SHADOW OF LIFE

The Discovery

Chapter Six

 

The Master spoke of new opportunities for mankind:

 

"Where intellectual and spiritual development went hand in hand, where a new science would be taught, based upon a true knowledge of the fundamental laws of the universe, and where at the same time man would be taught how to obtain mastery over himself, you would find the greatest possible benefit in the world. Such an order would, moreover, afford immense advantages for the advancement of intellectual research. The establishment of a number of such places of learning would dot the mental horizon of the world with stars of the first magnitude, from which rays of spiritual light would stream and penetrate the world.

 

"Standing upon a far higher plane than that of the material scientists, a new and far greater field would be opened up to man in science when he reached the point where he would be willing to share his findings with others or put the findings into a central intelligence file -- not of criminals, but of man and his works. All data about tuberculosis would be together. All things regarding the planting of wheat would be under 'Wheat, planting of ...' and the findings of farmers and other authorities on such matters would be kept together.

 

"Thus man would know all the different opinions of the highest acceptable authorities, and would not be bound by an orthodox scientific creed. Men would have at their service all the results of the investigations of many acceptable scientists and laymen who were practicing in that field, but one would not be bound to a system which said if he did not have a Ph. D. in something or other, his experiences were of no value. In other words, one would be able to think freely.

 

"These groups of brother-houses would become centers of intelligent illumined people in the world, and their experiences with man and God would become equally public property. They would be able to use these for their own development, and their self-control would grow with equal proportion with the development of their intellect. Soon they would be able to enter adeptship."

 

The Master had spoken these words with unusual warmth, as if he intended to appeal to my sympathy and to induce me to use my efforts to establish such centers. There was a look of pity in his eyes, as if he exceedingly regretted the state of poor ignorant humanity.

 

I regretted my own inability to establish such monasteries, and, for once, I wished that I were rich, so as to be able to make at least an attempt with one such establishment.

 

The Master spoke:

 

"You are mistaken. It is not the want of money which prevents us from executing this idea; it is the impossibility of finding the proper kind of people to inhabit the order after it is established. Indeed, we would be poor Alchemists if we could not produce gold in any desired quantity, if some real benefit for humanity could be manifest -- and of this I shall convince you, if you desire it.

 

"But gold is a curse to mankind, and we do not wish to increase the curse from which humanity suffers. Distribute gold among men, and you will transform them into devils. No, it is not gold that we need; it is men who thirst after wisdom.

 

"There are thousands who desire knowledge, but few who de- sire wisdom. Your most learned men are the last ones who can bear the truth. Many have taken up their investigations merely for the purpose of gratifying their idle curiosity, while others desire to pry into the secrets of Nature to obtain knowledge which they intend to employ for the attainment of selfish ends.

 

"Give us men and women who desire nothing else but the truth, and we will take care of their needs. How much money would it require to lodge a person who cares nothing for comfort? What liberties would be required for those who can read in the book of Nature? What external pictures would please those who wish to avoid a life of the senses and to retire within their own selves? What terrestrial scenery should be selected for those who lived within the paradise of their souls? What company would please those who conversed with their own higher selves? How could we amuse those who lived in the presence of God?

 

"The soul of man has its identification, vibration-wise, with the Self, the real being. Yet, at the same time, the soul functions in consciousness and in accordance with the preemptory pattern of function of the universal soul, which is, in reality, the experience of God in His Creation.

 

"In this brotherhouse or center which you are talking about there would exist no difference of sex, of taste, opinion or desire. Of course, vice could not be existent on the material level, but people might be born from there into the earth, or pass from the earth into the brotherhouse, or die. They would die because they had not succeeded in attaining their divine right of being a Master or Adept.

 

"But where they lived like divine beings, where each man or woman constituted one center of power for good, each one immersed in that infinite ocean of light would be able to see, to know all that he wished to know, growing in strength and growing in size until he might embrace all and be one with it."

 

I said to the Master:

 

"Aren't you really talking about a place in the upper realms of vibration, created by a body of men for the purpose of true spiritual healing -- the healing of the soul?"

 

And then I asked:

 

"Do you really think that man can appreciate or enjoy such a condition while he really is functioning on the earth plane?"

 

"Alas!" said the Master, "the conditions which our present state of civilization imposes upon its followers are now such as to force the vast majority of men to employ nearly all their time and energy in an outward direction, instead of employing them for their inward growth.

 

"Each man has a certain amount of energy which he may call his own. If he wastes all that energy on the outward plane, either for the attainment of sensual gratification or in intellectual pursuits, he will have nothing left to develop the divine germ in his heart. If he continually concentrates his mind outwardly, there will be no inward concentration of thought, which is absolutely necessary for the attainment of self-knowledge.

 

"The laboring classes, the people of commerce, the scientists, the doctors, lawyers, and clergyman are all actively engaged in outward affairs, and they find little time for the inward concentration of their powers.

 

"The majority are continually too busy running after shadows and illusions, which are at best useful only as long as they last and whose usefulness ceases when the heart ceases to beat.

 

"NATURE, HOWEVER, CARES NOTHING FOR OUR EXCUSES: THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT IS BLIND AND INACCESSIBLE TO ARGUMENTATION.

 

"Nature is not so cruel as she appears to the superficial observer. That which man requires for the purpose of living is very little indeed, and usually can be obtained easily.

 

"Now nature has amply provided for all her children. If they all cannot obtain their proper share, then there must be something seriously wrong, either with them individually or with the social organization as a whole."

 

"But Master," I said, "what of those who have not had an opportunity to learn the use of the Law of the Word as taught by our Lord Jesus when he said: 'Thy word shall become flesh,' and when he also said that the Father wished to give us the kingdom? Is it not true that it is necessary for all peoples to succeed in both the material and spiritual world, work both on the material and spiritual level?"

 

And he answered me saying:

 

"They will enjoy the fruits of the earth when they succeed in their task -- when they succeed in making the laws of the human world harmonize with the laws of Nature and God. But I fear that many have not had an opportunity to learn of these laws.

 

"Let each one attempt to restore harmony in his own individual organism and live according to natural laws, and the harmony of the social organism as a whole will be restored.

 

He went on to say:

 

"You know that the great bulk of those things which are said to be the necessities of life are only artificially created necessities. Millions of people lived and attained old age long before many of the things which our modern civilization considers as being absolutely necessary had been discovered or invented.

 

"The term 'necessity' has a relative meaning. To a king a dozen palaces, to a nobleman a carriage of four, may appear to be as much a necessity as to a beggar a bottle of whiskey, or to a fashionable man a swallow-tail coat.

 

"The shortest and surest way is to rise above such false necessities and consider them not to be necessary at all. Then would we have freed ourselves from what are advertised as necessities. The paramount thing for all people who are living on the earth today is to devote all of their spare time to investigating who they are, what they are, and how they function. If they did that, they might see the processes going on in their own personal universe.

 

"Sometimes it would seem that pursuit of such knowledge is far more important than investigating those things which we use in the material world. Science says she wants to know the laws of Nature in all its ramifications. And yet, the scientist pays no attention to himself.

 

"Here again we see the acceptance of doctrines which will never be accepted by our Brothers as they look into the terms and other things in books of theology or theosophy.

 

"They would probably pass no judgment because they know the extent of the Power and Spirit of God manifesting, and the relative relationship to themselves is so evident that they would not think of defining its reality.

 

"It is surely the prerogative of the intellectual man, or any man, to investigate intellectually all departments of Nature. But why confine oneself to the externals, which are only of secondary importance in the attaining of knowledge of our own interior power?"

 

The Master paused to let me reflect on what he had said. Then he went on:

 

"I feel sad because of their imperfections; nevertheless their views are justifiable from their own standpoint. One of the great confusions of the man who truly has a yen to know the truth about himself is the multiplicity of names under which partial truths are classified and the ridiculousness of the secrets which are attached to them, because they all supposedly have to do with the creation of the world by God.

 

"God has no secrets, and the innermost teachings of alchemy are all before your eyes. For the people at large, their sense of seeing and feeling is not sufficient to identify simple facts; therefore they know only the outward appearances. The internal causes are left to speculation, thus bringing error and chaos.

 

"The higher senses by which the Adept or Master is able to penetrate with his consciousness in the interior of things must be employed with feeling, as if he were the object being examined, in order to see the working of the interior causes. This is unknown to scientists of our present civilization."

 

As the Master finished speaking, I heard a sound that seemed to have been produced by the tinkling of a silver bell above our heads. I looked up and saw nothing from which the sound could have proceeded.

 

"That," explained the Master, "is the signal that the Brothers are assembled in the dining room. So let us join their company and refresh ourselves. I'm sure you'll enjoy that after your long journey."

 

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