[As a specimen of a message written at a later period, I
append the following. It is a fair example of some of the more elevated
teaching. It was written with vast rapidity, and is printed precisely as
written. There was no need to alter a word. As it was being given, I was
conscious of a most powerful and elevating influence which permeated my whole
The blessing of the Blessed One rest on you. We have opportunity now which may
not recur of answering some of your inquiries, and of conveying to you some
necessary truth. From letters which you have received of late you will be led to
see that the times of trouble and distress which we have warned you of are
expected by others as well as by us. Be prepared for trouble: it will assuredly
come. It is necessary that afflictions come. Jesus knew and taught that. It is
necessary for the training of the soul. It is as necessary as physical
discipline for the body. No deep knowledge is to be had without it. None is
permitted to scale the glorious heights but after discipline of sorrow. The key
of knowledge is in spirit-hands, and none may wrest it to himself but the
earnest soul which is disciplined by trial. Bear that in mind.
Ease and luxury are the pleasant paths in which the soul lingers and dreams
away the summer day. Self-denial, self-sacrifice, self- discipline are the
upward tracks, thorn-vexed and rocky, which lead to the heights of knowledge and
power. Study the life of Jesus and be wise.
Moreover, the present is a time of hard and bitter conflict between us and
our foes. We have told you that you feel the reflex of that struggle. It
accompanies every great development of Divine Truth. It is, as it were, the
darkness that precedes the dawn: the gloom which is the pre-requisite for
growth: the period of trial wherein the earnest soul is purified, "Your hour and
the power of darkness," said Jesus as He agonised in Gethsemane. It is so now:
and it will not pass lightly. The cup must be drained.
As each revelation of the Supreme grows old, it is overlaid by man's errors,
and loaded with his inventions. It dies gradually, and loses its hold on men.
Bit by bit human error is pared away, unable to stand the shock of criticism,
and man's faith is shaken, and they ask with old Pilate--What is truth?
Then comes the answer in the new birth of a higher revelation. The throes of its
birth shake the world, and around its cradle the powers of the Spiritual world
contend. Great is the dust and din of the contention.
As the light dawns upon the world, and the clouds lift, the watchers, whose
eyes are spiritually opened to discern the signs of the times, they who stand on
the watch-towers to catch the first gleams, these are ready and welcome with joy
the break of day. "Joy comes in the morning." "Sorrow and sighing flee away."
The terrors of the night, "the powers of darkness," are past. But not for all.
Full many there will always be for whom no ray of light is visible till the sun
has gained his meridian and splendour. They slumber on, heedless of the light
that is breaking on the world.
Hence the days will never come to your world when all equally will know of
the truth. There will always be many for whom it has no charms, for whom it
would be fraught with danger to tread the upward paths of progress, and who
prefer the beaten track worn by the feet of those who have trod it through the
ages past. There will be such always, even as there will be souls who catch the
foregleams that herald the dawn. So do not hope that the open vision will ever
be the same to all. No such dream of equality is possible. Nor is it more
desirable than possible. To some are given powers that can safely pry into
mysteries which others must perforce avoid. These must be the leaders and guides
among men. And those who are so called are they on whom lies the most solemn
duty of personal preparation and earnest, life-long struggle with self, until it
is dominated and subdued, and the free soul soars untrammelled. We have long
since told you of this. See you heed it.
Do not be discouraged that so much of what most believe as truth seems to you
hollow and uncertain. It is so. There are divers degrees of truth. From the
many-sided crystal gleams are shot off in many directions. And it is not every
soul that can receive even one ray of unclouded. To few, very few, comes more
than a stray glimpse, and even that is filtered through many a medium, until its
clearness is all dimmed. It must needs be so. Hence the varied views of truth.
Hence the divergent notions, the errors, the mistakes, the fallacies that pass
current among you. Men think they see a momentary gleam. They grasp some view,
enlarge on it, add to it, develop it, until the tiny light is quenched, and what
was a ray of truth is distorted and destroyed. And so the truth is maligned,
whereas it should be the imperfection of the intervening medium that is blamed.
Or, to take another view. That which came as the answer to the yearnings of
some aspiring soul is deemed to be of universal application. The truth was so
beautiful, so ennobling, so pure and holy in its essence, that it must surely be
so to all. And the jewel is dragged out from its casket, and prepared for open
exhibition. The lily is plucked from its stem, and paraded before men. And it
loses it purity; its vitality diminishes; it withers and dies; and he to whom it
was so fair, so lovely, wonders to find that it loses its freshness in the heat
and dust of the world's busy strife. He marvels that what was so pure and true
to him in the heart's secluded temple should seem tame and out of place when
advertised to the world. He learns, if he is wise, that the dew of Hermon is
distilled in the silence and solitude of the heart; that the flower springs up
in the gloom of night, and withers beneath the noon-day beams; that truth, the
holiest and purest, comes direct from spirit to spirit, and may not be
proclaimed on the world's house-top.
Doubtless there are coarse views of truth, rude blocks which man has hewn,
and which all may use alike. These are the foundation-stones which every builder
must use. But the richest and purest gems must be preserved in the
spirit-shrine, and be gazed upon in silence and alone. So when John the Seer
told of the jewelled walls and pearly gates of the Heavenly City, he spoke of
the outer truths which all must see; but in the inner temple he placed nor jewel
nor purest ray of light, but only the Presence and the Glory of the Lord.
Marvellous it is that you do not see this. That which to you is Divine Truth
is only that atom, that speck of the whole unbroken circle which has been cast
off in answer to your cry. You needed it, and it came. To you it is perfection;
it is God. To another it would be incomprehensible, without a voice to answer to
his cry, without any beauty that he should desire it. You cannot parade it if
you would. It would die, and its hidden charm would make no convert. It is yours
and yours alone, a special creation for a special want, an answer from the great
Spirit to the yearning aspiration of your soul.
This Truth will always be esoteric. It must be so; for only to the soul that
is prepared can it be given. Its fragrance is too evanescent for daily common
use. Its subtle perfume is shed only in the inner chamber of the spirit.
Remember this; and remember too that violence is done to Truth by forcing it on
unprepared minds, while harm, great and far-reaching, is done to those who
cannot receive what is a revelation to you but not to them.
Moreover, remember that the pursuit of Truth for its own sake as the
altogether lovely and desirable end of life is the highest aim of spirit on your
plane of being, higher than earth's ambitions, nobler than any work that man can
do. We do not now take note of any of the vulgar aims that fill up human life.
The struggles and ambitions that exercise mankind, born of vanity, nurtured in
jealousy, and ending in disappointment--these are plain to view as Sodom apples.
But there is a subtler temptation to more refined souls--that of doing good to
their fellows and adding another stone to the cairn that the pioneers of the
past have raised. To them comes the desire to proclaim in accents of enthusiasm
some truth which has taken hold upon their lives. They are possessed with it;
the fire burns within them, and they speak. It may be a noble word they utter,
and, if it meets the needs of men, it is re- echoed and taken up by other souls
like-minded, and developed till men are stirred and benefited by it. But it may
be the reverse. The Truth, so true to one, is true to him alone, and his voice
is the voice of one crying in the wilderness, a proclaimer of idle tales. He
speaks in vain, and it had been well that he had saved his energies for the
quest of Truth, and have learned more before he spake to men.
It is well to teach, but better still to learn: nor is it impossible to do
both. Only remember that learning must precede teaching: and be sure that the
truth is one that man needs. The student who dives deep into mysteries that
enshrine Truth will not recklessly violate the seclusion in which alone she
dwells at ease. He will tell of her beauties, and proclaim to those who have
ears to hear the words of healing which his inner sense has caught from her
lips: but there will always be to him a sacred reserve, a holy silence, an
esoteric revelation too pure, too dear for utterance.
[In answer to some unimportant question it was
Nay: you will be informed in time. We may not save you the exercise which is
part of your discipline. Be content to walk in the path. It leads direct to
truth; but you must tread it in care and pain. We have directed you to it
because it is well for you to garner up the wisdom of the past, and to learn of
those who are gone before you. We foresaw long ago that those who should
faithfully pursue the study of the intercourse between our world and yours,
would receive rude shocks from the follies and falsities that cluster round the
subject in its most exoteric aspect. We looked with confidence for the time when
these should force themselves into prominence, and we prepared for it. We would
teach you that there are, and ever must be, two sides to this science, as there
were in the mysteries of the ages past. Having passed the one, it is necessary
that you penetrate the other.
To this end you must learn who and what are those who do communicate with
men. Not otherwise can you read aright the riddle that now perplexes you. You
must know how and under what conditions truth can be had: and how error and
deceit, and frivolity and folly may be warded off. All this man must know if he
is safely to meddle with our world. And when he has learned this, or while he is
learning it, he must see, too, that on himself depends most or all of the
success. Let him crush self, purify his inmost spirit, driving out impurity
as a plague, and elevating his aims to their highest possible; let him love
Truth as his Deity, to which all else shall bow; let him follow it as his sole
aim, careless whither the quest may lead him, and round him shall circle the
Messengers of the Most High, and in his inmost soul he shall see light.