These lectures are the ones given only to the monks as Dr. Lewis was in charge of them while VP of SRF. His young audience included Brother’s: Dharmananda, Bhaktananda, Anandamoy,
etc…… Finally after many requests Dr. gave and recorded these precious advanced lectures to a few lay-disciples at the Hermitage in Encinitas. Thus we have information not meant for the “general devotee services” – basically information in Master’s teachings. They are a real treasure for the dedicated” chela.
How to Stay Young
Dr. M.W. Lewis San Diego, 11-22-59
Well, “Making Youth Long Lasting,” “Making Youth Long Lasting,” or to put it in a few words, “How to Stay Young,” isn’t it? “How to Stay Young.” Well, what is it that grows old? Did you ever stop to think? What is it that grows old? It surely isn’t the Soul. Because, the Soul, we know from the scriptures, from the teachings of the great saints: Soul is Eternal, Everlasting, Unending, “never was born,” and “never can grow old, nor die.” And so, surely it is not, it is not the Soul Consciousness that ages. Well, then what is it that ages? What is it that ages? Did you ever stop to think?
It is simply that the Soul has become identified with the body – body consciousness – and it sees that the body changes – is impermanent – and in time passes away. So, your own Soul Consciousness thinks that it is limited to the body consciousness, and under the same influences that it sees going around – going on all around it, that’s all it is – it is simply identification of your own Soul, a ray of God’s Presence, with these changing conditions of outward, or human, consciousness. That’s really what happens.
Of course, there is a cycle. There is a cycle of the Soul’s presence in the body, which goes on, and finally, is terminated. But, that can be lengthened, even, if we know the Higher Laws of God. And surely, that cycle can be of a much better nature, so to speak, if we do not allow ourselves, by controlling our minds, to be identified with these changing conditions. That’s the important thing to remember. We cannot, under the present conditions, live eternally in this body. Although, my, Master told me, one time, that, if you can live somehow to be 120 – I saw a lady the other day in the paper was 120 – but if you can do that, then you don’t get older after that. Isn’t that wonderful? But who can live to the 120? That’s what I asked him. He says, “That’s right.” So these things are nice to remember anyway.
And some people look old, and some people feel old. Some people look young, and some people feel young. Now, there’s a reason for that. Of course, I realize there are inherited tendencies within us that we have brought over. Some have a greater resistance to disease than others. Some have a resistance to wear and tear. You cannot keep them down. But others do not have that resistance.
Well, now there is a reason for that – and this is the important thing to remember. Why is it? Why is it that some look old, and some look young, and some feel old, and some feel young? It is this: that the mind has not accepted these conditions of age. That’s all it is. The mind has not accepted these conditions of which we call “age.” And, therefore, as the mind, and the body, are very closely related, if within yourself you have that idea of youth, and also really feel it, so that the mind picks it up, because the mind can do anything. Then the body reacts to the power of the mind, and keeps you youthful, and cheerful. That is the key. The key is that for some reason – now, we must find out that reason – for some reason, the mind has not accepted the ordinary change which goes on within as a normal thing.
There was a lady, I went, I saw at a banquet at one time. I went there with the Master, and to some club in Los Angeles. Forgotten the name of it now, but it makes no difference. And on the platform was this, this lady – had something to do with health, and proper eating, and such things. And so, they had her stand up. Of course, her hair was gray. I guess, she thought that was all right. But they asked, “How old do you think the lady is?” Well, there were all kinds of ages. To me she, she didn’t look 50. And she stood up and said that she was over 80.
Now what was the trouble? Or what was the reason, not trouble, what is the reason? The reason was that, somehow, her mind had not accepted age – and I know I was dumbfounded. And I know that was true, because it was under the ah…the banquet was under the auspices of a very reliable club. So that’s the point. If we understand that reason and apply, apply the power of the mind then we can keep much more our youthful nature.
And so, it is our mind, and our consciousness, acting under various influences – inherited tendencies, type of life you lead, type of environment, attitude, attitude and will and resistance – it is that, which governs how your mind reacts toward age. These various things play an important part. And attitude, I think, coupled by will and resistance, is the greatest thing. Because, if you have within yourselves a cheerful mood, a cheerful buoyant mood, and you will have it for one reason – one of the greatest reasons is that you will feel the Presence of God in everything you do – if you have that, you are bound to show the reaction to that attitude in your body. Oh, a little gray hair doesn’t make any difference, you know. Sometimes that’s inherited.
But how do you feel inside? How is your Soul Consciousness? Is it youthful, and healthy, and buoyant and cheerful? Even though you do have a few hundred aches and pains, you can do it. But you can only do it when you feel the Presence of God within you. Then it reacts through your mind, and in spite of all those troubles, you can have the signs of youth. In fact, you can be youthful, and healthy – “How to Stay Young.” And so, remember, the law of mind is, that it reacts on the body; if you have a cheerful mind, and especially, if you have conscious communion with God, it will react on your body, without question. We will come to that later, about the causes of correcting these different things, which prevent our having a youthful body and appearing young.
Now, one of the references I’d like to give you at this time from our Master’s Autobiography [of a Yogi]. “The power expressed by a man’s bodily instrument depends on his aggressive will and courage.” The body is literally manufactured and sustained by the mind, or the Consciousness of God in us. How from one cell and its union can this whole thing come? Because God’s Consciousness is behind all things and the Power that does that is your own Cosmic Energy. When you operate it under certain conditions, it’s called “the mind.” But, nevertheless, isn’t it God’s Consciousness, and His Power in that Consciousness? And so that’s what happens. “Through pressure of instincts from past lives…” those are inherited tendencies, of which I spoke, “strengths or weaknesses percolate gradually into human consciousness. They express as habits, which will in turn manifest as a desirable or an undesirable body. Outward frailty has a mental origin…” outward frailty has a mental origin, which in turn manifests the corresponding body, “in a vicious circle, the habit-bound body thwarts the mind.”
How can you have a strong mind, if your body is all shot to pieces, so to speak? It can be done, but it’s difficult. It’s much easier to find God, and have a strong mind, if the body is fairly healthy. And so, “In a vicious circle, the habit-bound body thwarts the mind. If the master allows himself to be commanded by a servant…” if you allow yourself to be commanded by the body, within certain limits, “the latter becomes autocratic; the mind is similarly enslaved by submitting to bodily dictation.”
There is, there is a little matter, which I’d like to bring up at this time, about the different cells of the body. There are two kinds of cells: a germ cell, and a somatic cell. The germ cells are those cells which keep the human race going, so to speak. They pass from one generation to another; from one body to another. Those cells are active. Naturally, they’re very vital.
Now the other cells, which are germ cells, they have made up the different organs of the body: the tissues, bones, internal organs, such things. These are called somatic cells. Now these cells follow a different pattern, and sometimes, especially, if the mind is not active and strong, they become fixed, and they lay down, so to speak, on the job. That’s why age comes upon us. Now, if you can reactivate the somatic cells of the body, which you can, especially by the techniques of Self-Realization Fellowship Yoga, you can reactivate those cells. They will, once more, take up their function, and age will not come upon you – except in its natural way. It is a good thing to remember, that we can control those somatic cells within us – those cells which make up the formation of our body. And they are under control of the mind, plus God’s Consciousness within it.
Now, going on a little further – mind can do anything. Mind can do anything. And when I say mind, do not think I mean the “ordinary” mind that keeps us in such a turmoil all the time. Not that mind. We might call it the Higher Mind – the Mind in which the Consciousness of God is very active. That can do anything. And it improves with usage.
If you’re continuously saying about your ill health, and enjoying ill health, as they say; then it certainly will be so. But, if you start, and do the little things, first; the mind will improve with usage. But do the little things first. Do not start and try to do big things with it, so to speak, until you are able. But, start with little things. Then all things are possible, according to the Will of God. And, if you feel your will united with God’s Will, things are possible according to His Will. Attempt the little things first.
Likewise, the care of the body is very important. Why should we care, take care of the body? Because it is the only vehicle you or I will have to manifest Divinity. Did you ever stop to think of that? It is the only vehicle you will have, until you get another. But you’ve got this one. Let’s make the best use of it. It’s the only vehicle you’ll have to attain your heritage – Divine Union with the Eternal Father. Therefore, we should take care of it. We should take care of it. We should exercise the health laws: proper food, right food, natural food, and food we can assimilate. We should be practical in the application of taking care of our body. If we cannot tolerate certain things, we should not take them. But above all, we can eat natural and vital foods, and exercise, and such things are necessary. Take care of the body, for the simple reason; if you do not care about the body, you must care, because it is the vehicle whereby you will find God. The only vehicle you will have. And so, it is the only instrument that we can have the freedom of Divinity, by which we can feel our oneness with God.
Remember, I, I have told you the Soul cannot be seen. The Soul Consciousness cannot be seen. But Its manifestation in the body can be seen. And that is where you can change; eliminating the drawbacks of that body, and assimilating Eternal Concepts, and properties of your Soul. Take care of the body.
Now another point is this. The mind, the mind, which you are going to use to keep yourself youthful – because I know that’s what you’re interested in – so are we all. The mind is unable to act to its fullest extent with a diseased or unhealthy body. So, practice these health laws. Also I, also keep away from excesses – excesses in any field – especially, in sex. But any – in eating even. If you go to the excess in eating, in eating you will look old pretty soon. You’ll be all out of shape, and such things. So much food in you and you’ll be lazy, and lethargic, if you overeat. If you over indulge in temper you upset the workings of the Finer Forces of the body of assimilation, and such things – elimination – and you will begin to look old. And one thing, you can never, you can never, retain the youth, if you’re oversexed. Be normal. But don’t, do not be oversexed.
Now another thing that enters into keeping young is suggestion – Power of suggestion and the thought pattern – the thought pattern which you have within you. If you have such a thought pattern, which has come and grown there by your continual suggestion that you’re ill, and sick, and all done up; naturally you’ll continue to be that. The thought pattern is what governs our life here. If your thought pattern is on God, and you’re buoyant, and cheerful, because you know He’s with you every moment of your existence; your bodily, your body will react to the suggestion from it – your mind – and it will be healthy, and you will look much younger, because there’s nothing like the Glow of God’s Presence within a person to give them the youthful appearance and look. And not only appearance, but function. You’ll be much healthier, if you’ll do these things.
And so the thought pattern must be right. Thought pattern must be right. What do we give? “Am I all in…” There’s another word I won’t use, that I hear everybody saying. I don’t like it, but it’s…you know what I mean. “I’m all something…,” or, “Boy am I…,” “Am I all in…” That’s, well, what’s gonna happen? You’re gonna be “all in” all the time. You’re suggesting this every moment. Don’t suggest that. But rest, quietly, and recharge the body. That’s all. But, if you keep saying, “all in,” “had a terrible day,” “Oh, it was awful.” Well, it’ll go on that way, that’s all. So that’s the first thing is to do away with those suggestions – suggestions [tape skip] have of courage, and such things.
I have a something I want to give you, at this time, if I can find it, which I think you will enjoy. Another thing, before we get to that point. Do not mix with negative people, or those who enjoy ill health; enjoy ill health all the time. And pretty soon, you will enjoy ill health, just the same as they do. And rather be careless, or carefree, rather, with them, and nonchalant. How: through wisdom. How does that wisdom come: by feeling God in you every moment. These are the rules.
Now speaking about youth, or age must give way to youth. Age, we know, must give, give way to youth, but the old must step aside. That seems to be true. But to impress it on your mind, this little story comes to me, which I think you will enjoy.
A small boy told his father, he said, “When I grow up,” he says, “when I grow up I wanna drive a great big army tank. I wanna drive a great big army tank.” Father says, “Well, son, that’s all right with me. I won’t stand in your way.” You will get it after a little bit. Age must give way to youth. Age must give way to youth, but not in that way, I hope. Now, somebody just got it, that’s all right.
Now the power to do these things; the power to overcome, and keep youthful, comes from where: comes from God. Comes from the practice of yoga, whereby you attain communion with God. When Jesus expressed the wonderful power, and showed these great things which he did – changed people, even in the state of death, brought them to life – why: because he was in contact with the Power of God within him. So can we be that way.
God communion, God communion is the greatest thing to keep you young, and full of good cheer, and a credit to God’s Handiwork. God communion is the greatest thing. We must not forget that. If you have God communion, how can the pattern in your mind be anything but right? It cannot. This is the greatest key. That’s why I’m pointing it out as forcefully as I can. Keep the thought pattern right. And the thought pattern will absolutely be right, if you commune with God through regular meditation; by following the techniques in meditations, which He has left for us through the channel of our Master. Keep the thought pattern right. That’s the greatest thing you if we will but realize that.
In God are all things. In Him are all things. And yet we do not go to Him. Even in retaining youth, we should go to God, because that’s the right way. He can give us all things, because all things are in Him. He has made all things. He has made each and every one of us. He is seated behind the thoughts of us all. He is in every cell; the correct function of which makes you look and be youthful. Why shouldn’t we go to Him in all matters, even in, even in the matter of retaining youth?
I have a reference, at this time, to give you from the Master’s writings: “Life has a bright side and a dark side, for the world of relativity is composed of light and shadows. If you permit your thoughts to dwell on evil, you yourself will become ugly.” If you permit your thoughts to dwell on evil, you yourself will become ugly. The saints do not do that. They dwell on what? They dwell on God, and good, and are in communion with Him. “Look only for the good in everything, that you absorb the quality of beauty.”
And finally, “With the sharpness of my will, I tore to shreds the stifling chrysalis of ignorance.” Ignorance is the thing. Ignorance is what keeps us from being youthful, and feeling the Presence of God. “Out of the dark threads of my shrouding fears, O my brothers,” says the Master, “follow me in the flight to Him.”
From God we have come, from His Great Love. Master often said, “He is crying for us more than we can imagine, much more than we are crying for Him.” If we will but give Him a little time, just a little time each day, and keep our most important engagement with Him, He will sustain us in all ways, all ways, even in retaining our youth, because He is All.
World’s End – When?
Dr. M.W. Lewis San Diego, 7-18-54
I will not keep you very long. It’s rather warm this morning, but that heat is simply a matter of consciousness; so let’s forget it for a few minutes and tackle this subject this morning: “World’s End – When?”
All that exists for you is your consciousness. You may look at in any of the various ways, but it still resolves into that one fact that all you have; the world to you, is your consciousness. And so, let us remember that as we discuss this subject this morning. The world, for you, is a matter of consciousness.
Now, every night, every night you leave this world – you leave this consciousness. And at death, you leave it permanently, that is in a sense. Of course, you may come back through desire, and once more take up your place in this world of consciousness. And so, let us not forget, that our world is, to us, simply a state of consciousness, a matter of consciousness.
But, of course, there are two quest…two aspects to the question, this morning about this world – when will it end. There is the physical aspect of this physical world, and the world of consciousness. Now this physical world has been going on, and on, and on, for a long, long time. And there have been cataclysms, which have changed the surface of this earth, its face, and, also, there have been thousands, and thousands of people, who have been destroyed. But still, the world goes on, and on. Now, if you want to know more about this subject, you consult the scientists, the geologists. They can tell you perhaps, more about when this physical world will end.
But I think we’re not concerned so much about that, as the second phase – your world of consciousness. That’s what we’re interested in, and that’s what we want to know, according to the subject this morning – when that’s gonna end – when this worldly consciousness, this world of ours is going to end. Now that, that end will come for you, for me, for each and every one of us, with the cessation of desires. And when the desires have ceased, it will be not, it will be necessary for us not to come once more, and be reborn, here, in worldly consciousness, in this consciousness of delusion, because that which is born, must pass away. And so, this world of worldly consciousness, in which we are born, will surely pass away. When, we will come to in a few minutes.
Now, we have in the Bible a very interesting illustration in Luke, the 18th Chapter, the 29th and 30th Verses. There we read: “…There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life ever-lasting.” And so, you can see by that reference that there is something other than this worldly consciousness. There is another world, so to speak, another state, another state of consciousness. But that state of consciousness always was and always will be. It never had a beginning, and therefore, it will never end.
As we stated, this consciousness, this worldly consciousness began at birth, and it will continue until death. Or, or we might say – we’ll have the “if” there – “if” you can, on this earth, contact that unchanging, that consciousness which always was and always will be – never had a birth, and therefore, never will have an end – if you can contact that here on earth; then the end of worldly consciousness will take place. And that is what we are interested in.
In the Bhagavad Gita we read words, which may enlighten us on the subject. In the 10th Discourse, the 3rd Line: “He who knoweth Me, unborn, beginningless, the great Lord of the world, he among mortals without delusion, is liberated from all sin,” or ignorance. So that, is the other world which I am preparing you to know about when we dispose of the present worldly consciousness. Yes, that world will pass away. This world will end. It will end at death, unless you end it sooner. And you can just do that. You can contact that Eternal Consciousness of God, which is the other consciousness; and when you do end this world, here, now, that other consciousness will be yours.
We have another line, also, in the 8th Discourse, the 15th and 16th Line, which might help us at this time: “Having come to Me…” that is, having realized that other phase of consciousness within, by ending this worldly consciousness, having done that, “these [Mahātmās] come not again to birth, the place of pain, non-eternal; they, have gone to the highest bliss. The worlds, beginning with the world of Brahmā, they come and go,” but, “O Arjuna; he who cometh unto me, [O Kaunteya], he knoweth birth no more.”
So, perhaps the physical world, after eons of time, will once more pass into the Great Eternal Substance of God. Who cares? What we’re interesting…interested in now, is this worldly consciousness; this world of ours, which is the only reality we have, this consciousness within us.
So, going on once more to a reference or two in the Bible, as to the correct meaning of this worldly consciousness, we have many, many proofs in the Bible showing that “the world” means the consciousness which you have right here and now – this consciousness of worldly things and delusion. And I want to read, I want you to relax now, and just take it easy and listen, as I read one or two of these references, as to the true meaning of “world’s end.” There is so much confusion. People confuse the world of consciousness with the physical world – which may go on for ages. But what we’re interested in is this consciousness, which we have right now, this world of ours.
And so, in 1st Corinthians, the 10th Chapter, the 11th Verse we read these things: “Now all these things…” that is, the lust after evil things and the penalties thereof, “happened unto them as examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” That is, the world has ended for many people, right now, and they look back and see, and use these illustrations spoken of, as examples, showing how the world ends. The world has ended for many people, because they have transformed their consciousness, replaced it, by the Eternal Presence of God.
And then also, in 1st John, the 2nd Chapter, the 17th Verse: “And the world passeth away, and the lust, thereof…” So, you see in the Bible. we have references to what the world’s end means. It means the end of worldly consciousness; the consciousness of delusion; the consciousness of change and uncertainty. Then it goes on to say: “…but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” That is, it is a question of contacting God’s Presence.
This worldly consciousness, this “world of worldly consciousness,” I call it will pass away, when it is superseded by the Eternal Consciousness of God. That’s when the world will end. No other time. Your world is your consciousness, and when that consciousness of delusion ends, the world, as far as outward consciousness, is finished for you. But by your own efforts, and the Grace of God, you will have dynamic to your consciousness, another world, so to speak, the Eternal Consciousness of God, with its Security and with its Joy.
And finally, the last reference, which is very significant, in Hebrews, the 9th Chapter, the 26th Verse: “For then must he…” and the “he” means Christ, or Christ Consciousness, “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world:…” There it speaks, decidedly, of that Unchanging, Permanent Consciousness of God within us, as the Christ Consciousness, which has been there through the foundation of all worlds. “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” There it distinctly refers to the fact that Jesus, at the crucifixion, the time of, that he was crucified, reached the end of worldly consciousness. And so, this world’s end means, the end of worldly consciousness. Not physical consciousness of the world, but our own consciousness within us.
Now we come to the point of when, when is this world going to end? When is this world going to be finished for us? Once more, I want to read the last reference in the Bible. Very clearly it states when the world will end; when this worldly consciousness, which is our only reality, will be finished. I want you to listen carefully.
In Isaiah, the 2nd Chapter, the 17th Verse: “And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.” “In that day” is the key. That’s when the world will end; on the coming of that day. It speaks many times in the Bible – you look through a concordance and you will see, time after time – “in that day.” And “that day” means when the Consciousness of Christ is predominant. That’s when the world will end for you, and for all of us.
When that day comes, “…the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low…” In other words, the consciousness of delusion, this world of delusion, passes away in that day. And “that day” means, on the coming within you, and within me, of Christ Consciousness. That’s when the world will end – no other time.
It will end, temporarily, at death. But we have to come back and finish the job. Why not let us finish it now? Get rid of this unstable, worldly consciousness. Let it end. We don’t want it. We’ve had enough of it. We’re not interested in it any more, because we want something that does not change, and does not pass away – the Eternal Consciousness of God.
And so, the end of the world will come in that day, spoken of in the Bible. And “that day” means, when the Consciousness of Christ is predominant. That’s the day when the world will end. The duality of consciousness must go. It will be superseded by the Christ Consciousness in that day. And the world for you, and for me, will end; and we’ll be thankful, and grateful that it does end. The desire for worldly things, in that day, will be – must be – replaced, by something far greater, and far nobler. And that will be the one desire to do the Will of God.
And so, in that day, the end of the world will come. But it will be a good ending. It will be the end of delusion and ignorance for us. The world’s end comes on the passing of delusion from our consciousness, and this takes place through the washing and the regeneration of the Holy Ghost. When that comes, when we receive that that is the day in which Christ Consciousness will be predominant, and the world will end.
And so, we are interested, as I have said, in the ending of this worldly consciousness. The world will go on, no doubt – on and on. This globe will go on revolving, and revolving. But we are interested in the coming of the New Day, in which our consciousness of delusion, and uncertainty, and disappointments, and paradoxes will be replaced by the Eternal Consciousness of God, which is Unchanging, beyond doubt, full of Security and Joy, and in which there is no fear. When that consciousness comes, the world of delusion will end.
The Art of Healing
Dr. M.W. Lewis San Diego, 6-17-56
A few words this morning on the subject “The Art of Healing;” “The Art of Healing.” It is quite necessary to understand a few fundamentals in discussing this subject, “The Art of Healing.” We read so much about teams of men finding out about this chemical, that chemical, this antibiotic, in search for healing of the many, many ills of human beings. And they do find things which offset symptoms, and, at least, seem to eradicate various diseases. But there are others that crop up, and, sometimes, of a worse nature.
And so, they have not really found the “healing agent.” And so, one of these fundamentals we must realize, in discussing “The Art of Healing,” is that in healing of any disease, or inharmony in the body, we must remove the cause. That’s the first thing to realize. You can take many things that will offset the symptoms of a disease and will eradicate it, seemingly. But unless you remove the cause, it will reappear in some other way – not necessarily just as that particular disease. And so, that’s the first thing we must understand is, in discussing this art of healing, in understanding “The Art of Healing” we must remove the cause of the disease.
Let me give you an illustration of the common cold; and you can apply this to any disease. In the common cold, it is, of course, supposed to be caused by this that, and the other thing, viruses – I don’t know if they’ve ever found what does cause the cold. But I do know, you know, that they’re very disagreeable, and they prevent us from being what we should be, real children of God. And so, these common colds are caused by this simple thing: that due to the breaking of health laws, due to overeating, or improper eating, greed, the body gets, the bloodstream gets filled with carbon, known as toxins, and many other things.
Now that toxin floating around in your bloodstream attacks the various membranes of the body – especially the nasal membrane and the membrane of the respiratory tract – and then the virus gets in. The virus is there. But realize, it is this fact, this predisposing cause of the blood being filled with carbon, toxins, from overeating, from breaking health laws, improper eating, not watching the tendencies which you have. If you have a tendency of a weak digestion, you have to watch it; otherwise, you will fill your bloodstream up with these impurities. Then the cold is upon you, and you treat the symptoms from everything you can find in the medicine closet. Finally, it goes away. But the cause is we have broken health laws, we have been greedy, or we have not followed and watched those inherited tendencies of weaknesses which we have. Now that’s the real cause of the thing, is it not?
And so, that’s the first fundamental part we must understand, if we are going to practice “The Art of Healing,” is to remove the cause. Treat the symptoms, of course. You have to do that while you’re in the body. Get some relief. But look underneath that and find what’s the cause of this business, what’s the cause of disease, and eradicate the cause. That’s the first fundamental.
Now the next thing to realize, fundamental thing, is that in all healing agencies the main factor is Life Force – not the drugs necessarily, not the antibiotics. They stimulate the Life Force to flow; it’s the Life Force that is the healing agent. And that Life Force is God’s Cosmic Energy in you and in me. That’s the healing agent, nothing else. We may take some aspirin, we feel better. But the aspirin simply allows the Life Force to function, that’s all.
So realize the second fundamental is that Life Force is the healing agent. Never forget that. It’s all right to make medicine, if you feel you should. But never lose track of the sight, lose sight of the fact, that underlying all those things is the healing agency of Life Force within you, and that’s God’s Power. God’s Power within you as Life Force is Cosmic Energy. And as your body has been made by that, and my body, from Consciousness and Life Force, realize that that’s the creating and curative Power of all healing – God’s Presence in you and me, as Life Force. Realize that.
Master used to give a wonderful illustration. He would say, “You take a dead man, lay him here on the table, fill him full of food and everything, and it won’t do a thing.” Why? Because the Life Force is not functioning. Will you remember that simple little illustration? Life Force is the key. Life Force is the healing agent. Why not? Life Force made us, directed by God’s Great Intelligence. Life Force flows through us harmoniously, if we do not interfere with it by greed and other things, the breaking of laws, many, many things; karmic impulses, karmic causes. Therefore, realize, do everything you can to allow the proper flow of Life Force within you. That’s the second fundamental thing to realize. Life Force is the healing agent.
You talk with any physician, any surgeon, they will say we just simply repair things. So, as they say, “nature heals.” “Nature” is nothing but the Power of God in you, in me, flowing as Life Force. So the second fundamental is to realize – not just hear and then forget it – understand it, that Life Force is the healing agent within you.
And third, and perhaps, the greatest thing is the highest and greatest Healing Power within you, is God Himself; God Himself, because as I just said a minute ago, we are the product of what? God’s Consciousness, plus Its Power. And that Power in us is Life Force. That’s the greatest healing agency we can have. And so, although we may take other means, never forget, the greatest healing agency within you is God; and to use Him, you have to know Him. You have to have God-contact. You have to be one with Him. That’s the greatest thing. That’s the third fundamental thing, and, of course, the greatest.
And so, “The Art of Healing” means that we must know how to consciously use the Life Force within us. Realize that now. “The Art of Healing” is nothing but that. You must know how to consciously use the Life Force within you, because the Life Force is the Healing Power of God; and, of course, we must remove the cause. Otherwise, how can we expect Divine Mother to put up with us eternally breaking Her Laws? But we must consciously know how to use the Life Force within us. And that we can do by, in three ways: physically, by physical means; by mental means; and third and greatest, by God. They are so simple; “The Art of Healing,” if you remember these three things, which we are discussing,
conscious use of Life Force within us, is necessary, by these three methods – physical means, mental means, and finally, when those two are exhausted, and there’s no other way left, then we go to God. Why not go to Him first, or go to Him as you progress. As you’re using physical means of God’s medicine, use them. As you’re using mental means of suggestion, and the various mental healings, of which I will speak in just a moment, never forget that God is behind it. And, finally, you will come to a time; there will come a time, when you’ll go to Him automatically. If He wants you to use this or that, use it. It doesn’t make any difference, long as you get well, does it? As a, there’s a man told me once, he says, “Make money. Honestly, if you can. But make the money.” So, get God. Get well I mean. Use mental means, physical means, if you have to; but get well.
So don’t forget that little thing next time you’re taking in the aspirin, and various other things, say, “Father, I’m just doing this just to play the part in the Drama of Life. You are the one, I know that. You can’t get me away, but I can’t suffer too much.” That’s the attitude, and that’s true. If you’re honest with God He, He puts up with an awful lot, and takes care of us. So realize that, that it’s the conscious use of Life Force that’s important.
Now, the physical means, just a word, or two, about the physical means in the conscious control of Life Force. Lahiri Mahasaya said, “Try medicine. Try medicine, if you think you should.” Do it, why not? What harm? Long as you don’t forget that God’s the Healing Power behind it, through His Life Force. Use common sense and your medicines. But never forget that God is behind, as the Healing Power of Life Force.
Now another thing to realize is this. That with this great exploration and science of the various healing factors of various compounds, they’re bound to run across things which help the human being. There’s no question about that. But nevertheless, unless, unless they realize the underlying cause of disease, unless they go to God, which is behind; another thing crops up, because of this delusion in which we are living. And so, never forget that. They have all sorts of antibiotics for everything. But I notice we’re still in trouble, and I think sometimes worse trouble. It’s a different kind, but it’s disease – it’s inharmony. So, let us not forget, that whatever physical means, we try of drugs and different things, that God is still behind that, and He’s the Healing Power.
Now, another thing to realize in using physical means, that is if you go to a physician or a surgeon, realize this thing – and I’ve seen it so many times – that God works in any way He wants. How do you know He wants to heal you instantaneously? You don’t. How do you know He wants to work through a certain medicine? How do you know He wants to work through a certain physician, or surgeon? God’s in that surgeon. God’s in the physician. God’s in the medicine. What’s the matter with us? Why don’t we realize that He can heal us in any way He wants?
So, as you use physical means, use them. It’s all right, if you feel that way. But never forget, God is the Healing Power behind all physical means and agencies. Realize that, there’ll come a time when you’ll supersede these things. But not unless you realize God in everything you do, trying to take Him. If you take medicine, realize it’s God in the medicine, His Power. It’s the Life Force that heals you. The medicine directs it a little bit here and there.
And so, in physical means, we also use heat and cold, as you all know. Heat, by the simple process of bringing more oxygen to the part through the bloodstream, liberates more Life Force in the part. That’s what healing does. And cold; cold is a wonderful agency, if it is applied correctly. The yogis found out the method. It is not possible to give it to you at this time, but those of you who need it, get it. When you ask for it, you’ll receive it, if you need it.
This one thing, realize – that cold, cold stimulates the Life Force, recalling it. It has left a certain part of your body, inharmony’s there; the pathology is there; the Life Force has retired. But this proper use of cold recalls it to that diseased part, and, therefore, cold is a wonderful agency to recall Life Force when it is used in the proper way. There, so much for physical, the physical means, or conscious direction of Life Force.
Now, let us go on to the mental effort. The mental effort, realize, mental effort of conscious direction of Life Force. Never forget that. When you use your mind in any way, you are using it to consciously direct the Life Force within you. Never forget that. That’s the important thing. It’s wonderful to have a strong mind and use it; but, the mental effort directs you, in a conscious way, through will, to direct the Life Force. Mental effort, now, consciously directs your will in a positive way to direct Life Force.
Let us take just for instance, the Master’s Recharging Exercises. Through that conscious use of will, mental effort, you direct the Life Force to the various muscles. I cannot emphasize too much the importance of doing regularly the Recharging Exercises of the 20 body parts, of which many of you know. You must use them every day. Don’t miss a day. By so doing, by that mental effort, you, through your conscious will, direct the Life Force to the various body parts. And that’s the healing agent, that’s the sustaining agent. Why not use it?
Now, another thing is this. There are certain, and you may have a body part like an arm, just for instance, that is giving you trouble. If you will consciously direct the Life Force to that arm through the Master’s Recharging Exercises in the proper way, without too much tension, and holding the Life Force there for a longer time, the Life Force will help. There’s no question of a doubt.
Also, I cannot emphasize too much the stomach exercise, in the Master’s recharging exercises. That’s the weak part of us. And so, we must regularly, every day, do that stomach exercise. Why? Because through your conscious, mental effort – application of conscious will – you direct the Life Force to the weak part. And Life Force is the healing agent. And so, “The Art of Healing” is carried out, consummated, by doing that stomach exercise.
And finally, one other comes to my mind – very important, is the Medulla Exercise down here [at the back of the skull where the spine joins to the skull]. Those of you who know it, realize that the Cosmic Energy comes in through your body, to your body, through the Medulla Center – through the spine here. If you can consciously stimulate it, isn’t that all right? Isn’t that the proper thing to do? And so, mental effort, in a conscious way, directs the Life Force to function throughout the body, producing harmony.
Now, we also have another mental effort, which is, we might call, the Master used to call it an “Assertive Metaphysical Reasoning” – Assertive Metaphysical Reasoning. Now that consciously directs the Life Force in a conscious way. It’s known as Christian Science, if you wanna call it that. That’s what it is. It’s not so direct as the positive ways which the Master gave, but it is an Assertive Metaphysical Reasoning. And by using that reasoning like: “I am not this body, I am not this body; God is in me; if God is Love and I am Love, it’s impossible for me to be sick or sinful.” That’s a truth. And so, in an indirect way, that directs the Life Force. But, if you can positively know God as the Life Force within you, then that’s more positive – more direct.
And so, this mental effort of this metaphysical reasoning, in a positive way – Assertive Metaphysical Reasoning – we use it all the time in our work here – is good, because it consciously directs the Life Force to heal us and restore harmony to the body. So, that’s the second way in which we can consciously control Life Force.
And the third is healing by God’s Response. That’s the greatest thing: healing by God’s Response within you. God has made us from His Consciousness and Energy within us. And so, if we can, and this is the point, if you’re gonna use God to heal you – which is the highest and greatest thing – you’ve got to know Him, haven’t you? And so, the important thing is to know God, to have God-contact. How? By prayer; by meditation, the different meditations of Self-Realization; and greatest of all, its techniques of Kriya Yoga.
Kriya Yoga, without a doubt, is the same techniques which Jesus and the disciples used. Kriya Yoga gives you contact with God within. If you have Him, realize, it is God’s Power that is Life Force in you. It is God’s Consciousness that directs that Life Force. It is not too difficult to understand, that if we contact God, we will have control of Life Force in a different way than by the physical means, or by the mental means. We will have control of Life Force through a law which is above mental laws, and physical laws. We will have control of Life Force within us through the Spiritual Law of God’s Presence. And, as God has made all things, even our bodies from His Consciousness and its Power as Life Force, you can see the greatest method of consciously controlling Life Force is to know God. So contact God, and, as He is Life Force within us, as He is the Great Healing Power within us in its finality, if we can go direct to Him, we have the highest means in “The Art of Healing.”
And so, healing by God’s Response is the greatest thing. Healing by God’s Response, realize, when you get the God-contact, understand this now, when you get God-contact, you are utilizing a law far higher than physical or mental laws. In your own meditation, when you contact the Om vibration as God in you, you are setting loose within you certain Powers, which you cannot utilize by physical or mental means. You are superseding these physical and mental laws. You are allowing God to directly function in your body. You are removing all inhibitions, which prevent the free flow of His Great Love and Life within you. That’s why the third method – God – is the greatest method.
Now, another thing that we must not forget is this. That as God has made us from His Own Consciousness; the Perfect Pattern is in God within us. The Perfect Pattern is in the Divine Consciousness within us – the Pattern of Perfect Health. Now, if that Pattern is within us, why not ask God to once more restore that Perfect Pattern to us? Why not ask Him? He did it for Jesus in the case of Lazarus. The Pattern was different, but God restored the Perfect Pattern, and Lazarus lived.
In the case of Master’s Master, the Pattern was that he should leave. But God kinda changed the Pattern a little bit, and he stayed 15 years so that the Master could visit him. And I’ve seen the Pattern change in many cases concerning the Master. And I know there are people, living nowadays, who shouldn’t be here according to the Pattern. I know they are living, because the Pattern was changed. Why not ask God to do that for you? You are His child; I am His child. If it is His Will, He can do it. Why not ask Him? Ask Him; but first get His contact. Then you know He hears you.
And so the greatest thing in healing is God. The greatest thing is God-contact and having that, God can do it if He wants. I know the Pattern can be changed.
One story comes to my mind – a true story. There was a man in Massachusetts who was to be electrocuted on this certain day. His electrocution had been postponed, reprieved, several times. He was reprieved several times. This time it was sure. I know it was sure, because one of my relatives was one of the Legal Witnesses; he was a Representative to the General Court. He was a Legal Witness to see that criminal electrocuted. That’s all right. The thing that I didn’t like, and which touched me, was they were gonna have a nice little lunch just before the electrocution. They were gonna get together; have a nice little time, waiting for the poor victim to be done away with.
And so, this relative told me that. And I know that my heart was very heavy. And I went home, and Master was staying at the house. We had dinner. Then afterwards, I told him about it. He didn’t say anything, but all evening he was very quiet. He wouldn’t talk at all. He sat in the living room, and finally, at midnight, he went to bed. That’s when the electrocution was to be. And so, we went to bed.
In the morning I came downstairs, went out in the front, opened the front door to get the paper, and there, in big headlines was: “So-and-So Reprieved.” So I took the paper up, ran in towards the Master. He just smiled a little bit, that’s all.
Now, of course, that isn’t positive proof. But to me it is. God can change the Pattern. If He can change the Pattern for you, and for me; if it is His Will; why not ask Him? But ask Him in full faith. Show that faith in God by knowing Him; by the practice of the methods which Master has left for us.
And so, finally, finally “The Art of Healing,” realize, these three things. These three fundamentals that I have told you; plus one other thing that is very essential. And that is, in “The Art of Healing,” we must have steady, undying will. That’s the thing. That’s the thing which most of us do not have. The will must be steady. If you have a disease and you start healing it by any method, you must keep your will active, steadfast, undying, until it’s consummated. That’s one of the most important things.
The Master used to tell the story about the little frogs in the pail. You remember the little tree frogs in the pail of milk paddling up and down? The big frog, he, he, his will died out. He didn’t keep that steady will. But the little frog says, “Well…” trying to jump out of the pail of milk; he was down quite a way, so they couldn’t get out. So the frog says, “What’s the use? We can’t never get out of here.” So he gave up, and died in the milk.” And the little fella says, “Well, if I’m gonna die, I’m gonna keep trying anyway.” So he kept using his steady will – kept paddling away. Finally, he felt something under his feet. Something that was a little hard. He paddled his legs as much as he could with his reserved strength, and a little pad of butter came. So he jumped out to freedom. Why? Because he kept at it; he kept, everlastingly, using his steady will.
And so, realize that. Realize that is very necessary. But finally, finally, even, even though we have bodies, and this nest of diseases, realize this now; even though the body’s a mess – a nest of disease – if you have God with you, if you have His Presence with you, in spite of those things, you have Eternal Consciousness – Eternal Life.
And the Master used to say, “When life is sweet, or death is sweet, if Thy song flows through me.” That’s the first thing. Get that God-contact; and whether you live or not; whether you’re sick or not; whether you have a perfectly healthy body or a frail body; it makes no difference. Get God! That’s the greatest truth in “The Art of Healing.”
Can the Saints Help Us?
Dr. M.W. Lewis San Diego, 6-23-57
Our subject this morning: “Can the Saints Help Us?”
A very sensible question; “Can the Saints Help Us?” To answer this question we must know something about what saints are, who they are, and especially, what they do. If we understand that, then I’m sure we can answer the question as to whether saints can help us or not.
Now, a definition of a saint is this: “a saint is especially one who is regenerated, sanctified, made holy, and consecrated.” A saint is that kind of a person. Let us discuss just one aspect – regenerated. As saint is one who has been Spiritually born again, by contacting the Presence of God within him; and by that Spiritual birth, he is One with the Omniscience of God. If you will remember that, about true saints, that they have that one attribute, common attribute, that they are One with God’s Omniscience, and that they live, and act, and work from that Omniscience, I think you can answer the question whether saints can help you. I think the question is answered – certainly, “Yes.”
But, there’s another aspect. You have to be able to be where the saint is, and lives, to receive his help. It is this fact, that the saint lives, and is one in the Omniscience of God, that they can help us, if we can contact them. I’ll tell you one or two little instances, which will illustrate the availability of the help of saints at all times, if we can contact them. I’ll try and tell the story just in as few words as possible – I think you’ve heard it before.
One time I was very ill, a year or two after I met the Master. And I remember, in January of that same year, I asked him how I was doing, as I guess everyone likes to know how they’re getting along. He said, “All right,” he said, “but watch your health next summer.” Well, I, as usual, forgot it, and went along merrily. But when the summer came, I didn’t forget it, ‘cause I was very ill. And this particular Wednesday, it seemed to have reached its climax. And I was at my summer home in Duxbury, on Plymouth Bay, and I was really catching it, as they say. I had been thinking of the Master, as I always did, realizing that the true guru watched over the disciple. We know that. But until we see its manifestation, we cannot truly appreciate it.
And on this particular day, it’d been very severe. And at two or three o’clock in the morning, I heard a great racket out in the driveway; someone hollering, “Doctor, Doctor, Doctor.” And, finally, we aroused ourselves, and looked out, and the Master was there. He had come up from New York. Got hold of a car, someone to drive him up, and he appeared in the driveway, two or three o’clock in the morning, after hunting all up and down the Shore, trying to find me, and arousing the whole neighborhood. But he found me. He found me. And with his coming, my troubles began to be over.
So, that shows whether the saints can help you or not. It depends upon whether you realize what they have, and what they are. They are One with the Omniscience of God. His Omnipresence is Ever-attentive, All-knowing, Ever-watchful of you, if you but trust it. And a true saint, living in that, knows, knows when you need him; knows when you need help, as I did on this occasion.
And in other emergencies, it was the same thing. I realized that, if I could contact the Omniscience of God, the Master, being a true saint, to my way of thinking, and the thinking of many, many others, would know it, and would respond – and that is just what happened in many emergencies. The way to contact the Omniscience of God where the saints live is by following the techniques left by a saint, as our Master. And, if you can contact that God, especially the Omniscience of God at the Christ Center, the Omniscience of God knows immediately, instantly, that you need help.
Now, these are the true facts of life. This is Truth. Not imagination. So, understand that. It is worthwhile to follow a saint like our beloved Master. Know his teachings, which he has left, and thereby you will contact the Omniscience in which he now dwells. And that applies to all the saints of all the ages. There is One Omniscience of God. All the saints are in that Omniscience, and so are we, if we can but break the binding barriers of this outward consciousness, which makes us feel separated from God and the great saints. So, let us understand, the saints are available. Their help is available as the Omniscience of the One Father.
Master told me, and I have never forgotten it, and I hope all of you never forget it, that, if you are in the Om Vibration, the Great Amen, spoken of in the Bible, which can be contacted at the Christ Center; if you are there, you have the protection of the Omniscience of God, which means, the protection of the saints, and especially the one whom you follow. Realize that! Many times I have proved that, and I know many others in this room have proved that same thing. Yes, the saints can help us, if we can contact them, because they express, and live from the manifestation of the Omniscience of God’s Presence, that’s why.
Someone was asked, “What good are the saints?” Well, I think I have answered it. But one thing we must realize is they delight the Soul. Why? Because they are in favor with God; they have God-contact. And because of that, they express that Joy and Optimism, which we all need so well. In this world we find pessimism exists. And because of that, it’s not a very good place to live. But the saint, the saint is One with the Omniscience of God, which is Bliss. And therefore, the saint expresses that Great Optimism, which we need, and that is very, very, very refreshing.
I used to go to the Master with a list of troubles that long. But when I came into his presence, I forgot to ask the questions. And it was very refreshing, because the saint expresses the Unity of God’s Presence, which is one thing: Peace, and Bliss, and Joy, which we need, especially at this time – do we not?
Now, godliness is what the saints express. Throughout the ages they have lived in all times, but they have one common language. And that is the language of the Soul, which is the Bliss of God’s Presence. And they express that. And they also know that in this outward living there is no satisfaction. They know that the pleasures of this life are very short-lived, and therefore, they have found that lasting Presence of God. Having found that, they are free from disappointments, and they express the Bliss of God’s Presence. That’s what the saints have done. Saints have risen above the duality of this
consciousness, and they have reached the heights. They have reached the heights of attainment by realizing their Oneness with God, that’s all. And each and every one of us can do that, because Jesus even said that. “The things I do, ye shall do, and greater things.”
And so, the saints have attained the heights. They have risen above this consciousness, in which we find disappointment, and all sorts of trouble. But they have shown, right in this existence, here, now, that that can be attained, right while living on this earth; no matter what your business is, or what your occupation is. You can find God, and you can take Him right with you in everything you do. What good is God unless you can do that? And of, and of what use are the saints? If you’ll follow them, and have what they have – the Omniscience of God – then you, too, can reach the heights; and you, too, can be happy, in spite of this delusion of this outward existence. Realize that one, great thing.
Master has written one thing, I’d like to just say, or read to you: “Untiring in their efforts,” he says, “the saints obliterate pessimism.” Well, you can’t obliterate pessimism unless you know something that is far exceeding this worldly consciousness. I don’t blame anybody for being pessimistic here in this life. The paradoxes are uncalled for, and the injustices are evident. But, the saints do not stop there. The saints, “By showing through true living that we are really not slaves, but free Divine children of God, not bound by the lower laws, but, because we are essentially Divine, that we can rise above this outward consciousness to the Omnipresence of God.” Now, aren’t those wonderful words? That’s what the saints have done. That’s what we can do, because what is a saint? You all know the answer – a sinner that didn’t give up. And you and I are not gonna give up, because sometime, we’ve got to keep on, and reach the goal that the saints have reached.
And so, we must never forget that, because the saints have superseded this outward worldly consciousness, and are alive in the All-knowing, Ever-attentive, Omnipresence of God, that they are approachable instantly, if you but know how to contact God. That’s the first thing we must remember about the saints. And the second thing is very important – that the teachings which the saints live, if you follow them, also, will lead you to the Omnipresence of God – the All-knowing, Ever-attentive Presence of God, Omnipresence of God.
So those two things, remember. Many people think, because the Master’s gone, he’s not approachable. Certainly he’s approachable. He’s approachable through his teachings. Which lead to what? To the realization of the Omniscience, the Omnipresence of God. Jesus said that very thing. Jesus said, when I am gone what will I do? “I will send you the Comforter.” What is the Comforter? The Comforter is the Holy Ghost, the Holy Vibration, in which is the Omniscience of God. That’s what the Comforter is. He also said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not…,” will not – words which he spoke from that Comforter, that Holy Vibration.
And so, we have the testimony of Jesus. Also, our own Master said in one of his poems “When I Am But a Dream,” I’m saying this because this refers to the teachings, which saints leave when they have gone. He said in his poem, “When I Am But A Dream”: “When you cannot locate me in unplumbed space, when you cannot find me, read my Whispers of Eternity, and through them,” through my teachings, “I will walk silently by your side, and guide you with all-knowing arms, until you realize, as I now realize, that I am but a dream of my cosmic Beloved,” the one Omniscience of God, [and] when you realize that we will be together eternally. Isn’t that wonderful? So through the teachings of the great ones we can, we can contact the Omniscience in which they dwell.
Now, a few more scriptural references about saints showing the availability of them, which is very important. We, who know the Master, who did know him, we understand, but many did not have the privilege of meeting him. But you can read throughout religious history about the different saints.
Now, about St. Theresa we read in the book, The Saints That Moved the World these words showing the Omnipresence of Jesus as a manifestation of the Omniscience of God. We read, “She not only heard these words more distinctly than even a bodily ear can hear,” when God speaks you know it. It’s much better than hearing as you hear now. “She saw and recognized more unmistakably than ever a bodily eye or a physical perception are able to do, that it was the Lord himself who spoke to her. The Lord himself had granted her guidance.” Jesus said, “I will send you the Comforter.” The Lord is the Comforter, the Christ Consciousness of the Omniscience of God, available to everyone.
The Bhagavad Gita says the same thing. Lord Krishna, a great saint, Jadava the Krishna, King Jadava, who had Christ Consciousness, he speaks about the availability of the saints with these words. “He who seeth Me everywhere, and seeth everything in Me, of him I will never lose hold of…” If you see the Omniscience of God in every person, in everything, in those flowers, in all life, and you keep that contact, how can God let you go? How can you be forsaken? So he says, “He who established in unity worshipeth me, abiding in all beings, that Yogi liveth in Me, whatever his abode of living.” No matter what we do, where we are, let us know the Omniscience of God and not lose contact with Him. Then we can never be forsaken.
We also read about Kabeer, Kabir, a great medieval saint. He spoke about the saints with these words, because you will find that they all say the same thing in just different, a little different ways. He said, “The company of the saints will make your burdens light.” Isn’t that wonderful? The company of the saints, because they express the manifestation of the Omniscience of God, will take your burdens. You will feel the great load lift. “The company of the evil, means quarreling throughout the eight watches of the day.” We have found that out. Then he also says, “That day is blessed which causes you to meet a holy man.” And I might add, his teachings, too. “As you embrace him fervently, sin is driven from the body.” Sin means delusion.
And finally, one other of Kabir sayings: “Through association with a saint comes the remembrance of God.” Isn’t that beautiful? “Through the association with a saint comes the remembrance of the Omniscience of God. That hour is recorded to a man’s credit in his account with God; all the rest is as valueless as air.” Don’t you think the saints can help us? They certainly can.
And from one other saint, the great yogi, Nanak of India, of whom the Master spoke often to me, we read this one little passage: “The holy saints, the devotees,” that’s you and me, “O Nanak, are ever in happy bloom, eternally blossoming in Bliss. Hear, therefore, of Him, so that all thy sorrows and sin be destroyed.” How wonderful.
So you see, the testimony of the saints is the same; a little different variation of things, but underneath the fundamental truth that the power and the common attribute of the saint is the Omniscience of God. St. Paul said that very thing in 1st Corinthians [2nd Chapter], 4th and 5th Verse: “And my speech and my preaching,” says St. Paul, “was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the Power of God.” The saints recognize and realize that Power of God. And those who contact them, or their teachings, open up the channel for the Power of God to flow through each and every one of us.
And in closing, a recent saint, our beloved Master, Paramhansa Yogananda, left his teachings. Surcharged with what? The Omniscience and the Power of God. And through, through his teaching, is available to each and every one who will follow, because he was, and is, a true saint, a true Son of God, is available for each and every one of us to contact with the Omniscience of God. Having that, we will want for nothing else, because God alone is. All other things are nothing. As the great Nanak said, “You may be known throughout universe upon universe, and ten times those number of universes, but unless you receive the Glance of His Grace,” God’s Grace, “you are counted as nothing.”