AH-SO - INTRODUCTION
A long time ago I sat in a cave and watched the world. The mountain was
high and I could see for many miles on a clear day. I watched the
traffic going to the city and coming away. I could watch the towers of
the city as they pierced the morning mists. They appeared to be
floating in space. I was isolated and alone above the world, I could
watch the comings and goings from afar. Life was pleasant on my
The world was very indistinct and I
gained great peace and understanding. My fault was the isolation. I had
some contact with nearby villagers, they would bring me food and
clothing, they revered me. But they did not understand my sin, the sin
of not returning to others, to give them what I had learned. I was
entranced with the bliss I had found. The bliss that came to me through
the varieties of weather and the changing seasons. But I did not try to
pass the bliss on to others. I was jealous of my mountain stronghold. I
was proud that I had given up the world, but I did not realise, I had
not given up the world. As long as I was in the physical body I was
dependent on the earth to support me, on the air and on food and drink
to keep my body alive. I took all these things as my right. In this I
was more tyrannous that most earthly kings. I am seeking now to repay
my debt to the world. It is true you need to retreat into your mountain
fastness, but it does not have to be a physical place. It can, and
should be, something within yourself, which you carry with you. It is
well, if you are so inclined, to seek solitude for a while, but
remember, you must repay, you must contribute to your world.
The world has always needed such
people as can retreat into the mountain fastnesses of their innermost
being. Carry it with you all the day while you are working, while you
are carrying out your daily duties. Do not shirk the world, everyone
has their tasks. Do not look down on those who cannot attain their
mountain fastness, everyone has their duties, their reasons for being
on this earth, and if they are not the same as yours, they are just as
worthy as you are. There is room in God for all the varieties of
expression of the human nature.
Forgive yourself, and you can then
more easily forgive others. It is important to forgive yourself. When
you come on this side you will punish yourself for those guilts, your
guilt will stay with you like a thorn in the side, unless you forgive
yourself, and anyone else who needs your forgiveness.
Do not heap blame on those who break
your codes, whether of the secular or of the sacred law. Do not judge a
man till you have walked a mile in his shoes. You do not know the
pressures that have been on him or her. You do not know what past
experiences have moulded the person, his personality and character. You
cannot know the workings out the soul has brought into this world. So
judge not, that you be not judged. This is the real meaning of that
saying. Forgive yourself, that you do not judge yourself when you come
on this side.
This is not to mean that you have
free licence to do whatever you wish. If you retreat into that mountain
fastness which you carry with you, you will always act with good
accord. But have compassion if you slip, have compassion if you do not
meet the standards you have set yourself.
As a great colleague said, those who
are perfect are usually born in some other world, not yours. Watch the
intent of your actions, try to live up to the highest ideas you have
been given, but forgive yourself if you do not. Resolve to try better.
Learn from your past mistakes. By forgiving yourself you free yourself
to act spontaneously. Love yourself and those who will try to give you
advice from our side will then be able to help you. It will be easier
for them, to talk to you. It will be easier for you to hear them. Your
mountain fastness will enable you to act in accordance with the
leanings of your soul and your soul will give you good advice.
We on this side can only give you
guidance. It is your decision if you follow or not. There are those in
your world who will give you advice too, you don't necessarily take it
though, do you? It is the same with us, we can but whisper to you. And
if you hear that whisper, it is then up to you to follow it or not.
The free givingness releases your soul. Release yourself, and you can
then love others, as you love yourself. For you cannot love others
unless you love yourself. I am not saying that you should love yourself
more than others. The saying is, love your neighbour, as you love
yourself. There are many interpretations. I want you to look at the
interpretation that can be read : - Love your neighbour equally as much
as you love yourself, and vice versa. This love unlocks all things, and
carrying that love for all men unites you with us and the underlying
spirit can work through you. There is you on your side and us on this
side, in this way you can carry out the plan you have brought with you.
For in your life you will be able to help others, it may be simply an
upliftment of the spirit. You could bring upliftment of the spirit to
others. They will be helped too, to act spontaneously and in accordance
with the underlying spirit. In this way peace will come on earth. I do
not necessarily mean peace when nations are not warring with each
other. I am talking at the moment more of that inner peace of mind.
These concepts are often difficult to
pass on. That is why The Master who is predominant in your culture,
spoke in parables. It is what He meant when He said "Those who have
ears to hear, let them hear". "Do not cast your pearls before swine".
There are glories awaiting the human race. They will not necessarily be
on this earth. This earth is a stepping stone, souls must pass through
this earth in their great cycle. This is why this may not ever be a
perfect place in which to live. It is a receiving place for souls on
their journey. Until the souls have reached the end of their journey
they cannot be perfect. Therefore, your world will never be a perfect
place in which to live. It is changing and it is progressing, some
parts at different rates to others. The cultures clash. One culture is
dominant, but that culture is not necessarily the best one. Like
people, all cultures have good and bad in them.
You have slowed the death-rate, it
has relieved much suffering. It has prevented many people from
suffering anguish, mental anguish, and the death of loved ones. But by
prolonging life needlessly, you are holding that soul back on its
journey. Do not go to the extreme to preserve life. It is better to let
the soul pass on. What progress people make in your world is through
anguish. It is only one progression.
You prevent people seeing death as a
part of life. It is artificial, it is hidden away. This causes greater
fear of death. What you call death is so often a blessing. The world is
greatly restricted, but you learn through it. And when you have learnt
your lessons then you pass on. My remarks are applied only to those
drastic extreme measures which are often employed in your world these
Experience the full range of feelings
from sadness through anger to happiness, to the ecstasy of your
mountain stronghold. To do all these things, you must lead an active
life. You must play your part in your world. You must contribute to it.
Do not shirk your tasks and duties. Your battle cry should be as your
Bard wrote : "Once more into the breach, dear friends". Tackle your
life in eagerness and vigour, and savour everything you can. But do not
desecrate your temple. Care for it, treat it well. You cannot join in
the joy of life, if your body is hampered with drugs and alcohol, and
My friends, I am not sure if I have
made myself clear. So I will give you the opportunity now, if you wish,
to ask questions. Do you want anything clarified?
Question: You spent your life
in meditation, and as you say, to a large extent you ignored the people
and their life around you. Yet you have made now, what seems to us, a
very good progress in the world where you are. Would you, therefore,
not say that your life of meditation on the mountain top probably
helped you more than the life villagers spent in the village. How would
you compare your present situation with the situation of one of the
villagers who brought you good?
Answer: It is true. Your comment is good. But, I returned
nothing to the world in exchange for what I got. Those villagers fed me
and clothed me, and they considered it a privilege, and when they came
on this side, it was one of their good points for which they rewarded
themselves. But I returned nothing to them.
Question: Did you not have the
opportunity to return your knowledge to them on that side where you are
Answer: I have. But I still wish to pass on what I have learnt.
I would wish that others will give of themselves before (passing), so
that they can prevent waste of time over here. I have now forgiven
myself. I have learnt that, but it took me a while.
Question: You said in your
talk, do not prolong life. Does this mean that you are condoning
Answer: No, no. My remarks were referring to extreme measures
taken to prolong life. There is a phrase, I am not sure if it is still
current in the medical world, of "heroic surgery". Surgeons who operate
when all hope is gone. I am thinking of cases where there has been
severe brain damage and the person is kept artificially alive, for
months. I do not believe in artificially taking of life.
Question: You mean things like
Answer: I think my criteria would be whether the person can lead
a full and active life. Organ transplants can often do that. I am
concerned mainly about people who are artificially kept alive.
Question: The girl Karen
Quinlan is still alive, and she has been kept alive on a machine for
eight years now.
Answer: Yes, that is the kind of case I have in mind.
Question: In any case I should
have thought that her period of unconsciousness would now render her
possibly brain damaged anyway.
Answer: Yes, her muscles have atrophied, and even if she regains
consciousness she will not be able to use them (i.e. the muscles). She
has shrunk drastically.
Question: Are you suggesting
that we should try and balance something like your meditative life in
conjunction with our every day life?
Answer: Yes, that is exactly what I mean. And you should try to
carry the calmness from your meditation into your every day life. Do
not keep them separate as many people keep their church service
separate from their daily activities. So they become Christians when
they enter the church and leave their Christianity behind them. Try to
keep that stillness, that peace, which I am calling your mountain
stronghold, no matter what you are doing.
Question: What happens if
something has happened in your life that you find very hard to forgive
Answer: That happens to all people. Try to remember that you are
human. If you are inclined, try to do something to relieve your guilt
while you are still on earth. It is best if that can be made to the
person whom you feel you have harmed. But if, for some reason, that is
not possible, then seek some other way.
Question: So you think it is
best to die with a clear conscience?
Answer: Yes, and accepting your frailties. Do the best you can,
but if you slip from your standards, try again, but don't hang on to
that slipness. When you fall over you pick yourself up again, you don't
just lie there. So, if you slip from your standards, o.k., pick
yourself up and carry on. As long as you try, do not throw away your
gift of life. Do not cling to old deeds. Acknowledge to yourself, that
you did it, try not to do it again. Try to make your reparation if you
feel it is necessary in your world.
I will bid you good night.
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