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 mountain top.

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 days.

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 such like.

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 now?
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 euthanasia?
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 organ transplants?
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 yourself?
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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