.
Before Christ, God sent into his field his servants - the prophets and the saints - but they were not able to accomplish the task in the way in which it should have been done.
When Christ, "the Son of God," came to the earth, the workers of all of heaven united in his name in order to complete the work which had been begun.
It is written in the Gospel that "God so loved the world that he gave his only- begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but should have eternal life."
The Son is the Word, the Rational, the Divine, the only one who could restore harmony to the world and the connection of the human soul with God.
Christ could restore that connection, he could influence humanity as a whole, because he himself was connected with the great, mighty One.
When the Gospel speaks of the descent of the Spirit upon Jesus, it refers to the union of Jesus with the collective Spirit of the world of reason, whereby the realization of a Divine idea became possible on the earth.
This is a law on the earth - in order to accomplish the work of God, a man on the earth must unite with a being in heaven. In this case, the being was the collective divine Spirit.
From this point of view, Christ is a collective spirit. He exists as a unit and at the same time he is a collective spirit. He is the sum total of all Sons of God whose hearts and souls are fountains of life and love.
All Sons of God, united in one, all intelligent souls who live in Divine communion - all this is Christ.
The descent of Christ to the earth is the most important event in the history of humanity. It is a unique event in its content and meaning. The fundamental idea of human life is connected with it - the idea of immortality, the idea of eternal life. And the efforts of all human existence have as their ultimate goal the attaining of immortality and entering into eternal life.
"And this is life eternal," says Christ, "that they should know Thee, the only true God, and him whom Thou didst send, Jesus Christ."
Know God, and know Christ.
Did people know Christ when he appeared two thousand years ago? Do they know him today? When truth comes into the world, it is not clothed in royal garments, but rather in modest apparel.
Thus Christ appeared two thousand years ago in a simple form, in which men could not recognize him. But such are the laws of this world.
In this modest apparel, seemingly a man like all other men, even his disciples did not know Him completely. Only three of them at the transfiguration saw Christ's "face," His inner self. In this inner light they saw Him and recognized Him as he was among the angels.
For the Jews, Christ was "the son of Joseph, the son of the carpenter." For the scribes and the Pharisees, He was a blasphemer, a self-styled messiah who called himself "Son of God." He did not come from among them, He was not taught by them.
Where, in fact, did Christ study? Everything that he did testified to his wide learning. Yet, even today there are people who think that Christ was a common, uneducated person. This is not true. Christ himself, addressing his listeners, said, "If I told you earthly things and you believe not, how shall you believe if I tell you heavenly things?" When He spoke of "heavenly things," Christ referred to the great mysteries of the sun. However, He understood "earthly things" as well - He knew the Cabal, and the philosophies of the Eastern nations and of the Greeks, as well as the sciences of the time.
Indeed, Christ had no need to study in human schools. His entire earthly life was in itself objective learning for Him.
His life was a source of new experience, a field for the application of those sublime principles and great laws, whose functions He had known in the invisible world. Due to his awakened consciousness and his connection with the invisible world, Christ was always able to obtain knowledge directly therefrom.
And when He prayed, prayer was a conversation with the world of reason.
Through prayer, Christ communicated with the invisible world, with all the
hierarchies there and with God. Through prayer the invisible world revealed to Christ that great lesson which He had to learn on earth, and disclosed to him the problem He had to solve in the environment of earthly life.
After having solved his difficult problem, Christ understood through experience that the only way to save humanity is through Love. Only then did He fully comprehend the profound meaning of all of his suffering.
However, to men, regardless of what they say, the sufferings of Christ, his crucifixion and his disgraceful death, still remain one of the deepest mysteries.
Why did Christ, the greatest soul that ever came to the earth, the greatest character ever manifested, why did this good, intelligent, and strong man have to undergo such a tragic death?
The Scripture says that it was thus "written" - and nothing more.
Others maintain that it was necessary for this to happen so that the world might be saved.
But Christ himself says that He came into the world to bear witness to the Truth.
One thing can be said with certainty - Christ was crucified because Love did not outwardly participate in his life. And where Love does not participate, the most severe sufferings and the greatest tragedies occur. Love does not cause them, but the competition for love creates them. Love in itself always and everywhere brings light, peace and joy.
In any case, we see that Christ's crucifixion was permitted.
On the cross Christ underwent what might be called ideological-mystical suffering, the deepest and the most intense suffering which a human soul can undergo.
He had to drink from the cup of suffering to the last drop - that cup into which were gathered all the bitter dregs of the past.
But during this profound and intensified suffering, all of the secrets of the past were disclosed to him. And conscious of the great importance of the moment, after the inner struggle in the garden of Gethsemane, Christ said, "It was for this hour that I came."
Through the great alchemy of Love, Christ converted the poisons gathered in that cup, and thus destroyed violence forever.
And indeed could not Christ - a strong man of genius who knew his high origin, who foresaw everything, who knew what was about to happen - have averted the sufferings which awaited Him? He had the choice either to call forth the "legions of angels" and with their help to annihilate both the Jewish nation and the Roman Empire - that is, to use the method of the past, Moses and Elijah's method of violence and the sword, which was the method of the old magi and adepts - or to accept the cup and the cross and to overcome them through the power of Love.
Christ chose the second, a unique experiment on earth.
And indeed, if Christ had feared the suffering, if He had eared the cross on which later He was crucified, or the nails with which He was nailed to it, or the spear with which He was pierced, He would not have provided a new and essential solution to the difficult task of uplifting the human soul. He dissolved the insults, and the lashes of the whip, and the cross, and the nails, and the spear, with the fire of Love - the only fire that can melt the weapons of violence. The experiment proved successful.
Thus Christ solved a problem upon which the future of all of humanity depended. Thus He opened the path of salvation to those suffering souls for whom He came.
For those simple but noble souls who had the courage to put their faith in Him, and not for the learned, the powerful and the religious people of His age, did Christ lay down His life so that they might live in the Love which He gave them.
Something very great is hidden in the sufferings of Christ. They constitute the hidden side of Christ's life, of which men know nothing.
And when I speak of the sufferings of Christ, two great virtues of Christ come to mind - His unprecedented patience, and His humility. Through these, He endured all the abuses, insults and offenses which men inflicted upon Him.
Christ endured all of these and remained silent, calm and unmoved, as though nothing were happening. Not a tear fell from His eyes.
This is great patience, this is self-mastery, this is Love.
This is a rock which nothing can shatter.
Christ's crucifixion was a tragedy, but this tragedy had its solution in the resurrection.
Christ rose from the dead, and through his resurrection He conquered death. And as in his sufferings the secrets of the past were revealed to Him so in the resurrection He received the revelation of the future.
Christ is truly a strong man, a mighty spirit, a hero. He overcame everything - tortures, the cross and the grave.
Christ did not carry the wooden cross to the end. He carried it only to a certain place and then He laid it on the ground. People think that He laid it down because He was exhausted beneath its weight.
Christ was not a weakling. He could have carried the cross, but He laid it down in order to point out to humanity what was in store for them. He implied, "I can carry the cross of the sufferings of living men, but I do not wish to carry a wooden cross."
But present-day Christians still carry and kiss the wooden cross, disdained by Christ himself.
Having cast the wooden cross upon the ground, Christ stood up, and upright he made his way to Golgotha. They nailed him to the cross. But He did not remain there long. He alone unnailed himself. How? He left his body and went to Joseph of Arimathea.
Christ was buried and His tomb was sealed. But He also left the tomb. He did not want to leave his body in the tomb, because it was alive. He himself resurrected it.
The angel that caused his death took his soul to hell, but Christ did not remain there long. His entrance into hell caused a revolution - He activated all of hell's inhabitants and set them free. Do not think that after his resurrection Christ was alone - in hell He was the leader of a host of angels who emptied hell of all of its prisoners.
Thus Christ proved that the strong man cannot remain nailed to a cross, nor can he be sealed in a grave. The strong man never dies - he is resurrected and he gives life to others.
Christ was the heart of God, and that is why He resurrected. God's heart cannot die. It returned whence it came. But throughout all of this tragedy enacted on Golgotha, new blood was infused into the exhausted veins of humanity, and a new impulse was brought to the divine circulation of life.
When He came to the earth two thousand years ago, Christ revealed to us only one side of his nature.
We see Christ then in humiliation and grief, in sufferings and trials. We see him as a hero of redemption.
People do not yet know Christ in his glory, in his divine might and power.
Christ is strong and mighty now!
In the past, the hands of Christ were nailed. Today no one can nail these hands - the nails would be melted at once! In the past they crucified Christ, but today there is not a tree large enough on which He could be crucified.
Christ cannot be crucified a second time.
This Christ is coming now to visit the minds and hearts of men. He will demolish all prisons; He will obliterate all false teachings - everything that destroys man's mind and heart, that brings confusion and anarchy, that paralyzes human life. He is the living Christ who brings life, light and freedom to all souls, who uplifts and awakens in them love toward all.
When I say that Christ is coming now, some might think that He will come outwardly. Christ will not come outwardly, He will come neither in the form of a man, nor in any other form.
When the rays of the sun enter into your homes, does that mean that the sun itself has visited you?
Remember, Christ is e manifestation of divine Love. And He will come as an inner light in the minds and hearts of men. This light will draw all toward Christ as around a great center.
The opening of men's minds and hearts, and the inner acceptance of Christ - this will be the second coming of Christ to the earth.
If they do not accept Him in this way, people will continue to live without love, in suffering and misery, in outer beliefs, superstitions, and delusions.
Captives of those outer beliefs, many religious people today err when they say, "Christ brought good tidings two thousand years ago. He said all that He had to say, and now He has gone to heaven, where He will remain until the Day of Judgment, when He will come again to judge the living and the dead."
But I say to you: Christ did not preach the good tidings in time and space!
We do not consider Christ and His teaching as something that is past.
We do not consider Christ and His teaching as something that will come in the future.
For us, Christ and His teaching are an everlasting present!
Therefore, it was not only during his three years of reaching that Christ spoke to us; He has not ceased speaking during all of these two thousand years. And if it were possible to restore all that He said in those three years to the people of that time, and if it were possible also to restore what He said in the course of these two thousand years, men would have very valuable knowledge.
But only very little of what Christ said during those three years of preaching has come down to us - only fragments. Many of the Epistles of Paul, as well as of the other apostles, remain hidden from the world. But some day they will come to light. Even now they are being disclosed, but only to advanced pupils.
On the other hand, do you think that Christ divulged all of his teaching? In comparison with what He possessed, Christ gave very little to his contemporaries. The men of that time were not ready for science. Therefore, He spoke to them in parables. Christ did not want to put his weapon in the hands of the ignorant, so that they might turn it against Him.
Do you think that if Christ came now He would speak as He spoke two thousand years ago? Christ will speak today in an entirely different manner.
First of all, He will preach about the great science of Love, and the methods of its application. He will preach about the path of pupilage, brotherhood and service. The law of evolution requires it today.
And now the Great Master addresses himself to all awakened souls, proclaiming to them the fundamentals of the new gospel:
That all be diligent pupils,
good brothers, true and loyal servers!
Only those who are diligent pupils, good brothers, and true servers can create the new culture in which Christ will live in every man and among all people.
Today, Christ has no need of ordinary believers, religious people who fight one another, nor of rulers and priests, but rather of real men, creators of the new - pupils, brothers, and servers.
Today Christ does not want men who constantly crucify Him within themselves, but men who will welcome Him to live within them and among them, who will be one with Him.
Today, Christ proclaims a culture without crucifixions, the culture of resurrection!
We nave seen well the results of the present culture created by those who crucified Christ.
It is time for the foundations of a new culture to be laid, a culture built not by people who worship the crucified Christ, but by men-brothers in whom lives the resurrected Christ, the living Christ of Love.
The foundation of this culture will be Love.
Love is the only power that can make of men diligent pupils, good brothers, true and loyal servers, builders of the new life.
This is the "new" which Christ brings to humanity today.
This is the Word of the Great White Brotherhood; this is what the Master speaks.
And will not many believers, then, who call themselves Christians, be enticed by His word? And will they recognize Him?
They will continue to argue about the "crucified," the "historical" and the "cosmic" Christ; about the Christ as He is considered by the various churches, and the spirit of his Living Word will remain strange to them.
Therefore, I say to you: Leave aside these definitions and differentiations of Christ! Know that there is only one Christ, the Christ of great Love, who at present is active in the world and in the souls of men.
I speak to you of that Christ, and not of the "historical" or the "crucified" Christ. Men know Him well as an historical personage, but they do not know Him as Living Love.
I speak to you of the living Christ, of that Christ who has life within himself, who brings the living knowledge and light, who brings the truth and freedom; of that Christ who teaches all methods for the building of rational life.
He is the great Christ, who is called the Head of the Great Universal Brotherhood.
All great souls know Him, and they never argue about who and what He is, what He was, where He is now, what place He holds in the "hierarchy of masters," and so on.
They never argue because they know very well what place Christ has in the Whole, just as they know the place of the other great men who have appeared and are appearing in the world.
This is the Christ that men must come to know today! They must see Him - see and know Him! Many men wish to convince us that we may be true Christians without seeing and knowing Christ inwardly. But I maintain that if a man does not see Christ, nothing will come of him.
In order to see Christ, one must have a mind, a heart, a soul, and a spirit like His. All those to whom Christ appeared before they reached that stage, fell down with faces toward the ground. And what can a fallen man see?
Man must drink from the source itself and not from the river, which is muddy because many other additives entered into it.
Follow the path that leads to this source - the path is difficult and long, but you will drink living water from the spring itself, and it will refresh your mind and heart forever.
Spacious views, unseen until then, will be opened to your sight.
On that mountain where the living water flows forth, you will hear the voice of God.
Do not ask to remain there, but come down to your brothers. Come down and put into practice, like a pupil, like a brother, and like a server, the Living Word of your Heavenly Father who draws you to Him by the threads of His Love.
These threads are in the hands of Christ, the manifested God of Love.